COPLOG: ID released of man shot by police; condition critical

Jul. 17, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

The Durham Police department has identified Cayetano Castro-Merino, 21, as the man in the police-involved shooting that took place early Wednesday morning.

He is still in critical condition stemming from his injuries. Castro-Merino was reportedly shot in the head by Officer Brian Johnson after failing to drop his gun. Johnson had been with the department since November 2003.

Initial 911 calls said a man at the Burton Apartments was shooting a gun. When police arrived they said they found Castro-Merino with a “long-gun.” Commands to drop the weapon were given in both Spanish and English.

The shooting is still under investigation.


Durham couple charged with fraud, arrested

DURHAM — The Durham County Sheriff’s office arrested a young couple Wednesday on charges relating to stealing their neighbors’ mail and committing fraud.

Amber Michelle Carthen, 23, and Donnie Paul Cates, 22, of Eaker Drive were arrested after Durham County Sheriff’s investigators alleged they were committing several types of fraud.

Investigators said Carthen and Cates stole and cashed an income tax return and used a stolen credit card to make various unauthorized purchases. They are also accused of breaking into a neighbor’s shed and stealing various items.

Carthen has been charged with identity theft, financial card theft and false representation as a cardholder. She was being held in the Durham County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Cates has been charged with breaking and entering, conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense and larceny. He was being held in the Durham County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

More charges are likely as the sheriff’s office works with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to investigate the crimes.


Arrests made in multi-year drug sting

HILLSBOROUGH — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotic division arrested several men last week in connection with a flurry of drug charges after a multi-year investigation.

During the investigation authorities used undercover officers, surveillance, audio and video documentation of drug sales and informants.

The arrest includes a father-son duo from Cedar Grove.

According to an Orange County Sheriff’s press release the arrests and investigation “will have a substantial impact on the flow and availability of illegal substances in the county and surrounding areas.”

The four men arrested are: Danny Ray Jones Sr. of Cedar Valley Road; Danny Ray Jones Jr., 26, of Cedar Valley Road; Jamaal Antwan Scarborough, 28, of Chambers Court; and Ethan Gray Peace, 32, of McDade Store Road. All are from Cedar Grove.

Danny Ray Jones Sr. was arrested on multiple charges of drug trafficking.

Danny Ray Jones Jr. was charged with possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine, sell and deliver cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling a controlled substance.

Scarborough was arrested on multiple charges of trafficking cocaine.

Peace was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute cocaine, and sell and deliver cocaine.

Lauren Horsch is the police reporter for The Herald-Sun. She can be reached at 919-419-6646, or by email at You can follow her on Twitter at @LaurenHorsch.