Deaf man stabbed after his sign language was mistaken for gang signs, North Carolina police say


(AP) BURLINGTON, N.C. – Police in Burlington say a deaf man was stabbed several times after his sign language was mistaken for gang signs by another man on January 9th.

Sgt. Mark Yancey said 45-year-old Terrance Ervin Daniels was using sign language with another deaf man. A third person saw them, thought they were flashing gang signs and stabbed Daniels several times with a kitchen knife. A neighbor saw the victim and called emergency personnel.

Daniels was brought to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and was listed in stable condition after the incident.

Police arrested 22-year-old Robert Jarell Neal and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflicting serious injury and felony assault on a handicapped person. He was in the Alamance County jail Friday night on a $500,000 bond. It’s not known if Neal has an attorney.

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Graffiti returns to Vass, NC.


Has anyone noticed? The graffiti is back in Vass?

Yes, after all of the hard work performed by the Moore County Gang Prevention Task Force and various volunteers, the graffiti returns.

This is gang related graffiti that refers to SUR 13.


I hope everyone will look closely at these pictures and please contact either this site, the Vass Police Department, or the Moore County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information on the persons responsible for the graffiti.

We are especially interested in learning who Smiley, Lucky, and M J are !!

There is no reward for this information, there is only the since of pride for helping out your community and doing the right thing.                                         

We need to hold the criminals that damaged this property responsible for their actions. 

Thank you for any assistance in this matter.

Vass Graffiti Cleanup


The Vass graffiti cleanup went very well today. There was a good turnout with approximately thirty volunteers including members from the Moore County Gang Prevention Task Force, SandHills Community College Criminal Justice Club, Goretech, and Moore County Department of Social Services.

Vass Police Department and Cypress Point Fire Department assisted with the cleanup and some local businesses such as Coopers Pharmacy, Edward’s Hardware, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Millers Family Restaurant, and Piggly Wiggly donated essential materials and refreshments.   

The MCGPTF would like to thank all who participated and would like to especially thank the Vass Town Commissioners for the funding and for allowing them the opportunity to have the graffiti removal project in their town.


Graffiti Removal Project


   As you have seen in one of the earlier posts, Vass, NC. has some graffiti issues. In order to help keep Moore County Beautiful, the Moore County Gang Prevention Task Force (MCGPTF) has teamed up with the town of Vass, NC. and the Sandhills Community College Criminal Justice Club, along with other volunteers to remove as much graffiti as possible from the Town.

   The graffiti removal project will be on October 23, 2010 at 10:00 am in Vass, NC.

Graffiti in Vass


It has been brought to everyone’s attention in Vass, Sur13 and or Sureno Graffiti. This graffiti is an eye sore and should be reported, so the appropriate steps can be taken to remove this damage to our community. Let us know where it is so we can report it as well

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