Early Tuesday morning on May 16, 2017, Tre’ McFadden, was killed on his 24th birthday by three men.
These men claimed that he jumped out of a moving vehicle that was traveling 50 to 60 mph at the time.
Justin Allen Butson, Charles Oliver Adams, and Bradley Taylor Reece are the three men who were last seen with McFadden at the time of his death.
Butson, Allen, and Reece all relayed information to Onslow County Sheriff’s Office detectives by saying they looked for McFadden but failed to locate him, yet did not call 911 because they assumed he survived the “jump” and just happen to run off.
Despite neither of the three men calling 911 to report the incident immediately, which adds suspicion, Sheriff Hans John Miller and detectives in charge of the case poorly determined that there was no criminal activity involved in not reporting this act nor in the crime itself in McFadden’s untimely death. This despite the fact all 3 men had to be located because none of them came forward.
Tre’ McFadden’s mother, Monica Jones, knew something was not right when she and other family members had not heard from Tre’ on his birthday as they were sending out well wishes. She stated that McFadden and the three men left her house around 5:30 p.m. on May 15, 2017, the day before Tre’s birthday, to head to Tre’s father’s house in Jacksonville, NC, and then to the beach.
Jones contacted Tre’s father, Clifton McFadden, Jr., and advised him that something wasn’t right because no one had heard from Tre’. Although Tre’ did not have a phone at the time (he broke his iPhone days before his birthday) he was only able to reach people through his tablet over Wi-Fi, or use the phone of someone he was with. His last calls and texts came from Bradley Reece’s phone.
On May 17, 2017, McFadden’s parents went to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office to file a missing person’s report. It was publicized on the website and the news stations on May 19, 2017. No one came forward with information regarding what happened to Tre’ McFadden even after the missing person’s report was filed and publicized.
It was not until 7 days following Tre’s birthday, that a tip was given to the mother which led detectives to one of the three men, Justin Allen Butson, who currently have pending Felony BREAKING AND OR ENTERING (F), Felony LARCENY AFTER BREAK/ENTER, and Felony CONSP B&E BLDG-FELONY/LARCENY charges scheduled before a judge on February 12, 2018.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Butson took detectives to the precise location of where Tre’ McFadden’s body lay—dead in a ditch on Stella Road in Onslow County.
Medical Examiner M.G.F. Gilliand, M.D., examined McFadden but also relied on information from detectives to conclude the manner and cause of his death. Gilliland was told by Onslow County Sheriff’s Department detectives that McFadden “jumped” from a fast-moving vehicle, which gave her insight to conclude that the cause and manner of McFadden’s death would be declared an “accident.” No one from the Medical Examiner’s office visited the site when McFadden’s body was retrieved so they did not see the site for themselves but relied on local CSI. No forensics were conducted on the site to confirm the three men’s stories, though the scene was absent of skid marks or any signs of blood stains. Skid marks on the road would confirm that brakes were immediately applied once McFadden “jumped”.
The death certificate of Tre’ McFadden was later modified from McFadden “jumping from a moving car’ and listing the manner of death “accident” to “blunt for injuries of the head due to exited from a moving car” and listing manner of death “undetermined.”
The autopsy report on Tre’ McFadden that took 180 days to complete was recently released. At first glance it appears that the Medical Examiner has used the reports from OCSO to make assumptions rather than certifying facts. The family is reviewing the report for inconsistencies and will follow proper protocols as it pertains to such.
A local reporter with a struggling newspaper in Jacksonville has been reported to be related or friends with the family of Justin Allen Butson.
That reporter is Mike McHugh, with the Jacksonville Daily News. In his article written about Tre’s autopsy report, he “dehumanizes” McFadden, recalling his criminal past. McHugh refused to show sympathy, empathy and denied contacting Tre’s family for a statement regarding the autopsy report.
“This article has no respect or compassion for Tre’s parents, his brothers, or anyone else in his family or friends. I’m disgusted but not surprised,” Local Jacksonville Victim Advocate, Kat Howell says in the comments on JDNews Facebook page.
Howell wasn’t the only one who voiced her concern over the article. Many who’s been following the story since it happened, questioned the story the three men told police.
“The use of his mugshot is very questionable. I’ve never worked in a newsroom where we used booking photos for any reason outside of reporting on a specific crime the person had been arrested for,”Nick Bona, Editor at WSYX ABC 6 in Ohio said in the comments on the newspaper Facebook page.
Amanda Humphrey, the struggling newspaper “city editor” responded saying, “We’ll definitely take your concerns under consideration going forward as we are not racist, nor lazy. We have, however, been covering a national story as well as several local stories on a daily basis with a small staff and doing so to the best of our abilities.”
On May 23, the same struggling newspaper wrote an article about Tre’s initial autopsy report, with a reasonable photo.
The NAACP was contacted by News In Onslow in this case, and a meeting with the Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller was conducted.
Here’s a statement with the NAACP and the Onslow County Sherrif’s Office regarding Tre’ McFadden’s death that was released to News In Onslow September 16, 2017:
“In the McFadden case, the Sheriff and his team openly answered numerous questions we posed to them on behalf of the Mother. The Sheriff and his team ensured us that all possible theories were investigated and continued to be sought. They looked at and continue to consider all aspects of the case, including all possibilities of a crime. All persons involved were considered for possible links to Tre’s death.”
Sheriff Hans Miller told the NAACP that Butson, Adams, and Reece were suspects. He failed to address the community that they were. Miller also failed to address the amendment of Tre’ McFadden’s death certificate.
The failed justice and lack of productivity towards the case of Tre’ McFadden needs to come to an end immediately. There is more than enough information to prosecute the three individuals at hand and charges can always be upgraded as new information becomes available. Unfortunately, the justice system continues to derail the lawful protocol of abiding by what is right and what supports the truth. Justice for Tre’ Mcfadden however, will prevail.
Baby wipes is the reason for Jacksonville sewage spill
Officials in Jacksonville have confirmed that baby wipes being flushed down commodes is the reason that thousands of gallons of untreated sewage spilled into a Jacksonville creek.
Officials say the spill happened Monday around 10 p.m. near Indian Drive and Brookdale Plaza and nearly 4,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a tributary of Mill Creek.
Undissolved baby wipes and other similar products were pulled from the sewer lines and is the reason the line was blocked, which caused the sewage to back up and spill out of a manhole.
Jacksonville say the items below should not be flushed:
• Any non-organic material
• Baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, and moist wipes
• Cans, bottles, bricks, glass, and wood
• Clothing, wash cloths, towels, and rags (any cloth item)
• Dental floss, toothpaste, and vitamins
• Diapers and adult protective underwear (cloth, disposable, or “flushable”)
• Egg shells, nutshells, and coffee grounds
• Facial tissues, napkins, and paper towels
• Fats, oils, and greases
• Food items containing seeds and peelings
• Medicines or syringes
• Plastic of any kind
• Sanitary napkins, tampons, tampon applicators, and condoms
• Toilet bowl scrub pads
Explosion in Austin, $100,000 reward for suspect(s)
Two men have suffered serious injuries Sunday night after an explosion was reported in Southwestern Austin, Texas, according to emergency workers.
Officials have not confirmed whether the explosion was a result of a packaged bomb but three heard blast over the past month in Austin have killed two people and critically wounded at least two women.
Tonight’s explosion occurred on Dawn Song Drive, according to Austin-Travis County EMS Twitter account. “At this incident and are prepping those patients for transport.”
Two men who are believed to be in their 20’s were injured, according to investigators adding that the injuries were not expected to be life-threatening.
Austin police said the reward for information leading to an arrest in the deadly explosions has risen by $50,000 to a new total of $100,000. More than 500 officers, including federal agents, have conducted 236 interviews following up 435 leads.
BUSTED!!! It’s A Low Down Dirty Shame, Keep It Southern Construction owner accused of scam
A dirty, low-down construction company owner is being investigated by law enforcement after he was accused of scamming over 100 people over a number of years.
YES, YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY. DIRTY AND LOW-DOWN!
Dennis Ray Rose, 39, currently of Marshallberg, NC, this according to new “business” paperwork, has allegedly had many fake unlicensed businesses, but two of them allowed for an extremely lavish life, until NOW!
Many customers of “Always A Rose Construction”, previously based out of Onslow County, which has been renamed “Keep It Southern Construction”, and is now based in Marshallberg, NC, told News In Onslow that they would pay Rose for work that he never completed. He would make excuses as to why he was unable to complete the job and when asked for a refund, he would threaten the customer with legal action claiming that the customer was in breach of contract because they failed to allow him to “perform his services” in a time frame he deemed acceptable.
After investigating this scam, News In Onslow learned that Rose would go to the “Camp Lejeune Online yard Sales!” Facebook group and advertise his business suggesting that his company offered “the lowest prices around”. This was part of his scam that was used to lure customers in and convince them that the work they needed was not as expensive as they thought. He would also advertise jobs with his company claiming that he was in need of workers that were “dependable and have knowledge of all construction.”
Once Rose found his next unsuspecting victim, he would allegedly meet with them and show them “fake papers that he was licensed” knowing full well that he was not. Customers were required to pay a 50% deposit up front for the total cost of the job, Rose would start the work but it was never finished.
According to the Better Business Bureau, Rose currently have 4 complaints filed against him, in which one complaint states: “I have a contract with this business to paint and do repairs on my house. They did bad work, never finished the job and they were paid $1,650 I have a contract with this company to paint and do repairs on my house, they did bad work and never did all repairs. I have tried several times to get them to finish their work. I keep being told they will come out and they never show up. A guy they sent to work on my house was smoking weed in my backyard. I paid them $1650 in cash and they have not been back to finish. I will have to hire another contractor to redo everything they have done. I want my $1,650 returned.”
Another complainant, according to the Better Business Bureau said that Rose company “took payment for work never completed. Took 1400 to disassemble move be reassemble a pool and install electrical line to pool equipment. Dissembles and moved pool. Has never come back. Disconnected his phone service. Won’t respond to my communication.”
You can read the other complaints at https://www.bbb.org/raleigh-durham/business-reviews/home-improvement/always-a-rose-construction-in-morehead-city-nc-90291474
News In Onslow reached out to both Rose and his girlfriend, Tammy, for a statement and they adamantly denied the allegations.
Local authorities have confirmed with News In Onslow that Rose has had numerous complaints made against him and that the case is currently in the hands of the District Attorney’s Office.