Local News

Newton Grove police chief faces domestic violence charge

Posted November 29, 2018 10:42 a.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2018 7:58 p.m. EST

— Newton Grove's police chief was arrested Wednesday in a domestic violence case, according to authorities.

Johnston County deputies charges Everett Franklin "Frankie" Harrell, 48, of Four Oaks, with assault on a female.

Authorities said Harrell's wife called 911 on Wednesday afternoon and told a dispatcher that he exited the home and became agitated when he saw her sitting in her van while finishing a phone conversation. Harrell told his wife, "I have guns," and made a pistol gesture with his hands, police said.

Harrell then grabbed his wife by the neck, causing her to drop the phone, authorities said.

When deputies with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office arrived at the home, Harrell reportedly tried to deny the incident, but his wife played a recording of a hostile conversation she and her husband had last week.

Harrell was eventually handcuffed and was released on $1,000 bail and was ordered not to communicate with his wife.

Harrell has headed the Newton Grove Police Department since April 2004, according to his LinkedIn account.