The MileSTONEs of our Sheriff – The Beginning

Sheriff Stone took office in December of 2014 after an election victory over Stanley Griffin. From day one Sheriff Stone started working on his promises.

Stone is a working Sheriff. He is out on the roads, investigating and being proactive. You can see him at 6am in the morning or 11pm at night, he has no set hours however, he works more than his fair share.

He is always accessible, everyone has his phone number. If you don’t have it put it in your phone 252-885-6161. He is just that kind of Sheriff.

I remember just 18 days after he took office Mikel Jones was on the run for a murder in Rocky Mount. Fighting Crime got tips that he was seen being dropped off at a home in Wilson. Sheriff Stone and his deputies worked all night on the case and took Jones into custody in the early hours of that morning. Sheriff Stone is the one who put the cuffs on him. I knew then for sure that Sheriff Stone meant business. Even though it was a Rocky Mount case Sheriff Stone and his team stepped in and got this violent fugitive off the streets. Jones has since been convicted and is currently in prison until 2028.

Sheriff Stone campaigned on focusing on Gangs, Guns and Drugs. It was not long after he was in office that he formed the Highway Interdiction Team and the Tar River Task Force both aimed at gangs, guns and drugs.  He works with every agency imaginable. DEA, Homeland Security, Secret Service, ALE, ATF, FBI, SBI any agency you name Sheriff Stone has a contact there and they work together. It is all about communication and helping each other. Crime does not stop at the Nash County line nor does it start there.

Over the next few days we will be releasing chapters of his mileSTONEs. Stay tuned


Here is Sheriff Stone's Bio:
J. Keith Stone was born on September 16th, 1965 in Robeson County, North Carolina.  He is the son of Hubert and Norma Stone.  He began working at the age of 15 as a bagger and stock person at Food Pride.  At the age of 16 he began working at South of the Border as a stock person and cashier working 2nd and 3rd shifts.  He graduated from South Robeson High School in Rowland, North Carolina in 1984.

Keith started his career in law enforcement in 1984 as a Jailer with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office at the age of eighteen.  He was certified as a Deputy in 1986 and remained in that capacity until he became a member of the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1987 and was assigned to Edgecombe County.  Since then he has held assignments within the following areas: Basic School Physical Fitness Instructor; Line Sergeant, Onslow County; Assistant Commandant, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Basic School; First Sergeant, Office of Professional Standards Inspection Unit; District First Sergeant, Nash/Edgecombe Counties; Lieutenant, Executive Officer Troop C.  Keith Stone retired from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in 2012 as a Captain, where he was assigned at the Training Academy as the School Director. 

During Keith's tenure he has held awards for being recognized as leading his district as a trooper in DWI arrest for 10 consecutive years.  He has investigated and assisted in investigations of fatal traffic accidents to major cases involving but not limited to homicide, drug trafficking, robbery, human smuggling, rape, and crimes against people.  Keith was responsible for and supervised undercover operations dealing with illegal street racing, which resulted in operations in seven counties of  North Carolina and two Federal operations dealing with Money Laundering, Drug Trafficking and Federal Firearms violations.  He has supervised large scale manhunts and high intensity traffic flow patterns. 
Keith Stone holds an Associates of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Technology from Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina.  He also graduated with honors and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Mount Olive College, Mount Olive, North Carolina, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, North Carolina and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute Graduate Program, Louisville, Kentucky. 

He has attended numerous courses in his tenure and earned over Three Thousand hours of training.  Keith also holds certification as a North Carolina Training and Standards Instructor and is a certified instructor in Verbal Judo, North Carolina Justice Academy Physical Fitness, Cooper’s Physical Fitness, Radar, Lidar, and Time Distance. In 2011 Keith attended and holds a certificate of instruction from FBI LEEDA as a Leadership Development Instructor for law enforcement. Keith is the recipient of Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate of North Carolina, Outstanding Citizen, Woodmen of the World (1997), and MADD Recipient (1993) Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Award.  He is also a First Degree Black Belt in Goju-Shorin Karate.

Keith also serves on the Board of Directors for the Nash County Health Department, Bible Badges and Businesses of Nash and Edgecombe County, is a past Board of Director for the Heartsease Volunteer Fire Department, Rocky Mount North Carolina and an active member of the YMCA of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  Keith also serves as a N.C. Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Physical Fitness Instructor at Nash Community College.  He is a Certified N. C. Wildlife Hunter Education Instructor as well as a Certified NRA Pistol Instructor.  He was sworn in as a Special Agent with Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency (ALE) in 2013. In 2013, he was appointed to the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission.

J. Keith Stone is married to Karen Hale Stone, formerly of Tarboro, North Carolina.  He has three daughters; Emma, Frances, and Caroline.  Keith also currently attends United Methodist Church in Nashville, North Carolina.