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Saturday Statistically: Few will make way to Vance early vote last day Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission retreat
By AL WHELESS Daily Dispatch Writer
In Warrenton, five vie for three town commission seats By DAVID IRVINE Daily Dispatch Writer
WARRENTON — Candidates for municipal offices in Warren County are on the ballot for the election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Warren County Board of Elections Director Debbie Formyduval reminds voters that they have one last chance to cast early ballots — between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. tomorrow. In the Warrenton mayoral race, Marc Steer is challenging incumbent Walter Gardner. Five candidates are vying for three town commissioner positions. Julius (Jules) Banzet III and Mary Lang Hunter currently hold commissioner’s seats. Hunter, who was appointed to fill an empty position, is running for re-election for the first time. Robert Davie, E. T. (Ted) Malone Jr. and William (Bill) Miller are challenging for positions on the town board. Incumbent Rob Evans faces Carroll Harris in the mayoral race in Macon. Six candidates are competing for five commissioner positions, including incumbents J. W. Beddingfield, David Harris, Allen Hobgood, Glenn R. Riggan and Wanda Thompson and challenger Benny Hilliard. Mayor Dwight Pearce is unopposed in his bid for rePlease see VOTING, page 3A
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While Wake County’s population is expected to grow 62 percent from 2008-2013, other shares of the expected 275,256 new people could include: • Vance — .2 percent. • Warren — 0 percent. • Granville — 2 percent. • Franklin — 2 percent. • Person — .4 percent. • Durham — 8 percent.
• Orange — 1 percent. • Chatham — 3 percent. A lot of local shakers and movers intent on bringing jobs, prosperity and a better quality of life to Vance got to see an economically dull statistical portrait of the county Tuesday. It showed what industrial and business site-seekers across the country can see — and the impressions they could get — by pulling up Vance County on their computers without even setting
their feet on the ground in Henderson, the Hub site, the industrial park and other areas. “Vance County’s basic assets are good, but not distinctive,” said Bo Carson, vice-president of research for the Research Triangle Regional Partnership. Carson brought both current and futuristic figures with him in the form of a Power Point presentation on the first day of the Vance-Henderson Economic Development Commission’s two-
day retreat. “We’re home to 13 counties,” he explained to a lot of representatives of community stake-holders, as well as members of the EDC, the City Council and the county’s Board of Commissioners. “I handle all projects that come into the region,” Carson said. County population growth annually over the last five years included:
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A line of inflatable horse-drawn hearses sits behind rows of tombstones on the lawn of Steve Vandall and Neal Carroll’s home on Gholson Avenue Wednesday night.
Here’s a house that’s really decorated By ASHLEY STEVEN AYSCUE Dispatch Photo Editor
Looking for a house that’s really decorated for Halloween? Take a drive along Gholson Avenue to see the home of Neal Carroll and Steve Vandall. Their lawn is covered in tombstones, webs, inflatable hearses, a skeletal organist and even a witch stationed by the front door. Don’t stay too long getting your Halloween candy, or a bat with red eyes may swoop down from the top of the porch and bite you. “It took us most of the day last Sunday to decorate the majority of the yard,” said Carroll during a short interview Thursday morning. “We still aren’t finished, we have been adding a few things every day since.” Carroll and Vandall have lived on Gholson Avenue for more than 10 years. They started building their bounty of decorations over the last few years but didn’t display them on a major scale until last year. “We usually would have had the decorations up sooner,” explained Carroll, “but we are a week behind because of a trip and bouts with the flu.” “Neighbors started asking if we
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Lighted skeleton heads line the walkway up to the door of Steve Vandall and Neal Carroll’s house on Gholson Avenue Wednesday night. The eyes of the witch light up at the first sound of visitors at the door. were even going to decorate this year.” They have gotten really good responses from those around them and the community. A few neighbors even asked if they could help with performing scares and tricks on Halloween night. According to Carroll, the display will be visible Friday and Saturday nights, including handing out candy and treats during regular trick-or-treating hours Saturday. The display will go dark after Halloween night, as Carroll and Vandall will take their decorations down and put them in storage until next year.
“We enjoy Halloween, and just wanted to give back to the community because a lot of people turn off their lights at Halloween,” said Carroll. Despite their community goodwill, Carroll and Vandall got an unhappy trick performed on them Tuesday night when one of their first inflatables went missing. “We had an eight-foot-tall pumpkin with three ghosts coming out of the top, stolen,” said Carroll. “But we’re not going to let it dampen our Halloween spirit.” Contact the writer at email@example.com.
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Strickland: Book goes behind scenes By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer
OXFORD — Frank Strickland said he has published a book about Oxford’s government and politics because he wanted to record some of what has gone on “behind the scenes.” “It’s always nice to say a lot of good things about a town, but it’s important also to remember the bad things that happened in town and to ensure that history is not repeated over and over again,” said Strickland, who is conducting his third consecutive campaign for mayor. “We’ve had some serious problems in the Police Department, especially
over the years, and, in my opinion, continue to have ‘em,” Strickland said. “And I think it’s important that people really know what happens.” Strickland, while making clear he has much to say in his publication about several persons, is particularly critical of Mayor Al Woodlief, Police Chief and Acting Fire Chief John Wolford and the previous city manager, Tommy Marrow.
Woodlief could not be reached for comment Thursday. Marrow, who is presently manager of Butner’s government, also could not be reached for comment Thursday. On Thursday, this reporter offered Wolford a chance to comment after seeing Wolford park his car along Williamsboro Street and start walking across the street toward the rear entrance of the Granville County Court-
The Henderson Police Department Narcotics Unit has arrested two people on drug charges, Chief Keith L. Sidwell said Thursday night in a press release. David Lee Davis of 934 Elm St. was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, manufacture of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Davis’ bond was set at $20,000, with a hearing set for Dec. 21. According to police, Davis previously was convicted of three felonies for drug offenses. Syreea Gill of the same address was charged with the manufacture of marijuana. Gill’s bond was set at $5,000, with a hearing set for Dec. 21. The arrests followed the discovery of four pounds of marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a search of the Elm Street address. Police also had received complaints of drug activity in the area. Send comments to news@ hendersondispatch.com.
Bridge work will close Warren road By DAVID IRVINE Daily Dispatch Writer
WARRENTON – The North Carolina Department of Transportation has anhouse. nounced that bridge repair “I’m not going to answer will cause Otis Clark Road any questions about Mr. to be closed during the first Strickland,” Wolford said week of November. Motoras he continued walking. ists will be required to take Strickland has repeata detour. edly argued he believes Bridge maintenance on State Road 1641 (Otis Clark Woodlief lied to cover up Road) southeast of Warfor alleged misconduct by renton will close the road Wolford and has called for Woodlief’s resignation. to traffic in both directions from 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 And Strickland called for the ouster of Marrow when until 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. To avoid SR 1641 while Marrow was Oxford’s traveling south, motorists manager. are advised to follow SR Woodlief, a retired 1512 (Davis-Bugg Road) broadcaster, has been west, Rabbit Bottom Road mayor since 2001 and and SR 1630 (Inez-Arcola prior to that had been a Road) to reach the southern city commissioner since end of SR 1641. Northbound 1987. traffic should reverse that Strickland opposed route. Woodlief in a hard-hitting Contact the writer at dirvine@ Please see STRICKLAND, page 11A hendersondispatch.com.
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Mark It Down Today Downtown trick or treat — The downtown Henderson merchants will sponsor trick-or-treat along Garnett Street from 4-5:30 p.m. with live entertainment, free face painting, balloon sculptures, cotton candy and popcorn. For children 12 and under accompanied by a parent. Weight loss group — TOWN (Take Off Weight Now), a non-profit weight loss group, will meet at Aycock Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend. HIV testing — Maria Parham Medical Center and the Intimidator’s Bike Club of Oxford are offering free HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in two locations—the Walmart Shopping Center in Henderson and the new Walmart Shopping Center in Oxford. Come into the parking lot and look for the RVs. The first 100 people tested will receive a Walmart gift card. 911 board — The 911 Advisory Board will meet at 10 a.m. at the Emergency Operations Center, 156 Church St.
Saturday Burlington employees’ reunion — Former employees of the Oxford Burlington Industries plant are meeting at 2 p.m. at the home of Robin Rice Wolford, 7034 Frederick Road, Oxford, to plan a reunion. For more information and directions, call (919) 692-1063. Oxford Farmers’ Market — The Oxford Farmers’ Market, located on the corner of McClanahan and Lanier streets across from the police station in Oxford, is open from 7 a.m. to noon. The market plans a fall festival today. Walk-a-thon — Boy Scouts Troop 620 and the American Diabetes Association will hold a walk-a-thon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the track at the YMCA on Ruin Creek Road in Henderson. Prizes and t-shirts will be raffled off at the event. For more information, call 433-6426. Trick-or-treat — The Kerr Lake Volunteer Fire Department will have a children’s Halloween party from 6-8 p.m. at the fire station at 5021 Satterwhite Point Road. Snacks, candy and punch will be served. All trick-or-treaters welcome! Henderson trick-or-treat — The official trick-or-treat hours for the city of Henderson are 6-9 p.m. Only trick or treaters 10 years and younger are permitted to trick or treat in the city limits. Vance County Farmers’ market — The Vance County Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is located at the intersection of Williams and Arch streets in downtown Henderson. Vendors interested in selling at the market should contact Wayne Rowland at 438-8188. Warren County Farmers’ Market — The Warren County Farmer’s Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Market and Main streets in historic downtown Warrenton. All produce is locally grown by the vendors. For more information or to receive a vendor application, contact the Warren County Extension Center at 257-3640. Dee’s Music Barn — Dee’s Music Barn, 3101 Walters Road, Creedmoor, will be featuring Ace In The Hole with James Protreat at 7 p.m. For more information, call (919) 5285878. Ridgeway Opry House — Performing this week are Julia Morton, Verlin Bailey, Matt Nelson, Alan & Betsy Reid, Joyce Chisenhall, Donny Gilliam and Ronald Puett & Frieda. Open mic night. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Reopening – The reopening of the Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena in Butner will be from 10 a.m. to noon along 24th Street and between D Street and E Street.
Guidelines The “Mark It Down” calendar announces events happening in the community that are sponsored by civic organizations, nonprofit groups, government organizations and similar groups. The Daily Dispatch staff asks that items intended for inclusion in the calendar be submitted in writing at least five days in advance of the event. Please include a contact person’s name and phone number in case there are questions. Items for this listing can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the overwhelming number of churches served by the Dispatch, church events cannot be listed in the “Mark It Down” calendar.
Job Corps students pick up trash along U.S. 1 as part of the Adopt-A-Highway Litter Sweep.
Kittrell Job Corps continues to push green initiatives on campus In October, Kittrell Job Corps Center students conducted an Adopt-aHighway Litter Sweep roadside cleanup along U.S. 1, one of four litter sweep events held annually to keep the highway clean of trash and debris. All trash/items collected were recycled including plastic, paper, glass, metal and aluminum cans. Job Corps partners with Waste Industries, and has also been recycling cardboard for a number of months. Recycling containers are placed around the center. In addition to the recycling program, Job Corps has developed a center-wide plan to incorporate green-seal certified products into its daily operations to the most practical extent
Reunion The former Henderson and Warrenton Guard Unit #505 will hold a reunion Nov. 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Western Sizzlin, Ruin Creek Road, Henderson. For more information, call Lee Wade at (252) 213-1580 or James H. Henderson at (252) 492-6337.
possible in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor directive to utilize green products for janitorial cleaners, waxes, bathroom, paper products, paints, copy paper and ink cartridges. The center continues to pursue opportunities to expand all its inventories into green compliant products. The center also currently has in place a paper and ink cartridge recycling procedure on campus, automatic flushing toilets, and motion activated room lights. Fluorescent bulbs have been installed centerwide and solar-powered outside lighting has been installed. The center has plans to increase participation in additional green ventures in the future. The federal
Department of Labor has initiated a Job Corps-wide computer replacement project that will get rid of old energy wasting systems and replace them with energy efficient ones that meet green initiative standards. As of Sept. 1, the center also became a smoke-free facility.
Area residents interested in starting a new career in health care can pre-register now for Vance-Granville Community College’s upcoming health unit coordinator course. The program is scheduled to be offered on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Nov. 16 through March 24, 2010. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to understand medical terminology, process medical records, take a leadership role in a health care environment, and handle basic administrative tasks. Students taking this course should have a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, students should be aware that most hospitals and health care facilities require employees to pass a criminal background and/or drug screen check before being hired. Classes will meet in Room 5220 on the main campus. For more information and to pre-register for the course, call VGCC at (252) 738-3417 or (252) 738-3324.
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The board was to begin meeting in private this morning before voting on a decision in public. It could exonerate the Easley committee, the party, or both groups, or issue fines in additional to referring the case to prosecutors. Referring the case to the Wake County district attorney would be difficult because Colon Willoughby is a longtime friend to Easley, requiring a possible independent prosecutor to be called. And the statute of limitations on misdemeanor election law violations has passed.
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election as mayor of Norlina. Incumbents Herbert R. Burrows, Bill Harris, James (Jim) Overby Sr. and Lou Stultz are seeking re-election. Commissioner Danny Moss is not running for re-election, leaving one
to the State Board of Elections that the party kept track of how much money Easley’s campaign raised for the party and the party had final control over how they were spent. Falmlen said the party decided to pay for Easley campaign expenses and that was legal. He says Easley campaign officials never asked for a cut of party funds they raised to pay for Easley campaign activities, which would be illegal. The board will rule whether the party and Easley’s campaign broke election laws.
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RALEIGH — The personal attorney for former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has made an unusual request to the State Board of Elections — please send Easley’s case to prosecutors if necessary. Thomas Hicks gave closing statements Thursday to the board, which is investigating Easley’s campaign committee and the state Democratic Party. Hicks said Easley told him to ask board members to send the case to a prosecutor if there are questions whether laws
were violated. Hicks said otherwise the public will believe “Easley has slipped one over on the board.” Easley and political ally McQueen Campbell gave different testimony this week about campaignrelated flights Campbell piloted for Easley. The board also could issue fines or exonerate the party and the committee. Earlier Thursday, the former executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party said there was no dedicated bank account for money then-Gov. Mike Easley raised for the party. Scott Falmlen testified
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Deaths Eva E. Banks WARREN COUNTY — Eva Evans Banks, 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Maria Parham Medical Center in Henderson. She was born Sept. 9, 1931, in Mecklenburg County, Va., to the late Major and Polly Evans. She was educated in the Warren County public school system. At an early age, she was baptized and joined Burchette Chapel United Church of Christ in Manson where she was a faithful member until her health declined. She was married to Patrick “Trick” Banks Sr. for 61 years and to this union five children were born. She was employed with Glen Raven of Norlina for 17 years, where she was known as “Ma Eva.” She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Louise, two sisters, and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Christian Church in Manson, where the Rev. Kathard Marks is pastor. The Rev. Charlie Leath, pastor of Burchette Chapel United Church of Christ, will deliver the eulogy. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Banks Sr. of the home; a son, Patrick Banks Jr. of Bronx, N.Y.; three daughters, Polly Gill of Palmer Springs, Va., Rosa Talley of Norlina and Kimberly Jefferson of Macon; four grandchildren that she raised as her own, Andrew Gill Jr. of Norlina, Renee’ Haskins of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Andrew Scholar Jr. and Briana Jefferson of Macon; 13 grandchildren; 35 greatgrandchildren; four great-
great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mattie Bagley of Bronx, N.Y., Bernice Hicks of Drewry and Pattie Bullock of Drewry; three brothers, Major Evans of Henderson, Horace Evans of Henderson and Charles Evans of Richmond, Va. The body may be viewed today at R.H. Greene Funeral Home from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., and at the church one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are by R.H. Greene Home of Warrenton.
Daylon R. Owens KITTRELL — Daylon Ray Owens, 66, of 6575 Raleigh Road, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced by J.M. White Funeral Home.
Louise B. Tutor DURHAM — Louise B. Tutor, 88, a former resident of 3531 Cheek Road, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at the home of her daughter. A native of Wake County, she was the widow of Tom Tutor and the daughter of the late Hubert and Artis Goodwin Babb. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church and was a homemaker. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Faith Baptisit Church by the Rev. Roger Wall. Burial will be in Oak Grove Memorial Gardens. Surviving are a daughter, Vickie Tutor Bryant of Creedmoor; a son, Steve Tutor of Durham; a sister, Lessie Farrell of Durham; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death
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• Vance — .2 percent. by a son, Thomas Thomas • Warren — .5 percent. Tudor Jr. • Granville — 1.7 perFlowers will be accepted cent. or memorials may be made • Franklin — 2.2 percent. to Duke Hospice, 4321 • Person — 2.0 percent. Medical Drive, Suite 101, • Durham — 2.0 percent. Durham, N.C. 27704. • Wake — 3.9 percent. Visitation will be from During the first quarter of 1 to 2 p.m. Monday prior 2009, average weekly wages to the funeral service at included: Faith Baptist Church. • Vance — $579. Arrangements are by • Region — $895. Eakes Funeral Home of • North Carolina — $776. •ˆUSA — $882. Creedmoor. Median household income in 2008 included: Phyllis C. Weldon • Vance — Nearly $40,000. LANTANA, Fla. — • Warren — About Phyllis Margaret Clee $35,000. Weldon, 85, a resident of • Granville — More than Lantana, Fla., died on Oct. $50,000. 6, 2009. Born in Wales, • Franklin — Nearly $50,000. Great Britain, she was • Person — About the daughter of the late $45,000. Cledwyn Clee and Elsie • Durham — Somewhat Watkins Clee. less than $60,000. Graveside services will • Region — More than be held at 2 p.m. today at $50,000. Liberty Christian Church High school graduation by the Rev. Dennis Marrates listed in 2008 included: shall. • Vance — A little over 60 She is survived by a percent. daughter, Jillian Hunter • Warren — Nearly 70 of Lantana, Fla.; and a percent. son, Cledwyn Weldon of • Granville — Nearly 60 percent. Boca Raton, Fla. She was • Franklin — More than preceded in death by her husband, Richard Thomas 70 percent. • Wake — Nearly 80 Weldon. percent. The family will receive • Chapel Hill-Carrboro — friends immediately Nearly 90 percent. following the service at • Region — More than the graveside at Liberty 70 percent. Christian Church. • North Carolina — Little Arrangements are by Over 70 percent. J.M. White Funeral Home. While tax bases in 2008-
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MARKET ROUNDUP 102909: Market charts show Dow, S&P 500, and urrencies etals Nasdaq; stand-alone; 2c x 4 1/2 inches; 96 mm x 114 mm; staff Aluminum - $.8742 per lb., London Metal NEW YORK (AP) — Key currency exEditors: All figures as of: 5:25:04 PM EST Exch. change rates Thursday: NOTE: Figures reflect market fluctuations after not match other AP content close; Coppermay -$2.9346 Cathode full plate, LME. Dollar vs: ExchgRate PvsDay Copper $3.0210 N.Y. Merc spot Thu. Lead - $2240.00 metric ton, London Metal Yen 91.49 90.79 Exch. Euro $1.4845 $1.4719 Zinc - $1.0160 per lb., London Metal Exch. Pound $1.6548 $1.6413 Gold - $1040.50 Handy & Harman (only Swiss franc 1.0181 1.0261 daily quote). Canadian dollar 1.0662 1.0790 Gold - $1046.40 troy oz., NY Merc spot Mexican peso 13.0675 13.3200 Thu. Silver - $16.630 Handy & Harman (only Metal Price PvsDay NY Merc Gold $1046.40 $1029.90 daily quote). Silver - $16.646 troy oz., N.Y. Merc spot NY HSBC Bank US $1045.00 $1027.00 NY Merc Silver $16.646 $16.231 Thu. Platinum -$1317.00 troy oz., N.Y. (contract). Platinum -$1338.20 troy oz., N.Y. Merc spot Nonferrous NEW YORK (AP) — Spot nonferrous metal Thu n.q.-not quoted, n.a.-not available r-revised prices Thursday:
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GM extends refund program By EMILY FREDRIX AP Marketing Writer
MILWAUKEE — General Motors Co. says its moneyback guarantee — key to its revival — is going so well it will extend the program into early 2010. The automaker launched its “May the Best Car Win” campaign in September as a way to get consumers to try GM cars and trucks with minimal risk. Consumers have been leery of the Detroit company since it filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year. The program, which offers refunds within 31 to 60 days of purchase, was slated to last two months and end Nov. 30. But it will now last until Jan. 4, 2010. Jay Spenchian, GM’s executive director of the marketing strategy support group, told The Associated Press on Thursday that more people are considering GM’s four brands — Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick — and few vehicles have been returned. “We’re starting to see big consideration changes and opinion changes,” he said. That’s what the company was hoping for when it created the campaign, which includes advertisements comparing GM vehicles to those of competitors. The nation’s largest automaker needs to improve sales so it can repay billions in government loans and stay in business. Spenchian said October’s numbers appear to be up. GM on Wednesday said it is likely next week to post its first year-over-year monthly sales gain in 21 months. Consumers have been holding off on big-ticket purchases in the recession, and even if they are spending, they’ve been reluctant to buy from GM, which emerged from bankruptcy protection this summer. So GM has been airing 17 television ads for its different brands, including the
Chevrolet Malibu, the Buick Lacrosse and GMC Terrain, comparing them with competitors and asking consumers to pick the best car. Andy Norton, general director, global consumer and product research, said one ad featuring the Lacrosse tested very well and showed consumers are thinking about Buick in a more positive light. Analysts say that the Buick brand has lacked a defined niche in the market and left consumers confused. In December, GM will
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• Michael Anthony Meadows Jr., 21, of 537 Culpepper Road, Manson, was arrested Oct. 28. Misdemeanor aggravated possession of marijuana. Misd driving while license revoked. Bond was set at $1,000. Court date Nov. 19. • Juquan Bullock, 17, of 312 Rowland was served with an order for arrest on Oct. 28. Misdemeanor failure to appear on a charge of trespass. Bond was set at $600. Court date Nov. 3. • Buffy Ford, 31, of 528 Water St. was served with an order for arrest on Oct. 28. Bond was set at $500. Court date Nov. 17. • Quincy Fuller, 36, of 327 E. Montgomery St. was served with an order for arrest on Oct. 28. Misdemeanor shoplifting/aid and abet. Misdemeanor aid and abet larceny. Bond was set at $1,000. Court date Nov. 17. • Mary Ann Perry, 41, of 304 Harriet St. was arrested Oct. 28. Misdemeanor simple assault. No bond. Court date Dec. 28. • Antoinette Parham, 20, of 556 Grant St. was arrested Oct. 28. Misdemeanor larceny. No bond. Court date Dec. 3.
• Jason Moore, 30, of 4262 Loudon Road, Bloomington, Ind. reported Oct. 28 the theft from a vehicle of the following items and their values: Dell laptop, $300; Garmin GPS unit, $750; silver Maglight, $50; and $10 in coins. Damage to a window estimated at $200. • Terry Dry, 49, of 115 Travis Lane reported Oct. 28 the theft from 389 Raleigh Road of a cigarette case valued at $10, pack of cigarettes valued at $5; miscellaneous personal ID cards valued at $5; and $317 in currency. • Alvin Lee Lassiter Jr., 33, of 1305 Lehman St. reported Oct. 28 the theft from a vehicle of the following items and their values: Kenwood DVD monitor/receiver, $1,300; 10-inch Memphis speakers, $600; and Memphis amplifier. Damage to the dashboard estimated at $500. • Dean Ballard, 60, of 9464 Bayfront Drive, Norfolk, reported Oct. 25 the theft from a vehicle of a Compaq/Presa laptop computer valued at $1,200. Damage to passenger side window estimated at $200.
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PLACERVILLE, Calif. — The Northern California couple charged with kidnapping and raping Jaycee Lee Dugard made a brief appearance in a courtroom Thursday for a hearing that gave two people with personal stakes in the case their first glimpses of the defendants in court. Phillip and Nancy Garrido were in El Dorado County Superior Court for two minutes before they were ordered to return for another case update on Dec. 11. Garrido Nancy Garrido smiled at her attorney, while Phillip Garrido kept his eyes on the judge. The pair have been charged with abducting Dugard from a school bus stop when she was 11 years old and then holding VANCE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE her captive in the backyard of their Antioch home Larceny Arrests for 18 years along with Dugard’s two daughters, • Brian Miller, 24, of 219 Pep• April Danielle Partin, 232, of who were fathered by Philper Lane reported Oct. 27 the 713 Berry St. was served with a lip Garrido. theft from the residence of the criminal summons on Oct. 28. They have pleaded following items and their values: Misdemeanor harassing phone 27-inch Emerson TV, $700; pair not guilty. Their defense calls. Court date Dec. 1. Timberland boots, $120; silver lawyers did not make any • Brandi Marie Boggs, 27, of watch with green face, $50; statements. 534 Wakefield Ave. was arrested silver bracelet, $90; Kodak digital Neither Dugard nor any Oct. 28. Misdemeanor assault camera, $130; $30 in coins; with intent to inflcit serious injury. white gold wedding band, $900; members of her immediate Bond was set at $500. Court family went to the hearand Louisa County, Va., high date Nov. 24. ing. But it was attended by school class ring with initials • Erika D. Henderson, 28, of ARU, $100. the woman Phillip Garrido 1204 Walter St. was served with a criminal summons on Oct. 28. Fraud/disposal of mortgage property. No bond. Court date Nov. 24. • Barbara Orr Taylor, 62, of 2575 Lynnbank Road was served with a criminal summons on Oct. 27. Misdemeanor worthless checks. No bond listed. Court date Nov. 22. • Spencer T. Person Jr., 22, of 106 Fox Run was served with an order for arrest on Oct. 28. Misdemeanor child support. Bond was set at $616. Court date Nov. 13.
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was convicted of raping and kidnapping in 1976, as well as a Southern California man who says he is Dugard’s biological father. Katie Callaway Hall and Kenneth Slayton said they want to support Dugard even though they have not spoken with her, and that monitoring the proceedings was their way of ensuring that Garrido is punished. Callaway Hall was kidnapped in her car and driven to a Nevada storage shed where Phillip Garrido raped her for hours. He served 11 years in prison for the attack before being released on parole. She said it said it was harder than she expected to see Garrido again up close. “The same old fear came back that I felt 33 years ago,” she said. “I feel so incredibly passionate about this. I am going to make sure this time he goes away forever.” The Associated Press does not identify rape victims as a matter of policy, but Callaway Hall has come forward to tell her story publicly, as have the Dugards. Slayton claims to be
Dugard’s father but says he has never met her because he did not know she existed until he briefly became a suspect in her 1991 kidnapping. He was more blunt about his feelings toward Garrido. “I just wanted to rip the guy’s face off,” Slayton said. “I would go ahead and take care of business right now.” Slayton has retained a lawyer of his own to help him establish his paternity and what he hopes is the opportunity to forge a relationship with Dugard, who has been staying in a secret Northern California location with her mother and daughters since she resurfaced in late August. “Is it ever too late to be a father?” said Slayton, who is married and has two other daughters. “I am here because Jaycee Lee Dugard needs a father. She needs a masculine role model.” The lawyer, Gloria Allred, said Dugard’s mother, Terry Probyn, so far has not tried to dispute that Slayton is the father, but has not permitted him to be in contact with her.
N.C. judge says his removal recommended CHARLOTTE (AP) — A North Carolina judge says a state panel has recommended his removal for misconduct after allegations he failed to resign as a corporate board director and fought with another judge. Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Bill Belk told WCNC-TV he learned Wednesday the Judicial Standards Commission recommended his removal. Belk did not return a call Thursday to The Associated Press. The grandson of the Belk department store chain’s founder says he expected the rebuke. He says he has been targeted for trying to reform the court system. Judicial Standards Commission executive director Paul Ross says he can’t confirm any possible recommendations to the state Supreme Court, which would decide Belk’s fate.
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