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Government Officials Engage in Illicit Actions Enriching Themselves at Costs to the Community

In comments made in response to the most recent article by RC Catalyst regarding actions facilitated by the Judicial Council, former Superior Court Judge Laura “Suzy” Bridges implicated a number of local officials in engaging in actions expressly prohibited by North Carolina State ethics laws. THE CREATION OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE As previously reported, […]

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legislative provision addressing public access to records used in a death investigation

Gov. Roy Cooper, seen here at an earlier press conference, said Wednesday that a legislative provision addressing public access to records used in a death investigation is “problematic,” but he didn’t say he won’t allow it to become law anyway due to other measures in the bill. Screen grab from UNC-TV Following public outcry and […]

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Further Allegations of Misconduct surrounding former judge Randy Pool while State and Federal Investigations Loom

Since the sudden resignation of former Chief Judge Randy Pool, allegations of further misconduct have continued to surface. Many of the known victims are currently reluctant to reveal their stories or seek assistance in making any attempts to seek legal recourse for Judge Pool’s often retaliatory conduct. Judge Pool seemingly punished these other victims in […]

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Corruption within District Legal System?

As previously reported, information regarding former Chief Judge Randy Pool’s misconduct and abuses of power with respect to many women appearing before him continues to surface throughout our judicial district. Although additional details regarding the scope and scale of Judge Randy Pool’s actions will be discussed in a forthcoming article, many in the community have […]

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Column: Unaffiliated voters voting in either primary wield the power in RC

RALEIGH, N.C. —The Unaffiliated voters are wielding power already in this 2020 Primary Election. Unaffiliated voters may choose which primary they wish to vote in. One consideration for their choice of party ballot is whether their votes make more of a difference in LOCAL or National Elections. Another consideration is the deceptive mailing made to […]

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District Attorney Ted Bell loses another Assistant D.A.

MARION — Assistant District Attorney David Denninger has left the employ of District 29A Attorney Ted Bell. Denninger was a familiar figure in the McDowell District Court after becoming Assistant District Attorney (ADA) under D.A. Ted Bell in January 2015. Denninger has accepted an ADA position in a neighboring county. Denninger obtained his law degree […]

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Judicial changes coming for Rutherford & McDowell Counties

JUDICIAL DISTRICT 29A — Judge Laura Powell will be hanging up her robe on Nov. 1 as she takes the helm as Public Defender (PD) for the district. The PD position was approved as part of the 2018-2-19 N.C. budget and covers both Rutherford and McDowell counties. The bill specified that the Office of Indigent […]

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2 Prosecutors quit District 29A Attorney Bell’s office

JUDICIAL DISTRICT 29A — District attorney Ted Bell accepted the resignations of two of his Superior Court prosecutors. Assistant District Attorney Michelle McEntire who worked in the McDowell County office tendered her resignation earlier this month effective at the end of July. McEntire has been an assistant district attorney in McDowell since 2007, after graduating […]

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ADA McEntire dismisses District 29A rape case

MARION — On Monday in District 29A Superior Court in Marion with Judge Marvin Pope presiding, Assistant District Attorney Michelle McEntire dismissed the following charges for defendant Lloyd Roger Crowder, Sr.: Initial Charge: 15 CRS 51342 Statutory Rape / Sex Offense Defendant > 6 years Indecent Liberties with a minor 17 CRS 187 Statutory Rape […]