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Police accountability: Accessing law enforcement records in NC

by Kate Martin   Audio from Carolina Public Press · Police accountability: Accessing law enforcement records in NC As calls for police accountability sweep the nation, more people are interested in understanding how to find out whether law enforcement officers in their communities have been accused of misconduct. However, even getting something as simple as a police report in North Carolina […]

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RUTHERFORD & MCDOWELL COUNTIES, NC —Judicial District 41 has been ravaged by drugs for decades. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable individuals in our society – the addicts, those living in poverty, and those with prior criminal histories who are easily discredited and overlooked – have been actively exploited, wrongfully imprisoned, and far too many have died […]

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Stolen Property Located, Suspects Sought

On June 26, 2020, a Haulmark 16′ tandem axle trailer and Knudson 1770 Gutter Machine were stolen out of Rutherford County. Both were located and recovered in Mill Spring, North Carolina, on July 9. Detective Ellenburg secured warrants on Joseph Anthony Pavelko and Melissa Cooper Philbeck.  The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information on […]

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Face Covering Facts (Masks and NC Executive Order 141)

June 30, 2020 On June 24th Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 141 that became effective June 26 at 5 pm and remains in effect until July 17.  One defining point in this order is the mandatory wearing of face coverings.  This has been a highly contested point among citizens in the state. Many […]

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R-S Central High School Marching Band Trailer Located; Investigation Continues

*UPDATE* 6/29/2020 at 5:20 PM On 06/29/2020, detectives with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office located the trailer reported stolen from the R.S Central High School Marching Band at 195 Dean Avenue in Inman, South Carolina. Mark Eugene Earnhart, from 195 Dean Avenue in Inman, South Carolina, has been charged by the Spartanburg […]

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Suspected FC Shooter Now in Custody

On the evening of Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Forest City Police Department responded to a call for police services that reported a child had been shot inside of a car on Oak Street. When officers arrived on scene, they found two individuals removing Aaliyah Norris, 7 years of age, from a maroon in color […]

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STOLEN: 2002 USCA enclosed trailer from Temple Baptist Church

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a white, 2002 USCA enclosed trailer. The trailer was reported stolen from Temple Baptist Church, located at 132 Franklin Road in Mooresboro, on 06/13/2020. The trailer is owned by Spindale Fellowship Holiness Church and was displaying a North Carolina Tag: AA-18108. Anyone […]

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How do cops use force in NC? Most agencies won’t say

JUNE 16, 2020, BY NC WATCHDOG REPORTING NETWORK When law enforcement officers use tear gas or related measures against protesters, it generally triggers reports on the use of force, but many agencies aren’t sharing those records with the public. Here, New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies deployed tear gas to disperse a Wilmington crowd on May 31. […]

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The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office honored Chief Deputy Ricky McKinney and Sergeant Marc Duncan with a breakfast reception to acknowledge their retirement. Chief McKinney and Sgt. Duncan each complete 30 years of faithful service in law enforcement. Sheriff Chris Francis presented each of them an engraved crystal, their badge, and service weapon. Sheriff Francis thanked […]

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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 […]