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DISTRICT RAVAGED BY INTERNATIONAL DRUG TRAFFICKING AS INDICATIONS OF LOCAL OFFICIALS’ INVOLVEMENT BEGIN TO SURFACE

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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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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Ex-WoFF member makes bail despite judge’s denial of bail reduction

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, NC — This morning in Rutherford County NC District Court, Judge Robert Martelle ruled against ex-WoFF member Stephen Cordes’ motion for a reduction of the $100,000 bond. Many bailbondsmen require a $10,000 cash payment upfront. In his ruling, Judge Martell noted that: Cordes had a loaded shotgun, was in possession of illegal controlled […]

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Senior District Court Judge and new District 41 Judgeship candidates

Shortly after former District Court Judge Randy Pool retired last year, the District 41 bar (McDowell & Rutherford County attorneys) met to nominate candidates for gubernatorial appointment replace ment. As verified in nominee Anna Kegley’s Facebook post of December 20, 2019, the nominees were: Joshua Howell, Michelle McEntire, Krinn Evans, Alicia Vega, and Anna Kegley. […]

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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 […]