SHARPSBURG — Town commissioners fired the police chief following a lengthy closed session held during a special meeting Monday.
Commissioner Randall Collie made the motion to fire Chief John Hunt, who has been police chief since Feb. 10, 2016.
Hunt’s conduct surrounding a traffic stop occurring on May 21 “demonstrated a lack of professionalism, integrity, poor judgment and involved an improper directive to his officers,” Collie said.
“Subsequently, disciplinary actions taken, equipment decisions made by Chief Hunt against the officers involved in the traffic stop were viewed by the Board of Commissioners as retaliatory in direct violation of the board’s prior warning against retaliation,” Collie said.
Collie said the board had “a lack of confidence in Chief Hunt’s abilities to carry out his professional duties as chief and to effectively lead his department.”
Collie also said Hunt potentially subjected the town to “monetary liability through these intentional, wrongful acts.” (Read more)
Greenlight Community Broadband is slated to discontinue service to Pinetops by July 12, but the sale of infrastructure in the town will mean residents won’t miss out on high-speed broadband.
“Everyone I know who has Greenlight is very sad that this is happening,” said former Pinetops commissioner Suzanne Coker Craig. “Everyone has been extremely satisfied with not only the speed of the connection, but the customer service. The city of Wilson has served us extremely well, and we have no need to change.”
However, the change in providers was necessitated by the addition of Suddenlink service in Pinetops and a 2017 law stipulating the public provider has 30 days to stop service after a competitive provider connects to Greenlight’s customers in rural Nash and Edgecombe counties. On June 13, the notification was sent by Suddenlink, and Greenlight sought a buyer for the fiber optic infrastructure. (Read more)
SHARPSBURG, N.C. — The Board of Commissioners fired Sharpsburg’s chief of police on Monday following two traffic stops involving the mayor in recent weeks.
Mayor Robert Williams summarily removing Commissioner Randall Collie as police commissioner during a June 5 board meeting and appointing Police Chief John Hunt to the position before abruptly adjourning the meeting.
The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association criticized the action, as well as alleging that Williams hurled racially charged insults and made obscene gestures toward officers during two traffic stops.5
Within hours of his May 8 election, Williams was charged with driving while impaired after leaving a local polling site. He also was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, having a concealed gun after consuming alcohol, carrying a concealed handgun in private premises where prohibited and two counts of resisting a public officer. (Read more)
Last Tuesday there was an Edgecombe County Democratic Party meeting held in Rocky Mount at Edgecombe Community College. All of the members that make up the county officers which is a total of 6 need to resign effective immediately so that party can move forward cleaning up mess and also working towards the November General Election.
I did not attend the meeting because I had already had another meeting on my schedule. However I would not have attended anyway because I wanted to see how the meeting goes without me present. I strongly feel the Edgecombe County Democratic Party should not meet about anything other than to remove all the county officers left. Attorney Jim Marrow has not been to a meeting in a little over 1 year. The secretary Pastor Yvette Hart-Brown has resigned. The other officers Chair Lawrence K. Taylor, 1st Vice Martha Knight Johnson, 2nd Vice Dr. Glenda L. Knight, 3rd Vice VACANT, Secretary VACANT and Treasurer Stephanie Hunter all need to resign. I had said a couple of the officers may could stay on but after learning about the conversations in a county officers meeting a couple of weeks ago and the meeting this past week, I have come to the conclusion that all of them need to go. I don’t need to go into any detail why because I have been talking about the problem with the party for over a year.
I commend those who stood up to the chair Lawrence K. Taylor and Rev. Roosevelt Higgs who has been a distraction over the years as ya’ll shut them down during the meeting on Tuesday because there was not a quorum. Hell that has been the case in the majority of the meetings.
Well folk can’t say I was the problem during the meeting on Tuesday since I was not there. If folk had supported me when I questioned the chair Lawrence K. Taylor about the agenda, the minutes and the treasurer’s report we would not be at this point. But you see when you allowed him to carry on the meetings and not demand he provide what I asked, then he was telling everyone that he had the support of the party. He was running around trying to discredit me and Stephanie trying to turn folk against us. Hell he ought to been trying to come up with the money he has spent. Well I hear he did try to come up with it because trying to get folk especially elected officials to just donate money to him to put in the treasurer.
I am so embarrassed because I have never seen the Edgecombe County Democratic Party out of compliance. Yes we have had to fight over the years especially dealing with racial tensions but we got pass that and the party began to reflect the makeup of the county. But then we have had Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and Lawrence K. Taylor to take the party to hell just like that guy and his trummies in the Shit House doing to America.
Well I hope my fellow Democrats will stop wasting time and go ahead and ask the officers to resign and if they do not to file a petition with the State Democratic Party to seek to remove them.
Not only are we suffering as the Edgecombe County Democratic Party but do you not understand the real effect of what this is doing to the county? Do you think elected officials locally and statewide are going to take our party serious? Ain’t nobody going to invest any funds to the party and also they ain’t going to work through the party to get anything done.
I will be waiting for my fellow Democrats that want to get the party back on track so until that time I am going to just ride out the storm.
I do want to remind ya’ll that as long as I continue to be a precinct chair which makes me a part of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee I am going to continue to hold everyone accountable because we all are accountable for the actions of the party. I have spoken out against the mess and will continue to speak out.
Charles Ray Stanley Tarboro NC
My condolences goes out to Francis Stanley and the entire Stanley family. I have been knowing Bro. Stanley since around the 90’s and he was one of the most sought after musicians and singers around. I used to travel around with him when he was a part of The Traveling Gospelaires. I have recorded him many times over the years and just recorded him last Saturday at a funeral.
Services Entrusted to Willoughby Funeral Homes Inc. Tarboro NC
Dorothy Batts Pope Rocky Mount NC
My condolences goes out to Clarence Pope and the entire Pope family. I used to work with Dorothy at Honeywell some years ago. She was a real nice lady.
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Compare the handwriting letter in brown envelope when Higgs was chair in 2017 with letter white envelope and Lawrence K. Taylor is the chair.
So Higgs is calling women in the party bullying them. Couldn’t be my wife and/or daughter. Not even me because he has one more time to call my number.