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The Gate Keeper response: Interesting meeting. Sources say that the closed session was supposed to have been about taking actions against a police that is supposedly under a felony investigation in Wilson NC. We will have to wait and see.
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Sharpsburg police chief fired; mayor’s powers clarified – Wilson Times

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)

Sharpsburg board fires police chief – WRAL

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)

Mayor accused of harassing police officers – The Wilson Times

SHARPSBURG — A law enforcement group has accused Mayor Robert L. Williams of lashing out at town police with racial slurs and rude hand gestures on the heels of his drunken driving arrest.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association says Williams’ behavior and his bid to strip Commissioner Randall Collie of police department oversight “reek of personal bias and retaliation.”

State PBA Executive Director John Midgette wrote a June 7 letter to the mayor and commissioners claiming “a pattern and practice of inappropriate conduct by the mayor toward the town’s police officers to include racially charged insults and inappropriate hand gestures directed at officers.” (Read more)

Sharpsburg mayor alleges racial bias, storms out of meeting – WRAL

SHARPSBURG, N.C. — Mayor Robert Williams interrupted an emergency meeting by the Sharpsburg Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening to claim local officials and police are biased against him because he’s black.

Williams then stormed out, pushing a television news reporter out of his way.

Within hours of his election last month, 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.

Less than two weeks after that, Williams was pulled over again and cited with driving while his license was revoked. His pending DWI charge meant he wasn’t supposed to be behind the wheel. (Read more)

Video shows new Sharpsburg mayor’s confrontation with CBS 17 reporter

SHARPSBURG, N.C. (WNCN) – Video from Tuesday afternoon shows the new mayor in Sharpsburg yelling at and pushing a CBS 17 reporter

On May 8, the night Robert Williams Jr. won the election for Sharpsburg mayor, he was arrested on a DWI charge.

An emergency meeting Tuesday in response to some allegations ended up being canceled because the new mayor was late.

CBS 17 reporter David Hurst was there for the meeting and tried to ask Williams questions.

However, Williams tried to block the CBS 17 camera, yelled at Hurst and pushed him away at one point, according to video. (Read more)

Letter to the Editor: Don’t prematurely condemn mayor-elect – Rocky Mount Telegram

It is my desire to shed light on the venerable character of Robert Williams Jr., the newly elected mayor of Sharpsburg.

Robert is a member of our congregation at Ebenezer Baptist Church and has been a member there for over 22 years and currently serves as a deacon. Robert has faithfully served our church, his communit, and his country with both dignity and honor.

Robert has served both as a soldier in the United States military in the Middle East and as a peace officer in North Carolina. He is a man of character who believes in serving others.

On Tuesday, May 8, after Mr. Williams’ electoral victory, he was pulled over while allegedly driving under the influence, among other alleged violations. Indeed, I am concerned about the circumstances around the post-election traffic stop that gave rise to the incident and the subsequent charges. We expect the truth of this escapade will be revealed in the courts, but we know the man who has sought our votes is a man who respects and obeys the law. (Read more)

Sharpsburg mayor-elect faces DWI, gun charges – Wilson Times

The Watch Dog response: I was wondering about the charges were any of them felony charges but Chief Hunt has answered that question. So with that being said it appears that Williams will be the Mayor. So I wonder what will the racist town commissioners and the Racist Police Department do now? I say that because I have been to Sharpsburg last year to meet with some residents about Racial Profiling and Police Harassment. They got some damn serious issues there taking folk cars and a local wrecker service making money because they are partners with the town.

SHARPSBURG — Mayor-elect Robert L. Williams Jr. was arrested on impaired driving and gun charges shortly after his Tuesday election win.

According to Sharpsburg Police Chief John Hunt, Williams was stopped at 8:05 p.m. after a report from a concerned citizen that Williams was driving a black Dodge Ram truck and appeared to be impaired.

Sharpsburg Police Officer William Bruesch located the vehicle on Mill Branch Road and proceeded to follow it.

“The vehicle failed to maintain the lane of travel, which gave the officer reason to believe the report of an impaired driver was accurate,” Hunt said in a release. “The police officer proceeded to stop the vehicle with blue lights and siren activated. The driver, Mr. Robert Williams Jr., eventually stopped on Sandy Knob Lane just prior to his residence.” (Read more)

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Sharpsburg Town Meeting Citizens Address Concerns With Police Department Tuesday September 12, 2017

HEATED MONTHLY MEETING IN STANTONSBURG – The Wilson Post

The Watch Dog response: Yours truly was mentioned in this article.

If you go past the three minute limit for public comment in a Stantonsburg town meeting, you could be arrested. Tuesday night while Wilson NAACP president Ricardo Dew was speaking, the three minute time limit was called. He asked Mayor Randy Weaver if he could ask one question before he sat down. Dew came to the town council  after a number of citizens called him to express their concerns about how they are treated by the police in that town

Weaver said he had to move on. “I’ve asked you to sit down, so please sit down,” Weaver said to Dew. A Sharpsburg police sergeant stood up behind Dew and reached for Dew’s left arm. Dew pulled his arm free. (The Wilson Post)

Police complaints dominate Sharpsburg meeting – Wilson Times

The Watch Dog response: Yours truly was mentioned in this article.

By Corey Friedman

cfriedman@wilsontimes.com | 252-265-7813

SHARPSBURG — Four people alleging unfair treatment from town police addressed Sharpsburg commissioners Tuesday, and Mayor Randy Weaver vowed to investigate the claims.

Police Chief John Hunt said reports and video recordings of the incidents will show officers acted appropriately in each case.

“We’ve got to do our job,” Hunt said after the meeting. “My main thing is to keep peace and make sure we have a safe community…If you violate the law, we will enforce it. I will not turn my head on it.” (Wilson Times)

Rocky Mount NC – The Rocky Mount Telegram, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV & The Community Council Do They Really Care About Unifying Rocky Mount Or Do They Just Want Black Folk To Sit Down And Shut Up?

The system is set up so that black folk are scared to speak out even when they are hurting. When you hurt me I am going to let you know. When you hurt other folk and I can see for myself what is going on, I hurt then too. I refuse to be silent on issues that affect folk as a whole.

I look at all of these media outlets and social media sites how they single out certain folk. But most of all I look at the comments and who are not afraid to speak out. Them white folk ain’t scared.

Look at what black folk being speaking out about on social media. Just damn scared until it hit home.

Right now there are 2 things going on on social media that is dear to me, I said to me because I know some of the folk or have been contacted by some of the folk.

In Sharpsburg there is discussion on 252 Hoodnews about black folk (women/young folk) cars being towed that don’t need to be towed when the Sharpsburg Police Department call a local wrecker to get the cars. If the folk don’t pay the money to get cars back they get to sell them. I have been told and it has been stated that when the folk ask to let their cars sit there and they come back to get it or to request to call their own wrecker, they have been denied.

Today in the paper and all those I named above are going after Councilman Andre Knight. Look at the comments who are saying what. Black folk are scared to comment.

Now I understand some black folk are scared to comment because they are scared of retaliation. Well just know that when your time comes, you may need some folk to help you while you were silent while it was happening to others.

This pisses me the hell off because I refuse to be silent. I can’t understand how folk sit back and allow injustice to take place and say nothing.

I will not sit down and shut up even if you come after me. I will stand until the end.

I ain’t mad with nobody, however I will not allow you to promote mess that ain’t right. Tell the whole story!

Sharpsburg NC – Folk In Sharpsburg You Need To Talk To These Folk Running For Office Because It Appears Ya’ll Have Some Serious Issues Going On

Now is the time to get involved and talk to these candidates that are running. I know Linda Virgil a former councilwoman and I know she is a fighter and sincere about helping folk. She want what is best for all folk. I know Rev. Maurice Garrett and don’t know how actively engage he has been in politics but I would think he would do what is right. I have heard of Robert Williams Jr. and if I am correct he has been a commissioner or has ran in a previous election. But you the citizens of Sharpsburg need to find out for yourself who these folk are and what they will bring to the table.

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Sharpsburg NC – Do You Think This Female Was Done Wrong While Dealing With Sharpsburg Police Department and Taylor Wrecker Service?

The Watch Dog response: The following makes no sense to me. I don’t understand why the car was towed. I have never experienced that one has to use the wrecker service that the police department wanted to call. Folk can request their own wrecker service and also where they want their car towed. I wonder how many women have been through this? Could this be something that is going on in Sharpsburg and other areas? I was told that the Sharpsburg Police Department had the option to just call a wrecker of their choice. I could understand that if the car is needed for evidence but in this situation the car didn’t needed to be towed. Actually since there were not outstanding warrants for the female the officer could have actually just followed the female home and took the tags. Why would anyone want to make someone spend money for no reason because again it is no reason that the car should have been towed. Keep in mind these are the facts as we know them so don’t try to add to or take away from the message below. I need to add that the bill was $75.00 on Saturday and you can add $35.00 per day to it now. Most of the time you have a 30 day time period to pay the bill. The female live 3 to 4 minutes away from the location that she was stopped so why not let her drive car home and then took the tags?

A cry out from a female!

On July 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm I was stopped by the Sharpsburg police. Officer T. Mooring came to my car and told me he pulled me over because my driver side headlight was out. Then he proceeded to ask me for my driver’s licenses, a few minutes later he came and told me my tags were dead and he has to call Taylor Wrecker Service to tow my car. I asked the officer if I could call my own tow and also explained to him that I got insurance on the vehicle. I then showed him my insurance car, he then told me no and that he see where the car was insured but his Chief said they could call the wrecker that they wanted. So about 10 minutes later Taylor Wrecker came talking very rudely telling me to get out my car, so I got out and he tells me that he will tow my car home for $75.00 or its going to his shop and that it will be $35.00 each day it’s there plus the $75.00. I have since then spoken with the Chief with no such help. When I was pulled over I pulled in the parking lot of Speedway gas station on S. Hathaway 301 and asked the employee was it okay to leave my vehicle there for about an hour until someone picked me up but the officer would not stand for it and kept saying that his chief said no they get to call who they wanted. I repeatedly asked the officer and ketting him know that I was a single parent and that I couldn’t afford tow services and all he stated was that he has to eat too.