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Michele LaVecchia

Charlotte, NC

#1 Aug 17, 2013
Well, its 10:00pm on Sat night and I just returned to my shop after an hour at the GC Sheriff's department. I figured I'd share my own experience before everyone else has an opportunity to revel in my misfortune. I will be perfectly candid, and hopefully short. Tonight, at 7:30pm, I was visited by the BPD with a warrant for my arrest. The officers were very nice, as usual, and allowed me the privledge of closing my shop and securing it before they had to take me to 'jail.' I thank them for their discretion and their empathy, whether real or implied. I also thank those who called me to offer assistance,as there were many people who witnessed my departure in hand cuffs. Alas, I was arrested for allegedly, and I am serious, communicating a threat to a Mr Roger Barker of the general store on the evening of Aug 16. The complaint read, and I quote, " That I threatened to punch Mr Barker in the nose". This, of course, allegedly occurred in the general store parking lot after I told Mr Barker several times to stop slamming my gate shut in the courtyard to the train depot. I'm going to let everyone else chew on this, and I am prepared for the usual snide remarks and foul comments made about me, my family, and what horrible trouble making people we are. It is inevitable, and unfortunately this is not the first time. I know this will impact my family's reputation. I know this will impact my business at the Ice Cream Shop and I know this will impact my credibility as a person, and as a small business owner - that is THE POINT of this complaint made by Mr Barker. I am prepared for that. I am prepared for all of the back lash. I am prepared legally, professionally, and socially, and there is nothing I can do about the malice of other people. Being at the center of these allegations definitely diminishes my reputation - and that is THE POINT of them also. Mr Caldwell, of the Belmont Soda Shoppe has tried twice ( both unsuccessfully ) to tarnish my record, but the Court saw through his dishonesty. Now Mr Barker has perjured himself to the Court in accusing me of similar behavior in order to advance his motives for putting me out of business ( yes, I own an ice cream shop right next door to the General Store, and they have been far less than neighborly to me since I opened ). It is no secret that both Mr Caldwell and Mr Adams of the General Store were both terminated by my father for poor performance, and it is no secret that my family has suffered numerous allegations from both parties ever since. So I thought I would take this tedious opportunity to address the issue once again in the face of the inevitable slandering of me and my family that will follow. Again, that is THE POINT of these arrest warrants. I am not a violent woman, I do not hurt people, and I do not threaten people, but I find that the same individuals who have a beef with my family, seem to continuously find it amusing and acceptable, to lie under oath, attempt to do us harm, and have no conscience about it. Well, Mr Barker, you may perjure yourself all you want, if that makes you feel like a good man. You ARE the coward that I told you you were and I have every confidence that the court will find you as incredible and as dishonest as your malicious buddies. In the meantime, I am sure that folks will want to stay far away from the drama that you all keep perpetuating. I dont blame them. It will harm my business, and my reputation and my family once again. I imagine you gain pleasure from that and that is out of my control. And it did not go unnoticed, Lane Adams, that you drove by my shop several times this evening with a salivating and snide look on your face, waiting to see the police come and arrest me. If that gives you pleasure, all the power to you too. I will rise above it. In time, and I will take my licks, as I have since moving here. Belmont is still my home, it is home to my family and it is home to my business. Your antics are in vain and are deplorable.
Downtown Shopper

Charlotte, NC

#2 Aug 17, 2013
That guy in the General Store is really creepy. Be very careful. Anyone can go to the courthouse in Gastonia & accuse anyone of anything they choose to dream up and the BPD has to come & arrest them. It's a weird justice system we have.
local resident

Gastonia, NC

#3 Aug 18, 2013
The people of Belmont are tired of Levecchia drama. We ask you and your family to get out of our town. We did not have this before you all came. It's one thing after another. Please go elsewhere. I don't wish you any harm, but you have helped ruin our town.
Resident Two

Charlotte, NC

#4 Aug 18, 2013
local resident wrote:
The people of Belmont are tired of Levecchia drama. We ask you and your family to get out of our town. We did not have this before you all came. It's one thing after another. Please go elsewhere. I don't wish you any harm, but you have helped ruin our town.
The people of Belmont who want to run off businesses are few & far between. The Levecchia's are not instigating this drama. The BPD & the DA in Gastonia need to get together & stop acting on these unfounded accousations. It is a waste of tax payer money & an enbarressment to the well meaning residents who really care about this town.
Adult

Mount Holly, NC

#5 Aug 18, 2013
You are a violent woman and you do threaten people I was out there on the 16 and saw just how violent you really are. My pawpaw did nothing to you he is not a coward he is a good man he was trying to ignore you you came out there and started this. I will say it agin you came out there and started on him I saw it all and I am his grand son you are not a nice lady for causing all this.
Woodrow Resident

Gastonia, NC

#6 Aug 18, 2013
I don't have a dog in this fight.. however, I'm an adult male who is lucky enough to live in Belmont. If any of you ever see me having to go to the Belmont Police to take out a warrant against a 100 lb. female, just go ahead and put me in my grave.
My mom always said something about sticks and stones.... it's a good motto to live by.

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Main Street Resident

Charlotte, NC

#7 Aug 18, 2013
Woodrow Resident wrote:
I don't have a dog in this fight.. however, I'm an adult male who is lucky enough to live in Belmont. If any of you ever see me having to go to the Belmont Police to take out a warrant against a 100 lb. female, just go ahead and put me in my grave.
My mom always said something about sticks and stones.... it's a good motto to live by.
"Amen" to that.
Belmontian

Charlotte, NC

#8 Aug 18, 2013
Adult wrote:
You are a violent woman and you do threaten people I was out there on the 16 and saw just how violent you really are. My pawpaw did nothing to you he is not a coward he is a good man he was trying to ignore you you came out there and started this. I will say it agin you came out there and started on him I saw it all and I am his grand son you are not a nice lady for causing all this.
Your opinion is biased & carries no weight. Of course your pawpaw is right and the rest of Belmont is wrong.
Clarion Fund

AOL

#9 Aug 18, 2013
you people need to grow up
rogerdodger

Charlotte, NC

#10 Aug 18, 2013
Adult wrote:
You are a violent woman and you do threaten people I was out there on the 16 and saw just how violent you really are. My pawpaw did nothing to you he is not a coward he is a good man he was trying to ignore you you came out there and started this. I will say it agin you came out there and started on him I saw it all and I am his grand son you are not a nice lady for causing all this.
young man, your paw paw is not a nice man ut it is touching that you defend him. He is the same man that drew his gun on my son several weeks ago. Ms Lavecchia was right to call him a coward. I would have punched him in the nose myself if I was there.
Adult

Mount Holly, NC

#11 Aug 18, 2013
rogerdodger wrote:
<quoted text>young man, your paw paw is not a nice man ut it is touching that you defend him. He is the same man that drew his gun on my son several weeks ago. Ms Lavecchia was right to call him a coward. I would have punched him in the nose myself if I was there.
I am sure he did not point his gun at your kid and she is a coward she is just talk she can't do anything.
Reamo

Belmont, NC

#12 Aug 18, 2013
I think I,m gonna go have myself an ice cream.
Phil Occifer

United States

#13 Aug 18, 2013
I'm sick of hearing th ese haters take about this Lavechia family.It's absolutely tasteless and mostly baseless it seems.Everyone knows about the evil inside circles which operate in all our petty little towns of Gaston County
Something is rotten in Denmark when a family has been harassed and targets so publicly that HELLEN KELLER could see through this immature debacle and spectacle these losers in Belmont have on their personal hate machine agendas.Have a nice afternoon.

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LouLou

Gastonia, NC

#14 Aug 18, 2013
Bottom line- we didn't have this constant mess until this family bought the town. Run business off? Oh yeah- if they are causing trouble- you bet. There's plenty of GOOD business that doesn't act this way. Just because you own a business doesn't give you the right to act out.
michael

Charlotte, NC

#15 Aug 18, 2013
I was there on thursday too . Shelley told Barker to stop closing the gate on her property and the guy told her there was nothing she could do about it. She did call him a coward and he said he was going to tell Lane to call 911.I had to laugh
resident also

Charlotte, NC

#16 Aug 18, 2013
Resident Two wrote:
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The people of Belmont who want to run off businesses are few & far between. The Levecchia's are not instigating this drama. The BPD & the DA in Gastonia need to get together & stop acting on these unfounded accousations. It is a waste of tax payer money & an enbarressment to the well meaning residents who really care about this town.
The BPD are bound by law to act on complaints made through the magistrate's office. The real problem seems to be the same people who keep abusing the system knowing they can have anyone arrested just by saying something happened. My question to Mr. Barker would be, why not call the police if you were threatened? He probably knew they couldnt and wouldnt do anything so he went to the magistrate with his story. He will get his due in court. I have met Michelle and she is a smart woman and will not let this go unanswered. I would also suggest that she not put herself in a situation with these people that would allow them to continue this type of harassment.
Barfly

Concord, NC

#17 Aug 19, 2013
Michelle, why is it that you are the only merchant in town that can't make nice with your neighbors? I think the term drama queen might best explain it.
Belmont Mom

Clemmons, NC

#18 Aug 19, 2013
Woodrow Resident wrote:
I don't have a dog in this fight.. however, I'm an adult male who is lucky enough to live in Belmont. If any of you ever see me having to go to the Belmont Police to take out a warrant against a 100 lb. female, just go ahead and put me in my grave.
My mom always said something about sticks and stones.... it's a good motto to live by.
Seriously, a grown man scared of a little woman? I can't believe the police are allowed to harass woman over some weanie saying he's scared of her hitting him. Really? This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. The "men" in Belmont need to grow some balls or something.
Jellybean

Beverly Hills, CA

#19 Aug 19, 2013
local resident wrote:
The people of Belmont are tired of Levecchia drama. We ask you and your family to get out of our town. We did not have this before you all came. It's one thing after another. Please go elsewhere. I don't wish you any harm, but you have helped ruin our town.
Ruin??? Before teh LeVecchia's there wasn't much happening in Belmont. They should be commended for revitalizing downtown. Belmont is a wonderful place to live with lots to offer.....the LeVecchia's played a huge role!!!
Aint Skeerd

Belmont, NC

#20 Aug 19, 2013
I think that BGS would make a wonderful antique shop after it goes out of business.

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