Corruption in Columbus County NC

Corruption in Columbus County NC

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Amos Nance

Whiteville, NC

#1 Mar 7, 2011
WRAL Spin On Sen Soles Shooting, Some History!
Monday, August 24th, 2009 | Written by Chad Adams |

WRAL is portraying Sen RC Soles’ shooting incident on Sunday as almost heroic.

A man who witnessed a state senator shooting an intruder Sunday said Monday that the senator was trying to defend himself.

Of note, the “witness” is a former client of Soles (as is the man he shot) named BJ Wright and had received $8k from the Senator for undisclosed reasons while in prison. WRAL really leaves a great deal of the story out as WWAY in Wilmington is reporting Kyle Blackburn was shot not defensively but offensively. Blackburn also has had problems with law as have countless other special friends and acquaintances of the Senator who consistently proclaims his innocence all the way back to the ColCor days (Columbus County Corruption) when RC was closely involved with Rex Gore (who happens to be the District Attorney now.) This story has more twists and turns, but in no way can RC come out a hero.

Gore and Soles have a long standing friendship, and are political allies in the Democratic Party. In fact, Senator Soles has given money to Rex Gore’s campaign for district attorney, and Gore has given money to Soles’ campaign with thousands of dollars changing hands over the years. According to published reports, the two were linked back in the 1980′s in a federal case known as Col-Cor, which was short for Columbus County corruption.(WWAY-TV3, Wilmington)

At some point somebody is going to tie all this together with the previous problems Soles has had with numerous young men he has claimed to help over the years. But SOOOO many questions remain.

• Soles had an incident last year where he hit a young man with a shoe (nope didn’t make that up) and used his video surveillance to clear himself.(Soles has a gate on his property) How did the “intruders” get onto Soles’ property without his permission?

• If Soles was attacked why is he not pressing charges?

• If the kids were attacked why are they not pressing charges?

• What is the reason that Soles has built houses, bought cars and given cash to so many truly troubled young men with drug problems?

• Where is Soles coming up with these large sums of cash? What are the tax implications for the recipients?

• The “I can’t hear you” interview about RC’s relationship with Alan Strickland alleging improper involvement and more money being given away including a corvette and home?

• Another former client was beat back with a shoe by RC. This one was Stacey Scott, 26 at the time. This is where Soles used the surveillance tapes that he could use now if they truly exonerate him?

• Allen Strickland and Thomas Blackburn supposedly were harassing the Senator, but Soles instructed officers not to arrest them last year. If I’m not mistaken, Kyle and Thomas are the same person kind of tying all this together. Is anyone putting this together?

And this is but the tip of the iceberg. Tabor City is a small place, this is the stuff that makes for a great movie somewhere down the line. Reminiscent of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”What happened to the great reporting that earned the Tabor City Tribune the honor of being the first weekly newspaper to earn a Pulitzer Prize? Yep, it sure did!

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