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Clients of Senator Soles say they were questioned by FBI regarding prostitution and molestation

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009


For sometime now, we’ve had information and documents that indicate an ongoing FBI investigation of R.C. Soles, the state’s longest serving senator.

Today, a Tabor City newspaper published interviews with both Senator Soles and one source about that investigation. In fact, there’s much more to this story that we’ve been investigating now for the past year, and today we feel compelled to tell you what we know.

Seventeen-year-old Allen Strickland has been in the news for weeks, ever since his new house in Tabor City caught fire in an apparent arson.

On July 1st, a few weeks before that fire, Allen and a few of his friends, all clients of State Senator R.C. Soles, sat down with WWAY’s Ann McAdams to discuss problems they were having with the Senator.

They told Ann about being called to testify before the FBI, about possible misconduct on the part of the Senator.

Ann asked Allen what they testified about. “About molestation, about prostitution,” Allen said.

“I went to Raleigh and went before the grand jury and they questioned me for about six-and-a-half hours,” said Jackie Jordan, one of Soles’ clients.

This wasn’t the first time we’d heard stories like this.

A year ago, another one of Senator Soles’ clients named Stacey Scott talked to us about his testimony before the FBI.

His recollection of the line of questioning was very similar. “The FBI is investigating him, as far as I know, for embezzlement, arson, child molestation,” Scott said.

Scott added, “He (Soles) did try to molest me when I was 15-years-old, and I have not told the feds that…he tried to grab by my genitalia and I backed off and I said, ‘you know my dad would kill you’…he said ‘please don’t tell nobody’ and he gave me a thousand dollars.”

Shortly after Scott testified for the grand jury, he says he was picked up by two private investigators for RC Soles, who spent hours asking him questions.

“Has RC Soles ever molested you? Has he ever paid you to do certain things like burn down Dewey Hill’s grocery store and everything, which is what I was questioned about in federal court,” Scott said.

Unlike Allen Strickland, Stacey Scott said he’d lost his copy of his federal subpoena.

We have not aired that interview until now in fairness to the Senator, but in light of recent developments, and the Senator’s consistent refusal to talk to NewsChannel 3 about these troubling allegations, and most recently, him accusing us of tabloid journalism, we’re now moving forward and telling you exactly why we’ve been so anxious to talk to him for so long.

Although we’ve seen two different federal subpoenas, where the people being served told us they were asked to testify about Senator Soles, the FBI would not confirm or deny that an investigation is going on.

In addition to the documents we’ve seen, we have much more first hand testimony that we’ve been reluctant to air without first talking to the Senator, but he’s made it impossible for us to do our job the way we’d prefer.

Again today, the senator refused our request to talk to him. We will continue to reach out to him for comment.

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videoFor sometime now, we’ve had information and documents that indicate an ongoing FBI investigation of R.C. Soles, the state’s longest serving senator. Now it is time to make that knowledge public.

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Superstreet spreads south from Leland

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

Superstreets and self-contained communities are becoming the norm along the budding U.S. 17 corridor in Brunswick County.

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Texting your emergencies to 911

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009


Text messaging technology has been around for years, but if you are in an emergency situation only one 911 call center in Iowa has the technology to handle texts, and they just got it this month. Now New Hanover County Emergency Services is taking steps to let your fingers do the talking when you can’t.

According to CTIA, the wireless association, cell phone users have sent more than one trillion text messages since the technology became available. None of them went to 911 call centers, but that could change in the near future.

“Texting is a feature that’s out there and it’s time we start using it in 911,” said 911 communications manager Debora Cottle.

The New Hanover County 911 call center is upgrading its phone lines and partnering with an emergency communications company called Intrado to bring text messaging to emergency services. If all goes according to plan, emergency texts could be available within the next 12 months.

“It will be another means that they can get to us quicker,” Cottle said.

With the service, 911 operators could use cell phone GPS systems to locate the caller, receive pictures and video, and improve communication with hearing and speech impaired callers.

“Somebody can text in an emergency, not only a hearing impaired person, but if somebody was in danger and had to be quiet they could text it in,” added Sheriff Ed McMahon.

Cottle added, “Well sometimes you can’t talk on the phone. It may be a domestic, it may be a situation at a school where something bad has happened a hostage situation.”

For local law enforcement, making emergency texting available to the public could improve communications with a younger generation. “You see them texting all the time rather than talking on the phone. So it might be a more natural way for the youth to be able to be more comfortable in reporting crimes even,” McMahon said.

Helping improve emergency services one character at a time.

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videoTexting has become a popular form of communication for all ages, but it could soon become the best form of communication for all emergencies.

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Property crime numbers spike in Wilmington for 2009

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

By David Reynolds and Shannan BowenDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

After six years of seeing crime numbers decrease, Wilmington police have witnessed a spike in crime in early 2009, officials said Wednesday.

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Visitor spending up in most areas, but not New Hanover County

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009


Visitors in the Tar Heel state spent almost $17 billion last year. The Governor’s Office today released the visitor spending numbers from 2008 and they reflect some positive economic news for most of North Carolina.

The Satin family enjoyed their ice cream cones along the riverfront Wednesday afternoon, a sweet part of their vacation from Connecticut.

While they’re helping to pump dollars into North Carolina’s economy, they’re doing so carefully.

“We got a house on the beach with kind of a bigger group to help split the cost a little bit,” Joel Satin said. “We drove down this year instead of flying.”

Visitor spending increased in 62 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in 2008.

Spending in Bladen County was up 5.4 percent, Brunswick County 0.2 percent, Columbus County 4.6 percent, and Pender County saw a 2.5 percent increase.

New Hanover was the only local county to see a decrease, with spending down 0.8 percent.

“When you consider that we’re comparing to 2007, a year when spending was up almost ten percent, plus the fact that the recession kind of settled in during late 2008, being down less than one percent isn’t really as bad as it could have been,” said Connie Nelson of the Cape Fear Visitors Bureau.

Especially since people still are visiting the area, even if it is with a watchful eye.

As for spending in 2009, Connie Nelson says it’s down almost nine percent in New Hanover County through June.

She hopes that will turn around as the economy starts to pick up and since the new film incentives bill was passed.

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videoVisitors in the Tar Heel state spent almost $17 billion last year. The Governor’s Office today released the visitor spending numbers from 2008 and they reflect some positive economic news for most of North Carolina.

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