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Former state senator accused of assault

TABOR CITY — A former state senator is being accused of assaulting a client, but was expected to be served with a summons to appear in court and not face arrest.

R.C. Soles, who has previous faced charges of arson, molestation, assault and shooting by former clients, on Wednesday reportedly assaulted Michael Scott, 33, when he went to Soles’ office looking for rent money.

Dowless, who took out a warrant against Soles, said he was choked, hit in the mouth and hit with a cane.

Soles, who served in the state legislature from 1977 to 2011, will appear in court on Oct. 14.


Area auto dealer charged with sex crime

DARLINGTON, S.C. — A Fayetteville auto dealer who has spent the past 12 years as a member of the Fayetteville Public Works Commission has been accused of a felony sex crime involving a minor in South Carolina.

According to the Darlington County Detention Center website, Mike Lallier was charged Monday, Sept. 5, with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 16 years old.

According to The Fayetteville Observer, Lallier, 63, posted a $10,000 surety bond and was released. His first scheduled court date is Nov. 30.


Teenager facing dozens of sex charges

CLINTON — A teenager recently charged with statutory rape and sex offense has received 44 additional felony counts of rape and various sexual offenses, according to The Sampson Independent.

Matthew D. Mouldon, 18, of Glasgow, Ky., was charged Thursday with five counts of statutory rape of a child by an adult, eight counts of statutory sex offense of a child by an adult, five counts of first degree forcible rape, eight counts of first degree forcible sex offense, 13 counts of indecent liberties with a child and five counts of crimes against nature.

Mouldon’s bond was set at $2 million secured and a court date was set for Sept. 23.


Woman charged in animal abandonment

TABOR CITY — Police here have arrested a woman and charged her with five counts of animal abandonment and five counts of failing to have dogs vaccinated for rabies.

Casey D. Gore, 35, was arrested Thursday on the warrants obtained by Columbus County Animal Control Officer Jpey Prince.

Tabor City police are still searching for Gore’s spouse, Morgan B. Gore, 24, who will be charged with the same crimes.


Senate bill would allow for Lumbee casinos

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Recognition Act considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday includes a provision that would allow gaming on tribal land.

The question of whether the development of casinos should be allowed on Lumbee land if full federal recognition is granted has been a point of contention among members of Congress and Lumbees. U.S. House members have traditionally insisted that any House bill calling for Lumbee recognition must not provide for casinos and gaming.

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, however, has held the position that any federally recognized tribe should have the right to its own destiny, including the right to operate casinos as a way of generating revenue for tribal members.

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