The troubles continue for state Senator R.C. Soles. Mr. Soles has a law practice in the Columbus County town of Tabor City, and has recently had a number of run-ins with clients and ex-clients. Since our first report aired last Thursday, Mr. Soles has pepper sprayed a client who showed up at his house. The client, Stacey Scott, walked to the Tabor City Emergency Services Building for help. Police say another client of Mr. Soles, 16-year-old Allen Strickland, trespassed on the Senator's property on two separate occasions over the last few weeks, and stole a light fixture. Police say Strickland learned Soles was considering pressing charges and threatened to call NewsChannel 3, the FBI, and Bettie Fennell, who is Soles' political challenger, with damaging information regarding Soles. He threatened to ruin Soles' political career and said he would see him in prison. In response to that call, police arrested Strickland on charges of extortion. They also arrested another client of R.C. Soles, Ervin Jordan, who they say worked as an accomplice with Allen Strickland to steal the Senator's light fixture. In a press release issued today, Mr. Soles said some of his clients have fallen on hard times, and were venting their frustrations on him. Senator Soles said he did what was necessary to protect his property.
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