Bladen Sheriff snubs commission; does not attend special meeting


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Submitted: Sat, 07/10/2010 - 3:06am
Updated: Sun, 08/26/2012 - 2:20am
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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The newly appointed Bladen County Sheriff was nowhere to be found at a meeting called to determine his future with the department. Some county commissioners and the standing room only crowd are still searching for answers.

“We had asked Sheriff Earl Storms to appear before us to answer questions,” said Commission Chair Billy Ray Pait. “I had several questions I wanted answered. He was notified to be here. He assured us he would be here, and he’s not here. We have sent after him. We can’t find him.”

After a week of lies about why five Bladen County deputies were fired, a divided crowd made their voices heard about the decision.

“You only can do what’s right, and Mr. Storms done what he needed to do, and that’s all I have to say,”
said Karen Dove Ruffin.

“Earl is going to have to resign, or you folks are going to have to find out a way with the county attorney to get him out of there,” G.C. Bryan said. “I think we need to reinstate these five deputies.”

While those he fired were in attendance the man behind all the controversy, Storms was not at the meeting.

“I mean he’s not going to step up to the plate,” said Eric Bryan, the former candidate for Sheriff who was among the five deputies let go. “I mean it doesn’t surprise me that he wasn’t here. I didn’t expect him to be here.”

Residents were concerned that the firings could effect pending legal cases, but even without their badges, the officers say they won’t stop doing the jobs they sworn to do.

“We’re committed to seeing these cases through to ensure justice is done for the people of Bladen County,” former deputy Scott Pait said.

We tried to speak with Delilah Blanks and Charles Ray Peterson, the two commissioners who nominated Storms for the position. Both declined to talk on camera, they but said they stand by their decisions. The officers Storms let go disagree.

“In my opinion he’s a disgrace to being a sheriff,” Bryan said.

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29 Comments on "Bladen Sheriff snubs commission; does not attend special meeting"


Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

It’s ignorant people such as this one who keeps the problems going in this county, just like Billy Ray Pait calling a meeting for his nephew and the 4 deputies who were not fired but rather, were not sworn in under a new administration. That’s right; New administration, because when each new sheriff who takes office (even interum) it’s a new administration. These 5 who we will now call “the Bladen 5″ are comprised of 1 who filed for retirement but still wants to stir the pot, 1 who is a sore loser and does not even know the political protocol to support his parties nominee and 3 who chose to alienate fellow employees before and after the election. When a man is asked to cut the fat or straighten the problem out that is what a man like Storms does. Even if this move improves productivity and moral it may not sit well with sore losers who would rather keep controversy going rather than the more efficient way that the sheriff’s office is running right now. I believe that the media has distorted things enough and does not need the help of angry friends of these deputies who don’t know the law anyway. Let me close by saying 3 things to this writer.
1. Learn how to spell
2. Go to the NC general assembly website when you want to know law.
3. Blanks is the EX mother in law of Benston.
It helps when facts are reported rather than heresay.

how nice
2015 years 8 months ago

I THINK IF BENSTON AND STORMS KEEP IT UP THEN BILLY WARD CAN JUST WALK IN AND TAKE OVER. I HAVE HEARD SEVERAL COMMENTS AS TO BILLY WARDS MENTAL STATUS. WHO CARES I WOULD RATHER WORK FOR A MAN WHO HAS MENTAL ISSUES THAN A LIAR. A MAN IS ONLY AS GOOD AS HIS WORD, IMAGINE THAT.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

It is INTERIM, not interum

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

I cannot say whether I completely agree or disagree with the posts on the debate of the supposed wrongdoings within the Sheriff’s Department or the widespread accusations that have been hurled at all of the candidates and more; however, I can comment on number 1 of your three comments at the bottom of your post. If you are going to make the comment to “learn how to spell,” you might want to check the spelling of your posts. It is “hearsay.” I am sorry; I could not resist the remark with all of the trashing of reputations, I thought maybe a lighter note was needed somewhere on this blog. I am of the opinion that we are all put here on this Earth to live an accomplished life and we are given the ability, talent, skill and knowledge to accomplish what life puts before us. These are innate within us; we already have them at our disposal even if we are not consciously aware of them. Why not have faith and trust God to guide Bladen County in the voting process? There may be innate abilities within all of the people that have been trashed during this election that others may not be able to see because of the blinders – no matter how well they know the candidates or the “Bladen 5″ as you have called them.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

Just FYI a Sheriff is an elected offical that does a four year term in office and is responible for running a department. He/She can hire/fire any employee at any time for no reason and any employee that works under a sheriff knows this. Sheriff Earl Storms was Sheriff of Bladen County from 1976-1994 and did a great job of running the department. During the previous years the leadership within the department has fallen into the “good ole boy” system. Where deputies have gotten any with immoral actions and “bad choices” were over looked. Sheriff Storms was and still is a no nonsense Sheriff that will weed out the bad from the good and get the department back on track and prepare the department for the best (hopefully) for the new incoming sheriff. In my opinion the county commisioners nephew was fired in return someone if not himself contacted the media and as always the media blew the situation all out of whack! I say let Sheriff Storms do his job and clean house and reunite and an already divided department and move forward!