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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A judge today set a $500,000 bond for Allen “Frog” Strickland, the Columbus County teen accused of vandalizing the law office and home of Sen. R.C. Soles over the weekend among other offenses. Within 90 minutes of the hearing ending, Strickland was already out of the Columbus County jail, according to a booking officer, who said a local bail bond company posted the bond.

During the afternoon hearing the judge denied a request to ask where bond came, as has been done for B.J. Wright, a friend of Strickland also charged for vandalizing the former senator’s home earlier this year.

The judge said Strickland’s case is different from Wright’s because Wright hid from police when he was charged. Strickland, on the other hand, has routinely showed up for his court dates.

“We’re happy that the judge increased the bond,” Assistant District Attorney Fred Gore said. “We look forward to trying this case the 18th of this month.”

Soles was in the courtroom for today’s hearing, along with seven members of the Tabor City Police Department, who have spent a lot of time and resources dealing with Strickland, Wright and other young men with ties to Soles, who retired this year as the longest serving member in the history of the state legislature.

“I feel very sorry for the young man,” Sole said. “I wish him well, and I don’t wish him any ill will.”

Soles said he is friends with Strickland, but that he hopes his property will be safe for the time being.

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  • guesty

    Strickland and Soles can have a quiet weekend together now.

  • Guest CommonTater

    Well time has proven they really can’t but your “point” is taken!

    I don’t see how they can look at themselves in the mirror. What an embarrassment!!

  • Bail bond requires payment. We want to know who made the payment again.

  • Guest757

    according to the starnews the judge refused to release the info on who paid the bond… wanna bet RC

  • Wade Griffis

    It would really be nice to know who put up $50,000 to get this guy out of jail. The last time I was in jail it cost $500 to get out. I paid that myself.

  • Really Concerned

    If I were Allen “Frog” Strickland, I don’t think I would be hanging with RC Soles since bailing out. Frog does not have this kind of money. Frog needs to think why would he be bailed out and not BJ. My gut feeling is Frog is in danger and should watch his back.

  • Guest2020

    If I was a citizen of Tabor City I would demand to know why the Tabor City Police Department is spending so much time and money on a case that involves crimes that are outside of their jurisdiction. Please tell me why it is necessary for seven members of the TCPD to be at the bond hearing.

  • stratcatz

    Two years have passed since the SBI and FBI supposedly started investigating RC Soles. Why cant someone get some answers?

  • I agree why the delay. I testified 2 years ago against RC Soles and not a darned thing again. If you want answers contact Randy Meyers chief investigator for the sbi. The man sat in my house and questioned me.

  • 51 baby

    This is the most disgusting, demeaning behavior to shame North Carolina since I moved here in 1982. I cannot believe the people in and around Columbus County put up with this shameful display of idiocy. Soles is an embarresment to the State Government and his BOY TOYS are just plain ignorant. Get a life folks, and keep it PRIVATE.

  • Wade griffis

    The real person who should be in jail is walking around free. I do not excuse these young men for harrasing Soles, but I can understand their motivation. Sometimes, you just have to do what you do.

    If it was me that took advantage of kids- I would be buried in the bottom bunk of Columbus County jail.

    Actually not. I would have killed myself out of shame.

    It is all about money! He has it. It buys freedom.

  • Guess

    randy myers has taken an early retirement. hmmmmmmm

  • Scott Pickey

    Jay – how can we be giving you the run-around when you and I haven’t even talked? I invite you to call me here at the station when you get an opportunity.

    Scott Pickey
    WWAY News Director
    910 / 352.7958

  • OK WWAY i just reported the story to national news. I’m getting tired of this run around so lets see if CNN can get something done. to those interested in reporting also the number is 1-404-827-1500 use option 1 and leave a report.


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