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UPDATE: Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says Tabor City Police misinformed us when they said his department was investigating last week’s scuffle between former State Sen. R.C. Soles and Stacey Scott.

He says Det. Jeff Bell was invited by District Attorney Jon David to sit in on a roundtable discussion Monday to discuss what happened, but as far as he knows the DA’s office is investigating Scott’s allegations, not the Sheriff’s Department.


COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Stacey Scott claims former State Sen. R.C. Soles beat him up, held a gun to his head and threatened him early Friday morning after he showed up at the senator’s home unannounced.

Scott told Tabor City Police that Soles hit him in the knee with a metal pipe and told him he would blow his f****** head off if he told anyone about the scuffle.

Over the weekend, Tabor City Police told us they were handing the investigation off to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department and that Det. Jeff Bell would be in charge. They say the sheriff’s department has more resources than they do and can better handle the investigation.

We called the Sheriff’s Department a couple of times Monday, and they repeatedly told us that the case had not been assigned to anyone.

Following up today by phone, we were hung up on. We called back and specifically asked to speak to Det. Bell but are continuously told he’s not in and we have to leave a message.

We have, and if Det. Bell or anyone else at the Sheriff’s Department decides to return our call and update us, we’ll be sure to pass it along to you.

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31 Comments on "ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Columbus Co. Sheriff’s Dept. not investigating Soles/Scott scuffle; Tabor City Police misinformed"

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2015 years 11 months ago

I am not surprised that they won’t return your calls or give you any information. I have been trying to get information concerning one of their detectives for two years now and no one can answer any of my questions. If anyone knows who I can call or write a complaint to please post it. They are a bit underhanded in some situations.

2015 years 11 months ago

I still find it strange that Sen. Soles actually owned a personal weapon and used it given his strong anti-gun stance. I guess we can assume that protecting himself and his family is more important than the average man doing the same.

2015 years 11 months ago

I think all the crap with R.C. Soles needs to stop. If this were any other group of people that did not include a senator we would already be locked up. Why are our hard earned tax dollars being wasted on the cops arresting these boys over and over..Take that money and pay our teachers in the county

Disappointed in WWAY
2015 years 11 months ago

Is this the best apology you could offer up for your public attack on the Sheriff’s Office? So at least now maybe you have some understanding that the Sheriff’s office wasn’t lying when you called and they “repeatedly” told you the case hadn’t been assigned to anyone. Go figure…people telling the truth in Columbus County. Curious to know exactly what you expected when they told you Det. Bell wasn’t in the office – leaving a message was, for the most part, your only option unless you wanted to hold indefinitely. But on a more positive note,… Read more »

Happy Days
2015 years 11 months ago

Thanks WWAY for covering the news in Tabor City, and also thank for putting us on the weather map so people will know how to get here and join in on the excitement……

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