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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"

Happy Days
2015 years 10 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……

2015 years 10 months ago

…But they have all the time and resources in the world for busting grandmothers with prescription pills.

Happy Days
2015 years 10 months ago

I think someone turned “chicken” and ran! Imagine that!

2015 years 10 months ago

WWAY is my favorite news channel but It’s not carried in the Fayetteville NC area by cable. Is it in Raleigh or do they just have that sorry WECT channel that never carries any RC Soles stories. I bet if we could increase your coverage area we could finally bust this story wide open.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thats what I think too Happy Days, or maybe he was just gone for a swim (;


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