COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Another day and yet another court date for a young man with ties to former state Sen. R.C. Soles.
Allen “Frog” Strickland was schedule for court today in Columbus County for a driving while license revoked charge. It’s one of several charges the teen has racked up in the past two years.
The courthouse has been a common place for the former legal client of Soles, but on this morning Strickland was not around. Instead his attorney, Craig Wright, asked the judge to delay the case for yet another delay in Strickland’s legal issues.
We stopped by Strickland’s home, but he was not there. We wanted to ask him not only about his driving charge, but also a trespassing and vandalism charge at Soles’s home this weekend.
Another stop we made Tuesday was at the home of the former senator. No one answered at the gate. The only thing visible from the front, a maintenance worker.
Tabor City Police say Sunday Soles called an officer directly to report Strickland. Tuesday we asked Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless if he knew why Soles keeps calling officers directly and not 911. Chief Dowless explained that in a small town like Tabor City, everyone has everyone else’s contact info. He said the former state senator is not the only one in town who calls officers directly when needed.
In fact, when we asked for a list of cell phone numbers for his officers, Dowless gave them to us.
Today’s hearing is not the only one this month for Strickland. The teen is on the court calendar August 26 for two charges: breaking and entering, and damaging property.