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FIRST ON 3: Strickland posts $1M bond two hours after hearing

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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- Once again, a high bond won't keep a teen with ties to R.C. Soles behind bars very long. The 19-year-old with no job and no known source of legitimate income is on his way out of the Columbus County Jail after posting a $1 million bond. A deputy at the jail said at 12:40 p.m. Allen "Frog" Strickland was waiting to be fitted with a GPS device. He was released at 1:04 p.m.

This morning a judge set Strickland's bond at $5 million or $1 million with a GPS tracking device until a trial September 23 for charges of vandalism at Soles's house from an incident back in February. WWAY was the only Wilmington TV station at the hearing, which ended about 10:15 a.m. By 12:15 p.m., Sellers Bail Bonding has posted the $1 million bond for Strickland.

After today's hearing, Soles told WWAY he does not pay for Strickland's bonds, but that he does give his money to Strickland and other young men, because he is trying to help them because they've had such troubled pasts. Soles said it's his money, and he could do what he wants with it. He would not say when all the violence and vandalism would stop or why he does not cut off relations with the young men who continue to harass him.

The judge set the bond so high because he said his primary responsibility is to protect the victim, in this case Sen. Soles, and to protect Strickland. The judge said the bond was not a punishment on Strickland, but that he took into account the fact that Soles has already shot one man who continually harassed the former senator at his home near Tabor City. The judge and attorneys discussed in open court that this case is being handled like a domestic violence case would be.

Soles told the judge he thought the no contact rule against Strickland would be dismissed, but a deal in the works fell apart yesterday afternoon. Soles, who at one point got so emotional he could not keep talking, said he came to the hearing voluntarily, because he assumed he would be subpoenaed if not. Soles has been subpoenaed to testify against Strickland at trial.

Today's hearing came after Strickland landed in jail earlier this month after more vandalism at Soles's home. This time, Soles called a police officer's cell phone after Strickland allegedly broke a window on the house and a taillight on Soles's car. A magistrate released Strickland on a $1,000 secured bond after he turned himself in the day after the incident.

Strickland turned himself in to Tabor City Police back in February after investigators say he and B.J. Wright rammed the gates at Soles's home and did donuts in the yard before leading police on a high-speed chase. That case is the one scheduled for trial next month.

Police arrested Strickland again in April for another round of vandalism at the former senator's home. When a judge set Strickland's bond at $500,000, the teen, with no known job or legitimate source of income, bonded out within 90 minutes.

"I feel very sorry for the young man," a teary Soles said after that bond hearing on April 7. "I wish him well, and I don't wish him any ill will."

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When will the IRS get involved?


The IRS does not have the job title listed. Frogs type of work is tax free except in Nevada where some brothels operate legally.


I don't live in Columbus County and I'm glad of that. It's past time for someone to investigate this "FROG" / Soles soap opera. The news talkes about Senator Soles giving these young men money, buying "Frog" (Strickland) a house which he burns. "Frog" is charged with various criminal violations over a period of time, placed in custody and with no visible means of support and with no varifiable source of income, his bond is posted and he is out and goes right back to the scene of the crime and causes even more damage. It's time some outside agency is brought in to investigate this Columbus County Soap Opera before someone is killed. This does not reflect well on law enforcement or the court system in Columbus County either. People all over the state are reading about this ongoing fiasco and laughing at our system of justice or should I say "our system of non-justice". I have no idea who is guilty of what in this saga but it needs to be brought to a close before it is to late and someone suffers a worse fate than has beed suffered todate.

MR. R.C Soles

Way to tell them R.C. it's your money and you do have the right to do what you want. Here is the one MR. Soles did forget to say, I know for a fact that he has given money to woman cause he has helped a family member of mine. Why doesn't the paper and wway leave them alone. Its R.C. business of what he does. It says in the Bible we are not to judge other people then why are people in Tabor City judging R. C., Frog and other boys. Are each and everyone of you ready to meet the m aker and be judge yourself.Ye that have no sins cast thy first stone. I would love to see wway start digging into each and everyone of your past,that bad mouth R.C.and Frog, and see what comes up in your past.

Well since Mr. Soles has so

Well since Mr. Soles has so much money and it is his to do with as he sees fit, perhaps he should hire his own personal body guard to protect him from his boys and stop wasting tax payer's money calling the police constantly!

Ahhhh TShine again

I guess Tshine trolls these replies and defends Soles and company, so I assume Tshine is one of the good ole boys in this diva drama?

Mr. RC Soles Tshine's comment

Tshine, I bet if the truth is known you have benefited too from RC's money. My second bet is that you haven't seen the inside of a church in years. The devil can quote scripture. Anyone who thinks the Soles and boys soap opera is anything but down right disgusting has a low sense of what moral character and integrity means to a community. Soles can do what he wants with his money as long as it's legal. These boys have told the unlawful ways Soles bribes them. Get a life and quit taking up for a child molester and a dirty old man who desperately needs to seek psychiatric care. Anyone that would use and abuse another individual like he does these boys then wants to play both the boys and the police against each other is not dealing with a full deck. There are past issues in Soles' life I would suspect that he wants to suppress. He loves the drama. Enough of anything is enough. I would say enough has been reached on this matter.

Mr. R.C. Soles

Evidently you are one of the majority in Tabor City who greets this vile man in your outings to the grocery store and actually shakes his hand and then you will smile and say, "hey, there, R.C." "How ya doing"? You don't care that he has done these things for the last 40 years. Hopefully, you don't have family he has violated. May God forgive those who know and have not stood up with facts.

This is enough!

Call the IRS! Call someone else other than anyone in Columbus County or the SBI. There is something so horrible going on here that all of them need to be jailed for life. They are wasting tax payer money like its water with an endless supply. This is making all the citizens in Columbus County and North Carolina look like we have a judical system just for entertainment.

WWAY - you have to have at least one contact somewhere at ABC News to launch a full investigation and uncover this. It has been day after day of this nonsense. There is definitley more to the story; someone needs to be creative and find a way to expose this monster and these delinquents.

trying to help?

Why RC, can you not give your money to a reputible charity? Help people that honestly need it, not some kid that burns the house you gave him down!

Way past time....

It's time for the SBI and the govenor (good luck on that one) to step in, investigate and clean up this embarrassing mess! WHAT are they waiting on...for someone to get killed? Someone or some groups are covering up a very bizarre and decades long scandal. It's way past time for a light on it and for the perpetrators to come to justice, including those who aided in the coverup.

Allen Strickland bond hearing

Well, WWAY why didn't you report that RC Soles, Jr. put on another teaful display this monring? He is such an actor. Soles called Strickland disadvantage. How can a 19 year old driving a BMW and investing in property and re-modeling property do all this when he has no visible means of income.

Soles loves the drama. These men are disadvantaged only in the concept that they are associating with Soles. All the money spent by Soles could have helped all of Columbus County in its dire need of financial support.

Give it up, Soles, Strickland and the others. Somebody is going to wind up getting hurt again. The public suffers by the activity that states place. This group has no common decency or any character or they wouldn't do some of the things they do. If all of North Carolina could see and know what Tabor City has to endure, somebody would start a true investigation and these people would go to prison.

reply to Allen Strickland bond hearing

This comment says it all. I have to agree with everything you said.


Okay he is back in jail again - how many times? Just a note to the Miss or Mister who chooses to bail him out - LEAVE HIM IN THERE!!!!!
This has gone on long enough, time for him to face the consequences of his stupidity.

How many more incidents have to happen before someone gets seriously hurt or killed before this little soap opera ends. Time for a full investigation - not by the good ole boys in the area - but a true investigation into what is going on with these guys and Mr. Soles. Time for him to step up and admit his wrongdoing and his involvement in this whole ridiculous circus.

Put them all in jail and leave them there. We are tired of hearing about it!!!!!!!!!!

So the judge set bail at 5M

So the judge set bail at 5M in order to protect Strickland from Soles?

Is that the way the concept of bail is supposed to work in our legal system?

Who was the judge?


Do the right thing if you see him.Put him away.Looking pretty ridiculus in Columbus.

Who Cares Anymore!

Who Cares Anymore!