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COLUMBUS CO., NC (WWAY) — The controversy surrounding R.C. Soles continues as the former state senator once again faces criminal charges. Soles is accused of beating a man on his property Saturday morning.

The former senator faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly hitting Frankie Lee Jernigan in the face with a metal cane.

Tabor City Police say Jernigan sought out police Tuesday, three days after the incident reportedly happened, to tell them Soles had assaulted him. The officer on duty told Jernigan to file a report, and he did. That led police to file a criminal summons for assault with a deadly weapon.

Tabor City Police Capt. Dean Foley delivered the summons to Soles at his law firm this morning. He said Soles was calm about it.

“He was pleasant as usual,” Capt. Foley said. “He just stated he hated we’re caught in the middle again between the actions of a few.”

Foley said Jernigan is one of those few who make extra work for the police department. He said the troublemakers shed a negative light on Tabor City and stretch the police department’s resources.

Back in April, Tabor City Police say Jernigan and his wife Danielle were hanging out in Soles’s driveway. Soles called the police to report the couple. They claimed they were invited to the house and ran out of gas and couldn’t leave. Soles told police he had not invited them, but then took Jernigan to get some gas.

Also in April, Stacey Scott, who says he’s had sexual relationships with Soles, told a similar story. He said he’d been visiting with Soles when the senator hit him in the leg with a pipe. He also said Soles put a gun to his head and said, “If you tell anyone about this, I will blow your f*****g head off.”

Soles is scheduled to be in court on October 21 on the charge.

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23 Comments on "Soles charged with assault with a deadly weapon"

Peyton Garrett
2015 years 10 months ago

RC is a good old fella, these boys need to quit stirring up trouble for him. He needs to quit messing with them young men anyway, he needs an older man and should come by my house for some “politicking” sometime :)

2015 years 10 months ago

Why wasn’t he carried to jail by the Tabor
City police? If this was me, they would have
throw me under the jail house. Why is it
just because he is R.C Soles, he gets
special treatment? That shows what kind
of twisted sick government and judicial
system we have in Columbus County!!!

Guest 25
2015 years 10 months ago

I agree, why was he not taken to jail, receive a 25 million dollar bond? Some people in Tabor City should be raising Cane!!!!!!!!! Good ole boys, my my my.

2015 years 10 months ago

to boost the chances for that reality tv show.

Pee Wee Herman will sign on.

Who gets to play Pimples Wright?

And who will play the Senator? Could it be someone from Mayberry?

2015 years 10 months ago

Lock RC, frog, Frankie Lee Jernigan, Stacey Scott and B.J. Wright all in one cell with some pillows and a jar of Vaseline. Let the boys have all the fun they want and leave the public out of their “fairy” tale.


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