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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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2016 years 2 months ago

There is no ending to this ridiculous soap opera so with that in mind, I say let’s have some fun:

If this was made for television today, what should it be called?

My contribution: “As the Sole Falls”

What’s yours?

2016 years 2 months ago

Why would an old man want to stay around here..sell everything and RETIRE!!!!! Go to an island where nobody knows you and start all over again! Maybe find a new ”FROG.” Just a little advice to RC…

2016 years 2 months ago

all you locals who are waiting to see former Senator Soles fall further, will have to wait.

His court date, for a misdemeanor charge is in October. A lot can happen by then. Charges could be dropped. A delay requested by the Defence due to the Senator’s health. Have a trial and watch the Raleigh defense attorney make mincemeat of the accusor.

Do you not see the trend when you call for further action?

Not one credible witness or accussor can be found. They change their story; they admit they were seeking money; they’ve all been convicted of… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

RC is in my prayers. He’s a good man, and he’s helped so many people I know by helping them with medical expenses, making repairs on old peoples houses, and all kinds of things. I just want you to know that there are lots and lots of people here in Tabor City and surrounding areas that love this generous man.

The young men who are attacking him are criminals. They are mean boys who are out to drain RC of all his money. We know all about them.

2016 years 2 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!!!

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