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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Former Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore and a former assistant turned themselves in today, a day after being indicted. Former Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Emmett Ballree also surrendered after he was indicted in an unrelated case. All quickly bonded out of jail.

A Grand Jury yesterday indicted Gore and one his assistants Elaine Kelley for allegations Kelley submitted false expense reports netting her more than $14,000 over several years. Gore has denied any wrongdoing. Today he declined to answer questions about whether or when he will surrender to face the charge against him. Kelley has not returned a call for comment. District Attorney Jon David says the Attorney General’s office is handling the case.

Also yesterday, a Grand Jury indicted former Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Emmett Ballree and his son Michael. The indictments claim the former chief helped his son get a firearm even though Michael has been convicted of possessing a stolen firearm. That felony conviction precludes him from having a gun. Neither Ballree would comment on the charges when reached by phone yesterday.

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2015 years 8 months ago

What a great Judicial system we have, where traffic court looks more like a soup kitchen lunch line, and all the Judges, D.A’s, Deputys and attorneys all strut around in their egotistical Ivory Towers, while poor innocent people take plea bargains for crimes they did not commmit due to inncompetent attorneys who simply make back door deals. And bailiffs who execute their powers by demanding people tuck their shirts in as you walk into the court room (because it is apparently disrepectful to the judge whos ego is so big the tiny court rooms can barely hold them). All the while we have these newspapers and websites called “MugShots” among other similar publishings which not only make profits off of public information, but also greatly expose the lie that one is innocent until proven guilty (how these papers are legal is beyond me). Those papers and anyone who gets their kicks out of trolling these articles are just as much a problem in our society as the individuals who actually commit crimes are.
Mr. Gore you are a true POS, and so is every other person associated with Law enforcement who prosecute people while knowingly exploiting your position of power, you are worse than the drug dealer who, by birth, inheritied a poverish life (unless of course you are the privleged head honcho who distributes these illegal substances but because of your race and affiliation with other powerful entities you are never investigated b/c law enforcement is too busy and too socialized to go after the little nickel and dime dealer… apparently no one in law enforcement realizes that in order to kill the snake you must cut off the head- but this will not happen b/c their is no war on drugs, it is a war against the underprivledged) , who cant get a job b/c their parents named them some uncommon, stereotypical name that is associated with a group of people who are Rumored to be lazy and leeching off the system, when in fact, statistics show that white women are the largest group of people who are on welfare… so while we all complain about taxes and democrats and obama, when it is all said and done, we see the Prestige good old boy, high society POS that is Rex Gore being the true culprit of the low lifes of our society. Maybe some day we will have a justice system full of people who actually care about justice and not their own personal stat sheet and posistions of power and financial gain, but one where we seek truth and not “Stat-isfaction” Just look at the crooks who hold the highest offices in our land Including the president his obsurd travel expenses. All of these congress men/women start in position like Mr. Gore and ride the horse of the haves, while trampling all over the have-nots. I hope The 2 Davids are different, but only time will tell in my book.
I do hope all of you Lawyers and officers read this and have a change of heart and realize what you job is: to carry out the integrity and dignitiy of a society, rather than just a means to pay off your student loans, 2nd or 3rd home and 4 cars.
One last note, Tracy Williams, you are truly a POS, so glad to know you are a probation officer now and no longer a detective because you obviously have no skills whatsoever to be qualified as a detective. You are dirty and i hope one day you experience the other side of the coin as we all hope this POS Rex Gore will. But im sure we all know he will get a little tap on the wrist. GO NC Judical system!

2015 years 8 months ago

This is great to see Rex in a mug shot! This man deserves to squirm a little in this life, since he indeed thought he was “untouchable”. He abused his office in many ways and it is high time he started to feel a little heat. Won’t be anything like the heat he may feel in the afterlife!

2015 years 8 months ago

He does he is a snake in the grass that needs to get 20 years

2015 years 8 months ago

I totally agree. This is being buried by the same ploy the good old boys used to get Hewett out as easily as possible. Hang him on some small money thing and hide all the important stuff. And the public swallows it, as usual, and does nothing. But complain. They need to realize that the Attorney General’s office, who is in charge of this, is headed by another good old boy, Democrat Cooper, who is not going to let anything happen as long as as he is in office and/or a former, powerful ex-legislator is alive.

2015 years 8 months ago

If these are the only charges that can be brought against Rex Gore, then something is seriously wrong. This is one of the most corrupt former DA’s in the State of North Carolina. It would seem to me that Ola Lewis had to save face and do something that looked good in the eyes of her constituents. But in reality this does not make her look good, it makes her look as corrupt as Rex. Come on people, there has got to me more than this on Rex Gore.

2015 years 8 months ago

Dear God,

Thank you, nothing better than seeing this criminal in a mugshot. My day just keeps getting better.

2015 years 8 months ago

Sir, my family has been working for 12 years to get something done about Rex Gore. When the governor, the attorney general, the SBI, and local police are all involved and cover up for each other, where else do you suggest we go? We are now awaiting the work of the FBI. If you can explain why it takes so long to get anything done, please tell me a short cut. Where my sister’s death is involved, we do have proven facts: no street gossip, rumor or innuendo at all. If Jon David had not become DA, we wouldn’t have ever gotten my sister’s case reopened, and we still can’t get answers.

2015 years 8 months ago

Surf, you are correct. I know people have told me many stories during the last 12 years about what they ‘know,’ have ‘seen,’ about things the former sheriff and da did – at the time they could not go anywhere with the info. As I said, these and their cronies were/are still crooked. But now they can pepper John David’s office and I’ll bet they are not doing so. For one thing, I think they are waiting to see what he will do about my sister’s case, but conversely, if they would tell what they know, it would help our situation. We are counting on facts ruling; but many facts are better than only ours in bringing these people down, both for us and them. As you probably already know, a beaten down, brain-washed group of people will stay quiet until they see trust proven. I just hope they get to see it soon.

2015 years 8 months ago

I’ve lost family members; and I’ve lost troops in my command. I sympatize with your loss.

My comment very specifically stated anyone with concrete facts concerning any alleged crime, not gossip or rumors or innuendo, should go to the DA or the AG. But take facts, not beliefs or thoughts, about what may have taken place.

And my post made no reference to your loss. My post was directed at those who think he should be on trial for things over which he had no involvement.

Facts will always rule; it may take time; but facts will prevail.

2015 years 8 months ago

thi is one incident over several years.

He had no personal gain; not true of Hewett or the former Leland Police chief or indirectly the former BSL police chief. And he has no prior record.

Worst case for him on this facet is probation. And that assumes he is convicted or cuts a plea.

Why is it all you people, who have all of this street gossip, rumor, and innuendo, do not go to the SBI, the DA, or the AG with concrete facts which cn be proven?

If you know something, and can prove it, man up so the authorities can do a thorough investigation and build a case.

2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

at least now Rex is going to have to pay…and now the house of cards start to crumble… where it stops no one knows

it was just a matter of time… next up rc soles….

maybe now the family of the deputy that was found dead will get some answers.. and the right ones not a rex cover up

Patiently Waiting
2015 years 8 months ago

This is just the tip of the iceberg…everyone knows that corruptness runs downhill…now lets hope they get the BSL Mayor Richard White and then a couple County Commissioners he runs with, maybe even the DA’s Office…It starts at the top and before it’s all over with they’ll all turn on each other and we will enjoy the show…

2015 years 8 months ago

WWAY, are you going to get and print the mug shots for Gore, Kelly, and of course Ballree the elder and Ballree the younger? Sure would like to see them.

2015 years 8 months ago

Hey Joanie, Hank and Craig, take a good look at your protege. You couldn’t cover-up for him on this, could you? We still wonder what kind of deal you made with him when you hired him. Surely there were more capable candidates with spotless records.

Mrs. John Q Public
2015 years 8 months ago

If it wasn’t for Mr. Carroll or Mr. Brooks….what would we do for insider tonight. They seem to know what is coming down the tube way before the public does. They is might important people!

2015 years 8 months ago

Rex Gore’s high and mighty attitude just got lowered several notches! I told him many years ago, he needed to come down from that high horse of his. Well, he has now been knocked off of it! I’m glad that he now knows, “he is NOT untouchable!” As HE once stated, I’m untouchable! How does those words taste now?!! What goes around comes around!

cousin John Q Public
2015 years 8 months ago

That’s right Ms. Caster. Keep up the support for Ballree even after he gets fired, indicted, charged and kicks Judge Lewis under the bus. You go girl and give those two guys H*LL! We all know you stand with the lawless anyway.


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