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Chadbourn man charged in extortion case involving Columbus Co. court official


WHITEVILLE, NC (FAYOBSERVER.COM) -- An alleged extortion attempt involving Columbus County's trial court administrator has landed a Chadbourn man in jail.

Sterling Elwood Hinson, 68, of the 1300 block of Hickory Hill Road, was charged Friday with extortion on a warrant obtained by the State Bureau of Investigation, Assistant District Attorney Chris Gentry said Tuesday.

Hinson is accused of contacting R. Mitchel Tyler, the trial court administrator, "by letter and telephone and threatening to reveal information unknown to the victim," the warrant said.

Hinson sought $300,000 in the extortion attempt, the warrant said. It showed an offense date of Sept. 18.

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Speechless and curious. Come

Speechless and curious. Come on WWAY, why was he blackmailing him. Mr. Hinson thought he had the goods on Tyler, for some reason.

Arrested again

Your story is outdated. Cops came over here last night and fought this mad man and he's headed to the jail hospital or both. Wonder what he's done this time? Inquiring minds wanna know.