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Batten to resign as Columbus County sheriff

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says he will resign early next year.

"It has been an absolute dream to work for the citizens of Columbus County," Batten said in a statement. "My time as sheriff has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life."

Batten, first elected in 2002, says he will step down effective at noon on Jan. 7, 2014. He says he has accepted a job with the North Carolina Department of Justice as Eastern Field representative for the North Carolina Sheriffs' Education Training and Standards.

Batten says he has worked closely with Sheriff Standards for about eight years representing the sheriffs in the region on the commission. He says in his new role he will be working with sheriffs all over eastern North Carolina to ensure training practices are followed and sheriff's offices records are in order.

Batten tells WWAY he is recommending his chief deputy Maj. Lewis Hatcher to be his successor.

"Lewis has done a lot of work with the county,” said Columbus County Manager William Clark. “He comes to a lot of our meetings and he plays a major role. I think he would make a good sheriff."

"He has left big shoes to fill, but he has trained a force there that any person that comes off that force that worked with him I do believe would do a fantastic job,” said District I Commissioner Amon McKenzie. “I hate to see him go."

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The Bust of Corruption

CANDIDATE NORTON WILL RUN FOR SHERIFF OF COLUMBUS COUNTY TO FREE OUR CITIZENS OF COLOR OF LAW ABUSE, CIVIL RIGHT VIOLATIONS, UNLAWFUL DETAINEE, DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS, DRUGS RECYCLING through INFORMANTS, TREAT CITIZENS COMPLAINTS LIKE ADVERSARIES, MINORS AS INFORMANTS, SEVERE THEFT , UNSOLVED MURDERERS, DRAFT UNCONSTITUTIONAL WARRANTS , DISCRIMINATION against CITIZENS OF ALL KINDS, UNLAWFUL ENTRAPMENT, VIOLATIONS OF THE EQUAL PROTECTION OF LAW CLAUSE , INMATE CRUELTY,Officers SNATCHING CASH ,DRUGS, AND PROPERTY WITHOUT JUDICIAL PROCESS. AN OFFICIAL FBI COMPLAINT WILL BE ASSERT AGAINST COLUMBUS COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 14. 2014 DEMAND OUR NC BUREAU OFFICE AND SPECIAL AGENT JOHN TO INVESTIGATE THIS LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY OF CORRUPTION TO INCLUDE POLICE BRUTALITY AND THE USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE UNJUSTIFIABLE. #vote Norton for Sheriff May 6, 2014.
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Please research your vote!

I urge anyone who will be voting in this election to RESEARCH THE CANDIDATE YOU VOTE FOR! Please read Bishop Calvin Nortons' facebook page ( Blockbuster Showdown). Mr.Norton claims to have "14yrs Law and Order Experience" but refuses to furnish proof of that! I have asked him myself, along with countless others, what kind of experience he has and he will not answer! Beware of scammers like these. All I am saying is inform yourself before you vote! Grammar is also a quality I would like a sheriff to posses :)

The great hero Rev Dr Bishop Calvin Norton for Sheriff

Well now Jessica. Let us answer that now. Candidate Norton has many degrees. Did you not see degrees of serparation? The Dr was a police captain in Georgia for 6 years and led police in the city as a hero. While in New Jersey he was commandment of a huge big department for 9 years. Do your math this makes 14 years experience. This attacks prove candidate Norton is making a huge success. If you add candidate Nortons 16 years counselor in ministry he's most experienced candidate. Do not forget. He holds honors from his church and a degree honors in law from The Universaty of Africa. Candidate Norton has counseled many away from drugs and other vices. candidate Norton holds a Purple Heart received from 10 years service as a Seals team member and has a plaque everyone sees on his church office. Candidate Norton is our hero wounded in secret special operation wounded knee where he Lon arrested Bil Laden. That is secret operation and some day when not classified any longer Candidate Norton can write a tell all book on Oprah. Oprah has endorsed Candidate Norton. Did you not know all this is a fact. Imagine having Candidate Norton as sheriff of Columbus County. His experience tells all that he's a man of god hero. He served at 911 with honor saving 20000 people from the great nuclear bomb. God talks to candidate Norton and asks for the bishops advice on world matters daily. Which candied can say this? This says a whole lot of truth. The apostle Paul speaks of truth. Truth is the only way. We can win Jessica. Vote Calvin Norton for sheriff and get free stuff. vote Norton and those afflicted will get a play center to come together. A pool. A basketball court the worlds largest right here. Plenty of food and drinks to last lifetime. A community vision to come together and worship as one people. A man of true God Gods chosen minister and sheriff candidate endorsed by god. Vote Calvin Norton to end corruption.

Sheriff

What Columbus County needs is some to be elected that is not tied to any political party. We need someone who is young that can come in and do the job that needs to be done and build the peoples trust and stay in office longer than 4 years. Someone that does not have payoffs coming in everyday. It is time for a change in Columbus County and this is the year to make it happen.

Norton decides 2 run for Columbus County Sheriff 2014 election

After so many complaints from citizens, seeing gangs take over and rise in our community, Drugs increase on our streets severe theft, shootings weekly, Norton decides to bring security , trust, and equal protection foe the people of Columbus County to free them from Color of law Abuse which deprives citizens the right to protection , with this ongoing corruption in our Sheriffs Department .Chris Battens resignation doesn't change this diffusion,when Major Hatcher never change or dealt with these criminals for the last six years

Joke

What a joke. Reading it was a good laugh though.

Mr Norton

Mr. Norton how you want sue the Sheriff's Dept and now wanting.to join them. Go get your but a job and loose that weight!

Laugh

Man, I have never laughed so hard in my life. You've made my day. So, I'm guessing his next failed lawsuit will be against the Board of Elections when he loses.

Best Wishes

to you Sheriff Batten. I have many dealings with Sheriff Batten over his years in this position. He has always been a professional in every way. I am sure there will be people who slam him name and to each you are welcome to your own opinion. I hope nothing but the best to Sheriff Batten and also believe that Major Hatcher would be a great replacement. I feel the citizens of Columbus County would be just as well off with Louis as sheriff.

If they every fully

If they every fully investigate Columbus county and charged everyone fairly those 1,500 people Batten arrested would be getting out of jail decades before most of the so called "upright citizens" in the area.

J.H.H

I hope Justin Hewett gets this position. Say's who!? Say's Kblue!!!

Kiss of death

I bet Justin wishes he would never hear you mention his name. How is the lawsuit going?

It's going

Holey smokes! So far you have had me mistakenly fired from 2 departments, investigated by the SBI, and now I'm being sued on top of all this???? I sure am glad your ill informed or I'd be all kinds of in jail!!!Say's who!? Say's Kblue!!!<------THAT'S WHO!!

wait

As I've said before, just because you are not aware of something doesn't mean it isn't happening. And there is plenty you are not aware of since you are clueless as usual.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!

You still gonna be my biggest fan when I'm arrested, sued, investigated, and fired again Boo Boo Bear??? Say's who!? Say's Kblue!!!

I guess you have lived a

I guess you have lived a colorful life without even knowing it.

K-who?

Is this Fairmont's finest spouting propoganda?
No we don't need another Hollywood Hewitt in any position of power!!

Brunswick had enough of that, and now they have another bubbling up.
Term limits need to be put on Sheriffs in this state of 2 terms.
Trust me every deputy would Love for that to happen!!!

Greetings KBLUE, good to see

Greetings KBLUE, good to see you back. What every deputy would love to see happen, would be Civil Service Protection. Like they have in Wilmington, Raleigh, and Fayetteville PD. But the NC Sheriff's Association, will make sure that never happens.

Thanks

It's good to be back, I do agree with you on this, my personal opinion is Justin Hewett would be a really good Sheriff. Fair but firm are the words he uses. Great guy. Say's who!? Say's Kblue!!!

Good News

I personally feel this is good news and a step forward for Columbus. Bad news for whichever agency Batten will go to. I still feel badly for Marva Scott and the lies Batten told on her. His apology letter required in the settlement where the County's insurance had to pay $200k was a start but not enough. How many times has Batten spouted off things that were clearly shown to be wrong. He will be a liability to any agency he goes to. Good ridence.

Batten fibbs one last time

True to his character and in keeping with the many documented falsehoods told during his 11-year career, there he goes again. On page 1 of the 23rd of December edition of The News Reporter Batten is shown in an "exclusive interview." I kid you not, Batten claims he is the current Vice President of the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association. I have heard this once before and actually from well-meaning duties that Batten has confided in. I challenge anyone to email or call the NCSA and you will discover Batten has fibbed one last time before leaving office. Shameful. Batten has never been on the executive board of the NCSA.

Controversial Sheriff

He's always been a controversial person. Chris could not distinguish in between fact or fiction when in school at least when it come to telling stories. Battens in Columbus County have always been known for telling "yarns". I do not know about the Sheriffs Association but I do know about many many other lies Christopher Lee Batten has told. Perhaps he would have been suited better going for a career where he could make up things like fictional reporting.

The News Reporter

Bob High at The News Reporter should have verified the story better. Bob is a great reporter and a longtime friend. A simple call to the North Carolina Sheriffs' Assoc would have found Eddie Caldwell, the real Vice President of the NCSA, laughing. "No" he said " I have had several calls on that one already." "But there must be a mistake, Sheriff Batten is not nor has he ever sat on our board." He did point out that by virtue of having been a sheriff, by default, Chris Batten is or was a member go the NCSA as are 99 other elected sheriffs throughout the state.

Thank God

The best news I have heard this year. This sheriffs facts and figures are clearly skewed. There are more crimes in this county than drug crimes and he has failed miserably targeting those. I voted for him when he first ran against Ferguson but I quickly learned that was a mistake. He has a bad name. He creates strife in the community and he has a problem enforcing ALL laws. He seems to enforce only certain laws and laws concerning his supporters. I would say he was the worst sheriff the county has seen. This Hewett guy, correct me if I am wrong, his dad was in Brunswick? Forced out in shame? Well I can't fault one for the sins of a father but it will be hard to fathom someone from someplace else getting elected here. It is different here. There has been some good candidates from other areas running in the past but locals will opt for a "who's your daddy" known name over such. The baggage of a corrupt dad who was a sheriff in another county won't help any. Just saying there is something in the water here different here look at RC. They kept the local guy in for 20 terms and easily overlooked his transgressions. Won't be the case for a sheriff candidate not from here. Anyways looks like Battens former chief deputy Ingram who is sheriff in Brunswick, and replaced Hewett is n some trouble. May open a position up in Hewetts own county if he is from Brunswick that is.

www.facebook.com/voteedwardsf

www.facebook.com/voteedwardsforsheriff check this out and I would appreciate your support!!

Drug crime enforcement

Drug crime enforcement always makes the most money for the police, because the drug dealers have all that cash money lying around that somehow never makes it to evidence. Stopping mundane, low profit crimes like elder abuse and breaking and entering just is not as profitable.

Columbus County

Thank sweet Jesus. As of this date, and upon appointment by our esteemed commissioners, Columbus County North Carolina has an HONEST sheriff. May God bless and keep Lewis Hatcher in his new job. A man of great integrity who has the experience and God-given talent of a heart filled with love for ALL of his fellow men and women regardless of who your daddy is or what race you are born into, Lewis will instill trust back into the Columbus County Sheriff's Office. GO LEWIS!!!!!! CCSD now means law enforcement and justice for all peoples!!!!!

Good news for Columbus

Maybe we can get some crimes solved now. I read about how great some said this man was but the papers must pick and choose who they interview. It has gotten bad here now and it's so bad after these deputies work a case for a few day and it goes unsolved they have to move on to the next crime. That is unless you are friends with somebody who supported Batten. You got law enforcement then. He had the foulest mouth for a Christian man I've ever heard. I hear this Hatcher guy is good though. We really need it. Thanks WwAY.