ONLY ON 3: Why Tabor City Police always respond to Sen. Soles’s house

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Former State Sen. R.C. Soles lives near Tabor City, but not “in” Tabor City. His sprawling estate is outside of the official city limits.

Yet whenever something happens at the house, Tabor City Police always respond, even though it’s technically out of their jurisdiction.

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Why? Well, the answer to that question lies in the past. We learned today that former District Attorney Rex Gore set it up that way. When Soles has problems, he usually calls Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless directly on his cell phone. Soles rarely, if ever, dials 911.

But all that may be changing. We’ve also learned that District Attorney Jon David now wants the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department more involved when problems pop up at Soles’s house.