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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — New information tonight about the Columbus County Commission Chair arrested Friday in South Carolina and charged with harrasment.

The alleged victim claims chairman Giles Byrd broke into her house and stole personal documents. And it turns out Byrd has a history of charges ranging from misdemeanor stalking to assault with a deadly weapon.

According to North Myrtle Beach Police, Byrd turned himself in Friday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Byrd was let go less than two hours later on a $1,500 bond.

The alleged victim claims to be Byrd’s ex-fiancee. The woman filed an incident report earlier this month saying someone came into her house and took documents from her kitchen table containing passwords to her e-mail account. The following day, she came home and noticed her computer had been moved and her “favorites screen” had been rearranged. Police did not find fingerprints on the laptop.

The victim told police she thought byrd, who is charged with first degree harassment, may still have keys to her home and car.

Byrd is the latest in a string of elected leaders arrested recently.

Kure Beach commissioner Barry Nelder was arrested earlier this month for possession of marijuana.

Pender County Commissioner David Williams heads back to court in Mecklenburg County for a DWI charge next month.

Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis also faces drunk driving charges.

Leland Police charged Town Councilman Herbert Barnes with domestic assault and assault on a female in March.

And Wilmington Police arrested New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger in June for an assault charge that was later dropped.

According to Byrd’s criminal record, the chairman has faced other charges in Columbus County, including misdemeanor stalking, trespassing and assault with a deadly weapon. All those charges were either dismissed or Byrd was found not guilty.

According to Byrd’s son, the alleged victim is currently being investigated for forging checks in Byrd’s name.

Commissioner Byrd did not want to comment on the charge. He says his attorney advised him not to speak about the case. Fellow county commissioners also declined to speak with WWAY about Byrd’s arrest.


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