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The man
killed a
in Chapel
Hill was
sentenced to life in prison.
Virginia executed a woman
for the frst time in the
state in nearly a century.
Nash Central looked to
remain perfect Thursday
in Big East conference
girls tennis action.
President Barack Obama
offered a now-or-never
choice at the U.N. summit.
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by geoffrey Cooper
Staff Writer
Republican N.C. Senate District
11 candidate Buck Newton fled
a defamation lawsuit Thursday
against his midterm election op-
ponent N.C. Sen. A.B. Swindell.
Newton contends that Swindell
has falsely accused him of being
arrested and charged with felony
drug charges more than 20 years
The lawsuit, which was fled by
Raleigh law frm Shanahan Law
Group, PLLC, in N.C. Superior
Court in Wilson County, also in-
cludes Swindells ad campaign
and the N.C. Democratic Party.
Newton, a Wilson attorney and
businessman, said the lawsuit was
fled over a mailer, paid for and
circulated by the N.C. Democratic
Party with Swindells approval,
that claims offcial court docu-
ments show Newton was arrested
on eight felony drug counts.
Newton told the Rocky Mount
Telegram on Wednesday that the
charges stemmed from a case
of mistaken identity and were
dropped. Documents Newton pro-
vided from the Watauga County
District Attorneys offce appeared
to support his explanation.
Newton has requested a tem-
porary restraining order and a
preliminary injunction on the
defendants that would require
Swindells campaign and the N.C.
Campaign mailer
alleges drug abuse
express play
Telegram photos / Alan Campbell
Katie Morris, right, plays with a radio controlled Cyclone stunt car as Brian Tucker watches Thursday at Toys r Us Express
in Golden East Crossing mall. Below, Inez Bailey, 8, admires a Hannah Montana beauty set Thursday at the mall store.
Toy store opens in mall for holiday season
by John henderson
Staff Writer
oys R Us has opened an
Express store in Golden
East Crossing mall that
will stay open at least
through the holidays.
(The lease) ends in February with
the potential of extending on, mall
marketing director Abby Hines said.
The store has moved into 5,400
square feet of space in the food court
across from Books-A-Million.
Toys R Us plans to invade malls
this holiday season by opening 600
temporary Express stores in shop-
ping centers around the country,
more than six times last years count,
and hiring 10,000 seasonal workers.
The move is the latest attempt by
Toys R Us to capture more holiday
dollars amid tough competition from
online retailers and mass merchants
such as Wal-Mart and Target. It also
flls a gap in shopping malls created
when KB Toys, which had been the
largest mall-based toy seller, went
out of business in 2008.
I think this (new toy store) is
great for the Rocky Mount commu-
nity, Hines said.
Chelsey Copeland, who was
shopping in the toy store earlier
this week, said she likes a toy store
where you can do one-stop shopping.
Sometimes, you want to look be-
fore you buy, she said. This is very,
very convenient.
Copeland said she was going to
buy her Christmas toys on the Inter-
net this year, but she prefers to look
at them frst, and the express store
gives her that option.
I like it, she said.
She said she cant think of anoth-
er toy store in Rocky Mount.
republicans are
targeting taxes
and spending as
priority issues
for midterm
priorities are
lifting the cap
on charter
schools and
fghting health
care reform.
Republicans lay out plans for midterm push
by geoffrey Cooper
Staff Writer
Republican candidates and sup-
porters, invigorated by the politi-
cal climate of this years midterm
elections, continue to look at Nash
County as one of the fronts in the
fght for the state legislature.
Close to 70 area conservatives
gathered Thursday afternoon at
Gardners Barbecue Restaurant
on North Wesleyan Boulevard
for a candidate
pr omot i onal
event. The
gathering fea-
tured N.C. GOP
Chairman Tom
Fetzer and N.C.
House Minor-
ity Leader Skip
Stam, R-Wake,
who talked political strategies
and outlined the N.C. GOPs state-
wide 100 Days That Will Change
North Carolina tour. The partys
promotional outing was used to
broadcast policies a Republican
N.C. House majority would push
during its frst 100 days in offce.
The tour has made stops
throughout the states red areas
for weeks to bolster support from
loyal conservatives and indepen-
dent voters. Some priorities Stam
noted were balancing budgets
without raising taxes; passing the
Healthcare Protection Act which
aims to exempt state residents
from mandates of the federal Pa-
tient Protection and Affordable
Care Act; lifting the cap on char-
ter schools; and reducing burdens
on small businesses.
Other priorities House Repub-
licans plan to push are protecting
jobs by keeping the states Right
to Work laws inact; take bureau-
cracy out of education; laws that
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FRIdAY, SepTeMbeR 24, 2010
Hotel robber sought
Rocky Mount police are search-
ing for an unknown black man who
allegedly robbed a Days Inn clerk
Wednesday morning.
Police said the suspect approached
the male clerk at the front desk of
the hotel at 6970 N.C. 4, displayed
a handgun and demanded money
from the register and the clerk be-
fore feeing the scene on foot. Off-
cers brought in a K-9 unit to track
the suspect but were unsuccessful.
The suspect is described as a
black man between 6 feet, 2 inches
and 6 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing
about 170 pounds with a medium
build and short hair. The man was
last seen wearing a black T-shirt,
dark brown shorts and a white base-
ball cap with B on the front.
Teaching Fellowships open
High school seniors who want to
teach have the chance to be mem-
bers of the 2010-11 North Carolina
Teaching Fellows Scholarship/Loan
Applications for the program are
due to counselors Oct. 15.
Each Teaching Fellow receives a
$26,000 scholarship/loan from the
state, payable in $6,500 annual in-
The full loan is forgiven after the
Fellow has completed four years of
teaching service in North Caroli-
nas public schools.
Fellows are given an enhanced
teacher preparation program,
which includes leadership, travel,
early school experiences and spe-
cial summer opportunities.
2 charged in repair scam
The Greensboro Police Depart-
ment has charged two Rocky Mount
men after investigating an alleged
home repair scam that exploited on
a 91-year-old woman.
According to reports, Cedric Ren-
wood Pierce, 57, and Randall Scott
Weeks, 38, told the woman they
could repair damage to her chim-
ney for $15, but then they tore a hole
in her roof stating that the damage
was worse than they originally be-
lieved and that the cost would be
Both men were charged with
fraud. Pierce also was charged with
exploitation of the elderly, mali-
cious damage and obtaining prop-
erty by false pretense.
From staff, contributed reports
Contributed photo
The AARP Tar River Chapter
3942 recently contributed to the
American Red Cross to beneft
the organizations Haiti Relief
Fund. Pictured from left are AARP
members Henry Davis, Christine
Porter, Lillie Solide and Arthur
Porter with Kristen Ward, Red
Cross development director.
Several years ago, a big-
box Toys R Us store in
the Sutters Creek plaza
Toy store assistant
manager Buffy Russell
said Toys R Us is giv-
ing the mall Express lo-
cation a try out by open-
ing for the holidays.
She said that store
does not carry a lot of
the larger Toys R Us
items, but sales peo-
ple will place orders
for those toys in that
We can go online
and order them (for
the customer) but then
(the toys) get shipped to
your house, she said.
What you see here (on
the shelves) and a little
bit in the back is it. This
(Express store) is for the
smaller toys.
The mall also is add-
ing other new tenants
for the holiday season.
Victory Lane, a shop
that sells NASCAR jack-
ets and memorabilia, is
opening up once again
for the season.
The store will be go-
ing in the former Lady
Footlocker store space in
front of the Food Court.
Flipping Lizards,
which has a location in
the Wilson Mall, is plan-
ning to open in Decem-
ber in 6,000 square feet
of vacant space in the
Golden East Crossing
mall near J.C. Penney.
In Wilson, the 12,000-
square-foot play space
has infatable bounce
houses, obstacle cours-
es, a toddler area, four
computers and a lounge
with a large screen tele-
vision for parents.
The business also of-
fers parties for children.
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would make it illegal
to vote without a valid
photo ID; protecting
private property rights;
and restoring integrity
to state government.
The state faces a bud-
get hole of around $3
billion next year. Stam
said the state contin-
ues to boast one of the
highest tax rates, and
that poor plan-
ning and prepa-
ration from Dem-
ocrats on this
years budget has
pushed residents
to fee and busi-
nesses to fold.
Stam said he
believes stabil-
ity is possible with a
Republican majority in
the legislature some-
thing that has not hap-
pened in 112 years.
A political party
should do what it says
it would do, Stam said.
If its been out of pow-
er, it should say how it
would change things.
Well, we actually intend
to change things.
Nash County is not
traditionally viewed
as a county that leans
right, Fetzer said, but he
believes theres promise
this election year be-
cause of the strong and
honest campaigns of
Republican candidates
of Jeff Collins and Buck
Newton, both who were
in attendance.
Collins, a local fnan-
cial adviser, is vying
against Randy Stewart,
D-Nash, for the N.C.
House District 25 seat.
Newton, a Wilson
attorney and busi-
nessman, will
challenge A.B.
Swindell, D-
Nash, for the N.C.
Senates District
11 seat.
A Republican
majority is possi-
ble if challengers
win six Senate
seats and nine seats in
the House.
We have two home-
town people who have
great names in the
community. ... They are
ready to lead, Fetzer
said. (Nash County)
is a very high priority
area. ... Were going to
make history in North
Carolina, and Nash and
Wilson counties are go-
ing to be the focus of
that battleground.
From Page 1A
Democratic Party to mail
a retraction of the accu-
sations to every resident
who received the mailer
many of whom live in
Nash and Wilson coun-
ties. Newtons lawsuit
also seeks punitive dam-
Tragically, this case
illustrates the absolute
worst in bitter, under-
handed, partisan gutter
politics, Shanahan Law
Group attorney Kieran
Shanahan said in a re-
lease. Dirty political
tactics like this are the
reason so many North
Carolinians are dis-
gusted with the political
process. Mr. Swindells
attack mailer is nothing
short of despicable, and
it must not be allowed to
stand unchallenged.
In the introduction
of his complaint, New-
ton states that it is the
dishonesty and dirty
tricks from politicians
such as Swindell that
keeps residents from
running for public offce.
In politics, it is fair to
strike hard blows, but not
foul blows, Newton said.
Defendants actions
show that they will go to
any lengths, including
publishing outright lies,
to destroy any opponent.
The complaint states
that on Sept. 3, Newton
became aware of tele-
phone ads from Swind-
ells campaign that were
informing potential
voters in Nash and Wil-
son counties about the
false drug claims. The
complaint further states
that Newton asked his
attorney to contact Paul
Blake, an attorney and
mutual friend of Swin-
dell and Newton, to try
and arrange a meeting
with Swindell and his
representatives about
the falsehood of the drug
The complaint then
states Blake contacted
Swindell and the defen-
dants to inform them
of the fact that New-
tons drug charges were
dropped and that New-
ton wanted to meet with
him. Swindell declined.
In a June 1999 affda-
vit, an assistant district
attorney in Watauga
County said the drug
charges had been dis-
missed and were a case
of mistaken identity.
The public records
mockup on the mailer
highlights Newtons full
name and suggests he
was arrested and charged
with marijuana and co-
caine possession. But as
the images slightly fade,
dismissed appears
next to each charge.
Swindell and the state
Democratic leaders have
said they will support
the records, regardless
of the district attorneys
dismissal of the case.
N.C. Democratic Party
offcials said they contin-
ue to question the validity
of the district attorneys
dismissal forms and how
an undercover police of-
fcer could confuse New-
ton with someone else
buying narcotics on four
separate occasions.
State conservative
leaders also voiced their
anger with the ad.
N.C. GOP Chairman
Tom Fetzer appeared in
Rocky Mount on Thurs-
day with other Republi-
can leaders to promote
the partys statewide 100
Days That Will Change
North Carolina tour.
Fetzer called the cam-
paign fier ruthless,
full of lies, and said
Swindell should apolo-
gize and retract the ads.
I have been in poli-
tics for 30 years, and Ive
been through some rough
campaigns. ... This is the
worst example of politi-
cal fraud Ive ever seen.
This particular mailer
is a despicable desperate
act by a lying coward,
Fetzer said. (Swindell)
knew this was false when
it went out. He knows
its false now. ... This ad
is more than a mistake.
This is not an accident,
this is an intentional act
of political terrorism.
In wake of the attacks,
Fetzer said that New-
tons victory over Swind-
ell now is a main priority
for the N.C. GOP. Phone
calls made to Swindell
were not returned by
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disTricT 11 race
in a poll by the conservative Civitas institute released
earlier this month, N.C. Sen. A.B. Swindell trailed GOP
challenger Buck Newton by 6 percentage points.
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