WMNC News, Friday, August 22nd
North Carolina's Attorney General has filed a motion to have the sexual harassment lawsuit against Catawba County District Attorney Jay Gaither dismissed. The lawsuit was filed against Gaither in June by a former Assistant District Attorney claiming he made sexual advances towards her and discriminated against her. Whitney Nicole Shaffer filed the lawsuit in federal court, suing Gaither as an individual and in his official role of District Attorney. According to WBTV, Attorney General Roy Cooper filed the motion Wednesday to dismiss the lawsuit claiming that the allegations do not warrant Gaither being sued in his official capacity. Shaffer began working as an ADA in February 2013 and she reported to Gaither. Cooper says Shaffer's lawsuit acknowledges that Gaither "acted outside the course and scope of this position" as District Attorney, yet she uses those same facts to sue him in his official capacity. Gaither was defeated in a Republican runoff election by David Learner in July, Learner will run unopposed for District Attorney in November.
A woman arrested this morning in Burke County faces a felony drug charge. 45-year-old Sherri Yvonne King was arrested and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, and deliver schedule two controlled substance. In addition King is charged with simple possession of schedule six controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Following the arrest, King was placed in jail under $10,000 secured bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
A suspect arrested in Catawba County is charged with stealing from his employer. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office reports the Thursday arrest of 27-year-old Ryan Joseph Worden. He's charged with one count of larceny by employee. Following the arrest, Worden was placed in the Catawba County Jail under $10,000 bond, a court appearance is scheduled for today.
A man arrested Thursday in Burke County is being held under a large bond on a weapon count. 52-year-old Roger Dale Franklin was arrested and charged with one felony count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Following the arrest, Franklin was placed in jail under $300,000 secured bond pending a court appearance.
Detective Andy Manis of the McDowell County Sheriff's Office charged 18-year-old Nathan Daniel Beatty, of State Street Extension in Marion; 27-year-old Calvin Ray Washington Jr., of Grayson Street in Marion; and 27-year-old Quron Edward White, of Highland Drive in Marion, all with felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods. On June 4, John Hollifield, of Huskins Branch Road in Marion, reported that someone stole a 2003 Honda motorcycle, valued at $2,000, from his property. Manis said the bike was sold to a man in Rutherford County and recovered from Rutherford County. The victim and suspects are not acquainted.