Archive for July, 2012




A 35-year-old man is accused of killing his stepfather with a revolver on Saturday afternoon. 

Earl Barton Dople, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators took Jackson Whisnant in for questioning. The shooting happened at about 2 p.m. at 4320 Whisnant Lane southeast of Claremont. 

“We’re investigating to confirm (Whisnant’s) statement that it was self-defense,” said Capt. Joel Fish of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

“Now we’re waiting for a search warrant.” 

Until recently Whisnant lived at the home where Dople was shot. 

“The victim did time with the shooter’s dad in Kentucky and became his stepdad when he got out of prison,” Fish said. 

Whisnant’s mother died in May and since then the family has disagreed about how the property should be divided.

Whisnant told deputies that he and his cousin had gone to the home to meet Dople and get his mother’s revolver.

Dople gave him the handgun and said he wanted to go to an outbuilding. As they walked, Dople turned around and pointed his shotgun at Whisnant, according to his version of events. 

Whisnant said he knocked the shotgun’s barrel away as Dople pulled the trigger then fired three shots from the five-shot revolver as he turned to run, according to Fish. 

“He had black material on his arm,” Fish said. “We’ll test it to see if it’s from the shotgun blast.” 

Family members at the scene declined to answer questions about the shooting.


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A Lancaster man is facing charges after deputies say he tried to rob a restaurant with an axe while intoxicated on drugs.

The incident was reported Wednesday at 5:34 a.m. at Rusty’s Grill on the 2400 block of Pineview Drive, according to a news release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

According to deputies, David Leroy Deese, 45, of Lancaster, walked into the restaurant wielding an axe and demanding money. 

“The business owner produced a handgun and challenged Deese,” deputies told WBTV.

Deputies say Deese began apologizing, advised that he was “on drugs,” and fled the scene.

A deputy on patrol spotted him a short time later just a few streets away and took him into custody.

Deese is charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

He’s being held at the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

“First and foremost I am thankful that no one was injured during this incident.  The business owner showed great restraint as he rightfully defended himself and his business,” Lancaster Sheriff Barry Faile said.

“I also applaud the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office for their swift and diligent response to the incident.  We are thankful that we could get this dangerous suspect off the street so quickly.” 

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on the identity or location of those responsible for this or any crimes in the Lancaster area to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-4136 or contact Crimestopper’s at 1-888-Crime SC (1-888-274-6372) or you can e-mail or text your anonymous tip to: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com

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Have you noticed the one common thread running through these high school and college “sex with students” incidents?  SPORTS  They don’t occur between math teachers and students or history teachers…

But seemingly always between coaches or phys ed teachers and students.  And they don’t always occur elsewhere, either.  We had an incident locally several years ago but the student was “of legal age” at the time.  But, “why sports?’


First of all, sports as most define them, are nothing but games.  Games are for children and not for adults.  Those that teach or coach games are living out childish fantasies.  They have never grown up.  They are still children in their thoughts and deeds.  It is only ‘natural’ that they are drawn ro children… youth, in an effort to re-capture their oen youth.  Most child molesters exhibit childish behavior in their unguarded moments, even though they have families and well paying jobs.


So what do we do?  The common sense solution is to discontinue all high school and college sports programs.  The kids should be there to learn… not to play games.  If we did this, we would see an immediate reduction in taxes and tuitions as a result.  Not to mention the predatory attacks on our children.

Trade Schools should be the ones teaching professional ball just as there are special schools for aspiring race car drivers.



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