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Category: violence against men

Men are afraid that women will kill them – and the actions of one Henderson County woman is why

Hendersonville, N.C. — Entitled, toxic womanhood is on display in the North Carolina mountains.

Morgan Bishop, 29, of Hendersonville, got away with murdering a boyfriend in cold blood in the spring of 2012 as she was sentenced to just time served for the crime.

Now, she has been charged again, but not with attempted murder. Rather, with a much lesser charge of communicating a threat to another former boyfriend.

The incident happened via Facebook Messenger on January 13. In it, Ms. Bishop yelled: “Best believe your brother I know where he works too, first bitch you don’t know shit. I killed him it was no accident that’s why yall ain’t got shit and ever will. That’s fucked up what your doing you know what I did and I will do it again.” The message was in all capital letters, which means yelling while online.

Ms. Bishop also claimed that she ‘knew people’ and that she was going to make the victim’s like a ‘living hell’, the Hendersonville Times-News reported.

In June 2012, Ms. Bishop murdered another boyfriend during a domestic dispute by running him over on the SPARTANBURG HWY in East Flat Rock. She plea bargained her way from a possible life sentence to just four years 11 months of jail time.

This violent woman should have never been released for what she did to the dead victim in 2012. Hopefully, a judge will correct this egregious wrong in her new trial.

Emily McCombs and Logan Paul are two douchebags who should be banned from their respective accounts

Douchebags seem to come in pairs these days, do they not?

On Friday, December 29, 2017, Huffington Post editor Emily McCombs posted a violent tweet calling for androcide, that is, the mass killing of men.

And it is not the first time she has posted hate speech like the sort Twitter needs to get rid of.

Listen up douchebag women of the world: “Kill all men” is not a joke, it is not funny nor is it edgy. It is a threat and, at the very least, Ms. McCombs should be fired from all of her media gigs and banned from Twitter under the new hate speech rubric, which took effect on November 22, 2017.

And just when you thought nothing could top that, Logan Paul manages to outdo Ms. McCombs.

Mr. Paul, a YouTube star, posted a video of a person who killed themselves still hanging from a tree. Millions saw this grotesque video and YouTube has yet to do anything to him in this regard.

He apologized, but an apology just will not do. Google needs to close Mr. Paul’s YouTube account to send the message that this content will not be tolerated on YouTube.

Maybe people need to make a New Year’s resolution to not be douchebags. Apparently, that’s asking for too much.

Augusta girl, 17, launches app designed to combat sexual violence

Augusta, Ga. – An Augusta-Richmond County teen girl has launched an app that is actually very important.

Anika Kablan, 17, of Augusta, Ga., officially launched an app called Recoup Incorporated this week. The app, which is designed to combat sexual violence, is available on the IPad.

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#FBRape, Part II: Facebook condones female-on-male sexual violence

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Menlo Park, Calif. — By now, you know that Facebook has a major problem with violent content, something that Everyday Sexism’s Laura Bates revealed in an exposé in 47 months ago.

Turns out, Mark Zuckerberg has learned absolutely nothing from the #FBRape campaign of 2013.

The latest example (out of many) of the Facebook’s irresponsible corporate culture comes via an Sydney-based Facebook group called Bad Girls Advice. Read the rest of this entry »

Robin Herndon jailed for 19 years for killing fuck buddy

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North Augusta — A forty-two year old female state correctional officer was found guilty of manslaughter in the Aiken County shooting death of her fuck buddy 30 months ago.

Robin Herndon, now 42, of North Augusta, was charged with murder after gunning her 31-year-old fuck buddy down on November 6, 2013. She faced life in prison, with the minimum sentence of 30 years in jail. She was immediately axed from her job as a South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon officer. Ms. Herndon passed on a plea deal when prosecutors presented it.

Aiken County Sheriff’s officers were dispatched to the SUDLOW LAKE RD residence on the aforementioned day in 2013 where they found the victim with a solitary gunshot wound to the neck. He was taken to a hospital across the Savannah River, where he later died.

Ms. Herndon told the court an argument that afternoon turned violent after the victim threw her car keys on top of the roof of her home. She testified that she “was in fear for her life” when she drew her gun and aimed it toward him, and her pistol accidentally discharged when the victim hit it with one of his hands.

The Lexington-based First Solitictor’s Office prosecuted this case, though the venue didn’t change from the circuit courtroom in Aiken. Both Ms. Herndon and the victim were well-known by the public agencies in Aiken, Bamberg and Barnwell counties.

Ms. Herndon was convicted of manslaughter on March 18.

Orangeburg woman jailed for just 15 years for Facebook domestic violence slaying

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ORANGEBURG — A woman will spend only the last half of this decade and all of the next in jail after she got somewhat of a slap on the wrist after killing her boyfriend over Facebook and text messages about an affair.

Courtney Price, now 25, used the old “abuse excuse” to explain why she killed her 24-year-old boyfriend.

However, prosecutors and others said that she stabbed the victim in a violent, angry rage while he slept after she learned of an affair via Facebook messages and texts on September 26, 2014.

The victim was rushed to the Regional Medical Center where he died of his injuries hours later, on September 27.

The jury found Ms. Price guilty of voluntary manslaughter on Friday afternoon, a day after she turned 25.  Prosecutors sought a murder conviction.

A member of the victim’s family, described him as “a bright light in our family.”

“From the early age of 10 years old when he was able to push a lawn mower, he understood the value of hard work,” she said.

She added said, “He loved his son immensely.  That’s the biggest tragedy, that his son won’t be able to know his daddy.”

The boy, now almost 2 years old, was an infant at the time of the incident.  He is with the victim’s relatives.

Two former strippers get slaps on wrists for robbing, raping rich men

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NEW YORK CITY — Remember the incident 19 months ago when four women sex workers drugged, raped and robbed rich men?

Half of them got slaps on their wrists this weekend.

Marsi Rosen, 29, and Karina Pascucci, 27, were sentenced Friday to four months of weekends in jail after they pleaded guilty to much lesser charges of grand larceny and conspiracy.

Ms. Rosen also admitted to sexually assaulting some of the men.

Ms. Pascucci lured one of the victims, a cardiologist, to Scores where he was ripped off for over $135,000 during four trips to the club in 26 months ago.  She nearly blew her plea deal when she appeared on Crime Watch Daily and denied the accusations.  She then accused producers of the show of ‘twisting’ her words.

Samantha Barbash and Roslyn Keo also pleaded guilty to all charges against them and are awaiting sentence.

Another Title IX investigation: Man raped by co-ed at Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. — All of the Title IX investigations involving schools from coast to coast at this point have involved rape accusations with female victims and (in most investigations) male perpetrators.

Until now.

The latest school to be looking at the US Department of Justice investigating it for ignoring sexual assault is charged with turning a blind eye to female-on-male rape, a crime that is becoming increasingly common in the States.

An op-ed posted in the university’s newspaper on Sunday, January 11, charges Stanford with being dismissive of a man who was raped by a co-ed 15 months ago.  The victim, Justin Brown, is on track to graduate from the college in 3.5 months.  He wrote a very long op-ed that not only makes scalding charges against his school, but also slams women in the US for willfully and blatantly ignoring female-on-male rape.  Sorry, I am not able to truncate any of this, as the content is just too important and completely lays bare a culture of anti-male bias when it comes to sexual violence.  I am gonna slap a trigger warning on this.

In October 2013, I was sexually assaulted by a female student on campus.

I arrived at a party with a group of friends and struck up a conversation with a girl. We both were a bit drunk, but not to any dangerous levels, and slowly moved our conversation to the dance floor. We started dancing, then making out, then before I knew it, her hand was down my pants. I was surprised, as I hadn’t given her consent to take things a step farther, but I was nevertheless okay with it. Time passed with us together on the dance floor until she began whispering in my ear that she wanted to have sex. While I was enjoying myself, sex was not on the agenda for the night. I took a step back and realized that her friends were gone and she was seemingly alone at this party with me. Even though I didn’t want to end the night in her bed, since she was drunk, I felt I should help her make it back to her dorm.

We started walking home together, but our walk was prolonged by frequent stop-offs. We’d take a few steps holding hands, then take a moment to move off the path and make out with each other for a bit. After a while, these stop-offs became less of a mutual decision and more of a demand from her. I began denying her advances; it was late and I just wanted to get her home safely so I could get some sleep. She continued to engage with me and I denied her requests with a verbal “no” several times. After several failed attempts to push off her advances, we got to the point where I was trading kisses and gropes for steps back to her dorm. Several times her hands went down my pants, and I was not okay with it. I did my best to stick to my “no” every time she demanded more, but at each denial she would stop dead in her tracks and refused to walk with me unless I complied. I felt stuck. Dragging her back to her dorm with her fighting against me simply didn’t feel right. Physically fighting her struggle was not the safest means to that end. But, it didn’t feel right to abandon her there either. She was drunk and could not be left alone in the state she was in. So I felt I had only one option: I complied.

When I got back to my dorm at 2:30 that night, I was confused. Didn’t I go out wanting to engage in sexual contact? Shouldn’t I feel proud and confident that someone wanted me? As a man, shouldn’t I always want sex? This had been what I wanted for so long, but once it was in front of me, it simply didn’t feel right.

I don’t fault her for my change of heart; I fault her for not listening to my clear “no” several times after I made my final decision. Was the situation handled perfectly? No. I was confused, horny and intoxicated. I wasn’t properly educated to even understand that this experience would qualify as sexual assault. But even with all of these things in play, the fact of the matter is that my “no” was not respected. Sure, she didn’t use force, but what was I supposed to do?

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About eight months had passed since my assault before I even considered the gravity of what happened that night. I relayed the experience to a few friends and at first, we nervously laughed about it. It all just seemed like a joke. Trading kisses and gropes for steps back toward her dorm? The whole situation seemed laughable, all centering on the inconceivable image of a horny college male denying a female’s sexual advances.

In June, I started asking why the events happened even though I said no. It didn’t seem like sexual assault. I wasn’t physically beaten or forced to engage with her. This wasn’t some traumatic event that threw me into a deep depression.

But Stanford’s current definition of sexual assault states, “Sexual assault is the actual, attempted or threatened unwanted sexual act, whether by an acquaintance or by a stranger, accomplished against a person’s will by means of force (express or implied), violence, duress, menace, fear or fraud. If coercion, intimidation, threats and/or physical force are used, there is no consent.”

Actual unwanted sexual act? Check. Coercion? Check. There was no consent. However, this still wasn’t enough for me.

After I returned to campus for my senior year in September, I began the process of reaching out to the Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office on campus. When they were unable to meet immediately, I attempted talking to one of Stanford’s Confidential Sexual Assault Counselors. That position not yet having been set up, the University eventually forwarded me to the YWCA Sexual Assault Center on campus.

I began recounting my experience to the woman on the other line. I told my side of the story and she listened attentively until I ended with the simple question, “Does this qualify as sexual assault?” After a short moment acknowledging the difficulty of all the factors at play, what she said left me flabbergasted.

“You just have to be careful,” she said to me plainly. She began to outline how situations like these are difficult when alcohol is involved, but when I reiterated that I clearly said “no” and felt trapped in the situation she continued to astound me with her suggestions at what I should or could have done. “You could have just left her,” she insisted. “If I were a man in your shoes, I would have definitely called 911.” At this point it was tough to hold back my frustration. I was calling this hotline because I was trying to figure out if what I experienced was sexual assault. How could I have called 911 in the moment if I didn’t even know I was being sexually assaulted?

I continued and began speaking of how I felt my gender could have played a role in the incident and how it was beginning to color our conversation. In response to this she began explicitly insisting that the woman in my case might not even know what happened that night and could accuse me of sexual assault. I had gone from possible victim to possible attacker in this woman’s eyes. Not having received the counseling I sought, I quickly ended the conversation. I understand that I didn’t handle things perfectly that night, but not once did this YWCA representative give any ounce of support. She didn’t refer me to any further resources. She never once validated that this was indeed sexual assault. As a man calling into the Young Women’s Christian Association, it’s tough to think that my gender did not play a role in this woman’s response. It was incredibly frustrating that an organization known for warning against victim-blaming in the case of women had no problem jumping straight to this tactic against a male victim when the tables were turned.

A few days after my encounter with the YWCA, I was able to meet with staff at the SARA Office. I explained the same story to the director and feared that I would experience the same victim-blaming that occurred with the YWCA. Instead, she immediately answered my question. Yes, what I described does count as sexual assault.

From there she provided me with a multitude of resources, from Counseling and Psychological Services for psychological help all the way to instructions for entering the judicial review process if I wanted to press charges. My experience with the SARA Office was wholly positive, as the director took the time to see me not as a victim, not as a male, but as a person with a tough question that needed an answer.

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While Stanford has a concrete definition of sexual assault, the SARA Office affirmed that before even consulting legal definitions, it is first up to the survivor to define what happened based on how they feel. I personally do not want to press charges; we both strayed blindly into grey areas that night. Luckily, I came out the other side without any traumatic emotional scarring or depression. However, not everyone may be so lucky if put in this situation.

Never once have I called this woman my “attacker” or “assailant” because I didn’t emotionally respond as though it were an attack or an assault. To me, she’s just a student that made a mistake. However, she does deserve to know that what she did is defined as sexual assault.

What she does not deserve is expulsion. We need to understand that we can’t solve these grey issues with black and white statements and punishments.

By demanding a “strong presumption in favor of expulsion” through last quarter’s ASSU Task Force Proposal, we begin to force the hand of the administration in cases where they should instead be using a discerning eye. Under the proposal, the only mitigating factor that can be brought forth to fight expulsion is the presence of a “pertinent, acute mental illness.” Mistaken consent, cooperation with the judicial review process and evidence of a lack of malicious intent are all outlined as factors that are inadequate to bring forth an argument against expulsion. It is completely understandable why the ASSU would deem these as inappropriate, but in practice this results in harsh punishments that fail to account for the differing degrees of sexual misconduct and rape.

In my case, I don’t believe she had any especially malicious intent during the incident and her presence on campus does not present any imminent danger to me. Despite these factors, under the above policies, she would still fall under the category of recommendation for expulsion. She deserves to be educated about her mistakes, but this education remains unavailable to her as a result of the punitive approach proposed by the ASSU. The burden of providing her with this education should not fall onto me simply because I disagree with the recommendation for such a harsh punishment. There is definitely a time and place where expulsion is necessary and we need to ensure that the University is able to apply it to keep students safe. However, in cases where education is all that is necessary to ensure a safe learning environment, overreactions like expulsion begin to look less as a decision to ensure student safety but more as an attempt to deliver retribution for emotional distress, which should never be the goal of punishments.

We need to create a better space where everyone can speak constructively about this issue, as this can happen to anyone. Yes, sexual assault happens significantly more often to women than men; however, when we gender these conversations, it marginalizes the already silent population of male victims even further. It reinforces the idea that as a man, you won’t be assaulted. Therefore, when it happens it’s seen as a joke or an issue raising questions surrounding the man’s sexuality instead of his assault. Stripping gender from these conversations is necessary to constructive conversation because its presence provides no benefit outside of reinforcing a statistical fact that we all should already understand. Gendering these conversations often leads to victim-blaming of women and the demonization of men, which simply divides us on an issue we already stand hand-in-hand against.

Ensuring safety for everyone is our priority when fighting sexual assault, and it’s important to remember that while we may disagree on the path, we’re all envisioning the same goal. I’m extremely excited that we continue to hear from voices that have been previously marginalized and silenced when these issues arise. However, we need to ensure that we do not marginalize and silence those that may be fighting alongside us in the process.

Emphasis mine, in bold.

This is just like with a large chunk of female victims of sexual assault: Mr. Brown opposes expelling his rapist and instead wants her to learn about boundaries and consent.

It’s obvious that the rapist has problems with consent that otherwise would be rightfully condemned if she was the victim instead of the perpetrator and if her victim was the perpetrator instead.  Yes, it’s absolutely true that everyone with a vagina is marginalized and oppressed in our nation.  However, that does not excuse the actions of the woman who raped Mr. Brown.  Or, for that matter, the actions of the other women who have raped men.

Mr. Brown also brought up an issue that needs to be talked about because for far too long, the voices of male victims, as well as those who support male rape victims, have been silenced in numerous ways, with the most egregious tactic being deflection on the part of women on the topic of male rape.

Until January 6, 2012, female-on-male rape was excluded from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reports.  (NOTE: Male-on-male rape was included in the FBI’s UCR in 1994.)  In other words, some men who were raped prior to 2012 were entirely excluded from the definition of a crime victim due to the outdated definition of rape that the feds used, because their perpetrators were women.

Although only 16% of all men are victims of rape, peer-reviewed report after peer-reviewed report in 2014 showed that women are the primary perpetrators of male rape, totally discrediting widely reported claims by women (including some feminists) that most men are raped by other men.

Ladies, if you truly believe male rape victims, the least you can do is sit down, shut up and listen to what he’s saying when he is talking about being sexually assaulted.  Chances are, he’s right when he says he was raped by a woman.

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Another North Augusta woman murders husband

NORTH AUGUSTA — Another day, another incident of domestic violence against men in a state that already has a major domestic violence problem.

A woman was arrested for murdering her husband in the City of North Augusta on Monday.

Deborah was arrested by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety and charged with murder in the slaying of her 63-year-old husband.

The victim was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.  Mrs. Deborah was taken to the Aiken County Jail for questioning Monday afternoon.

“Public Safety received a call shortly before noon in reference to a gunshot victim,” said Lieutenant Tim Thornton of NADPS. “Public Safety arrived on the scene … and once inside, they found one male, 63 years old, deceased at the scene.”

Just before 18:00, Mrs. Deborah went from being a person of interest to being the prime suspect after the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was called in to investigate the victim’s untimely death.

She remains at the jail.

In addition to the capital murder charge, Mrs. Deborah, whose age has not been released, is also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

This is not the first time a violent woman has murdered a close male companion in the city.

This spring, Terry Ashton, 20, was arrested for gunning down her husband right in front of their kids.

In November 2013, Robin Herndon was arrested for murdering her platonic male friend.

This is the tenth man in the local area to have been slain by an abusive woman since November.

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Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle

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Quartet of female sex workers drug men unconscious with Molly, sexually assault and rob them

Marci Rosen is one of four women who drugged men with Molly and then robbed them while they were unconscious.

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NEW YORK CITY — A really disturbing story of sexual violence against men from the New York Area that has netted the arrest of four women for the incident, and a man for witnessing the women committing sexual violence against men and doing nothing about it.

The victims were all rich men, and their identities will be withheld.

An eight month investigation found that Samantha Barbash, 40, Roselyn Keo, 29, Marsi Rosen, 28, and Karina Pascucci, 26, had been drugging men at two city strip clubs — Scores in Manhattan and Roadhouse NYC in Queens.

The quartet of sex workers scoped the area to find victims.  One or more of the women would text the victims to meet with them.

The women would then spike the victims’ drinks with Molly, a date rape drug that Rick Ross rapped about in his pro-rape anthem, U.O.E.N.O.

The robbers would then take their victims to an undisclosed location, arrange for a private room and give the victims’ credit/debit cards a ride.

The victims wouldn’t remember anything at all — they’d wake up in cars, hotel rooms or even their own beds with no recollection of what had happened, and were shocked when they found out about the card charges.  When they challenged the charges, the male victims were sent threatening text messages, and incriminating pictures that had been taken when they were drugged up, sexually assaulted and robbed.

One doctor was hit with a $136,000.00 charge on his credit card after four trips to Scores in November 2013.

Scores hit the victim with a lawsuit, claiming that the 41-year-old victim was “partying with five girls at once”.

The doctor’s lawyer, Michael Weinstein, said, “We were always confident that law enforcement’s efforts would expose that my client was preyed upon by this ring and not responsible for charges to his credit card.”

And sure enough, they were proven correct.

Special Narcotics prosecutor Bridget Brennan said of the female predators, “The defendants were banking on the victims being too afraid to contact the police, but as the indictment and arrests show, they made a serious miscalculation.”

Ms. Barbash, who went by the nickname “Samantha Foxx”, was the ringleader of the all-female sexual predator ring.

The indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday, says the all-female crew ran its sexual assault and robbery combo scheme between September and December of 2013, but investigators believe “one or more” members of the predatory group may have engaged in similar schemes as far back as January 2011.

One of the victims did an exclusive interview with the New York Daily News about the incident.

The married father said he believes he was drugged and robbed by the women when he went to the Penthouse Executive Club in Hell’s Kitchen last year — a night that ended with his credit card loaded with over $40000.00 worth of charges.

“I’ve been to strip clubs all around the world.  I party a lot.  I’m not a stupid guy — there’s no way in God’s green earth I would spend $40000.00 in one day,” he said, surmising that he must have been “slipped” something because he remembers feeling really “weird.”

“It was like I was punch drunk.  I felt like I was floating,” he said. “It wasn’t a drunk feeling – just like a dream.  It’s just a blur.”

That victim decided to speak with the Daily News on Wednesday, a day after the all-female sexual assault/robbery ring was busted up by the New York Police Department.

Some of female defendants even tried drugging, sexually assaulting and robbing a DEA agent posing as a rich man.

The victim said that he even fell prey to the same sexual assault/robbery scheme in March 2013, more than six months before the timeline of the incident above.

He said that he took three associates to Penthouse that month.

According to media reports, Penthouse is owned by the very same people who own Scores.

He said he and his pals had a couple of drinks, but he decided to stay for one more when they were packing up.

He said he ended up in a private room with two women — and was apparently there for hours.

The victim, who’s in his 40s, said he remembers feeling “not in control,” and signing several pieces of paper.  He also remembered being half naked himself at one point, and said that when he left, he, the women and a manager appeared to be the only people left in what had been a busy club.

His stepmother then found out that he was sexually assaulted and robbed by the women.  He was out nearly $7,000.00 that night.

Both the stepmother, his bookkeeper, and his wife were understanding — but he said the club wasn’t.  He said when he challenged the charges through a middleman, he was told the club would go to the newspapers if he didn’t pay up.

He was also contacted by one of the female predators, who got his mobile number.

“She said, ‘Baby, you just had a good time that night.  You don’t remember.’  That’s when I realized I’d been scammed,” he said.

She told him if he didn’t pay, she’d lose her share of the cash.  “Come on, you can afford this,” she told him.

“I haven’t gone to a strip club since,” he said, adding he didn’t recognize any of the women who were arrested this week. A rep for Penthouse did not return a call for comment.

The male manager of Roadhouse was also arrested.  Agents said that the manager knew that the women were drugging, sexually assaulting and robbing men and he did nothing to stop it, propelling law enforcers to hit him with conspiracy charges.

The spokeswoman for the DEA, Erin Mulvey, said the investigation is continuing, and investigators believe there are other victims (all male) – and possibly more female suspects – of the all-female predator ring.

THIS is why I want people to talk to their daughters and mothers.  It is time to remind women that men don’t owe them a nickel of money for their time spent with the women – not even on a first date.

Disgusting story of female sexual entitlement and female monetary entitlement run amok, indeed.  These women and other women like them who feel the need to rob men because the men refuse to consent to putting out their cash need to go to jail for a long time.

Taking a man’s money without his consent is robbery.  Way past time for women to learn this.

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Latta Mayor Earl Bullard axes Police Chief because she is a lesbian

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LATTA — Latta Mayor Earl Bullard abused his power on Tuesday afternoon and fired the town’s first woman police chief because she is a lesbian.

In a move unexpected by South Carolina standards, many people in this Dillon County town known for its rabid support of the Vikings athletics were rightfully angry at the mayor for the dismissal of Police Chief Crystal Moore, which is (sadly) legal in South Carolina.

“This woman has been a veteran of the department and a pillar of this community for years,” said Kevin Drawhorn, a Latta resident and supporter of Chief Moore.

Some town council members say Bullard didn’t follow protocol when he fired Chief Moore.  The group discussed the issue in a meeting Thursday.

“We have codes, but this Mayor refuses to obey anything in that book he don’t want to,” said Lutherine Williams, another Latta Council member.

Specifically, she says, Bullard should have first given Chief Moore a verbal warning, then a written one.  Then, discuss the matter with council before axing her.

Council members say that Bullard didn’t do any of that.

“If an employee does something, you don’t wait three or four days or two or three weeks to do something about it,” said Councilwoman Williams.

Instead, Council Williams says the mayor gave Chief Moore all seven written reprimands within a span of 17 hours.  They were her first reprimands during her 20-plus years on the job as both a deputy for the Latta Police Office and as Police Chief.  (Click here to read all 7 of the reprimands from the Mayor)

“I looked at the reasons, some of them are questionable,” said Brian Mason, another Latta Council member.

Some residents believe the mayor firing was retaliation, which is also legal in South Carolina as it is a right-to-work state.  Chief Moore investigated Bullard’s most recent hire, Parks And Rec Director Vontray Sellers.

WBTW broke the story about Sellers driving a Latta town vehicle while his license was suspended.  This was two months ago.

When News 13 brought that nugget of information to Chief Moore’s attention, she did her job and started investigating.  She found that the mayor neglected to conduct a background check on Sellers.

“Since he’s been in here, it’s been haywire!,” said Tammy Taylor, another Latta resident.

Other residents of the town said that Bullard had a vendetta against Chief Moore because she is openly lesbian.

“Before he was sworn in office, he said Anne and Crystal would not have a job,” said Councilwoman Williams.

WBTW also has phone conversations to back up those claims.  The conversations recorded Mayor Bullard as saying he “doesn’t agree with some lifestyles.”

The convo is above in images.

On Thursday, the town council voted to correct this by putting a referendum on the November 4 ballot that, if passed, would significantly weaken the power of the mayor.

Chief Moore was among 50 present in Thursday’s meeting.

“I can’t believe that we still have no equal rights. That’s the biggest issue. I’ve been harassed, intimidated. This is the first time it’s been this public. I’d tried living a quiet decent life and do what I’m supposed to,” said Chief Moore.

About 130 of the 270 municipalities have a council-strong form of government, including the Town of Williston.  If the referendum passes, Latta will be the 131st town/city with that form of government.

WBTW News 13 residents react

WBTW News 13 council meeting


NADPS says that woman who gunned down sleeping husband in front of children was possessing narcotics in front of children

NORTH AUGUSTA — You may remember this 20-year-old woman who was arrested and charged with murdering her husband ten days ago.

Now, new details about what happened ten days ago are coming out.

Terry Ashton, 20, was arrested ten days ago by the North Augusta Department of Public Safety was was originally charged with only the slaying of her husband, 21.  Late that night, NADPS added five charges to the list: possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime and four counts of child neglect — one charge for each child that was present during the murder.

Warrants said that Terry was placing her children of unreasonable risk of harm by manufacturing marijuana at their residence on WEST HUGH ST.  Although nothing about narcotics were mentioned at the time of Terry’s arrest, the NADPS said that they will not seek any additional child neglect charges against Terry for the marijuana.  To reiterate, those child neglect charges are for the domestic violence slaying that the four children were spectators to.

Terry Ashton story

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Woman murdered husband in North Augusta

NORTH AUGUSTA — A 20-year-old woman was arrested and charged with murdering her husband this morning.

Terry, 20, was taken into questioning this morning.  After about five hours of questioning, the North Augusta Department of Public Safety determined that she was the triggerperson and they took her to the Aiken County Jail and charged her with her hubby’s murder.

Ms. Terry is now facing five additional charges: possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and four counts of unlawful conduct towards children.

Deputies with the NADPS found the victim, 21, motionless with a gunshot wound to the head at around 10:28 today.  He was taken across the Savannah to Georgia Regents University Hospital where he died.

Four small children were home when the shooting happened, but none of them were injured. They were turned over to the custody of their grandparents at the scene. The children are ages four months and 1, 3 and 4 years old.

This shooting was the result of a domestic dispute.  This is North Augusta’s second domestic violence murder in less than six months, and metro Augusta’s second domestic violence murder in three days.  In each instance, the victim were men, and the suspects were women.

The fact that Ms. Terry murdered her husband in front of their children is literally beyond revolting.

Aiken Standard

The Jail Report

[image via The Jail Report]

UPDATE at 21:38: as promised, the mugshot of Ms. Terry is now up.  Also updated the post to include more information about the incident.

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