Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Drug suspect calls sheriff; dodges charges

Iredell County Sheriff Phil Redmond is widely known for his "war on drugs," thanks in large part to his officers’ impressive drug-busts on Iredell’s two interstates. 

But how about Redmond’s “war on drugs” in our backyards?

Five years after Redmond was first elected – and the same year his deputies seized $6 million in drugs, according to the sheriff’s webpage – the sheriff's office did not file charges against a man who two deputies arrested for manufacturing marijuana in a Statesville backyard.

The sheriff may have had something to do with that, according to the reporting officer’s narrative in the 1999 police report.

According to the report, the two officers received information about marijuana plants growing in a garden owned by Christopher Davidson. Upon arriving on the scene, Davidson gave the officers consent to search his property. During the search, the officers located seven marijuana plants growing in pots in Davidson’s garden.

According to the report, when the officers called Davidson back to the yard and asked him about the plants, "Davidson stated he had already called Sheriff Redmond at the office and that we could not charge him with the plants."

When the officers explained to Davidson that he could, in fact, be charged, Davidson responded: "Fuck it, it wouldn't stick." To read the full narrative from the police report, click on the document below.
Then nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. No court records, nor any other documentation, showing that Davidson was ever charged for manufacturing marijuana. A cursory review of Davidson's court records, in fact, turns up only simple traffic violations.

So did Sheriff Redmond himself truly talk to Davidson on the phone that day? Did Sheriff Redmond himself truly embolden Davidson to tell his deputies not to charge him for manufacturing marijuana? That's anybody's guess. Redmond didn't respond to Report questions this week asking if he recalled the conversation alleged by Davidson and referenced in his officer's police report. We also left a message for Davidson, but he did not immediately call back. As soon as we receive comments from him, we’ll post them.

We asked Sheriff Redmond if he, in fact, assured Davidson that charges could not or would not be filed against him or that charges wouldn’t stick if they were filed. Redmond did not respond.

We asked the sheriff to confirm that Davidson, in fact, was never charged. We asked him if “manufacturing of marijuana” is a felony charge and if the State of North Carolina has a statute of limitation on felonies (i.e. can Davidson still be charged today for something that happened in 1999?).

We also asked Redmond if he ever instructed, requested, encouraged or in any other way indicated to his officer(s) that they not file charges against Davidson – and, if so, why. We also asked Sheriff Redmond if he is personal friends with Davidson and in what capacity he knows him.

But Redmond did not respond.

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The sheriff’s office vice/narcotics unit reported $14.6 million in seized drugs and $276,000 in seized cash in 2009 alone. Working with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the vice/narcotics unit “utilizes undercover operations to identify and arrest individuals that are involved in prostitution, illegal gambling as well as the distribution of illegal drugs.”

127 comments:

Anonymous said...

MORE LIES!!!!!!!! JAMIE EVEN POSTED HERSELF THAT REDMOND HAS GOTTEN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DRUGS AND MONY WHY WOULD HE LET SOMEONE GROW DRUGS IN OUTR COMUNITY???????? I HAVE NO RSPECT FOR JAMIE AND SHE IS A WANNA BE REPORTED AND HAVE MADE UP MORE LIES TO TRY TO RUIN A GOOD MAN!!!!!!!!! SOMEBODY NEEDS TO STOP THIS NOW!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

i agree with 10:43 that is is all lies jamie is trying to make a good man look bad all he ever did was try to do right and provide for his family. this will all be proven not to be true. none of this matters it is all just election dirt and mud throwing. jamie is pretending to be a reporter and needs to stick with helping her moma burn cookies!

Victor said...

What about the report, does it look like rumors to you? Bunch of morons. If the man wasn't charged he needs to be. But most importantly it needs to be explained why he wasn't charged.

When I was first directed to this site I was skeptical. However, the more I read and see the more I understand why so many people are upset and demanding answers.

I was still waiting for the Sheriffs video proof from Linconton to be posted. Now I would like to see some answers on this as well.

Anonymous said...

My God, if you are stupid enough to think this is lies, read the officers report people!

Anonymous said...

Oh Jamie...you are getting used more than a fat girl on prom night. You are the political mouth piece for a few...why won't you get it?? If I were the Sheriff after your last stunt, I wouldn't respond to you either. It might require you getting off your cookie baking bottom and doing some reporting. H*ll you might even have to meet with the man you are adamant to try to destroy. I hope that a pack of drugdealers moves into your back yard and your only hope is Sheriff Redmond.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the officer lied. Maybe this whole thing was a setup in 1999. Yeah, that's it! I just know that Redmond the pillar of our community who went after the judge who tried to remove God from the courtroom and holds his officers to such a high standard and likes to hang out at Lake Myers Campground and has a war on drugs and who thinks he is Gods gift to every woman in Iredell County and goes to church and smiles and charms and lies and has a chainsaw brigade and intimidates his officers and smiles and shakes hands. Couldn't be the same Sheriff Redmond I know.

Anonymous said...

11:37 If a pack of drug dealers moves into Jamie's back yard and her only hope is Phillip Redmond then she has no hope unless there is a vote of a piece of ass in it for him. True story!

Anonymous said...

"a vote OR a piece of ass"

Money and women and fame are all the man is concerned with.

Anonymous said...

I think that the key to this is curtilage...I mean am I responsible for what my neighbors do? Besides, the officer, if he felt such a "strong" conviction, could have charged him. Last time I checked, the sheriff doesn't sign off on officer's charges.In addition....have you verified that Davidson even called the Sheriff?? I mean, if you are an investigative reporter...INVESTIGATE!! Besides, if I were the Sheriff, I wouldn't spit on you to put out a fire!! Much less talk to you...I mean you wouldn't respond to him.... No wonder you are not employed by the Mooresville Tribune any longer. Why don't you inviestigate some of the allegations against other candidates on here?? Oh yeah, you just remove those!!

Anonymous said...

The investigation starts with the source and according to the report, the source is Phillip Redmond who apparently had time to respond and stop this whole thing before it started.

Fair journalism begins with contacting the accused. That is what was apparently done here. The accused has no comment, so all of the questions remain.

He wanted Jamie to drive to his office to see a video that is public record, but he won't respond by email while sitting on his fat gray headed ass? That is the Phillip Redmond that those who work for him know and the public is now seeing. It is elected Sheriff Redmond not reigning King Phillip. I believe he misunderstood the position.

Oh and the allegation about the other Phil didn't come with the documentation that everyone kept asking for. Well you got it and now you are mad. Just like Redmond you can't be happy unless everything is going exactly the way you say it should go. Reality and Redmondland are starting to collide.

Anonymous said...

Can we see the whole police report? It just looks like an edited part.

Anonymous said...

Could someone define curtilage?

Anonymous said...

You wanted documentation for all the rumors. There is now a video and a report. Now what? And before you start about the whole video thing and they have the wrong guy and charges have been dropped, no they haven't.

Anonymous said...

11:47...bet you don't have b*lls to say this to the Sheriff's face....naw..you'll smile and kiss his "fat gray ass" won't ya? and then come on here and type like a mad man...'cause that's what you are "mad". boohoo!!!

Anonymous said...

11:47...bet you don't have b*lls enough to say this to the Sheriffs face..do ya? Naw...you'll just smile, shake, his hand and kiss his fat gray ass...won't ya!! Then you'll come on here and type like a mad man...'cause that's what you are "mad"!! boohoo!!

Anonymous said...

bahhaaaa...11:47 I think that he called your hand!! How about it?? Now that would be a story!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah! And then maybe Jamie would show up! She could bring the cookies!

Anonymous said...

I don't care who you are, that is just funny!!

Anonymous said...

Oh come on guys, then 11:47 couldn't sit in his momma's basement, and blog all day long. Maybe he is mad 'cause his wife left him for the Sheriff!!

Anonymous said...

YEAH...LIKE 11:47 EVEN HAD A WIFE!!

Anonymous said...

he has one....she just required batteries and an air pump!!

Anonymous said...

Fight or flight responses. Right now it is fight. Soon it will be flight.

Anonymous said...

You keep talking about 11:47. That individual was on your side fool. Which post were you actually referring to?

Anonymous said...

I want to know which one you are speaking about because apparently that persons wife left him for our married Sheriff. You REALLY should calm down before you type.

"Oh come on guys, then 11:47 couldn't sit in his momma's basement, and blog all day long. Maybe he is mad 'cause his wife left him for the Sheriff!!"

You guys are a HOOT. The Redmond defense team in action. STRIKE THAT FROM THE RECORD!!!! The public didn't hear that we slipped and said something about Phil's secretary. The trumpet has blown and the walls are falling down.

Anonymous said...

Actually 12:13 that was just stupid.

Anonymous said...

Somebody look out back and see if Dowdle is saddling up the escape goat.

Anonymous said...

I just got a report that a winged pegasus was spotted flying towards Myers lake Campground. I think the escape goat is a diversionary tactic.

Anonymous said...

Jaime... YOU ARE MY HERO!! I LOVE YOU!

Samantha and Derrick said...

Mine too Jamie. These are some mean vindictive people you have started investigating. They have no truth on their side. All they can resort to now is personal attacks. Expect it. I am certain that they will prove me right.

Keep your chin up girl, we are all behind you!

Anonymous said...

1. Escape Goat


A slang used by idiots who do not realize the term is scapegoat

Somehow, this slang is becoming popular and I'm hearing it more and more. Please, stop the ignorance.
"I felt like the escape goat!!"
"You mean scapegoat, you dimwit!"

Anonymous said...

1. Escape Goat


A slang used by idiots who do not realize the term is scapegoat

Somehow, this slang is becoming popular and I'm hearing it more and more. Please, stop the ignorance.
"I felt like the escape goat!!"
"You mean scapegoat, you dimwit!"

Anonymous said...

12:43 "sam and derrick....just how the Sheriff must feel also. Only he doesn't have an open forum like poor little Jamie to sling his mud. If Jamie can't stand the heat....maybe she should stay out (or in, in her case) of the kitchen. I'm just sayin'

Anonymous said...

12:50 the term came from the Redmond/Miller defense team from the following post under the Still No Public Release of Video article:

"plus if you know jamie miller you know that is not him in that video dont even look like him at all they just need and escape goat cause they do not know how to do there job."

I am certain that you already knew that, but now those just joining us will be up to date.

Anonymous said...

To 1:12pm.

Poor Sheriff can he not get someone from the record and landmark to do a wonderful story on him about how he is being slandered on the Gatton Report, maybe the paper could show us some documentations on how this is all false. Thank God someone has finally gotten enought balls to tell the public in open what kind of a person the Sheriff really is. YOU GO JAMIE I AM sure you phone and email are being flooded with Redmond concerns.

Anonymous said...

He sure does have an open forum.....Have you not seen the "How Great I Am" web page. Some call it Face Book. He actually has close to 4000 friends on there. He is traveling on that same road as Gerald Hege from Davidson Co.... Just wait and see. Jamie Gatton has exposed some real problems in local government. And she has done so just by asking questions. She does not accuse anyone, she just keeps on until they answer the question (that she already knows the answer to). I think she would make a good Lawyer (if there actually is such a thing) Thank you jamie

Anonymous said...

1:12 Trying to play the victim card again. It is awfully early for that.

Anonymous said...

To 11:37

Isn't the statesville record and landmark the policial ear for the Sheriff? Now isn't it fair that the rest of the citizens had a policial ear for them. And I don't like the comment about the fat girl. You are really making alot of friends on here for Redmond with comments like that.

Anonymous said...

1:23 I have heard that he actually has 3 FB pages now although I haven't looked. I could care less. I see enough of his big head in the Record and Landfill.

Anonymous said...

Comment 1:27 number one... we had the same thought at the same time...JYNX!

Anonymous said...

Well stop the heckling and get the Sheriff to issue a statement about this whole thing. Inquiring minds want to know. Oh, and we are still waiting for the magical video that clears Harold and Jamie.

Anonymous said...

Myers Lake......that's in the past. You need to look more towards Yadkin Co boys. Things or women (no, I didn't mean that, sorry) have changed!

Anonymous said...

MYERS LAKE IS IN DAVIE COUNTY AND SO IS YADKIN COUNTY IN ANOTHER COUNTY!!!! WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH IREDELL!!!! NOTHING!!!IT IS ALL RUMORS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING!!!!THIS BOLG NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!!!IT IS REDICOLOUS!!!

Anonymous said...

this all all bull and peple trying to make someone look bad who has only dedicated his life to serving the county. the truth will come out and you will see and the law suits will happen and you will all be sorry!!!and jamie will still be burning cookies with her MOMMY!!!

Anonymous said...

1:39...now...somone with a little sense instead of a little brain like the rest of these folks!!

Anonymous said...

Redmond has been serving alright... Anyone who will give him a vote or a piece of ass.

Randall said...

1:39 good point. just people trying to make nothing into something.

Anonymous said...

It is all a pretty tight web there 1:39..
Redmond and "Cowboy" Cain (the Sheriff of Yadkin) are good friends. They are both in the painting on horses in the Burger Barn. Lots of people from Yadkin have campers at Myers Lake. It all goes in circles (around the females)

Anonymous said...

To 1:41

Again not making friends for Redmond

Anonymous said...

1:46 THAT IS JUST MORE FLASE RUMORS YOU WILL BE SUERD YOU DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE MESSING WITH!!! TELL SOME MORE LIES IT WILL JUST BE MORE MONEY PAID AND MORE TIME IN JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

1:48...please go cry to your mommy! I don't think anyone, (including the Sheriff) cares if you are their friend. Grow up and quit being a baby!! wwaahhhhhhh

Anonymous said...

YOU ARE TRYING TO PUT PEPLE ON VIDEOS AND NOW ON PAITNTINGS AND YOU MAKE ME SICK WITH YOUR LIES AND RUMORS!!!YOU NEED TO SHUT UP WITH YOUR NON FACTS DUMBASS!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

1:48 I'm so sad that you are not my friend...i think I might cry!!

Anonymous said...

To 1:52 Oh, I get it, you and the Sheriff doesn't care if I am your friend if I am the fat girl, only cares if you are a young slender girl , is that right. To 1.54 Try not to cry.

Terry said...

Let's get back to the charges not made. We already know what kind of person Phil is. Let's get to the proof of the illegal stuff.

Anonymous said...

Hey, this sounds like proof of the stuff people were blogging about on the What Spooked piece. The stuff about Redmond only getting drugs off the interstate and not really dealing with the problem in the County. To all those on that blog that demanded proof and swore everything was just lies ,here's some proof. I can't wait to see what comes next. I have been hearing stuff about Phil Redmond for years, didn't know if it was true or not. Jamie I am addicted to your blog. Keep the proof coming.

Anonymous said...

1:59..No you aren't my friend because you are a bully, and too caught up in your own agenda to think outside the box( now, before you cry, not a literal box). I also don't associate myself with those who tend to wear two faces!!

Anonymous said...

Go to the Burger Barn on 901 and look for yourself. I did not say it was a bad thing...I only was pointing out that they are friends. The painting has 4 or 5 horses with the area sheriffs on them. Turn off the cap lock, your ignorance is showing through. Once again, go see for yourself. Redmond will tell you it is him. its not a bad thing. And you called me Dumbass?

Anonymous said...

Terry, there is no proof. We don't even know for sure if Davidson even called the Sheriff. But, what we do know is this....the other camps will stop at nothing to destroy this man. 1999?? There have been 2 elections since then...why bring it up now? Because some key personnel has changed...look closely Terry, look closely!

Anonymous said...

Im Detective Harris referred to in this report who accompanied the investigating officer involving the marijuana plants. Obviously a incident that occurred 10 yrs ago involving a few marijuana plants would be hard to remember all the details. But one thing I will say, In my 15 yrs working at ICSO all of which assigned to Narcotics I have never been told by the Sheriff nor his administration to not arrest anyone! Could it be Mr Davidson wasnt arrested cause the true story is that the investigating officer felt the marijuana was located in a place (curtilage as referred to in the report) where he couldnt be charged such as somewhere off his property. If the plants werent on his property then he shouldnt have been charged. Secondly not all cases involving drugs are the offenders arrested. Not saying thats the case with these marijuana plants but sometimes drug offenders provide substanial information leading to the arrest of other criminals engaging in illegal activities. In those cases the offender is given consideration for their assistance. In the future I suggest that in cases like this not to put peoples names in the newspaper in case they did assist Law Enforcement placing their life and family lives at risk. This comment is not intended to defend anyone but to just relay the facts pertaining to this situation and stop some of the wrongful comments placed on this blog made about innocent people. Because I will tell you I would not ever participate in any cover up and neither have I been asked to!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous Detective Harris.

Your explanation sounds plausable but if any of what you said were true then why did the sheriff not respond to Jamie and clear this up before the man's name was on this site? That is very concerning to me.

Anonymous said...

Detective Harris. First of I would like to also see an answer to the question posted above.

"why did the sheriff not respond to Jamie and clear this up before the man's name was on this site?"

As usual the responsibility for actions has been shifted to the investigative reporter and not the elected official who needed to answer the questions. Redmond is the reason for the article, not Jamie. Had she left out the name she would have been accused of not providing information and starting rumors. As usual "Sheriff" Redmond takes responsibility for nothing.

You consider 7 plants "a few" marijuana plants. If you were to write one of the famous Phil said press releases, how much would those 7 plants be valued at? Maybe $2500 each? That would be $17,500 if it was somebody that the Sheriff didn't know. Front page; look at me, I'm the great Phillip Redmond. Yep.

You suggest that maybe the plants were located off of the property. The narrative says that they were located in the curtilage of the property. Are you telling me that after getting back to the office everyone had a better view of the garden and decided that it was not on the curtilage? I trust the decision made while still on the property myself.

Curtilage: The area, usually enclosed, encompassing the grounds and buildings immediately surrounding a home that is used in the daily activities of domestic life.

A garage, barn, smokehouse, chicken house, and garden are curtilage if their locations are reasonably near to the home.

The report states that the garden was 30-40 yards from the suspects house. That would be about 30-40 steps for the average person. Not very far.

As for whether or not information was given that resulted in dropping of charges, I don't know and certainly don't want it to be said. One overriding factor is that the suspect said he called the Sheriff and said he couldn't be charged and also f**k it, it wouldn't stick. That sounds to me like someone who had no intentions or need to cooperate with authorities because he had a free pass from the top authority already.

I noticed that you began your response by saying that you have never covered up anything and you ended it the same way. Nobody accused you of doing so. If you were accused or suspected of doing anything, I believe you would have gotten a chance to explain like your boss did, so relax.

Anonymous said...

Detective Harris. I noticed the first thing pointed out is that this was 10 years ago. That was bound to be a reason brought up to invalidate this. Keep in mind that this is not the only incident, just one that was not buried. Any activities which end up qualifying as Obstruction of Justice are Felonies and have no statute of limitations. There were incidents before this date and there have been incidents since then.

You have always worked hard and done a good job. Be careful that you don't involve yourself any more than you have to in defending others. The predicament you are in is understood, but you have always maintained a good balance between right and wrong. I hope you continue to do so.

Anonymous said...

Here is a a clipping to compare the above situation to. This was published in the Redmond and Landmark on February 12, 2010

Mooresville man facing felony marijuana charges

A 27-year-old Mooresville man was charged with felony marijuana counts after deputies acted on information from an anonymous source.
Sheriff Phil Redmond said Lt. D.E. Summers received information on Feb. 13 from an anonymous source that marijuana was being grown at a residence on Estes Park Drive, Mooresville.
Summers and other deputies went to the house and spoke with James Blue Anderson, who said he owned the house, Redmond said.
Redmond said deputies smelled a strong odor of marijuana when Anderson opened the door, and after some conversation, they received the OK from Anderson to search the residence.
Small amounts of marijuana, along with lights and other materials used to grow marijuana, were found throughout the residence, Redmond said.
A small amount of ecstasy was found in a subsequent search of a safe seized from Anderson's residence, Redmond said.
Anderson was charged with felony possession of Schedule I, manufacture of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to keep/sell controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Now if you notice there is no mention of plants being found, only a small amount of marijuana. But because he had grow lights and "other materials used to grow marijuana" (probably potting soil and pots) he was charged with manufacturing marijuana.

On the other hand you have somebody actually growing plants and suddenly they are just "a few" plants. Also no charges are filed. War on drugs my ass. More like a battle for votes and kickbacks.

Anonymous said...

5:15

You state there are other incidents. Where's the proof? If you have the proof show it. Sounds like a bunch of unfounded bullshit.

Anonymous said...

6:03; Yeah and all of this is unfounded bullsh*t too. It appears that there are already more questions than answers. Why would you want more? Sounds like your lower lip is sticking out. Eat what's on your plate and then you can have some more.

Anonymous said...

In the short Redmond and Landmark article about the felony marijuana charges there are five statements made by Redmond.

The Sheriff seems to have a lot to say when he is pumping his big head up by taking credit for his officer's hard work. Too bad he doesn't have anything to say when he is asked about himself or his inner circle.

Anonymous said...

Proof is spelled P-R-O-O-F. Bullshit is spelled B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T, which is what this allegation is. Detective Harris sounds like a man of integrity, although he needs to learn how to use an apostrophe.

Anonymous said...

Watch your spelling Webster will get upset

Anonymous said...

A story without names and dates is a rumor and a story with names, dates and a document is bullsh*t.

Okay. See how that works in court.

Frank said...

Bullshit; adj. most often used in describing an incident where something bites someone in the ass, an unexpected problem that flaws the false image that one has built up over a long political career.

Bullshit; noun used to describe what a career public official uses over the years to stay in office and look good. Sometimes gets uncovered and has a terrible stench, many times with irreversable devasting effects.

Anonymous said...

Ten years ago?? If somebody was trying to cover it up, why was a report filed. I can tell anyone, "You can't arrest me because I know Joe Blow." That doesn't mean they do. Sounds like the person that put this out there is another disgruntled former employee.

Anonymous said...

6:43 Yeah, keep trying to pass the blame around. That worked for Crone.

Anonymous said...

Try and find out who backed his campaign in his first time in office! I heard it was someone in the North end of the county who is one of the biggest dope dealers in the county!!! And funny how when doing interdiction in the North end of the county we get approached by the Great Phil Redmond and he takes the lead officer for a ride in his bat mobile and 20 minutes later we are told to pick up and go to the South end of the county and play all this at around 10 to 11:00 PM!! And yes you will ask were you there and I can say yes I was one of those deputies !!!! And I think Redmond was in his Playboy Smoking apparel like he had his estate the PLAYBOY MANSION!!!! And the rest of you morons need to wake up and see that your county is falling apart and watch out for his sidekick "WILL SCREW YOU MILLER"!!! Have a nice day and Jamie I would be honored to meet you some day and you are doing a great Job!!! You know its only Miller and Redmond and some of his hit men writing garbage about you!!! Will You Vote for me Redmond said to me and I said not then and especially now!!! Good night you Idiots who support Him!!! HA HA!!

Anonymous said...

Stupid: Frank, spelled S-T-U-P-I-D.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what Crone has done to help his situation? A drowning man will grab at anything to stay afloat and so will many others. It is amazing who knows who.

Anonymous said...

6:46 got a first name? I am sure the rest can be figured out because I have an idea we already know.

Anonymous said...

6:46 By playboy smoking apparel are you talking about the usual professional looking outfit with the shirt unbuttoned 4 buttons down and the gold chain?

Anonymous said...

I believe i know that det. harris guy. did he go to western carolina?

Anonymous said...

You think i give a shit you idiot!! I thimk someone is upset!! BOOHOO!!

Anonymous said...

I no that harris guy, he went to mitchell cc. cant you tell. sorry bout my spelling i went their to.

Anonymous said...

I just wonder does Jamie believe that that the voters of Iredell County are this ignorant. I have followed several of the articles on this site, and have noticed that it seems it is nothing more than a witch hunt and has been that way every time Mrs. Gatton gets someone in her crosshairs. The last story was about a video. Redmond made it clear I have the proof come and look at it, but did Mrs. Gatton go? No she demanded it and when it was made available she turned her nose up and would not at least go look. She is the one that asked the Sheriff he has no obligation to go chase her down and say “please here is what you wanted”. I believe that the Sheriff made it clear ANYONE could come look at the evidence, but no everyone just wants him to put a mans picture up to be beat down on this site.

As for today’s article, if I was the Sheriff I would not respond to her, he answered everything last time, made information available and she would not even give him a phone call. This time did you ever see her try to call? The Sheriff owes Mrs. Gatton nothing she will twist whatever he says.

Here are some facts that was left out of this article.

The reporting officer that day was Chris Owens, who left to pursue other interest. He now works for Coy Reid at the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.
Mr. Owens has also written a letter of endorsement on the Mark Nicholson for Sheriff web site, sounds like there is an alternative motive.
Ask anyone at the Sheriff’s Office of their opinion of Mr. Owens.


Another fact had Mrs. Gatton done some calling she would have found that the way officers get to bust drug dealers is by using the smaller ones, and a lot of times because of the information they provide they are not charged. If this information gets out there could be extreme danger because of retaliation, but Mrs. Gatton never thought of this. That is why only parts of a report are released by law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

GREAT INFO....NOW I AM BEGINNING TO SEE THE POLITICS OF THE GAME.

Anonymous said...

I know POLITICS, because the man wears his shirt different from everyone....how does this hurt him from doing a great job as Sheriff. His stats back that up I like the comment about his bragging FB page.....I believe all the others have a FB page too, I would not expect them to brag about someone else...I have heard Nicholson site sayd everyone will have a job, well if all the rumors are true why would he say he is keeping everyone.

Anonymous said...

Is Owens the one that was great friends with the secretary and was questioned about it.....yes other motives to attack the Sheriff.....Go Redmond you have my families support, you have lept us safe and hurt the drug trade up and down the east coast, and saved Iredell Taxpayers a mint

Anonymous said...

Yes his guys just got over $55,000 in drug money in ONE WEEKEND...........No not just at election time google Iredell Sheriff's Office it happens all the time

Anonymous said...

Here is an example of Redmond's ledership from Salisbury post

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office has arrested two suspects and is seeking two others in a series of pharmacy robberies spanning several counties.

All four suspects have been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts each of second-degree kidnapping, and felony larceny in connection with a Dec. 30, 2009, robbery of North Iredell Pharmacy in Union Grove. They are also suspects in at least three other counties, the Iredell Sheriff's Office said.

Michael Ennis, of 409 Maverick Trail Drive, King, and Reece Eugene Tilley, of 390 Oak Summit Road in Winston-Salem, have been arrested. Authorities are looking for Danny Wade Lampley, of 7719 Tucker Road, Walnut Cove, and Bobby Joe Tilley, of 2745 Crosswinds Drive, Winston-Salem.

In the North Iredell Pharmacy robbery, employees told deputies that two armed men came into the business just prior to closing and forced them onto the floor, then tied them together. The men stole a large amount of narcotics from the pharmacy. They also stole an employee's car and firearm.

Deputies found the car abandoned a short distance from the pharmacy and determined another car had picked up the two robbers.

After a similar robbery in Winston-Salem on Feb. 22, investigators identified the suspects. Authorities issued warrants for the four suspects last week.

Anonymous said...

and another

By Donna Swicegood | Statesville R&L

Published: March 4, 2010

STATESVILLE, NC - A fourth person has been charged in the 2008 murder of Theodore Barbone, 18, of Statesville.
Jeffrey Montreal Nichols, 23, of Statesville, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree kidnapping and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Jeremie Labrandon Stevenson of Statesville was convicted in connection with this case and received a life sentence in December 2009.
Two others, Joshua Wayne Hemphill and Amos Katrone Johnson, both of Statesville, face the same charges as Nichols and are awaiting trial.
Barbone was shot to death in March 2008 and his body was left on Cool Springs Road.
Iredell Sheriff Phil Redmond said the charges against Nichols are the result of information that came out in Stevenson's trial as well as interviews since that trial concluded.
Detective Sgt. Errin Jenkins said the four were involved in a conspiracy to rob Barbone of marijuana.
Hemphill, he said, agreed to buy marijuana from Barbone on March 2, 2008.
All four, Jenkins said, conspired to take the marijuana and not pay Barbone for it.
Hemphill and Stevenson, trial testimony revealed, picked up Barbone on March 2, and one of the two pulled a gun on him.
Barbone struggled with the suspects and was shot and killed, trial testimony indicated.
Jenkins said Johnson was driving a second vehicle, following the one containing Hemphill and Stevenson.
During trial testimony, it was revealed that Nichols was also in the car with Johnson, Jenkins said.
After the trial, Jenkins followed up on that testimony, and through other interviews, Redmond said, determined Nichols was involved in the robbery planning.
Nichols is incarcerated in the N.C. Department of Corrections on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was convicted of the charges Jan. 27 and sentenced to eight months.
Hemphill and Johnson are still awaiting trial on the charges. Assistant District Attorney Mikko Red Arrow, at the conclusion of Stevenson's trial, indicated the two will be entering pleas in the case.

Anonymous said...

everyone look at 5:34 threatning the detective for defending himself

Anonymous said...

I have yet to see what any other person running for Sheriff is going to do that Sheriff Redmond has not already done.....Got my families vote also. Keep you head up Sheriff these people are scared to death because they know the only way to steal a few votes are to try and spread rumors and lies, without knowing any facts.........Politics at it's finest

Anonymous said...

Tooth fairy did it

Anonymous said...

Where is the video from the garden I demand it be posted, there is a a cover up. Blame the Sheriff he hid the video behind the corn.

Anonymous said...

1:31 u wrote... Well stop the heckling and get the Sheriff to issue a statement about this whole thing. Inquiring minds want to know. Oh, and we are still waiting for the magical video that clears Harold and Jamie

He did issue a statement why dont you read, then go look at the evidence before posting

Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows Detective Harris' professional stance would know that his response to "I'm going to call the Sheriff and he'll tell you that you can't arrest me" would be "Is that so? Because you'll have to figure out how to do it in handcuffs from the back of my car."

There is a reason that all police reports aren't made public. It pertains to safety, investigations, and ultimately helps to build better cases. One drug dealer always knows another and another, and once arrested, if the drug dealer in question is willing to cooperate, the outcome of the cases are ALWAYS very different. It could mean a lifelong prison sentence, a slap on the wrist, or a committment to be a long-term Confidential Informant.

There was only one single piece of reporting presented here, and it was a clip of a police report presented by someone who not only no longer works for the ICSO, but who is also a strong opponent of the Sheriff. There are alwasys two sides to every story, and to insinuate that there was corruption taking place based on this minimal information is ridiculous, at best.

Maybe the Sherrif didn't want to comment because he doesn't have the first clue about what went on with this case. It was over 10 years ago. I can barely remember what I did at work last week, let alone recall the specifics of what most narcotics detectives would consider a minor case that took place a decade ago.

For what it is worth, I am a civilian (not a member of law enforcement) and I do not have a dog in this fight.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who knows Detective Harris professionally knows that his response to a suspect who says, “I’m going to call the Sheriff and he’ll tell you that you won’t be able to charge me!” would be, “Well, you’ll need to figure out how to do that with handcuffs on from the back of my car.”
There is a reason that all police reports are not made public. There is more that goes into each and every case than the 10 or 12 sentences that you see posted on this website. Every case is different and the outcomes of each case vary just as much. Charges and therefore sentences can range from life in prison, a slap on the wrist, to a long-term commitment to be a Confidential Informant who ultimately helps build a bigger and better case. Unless you know the details of each and every case, there is absolutely NO WAY to know what all went on. Who’s to say this suspect didn’t become an informant? If that is the situation, they remain confidential for a reason and no one would tell you such just because you were fishing for a blog report.
To insinuate that there was corruption taking place off of this snippet of information is ridiculous. The officer who provided said information not only no longer works for ICSO, but he is also a vocal and adamant opponent of the Sheriff. Smells fishy to me…
As for why the Sheriff didn’t respond? Only he can answer that. Maybe he can’t remember the details of this case! Does your boss know every single move that you make? Mine doesn’t. Not only that, but this took place over 10 years ago. I can barely remember the details of my completed tasks at work on Monday, let alone what I did on a job over a decade ago.

Anonymous said...

8:25...damn, I knew the video was behind the corn, and I was able to deduce that the tooth fairy put it there. If I can figure out all this why can't these people put together that Jamie Gatton must have p%nis envey, and will probably continue to try to drag the Sheriff throught the mud. Maybe she should stick to baking cookies!!...and promoting "other" candidates!!!

Anonymous said...

This is in response to the person who asked, "why did the sheriff not respond to Jamie and clear this up before the man's name was on this site?" First of all, a successful public servant, such as a sheriff, mayor, governor, etc., doesn't have time to answer the stupid questions or address the stupid concerns of every loon they represent. And it should be obvious to readers of this blog that there are lots of loons out there who are gullible and/or ignorant enough to believe everything they read or hear.

Typically these are people who can only feel good about themselves when they are trying to tear down those they perceive to be superior to them. I've witnessed these poor pathetic people all my professional life. They spend their days trolling for gossip, the more bizarre and outrageous the better, and then take great pleasure in spreading the gossip as the truth. After reading Jamie Gatton's comments over the past couple of weeks, I would put her in this category and certainly NOT in the category of journalist.

Secondly, why would the writer assume that the sheriff owes Jamie Gatton the time of day. I'm sure he doesn't really give a flying flip what Ms Gatton or her groupies think.

Finally, responding to such ridiculous charges would only lower the status of the accused to that of the accuser, and as a result, would encourage other fools to make up similar accusations. If a leader breaks down and responds to one, they are encouraging every other kook out there to get in line. That's why the President doesn't lower himself or the office by responding to international crazies (well at least most presidents).

I respect a public servant who is smart enough not to run around wasting his/her time trying to appease every idiot looking for attention. I hope Sheriff Redmond will ignore the Jamie Gattons of the county and focus his attention locking up bad guys.

Anonymous said...

8:30...WOW, couldn't have said it better myself. I would stake just about anything I have on the honesty of Det. Harris. I have known him for several (about 7 yrs), and I agree about his response. I have all faith that Det Harris would arrest his mama if he thought she had broken the law. Sorry, but I have to call b*llshit Jamie. Crooked is as crooked does!!!

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:30 & 8:47 - Yes, I posted the same thing twice. I didn't think that the first one had posted, so I typed it again.

Sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

8:50 whew...you said it brother!! Doubt that the sheriff would know Jamie if she served him up a batch of cookies...which it sounds like she should stick to!!

Anonymous said...

I agree Harris is a top notch detective, and I cannot believe the threats from one of the camps...that basically told him not to defend himself

Anonymous said...

The tooth fairy was the informant, now the easter bunny is after him because he read the report.

Anonymous said...

Sheriff take the high road, you have made it clear the last time you did everything gatton asked, and she still tried to make you look bad. You will be our next Sheriff you have done great things for this county. My vote will not be based on where someone lives in the county.

Anonymous said...

To 8:50
That was one of the stupidest replys I have ever heard. Condesending to any reader of Jamie Gatton's blog. Condesending to all the citizens of Iredell County that would like an honest reply from the Sheriff. Sounds like he thinks he is above answering to anyone that he doesn't like. I wouldn't consider these allegation stupid I think they might be felonies, so you are telling me the sheriff doesn't have time to talk about felonies that his staff might have committed. I bet Mr. Davidson doesn't think this matter is stupid either.

Anonymous said...

Hay 8:50 The Sheriff owes a response to Jamie Gatton and everyother citizen of Iredell County. Who does he think he is.

Anonymous said...

To 9:32

Who do you think you are suggesting that people that you don't know committed felonies? You don't know the first thing about this case or what went on. A tiny piece of a police report written 10 years ago in no way determines that the detectives were felons. You are making insinuations about somehting you know nothing about and people you know nothing about.

Anonymous said...

He gave a response last time, Proved Gatton wrong and she cannot even admit it. He had the info she wanted and this caught her off guard so she attacked him again with an 11 YEAR OLD CASE........give me a break she it just mad and wants to get even

Anonymous said...

I seen the report was filed by an endorser of Nicholson's!!!!!! what happened to "Law enforcement not Poitics" I guess the supporters do not see it that way.

Anonymous said...

6:01.. One person is charged with a felony for a small amount of marijuana and grow lights, no plants and another is caught with plants and not charged with anything.

If that isn't politics I don't know what is.

Bad Bob said...

I LOVE THAT DET HARRIS EVEN THOUGH HE LOOKS LIKE GEORGE JEFFERSON

Anonymous said...

The grammar, punctuation, and spelling of some of these “investigative bloggers” is pathetic. Please take the time to spell check your well thought out ramblings before you post them. You are embarrassing yourself otherwise.

Sue Spath said...

My name is Sue Spath. My name is different because it is not anonymous. I always thought Smith or Jones was the most popular name? I am not afraid of letting people know my name. I am proud of who I am and of my friendship with Jaimie. Jaimie only blogs what is a known fact.
If I were one of the anonymous bloggers, I would be very ashamed of how childish I sound when I read back what I wrote. The grammar is bad, the spelling is atrocious and the remarks are hurtful. This is not intended to be a "Slam" book. We had that in the sixth grade and I refused to sign even then. C'mon bloggers. Stand up and be counted. If you diagree, post your name and disagree in a polite "grown-up" manner.
"Man" or "woman" up. No personal attacks. There was nothing personal about the blog. It was the written truth.

Anonymous said...

Sue; There are those on here who are seeking the truth to questions and concerns about our elected and otherwise public officials.

Then there are those public officials who are using a variety of people to muddy the waters. That is the only purpose for their posts.

We have to remain diilegent and remember that this is a not a battle between people but of good and evil. We are only the instruments offering ourselves for God's use.

Ephesions 6:12

Anonymous said...

Sue...Maybe Jamie should take your advice also. I'm sure that you don't see her as making a personal attack. Ask anyone involved in the case, it is bull, and anyone in law enforcement knows it. There are those that know how the inner wokings of a narcotics investigations goes, and choose to "muddy" the waters. Rest assured, there are as many on here with one objective, make a man who has dedicated his life to enforcing the law look bad. Sorry Sarah, but why not make Jamie publicly acknowledge who "slipped" her this bogus fact....Because a few former employees who lose all sphicter tone..that's why!!!

Anonymous said...

8:21...works both ways BUDDY...you're throwing your share of mud in my friend. Find Believe Investigate...

Anonymous said...

what the heck is spicter tone?

Scott said...

Just a thought for those that keep saying all these concerns about the Sheriff Department are from disgruntled employee's. Maybe they are so disgruntled due to the facts of exactly what they are stating. Sounds like a lot of stuff for someone to just make up out of the air. Seems that there has to be some validity to all this.

Anonymous said...

A sphincter is a structure, usually a circular muscle, that normally maintains constriction of a natural body passage or orifice and which relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning.

Anonymous said...

It has been my life experience that where there is smoke there's usually fire!

Anonymous said...

The information is there and questions are being raised and have gone unanswered, regardless of the futile attempts of a few to muddy the water and to divert attention. It will be a rough ride, but the truth always prevails sooner or later.

It always starts out as rumors with denials and cover ups. There were rumors about Senator John Edwards, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, President Bill Clinton, Gov. Mike Easley, Sheriff Gerald Hege, Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, Cabarrus County Republican Commissioner Coy Privette retired pastor and former N.C. House member who got caught with a prostitute, Lincoln County Chief Deputy Barry Taylor, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, Mooresville Police Chief John Crone, House Speaker Jim Black and many many more.

Now there are serious rumors about Sheriff Phillip Redmond.

Anonymous said...

I would hardly call this a "serious rumor" but instead speculation about the outcome of a drug investigation conducted over a decade ago.

Not every investigation leads to an arrest and/or charges. Period. Anyone with even slight knowledge of our justice system knows that.

I do, however, think that the people who are name calling and insulting Ms. Gatton are doing themselves a disservice. They are discrediting their own points-of-view, making themselves look childish and ignorant, and only pointing people further in the opposite direction.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate Jamie taking the time an effort at no pay and especially knowing her charcater will be challenged and belittled to inform us of facts. Many Redmond supporters have hollered for a week or so show us the facts ! Show some proof. Well someone obviously had some facts. I do know both investigators very well involved in this case. At one time I considered Harris to be a close personal friend. Owens is and will remain what he is. I find it funny that some have attacked his character here. Knowing full well he is a ranking deputy in another county no longer involve in these cover my assets and I will cover yours nonsense. I am angered by the "pro" Redmond posts here attacking the integrity of most everyone involved. Yet at the same time they brag of working for a wonderful man with no mistakes. I for one voted for Redmond in all his re-election bids. I think he most definately is a pleasurable personality that is the political King of this county. I think he has made some serious mistakes in his tenure as sheriff. I think several of the posters here posting anonymously have also made some serious errors. I am sure that Redmond will if not already wishes he would have just said "Hey, I have done my service and will collect my retirement and move on before the facts discredit me and embarass my rein of sainthood" As H. Miller once said, " No one is a perfect sheriff. And after 12 or 16 years you will have stepped on enough toes and made enough mistakes that will cost you any peace you would have had in retirement? I think it admirable that Redmond states "I have to run or my top people will not have a job"
Well I think both opponents have said "unless an employee is convicted of crime(s) everyone will have a job." Is Redmond making this same statement? His followers unfortunately are follwing their hero's footsteps : Tear their credibilty down so no one will believe them !! I am glad to see there are several credible candidates running this time. I will no longer support a criminal or his henchmen. So all of you staff people posting know that I do have a camera in my business with audio when you come in wanting a donation or wanting my influence with my customers. I have checked and will forward from this date any eveidence of you doing these things on county time or while wearing your badge and gun in case you say you were on lunch. It is illegal to solict me for your boss. He sure as heck does not ask himself as you all have visited first to make sure it is ok for him to come and Thank Me.

Anonymous said...

Is this the way law enforcement support one another? by cussing and throwing rocks back and forth? I notice by the times posted that supporters of Redmond's position seem to be posting during "normal business hours" Is anyone checking to see if our tax paid computers are being used to look at and comment on this blog? A VERY OFFENDED TAXPAYER !!!!!

Anonymous said...

How do I get a copy of all the emails form the sheriff's office people. I found where it said they are public record. So where do I get them ?

Anonymous said...

Call Phil. He won't give you copies but I am sure he will give you a private showing in his office.

Anonymous said...

NO MORE REDMOND!
This was the message that 50%+ of the Republian voters sent to Redmond on May 4, 2010.
Somewhere he must have missed the message that 50%+ is more then 48%, but does thst surprise you that this would be over his head?
Has Redmond forgot who payes his salary and for who he works?
What does he plan to do for the officers who exercised their right to vote for the canidate of their choice and not him?
Mr. Redmond we are watching.
IT'S NOT OVER YET.

THE WINNER said...

Hey 3:00, that 48% was more than 38% and 12%
dumbass!!!!!!!!!

Crawl back under your rock, we will see you in 2014

Loser!!!!!!!!!

"The White Madea" said...

Okay, evidently 99% of the people reading this don't know Jamie or anything about her. To start with I was raised with Jamie in the same Church until we were teens...
I know Jamie as a reporter, and I know she has something you eejits who are to stupid to tell who you are...she has integrity! I hate to tell you this, but Jamie is a SEASONED reporter, and not a WANNABE...so do your research and get a clue.
Your insults to Jamie and "The Gatton Report" will get you no where, except to let people like me know how dim you actually are.
Remember, some people seem bright until they open their mouths.