Former Montgomery detention officer pleads to manslaughter

A former Montgomery County detention officer has been sentenced to up to six-and-a-half years in prison.

Jonathan Brooks was arrested Sep. 18, 2013, and charged with the murder of his five-month-old child. (photo courtesy Pitt Co. N.C. Sheriff's Office)

Jonathan Brooks was arrested Sep. 18, 2013, and charged with the murder of his five-month-old child. (photo courtesy Pitt Co. N.C. Sheriff’s Office)

30-year-old Jonathan Dewayne Brooks was arrested in 2013 in Pitt County and charged with murder in the shaking death of his five-month-old son, Ayden Wayne Brooks. Brooks and his wife, Karen Pearman, have maintained his innocence, though a Pitt County medical examiner found the child’s fatal head injury to be non-accidental.

Earlier this month in Pitt County Superior Court, Jonathan Brooks entered what is known as an “Alford plea”, asserting his innocence, but agreeing to the voluntary manslaughter conviction in exchange for favorable sentencing.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reported Pearman as saying Brooks took the plea “so he could return home to his family as quickly as possible.”

Jonathan Brooks is a 2004 graduate of West Montgomery High School and was a detention office with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office from November 2010 to January 2012.

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Two to vie for mayor, four for commissioner, in Mount Gilead

130705_Vote_ButtonThe slate is set for this fall’s local municipal elections. Filing closed Fri., Jul. 17, at 12 noon.

Mount Gilead Mayor Earl Poplin is not seeking reelection, and two candidates will be vying for the seat. Chip Miller is a 1973 graduate of N.C. State University and has been with Jordan Lumber and its associated companies since 1981. Brooke Crump is a member of the class of 2014 at Charlotte School of Law.

On the town’s Board of Commissioners, Paula Covington and Vera Richardson have both filed to run for reelection. They will be challenged by former mayor Patty Almond and by Mitch Taylor, who worked with BB&T before become finance director for Montgomery County Schools.

From the Montgomery County Board of Elections, here is the full filing report:

TOWN OF BISCOE MAYOR
James E. (Jimmy) Blake
Eddie Reynolds

TOWN OF BISCOE TOWN COMMISSIONER
C. Jerry Smith
John Beard

TOWN OF CANDOR TOWN COMMISSIONER
Jerry L. Brewer
David Kellis

TOWN OF MOUNT GILEAD MAYOR
Chip Miller
Brooke Crump

TOWN OF MOUNT GILEAD TOWN COMMISSIONER
Mitch Taylor
Patty Almond
Paula Little Covington
Vera Collins Richardson

TOWN OF STAR MAYOR
Mary Hughes O’Brien

TOWN OF STAR TOWN COMMISSIONER
Eddie Bernard

TOWN OF TROY MAYOR
Roy Maness

TOWN OF TROY TOWN COMMISSIONER
Damon Prince
Wallace Jones

Election day is Tue., Nov. 3.

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Teacher, coach Ben Misenheimer, 1984-2015

West Montgomery teacher and coach Ben Misenheimer died Jul. 15, 2015, following a brief illness. (family photo via Facebook)

West Montgomery teacher and coach Ben Misenheimer died Jul. 15, 2015, following a brief illness. (family photo via Facebook)

Funeral services will be held Sat., Jul. 18, for a West Montgomery teacher and coach. Ben Misenheimer was a math teacher and a baseball and basketball coach at the high school.

Published reports say the 30-year-old Misenheimer suffered a brain hemorrhage Fri., Jul. 10, and was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He remained hospitalized and underwent surgery Tuesday in Charlotte, but died early Wednesday morning, Jul. 15.

Misenheimer was a Stanly County native and a teacher and coach at West Stanly High School from 2011 to 2014. He began working at West Montgomery just last year, teaching math and serving as the head coach of the varsity baseball team. He was also the interim varsity basketball coach this past season.

More on the web:
Obituary at Stanly Funeral Home
Article from The Stanly News & Press

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Troy resident designs state’s newest license plate

RALEIGH (NCDMV) – North Carolina has unveiled a new state license plate that recognizes the state’s historic role in the creation of the United States. North Carolina motorists can choose a new “First in Freedom” standard state license plate for the first time since 1982. Effective July 1, the “First in Freedom” plate joined the “First in Flight” plate, as the second standard-issue option for vehicle owners.

Charles Robinson, left, receives one of the first "First in Freedom" license plates issued on July 1, 2015, from Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. Robinson, of Troy, designed the plate, which recognizes two "firsts" established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution. (NCDMV photo)

Charles Robinson, left, receives one of the first “First in Freedom” license plates issued on July 1, 2015, from Division of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas. Robinson, of Troy, designed the plate, which recognizes two “firsts” established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution. (NCDMV photo)

“North Carolina is a state of firsts and we continue to be a leader in innovation,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “What a great way to celebrate North Carolina’s rich history and the birth of our nation by offering drivers a chance to proudly display a plate that honors our contribution to freedom, here in one of the most military friendly states.”

The phrase “First in Freedom” recognizes two “firsts” established by North Carolinians during the early stages of the American Revolution. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves have been noted throughout history as the first steps by one of the original 13 colonies to secede from Great Britain.

“As a veteran I’m proud to help issue the ‘First in Freedom’ plate, honoring this important value that many North Carolina servicemen and women continue to fight for and uphold everyday,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “We look forward to seeing these plates displayed proudly on our state roadways soon.”

This new version was designed by Charles Robinson, a Troy, N.C., resident, historian and license plate collector. The plate features an amber quill pen, which symbolizes the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves. The signing dates of these two events, May 20, 1775 (Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence) and April 12, 1776 (Halifax Resolves), are featured at the top center of the plate over the title letters, which display “First in Freedom.”

Robinson used the amber color as a key component of the quill pen as a tribute to the primary color of the classic state license plates of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Those plates were manufactured in amber and black.

The original First in Freedom plate was unveiled Jan. 10, 1975, as part of a collaborative initiative between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. The initial plate was established to promote recognition of the 200th anniversary of the nation’s independence.

To apply for a “First in Freedom” license plate at no additional charge, NCDMV advises that the plate should be requested at the time of your registration renewal. A standard charge will be due if the plate is requested at non-renewal times.

On the web: http://www.ncdot.gov/dmv

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