Drug deal turns into robbery
MONROE – The Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested one man and is looking for his step-brother after an alleged drug deal ended in a robbery and shooting Sept. 26 near Fairview.
Elijah Tyler Thorne, 21, of Roanoke Rapids, was arrested on charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Joshua Franklin Stewart, 32, of Monroe, remains at large. Stewart is wanted for armed robbery and a probation violation.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a Lake Park home at 9:14 pm Sept. 26 in reference to an assault.
The victim reported his girlfriend drove him to a home in the 9400 block of Indian Trail-Fairview Road, where he was supposed to buy marijuana from an acquaintance, Josh Stewart.
Once inside the home, Stewart’s step-brother, Thorne, confronted the victim about a dispute that occurred in prison.
The victim told deputies that Stewart and Thorne robbed him.
As the victim walked back to the car, he heard gunshots. One of the shots grazed him in the arm, officials. The car was struck several times. EMS treated the victim, but he did not suffer serious injuries.
Stewart was released from prison in March after serving several years for convictions of robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, officials said.
Willis tries for NC House
MARVIN – David Willis, a Marvin resident and small business owner, is running for N.C. House District 68.
Craig Horn, a retired food broker, is serving his fourth term in the District 68 seat.
“I want to represent the hard-working families in western Union County,” Willis said. “As a husband and a father of two children in our public schools, I know firsthand the issues our families face every day. I want to make sure our schools are adequately funded and that funding gets where it needs to be, in the classroom! I want to make sure our roads are safe as we travel back and forth to work and to school. I want to make sure our sheriff’s office, police departments, district attorney’s office and our first-responders have the tools and support they need to continue to keep our community safe.”
Willis serves on the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges and Waxhaw-Weddington Rotary Club. He has been involved in the Union County Republican Party for several years. He founded the Western Union County Leadership Forum.
He spent the first 16 years of his career in manufacturing, corporate finance and banking before having a family and starting a business. Willis and his wife, Shannon, have three children, ages 12, 11 and 3. They are members of Calvary Church.
His campaign team has already raised $50,000.
Visit www.VoteDavidWillis.com for details.