Breaking News-Weekend Full of Violence in Shelby
300 Involved in Gang Fight-Gunfire-Destruction of Property
Assault and Attempted Robbery–MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
Shootout with Police
Report By Robert A. Williams
Disrespect for Law and Order has boiled over this past weekend in Shelby to ring in the beginning of Summer. The apparent cover-up to protect the reputation or illusion of “The City of Pleasant Living” is also in full swing also. Except for the murder of Roger Dale Sisk, many of you probably will not hear a peep about any of what you are about to read in this article. This is not the first time we have blown the lid on the high crime rates of Shelby being hidden from the public. Call your Chief of Police. Call your Sheriff and see what they say about this.
Back in the days when Tandy Carter was the Chief of Police in Shelby, Chief Carter was speaking to a civic group and (probably inadvertently) dropped the news that Shelby ranked Number One in the Nation, per capita, in certain serious crimes. Those crimes included murder, rape and robbery per my recollection. The presence of organized gangs was denied by officials as quoted in the Shelby Star, although other reports of the “Chopper Boys” firing machine guns in Shelby’s west side were common.
Shelby was in denial. So was the Sheriff’s Department. Sources told me that conscious decision were made to downplay and undercharge crimes to lower the crime statistics that were required to be reported to the FBI. The DA’s Office, always up for a plea bargain, went along to do their part to show that Shelby was a safe place to live. The propaganda part was accomplished by the Shelby Star, who never seems to question a press release. Remember the three elderly ladies that were found dead in their Shelby homes that were ruled to have died of natural causes, although their phone lines were found cut. One lady was reported by the Star to have had bruised after her death when it is clear that dead people don’t bruise, especially when moving around after they are dead. Only one of those crimes ended up with a charge and conviction to my recollection.
Perhaps the Star thought their cover-ups of the elderly ladies cause of death would prevent a panic amongst the citizens of Shelby. My opinion is if the Star had accurately reported the first suspicious death, the citizens of Shelby would have checked up on their elderly relatives to ensure their safety and security, possibly saving two lives.
But that was then. This is now. Now the Economic Development folks and their associates (minions may be the better word), are well funded ($4.5 million for 2014-2015) by the Cleveland County Commissioners headed by Chairman Jason Falls and Vice Chairman Eddie Holbrook who only want to hear good news. So, what do Commissioners hear in their meeting and read in the Star??? Good News, even if the good news is a lie or a deception. News like 10,000 attending the “Livermush Fest” a few years ago. News like tourism bringing in millions of dollars more each year although the motel occupancy tax revenue (the only actual revenue number that can be verified) was less than the year before.