Tolson takes voluntary manslaughter plea deal; Receives 56-80 month sentence

From the Outer Banks Voice Four days after the start of John “Jay” Tolson’s second-degree murder trial in the July 2020 death of LeeAnn Fletcher, the two sides reached a plea agreement on Thursday, August 31, that carries a sentence of 56-80 months for voluntary manslaughter. Given that the roughly three years Tolson has been […]

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In Day Two of the Tolson murder trial, opening statements and prosecution witnesses

From OuterBanksVoice.com Moments after the prosecution’s first witness—former Dare County dispatcher Raven Brown—took the stand on Day Two of the John “Jay” Tolson murder trial, the courtroom heard his 911 call on the morning of July 22, 2020, describing LeeAnn Fletcher’s condition. “I think she fell last night…She had been drinking,” Tolson said on the […]

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U.S. Court of Appeals rules for Dare County in COVID closure case

A Jan. 25 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled against plaintiffs who were seeking compensation from Dare County for denying non-resident property owners access to their homes during the 45-day COVID closure in 2020. The Court of Appeals, by a unanimous 3-0 decision, affirmed a September 2020 dismissal […]

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Our number one priority is workforce housing

In wide-ranging State of the County, Woodard criticizes “naysayers” battling local housing projects In a roughly one-hour State of the County presentation, Dare County Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard alternated between exhortations and congratulations. But he seemed at his most passionate when talking about the county’s frustrating quest to generate several hundred units of essential and […]

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Bateman and Euler face off in only contested Dare Commissioner race

Of the three seats on the seven-member Dare County Board of Commissioners that are on the ballot this election, only one race is actually contested. Incumbent Republicans Jim Tobin (District 1) and Rob Ross (District 2) are running unopposed. The race where voters have a choice is the At-Large contest between first-term Republican incumbent Ervin […]

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