Author: Gayle Clayton, BS, MA

Candidates Campaign Finances

     Candidates Financial Reports   Total Spent Second Quarter Total Spent this Campaign Sherriff      Chris Francis, Incumbent (R) 7,103.19 (mostly refunds to supporters) 12,764.27     Steve Theodoropoulous (R) 2,760.60 24,253.72     Aaron Ellenburg (R) 5.570.00 28,997.69     Jason…Read More »

Gastonia Police ordered to release body cam video in homeless vet arrest and the taser death of his service dog

Gastonia Police arrested disabled Army Veteran Joshua Rohrer last year and charged him with panhandling.  Officers also tased his service dog during the arrest that resulted in the death of the animal.  Rohrer, feeling he had been assaulted, pushed for the release…Read More »

Jail Deaths and Jail Conditions

On January 12, 2022, Andrew Hodge was found dead in his cell in the Rutherford County Detention Center from an alleged drug overdose. Shortly thereafter, Sheriff Chris Francis suddenly pulled his bid for re-election. Since this incident, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office…Read More »