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Men charged with vandalizing mailboxes, church property

Posted September 2, 2010

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— Two men face more than a dozen charges after a vandalism spree that damaged mailboxes and church property in Nash County.

Owen Bernice Smith, 22, of 6849 Colby Road in Elm City, and Evan Marquis Tyler, 23, of 4916 Rolling Rock Road in Rocky Mount, were each charged with 11 counts of damage to personal property and one count each of damage to real property and resisting a public officer.

Nash County investigators said that 10 mailboxes in the Hunter Ridge subdivision were damaged, a four-wheeler was rammed into a shed belonging to Union Missionary Baptist Church and a window of a van belonging to the church was broken.

Smith was placed under a $500 bond, while Tyler has been released.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 3, 2010

    Really, cwood3? Churches already don't pay any taxes for ANY public services like police, the judicial system, jails, trash/recycle, roads, etc. Now, you're suggesting that you should reap MORE benefits and garner Special Protections that those us who DO pay taxes cannot obtain?! Wow.

    And, by "churches" you mean ALL of them, right? Satanic, Islamic, Wiccan, etc.

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    "Sentences for damaging churches need to be much larger." -- cwood3

  • The Fox Sep 2, 2010

    It starts with mail boxes and before you know it they've escalated to parking meters and gumball machines.

  • JofNC Sep 2, 2010

    Bernice.... ROTFL!!!

  • bronzegoddess40 Sep 2, 2010

    These two have gotten the worst possible punishment - their ridiculous middle names have been published for the world to see. Marquis and Bernice? Puh-leese.
    mulecitybabe

    LOL Tee Hee Hee

  • Preebok Sep 2, 2010

    Remember the kid who got caned in Singapore(?) for vandalizing expensive vehicles and America was up in arms about it? That's what they need to do in this country. Do you know that they said there was ONE rape in that country that YEAR? We wouldn't have the crime that we do if people knew that they would be punished for it.

  • 6079 SMITH W Sep 2, 2010

    It is pronounced BURR-ness. :)

  • Coach K is still GREAT Sep 2, 2010

    Maybe he's upset b/c his middle name is Bernice...

  • mulecitybabe Sep 2, 2010

    These two have gotten the worst possible punishment - their ridiculous middle names have been published for the world to see. Marquis and Bernice? Puh-leese.

  • cwood3 Sep 2, 2010

    Bordom and lack in upbringing causes alot of grief. Lack of a job makes things worse.

    Sentences for damaging churches need to be much larger. Of course, maybe "his" sentences are much worse, and we don't know about it.

  • flapy Sep 2, 2010

    I'm just assuming alcohol was involved.

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