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Goldsboro man accused of bulldozing mobile home

Posted October 26, 2009

— A Wayne County man was arrested Saturday after police said he drove a bulldozer through the mobile home he shared with two roommates.

Michael Earl Ricks, 47, of 381 Slick Rock Road in Goldsboro, is charged with damage to real property.

Mary McDuffie and Christy Hughes, Ricks' roommates, said they had been arguing with Ricks. The women said Ricks had been drinking for several hours and got upset when they threatened to kick him out.

“I knew he was going to do something stupid, but I didn’t think he was going to get a bulldozer and plow my house down,” McDuffie said.

Goldsboro man accused of bulldozing mobile home Police: Goldsboro man bulldozed house

In the middle of the argument, they said Ricks left the home and got a bulldozer from his nearby employer, Best Sand and Gravel, Inc.

McDuffie was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher as the bulldozer hit the mobile home.

"He slams first into the front of the trailer after we got out," McDuffie said.

Both women got out safely, but said after Ricks ripped the mobile home apart, he chased them down the road to their landlord's home.

"He was beeping the horn...and coming right at us," McDuffie said.

Ricks was arrested at the scene. He was being held under a $1,500 bond at the Wayne County jail on Monday.

The women are now staying with their landlord.

In the 911 call, McDuffie said she had given Ricks a place to stay after he was released from prison.

Ricks has been convicted of armed robbery, common law robbery and writing worthless checks, according to State Department of Correction records.


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  • Tenderhardt Oct 28, 2009

    OMG Mike! Glad I ignored those phone calls, Dude. This is off the chain!

  • familyfour Oct 28, 2009

    Gosh....this is old news now~!

    Funny how long it takes our little hole in the ground to make the big news.....lots of crazy stuff going on around here....

  • Ferguson Oct 28, 2009

    I can not think of one witty comment, I am laughing so hard that tears are welling up in my eyes. This is insanity at it's best. I think I peed a little, good thing I'm wearing a skirt!

  • Barrackawack Oct 27, 2009

    His name was EARL !

  • cary1969 Oct 27, 2009

    sounds like a couple of smart girls right there..I'll tell you what.

  • Pseudonym Oct 26, 2009

    Remember, a bond is not punishment. It's just insurance that he will show up for his court date.

  • Adelinthe Oct 26, 2009

    Thank God they weren't hurt, but "McDuffie said she had given Ricks a place to stay after he was released from prison."

    That was a BIG mistake.

    Praying someone with some sense there raises his bond. $1500!!! What joke for something like this.

    He could well have killed someone.

    God bless.


  • miseem Oct 26, 2009

    I can't believe he's only under $1,500 bond. The next person that makes him mad may not be as lucky as his roomates were.

  • cfitz369 Oct 26, 2009

    Note to self, don't make him mad!!!

  • bubbba Oct 26, 2009

    Dang another zombie. Told ya its spreading.