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School Bus Driver Faces Credit Card Fraud, Drug Charges

Posted February 4, 2008

— A school bus driver and custodian stole a credit card from a high school teacher and also sold cocaine from her home, deputies said Monday.

Tarsha Rena Cole, 36, of 8005 Twisted Oaks Drive, stole a credit card from a teacher's purse at Cape Fear High School, investigators claimed.

Cole charged more than $2,500 buying items at a local toy store and paying bills. She maxed out the card's credit limit, and the card company denied more charges, officials said.

Deputies discovered cocaine and a firearm while searching the home Cole shared with her boyfriend, Richard Tyrone McDonald, 39.

Both Cole and McDonald were charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, manufacture of cocaine and maintaining a dwelling for the sale and delivery of cocaine.

Cole also faces charges of forgery and uttering, credit-card fraud and identity fraud, while McDonald was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

The two were released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $25,000 unsecured bond. Their first court date was set for Monday.


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  • djofraleigh Feb 4, 2008

    ...and isn't this LOVE YOUR BUS week, where you reward and thank bus drivers in the schools? what a fine 'thank you' this was!

  • letsroll65 Feb 4, 2008

    Seemed like a good idea at the time??

  • OD Norwood Feb 4, 2008

    Yawning, she should also be charged with endangering the lives of the students she drove daily.

  • Here kitty kitty Feb 4, 2008

    As a former bus driver, I have to wonder if random drug testing was done...Wake Co. does random testing. They came to my bus one morning, told me to get in the car, they were taking me and a couple of others to get tested. You don't argue, you just drop any plans and go. Too bad they probably didn't test her.

  • Meandmytwo Feb 4, 2008

    Dry your eyes girl!! You did it, now pay the price. Good she will never drive a bus anymore or work around kids.

  • kimmie2191 Feb 4, 2008

    And to think she was trusted with your children! What is wrong with that picture!?

  • NE Raleigh Feb 4, 2008

    I should be surprised by this why?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Feb 4, 2008

    "School Bus Driver Faces Credit Card Fraud, Drug Charges"

    This title sounds like someone tried to use a stolen credit card to buy illegal drugs.

  • wakemom Feb 4, 2008

    bet yawl thought it was the wake county bus driver that had the run-in with the parent.... lol lol lol

  • Squirreling Dervish Feb 4, 2008

    My god, she looks 10 years older than me..