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Ethics Of Hoke County Officials Questioned

Posted October 19, 2001 9:21 a.m. EDT

— Controversy over a traffic ticket has some people questioning the ethics of Hoke County leaders.

Earlier this week, Sheriff Jim Davis issued a speeding ticket to Hubert Peterkin. Peterkin, a Fayetteville police officer and former Hoke County chief deputy, plans to enter next year's sheriff's race.

Peterkin denies the speeding charge and said that the sheriff's actions were politically motivated.

The incident is just the latest in a series of problems surrounding Hoke County leaders, and many people say that they do not know who to trust.

"They make Hoke County almost a joke, and it's sickening to think we elected these people to turn us into a joke," said resident Jackie Thompson.

Last week, Hoke County manager Bernice McPhatter resigned after allegations of embezzlement.