Lawmen return to court on Sept. 10
GATESVILLE – A disposed Sheriff and three of his former deputies are scheduled for trial here early next month in Gates County Criminal Superior Court.
Former Sheriff Randy Hathaway is scheduled to have his case heard by a jury during the Sept. 10-14 court session. He stands charged with one felony count each of obtaining property by false pretense; willful failure to discharge duties (of his office); and obstruction of justice.
Hathaway – along with GCSO Captain Glynda Parker and Deputies Lavar Newsome and Tobe Ruffin – were arrested Jan. 22 by the North Carolina SBI. Parker and Newsome were each charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretense. Ruffin faces four counts of the same charge.
The similar charge lodged against all four stemmed from their signing up for duty as a school security officer on certain dates and did not perform in that capacity; and collecting pay for working as a deputy (from the county) and as a school security officer (paid separately by the Gates County Public School District).
Parker, Newsome, and Ruffin also have their cases on the Superior Court docket for Sept. 10-14. That session of court will be presided over by the Honorable Marvin K. Blount.
Hathaway, who was immediately suspended, without pay, from his job as Sheriff upon his arrest, resigned as Sheriff on July 9.
Newsome and Ruffin resigned as deputies a short time after their arrest.