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McGee Gets New
By ROBIN ADAMS
Onlookers who filled a Superior Court gallery expecting
last week to witness the sentencing of former Benton
Convention Center Director William W. McGee, instead
witnessed some surprising new developments in the case.
McGee went to court to be sentenced after pleading
guilty earlier in the week to conspiring to traffic in cocaine.
But McGee changed his guilty plea to not guilty, and
I Police, Residents
By EDWARD HILL JR.
A local man says he was unnecessarily beaten by police
officers during a melee that erupted after he questioned a
citation for drinking beer in public.
Tyrone Foy, 23, of 1711 Lime Avenue, who was
arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer, says
he was a victim of police brutality during an incident last
week that developed into a clash involving four city
police officers, Foy's mother and girlfriend and other
residents of the Kimberly Park area.
"I was out in the parking lot on Derry Street (1700
block) putting in some carpet in the car,** said Foy, his
left eye stained with blood and the right side of his face
badly scarred and bruised. "There were a lot of people
out just enjoying a nice warm day, drinking sodas and
beer and playing music.
4'Then we observed an officer who drove by.
Everybody stopped drinking, but we continued on with
whatever else we were doing. The officer sat about 50
yards from us for about 30 or 40 minutes."
Things Looking Up Foi
I As the present fundraising campaign the support
for the construction of the Winston whole."
Lake YMCA nears its deadline, Glover sa
Richard Glover says things are going goals are to
even better than expected. the stipulate
"We are actually a little ahead of grant from
what we were projecting at this point/* cock Found
says Glover, executive director of the in total gift
Patterson Avenue Y, which will be far, 690 gift
replaced by the Winston Lake facility, lected. The <
"The key has been the great amount of range from
- support from the 200 volunteer! we $134.
have working in the community and P
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for and received a new trial in an area outside of
Judge W. Douglas Albright of Greensboro withdrew
McGee's guilty plea after McGee's attorney, Harrell
Powell Jr., announced he had additional information
from the state's key witness that might change the outcome
of the case.
Powell said that Ann Toms, an undercover agent who
was hired by the city to investigate local drug activity,
and whose testimony convicted McGee and Michael C.
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Gash In Melee
Foy says that the officer, K.B. Leonard, came over and
asked him if the beer on the ground was his. Foy says he
told the officer it was not. He says that the officer then
told him he was giving him a citation for drinking beer in
public. He says that he and Officer Leonard argued over
the matter when a second officer, E.W. Hurley, came up
behind him, grabbed him around the neck and wrestled
him to the ground.
At that point, says Foy, two other officers, O.W.
Twitty and Pat Norris, who had been radioed by Officer
Leonard, joined in and began to twist his arm, choke him
with a nightstick and scrape his face across the ground,
Foy also charges that Officer Twitty jabbed him in th<
ribs three times with a nightstick while he was handcuffed
in the police car.
Meanwhile, Foy's mother, Mrs. Alberta Foy, says sh<
came to see what was happening to her son. "I told
them that he was my son and not to break his arm," say!
Mrs. Foy. "They said 'we'll kill the ?; get the hell oui
of the way.' So I grabbed the stick to keep them fronr
choking him. Then a female police officer (Officei
Norris) grabbed me and shoved me against the fence anc
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I Indicates Repoi
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solicit 1,000 gifts to meet By EDWARD HILL JR.
ons of a $100,000 challenge Staff Writer
the Mary Reynolds Bab
ation and to raise $100,000 While there is evidence
s from the community. So some gains in the city's I
s and $73,475 has been col- practices, a recently rel
amount of the gifts -- which mative Action Progress
$1 to $5,000 - averages they still lag far behin
lease see page 5 The report, issued by
Manager Alexander R. B<
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Community Since 1974" ^
" May 5, 1983
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Smith's Rise j
?> ROBIN ADAMS
On his birthday, April 25, Michael C. Smith was
released from prison after nearly two years of incarceration.
Instead of expressing bitterness and remorse, Smith
says he looks upon it as a positive growing experience. "I
grew up more in those 19 months and 25 days than I did
during my 33 years of living," he says.
But right now, Smith, aTVietnam veteran, is at a low
point in his life. He and co-defendant William McGee
were convicted in 1981 of conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
But that's all over for Smith. As he sits in a friend's
(one of few he says have stuck by him) apartment last
week, surrounded by modern furniture^and green plants
and sipping his first cup of ?'non-penitentiary" coffee,
Smith shares his feelings and thoughts about what has
happened to him - before and since his highly publicized
"I want to let people know who 1 am/' Smith says as
the five-hour interview opens. "I'm not some monster
that renews media built up. And yes, I've gone through
.Jfrivai&jrifn not bitter."
Life haii taken a cruel twist for Smith; he has gone
from the sipping tea with Washington big wheels as an
aide to Congressman Steve Neal to working on road
crews with fellow inmates.
"I was a fool to get that caught up with material
things," Smith says as he reflects on the time When he used
to fly to New York to have his shoes custom-made,
cruise to the "islands" to spend weekends with his
Capitol Hill friends and walk around town with $2,000 to
$3,000 in his pocket, freely buying $600 handmade
T,ast week, he had less than three dollars, counting pennies,
in his pocket.
"I was going too fast," Smith says. "And sooner or
later, it had to stop. It was either that Gail). or I would be
Smith's downfall, like his lifestyle, happened quickly.
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1 Tyrone Foy Mys he recdvtd the scars on his ffac
lative Action Impn
between July 1, 1982 and'April 11,
cording to the report, blacks match,
i cases, lead whites in the office and c
that blacks have made service/ maintenance areas. Howeve
firing and promotion mains a great disparity between I
eased Interim Affir- whites in technical and professional
Report indicates that During the period, there were r
d whites in the top hired or promoted in the office/ch
tions as compared to six whites. I
Assistant to the City maintenance, 22 blacks were hire
eaty, covers the period moted, as compared to 18 whites.
:stcryear's black movie industry played its
irt in the struggle against racism in
merica, says columnist Tony Brown.
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He went from plush high-rise offices in Khamis
Mushayt and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he once
worked for Page Technical Services Inc., to a drab jail
cell at Central Prison in Raleigh.
Smith says there is only one person to blame. "I did
it," Smith says of the drug deal to which he pleaded guilty
and had his sentence recently reduced by District Attorney
Donald K. Tisdale to the time he had already served.
"I had resigned from Merrill-Lynch (a stock
brokerage firm) and I was in close contact with Bill
(McGee) because he was trying to help me get a job with
the city/' Smith says. "If I didn't get finances, I would
have gone under financially. I had no job, but I still had a
car payment due and the rent due, in addition to the
lifestyle I was trying to maintain.'*
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some monster that the news media built up.
And yes, I've gone through this and I'm not bitter.
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That need for money was what Smith says drove him
into the cocaine deal.
But Smith maintains that he never had any intention of
using the money that he received from undercover agent
Ann Toms to buy drugs. According to court testimony by
Mrs. Toms, Smith and McGee were to invest her money
into the purchase and the sale of drugs.
But Smith says that in all the conversations he had with
Toms, he never mentioned cocaine or any other drugs."1
talked about a product/' he says, when referring to the
Smith adds that the police also obviously knew that
they had no intention of buying drugs because they arrested
him as he left Mrs. Toms1 apartment rather than
wait until the deal was completed.
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e during a confrontation with city pollca (photo by
1983. Ac- In the officials/administrators and profesor
in some sionals and technicians categories, however,
lerical and blacks fared poorly. In the three combined
t, there re- areas, there were a total of 52 P?S1*,0"S
slacks and available. Of those, only 13 were file y
tine blacks An affirmative action plan, which was
erical posi- adopted by the Winston-Salem Boar o
n service/- Aldermen last year, is designed to ensure t a
?d or pro- minorities receive equal opportunities in ci y
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