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Hertford attorney indicted on arson charts
By VAL SHORT
Hertford attorney James D.
# Singletary, IS, was indicted last
Thursday by a Chowan County
Superior Court grand Jury of
allegedly conspiring to burn a
building in Tyner last June.
Singletary, of 102 Kenyon Drive,
and four others were indicted in the
special session in Edenton on
charges of conspiracy to burn a
building and burning a building in the
w June 2, 1982 fire which destroyed the
Eliza Elliott farmhouse, IS miles
north of Edenton on N.C. S2.
Singletary was arrested Thursday
by the State Bureau of Investigation
alter he turned himself in to the
Chowan County Sheriff's Depart
ment, ko^Trding to Chowan Sheriff
Troy Toppin. He was released on his
Toppin said the house was
uninhabited at the time, and was
being renovated to be used as a
According to Toppin, Haymakin
International Inc., a British West
Indies corporation, was listed as the
owner of the building. He said he did
not know who the president of the
Sing let* ry, a native of White vllle
and a graduate of the North Carolina
Central University School of Law,
haa been practicing law in Hertford
for about five years.
If convicted, Singletary could
receive a 30-year maximum prison
sentence for the felony burning
charges, and a three-year maximum
term for the felony conspiracy
charges, according to District At
torney H.P. Williams.
Williams said disbarment of
Singletary would be up to the N.C.
Toppin said he and special SBI
agent W.L. House began their in
vestigation following the Ore iaat
cummer. "We lort of suspected
something at that time," he said.
Toppin said a $200,000 insurance
payment was received by owners of
the Elliott house following the fire.
Toppin added that nothing had been
rebuilt on the site.
Also indicted on the same charges
?Douglas Luckie Cartwright, 35, of
Route 3, Box 823, Hertford. Cart
wright turned himself in to the
Chowan County Sheriffs Depart
ment and was released on his own
Cartwright was also indicted last
week by a Perquimans County grand
jury on the same charges in relation
to the August 12,1982 burning of the
Rennie Dail house on state road 1110
in Perquimans County. The house
was owned by Bonnie Dail White of
Cartwright was also indicted last
week in Perquimans on charges of
conspiracy to traffic cocaine and
trafficking in cocaine.
?Mitchell Duke Ivey, 35, of Route 5,
Box 776, Hertford. Ivey also turned
himself in to the Chowan County
Sheriff's Department and was
released on his own recognisance.
?Larry Wayne Sanders, 35, of
Route 5, Box 210, Morgan's Corner,
also indicted in the burning of the
Dail house in Perquimans. Sanders
was arrested two weeks ago by the
Chowan County Sheriffs Depart
ment and released on (60,000 bond.
?Peter Rosenthal of Virginia
Beach. Toppin said he did not know
his age or address, but he expects
Rosenthal to turn himself in this
Williams said he expects the trials
will be held sometime after July 1.
Volunteers distributed 13,000
pound! of cheese and over
5,000 pounds of butter to
Perquimans people in the
distribution of surplus
commodities by the Depart
ment of Social Services last
Friday. Over 1,300 households
received the dairy products
and supplies were depleted by
2 p.m. The long line had
disappeared by 10 a.m. DSS
director Paul Gregory said
the distribution was orderly,
thanks to the help of many
volunteers. (Photo* by Val
School board accepts new textbooks
according to Wlnalow.
Winslow told the board the
curriculum changes also recommend
interdisciplinary studies for grades
kindergarten through three and
geography lor grades Art through
told the board the aeven
textbooks follow the atate recom
County superintendent Pat Harrell
aald the atate provides textbooks for
students in the elementary levels, but
pays *73 per book at the high achool
Board chairman Clifford
said, Tm really pleased that we are
at the histery of om
-*? Board voted unanimously to
any action by the Hertford
Council to rotate all profka
the tocal ABC store, ha
Harrell told the board the Evans
bill, if pawed, will repeal the exit ting
law in which SO percent of the ABC
profit* are given to the county
achoola. New legialation would give
the Hertford Town Council the
authority to determine the amount, if
any, to be given to the achools.
The Board voted to voice its op
position at a future Town Council
lifting and In writing.
In other action, the Board of
?awarded the school audit contract
to R.E. Aiken Company at a rate of
$300 per day during the audit
r 'approved the rtadent insurance
policy from Pilot Lite for 95.90 per
stndent. Football coverage will he 9*5
for varatty players and 942 far Junior
varsity. Twenty-four hoar coverage
could be obtained.
?discussed current legislation,
including ponible sales tax
legislation, which has been amended
to allow a percentage of funds to go to
school boards; and duty free lunch
periods (or teachers and aides.
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By VAL SHORT
Cheese sandwiches and casseroles
were hot items on the menus of 1,329
households in Perquimans County
after they received cheese and butter
According to Paul Gregory,
director of the Perquimans County
Department of Social Services, 13,000
pounds of cheese and 5,300 pounds of
butter were distributed to county
residents from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.,
when the products ran out.
Gregory said volunteers continued
to accept applications for cheese and
butter throughout the day. For those
266 who applied and didn't get
cheese, additional cheese and butter
will be ordered, and should arrive by
nvid-June, said Gregory.
The cheese and butter, which
Gregory describes as "good and
fresh and not over a few months old,"
is being distributed to the senior
citizens, food stamp recipients, low
income families, and the disabled,
through the U. S. Department of
Agriculture, by the Department of
Gregory said the surplus com
modities will probably be distributed
in Perquimans quarterly, and he
feels the supply will continue from 3
to 5 years.
Rice, cornmeal, powdered milk,
peanut butter and honey may also be
added to the give-away program in
the future, said Gregory.
Distribution of the dairy products
was held at the Hertford Ice Plant,
beginning at 9 a.m., but the line
began to form as early as 6 a.m., said
Gregory. The line of people, which
extended from the ice plant to the
Little Mint at one time, had disap
peared by 10 a.m., said Gregory. He
added that no one had to wait over 20
?Gregory gave volunteers the credit
for the ease and order of the
distribution. "We had people coming
out of our ears to volunteer," he said.
"If other agencies had not come in,
there would have been no way we -
could have done it," Gregory added.
In addition to volunteers from area
churches and civic groups and Snug
Harbor and Holiday Island, volun
teers from Open Door, EIC, Ex
tension, the Health Department., and
Catholic Social Services assisted in
Gregory said the distribution was
"as good as any other time," and
with a few minor changes, he an
ticipates an orderly distribution next
time, which will probably be held in
funds of $4,572
By SUSAN HARRIS
The Perquimans County Board of
Commissioners at their regular
meeting Monday night were advised
of the county'i receipt of a federal
rebate check for (4, 572 . 45.
The fluids represent the county's
share of a three percent rebate
resulting from a federal
miscalculation of Medicaid funds,
according to Durwood Reed, county
Reed told the board that these
funds will help to alleviate the budget
deficit due to reduced revenue
sharing funds received by the county.
Four sealed bids for the county's
Insurance were opened, with
Business Insurance Management,
Inc. of Raleigh, by whom the county \
is presently insured, submitting the
low bid of $11,042.
Other bids included Lambeth, Pitt
Co., $11,144; TwkMy Insurance,
$17,102; sad John T. Dowd Insurance
The bids and specifications were
turned over to county attorney John
Matthews aad finance officer Dur
wood Reed tor review. Action will be
token on the Uds at the next meeting
for insurance coverage to begin July
A letter from the District Board of
Health ri?sHng support to defeat
three tills under consideration to the
N.C. General Assembly was heard.
The proposed legislation deals with
migrant health services, the
dispensing of drugs at local health
departments, and a plan to segregate
hospice services now being offered
by the health departments into a
separate program .
There was a unanimous decision to
support the District Health Depart
ment, as the board felt that all three
bills would be detrimental to the
Paul Gregory, Social Services
Director, apprised the board of the
success of last Friday's cheese and
Gregory said that 1.329 households
were serviced. 75 percent of those
households by t:40 a.m. Sixty per
cent or more of the applicants were
Senior citizens, Gregory added.
He also told the board that the
commodity excess is expected to last
for five years, with rice, powdered
milk, corn meal, peanut butter and
booty, in addition to the butter and
cheeoe, to be available in the fall. v
Commissioner Charles Ward told
the board that the Industrial
Development Commission terms of
Jimmy Hunter aid Fen too Eure, Jr.
had expired, aad that Ward was
looking for replacements.
With ae further bosioesa, the board
adjourned to rmanai cm Tuesday
night far a badge* work sisilao.
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