Teen With Ties to Sen. Soles Posts Hefty Bond

September 15, 2009

Allen Strickland, 17, posted a $500,000 bond to get out of the Columbus County Detention Center on Tuesday, officials said.

The Tabor City teen with ties to state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, is out of jail after posting a hefty bond for the second time in less than a week.

Allen Strickland, 17, posted a $500,000 bond to get out of the Columbus County Detention Center on Tuesday, officials said.

Strickland was arrested Sunday night on charges of fleeing to elude arrest, reckless endangerment and driving without a license. He had just posted a $100,000 bond Thursday after being charged with burning his own house.

The house on March Avenue was paid for, at least in part, by Soles.

Soles, 74, is facing his own investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation. One stems from another young man’s allegation, which was later retracted, that Soles attempted to molest him years ago. The other inquiry, police say, is into Soles’ shooting of another young man who confronted him at his home in Tabor City on Aug. 23.

This time, Strickland used his own land plus cash to post bond, bail bondsman Jamil Best said.

According to Columbus County property records, the only land Strickland owns is the land at 99 March Ave. that contains the house he is accused of burning.

Strickland is now on house arrest. Best would not say how much cash Strickland used to pay the bond, but the house, tax officials said, is valued around $48,000. Bondsmen usually require about 10 percent of the bond amount, in this case $50,000.

When reached by phone Strickland said, “This ain’t got nothing to do with R.C.”

But when asked who posted his bond, he refused to comment.

He added his lawyer, whom he would not identify, advised him not to speak to the media.

Soles’ attorney, Joe Cheshire, said Soles is not representing Strickland in the arson case or the recent traffic charges.

Strickland posted a bond of about $8,000 set by a magistrate Sunday night. But during the teenager’s first court appearance on the fleeing police charges Monday morning, the state asked the judge to revoke what Strickland posted and raise the bond. The judge also ordered that his Corvette stay in storage until he can provide proof of ownership and a valid driver’s license.

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Starline News Online by Shelby Sebens

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