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Local Trooper Shot Dead (Updated with Information on the Suspect)

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 18, 2008

CANTON – An N.C. State Highway Patrol trooper was killed in a shooting during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Canton on Tuesday night, authorities said.

Trooper David Shawn Blanton was shot twice, said Lt. A.J. Dickey, with the Highway Patrol in Asheville. Blanton was taken to Mission Hospitals where he later died.

Blanton, of Cherokee, was a two-year veteran of the patrol. He was married and had one child.

First Sgt. S.D. Greene, public information officer for the State Highway Patrol in Raleigh, confirmed early this morning that the trooper had died.

Blanton reported that he had stopped a vehicle at 10:20 p.m. A passerby reported that he had been shot, Greene said.

Source: Asheville Citizen-Times

My condolences go out to Shawn Blanton’s family, friends, and co-workers.

Law Enforcement Officers put their lives on the line every time they leave their homes for work.

**update** 10.01am

The Officer Down Memorial Page already has a page for the officer.

WLOS Online Video

I will continue to update this post as new information becomes available.

**update** 11.17am
On the WRAL blogs, photos of the murderer have been released, I think this one is the most recent…Edwardo Wong II,37, of Ormond Beach, Florida.

And from those blog entries is the heart-rending detail that Blanton had a two-week old child.

**update** 3.31pm

The suspect in the case, Edwardo Wong II, has a very extensive violent and drug offenses criminal history in the state of Florida, and was just released from prison in 2005:

Current Prison Sentence History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Prison Sentence Length
08/23/1996 FELON W/GUN/CONC.WPN/AMMO. 12/09/1996 ORANGE 9610123 5Y 3M 0D
08/23/1996 MARIJUANA-SALE/MANUF/DEL 12/09/1996 ORANGE 9610123 5Y 3M 0D
09/25/1994 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9415331 10Y 0M 0D
09/25/1994 AGG ASSLT-W/WPN NO INTENT TO K 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9415331 10Y 0M 0D
09/25/1994 AGG ASSLT-W/WPN NO INTENT TO K 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9415331 10Y 0M 0D
09/25/1994 AGG BATTERY INTENDED HARM 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9415331 10Y 0M 0D
04/19/1996 DRIV W/LIC S/R/C/D FELONY 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9607953 5Y 0M 0D
06/15/1996 FELON W/GUN/CONC.WPN/AMMO. 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9610381 10Y 0M 0D
06/15/1996 CARRYING CONCEALED FIREARM 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9610381 5Y 0M 0D
06/15/1996 POSS.MARIJUANA OVR 20 GRAMS 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9610381 5Y 0M 0D
06/15/1996 POSS.CONTROL.SUBS/OTHER 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9610381 5Y 0M 0D
06/29/1996 AGG.ASSLT/LEO/FIREFGT/EMS/ETC. 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9613017 10Y 0M 0D
06/27/1996 FAIL.TO APPEAR/FEL.BAIL 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9614146 5Y 0M 0D
08/22/1996 FAIL.TO APPEAR/FEL.BAIL 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9700638 5Y 0M 0D
06/27/1996 FAIL.TO APPEAR/FEL.BAIL 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9700639 5Y 0M 0D
03/03/1997 BATT.LEO/FIRFGT/EMS/ETC. 01/23/1998 HILLSBOROUGH 9703454 4Y 6M 0D
03/03/1997 ESCAPE 01/23/1998 HILLSBOROUGH 9703454 4Y 6M 0D
03/03/1997 DEPRIVE OFFR OF PROTECT. 01/23/1998 HILLSBOROUGH 9703454 4Y 6M 0D
03/03/1997 RESISTING OFFICER W/VIOLEN. 01/23/1998 HILLSBOROUGH 9703454 4Y 6M 0D


Current Community Supervision History:
Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Community Supervision Length
08/23/1996 FELON W/GUN/CONC.WPN/AMMO. 12/09/1996 ORANGE 9610123 1Y 0M 15D
08/23/1996 MARIJUANA-SALE/MANUF/DEL 12/09/1996 ORANGE 9610123 1Y 0M 15D
09/25/1994 BURGLARY,ARMED W/EXP. OR WEAPO 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9415331 1Y 0M 15D
09/25/1994 AGG ASSLT-W/WPN NO INTENT TO K 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9415331 1Y 0M 15D
09/25/1994 AGG ASSLT-W/WPN NO INTENT TO K 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9415331 1Y 0M 15D
09/25/1994 AGG BATTERY INTENDED HARM 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9415331 1Y 0M 15D
04/19/1996 DRIV W/LIC S/R/C/D FELONY 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9607953 1Y 0M 15D
06/15/1996 FELON W/GUN/CONC.WPN/AMMO. 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9610381 1Y 0M 15D
06/15/1996 CARRYING CONCEALED FIREARM 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9610381 1Y 0M 15D
06/15/1996 POSS.MARIJUANA OVR 20 GRAMS 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9610381 1Y 0M 15D
06/15/1996 POSS.CONTROL.SUBS/OTHER 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9610381 1Y 0M 15D
06/29/1996 AGG.ASSLT/LEO/FIREFGT/EMS/ETC. 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9613017 1Y 0M 15D
06/27/1996 FAIL.TO APPEAR/FEL.BAIL 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9614146 1Y 0M 15D
08/22/1996 FAIL.TO APPEAR/FEL.BAIL 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9700638 1Y 0M 15D
06/27/1996 FAIL.TO APPEAR/FEL.BAIL 05/19/1997 PINELLAS 9700639 1Y 0M 15D
03/03/1997 BATT.LEO/FIRFGT/EMS/ETC. 01/23/1998 HILLSBOROUGH 9703454 1Y 0M 15D
03/03/1997 ESCAPE 01/23/1998 HILLSBOROUGH 9703454 1Y 0M 15D
03/03/1997 DEPRIVE OFFR OF PROTECT. 01/23/1998 HILLSBOROUGH 9703454 1Y 0M 15D
03/03/1997 RESISTING OFFICER W/VIOLEN. 01/23/1998 HILLSBOROUGH 9703454 1Y 0M 15D
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Election Day in Maggie Valley

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 6, 2007

I had some free time today, and wandered over to the Maggie Valley Town Hall to see how the voter turnout was, and found that as of 11ish am, there had been a little over 80 voters show up. Counted with about 120 absentee ballots, that puts the running talley 18 percent of registered voters. The general mood was that the final talley would be around 25 to 30 percent.

Here are some photos I took while there:

Maggie Valley, NC Town Hall

Electronic Voting Machine

Electronic Voting Machine

Voting Instructions W/ Pictures

Here are more detailed voting instructions in English, and Spanish.
I thought one of the requirements to be a U.S. Citizen was proficiency in English?

Roger McElroy had some supporters present

Ed Jones was present as well

I drove by a few other polling places in Haywood and Jackson Counties, and the picture was pretty much the same…anywhere between 15 and 25 percent was the expected turnout, with half that total having already voted by mid-day.

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