It is unfortunate that we do have to deal with crime in our little town. That is never a fun thing. Fortunately, we do have a police force that I expect to be competent. That is not to say that I do not see them in that manner. It merely means that I have an expectation as a citizen, tax payer, and hopefully, future town councilmember for them to be so. You should, as well.
I see in "The Selma News" that the town has hired a new police officer recently. I hope that the town has made a good hiring choice, which is part of that same expectation.
Here are two stories on today's WMPM web site that detract from Selma being "A Charming Place to Be". Unfortunately, fallen mankind will be just that.
Selma Man Stabbed, Seriously Wounded - One person was seriously injured Friday after being stabbed with a knife. The incident happened in the roadway on US301 in Selma around 11:00am. Antonio Darden was rushed to Johnston Memorial Hospital. Selma Police have a suspect in the case. Officers said the stabbing stemmed from an ongoing altercation between the victim and suspect.
Selma Man Charged With Sexual Assault Avoids Jail Time - A Selma man charged two years ago with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in 2000 will avoid prison time. Ronnie Darius Williams, 59, of Branch Chapel Church Road, had originally been charged with statutory rape, statutory sexual offense, crimes against nature and taking indecent liberties with a child. Williams pled no contest to one count of third-degree sexual exploitation. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation, ordered to register as a sex offender, and have no contact with anyone under 18 without adult supervision.