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Why are there always Pender County Sheriff’s Office cars at Scotts Hill Baptist Church?

Trista Talton

Q: Why are there always 3 or 4 Pender County deputy sheriff’s cars parked at Scotts Hill Baptist church?

A. It comes down to the sheriff’s rule.

“If a deputy lives more than five miles outside of the county, they can’t drive (their cruisers) home,” Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith said. “Their cars are parked at the church when they’re off duty.”

Deputies also use the church parking lot, with the church’s blessing, during shift changes, which are at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., or when deputies need to transfer papers.


The monkey question: Why were there Pender County deputies at Camelia Drive in Rocky Point on April 24?

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