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Residents take up arms against violent neighbor
WCNC, Channel 6, Charlotte, N.C. ^ | 9/23/2005 | TONY BURBECK

Posted on 09/24/2005 10:10:32 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity

ROWAN COUNTY -- A group of Rowan County residents have organized armed patrols from the rooftops of their homes overnight Friday to protect themselves from a man suspected of arson and attempted murder.

Neighbors are upset deputies aren't on constant patrols or on a manhunt in search of David Lovett, a man accused of arson and attempted murder. If authorities can't catch him, they are ready to take up arms.

"We're not going to let this thing go by," said Richard Walker. "We're protecting our property and our homes."

According to police, Lovett created a "hit list" of residents he believed stole money, cigarettes and shaving cream from him.

"I don't know who is responsible for stealing my things, so I must punish all of you," the list reads. "Give it back and I will not punish you."

In an attempt to cross names off the list, Lovett has stabbed his aunt, Rita Regis, and burned several items in the homes of residents Scott Everhart and Amber Walker.

"He jumped out of his seat, grabbed the knives, stabbed her in the face and started stabbing her in the head," said Regis' boyfriend Douglass Altman.

Neighbors say four other residents were named in addition to the three that are already victims of Lovett's attacks. Lovett frequently threatened neighbors with a machete and a hatchet, neighbors said.

"He believes he's Sasquatch. He believes he's Bigfoot," neighbor Tom Lettice said. "He says, 'I'm around when you least expect me.'"

Police believe Lovett is hiding in the woods behind his neighborhood.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; rowancounty; wellarmedmilitia; welledarmedmilitia

David Lovett
1 posted on 09/24/2005 10:10:32 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Neighbors are upset deputies aren't on constant patrols or on a manhunt in search of David Lovett, a man accused of arson and attempted murder.

These people need to understand that the courts have consistently ruled that LEOs and LEAs are not liable for what happens to them and are not obligated to protect them in any way.

It's good these people are taking up their own defense...but it shouldn't have taken a lack of "constant patrols" to wake them up to the reality of why our Founding Fathers put the right to keep and bear arms second only to the right to freedom to worship and dissent!

2 posted on 09/24/2005 10:14:17 AM PDT by Prime Choice (E=mc^3. Don't drink and derive.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Charming fellow . . .just charming.


3 posted on 09/24/2005 10:15:00 AM PDT by WIladyconservative (Save us from future Freepathons - set up a monthly donation!)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

I know some people in that neck of the woods. All of them own guns and all of them are good shots. Roof tops may sky line you but they offer good observation and fields of fire.


4 posted on 09/24/2005 10:16:03 AM PDT by PeteB570
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To: Prime Choice

This guy shuld remember what happened to the neighborhood terrorist that was in "In Broad Daylight"--(name escapes me)

The citizens took action.


5 posted on 09/24/2005 10:16:32 AM PDT by Mears (The Killer Queen)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

How can they demand protection? They should allow the inspection process to go on before any unilateral declaration of self-defense occurs. They ought to send in John Kerry to negotiate with Lovett because he may be able to get them a sweet deal where Lovett promises not to attack in exchange for a urine-for-food program, in which the residents put up money to feed him and, in return, he will urinate on them.


6 posted on 09/24/2005 10:18:36 AM PDT by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: righttackle44
"urine for food"

Say now, that sounds suspiciously like "The Great Society."

7 posted on 09/24/2005 10:31:20 AM PDT by Enterprise (The modern Democrat Party - a toxic stew of mental illness, cultism, and organized crime.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

What planet did you say this is happening on.....???


8 posted on 09/24/2005 10:31:24 AM PDT by Migraine
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

9 posted on 09/24/2005 10:38:29 AM PDT by Boazo (From the mind of BOAZO)
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To: Migraine

Rowan County, NC. Centered on Salisbury. Mostly rolling small hills and rural. Lots of hunters and gun owners. The ones I know are all good shots.


10 posted on 09/24/2005 10:43:24 AM PDT by PeteB570
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Police believe Lovett is hiding in the woods behind his neighborhood.

this is a job for the local fire department.

set a nice long brushfire line at the windward edge of the woods...

11 posted on 09/24/2005 10:49:50 AM PDT by King Prout (19sep05 - I want at least 2 Saiga-12 shotguns. If you have leads, let me know)
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To: Migraine
What planet did you say this is happening on.....???

LOL. People keep posting articles and most have no idea where the article is out of. Rowan county?? It could have been in Canada for all I know.

12 posted on 09/24/2005 10:57:07 AM PDT by Black Tooth (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: Mears

Ken McElroy of Skidmore, Missouri


13 posted on 09/24/2005 11:07:07 AM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: Huntress

Thanks! I remember reading the book and the idea of someone like him in the neighborhoos frightened me to death.


14 posted on 09/24/2005 11:09:14 AM PDT by Mears (The Killer Queen)
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To: Black Tooth

Gee, I guess the Charlotte NC link does not give it away.


15 posted on 09/24/2005 11:32:15 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: Black Tooth

5 seconds on Google and here it is.

http://www.co.rowan.nc.us/ NORTH CAROLINA


16 posted on 09/24/2005 11:33:29 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Reality: By the time you get your head together, your body's shot to hell.)
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To: 11Bush
Gee, I guess the Charlotte NC link does not give it away.

Gee, the link or location of where the story was reported out of is many times meaningless, and isn't necessarily where the event occurred. Many times you'll see an article being put out of Los Angeles or NY, and the story was not anywhere near those towns, that is why the first paragraph or the title header will usually cover the location, city, state etc. I just read a story two days ago that was linked to the Los Angeles Times, but the story was out of Utah.

17 posted on 09/24/2005 11:45:46 AM PDT by Black Tooth (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: 11Bush

Also you'll note the Header leading the article says ROWAN COUNTY in caps, when it should have read: ROWAN COUNTY N.C.

Again, the link to where the story was written does not necessarily mean that is where the story or event occurred.


18 posted on 09/24/2005 11:49:04 AM PDT by Black Tooth (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

Uppity peasants!

Arrest all of them, take away their pitchforks & torches, so this poor, misunderstood mentally ill person can seek the catharsis he needs to cure himself without resorting to poisonous medication. So what if they lose a bit of property &/or flesh; it's not this poor insaned
victim's fault that he CAN'T BE LOCKED IN A LOONEY BIN AGAINST HIS WILL, WHERE HE HAS BELONGED FOR QUITE SOME TIME.


19 posted on 09/24/2005 11:53:36 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Marching Morons are coming...and they're breeding more Democrats beyond all reason!)
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To: Black Tooth
I just read a story two days ago that was linked to the Los Angeles Times, but the story was out of Utah

Looks like you could figure it out two days ago. Guess you got dumber last night.

20 posted on 09/24/2005 11:58:05 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: 11Bush
I just read a story two days ago that was linked to the Los Angeles Times, but the story was out of Utah

Looks like you could figure it out two days ago. Guess you got dumber last night.

Oh boy, what a cleaver quip. Just brilliant.

21 posted on 09/24/2005 12:03:10 PM PDT by Black Tooth (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; Boazo

Cute.


22 posted on 09/24/2005 12:10:59 PM PDT by Yeti
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To: Constitution Day; Alia; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; A2J; a4drvr; Adder; ...

NC *Ping*

Please FRmail Constitution Day, Alia OR TaxRelief if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
23 posted on 09/24/2005 12:47:06 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Protest discrimination against real scientists at the MSM!)
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To: PeteB570

I LIVE in Rowan Co., NC, and I NEED to know what part of the county this crazy man is wandering around unjailed.


24 posted on 09/24/2005 1:31:26 PM PDT by Carolinamom (Life is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Carolinamom

Look outside your door. If your neighbors are not sitting on your roof you're safe.

Just kidding.

Really, if you're in Rowan County give the sheriff's department a call and then update us. My Ch 6 is out of Wilmington, NC.


25 posted on 09/24/2005 1:39:42 PM PDT by PeteB570
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To: TaxRelief

Ah, the joys of late summer in the trailer park.


26 posted on 09/24/2005 1:44:13 PM PDT by NCSteve
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To: PeteB570

I called both the Rowan Sheriff's office and the Salisbury Post newspaper......zilch. Got recordings telling me that it's after their office hours...so I remain uninformed and unprotected.


27 posted on 09/24/2005 2:05:27 PM PDT by Carolinamom (Life is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Carolinamom

What did the Sheriff's office say?


28 posted on 09/24/2005 2:30:57 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Protest discrimination against real scientists at the MSM!)
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To: Prime Choice

That's exactly right, law enforcement is not obligated by law to protect you. I can understand that from a legal standpoint because anybody who is a crime victim could successfully sue the cops for not preventing it otherwise. They can't be everywhere and do everything. Where I have a gripe is where they unfairly restrict legal gun owners and infringe our right to defend ourselves. That's not right!


29 posted on 09/24/2005 5:31:11 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ( "Sic semper tyrannis." (Your dinosaur is ill.))
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To: 11Bush

LOL!! I put Charlotte, N.C. in the source link description. I swear I wasn't lying!


30 posted on 09/24/2005 5:33:37 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ( "Sic semper tyrannis." (Your dinosaur is ill.))
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To: TaxRelief

Sounds like the NC residents know how to handle this guy. I agree with them!!


31 posted on 09/24/2005 5:35:42 PM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ( "Sic semper tyrannis." (Your dinosaur is ill.))
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To: Boazo

What’s he bitching about, why would Sasquatch need shaving cream anyway?


32 posted on 09/24/2005 5:40:56 PM PDT by f zero
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
He's just a newbie who will grow up to be a spelling/posting anal retentive. Of course, we got plenty of those already.
33 posted on 09/24/2005 8:14:38 PM PDT by 11Bush
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To: B4Ranch
Another link. Rowan County. Click on Satellite in the upper right corner to see how much forest is really around.
34 posted on 09/25/2005 3:29:06 AM PDT by CriticalJ (Ecc 10:2 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left.)
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To: PeteB570
Roof tops may sky line you but they offer good observation and fields of fire.

When the target “frequently threatened neighbors with a machete and a hatchet” I wouldn’t be overly concerned about being sky lined. Even if armed, most untrained shooters will generally fire high if the target is above them.
35 posted on 09/25/2005 3:33:19 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: King Prout
…set a nice long brushfire line at the windward edge of the woods...

Just as a precaution so there won’t be a lot of flammable underbrush building up – it could prevent a major forest fire.
36 posted on 09/25/2005 3:35:37 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: f zero
What’s he bitching about, why would Sasquatch need shaving cream anyway?

So he could go into town for supplies? If clean shaven he might pass for human.
37 posted on 09/25/2005 3:38:17 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Paranoid schizophrenia gets pretty out of control if you don't take your meds regularly. Case in point.
38 posted on 09/25/2005 3:41:42 AM PDT by Zeroisanumber
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity; Carolinamom
I live in Rowan County also. A crack dealer moved into the duplex next door to me about three months ago. Scummy people have been coming and going at all hours of the day and night. My car was broken into last week and I have had crack heads try to beg money from me and sell me their stolen goods. Everyone on the street, including myself, has contacted the Sheriffs office to complain, and guess what? They haven't done a damn thing about it! I have lost all faith in Sheriff Wilhelm and will not vote for his relection.
39 posted on 09/25/2005 8:46:26 AM PDT by lwd
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
"We're not going to let this thing go by," said Richard Walker. "We're protecting our property and our homes."

Excellent. Git-r-Done!

40 posted on 09/26/2005 7:30:15 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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