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Student charged with gun, pot offenses / February 26, 2020
An 18-year-old student at Bluestone High School was arrested Saturday, Feb. 15 following a traffic stop in Chase City and charged with drug and firearms offenses.

Around 5:20 p.m., Da’Trione Shearin was pulled over by Chase City Police Sgt. M.R. Callahan for allegedly driving 46 in a 35 MPH zone near the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Highway 49.

According to Chase City Police Chief Jay Jordan, Shearin was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, receipt of a stolen firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Shearin is being held at Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta pending his next court date on March 23 in Mecklenburg County General District Court.

The 18-year-old had been a second year tri-captain of the Bluestone varsity basketball team until two weeks ago when he was removed as both captain and member of the team after getting involved in a fight at school, said his coach, George Lancaster.

Shearin also was named Bluestone High School’s 2019 Homecoming King in the fall.

Lancaster said Shearin’s arrest demonstrates the need for mentoring, particularly of young men so they can see examples of success. Lancaster called Shearin the best all-around athlete of the 2020 graduating class. In addition to basketball, Shearin was a captain of Bluestone’s varsity football team, played baseball and ran track. He would help out, Lancaster said, with coaching of the Bluestone High School girls’ basketball team and younger boys.

“He is empathetic, has a wonderful spirit and a great heart. He is also regretful,” said Lancaster, adding that Shearin is a “victim of loyalty, and if given the chance to do it all over again, he would have done something different.”

Lancaster also believes that Shearin should not be defined by recent events and that if allowed to redeem himself, he will prove that he is the loving and helpful person he has always demonstrated.

Jordan said he could not release additional information about the case as it is pending in Mecklenburg County General District Court.

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I just wanted to say that indeed Mr.Lancaster is correct about the character of my nephew. He made a mistake like we all have. I also find it important say that I personally reached out to the school board to ask for permission to mentor some of our at risk kids but they till this day have gotten back with me. I explained I too got in trouble almost 30 years ago as a juvenile but since been home 20 years and have been successful. Our community need people as myself to step up and reach out to the youth but the ones in position to make it happen choose not to. I am still willing and waiting to help save our youth as I to have a young son.

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