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Selective and vindictive

SoVaNow.com / March 17, 2016


Dear Viewpoint:

I have gotten really angry with the consistency of “selective reporting” done by the Gazette-Virginian in reference to the local yard sale case between my daughter, Kathy Crabtree Farley, and Kyle Duffer. This case is currently being prosecuted by the Commonwealth Attorney’s office.

My anger is rooted in the Gazette never ONE time reporting — in the umpteen times they’ve reported on the case — that the $300 in question was reimbursed to Kyle Duffer THREE HOURS BEFORE — YES, BEFORE — she was arrested. All the information was sworn in court before Judge Bill Watson and not one time has the paper ever stated Kyle Duffer got his money back the very same day as their argument and three hours before her arrest. Now, to top it all, the Commonwealth Attorney’s office wants to spend local taxpayer’s money to the tune of $5000 or more to bring her back for this — a REIMBURSED bad yard sale deal.

On Wednesday of this week, we were notified that with assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Todd Shockley’s repeated calls to Florida, our finest are at work full force to fly two deputies to Florida to get Kathy and fly her back to Halifax at the end of May for the trial in this case. (This is something which she has agreed to, by the way). All over two used freezers valued at $300 that Kyle Duffer swore under oath he was reimbursed for the very same day they argued and THREE HOURS before she was arrested. Yes, it was a bad, but fully reimbursed yard sale deal.

Now, one would certainly think that the county’s taxpayer monies could be better used for maybe taking care of three year old cases that involve serious crimes. I bet the news organizations who’ve had their eye on Halifax County would love to get this information. Kathy has taken responsibility for what she was dealt federally, but this one is so far above and beyond reasonable, it is totally ridiculous and is showing every sign of being vindictive. I hope the taxpayers, NAACP, anyone who has any interest, would certainly get their feelings known and quickly.

I have sent this to the News & Record who at least has chosen to report the newer events without continuously beating the dead horse of every single detail in every report.

Ann Crabtree





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