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EXCLUSIVE: Skate Nation of Jacksonville closes due to lack of business, new owners take over



I said I wasn’t going to tell anybody but I just couldn’t keep it to myself!

Skate Nation of Jacksonville, North Carolina located at 120 Bridget Ln, Jacksonville, NC 28540 has allegedly shut down because of lacking business. Word On The Curb is that there were too many fights, the owner’s daughter would be drunker than a cooter brown and that it was dangerous for the children and as a result, the people stop coming. We knew about this fiasco about a month ago. When we heard the news, we thought that the lack of business was because of all of the people that the skating rink banned every weekend.

I used to DJ for the Skate Nation skating rink a couple of years ago. During my time at the skating rink, I saw enough to walk away and say this place isn’t right but I chose to stay because I loved the customers and they enjoyed the diverse music and of course the skating rink was lacking business during the time. Management employees were tipsy, hell I was tipsy, to be honest….. we all used to get tore up back during those times…..we had a ball!!! It was only a matter of time before this halfway house CLOSED IT DOORS!!

Unfortunately, I was terminated.

Here’s Why:

A local club promoter named Paul Scott was opening a teen club in Jacksonville and the owners of Skate Nation daughter, Lindsay Lawler didn’t want the club to affect their business. So Lindsay asked me to advertise the skating rink on News In Onslow to the point where we contacted Female Rapper Cardi B to come and perform live but that never happened. Either way, she wanted to have this club shut down before it even opened at all COSTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Co-Owner of closed Skate Nation Skating Rink, Lindsay Lawler and Owner of News In Onslow, Gerald Jackson

Jacksonville City Manager Dr. Richard Woodruff told News In Onslow at the time that Paul Scott could not just decide to open up a club without proper licenses and permits. The club never opened and as a result, Scott made a public statement alleging that Skate Nation was behind the reason of the club not opening. He came to the skating rink and spoke with myself and Lindsay Lawler claiming that the skating rink was behind it all because I worked there and I ran News In Onslow. The Skating Rink was getting horrible backlash from the black community and Lawler didn’t like it, so she claimed she had to let me go when we were all just in it together to take down the club.

Now Paul Scott doesn’t have a club and Lindsay Lawler doesn’t have a skating rink……KARMA! Y’all tried to stop me but look like GOD put a stop to both of you……but back to the REAL NEWS!

Skate Nation of Jacksonville opened in June of 2014 by Kelly Lanier Brown and her husband A. Jeffrey Brown. The skating rink was run by their daughter Lindsay Lawler, who vision was to have a safe, family-friendly fun environment. The skating rink closed its doors earlier this month on July 15 after making the announcement last month on their Facebook page.

Our sources confirmed with News In Onslow a few weeks ago that Jeni Lanier and her husband Bradley Lanier of Richlands are the new owners of the skating rink and are in the works of deciding the skating rink new name.

New Skating Rink Owners:
Jeni and Bradley Lanier

Jeni Lanier listed as the President of the Company filed her (Articles of Incorporation) on July 16. (Document Below)

On July 23, a name change was filed by Jeni Lanier from Skate Nation II, Inc. to Gazelle Investors, Inc. (Document Below)

Lanier posted on her Facebook page July 19 saying that owning a skating rink has been her dream since she was 12 years old and that the deal was sealed. The skating rink is planned to open the first weekend in August, according to Lanier Facebook page. (See post below)

We will be live tonight at 8 PM EST on our Facebook page(Click HERE) to talk about this closing and give more shocking details about the closing… 

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DEFENSE: It’s a lot of missing pieces, jury deliberates in death of Sheldon Prawl



A family may walk out of Onslow County Superior Court not knowing who killed Sheldon Prawl in 2013, if 12 jurors return a verdict of not guilty or determine that Prawl’s death did not occur in North Carolina.

The decision of the next phase of Carleton Davis, 38, of Georgia life is now in the hands of 12 Onslow County Jurors. Judge Imelda Pate read the jurors their instructions as it relates to the law and that they are responsible for rendering a verdict.

Carleton Davis

Davis is accused of killing Sheldon Prawl in 2013. Prawl’s body was found dismembered in two tubs filled with cement in a Detroit, Michigan garage in 2014.

Sheldon Prawl

In Davis’ Defense attorney Dick McNeil closing argument to the state, he said that he felt like he was representing Cheri Davis.

McNeil attacked the states case by calling it ‘weak’ because some of the states key witnesses did not testify and the evidence presented is not enough for the jury to convict his client.

He continued to say that the absence of Carleton Davis’ sister Cheri Davis and Richard Jackson weakened the state’s case.

Sources tell News In Onslow that Cheri Davis was told not to attend the trial.

“It’s a lot of missing pieces in this case before you can find my client guilty of first-degree murder and concealment of death,” McNeil argued to the jury.

McNeil asked the jury to consider the state’s weakness presented and the reliability of Tyrell Debose, and others.

Jurors started deliberating around 2:45 PM this afternoon.

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Man accused of killing Sheldon Prawl in 2013 won’t testify, evidence is circumstantial



A man accused of killing Sheldon Prawl in 2013 will not testify in his murder trial.

Carleton Davis, 38, of Georgia, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Sheldon Prawl.

In court, Assistant District Attorney Mike Maultsby said that Prawl was last seen on Halloween in 2013 and, shortly thereafter, 35-year-old Cheri Lee Davis, Carleton Davis‘ sister, reported him missing. Prawl’s body was found in Detroit, Michigan dismembered in two separate containers filled with cement on May 30, 2014.

In the States closing argument Wednesday afternoon, they spoke about the relationship between Davis and Richard Jackson, who lived next door to the home Prawl’s body was found. Jackson and Davis were pulled over in Brunswick County in 2014 on unrelated drug and gun charges.

“The case is a circumstantial evidence case. The circumstances, in this case, proves without a reasonable doubt that the defendant killed Sheldon Pawl,” Maultsby told the jury. 

Maultsby talked about how Prawl and his mother Beverly Daley spoke every other day and on October 31, 2013, she received a text message from Prawl’s phone saying “Travel, talk to you soon.” Davis said in her testimony that she gave it a few days before she contacted Cherri Davis, Prawl’s girlfriend on November 2, begging her to make a report to the police about her son missing. 

In the state’s closing argument, Maultsby told the jury that “Carleton Davis had a motive to end the life of Sheldon Prawl because he did not like what he did to his sister.” It took the state 58 minutes to argue their closing to the jury and the defense will argue their closing at 1:30 PM Wednesday afternoon. 

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District Attorney Earnie Lee receives case about officer who used ‘excessive force’ against Anthony Wall in Warsaw



“No Justice, No Peace” is what Onslow County District Attorney Earnie Lee will hear if he does not indict the officer who ‘excessively with force’ arrested Anthony Wall in Warsaw, North Carolina on May 4, 2018.

Anthony Wall, 22, of Fayetteville was at Waffle House after taking his 16-year-old sister to prom in Warsaw, North Carolina when he was choked and slammed by Officer Frank Moss. It’s unknown why Officer Moss used such aggressive force against the 22-year-old, but I guess it’s better than the officer pulling out his gun and killing Wall.

Officer Moss has a history of abusing and terrorizing black families in Warsaw, North Carolina for years. If you look at how big Officer Moss is and look how small Anthony Wall is, there’s no way Moss couldn’t have subdued Wall without choking him. 

Officer Frank Moss

District Attorney Earnie Lee said on Tuesday that the investigation into whether Officer Moss used ‘excessive force’ or not is in his hands.

Lee said the report was received from N.C. State Bureau of Investigation regarding the controversial arrest of Anthony Wall. The evidence will be reviewed and a decision afterward.

District Attorney Earnie Lee

One of Wall’s attorney, Benjamin Crump said Wall’s arrest was a “gross violation of his civil and human rights.” Wall is also represented by Fayetteville lawyer Allen Rogers

(LEFT) Benjamin Crump, (Middle) Antony Wall (Right) Alex Rogers

The whole world will be watching District Attorney Earnie Lee’s office, and his decision could impact his career for the good or bad. 



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