I had no doubt the Joe May-Dave LaRock primary campaign was going to get a bit testy with a June 11th primary coming up so quickly. Recently that testiness got somewhat bizarre as the campaigns traded charges and counter-charges that are hard for the average voter to make much sense of, so we’re going to dig through them for you.
It starts out with a mailer from the May campaign alleging that Dave LaRock is “trying to hide his arrest record,” and says that LaRock was “arrested for unlawful entry and destruction of a woman’s property”, “ordered to pay $305.78 in restitution, and ordered to stay off her property and have no future contact with her. LaRock fired back with a robo-call saying “by now you’ve probably received Joe May’s latest attack piece that says I have an arrest record. That is not true.”
So let’s do some digging here. They can’t both be right.
On July 28th, 2012 an Deputy was dispatched to a location near the intersection of Route 9 and Route 704 in Hamilton, VA. The victim claimed that a sign for her business that was hanging on her fence had been stolen on or about July 14th and a friend had encountered a man with that sign in the bed of his truck. The officer then requested warrants for a violation of VA Code 18.2-121 and 18.2-137 that are releasable on summons and the accused was identified as David Larock. An arrest warrant for LaRock for a Class 1 misdemeanor was issued that same day with a notation that execution by summons was permitted at the officer’s discretion. The warrant notes “EXECUTED by arresting the Accused named above” but there is no indication that LaRock was actually taken into custody. He may have, or may not have, although I suspect it unlikely that he was.
The case was heard on September 11th, 2012 in General District Court. The unlawful entry charge was “nolle prossed” and the destruction of property charge was given a continuance of 12 months with a condition that $305.28 in restitution be paid along with $81 in court costs, that LaRock stay off the property where the offense and have no contact with the victim. Nothing has happened in the case since then, but LaRock will probably have another court appearance in September where the judge will likely “nolle prosse” the outstanding charge.
What makes this so interesting was that LaRock tore down a sign advertising a porn shop in West Virginia that was advertising in Loudoun County, which was noted in the complaint. In that part of the county, people don’t think you’re a bad guy at all for tearing down crap like that, they give you a slap on the back and an “attaboy.” I bet that everyone who had to drive past that sign while it was up was hoping that someone would wreck that sign and LaRock is the first guy that got fed up enough to do it. Should it have been handled by zoning enforcement instead of an angry citizen? Sure. I just don’t imagine voters in that district are going to care a whole lot about that.
So was LaRock trying to hide something? No. Was he arrested? The paperwork seems to indicate that but in the quite likely case that LaRock was not taken into custody his statement that he was never arrested from his perspective could be absolutely honest, albeit technically inaccurate according to a check mark on a form.
My suggestion for the remaining weeks of this race is LaRock send out a mail piece with him tearing up porno advertisements with “Go ahead and arrest me for this!” emblazoned across the top while Joe May can send out a mail piece of him posing with a West Virginia business owner talking about how he’s the only candidate in the race that respect the rule of law and private property rights.
For technical marks, they both get failing grades here. As for the rest, it’s your call.
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