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Inmate charged with head-butting deputy

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Bessemer City man, who’s currently locked up for drug-related charges and breaking into a Lincolnton worship center late last year with two other suspects, has now been accused of injuring a deputy during a court appearance this week, according to Larry Seagle, public information officer with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Jimmy Poston was forced to remove 24-year-old Ralph Alexander Hall from the courtroom Tuesday after Hall became disruptive, Seagle said.
The inmate became angered and “lunged” at Poston, “head-butting him in the nose,” according to a report.
Deputies immediately restrained Hall and charged him with assault on a government official, increasing his bond amount by $5,000.
Emergency Medical Services transported Poston to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for treatment for his injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Hall, who was arrested in January, broke into Without Walls Deliverance Center in Lincolnton in December, stealing money from the church safe and other electronics inside the facility, police told the Times-News earlier this year.
Church members were planning to use the money to cover the cost of a missions trip to Haiti, where they were set to distribute school supplies to needy children. Police later located the stolen items at a Gaston County pawn shop.
Lincolnton residents Brandon Scott Barnette, 20, of Story Woods Road, and Jennifer Smith, whose address is known, were also charged in the break-in.
Hall remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $19,500 bond. Additional charges filed against him include possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute a schedule II controlled substance, injury to personal property, possessing stolen goods, nonsupport/abandonment (child), breaking and entering a place of worship, larceny after breaking and entering and habitual breaking and entering, according to the Clerk of Court’s Office.
Hall spent at least a year in prison for felony breaking and entering in Gaston County in 2007, according to the North Carolina Department of Correction website. Additional felonies on his record include possession of a firearm by a felon and breaking and entering vehicles, NC DOC showed.
Hall’s next court appearance is set for Oct. 2.

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