County Official From North Carolina Surrenders Over Assault Allegations

County Commissioner Stoney Scott Greene of North Carolina has turned himself into the police, who are now charging him with assault.

Two ladies, including his wife Kristi Greene, went through the Wilkes Magistrate’s Office to swear the warrants. On Saturday, April 27, both crimes took place. The warrants for domestic criminal trespassing and assault on a female were sworn out by Kristi Greene and Harleigh Walsh, who are both Greene’s stepdaughters. Both accusations will be heard in Wilkes District Court on May 22.

An unsecured bail of $3,000 ($1,500 for each charge) was used to release Greene. Greene was jailed at around 10:10 a.m. on Monday, April 29, after the warrants were issued on Sunday, April 28. He made bail and was released at 10:25 a.m.

At their meeting on April 16, the Wilkes County Commissioners urged Greene to step down in a 4-1 vote. Unwilling to step down, Greene was the lone voice in opposition. The executive committee of the Wilkes Republican Party wrote to commissioner Greg Minton expressing their support for the commissioners’ request for Greene’s resignation. Chairman Casey Joe Johnson raised the subject in the meeting’s New Business segment just before it was adjourned.

On March 19, 2024, Greene did indeed step down as chairman of the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners. Regarding his arrest in New Jersey in 2001 for attending a dogfight, he mentioned “distractions” that included receiving criticism on Facebook. To deflect attention from his previous arrest, Greene said the charges against him were later dropped. However, he could not earn the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s House District 94.

The NGO Animal Wellness Action has accused Greene of raising and selling fighting canines and aggressively opposed his political aspirations.

Greene stepped down as head of the Wilkes County Board of Commissioners in the weeks before its meeting on March 19, 2024. Casey Joe Johnson, the commissioner who followed him, resigned. After he left, the board unanimously supported the FIGHT Act, which seeks to strengthen legislation against cockfighting and dogfighting to eradicate the practice of animal fighting.