Candidate For Sheriff Facing Charges

A candidate for sheriff is facing criminal charges while he runs to become his county's top cop.

Ryan White of Rodanthe is running as a republican candidate for Dare County Sheriff. However, he has a court date just two days after the May 4 primary. White is facing charges of possession of marijuana up to a half-ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving.

White's scheduled court date Thursday was delayed, according to the Virginian Pilot. White is due in court now on May 6.

White is running against John Doughtie for the republican nomination for Dare County Sheriff. The winner will face off against the sitting sheriff, democrat Rodney Midgett.


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  • by consern citizin Location: nags head on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:26 PM
    He's just as bad as the man in plymouth trying for sheriff after he had been arrested for embezzeling money from the sheriff dept..
  • by osprey on Mar 7, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    if a covicted drug abuser manages to elected to sheriff....then the inmates truley are in charge of the prison.
  • by Andy Nonomus Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2010 at 10:59 AM
    To work in any law enforcement position you have to pass a drug test. Unfortunately that does not apply to the SHERIFF. He is an elected position, and really has few requirements, one that they live in the county.
  • by Tired of the same old.... Location: ENC on Mar 6, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    To johnmanjaybee....why be surprised...most of us are property owners and well to do. Should we not be allowed to vote being that we don't agree with how some in the sheriff's department at present conduct themselves? It should be noted that some are respectable and conduct the duties of deputy sheriff in a professional manner, and I commend them. However, some seem to want to 'bully' the public. They seem to have a chip on their shoulder. To Paul...it should be noted that the 2 victims were intoxicated while White was sober.
  • by daniel purcer Location: chocowinity on Mar 6, 2010 at 07:49 AM
    By far I think that we should vote for him because Pot is great, why don't we tax it?
  • by johnmanjaybee Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 5, 2010 at 08:58 PM
    I find it scary that some of you posters have the right to vote. The only consolation is that most of you won't (too stoned to make it to the polls.) I also like the comment by john in Plymouth that "some of (his friends) hold respectable jobs." I guess that the rest of them either don't work or hold UNrespectable jobs (drug dealers, maybe.)
  • by beach gurl Location: outer banks on Mar 5, 2010 at 07:43 PM
    Maybe he doesn't want to win but to have the limelight to speak his voice and I'm glad. If it takes going out on a limb to get these issues to light, then so be it. Big drugs run rampant in Dare county, especially on Hatteras Island. Larceny of big ticket items and desecration of beach closures happen repeatedly and no one seems to catch the criminals. Meanwhile, entrepreneurs that are working to keep their property get the book thrown at them for the small stuff. I wish our PD was looking more at the big stuff.
  • by Paul Location: Rome on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:46 PM
    John in Plymouth, just to clarify, what you have described are mere traffic infractions. By definition, they are not crimes, and they are not a particularly big deal. Everyone knows that. On the other hand, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of death by vehicle which were pled down to reckless driving are all misdemeanors and crimes. Someone who has those convictions on their record and still currently has pending charges all of a similar nature has shown a pattern of behavior and a demonstrated history of poor judgment.
  • by Tired of the same old... Location: ENC on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:43 PM
    I agree with John. There are other things that are worse than marijuana, like alcohol and cigarettes. But since they are legal I guess they are ok, I mean my government says they are ok, since they are legal, under certain criteria obviously, age restrictions, etc. I read both candidates agendas. Has anyone else? It does seem to me that Ryan is considering radical changes to alter Dare County's course. Doug does have a very respectable resume. The agenda seemed to keep Dare County's path on a very similar course it is on now. With the challenges that are already facing Dare County, beach closures, illegal immigrants, etc, if the county stays on the same course, it will put a financial strong hold on the county. But it seems that if the piping plover is saved and the illegal immigrants are doing the work many folks don't want to do, it will all be ok. Illegal immigrants are just as illegal as marijuana. Why isn't there a crackdown on this lawlessness? Oh yeah, they cut our lawns!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    john Location: plymouth on Mar 5, 2010 at 04:55 PM, actually, I don't. I stop at the stop signs, do the speed limit and show consideration to other drivers as it ain't about me, me, me, me. I have had to go off the road for you that will go over the yellow lines on turns.......please work on your driving skills..you will do the rest of us a favor!!!!
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