Mayoral Candidate Says He's Received Death Threats

A local candidate says he's received e-mails and verbal death threats recently and he says it all stems for comments made about a newly constructed park.

Calvin Henderson is running in Winterville's mayoral race. He says he has been the target of death threats on an issue unrelated to his campaign.

Henderson says it came after a park was build in his neighborhood, without input for the community. He says Winterville's board named the park after a water tower. Henderson thought the citizens should have a voice in the naming of the park.

Henderson says when he spoke up about it ---a Winterville alderman made this a race issue. Now, Henderson has received calls at his home with someone on the other end threatening his life.

Winterville police say they are in the beginning stages of the investigation and will subpoena phone records in order to find the person responsible.

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  • by Jake Location: Greenvile on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:04 AM
    I assume the WITN staff asked for Mr. Henderson to provide verification that any of this actually happened before reporting it.
  • by steve c Location: gville on Oct 14, 2009 at 07:27 PM
    Seriously? Did someone actually make death threats because he acted all crazy over the naming of a park? I just hope that if he's making this junk up that the police show that before the election and he is charged and disgraced (not that he hasn't already done enough to disgrace himself). By the way, young people in the community are still committing violent crimes. I say this just in case he decides to tackle a real issue. You know, just once.
  • by j VOTER Location: greenville/ply on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    sounds like a publicity stunt for the election!I would like to name the tower park STONE WALL PARK or ROBERT E. LEE Park! What about those guys? You DON'T HERE anything named for THEM! They were important PEOPLE TOO !! good luck MR. Jackson !!! And let's fix the roads in wash. county (r.r. bed rd.)check it want believe the condition of that road!!!
  • by J on Oct 14, 2009 at 06:41 PM
    This sounds like a typical ploy by Mr. Henderson and his cronies that is nothing more than an attempt to bring attention to his Mayoral bid. I hope that if it is proven that it is a hoax, he is charged with filing a false report and obstruction.
  • by Rich on Oct 14, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    Backwoods winterville creeps.

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