Day Care Center's License Suspended After ALE Raid

Teachey, NC - A day care facility, raided this past weekend on moonshine and illegal liquor sales, has had its license suspended by the state.

The state Division of Child Development issued a summary suspension of Wilson Family Day Care's state license Tuesday.

On Saturday Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents, along with Duplin County deputies raided the day care center in Teachey. They say Johnnie & Judy Wilson were operating a "joint", an unlicensed location selling liquor and beer.

Also found were numerous guns, including a sawed-off shotgun.

In its findings, the state says conditions at the center "represent immediate danger to the health, safety, and welfare of children enrolled."

While ALE agents seized the day care license in the raid, the state says the facility must close at the end of the business day when the notice if delivered.


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A Duplin County day care center is shut down after authorities say they found the owners selling beer & liquor without an ABC permit. Also found in the raid was a sawed-off shotgun and two gallons of moonshine.

The raid happened Saturday night at Wilson Family Day Care in Teachey.

Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and sheriff deputies say they discovered liquor, beer, moonshine, and numerous weapons at the home.

"It definitely shouldn't be around a day care facility and the majority through my course of experience in law enforcement, most of the people that frequent what we refer as joints, which are illegal alcohol establishments, possess and use narcotics and firearms," says ALE agent Kenny Simma.

Johnnie Wilson is charged with possession/sell of non tax paid alcoholic beverages, possession/sell of alcoholic beverages with no permit, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony possession of a weapon of mass destruction (sawed-off shotgun).

Wilson's wife, Judy, is charged with possession/sell of non tax paid alcoholic beverages, possession/sell of alcoholic beverages with no permit.

ALE agents seized the day care center's state license.

When WITN went to the home Monday afternoon, Johnnie Wilson's father was there. "Far as I know, far as I see, they take care of 'em like they were they own kids," says William Wilson. "In the evening the school bus runs and about 5 or 6 gets off the school bus and waits here till they parents come pick em up."

The North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services licenses day care centers. An HHS spokesman says the Division of Child Development is just starting their investigation into what happened this weekend.

The state says the day care got its first license in 1992 and currently can keep 8 children at a time. It is licensed in Judy Wilson's name.

The center was last inspected last July and inspectors found several violations. The most serious appear to be "hazardous cleaning supplies and other items that might be poisonous were not kept out of reach or in locked storage when children were in care." The state says all violations were corrected.


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  • by confused Location: left field on Jun 13, 2009 at 08:45 PM
    What a bunch of hippocrits! you all want to throw the book at a former jailer who provided some drugs to inmates! Then when a couple who runs a day care gets busted for the same thing, you want to hold their hand and pray for them cause it was an honest mistake! It is not a mistake when you are selling illegal drugs and illegal alcohol. It's wrong and they knew it, no matter what part of the property it's on. Both parties involved need to be sentenced but that will never happen as long as they are given a lesser charge. Which by the way that comes from the court system! not the law enforcement officers. They work hard to do their job right and hope that the criminal gets sentenced, but the courts want to let everyone off with a warning, that might be okay with a first time traffic ticket but not something as serious as giving away drugs or selling them along with illegal alcohol!
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Jun 8, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    Exactly, Mary. We are all sinners who have fallen short. I am praying with you and not judging this couples mistake. Thanks, Mary.
  • by mary Location: wallace on Jun 7, 2009 at 01:20 PM
    This is a family trying to make it like every body else They have done nothing worse than anyone else. It is a lot of us that have sin and have fallen short of the Glory of God. So stop judging them and pray for them. It just might be yoou the next time.
  • by Kisha Location: Wallace, NC on Jun 5, 2009 at 12:40 PM
    Ann from Hampton VA...I couldn't agree with u more!!! People are so quick to judge everyone else..take a look at yourselves people before you start passing judgement on your brothers and sisters.
  • by judy Location: rosehill on Jun 4, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    my prayers are with this family. i know that judy is a good person. everyone makes mistakes .
  • by vicki Location: etowah on Jun 4, 2009 at 05:38 AM
    As a "hillbilly", I invite all of you from eastern NC to come up to our beautiful mountains and take a look at some of our "hillbilly" day care homes and centers.They are models not only for the State but for the whole country.
  • by Duplin resident Location: Wilmington on Jun 3, 2009 at 10:11 PM
    The day care and joint are two seperate places but on the same property. Guns in a safe is protected from children. Joints are after hours places and no threat to kids. The real skinny is the state government isn't getting their cut on the moonshine. During hard times, a man must do what it takes to feed his family. A pistol grip shotgun is the same thing as a saw-off and can be brought legally. Bond is only 5000 dollars(why). Crack is the real problem. Wake up.
  • by Hiram Coldiron Location: Formerly from the hills; wish I was there again on Jun 3, 2009 at 11:53 AM
    There is no such thing as a "hillbilly" culture in Eastern Carolina. There are many differences between mountain folk and the people of the Coastal Plain. You fools need not just a geography lesson; some time in sociology class might help, too. Then again, maybe not. The dullness factor on this comment board seems alarmingly high. No hillbilly was ever that dumb.
  • by Ann Location: Hampton, VA on Jun 3, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    All the persons who are making comments probably have skeletons in their closets. In the Bible, it is stated that you do not gossip about man. Those of you making these crazy comments have probably done much worse. Clean out your own closets first. These people are not hillbillies, they simply made bad choices. I am sure you have family members who have done much worse. Can I get an amen! Let the courts decide. Everyone deserves a second chance. You can see from the pics that the place is clean outside and I know it is clean inside. So shut up your mouths and let the courts decide. Then again, I forgot, vipers love a good gossip piece. If you have never had an abortion, never drunk liquor, never smoked drugs, committed adultery, never lied, then you can talk! Not one single comment says anything about praying for the family to get out of this mess. Where is your religion, snakes! I'm not agreeing to this type of behavior, but does everyone deserve a second chance.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jun 2, 2009 at 09:17 PM
    this is a shame. this is a known drug area just about 3 or 4 miles from wallace. not all people on that road are bad , but that little strip is known for drug/alcohol activity for many many years.they are shut down now for good!!!
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