Chamber Director Arrested After Domestic Dispute

The executive director of the Ayden Chamber of Commerce is now out of jail after being charged with simple assault. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says Stacy Gaskins was arrested for assaulting her husband. Spokeswoman Christy Wallace says the crime report shows the alleged assault happened Sunday, and Gaskins was arrested Monday.

Wallace says the report shows Gaskins was arrested for assaulting her husband at their home in Grimesland on Sunday. Gaskins was arrested at a home on Snow Hill St. in Ayden on Monday.

Gaskins spent Monday night in the Pitt County Detention Center and was not immediately given bond. Wallace says suspects in domestic disputes are typically not assigned a bond right away; they have to spend a certain amount of time in the jail before they can be released.

The woman's bond was set at $500 this morning and she was released.

It's not the first time someone connected to the Ayden chamber has been in trouble with the law. The former executive director was charged with embezzlement in 2009. Records show Jennifer Barr was given a suspended sentence and placed on five years probation last year.



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Records show a local chamber of commerce executive director is behind bars, facing a charge of simple assault.

Ayden Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Stacy Gaskins was arrested Monday. The 37-year-old has a Grimesland address, but has been active with the chamber in Ayden for several years.

There is no word yet on who Gaskins is accused of assaulting, but Tuesday morning she was still in custody.

Gaskins was named to the Pitt County Chapter of American Red Cross Board of Directors earlier this month.

Ayden's former chamber of commerce executive director was charged with embezzlement in 2009. That same year, the town's financial director at the time was arrested after an ECU football game for second degree trespassing and obstructing justice.


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  • by ATM Location: Ayden, NC on Nov 14, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    Breaking the law is public record. No exceptions to the rules due to any persons' skeleton's in the closet...As a Public Official, it is not a good idea to commit a crime, post pics of your facebooks where you are drinking beer, smoking, etc. And then post that you are a Christian, but yet belittle Christians for hearing public news?!? What sense does that make. This girl has always been a wild cat and loves to drink beer. What does that say as a public official representing the community? I have seen to many public figures representing our community that are so crooked. It goes on in Law enforcement, the fire department and rescue... Maybe it's time your skeleton came out...Get a job at a local bar...This would better fit this girls portrayal. Just saying?
  • by Shaking My Head Location: NC on Oct 4, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    Really? This was news worthy? What happens in someone's marriage is personal and it is nobody's business!!! I'll bet those people that were heard in the grocery store talking about Stacy, belonged to the local 'christian' church. (no certain church implicated) Keep flapping your tongues and keep enjoying your own 'perfection'. Just hope your own dirty laundry doesn't get aired on WITN one day. We all have skeletons in our closet. Just because yours haven't been dug out yet, doesn't mean they won't. And then you will be the topic at the local Food Lion! And your Christian neighbors will enjoy talking about you. Won't that be fun?
  • by Ayden Proud Location: Ayden on Oct 4, 2011 at 08:30 AM
    Are you all not tired of talking about something completely irrelevant to your lives yet? She has carried on with her life & job.. dont you think it's time to stop stalking to see what someone else has added to the list of uneducated and uninformed comments. nobody will ever know the full story.. whats done is done. Sad that this is what ppl spend their time worrying and gossiping about. BEST OF WISHES Stacy! I speak for most when i say ayden loves you and the work you do for the town!
  • by To Sam Location: Ayden on Sep 30, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    Sam, do you know what the Chamber of Commerce is? The Executive Director doesn't have "A" boss... the Chamber Board of Directors are the Executive Director's bossES. Stacy isn't an Employee of the Town of Ayden. So my real question is...what are you trying to say....and....where did you get your information from?
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      by Sam on Oct 1, 2011 at 04:46 AM in reply to To Sam
      She reports to the town manager. Which would be her real boss. The information I recieved is rom Randy and there is more involved. so the comments would be different if everyone knew why she was asrested and what she was doing.
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      by sam on Oct 1, 2011 at 05:27 PM in reply to To Sam
      Ayden's Town manager hasn't been to work this week he's dealing with issues with his wife.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:46 AM in reply to To Sam
      Thank you... glad I'm not the only one that wishes this Sam guy would do some research or talk to someone that knows her postion.Actually she answers to Mike Goff which is the Chairman of the Board!But overall The board of Directors oversees the Chamber
  • by Sam Location: Greenville on Sep 30, 2011 at 04:54 AM
    If WITN posted the REAL story all these comments would be Different. The fight started over something right? whos missing from Ayden chamber this week? who is not available for comment?
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      by truth on Sep 30, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to Sam
      she was actually at work wedensday. just saying....
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        by Sam on Sep 30, 2011 at 06:50 PM in reply to truth
        Yes I was saying someone else hasn't been there. Her boss!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:42 AM in reply to truth
        She sure was and on Saturday, thanks to her ECU Marching Band came to town!
  • by Are You Serious? Location: gvagas on Sep 29, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    Guns, REALLY??? That is absolutely the STUPIDEST comment up here!
  • by Victor Location: Greenville on Sep 29, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    For some of you who seem to want to dictate how we should respond or not respond, please stop it. This is a public forum for comments published in a public web site - grow up. Additionally, some of you seem to think you speak for all of Ayden. You do NOT. Please spare us the "We all love you in Ayden..." stuff. It simply is not true and you may not speak for "all" of us. Drama queens - UGH. Give it a rest.
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      by yep on Sep 30, 2011 at 03:50 AM in reply to Victor
      tell em. but yea she doesn't have a father an was on wellfare.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 07:06 AM in reply to Victor
      You are the drama queen, u give it a rest!
  • by randy supporter on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    yea
  • by Cindy Location: Ayden on Sep 28, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    Seriously! Can't believe this made the news. Stacy is the Heart of Ayden. Everybody loves Stacy & we r proud to call her one of Ours.
  • by Albert Location: NC on Sep 28, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    She beat up her own husband! I guess she married a whimp! Not a Army Ranger.
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      by randy supporter on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:01 PM in reply to Albert
      yea
  • by HER CHOCOLATE FAMILY on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:17 AM
    Stacy WE LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT.
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      by Hershey Relation? on Sep 27, 2011 at 06:42 AM in reply to HER CHOCOLATE FAMILY
      Is she kin to the Hershey family?
  • by Lillian Location: Ayden on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    I dont understand why WITN has to post things like this. Isnt there enough news worthy information out there without having to do this to Stacy and her family. We all love you Stacy! Hold your head up.
  • by Another concerned citizen on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    Everyone should sit back and wait for the rest of the story....trust me there is more to come! She isn't as innocent as everyone thinks!
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      by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 06:56 AM in reply to Another concerned citizen
      you know nothing! You only THINK you know.
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        by Yep on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM in reply to
        Concerned citizen AMEN!! Won't they be surprised....
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      by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 06:14 PM in reply to Another concerned citizen
      HA! Yeah sit back, its gonna shock you! She will be back to work and stronger than ever! Wait and see:) Cheers
  • by Sp8 Location: Ayden on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    You people need to find some real news to report.I saw someone getting a speeding ticket this morning. I'm surpsrised thats not up here. News people are not your friend Stacy.
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      by Rose on Sep 27, 2011 at 06:40 AM in reply to Sp8
      If that person had been a public figure, it probably would have made the news. It's too soon to know exactly what happened, but the head of the Chamber of Commerce represents that community, and having that person spend the night in jail is NEWS.
  • by greg Location: ahoskie on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:10 AM
    WITN, who cares? Is this all you have for news today? COME ON!!
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      by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:41 AM in reply to greg
      is jail for public figures. When one sits in jail for any reason, that person should not represent the people in anyway.
  • by George Location: Greenville on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:09 AM
    Is it me or has there been a lot of negative press involving Ayden officials and public employees been in the new a lot over the past few years?
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      by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 09:54 AM in reply to George
      According to records, yes but so have many of other towns, cities and states!! Think big!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 05:39 PM in reply to George
      its not you buddy, ayden is corrupt. i know.... i have to work there...
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 06:09 PM in reply to
        Quit then! Go somewhere else if you have a problem
      • reply
        by Amy on Sep 29, 2011 at 08:23 AM in reply to
        how is ayden corrupt? that is a BOLD accusation to make without providing facts. would you like to back it up?
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