NC Releases Secretary's Texts To Trooper Boss

The state has released hundreds of text messages sent by a North Carolina Highway Patrol secretary to her trooper boss after several media organizations sued the agency.

But Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben Young didn't release all the messages sent by the secretary, saying he left out the ones staffers felt were personal and didn't concern state business.

Young says if he is pressed he will ask a judge to decide if the personal texts are also public records.

The texts were sent to Maj. Everett Clendenin, who has resigned.

Last week, the Highway Patrol released 2,600 texts Clendenin sent to the secretary. Many of the messages were sent during overnight hours with flirtatious notes calling the recipient "sweetie" or "baby."

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  • by crazy Location: greenville on Jul 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM
    OMG! Texting!!! How does this make the news. WITN please refocus on news that matters!
  • by Mom Location: NC on Jul 11, 2010 at 11:03 AM
  • by Tuco Location: nc on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    Why haven't they posted her picture? What's good for the gander is good for the goose. How about some equal treatment WITN.
  • by Gator Location: Winterville on Jul 11, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    To Commenters: Go to and you will see and have an opportunity to read the text messages that the 2 in question talked about. Also, if you can collect the mistake the State Of N.C. did by allowing the media to release these texts (unlawfully) you and I as tax payers will have to pay the trooper and his Love some big bucks if they want to pursue damages. Please go to this website and let me know if you get the same (vibes) I did. Read the first paragraph twice and pick up from there. I bet no one will comment back to me.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jul 11, 2010 at 06:22 AM
    Did anyone mention that state acted with all this candor only after being taken to court to make it happen. They didn't even bother going to court, they simply did the release knowing full what the result of the court hearing would have been. Your tax dollars at work????
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 11, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    Come on now folk's we have the best law inforcement money can buy.
  • by dwayne Location: NC on Jul 11, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    Ok so he made a bad decision, he should have been reprimanded and it should be over with. Funny how higher ups wanted his resignation but yet the Governor hasn't cleaned her own house. She should start there. Clean up the governor's office, oh wait she probably would have to get rid of herself. Silly me. If he had been caught DWI or some other offense where he broke the law yes fire him, if he had been reprimanded for poor judgement in the past then yes get rid of him, but not for first offense.
  • by Curioius Location: ENC on Jul 11, 2010 at 12:50 AM
    To: Old Love have heard this rumor since the early 1990's. Whether it is true or not, I do not know and really, could care less. However, when you live in a glass house, you really should not chunk boulders. Agree?
  • by Old Love Location: New Bern on Jul 10, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    You've got to be kidding, The Governor, cracking down on the Highway Patrol! Did she not have an affair with the current head of the Highway Patrol? That may be the answer to why heads aren't rolling.. As far as only some of the text messages being released - DID NOT release the personal messages!!! What a cover up; DUH! The personal ones are the ones that got them in trouble not the business ones which were released..
  • by georgiat28` Location: goldsboro on Jul 10, 2010 at 05:45 PM
    I haven't heard how they got caught????? Did she spill the beans or what?
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