(Union County, North Carolina: August 8, 2017)
“The Union County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) has something to hide regarding their arrest of Kristy Newberry-Brooks, and maybe others.
That was the unmistakable subtext of a new lawsuit filed by WBTV against the UCSO and its Sheriff, Eddie Cathey…the station is seeking all records related to their arrest of Brooks in early 2016.
Brooks went into hiding for more than a year right before that county’s family court ruled to give her ex-boyfriend sole custody of their daughter despite her bringing forward evidence he molested her and others. An arrest warrant was issued shortly after Brooks did an interview with Nick Oschner, conducted while she was still on the run.
Brooks was initially charged with child abduction; She turned herself in shortly after the US Marshals became involved in the case.
But those charges went away shortly after her return and she now faces the far less serious charge of contempt of court; her ex-boyfriend has received sole custody of their daughter, however.
The US Marshals involvement was even more troubling since US Marshal Sean Newlin was involved not only in the Brooks case but in Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s case, where the US Marshals claimed jurisdiction because the office suggested Sandra Grazzini-Rucki was a fugitive.
But when it was revealed that the warrant for Grazzini-Rucki’s arrest was sealed making it impossible for her to be a fugitive, the US Marshals did not provide any more clarification.
Dave Oney, public affairs officer for the US Marshals, did not respond to an email for this story…“