Woman arrested for elbowing principal

Wed, 03/19/2008 - 8:03am
By: John Munford

A north Fayette woman was arrested Thursday after she struck Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold and almost ran over a police officer while leaving the school campus, police said.

Deborah Michelle Lockhart, 41, of Falcon Ridge was arrested for the incident that occurred briefly after school ended for the day, according to warrants for her arrest.

According to the warrants, Lockhart attempted to run over school resource officer Manuel Rojas from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office as she left the campus. She also struck Rabold with her elbow, according to the warrants.

Lockhart was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction of a police officer, simple battery and disorderly conduct. The latter charge stemmed from what the warrant characterized as vulgar language that was used toward Rabold and multiple students in the area at the time.

Lockhart’s bond was set at $20,000 by Fayette County Magistrate James A. White.

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Submitted by fayette fan on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 11:23pm.

A north Fayette woman was arrested Thursday after she struck Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold and almost ran over a police officer while leaving the school campus, police said.

Oh, c'mon, Munford. The fact that you pointed out that this miscreant was from "north Fayette" is the same kind of fear mongering I expect from the beaver. Clearly, this only serves to stoke the paranoia of all you good folks in Fayette County to be afraid of the Clayton refugees who have come to "ruin" your county.

I expected better of you than that.

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Submitted by John Munford on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 8:58am.

It's standard journalism practice. The woman lives in the unincorporated county, so I couldn't say "Fayetteville" or "Tyrone". Hence we have "North Fayette."

I do this ALL THE TIME with crime stories (and house fires, etc.) when the person doesn't live (or a house isn't located) within a given city's limits.

As to the standard journalism practice, it's called a delayed identification lede and you can probably Google it for more detail. Ww won't bore the blogerati here with that stuff.

Submitted by loveptc on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 9:08am.

What was she so irate about?

Submitted by ishmael07 on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 3:28pm.

[NOTE: The following is based on conjecture and rumor. It may or may not be true]

Supposedly, her daughter and an ex-friend were fighting over something. Mr. Rabold came out to stop it. The north Fayette woman was angered when Rabold touched her daughter and then she slugged him.

After hitting Rabold, the lady and her daughter fled to their vehicle and tried to escape the parking lot before the police and SRO (whom Rabold had called before he broke up the fight) came to apprehend the students. The mother tore out of the parking lot and barely missed hitting the SRO before she was arrested.

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Submitted by John Munford on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 9:11am.

I don't honestly know. The warrants don't go into a huge amount of detail.

Submitted by skyspy on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 11:42pm.

for reporting the facts. The criminal was from North Fayette, what was he supposed to say......

The suspect flew in from Mars which has been previously thought to be a law abiding planet? Um, would that have made you feel better??

If the shoe fits WEAR IT!!

Our culture says that we obey the law. If you don't you go to jail. End of story. If you don't like our culture MOVE!!!

If you don't blend in with our crime free culture you won't enjoy your short stay here.

The only one who sounds paranoid here is YOU fayette fan. The rest of us just deal with the reality of the addresses printed in the weekly cop reports.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 5:49am.

What has gone unreported is that none of this would have happened if we had district voting. This poor misunderstood mother obviously had a legitimate complaint and she had to handle it herself and obviously does not have the social skills to lodge a protest without violence. Instead under district voting, she would have her very own county commissioner/public servant/attack dog that she could call on to negotiate or complain for her. That would have worked out better for her. Poor misunderstood, unrepresented citizen.

Wait, let me check to see if she is a registered voter. Well?
Afraid not, just forget the whole thing.

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Submitted by Denise Conner on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 9:36pm.

Well, she can always call the ACLU and the NAACP and Jesse and Al....

It won't matter if she's registered or not. When will we hear from Fludd, Jordan, & Salaam (the Arabic word for peace, often accompanied with an obeisance, performed by bowing low and placing the right palm on the forehead)? Eye-wink

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Submitted by yardman5508 on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 12:53pm.

the only part the Mr. Munford missed was what provoked the incident. As he stated, that was not mentioned in the warrants.

As for district voting preventing this from happening...I am sure you were being facetious when you stated that. I can only guess that you are intelligent enough to know that district voting had nothing to do with this any more than at-large voting has to do with the declining level of education in this county (though that, I surmise, could be debated).

District voting is about allowing people to choose their own representatives to county government rather than allowing others to choose those representatives for them. It is about paternalism (we know what is best for you even if you don't). It is about one man/person; one vote principles. And it is an issue that is not dead, even though the current effort may have been defeated by the legislature. It is about allowing people moving into this county to have a say in governing this county, as is our tradition within this republic. I am sure you know this, even though you fail to fully state it in your post. Keep the faith.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

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Submitted by veni_vedi_vici_... on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 8:42pm.

will have the same vote as the people who already live here. That is if they register to vote and exercise that right. Why are you so concerned about people moving into this county? We all can vote for every elected county official in this county. That makes good sense to me. You want to take away people's right to vote for all elected officials by limiting it to just their district. You must be a democrat.

BYW - this is a representative republic - not a democracy.

Submitted by Miss Dixie on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 2:00pm.

Each of us now can choose ALL five of our county commissioners. They are accountable to ALL citizens of this county. You want to disenfranchise my vote by allowing me to vote for only one county commissioner. This would establish little turf wars. That is not the way we do it here in Fayette County. We don't want to emulate other counties like Clayton, Henry, Fulton, etc. We have a good system that works well for us. We ALL have a say in electing ALL county commissioners and school board members. Now the Democrats may disagree, but they are out of step with this county. Thus the scheme to pass "District Voting". It is a Democrat Party ploy and we all know it. If any new people moving here don't like our way of doing things, they have other choices - like moving somehwere else. You don't move into an area and immediately start trying to transform it to the place you just left. Our way of doing things with Republicans in charge has produced a mighty fine county. We want to keep it that way.

Submitted by Spyglass on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 2:16pm.

Straight and to the point.

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 4:24am.

I could not have said it better myself - although I have been saying the same thing for months about the stupid and irresponsible idea of district voting.

Thankfully, the issue is dead for now, but it will come up again next year.

Our state reps are doing a good job of representing the majority in this county (except for Fludd, of course) but we need to be very careful about this issue. Our representation is split among 3 or 4 people for some reason and I for one will be using district voting opposition as a litmus test for any state or local candidate - and I suggest you all do the same. If you don't Fludd and others like him will launch another sneak attack and it may work.

And it is not about race! It is about proper representation and having competent leaders who are not blinded by special interest. It probably is a little bit about preserving Republican values and we sure need that - especially nowdays.

Thank you Matt, Ronnie and others!

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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 12:31pm.

Check spelling but

To-sha all for one and one for all is the best way

what if the 3 muskateers were one for one and none for all

that would suck

so we stay with one for all and all for one or something like that

and why was a north fay woman (woman typed loosely) doing at sandy creek

Give her ten years and throw her in the cell with the gang banger wana beees.


Submitted by fayette fan on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 12:27am.

Where did I say anything that excuses the idiot's behavior? Where in my post does it say that she isn't to blame? I didn't say that she shouldn't have been arrested or that the charges were too harsh or that she's a fine upstanding citizen. But isn't it funny how you instinctively launched into a diatribe about "our" culture. Where in my post is there anything about "our" culture? And who is (and who is not) included in "our", anyway?

If you actually read what I wrote, you'd notice that I called the woman a miscreant. In case you're publik skool misundereducated, that is NOT a nice word. What I didn't appreciate was the reinforcement of a certain stereotype about Sandy Creek and North Fayette residents in the manner of that oh-so-polite, cocktail-party biggotry prevalent in some of "our" homes. You know . . . whispered jokes about "those people" that one only tells among their own little enclave, while gasping in righteous indignation at being called out for thinly-veiled stereotyping. Disclosing the address on the report would have sufficed.

And don't worry about inviting me out of the county, Sky. I'm going to be around for a loooooong time just for people like YOU. You can't kick me out and you can't tax me out without putting yourself in the poor house, too. So, DEAL WITH IT.

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Submitted by shadowalker on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 12:36pm.

Man you sure do talk alot and say dem big words that makes me feel
But you really do not say to much to the common person are you working towads being a politician.

keep up the mouth work

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 12:38am.

If she lives in North Fayette then that is where she lives. The school and the address gave her away anyway.

You are way sensitive. Why would you assume that people would judge her by her address rather than judge her by her deplorable behavior??

I know many people who gasp live in North Fayette. They are good law abiding people. They don't appreciate people who are not law abiding anymore than you or I do.

Lose that paranoid chip off of your shoulder.

Submitted by wildcat on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 8:38pm.

I think there are parents like that everywhere. And yet we wonder about the kids! ha ha The nuts don't fall too far from the tree!

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Submitted by rzz on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 8:01pm.

Too bad it's not on YouTube.

Submitted by IMNSHO on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 7:00pm.

I heard that she was at the school to speak to the administrators about her daughter fighting in school. (This is RUMOR only... not confirmed AT ALL.) If so, I wonder where her daughter learned that behavior?

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Tue, 03/18/2008 - 8:36pm.

that 2 girls were fighting last week and it was black/white....I don't know, that was the story. I would ask my kid, but he wouldn't tell me if he knew. I do know that I picked him up late today and saw 3 sherriff cars were pulling over a white girl with blondish hair just down from the school. I saw them put handcuffs on her.

I know the sheriffs dept stays at the school, not Tyrone police, so I don't know if this was related.

Submitted by Miss Dixie on Wed, 03/19/2008 - 2:05pm.

Well, now I am really mad that the Sheriff's Dept is now picking on blondes. Come on all blondes let's start a war over this.

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