Judge Issues Consent Judgment in Randolph County Nuisance Case


ASHEBORO – Superior Court Judge Bradford Long has entered a consent judgment against property located at 225 Nolen Avenue, Asheboro following a joint investigation by North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. The measure permanently prevents the owner of the property, Teresa Gail Presnell, from operating a nuisance at the location or any property in the state of North Carolina.

Criminal activity such as drug use and acts of violence for years severely impacted the lives of those in the surrounding community, according to Randolph County Sheriff Robert Graves.

“When a single property becomes the nucleus for criminal activities that impact an entire community, and consistently drain law enforcement resources, it is imperative that we all come together to solve the problem,” said Sheriff Graves. “I am extremely grateful for the willingness of the community to participate in the commencement and subsequent resolution to this action. Moreover, I am thankful for the cooperation of the Presnell family that allowed a timely settlement in this matter.”

 This judgement is the final step in a civil nuisance abatement action brought by Randolph County, on behalf of the State of North Carolina. Chapter 19 of the N.C. General Statutes defines a public nuisance, and allows for a civil remedy to abate such nuisance activities.

The property will be relinquished to a nonparty in the case, who will immediately abate the nuisance. Such abatement solutions could include the selling or demolishing of the property. Beginning April 1, Teresa Presnell may not reside at or occupy the property for any reason.

 “This is a great example of how concerned citizens and law enforcement can work together to restore peace to a community that was threatened by those who chose to ignore the laws of our state,” said Josh Batten, assistant special agent in charge of ALE’s Nuisance Abatement Team. “We are proud to work closely with our law enforcement partners to assist with bringing permanent change to these deserving communities.”

Special agents with ALE, a branch of the State Bureau of Investigation, have the authority to arrest and take investigatory action for any criminal offense.  ALE’s primary responsibility is the enforcement of Alcoholic Beverage Control and state lottery laws.


Editor’s Note: For more information, contact Randolph County Sheriff Robert Graves at (336) 318-6699.