No-show in court, Jackson arrested
By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly
Friday, August 24, 2018
HERTFORD — Hertford Town Councilman Quentin Jackson’s legal troubles continue.
The first-term councilor was arrested on Thursday, a day after he failed to show up in court on charges connected to a property dispute with his cousin.
Jackson was scheduled to appear in Perquimans District Court on Wednesday to face charges of breaking and entering and first degree trespassing. The charges stem from a dispute between Jackson and a cousin, Catherine Flowers, over a house Flowers owns on Brace Avenue in Hertford.
Flowers, who says Jackson was living in the house, was seeking six months of rent from the councilman — a total of $2,400 — and $200 for damages she claims Jackson made to the property.
A Chowan County magistrate was asked to hear Flowers’ complaint in June but didn’t because magistrates only have the authority to decide landlord-tenant disputes. That meant Flowers’ complaint would have to be heard in District Court.
When Jackson didn’t show up for Wednesday’s court hearing, Perquimans County deputies notified Jackson of the warrant for his arrest. After he turned himself in, Jackson was released on $5,000 secured bond.
In the case before the magistrate in June, Jackson said he and Flowers had an agreement in which he planned to buy the house. He claimed that he didn’t live in the house, but was making improvements to the property.
Jackson and Flowers were in Perquimans District Court on Friday for the civil part of their property dispute.
Flowers asked for the case to be postponed until Oct. 19 so that Jackson can have time to answer her claims. Jackson, meanwhile, told Judge Amber Davis-Malarney he intends to ask the court to move his trial outside of the county because he doesn’t believe he can get a fair trial in Perquimans.
Jackson could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday.
Jackson is also facing trial in Superior Court on a perjury charge in January.
A grand jury indicted Jackson earlier this year for telling court officials he was not on probation when in fact he was. Jackson was stopped by a Hertford police officer on Feb. 1 for an apparent license tag violation. The officer discovered Jackson had a pistol in his car, a violation of his probation for another previous conviction. In addition to the license plate violation, Jackson was also charged with resisting an officer. A judge later found Jackson guilty of the resisting charge but dismissed the license plate violation.
Jackson’s arrest was the second time in a week that a Hertford councilor has had a brush with the legal system.
On Aug. 16, a judge found Councilman Frank Norman guilty of violating his probation and ordered him to spend seven days in jail. Norman was on probation after being found guilty of resisting an officer. He had been charged with failing to follow a state trooper’s order to step back from the scene of traffic stop.
Norman was ordered to serve 25 hours of community service and pay the cost of probation, but he did not follow through.