In the latest legal filing by Ashe County Commissioner Gerald Price against the Ashe County Sheriffs’ Office and the State of North Carolina, the commissioner denies the reality of his existence and claims he was forced off his own property by hired mercenaries the night of Aug. 5, 2014.
The claim, which was filed in Ashe District Court on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, the same day Price was scheduled to make his first court appearance on felonious breaking and entering charges, stems from his alleged unlawful occupancy of a property he once owned that went into foreclosure. That property, which consists of approximately 4.5 acres and is located at 300 Bronze Turkey Lane in Zionville, is now owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae).
The claim was filed by a “william gerald; Price,” (Price) who contends he is “a living man, created by God of all Creation, under the laws of nature and nature’s God.” In the past, Price has filed lawsuits using similar, peculiar stylistics of his name, such as William-Gerald;Price. The address he provides is P.O. Box 147, Creston, NC 28615.
Price claims in the suit that William Gerald Price, which is Price’s full given name, is a “fictitious creation by the State of North Carolina corporation.” The address he provides for Price is N.C. Vital Records, 1903 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27609.
Price is seeking a judgment in the amount of $1 million from Sheriff James Williams and what he refers to as the sheriff’s “Renegade Military Privateers,” their family members and the State of North Carolina “corporation,” for violating his First, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights protected under the U.S. Constitution. However, because the claim was filed in criminal district court, no judgment will be awarded. Civil judgments can only be rendered in civil courts of law.
The filing does hold some value, however, as Price, who rarely responds to requests from the media, provides claims on the events that occurred the night of Aug. 5. His claims differ sharply from those provided by the ACSO.
Price claims in the suit that on the night of Aug. 5, “william gerald; price, the living man” was working in a field on “his property” when two “armed persons” appeared claiming to be sheriffs’ deputies. The two men did not possess a warrant signed by a judge and were “armed and dangerous.”
Price claims in his suit that he was not engaged in any illegal activity and “feared for his life.”
“Over his objection, against his will, and without his consent, william gerald; price, complied with the 2 (two) armed PERSONS’ request and went with them from where he was to where they demanded him go to another location on a different property where the Sheriff elect, James D. Williams, and his military were waiting,” the filing states.
The suit goes on to state, “James D. Williams, and his military, forced william gerald; price, into the back seat of a military vehicle, over his objection, against his will, and without his consent, william gerald; price, complied with the armed PERSONS’ request and went with them from where he was to where they demanded him go to another location on a different property where the Sheriff elect, James D. Williams, and his military deposited william gerald; price at the ASHE COUNTY,OF,JAIL.”
Price makes further claims in his suit that Williams and his “Military Privateers,” upon leaving the property, opened a fence on the property allowing “his horses free to roam the country side.”
A warrant for arrest signed by a magistrate and dated Aug. 5, 2014 reads: “I, the undersigned, find that there is probable cause to believe that on or about the date of offense shown and in the county named above the defendant named above unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did break and enter a building, located at 300 BRONZE TURKEY LANE ZIONVILLE, NC 28698, with the intent to commit a felony therein. The building was owned by FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION and was not in use.”
The warrant alleges that Price committed a breaking and entering offense from July 14, 2014, the day after the ACSO repossessed his home, through Aug. 5, 2014.
Last Wednesday, Williams said that on June 13, the ACSO executed a notice of repossession on Price’s home and removed him from the residence. The locks on the home were subsequently changed.
A representative with Fannie Mae recently alerted the ACSO that the locks on the residence had been changed yet again and it appeared someone was living inside the residence. They filed a breaking and entering report, which ultimately led to Price’s arrest last Tuesday evening.
According to Williams, Price was taken into custody at the residence.
Williams declined to comment on Prices filing or claims.
Attempts to contact Price and “william gerald; Price” were unsuccessful.
Price is scheduled to make his next court appearance on the breaking and entering charge on Sept. 4. He has opted to serve as his own counsel.
Alan Bulluck can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @albulluck.