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NC House District 8 Candidate Mark Bibbs. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflecto

NC House District 8 Candidate Mark Bibbs. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Bibbs: Education funding is key

By Ginger Livingston

The Daily Reflector

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Restoring North Carolina’s economic might starts with restoring funding to the University of North Carolina system, the Democratic candidate for State House District 8 said.

Mark Bibbs, a Wilson attorney, said the research might of the UNC system plus the thousands of graduates it sends into the work force are what power the state’s economic engine.

There would have been no Research Triangle Park without UNC-Chapel Hill or N.C. State University, he said. And what would Greenville have been without East Carolina University.

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Attorney sentenced to prison Slugline Attorney-sentenced-to-prison-- Publication Wilson Daily Times Date January 27, 2009 Section(s) Local News Page Byline Wilson attorney Mark L. Bibbs, who was arrested at the courthouse Dec. 5 after a series of drunken outbursts, was sentenced to 61 days in prison Monday for violating his probation. Bibbs, whose office is located at 208 Tarboro St., was sentenced Monday by Judge Thomas D. Haigwood, a special assignment judge from Greenville. Bibbs, 38, had been on probation since 2006 when he pleaded guilty to a Level 4 DWI. During 2007, Bibbs was again arrested for a Level 1 DWI and was ordered to serve several weekends in the Wilson County Jail and to receive substance abuse treatment. He was ordered not to consume any alcohol while on probation and was ordered to submit to random alcohol screenings. If he tested positive, he was to be taken into custody immediately. On Dec. 5, Bibbs, who was not scheduled to have any cases heard in court that day, was arrested at the courthouse by his probation officer, T. Davis, after he tested positive for alcohol use, which was in direct violation of his probation. Haigwood asked Davis for a rundown of the events on the day of the violation. Davis said she received a call around 11 a.m. Dec. 5 that Bibbs was at the courthouse using foul language at court employees and that he smelled of alcohol. She went to the courthouse and asked C. Fogg, a N.C. Highway Patrolman, to administer an Alkasensor test to Bibbs. Davis and Fogg located Bibbs in an office adjacent to the District Courtroom reviewing some paperwork. Davis said she advised Bibbs why she was there and that he was being tested in accordance with the terms and conditions of his probation. Davis said after several attempts, Bibbs was able to successfully complete the test, which revealed a blood alcohol level of 0.19. He was immediately taken into custody. Haigwood then turned to Andrew Whitley, clerk of Superior Court for Wilson County, and asked what transpired between Bibbs and his staff earlier in the morning. Whitley said Bibbs had made a phone call to a deputy clerk of Superior Court working in the criminal division, requesting that she pull some files and have them available to him so he wouldn't have to wait when he reached the courtroom. Whitley said the deputy clerk informed Bibbs that she could not do that because it was against policy. That's when Whitley said Bibbs became belligerent and began cursing at her (the deputy clerk). Whitley said that the deputy clerk then passed the call to the assistant clerk, who was subjected to the same name calling and cursing. The assistant clerk informed Whitley of the situation, and Whitley then discussed the matter with the two employees. Whitley said that as he and the two employees were exiting his conference room, Bibbs was standing in the entrance to the courthouse and began yelling at the assistant clerk and cursing at her again. That's when Davis said she was called to perform the test. "Here we have an officer of the court who is transacting court business while on probation, cursing people in the courthouse in view of the public," Haigwood said. "Other folks would get locked up for speaking to clerks, judges or other court officials. They would be in jail for 30 days. Why should we treat a lawyer any different?" Andy Boyd, Bibb's attorney, said he agreed Bibbs should receive some sort of punishment because he did admit his probation violation, but since he was been doing so well since 2007, asked the court not to make Bibbs' sentence active. "He has apologized to everyone at the courthouse and sent them a letter," Boyd said. "He did drink the night before (Dec. 4) at the Wilson County Bar Christmas party." Boyd said Bibbs was going to admit himself to treatment in Atlanta once this case was resolved. Bibbs has been a patient in the facility before. Boyd requested that Haigwood structure whatever punishment he deemed appropriate to include termination of Bibbs' probation. "He suffers from a disease," Boyd said. "This is in no way over for him. Part of the recovery process is relapse. That is part of overcoming alcoholism. He is in the process of picking up and starting over again." Nash County Asst. District Attorney Keith Werner told the court this was an ongoing problem, and he could appreciate what Bibbs was dealing with. "The fact remains that he has had two DWI's," he said. "He is flaunting this in front of the public. This is probably not an isolated incident. He has probably been drinking all along." When given the opportunity to address the court, Bibbs said he had apologized to all involved and offered another apology in open court. "I've had a problem for a long time," he said. "This is going to cost me. I would like the opportunity to serve any time you may see fit by serving weekends or pay a fine so I won't miss any more of my 3-year-old's life." "I feel I've had to pay more consequences than most for my DWI's," Bibbs said. After a 20-minute recess, Haigwood was ready to render his decision. After considering all he heard, Haigwood said he was finding that Bibbs was in willful and intentional violation of his probation. "I am going to revoke the probation and implement an active sentence," Haigwood said shaking his head. "I am ordering that he spend the next 61 days in the N.C. Department of Corrections. He is to receive credit for all of the time served previously, and he is to be assessed for substance abuse treatment." Bibbs asked if he could serve his time in the Wilson County Jail instead of the Department of Corrections. Haigwood said because it wasn't fair or comfortable for the jailors, court personnel and deputies alike to have to supervise Bibbs, he wanted Bibbs transferred immediately. "We just can't have that," Haigwood said. With shock on his face, Bibbs then asked if he could report on Tuesday or Wednesday so he could take care of some financial obligations. "No, I'm not going to allow that," Haigwood said, "You need to go with the sheriff." gina@wilsontimes.com | 265-7821

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