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Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2012 11:55 pm

MOREHEAD CITY — A city real estate developer and former car dealer with ties to a sitting county commissioner and a candidate for commissioner was recently arrested in Florida as a fugitive from justice from Carteret County involving thousands of dollars of worthless checks.

Justin Worth Narron, 29, with multiple addresses on file, has an April 23 court date in Beaufort for two felony worthless check charges, according to N.C. Justice System records.

Sheriff Asa Buck stated in a Friday email the amounts total $50,000 and there’s an “ongoing investigation.” Meanwhile, other sources close to the case say a number of prominent county residents have lost tens or hundreds of thousands more in real estate deals with Mr. Narron.

Sheriff Buck declined to give any further information, citing concerns that Mr. Narron is a “flight risk.”

“As this is an ongoing investigation, that is all we are releasing at this time,” he stated.

A source said Saturday that law enforcement has reason to believe Mr. Narron could attempt to flee to Costa Rica.

Commissioner Pat Joyce of Beaufort said Friday the two felony counts here are for checks written to him for repayment of a personal loan of “more than $2,000.” He was contacted after a source pointed to a link between Mr. Narron and Mr. Joyce, county commissioner candidate Larry Land of Morehead City and possibly other county businessmen.

Mr. Joyce said he thought the arrest in Florida was unrelated to the worthless checks Mr. Narron had allegedly written him and instead connected to a civil matter.

Mr. Joyce said Mr. Narron was no longer in jail, saying he was released Thursday. But because the sheriff wouldn’t discuss the case or release any records, it’s unknown whether Mr. Narron was held in Beaufort at any time, whether he’s out on bond and if so, for how much.

The court system is closed for the Easter holidays, so only basic arrest information is online.

A search shows an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, where Mr. Narron was arrested March 30 in Wesley Chapel, Fla., near Tampa Bay, as a fugitive from justice from Carteret County. That sheriff department’s website also lists a charge of obtaining property by false pretense and refers to another unspecified charge that was “entered in error.”

It is a misdemeanor in North Carolina to write a check with insufficient funds, on a nonexistent or closed bank account. Class I felony charges are issued when the amount of a worthless check is more than $2,000, according to North Carolina statutes.

The bad check charges are related to checks Mr. Narron wrote to Mr. Joyce for repayment of a personal loan, Mr. Joyce said.

Mr. Joyce said he had extended the short-term, interest-free loan to Mr. Narron to cover expenses related to Mr. Narron’s recently closed used auto sales business, Big Rock Auto Exchange on Highway 70 west.

“He and I are not business partners,” said Mr. Joyce. “I wrote him a check as a friend and he was supposed to pay me back in two weeks. He did and the check bounced. Then he brought another check to pay for the first check and it bounced. But it wasn’t a business deal, it was just a friend helping out a friend.”

A search of state corporate records through the N.C. Secretary of State’s office shows Mr. Narron as a business partner in a limited-liability company or LLC with Mr. Joyce and Mr. Land, a candidate for county commissioner in District 3 in the Republican Party primary on May 8.

When asked about the documents on file with the state, Mr. Joyce said he didn’t recall any such business agreement and that no business had ever been transacted.

The real estate investment firm, PJL of Carteret, LLC, was formed in August 2010, but its annual financial report to the Secretary of State’s Office is past due, according to state records.

The delinquency makes the company out of compliance with the state’s limited liability company act and a notice of grounds for administrative dissolution was sent Mr. Land Dec. 9, 2011.

The company address is listed as 700 Land Point Road, Morehead City, which is Mr. Land’s home address in the Haystacks area.

Mr. Land said Saturday the company was formed solely to purchase a piece of real estate, but the deal fell through. He said the business had nothing to do with Mr. Narron’s alleged offense or the money owed Mr. Joyce.

“That corporation had nothing to do with anything. We needed an LLC on a land deal and we had to move real fast. But before we got the thing set up, we had to back out of the deal,” Mr. Land said.

Mr. Land also said he and a number of others in the community had also lost large sums of money in dealings with Mr. Narron.

“I hate that he got some (money) from me but I’m certainly in good company.” Mr. Land said.

Along with Mr. Land’s address, the state’s record for PJL of Carteret, LLC, also includes a 310 Core Sound Loop Road, Atlantic Beach, address for Mr. Joyce and a 205 Bogue Drive, Morehead City, address for Mr. Narron, which is in Brandywine Bay.

However, the Core Sound Loop Road is in Atlantic, in the Down East area, which is county commissioner District 6. Mr. Joyce is listed on the Carteret County government’s website as living at 715 Comet Drive, which is north of Beaufort and in District 5, which Mr. Joyce was elected to represent.

The Florida arrest report lists Mr. Narron’s home address as 3318 Evening Breeze Loop, Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Mr. Narron is also listed with various other business entities registered with the state, including Narron Real Estate Holdings Inc. and the Narron Group LLC, both real estate holding companies; and Narron Business Park Owners’ Association Inc., a nonprofit subdivision administration entity.

Narron Business Park is a cul-de-sac subdivision off Arthur Farm Road near the county business park. Mr. Narron tried unsuccessfully in 2008 to have the site rezoned to allow residential development.

He is also listed as agent with a company called Ballou Enterprises that owns land near Newport marked in 2009 for a planned residential development. The 44-acre parcel was the site of a bloody Civil War battle and Mr. Narron’s plans drew attention during town meetings in 2009 when area residents called for preservation of the site known as Newport Barracks.

The site and the battle that took place there are the subject of a nearby historical marker and a state Civil War Trails marker.

Mr. Narron, in an effort to address historical concerns and gain town approval for the proposed project, which remains undeveloped, agreed at the time to set aside about an acre at the site for a memorial monument and park.


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  • Carteret Native 01 posted at 9:53 pm on Sun, Apr 15, 2012.

    Carteret Native 01 Posts: 25

    I had an investigator friend many years ago that said that you could always follow the money to women, gambling and/or drugs/alcohol.

    One thing sure, not only has Narron, taken advantage of his business partners, he's also taken advantage of his own family. Ballou Enterprises was a family business owned and for the benefit of members of his own family. He looted the assets of that family business. All you have to do is check the Register of Deeds records to learn that he used Ballou Enterprises assets to secure his own personal debts and the debts of his other companies. He also borrowed cash on the Ballou Enterprises assets. Where do you think that cash might have gone? I'll bet the family hasn't seen a dime. Finally, he transferred about fifty acres of Ballou Enterprises prime real estate in New Port to none other than Larry Land in a series of two deeds. It looks like the land was a gift. There are no documentary stamp fees on the second deed. What did Mr. Land Pay for those fifty acres?

    He robbed his grandmother and family, and she still bailed him out of jail? She must be a saint. Now let's see if she can cough up the money to reimburse the amounts of his bad checks?

  • Tax payers Money posted at 1:31 pm on Fri, Apr 13, 2012.

    Tax payers Money Posts: 4

    I do not understand the point about Pat Joyce and Onions; “This bring up the point of pat Joyce. Really.......blah blah blah blah Onions.” What does this mean Firefighter Bill.

    If you go to "Follow the Money" website you will see that LARRY LAND is a contributor to Democratic Governor Bev Perdue’s campaign. The interesting thing is that he did not give in the election, but gave to retire her campaign debt after the election. Go to Follow the Money website and check it out for yourself.

    You can also go to the Board of Elections website and see Mr. Lands donations to another Democrate, check out the race for clerk of court. No donation to the Republican candidate.

    Advertising claims he is a Conservative, his money goes to the liberals.

  • clammerhead posted at 10:17 am on Fri, Apr 13, 2012.

    clammerhead Posts: 714

    While assuming that Narron is guilty ( even though one is supposedly innocent until proven guilty ), dies it mean that Joyce and Land are guilty also?

    If so, what are they guilty of?

    I have no evidence that they are guilty of anything, does anyone else?

    Never-the-less, there seems to be some connections between this group of people that draws the attention of others, in a less than favorable manner.

    What did anyone expect, a smoking gun?

    In order to find out if there were/are any nefarious connections, will take more than a few post on this blog to bring their deeds to light. I sure hope that the powers that be act responsible, and in the best interest of the citizens of Carteret County by investigating further into this matter.

    Likewise I hope the citizens of this county take a long hard look at what has been going on in our local government for a long time. Like many local citizens, I am very suspicious of most of their actions, and have been for a very long time.

    There is something terribly wrong with any government that is controlled by any party or group of associates for a long period of time. This is exactly what has been going on in Carteret County. If you research most of the sitting, and past Board of Commissioners you will find it quite easy to see just how connected they are, and have been for generations. The connections go even farther into other offices than most people know about or realize.

    Like Granddaddy used to say, " When birds of a feather flock together, somebody gets %&#* on."

    I am not saying anything against any one political party, I am speaking about all political parties.

    People need to do more diligent research before they cast their vote. Not only are you voting for the person that will be making decisions on your life, but on the lives of others also, for generations to come.

    If it is hard to accept that people cast their vote for the person with the most appealing smile, or slogan on a sign stuck in the ground along the roadside, or who has the most of them.

    None of the current candidates are a mystery to most people in Carteret County, and it isn't that hard to research them. Knowing and believing what moist of us do about the current Board of Commissioners, and the pool of candidates, we must ask ourselves how much more of it this county can endure, and are we willing to take credit or fault for continuing in this direction.


  • Fire Marshall Bill jr posted at 10:35 pm on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Fire Marshall Bill jr Posts: 6

    Let me tell you something ....

    Today's Exacto Bet...

    1st place. Larry Land
    Last place. Carteret County

    I'm takin sucker bets all month !!

  • Fire Marshall Bill jr posted at 10:23 pm on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Fire Marshall Bill jr Posts: 6

    Well well well....

    Let me tell you something.....

    Gambling and drugs. Why does this not suprise me ? Shouldnt we take a look at the current situation with our drug problem in this county ... Do we really need to elect Larry land if he is business partners and travels with an possible criminal and assumed addict ? Should we elect him if he seems tangled in this web and has not come out against these issues. Furthermore to surround yourself with the possibility of this outcome one should look at their abilities to lead, unless it's for an obvious personal gain.

    This bring up the point of pat Joyce. Really.......blah blah blah blah Onions. Use your brain here, Larry sees what pat has gained while commissioner and would like to take part in the free for all.

    Elect Fire Marshall Bill my father he loves burning cities down.

  • Tax payers Money posted at 4:25 pm on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Tax payers Money Posts: 4

    Developers not afraid to gamble with BIG money.

    I find it interesting that many developers have lost money to one of their developer buddies. I find it more interesting that they gave him money to pay off his gambling debts to a casino. I find it even more interesting that one of the developers is a current commissioner and the other developer is running to get elected as a commissioner.

    I hope they do a better job of safe guarding the taxpayers money than they do safe guarding their own money. You would think that jetting all over the country to gamble at casinos, sometimes as the personal guest of Mr. Narron, paid for by the casinos, even the private plane that pick them up would give them some idea as to who to invest money with. Losing several hundred thousand dollars must not be a problem to these gambling developers/ commissioners.

    Just keep it your money and not the tax payer’s money.

  • NCyea posted at 1:03 pm on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    NCyea Posts: 1

    Went to school with the guy, none of this surprises me. I would say that the downward spiral started with the "slight" cocaine addiction. I use the term slight loosely.

  • Bill Price posted at 5:07 pm on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Bill Price Posts: 54

    I guess if you buy a car from, go to church with, get a bad check, have stock in the same company, vote for, or make a political contribution to, you would be linked up? ..... but then, most hindsight is 20/20.
    Bill Price

  • Fire Marshall Bill jr posted at 10:15 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Fire Marshall Bill jr Posts: 6

    Let me tell you something.....Where there's smoke there's fire.... For example last election cycle we were captivated by the amount of bloggers who beat their wives.If Larry is a business partner of a possible criminal what does that say for his judge of character ? Furthermore, did Larry knowingly peruse public office knowing he would be linked to his partners possible criminal activities? Again a reflection of his judgment. Someone should ask if Larry knew of his partners potential felonies before he filed for public office and if so why he wasn't the person to turn him over to the authorities. If Larry is the victim will he also be filing charges against his business partner?And one last spark....Is this why pat Joyce decide not to run ?? [beam]

    Edited by staff.

  • Kay posted at 3:25 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Kay Posts: 14

    Mmmm. I bet A LOT of people are biting their nails over this. I'm curious to see the outcome of this investigation and see just how many pp will go down with this ship~ or if it will be simply covered up.

  • Charlie_3415 posted at 12:11 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Charlie_3415 Posts: 2

    I am not sure how any judge can be unbiased when the attorneys that are coming in front of them pretty much bank role their campaign. I think that attorneys should not be able to give money to Judges or if they do the judge should excuse themselves from the case!

    Attorneys that gave Karen Alexander money
    Marcus Chestnutt $4000 the max amount allowed , Norm Kellum, Steve lacy Joseph Morton Robert Raynor Ernest Ricardson, George Bestwick, Davis Howell, L Mason, John Knobles, Trawick Stubbs Jr

    Attorneys that gave Mcfadyen money
    Thomas Wilson Attorney, Kelly Green Attorney, Mark Hartman,

    Attorneys that gave Rowe Money
    Paul Delama, Thomas Kellie, Daniel Porter, Marcus Chestnut, Robert Mcafee, Steve Long.

    Kirby Smith
    NO Attorneys that I could find gave him money. Other than himself (he is getting my vote)

  • Charlie_3415 posted at 12:02 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Charlie_3415 Posts: 2

    Maybe Asa Buck might want to give Justin Narron the money back he gave Asa for Asa's campaign. Also the money Justin's wife gave. I think it was $1500 and I think he gave around $1000 in 2006 to Asa.

    If Asa did give him the money back it might help Justin out or maybe Justin can use the money on attorney fees or what happened to all of his money in the first place.

  • EJ The Carolina Queen posted at 10:30 am on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    EJ The Carolina Queen Posts: 13

    i knew it had to do with stolen property it's no surprise to me .

  • clammerhead posted at 1:06 am on Sun, Apr 8, 2012.

    clammerhead Posts: 714

    Never mind. I had a bunch more, but if I don't take a break, I'll be " bouncing " off the walls all night.


  • clammerhead posted at 1:01 am on Sun, Apr 8, 2012.

    clammerhead Posts: 714

    I hope I get this out of my system soon, so I can start addressing some of the more serious issues this situation gives us cause to ponder over.

    In the meantime; Jeff Foxworthy could use this guy's name to add on to his " You might be a redneck " routine.

    Parody skit : " Now we go live to our reporter Tom Brokejaw at the trial. " Tom, has it be determined how many dollars this guy is worth?.......

    " Hold on one second Jeff........ Yes,Justin..Worth Narron. "


  • clammerhead posted at 12:46 am on Sun, Apr 8, 2012.

    clammerhead Posts: 714

    I will probably slow down on this one in a couple of days, but for now, I just can't.

    Is this man's middle name really " Worth ", or was that just wishful thinking?


  • clammerhead posted at 12:37 am on Sun, Apr 8, 2012.

    clammerhead Posts: 714

    I know this is almost as bad as shooting fish in a barrel, and I probably should be ashamed of myself, but; Would you buy a used car from this guy?


  • clammerhead posted at 12:33 am on Sun, Apr 8, 2012.

    clammerhead Posts: 714

    As the Church Lady says; " Well, isn't that special ? "



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