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Parsons shoots Gilead citizen; faces punishment

Roger Parsons, the self-described “accidental” Gilead resident, has been convicted by the GDC Executive Committee of attempted murder after shooting Jamie Calhoun, the 10 year-old son of GDC member Chuck Calhoun, and has been sentenced to house arrest and in-community exile.

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Jamie, who was shot through the left thigh, is expected to make a full recovery, according to Jennifer Godin, an EMT and Gilead’s sole medical practitioner, who treated the boy’s injury. “Thankfully, it was a clean wound,” she said. “The bullet went clear through the quadriceps without hitting any bone or major blood vessels, so I was able to just stitch him up and start him on a course of antibiotics.”

Despite the good prognosis, however, those who were witness to the shooting called for significant repercussions against Parsons, after the GDC trial determined the facts of the case and concluded Parsons’ guilt. “I’m obviously biased because I’m a father who has just seen somebody try to kill my son, but as far as I’m concerned, Parsons has forfeited his right to live in this community,” said Chuck Calhoun, “and if I had my way, that son of a b—- would be put to death.”

According to testimony from Parsons and the four people who were on Parsons’ property during the shooting, the facts in the case presented during the hearings appear to be as follows:

On the morning of June 4th, Chuck and Jamie Calhoun, David Childers, and Mark Costas were surveying potential logging routes for getting trees out of woods adjacent to Parsons’ property. The four people were on a wooded portion of Parsons’ property, approaching his home in order to ask him if they could use a logging trail in his woods to transport logs from another property, when they heard seven or eight shots fired in rapid succession. The group was unsure where the shots were coming from, but they heard the first few bullets hitting trees nearby and so dropped to the ground.

Roger Parsons, who had fired the shots from his front porch into the woods, left his porch and walked toward the spot where he had seen the group of four neighbors, while shouting, “I’ll kill anyone who tries to take anything from my property! You hear me? This is not your land!”

David Childers shouted back to Parsons that the group consisted of four Gilead residents, and they only wanted to ask him to use a logging trail. Parsons replied that he wanted the group off his land immediately, and threatened again to shoot them. Costas told Parsons the group would leave his property if he would point the gun toward the ground and allow them to leave the way they came, which Parsons agreed to do.

As the four people got up, Jamie Calhoun told his father that he had cut his leg on a rock or a stump when he hit the ground, and that it was too painful to walk. When Chuck looked at Jamie’s leg, he saw blood and determined that he had been shot.

Chuck picked up Jamie and informed Parsons that he would need to cross Parsons’ property to take Jamie to Godin’s home for treatment, which Parsons allowed, while cautioning the group that he would be watching them to make sure they left his property.

During the hearings, Parsons invoked his right to defend his property against trespassers. “Everyone knows the history here,” said Parsons. “I have lots of wooded land, and lots of you people want access to it, which I won’t allow, so there is obviously resentment about the fact that I have lots of property and others don’t. And then I see armed trespassers in my woods approaching my home!”

Childers, Calhoun and Costas countered that they were all wearing bright colors to ensure they were visible in the woods, since hunting season is now effectively year-round, and therefore were not sneaking or trying to “get away with anything,” in Childers’ words. “And to point out that we were armed is a non-issue,” added Costas. “Not a single Gilead resident leaves his property without being armed because we all face the threat of Raiders, and shooting game whenever the opportunity presents itself is essential.”

Parsons replied that he worked hard his whole life to be able to afford his large home and property, and will not yield to “socialistic schemes of resource-sharing,” as he termed it.

“I have plenty of food for at least a year, and probably more, and my home is well-insulated,” Parsons said. “Just because you people want to give up on civilization as we know it doesn’t mean I have to.”

Parsons insisted that state and federal government agencies would reassert their authorities soon, and that Gilead residents would be held accountable for any illegal appropriation of resources or extra-judicial punishments inflicted on him. “I reject the authority of this kangaroo court to judge me, and I absolutely reject your authority to decide my fate,” he said. “Leave me the hell alone. And unless you’re going to kill me or lock me up somewhere, I’m going home right now.”

As he left GDC Chairman Joe Tobiason’s living room – which served as the venue for the hearings – Parsons issued a parting shot, so to speak: “And one more thing,” he said. “I still consider my property my property, and pursuant to my rights as a property owner, anyone who trespasses will be shot.”

After Parsons’ unexpected departure, the GDC Executive Committee debated the punishment that should be levied, and took some input from community members who attended the hearings, which included almost every Gilead citizen. The suggestions from citizens ranged from simple house arrest to death by hanging. In the end, however, the vote was for house-arrest and in-community exile, with two primary reasons emerging as the determining factors: First, there was a significant amount of resistance from those who opposed the death penalty. Second, Calhoun, being the most aggrieved party, agreed to the lesser punishment.

“Like I said, I think the death penalty is appropriate in this case,” he said, “but I think house-arrest amounts to the same thing, because Parsons won’t have anything to do with the rest of us, and somehow thinks he can live off canned food until the National Guard shows up. Since he has no firewood, and won’t trade with any of us, there’s no way he’ll survive even half the winter, and I don’t mind if the bastard freezes to death in his own million-dollar house.”

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Recon mission to Randolph brings dire news

After receiving an intelligence report from a long-range patrol into Randolph, the Gilead Defense Council last night, June 9, authorized a diplomatic mission into Randolph as an effort to secure the Gilead’s northern border from potential raids, and to establish trade relations, if possible. The meeting, however, had the flavor of a war council planning an incursion, as the intelligence report did not give cause for optimism, and the fear that Randolph has become a Raider settlement was foremost in everyone’s minds.

Jason Nash sights a shotgun through one of the truck barriers to check for visibility and mobility before additional armor is attached.

“We have some information, but it isn’t enough for us to come to a solid conclusion one way or the other,” said Joe Tobiason, GDC Chairman. “We have no idea what to expect, so unfortunately we have to assume the worst and prepare for it.”

What little the GDC does know is disconcerting. On the night of June 8, GDC Security Coordinator Rich Bennington and Stanley Lyon went on a long-range patrol into Randolph to assess the type of reception a diplomatic mission from Gilead might receive. The two set out early on June 8, so as to arrive in Randolph soon after nightfall, and be able to make their way back by the next dawn.

“We were disturbed by what we saw,” said Lyon. “On Main Street in front of Belmain’s were three dead bodies nailed to the asphalt with railroad spikes.”

Each body, Lyon noted, was decorated with a small flag, two of which read, “Thief,” and the third read, “Traitor.” Each flag was hanging from a thin pole that had been inserted into the victim’s head through the eye socket.

“That was enough to tell us that there’s some pretty rough justice going on there,” said Bennington, “but what we didn’t see was actually worse – other than three people walking around side-streets slowly with rifles, there was not a soul out and about. Main Street was completely deserted. To me, it looked like martial law with a curfew being enforced by these patrols.”

Bennington and Lyon’s full report to the GDC Chair indicated that although they saw lights in some houses on Summer Street, and quite a few lit windows along Main Street, there were no signs of life outside of the buildings other than the few patrols. Avoiding those patrols by keeping to the shadows and side-streets, Bennington and Lyon made their way to the Cumberland Farms gas station where 12-A splits from Main Street. There they saw two more armed guards manning the intersection.

Bennington and Lyon had entered Randolph by traversing the forest north of Tatro Hill Road, coming out on Weston Street and entering Randolph from the west. The return trip, however, was designed to find out what the Gilead mission’s approach to Randolph might encounter “We came back to Gilead following highway 12, but keeping to the woods,” said Bennington. “On the way, we saw two sentries at the Clara Martin Center house, but no roadblocks or other measures.”

The interpretation of what Bennington and Lyon found in Randolph was subject of much discussion at the meeting, with the group finally deciding to interpret the findings in the most pessimistic way possible: Raiders have set up in Randolph and are running most, if not all of the town with a generous helping of cruelty to help them keep control.

“We recognize that it’s entirely possible that the three bodies were Raiders, and that the peaceful Survivors of Randolph have set them out as an example to other Raiders,” said Tobiason, “but I’m inclined to believe otherwise, because it doesn’t make sense that a Raider would be accused of being a traitor.”

The GDC unanimously voted to treat the mission to Randolph as a diplomatic effort, but to be prepared for a retreat under fire if necessary. Ideally, the mission would also include a stop at the Snowsville General Store north of Randolph for additional ammunition and weapons, but that would require going through Randolph twice, which looks increasingly unlikely.

Given the challenges faced by the mission, the GDC determined that preparing for a worst-case scenario is warranted, and has ordered the armoring of a convoy to travel into Randolph. Each truck traveling on the mission will be outfitted as follows:

Cargo barriers: As pictured on the front page, each pickup truck will have its bed covered by a barrier on each side. Each barrier will be bulletprof, consisting of two-inch boards with three sheets of corrugated roofing steel over them. They will have slits for defenders to see outside and to return fire, if necessary. The barriers will be angled so that they meet in the middle of the truck bed about four feet high, forming a tent-shaped space underneath for óg˜õXšh¦}iîâ–iUUa”±SB 0­v9­È E8P ûzÊ×òçK¶HïõX#»¸…cW ! wÛsÛ5Y‰.Lq        † aù±§§›õöºÑ® EÑ Ò+Á2ps

Wheel guards: In order to avoid becoming immobilized by flat tires caused by gunfire, each vehicle will have a double-layer of corrugated roofing steel bolted to the quarter panels to cover the tires down to just a few inches above street level.

Window guards: In order to provide maximum protection to the driver, who cannot return fire and drive simultaneously, standing-seam roofing steel will be bolted over the side windows and windshield, except for an eight-inch wide strip across the windshield, and a four-inch wide strip on side windows for visibility.

Armed crews: Each truck will include a driver armed with a handgun, a front-seat passenger with a long gun, and two people in the cargo bed, each with long guns. Crew-cab pickups will also include two more crew members with long guns.

“I know this sounds like a war party, but we face a pretty dire situation here,” said GDC member Martha Arceneaux. “We absolutely have to secure our northern border, because without that, we’re at terrible risk – especially the Dairy. So we have to make this diplomatic effort, but we also have to be prepared for trouble, but going in armed and armored could end up prompting the very response we’re hoping to avoid, so… it’s just very complicated.”

GDC member Mark Cohen agreed with Arceneaux, but said he’s more convinced that a show of force is appropriate. “I really think that it’s a no-lose proposition,” he said. “First of all, we’re prepared just in case. And second of all, if everything is peaceful there and they’re willing to talk, then at least we’re able to discuss things from a position of strength, rather than a position of vulnerability.”

Cohen said that just a few weeks ago, he would have been reluctant to show force, but his experience in the May 10 Raider attack changed his outlook. “We had to actually shoot at human beings during that attack,” he said. “It was horrible, and I think we can avoid it if ä7ÉÞwóg˜õXšh¦}iîâ–iUUa”±SB 0­v9­È

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