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Former Wendell commissioner charged with assault

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WENDELL — Police said they charged former Commissioner Benjamin Travis Carroll with assaulting another man after breaking into a home last month.

Wendell Police Chief Bill Carter said officers responded to the 200 block of West Academy Street around 3 a.m. Dec. 17 "and encountered what I would best describe as an ongoing affray."

Carter said officers had to separate Carroll from Jonathan Andrew Olson, who was occupying the home along with with Kaitlin Carroll. The chief said investigators believe Carroll broke down the home's front door, threatened the occupants and struck Olson, causing minor injuries.

Carter said Ben Carroll was living in the 400 block of West Academy Street at the time.

Police charged Ben Carroll with felony breaking and entering to terrorize or injure, misdemeanor assault, damage to real property and two counts of communicating threats.

Ben Carroll, 33, was defeated in his bid for reelection to the Wendell Board of Commissioners in November. He is the owner of Old Oak Construction in Wendell.

He did not return calls seeking comment.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office arrested Ben Carroll and charged him with felony worthless check Dec. 6, records show. He had earlier been charged by deputies with misdemeanor worthless check in October.

His next court date is Jan. 10.

CORRECTION: An early version of this story gave the incorrect surname of Kaitlin Carroll.