A candidate for the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners is scheduled to appear in General District Court today on charges that he broke into a garage owned by his stepmother, the town’s mayor pro tempore.
According to police records, Oscar Meigs Needham, 55, of West Main Street in Pilot Mountain, has been charged with one count each of breaking and entering and injury to real property.
The alleged crimes occurred on Aug. 2, and Police Chief Darryl Bottoms confirmed that Needham was served with a criminal summons to appear in court on Aug. 21.
Needham is charged with breaking into a garage or outbuilding owned by mayor pro tempore Linda Needham, who owns the property located on South Depot Street in Pilot Mountain.
The criminal complaint was filed by Christopher Pipinos, Bottoms said.
“The property is owned by Linda Needham, but Pipinos rents the building from her and has a business in the property,” he said.
Bottoms said he is unsure why Needham was allegedly breaking into the building.
“I don’t know what he was after,” he said.
Meigs Needham is vying for one of two open seats on the Pilot Mountain board, challenging Linda Needham and Gary T. Bell.
He also filed as a candidate for the Pilot Mountain Board of Commissioners in the last town election in 2012, but later withdrew from the six-person race involved at that time. News reports from the period did not list a reason for the withdrawal.
Needham said in 2012 that he was running to provide a positive influence and help Pilot Mountain “move forward,” mentioning a need for more economic development.
He listed his occupation then as a realtor and appraiser and the owner of Needham and Associates Inc. The lifelong Pilot Mountain resident graduated from East Surry High School in 1977 and Guilford College in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in management and mathematics.
Court records indicate he is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m.
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.