Barber convicted of shoplifting wine

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rowan County Commissioner Jon Barber has been convicted of shoplifting a $2.99 bottle of wine at a convenience store in April.
Barber received a year of probation after a trial this afternoon in Rowan County District Court. He had pleaded not guilty.
Authorities said that on April 10, Barber stole a bottle of Wild Irish Rose wine from the Rushco store at 601 W. Jake Alexander Blvd.
The Salisbury Police Department reported an employee at the convenience store said someone stole a bottle of wine and drank it in the men’s restroom early on a Sunday morning.
District Court Judge Martin McGee of Cabarrus County heard the case and found Barber guilty. Rowan County judges recused themselves from the case.
In August, Barber pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in connection with a May 8 wreck on Graham Road. It was his second DWI conviction since 2008.
Barber, who is in his second term as a county commissioner, has acknowledged struggling with alcoholism and missed county board meetings while at a treatment facility earlier this year.