105 F3d 646 Bell v. Thomas Leomans Sbi

105 F.3d 646

Eldon Guy BELL, Plaintiff--Appellant,
Ralph THOMAS, Sheriff; Barry Johnson, Jailer; Frank
Galizia, Investigator; Boyce Floyd, Investigator,
David LEOMANS, County Commissioner; Betty Bell, County
Commissioner; Carol Long, County Commissioner; Kim
Bennett, County Commis sioner; Opal Hill, County
Commissioner; John Morris; County Commissioner; Billy
Smith, Sr., County Commissioner; Archie Page, County Com
Missioner; Carl Tilghman, County Commissioner; Walter
House, SBI Agent; Anthony Dennis, Investigator, Defendants.

No. 96-7510.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Submitted Dec. 19, 1996.

Decided Jan. 6, 1997.

NOTICE: Fourth Circuit Local Rule 36(c) states that citation of unpublished dispositions is disfavored except for establishing res judicata, estoppel, or the law of the case and requires service of copies of cited unpublished dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at Raleigh. W. Earl Britt, District Judge. (CA-94-857-5-BR)

Eldon Guy Bell, Appellant Pro Se.

Cheryl A. Marteney, WARD & SMITH, P.A., New Bern, North Carolina, for Appellees.



Before ERVIN and MOTZ, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.



Appellant appeals from the district court's order dated August 30, 1996, which adopted the magistrate judge's recommendation to dismiss his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (1994) action. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because the order is not appealable. In an order entered September 23, 1996, the district court set aside the August order and granted the Appellant's motion for an extension of time in which to file objections to the magistrate judge's report and recommendation. The district court retains jurisdiction pending the disposition of the underlying action. This court may exercise jurisdiction only over final orders, 28 U.S.C. § 1291 (1994), and certain interlocutory and collateral orders, 28 U.S.C. § 1292 (1994); Fed.R.Civ.P. 54(b); Cohen v. Beneficial Indus. Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541 (1949). The order here appealed is neither a final order nor an appealable interlocutory or collateral order.


We grant the Appellees' motion to dismiss the appeal as interlocutory. We further note that the appeal is frivolous. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the court and argument would not aid the decisional process.