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5 individuals arrested on drug allegations in Goldsboro

The Goldsboro Police Department and Wayne County Sheriff's Office have arrested five individuals on drug-related charges at a Goldsboro motel. The arrests, which were carried out last Saturday, were the culmination of months of investigations.

It was last Saturday that authorities had gathered sufficient information to secure multiple search warrants regarding 12 different rooms at Serena Inn Motel on Corporate Drive in Goldsboro. Approximately 70 officers appeared on scene to serve the warrants, and carry out the searches and arrests. After securing all 12 rooms, officers conducted the searches.

A Path to Liberty and Justice for All: Taking Profit out of Prisons

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We've long known that it's a bad idea to turn criminal justice into a profit-making enterprise. This could be a hard idea to swallow coming from defense lawyers, who make their living in the criminal justice system, but the reality is that government - not for-profit companies - should be the one responsible for administering jails and prisons.

39-year-old Raleigh man arrested for heroin-related crimes

A 39-year-old Raleigh man was taken into custody on drug charges at a local apartment complex last Monday. Authorities charged the man with trafficking heroin. The charges were listed as one count of heroin possession with intention to deliver or sell and one count of heroin trafficking by possession.

Police claim the man had 39 grams of the drug, which equates to approximately 1.4 ounces, in his possession at the time of the arrest. An arrest warrant was served against him and he was taken into custody at around 3:30 p.m. at the Edison Lofts building on S. Blount Street. The warrant does not indicate if the man was arrested in an actual apartment or simply at the apartment complex. According to the arrest warrant, the accused man does not himself reside at Edison Lofts.

Charlotte: Beginning of the End for Trump?

Donald Trump doesn't believe in polls. And maybe he's right. Maybe he shouldn't believe in them. Maybe all the polls in the world won't make a bit of difference if he ends up winning on Nov. 8.

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Trump restarts his campaign tonight in Charlotte following trouble with the polls.

Remember, Trump won the Republican primaries in North Carolina in March, as well as other states' primaries throughout the country, despite predictions that Trump wasn't a serious contender.

Watch this adviser respond to CNN's question about Trump's recent campaign shakeup (which the adviser insists wasn't a shakeup). The "shakeup" occurred following a series of polls indicating Trump trails Clinton by ever-widening margins, his overall popularity sinking.

"Says who?" the adviser asks.

"Polls," CNN answers. "All of them." 

Man exonerated after 28 years in prison

A federal judge in North Carolina has ordered that a man who was sent to prison 28 years ago be freed. The man was convicted of murder allegations when he was just a teenager. According to the North Carolina Superior Court Judge, not enough evidence was present to justify the man's conviction related to the 1988 murder.

The judge said that he was not sure if the man committed the crime or not. He admitted that the individual who killed the teen was a monster, but it was not clear that the convicted man actually committed the crime. Furthermore, the judge said that it overly and abundantly clear that the man did not receive a fair trial.

Defending against drug house and other narcotics accusations

It's easy to search on the Internet and find specific instructions on how to set up a marijuana grow house and Raleigh residents may have very specific reasons for wanting to build such a house. Some might want to grow this highly illegal drug for their own medical or recreational purposes, while others might want to create a grow house in order to sell marijuana and make a profit.

Raleigh residents should be warned that growing and selling marijuana is illegal in the state of North Carolina. Even though certain states have legalized the recreational use of the drug, and in certain cases individuals are permitted to grow it legally, in North Carolina, marijuana is still illegal. Individuals caught growing or distributing marijuana in any way could find themselves arrested and accused of some very serious drug growing, drug manufacturing and drug distribution offenses. If convicted of such crimes, the individual will likely spend many years in prison.

Ahh, the Pleasures of Paying Your North Carolina Traffic Ticket Online

Our take: This is a huge positive for North Carolina residents and quite a time-saver for the court system - a win-win all around.

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Our Three-Sentence Summary

You can now pay for some types of traffic offenses online, rather than being forced to go to court and wait in line.

You can also request dismissal of some violations.

North Carolina's Electronic Compliance and Dismissal system (ECAD) just became available statewide in late July.

Sex offenders who pose a danger to minors have a new ban

Being classified as a sex offender means having to comply with special laws and regulations. These laws and regulations are meant to help protect the public, but some people say that they actually place unnecessary restrictions on sex offenders. Some sex offenders in North Carolina will now have to comply with a new law that places some harsh restrictions on where they can go.

This new law is coming into the picture while an older law, which is the one that went into effect in 2009, is moving through the court system. It was found to be unconstitutional; however, the state is appealing that ruling. In the meantime, the new law provides conditions that are similar to that law.

The elements of taking indecent liberties with children

When you are charged with a sex crime -- especially one involving children -- you may find that the media enters a guilty verdict before you even make your first court appearance. As in many sex crime cases, the prosecution's evidence may rely heavily on a child's testimony.

The elements of the crime of taking indecent liberties with children are:

Question: Did Philando Castile Commit the Crime of 'Driving While Black'?

"The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks more like one of our suspects, just because of the wide-set nose. I couldn't get a good look at the passenger."

- Officer Jeronimo Yanez

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There is no solid, definitive answer on this matter - at least not at the moment - but we can discuss the facts at hand. And the facts at hand indicate that Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man from Minnesota, probably should not have been pulled over in the first place.

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