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Turnaround times at state crime lab better but still long

According to some law enforcement officials, the turnaround time for processing evidence at the North Carolina state crime labs is too long. This is even though the lab has managed to cut the turnaround time to 316 days on average for all evidence and some is even cut down to as few as 60 days. That means the turnaround time has dropped 150 days on average from what it was.

During the last fiscal year, the Greensboro, Asheville and Raleigh, North Carolina, labs have accepted almost 51,000 pieces of evidence for over 25,200 cases. The director, who took over in June 2014, said, "The state crime lab has been the scapegoat for too long. We're turning things around."

How drinking impacts blood alcohol levels

Blood alcohol concentration is a measure of the amount of alcohol in your body. Generally, the higher the BAC, the more impaired your body is by alcohol, which is why law enforcement uses BAC as a means to determine if someone is driving under the influence.

Alcohol interacts with each person's body in a different way, so before you have a casual drink with friends and then get behind the wheel, you should know how your body handles alcohol. Otherwise, you might find yourself facing DWI charges when you didn't even feel drunk or tipsy.

Sex crimes charges filed against Durham man

A 25-year-old man from Durham, North Carolina, has been charged with multiple sex crime offenses after police say he set up a meeting on an Internet dating site. The boy he was allegedly meeting was only 15 years old.

While investigators won't discuss the case details, the man has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child, providing beer or wine to a juvenile, statutory rape/sex offense with someone under 16, kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is currently being held on $1 million bail.

Use of laser light gets man probation, community service

Laser lights are used as pointers, to play with pets and in many other ways. However, when a 35-year-old man decided to use a laser to light up the cockpit of a helicopter near Cape Fear Regional Jetport, he was charged in federal court.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh, North Carolina, was able to get a federal indictment for the man who was arrested after blasting the light into the helicopter's cockpit. The helicopter had a student pilot and an instructor in it when this occurred.

More than 200 North Carolina cases in federal prison release

Today, almost 6,000 people in federal prison will be released. This is part of drug law sentencing reform, and 227 of those who will be free were from North Carolina cases. In nearly 80 of those cases, the Eastern District of North Carolina was responsible for sentencing.

This is reportedly the first of many thousands of federal prisoners who will be eligible for early release. Last year, the U.S. Sentencing Commission adopted several changes that included reducing prison time for those inmates who are considered nonviolent drug offenders. Not all who are eligible will be released.

What type of Internet sex crime is most common?

There are many different acts that fall under the umbrella term of Internet sex crimes, such as soliciting someone —sometimes a minor — for sexual purposes, conspiracy to work with others in committing such crimes and the production of illegal child pornography.

However, the most common online sex crime that is committed, according to experts, is the distribution or possession of child pornography.

A fair amount of drunk driving may happen after sporting events

For the majority of fans, drinking is certainly something that happens at sporting events in North Carolina, but it's not a priority. When the game ends, everyone walks out to their cars and drives home. However, some studies have shown that, whether they meant to become so or not, many of those drivers may be drunk as they get behind the wheel.

The study was carried out by using a breath test device on fans while they were leaving, and it focused on baseball fans and football fans. A full 60 percent did not appear to have been drinking at all, with zero BAC. However, the other 40 percent showed at least minor BAC levels, and almost eight percent of the fans were at or over 0.08 percent, meaning they were legally drunk.

25-year-old former teacher's assistant arrested for sex crimes

A 25-year-old woman who used to work as a teacher's assistance at Longview School in Raleigh, North Carolina, was arrested after she turned herself in to the Wake County Sheriff's Office. A warrant was out for her arrest for the felony charge of a sex offense with a student.

The Longview School is a school for students that have behavioral issues. The woman was hired in 2013, but resigned on Jan. 2 of this year. She is currently unemployed according to her arrest records.

10.5 year sentence in North Carolina bank robbery case

A GPS tracking device led to the arrests of three people for robbing a bank in Wilson, North Carolina, in November 2014. Two of the men had robbed the PNC Bank. They were found in the trunk of a rental car by police, who tracked the signal from the GPS device one of the robbers inadvertently picked up when he grabbed the cash. They were found with $1,579 on them, as well as a firearm.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Wilson Police Department investigated the case. The three men, ages 58, 57 and 41, have pleaded guilty to various charges, including bank robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and aiding and abetting.

Woman arrested 38 years after walking away from halfway house

In February 1977, a woman walked away from a North Carolina halfway house. She had been convicted of writing bad checks worth more than $200 in 1974. On May 14, 2015, a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the now 68-year-old woman.

The capture resulted from the work of an FBI and North Carolina Department of Public Safety combined task force. The task force's goal is to locate 147 North Carolina escaped inmates and return them to prison. Those inmates were convicted of a variety of crimes, including drug possession, kidnapping, firearm violations and murder. According to one task force officer, it doesn't matter what the original conviction was for. They will try to locate all 147 inmates.

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