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North Carolina TSA agent accused trafficking

Eight individuals have been arrested and accused of participating in a drug trafficking ring in the Charlotte and Greensboro areas. Among the individuals arrested was a Transportation Security Administration employee. The suspects were charged by the Department of Justice on Nov. 9 and all of them will face drug conspiracy charges.

According to the Department of Justice, the TSA officer, who is employed at the Charlotte Douglas Airport, was the ringleader of the drug trafficking network. They say that he used his position as a TSA officer to help distribute drugs through airports. According to an affidavit, the man was able to use his status as a TSA officer to travel with drugs unsuspected.

Attorney Miranda Mills Appointed by North Carolina Governor to the Council for Women

"We need leaders such as you in public service to help

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 promote our vision and realization of a better North Carolina."

- Office of the North Carolina Governor

On Nov. 18, 2016, attorney Miranda Mills received a letter from Gov. Pat McCrory confirming her appointment to fill a vacant seat on the North Carolina Council for Women. Ms. Mills, a partner at Roberts Law Group based in Charlotte, will serve her term effective immediately through June 2018.

What is the effect of a successful expungement?

Expungement is a legal process by which the record of criminal conviction or arrest is erased or sealed from view. Whether or not a particular ex-offender is able to get his or her records expunged will depend on the circumstances of the alleged charges and/or convictions how long ago they occurred. This article will take a look at the exact effect that is achievable when an expungement is successful.

Technically speaking, the end result of expungement is to free someone up to apply for jobs without fear of the employer discovering a criminal past that could ruin the individual's chances for hire. Expungement results in one's criminal background being "sealed" from view and practically (though not completely) erased. This can significantly boost the individual's chances of getting jobs, getting school scholarships, getting admitted to a university, and getting approved for an apartment. When the criminal background court is pulled, nothing noteworthy will be revealed.

17 arrested after cabin drug raid in Cocke County

Authorities have arrested 17 suspects following a drug raid in Cocke County. According to county deputies, they received information about alleged drug activity happening at a cabin in the area. After arriving at the cabin, deputies found several individuals they say were engaging in illegal activity.

The drug raid happened last Wednesday at approximately 11:03 a.m. in Cosby. Police say they found five individuals inside the cabin and another suspect was in the cabin's driveway spray painting an allegedly stolen car. The vehicle was allegedly stolen from Forrest City last Monday. At the arrest site, authorities say they found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, in addition to an allegedly stolen DVD player. Authorities also confiscated chocolate covered hallucinogenic mushrooms, LSD and $993 in cash.

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5 affirmative defenses to DUI

Drivers accused of operating their vehicles while intoxicated will face serious consequences if they are convicted. For this reason, most drivers accused of this crime are well-served to contract the services of an experience DUI attorney who can help them navigate their criminal proceedings. One category of defense strategy that attorneys commonly pursue -- depending on the facts of the given case -- is known as the affirmative defense.

An affirmative defense involves the defendant agreeing that he or she was intoxicated behind the while, but that he or she had a very good reason for the behavior. There are five primary types of affirmative defense:

Suspected drunk driver arrested after alleged shooting incident

Three men were arrested last Friday morning in Liberty after local police say someone opened fire on them. The incident happened at approximately 2:40 a.m. A Liberty police officer saw a swerving vehicle on the road, and -- believing the man was drunk -- decided to initiate a traffic stop.

However, as the police officer initiated the stop, the car continued along the road until it crashed into a wooded area. Following the car crash, officers say that shots were fired. Police suspect that it was definitely the driver who fired the shots, and possibly some of the other individuals. Authorities are unsure whether the shots were fired in the direction of officers or just in a randomly chosen direction.

2 North Carolina women arrested and accused of drug crimes

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office has arrested two women on meth charges this week. Both of the women have prior criminal convictions, which -- if they are convicted of these offenses -- could affect their sentencing by making their punishments worse.

The first woman, a 20-year-old, was booked at the Harven Crouse Detention Center in mid-October on charges of probation violation. However, when officers were processing her at the detention facility, they allegedly discovered meth on her person. This caused her to face two additional felony level charges: possession of methamphetamine, a schedule II substance, and drug possession at a penal institution. Later, she was charged with even more crimes: possession with intent to sell a schedule II drug, possession with intent to sell a schedule IV drug, possession with intent to sell a schedule VI drug, drug paraphernalia possession and stolen goods possession.

North Carolina school bus driver accused of DWI

A school bus driver in Cherokee County has been accused of driving while intoxicated with children on the board. In response to the allegations, the 63-year-old bus driver was terminated by the school system as of Monday.

Only several miles away from the destination where he was going to drop off seven of his passengers, the school bus driver crashed the vehicle into a ditch. The driver was backing the vehicle up when it went into the ditch. After the accident, the bus driver contacted school officials by radio to request assistance. School officials called state troopers to report to the scene, which is standard procedure in any situation where a school bus is involved in a crash.

Arrested man dressed as clown allegedly had hatchet in backpack

A North Carolina man has been accused of drug violations and other charges after he was found on the property of a convenience store with his face covered in clown makeup. Authorities say that they also found a hatchet in his book bag.

The arrest happened at approximately 5:45 p.m., last Sunday after the Union County Sheriff's Office received a call from an Indian Trail convenience store. The caller informed officers that a suspicious individual was on its premises. When authorities arrived at the convenience store, however, the individual was nowhere to be found.

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