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January 2011 Archives

Gastonia, North Carolina man faces DWI charges for the fourth time

This past Tuesday morning, a driver from Gastonia was arrested by local police and jailed on a $10,000 bond. He now faces charges as a result of impaired driving.The man's car had been stopped by an officer just after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning this week. Officer F.D. Towle of the Gastonia police department requested the driver consent to an Intoxilyzer test after noticing an odor of alcohol on the driver's breath. Adding to suspicion was the fact that the officer found the driver to have an open container of alcohol with him inside the vehicle.North Carolina's open container laws state that it is unlawful to have an open container of any alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, even if the vehicle is not moving. An alcohol container is defined as an "open container" if the seal on the container has been compromised.

New Securities Fraud Task Force Assembled in Charlotte Last Week

The Charlotte Observer released information of note last Friday to those interested in issues of white collar crime. The Securities and Exchange Commission has partnered with the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of North Carolina, North Carolina's Attorney General's office, the FBI, the North Carolina Secretary of State's securities division, the Internal Revenue Service's criminal division, Mecklenburg County's District Attorney's office and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to form a task force based in Charlotte to fight against various forms of securities fraud.The reasoning behind placing the task force in Charlotte is partially due to the fact that the city happens to be home to multiple Fortune 500 companies, making it the second largest center for banking in the country. This new task force intends to focus its' efforts on seeking out instances of financial crime such as accounting fraud and insider trading.

American Beverage Institute Speaks Out Against DWI Checkpoints

The American Beverage Institute (ABI) made spoke out recently against DWI checkpoints, saying they would like to see police around the nation do away with such untargeted efforts. The institute has a vested interest in doing so, being that they are a Washington D.C.-based trade association representing restaurants with liquor licenses.Police in North Carolina and in 37 other states throughout the country have been relying on drunk driving checkpoints and coordinated "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" advertising campaigns in the past few years to curb the number of drunk drivers on the roads during times of the hear with high incidences of DWI arrests. Law Enforcement officials and representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be the first to attest to the effectiveness of these campaigns, but the American Beverage Institute disagrees based on some recently compiled statistics.The institute recently released statistics that indicate an average of just three DUI arrests are made for every 1,000 motorists pulled over at drunk driving checkpoints each year. Sarah Longwell, managing director of the ABI, indicated that such checkpoints are clearly not working as well as they should and that efforts of law should be focused elsewhere when targeting drunk driving.

City Council Rejects Proposal to Shame DUI Suspects Via Facebook

Social media use is in the rise, with social information-sharing sites such as Facebook and Foursquare counting thousands of additional users as new members each week. For however exciting this new information frontier may be, it poses just as many ethical and legal considerations that will need to be ironed out over the years to come.

Man Allegedly Running Brothel in North Carolina Comes Forward

One of roughly 20 defendants charged in November for his involvement in the proliferation of a multi-state prostitution network decided to turn himself in just before the New Year. The 44-year-old New Yorker was being sought on various charges, including conspiring to distribute cocaine, transporting individuals across state lines for illicit purposes and money laundering.According to the FBI, the prostitution ring is believed to have been operating brothels in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. The network attempted to disguise itself through an otherwise legal business model of providing various health spa and massage treatments.

Star of Teen Mom 2 Facing Drug Charges in North Carolina Next Month

MTV's Teen Mom 2 began its season last night with a star already shrouded in controversy. One of the show's stars was arrested and charged with breaking and entering as well as drug possession. Now some are speculating the teen mom could lose custody of her son.

North Carolina Officer Injured After Chasing Suspected Drunk Driver

A police officer was hospitalized last weekend after a high speed chase ended poorly. The officer suspected the driver of the car he was chasing to have been under the influence at the time. The chase came to a halt early Sunday morning when Officer Ron Brown lost control of his squad car and crashed into a house not far from Highway 74. He sustained injury to his ribcage and was taken to Carolina Medical Center for treatment.The driver being pursued crashed his vehicle shortly after Brown. The driver was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving with a suspended license and speeding. The driver did not receive any DWI charges.

North Carolina to Expand Medicaid Fraud Investigations Unit

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office recently announced that it will be doubling the size of the Medicaid Fraud Investigations Unit in the coming months. The state will be adding 25 new investigators and attorneys to a team that already has a reputation for zealously going after people suspected of health care fraud.

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