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August 2012 Archives

Domestic Violence Escalates To Raleigh Shooting Death

A month after a domestic violence protective order was issued by a North Carolina District Judge, Marco Vellotti is in police custody and accused of fatally shooting his wife, Agata Flipska Vellotti. The couple had recently separated and was involved in a custody dispute related to their 7-year-old son.

Family Photos Are Evidence Of Sex Crimes According To Police

A head college football coach was charged with sex offenses involving minors last week after complaining that his University-issued cell phone was not working properly. When examined by IT professionals at the University, personal videos and photos contained on the phone depicted naked children.

Franklin County Sheriff Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

Pat Green resigned his position as Sheriff of Franklin County at the beginning of last year. The day after his resignation, the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) confirmed that a substantial amount of money was missing from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and that a fraud investigation was under way.

Spice, Bath Salts Are Now Schedule I Controlled Substances

The Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, signed into law in July, added 15 synthetic cannabinoids - synthetic marijuana or 'Spice" - and 11 synthetic cathinones - 'bath salts' - to the list of federal Schedule I Controlled Substances. Existing Schedule I Controlled Substances include marijuana, LSD, peyote and ecstasy. The use, possession or distribution of these controlled substances can result in federal drug charges.

North Carolina Man Faces Sex Charge for Work Bathroom Video

Even one allegation of a sex offense can lead to harsh consequences, as a 20-year-old North Carolina man has learned. The man is charged with secret peeping after a female coworker found that she had been recorded with a cellphone while using the restroom. Although police believe the incident was isolated, the man is facing a serious charge of a sex offense.

Facebook, Other Companies Monitor Sites for Internet Sex Crimes

Your casual conversations over Facebook and other websites may be monitored for evidence of sex offenses. Using both technology and human employees, Facebook and many other companies watch their websites for signs of Internet sex crimes worldwide, including North Carolina. The results are varied.

Fighting For Your Rights At A Chapter 50B Hearing

An emergency order for protection under Chapter 50B of the North Carolina general statutes can be issued by a judge even before a person accused of committing domestic violence has the opportunity to defend him or herself. A Chapter 50B order can keep you from your home, from your family, from traveling within a certain distance of the person who accused you of domestic violence, your work (if you work with your accuser) and other places.

Collecting DNA From The Accused In North Carolina

We blogged earlier this week about the U.S. Supreme Court potentially weighing in next session on whether law enforcement can collect DNA samples from people who are arrested and accused of a crime before he or she is actually convicted. North Carolina law currently allows law enforcement to do just that - take a DNA sample once you're arrested.

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