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December 2012 Archives

Former NC Legislator Faces Additional Federal Charges

Stephen LaRoque, former chairman of the North Carolina House Rules Committee, was indicted this summer on eight counts of money laundering and theft. Federal prosecutors recently added four more charges to LaRoque's growing list of federal offenses, including tax evasion and knowingly filing false tax returns.

Drinking And Driving On NYE In NC? Increased Patrols, Less Checkpoints

You may see fewer DWI checkpoints throughout Raleigh on New Year's Eve but don't confuse that with fewer patrols. Rather than setting up stationary roadblocks to police for drunk drivers, the Raleigh Police and the Highway Patrol will be stepping up the number of officers on patrol.

13- And 15-Year-Olds May Face Adult Trials In Wake County

Charged with killing a homeless man in Raleigh, at least four area teens may be tried as adults for the crime. The Wake County Prosecutor has confirmed that may seek a transfer of some of the teens involved in the death of 37-year-old Regynald Brown to adult court.

Former ABC Admin's Pension Safe Despite Felony Conviction

After being convicted for taking property by false pretenses, a former North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) administrator is still able to receive his full pension. As of December 1, 2012, a public employee will forfeit his or her pension benefits if convicted of a felony that is related to his or her public position. The law exempts the contributions made by the employee and any and interest earned on those contributions.

NC Considers Ban Of Pseudoephedrine Sales Without A Prescription

As the number of meth labs continues to grow throughout North Carolina - six methamphetamine labs have been busted in Wake County and 13 in Johnston County this year - law makers are looking at new ways to limit access to key ingredients. On the table for consideration in 2013 is requiring a prescription for cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine.

Ignition Interlock For Every 1st Time DWI Conviction?

If the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has its way, everyone in the United States who is convicted of drunk driving will have to install an ignition interlock device on his or her car. The recommendation comes after a report by the NTSB that alcohol-impaired drivers are the leading cause of crashes across the U.S.

Raleigh Assault Caught In Pictures Released As Police Search For Suspects

A month ago, two people were attacked by about five men outside of Raleigh restaurant La Volta. Police recently released surveillance photographs of the incident and are asking for the public's help in finding those involved in the late-night assault.

Insider Trading Charges For Former Wells Fargo Banker

Thirty-year-old John Femenia has been charged with using confidential information obtained through his position at Wells Fargo Bank to give guidance to his friends on stock transactions that could have a big payout. Wells Fargo was tapped to provide financial backing in the mergers of several companies; Femenia allegedly disseminated this information to friends who then purchased stock in the acquiring company.

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