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April 2014 Archives

North Carolina deputies break down door, search wrong house

Imagine having the door to your house rammed in, police officers streaming through in order to search for drugs on your property. Now, imagine that you are completely innocent, and the officers had used the wrong address when obtaining a search warrant for your house. That is exactly what happened on April 4, when police officers and sheriff's deputies in North Carolina barged into the wrong home in search of defendants accused of possession of marijuana.

8 charged for federal crimes after kidnapping of prosecutor's dad

An eighth person has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor's father. The most recent defendant, a 21-year-old man, is slated to appear in federal court in late April in connection with the incident. He was arrested on April 21 for his alleged involvement in the federal crimes, when officers found him at his home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Woman gets 16 to 29 months for injurious DWI crash

A driver from North Carolina has been sentenced to 16 to 29 months in prison after pleading guilty to alcohol-related driving allegations. The woman, age 48, had been accused of DWI after she was found to be intoxicated on alcohol and cocaine during a November 2012 accident. That car accident left a Fort Bragg soldier seriously injured; part of his right hand and both legs were amputated, and he suffered severe internal injuries, among other ailments.

Jury adapts to rule changes during man's financial fraud trial

A North Carolina native has been convicted on charges of organized fraud during criminal proceedings in Florida. The man, age 65, was accused of defrauding investors in his company. He has been found guilty of allegations that he used corporate investments in his businesses to pay for personal expenses. The financial fraud allegations show that the man may have taken as much as $250,000 from two couples.

Prison: Coming Out 'A Better Person' Than When You Went In

Coming out of prison "a better person" than when you went in is the promise of Texas legislator John Whitmire, who, as Olivia Nuzzi writes for the Daily Beast, is the longest-serving member of the Texas State Senate and one of the "architects" of prison reform in that state.

The Old Gloomy Psych Hospital Never Went Away

Some movies feature the abandoned psychiatric hospital, in which characters roam the halls amid piles of tattered, dirty gowns, overturned chairs, and all manner of medical tools that doctors used to "treat" patients suffering from mental illness. The "abandoned psych hospital" in pop culture seems to imply that it's a thing of the past. Yes, psych hospitals may have once existed, and patients suffering from mental illness may have been mistreated in the past, but that was then, and this is now.

North Carolina teacher facing sex crimes after video emerges

A North Carolina teacher is facing serious allegations after reportedly engaging in a relationship with a student. The first-year teacher, age 25, was arrested after the conclusion of a police investigation in March. She is facing sex crimes allegations in connection with the alleged abuse of a student at Lexington Senior High School.

Heroin use up in North Carolina, drug crimes penalties change

New statistics show that a troubling rise in heroin use is occurring throughout North Carolina, causing some alarm among law enforcement officers and public health officials alike. Heroin had been only a minor concern for drug crimes enforcement agencies in recent years. A recent spike in heroin deaths in 2012, however, has led to increased attention to the distribution of the narcotic.

Mayor of Charlotte accused of federal crimes for accepting bribes

Official reports show that one of North Carolina's top politicians has been arrested on federal charges including bribery, wire fraud and theft. The mayor of Charlotte, Patrick Cannon, has been accused of federal crimes that could lead to a 50-year prison term, according to courtroom documents. Cannon has been released on bond, but criminal charges are still pending in the matter.

Drug crimes case prompts discussion about free will

What do drugs, urine and the Constitution have in common? They are all under consideration in connection with a case that is currently being heard by the North Carolina Supreme Court. This bizarre drug crimes case seeks to answer a fundamental legal quandary: Should people be punished for involuntary crimes?

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