Cardi B, the "Bodack Yellow" rapper known for her aggressive, in-your-face style, is apparently aggressive in her personal life, too. She turned herself in to the NYPD on Monday for charges stemming from a violent altercation at a Queens strip club last August.
Two prosecutors have taken several months to evaluate the evidence surrounding accusations of a felony sex assault made by a then-14-year-old girl against a then-17-year-old boy. Whether the two engaged in a sex act was never in question; the boy admitted to having intercourse with the girl, but asserted that it was not rape. Both prosecutors determined that the evidence was insufficient to pursues a felony conviction and related criminal punishment.
Both the mother and the father of a 7-year-old who took a loaded gun to school have been charged with failure to secure a firearm from a minor, a Class I misdemeanor in North Carolina. Students reported the gun to school officials who then found and seized the weapon from the 7 year old.
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.
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.
North Carolina has the toughest laws in the country for 16 and 17-year-olds accused of crimes. Since 1919, these young people are tried as adults if they are charged with any crime, felonies as well as misdemeanors.
As residents return to work after ringing in the New Year holiday, it's important North Carolinians understand changes to the criminal laws that began around January 1. The most notable change involves changes to the teenage driving laws.