A bill that would help ex-cons who are working toward a fresh start is before the North Carolina legislature. The bill, House Bill 641, would only provide a measure of relief to ex-cons who were convicted of Class G felonies or lesser crimes.
A habitual offender was picked up by police for the sixth time on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Police reported that the man's blood alcohol content (BAC) level was .20, which is more than twice the legal limit in North Carolina.
A North Carolina House Judiciary subcommittee approved a bill yesterday aimed at increasing potential jail time, fines and court costs associated for those receiving repeat DWI convictions. Planned efforts to continuously monitor the alcohol consumption of such offenders for a post-release period of up to four months or for any pre-trial release period were also approved by the subcommittee.This bill has been dubbed "Laura's Law," as it has come about in the wake of the death of a North Carolina teenager killed last summer by a drunk driver with prior drunk driving convictions. The girl's family gained momentum for such legislation by speaking with the news media in the wake of the accident, receiving widespread attention and sympathy.
According to a sheriff's report, a convicted North Carolina sex offender has been charged with a second sex offense. Brandon Craig Hardy, 26, is accused of molesting a preschooler. He is also accused of moving to a new residence without notifying authorities.
One North Carolina man's decision to drive drunk has turned into a conviction for the second degree murder of his girlfriend.