Two jailhouse strip searches after being arrested for failing to appear at a hearing related to not paying a fine left Albert Florence questioning whether the invasive search violated his rights. He'd been arrested during a stop for a traffic violation for not paying a fine afterall, not a serious or violent felony.
Trayvon Martin rapidly became a household name after he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated Florida community. The police did not to arrest the shooter at the time nor charge him with a felony in the shooting death of Martin, based at least in part on the self defense protections of Florida's Stand Your Ground Law.
A Raleigh teen and a Piedmont teen were recently arrested under North Carolina's new zero-tolerance law teens driving at excessive speeds. As of last October, a driver under age 18 on a provisional North Carolina driver's license can be arrested if stopped for going 15 mph over the posted speed limit. An adult driver in the same situation would merely receive a speeding ticket.
The federal prison in Butner, North Carolina is made up of four facilities that house and treat individuals convicted of federal crimes: a Federal Medical Center (FMC), two medium security institutions and a low security institution. Also at Butner is a home for those convicted of federal sex crimes that the government doesn't want to release into the public, even after they've served their court-ordered sentence.
A night of drinking at Ed's Tavern in Dilworth Sunday turned deadly when a 23-year-old law student threw 26-year-old man into the path of an oncoming car. A passing BMW car struck the 26-year-old man, causing fatal injuries.
A former racecar driver in North Carolina claims that law enforcement officials and NASCAR are involved in a conspiracy against him. A grand jury handed down indictments against Jeremy Mayfield on February 20 for possession of stolen property and obtaining property by false pretense.
In Durham County, a district attorney's competence is being questioned after repeated run-ins with a North Carolina Superior Court judge. A hearing is underway this week to decide whether the DA should be removed from her position. This is only the second time in the history of North Carolina that proceedings are being held to remove an elected official from office.
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.
A new study by Pediatrics released Monday shows that nearly one in three is arrested by law enforcement officer by the age of 23. Arrest is a shared experience for more than 30 percent of Americans. A 44 year old study showed that only 22 percent of Americans had been under arrest by age 23 but this new study puts that number at 30.2 percent.
A late October DWI checkpoint in Reidsville led to 53 criminal charges such as DWI, operating without a license and open container. The DWI checkpoint was held on October 22 into October 23 at Barnes Street, Highway 87, Holiday Loop and Freeway Drive, according to the Reidsville Police Department.