Critical safety features in the Vortex ride at the North Carolina State Fair had been tampered with according to investigators, allowing the carnival ride to be set in motion while riders were attempting to exit. The ride operator, a 46-year-old man from Georgia is facing felony assault charges in relation to the NC State Fair tragedy; his first court appearance was last week.
Good news for job seekers in the Charlotte area with a criminal history - Target has decided to 'ban the box' nationally, removing the box that requests applicants to disclose any prior criminal problems on the application form. The corporation has stated that it is its goal, nationwide, to assist in the reintegration of those who have been through the criminal justice system by offering more jobs to convicted ex-offenders.
Not everyone will spend their full maximum sentence in a North Carolina prison. In fact, not everyone will spend their full minimum sentence behind bars. North Carolina has created an advanced supervised release program that allows those convicted of certain felony-level offenses to be released from prison before serving a full sentence.
Individuals convicted of a felony offense in North Carolina are sentenced according to the structured sentencing grid for both minimum and maximum penalties, taking into account any prior criminal history. North Carolina law requires that inmates serve at least 100 percent of their minimum sentence. There are certain exceptions to this - watch this blog for information on NC's Advanced Supervised Release (ASR) program.
Despite changes from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for easing prosecution of minor marijuana crimes, officials in Lincoln County and Catawba County assert that they will continue to pursue marijuana drug cases until North Carolina state law changes. For 23-year-old Joshua Silva, that means he is facing several felony drug charges related to the largest indoor grow house busted in North Carolina this year.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's office received a tip about suspicious activity at a home on Biggerstaff Road that turned out to be a meth lab, according to investigators. Authorities in protective gear removed what was noted as volatile materials used in making meth from the home.
A North Carolina man is facing five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after getting caught up in a child porn sting by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Lenoir Police Department. Curtis Kacludis has been charged with both illegal possession and distribution of child pornography.
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.
Lawmakers are debating a three-strikes policy for drunk drivers in North Carolina. After two convictions, a third would mean being charged as a habitual DWI offender under a new law that has already passed the House and under consideration in the Senate.
An employee of the North Carolina Department of Corrections has been reassigned to a desk job in Gaston County after one of his probationers accused him of sexual assault. According to the woman, her probation officer, David Francis, had arranged a meeting with her at his office. While there, the DOC probation officer sexually assaulted her.