The irony is probably not lost on the law enforcement officers inside the blood alcohol testing field laboratory (the "BAT mobile"), as the Huffington Post reports, when a young 21-year-old man crashed into it at around 40 miles per hour in North Carolina.
When people enter a place of business with the intention to commit robbery, they usually have one goal in mind: getting the money or goods and getting out. If they're armed, they generally don't worry about getting injured or killed, assuming they'll be able to take a clerk by surprise and overpower that person.
The North Carolina Legislature will be called back after the holidays to continue its debate on whether to overturn Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto of a controversial death penalty bill. If the bill were to pass, it could represent yet another landmark in the state's debate over capital punishment.
As reporters for The Detroit News write, early this month 2010 Miss USA winner Rima Fakih was in her Jaguar, weaving in the lanes, a half-empty bottle of champagne behind her on the floor. When cops pulled her over, she told them that she was Miss USA and answered, "No, not at all," when asked whether or not she had been drinking.
As the Citizen-Times reports, a 13-year-old now faces criminal charges involving reckless driving and misdemeanor death by vehicle.
A number of teens found themselves with charges of underage drinking after partying in a halfway house located in Gastonia, North Carolina. The teens were unsupervised, as Caryn Little reports for Fox Charlotte.
Since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, colleges and universities across the country have stepped up their efforts to alert students of dangerous situations that could affect them. One of the most common of those efforts is an alert system that spreads messages via text message, email, and social media outlets such as Twitter. The success of such systems was heralded last week after another shooting at Virginia Tech.
The first helicopter mishap involves a search for marijuana. As Robert Sorrell reports for the Elizabethton Star, 41-year-old Benjamin Barrick was flying a helicopter in 2004 with a Franklin County police officer. They were searching for marijuana. The helicopter crashed and Barrick was charged with involuntary manslaughter, though the charges were later dropped. It's not clear what caused the crash.
According to Tom Weir reporting for USA Today, Erin Andrews is the ESPN sports network's "most famous sideline reporter." Well, the most famous sideline reporter for ESPN is now suing the Marriott Hotel and her stalker, Michael Barrett, who filmed Andrews in the nude through a peephole in her hotel room.
In North Carolina, it is illegal to possess or buy a syringe without first having a doctor's prescription to do so, as Maggie Smith reports for the Triangulator. This is, of course, related to North Carolina's drug possession laws, where even possession of small amounts of drugs like cocaine or heroin are treated very seriously in terms of the criminal punishment.
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