For many people, this Labor Weekend will be the last chance to get out and relax before school gets into full swing and summer officially comes to a close. While most of us try to enjoy our holiday, police officers across North Carolina will be hard at work increasing their efforts to ticket drivers for various traffic violations.
A man was arrested last week after allegedly stealing trailers from North Carolina and a neighboring state. The man wasn't arrested in North Carolina, but investigators say he is linked to crimes here. The man also isn't from either of the states where the alleged crimes occurred. When a person is accused of committing crimes across various jurisdictions, it might take multiple departments to conduct an investigation and share complex evidence.
When kids get into trouble, is it an issue for the courts or for parents? A recent trend has emerged that is putting the power of punishment into the hands of parents instead of dragging a case through a North Carolina court. This may be a positive movement because when it comes to an underage violation, it is not always necessary to impose jail time and a criminal record for a teen's mistake.
With summer quickly coming to its unofficial end as Labor Day approaches, countless American families will take to the roads to take advantage of their one last chance for a summer excursion before their kids get back into the full swing of school.
Drug possession convictions here in North Carolina have very serious consequences--both in the short- and long term. Immediate penalties might include fines and even jail time, but long after these dues are paid, the offender may also struggle with compromised financial aid and educational opportunities, limited employment offers and even reduced child custody rights.
Sometimes people make mistakes. If an argument with a spouse results in a call to police, either by a spouse or maybe a neighbor who overheard an argument, there might be consequence for one of the spouses. Late last month, a North Carolina woman was arrested after police say she failed to comply with a Domestic Violence Protective Order. These orders are often put in place to prevent further violence between a two people in a relationship.
Originally dubbed the "miracle girl" by first responders, a young North Carolina woman now questions whether she would have ever even been injured by a drunk driver had North Carolina had tougher drunk driving laws.
A store in Wilmington allegedly had more than 1,400 packages of the drug known as "Spice" (also referred to as synthetic marijuana) removed. Apparently this was part of an ongoing investigation involving both state and federal law enforcement officers.
Law enforcement agencies in many parts of North Carolina are engaged in a crackdown on the sale of bath salts. Engaging in drug trafficking can result in individuals facing serious criminal charges. Yet, given the recent changes in the legal status of substances known as bath salts, many may not be entirely clear on what is legal and what is not. Because recent media and publicity has given bath salts a bad reputation, law enforcement agencies are increasingly focused on finding and arresting those who use or sell them.
Late last month, the United States Supreme Court suggested it might review a case that will determine whether police can hold DNA samples of an innocent person and use a sample against them in another unrelated crime case. If the Supreme Court rules on the matter, it could affect cases across the country, including cases right here in Wilmington.
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Police officers across North Carolina understand how traffic laws work. In many situations, officers will stack charges against a driver in the hope that he or she will plead guilty to at least one of the charges. What starts as a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt can quickly turn into several traffic violations that can seriously affect a person's driving record.
People who are charged with a property-related crime may have done a wide number of things to find themselves in the back of a police car. From minor violations such as vandalism or shoplifting to serious acts such as arson or armed robbery, property crimes are unfortunate, but common, occurrences in North Carolina and elsewhere.
Police in Wilmington are accusing two people of stealing a car and trying to change the license plates. According to a report, police have charged the two with multiple crimes after they allegedly saw the man and woman working to change the license plates in Wilmington on a car with Quebec plates. Authorities say the plates and the vehicle were both recently stolen.
The cast members of "Jersey Shore" are probably more familiar with police officers than most residents of North Carolina. Their televised antics have made them very visible personalities, and even their friends have enjoyed fame on some level. This kind of visibility may end up drawing attention to them in situations when they may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Last month, we explored the situation that a young 17-year-old student faced when he was charged with heading up a marijuana drug ring. In this previous post, we discussed the details and events that led up to the young man's arrest. Recently, he appeared in juvenile court on two charges of drug trafficking.
Five people were arrested across the state last month. The men and woman allegedly ran a burglary ring that investigators say involved over $20,000 in stolen property. According to a report, police from eight counties in North Carolina arrested the people for theft over the month of July. These allegations are extremely serious. Is a person is charged with burglary, they might have a difficult time finding employment and housing in the future.