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May 2013 Archives

Young jihadist pleads guilty to federal charges regarding a gun

Fundamentalist Muslims who espouse violent jihad come from many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They also seem to exist virtually everywhere. The last point is highlighted by a recent arrest made by federal authorities of a North Carolina man from Fayetteville on federal charges of having a stolen firearm.

Law changes may reduce drunk driving accident prevalence in NC

A national watchdog organization has suggested sweeping changes to drunk driving laws in all states, according to a recent report. Here in North Carolina, a drunk driving accident is a sadly common occurrence, with 1,227 in 2011 alone. The National Transportation Safety Board is suggesting that a change in the legal limit may help to curb this trend and lower the frequency of DWI-related wrecks both on the state and national level.

Man arrested on sexual assault charges concerning campus attack

It's always good to remember that an accused is innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Modern forensic science has exposed hundreds if not thousands of false arrests and incarcerations in the country in recent years. One recent arrest at North Carolina State University of a 21-year-old man for sexual assault offenses is in some ways exemplary of why an arrest should not be taken as proof of anything. Instead, the prosecution must prove each and every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt in order to obtain a conviction.

U.S. Marine dies in North Carolina car accident

Charges have been filed in the death of a United States Marine who was killed in a car crash on May 4. Police say the officer, who was stationed here in North Carolina, was killed when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle. The driver, a Newport resident, was arrested in connection with the car accident.

Police raid a home and bring drug charges against mother and son

Authorities seem to insist on making warrantless searches whenever they think they can, which then exposes their arrest to Fourth Amendment constitutional challenge. That may issue may come up in a warrantless search and arrest of three people for drug charges in North Carolina recently. Two residents of a home in Elizabethtown, along with a man found in their front yard, were charged with numerous drug offenses.

North Carolina woman killed in car accident

Tragedy struck a North Carolina community on April 27 when a woman transporting her 2-year-old daughter was killed in a crash. The car accident left her infant daughter injured and also injured the other driver. A police investigation is ongoing, but no charges have yet been filed in the incident.

North Carolina man arrested on securities fraud charges

Even in a slowly-recovering recession it seems that there ample numbers of people with millions to invest on highly risky ventures. That appears to be part of the scenario surrounding the arrest of a 66-year-old North Carolina man on securities fraud charges. Federal authorities obtained an indictment against the man for running what they characterized as a Ponzi scheme.

Motorcycle accident in North Carolina leaves one injured

A devastating crash on Highway 87 between a motorcycle and a tractor trailer has left one woman with serious injuries. The motorcycle accident occurred in the early hours of the morning of April 18 just inside the limits of a North Carolina city. Police responded to the crash immediately, and their investigation into the nature of the accident is ongoing.

Student arrested for potential violent crime and weapons charges

College days used to be considered the easy times of a person's life. However, the high incidence of weapons possession and violence at educational venues in recent years raises deep concerns as to the root causes of these problems. In North Carolina, another arrest was made on a college campus recently for weapons charges associated with reported behavior that has the high potential for violent crime.

3 die in serious North Carolina car accident

Police in Greensboro responded to reports of a crash early in the morning of Sunday, April 21. The two-car accident claimed the lives of two North Carolina residents and one man who authorities say was from out-of-state. The local crash reconstruction team is currently investigating factors that may have contributed to the fatal crash.

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