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May 2017 Archives

How properly restraining children in cars could save lives

The Journal of Pediatrics recently published research that shows that North Carolina had the fourth-highest number of child fatalities from traffic accidents that occurred between 2010 and 2014. During that time period, 132 children died. However, North Carolina is not among the states with the most fatalities when the same statistic is considered percentage wise, or per 100,000 children.

Huge gang sweep in Charlotte

North Carolina residents might feel a little safer now after the authorities conducted the largest gang sweep ever in the state. Federal indictments named 83 people, and many of them were taken into custody on May 18. The suspects are all alleged members of the United Blood Nation, related to the infamous Bloods from California. The sweep targeted a sect of the UBN known as Nine Trey Gangsters. Some of the crimes listed in the indictment range back to 2010 and include homicides, firearms and drug trafficking, bank fraud and robbery.

Bill allows 16- and 17-year-olds to be tried as juveniles

On May 17, it was reported that the North Carolina House of Representatives approved a bill that would allow courts to try those under the age of 18 as juveniles for most offenses. The state remains the only one in the nation to still charge 16- and 17-year-olds as adults for all crimes, no matter how minor.

Man taken into custody on multiple charges

A 38-year-old man was taken into custody on multiple charges after police conducted a search of his North Carolina home. Police came to the man's home at about 12:44 p.m. on May 7 based on a suspicion that drugs may have been stored there. Authorities also were made aware of a possible act of domestic violence as well before visiting the man's residence.

Device may identify drivers whose phone use causes crashes

It may be possible to determine whether North Carolina drivers involved in accidents were using their phones at the time if adoption of a new technology called the "textalyzer" becomes widespread. This device can be attached to a phone and lets law enforcement know what the last actions of the driver were. While safety advocates have praised the device, privacy advocates are concerned about its impact on civil liberties. However, a man who demonstrated the device for reporters and lawmakers in New York says that it only collects very limited information. The device can also tell whether a person is using the phone hands-free.

2 homes raided in North Carolina drug bust

A drug raid led to four people being taken into custody in Gaston County on April 25. Witnesses said that they saw two homes being raided on Shannon Bradley Road on that afternoon One person taken into custody had been found with drugs and guns in the past. In 2014, police conducted a "knock and talk" at a home belonging to the man's grandmother.

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