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September 2011 Archives

Soldier sentenced to life in prison for murder

A former infantryman from North Carolina has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after the jury failed to reach a unanimous decision as to whether he should get the death penalty. He was convicted in September of murder in the first degree and sex offense with a child. The victim of the assault was his 10-month-old stepdaughter.

Car accident with moped sends one to hospital

A recent car accident involving an automobile and a moped raises some important issues. The accident occurred at about 3 p.m. on a Monday night in North Carolina, just south of Wilmington on Highway 87 near the intersection of Sunny Point. Few details of the accident were released, except to say the two vehicles collided and one person was sent to the hospital with injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. They did not disclose which driver was sent to the hospital.

Man faces drug charges after sexual assault tip

A North Carolina man faces drug charges after authorities pulled him over on US Route 52. Police in the area claim they received a tip that a sexual assault happened at a local business. According to police, a witness identified a silver car with a luggage rack at the alleged crime scene. Police say the witness also told them the car's license plate number.

Man injured in Wilmington drunk driving crash

A man ended up in the hospital after his van was hit by a truck in New Hanover County. The accident happened on an August day at about 8:15 p.m. Authorities said a red truck was heading for the river on Castle Street in Wilmington when the driver ran a red light at 16th Street. Police said he hit a van in the intersection, causing serious damage. Police said the truck impacted the van in a way that trapped the van driver in his vehicle. He had to be cut out of the vehicle and taken to a nearby hospital.

Prior assault claims cited in first-degree harassment arrest

Assault with a deadly weapon is a serious charge anywhere in the United States, North Carolina included. An individual charged with this type of violent crime can garner the attention of the police when he or she falls under suspicion of other criminal conduct, even if there remains doubt concerning guilt for the assault allegation. But how much bearing, if any, should prior criminal charges have on subsequent allegations of criminal behavior?

Pregnant woman, child injured in car-pedestrian accident

In the luckiest of escapes, a pregnant Wilmington woman and her child escaped serious injury after being hit by a car. The mother was crossing the street at the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Rodman Street just after 8 a.m., with her 2-year-old toddler and a 10-month-old in a baby carriage. The driver of the car came around the corner and ran into the mother and her baby carriage, missing the toddler. Miraculously, the mother and child were not seriously injured in the accident. Wilmington police officials said they were taken to the hospital and later released.

Inattentive driver causes car accident in Wilmington

A Wilmington auto accident can occur in the flash of a second. In the age of smart phones and twitter accounts, the potential for distraction while driving has increased. Even changing a radio station or glancing to check gauges on the dashboard can be enough to lose sight of what is happening on the roadway. Particular care and attention is necessary for safe driving and to avoid a serious car accident resulting in injury. And yet, it happens all too frequently.

Murder and attempted murder alleged against Fayetteville man

Murder and attempted murder are obviously among the most serious charges a person can face in North Carolina. The mere allegation that an individual has intentionally caused the death of another alters the course of one's life. When a person goes missing, one of the first questions authorities ask is where was he or she last seen, and with whom?

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