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December 2011 Archives

Murder with .25-caliber weapon: trial under way for UNC tragedy

On March 5, 2008, the student body president of the University of North Carolina was senselessly murdered on a residential street near the college campus. Two men were charged with her murder, one of whom pleaded guilty last year and is currently serving two life terms. The second man, now 20 years old, went to trial on first-degree murder allegations on December 7.

Truck driver passes in no passing zone, kills North Carolina couple

It comes as no surprise that semi trucks are larger than most other vehicles on the road. And when an accident occurs that involves a semi truck or tractor trailer, the damage can be catastrophic due to the vehicle's sheer size and speed.

Wilmington man sentenced to 15 years for weapons crimes

In March of last year, police identified a 28-year-old North Carolina man as the individual who fired shots in a Wilmington shooting. Not long after that incident, Wilmington police say the same man was also involved in a break-in. Police believe he was looking for someone who stole money from him. Not believing that person had moved, he apparently entered a home after pistol-whipping its residents.

North Carolina man who crashed into breath test lab faces charges

A North Carolina man from Hickory is now facing substantial criminal charges after he crashed into a mobile Breathalyzer unit. He has been accused of driving while impaired, but was initially taken to an area hospital for injuries he sustained in the accident. If convicted, he could face serious consequences. The accident reportedly happened early on the morning of Dec. 4 while officers were conducting a DWI checkpoint along U.S. Highway 321 Business. While officers worked to close up the mobile testing lab, the 21-year-old apparently drove into the back end of the vehicle. When the crash occurred, there were multiple officers, a magistrate and two DWI suspects inside the mobile lab, which is about the size of an RV.

North Carolina DUI crash leaves 3 injured

No one in Wilmington wants to be involved in a serious car accident. Yet these types of incidents take place everyday across the state and the nation as a whole. In the worst cases, a car accident can lead to serious injury or even death to those involved. Such was the case on a recent Saturday when a car accident left several people hurt and one young girl perhaps fighting for her life.The accident happened on U.S. 17 in Holly Ridge. The highway had to be closed down afterwards as police and rescue crews worked to help the injured and clear debris. In total, three vehicles were involved in the crash, and the driver of one vehicle was charged with drunk driving. As a result of her injuries, one 13-year-old girl had to be airlifted to a local hospital when rescuers found her unconscious and suffering from internal bleeding. According to police, the incident happened at around 5:30 in the evening.

Hampstead man charged with manslaughter for deadly accident

After a deadly car accident near New Hanover County, North Carolina, on U.S. Highway 17 in late November, a 29-year-old Hampstead man has been accused of slamming his vehicle into the back of a Nissan Altima while driving drunk. Police say he was driving at between 80 and 90 mph, double the speed limit. The accident took place in Holly Ridge, and the accused man was being held in jail on $635,000 bond.

Couple sentenced for tax evasion five years apart

North Carolina residents should know that the federal government is getting tough on suspected tax crimes. Being prosecuted by the federal government is no laughing matter, and being convicted on federal charges of any variety can lead to heavy fines and long prison terms. A woman from Tacoma, Washington, has been sentenced to prison for tax evasion, along with other crimes, five years after her partner in the alleged scheme was sentenced. The 54-year-old man was charged in 2006 and later sentenced to an eight-year prison term. The 62-year-old woman was recently sentenced to seven years for her role in the alleged "abusive trust scheme" to hide people's incomes and assets from the Internal Revenue Service.

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