Recently, a local mother learned her son had died from a drug overdose suspected to be heroin. When toxicology reports were analyzed, the labs found no heroin in his system--instead, it was an alarming mix of other substances that may be becoming more popular around North Carolina.
If you could eliminate the evidence of crime you could severely undermine the prospect of a criminal conviction. That idea may have gone through the mind of a 62-year-old North Carolina woman who lived at the same address where four persons had been taken into custody on drug charges. The Hickory police say that they had observed drug activity in open view and arrested the four. After taking them away, police say that they obtained a search warrant to search for additional evidence of drug trafficking or possession of controlled substances.
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.
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.
One of the most generous sources of drug arrests seems to be where police initially stop a car for a traffic violation and then find drugs. This happened again recently in North Carolina when Henderson County Sheriff's deputies stopped a 2002 Honda Accord and found six pounds of what they described as high grade marijuana. They arrested the occupants, a 26-year old female and a 32-year old male, on drug charges of felony possession of marijuana, felony possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and felony maintaining a vehicle.
A sad case is making headlines in Wilmington, North Carolina. An elderly woman is being charged in relation to a car accident that occurred almost two years ago. Any time negligence is involved and causes someone's death, the victim's family will have legal rights in a civil court. There has been no word on any civil action from the victim's family, but the woman who was driving at the time of the collision could now face a criminal conviction.
An investigation in North Carolina has resulted in drug charges for two local men. The three-month investigation led authorities to a 50-year-old man and one other male whose age was not known. The drug charges are related to the alleged manufacturing of the drug Spice.
A man is facing criminal charges after allegedly driving his vehicle into a fountain. Wilmington police arrested the driver, suspecting him of DWI. He was traveling in a Suzuki with three other people when he hit the fountain. One person was injured in the crash and taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A North Carolina woman may have her lottery prize stripped away because of a potential fraud act committed by her husband. He has since been arrested and is facing accusations of illegally obtaining the lottery ticket from his place of work. Authorities believe the man may have used fraud to gain the ticket and then turned it over to his wife.
When driving in inclement weather, extra caution is often necessary. A North Carolina car accident in Hartnett County has injured a trooper and another driver. Although police believe rain was a factor in the two-vehicle crash, the driver said to be responsible is now facing charges. The accident was serious enough to warrant the closure of N.C. Highway 27 for several hours.