When a star college basketball or football player gets in trouble it's usually a scary situation for the fans and the coaches. The latest incident involves the arrest of the North Carolina Tar Heels highest basketball scorer on a drug charge for marijuana possession. According to reports, Durham police arrested the accused recently after stopping him on what was called a routine 'license check.'
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.
When the police arrest someone on a homicide charge for a recent event to which there were no witnesses, it's reasonable to question the details and validity of the arrest. That may be the situation developing in the recent violent crime arrest of a 21-year-old man as a suspect in the murder of a 42-year-old North Carolina man in his home a few days earlier. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police announced that they arrested the man without incident.
In a country professing to guarantee extensive civil rights to criminal defendants, there's no shortage of innocent individuals being sent to prison or to their death. In North Carolina, another man has been released and found to have had nothing to do with a murder for which he was convicted and imprisoned for 17 years. This is the latest in a string of such discoveries in North Carolina.
Violence is a self-perpetuating emotional explosion that is obviously difficult for most people to control. Once it triggers, it's liable to attack whatever comes in its path. That's what apparently happened in a North Carolina community recently when a domestic violence case also turned into an assault against a deputy sheriff. A 50-year-old man from Hope Mills was arrested and charged with assault by strangulation, second-degree kidnapping and assault on a female.
A crime sweep that results in massive arrests in one fell swoop tend to walk a fine line between admirable police-work and denial of individual liberties. When the police make 120 arrests in one investigation dealing with crimes involving violence and firearms, it is likely that some of those charges will be found to be invalid. About 150 law enforcement officers from a number of agencies recently swooped down on a North Carolina county armed with over 160 arrest warrants designed to stem the tide of violent crime in the area.
A gunfire exchange with Wilmington police has led to two men facing criminal charges. The altercation began when officers pulled the man's vehicle over. Information received led them to believe the man had a passenger inside wanted on violent crime charges. Once officers approached the vehicle, the passenger exited the vehicle and fled the scene.
Four people facing several violent crime charges in North Carolina have had their cases continued. They are all charged with murder after the death of a local college student. If a conviction is obtained, three may receive the death penalty. The other individual accused of the violent crime is a minor, and he could face up to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, if convicted.
A North Carolina man is in legal hot water after being accused of attacking his neighbor with a machete on July 7. The man has since been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury. He was being held in the Bladen County Jail under a secured bond of $35,000.
Wilmington police arrested a man on May 22 and charged him with a weapons crime. The 38-year-old man was taken to the New Hanover County jail where his bail was set at $50,000. The violent crime arrest occurred after police allegedly watched the man trying to sell a weapon in the 2400 block of Colonial Drive.