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Woman fakes her own disappearance to avoid a court date

A North Carolina woman’s legal problems went from bad to worse recently when authorities discovered that she had allegedly faked her own disappearance to avoid a scheduled court date. Her husband has been accused of aiding her in the scheme and is also facing criminal charges.

Avoid drunk driving charges this Fourth of July

Independence Day is a time for celebration with family and friends, and oftentimes those celebrations involve alcohol. Taking a few extra minutes to plan a sober ride home this weekend can make the difference between a fun-filled holiday and an arrest for drunk driving. 

State vs Williams NC Court Of Appeals June 17, 2014

Attorneys have been arguing NCGS 20-139.1 that the failure of the CMPD property sheet to list everyone in the chain of custody - along with a description of the material & statement that the material was delivered in essentially the same condition as received - should preclude admission of the blood test. Sometimes, if not often, getting overruled when the judge says it goes to the weight not admissibility.

When can police search your cellphone? Supreme Court weighs in

The United States Supreme Court issued an important decision recently concerning cellphone searches by police during an arrest. Because the Supreme Court has jurisdiction over the entire country, the decision will affect how these searches are conducted here in North Carolina.

Golf cart driver facing felony charges after run-in at US Open

It may sound like the opening line of a joke, but in fact it's a true story and a serious one at that: A man is facing felony charges in North Carolina after allegedly driving a golf cart over a state trooper’s foot at the U.S. Open. The golf car driver has been charged with impaired driving and a number of other offenses in connection with the incident.

UNC freshman facing larceny charges after alleged jewelry theft

An incoming freshman football signee with the University of North Carolina has been arrested and charged with felony larceny after allegedly stealing more than $50,000 worth of jewelry and watches from an acquaintance. According to news reports on the story, the 18-year-old returned the items to their owner and turned himself in to the authorities. 

Don't rely on rules of thumb to avoid drunk driving charges

When it comes to deciding whether it is safe to drive after consuming alcohol, many people count drinks per hour or rely on other rules of thumb to estimate their likely levels of impairment. In other cases, people simply rely on how they feel. Unfortunately, however, these methods are unreliable at best and relying on them can easily result in impaired driving charges for people who sincerely thought they were sober enough to drive.

Former NC A&T Foundation employee facing embezzlement charges

A former employee of the North Carolina A&T University Foundation has been arrested and charged with embezzlement as well as a number of other white collar crimes, including computer fraud, corporate malfeasance and obtaining property by false pretenses. The foundation has accused the employee of using her position within the organization to steal about $400,000 since 2011.

NC law enforcement to step up DWI enforcement this Memorial Day

Anyone planning to celebrate Memorial Day in North Carolina this weekend is advised to put a little extra thought into planning a sober ride. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state are gearing up for a widespread crackdown on drunk driving over the holiday weekend.

This will be the fourth year of the annual statewide campaign known as "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive." Last year's campaign resulted in 310 alcohol-related arrests over Memorial Day weekend. Similar enforcement efforts are scheduled to take place other summer holidays in North Carolina, including Independence Day and Labor Day. 

Panthers player arrested for violent offense against

Greg Hardy, the defensive end for the Panthers Pro Bowl football team, was recently arrested for misdemeanor crimes. The investigating Mecklenburg officers suspect that the man assaulted his girlfriend and communicated threats. Hardy has been charged with a violent offense for the alleged crime.

The Charlotte police responded to a call at about 4:18 a.m. concerning a possible domestic assault. When they arrived at the residence, a 24-year-old female supposedly told the officers that Hardy had assaulted and threatened her. The officers claim that the woman had scratches and bruises, but she reportedly refused to get medical treatment. The two allegedly had been in a relationship since September 2013.

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