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North Carolina mom arrested for a crime after fire challenge

A woman from North Carolina has been arrested after allegedly allowing her teenage son to engage in the “fire challenge.” The fire challenge is a frightening trend among teenagers throughout the country, which -- believe it or not -- involves them setting themselves on fire. The idea is to see if they can quickly extinguish the fire, and the “challenge” is typically completed in a shower. Now, the boy's mother has been arrested for a crime relating to the incident.

In the instant case, a 41-year-old mother allegedly allowed her 16-year-old boy to complete the challenge at the end of last month. She is even accused of videotaping him while he did it. As such, police believe that she condoned and perhaps encouraged the dangerous act. She was ultimately arrested and faces charges of contributing to a minor’s delinquency.

22-year-old North Carolina man charged with a theft crime

A North Carolina man was recently arrested after police claim they witnessed him dragging a safe down the road with his vehicle. Authorities have charged the 22-year-old man with a theft crime. They allege that he stole the safe after breaking into a drug store.

The man has also been charged with breaking and entering, safe cracking and larceny. Other charges include possessing stolen goods, trafficking heroin and opium and various motor vehicle violations. At this time, it is unknown whether the man has obtained legal representation to defend himself against these charges.

Former recipient of Long Leaf Pine award indicted on embezzlement

The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is one of the highest recognitions awarded to outstanding citizens in North Carolina. The honor is bestowed by the governor on those who have dedicated 30 years or more of service to the state. One retired police officer who was a recipient of the prize has now been indicted by a jury on embezzlement charges.

The indictment was just recently handed down, and the man was reported to have been making preparations to surrender himself to the State Bureau of Investigations. The indictment follows after the SBI has claimed to have been conducting an investigation since early in 2013. He has been accused of embezzling close to $32,000. He was reportedly serving as treasurer of the Internal Affairs Investigations agency for North Carolina.

North Carolina mother arrested for drunk driving with kids in car

DUI charges vary in severity in the state of North Carolina. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the drunk driving arrest, whether an accident was involved and whether any injuries or deaths were attributed to the accident, the severity of potential punishments can range from mild to severe. The presence of children in a car at the time of an arrest can also affect the severity of the punishments.

For example, in a recent DUI arrest that occurred on a recent Saturday, a mother was taken into custody after her car crashed into a river. Allegedly, when authorities arrived at the scene, two young children were sitting in the back with their seat belts on and eight inches of water had flooded into the car. According to police, the kids were 6 and 7 years of age.

Federal panel wants 46,000 drug crimes convicts released

The judges on a federal judiciary panel have decided to approve new guidelines for the sentencing of drug crime offenders. The panel of justices wants those serving long-term sentences for non-violent drug crimes to be released early. The measure was approved on a recent Friday. Now, it must go before Congress before it is codified into law, but if it is passed, in excess of 46,000 individuals could be released from federal jails in North Carolina and elsewhere.

The panel that decided on this matter is known as the U.S. Sentencing Commission. It is a part of the federal judiciary, and it plays a crucial role in determining how convicted criminals are punished depending on the crimes they were convicted of. Lately, the panel has been reviewing drug-sentencing guidelines, which many believe are a throwback to the draconian War on Drugs during the 1980s. Last April, the Sentencing Commission revamped and softened the guidelines for new drug crime punishments. This more recent measure will retroactively affect those who are currently in prison and serving time for previous drug convictions.

North Carolina authorities accuse 36-year-old of drug trafficking

The police department in Greenville, North Carolina, has announced the confiscation of heroin from a recent arrest. Allegedly, the heroin was also laced with Fentanyl, which is a powerful type of pharmaceutical pain reliever. This extremely deadly strain of heroin has been blamed for hundreds of deaths up and down the northeastern Untied States. The 36-year-old man who police say was in possession of the drug has been charged with various drug trafficking offenses.

The dangers of Fentanyl-laced heroin are well documented. According to an emergency room doctor and advisor to the police department in Greenville, death from a Fentanyl-laced heroin overdose can happen just five or ten minutes after ingesting it. First, individuals who take the drug will appear disoriented. Next, their breathing will slow down and they will have symptoms of respiratory depression.

Moore County man jailed on multiple prescription drug charges

Allegations of any crime affect the lives of those accused from the moment of arrest. Drug crimes in particular can impact an individual's reputation, making a strong criminal defense essential for protecting a person's future. A recently arrested North Carolina man would likely agree.

The Moore County Sheriff's Office arrested a Southern Pines, North Carolina, man after observing an alleged drug transaction take place in a commercial parking lot. Detectives claim they observed the man selling controlled substances to an individual on June 25. After observing the alleged drug exchange, detectives approached the man and placed him into custody. The arrested man now faces multiple drug-related charges.

North Carolina man pleads guilty to misdemeanor after mistrial

Drivers have to make decisions quickly when they drive. There are some instances in which making these types of decisions can have dire consequences. An accident that occurred in December 2012, highlights that fact. North Carolina residents might like to know how the case was ultimately resolved.

The accident occurred when the driver allegedly went around a stopped school bus. An 11-year-old child who was crossing the street to get to the bus was killed. The man who was charged in connection with the child's death recently pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

North Carolina bill makes taking a Venus' flytrap a felony charge

People who visit parks often don't think before picking flowers during their visit. If a North Carolina lawmaker gets his way, the theft of one plant that is unique to the area would become a felony charge.

North Carolina Representative Ted Davis has introduced a bill that would make taking a Venus' flytrap or a Venus' flytrap seed from Carolina Beach Park a felony. The Hanover County representative introduced the bill after several recent thefts of the unique plant. That bill recently passed the North Carolina House.

Charges not expected after NC sex crime allegations

Sometimes sex crime allegations surface years after an offense allegedly occurred. However, accusations don't always lead to criminal charges. In some cases, it may be possible to prevent criminal charges altogether if a defense attorney can show that there is no evidentiary link between the accused and the alleged crime. In yet other cases, when an allegation dates back to another era, the classification of the crime may mean that the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution has expired.

A North Carolina school's private investigation has led to sex crime allegations against a school principal and a teacher. Four former students of the school claimed to have been sexually abused by the principal between 1969 and 1975, and one student claimed to have been abused by the teacher in 1976.

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