Sentencing Guidelines Amended for Drug Crimes

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to make temporary changes to federal sentencing guidelines last week. The amendments, which were part of the Fair Sentencing Act passed by Congress this summer, go into effect in federal courts this week. Congress proposed the changes to drug offense guidelines in an effort to equalize sentencing for crack and
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‘drugs and Desperation’ – Repeat Robber Suspect Arrested

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Authorities arrested a 37-year-old Durham man this week in connection with the series of Wake County bank robberies. Picked up for probation violation, he was later charged with one count of attempted common law robbery and six counts of common law robbery. Common law robbery, in which the suspect does not produce a weapon, is
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Man with Multiple Dwis Involved in Fatal Crash

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A 29-year-old man with a history of convictions for DWI and other crimes was involved in a fatal head-on collision this weekend. His arrest had North Carolina officials wondering anew how to keep repeat drunk drivers off the roads. At the time of the accident, he was already awaiting trial for felony child abuse causing
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State Prescription Drug Databases Linked in 2011

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North Carolina is among the dozens of states that will begin linking their databases of prescription drug users next year. The effort is aimed at reducing abuse of prescription pain killers, tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives (collectively referred to as “psychotherapeutic” drugs). Prescription drug abuse increased slightly in the South from 2008 to 2009. Nationwide, 7.0
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Bank Executive Pleads Guilty in Embezzlement Case

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An executive from a western North Carolina bank pleaded guilty this week to charges involving more than $1 million in loans. The banker was charged with one count of theft/embezzlement/misapplication by a bank officer after she falsified at least 11 loan applications between March 2006 and November 2009. The falsified loans were made to straw
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