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March 2014 Archives

Man receives life for the murder of North Carolina policeman

On Tuesday, March 25, a man received a lifetime prison sentence for the murder of a Jonesville, North Carolina, police officer that occurred 17 years ago. According to news reports, the defendant entered an Alford plea for the police officer slaying. This plea is not an admission of guilt but rather an acknowledgment by the defendant that prosecutors possess enough evidence for a conviction.

St. Patrick's Day checkpoint surprises Wilson, NC, residents

Injuries and deaths due to drunk drivers and unsafe motor vehicle practices are a tragedy in many ways, but especially because they are preventable. Local, state, and national law enforcement agencies understand that lives can be saved each year by stemming the tide of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and many of them are proactive in their efforts to reduce the number of DUI/DWI incidents within their jurisdictions.

North Carolina residents face drug charges in marijuana bust

According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Asheville, North Carolina, two men face federal drug charges including possession, distribution and trafficking. Authorities said police officers discovered 1,400 pounds of marijuana at an estimated street value of approximately $1.8 million at a Candler, North Carolina, residence and in a vehicle driven by one of the accused men. Authorities believe this bust represents the largest amount of marijuana ever seized in Buncombe County.

Illegal pass triggers a 4 car accident in North Carolina

According to witnesses at the scene, a dark colored car attempted to make an illegal pass on NC 43 near Falkland, triggering a four car accident. One of the vehicles involved in the car collision was a Disabled American Veterans van carrying two people. The passenger in the van died and the driver was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Several witnesses observed the black or dark gray car trying to pass in a no-pass zone just before the accident occurred.

An improving economy may lead to more accidents

Much is being said about the improving economy; especially the jobs that were created in January that are poised to reduce the unemployment rate. While this may be a good omen for the coming months, it also has some drawbacks. Of course, the specter of inflation lurks when more people are working; but another important effect is the volume of traffic on North Carolina roads and highways.

OSHA issues warning about cell tower dangers

You may not have noticed, but the number of cell phone subscribers in North Carolina and across the U.S. has exploded over the last decade. In 2005, there were just over three million subscribers. As of last year, that number skyrocketed to 150 million. To accommodate so many more customers and provide clearer signals, mobile providers have been busy building cell towers.

Studies show elderly drivers involved in fewer crashes

Elderly drivers get a bad rap in this country. Many people think of them as being slow or easily confused on the road, which could cause danger to others. A recent study, however, shows that senior drivers are safer than we may think. 

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