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Largest ASPCA Raid in N.C. History Nets Nearly 700 Animals
Largest ASPCA Raid in N.C. History Nets Nearly 700 Animals Howard Kurtz - 2/5/2016 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals set a new record late last month when it raided "The Haven - Friends for Life" animal sanctuary in Hoke County, NC. The Haven, which was able to operate in spite of failing state inspections for over a decade, housed almost 700 animals. The owners have been charged with violations of N.C's Animal Welfare Act.
Response to Raleigh Police Department's Video on Traffic Stop Etiquette
Response to Raleigh Police Department's Video on Traffic Stop Etiquette Howard Kurtz - 1/29/2016 If you have interacted with a police officer recently, chances are it was due to a traffic stop. Knowing the proper way to interact with police is important and there are many misconceptions about what to do. In the hopes of dispelling some of those misconceptions, the Raleigh police Department released a video about traffic stops. Unfortunately, even they got some things wrong.
Triangle Becoming Hub for International Drug Trade
Triangle Becoming Hub for International Drug Trade Howard Kurtz - 1/15/2016 The drug trade is a sad reality in most larger cities, but in Raleigh and other parts of the Triangle it is becoming a more prevalent problem. Mexican cartels are finding Wake County to be a place that is useful as a staging ground for drug trafficking along the East Coast.
N.C. Traffic Stop Data Now More Widely Available
N.C. Traffic Stop Data Now More Widely Available Howard Kurtz - 12/22/2015 The Southern Coalition for Social Justice launched a new website earlier this month with the goal of making it easier to examine data about law enforcement traffic stops in North Carolina. The website is the first of its kind in the nation and has the potential to make it easier to correct racial disparities in law enforcement.
Han Solo v. Greedo: Is it O.K. that Han shot first?
Han Solo v. Greedo: Is it O.K. that Han shot first? Howard Kurtz - 12/16/2015 While there may be some controversy between George Lucas and fans as to whether it was smuggler Han Solo or bounty hunter Greedo who shot first in the famous Mos Eisley cantina confrontation in "Star Wars: A New Hope," we here at Kurtz & Blum pondered another question. Namely, is it self-defense or homicide if Han Solo shot Greedo first?
Death of Local Teen Tied to Drug Deal Gone Wrong
Death of Local Teen Tied to Drug Deal Gone Wrong Howard Kurtz - 12/11/2015 Death is always a tragedy, but it is more so when death comes to a young person. Death came to a teen in Cary after she fell off the back of a pickup truck fleeing the scene of a robbery. While the teen herself had been robbed, it was part of a drug deal that went south. Drug violence does not often touch the North Carolina Triangle, yet it did so in an unexpected fashion in this case.
A Note on "Wet Reckless" Reductions for DWIs
A Note on "Wet Reckless" Reductions for DWIs Howard Kurtz - 12/4/2015 In years past, it was possible for certain offenders charged with Driving While Impaired to have their cases reduced to something like Careless & Reckless Driving. This type of reduction, known by some as a "Wet Reckless," has not been possible for decades. But is that the proper way to deal with all DWIs?
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer discusses the legal implications of threats by a local high school student
Raleigh Criminal Lawyer discusses the legal implications of threats by a local high school student Howard Kurtz - 11/25/2015 Last October, Kenneth Tyler Halker, a 17-year old student in Panther Creek High School in North Carolina was arrested for threatening fellow students. According to a report from WRAL, police brought in Halker after stating he would bring a gun to school.
Heroin Use a Continuing Concern in North Carolina
Heroin Use a Continuing Concern in North Carolina Howard Kurtz - 11/24/2015 The use of heroin in North Carolina has not slowed down in recent months and seems to be increasing throughout the state as opiate addicts have more difficulty obtaining prescription painkillers. This means more busts for heroin and more overdoses as addicts get dosages wrong. What is N.C. to do in this situation?
North Carolina Superior Court Judge Accused of Federal Crimes
North Carolina Superior Court Judge Accused of Federal Crimes Howard Kurtz - 11/20/2015 When someone thinks of a judge's role in a courtroom, they usually picture them on the bench and not standing in the place of a defendant. Yet that is exactly what has happened to Wayne County Superior Court Judge Arnold O. Jones, II. Judge Jones is accused of offering beer and money to an FBI agent in order to see the contents of text messages exchanged between two numbers. Now, Jones is facing federal criminal charges against him.