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North Carolina couple accused of manufacturing meth

Authorities in North Carolina say that a 50-year-old man and 38-year-old woman who were both on probation for drug offenses manufactured methamphetamine in their home. The couple was living in the basement of a relative's home in Cleveland County according to media reports. They have both been charged with possession of methamphetamine with the intent to sell or manufacture and are being held on $100,000 bonds at the Cleveland County Detention Center.

The alleged methamphetamine lab was discovered on Polkville Road during a search conducted by probation officers and Cleveland County Sheriff's Office deputies. Reports describe the drug-manufacturing operation as a one-pot meth lab. Police say that this kind of operation is not designed to supply a major drug ring and is only capable of producing enough narcotics to meet the personal needs of one or two people. Reports indicate that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene on Nov. 16 to remove all drugs, drug-making equipment and dangerous chemicals from the basement.

Challenging forensic evidence against you

For centuries, fingerprints have been a form of identification because of their supposedly unique marks. Parents may register fingerprints of their children in case they become lost, and more modern technology uses fingerprints as a method of securing personal information. Of course, fingerprints have long been part of criminal investigations.

If police recently arrested you for a serious crime, they may have told you that your fingerprints were at the scene, perhaps even on the weapon they believe you used to commit the crime. While you may feel you have little chance of refuting forensic evidence, especially fingerprints, modern courts are not so quick to blindly accept forensics as science.

North Carolina woman accused of lacing coffee with meth

A 41-year-old North Carolina woman lost her job and was taken into police custody after allegedly lacing a co-worker's coffee with methamphetamine. The woman faces felony counts of drug possession and contaminating food and drink. Reports indicate that she has been released from the Catawba County jail, strongly asserts her innocence and plans to mount a vigorous defense.

Officers from the Town of Hudson Police Department became involved when a man who had checked himself into a local hospital tested positive for methamphetamine and told his doctors that he believed he had been poisoned. Police say that they identified the woman as their primary suspect after watching video footage recorded at the man's place of employment. The footage, which police say will not be released while their investigation is ongoing, is said to show the woman putting a substance believed to be methamphetamine into a coffee cup. Media accounts suggest that the man and woman were embroiled in a long-running workplace dispute.

Study shows public support for lower DWI limits

Drunk driving crashes in the U.S. claim 29 lives every day and cost the economy about $44 billion each year. Motorists with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 percent or higher are considered impaired in North Carolina and the other states, but this figure is far too high according to the National Transportation Safety Board and a growing number of advocacy groups. The NTSB has long called for the drunk driving threshold to be reduced to .05 percent to bring it more into line with the laws of other developed nations, but Utah is the only state that has actually taken this step.

The NTSB says that as many as 1,800 lives could be saved each year if all states followed Utah's example and lowered their drunk driving limit to .05 percent. A poll conducted by researchers at the Texas Medical Center shows that most Americans are in favor of stricter DWI laws and 46 percent would support legislation that would make driving after consuming any alcohol at all a criminal act.

The crime of prostitution

North Carolina residents should know that prostitution can have many forms. They can include escort services, streetwalkers, call-girls and working in a brothel. Individuals who agree to, offer or take part in a sexual act in return for compensation are in violation of prostitution laws.

With the exception of certain areas of Nevada, prostitution is illegal in the United States. In the areas in Nevada where it is legal, it is stringently regulated.

Baseball player detained on suspicion of DUI

Jayson Werth, who played as a former outfielder on the Washington Nationals, was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence. Baseball fans in North Carolina may recall that Werth was trying to get on the Seattle Mariners at the time of the alleged incident. He retired from baseball two months after the alleged DUI occurred.

Werth was initially pulled over by police due to having an expired vehicle registration. When a police officer approached the vehicle, Werth allegedly told the officer that he didn't have the current registration because the vehicle he was driving was borrowed. Werth then allegedly tried handing the officer a "courtesy card" that explained he was a current Major League Baseball player. After looking at the card, the officer asked Werth to get out of the vehicle and inquired how much he had had to drink that night. Werth told the officer that he drank only one glass of wine that evening.

Why is a search warrant for your home so important?

Hollywood usually depicts suspects asking investigators if they have a search warrant before just letting officers enter their homes. Movies and television may have gotten this one right.

If you are like most North Carolina residents, then you probably don't fully understand why it's crucial for you not to allow law enforcement officials to enter your home without a valid search warrant. The information below could provide you with some valuable insight into why you shouldn't just consent to a search.

North Carolina men charged after drug raid

Police in North Carolina took two men into custody on the morning of Sept. 11 who they believe were responsible for distributing significant quantities of methamphetamine throughout Caldwell County. The men were arrested after members of the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office SWAT team conducted a search of their Lenoir residence. Narcotics officers from the Lenoir Police Department were also dispatched to the scene on Northwest Hillside Street according to reports.

Media accounts reveal that the evidence needed to obtain a warrant to search the home was gathered during an investigation run jointly by the CCSO and LPD. During this operation, undercover officers are said to have purchased methamphetamine from the men on several occasions. The search allegedly yielded methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $31,500 and what was described as a small amount of marijuana. Officers also say that they found evidence of a drug distribution business including ledgers, drug paraphernalia and $7,649 in cash.

Resident physician charged with DWI

A North Carolina resident physician was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Morganton on Aug. 26. As a result, the man was suspended from his job.

According to media reports, the 29-year-old defendant was driving on South Sterling Street shortly before 8 p.m. when he tried to beat a red light while crossing onto East Concord Street. Following the turn, he also allegedly swerved into the opposite lane. An officer from the Morganton Department of Public Safety observed his erratic driving and executed a traffic stop.

Rules vary by road type when it comes to passing school buses

School buses on North Carolina roadways get a special deference that other motorists should be aware of. Since schoolchildren are sometimes unpredictable, the buses transporting them act as a no-passing zone in some situations to protect kids who might not be seen by drivers on the road. Illegally passing a school bus can result in a traffic violation. According to a North Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper, law enforcement is planning efforts to watch for drivers not following the law.

The rules for passing school buses vary based on the type of road being traveled. On a two-lane roadway, all traffic on both sides of the road must stop for a stopped school bus. The same rules apply when a buss is on a two-lane roadway separated by a turn lane in the center.

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