Law

Teen Death
6:35 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Evelin Huerta: 'My Brother's Death Is Still A Mystery'

Durham Police in riot gear used tear gas to break up a rowdy crowd protesting the death of a local teen last night.
Laura Lee

Updated Saturday, 10/21/13 11:00 a.m.:

A vigil for a Durham 17-year-old who died in police custody turned violent on Thursday night when ranks of police officers dressed in riot gear clashed with a group of protesters.

Differing accounts of the encounter circled almost immediately after the crowd of more than 100 was dispersed from the edge of the Durham Police Department’s headquarters parking lot on South Duke Street.

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Law
8:06 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Criminal Charges Dropped Against Durham Panhandlers

A Durham judge dropped charges against 14 people cited with panhandling illegally.

A judge in Durham dropped criminal charges Wednesday against 14 people who were cited for panhandling. Charges were filed under a new ordinance that makes it illegal to beg for money in parts of the city.

Chief District Court Judge Marcia Morey dropped the charges as part of the court’s effort to keep offenders out of jail under the condition they not violate the ordinance again and seek help with health, addiction, housing or employment issues.

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Law
5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Challenges To NC’s Voter ID Law Will Be Heard After 2014 Elections

Rosanell Eaton, 92, and Mary E. Perry, 84, are plaintiffs in the NAACP’s case challenging North Carolina’s Voter ID law. They attended U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem for Thursday’s scheduling hearing. 'At least we got it going in the system,' Perry said. 'That’s the main thing.'
Credit Jorge Valencia

A federal judge has ruled that challenges to the North Carolina law that requires voters to show identification at polling stations will not be heard until after the mid-term elections of 2014.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake said in a a hearing Thursday that the law was too complex to be thoroughly reviewed prior to the November elections. Peake scheduled a trial for July 2015.

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Law
7:19 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Durham Chief: Handcuffed Teen Shoots, Kills Himself In Police Car

Credit City of Durham

Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said it might be hard for people not in law enforcement to believe how a 17-year-old boy died while in police custody.

The chief said at a news conference Wednesday that Jesus Huerta shot and killed himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car.  He had been detained by Officer Samuel Duncan after police received a report on a runaway.

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FCC
8:54 am
Fri December 6, 2013

911 Is Receiving Inaccurate Location Data From Cell Phone Calls

9-1-1 dispatch centers often receiving inaccurate location information from wireless providers when distressed people call from cell phones indoors.
Credit Dave DeWitt

If you use a cell phone to call 9-1-1 from your home or office, there's a good chance the dispatch center will receive inaccurate coordinates to your location. That's according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission.

Wireless providers deliver location information to 9-1-1 centers with each call. Land line calls include a name and address. The FCC established location accuracy standards when people generally used land lines at home and cell phones on the road. But now, 70 percent of 9-1-1 calls come from cell phones.

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Law
6:03 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

NC NAACP President, Other Protesters Found Guilty For Moral Monday Demonstrations

A protester is removed by Capitol Police during Moral Monday protests earlier this year.
Credit NAACP

The head of the state's NAACP and 11 other Moral Monday protesters have been found guilty of trespassing at the General Assembly earlier this year. District Court Judge Joy Hamilton found the group guilty after a hearing that lasted two days.

Irving Joyner is one of the attorneys representing the defendants. He says he didn't call Barber and other members of the group to the stand in order to focus on their first amendment right to free speech- and to assemble at the legislature.

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Law
5:57 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Police Memorial Brings Raleigh In Line With Other Major Cities

An artist rendering of the new memorial at night.
Credit Dennis Lane / Raleigh Police Memorial Foundation

In 2009, Major Dennis Lane and other police officers road their bicycles from Raleigh to Washington D.C., in honor of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.  They stopped at various cities along the route. And they noticed something different between these cities and Raleigh; Many of them had memorials erected in honor of fallen officers.

"Of the 50 largest cities in the country, there were only two cities that did not have a police memorial of some sort; Raleigh and Indianapolis, " said Lane.

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New Laws Take Effect December 1

Credit SalFalko via Flickr, Creative Commons

  

More than 40 new laws go into effect on December 1st in North Carolina.

They include harsher penalties for those who abuse or endanger children, and a lessening of punishments for certain misdemeanors. Host Frank Stasio gets an overview from Associated Press politics reporter Gary Robertson.

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Law
5:54 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Durham Police Chief Speaks On Teen’s In-Custody Death

Credit City of Durham

Protesters are planning a march to the Durham Police Department tonight to ask for answers in the recent death of a 17-year-old who died while in police custody in the department’s headquarters parking lot.  Police have said Jesus Huerta was sitting in the back of a police cruiser at about 3 a.m. Tuesday before "a loud noise" was heard and he died. In a 911 recording released that day, the officer driving Huerta said the teen may have suffered a gunshot wound.

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Crime
4:17 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Teen Dies In Durham Police Custody

A teenager died in a Durham police car in the department’s headquarters parking lot early Tuesday after the officer driving him heard "a loud noise" in the car, authorities said. 

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