When the war started, Lyndon Johnson was U.S. president, the Beatles had just launched the British invasion and "The Sound of Music" was thrilling audiences in Raleigh movie theaters. You might think that the reference is to the Viet Nam War, but we are actually referring to the recently concluded war between Columbia's government and FARC rebels.
History is replete with stories about people wrongfully convicted of heinous crimes, spending decades in jail only to be released when someone recants their story or new evidence is found. Many times it is a key witness who finally comes forward with truthful testimony or new technology that was not previously available (such as DNA evidence) disproves the prosecution’s case.
If you drive almost due west of Raleigh for three hours, you will arrive in Morganton. The city of 16,000-plus was recently the epicenter of a two-day law enforcement operation that resulted in 49 warrants on 30 different people in counties around the area.
Most of our Raleigh readers have made the two-hour drive to Wilmington to enjoy that city's famed Riverwalk, beaches and many other amenities. The coastal gem has recently been in the news for false claims made by some of its police officers.
A series of diverse allegations and criminal charges surround a North Carolina doctor and his adult son, news outlets report. Dr. Clinton Henry Leinweber Jr., 59, is charged with three counts of trafficking heroin or opium. He is also accused of having drugged and secretly videotaped a woman with whom he is in a relationship.
A Raleigh police officer said he smelled the distinct odor of marijuana near the door of a hotel room as he made a security patrol. That odor prompted a request for a search warrant, the officer said.
Experts debate the causes of the heroin epidemic that has swept across the nation. No matter the reasons why people begin to use the addictive opiate, it is clear that lives are being ruined by overdoses and arrests.
The car was pulled over by law enforcement for failure to yield. A minor traffic infraction quickly turned into weapons and drug charges for a North Carolina teenager and two others in a recent incident far from Raleigh.
If you drive due east from Raleigh for about an hour and 20 minutes or so, you will come to Greenville and Pitt County, North Carolina. That is where law enforcement officials recently spent three days in pursuit of alleged offenders with outstanding warrants and who were believed to be breaking drug laws or to be in gangs.
Raleigh's Channel 11 reported late last week that a police officer resigned after video surfaced that showed him punching a woman in the face while he was arresting her. Officials said the officer had committed at least six department policy violations.