Nasid Porter (Photo: New Hanover County Jail)
9 months ago
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Judge denies defendant’s request to replace his attorney

A New Hanover County murder suspect must keep his attorney. That was the ruling from Superior Court Judge Charles Henry yesterday, according to a news release from the District Attorney's office.
Woman pleads guilty to stealing money, closing business
11 months ago
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Woman pleads guilty to stealing money, closing business

Federal prosecutors say a woman whose embezzlement drove a Hickory urgent care center out of business has been sentenced to three years and a month in federal prison.
Prison
12 months ago
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NC killer dies on death row more than 2 decades after murder

A murderer dies of natural causes on North Carolina's death row 24 years after strangling a Randolph County woman.
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1 year ago
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Commission created by North Carolina chief justice meets

A blue-ribbon commission examining how to modernize and streamline North Carolina's court system while ensuring it delivers justice fairly has officially started its work.
Jairo Checo, a man accused of leading Wilmington Police on a chase while holding his family hostage, makes his first appearance in New Hanover County court in February.
2 years ago
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WWAY INVESTIGATION: Making bond: The price of freedom

From $2,000, all the way to a $1 million. That's the recommended range New Hanover County judges and prosecutors follow when setting bonds. It's not, however, really that cut and dry in a courtroom.
Ex-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial
2 years ago
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Ex-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial

A former U.S. Army prosecutor who handled sexual-assault cases has been found guilty on rape charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg. The Army issued a five-sentence statement Monday saying Maj. Erik J. Burris was found guilty on two charges of rape and forcible sodomy, and four charges of assault and disobeying an order.
Former NC lawmaker enters guilty plea to federal charge
2 years ago
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Former NC lawmaker enters guilty plea to federal charge

A former North Carolina lawmaker originally convicted on federal charges involving theft and diverting funds and facing a retrial next month has pleaded guilty to a single count. U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker announced Monday that former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque pleaded guilty to the theft of $150,000 from a federally funded rural development program he founded.
Judge probes if NC schools move weakens learning standard
2 years ago
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Judge probes if NC schools move weakens learning standard

A top North Carolina school official says a change that describes children as on-track in their learning progress though they still need help is part of setting higher academic expectations. Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. held a hearing Wednesday to look into whether state education officials are obeying their constitutional obligation to give every North Carolina child the opportunity to have a sound, basic education.
Tobacco companies criticize federal judge
2 years ago
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Tobacco companies criticize federal judge

Tobacco companies say they are being forced by a federal judge to inaccurately call themselves unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the American public. In an appeals court filing Wednesday, the industry says the statements ordered by the judge in a government lawsuit would only trigger public anger against the companies and should be scrapped.
Trial set for white former police chief charged with murder
2 years ago
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Trial set for white former police chief charged with murder

A white former South Carolina police chief is expected to stand trial this week for murder in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man. The indictment last month of Richard Combs drew comparisons to the Ferguson shooting and the chokehold death of a black man being arrested by police in New York.