Crime

Courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety

It started with cigarettes and cell phones. It ended when an FBI hostage rescue team freed the father of a Wake County assistant district attorney and with two former North Carolina prison guards facing federal charges. Just how the guards helped make the kidnapping, which took place last year, possible were laid out in federal charges this week.

Courtesy of the US Attorney's Office of the Western District of North Carolina

An Ohio man has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for his role in a North Carolina based Ponzi scheme. He’s also been ordered to pay more than $20 million in restitution.

Public Document

It’s a scheme that goes by many names like the Pyramid and the Matrix. Historically, it was called the “Peter-to-Paul.” We know it best as a Ponzi scheme. And a surprising number of these cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office here in Charlotte.

The Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office

A former South Carolina Highway Patrol officer was arrested on Wednesday. The trooper was charged with assault for shooting at a man four times during a routine traffic stop.

The man was pulled over in front of a gas station in Columbia, South Carolina earlier this month for not wearing his seatbelt.

A three-minute dash-cam video of the shooting was released by prosecutors late Wednesday night.


Charlotte Fire Department captain Charlie Morris has resigned after admitting to stealing prescription drugs from a patient last week.


Federal Sex Trafficking Case To Begin In Charlotte

Aug 4, 2014
www.ncwd.uscourts.gov

 A large sex-trafficking case goes to trial this week. Federal prosecutors say a Charlotte man ran a prostitution ring that involved at least a dozen girls between the ages of 16 and 25. The girls didn’t walk the streets. Instead, prosecutors say they were marketed through the web site Backpage.com.


calliope / Flickr

A Rowan County doctor and his wife turned themselves in Wednesday morning after being indicted in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain the prescription pain killer hydrocodone. Overall, police have charged eight people, most of whom are teachers or teacher assistants.

Audio Pending...

Courtesy of Chanda Yam Wilson

The family of Brandon Yam, the man who was shot in the head by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, says he may be released from the hospital this week.

Family members are asking for any information that will help them identify the kind of bullet that struck him.


Angelo Smith Arrives In Charlotte, Held By CMPD

Jul 1, 2014

Angelo Grayson Smith Jr., the boyfriend of missing teacher Bianca Tanner and the last one to see her before she disappeared, arrived at Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters early Tuesday and was questioned by detectives, authorities say.

Smith will be taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police.

Florida A&M Athletics

A civil lawsuit against CMPD officer Randall Kerrick is on hold for sixty days while his criminal trial proceeds. U.S. District Court Judge Graham Mullen made that decision Tuesday in response to a request by the city of Charlotte. The civil suit was filed by the family of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell who was fatally shot ten times by Kerrick in September. Ferrell was unarmed. 

Pages