SC governor signs open carry bill into law
The law requires a person to go through the training to get a concealed weapon permit in order to open carry, but it waives the $50 fee for the permit. Shortly after the governor’s announcement, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) issued guidance for residents related to the law.
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Federal judge blocks Indiana ‘abortion reversal’ law
(3 days ago) A similar law is set to take effect in July in West Virginia. The Indiana attorney general’s office, which is defending the law, said it was reviewing the ruling to determine its next steps. “I remain committed to protecting the sanctity of life and women’s health under the rule of law as my highest priority,” Republican Attorney
New U.S. laws coming in 2021: Virus aid, minimum wage
(5 days ago) The law was passed by Republicans over the objections of Democrats and civil liberties groups, who said police already have enough protections. Republicans insisted on the law as part of a deal to pass a new hate crimes law in Georgia that drew bipartisan support. Other notable laws taking effect in the new year
One of two S.C. brothers whose arrests sparked protests
(8 days ago) The post started out with words of gratitude toward law enforcement before becoming critical about the backlash the came after a Facebook video was released showing the interaction between officers and the Price brothers. “At all times, Defendants City and Norman’s statements against Plaintiff were false,” the lawsuit states.
(3 days ago) CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The following is a release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department: As you are probably aware, the Supreme Court of North Carolina in Hest v State of North Carolina upheld a state law that made it illegal to conduct sweepstakes through the use of an entertaining display. CMPD is also aware that several companies that own the software used in …
Georgia has changed its voting laws. Which states will be
(4 days ago) The final bill signed into law in Georgia was a diluted version of the original proposals. While it included new restrictions, it also expanded early voting in the state. And the voter identification requirement for absentee ballots, rather than just a signature, could make processing easier on election officials and lead to the rejection of
Some cops are too untrustworthy to testify. But local
(5 days ago) The law defines a record of a criminal investigation as information gathered by law enforcement “for the purpose of attempting to prevent or solve violations of the law.” The statute says that can include anything from witness statements and surveillance video to …
Bill to legalize medical marijuana passes first vote in N
(2 days ago) If signed into law, the bill would allow for the use of cannabis for medical purposes. “I think it needs to address the physical ailments or illnesses that the science backs up, that there is a good case to be heard that medical cannabis is effective for those treatments, whether they’re physical, emotional, neurological, whatever those
Top lawmaker says NCGA will ‘revisit and correct’ bill
(3 days ago) The language, if signed into law, would close a loophole that makes law enforcement records public if they are in the possession of the medical examiner. But the language of the bill potentially could make other records that are currently public confidential if they include information derived from law enforcement or other confidential records
Judge denies media request to publicly release body cam
(9 days ago) Judge starts w/ media petition for release. Court finds that media does not qualify to seek release under the law. But if the media were, he would deny release of the video "A good cause does not exist for granting the petition of the media" #AndrewBrownJr — …
‘It’s not accurate’: Attorney of brothers whose
(9 days ago) Charges will remain, however, Rock Hill police and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating, and will review the use of force, along with the criminal cases against the brothers. SLED requested that no videos be released for viewing until their agents have completed interviewing witnesses.
City of Salisbury responds to lawsuit involving 66-year
(1 days ago) The actions of officers who abuse their power makes it hard for individuals to trust law enforcement. Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and Salisbury Police Department must hold the individuals in the video accountable. Show our community and nation that law enforcement who enforce the law, must also abide by the same law.”
The US finally has data on how many people die in police
(6 days ago) The new law was designed to solve a fundamental problem, one solved in part in recent years by the efforts of multiple news media organizations and independent researchers: The government simply couldn’t say how many people died nationwide in county jails, state and federal prisons and during violent altercations with law enforcement.
Gov. Cooper signs in-person school reopening bill into law
(5 days ago) Updated: Mar. 11, 2021 at 4:33 PM PST. RALEIGH, N.C. (WBTV) - Governor Roy Cooper has signed the in-person school reopening bill into law in North Carolina. Cooper and state lawmakers reached an agreement Wednesday to reopen public K-12 schools. The governor and senate leader Phil Berger made the announcement in downtown Raleigh Wednesday morning.
North Carolina bill could ban the ‘Carolina Squat’
(7 days ago) North Carolina bill could ban the ‘Carolina Squat’. RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - A new bill passed North Carolina’s House of Representatives targeting the “Carolina Squat.”. “The Carolina Squat is when you raise the front and lower the rear to create a squatted truck in the rear,” said Matthew Gillilan, owner of Cape Fear Customs. It
Scammers calling about arrest warrants urging residents to
(5 days ago) On Wednesday a Salisbury woman lost $1800 in gift cards that she paid out to one of these callers. On Thursday a man in Cabarrus County figured out he was being scammed and ended the call before he could lose any money. “It said Cabarrus County government and when I picked it up that’s when they said they had an arrest warrant for me," said
Changes to N.C. body camera proposal
(4 days ago) GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - In the earlier version of Senate Bill 300, families of people killed or seriously injured would have been able to view body camera footage of that incident within five days, unless law enforcement can prove to the judge it needed to be redacted. Current law requires a …
“Suspicious” fire heavily damages law firm in downtown
(1 days ago) Fire heavily damaged the Whitley, Jordan, and Inge law firm in the 300 block of N. Main Street in downtown Salisbury on Thursday morning. Firefighters got the call just after 2:00 am. Firefighters were able to respond quickly and bring the fire under control. The fire was contained to two offices on the ground floor of the building.
N.C. Senate votes to give families access to view police
(6 days ago) The amendment permits a law enforcement agency to petition a court if it believes the footage should be redacted in some way (e.g., if the video captures a confidential informant). “This clarification delivers on our promise to review the current laws related to body-worn camera footage at the appropriate time,” Sen. Danny Earl Britt, Jr
Charlotte Republican pitches new LGBTQ protections, first
(1 days ago) charlotte nondiscrimination law proposal Changes to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance would build on existing law, which was first enacted in 1968. The additions in 2016 by the City Council are no longer in effect, due to officials repealing the local law in a compromise attempt with state lawmakers who backed HB2.
Affidavit: Police officer had sex with student while
(7 days ago) MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCSC) - Investigators with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested a former police officer with the Moncks Corner Police Department who is accused of having sex with a student at Berkeley High School while working as a school resource officer. Zedrick Maurice Smalls, 50, was charged with four counts of second
Charlotte requires paper bags for yard waste collection
(7 days ago) CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The City of Charlotte is introducing a paper bag mandate requiring residents who receive city collection to use compostable paper bags or reusable personal containers no larger than 32-gallons for yard waste collection.
Four new officers join Kannapolis Police Department
(4 days ago) He completed his basic law enforcement training at Wake Technical Community College. He is the son of Adee Feinstein and Patty Buryi of Cary. Tyler Lewis is a native of Wisconsin and he served in the U.S. Army from 2016 to 2020. He also graduated from the basic law enforcement training program at Mitchell Community College.
‘Obamacare’ survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge
(3 days ago) Polls show that the law has grown in popularity as it has endured the heaviest assault. In December 2016, just before Obama left office and Trump swept in calling the ACA a “disaster,” 46% of Americans had an unfavorable view of the law, while 43% approved, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll.
Judge delays decision on injunction against SC abortion
(2 days ago) RELATED STORY Ι New SC abortion law remains on hold under judge’s order. Last week, Lewis extended a temporary restraining order that prevented the law from being enforced through March 19. Imposing an injunction would be a more long-term action to block the law …
Gov. Cooper vetoes bill requiring sheriffs to cooperate
(7 days ago) As the former top law enforcement officer of our state, I know that current law allows the state to jail and prosecute dangerous criminals regardless of immigration status," Cooper tweeted Wednesday. "This bill, in addition to being unconstitutional, weakens law enforcement in North Carolina by mandating sheriffs to do the job of federal agents
N.C. lawmakers propose bill to legalize marijuana
(7 days ago) NC lawmakers argue the bill will generate needed revenue, including reinvestment in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by prohibition, for substance abuse treatment and education, and to train more law enforcement officers to detect impaired driving.
72 Black executives sign letter urging corporate America
(8 days ago) (CBS News) - A group of 72 Black current and former business executives is taking a stand against a controversial new voting rights law in Georgia.. As Republicans in dozens of states are seeking new limits on how people vote, the New York Times is running a full-page advertisement Wednesday signed by the business leaders, headlined “Memo to Corporate America: The Fierce …
Court nixes South Carolina’s lifelong sex offender registry
(1 days ago) COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina’s Supreme Court says a state law requiring sex offenders to register for life without prior judicial review is unconstitutional. The court issued its unanimous ruling Wednesday. Justices set a 12-month timeline to implement the ruling to give state lawmakers
NC man wins $750,000 judgment against man for stealing his
(3 days ago) In her 30-year law career, Mills has argued on average about one alienation of affection case every year. She said, "My largest verdict would've been delivered in 2010 which was $5.9 million my lowest was $60,000 in a Beaufort County case." Attorney Kellie Gonzalez thinks this year should be the last year for the law.
Feds, state double down on secrecy of data on in-custody
(6 days ago) Since late 2019, federal law has required states to collect details on deaths during interactions with law enforcement. That includes deaths in county jails and state prisons, as well as killings by local police. States submit their collected data to the U.S. Department of Justice, which is required by law to report its findings to Congress.
Officials: Law office set on fire, sparking second fire at
(9 days ago) Firefighters responded to the scene of the first fire at Parnell Law Offices on South Second Street around 4 a.m. Around 5 a.m., fire officials discovered a second fire at Lowder Law Offices and Bowling Law Firm on King Avenue. Officials say a total of 76 fire service personnel were on scene. After the investigation, the Albemarle Fire Marshal
Fireworks restricted in 26 N.C. counties due to burn ban
(Just Now) Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $183 court costs.
Hospice called for sick Charlotte girl, never able to try
(2 days ago) Hospice called for sick Charlotte girl, never able to try CBD oils. CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Betheny Childers hasn't had nutrition for 120 hours. Her mom, Abby, says Hospice has been called in to evaluate. Anchor Molly Grantham has been following Betheny's story for a year. In her last update, the 6-year-old Charlotte girl was on 19 daily
Children sue over elderly mother’s traumatic death. A
(5 days ago) Lawyers representing the nursing home raised the immunity law as a defense to the lawsuit in its answer to the complaint. “The decedent’s death occurred on September 5, 2020, during the pendency of the COVID-19 Emergency, which death Plaintiffs allege was a result of the purported negligent health care services provided by Defendants
No-contact-orders are meant to protect, but are often broken
(5 days ago) If a no-contact order is violated, law enforcement puts a packet together on the case and gives it to the victim’s advocate. The victim’s advocate then notifies the solicitor’s office. The solicitor’s office must make a motion to a general sessions judge to have a hearing on the matter.
Raise-The-Age legislation takes effect Dec. 1st in North
(3 days ago) Raise the Age legislation will become law throughout North Carolina on December 1, 2019. North Carolina is one of the last states to enact raise the age. Leaders at Council for Children’s Rights want to spread the word about it so people in the community can know what to expect.
Warrants: Major distribution center for illegal drugs shut
(2 days ago) Law enforcement officers say the drugs that came through Rowan County were distributed in several counties in piedmont North Carolina. The search warrant states that the investigation has resulted in "the seizures of clandestine methamphetamine laboratory sites, many pounds of methamphetamine ice, tens of thousands of dollars in cash, multiple weapons and …
States overspent almost $13 billion on unemployment
(5 days ago) 2 days ago · States overspent almost $13 billion on unemployment, government watchdog says. About $1.3 billion of that has been documented as fraud, the analysis said. (CBS News) - State unemployment programs overpaid benefits by $12.9 billion during the first year of the pandemic after jobless benefits were expanded to cover more workers, according to a
Charlotte professionals, employers discuss potential for
(5 days ago) By law, employers can require that their employees get the COVID-19 vaccine. But so far, few in North Carolina are following through with it. According to a survey conducted in North Carolina last month by Catapult, only 5 percent of North Carolina employers are requiring employees to get the shot. About 44 percent of employers are tracking
S.C. attorney general puts price gouging statute in effect
(Just Now) The price gouging law (SC 39-5-145) is a general prohibition of unconscionable prices during times of disaster. Price gougers can be charged for excessive pricing, a misdemeanor offense punishable with a $1,000 fine and/or 30 days in jail.
What to expect from law enforcement of Stay at Home order
(2 days ago) Updated: Mar. 31, 2020 at 1:21 PM PDT. ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Governor Roy Cooper’s Stay at Home order, now in effect across North Carolina, is enforced by local law enforcement agencies. A lot of folks have been asking how they plan to do that, and if, as an essential employee, a letter is needed to prove your “essential” status.
8 former women’s basketball players sue Lenoir-Rhyne
(6 days ago) On Friday July 2, Lenoir-Rhyne University published a message on their website, saying Parker Poe law firm conducted an independent investigation of the facts “regarding claims of racism in the women’s basketball program at Lenoir-Rhyne University.”
Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney’s retirement approach
(Just Now) With at least 27 years in law enforcement, Putney, 50, could benefit from a provision in state pension law. Based on his service, he’s eligible for a city-paid Special Separation Allowance equivalent to a quarter of his $220,000 salary, or $55,000 per year. If he retired with 30 years of service or more, that money would be payable in monthly
Man sues moving company for $7,000 in lost items
(3 days ago) Man sues moving company for $7,000 in lost items. HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - A Hickory man and his sister-in-law have filed a federal lawsuit against a moving company they claim lost thousands of dollars worth of household items in a cross-country move. William Morris and his sister-in-law Karen Kuester filed a lawsuit against AAA Moving & Storage of
Gas stations, liquor stores allowed to snap up benefit
(8 days ago) A law currently on the books strengthens the requirements for stores. It forces them to have more healthy food on the shelves at any time. But that law is also essentially shelved. In 2014, Congress passed a new farm bill, a 357-page law that encompasses issues from conservation to subsidies to food stamps.
2 arrested, $70,000 worth of drugs seized in Whiteville
(5 days ago) WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) - Law enforcement officials say $70,000 worth of illegal drugs are off the streets following a bust in Whiteville on Tuesday. According to a news release, a joint investigation by the Whiteville Police Department and the State Bureau of …