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North Carolina woman charged with disaster relief fraud

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, many people in North Carolina and across the country are unsure about to whom to turn for help as they rebuild their lives. If a natural disaster is declared, some people may be able to seek relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Unfortunately, a woman is now accused of fraud after seeking such assistance following Hurricane Matthew.

A few days after Hurricane Matthew devastated North Carolina, President Obama declared a major emergency. Reports indicate that a 50-year-old woman requested relief the next day over the phone. At that time she was awarded funds for rental assistance, critical needs and personal property.

North Carolina man accused of drunk driving in fatal crash

The unexpected loss of a life is always a tragedy. Often following a crash that ends in death, law enforcement officials are quick to make a judgment call on the cause of the accident. However, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt before a conviction of criminal charges can occur. Unfortunately, a man in North Carolina now faces criminal charges after police claimed drunk driving was a factor in a recent fatal crash.

The incident happened one night on a day in January and involved two vehicles. Witnesses claim that two vehicles were both southbound when one of the vehicles allegedly struck the other. The second vehicle exited the roadway before it overturned and caught fire. The driver and a passenger in the vehicle passed away.

Successfully defending against a restraining order

Facing a domestic violence charge is a very serious situation. In some cases, a court may place a restraining order against the accused party.

If you are facing domestic charges, there are important facts you should understand. In particular, to defend against a restraining order successfully, you should take certain steps to protect yourself from a criminal conviction.

2 face drug charges following North Carolina traffic stop

Many drivers in North Carolina have experienced the nerve-wracking predicament of being pulled over by a police officer. As stressful as this situation may be, such an incident is typically relatively routine, and the driver and his or her passengers are usually on their way within a short period of time. Unfortunately, two people found themselves behind bars, facing significant drug charges following a recent traffic stop.

Police officers reportedly pulled over a vehicle driven by a 43-year-old man one day in January. Police claim that, at the time of the traffic stop, there was a warrant for the man's arrest because of a charge related to possession and intent to sell and distribute cocaine. The stop ultimately led to two arrests.

North Carolina couple charged with embezzlement over construction

Many people in North Carolina and across the country decide, at some point in their life, that it is time to pursue their dream home. They find a contractor that they feel like they can trust and begin the process. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials claim that a couple who owned a company that built log cabins ultimately took money from customers and then failed to deliver on their promises. The couple is now charged with embezzlement.

The couple, a 50-year-old man and his 46-year-old wife, reportedly owned a company called World Outdoor Log Homes. The couple is accused of taking "hundreds of thousands of dollars" from victims, reportedly as down payments for log homes and to purchase building supplies. However, they allegedly did not use the money for this purpose, and the location of the money is unknown.

Drunk driving suspected in fatal North Carolina crash

It is easy to miss a traffic sign. Even the most vigilant of drivers can accidentally overlook an important sign while driving. While doing so could have tragic consequences, missing a stop sign, for example, often happens without the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, police claim that a man was drunk driving when he allegedly caused an accident in North Carolina that resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in January. According to reports, a 29-year-old male driver was eastbound on a North Carolina road when he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. Reports indicate that a northbound school bus struck the passenger side of the vehicle.

North Carolina domestic violence claim results in arrest

While the holidays are typically a time associated with family togetherness, not every family gets along all the time. Unfortunately, even when families typically experience little conflict, the stress of the holidays can change how family members interact with one another. For example, police in North Carolina responding to a domestic violence call have recently arrested a man, and he now faces multiple charges.

The incident allegedly occurred on a day in late December. According to reports, a 25-year-old male broke into his grandmother's apartment. Police claim that he injured officers who responded to the scene.

Effects of the recent expunction law

A conviction for a crime can have lasting effects on an offender, even after the party pays the debt to society. For some people, it can limit job opportunities, housing options and more.

In such instances, receiving an expunction could help provide advancement within their lives. A recent North Carolina law may help to make this process a reality for more individuals.

3 arrested, charged in North Carolina robbery string

Most police officers in North Carolina are dedicated to protecting their community and holding accountable those people they believe committed a crime. However, this dedication must also be backed up by evidence to convict someone of a crime. Despite this, it is unclear what connects the three people arrested for their alleged involvement in a robbery string to the crimes.

The arrests came as a result of several robberies that allegedly happened in the days leading up to Christmas. Police say that three people recently arrested and charged were involved in three armed robberies. In one of those events, reports claim that a man pointed a gun at a clerk after he entered the store. He was allegedly given money after he demanded it.

North Carolina bus crash leads to drunk driving charge

Car accidents happen every day for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, a car that drifts slightly over a dividing line in a roadway can quickly cause an accident. Most drivers in North Carolina and across the country have likely allowed their vehicle to drift over the centerline, typically with no serious harm. However, a woman is now facing accusations of drunk driving after she was allegedly involved in an accident that sent several middle school students to the hospital.

The incident happened on a day in mid-December. According to police, a 56-year-old woman apparently drifted across the centerline in her vehicle, resulting in a collision. The impact is said to have caused the bus to overturn.

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