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greenville, n.c. (ap) — a judge has sentenced a north carolina man to spend christmas day in jail after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the theft of his grandmother’s possessions.the daily reflector of greenville reports pitt county assistant district attorney jarrett pittman said the grandmother of 34-year-old christopher lee edwards was cleaning her home when she noticed her fine china and jewelry were missing, as were tools from her garage.pittman said the tools were found at a pawn shop, but the jewelry is still missing.edwards received 90 days in jail, but the judge suspended the sentence and placed edwards on supervised probation for four years. edwards has to make restitution, pay attorney’s fees and report to jail at noon on christmas eve. he will be released on noon dec.






1st pipeline protest jail sentences occur in north dakota


bismarck, n.d. (ap) — a north dakota man and a rhode island woman are the first to serve jail time in north dakota for protesting the dakota access pipeline.sixty-four-year-old mary redway of providence, rhode island, and 27-year-old alexander simon were recently convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. redway was sentenced to four days in jail and simon to 18 days. simon’s address is listed as fort yates, north dakota, but the bismarck tribune reports he’s teaching in new mexico.protests in north dakota against the pipeline resulted in 761 arrests between august 2016 and february 2017. other resolved cases have had sentences with suspended jail time or jail time offset by time already served.the water protector legal collective says the sentences given to redway and simon show bias by






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bismarck, n.d. — a north dakota man and a rhode island woman are the first people to be sent to jail for protesting the dakota access pipeline.sixty-four-year-old mary redway and 27-year-old alexander simon were convicted oct. 19 of misdemeanor disorderly conduct during the protests in north dakota.redway, of providence, rhode island, was sentenced to four days in jail and simon to 18 days. simon comes from fort yates, north dakota, but the bismarck tribune reports he's teaching in new mexico.the water protector legal collective says the sentences show the judge's bias because similar protest-related cases tried by other judges have resulted in suspended jail sentences or jail time offset by time served. the judge disputes that.protests against the pipeline resulted in 761 arrests from aug






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share storyby the associated pressthe associated presscharleston, s.c. (ap) — state judge gives 9 life sentences to dylann roof on murder charges in 2015 south carolina church massacre.the associated presscustom-curated news highlights, delivered weekday mornings.thanks for signing up!






north carolina jail inmate accused of sex act using quran


gastonia, n.c. (ap) — a north carolina jail inmate has been charged with ethnic intimidation after authorities said he committed a sex act with a copy of the quran.local media outlets, citing jail records, report 35-year-old jonathan ross compton was charged friday while he was already being held in the gaston county jail on a felony charge of failing to appear. he had been in jail since nov. 4.an inmate told sheriff’s deputies that compton committed the act with a copy of the quran while the two were being held in the same cell. a sheriff’s affidavit showed the inmate said compton then called him by a racial slur as well as an anti-gay slur.compton remained jailed on a higher bond. it wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






judge rejects challenges to how michigan sentences teens


ann arbor, mich. — a judge has rejected constitutional challenges to how michigan sentences teens convicted of first-degree murder, ending seven years of litigation.since 2010, federal judge john corbett o'meara has made a series of decisions, some favoring so-called juvenile lifers who were given no-parole sentences when they were under 18. but some rulings were stopped by an appeals court.o'meara closed the case tuesday, noting that michigan law has greatly changed because of decisions from the u.s. supreme court. no-parole sentences for teenagers still are possible but they're not mandatory.attorney deborah labelle had urged o'meara to strike the law as unconstitutional. she says no-parole sentences are supposed to be rare, but prosecutors still are trying to keep more than 200 inmates






mistrial in church beating after juror brings in documents


rutherfordton, n.c. — a judge held a juror in contempt and declared a mistrial tuesday in the case of a north carolina church minister charged in the beating of a congregant who says he was attacked to expel his "homosexual demons."superior court judge gary gavenus immediately sentenced the juror, perry shade jr., to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. gavenus said shade brought in three documents tuesday and handed them out to his fellow jurors. one of the documents was north carolina case law.gavenus said he wasn't sure when a new trial would be scheduled for brooke covington, 58, a longtime minister at word of faith fellowship in spindale, north carolina. covington faced up to two years in prison if convicted on charges of kidnapping and assaulting former member matthew fenner in january 2






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the latest: mom says son's comment to jury was likely a joke


rutherfordton, n.c. — the latest on the trial of a north carolina minister accused of orchestrating the beating of a gay congregant (all times local):5:45 p.m.the mother of a man charged with harassing jurors in the trial of a north carolina minister accused of beating a gay congregant says her son is not affiliated with the church and was probably joking.chad metcalf was brought before superior court judge gary gavenus in handcuffs tuesday after he allegedly told jurors they needed to reach a verdict in the case.court records show a man by the same name had a court date tuesday on a charge of driving with a revoked license.rhonda johnson, who said she is metcalf's mother, told the associated press in a message that her son was likely joking and should not be charged with a crime. the judg






state report faults north carolina jail in teen's suicide


durham, n.c. — an investigation by north carolina authorities shows that guards at a county jail failed to properly check on a teen shortly before she hanged herself.the news & observer of raleigh, citing the state department of health and human services, reports that durham county jail officers failed to check on 17-year-old uniece fennell regularly and did not report a tip from another inmate that the girl was a threat to herself.the girl was found hanged march 23. the office of the medical examiner ruled fennell's death a suicide. she had been in jail since last july on a murder charge. she had been accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting.new durham jail director col. anthony prignano said he's implemented new policies to make sure officers are checking on inmates in accordance






inmate found dead in north carolina jail cell


durham, n.c. (ap) — an inmate has been found dead in his north carolina jail cell.the durham county sheriff’s office said in a news release that the 40-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell sunday evening.officials say the preliminary investigation indicates the man died of natural causes. his name has not yet been released.the state medical examiner plans to perform an autopsy to determine how the man died.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.






mistrial declared, juror jailed over ‘research’ in trial of pastor accused of be


rutherfordton, n.c. — a judge held a juror in contempt and declared a mistrial tuesday in the case of a north carolina church minister charged in the beating of a congregant who says he was attacked to expel his “homosexual demons.”superior court judge gary gavenus immediately sentenced the juror, perry shade jr., to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. gavenus said shade brought in three documents tuesday and handed them out to his fellow jurors. one of the documents was north carolina case law.gavenus said he wasn’t sure when a new trial would be scheduled for brooke covington, 58, a longtime minister at word of faith fellowship in spindale, north carolina. covington faced up to two years in prison if convicted on charges of kidnapping and assaulting former member matthew fenner in january 2






as mistrial is declared, 2 jailed -- but not the defendant


rutherfordton, n.c. — two people were sent to jail during the trial of north carolina church minister charged in the beating of a gay congregant, but neither was on trial in the case.the jury was in its second day of deliberations tuesday in the trial of brooke covington, 58, a longtime minister at word of faith fellowship in spindale, north carolina, when juror perry shade jr. reported being harassed by someone in the hallway.chad metcalf, 35, who had a court hearing tuesday for an unrelated traffic violation, was charged with harassing a juror. the judge said metcalf told the jurors they needed to reach a verdict.superior court judge gary gavenus jailed metcalf on a $100,000 bond. he faces more than three years in prison, if convicted.rhonda johnson, who said she is metcalf's mother, tol






as mistrial is declared, 2 jailed — but not the defendant


rutherfordton, n.c. (ap) — two people were sent to jail during the trial of north carolina church minister charged in the beating of a gay congregant, but neither was on trial in the case.the jury was in its second day of deliberations tuesday in the trial of brooke covington, 58, a longtime minister at word of faith fellowship in spindale, north carolina, when juror perry shade jr. reported being harassed by someone in the hallway.chad metcalf, 35, who had a court hearing tuesday for an unrelated traffic violation, was charged with harassing a juror. the judge said metcalf told the jurors they needed to reach a verdict.superior court judge gary gavenus jailed metcalf on a $100,000 bond. he faces more than three years in prison, if convicted.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 fo






federal judge tosses out life sentences for dc sniper malvo


district judge raymond jackson said malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the supreme court ruled mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.        






bond set for man accused of supporting islamic state


charlotte, n.c. (ap) — a federal magistrate judge has set bond for a north carolina man accused of lying to authorities about wanting to fly to syria to support the islamic state group.online records indicate alexander samuel smith remained in jail wednesday after the judge set bond at $25,000. wbtv reports (http://bit.ly/2tsol1z ) that if smith posts bond, the court would require gps monitoring and make him surrender his passport and stay in north carolina.smith, 29, faces two charges of making false statements to the government. he pleaded not guilty.his indictment says he communicated with an fbi confidential source who identified himself as an islamic state representative. it says smith discussed obtaining an airline ticket for someone else and wanting to travel to syria himself.most r






state report faults north carolina jail in teen’s suicide


durham, n.c. (ap) — an investigation by north carolina authorities shows that guards at a county jail failed to properly check on a teen shortly before she hanged herself.the news & observer of raleigh, citing the state department of health and human services, reports that durham county jail officers failed to check on 17-year-old uniece fennell regularly and did not report a tip from another inmate that the girl was a threat to herself.the girl was found hanged march 23. the office of the medical examiner ruled fennell’s death a suicide. she had been in jail since last july on a murder charge. she had been accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting.new durham jail director col. anthony prignano said he’s implemented new policies to make sure officers are checking on inmates in accor






republican north carolina judge resigns — and slams the gop on the way out


in a dramatic response to a power-grab by republicans in the north carolina legislature, a republican judge resigned today to circumvent efforts to strip power from the democratic governor.the charlotte observer reports that following today’s surprise resignation by republican judge j. douglas mccullough, democrat john arrowood was sworn in. judge mccullough worked as a staffer for senator harrison schmitt (r-nm) before being appointed by president ronald reagan as united states attorney in the eastern district of north carolina.since democrat roy cooper was elected governor of north carolina last fall, the republican legislature has gone to great lengths to strip his office of power. yet with a three-sentence resignation letter this morning, judge mccullough has proven that not all republ






federal judge tosses out life sentences for dc sniper malvo


federal judge says malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings after the supreme court ruled mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional.        






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the two men who forced a black man into a coffin and threatened to set him alight have each been sentenced to more than a decade in jail in south africa.on friday, judge segopotje mphahlele sentenced theo jackson and willem oosthuizen respectively to 14 years and 11 years after they were found guilty of six out of the seven charges levelled against them.victor mlothshwa was kidnapped, beaten and pushed into a coffin by the two men in august 2016.the men claim that mlotshwa had stolen cables and they had no intention of killing him. but judge mphahlele said their actions were disgusting and dehumanising, and her judgement took into consideration the country's history, constitution and rising levels fo racial intolerance.when the sentences were read out, people sitting in the gallery exchang






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colonel fighting extradition will get new medicine in jail


raleigh, n.c. — a former salvadoran colonel fighting extradition to spain will remain in jail after receiving new medicine friday amid a federal judge's demands that authorities address his health care.federal judge terrence boyle ordered that inocente orlando montano morales will stay in the piedmont regional jail in virginia after jail medical staff examined him and filed an update with the court. earlier in the week, montano's lawyer alleged that the 75-year-old bladder cancer survivor's health was declining as the jail provided inadequate care.that set off a series of legal filings, with boyle threatening to release montano pending the outcome of the case if authorities didn't give a satisfactory update on his care. on friday morning, a jail doctor and nurse examined montano, prescribi






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mistrial for minister charged in gay congregant's beating


rutherfordton, n.c. -- a judge held a juror in contempt and declared a mistrial tuesday in the case of a north carolina church minister charged in the beating a congregant who says he was attacked to expel his "homosexual demons."superior court judge gary gavenus immediately sentenced the juror, perry shade jr., to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. gavenus said the juror brought in three documents, including one related to north carolina law, but it wasn't the right law pertaining to the charges in the case.gavenus said he had warned the jurors not to bring in outside material."you are under arrest," gavenus said. "get him out of here."brooke covington, 58, a longtime minister at word of faith fellowship in spindale, north carolina, faced up to two years in prison if convicted on charges of






north carolina man convicted for role in fatal crash


winston-salem, n.c. (ap) — a north carolina man has been convicted of murder in a car crash in which two people were killed.the winston-salem journal reports a forsyth county jury took 30 minutes to find ivan jonathan prudente-anorve guilty on friday.authorities say 21-year-old cameron marc francis and 22-year-old marquice gaines died after prudente-anorve drove through a flashing red light on oct. 1, 2016 and hit another car. francis would have turned 22 on oct. 4, and gaines died oct. 8, 2016, five days from his 23rd birthday.a judge gave prudente-anorve two consecutive sentences for each count of second-degree murder for a total of 33 years and four months to 42 years in prison.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks___information from: winston-salem journal, http://ww






south carolina man suing after spending 2 years in jail


charleston, s.c. — a south carolina man is suing police after he spent two years in jail for a killing that evidence shows he did not commit.the post and courier of charleston reported 49-year-old eugene wright of north charleston has sued the city's police department and four officers accusing them of a shoddy investigation that brought public ridicule and damaged his reputation.police charged wright with throwing his 1-year-old daughter to the floor in 2014, killing her.wright could not afford bail and was in jail for 25 months before authorities recovered cellphone records that proved his alibi.the child's baby sitter is now charged in the death.north charleston city attorney sandy senn defended the arrest, saying recent technology improvements allowed investigators to determine wright






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charleston, s.c. (ap) — authorities have released the name of an inmate found dead at a south carolina jail.the charleston county coroner’s office tells local media the man has been identified as 57-year-old ronald bernard norman of north charleston.authorities say a deputy was making rounds at the charleston county jail sometime after 6 a.m. saturday when he found a male inmate’s body in his bed.the coroner’s office is still working to determine how norman died. jail records show he was booked oct. 2 on a trespassing charge.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.norman’s was the third inmate death reported at the jail since july. in august, a 31-year-old woman died after experiencing a medical event. in july, the death of a 28-year-old male inmate was ruled a suicide.






christmas ‘cone weed’ loses its cone, much of its weediness


huntersville, n.c. (ap) — north carolina’s christmas “cone weed” has lost its cone and much of its weediness.the huntersville fire department posted on twitter that a road crew showed up in a truck monday and removed the orange traffic cone that had a hardy weed growing out of it. the cone and plant on the grass beside the highway had sparked a social media sensation after someone decorated the scraggly vegetation with tinsel and christmas ornaments last week.according to the department, firefighters have retrieved the christmas decorations scattered on the roadside and rehung them on what was left of the weed, which one firefighter described as “a stem.”the weed had been growing unencumbered across from the fire station for a year and had developed a following.most read storiesunlimited d






judge rejects challenges to how michigan sentences teens


ann arbor, mich. (ap) — a judge has rejected constitutional challenges to how michigan sentences teens convicted of first-degree murder, ending seven years of litigation.since 2010, federal judge john corbett o’meara has made a series of decisions, some favoring so-called juvenile lifers who were given no-parole sentences when they were under 18. but some rulings were stopped by an appeals court.o’meara closed the case tuesday, noting that michigan law has greatly changed because of decisions from the u.s. supreme court. no-parole sentences for teenagers still are possible but they’re not mandatory.attorney deborah labelle had urged o’meara to strike the law as unconstitutional. she says no-parole sentences are supposed to be rare, but prosecutors still are trying to keep more than 200 inm






the latest: attorney says client 'profoundly disturbed'


zebulon, n.c. — the latest on a man accused of decapitating his mother (all times local):3:45 p.m.the attorney for a man accused of decapitating his mother says his client has "some substantial mental health issues."a judge on tuesday assigned attorney c. boyd sturges iii of louisburg to represent 18-year-old oliver funez. sturges said he spoke with funez for about an hour in the franklin county jail.sturges said while he's not a doctor, he could see that funez was "a pretty profoundly disturbed young man."funez was to be transferred to central prison in raleigh under a safekeeping order. sturges said the prison is in a better position to help people with mental health issues.___3:15 p.m.the north carolina man accused of decapitating his mother has been assigned an attorney.franklin county






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south carolina man suing after spending 2 years in jail


charleston, s.c. (ap) — a south carolina man is suing police after he spent two years in jail for a killing that evidence shows he did not commit.the post and courier of charleston reported 49-year-old eugene wright of north charleston has sued the city’s police department and four officers accusing them of a shoddy investigation that brought public ridicule and damaged his reputation.police charged wright with throwing his 1-year-old daughter to the floor in 2014, killing her.wright could not afford bail and was in jail for 25 months before authorities recovered cellphone records that proved his alibi.most read storiessave over 90% on select subscriptions.the child’s baby sitter is now charged in the death.north charleston city attorney sandy senn defended the arrest, saying recent techno






north carolina-based grocery exec arrested on sex charge


hendersonville, n.c. — police in north carolina say an executive for a grocery store chain has been accused of trying to arrange for sex with an underage girl.hendersonville police say 54-year-old paul robert lacroix was taken into custody without incident on wednesday. investigators say the girl was actually an undercover police officer.lacroix, who had been food lion's vice president of pricing, is charged with conspiracy to commit a first-degree statutory sex offense. food lion's corporate office in salisbury confirmed that lacroix has resigned.the times-news of hendersonville reports the arrest was the result of the police department's participation in the north carolina internet crimes against children taskforce.lacroix is being held in the henderson county jail in lieu of a $100,000






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3 ex-penn st officials get jail terms in sandusky abuse case


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raleigh, n.c. — defense attorneys say medical care for a former salvadoran colonel accused of helping to plot five killings is declining since his transfer to a new facility to await a final decision on his extradition.a lawyer for inocente orlando montano morales says in a filing that routine blood sugar checks were missed and he has had a fever and other symptoms indicating that he could have a new infection.judge terrence boyle had tried to send montano to a federal prison hospital because of concerns about his health, but the transfer wasn't possible. instead, he was sent from a north carolina lockup to a virginia jail.the u.s. marshals service said it was following procedures for reviewing montano's complaints but couldn't provide details.






3 more charged in toppling north carolina confederate statue


durham, n.c. — three more people have been charged with toppling a confederate statue in north carolina earlier this month.durham county jail records show that jessica nicole jude, joseph baldoni karlik and qasima rohan elise wideman were arrested monday and later released. jail records show each faces charges related to rioting and property damage.an attorney representing the three, scott holmes, declined to comment on their arrests.eight others had already been arrested previously on similar charges of tearing down the confederate statue in front of a government building in durham. the bronze soldier was pulled down aug. 14 by protesters who climbed a ladder and attached a rope.the toppling came in the aftermath of a white nationalist rally in virginia that turned deadly.