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Archive for July, 2012

Police identify suspect who threatened to jump in river

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have released the name of a man they say threatened to jump into the Cape Fear River yesterday after a chase.

Jaqun Orlando Copeland, 20, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and three felony counts of probation violations.

Officers say he was one of two men they stopped at about 11:53 a.m. Monday in the 600 block of Swann Street. The men were driving a Ford Focus that was reported stolen a few days ago, according to investigators. Police say Copeland ran from officers toward the Cape Fear River. Officers and a K-9 cornered him behind PPD at a construction pier. That’s when they say Copeland threatened to jump into the river, so police set up a close-in perimeter and got help from the Wilmington Fire Department’s Fire Boat and WPD officers on a Wilmington River Taxi boat.

After talking to WPD detectives for about 20 minutes at the edge of the pier, Copeland surrendered. He is in jail under $61,000 bond.

According to the NC Department of Corrections website, Copeland has been convicted and served time or is on probation for crimes including robbery, receiving stolen property, drug possession and resisting an officer. Records show Copeland has pending court dates for trespassing, injury to personal property, cocaine possession and chop shop activity among other charges.

Police say the other man in the stolen car was Justin Marcel Covington, 23. Officers arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on felony charges. He is in jail without bond.

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A school supply primer – teachers, parents ready for shopping

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The seemingly random mishmash is part of the annual gathering of the school supplies.

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Former NC judge pleads guilty to mishandling cases

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A former Wake District Court judge has pleaded guilty to mishandling drunken driving cases.

Former Judge Kristin Ruth on Monday pleaded guilty to failing to discharge the duties of her office in the handling of 69 DWI cases over the past four years.

Ruth stepped down in May after 13 years on the bench.

The 55-year-old former judge said she had signed dozens of orders that she had not fully read for defense attorney James Crouch or his paralegal, Elizabeth Daniel. Those judgments allowed DWI defendants to avoid license suspensions or the full repercussions of a conviction.

The misdemeanor Ruth pleaded guilty to carries a maximum penalty of 120 days in jail, but she will not serve any time if she continues to cooperate with investigators.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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MyReporter answers question about dilapidated housing

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

City staff welcome the opportunity to provide information and assistance to property owners

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ACLU in NC questions plans for license readers

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina has joined a number of other states is asking police for how they use automatic license plate readers to track and record movement.

The Charlotte Observer reported the ACLU has filed the request with 61 agencies in North Carolina.

The automatic license plate readers use cameras to photograph every license plate that passes by. The photos usually include the time and date. That information can be used by police looking for specific license plate numbers.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officials told city council in May they are installing about three dozen of the cameras at intersections. Police say the cameras are being used for public safety purposes, not to compile information about people’s habits. Police say it helps find stolen vehicles.

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