Courts

Jairo Checo, a man accused of leading Wilmington Police on a chase while holding his family hostage, makes his first appearance in New Hanover County court in February.
WWAY INVESTIGATION: Making bond: The price of freedom
From $2,000, all the way to a $1 million. That's the recommended range New Hanover County judges and prosecutors follow when setting bonds. It's not, however, really that cut and dry in a courtroom. Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:55pm
Ex-Army prosecutor found guilty of rape at court-martial
A former U.S. Army prosecutor who handled sexual-assault cases has been found guilty on rape charges following a six-day court-martial at Fort Bragg. The Army issued a five-sentence statement Monday saying Maj. Erik J. Burris was found guilty on two charges of rape and forcible sodomy, and four charges of assault and disobeying an order. Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:45am
Former NC lawmaker enters guilty plea to federal charge
A former North Carolina lawmaker originally convicted on federal charges involving theft and diverting funds and facing a retrial next month has pleaded guilty to a single count. U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker announced Monday that former state Rep. Stephen LaRoque pleaded guilty to the theft of $150,000 from a federally funded rural development program he founded. Tue, 01/27/2015 - 1:40am
Judge probes if NC schools move weakens learning standard
A top North Carolina school official says a change that describes children as on-track in their learning progress though they still need help is part of setting higher academic expectations. Superior Court Judge Howard Manning Jr. held a hearing Wednesday to look into whether state education officials are obeying their constitutional obligation to give every North Carolina child the opportunity to have a sound, basic education. Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:10am
Tobacco companies criticize federal judge
Tobacco companies say they are being forced by a federal judge to inaccurately call themselves unscrupulous villains who continue to deceive the American public. In an appeals court filing Wednesday, the industry says the statements ordered by the judge in a government lawsuit would only trigger public anger against the companies and should be scrapped. Thu, 01/08/2015 - 1:39am
Trial set for white former police chief charged with murder
A white former South Carolina police chief is expected to stand trial this week for murder in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man. The indictment last month of Richard Combs drew comparisons to the Ferguson shooting and the chokehold death of a black man being arrested by police in New York. Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:53am
Mark Martin installed as NC chief justice for 8-year term
North Carolina's top judge says he'll keep working for the next eight years to carry out his platform of court efficiency and timely justice as he did in leading the state court system the previous four months. A standing room-only crowd of judges, five former chief justices, Gov. Pat McCrory and well-wishers of Chief Justice Mark Martin attended his installation ceremony Monday in the courtroom of the Supreme Court. Others watched video feeds at two remote locations in Raleigh. Tue, 01/06/2015 - 1:05am
Former NC lawmaker attempting to have case dismissed
A former North Carolina lawmaker convicted on a dozen federal counts is trying to get his case dismissed. WRAL in Raleigh reports attorneys for former Rep. Stephen LaRoque allege prosecutors improperly extended the term of the grand jury that indicted him. Tue, 01/06/2015 - 12:34am
NC governor enters immigration order lawsuit
Gov. Pat McCrory says he joined a lawsuit brought by the Texas attorney general challenging President Barack Obama's executive order last month on immigration because the president exceeded his powers laid out in the U.S. Constitution. McCrory made North Carolina one of the 17 states involved in the lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court over Obama's order designed to keep as many as five million people living illegally in the United States from being deported. Thu, 12/04/2014 - 3:44am
Davidson County coach faces charges
The head football coach at a Davidson County high school has been charged with taking indecent liberties with a child. Multiple media outlets reported that 44-year-old Joseph Ray Cullen Jr., of Mooresville was arrested last week. Tue, 12/02/2014 - 1:20am