News Roundup

Published for NC Criminal Law on December 17, 2021.

WLOS reports that North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin E. Glenn was shot on Tuesday while deploying stop sticks in an effort to end a motor vehicle chase.  Fortunately, Glenn’s injuries, while serious, were not life threatening and he was released from the hospital yesterday.  A Facebook post from the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office says that the suspect, who was not named, shot at officers multiple times, causing them to return fire.  The suspect later was pronounced dead at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  Keep reading for more news.

Work at the SOG.  Readers may be interested to know that the School of Government has just posted a hiring advertisement for an assistant professor who will focus on civil law for North Carolina magistrates.  Among other things, the person in this position will be responsible for planning and teaching in educational programs for magistrates, including the civil portion of the statutorily mandated semiannual orientation program for new magistrates, Judicial College courses for magistrates, and semiannual statewide magistrates’ conferences.  More information about the position is available here.

Officer Shot.  WXII reports that a Greensboro police officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being shot while responding to a domestic dispute at an IHOP on Monday.  When an officer attempted to detain Kendicia Melanie Clarke, she attempted to take the officer’s gun, which discharged and struck the officer in the leg.  The officer later was released from the hospital.

Chauvin Pleads.  The Associated Press reports that Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty this week to a federal criminal charge of violating George Floyd’s civil rights by depriving Floyd of the right to be free from unreasonable seizure and unreasonable use of force as he held his knee on Floyd’s neck while arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience station.  Chauvin also pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a 14-year-old boy in an unrelated case from 2017 where he hit the boy in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on the boy’s back and neck while arresting him

COVID Fraud.  A recent press release from the US Department of Justice says that former NFL wide receiver Joshua Bellamy has been sentenced to roughly three years in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $1 million from the Paycheck Protection Program intended to help small businesses keep people employed during the pandemic.  He pleaded guilty earlier this year.  The DOJ says that Bellamy submitted fraudulent documents in applying for PPP loans and used the money on personal luxury items.

Adams.  Earlier this year the News Roundup noted that former NFL player Phillip Adams apparently had murdered five people in Rock Hill, South Carolina, before killing himself as his nearby family home was surrounded by police.  As was the case at the time of the shootings, a motive for the incident still remains unclear, but it was reported this week that doctors have determined that Adams was suffering from severe C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease that can be caused by repeated head injuries.

Pelosi Threat.  As the Associated Press reports, a North Carolina man was sentenced to more than two years in federal prison this week for threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.  Cleveland Meredith Jr., who planned to attend former President Donald Trump’s rally that preceded the insurrection but was unable to because of car trouble, texted his uncle saying that he was considering “putting a bullet in [Pelosi’s] noggin on Live TV.”  His uncle and mother were concerned and contacted the FBI.  Meredith’s family members said that he was involved in the QAnon conspiracy theory leading up to the incident.

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