News Roundup

Published for NC Criminal Law on May 19, 2023.

A Wake County couple was arrested last week on animal cruelty charges for poisoning three dogs belonging to a neighbor. Ironically, the husband was a donor and board member of a local dog rescue. The rescue group has since announced on Facebook that he has voluntarily resigned. Keep reading for more news.

There’s no place like… prison. US News reports that a man has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of stealing a pair of ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz.” The shoes were stolen in 2005 and recovered by a 2018 FBI sting operation, but no arrests were made at the time. The suspect, Terry Martin, was indicted Tuesday with one count of theft of a major artwork.

Organized retail crime hits hard. Target announced that it is expected to lose more than $1B in theft this year, more than half from organized crime. According to this story, the company is trying to reduce theft by working with politicians, law enforcement, and retail industry trade groups to come up with policy solutions. Curious about what organized retail crime is? Check out this blog about North Carolina’s recently amended laws on the matter.

Netflix show leads to the discovery of a missing child. According to this CNN story, Kayla Unbehaun was 9 years old when she was abducted by her non-custodial mother in Illinois in 2017. Saturday evening, Kayla was spotted at a shop in Asheville, North Carolina by someone who recognized her from an episode of Netflix’s “Unsolved Mysteries” series about parental abductions. That person notified a store employee, who then called police. Now 15 years old, Kayla has been found safe and is now reunited with her father in Illinois.

Violations for counterfeit pills. Senate Bill 206 was ratified in the North Carolina General Assembly this week, prohibiting the possession, manufacture, distribution, export, or import of any equipment that can be used to create or manufacture a counterfeit controlled substance. The bill makes exception for licensed pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, or pharmacy interns when the controlled substance is for a prescription.

Nice try. There are some drunk drivers who attempt to switch places with a human passenger to avoid arrest. A man who was pulled over for speeding on Saturday in Colorado attempted to switch places with his dog, who was in the passenger seat. An officer from the local police department watched the man, who showed signs of intoxication, switch places with his dog, claiming he was not the one driving.

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