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David King to manage probation/parole operations in Rockingham, Stokes and Surry

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named David King as the new judicial district manager in District 17 which covers Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties.  In his new position King will oversee a staff of 47 probation/parole officers and support staff who supervise more than 2,000 offenders under community supervision in the three counties.

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Current 2014 Bedget Act changes reporting requirements on Court Cost Waivers

The Administrative Office of the Courts has new reporting requirements under the new state budget which is headed to the Governor’s desk.


SECTION 18B.2.  Section 15.10(b) of S.L. 2011‑145 reads as rewritten:

SECTION 15.10.(b)  The Administrative Office of the Courts shall make the necessary modifications to its information systems to maintain records of all cases in which the judge makes a finding of just cause to grant a waiver of criminal court costs under G.S. 7A‑304(a) and shall report on those waivers to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations by October 1  Chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Justice and Public Safety, the Chairs of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety, and the Chairs of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety by February 1 of each year. The report shall aggregate the waivers by the district in which the waiver or waivers were granted and by the name of each judge granting a waiver or waivers.


North Carolina Army Guard hosts 449th Theater Aviation Brigade Change of Command Ceremony

North Carolina Army National Guard hosts 449th Theater Aviation Brigade Change of Command Ceremony at the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade Headquarters, located at 2050 National Guard Drive, Morrisville, on Saturday, August 2, at 2 p.m.

449th Theater Aviation Brigade is the North Carolina National Guard’s Army helicopter force headquarters, responsible for all NCNG Army helicopter operations throughout the state.

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J.D. Byers is now an accredited attorney with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).


Multi-Agency Operation Hammer in Forsyth County

The North Carolina Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force, Division of Prisons – Fugitive Tracking Unit, Prison Emergency Response Team, and Winston-Salem Police Department – Gang and Street Crime Units participated in a joint operation called Operation Hammer.  The goal of the multi-agency operation was to target probation violators and gang activity.  35 searches were conducted, resulting in a total of 12 arrests.  These arrests consisted of four probationers found to be in violation of the conditions of supervision, three probation or parole absconders, one absconder from New Jersey, and four defendants not on probation, but found to be in possession of contraband.

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NC Farm Act of 2014 adds new criminal laws

The NC Farm Act of 2014 (HB 366) adds several new criminal laws to the books in North Carolina.  The bill would make a trespass to ny facility used or operated for agricultural activities


S.C. Highway Patrol steps up patrols for 4th of July

If you are headed to Myrtle Beach for the 4th of July, be aware that the S.C. Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement through campaign called “Target Zero.”

The Patrol is increasing awareness of pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles and performing more DUI checkpoints as part of the stepped up patrolling over the Independence Day holiday week.

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Byers Accredited by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

J.D. Byers is now an accredited attorney with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  This is a very stringent accreditation process for attorneys who have been authorized by the VA to appear before the VA on benefits appeals.  Accredited Attorneys must be in good standing with the State Bar and all State and Federal Courts in which they are admitted.  Attorneys must also complete annual continuing legal education that meets the specifications of the VA.

J.D. is excited to join the ranks of these attorneys who can help our veterans obtain their hard-earned benefits.  If you need assistance with a claim for Veterans Benefits, contact J.D. today or call at 336-727-1070.


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On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive Campaign Results

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Division of Law Enforcement Wildlife Resources Commission released the totals for On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive campaign for the period of Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26.

On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive campaign is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorists can safely travel on highway and waterways during the summer months.

The totals are reflective of each agency’s collaborative enforcement efforts:

Highway Patrol:

  • Driving While Impaired:                     172
  • Provisional License Violation:            15
  • Other Implied Consent Violation:      45
  • Drug Violations:                                    25
  • Drug Paraphernalia:                              9
  • Seatbelt Violations:                         1,398
  • Child Restraint Violations:               133
  • Equipment Violations:                      372
  • Driver License Violation:                  931
  • Registration Violation:                      912
  • Other Violations:                             3,485

Total Violations:                                       7,497

Wildlife Resources Commission:

  • Operate While Impaired:                     23
  • Boating Citations Issued:                  529
  • Boating Warnings Issued:                 841
  • Boats Checked:                                6,727

Total Violations:                                         1,393