Crimes here at home
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#1 Jul 23, 2013
Do you think Caldwell Court System is tough enough.I mean do you think the people here are soft on crime.Do you feel they think of young people doing hanus crime as their babies and feel they should be soft?Now you have the Judge letting these kids talk back and tell the Judge "You can't do nothing to me"!Do you think the Judges here are soft enough.Hear people saying its a rotating doors.Now you have the jails let them lay around all day watch young and the restless.Sucking up tax dollars.Why don't they make them clean the place at least do something.Yes people we're ussy with a big old P.
#2 Jul 23, 2013
I believe the system is broken. However the court system here is just one weak link in a chain of failures. Skipping past the employment and education issues which do contribute to the situation, the bottom line is most all know right from wrong regardless. Politics do play a small role in court operations however one major issue is the number of cases for which pleas or reduced sentences are handled. A plea allows the prosecutor a win, often avoids active time thus saving the county/state expenses and more often than not sends the wrong signal to the convicted. The rate at which the system here flows is ridiculous. It was recently in court for a driving violation along with almost 400 people on the docket. Continuance after continuance, maybe after all was said 15 cases were disposed of and many I talked to was on their fourth or fifth continuance. It's was crazy and a total waste of the courts time. I believe in giving first offenders a slight break but not a total break as that sends the wrong message completely, as for those with repeated offenses this court should break that cycle with tough, mandatory sentencing. These people are a blight on society and will not change. Unfortunately it is not only the cost of incarceration but then their families become more entitlement based. Our county will eventually look more like Detroit in years to come if something is not done starting now. Theft, meth and prescription drug abuse grows worse daily bringing a rise in especially small crime. It is impossible to leave anything unsecured outside your house now with out it being stolen. If the systems in general does not change you will continue to see the middle class leave the area, which in turn is less attractive for business to locate here. If we continue the same way, with the same people and same systems we will end up like a small version of Detroit with a low income, entitlement based society that does not provide enough tax base to operate fully.
#3 Jul 24, 2013
Accused killer Nick Hunsucker may get plea deal
A plea deal is in the works for Austin Nicholas "Nick" Hunsucker, an 18-year-old who is accused of beating his own mother to death, his lawyer said in court Monday.
Hunsucker's court-appointed attorney, Herb Pearce, told Judge Timothy Kincaid of Caldwell Superior Court that he and Assistant District Attorney David Swanson were negotiating a plea but were 18 months apart on how long a sentence to recommend.
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The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office was searching Thursday for a man accused of covering a woman's car in gasoline and setting it on fire while she was inside.
Cloyd Wayne Burns of Burns Road in Granite Falls is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and burning of personal property.
Police: Lenoir man with handgun scares off armed teens
Police say four teenagers, two wearing ski masks and one armed with an assault rifle, forced their way into 72-year-old man's house to rob him Monday, but the man scared them away with shots from his own handgun.
Mother of Raoul Dula finally sees man accused of killing him
With the help of family members and an aluminum walker, Katie Dula gingerly entered a packed courtroom Monday morning at the Caldwell County Courthouse, her face stoic as she waited for the man accused of killing her son and slicing up his face.
Around noon, Earl Franklin Moore Jr. came in, flanked by deputies and wearing shackles on his hands and feet, and a black bulletproof vest over his orange jail jumpsuit. Deputies led him to a row of seats about 15 feet to Judge Gary Dellingerís left. Extra deputies were present in case a spectator were to get unruly.
Dula had chosen a seat where she could get a good look at Moore, and she glared at him throughout the two-minute procedure. Moore nervously glanced around the courtroom, but their eyes never seemed to meet.
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#4 Jul 24, 2013
We need more planned parenthood. Too many children and not enough responsible parents.
Since: Aug 11
#5 Jul 24, 2013
I don't think we should have a plea deal when it comes to a assault.Especially when you beat someone to death.Go FULL THROTTLE on their a**.Especially when they are young.This is when they shouldn't think its a cake walk.We need to raise a little,no a lot of HE//.
#6 Jul 30, 2013
Crime stoppers pay good money to turn people in.I'm surprize people out of work aren't turning these aholes in to get 1 or 2 k.Must not be as bad as people complain.
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