Our view: A test of technology to block cell phone signals at a prison is an important step toward giving officials the tools they need to maintain security and orderThere’s a growing sense among the nation’s correctional institutions that the most dangerous contraband being smuggled into prisons isn’t drugs, and it’s not weapons. It’s cell phones. They’re turning up by the thousands in prison cells in Maryland and across the nation, and they’re being used to coordinate criminal activity behind bars and on the outside.One of the most famous cases was the 2007 murder of Rosedale man Carl Lackl, who was a witness to another killing.
Last Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled video sweepstakes are illegal which upheld the 2010 law banning video sweepstakes machines as a form of gambling.Despite the ruling outlawing video sweepstakes machines, some parlors believe they found a way to stay in business, which is a relief to some players like Jeremy Brown.”That all the rumor that been talked about lately, they closing down. When they closing down? What are we going to do? Where are we going to go?” questioned Brown.A little less than 100 parlors, like one on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, hope to remain open by updating their sweepstakes software system.The law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge Rice explained the new software does not use the same entertaining display as the old equipment.”I represent VS2 North Carolina, LLC, which licenses internet sweepstakes software to various business centers and internet cafs in North Carolina,” said Winston Salem based attorney John Morrow.”Sheriffs and other law enforcement officers who encounter any machines may wish to consult with their agency legal adviser or local district attorney for guidance about charging violations of the statute,” Caldwell advised sheriff offices across the state.Despite the controversy, players like Brown hope the parlors find a way to remain open.”It a fun place to be to get away from the family a little bit and enjoy some time trying to win some money,” he said.RALEIGH Counties in the 7th Congressional District are one day away from completing the recount in the race between Democratic Congressman Mike McIntyre and challenger David Rouzer.The recount was requested last week by Rouzer, a Republican from Johnston County, after he lost by 655 votes.Of all the 12 counties in the 7th District, all but one will finish their recount Tuesday. Duplin County will conduct its recount Wednesday.