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Inmate labor

Hi everyone, this is Paul Cameron at my desk in the WBTV Newsroom. 

Should a sheriff be allowed to use convicted criminals to help move seized property? Chesterfield County Sheriff Jay Brooks says six inmates were used to move ammunition and barbed wire from the home of a man who was hoarding thousands of mostly hunting rifles. 

Those rifles had already been loaded, but a complaint about the use of inmate labor got the attention of the District Attorney who is investigating.  This comes on the heels of the former sheriff who went to jail for two years for allowing inmates to work on his home.

Some think marijuana is harmless, but CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney begs to differ.  The Chief says of the 123 home invasions in Charlotte this year, 55% were drug related—and most of that, he contends, was due to marijuana.  Our reporter Coleen Harry found out there’s a very good reason pot dealers are targeted for break-ins.

Quite the bank robbery and police chase today.  Two gunmen assaulted a Wells Fargo employee, stole cash, then raced up I-77 to a neighborhood off LaSalle Street.  That’s where police caught up them, arresting one man in a storage shed.

Remember that big biker shootout in Waco, Texas between rival motorcycle clubs?  A grand jury today indicted 106 of the 177 people arrested.  In all, 9 people died with 20 more injured in the fight.

Wasn’t the sunshine glorious today?  There’s more coming but Eric Thomas tells me we could be in for a severe drop in temperatures by the weekend.

Please join Molly Grantham, Eric Thomas, Delano Little and me for WBTV News at 11:00 tonight!

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