Man says VHS tape led to arrest
CONCORD (AP) — A Concord man says he was arrested for failing to return a VHS tape that he rented in 2002.
James Meyers says he was driving his daughter to school Tuesday when a police officer pulled him over for a defective tail light. The officer ran Meyers’ driver’s license then asked him to step out of the vehicle.
He says the officer told him there was a warrant out for his arrest from 2002, because Meyers had rented the movie “Freddy Got Fingered” and never returned it.
Meyers says the officer let him take his daughter to school and go to work, as long as he promised to turn himself in to the police department later that day.
Meyers showed media outlets the arrest warrant on Wednesday. He was booked on a failure to return rental property charge.
The Concord Police Department didn’t return comment to local TV stations.
Man convicted of killing infant daughter
CHARLOTTE (AP) — A Charlotte man has been convicted of killing his infant daughter more than three years ago.
Multiple media outlets reported that 28-year-old Todd Boderick was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday by a judge hearing his case.
Boderick acted as his own attorney after another judge ruled he has forfeited his right to a lawyer by firing two attorneys and clashing with a third lawyer.
Superior Court Judge Robert Sumner sentenced Boderick to life in prison without parole.
The case was heard without a jury. Sumner had a dual role of judge and jury, which was made legal by a 2014 constitutional amendment that allowed such trials if a defendant in a felony case requested one and the court approved.
Boderick’s standby attorney, Calvin Coleman, announced an immediate appeal, arguing that the trial was not fair because it pit the defendant against two experienced prosecutors.
Prosecutors Bill Bunting and Bill Stetzer declined comment because of pending murder charge against Krishay Mouzon, the infant’s mother.
1 slightly hurt in campus shooting
CHARLOTTE (AP) — One person has suffered minor injuries in a shooting on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and another person has been arrested.
The historically black university said in a statement that the shooting happened shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday. The statement says no students were involved.
The shooting occurred at a dorm during the school’s spring break.
The names of those involved have not been released. The victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries.
There is no word yet on charges.
The school has about 1,400 students.
Body found in Intracoastal Waterway
WILMINGTON (AP) — Deputies in New Hanover County are trying to determine the identity of a man whose body was found in the Intracoastal Waterway near Wilmington.
Local media outlets report that the body of a white man in his 40s was found in the waterway near the Figure Eight Island Bridge about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The body was discovered by a fisherman who called the Coast Guard.
Authorities say the body was likely in the water for as long as 36 hours before it was found washed up on a sandbar.
Asheville brewery opening delayed
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado craft brewer New Belgium is delaying the opening of its Asheville, North Carolina, brewery from March to May.
The Coloradoan of Fort Collins reports that New Belgium Brewing Co. announced Wednesday that construction of its 133,000-square-foot facility is taking longer than expected. Earlier this year, the brewery pushed the opening of its East Coast site from February to March.
Spokeswoman Susanne Hackett says test brewing in Asheville has started and the company hopes to start producing its popular Fat Tire and other beers for the East Coast market “real soon.”
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Colorado-based Oskar Blues have already expanded into the Asheville area.