The Charlotte Observer from Charlotte, North Carolina on July 2, 1995 · 23
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The Charlotte Observer from Charlotte, North Carolina · 23

Charlotte, North Carolina
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Sunday, July 2, 1995
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Mecklenburg official faces DWI charge Assistant Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones was charged early Saturday with driving while impaired after being stopped at a DWI checkpoint Capt Dickson Skipper said Jones 45 of 9322 Sardis Rd was arrested shortly after midnight after driving up to a “Booze It and Lose It” checkpoint without his car’s headlights on Officers at the checkpoint in the 1800 block of Milton Road detected the odor of alcohol on him according to the police report Jones was released Saturday from the Mecklenburg County jail Jones said Saturday night that his car headlights were on at the checkpoint He had no further comment Police on Thursday began a “Booze It and Lose It” campaign designed to nab drunken drivers during the holiday weekend Police will set up road checkpoints through Tuesday Around The Carolinas Video-poker payouts back in SC — for now ANDERSON SC — A federal judge gave video-poker op Woman to serve 6-month term in paternity blood-test fraud Associated Press An Orange County woman has received a 10-year sentence after she was found guilty of manipulating a blood test to help a Mecklenburg County man avoid child support payments A judge suspended the sentence and ordered Karen Weary of Hillsborough to serve sue months in jail and to pay at least $6000 in fines and court costs The sentence disappointed Mecklenburg County prosecutors who had requested that she get 25 years in prison “I felt she should receive the recommended maximum" Assistant District Attorney Jeannie Brown said “That fact that a small child was bastardized for five years and the mother didn’t receive any support is immoral and atrocious” Weary and her attorney could not be reached for comment The case began in February 1990 when Sheila Fleming of Charlotte gave birth to Joshua a child she thought was the son of Larry Melton He denied it but agreed to take a paternity test They contacted Genetic Design in Greensboro which sent Weary to draw blood samples from Melton Fleming and the child According to court records Melton paid Weary an undisclosed sum of money to submit someone else’s blood instead of his The test tfiiimiuui £ POSTURE FULL QUEEM KINO POSTURE PRO FULL $49 EA PC QUEEN $59 EA PC KIMQ $58 EA PC FULL QUEEM KINO SPINAL FULL QUEEM KIMQ PILLOW TOP FULL $154 EA PC QUEEM $179 EA PC KIMQ $169 EA PC Buy factory Direct & SAVE! 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