Special Reports

Special Reports

Former SEANC chief busted 

Here is a collection of stories on Dana Cope, the former executive director of the State Employees Association of North Carolina. The News & Observer reported in February 2015 on his spending of SEANC funds. The Wake District Attorney opened an investigation the following day, and Cope resigned the day after.  He pleaded guilty to theft in November 2015 and is serving a five-year prison sentence.

Crime

Deadly Force

A warrantless entry, an innocent man shot dead. A squad of Harnett County deputies who spread fear south and west of the Cape Fear River. A homicide in jail, caught on tape, yet somehow kept under wraps. Who polices the sheriff's office? 

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Wrong Side of the Bars

North Carolina tax dollars fund unethical hiring, prison guard corruption and violence, creating a black market where inmates buy contraband from correction officers.

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