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Man sentenced to 25+ years for sex crimes against young male


James William Payne III, 47, of Newton, was convicted of first degree sexual offense with a child and three counts of indecent liberties with a child Tuesday in Catawba County Criminal Superior Court.

The defendant was sentenced to no less than 300 months and no more than 369 months in the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction, according to a news release from the Catawba County District Attorney’s Office.

The defendant was also ordered lifetime registration with the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry and will be subject to satellite based monitoring upon his release from prison.

The crimes occurred in August 1994 in Catawba County and involved a male victim under the age of 13.

The crimes were reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2009 and that report was forwarded to Investigator David Eckard of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office who conducted the investigation.

Payne will be transported to the Division of Adult Correction for processing.

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It has been reported numerous times of the astonishing control that inmates have at certain prisons in Latin American countries, with drug cartel leaders often enjoying lives nearly as pleasurable as their lives on the outside. However, according to an April federal indictment, similar problems have plagued the City Detention Center in Baltimore, where members of the “Black Guerrilla Family” operated with impunity. Between 2010 and 2012, corruption was such that 13 female guards have now been charged, including four women who bore the children of the gang’s imprisoned leader, Tavon White. Cellphones, drugs and Grey Goose vodka were among the smuggled-in contraband, and the indictment charges that murders were ordered from inside. (Baltimore City Paper had reported 14 stories in 2009 and 2010 on the gang-related corruption at the center, but apparently state and federal officials had failed to be alarmed.)

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The Department of Agriculture reported recently that in four of America’s largest cities — New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Denver — nearly one home out of 100 keeps chickens either for a fresh egg supply or as pets, giving rise to chicken services such as Backyard Poultry magazine, MyPetChicken.com and Julie Baker’s Pampered Poultry store. Among the most popular products are strap-on cloth diapers for the occasions when owners bring their darlings indoors, i.e., cuddle their “lap chickens.” Also popular are “saddles” for roosters, to spare hens mating injuries — owing to roosters’ brutal horniness, sometimes costing hens most or all of their back feathers from a single encounter.

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Top Ten Things I’ve Learned As A Late Show Intern


10. “Laugh at the jokes whether they’re funny or not” (Randi Furman)

9. “Attention to detail is super implortant” (Emily Erotas)

8. “Buying 100% pure grain alcohol is not as easy as it sounds” (Victoria Disque)

7. “There’s no better way to work for free and learn nothing about show business” (Sasha Lildharrie)

6. “Weekly transfusions of our youthful blood keep Dave alive” (Paul Napoli)

5. “The camera loves me” (Kevin Noonan)

4. “It’s more fun to watch television than to work in television” (Sophie Boudreau)

3. “Snitches get stitches” (Jason Seligson)

2. “After several months, you start to have feelings for the photocopier” (Neal Fessler)

1. “I should’ve interned for a Jimmy” (Ryan Wilson)

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