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Charges filed after guns, drugs found in Northern High student's car

Posted May 2

Lewis Blane Latta, of Durham, is charged with firearm on educational property, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

— A senior at Northern High School in Durham was charged Monday after Durham County sheriff's deputies found three guns inside his vehicle on campus.

Lewis Blane Latta, of Durham, is charged with firearm on educational property, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of schedule III controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Investigators say they seized three weapons.

Deputies were called to the school for a random check of vehicles.

“We have no information that there was an active threat to anyone at Northern, but we will not tolerate the presence of a weapon or drugs at one of our schools. We will do whatever it takes to protect all of our students and ensure that our schools are safe," Durham Public Schools Superintendent Bert L'Homme said.

Latta was scheduled to make a first court appearance Tuesday morning.

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  • Keona Webster May 3, 2:37 p.m.
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    These comments are HILARIOUS! If the handcuffs were on a different shade, the consensus would be totally different. This kid shouldn't have had these items to begin with, let alone on school property. Score one for DPD.

  • Tim Orr May 2, 4:27 p.m.
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    I'm torn here. I'm glad they found this scum's stash but I don't like the 'Random' part. A cop can't stop you driving down the street for a 'random' search. A cop can't stop you on the sidewalk for a 'random' search. A cop can't come to your house and do a 'random' search. Seems odd to me that an institution assigned the responsibility of teaching our children is not living by the Constitution.

  • redskiner May 2, 10:38 a.m.

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    Most High Schools conduct this type of random checks to ensure the campuses are safe. Random dog checks are the norm.

  • Jim Halbert May 2, 8:50 a.m.
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    "Deputies were called to the school for a random check of vehicles."

    Well that's convenient.