In a Caldwell County case, the N.C. Court of Appeals ruled this morning that restrictive covenants against use of a home for business or commercial purposes do not apply to short-term vacation rentals. The unanimous opinion from a three-judge panel affirmed the trial court’s ruling in the case.

In other opinions released this morning:

  • A unanimous three-judge panel reversed a trial-court order dismissing murder and sex offense charges in the case of Derrick Allen, convicted in Durham County in the 1998 killing of 2-year-old Ava Jones.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial-court ruling favoring Morrisville in a dispute over denial of a special-use permit for a new telecommunications tower.
  • A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a trial court’s ruling in a property dispute involving ownership of a bulkhead at Carolina Beach.