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4 Ill. residents accused of 20 break-ins

CARTHAGE, Ill. – At least 20 burglary cases that have plagued Hancock County, Ill., the past few months were cleared with the arrest of four Warsaw, Ill., residents, authorities said…

Clinton man to serve probation for sexual exploitation

Samantha Pidde, Clinton Herald, Iowa – CLINTON — A Clinton man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated misdemeanors, on Wednesday. Raymond J. Reves, 49, was…

BRIEF: Cedar Rapids man receives deferred judgment for sexual abuse of minor

A Cedar Rapids man received a deferred judgment Thursday in Linn County District Court for sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in 2007 and 2008. Justin Randall, 27, pleaded guilty to…

Iowa teen claims he is being set up

Gabriel Vasquez Garza, a Burlington teen waiting to be tried for his alleged involvement in the rape of a woman, has been implicated in a new case – residential burglary.…

Burlington man faces drug and weapons charges

An investigation following a call about shots being fired from a white pickup has resulted in serious charges being filed against a Burlington man. DiAngelo Leon Willis, 31, of Burlington…

Death penalty sought against accused Craigslist suspect

By Phil Trexler, Akron Beacon Journal – AKRON, Ohio — Summit County prosecutors on Friday unveiled a 28-count capital murder indictment against Richard Beasley, the prime suspect in the Craigslist’s help-wanted…

Iowa man sentenced for failure to register as sex offender

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 13, 2012, Stanley Jerry Blanco, age 45, of Iowa City, Iowa, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for failing to register as a sex offender…

Former Des Moines police officer pleads guilty to obstruction of justice

DES MOINES, IA – On January 19, 2012, John Mailander, age 47, a former police officer with the Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in…

Ukrainian man arrested on federal child sexual exploitation charges

PHILADELPHIA — Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Ivan Pravilov, 48, a hockey coach from the Ukraine, on charges of traveling in interstate commerce…

ICE deports man wanted for sexual assault on a child in the UK

NEWARK, N.J. — A man from the United Kingdom, wanted for sexual assault on a five-year-old in his home country, was deported and turned over to British officials Jan. 19…

South Dakota Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Justin Birdhorse, age 34, of Wakpala, South Dakota, appeared before United States District Judge Charles B. Kornmann on January 10, 2012, and…

Third Springfield, Massachusetts, Man Sentenced to Prison for Arson of African-American Church

Thomas Gleason, 24, was sentenced today in federal court for his role in the arson of the predominately African-American Macedonia Church of God in Christ just hours after the election…

Former Oklahoma Detention Officer Indicted for Assaulting an Inmate

A federal grand jury in Muskogee, Okla., has indicted Jerrod Porter Lane, 26, former detention officer at the Muskogee County Jail (MCJ) in Oklahoma, on six charges related to two…

Pennsylvania Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

WASHINGTON – A resident of Washington County, Pa., was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of possession, production and receipt of materials depicting the sexual…

Haditha court-martial delayed as plea bargain talks continue

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Negotiations continued Thursday into a possible plea bargain in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the last of eight…

Starvation death of Chicago-area inmate raises questions about jail’s responsibility

By John Keilman and Lisa Black, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Funeral home workers cleaned out Lyvita Gomes’ hotel room Thursday. They found some jewelry, an image of the Virgin Mary…

Albert Lea hot water tosser gets 5 1/2 years

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. – A Freeborn County District Court judge on Tuesday sentenced an Albert Lea man to 5 1/2 years in prison for throwing boiling water into…

Boy, 10, accused of stabbing friend faces murder charge as a juvenile

By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times – EL CAJON, Calif. — In this mobile home park full of boys darting around on scooters, Ryan Carter was known as the peacemaker. So…

Burlington drug middleman will serve 10-year prison sentence

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – A 61-year-old Burlington man police say was a middleman in several drug transactions between a confidential informant and a dealer is headed to…

1 of 2 reputed mobsters makes plea deal in robbery plot trial

By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Reputed mobsters Joseph Scalise and Arthur Rachel pulled off one of the more memorable heists in Chicago mob lore, donning disguises to rob…

Accused mass murderer pleads not guilty in salon shooting

By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times – SANTA ANA, Calif. — The man accused in a mass shooting at a Seal Beach beauty salon in October pleaded not guilty Wednesday to…

Prosecutors won’t retry four men granted new trials in murder-rape case

By Steve Mills and Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Cook County prosecutors said on Tuesday they would not retry four men who won new trials late last year in…

Supreme Court rules for Alabama death row inmate ‘abandoned’ by lawyers

Supreme Court rules for Alabama death row inmate ‘abandoned’ by lawyers

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court rarely gives criminal defendants a second chance if they miss a deadline to file an appeal, but the…

4 arrested in insider-trading investigation

By Nathaniel Popper, Los Angeles Times – NEW YORK — A major investigation of insider trading on Wall Street extended beyond the exclusive world of New York hedge funds when federal…

St. Paul police wound suspect during foot chase

Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – St. Paul police shot and wounded a man Tuesday after he and another suspect fled from officers in the midst of a drug investigation. Police…

Attack videos shared online spark curiosity, outrage

Jeremy Gorner, Kate Thayer and Rex W. Huppke, Chicago Tribune – Video of a 17-year-old being kicked and punched repeatedly in a snow-covered alley in Chicago’s Armour Square grew into a viral Internet…

Suspect in Southern Calif. homeless slayings ‘wasn’t done,’ officials say

Suspect in Southern Calif. homeless slayings ‘wasn’t done,’ officials say

By Hailey Branson-Potts, Christopher Goffard and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times – SANTA ANA, Calif. — He would select the homeless men and then hunt them down, prosecutors said, waiting…

Pinkberry co-founder accused of chasing, beating transient

By Scott Gold, Andrew Blankstein and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — The frozen business empire of Pinkberry was always about control. Dating back to Pinkberry’s first shop…

Texas Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 41-year-old Texas man who used to live in St. Paul Park was sentenced for producing pornographic images of a minor female over a three-year…

Trespassing Case Leads to Additional Charges for Clarinda Man

A Clarinda man pleaded guilty to trespassing while hunting deer north of Hepburn on Dec. 17. Donald E. Runyon, 29, pleaded guilty on Jan. 4 and paid $397.50 in fines…

27-year-old southern Minnesota man charged with kidnapping

Matt Peterson, Austin Daily Herald – A 27-year-old homeless man who allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and led police on a five-hour pursuit on Jan. 11 was charged Friday in Mower County…

Kosovar, Deme Nikqi, extradited from Albania to US to face human smuggling charges

WASHINGTON — Deme Nikqi, of Peje, Kosovo, known by various aliases including “Hektor Kelmendi,” has been extradited to the United States from Albania to face charges related to his leadership…

Teen charged with assaulting cops sentenced to probation

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 19-year-old Austin man who assaulted four police officers in November was sentenced Friday to two years of probation. Timothy Andrew Bakke was convicted…

Ranchers asked to help search for body of missing Montana teacher

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times – SEATTLE — Authorities are appealing to farmers and ranchers in the remote wheat fields along the North Dakota-Montana border for help in finding the…

Austin, MN man charged with criminal sexual conduct

Sarah Stultz, Albert Lea Tribune – A 36-year-old Austin man has been charged with raping and attempting to strangle his ex-girlfriend in Albert Lea in what was described as a jealous…

Former Boy Scouts leader sentenced to 95 years in prison on child pornography charges

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former Gerber Boy Scout Camp director was sentenced to 95 years in federal prison for filming young boys dressing in a YMCA locker room and…

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Production Charges in Indiana and Is Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison

A Maryland man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Indianapolis to seven counts of child pornography production and was sentenced to 33 years in prison and a lifetime of…

Deputy US Marshal in Chicago Indicted for Civil Rights Violations

WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury in Chicago returned an indictment today charging Deputy U.S. Marshal Stephen Linder, 36, with violations of federal criminal civil rights law related to two…

Former L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Agrees to Plead Guilty to Federal Corruption Charge

WASHINGTON – A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy was charged today with agreeing to accept $20,000 in bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into the Men’s Central Jail, announced…

Justice Department Settles with Warren, Ohio, Police Department

Agreement Resolves Findings of Excessive Force Uncovered During Pattern or Practice Investigation WASHINGTON – Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced that it has resolved its investigation of…