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Neighbors rally around 80-year-old accused of shooting burglar

By Rosemary Sobol, Liam Ford and Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — Neighbors are calling on prosecutors to drop charges against an 80-year-old owner of a local tavern who allegedly…

Former Minnesota teacher must pay former foster son damages for child porn

Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A federal judge has ordered former St. Paul teacher Gregg Alan Larsen to pay $240,000 to a man who was once his foster…

Ex-law professor Clark Griffith unzipped pants in public, charges say

Emily Gurnon and Brian Murphy, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – A former adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law has been charged with indecent exposure after a 24-year-old student…

Teen arrested in armed robbery of cabdriver in Mpls.

Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – One arrest has been made in the armed robbery and assault last week of a cabdriver in north Minneapolis by two men, authorities said Monday.…

Former Boy Scouts leader surrenders in child-porn case

Rafael A. Olmeda, Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – A former Boy Scouts leader surrendered in a Broward courtroom Monday to begin serving a prison sentence for 100 counts of possession…

Kentucky man indicted on 22 counts of child pornography

By Deborah Highland, Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky. – March 26–A 24-year-old Bowling Green man could be looking at spending the next 20 years behind bars if he is convicted…

Iowa City burglary suspect arrested

Iowa City burglary suspect arrested

On March 23, 2012 at approximately 12:08 a.m., Iowa City Police Officers responded to 212 E Bloomington Street for a female reporting she had just found an unknown male coming…

Squad car accident injures Waterloo police officer

From the Waterloo Police Department: On Monday, March 26, 2012, at approximately 8:34 AM, a Waterloo Police car was involved in an accident at Commercial Street and West 18th Street.…

New York Fugitive Arrested After Fleeing Cross Country

Austin, TX – David Robert Wampler, 40, whose last known address was Livonia, New York was arrested today by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in downtown Austin. Wampler was…

U.S. Marshals Task Force Tracks Down Child Sexual Predator After Almost 2 Years on the Run

Akron, OH – On Saturday, at approximately 4:30 in the morning, the York Police Department in South Carolina arrested 38 year old Antwain Price for failing to register as a…

Largest Heroin Bust in Michigan History Nets Seven Additional Defendants

(Detroit, MI) – Nine individuals have been charged in a first superseding indictment with violating various federal drug laws which include conspiracy to distribute 69 kilograms of heroin and 10 kilograms…

Haji Bagcho, One of World’s Largest Heroin Traffickers, Convicted on Drug Trafficking, Narco-Terrorism Charges

An Afghan national with ties to the Taliban was convicted today by a jury in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of conspiracy, distribution of heroin for importation…

Minnesota man sentenced for armed robbery of convenience stores

MINNEAPOLIS — Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 21–year–old Inver Grove Heights man was sentenced in connection with the June 14, 2011, armed robberies of SuperAmerica stores…

Man gets 35 years for murder after fiery assault

Defendant Already Was Serving Prison Term on Related Charges WASHINGTON – Vasile Graure, 41, was sentenced today to a prison term of 35 years on a charge of felony murder…

California police ask public’s help in Iraqi woman’s beating death

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — El Cajon, Calif., police are asking for the public’s help in its investigation into the fatal beating of an Iraqi immigrant…

Alleged Child Predator Arrested

Las Cruces, NM – The United States Marshal Service in New Mexico arrested Oscar Oropeza, Monday March 19, 2012 on an outstanding warrant charging him with Criminal Sexual Penetration of…

Cash stolen from handicapped boy collecting funds for wheelchair basketball

By Amanda James, McClatchy Newspapers – CARY, N.C. — Seated in his wheelchair, Nolan Turner, 12, staked out his neighborhood Thursday evening to sell water bottles and raise money to bring…

San Francisco home where 5 found dead a ‘very violent crime scene’

By Matt Stevens And Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — San Francisco police spent Saturday inside the home where five people were found dead, but they have yet…

Iraqi woman dies after beating; threatening note found nearby

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – SAN DIEGO — A 32-year-old Iraqi immigrant died Saturday, three days after being found beaten into unconsciousness in her home in El Cajon, Calif., with a note…

New Black Panthers offer bounty for capture of Trayvon Martin’s killer

By Arelis R. Hernandez, The Orlando Sentinel – SANFORD, Fla. — Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of George Zimmerman, leader Mikhail…

Florida killing raises questions about ‘stand your ground’ laws

Florida killing raises questions about ‘stand your ground’ laws

By Tina Susman and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – SANFORD, Fla. — It has been called “obscene,” “stupid” and the “right-to-commit-murder law.” (PHOTO: Anthony Cage, Ashley Cage, 21, and Prince Cage,…

Elderly Florida woman beaten, robbed and threatened with knife

A 73 year-old woman arrived home to find a man sitting on the stairs leading to her apartment along Fairways Circle in the Silver Springs Shores community (the Yellow Condos).…

Waterloo Police Investigate Stabbing

WATERLOO – On Friday, March 23, 2012 at approximately 2:30 AM, Waterloo Police responded to a report of a stabbing at 1416 Oleson Road, Apartment #3. Officers found the victim,…

9 gang members charged in rape of St. Paul girl, 14

Emily Gurnon, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – Nine gang members, including five men and four juveniles, have been charged in the rape of a 14-year-old St. Paul girl. Those charged…

Feds investigate ammo shipments from Plymouth man

Dan Browning, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – The Department of Homeland Security is investigating a Plymouth man for allegedly trying to ship thousands of rounds of restricted ammunition to Ukraine. Paul Kalash,…

Minnesota Woman Charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for sexual abuse, aggravated sexual abuse, and aiding and…

Lead suspect in ‘Fast and Furious’ probe released more than once

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Manuel Celis-Acosta, the chief suspect in the federal “Fast and Furious” investigation who was caught but released at the U.S.-Mexico border…

Defrocked priest pleads guilty to abusing altar boy

By John P. Martin, The Philadelphia Inquirer – PHILADELPHIA — A defrocked Philadelphia priest accused of molesting boys pleaded guilty Thursday, four days before he was to stand trial with two…

Sanford police chief temporarily steps down amid growing unrest in Trayvon Martin shooting

By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times – SANFORD, Fla. — The slaying of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old, by a neighborhood watch volunteer has prompted a federal investigation and, on…

Staff Sgt. Bales to be charged with 17 murder counts

By Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The American soldier suspected in the bloodiest rampage against civilians in the decade of the Afghan war is expected to be charged Friday…

Authorities find 180 heroin pellets in woman’s stomach

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — A bellyful of an alleged drug-smuggling attempt was recently thwarted at Dulles International Airport with the arrest of a woman on suspicion…

Former Hawkeye Wegher charged with domestic assault

AKRON, IOWA – Former Iowa Hawkeye star running back Brandon Wegher was charged with domestic assault after a confrontation with his brother, Cole Wegher. According to online court records, a…

Drunk Austin, MN mother sentenced for picking up child

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 40-year-old Austin woman who allegedly picked up her kindergarten-age child while drunk was sentenced to probation Friday in Mower County court. Gina Marie…

Iowa City police ask for help identifying pizza joint robbers

Iowa City police ask for help identifying pizza joint robbers

On February 8, 2012 at 1:15am Papa Murphy’s Pizza at 2300 Muscatine Ave was burglarized. The suspects were captured on surveillance cameras in the business after they smashed a front…

Targets of ATF sting were FBI informants

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — When the ATF made alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta its primary target in the ill-fated Fast and Furious investigation, it…

Minnesota Man Indicted for Sexually Abusing a Girl

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 59-year-old man from the northern Minnesota community of Grygla was indicted for allegedly sexually abusing a girl while on the Red Lake Indian Reservation.…

Central Florida cops routinely make arrests in ‘stand your ground’ cases

By Henry Pierson Curtis, The Orlando Sentinel – ORLANDO, Fla. — Police in Sanford let George Zimmerman go home after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin last month, but Central Florida…

Home health care aide indicted for attempted child sexual exploitation

COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio home health care aide was charged Wednesday in a six-count indictment for attempting to sexually exploit a child, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and…

Noted Scientist Sentenced to 13-Year Prison Term for Attempted Espionage, Fraud and Tax Charges

WASHINGTON – Stewart David Nozette, 54, a scientist who once worked for the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the White House’s…

New York man charged with producing and possessing child pornography

ALBANY, N.Y. — An upstate New York man has been charged with producing and possessing child pornography. This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland…