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Outgoing Miss. governor under fire over pardons of 8 killers

By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTA — Outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is leaving office trailed by controversy about pardons — issued over the course of his two terms…

Des Moines man sentenced to 320 months following drug and gun convictions

DES MOINES, IA – On January 5, 2012, Robbie Dean Fetters, age 39, Des Moines, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to a total of 320 months…

Bloomington housemates subdue rampaging felon

Joy Powell, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – Two young couples were watching TV Saturday afternoon at the Bloomington house they share when they heard a dog bark, and then a woman scream.…

Iowa meth-maker gets 20 year prison sentence

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 6, 2012, Andrew Francis Falco, age 42, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced in federal court in Davenport, Iowa, to 240 months imprisonment for manufacturing methamphetamine, announced…

Coralville Man Sentenced on Federal Charges For Possession of Child Pornography

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 6, 2012, Christopher Alan Shira, age 41, of Coralville, Iowa, was sentenced to 48 months of imprisonment for possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A.…

Iowa City Man Sentenced on Federal Charges For Attempted Enticement Of a Minor

DAVENPORT, IA – On January 6, 2012, Terry Marshall Campie, age 55, of Iowa City, Iowa, was sentenced to 120 months of imprisonment for one count of Attempted Enticement of aMinor…

Clarinda, Iowa man pleads guilty to meth distribution

DES MOINES, IA – On January 4, 2012, Edward Eugene Gray, Jr., age 33, of Clarinda, Iowa, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance…

Southern Minnesota man awaiting charges after assaulting ex’s new boyfriend

Trey Mewes, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A Dexter man is in jail awaiting formal charges after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulted her new boyfriend with a…

Guilty plea in court marred by outburst

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – A man’s guilty plea for a 2011 fatal shooting was interrupted Monday morning when one of the victim’s cousins loudly cussed as she walked out…

Law Enforcement Agencies Investigate the Disappearance of a Washington County Woman

Crawfordsville, IOWA — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) are conducting an investigation into the disappearance of a rural Washington County woman. On…

100 soldiers restricted to Washington state base after equipment thefts

By Amy Martinez, The Seattle Times – SEATTLE — About 100 soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., were restricted to the base Sunday after hundreds of sensitive items, including night-vision goggles…

Three Tennessee Men Plead Guilty to Launching Mortar-Style Fireworks at African-Americans

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – James Smiley, 27,   Colton Partin, 21, and Kyle Montgomery, 21, all of Chattanooga, Tenn., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga for launching fireworks at African-Americans…

Former Soldier Sentenced to Prison in Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme Related to Iraq War Contracts

WASHINGTON – Eddie Pressley, 41, a former U.S. Army contracting official, was sentenced in Birmingham, Ala., for his participation in a bribery and money laundering scheme related to bribes paid…

Accused Iowa school thief to stand trial

John Mangalonzo, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – One of the contractors accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment from the Mediapolis High School will face a jury.…

Update: Law Enforcement Officials Conduct Investigation into Shooting Incident in Delaware County

Dundee, IOWA — On January 5, 2012 at approximately 5:07 PM, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 1749 120th Street in Dundee, Iowa in response to a 911…

Leader of NinjaVideo.Net Website Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison for Criminal Copyright Conspiracy

WASHINGTON – A founder of NinjaVideo.net, a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download high-quality copies of copyright-protected movies and television programs, was sentenced today…

Pakistani Sentenced to 50 Months in Prison for Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to the Pakistani Taliban

WASHINGTON – A Pakistani citizen was sentenced today in the District of Columbia to 50 months in prison for conspiracy to provide material support to the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP),…

Tucson shooting survivor and his savior still coping a year later

By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times – TUCSON, Ariz. — She was scared to touch the stranger writhing outside the Safeway grocery store, blood streaming from a bullet wound in his…

Doctor arraigned in Maryland on murder charges in abortion case

By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun – BALTIMORE — A doctor was freed on $500,000 bail Friday after a brief court hearing in Cecil County, Md., the first time since his…

Pair of California lawmakers run afoul of the law

By David Siders, Torey Van Oot and Jim Sanders, McClatchy Newspapers – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was an eventful day for a couple of gun-toting, shoplifting California state lawmakers. Days after…

Man released from jail re-arrested for stealing his inmate jumpsuit

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A California man just released from county jail Friday morning was rearrested for possession of stolen property — his day-glow orange…

Jury is selected in court-martial of Marine staff sergeant

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times – CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Opposing lawyers Friday asked prospective jurors in the court martial of an enlisted Marine accused in the deaths of 24…

12 in California, Nevada charged with online trafficking in wildlife

By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Among listings for fraying couches and used television sets, the Craigslist ad stood out — $2,800 for a prized Asian arowana…

Court reverses conviction of man who made Super Bowl threats

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — A federal appeals court Friday quashed the conviction of an Arizona man who plotted to randomly shoot football fans at…

Vulnerable homeless men try to foil Orange County killer

By Christopher Goffard and Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times – SANTA ANA, Calif. — Cary Singletary is 6-foot-2 inches, an ex-boxer who once worked nightclub security, alternating coffee and water…

EDITORIAL: The answers on the Albert Lea city credit card issue

Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. We can provide answers to the questions posed by letter writer Kathy Diaz today. In fact, we spoke on the phone with her, thanked her for…

BRIEF:Albert Lea Child possibly burned by cigarettes

Albert Lea Tribune, Minn. Police received a call just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday from the Urgent Care Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea, 404 Fountain St., regarding…

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of Minors

WASHINGTON – A Minnesota man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Minneapolis to abusive sexual contact of two minor boys, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the…

Delaware Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Production and Transportation of Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – A Wilmington, Del., man was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison for production and transportation of child pornography, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the…

Former Employee of Government Contractor Pleads Guilty in Oklahoma to Child Pornography Charge

WASHINGTON – A former employee of a government contractor pleaded guilty today to a child exploitation charge under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA), announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A.…

Federal Court Orders Larry Benny Groover to Pay $2.69 Million for Defrauding Customers in Forex Ponzi Scheme

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) obtained a federal court consent order requiring CFTC defendant Larry Benny Groover of Gunter, Texas, to pay a total of $2.69 million in…

South Carolina Murder Suspect Captured

Savannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted for Murder and Aggravated Assault was arrested by the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and…

Hospice company accused of ripping off Medicare

By Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News WASHINGTON — A national hospice company improperly cycled patients through nursing homes and hospices with a goal of making as much profit as possible from…

Two men get life sentences for murder of black teen

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times – LONDON — Two white men were given life sentences Wednesday for the racially motivated murder of a black teenager nearly 19 years ago in…

Man faces 7 counts of arson after St. Paul house fire

Anthony Lonetree, Star Tribune, Minneapolis – An arson that sent people fleeing from a St. Paul home Tuesday was set after a woman rejected the alleged arsonist’s sexual advances, according to…

BRIEF: Still few details about assault against 3-month-old baby in northern Minnesota

The Bemidji Pioneer, Minn. – Jan. 05–Few new details are available in the assault of an infant earlier this week. Deputies are continuing to investigate why a 3-month-old girl was…

Six officers shot in Utah

Michael Mcfall and Scott Schwebke, Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah – OGDEN — Emergency responders rushed Wednesday night to 3268 Jackson Ave., where there was a report of “shots fired” and “officer down.”…

Authorities make arrests in alleged stem cell scheme

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times – HOUSTON — Three men were arrested and a fourth was being sought by the FBI in connection with what investigators said was a $1.5…

Robbery of U.S. Bank Branch in Bloomington, MN

Robbery of U.S. Bank Branch in Bloomington, MN

On January 2, 2012, at approximately 8:45 a.m., a bank robbery occurred at a U.S. Bank branch, located at 9633 Lyndale Avenue in Bloomington, Minnesota. The robber, who was described…

South Carolina Murder Suspect Captured

Savannah, GA – A Savannah man wanted for Murder and Aggravated Assault was arrested by the Savannah Office of the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Savannah…