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Woman pleads guilty to stealing $3K from Wyoming dispatch

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:35:21 -0400

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming woman has pleaded guilty to stealing about $3,000 from the Sweetwater County Combined Communications Dispatch Center for personal use between 2016 and 2018.

Laura Etienne was arrested in January and charged with felony and misdemeanor counts related to misusing an Amazon Prime ...

Vatican arrests businessman in shady London real estate deal

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:31:02 -0400

ROME (AP) - Vatican police on Friday arrested an Italian businessman involved in a controversial London real estate deal on suspicion of extortion, fraud and money laundering, the Holy See said.

Gianluigi Torzi was being held in the Vatican gendarmes’ police barracks after he was questioned by its chief prosecutors, ...

57 Buffalo cops resign from team after two are suspended for pushing elderly man to the ground

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:17:19 -0400

The entire Buffalo Police Department Emergency Response Team resigned Friday to support two police officers who pushed an elderly man to the ground in a viral video, according to a report from a local news outlet.

A total of 57 officers quit the team as a sign of ...

Protest arrests logjam tests NYC legal system, bail reform

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:16:26 -0400

NEW YORK (AP) - A wave of arrests in the New York City protests over the death of George Lloyd has strained the criminal justice system and ignited a debate over whether bail reforms have allowed smash-and-grab looters to get off easy.

So far, there have been well over 2,000 ...

Shelby woman sentenced for handgun purchase for juvenile

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:13:44 -0400

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A north-central Montana woman was sentenced to six months in federal prison for lying on paperwork to buy a handgun that she then gave to a 17-year-old boy who later pointed it at her during an argument, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

A jury convicted ...

Trump reopens portion of Atlantic for fishing after Obama closed it

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:13:21 -0400

President Trump signed an order Friday in Maine to reopen for commercial fishing a vast tract of the Atlantic Ocean that had been closed by President Barack Obama.

The president also took aim at Maine Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, over her pace of reopening the state from the coronavirus.


FBI arrests 2 accused of bringing gun to Cleveland protest

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:43:37 -0400

CLEVELAND (AP) - The FBI arrested two Pennsylvania men early Friday after police said they brought a handgun, ammunition and fire-starting material to Cleveland during a recent protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Federal officials identified the men at a news conference Friday as Brandon Althof Long ...

State police trooper shoots Vermont carjacking suspect

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:33:44 -0400

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts State Police trooper shot and injured a carjacking suspect from Vermont who was driving toward the trooper as he put down a tire deflation device on Friday morning, authorities said.

The suspect, identified by police as Daniel Williams, 33, of South Burlington, Vermont, ...

Man deliberately shot Las Vegas officer, authorities say

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:27:32 -0400

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A prosecutor said Friday a 20-year-old Las Vegas man deliberately shot and gravely wounded a police officer during a Las Vegas Strip protest of the death of a man in police custody in Minneapolis, and said the man fired at least two other shots that night.


West Palm Beach mayor defends gun restrictions, extends city curfew through Sunday

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:20:47 -0400

The mayor of West Palm Beach, Florida, has invoked a little-used emergency law to shut down the sale of guns and ammunition within his city limits, an order that comes at a time when gun sales and the stocks of arms manufacturers have surged.

Mayor Keith James also imposed a ...

Woman who twisted 5-year-old boy's genitals gets jail

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:19:21 -0400

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A Bellevue woman who pleaded no contest to attempted child abuse after police say she twisted the genitals of her boyfriend’s 5-year-old son has been sentenced to two months in jail.

Hollie Budka, 50, was also sentenced Wednesday to two years’ probation, the Omaha World-Herald ...

Michigan halts 340K unemployment accounts over fraud issues

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:15:14 -0400

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan said Friday that it has halted 340,000 unemployment benefit accounts over concerns about fraudulent impostor claims, though many are legitimate claimants who deserve the money.

People's “economic lifeline is now tied up due to this criminal scheme,” said Jeff Donofrio, director of the state Department ...

Death row inmate walks free after 30 years in girl's killing

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:01:58 -0400

A man who spent nearly three decades in behind bars, most of them on death row, after he was convicted at his second trial of killing a 4-year-old girl in Philadelphia was released Friday after prosecutors concluded he very likely did not do it.

Walter Ogrod left death row and ...

3 Mexican police officers arrested for alleged beating death

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:00:21 -0400

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Authorities in western Mexico arrested three police officers, including the commissioner, and took over their local police department Friday in connection with the alleged beating death of a man in police custody.

The killing of Giovanni López in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, Jalisco last month spurred ...

Competency evaluation for woman accused of killing stepson

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:52:11 -0400

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado woman accused of killing her 11-year-old stepson and plotting to break out of jail must undergo a competency evaluation to determine her ability to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.

District Judge Gregory Werner granted a defense motion for the evaluation, essentially halting ...

2 charged in slaying of officer killed at Alabama motel

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:51:39 -0400

MOODY, Ala. (AP) - Two Birmingham residents are being charged with capital murder in the death of an Alabama police officer who was shot to death at a motel, officials said Friday.

Tapero Corlene Johnson, 27, and Marquisha Anissa Tyson, 28, are being held in the shooting death of Moody ...

Suspect in pandemic relief funds fraud has disappeared

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:40:07 -0400

A businessmen who was charged last month with fraudulently seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in forgivable loans designed for businesses struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic has apparently cut off his GPS monitoring device and disappeared, federal authorities say.

Federal authorities have issued an arrest warrant for David A. ...

3 Chinese nationals sentenced for taking Navy base pics

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:38:03 -0400

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Three Chinese nationals have been sentenced to prison for illegally taking photographs at a Florida Navy base.

Lyuyou Liao, 27, was sentenced Friday to 12 months in prison, after pleading guilty to illegally entering NAS Key West on Dec. 26 and taking photographs and video ...

Suspect accused of killing man, and woman who witnessed it

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:35:53 -0400

ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis prosecutors are accusing a man of killing another man in April, and also killing the woman woman who saw him do it.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday that 28-year-old Darrell Fisher III of St. Louis County was charged with two counts of ...

Comparisons drawn between Floyd's death and Missouri case

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:30:45 -0400

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri NAACP and black lawmakers on Friday urged a new investigation into the death of an African American jail inmate who died in 2017 in a similar circumstance to George Floyd - with a white law enforcement officer's knee on his neck.

Tory Sanders, 28, ...

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Watch dozens of Louisville cops walk out on Mayor Greg Fischer

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:44:47 -0400

Dozens of Louisville, Kentucky cops walked out on the city’s mayor as he prepared to address them during roll call this week in a silent display of their frustration with his leadership, according to a new report. Video taken Wednesday and obtained by The Louisville Courier-Journal shows Mayor Greg Fischer standing in the middle of...

Trump calls Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser ‘incompetent’ in Black Lives Matter feud

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:21:31 -0400

WASHINGTON — President Trump upbraided Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday, accusing her of being “incompetent” as tensions between the pair escalate. In a series of tweets, Trump ripped Bowser after the Democratic mayor painted “Black Lives Matter” in huge letters on the street leading to the White House earlier Friday and demanded the...

George Floyd planned to open cafe called Convict Kitchen: girlfriend

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 16:13:30 -0400

George Floyd planned to open a restaurant called Convict Kitchen and staff it with ex-prison inmates — to give formerly incarcerated people such as himself a second chance, his girlfriend said Friday. Courteney Ross, a 44-year-old Minneapolis coffee shop manager, said the pair dreamed of hiring ex-cons to work at the eatery — which would...

George Floyd GoFundMe draws most donors ever

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:44:54 -0400

A GoFundMe account set up by George Floyd’s family has amassed the most individual donations in the site’s history. More than 500,000 donors have contributed to the page from around the world, more than any previous effort for anything, a rep there told TMZ on Friday. The donations have already topped $13 million in just over...

Bat-wielding Michigan grandma tries to block George Floyd protesters

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 15:08:25 -0400

A bat-wielding 75-year-old Michigan granny faced off this week against George Floyd protesters, blocking them from marching down a street in her affluent neighborhood, dramatic footage shows. In the tense video, Karla Anderson waves the slugger at a crowd of dozens of demonstrators in East Grand Rapids on Wednesday — before one of them grabs...

Texas Ranger statue removed from Dallas airport over racism concerns

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:28:23 -0400

A 12-foot-tall bronze statue of Texas Ranger Jay Banks was removed this week from Dallas Love Field Airport after a new book shed light on the figure’s racist history, according to new reports. The statue, which has stood at the airport since 1962 and is captioned “One Riot, One Ranger,” was removed Thursday, the Dallas...

AG Bill Barr vows DOJ crackdown on violence during George Floyd protests

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:18:00 -0400

Days after Attorney General William Barr vowed to crack down on violence and illegal acts committed during protests against police brutality, the Justice Department has charged dozens of people with federal crimes.

Florida man pointed gun at nurse after denied hospital entry amid coronavirus

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:13:08 -0400

A Florida man is accused of pointing a gun at a nurse and security guard last Friday after he was denied entry into a hospital to see his wife due to COVID-19 visitor restrictions, according to a report. Eric Reitz, 57, was arrested that afternoon and remains in custody. He originally got in an altercation...

Michigan police chief on leave after posts about ‘body bags’ for protesters

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 14:09:48 -0400

A Michigan police chief is being investigated for writing a series of offensive posts on social media, including some calling for “body bags” for those protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody. Shelby Township top cop Robert Shelide was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday pending the probe into Facebook and Twitter posts...

Death of Coca-Cola ‘addict’ may be linked to her caffeine consumption

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:47:53 -0400

Amy Louise Thorpe, a New Zealand woman who was “addicted” to Coca-Cola, may have died from complications linked to her excessive caffeine consumption.

Fear stopping Rohingya from getting tested as coronavirus hits refugee camps

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:42:26 -0400

BANGKOK/DHAKA – Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh with symptoms of the novel coronavirus are not coming forward to get tested because they fear being separated from their families and held in isolation, community leaders and aid workers say. Only one death from the coronavirus has been recorded in the crowded camps in southeast Bangladesh, where some...

Minneapolis bans police chokeholds in wake of George Floyd death

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:41:06 -0400

Negotiators for the city of Minneapolis have agreed with the state to ban the use of chokeholds by police and to require police to report and intervene anytime they see an unauthorized use of force by another officer.

DC mayor has ‘Black Lives Matter’ painted on street leading to White House

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:40:23 -0400

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday had “Black Lives Matter” painted in large yellow letters on the street that leads to the White House, and also designated the square in front of Lafayette Park as Black Lives Matter Plaza. “There was a dispute this week about whose street this is,” John Falcicchio, Bowser’s chief...

California mayor resigns over ‘egregious error’ in email on police killings

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:22:19 -0400

A California mayor has resigned for sending an email stating he didn’t “believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer” – a message he insists was sent erroneously.

Man says he got curfew violation after posting on social media

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:12:42 -0400

A Milwaukee man who attended protests over the police-involved death of George Floyd said he received a curfew citation in the mail after he documented his whereabouts on social media, according to a new report. Demetrius Griffin told WDJT-TV he received the $691 citation in the mail Wednesday, for a violation the night of May...

Trump says it was ‘a piece of cake’ to suppress violent protests in DC

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:08:12 -0400

President Trump said Friday that it was "like a piece of cake" to suppress violent protests in Washington and urged governors who are "too proud" to send in the National Guard.

Gamblers ignore COVID-19 safety measures as Las Vegas casinos reopen

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 12:31:46 -0400

As casinos in Las Vegas reopened Thursday for the first time since March amid the coronavirus pandemic, many customers gambled with their health — rolling the dice by not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing, according to reports. “Wash your hands while saying, ‘Vegas Baby!’ 20 times,” a video marquee displayed along the famed Las...

Nancy Pelosi backs Rep. Engel after AOC endorses Democratic challenger

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:46:19 -0400

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threw her weight behind his challenger.

Seven people, dog found fatally shot in burning Alabama home

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 11:24:36 -0400

Morgan County deputies responding to a call of a shooting at a home in Valhermoso Springs discovered the bodies after putting out the blaze, sheriff officials told WAAY.

Trump says 2.5 million jobs added shows economy is ‘opening with a bang’

Fri, 05 Jun 2020 10:54:45 -0400

President Trump said on Friday that “we’re going to be back” after surprising economic news that the US economy added 2.5 million jobs in May.

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