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Cops: Pennsylvania man stole 300K pennies from employer
The man is accused of taking a steel drum filled with $3,000 worth of pennies from Pyne Freight Lines       
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Police: Pennsylvania man stole 300,000 pennies from employer
TAYLOR, Pa. (AP) - Talk about penny pinching: A Pennsylvania man is accused of stealing about 300,000 pennies from his employer.
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Mom holding son's ashes: ‘This is what I'm left with'
Michael White’s mother brought an urn of the slain teen’s ashes to court Wednesday, telling his young killers “this is what I’m left with.”         
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Woman sentenced for taking newborn son from Norfolk hospital
MADISON, Neb. (AP) - A woman accused of kidnapping her newborn son from a Norfolk hospital has been imprisoned. Court records say 34-year-old Lacee Tuttle, of Pierce, was given a year for violating a custody order and 90 days for negligent child abuse. Tuttle pleaded guilty last month after prosecutors ...
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A break-down of how a 10-year-old was charged with manslaughter

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Former school leader gets 40-year sentence for sex crimes
SAWYER, N.D. (AP) - Sawyer's former school superintendent and high school principal has been sentenced to serve 40 years in prison for sexually abusing three teenage boys and possessing child pornography. Charles Soper, 52, pleaded guilty in April to several felony and misdemeanor charges, and prosecutors dropped a human trafficking ...
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Homeless Massachusetts man gets jail for trespassing
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A homeless Massachusetts man whose criminal trespassing cases went all the way to the state's highest court has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. The Berkshire Eagle ( ) reports that a judge on Thursday let stand the monthlong sentence imposed on 70-year-old David ...
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Man who police say was recruited as killer takes plea deal
AURORA, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska man accused of being recruited to kill another man's wife has taken a plea deal. Court records say 30-year-old Derrick Shirley, of Bradshaw, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 1. He pleaded no contest last week to a felony charge of possessing a firearm ...
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Ohio psychic stole $1.5 million in cash and cars from clients
Gina Miller conned nearly a dozen clients at her Mentor studio 20 miles northeast of Cleveland, prosecutors said.
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Brothers planning ‘IS-inspired bomb attack’ arrested by London terrorist police
A suspected Islamic State-inspired bomb attack has reportedly been uncovered by London’s counter-terrorism officers in what has been described as the most “significant” terrorist plot against the capital in two years. Read Full Article at
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DC Safe Surrender aims to reduce outstanding bench warrants
WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia officials are giving people with outstanding bench warrants the opportunity to self-surrender rather than be arrested. The Safe Surrender program is taking place on the next three Saturdays at D.C. Superior Court. Officials say the program allows anyone who has an outstanding parole, pre-trial ...
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Metairie man accused of sexually abusing young girl
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A 79-year-old Metairie man has been accused of repeatedly molesting a young girl several years ago. Citing an arrest report, Times-Picayune ( ) reports Jorge Medina was arrested Tuesday on an aggravated rape charge. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigators say Medina sexually abused a girl, ...
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Mayor charged with stealing $8K from social club resigns
NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) - The mayor of an eastern Pennsylvania borough has resigned five months after he was charged with stealing $8,000 from a fire company social club. Nazareth (NAZ'-uh-reth) Mayor Carl Strye Jr. resigned on Tuesday. The borough council nominated Councilman John Samus to complete Strye's mayoral term through ...
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Suspect charged with murder in motel shootout arrested
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say a suspect charged with murder in the shooting deaths of two men in a New Jersey motel room last year has been arrested in Maryland. Prosecutors said Tuesday that 22-year-old Tywan Dixon was arrested at an apartment complex in Glen Burnie, Maryland last ...
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Man sentenced after admitting to attempted rape of child
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) - Prosecutors in southwest Ohio say a man has been sentenced to serve a decade in prison after admitting he tried to rape a young child. Warren County prosecutors announced on Thursday that 29-year-old Jonathan Schneider had been sentenced this week after pleading guilty to felony counts ...
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Bronx fare-beating bust leads cops to solving attempted rape case
A fare-beating arrest in the Bronx Wednesday led cops to solve a year-old attempted rape case, authorities said.
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Martha’s Vineyard burglar paints pet dog before being collared by police (PHOTO)
A Massachusetts man suspected of robbing a house has left a bizarre calling card - painting the homeowner’s dog purple before fleeing in a stolen car. Read Full Article at
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Convicted murderer facing felony weapons charges in Aurora
A convicted murderer living in Aurora was arrested Wednesday and is facing felony weapons charges in connection with a June incident on Aurora's East Side. Ernesto Sanchez, 36, of the 400 block of Watson Street, was pulled over by Aurora police for alleged traffic violations at about 4:50 p.m....
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National Briefs: Girl shoots student, kills self in Texas
ALPINE, Texas — A 14-year-old female student died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday after shooting and injuring another female student inside Alpine High School in western Texas,  according to the local sheriff.
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‘This is what I'm left with,’ mother holding son's ashes tells teen killers
Michael White’s mother brought an urn of the slain teen’s ashes to court Wednesday, telling his young killers “this is what I’m left with.”       
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In America, unequally applied justice: Column
Judges need implicit bias training to fix system that continues to fail women, minorities         
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Teen arrested in fatal Springfield shooting
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Springfield police arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager last weekend. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports ( ) the arrest was announced Wednesday after members of the U.S. Marshal's Task Force apprehended the boy on an active warrant in the ...
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One Chicago cop charged, another cleared in alleged brutality cases caught on video
Chicago police were breaking up a loud West Side block party in July 2014 when cellphone video captured Officer Brett Kahn walking up to a partygoer and slamming him in the head while holding a collapsible metal baton. One year later, in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood, police dashboard-camera...
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Chicago police officer charged with felony after hitting man with baton, bending the truth
A Chicago police officer has been charged with assaulting a man with a baton in 2014. Falsely citing self-defense, the officer’s story’s inconsistency that triggered the charges was revealed only after a violent video of the incident surfaced online. Read Full Article at
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Defense group joins objection to ‘Las Vegas Law’
A group of defense attorneys asked the Nevada Supreme Court to join in a request to prevent the Clark County District Attorney’s television show from filming trials.
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IRS agent: Hattiesburg pastor diverted $60,000 to his church
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - An IRS agent says that a Hattiesburg pastor took $60,000 from a federally-funded housing rehabilitation program to subsidize his church. WDAM-TV reports ( IRS Agent Bradley Luker testified Thursday in the trial of the Rev. Kenneth Fairley, who faces conspiracy and theft charges in an indictment ...
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Brooklyn man charged with hit-and-run of 6-year-old has $50G bail
Armando Mino, 53, was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
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Man charged with robbing off-duty CPD officer
A man has been charged with robbing an off-duty Chicago Police officer of his gun and badge last week in Lake View.
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Lawyer: Former Mississippi officer indicted in 2015 shooting
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A lawyer says a former Mississippi police officer has been indicted in the October 2015 shooting death of a black man. Attorney Jim Waide said Thursday that a prosecutor told him Canyon Boykin, a white former police officer in Columbus, has been indicted for manslaughter in ...
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Aurora man found guilty of weapons charges
An Aurora gang member who led police on a foot chase and was caught with a loaded gun in September 2015 was found guilty Wednesday of weapons charges.
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Cops: Man fleeing police crashes car into Waukegan home
A Beach Park man slammed his car into a Waukegan home while fleeing from police Wednesday afternoon, police said. A Lake County sheriff's deputy on patrol attempted to stop the 2004 Lincoln SUV driven by Lee Hernandez, 31, of the 38000 block of North Cornell Road, because Hernandez had a revoked...
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Judge sentences 15-year-old Park Ridge car thief to probation
A Park Ridge teen accused of stealing multiple cars across the city — including one with an elderly woman in the back seat — will spend the next three years on probation, authorities said. The boy, now 15, pleaded guilty on Aug. 29 to three counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, said Tandra...
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Cleveland police's proposed use-of-force policy designed to address past issues
A proposed use-of-force policy the Cleveland police monitoring team put forth on Thursday is designed to be a stepping stone on which all other departmental reforms can be built, the head monitor said. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A proposed use-of-force policy the Cleveland police monitoring team put forth on Thursday is designed to be a stepping stone on which all other departmental reforms can be built, the head monitor said. Matthew Barge said the proposed policy, mandated in a settlement the city entered into with the U.S. Justice Department, is designed to be more streamlined, after receiving complaints from officers that the old one was wonky and unclear. Barge said the policy would be "a road map to a different organization and a new approach to force." The proposed policy was made public following input from the Justice Department, the city and other stakeholders. The monitoring team is seeking public input on the policy. A final version will go before Chief U.S. District Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. for approval. Barge said the team would accept suggestions for at least a few weeks, and that the monitoring team will hold community forums on the city's east and west sides. (To provide feedback, visit the monitoring team's website.) The city's policy must be changed because the Justice Department said Cleveland officers too often use force. Under a plan approved by the judge, it must be approved and in place, complete with additional training for officers, by the end of the year. Barge said that not everything included in the proposed policy can be tied to specific instances in Cleveland police history. Some are, while others are tied to issues that happened in other parts of the country. Here are a few key portions of the proposed use-of-force policies, and why they were included. Reasonable and proportional force The proposed new policy says, like the current one, that officers can use force when it is "objectionably reasonable" -- a legal standard that means an average officer would have made the same decision. This takes into account the fact that officers often have to make split-second decisions. They must also take into account the totality of the circumstances. The proposed policy says the officer can use force "only as necessary, meaning only when no reasonably effective alternative to the use of force appears to exist." If an officer must use force, it can only be enough to fulfill a lawful duty, such as subduing a violent suspect. Barge said it was designed to have a clear set of guidelines that officers should be thinking through before he or she uses force. The policy clarification was necessary because of a myriad of instances where officers used force against a suspect, even when the suspect was not resisting or violent. The Justice Department cited multiple cases as examples for such a policy change. Most notable was the 22-mile police chase in November 2012 that ended in police firing 137 shots and killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The shots were fired as a result of the car backfiring, as Russell and Williams did not have a weapon. De-escalation techniques Under the proposed policy, officers must take every step possible to de-escalate situations before resorting to force. This can be as small of a task to moving to escape danger and doing their best to "slow down the situation so that more time, options and resources for the incident to be resolved." They should also question whether the reason a person isn't complying with an officer's orders because of a medical condition, mental illness, a language barrier or drug use. If a person is experiencing a mental health crisis, a specialized officer should be called to the scene. Don'ts The proposed policy also has a page-long section of what officers are prohibited to do when using force. These include: * Using force to subdue subjects who are not suspected of any criminal conduct, other than to ensure the safety of an officer or other person. * Use force in retaliation. * Use force against people who yell at officers and are not committing a crime. * Using force against somebody exercising their First Amendment rights. * Use neck holds. * Fire warning shots. The proposed policy acknowledges that there are "rare and exceptional circumstances" that may lead to use of force in these situations. Medical attention Under the proposed policy, officers must provide medical care to anybody injured after he or she used force. The current policy only requires officers to request a supervisor go to the scene and call for medical assistance if someone appeared to be or said they were injured. This policy change is likely necessary for several instances, including the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Tamir in November 2014. After Loehmann shot Rice, Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback stood around, presumably waiting until an ambulance arrived. An FBI agent who heard about the shooting over a scanner arrived soon after and gave the boy help. Duty to intervene Under the new provisions, officers would be required to intervene and stop use of force abuses carried out by their fellow officers. A sense of loyalty among officers is believed to have caused some internal and criminal investigations into officer conduct to implode.  This includes the case of Edward Henderson, whom police officer kicked on Jan. 1, 2011 as he lay on the ground, subdued following a car chase on the Detroit Shoreway. Four officers were charged in state court but their charges were dropped when federal prosecutors picked up the case. The investigation stalled after federal authorities were unable to identify the officers shown on the video. None of the officers involved in Henderson's arrest filed reports that indicated they used force. Henderson was convicted of felonious assault of a peace officer, after police said he tried to run an officer over at the beginning of the chase. He served three years in prison. The city agreed to pay Henderson $600,000 to settle an excessive force lawsuit.  Barge said it is going to take a long time to have this type of duty baked into the police culture, but that it is an important. If you would like to comment on this story, please visit Thursday's crime and courts comments section.
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Man sentenced for groping girl at Wichita high school
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for assaulting a student in a high school bathroom last year. Guy Harris was sentenced Thursday for misdemeanor sexual battery in the September 2015 assault on an 18-year-old female student at East High School. Police ...
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The Latest: Hearing scrapped for man accused in house fire
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a man accused of killing his husband in house fire (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Attorneys for a man accused of setting a house fire that killed his husband, a well-known Salt Lake City restaurateur, have withdrawn their request for a bail ...
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State attorney general will not file charges in Pasco case
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The state attorney general is closing his investigation into the shooting of a Mexican national by Pasco police. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday that his office will not bring criminal charges in the 2015 death of 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Three members of the Pasco Police ...
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Family of man punched into coma by ex-con prays for miracle
Ali Bruncaj, waiting on the February birth of his granddaughter, worries if his son will survive to greet the new arrival.
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Monee mayor accused of striking youth umpire pleads not guilty
The south suburban mayor who admitted he made contact an umpire at a youth baseball game pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony battery charges in Will County court. Monee Mayor Jay Farquhar told police he acted in self defense during a June 4 incident that the umpire, Tim Nelson, said required...
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Embattled Chicago cop: 'These are families, and I'm here to protect them'
With his career on the line, embattled former Chicago Police Cmdr. Glenn Evans took his case to the public on Thursday, saying he can no longer quietly allow the agency that investigates the most series police misconduct allegations, among others, to "malign" him. Surrounded by supporters at a...
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Suspect in Drake tour bus theft a homeless janitor
PHOENIX (AP) - The suspect accused of stealing jewelry from Drake's tour bus during the rapper's Phoenix concert is a homeless man who works as a janitor. Travion Lamar King was released on his own recognizance Wednesday on one count each of burglary and theft. Court documents say King lives ...
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Suspect in slaying of Ohio college student pleads not guilty
WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man charged with killing a college student who disappeared while riding her bicycle has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder charges that carry the possibility of a death sentence.
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Two year prison term for $14 million organized crime scheme
A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in prison for his part in a $14 million organized crime conspiracy that forced a financial institution to fold.
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Attorney: Family of man shot by Round Lake officer 'devastated'
The defense attorney who represented a Grayslake man fatally shot Friday during an altercation with a Round Lake police officer said Thursday he was shocked by the turn of events. "I thought the kid had turned the corner," defense attorney Gregory Nikitas said Thursday about 22-year-old Michael...
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Cases pushed back for cop accused of driving drunk in hit-and-run crash
Both the discipline and criminal cases for a Lake County Sheriff's Department lieutenant charged with driving drunk after working security at the Gary Air Show this summer have been pushed until next month. Guy Mikulich was back in Lake County Superior Court Thursday morning, dressed in a suit,...
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Man leads police on chase in Waukegan, crashes SUV into house
A man has been arrested after he sped away from a traffic stop Wednesday and led police on a chase, eventually crashing an SUV into a Waukegan house.
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Chicago’s blues won’t arrest Green Party’s Stein on N.D. warrant
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein can't be arrested on a N.D. warrant by local authorities as she campaigns in Chicago on Thursday.
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Judge cracks food jokes during Chipotle exec’s court appearance
A Manhattan judge mocked a top Chipotle executive indicted in a cocaine ring by cracking food jokes during the suspect’s brief court appearance Thursday. Mark Crumpacker, 53, who was leading the Mexican fast-food chain’s efforts to get back on its feet following an e. coli outbreak, sat in Manhattan Supreme Court looking melancholic as Judge...
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Drug suspect must pay $175 to get back $171 seized by police
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who was arrested on drug charges with $171 in his pocket has been told he'll have to pay a $175 filing fee to try to get the money back.
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The Latest: Bail now $1.7M for man in escape, murder cases
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on charges against a Nevada homicide suspect who escaped from police custody on Friday and was arrested again on Tuesday (all times local): 11:40 a.m. A judge in North Las Vegas set bail at $1.62 million for a Nevada homicide suspect who was re-arrested ...
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Prosecutor: No charges against Chicago police in man's death
CHICAGO (AP) - Prosecutors won't charge Chicago police officers in connection with the death in custody of a 24-year-old burglary suspect whose arrest was captured by dash-cam video. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says prosecutors can't "prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers used excessive force" in arresting Heriberto Godinez ...
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