Monthly Archives: May 2013

Sheriff: Man killed SC woman, fled to Georgia

A man released last year from prison after serving a decade for armed robbery is now charged with two counts of murder, accused of shooting two women during a rural South Carolina crime spree, authorities said Friday. Jeffery Eady, 31, of the Oakdale community in Clarendon County, is also wanted for questioning in the disappearance of a third woman who searchers continued looking for on Friday, authorities said. Eady is thought to have fled to central Georgia, said Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon. Eady is charged with murder in the death of 37-year-old Crystal Johnson of Adams Run, according to a warrant issued in Charleston County. The mother of three was shot Thursday in the rural convenience store where she worked part time. Continue Reading →

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FBI: Letter to Wash. Air Force base carried ricin

The FBI is confirming that the lethal poison ricin was on a letter sent to Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state earlier this month. Authorities had said Thursday that three ricin-tainted, hand-addressed letters postmarked May 13 in Spokane were mailed to President Barack Obama, a federal judge in Spokane and a post office in that city. The FBI had said a fourth letter that was also postmarked May 13 in Spokane and sent to the nearby Air Force base was being analyzed. Agency spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said Friday that testing shows there was ricin on that mailing. A 37-year-old man accused of sending one of the letters, containing ricin and a death threat to U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle, was arrested May 22. Continue Reading →

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Audio: Bus driver defied gunman in bunker drama

Newly released recordings show a six-day bunker hostage standoff in Alabama began with a school bus driver stubbornly refusing to hand over children as hostages despite threats from the gunman. The gunman shot the drive to death moments later. It started the drama that ended with FBI agents storming the underground shelter to free a 5-year-old boy unharmed. ABC News reported Friday on audio recordings from the standoff. The FBI confirms the recordings but declined to immediately release the material to The Associated Press. Continue Reading →

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3 things to do if you're arrested in Mexico

What should a tourist do if arrested in Mexico and accused of carrying drugs? By several accounts, Phoenix-area resident Yanira Maldonado did everything right when federal police said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat, setting off a weeklong drama that ended with her release from jail after a court found the allegations were unsubstantiated. The steps authorities say you should take: NOTIFY YOUR CONSULATE If you don’t have your consulate’s phone number — and you should — U.S. authorities say to insist that you be put you in touch. Consulates can reach family and friends and provide a list of attorneys. The U.S. State Department has a free online service to register your travel plans and better help in an emergency. Continue Reading →

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