Texas couple visits all 50 state capitals

A Texas couple has fulfilled a lifelong dream by visiting Maine to watch the state Legislature at work. Seriously. The Portland Press Herald reports that 86-year-old Marcine Webb and his wife, 81-year-old Nita Lou Webb, were in Augusta last week to complete their quest to visit every state capitol. Maine’s was the last one. When House Speaker Mark Eves announced the reason for their visit, the state representatives stood and cheered. Continue Reading

Hotel mystery: 3 found dead in same room in less than 2 months

North Carolina police are trying to piece together a bizarre series of events after three people were found dead in the same Best Western hotel room in less than two months. Authorities in Boone say an 11-year-old boy, Jeffrey Lee Williams, was found dead Saturday in a room at the Best Western, and his mother, 49-year-old Jeannie Williams, was in a coma, NBC Charlotte reports. Pastor Scott Davis of Northside Baptist Church in Rock Hill, S.C., where the Williams’ are from, said they were visiting Boone on a family vacation. Boone Police Sgt. Shane Robbins told NBC Charlotte that on April 16, an elderly couple was found dead in the same room, but authorities don’t see any connection yet to the Williams death. Continue Reading

Police: Handcuffed man stole Pa. police cruiser

A Pennsylvania has been accused of stealing a state police cruiser and leading officers on a chase — after he had been handcuffed. State police say they arrested 26-year-old Anthony Fox on drug offenses Saturday night in Nanty Glo, 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. They say he somehow got free from his seatbelt in the back of a police cruiser, got his cuffed hands in front of him and drove away. Police say they gave chase and caught up to the Smicksburg man after he crashed the car in front of an apartment building in nearby Jackson Township. Fox is in the Cambria County Prison on charges including escape, theft, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Continue Reading

Handcuffed man accused of stealing cruiser, leading officers on chase

A Pennsylvania has been accused of stealing a state police cruiser and leading officers on a chase — after he had been handcuffed. State police say they arrested 26-year-old Anthony Fox on drug offenses Saturday night in Nanty Glo, 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. They say he somehow got free from his seatbelt in the back of a police cruiser, got his cuffed hands in front of him and drove away. Police say they gave chase and caught up to the Smicksburg man after he crashed the car in front of an apartment building in nearby Jackson Township. Fox is in the Cambria County Prison on charges including escape, theft, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. Continue Reading

Hawaii man arrested for driving pickup into ocean

A Hawaii man who drove his pickup into the ocean has been arrested on drunken driving charges. Police on the island of Kauai (kuh-WEYE’) say 38-year-old Norman Akana Jr., of Lihue, was driving his truck along the beach Saturday behind the Wailua Golf Course when a wave pulled the vehicle into the surf. Akana was not injured. Three tow companies were needed to pull the submerged Ford F-150 from the water. Akan was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, refusal to submit to testing and reckless driving. Continue Reading

IL Prison Official Resigns in Face of Harassment Probe

CHICAGO (AP) — A director with the Illinois Department of Corrections has resigned following investigations of sexual harassment.  

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Ty J. Bates was the deputy director for the department’s southern district and resigned Friday. Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says Bates was at the center of two recent investigations. He says the investigations showed that Bates violated the department’s sexual harassment policies but it did not amount to the legal definition sexual harassment. Bates resigned after his disciplinary action was announced. Continue Reading

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Family of Abducted, then Murdered, Iowa Teen Speaks Out

The family of an abducted Iowa teenager has released a statement after authorities confirmed the 15-year-old’s death.  

Kathlynn Shepard’s father said Sunday that the teen’s family has “lost part of its soul,” but that Kathylnn is now in a better place and safe from predators. Kathylnn was described as an innocent, caring and fun-loving child. The State Medical Examiner and Department of Criminal Investigation said Sunday that an autopsy had confirmed that a body found Friday night in Boone County was Kathylnn’s. It also confirmed that she died of blunt force trauma. Continue Reading

Erin Brockovich arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, portrayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 movie about her fight over the pollution of a California town, has been arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at Lake Mead near Las Vegas, authorities said Sunday. Brockovich was arrested late Friday night after breath tests showed her blood-alcohol level was just over twice the legal limit of .08, said Edwin Lyngar, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. A game warden noticed she was struggling and needed assistance while trying to moor her motor boat at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor, he said. Brockovich had been out on the boat with a male companion but was alone when she tried to dock it. “She was not sure how to maneuver the boat into the dock,” Lyngar told The Associated Press. Continue Reading

No charges expected in fatal shooting by Ariz. boy

Authorities aren’t expected to seek charges in the death of an Arizona man who was accidentally shot by his 4-year-old son. Justin Stanfield Thomas was fatally shot Friday after he and his son traveled from Phoenix to a friend’s home 90 miles away in the northern Arizona community of Prescott Valley for a surprise visit. Prescott Valley Police Brandon Bonney says the boy found the loaded gun in the home within minutes of arrival, asked a question about it and pulled the trigger. Thomas later died at a hospital. Bonney says the gun should have been locked away, but that Thomas’ friend, whose identity hasn’t been released, was caught off guard by the unannounced visit. Continue Reading

No charges expected in fatal shooting by Arizona boy, 4

Authorities aren’t expected to seek charges in the death of an Arizona man who was accidentally shot by his 4-year-old son. Justin Stanfield Thomas was fatally shot Friday after he and his son traveled from Phoenix to a friend’s home 90 miles away in the northern Arizona community of Prescott Valley for a surprise visit. Prescott Valley Police Brandon Bonney says the boy found the loaded gun in the home within minutes of arrival, asked a question about it and pulled the trigger. Thomas later died at a hospital. Bonney says the gun should have been locked away, but that Thomas’ friend, whose identity hasn’t been released, was caught off guard by the unannounced visit. Continue Reading