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

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

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

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

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

5 things to note about NSA surveillance programs

Edward Snowden identified himself Sunday as a principal source behind revelations about the National Security Agency’s sweeping phone and Internet surveillance programs. Five things to know about the disclosures: — THE PROGRAMS: The NSA has been collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of Americans each day, creating a database through which it can learn whether terror suspects have been in contact with people in the U.S. While the NSA program does not listen to actual conversations, the revelation of the program reopened the post-Sept. 11 debate about privacy concerns versus heightened measures to protect against terrorist attacks. Separately, an Internet scouring program, code-named PRISM, allows the NSA and FBI to tap directly into nine U.S. Internet companies to gather all Internet usage — audio, video, photographs, emails and searches. The effort is designed to detect suspicious behavior that begins overseas. — THE LEAKER: A 29-year-old high school dropout who worked for consulting giant Booz Allen Hamilton has claimed responsibility for disclosing the programs to The Guardian and The Washington Post. Continue Reading

Source's employer: Reports of NSA leak 'shocking'

The employer of a 29-year-old man who says he is behind the leaks of sensitive National Security Agency programs is calling the disclosure “shocking” and is pledging to work with authorities. Consulting giant Booz Allen on Sunday confirmed Edward Snowden is an employee assigned to a team in Hawaii. The firm says Snowden has been working there less than three months. The Guardian identified Snowden as a source for its reports on intelligence programs after he asked the newspaper to do so. The Washington Post also identified Snowden as a source for its reporting. 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