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Pennsylvania school crossing guard allegedly sold pot from home

A western Pennsylvania school crossing guard has been fired after the district attorney’s office charged her with selling marijuana out of her home. Online court records don’t list an attorney for 47-year-old Tracy Lynn Padilla, of New Castle, who faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday on charges including delivery of marijuana. According to a criminal complaint, Padilla sold the drugs out of her home to undercover informants on March 7 and 13. She has since been fired by the New Castle police from her post crossing children at the J.F. Kennedy Primary Center. Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa says Padilla’s Tuesday arrest “had to be a priority. Continue Reading →

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George Zimmerman's mother pens critical letter on arrest anniversary

The mother of Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has written a letter to the public that criticizes the justice system for her son’s arrest in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Gladys Zimmerman’s letter was written to coincide with the one-year anniversary of her son’s April 11, 2012, arrest. He’s accused of killing Martin, who was unarmed, in February 2012. The letter was written in Spanish and translated by her son, Robert Zimmerman. He released it on his Twitter account. Continue Reading →

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Accused killer-turned-artist Jodi Arias sells art for money from jail, mother says

Jodi Arias is apparently profiting from the notoriety she has received since killing her one-time boyfriend, selling drawings from jail on a website operated by a third party, her mother said Thursday. The website, which also accepts donations, offers her original art work, noting authenticity in the form of the following: “All pieces created after January 26, 2013 are authenticated with Jodi Arias’ right thumbprint.” Her mother, Sandra Arias, said the site is, indeed, Jodi’s. The money is being used to help pay for family expenses while attending the trial, she said. Asked if the drawings are selling well, Sandra Arias replied, “Oh yeah.” Continue Reading →

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Teen facing 6 felonies in Vegas restaurant crash

A teenager accused of plowing a speeding car into a crowded Las Vegas restaurant is being charged with six felonies, including four counts of driving under the influence of drugs that could get him a total of 80 years in prison. Prosecutors said Thursday that 18-year-old Gage James Lindsey had Xanax and more than three times the legal limit of marijuana in his blood in the April 1 crash at the Egg & I restaurant on Sahara Avenue. He’s also charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene before witnesses tackled him and held him for police. At a hearing Thursday, Lindsey stood in handcuffs and stared straight at a judge who refused to reduce his $500,000 bail. She scheduled an evidence hearing for Aug. Continue Reading →

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Ex-KPMG partner hit with civil, criminal charges

It has shades of a Hollywood crime story. An accountant and a jeweler are longtime friends and golf partners. But then the down-on-his-luck jeweler convinces the accountant to pass along private information about clients, and uses the insider information to play the stock market and win big. Bags of cash swap hands in alleys. Then the feds get wind of the scam. Continue Reading →

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Honolulu court screeners find pet duck in bag

Officials are reminding the public that animals aren’t allowed into courthouses after Honolulu security screeners had to turn away a defendant’s pet duck. Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says Michael Hubbard reluctantly revealed to guards that his pet was inside his bag when X-ray screeners noticed something was moving inside. Schwartz says there was also another contraband item inside the bag: a bottle of beer. Screeners told Hubbard that the duck and beer wouldn’t be able to go with him into Circuit Court for his appointment Monday. Hubbard left and then returned to ask the screeners to look after his belongings. Continue Reading →

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Zimmerman attorney wants deal unsealed

Former neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman wants to know the details of an agreement between the parents of the teen he fatally shot last year and the homeowners association of the Florida subdivision where Trayvon Martin was killed. A Zimmerman attorney filed a motion Thursday asking that the documents be unsealed. An attorney for Trayvon Martin’s parents filed that paperwork last week and requested that it be kept confidential. Zimmerman’s attorney says the agreement could show whether Martin’s parents have a bias, if they are called as witnesses. A month-and-a-half delay in Zimmerman’s arrest led to nationwide protests in the racially charged case. Continue Reading →

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March retail revenue figure inches up

U.S. retailers are reporting modest sales gains for March as consumers held back due to cold weather during the month and continued worry about the economy. Overall, 14 retailers reported on Thursday that revenue at stores open at least a year — a key indicator of retail health — rose an average of 0.6 percent. That number comes from the research firm Retail Metrics. L Brands, formerly Limited Brands Inc., the parent of Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, says the revenue figure was flat, above analyst expectations for a drop, according to Thomson Reuters. Costco Wholesale Corp.’s revenue figure rose 4 percent in March, short of expectations for a 5.2 percent rise. Continue Reading →

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