9 life terms for convicted robber in Texas

A 20-year-old Fort Worth man who pleaded guilty to an armed robbery spree in 2011 is headed to prison with nine life sentences. Karrington Braziel entered his plea to nine counts of aggravated robbery but left his punishment to a Tarrant County jury. The Fort Worth Star Telegram reported Saturday prosecutors provided evidence of Braziel’s record, including assault on a public servant while he was a juvenile and that he’d been a problem in jail while awaiting trial. The robbery charges were based on a series of holdups over about a two-week span in November 2011. He was caught after a witness got his license number following a convenience store heist. Continue Reading

Suspect in 4 Kan. farm deaths to appear in court

The man charged with killing four people on an eastern Kansas farm is set to appear in court Monday afternoon. Twenty-seven-year-old Kyle Flack is being held on $10 million bond. He is charged with capital murder and first-degree murder in the deaths of 18-month-old Lana Leigh Bailey, her mother, 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, and 30-year-old Andrew Stout. He also is charged first-degree murder in the death of 31-year-old Steven White. Flack was picked up for questioning early Wednesday in Emporia, where officers found the car that Bailey had been driving when she was last seen. Continue Reading

Ottumwa Promotes from Within for New Police Chief

The Ottumwa City Council has chosen a 25-year veteran of the Ottumwa Police Department as its next chief.  

The Ottumwa Courier reports the council on Friday voted 3 to 2 to hire Tom McAndrew as police chief. He’s been serving as interim police chief after the retirement of former chief Jim Clark. For the past five years, McAndrew has served as lieutenant. He also has worked in patrol, investigations and as director of the Southeast Iowa Inter-Agency Drug Task Force. Continue Reading

Simon Says: Yes to Medical Marijuana

In Chicago, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she supports a bill that would allow the medical use of marijuana in Illinois. Simon told The Associated Press Sunday that her initial reaction wasn’t in support, but after hearing from people with illnesses she changed her mind. She says it’s a tightly-restricted plan. The proposal allows physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific terminal illnesses or medical conditions. It’s passed the House and awaits a Senate vote. Continue Reading

Mom says boy, 12, accused in sister's death 'could never' hurt her

A day before a 12-year-old boy was arrested for the stabbing death of his 8-year-old sister, his mother described him as “protective” of his younger sibling. Leila Fowler’s killing last month shook the quiet community of Valley Springs, southeast of Sacramento, and set off an intense manhunt. Her brother was in the home at the time and told police he saw a man run from the scene. Days later, the boy appeared with his father and stepmother at a vigil for his sister. On Friday, as speculation in the community built that perhaps the boy was involved, his biological mother told Sacramento television station KOVR her son “could never hurt his sister.” Continue Reading

Ex-Penn St head was top paid among public colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education has released its annual ranking of what public college presidents make. Survey results released Sunday show four chief executives earned more than $1 million last year. Topping the list was ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier (SPAN’-yer). He shot to the No. 1 spot when he was forced out in November 2011 over his handling of the sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Continue Reading

Ice from Minn. lake pushed ashore to doorsteps

Strong winds have pushed huge ice sheets ashore at a northern Minnesota lake and right up to people’s doorsteps. WCCO-TV reports that the ice from Lake Mille Lacs (MILL LAX) reached the doors and windows at the Izatys (eye-ZEHT’-ees) Resort on Saturday morning. National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Devinny says 30 to 40 mile an hour winds pushed the water into the ice, driving it ashore. He says the winds were lighter Sunday and the shoreline got a reprieve. The Department of Natural Resources says about 10 miles of shoreline are covered, with some reaching up to 30 feet high. Continue Reading

NOPD: 12 hurt at New Orleans parade shooting

New Orleans police say that a dozen people have been shot during a Mother’s Day second-line parade. Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters at least 12 people were shot during the parade in the city’s 7th Ward. Police say the incident happened about 2 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Frenchmen and Villere streets. The Times-Picayune reports there were about 200 people at the event when gunfire erupted. Serpas told reporters the victims include a 10-year-old who sustained a minor wound. Continue Reading

As many as 19 injured in shooting at New Orleans Mother's Day parade

New Orleans police are searching for three suspects Sunday after at least 19 people were shot during a Mother’s Day parade. Police spokeswoman Remi Braden said in an email that many of the victims were grazed and most of the wounds weren’t life-threatening. No deaths were reported. The FBI said that the shooting appeared to be “street violence” and wasn’t linked to terrorism. The victims included 10 men, seven women, a boy and a girl. Continue Reading