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Ex-inmate suspected of killing Colorado prisons chief freed 4 years too soon

A clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado’s prisons chief to be released from custody about four years early, officials said Monday. In 2008, Evan Spencer Ebel pleaded guilty in rural Fremont County to assaulting a prison guard. In a plea deal, Ebel was to be sentenced to up to four additional years in prison, to be served after he completed the eight-year sentence that put him behind bars in 2005, according to a statement from the 11th Judicial District. However, the judge did not say the sentence was meant to be “consecutive,” or in addition to, Ebel’s current one. So the court clerk recorded it as one to be served “concurrently,” or at the same time. Continue Reading →

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Error led to early release of Colo slaying suspect

A clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado’s prisons chief to be released from custody about four years early. Court administrators acknowledged the error in a statement Monday. They said that in 2008, Evan Spencer Ebel pleaded guilty to assaulting a prison guard. He was supposed to spend four additional years in prison. A court clerk failed to note that the sentence was supposed to be served after the one Ebel was already serving. Continue Reading →

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New Jersey Powerball winner due in court over child support

The New Jersey man who just won a $338 million Powerball jackpot is now due in court. Pedro Quezada is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in state Superior Court in Paterson. The 1:30 p.m. hearing stems from a child support warrant issued for the 44-year-old Passaic resident, who authorities say owes about $29,000 in back support. Authorities announced Saturday that the warrant had been stayed until the scheduled court appearance. Quezada claimed a lump-sum payment last week worth $221 million, or about $152 million after taxes. Continue Reading →

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Alabama boy, 4, fatally shoots self in chest after attending Easter services

A 4-year-old boy is dead after a shooting in Prichard. WKRG-TVreports the child shot himself in the chest accidentally. His parents rushed him to USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, where he died. The child and his family had just left Easter services at church and were visiting relatives when the shooting occurred. Authorities haven’t released any names. Continue Reading →

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Texas puts prosecutors on high alert after district attorney, wife shot dead inside home

After one of his assistant prosecutors was gunned down in January, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland carried a gun everywhere, even when walking the dog. He was extra careful when answering the door at his home outside of Forney, about 20 miles east of Dallas. And a neighbor said a sheriff’s deputy was stationed outside the home for about a month after the killing. On Saturday, McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found shot to death in their house. Authorities haven’t said much about their investigation, including whether they have any leads or a theory about why the couple was killed. Continue Reading →

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Detroit Metro airport's North Terminal to reopen after bomb scare

Police say the North Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport will reopen within the hour after bomb squads responded to an “explosive device” found at a security checkpoint, MyFoxDetroit.com reported. Authorities had evacuated part of a terminal as a bomb squad responds to an “explosive device” found at a security checkpoint, MyFoxDetroit.com reported. Airport spokesman Mike Conway says the check-in lobby at the airport’s North Terminal in Romulus was shut down about 6:15 a.m.

Crowds of people were seen pulling and carrying luggage leaving the North Terminal and heading towards the airport’s Smith Terminal. Conway says the item was in an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint. Sources tell MyFoxDetroit.com the item was discovered in a carry-on bag and is being checked out by two bomb squads. Continue Reading →

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Part of Detroit Metro airport terminal evacuated

Authorities say they’ve evacuated part of the smaller of two terminals at Detroit Metropolitan Airport as a bomb squad responds to a suspicious item at a security checkpoint. Airport spokesman Mike Conway says the check-in lobby at the airport’s North Terminal in Romulus was shut down about 6:15 a.m. Monday. No injuries are reported. Conway says the item was in an X-ray machine at a security checkpoint. He says one bomb squad responded and a second was called to the scene. Continue Reading →

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3 killed in 95-car pileup on Virginia highway

Nearly 100 vehicles crashed Sunday along a mountainous, foggy stretch of interstate near the Virginia-North Carolina border, killing three people and injuring 25 others. Police said traffic along Interstate 77 in southwest Virginia backed up for about 8 miles in the southbound lanes after the accidents. Authorities closed the northbound lanes so that fire trucks, ambulances and police could get to the series of chain-reaction wrecks. Virginia State Police determined there were 17 separate crashes involving 95 vehicles within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain, spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The crashes began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday when there was heavy fog in the area. Continue Reading →

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Nevada youth football coaches charged in bloody post-game brawl

Two Nevada youth football coaches are facing criminal charges in connection with a bloody fist fight in front of dozens of players and parents after a game in northeastern Nevada. The coaches are accused of “chest-bumping,” punching and yelling obscenities at each other during the Oct. 16 midfield fight in the casino town of West Wendover along the Utah line. Prosecutors filed misdemeanor battery and disturbing the peace charges last week against Luis Perez, 53, and Frank Sanchez, 38, in West Wendover Justice Court. The fight stemmed from the final play of a game that involved 10- to 13-year-old boys and was won by Perez’s team, police said. Continue Reading →

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