Long Island man punches ice cream cashier for not taking coupon, police say

A Long Island man faces charges after an alleged violent confrontation over an expired free ice cream coupon, MyFoxNY.com reports. William Hotz, 59, of Valley Stream, went into a Carvel on Dutch Broadway on Wednesday and ordered a $3.50 ice cream cone, Nassau County police say. Police say after receiving his cone, Hotz gave the 55-year-old woman working at the counter a “one free ice cream cone” coupon. The woman told Hotz that his coupon was expired and he would need to pay for it, the report said. Hotz decided to leave instead of paying. Continue Reading

K-9 partially paralyzed by criminal has died

The Roseville police dog partially paralyzed by a criminal has died at age 11. Officer John Jorgensen says his K-9 partner, Major, was euthanized this week at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center after contracting a bladder infection and pneumonia. Jorgensen says Major, a German shepherd, had an active law enforcement career. He had pots broken over his head, was punched and kicked by suspects and nearly drowned chasing a man into a lake. In 2010, a burglary suspect repeatedly stabbed the dog, leaving him paralyzed in his hind quarters. Continue Reading

Scholarship named in honor of marathon victim

A suburban Boston community college has established a scholarship in memory of a marathon bombing victim. MassBay Community College announced Wednesday that the scholarship would go to a business major from Massachusetts in honor of Krystle Campbell. The 29-year-old earned a degree in business administration from the Wellesley school in 2005. The Medford native and Arlington resident was one of three people killed by the April 15 bombings at the marathon’s finish line. She was there to watch a friend run. Continue Reading

IL Senate Gambling Plan Would Add 5 New Casinos

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate has approved a refined gambling expansion plan adding five new casinos including one in Chicago.  

Senators voted 32-20 Wednesday, shortly after a key committee approved it. Lawmakers have twice approved similar plans, but Gov. Pat Quinn rejected them. He said he wanted more ethical safeguards. Continue Reading

IA Senate Bill Requires DNA Sample for Simple Misdemeanor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved a measure that would require people convicted of certain aggravated misdemeanors to submit DNA samples for a federal databank.  

Lawmakers passed the bill Wednesday, 29 to 20. It now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad. Under the proposal, adults convicted of crimes like aggravated misdemeanor assault and theft would submit a DNA sample. Currently, only convicted felons and sexual offenders must submit samples. Continue Reading

Police arrest man in death of new Alabama mother

Police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting an Alabama woman while she held her 10-day old son. Authorities say 20-year-old Corderious Domini McClellan is charged with capital murder in the death of 24-year-old Sherri Williams. Officials say the man surrendered to police Tuesday night and will be held in the Jefferson County jail without bond. Authorities say Williams was standing in the doorway of her apartment in Gate City when she was hit by a stray bullet Monday. The baby boy was not injured and Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials have said two men at a nearby store got into a fight and the argument escalated to gunfire. Continue Reading

Electronic taxi hailing in New York halted by judge day after debut

Hailing yellow cabs with smartphone apps is on hold in New York City a day after the experimental service began. An appeals judge agreed Wednesday to bar e-hailing, at least temporarily. A panel of judges is expected to weigh the case later this month. A lawyer for e-hail opponents says they’re gratified and calls the program “fundamentally flawed” and illegal. But Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky says the apps are “perfectly legal” and good for riders. Continue Reading

Wildfire erupts in windy Southern California

Southern California fire officials say a wildfire that broke out just after noon is raging through 1,500 acres of Riverside County near Banning, fueled by 29 mph winds. The fire is raging westward through largely undeveloped foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, but it is dangerously close to subdivisions to the south. County fire spokeswoman Jody Hagemann says at least 425 firefighters are working to gain control of the fast-moving fire that broke out Wednesday and has destroyed one structure. Evacuations and street closures are in effect in several neighborhoods to the south of the fire in Banning. If winds from the east continue driving flames westward, the fire could affect communities in Cherry Valley and Beaumont. Continue Reading