LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of three children — all under the age of 5 — found slain inside a Los Angeles apartment Saturday morning has been arrested, police said.
Liliana Carrillo, 30, was arrested in Tulare County, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. It wasn't immediately known if she had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.
The children's grandmother returned home from work and found their bodies and the mother missing, Los Angeles police Lt. Raul Jovel said.
The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted the children appeared to be under 5 years old. A police spokesman initially said they were under the age of 3.
The gruesome discovery was made around 9:30 a.m. in the 8000 block of Reseda Boulevard, Jovel said.
Police said initial reports suggested the children had been stabbed to death, but no official cause of death has been released.
Jovel said investigators were still working to determine a motive.
The department received reports Carrillo was driving her car and heading north on Interstate 5 when she got in an altercation in the Bakersfield area. She abandoned her car and carjacked another vehicle, Jovel said.
Carrillo was detained in the Ponderosa area of Tulare County, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Bakersfield, police said.
“At this point, she is a suspect in this incident but that doesn’t exclude other people,” Jovel said.
Rodriguez contributed to this report from San Francisco.
Two Salt Lake County sheriff’s deputies were wounded — one shot in the eye and the other in the cheek — and the suspect was killed during a shootout Saturday morning outside the county jail.
Officials said both deputies were taken to a hospital and were expected to survive. Their identities were not immediately available.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said in a news conference that the two injured officers were partners and worked as part of campus security.
The deputy shot in the eye is in critical but stable condition and undergoing surgery, officials said.
“We do believe he is going to survive,” Rivera said.
The other deputy was grazed in the cheek by a bullet and is expected to be released from the hospital soon, officials said.
“It could have been a lot worse,” Rivera said, adding that officials have surveillance video of the shootout.
Rivera said the suspect, a man who appeared to be about 30 years old, is not known to the department and appeared to be a transient.
“We don't know what their intent was,” Rivera said of the suspect.
The suspect was carrying a weapon and opened fire as deputies approached him on a lawn outside the jail around 10:30 a.m., Rivera said. She did not know if one or both deputies returned fire, or how many shots were fired.
“We are just fortunate that they weren't killed,” the sheriff said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors hope to preserve a July trial date for Ghislaine Maxwell by defending a late-hour expansion of charges against her, saying they developed when a woman spoke after Maxwell’s arrest about her abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein in the early 2000s.
The rewritten indictment lodged against the 59-year-old British socialite on March 29 added sex trafficking charges to allegations that Maxwell recruited three teenage girls from 1994 to 1997 for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. New charges stretched the conspiracy to 2004.
Two days after the superseding indictment was returned in Manhattan federal court, defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim called it “shocking, unfair, and an abuse of power," saying the charges were based on evidence prosecutors had in their possession for years.
“That the government has made this move late in the game — with trial set for July 12th — is obvious tactical gamesmanship," Sternheim wrote in a letter to the judge.
She said defense lawyers had not yet decided whether to ask to postpone the trial, but her letter suggested it was highly likely and would be further grounds for Maxwell's release on bail.
On Friday, prosecutors wrote to the judge saying they would oppose any delay of a trial set to occur almost exactly a year after Maxwell was arrested at a secluded New Hampshire home.
They said the timing of the new charges “was dictated by developments in the Government’s ongoing investigation, not the nefarious motivations suggested by the defense."
Prosecutors conceded that the woman whose claims led to the new charges was interviewed in 2007 during a probe of Epstein in Florida. But they said she did not agree to be interviewed in the government's current probe until last July. And in-person interviews were not finished until January.
Prosecutors said they then spent two months corroborating the woman's claims before seeking the superseding indictment in late March. Maxwell's arraignment on the new charges is scheduled for this month.
According to the indictment, the woman was sexually abused multiple times by Epstein between 2001 and 2004 at his Palm Beach, Florida, residence, beginning when she was 14 years old. It said Maxwell groomed the girl to engage in sex acts with Epstein by giving her gifts and cash.
Epstein was facing sex trafficking charges when he took his life in a Manhattan federal jail in August 2019.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty. She has been held without bail at a federal lockup in Brooklyn. A judge has repeatedly rejected bail packages that would require the posting of $28.5 million in assets and require Maxwell to remain at home, with armed guards preventing flight.
Prosecutors say they will oppose any request to grant bail if the trial is postponed. Defense lawyers say Maxwell's health is deteriorating behind bars. Prosecutors say that is untrue.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death has introduced viewers from around the world to a vast array of defense and prosecution tactics aimed at swaying the jury.
Some strategies and terms that have become part of Derek Chauvin's trial are rare outside criminal courtrooms. The Associated Press has taken closer looks into them to better explain what viewers are seeing and hearing.
Video shows Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground, his knee on his neck, as Floyd yelled “I can't breathe" before his body went limp last May 25. But defense attorneys are tasked with casting doubt on whether the former officer was directly responsible for the Black man's death. They've sought to argue that other factors, such as drug use, may have killed him.
A medical examiner concluded last year that Floyd’s heart stopped, complicated by how police restrained him and compressed his neck. However, narrowed arteries, high blood pressure, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use also were listed on the death certificate as “other contributing conditions.”
Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker testified that those conditions “didn’t cause the death.”
Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter.
His lawyer, Eric Nelson, has argued that the officer followed his training and suggested that Floyd died due to use of illegal drugs and existing health conditions.
“I ATE TOO MANY DRUGS”
Nelson has tried to play up Floyd’s drug use and sought to show Wednesday tat Floyd yelled “I ate too many drugs” as officers pinned him down.
Playing a short clip from a police body camera video, Nelson asked prosecution witness Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant who served as a prosecution use-of-force expert, if he heard Floyd say: “I ate too many drugs.”
“I can’t make that out,” Stiger replied. Nelson later replayed it for senior special agent James Reyerson with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who agreed that’s what Floyd appeared to say.
But prosecutor Matthew Frank replayed a longer clip from the same body cam video that put Floyd’s statement into broader context.
Reyerson replied: “I believe Mr. Floyd was saying, ‘I ain’t do no drugs.’”
Experts and other Minneapolis officers have testified that the force used to subdue and detain Floyd on the pavement was excessive. This past week, jurors were told about the concept of “excited delirium,” a term one of the officers at the scene is heard on police body camera asking as a panicked Floyd writhed and claimed to be claustrophobic as officers tried to put him in the squad car.
One Minneapolis officer who trains others in medical care described the term on the stand as a combination of “psychomotor agitation, psychosis, hypothermia, a wide variety of other things you might see in a person or rather bizarre behavior.”
An expert in forensic medicine who works as a police surgeon for the Louisville Metro Police Department in Kentucky and as a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Louisville testified Thursday that Floyd met none of the 10 criteria developed by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Extensive video evidence from surveillance cameras, cellphones and police body cameras of Floyd’s death may be the most critical part of the case for the defense and prosecution.
Modern courtrooms, like the one where Chauvin is being tried, use such technology as large video screens, projectors and up-to-date software.
Dr. Martin Tobin, a lung and critical care specialist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola University’s medical school in Illinois, used a computer animation to show how Floyd was held down on the pavement. It gave jurors a 360-degree view of where the officers were and what they were doing.
He used a composite of pictures from a bystander video to show Chauvin pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck. Floyd’s respiratory distress was growing at that point as officers held him down on his stomach, with his hands handcuffed behind his back. The images showed how Floyd tried to use his shoulder muscles to draw breath, the doctor said.
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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man is facing hate crime charges after police said he made threats and anti-Asian American remarks — to an undercover officer assigned to a hate crimes task force.
Juvian Rodriguez, 35, was arrested Friday afternoon after the alleged confrontation near Penn Station.
A message was sent Saturday to the lawyer who represented Rodriguez at a court appearance Friday. No home phone number for Rodriguez could be found.
According to news accounts, when reporters outside a police station asked Rodriguez for comment, he replied only, “Your mother!”
Police say Rodriguez intentionally engaged with the undercover officer, told him to “go back to China” before he ended up in a “graveyard,” and threatened to slap and stab him in the face.
He is facing misdemeanor charges that include menacing and harassment as hate crimes, and aggravated harassment related to a person's race, ancestry or certain other characteristics, court records show.
The arrest comes amid a national spike in reports of anti-Asian American hate crimes. The New York Police Department recently announced it was increasing patrols and adding undercover officers in areas with significant Asian American populations.
“The next person you target, whether it’s through speech, menacing activity or anything else, walking along a sidewalk or on a train platform, may be a plainclothes New York City police officer. So think twice," Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at the time.
KOSHKONONG, Mo. (AP) — One person was killed and three others were injured Saturday in a shooting at a convenience store in southern Missouri, authorities said.
The shooting occurred Saturday morning at a convenience store in Koshkonong, a town of about 200 people on the Missouri-Arkansas border.
A suspect is in custody, patrol operator Charlie Kirby said.
No other details were immediately available.
CHICAGO (AP) — A toddler shot in the head while riding in a car on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive has been removed from a medically induced coma but remains in critical condition, a doctor said Saturday.
Kayden Swann remains on a ventilator to help with his breathing in Lurie Children’s Hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, said Dr. Marcelo Malakooti, the unit's medical director and the hospital’s associate chief medical officer.
The 21-month-old boy “continues to demonstrate positive improvements,” Malakooti said.
The shooting occurred Tuesday near Grant Park on the city’s South Side. Police have said one driver would not let another enter a lane of traffic. Kayden was riding in a car driven by his grandfather. A woman jumped out of the car with the child and someone drove them to Northwestern Memorial Hospital before the boy was transferred to Lurie Children’s Hospital.
The person who shot Kayden has not been arrested.
MANTEO, N.C. — Relatives say the body of a Maryland man whose truck plunged off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in December was found Friday on a beach in North Carolina. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Erik Mezick’s family posted on Facebook that they were notified of the discovery. The newspaper said Mezick’s brother, Kevin Mezick, confirmed the body was his brother’s. The National Park Service said in a news release that a resident found a man’s body on a Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach between the North Carolina villages of Salvo and Avon. The park service said the body would be taken to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man has been charged with setting off explosives in another man's yard and sending letters to neighbors warning that he planned to continue doing it.
James A. Pane, 50, of Rochester, is being held at least until a court hearing Tuesday, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.'s office said.
Pane was arrested and made an initial court appearance after his home was searched Thursday. He faces charges including using an explosive to destroy property and mailing threatening communications.
The name of Pane’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available Saturday. A possible phone number for his home was disconnected.
Residents near Falleson Road reported hearing blasts between Jan. 20 and Feb. 2, according to a criminal court complaint. Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives eventually got video of an explosion around 2:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at one Falleson Road home; the images came from a doorbell surveillance camera at nearby houses and showed a reddish pickup truck near the Falleson Road house about a minute before the blast, the complaint says.
No injuries were reported.
A resident of the house then told investigators that he had had a falling-out with his longtime friend Pane and that Pane drove a maroon pickup, the complaint said. Investigators got surveillance video showing the truck leaving Pane's house — a few blocks from the targeted home — minutes before the Feb. 2 explosion and heading onto Falleson Road.
Then, in late February and early March, residents of several nearby homes got anonymous letters saying the sender was at odds with a resident of the targeted house over money.
“I don't mean to bother you people in this neighborhood,” the sender wrote but went on to say: “I will keep throwing bombs off in his yard until he pays. Call the cops they won't catch me.”
Investigators found several recipients' addresses listed on a piece of paper in Pane's trash, and they discovered materials used to make the explosives at his home, according to the complaint.
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Ray Lambert, the Army medic who survived multiple wounds on D-Day and was saluted by a president on the World War II battle's 75th anniversary, died on Friday. He was 100.
Lambert died at his home in Seven Lakes, North Carolina, with his wife and daughter by his side, said neighbor and friend Dr. Darrell Simpkins. The physician, who accompanied Lambert to France in June 2019, said the veteran succumbed to an aggressive form of facial cancer and congestive heart failure.
“Ray was talking coherently, conversing on the phone, and enjoying visitors until yesterday,” Simpkins wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “He was an amazing man.”
The Alabama native was a medic with 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, part of the Army’s 1st Division — the “Big Red One.” He took part in the Allied invasions of North Africa and Sicily before his war came to an end June 6, 1944, on the sands of Omaha Beach.
Sgt. Lambert was in the first wave of the assault. He was helping a wounded soldier in the heavy surf when a landing craft ramp dropped on him, pushing him to the bottom.
“Ray was only 23, but he had already earned three Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars for fighting in North Africa and Sicily,” then-President Donald Trump told a hushed crowd in 2019 at the American Cemetery overlooking the beach.
“They came to the sector, right here below us,” Trump continued as Lambert sat behind him, his favorite purple “D-Day Survivor” cap on his head. “Again and again, Ray ran back into the water. He dragged out one man after another. He was shot through the arm. His leg was ripped open by shrapnel. His back was broken. He nearly drowned.”
At the end of his speech, Trump turned to face Lambert.
“Ray,” he said. “The free world salutes you.”
For many years, the diminutive businessman refused to talk about the horrors he had witnessed and experienced overseas. But as he aged and his fellow veterans began passing away, he felt a sacred duty to share his story, and theirs.
“I did what I was called to do,” he wrote in his book, “Every Man a Hero,” published shortly before the 75th anniversary. “As a combat medic, my job was to save people, and to lead others who did the same. I was proud of that job and remain so. But I was always an ordinary man, not one who liked being at the head of a parade...
“My job now is to remember, not for my sake, but for the sake of others.”
Lambert had made many trips to Normandy in France, visiting classrooms and posing for innumerable photos. During the 2019 trip, a French elementary school student asked Lambert if he still had nightmares about Normandy.
“When I go to look at the beaches at Omaha, I remember all my friends that were killed there,” he said. “And when I look at the Channel and the water is rough, I, it seems at times that I can hear voices.”
That morning in 1944, as bullets whizzed and mortar rounds splashed around him, Lambert scanned the beach for something, anything behind which he could safely treat the wounded. He spotted a lump of leftover German concrete, about 8 feet wide and 4 feet high (2.4 meters wide and 1.2 meters high).
“It was my salvation,” he said.
A plaque installed in 2018 now recognizes it as “Ray's Rock.”
Simpkins said Lambert requested that his ashes be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and that some be scattered on Omaha Beach.
Lambert is survived by his wife, Barbara, and daughter, Linda McInerney. He was preceded in death by his son, Arnold Lambert.
Breed, who is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, chronicled Lambert's last trip to Normandy.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who poisoned eight homeless people in a Southern California beach town so he could videotape their reactions was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison.
William Cable, 38, of San Andreas in Northern California, was sentenced after pleading guilty to poisoning, injuring an elderly person, and other felony and misdemeanor charges, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Prosecutors said that last May, Cable gave homeless people in Huntington Beach food laced with oleoresin capsicum, which officials described as being twice as strong as pepper spray used by police.
Some victims were told they were participating in a “spicy food challenge” and others were not, authorities said. Some were given other food and beer to get them to eat the poisoned food.
The victims had seizure-like symptoms, difficulty breathing and suffered vomiting and intense mouth and stomach pain. Some had to be hospitalized, prosecutors said.
“They were exploited and poisoned as part of a twisted form of entertainment, and their pain was recorded so that it could be relived by their attacker over and over again,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in June after Cable was criminally charged.
Cable could have faced more than 19 years in prison if he had been convicted at trial.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A university in Ohio on Friday expelled a fraternity where a student died last month after consuming an excessive amount of alcohol during a hazing event.
Bowling Green State University in a statement said the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter would never again be recognized on campus.
“The university's investigation found the fraternity to be reckless with a disregard for the health and safety of our community,” the statement said. “The investigation also revealed a deep culture of deception rooted in the organization, filled with dishonesty and disrespect for our community.”
Apartment roommates found Stone Foltz, a 20-year-old sophomore from Delaware, Ohio, after the off-campus event in early March and took him to a hospital. He died three days later.
Messages seeking comment were left Friday with Pi Kappa Alpha’s national headquarters.
An attorney for Foltz's family told The Blade that new members were blindfolded, taken to a basement and were told they had to drink a bottle of alcohol before they could leave. A test showed showed his blood alcohol content was nearly five times the legal limit.
The school has hired David DeVillers, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, to help law enforcement agencies investigate Stolz's death. No criminal charges have been filed.
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man was charged Friday with threatening to blow up an Amazon data center in Virginia in an effort to damage the internet and services he believed were used by federal agencies, according to acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah.
Seth Aaron Presley, 28, of Wichita Falls is charged with attempting to destroy a building with an explosive, Shah said in a statement.
Presley is in custody, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice, who did not know if he had an attorney who could speak for him.
In a complaint filed in federal court, FBI special agent John Coyle said a confidential source notified the FBI in January of threatening posts on social media by a user later identified as Presley.
A second confidential source later in January notified the FBI that Presley had threatened to blow up Amazon Web Services data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, to “kill off about 70% of the of the internet.”
The second source on Thursday introduced Presley to an undercover FBI employee in March, saying the agent was an explosives provider.
“In recorded conversations, Mr. Pendley allegedly told the undercover (employee) he planned to attack web servers that he believed provided services to the FBI, CIA, and other federal agencies,” according to Shah's statement.
Pendley again met with the undercover agent on Thursday in Fort Worth to pick up what he believed to be explosive devices that were inert, according to Shah, and was arrested by FBI agents.
Lawyers for the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan say he plans to ask a federal court to allow him to live without conditions in the Virginia home he's currently residing in with his mother and brother.
In a Thursday court filing, John Hinckley Jr.'s lawyers stated that he wants to set up a status call as soon as possible in hopes of scheduling a hearing for unconditional release.
Hinckley's mother is in declining health, the lawyers said, and they hope an unconditional release order “might be entered while Mrs. Hinckley can appreciate it.”
Letters and reports regarding John Hinckley's mental state “reveal emphatically that his health remains as sound today as it has been for approximately 30 years,” the filing stated.
The filing does not indicate exactly what unconditional release would mean for Hinckley, 65. Since leaving a Washington psychiatric hospital in 2016, he has been living under increasingly fewer restrictions in a house that sits along a golf course in a gated community in Williamsburg.
Hinckley was 25 when he shot Reagan outside a Washington hotel in March 1981. The shooting also paralyzed press secretary James Brady and injured two others.
Hinckley was suffering from acute psychosis and was obsessed with the actress Jodie Foster. When jurors found him not guilty by reason of insanity, they said he needed treatment, not a lifetime in confinement.
Last summer, a new risk assessment was conducted and found Hinckley to be mentally stable and at low risk for another psychotic episode. It also suggested "a low likelihood that he will reoffend with a violent crime over the short and long term."
The assessment, which was filed last year in federal court in Washington, quotes mental health professionals who indicated support for his unconditional release. Hinckley is quoted as saying that it would free him from driving to Washington for in-person meetings with the city's Department of Behavioral Health.
Hinckley said he would have more free time if he no longer has to check in by telephone and complete daily activity logs.
"(N)ot a whole lot would change,” Hinckley is quoted as saying.
He plans to continue to live in the Williamsburg area, attend group therapy sessions and take his current psychiatric medications, the assessment stated.
Restrictions for Hinckley have been loosened over the last few years. In October, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman issued an order that allowed Hinckley to publicly display his writings, artwork and music under his own name.
In that order, the judge acknowledged the Department of Behavioral Health's recommendation that Hinckley receive unconditional release after six to 12 months. But the judge also noted that the U.S. government “opposes Mr. Hinckley's unconditional release.”
The judge's October order left in place several conditions for Mr. Hinckley.
For instance, Hinckley cannot possess a gun, contact his victims or their families or contact Foster, the actress he was trying to impress when he shot and wounded Reagan.
Hinckley also cannot knowingly travel to areas where there is someone who is protected by the U.S. Secret Service.
Hinckley's longtime attorney, Barry Levine, did not immediately respond to an email and phone call requesting comment. But the attorney has previously said that he planned to request unconditional release for Hinckley.
“If we wanted to go Paris, he could do it. He could do whatever you could do,” Levine told The Associated Press in 2018. “His compliance with the court over the many years has been unfailingly flawless. And if people knew him, they would like him."
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An inmate charged with beating two Iowa prison employees to death with a hammer had threatened to assault staff at another prison a year earlier using a different maintenance tool, according to records released Friday.
Michael Dutcher testified that he picked up a mop wringer and threatened to use it as a weapon to attack correctional officers "because I was going to hurt as many people as I could,” according to disciplinary records obtained by The Associated Press through the open records law.
Dutcher’s threat came during an outburst at the state prison in Oakdale in February 2020, in which a judge said he engaged in “very dangerous actions” that included charging into several officers on a stairway.
Dutcher and inmate Thomas Woodard are charged with murder in the March 23 slayings of Anamosa State Penitentiary nurse Lorena Schulte and correctional officer Robert McFarland, during a failed escape attempt. Both inmates were serving time for armed robbery convictions.
The Iowa Department of Corrections has started multiple investigations into potential security lapses that preceded the deaths, which are believed to be the first involving prison staff killed by inmates since the 1970s. The department has also suspended work programs and inmate labor that involve tools, is reassessing procedures related to tool access, and is reviewing how inmates are classified for security purposes and privileges.
The revelation that Dutcher previously threatened staff with a maintenance tool added to growing alarm over how he and Woodard could have accessed hammers and a grinder through a prison maintenance shop that they used in the killings and escape attempt.
“This guy was a bad dude and the Department of Corrections knew he was a bad dude. That is why we believe the department's classification system — how they classify inmates and put them in work programs — is totally screwed up,” said Danny Homan, president of the union that represents prison workers, who has also pointed to shortages of funding and staff as a problem. “Most people believe it is dangerous and is one of the leading causes for all the violence inside the prisons.”
Investigators say the inmates got into the prison infirmary by claiming they were performing maintenance work, then accessed a break room where they used the grinder to try to saw off the bars on a window.
Investigators say the pair used hammers to beat Schulte, 50, and McFarland, 46, to death and to seriously injure an inmate who tried to stop the attack. They also say the two briefly held another female employee as a hostage.
Dutcher had a long history of disruptive behavior and threats and violence toward prison staff that resulted in discipline, while Woodard had only one blemish on his record: a 2018 assault of another inmate, according to records released Friday.
The most serious incident happened 14 months ago at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale near Coralville.
Dutcher was furious on Feb. 10, 2020, and threatening to cause problems if a female treatment services director did not come speak with him. Dutcher was clenching his fists and walking in and out of his cell, when he ignored orders from guards to stop so he could be handcuffed.
Dutcher reached the bottom of the steps where a mop bucket was sitting, picked it up, removed the wringer and turned toward a male officer “as if he was going to use it as a weapon,” the document says. He was ordered to drop the wringer and ultimately did, but ran upstairs, got in a fighting stance and removed his shirt.
As officers pursued him up the stairs, he charged down toward them and got past, and was ultimately cuffed on the ground at the bottom of the stairs. Officers deployed pepper spray several times. During a disciplinary hearing, Dutcher acknowledged his actions but denied assaulting anyone.
“I picked up the mop wringer because I was going to hurt as many people as I could, but I reconsidered,” he said. “Throughout the ordeal I could have but didn't.”
An administrative law judge found Dutcher guilty of assault and attempted assault. She said video showed his “very dangerous actions,” and noted that Dutcher and an officer both went into a railing to catch themselves. He was ordered to serve 30 days of disciplinary detention and she added 90 days of time to his sentence.
By the next month, he had been returned to the Anamosa prison and was disciplined for refusing to cooperate with a search of his cell. That was the last discipline he received before the alleged escape attempt.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a Confederate monument that had been stolen in Alabama and was the subject of a ransom note threatening to convert it into a toilet, New Orleans police confirmed Friday.
A spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department wrote in an email that “we can confirm that we recovered the chair" and more information would be released later. District Attorney Michael Jackson of Selma, Alabama, said two people had been arrested
The strange saga began March 20 when a representative of the United Daughters of the Confederacy reported to police that the “Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair” had gone missing from a Selma, Alabama, cemetery. The monument has no direct connection to Davis but is shaped like a chair and sat in a private section of the cemetery with other Confederate monuments.
Someone sent an email signed “White Lies Matter” to news outlets Monday claiming responsibility and saying the chair would be returned only if the United Daughters of the Confederacy agreed to display a banner at their Virginia headquarters bearing a quote from a Black Liberation Army activist. The Associated Press could not confirm the authenticity of the claim.
The email address later sent photos of someone wearing Confederate garb posing on a chair, that looked like the missing one, with a hole cut out. A later email said that chair was fake and the real chair was being returned unscathed.
"Obviously, we had always intended to return the chair," the email read, saying the entire caper was intended to make a point.
“Because the common thread between now and then is the criminal justice system. That’s where the racial caste system is preserved today, much like these monuments. Why did we steal a chair? To make a point. To redirect the conversation back to what matters, people, not property. ”
Jackson said a man and a woman, both white, were arrested in New Orleans for being in possession of stolen property. He said they were continuing to investigate who took the chair.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge sentenced a 21-year-old man to 24 years in prison for killing an Ohio mother and her young daughter in a 2018 traffic crash.
Hillsborough Circuit Judge Christopher Nash heard hours of testimony on Thursday before announcing his decision to send Cameron Herrin to prison.
“It’s impossible to have greater harm than occurred in this case,” the judge said.
Herrin's family members began to weep as sheriff's deputies placed him in handcuffs after the hearing, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
“I feel responsible for this accident,” Herrin's mother, Cheryl Herrin, told the judge on Thursday. “If I could, I would step in front of Cameron, and I would accept the punishment you might render.”
Herrin hit Jessica Reisinger-Raubenold and her 1-year-old daughter Lillia with the Mustang he'd received for his high school graduation two days earlier. They were visiting Tampa from Jeromesville, Ohio.
He was heading to a gym on the morning of May 23, 2018. Witnesses later told investigators that Herrin and his friend John Barrineau, who was driving a Nissan, appeared to be racing on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard. Police said Reisinger-Raubenolt, 24, was pushing her daughter in a stroller when Herrin's car hit them.
Barrineau also pleaded guilty and is serving a six-year prison sentence, WFTS reported.
Prosecutors presented evidence that the Mustang topped 100 mph (160 kph) moments before the crash, rapidly decelerating to 30 and 40 mph (48 and 64 kph) at the time of impact.
David Raubenolt spoke for nearly an hour, telling the court that his wife loved children and was a parent who passed out notes to airplane passengers, apologizing if their child started to cry. He said he sweats when he enters his daughter's room, where her crib remains untouched.
“It is critical for you to understand that you’ve created everlasting pain and depths of sorrow,” he said.
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The driver of a large farm vehicle in Vermont arrived at his field to find a car wedged in the frame and the two occupants dead inside, police say.
The driver of the farm vehicle, a truck equipped to spread fertilizer, told Bennington police he thought he had blown a tire as he drove on Vermont Route 9.
But police say a car driven by Charles Schichtl, 85, had rear-ended the vehicle. He and Lorranie Schichtl, 82, both of Petersburg, New York, were pronounced dead.
The driver of the farm truck was not injured. Police continue to investigate the crash.