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Felon arrested after streaming video of himself arrested

May. 25, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A felon wanted for violation of probation was arrested after sheriff's deputies in Florida were notified that he was streaming on Facebook Live, officials said. The livesteam showed Timothy Munford, 25, streamed video of himself driving to Southside Jet Ski and renting a...

New Mexico counties fight to keep drugs out of jails

May. 24, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Ashley N. Fernandez approached the nondescript door on the back of the courthouse early in the morning. She moved quickly, and everything went as planned. She hurried back to a car parked on Morrison Street and drove away, headed toward National Avenue. The transport van arrived...

Officials: Counterfeit oxycodone caused 3 overdoses, 1 fatal

May. 22, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Officials say one man has died and two others are recovering from an overdose of counterfeit oxycodone pills in Mankato. The city's Department of Public Safety said first responders were called to an apartment Thursday about 2 a.m. and found the three overdose victims. All three were...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, defense attorney Jose Baez, right, talks to fired doctor William Husel during a court hearing in Columbus, Ohio. A judge has dismissed Husel's attempt to force Michigan-based Trinity Health Corporation and its insurer to cover the costs of his defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 patients in the Columbus, Ohio-area, Mount Carmel Health System. Husel has pleaded not guilty. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko, File)

Judge: Hospital need not fund doc's defense in murder case

May. 20, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Michigan-based health system and its insurer don’t have to cover the costs of an Ohio doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, a federal judge ruled. William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers for patients in the...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

May. 20, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: We’re using a machete to fight the coronavirus, when a scalpel might be better Harrisburg Patriot News/Pennlive.com May 16 Dr. Asif Ilyas just might be right. We’ve been using a machete to attack the...

Alcoa City Schools staff members hand bags of food for children to families on Monday, May 18. ACS has been serving about 5,500 meals a week while school buildings remain closed because of the coronavirus and plans to continue the meal program through June. The free breakfast and lunch program is open to any child 18 or younger. AHS distributes food from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.(Tom Sherlin/The Daily Times via AP)

Drug overdoses in Memphis spike during virus outbreak

May. 19, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Demand for opioids such as fentanyl has surged during the new coronavirus outbreak in Tennessee’s largest county, where more than 100 people have died of drug overdoses since mid-March, officials said Tuesday. Officials in Shelby County, which includes Memphis, said more than...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 16, 2020, file photo, a protester with an image of Ahmaud Arbery on a mask joins others gathering outside the Glynn County Courthouse for a rally to protest the shooting of Arbery in Brunswick, Ga. A video released Monday shows police in Georgia attempting to search Arbery's parked car in 2017 and when he refuses and attempts to walk back to the vehicle an officer tried to tase him. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

May. 19, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. VIDEO SURFACES OF POLICE CONFRONTATION WITH ARBERY A video from 2017 shows police in Georgia attempting to search Ahmaud Arbery’s parked car, and when he refuses to let them and begins to walk back to the vehicle, an officer tries to tase him. 2. STORM...

Defendant sentenced for role in multi-state drug ring

May. 19, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Dominican man who pleaded guilty to his role in a drug ring that distributed fentanyl and cocaine to Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to the more than two years he has already served. The man known as Raul Ocasio, 42, whose true...

Florida woman charged after toddler overdoses on drugs

May. 19, 2020 8:10 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman allowed a toddler in her care to overdose on cocaine and possibly fentanyl, authorities said. Nicole Ciufi, 33, was arrested early Monday and charged with child neglect, the Palm Beach Post reported. Ciufi told police she had been alone with the 13-month-old...

FILE: In this June 26, 2019, file photo, smoke and flames billow from burning narcotics during a destruction ceremony on the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle region. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw, File)

UN agency warns of fentanyl production threat in SE Asia

May. 19, 2020 3:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle region. The discovery during a series of drug raids in Myanmar’s Shan...