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The Bois Forte consider a wellness court

Aug. 24, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — The Bois Forte Band of Chippewa needed a larger courthouse. "Attorneys were meeting with clients in cars and people charged with crimes and their alleged victims were in the same one room together," Tribal Chairwoman Cathy Chavers told the Hibbing Daily Tribune in recent phone...

Special prosecutor named to look into Jussie Smollett case

Aug. 23, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to look into why the Chicago state's attorney's office abruptly dropped the case against Jussie Smollett, leaving open the possibility that the former "Empire" actor could yet face charges in what police say was a phony attack on himself that he...

Former town clerk pleads guilty to theft of nearly $250,000

Aug. 23, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi town clerk accused of stealing nearly $250,000 pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to five years of house arrest. Gretchin Moody, 47, former clerk of the City of Ecru, had been indicted on three counts of embezzlement for stealing $128,000 in town court fines...

Serial killer pleads guilty in 4 slayings

Aug. 23, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A man who claims he has killed more than 90 women across the country pleaded guilty Friday to murdering four women in Ohio. Samuel Little appeared via Skype from the California state prison where he's serving multiple life sentences. He admitted in separate hearings that he killed two...

The Latest: Serial killer pleads guilty to more slayings

Aug. 23, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on sentencings of serial killer Samuel Little in Ohio (all times local): 3 p.m. A confessed serial killer just hours after pleading guilty and being sentenced for the slayings of two women in Cincinnati has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for killing two women in Cleveland....

Judge raises fines on her own after county passes

Aug. 23, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A judge has unilaterally raised fines for people who ignore road closure signs or drive around high water barricades in an Indiana county. The Republic reports that Judge Kathleen "Kitty" Coriden acted after Bartholomew County commissioners this week refused to raise the fines....

Alabama man gets 10 years to trying to entice child

Aug. 22, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town says U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon sentenced 49-year-old Jerry Wayne Hamilton Jr., of Sylacauga, on Wednesday. In a news release Thursday, Town...

Mistrial declared for man accused of eating ex's body parts

Aug. 22, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial for a southern Indiana man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and eating parts of her body. Clark County Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael made the ruling Thursday after a witness called by prosecutors on the first day of testimony brought up...

Syrian convicted of Germany stabbing that sparked protests

Aug. 22, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday convicted a Syrian man over a fatal stabbing in the city of Chemnitz last year that touched off far-right protests. Judges convicted asylum-seeker Alaa S. of manslaughter and dangerous bodily harm in the killing last August of 35-year-old Daniel Hillig. The...

Theft charge dropped in Tennessee against Cards assistant

Aug. 22, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville assistant football coach Cortney Braswell has returned to the program after a felony theft charge against him in Tennessee was dropped. Braswell had been on paid administrative leave since his June arrest following the May 29 indictment by a Hamilton County grand jury on...