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Prosecutors seek to move case against boy into adult court

Nov. 29, 2021 20:27 PM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 15-year-old northern Indiana boy accused of molesting and killing a 6-year-old girl should be tried as an adult, prosecutors said Monday The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office filed a petition to have the teenager’s case moved to...

Savannah program celebrates its positive impact on youth

Nov. 14, 2021 00:08 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Between 2014 through 2017, Chatham County detained 1,881 youth. That’s when Chatham County incarcerated the second-highest number of youth in the entire state, second only to Fulton County, which has four times the population. Since 2018, however,...

Chief Justice: Intervention courts save taxpayer dollars

Nov. 13, 2021 10:20 AM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph says the state should put more money into programs like drug courts. He says the interventions save millions of taxpayer dollars. The Meridian Star reported that Randolph spoke Wednesday to...

Italy issues warrant for grandfather of cable car survivor

Nov. 10, 2021 08:11 AM EST

ROME (AP) — An Italian judge has issued an international arrest warrant for the Israeli grandfather of a 6-year-old boy who survived a cable car crash in Italy, after the man spirited the child to Israel in violation of an Italian court order. Eitan Biran was the sole...

A longtime addict, Yankton mother graduates from drug court

Nov. 06, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — As a drug addict for nine years, Keri Curtis chose to keep away from her children rather than have them see how far she had fallen. She lived on the streets, moving from place to place. She became trapped in abusive relationships and toxic people,...

Boston opens special court for arrests at homeless camp

Nov. 02, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — A special court for people arrested near a homeless encampment in Boston began hearing cases on Monday, while local criminal justice advocates said exaggerated concerns about public health were being used to arrest and detain people. The city says...

State's Attorney's Office gets new program associate

Oct. 17, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICK (AP) — For the newest member of the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, sentencing can actually be a positive start to the day. Lindsay Barnhart, the community and diversion programs legal office associate, spent part of Tuesday morning in the...

Criticism of Afghanistan withdrawal leads to court-martial

Oct. 13, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A former Marine battalion commander relieved of his duties after he made comments critical of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan will plead guilty in a special court-martial, his attorney said Wednesday. Tim Parlatore, an attorney...

Australian court overrules judge who socialized with lawyer

Oct. 05, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court on Wednesday overturned a ruling of a family court judge who did not declare he had coffee chats with a lawyer involved in the case. The five High Court judges unanimously agreed that the 2018...

Washington Supreme Court unanimously OKs tax on big banks

Sep. 30, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a new tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state’s regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax — a tax added on top of other taxes —...