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Gov. Mills: Lawsuit against CMP parent company 'alarming'

Dec. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills described allegations contained in a federal lawsuit against the parent company of Central Maine Power as “alarming and deeply troubling.” In the lawsuit, Paulo Silva, a cybersecurity expert and CEO of Pennsylvania-based...

EXPLAINER: Why was Michigan suspect charged with terrorism?

Dec. 01, 2021 19:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan prosecutors on Wednesday charged a teen with terrorism in a deadly mass shooting at his high school, a novel approach made possible by a law enacted after the 9/11 attacks nearly 20 years ago. The state's 2002 anti-terrorism law defines a...

Customers would get refunds under settlement of utility case

Nov. 30, 2021 13:13 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A proposed $10 million settlement of a class-action racketeering lawsuit against a water and wastewater utility in Pinal County would provide refunds to customers. A Nov. 19 motion filed on behalf of Johnson Utilities and various co-defendants...

Firm hired by Iowa for prison review didn't disclose lawsuit

Nov. 11, 2021 17:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A company Iowa hired to review state prison security problems didn't disclose that a subsidiary settled a Mississippi lawsuit alleging a questionable relationship with a consultant and a corrections official imprisoned over corruption allegations. ...

Jury convicts Chicago gang's reputed leader of racketeering

Nov. 09, 2021 11:42 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Chicago street gang's reputed leader on charges alleging that he directed the gang in committing four killings and other violent crimes over the course of two decades. Jurors convicted Labar Spann, 44, on Monday of...

Man called kingpin of middle Georgia cocaine ring convicted

Nov. 01, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia man was found guilty of three racketeering charges on Monday, identified by authorities in court as the head of a regional drug-dealing operation. Dexter Lee Williams, 53, was arrested in March 2020 after a probe by the Houston County...

Federal authorities unveil charges against Chicago gang

Nov. 01, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities announced conspiracy charges Monday against a Chicago gang faction accused of 19 murders over two decades. An indictment alleged 13 members of the “Wicked Town” faction of the Traveling Vice Lords gang were responsible for 19...

Pagans motorcycle leader sentenced for illegally having gun

Oct. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York man characterized as a leader of the Pagans motorcycle gang was sentenced to 33 months, or more than two and a half years, in prison on Thursday for illegal gun possession. The U.S. attorney's office in Newark described Keith Richter, 62,...

Alleged gang members charged in slaying of Chicago rapper

Oct. 13, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Five alleged gang members have been indicted on murder charges in last year's shooting death of a Chicago rapper that prosecutors say was part of ongoing violence over gang territories on the city's South Side, officials announced Wednesday. The U.S....

Former state lawmaker, regent pleads guilty to racketeering

Oct. 08, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia state lawmaker and university regent was sentenced to eight years in prison for racketeering, the state attorney general's office announced. Dean Alford was indicted in May in Rockdale County on charges of racketeering, fraud and...