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Ex-California city official gets 5 years in corruption case

Oct. 04, 2022 09:30 AM EDT

ADELANTO, Calif. (AP) — A former city council member in Southern California was sentenced to five years in prison for taking a $10,000 bribe to help open a cannabis business and also hiring someone to burn down his restaurant for an insurance payout, prosecutors said. Jermaine...

Suspect in killings of 22 elderly Texans goes on trial again

Oct. 04, 2022 01:19 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A man accused of killing 22 elderly women in the Dallas area and stealing jewelry and valuables has been linked by DNA evidence to one of the deaths, a prosecutor said Monday. Billy Chemirmir, 49, is on trial for capital murder in the death of 87-year-old Mary...

Today in History: October 4, Soviets launch Sputnik

Oct. 04, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 4, the 277th day of 2022. There are 88 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 4, 1957, the Space Age began as the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into...

Former Kentucky lawmaker sentenced to prison in fraud case

Oct. 03, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Former Kentucky lawmaker Robert Goforth was sentenced Monday to two years and one month in federal prison for health care fraud and money laundering. Goforth, who resigned from the Kentucky House in 2021, also faces two years of supervised release, media outlets...

Homeless 'good Samaritan' gets probation in gas money scam

Oct. 03, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia man who pleaded guilty to conspiring with a New Jersey couple on a bogus feel-good story of helping a motorist in distress that garnered more than $400,000 in online donations has been sentenced to three years' probation. Johnny Bobbitt Jr., 39,...

Romance scammer gets 25 years in prison for money laundering

Oct. 03, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man found guilty of laundering millions of dollars accrued by online fraud, including scamming vulnerable people on dating websites, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison. Elvis Eghosa Ogiekpolor was convicted earlier this year of one count of...

Florida school shooter contemplated massacre for years

Oct. 03, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz told a prosecution psychiatrist he began contemplating a mass murder during middle school, doing extensive research on earlier killers to learn their methods and mistakes to shape his own plans, video played at his penalty trial...

Alabama sets execution date in '88 contract killing

Oct. 03, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has set a November execution date for a man convicted in the 1988 murder-for-hire killing of a pastor’s wife. The scheduled execution follows criticism over the state’s last two lethal injection attempts, including one that was called off after the execution...

High court passes on Indiana case involving death of boy, 2

Oct. 03, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a man sentenced to 60 years in prison for his role in a shooting that killed a northern Indiana boy who was playing outside. The high court announced Monday that it would not take up the case of Tyre...

Couple sentenced for taking money from elderly relative

Oct. 03, 2022 13:00 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A husband and wife have been sentenced to up to three years in prison after they were convicted of illegally taking nearly $50,000 from the man's elderly father, who suffered from dementia. Prosecutors said that Kile Madsen, 56, and Debora Madsen, 53, of...