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DMV worker accused of using driver info to steal from cars

Jul. 19, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicles Services worker and her boyfriend have been indicted in an alleged scheme to steal from dozens of cars in the metro area over at least two years using driver's license information. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 37-year-old Valerie Applegate of...

Reports say suspect in deadly Kyoto arson attack had grudge

Jul. 19, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Police were investigating Friday the gutted animation studio building in Kyoto where a man raging about theft set a fire that killed 33 people, crushing the hearts of comic fans in Japan and beyond. Witness accounts and reports suggested the man had a grudge against Kyoto Animation, but police...

2nd man sentenced in fatal southern Indiana gun shop robbery

Jul. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for his role in the robbery and fatal shooting of a southern Indiana gun shop owner. A judge ordered the sentence Thursday after 24-year-old Darion Harris pleaded guilty. He took part in the September 2014 robbery of...

Shootout leaves officer wounded, man dead in Birmingham

Jul. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer was shot as many as seven times by a suspected armed robber who was then killed in a shootout that ended in what authorities described as a running gun battle through downtown, authorities said Thursday. The shooting, which happened Wednesday night, was...

Teen convicted of murder of store owner during robbery

Jul. 18, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — A teen has been convicted of murder in the shooting of a Sumter store owner during a robbery. Prosecutor Ernest "Chip" Finney III said Sincere Dinkins unloaded his gun into Vijaykumar Patel during the November 2017 robbery at the Save-Mart Grocery. The Sumter Item reports Dinkins was 17...

Woman who scammed Essence attendees to pay restitution

Jul. 18, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana woman who stole thousands from nearly 100 Essence Festival attendees last year has been ordered to pay more than $94,000 in restitution to her victims. WVUE-TV reports the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that the prosecution determined the amount of...

Sisters charged with stealing money from college group

Jul. 18, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two sisters have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a group that represents Illinois private colleges in the capital. Sangamon County State's Attorney Dan Wright says the theft was between $100,000 and $500,000, from 2010 to 2017. The State Journal-Register says...

Burglars rob Puerto Rico police station of guns, ammunition

Jul. 18, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's police department says somebody has broken into a police station and stolen weapons on the southern part of the U.S. territory. Police Commissioner Henry Escalera Rivera says in a department statement Thursday that the break-in occurred in the town of Guayama. A...

Robbery suspect walks out of trial while jury deliberates

Jul. 18, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — An armed-robbery defendant walked out of his trial just moments before a Florida jury found him guilty. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that 29-year-old Antonio Jama Gearing had been released on $75,000 bail so he was free to move about the Daytona Beach courtroom Tuesday....

Woman shoots burglary suspect

Jul. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A burglary suspect is in serious condition after a homeowner shot him in the shoulder from the roof of her house. KOMO-TV reports the shooting happened before 1 a.m. Thursday. The woman called 911 to report she had shot an armed man as he tried to break into her home. Police found the...