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Ex-priest facing sex abuse charges dies before Phoenix trial

Feb. 26, 2020 5:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a former Phoenix-area priest who was indicted on sexual abuse charges earlier this year has died before his trial. Officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix say John “Jack” Spaulding died Tuesday. Court documents show the 74-year-old Spaulding had...

Joevanny Vargas, Lorena Vargas and Madison Vargas grieve as witness impact statements are read regarding the death of Miranda Vargas during the sentencing of Hudy Muldrow, Wednesday, Feb., 26, 2020,  at state Superior Court in Morristown, N.J. Muldrow, 79, the driver of a school bus who veered across Interstate 80 in New Jersey after missing an exit and crashed into a dump truck, killing a teacher and a student and injuring dozens of others, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)

Driver in fatal I-80 school bus crash sentenced to 10 years

Feb. 26, 2020 5:06 PM EST

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — The driver of a school bus who veered across Interstate 80 in New Jersey after missing an exit and crashed into a dump truck, killing a teacher and a student and injuring dozens of others, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Hudy Muldrow, 79, had pleaded guilty in...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Feb. 26, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Cost of drill­ing: DEP raises per­mit fees to cover reg­u­la­tory ser­vices Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb. 26 Permit fees for shale gas wells in Pennsylvania would soar by more than 150% under an...

Alabama man gets 198 years in prison for child sex crimes

Feb. 26, 2020 2:41 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A 66-year-old man has been sentenced to nearly 200 years in prison for sexually assaulting a young girl in Elmore County. Dennis Long received a 198-year sentence from Circuit Judge Bill Lewis in Elmore County court on Tuesday. Long was convicted in December of sodomy and sexual...

Bismarck man given 4 years in prison for assaulting infant

Feb. 26, 2020 7:57 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting an infant. Andrew Glasser, 33, entered an Alford plea this week to sexual assault. The plea means Glasser does not admit guilt, but agrees there's enough evidence for a conviction. Prosecutors said the...

Israel's President Reuvin Rivlin, left, and Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison meet at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Rivlin and Morrison discussed an extradition request for a former school principal whose alleged abuse of Australian school girls has cast a shadow over the Israeli leader's visit. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australian and Israeli leaders discuss extradition wrangle

Feb. 26, 2020 6:08 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister and Israel’s president on Wednesday discussed an extradition request for a former school principal whose alleged abuse of dozens of Australian schoolgirls has cast a shadow over the Israeli leader’s visit. Prime Minister Scott...

Mom charged with boiling pets found competent to stand trial

Feb. 26, 2020 12:20 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman facing charges she beat and tortured her children and forced them to watch her kill their pets has been found competent to stand trial. State District Court Judge Curtis Gurley recently found Martha Crouch, 54, competent to stand trial and ordered her case...

Man sentenced to life plus 20 years for torturing woman, son

Feb. 25, 2020 9:03 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man convicted of torturing his girlfriend and her 5-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison. Luis Miguel Garcia-Lebron, 30, was sentenced to life plus 20 years on Monday for felony child abuse and aggravated domestic violence, The Hattiesburg American reported....

Diocese adds 3 investigators to revamp clergy abuse response

Feb. 25, 2020 8:06 PM EST

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts diocese designated three new investigators in an effort to revamp its response to clergy abuse allegations. The Diocese of Springfield announced Monday it will expand its response team to include a child welfare worker and two retired police officers. The...

Kankakee County Sheriff Mike Downey, left, joins Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress, right, at the state Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Springfield, Ill.,  protesting the end of a practice by the Illinois Department of Corrections to transfer released inmates who have warrants or immigration detainers to Pontiac Correctional Center, where the Kankakee Sheriff's Department picked them up and detained them for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation hearings. Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration says it halted the policy because it violates the state's Trust Act which limits local police agencies' cooperation with federal immigration officials. (AP Photo by John O'Connor)

Sheriffs: Illinois halts transfer of some facing deportation

Feb. 25, 2020 6:28 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Sheriffs' Association said Tuesday that some violent felons who had faced deportation are instead being released into local communities after their prison terms end as a result of a policy change by Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration. Sheriffs Mike Downey of Kankakee...