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MCSO: 1 suspect killed, another arrested after burglary try

Sep. 16, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say one suspect is in custody and another is dead after a burglary attempt at a Laveen fire station. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials released the information Monday. They say one of the suspects fired shots at Phoenix firefighters during last week's incident. Sheriff's...

Bell missing from historic church found, man arrested

Sep. 16, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

WATER VALLEY, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say they've recovered a bell reportedly stolen from a church on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oxford Eagle reports 33-year-old Michael Lippert was booked in the Lafayette County Detention Center and charged with grand larceny on Monday....

4 charged in Georgia in theft ring that targeted temples

Sep. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Atlanta have charged four people in what they say was a brazen theft ring that stole more than $80,000 in cash and jewelry from Hindu and Buddhist temples around the country. The U.S. attorney's office said Monday the four defendants posed as tourists seeking...

Husband-wife researchers charged with stealing trade secrets

Sep. 16, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities have announced trade secret theft charges against husband-and-wife researchers who worked for 10 years at an Ohio children's hospital research institute. A grand jury indictment handed down in July and unsealed Monday accuses the couple of stealing cellular...

Former treasurer of Kansas town sentenced to federal prison

Sep. 16, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The former treasurer of a small Kansas town has been sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for stealing money from the town and spending taxpayer money at a casino. The U.S. Attorney's office in Wichita says 56-year-old Deborah Sell of Fontana was sentenced Monday. She...

Recycling plant head fired; police investigate $300k theft

Sep. 16, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A manager of a Maine recycling facility has been fired and named in a search warrant in connection with the theft of more than $300,000. The Portland Press Herald reports that John Morin was fired from ecomaine March 8 for "unexplained irregularities" at the Portland facility and...

Man gets 40-year prison term in fatal shooting in Phoenix

Sep. 16, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A man accused of wounding his ex-girlfriend and fatally shooting her mother in Phoenix in 2017 has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Maricopa County prosecutors say 46-year-old Jorge Acosta previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, burglary and aggravated assault. They say...

Convicted bank robber gets more than 5 years in prison

Sep. 16, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A man authorities say robbed or attempted to rob three Connecticut banks has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Vincent Jones, of New Haven, was also sentenced Monday to three years of probation. According to prosecutors, Jones...

Men charged in courthouse break-in suspected in other case

Sep. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities suspect that two cybersecurity workers charged with breaking into an Iowa courthouse were also responsible for a late-night entry into the courthouse in Des Moines. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Monday that based on surveillance footage, investigators believe...

Grocery store bagger stops attempted purse snatching

Sep. 16, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A grocery store bagger in Louisiana has been hailed a hero for stopping a man who tried to steal a woman's purse. News outlets report 26-year-old Juwone Scott was talking to a customer Thursday at Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy in Shreveport when a man snatched the woman's purse...