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Oklahoma County jail mistakenly releases drug dealer

Jun. 20, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A convicted drug dealer and sentenced to 25 years in prison is free after being mistakenly released from the Oklahoma County jail, pending transfer to the state Department of Corrections. Court records show an arrest warrant was issued Friday for...

Jury convicts Kentucky constables of violating rights

Jun. 19, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — A federal jury ruled that two Kentucky constables violated people’s rights by illegally searching or detaining them and taking money or other property without going through the legal process. Pulaski County constables Michael “Wally” Wallace and...

3 indicted in drug plot that included mail carrier abduction

Jun. 18, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Three men authorities say participated in a plot in which drugs were sent through the U.S. Postal Service from Puerto Rico to Rhode Island — and which included the alleged kidnapping of a mail carrier — have been indicted, federal prosecutors said Friday. ...

Iowa Supreme Court bars warrantless police searches of trash

Jun. 18, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned police from searching people’s uncollected trash without a warrant, outlawing an investigative technique that had been used for decades. The court ruled 4-3 that officers commit an unreasonable...

Man accused of faking kidnapping to scam grandparents

Jun. 18, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A man faked his kidnapping to get ransom money out of his grandparents to pay off a drug dealer, a North Carolina sheriff’s office said. The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies received a call on Thursday from a...

Colorado closes youth center after licensing complaints

Jun. 18, 2021 12:36 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — State officials have closed a residential treatment center in Watkins for troubled children after repeated complaints of licensing violations that include runaways, drugs being smuggled into the facility, lax supervision and repeated use of restraints. The...

Atlantic City to use sirens to mark 10 pm juvenile curfew

Jun. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Struggling with a surge in juvenile crime, Atlantic City soon will sound sirens each night at 10 p.m., marking the arrival of a juvenile curfew prohibiting those under 18 from being on the streets. “It's been a rough few weeks here in...

Judge: 16-year-old charged with murder to be tried as adult

Jun. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A 16-year-old charged with first-degree murder in a drug-related robbery will be tried as an adult, a Delaware judge has ruled. Superior Court Judge Vivian Medinilla on Wednesday denied a defense request to transfer Savon Boddy’s case to Family...

Authorities find escaped federal inmate in Tennessee

Jun. 16, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal agents on Wednesday captured a prison inmate who escaped from a minimum security facility in Tennessee, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Cecil Corey Haggins was found at a hotel in Manchester, about 215 miles (345 kilometers) east of Federal...

More convictions for former DEA agent

Jun. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent in New Orleans has been convicted on two federal criminal counts related to the taking of property from criminal suspects, adding to seven earlier criminal convictions in 2019. ...