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Proposal would cut prison time for non-dangerous offenders

Feb. 18, 2020 5:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Advocates for overhauling Arizona’s criminal justice system want to put a proposal on the November ballot that would cut the sentences of non-dangerous offenders for good behavior. A ballot proposal filed on Tuesday would allow for the release of non-dangerous offenders after serving...

Police: No injuries as gunfire exchanged in Colorado Walmart

Feb. 18, 2020 5:49 PM EST

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — A man and woman exchanged gunfire Tuesday inside a suburban Denver Walmart, panicking shoppers and triggering a swarming police response, police said. No one was hurt and the woman was taken into custody. Officers were searching for the man involved in the afternoon shooting at...

Pastor charged with assault, accused of road rage shooting

Feb. 18, 2020 5:38 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana pastor has been accused of shooting at truck driver during a road rage incident, authorities said. Christopher "Checkerz" Williams, 47, was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal carrying and...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, emergency crews respond to a scene where a vehicle hit several Moore High School students in Moore, Okla. A third member of a suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country team who was struck by a speeding pickup truck earlier this month has died. Kolby Crum, 18, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman April Sandefer. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

Driver who hit Oklahoma runners gets 3rd manslaughter charge

Feb. 18, 2020 5:36 PM EST

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of striking a group of suburban Oklahoma City high school cross-country athletes with his speeding pickup truck faces an additional manslaughter charge after the death of a third student. Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a third charge of manslaughter against 57-year-old Max...

Boy's shooting death now being probed as homicide

Feb. 18, 2020 5:33 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say the death of a 12-year-old boy found shot at an Ohio home is now being investigated as a homicide. Columbus police said they were called to the home a few miles west of downtown on Monday evening and found the injured boy, Demitri Gore, upstairs. He died at the scene....

This undated photo provided by the Cayce Department of Public Safety shows Faye Marie Swetlik, who has been missing since shortly after getting off her school bus near her South Carolina home Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Investigators say they have no evidence that the girl was kidnapped from her neighborhood in the state's central city of Cayce, S.C. Authorities have not ruled out that the girl was abducted (Cayce Department of Public Safety via AP)

Police: Girl, 6, was killed by neighbor who then killed self

Feb. 18, 2020 5:31 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her front yard after school was killed by a neighbor who then killed himself, authorities said Tuesday. Faye Marie Swetlik died of asphyxiation just hours after she was abducted, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher told reporters Tuesday,...

Judge Stanley Rumbaugh, left, listens as Ted Buck, right, an attorney for Chuck and Judy Cox, the parents of missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell and the grandparents of Susan's sons Charlie and Braden, who were attacked and killed by their father Josh Powell in 2012 while he was under suspicion for Susan Powell's disappearance, makes his opening arguments, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Pierce County Superior Court in Tacoma, Wash., on the first day of a civil lawsuit over the murder of her young sons by Josh Powell. The Coxes allege that negligence by the Washington state Department of Social and Health Services was a contributing factor that led to the deaths of their grandsons. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Trial begins in lawsuit over missing woman's murdered sons

Feb. 18, 2020 5:30 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A final chapter in the horrific saga of a Utah woman who vanished about a decade ago and the killings of her young sons in a fiery attack by their father years later began Tuesday with opening statements in a lawsuit against Washington state over the boys' deaths. Josh Powell was...

Man sentenced to at least 22 years in 2019 slaying

Feb. 18, 2020 5:24 PM EST

CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting another man, then burning and burying the body, was sentenced Tuesday to at least 22 years in prison. KIFI reports that Ben Savage plead guilty to the slaying of 23-year-old Charles McBride in February of 2019. Judge Stevan H. Thompson called the...

FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Ultimate choice: Tennessee inmates wrestle with how to die

Feb. 18, 2020 5:19 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After more than three decades on death row, Don Johnson weighed the options for his own demise: He could keep a promise to his daughter that he wouldn't die in the electric chair. Or, he could opt for the chair and avoid a method that he had heard might make him feel like he was...

Arrest made in shooting of off-duty officer in Ferguson

Feb. 18, 2020 5:14 PM EST

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The man suspected of shooting an off-duty police officer at a Walmart store in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson is now in custody. Shortly after noon on Tuesday, St. Louis County investigators saw a black Mercedes Benz in Ferguson that matched the description of the vehicle the suspect...