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Mesa to settle suit alleging officers broke man’s wrist

Feb. 21, 2020 7:36 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Mesa has agreed to settle an excessive force lawsuit that alleges police officers broke a man’s wrist two years ago during his arrest on misdemeanor warrants and ignored his repeated requests to loosen the handcuffs. The dollar amount of the settlement in Terence...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, initiative promoter Tim Eyman waits to speak during a hearing before the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. A judge has ruled that Eyman illegally failed to report more than $766,000 in campaign contributions over a six-year period. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon issued his ruling Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in a lawsuit brought against Eyman by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Judge: Tim Eyman concealed $766,000 in campaign donations

Feb. 21, 2020 5:11 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge ruled Friday that initiative promoter Tim Eyman illegally failed to report more than $766,000 in campaign contributions over a six-year period — a finding that could subject him to millions of dollars in penalties. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon issued his...

Couple sentenced for murder of Eugene college student

Feb. 21, 2020 4:07 PM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Portland couple convicted of killing a 21-year-old Lane Community College student last year in a case of mistaken identity was sentenced Thursday in Lane County Circuit Court. Regis Kindred, 30, who pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder, was sentenced to life in prison with...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2018 file photo, police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.   Judge Allen Baddour ruled Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 that the Sons of Confederate Veterans didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit that led to the hastily arranged deal that gave them possession of the statue known as Silent Sam, along with $2.5 million to maintain it. He  vacated the deal and also dismissed the underlying lawsuit brought by the SCV.  Critics had questioned how the deal was quietly struck with the UNC Board of Governors and approved just before Thanksgiving.  
  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Confederate group has 45 days to return 'Silent Sam' to UNC

Feb. 21, 2020 9:44 AM EST

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge imposed a 45-day deadline on the Sons of Confederate Veterans to return the Silent Sam statue to the University of North Carolina. Orange County Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour also ruled that the group must return the remaining balance of a $2.5 million trust fund...

Appeals court sends murder case back to court

Feb. 21, 2020 8:34 AM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — An 18-year-old man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as a 16-year-old in 2018 has had his case returned to Skagit County Superior Court. The state Court of Appeals ruled last week that a judge must re-examine whether Cristian Alexander Quijas, who was 15 when he shot and...

Family drug treatment court to open in another WVa county

Feb. 21, 2020 4:39 AM EST

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A family drug treatment court is set to open in another West Virginia county. The opening of the court at the Nicholas County Courthouse in Summersville is scheduled for Friday. Three state Supreme Court justices are expected to attend. The event is open to the public. It is the...

Person in custody after gun incident near courthouse

Feb. 20, 2020 9:32 PM EST

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) — A man is in custody Thursday after police say he was waving a gun and threatening bystanders near Clackamas County’s courthouse. Oregon City police said there was a report of a person “menacing with a gun” at the courthouse, which is located on the...

Dealer who sold weapon used in killing to stop selling guns

Feb. 20, 2020 11:05 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A firearms dealer who sold a gun used in a deadly Kansas City shooting will stop selling guns as part of a settlement with the parents of the victim. Green Tip Arms also agreed to surrender its federal firearms license to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...

Wyoming high court rules against town in daycare tax case

Feb. 19, 2020 4:53 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled against a small town that sought to avoid paying taxes on a daycare business. The justices ruled Wednesday in favor of the Laramie County treasurer and assessor, saying the town of Pine Bluffs in southeastern Wyoming can't claim the daycare is...

Mistrial in case of judge accused of computer trespass

Feb. 19, 2020 1:29 PM EST

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of a Georgia judge accused of illegally accessing a courthouse computer network. Presiding Judge David Sweat on Tuesday declared a mistrial in Gwinnett County Judge Kathryn Schrader's case, acknowledging that the jury didn't appear...