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Governor appoints new Orleans County sheriff

Jan. 17, 2020 1:44 PM EST

DERBY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has appointed a Newport police officer to become Orleans County sheriff. Jennifer Harlow, who is expected to be sworn in later this month, will be Vermont's only female sheriff, the Republican governor's office said Wednesday. She is replacing Kirk Martin, who...

Judge scolds convicted fentanyl dealer, hands down sentence

Jan. 16, 2020 4:58 PM EST

A federal judge handed down a 35-year-sentence on Thursday to a man convicted of dealing fentanyl, scolding him for being motivated by “pure greed.” The remarks by U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett came as he sentenced Paul Alexander, 47, of Hanover, The Baltimore Sun reported. Alexander was...

37 charged in Puerto Rico to Wisconsin drug smuggling case

Jan. 16, 2020 4:32 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 37 people accused of sending cocaine and other drugs from Puerto Rico to Wisconsin and elsewhere in the country using the U.S. Postal Service, authorities said Thursday. The United States Attorney's Office in Eastern Wisconsin said the drugs were sold in...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 15, 2020 2:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Jan. 14 The Gadsden Times on developments with a long-awaited interstate extension project: With apologies to the Bard of Avon — and we’ll drop the part about the sweet fragrance — “What’s a road by any other name?” Local...

Man gets over 6 years in prison for trafficking fentanyl

Jan. 15, 2020 8:49 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in federal prison for trafficking fentanyl in New Hampshire. Court documents said Henry Marte, 22, of Lawrence, was part of a group that sold the drug to customers throughout New England. Prosecutors said Marte distributed 200-gram bags...

Babysitter sentenced to jail for injuries to infant

Jan. 15, 2020 4:31 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman accused of harming an infant she was babysitting was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a half in jail. Leanna Flora Pagans, 30, of Roanoke, received five years behind bars with all but 18 months suspended, news outlets reported. Pagans, also known as Leanna Hagwood, was...

Proposal to make opioid makers pay for treatment becomes law

Jan. 14, 2020 8:17 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new Maine law sets a licensing fee for manufacturers of opioids doing business in the state as part of an effort to hold the companies accountable for opioid use disorder. Senate President Troy Jackson, a Democrat, proposed the law change, and it became law without the signature of...

Text of Kentucky Gov. Beshear's State of Commonwealth speech

Jan. 14, 2020 7:43 PM EST

The prepared text of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's first State of the Commonwealth address, delivered Tuesday evening to lawmakers. Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the General Assembly, Lt. Governor Coleman and Chris O’Bryan, constitutional officers, our Kentucky Supreme Court, invited guests,...

Massachusetts man indicted in drug-related death

Jan. 14, 2020 2:21 PM EST

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been indicted in a drug-related death in New Hampshire in 2017, officials said Tuesday. Santo Baez-Arias, 40, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of dispensing or selling fentanyl resulting in the death of Joseph Bragg of...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019 file photo former critical care doctor William Husel, center, pleads not guilty to murder charges while appearing with defense attorney Richard Blake, right, in Franklin County Court in Columbus, Ohio. This week marks a year since an Ohio hospital system announced a doctor ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died. William Husel pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of 25 patients in the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko, File)

Amid doc's murder case, lawsuits reflect battle over blame

Jan. 14, 2020 12:57 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In the year since an Ohio hospital system announced an intensive care doctor had ordered excessive painkillers for dozens of patients who then died, the allegations led to murder charges against him, lawsuits, firings and potential disciplinary action for some of his colleagues. As...