Courts & Crime

Parents of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman cope with aftermath of killing

The last time she was on TV with her face obscured by shadows, George Zimmerman’s mother explained, that her son’s roots are Afro-Peruvian. | 12/26/12 06:58:52 By - Frances Robles

Justice Dept. accuses N.C. sheriff of discriminating against Latinos

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil rights lawsuit on Thursday against the Alamance County sheriff, accusing him of fostering a climate of discrimination against Latinos for years. | 12/21/12 07:20:20 By - Anne Blythe

Texas woman arrested, accused of stealing Christmas decorations

An Texas woman whose criminal record includes prison time for solicitation of murder was in the Parker County Jail on Wednesday night, accused of stealing outdoor Christmas decorations that she apparently then hung on other houses as part of a holiday-lighting business, authorities said Wednesday. | 12/20/12 14:55:08 By - Bill Hanna

U.S. Army seeks death penalty for Bales in 16 Afghan killings

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, will be put on trial for his life, the Army announced Wednesday. | 12/20/12 04:28:57 By - Christian Hill

Most of Duke lacrosse players' claims dismissed by U.S. Appeals Court

Though five years have passed since North Carolina’s attorney general exonerated three former Duke University lacrosse players of phony rape allegations, the lawsuits they filed against the prosecutor, the city of Durham, its top administrators and law enforcement officers remain open in federal court. | 12/18/12 07:10:56 By - Anne Blythe

Police report sheds light on Jovan Belcher's death

Less than two months ago, Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher sent a foreboding text message to a secret girlfriend, expressing turmoil and frustration with his longtime girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins. | 12/18/12 07:02:57 By - Christine Vendel

Narcy Novack gets life in prison for killing her hotel heir husband

An epic family murder saga ended Monday when Narcy Novack, wife of Fontainebleau hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., was sentenced to life in prison. Three years after she and her brother Cristobal planned and helped execute Ben Novack and his mother Bernice, the convicted killers, who had remained loyal to each other throughout the trial, made it clear their family ties would not extend to prison. Cristobal also was sentenced to life in prison Monday. | 12/17/12 13:32:45 By - Julie K. Brown

Man accused of assaulting Dakota Meyer says a woman did it, not him

The 18-year-old farm worker charged with assaulting Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer claims he never touched the high-profile Marine veteran and puts the blame on an unidentified young woman. | 12/16/12 23:15:57 By - Bill Estep

President's weekly address deals with Newtown school killings

In this week’s address, the President says the nation’s thoughts and prayers are with those who lost a loved one during Friday’s tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. | 12/15/12 08:00:39 By -

Obama: 'These children are our children'

An emotional President Barack Obama Friday decried what he called the "heinous crime" in Connecticut, saying "our hearts are broken" and calling for efforts to stem the tide of violence. | 12/14/12 16:03:33 By - Lesley Clark

Obama statement on the school shooting in Newtown Conn.

Statement by the president on school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families. | 12/14/12 16:03:21 By -

Kentucky man charged with assaulting Dakota Meyer

Kentucky State Police charged an 18-year-old Columbia man on Thursday with assaulting Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. | 12/14/12 06:26:31 By - Bill Estep

Kentucky state police investigate assault on Dakota Meyer

Kentucky state police are investigating an assault on Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. | 12/13/12 11:43:02 By - Bill Estep

Biloxi woman's sentence in feral cats case draws national attention

A Biloxi Community Court judge has sentenced a 78-year-old woman to 100 hours of community service for the hoarding of cats in a case believed to be unprecedented. | 12/12/12 13:14:31 By - Robin Fitzgerald

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police want to monitor private cameras

In a bid to expand its surveillance network, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police want to connect to private businesses’ cameras, which would allow officers to monitor malls, gas stations and banks across the county. | 12/11/12 12:19:56 By - Cleve R. Wootson Jr

Israel Keyes targeted couple on Anchorage trail, police say

In April or May of 2011, confessed serial killer Israel Keyes rode his bicycle along the Anchorage coastal trail to a popular overlook and set up an ambush. | 12/11/12 06:50:44 By - Kyle Hopkins

Israel Keyes rejected religion, says pastor who will speak at his funeral

During his last days of freedom, before he admitted to killing Anchorage teenager Samantha Koenig and at least seven other people, Israel Keyes was at his sister's Texas wedding, crying and ranting at one point about how he did not believe in God. | 12/07/12 06:39:28 By - Casey Grove

Lure of illegal profits from Iran ensnares S.C. businessman

The shadowy world of illicit trade with Iran could come into sharper focus with a North Charleston, S.C., businessman’s guilty plea to charges surrounding illegal exports to the Middle Eastern country. | 12/06/12 16:12:34 By - By Michael Doyle

Israel Keyes slit wrists, strangled himself in Alaska jail

Confessed serial killer Israel Keyes committed suicide late Saturday or early Sunday by slitting one of his wrists with a blade from a disposable razor and tying a sheet tight around his neck, Alaska State Troopers revealed Wednesday.

It's still unclear which action, alone or in combination, led to his death, troopers said. | 12/06/12 06:59:01 By - Casey Grove

Chiefs' Jovan Belcher had access to NFL-sponsored support programs

During his four years with the Chiefs, linebacker Jovan Belcher, along with his teammates, attended dozens of NFL-sponsored meetings devoted to personal issues outside of football. | 12/05/12 07:20:55 By - Randy Covitz

Israel Keyes told investigator he let his first victim go

Back in the 1990s when he was a teenager, Israel Keyes picked his first victim, a teenage girl in Oregon, he later told investigators. | 12/05/12 07:05:04 By - Lisa Demer

Chiefs tried to help Jovan Belcher, Kasandra Perkins with domestic problems

Seconds after fatally shooting his longtime girlfriend, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher leaned over her in their master bathroom, said he was sorry and kissed her on the forehead. | 12/04/12 07:08:08 By - Christine Vendel

Case of suspected serial killer Israel Keyes takes strange turn

The bizarre story of suspected serial killer Israel Keyes took new twists Monday when the FBI revealed that he traveled all over the country and buried caches of weapons and other items for use in future crimes, including two caches -- one in Eagle River -- that the FBI was able to recover. | 12/04/12 06:49:26 By - Lisa Demer

In Florida, a little girl’s death by bureaucratic callousness, medical neglect

In March 2011, state child protection investigators took 14-year-old Marie from her mother, Doris Freyre, claiming Freyre’s own disabilities made it almost impossible for her to care for Marie, who suffered from seizures and severe cerebral palsy. A Tampa, Florida, judge signed an order that Marie be returned to her mother, with in-home nursing care around the clock. Child welfare workers ignored the order completely. | 12/03/12 13:22:56 By - Carol Marbin Miller

Israel Keyes, suspect in multiple U.S. deaths, found dead in Alaska jail

Israel Keyes, accused in the kidnapping and killing of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig, was found dead Sunday morning in an apparent jail suicide, and he is suspected in at least seven other deaths outside Alaska, authorities said. | 12/03/12 08:08:04 By - Lisa Demer

Missouri BDSM sex slave trial could explore norms of sadomasochism

Without an expert witness, Kansas City jurors might not understand how someone could consent to some extreme sadomasochistic behavior, a lawyer told a federal judge Thursday. | 11/30/12 12:22:10 By - Mark Morris

Penn State reports progress in implementing Freeh recommendations

Penn State now has implemented more than half of the 119 recommendations that former FBI director Louis Freeh made to the university to improve its safety and governance in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. | 11/29/12 20:18:05 By - Mike Dawson

To pay legal bills, George Zimmerman plans to sell autographs

With his legal defense fund teetering at less than $15,000, accused murderer George Zimmerman announced a new strategy to drum up donations: signed thank-you cards. | 11/29/12 06:56:33 By - Frances Robles

Idaho man accused in beating death of Zoo Boise monkey

A 22-year-old man was arrested Monday for the beating death of a Patas monkey at Zoo Boise that's gained national attention. | 11/20/12 11:23:16 By - Meghann M. Cuniff

Death sentence upheld for Miami man who threw girl into Everglades

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction and death sentence for a Miami man who killed a 5-year-old girl and threw her into the Everglades to be eaten by alligators. | 11/15/12 14:45:36 By - David Ovalle

'Cops and robbers' game concerns Texas police

This isn't your old-school game of cops and robbers. Weatherford police are warning that a new version of this game is concerning some residents and could lead to dangerous confrontations. | 11/15/12 14:10:11 By - Deanna Boyd

Army says Bales should face death penalty for 'despicable' crimes; defense disagrees

An eight-day hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales wrapped up Tuesday with an Army prosecutor saying Bales should face the death penalty for committing "the worst, most despicable crimes a human being can commit, murdering children in their own homes." | 11/14/12 07:39:04 By - Adam Ashton

Penn State spending on Jerry Sandusky scandal passes $20M

Penn State's costs in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal are almost $21 million, according to updated figures from the university. | 11/13/12 13:00:02 By - Mike Dawson

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales didn't act alone, attorneys suggest

Defense attorneys for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales mined contradictory statements from Afghan villagers over the past three nights to suggest that more than one American soldier could have been involved in a March massacre that claimed the lives of 16 Afghan civilians. | 11/12/12 14:22:30 By - Adam Ashton

Photos show toddlers with marijuana

Photos of children with marijuana cigarettes in their mouths have led to charges against two Leslie County residents, and more charges are likely, the investigating officer said Monday | 11/12/12 14:06:22 By - Bill Estep

Anger over Jerry Sandusky case still simmers in Penn State's hometown

Jon Pelter remembers reading the news in disbelief.

“I was at home on Sunday morning, and I started reading,” said the young Penn State alumnus. “It really came as a shock. I didn’t know whether to believe it or not.” | 11/09/12 07:32:44 By - Matt Carroll

Stryker leaders thought Bales was up to a tough, isolated job in Kandahar

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ leaders in his Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade gave him an especially demanding assignment in Afghanistan last winter because they believed he was among their best soldiers, his company first sergeant said in court today. | 11/07/12 13:32:36 By - Adam Ashton

Pornographer who drugged children wants to lead a “pro-pedophile” movement from prison

James Phillip Edwards, 63, whom prosecutors have described as “off the charts” and a “serial predator of girls as young as 4 years of age,” has written that he wants to lead a “pro-pedophile” movement from prison, according to court records. | 11/07/12 12:51:19 By - Mark Morris

Gunman in Fresno meat plant shooting deliberate, methodical

Deliberately and methodically, a Fresno meat-processing plant employee shot four of his co-workers -- two fatally -- before killing himself Tuesday morning. | 11/07/12 12:39:39 By - Jim Guy and John Sheehan

Ex-Penn State President Spanier arraigned in Sandusky cover-up

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was arraigned this morning on charges stemming from what the attorney general said was a cover-up by senior university leaders to hide abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky. | 11/07/12 12:00:06 By - Mike Dawson

Gunman kills 1, wounds 3 before shooting self at central Fresno meat plant

One person is dead and three are in critical condition, including the gunman, after a workplace shooting Tuesday morning in central Fresno. Gunfire broke out about 8:27 a.m. at Valley Protein, formerly known as Apple Valley Farms, a poultry processing plant on Hedges Avenue just east of Blackstone Avenue. | 11/06/12 14:30:48 By - Jim Guy

Feds: Medicare millions moved to Cuba through Canada, Trinidad and Mexico

A South Florida money-laundering network secretly transferred more than $30 million in illegal Medicare profits through a remittance firm with shell companies in not only Canada and Trinidad, but also in Mexico, according to court records filed Monday. | 11/06/12 12:07:34 By - Jay Weaver

Feds: Florida money-laundering network moved Medicare millions to Cuba

A South Florida money-laundering network secretly transferred more than $30 million in illegal Medicare profits through a remittance firm with shell companies in not only Canada and Trinidad, but also in Mexico, according to court records filed Monday. | 11/06/12 06:51:09 By - Jay Weaver

B-girl’ trial a cautionary tale for drunk Miami tourists

During the height of the tourist season two years ago, a Philadelphia TV weatherman flew down to Miami Beach for a little fun in the sun. At the Delano Hotel, John Bolaris was approached by a couple of the Beach’s finest “bar girls.” Then they lured the liquored-up Bolaris to a Russian-style nightclub called Caviar Bar on Washington Avenue. Over the next two nights, he signed American Express charge slips for more than $43,000, picking up the tab for extravagantly overpriced Dom Perignon, Beluga caviar and other items, including $2,480 for a modernistic painting of a woman that had been hanging in the bar. | 11/05/12 18:51:38 By - Jay Weaver

Mugshots: The hot new Internet business

It’s a hot Internet business: Get mugshots for free from government websites, put them on your own websites and then demand money when irate people plead to have their photos removed. | 11/05/12 13:47:18 By - John Dorschner

Penn State's Spanier, Curley and Schultz charged in Sandusky case

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was indicted today on charges he lied to the grand jury investigating abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky and tried to block authorities’ investigation of him as part of a cover-up. | 11/02/12 07:31:35 By - Mike Dawson

Data security breach expands to 657,000 S.C. businesses

As many as 657,000 S.C. businesses had their tax information stolen in the massive security breach at the state Department of Revenue that also claimed the records of up to 3.6 million people, Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday. | 11/01/12 12:45:01 By - Andrew Shain

South Florida sees growth in smuggling of Brazilians, other migrants

A Brazilian couple was arraigned in federal court in Miami recently, charged with attempting to smuggle undocumented immigrants aboard boats from the Bahamas. | 10/30/12 07:10:26 By - Alfonso Chardy

Scoutmaster who admitted abusing kids worked in Charlotte church daycare

A former Scoutmaster who admitted this week to molesting numerous Boy Scouts in the Fayetteville area nearly four decades ago worked for years in the preschool center at Charlotte’s Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church, the senior minister there said Friday. | 10/26/12 16:16:23 By - Steve Lyttle

New study shows early learning helps prevent crime

Four of Washington state's Benton County's top law enforcers joked and laughed while taking time Wednesday to read a book about police officers to preschoolers at Benton Franklin Head Start in Richland, but their visit was about a serious subject.The longtime cops and prosecutor spoke out about the lack of funding for quality early childhood education programs and how investing in kids can reduce crime and save money | 10/25/12 15:23:57 By - Paula Horton

U.S. sues BofA for $1 billion for mortgage fraud

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan sued Bank of America for $1 billion on Wednesday, alleging the bank defrauded government-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. | 10/24/12 16:00:14 By - John Arwood and Ely Portillo

UNC professor Frampton asks for raise from Argentina jail

UNC-Chapel Hill physics professor Paul Frampton may be in an Argentine prison cell awaiting trial on charges of trying to smuggle two kilograms of cocaine out of the country, but that hasn't stopped him from asking for a raise. | 10/23/12 07:11:28 By - Jay Price

N.C. man says church confined him for being gay

A 22-year-old man has accused his former Rutherford County church of holding him for four months against his will while he was physically and emotionally abused because he is gay. | 10/22/12 07:24:36 By - Michael Gordon

Two South Florida Muslim clerics want witnesses in terrorism case questioned in Pakistan

Two South Florida Muslim clerics — a father and son separated by more than 50 years in age — are struggling to persuade a Miami federal judge to allow their lawyers to travel to Pakistan to question alleged Taliban sympathizers who might help their defense against terrorism charges. | 10/22/12 07:01:36 By - Jay Weaver

Zimmerman's lawyers seek Trayvon Martin's school, social media records

Lawyers in the George Zimmerman murder trial are expected to face off in court Friday over whether to allow subpoenas of Trayvon Martin’s school and social media records to proceed. | 10/19/12 11:50:24 By - Frances Robles

Westboro Baptist Church dealt setback as court upholds funeral protest ban

A federal appeals court dealt a rare legal setback to the Westboro Baptist Church on Tuesday, finding that a Missouri town’s funeral picketing ordinance is constitutional. | 10/17/12 07:18:46 By - Mark Morris

Expert: Killer of Texas pastor was beyond hope at age 10

Convicted killer Steven Lawayne Nelson is a violent psychopath who will continue to be a danger to society, even behind bars, an expert witness testified Monday in the punishment phase of Nelson's capital murder trial. | 10/16/12 11:21:11 By - Dianna Hunt

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales awaits hearing on Afghan killings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

For the first time since he was taken into custody seven months ago, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is back at Joint Base Lewis-McChord awaiting a pretrial hearing on charges that he murdered 16 Afghan civilians during his deployment with a local Stryker brigade. | 10/16/12 07:28:47 By - Adam Ashton

Man's bomb comment closes Alaska airport, lands him in jail

Peter Friesema, a Colorado hockey referee who officiated a UAA tournament over the weekend, was checking in at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport with a traveling companion late Saturday night. He pointed out that the Alaska Airlines ticket agent had put his sticker on his friend's luggage. | 10/15/12 06:47:46 By - Lisa Demer and Richard Mauer

Washington State boy gets 3.5 years in fatal shooting of sleeping father

A 14-year-old boy was sentenced Thursday to at least 3½ years in a juvenile corrections facility for fatally shooting his sleeping father last year. | 10/12/12 13:25:49 By - Jeremy Pawloski

Feds charge 40 in ID theft-tax fraud takedown in South Florida

Federal authorities Wednesday escalated their assault on the double-barreled crime of identity theft and tax fraud, arresting 30 South Florida suspects — including a Miami Gardens man facing a murder trial — on charges of filing fake returns totaling millions of dollars. | 10/11/12 12:52:41 By - Jay Weaver

Georgia mall bans teen after spat over short shorts, arrest

A 17-year-old Central-Phenix City student asked to leave Peachtree Mall over the length of her shorts claims she was unfairly singled out and that Columbus police overreacted Saturday night by taking her to jail in shackles. | 10/09/12 13:28:15 By - Alan Riquelmy and Jim Mustian

Jerry Sandusky's victims have chance to address him at sentencing hearing

The young men who testified that Jerry Sandusky sexually abused them finally will have the chance this week to say exactly how the abuse by the man they trusted has affected them. | 10/08/12 07:30:29 By - Mike Dawson

Before Fast and Furious, Florida had Operation Castaway

A sensational election-season report into the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation has cast new light on a simultaneous Florida firearms investigation linked to violence in Colombia, Honduras and Puerto Rico. | 10/08/12 07:07:19 By - Marc Caputo

Korean War vet gets 30 days in jail for junk on property

Johnny Ramsey, the 79-year-old Korean War veteran who collected and sold junk to pay for medications for his ailing wife, said just minutes before court Thursday evening: “If I have to go to jail, I guess I am ready.” | 10/05/12 13:24:10 By - Andre Dys

Parole board recommends release for ex-Manson follower Bruce Davis

With a new governor in office, a former Manson family member serving a life term at California Men’s Colony has his best chance at freedom after a parole board recommended his release Thursday. | 10/05/12 07:03:51 By - Patrick S. Pemberton

Jerry Sandusky asks for return of $50K bail to his wife

Jerry Sandusky's attorney is asking that the $50,000 cash posted for bail be returned to his wife | 10/04/12 13:04:06 By - Mike Dawson

Penn State costs from Jerry Sandusky scandal nearing $20M

Penn State has paid out nearly $20 million for the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to the most recent university numbers. | 10/03/12 15:28:55 By - Christopher Passante

Mike McQueary files whistleblower, defamation lawsuit againt Penn State

Mike McQueary, a star witness in the Jerry Sandusky case and former Penn State assistant football coach, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Penn State today and is seeking millions of dollars in damages. | 10/02/12 16:21:49 By - Mike Dawson

Some businesses cash in on Trayvon Martin case

An iconic photograph of a young Trayvon Martin in his Bulldogs football uniform, staring stone-faced into the camera, has been published in print and online around the world. | 10/02/12 07:05:39 By - Frances Robles

Police: California San Joaquin valley becoming 'doper's paradise'

California's San Joaquin Valley's fertile farmland has become a doper's paradise, top law enforcement officials said Wednesday in announcing yet another big marijuana bust connected to Mexican cartels. | 09/27/12 12:39:00 By - Pablo Lopez

USS Cole suspects at Guantanamo seek 3-month delay for hearing

Defense lawyers in the USS Cole bombing case are asking a military judge to delay by three months their next Guantánamo hearing, to give torture experts time to examine the alleged mastermind who was waterboarded by the CIA. | 09/27/12 07:01:00 By - Carol Rosenberg

Naked dancer leads deputies to meth lab in Mississippi county

A report of a naked man dancing on a roadside led George County, Mississippi, deputies to a meth lab in the Ward community, Sheriff Dean Howell said. | 09/24/12 12:07:40 By - Robin Fitzgerald

George Zimmerman's friend's book offers starkly different account of Trayvon Martin's death

Trayvon Martin grabbed his killer’s gun just moments before he died and uttered a profanity-laced threat. In a desperate life-or-death struggle, George Zimmerman clutched Trayvon’s wrist, broke his grip on the semi-automatic firearm and shot him once in the chest. | 09/21/12 07:12:39 By - Frances Robles

None of Trayvon Martin's DNA found on George Zimmerman's gun, test results show

Detailed forensics reports in the Trayvon Martin killing show the victim’s DNA wasn’t on the gun that killed him and very little of it landed on the shooter’s clothes, according to evidence released Wednesday. | 09/19/12 12:41:49 By - Frances Robles

Sarah Palin weighs in on Jeffrey MacDonald case

The Jeffrey MacDonald case has pulled an unusual book critic into its web of conspiracy theorists and strong camps of opinions. Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, has posted a complimentary review of Errol Morris’ new book about the case, “A Wilderness of Error,” on her Facebook page. | 09/18/12 13:17:50 By - Anne Blythe

Task force in Wichita protects children from cyber-predators

On the day that Jennifer Wright visited Shane McClelland at his home and helped save two children, McClelland may not have been worried about the cop confronting him. As one of three investigators working in the Internet Crimes Against Children task force in Wichita, Wright is part of a growing segment of law enforcement: detectives who combine acting with street smarts and computer skills to save children from cyber-predators. | 09/12/12 19:07:34 By - Roy Wenzl

Washington state Judge OK after chemical attack at Olympia home; clues sought

A Washington District Court judge answered the door of his Olympia home Monday night and was met by a man who thew liquid into his face, causing skin irritation that was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. | 09/12/12 18:21:01 By - Jeremy Pawloski

Feds use new strategy against employers of illegal immigrants

After an Overland Park, Kansas couple were indicted, accused of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and paying them less than other employees, federal authorities said Tuesday that they would seek to seize the couple’s two hotels. | 09/12/12 07:15:41 By - Laura Bauer

George Zimmerman's friend writes book to defend 'the most hated man in America'

The federal air marshal who took George Zimmerman in after he shot Trayvon Martin has written a book about his controversial friend, and appeared on a national TV show Tuesday to say Zimmerman was a peaceful, loving — and innocent — man. | 09/12/12 07:03:37 By - Frances Robles

Soldier pleads not guilty to exploiting teenage girls for nude photos

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been charged with 25 counts alleging he coerced seven teenage girls into sending him nude photographs while he was deployed in Afghanistan. | 09/11/12 17:27:32 By - Stacia Glenn

George Zimmerman's lawyers seek new clues in Trayvon Martin case

George Zimmerman’s defense lawyers will subpoena Facebook, Twitter and Miami-Dade schools in a widespread pursuit of clues to suggest that Trayvon Martin could have thrown the first punch on the night he was killed, a sign that attorneys are going into attack mode in preparation for their case. | 09/10/12 07:14:10 By - Frances Robles

Feds arrest Florida cop, say he stopped women drivers without cause for sexual thrills

A Miami-Dade police officer routinely stopped women drivers for no reason so he could have “sexually suggestive conversations” — including asking to see the scars on a Miami Beach bartender’s surgically enhanced breasts — and then let the women go without issuing any citations, federal authorities say. | 09/06/12 14:52:12 By - Jay Weaver

Lawyer: Jerry Sandusky says he's innocent, working on appeal

Convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky still maintains his innocence and his family still supports him, his attorney said Wednesday. “Dottie is still 100 percent supportive of him,” Joe Amendola said of Sandusky’s wife. | 09/06/12 13:41:15 By - Mike Dawson

George Zimmerman gets new judge for case

A veteran judge with broad experience and a reputation for being tough on both lawyers and defendants has been assigned to take over George Zimmerman’s murder trial. | 08/31/12 07:21:32 By - Frances Robles

Judge removed from George Zimmerman's case

George Zimmerman’s attorneys got a second judge kicked off his murder trial Wednesday, when the Fifth District Court of Appeal ordered the sitting jurist to step down from the controversial case. | 08/30/12 07:08:27 By - Frances Robles

Feds convict House of Raeford on 10 Clean Water Act charges

A federal jury on Monday convicted North Carolina poultry processor House of Raeford Farms of 10 counts of violating the Clean Water Act. But the company was found not guilty on four other counts, and the plant manager was cleared of wrong-doing. | 08/21/12 07:21:18 By - Franco Ordoñez

BP oil spill compensation fund for Gulf Coast victims is hit by fraud

Not a single drop of the massive British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico touched the land-locked city of Homestead or the Keys peninsula to the south. | 08/20/12 06:47:00 By - Jay Weaver

Suspended death sentence given to Gu Kailai, wife of Bo Xilai

A Chinese court on Monday handed down a suspended death sentence for Gu Kailai, the wife of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai. It’s customary in Chinese law for suspended death sentences to be converted to lengthy prison terms after two years. | 08/19/12 23:49:08 By - By Tom Lasseter

Trial for Penn State administrators set for 2013

The trial for the two former Penn State administrators accused of lying to the grand jury investigating Jerry Sandusky won't go on during football season. | 08/17/12 15:55:50 By - Mike Dawson

Former Wolfpack football standout accused in Ponzi scheme

Jim Donnan, a former N.C. State University quarterback in the 1960s and a head football coach at two colleges, has been accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of conducting an $80 million Ponzi scheme that preyed on college coaches, former players and big-time athletics boosters. | 08/17/12 13:47:12 By - Anne Blythe

Police using car-top cameras to photograph license plates

Civil libertarians are shuddering at the latest police trend involving the use of cameras to check license plates. Police in Fort Worth, Arlington, Grapevine and a growing number of other cities are using automatic camera systems to take photographs of passing vehicles' license plates. The cameras are typically mounted on a patrol car's light bars and can easily take pictures of license plates at a distance of 50 feet or more -- and many systems can shoot hundreds of photographs per hour. | 08/17/12 12:59:51 By - Gordon Dickson

Former Texas teacher found guilty of having sex with students

Former Kennedale High School teacher Brittni Colleps was found guilty this morning of having multiple sexual encounters with five of her students. Jurors took less than an hour to convict Colleps on 16 counts of improper relationship between an educator and student. The 28-year-old mother of three faces probation to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 on each of the counts. | 08/17/12 12:34:29 By - Deanna Boyd

Pot dealer in Washington State offered 'bulk discounts' on his business cards

A drug dealer who kept business cards offering "bulk discounts" and home delivery will serve a year in prison for selling marijuana and having two other drugs without a prescription. | 08/16/12 12:24:03 By - Caleb Hutton

Drug czar will push Missouri to track prescription medicines

Earlier this year when New Hampshire became the 49th state to pass legislation adopting a prescription drug monitoring program, Missouri found itself as the lone holdout. | 08/15/12 12:46:19 By - Jason Hancock

Jury sees video of former Texas teacher having sex with students

The first text message that "Aaron" received from his English teacher seemed innocent enough. "Hey ... It's Coach Colleps. Do you know what time the baseball game starts?" Before 24 hours had passed, the subject matter of numerous texts exchanged between Aaron and Brittni Colleps took a dramatic turn. Colleps discussed | 08/15/12 12:35:57 By - Deanna Boyd

'Highly incriminating' evidence: Judge unseals transcript of meeting involving attorneys in Jerry Sandusky trial

Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky case had a "great deal" of "highly incriminating" evidence they didn't use at his trial. That's according to what a prosecutor told the judges overseeing the Sandusky case and the grand jury investigation late in June as they were discussing how secret materials were leaked to the media. | 08/15/12 12:29:47 By - Mike Dawson

Texas has nation's largest prison population

Texas' prison population has dropped to its lowest in five years, but the decline hasn't been as steep as in some other states, most notably California. | 08/14/12 07:32:44 By - Terry Evans and Anna M. Tinsley

Missouri's 'Right to Pray' amendment is challenged by ACLU

The ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday challenging an amendment to the state's constitution it contends violates the religious rights of prison inmates. | 08/10/12 07:07:32 By - Jason Hancock

Farmer’s guilty plea may signal tough new attitude on fake organics

A major fertilizer producer from California’s San Joaquin Valley who pleaded guilty to fraud charges this week ran into what appears to be a newly aggressive federal effort to crack down on organic-farming cheaters. | 08/09/12 17:26:38 By - By Michael Doyle

Miami's 'Causeway Cannibal' attack victim recounts attack for police

Chronically homeless and recently blinded, Ronald Poppo calmly told detectives about the sudden savage assault that cost him parts of his face. | 08/09/12 06:53:59 By - Frances Robles

Naked country singer Randy Travis arrested for DWI, threat to trooper

Country singer Randy Travis faces a charge of driving while intoxicated and retaliation against a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper after he was found naked at the scene of a wreck on a Grayson County road, authorities said Wednesday. | 08/08/12 16:48:45 By - Domingo Ramirez Jr

'I caught you': Matheny spies teen flashing laser during Giants-Cardinals game

A 17-year-old male was arrested Monday night and could face criminal charges Wednesday after allegedly pointing a green laser at San Francisco Giants pitcher Shane Loux. | 08/08/12 16:17:41 By - David Wilhelm

Trayvon Martin case gives rise to Internet amateur sleuths

While other people watch reality shows, a marketing specialist in Michigan who goes by the name "Bcclist" spends time in his yard, calculating Trayvon Martin’s last steps with a tape measure and smartphone stop watch. | 08/06/12 06:52:48 By - Frances Robles

Rock Hill thief steals donation jar meant for child with cancer

Just when crime in Rock Hill didn’t seem it could get any worse, a villain drops to ugly depths uncharted in seas of maiming, shooting, stealing. thief stole $70 from a kid with cancer. | 08/03/12 12:57:32 By - Andrew Dys

Texas launches online database to monitor prescription drugs

A new Texas online database of patient prescription drug information will help authorities identify traffickers and people who "doctor shop" for medications, state officials say. | 08/03/12 12:22:47 By - Alex Branch

Jerry Sandusky 'distraught' over NCAA sanctions on Penn State, attorney says

Jerry Sandusky was "beside himself" when he heard from his attorney about the sanctions the NCAA imposed on Penn State and its football program. | 08/01/12 14:33:19 By - Mike Dawson

Property-tax cheats facing crackdown in Miami

For years — decades, really — Miami-Dade homeowners have been ducking property taxes by illegally claiming homestead exemptions, usually with impunity. But these days, gambling on getting caught is a fool’s game. | 07/30/12 14:00:40 By -

Colleges are taking a closer look at crime-reporting procedures

The Clery Act seems simple enough: Colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs — more than 6,000 schools nationwide — must let students and others know about crimes reported on their campuses. But Penn State, in one of its many failings in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case, largely ignored the campus-safety law, according to former FBI director Louis Freeh’s report. | 07/30/12 13:45:07 By - Mara Rose Williams

Fort Worth shelters report rise in women fleeing abuse

For nearly six years, Mary's husband cursed her, beat her, stole her money and threatened to kill her. So when she decided to leave him for good last month, she said, she was dismayed to discover that all the domestic violence shelters in Dallas County, Texas, were full. | 07/27/12 15:09:02 By - Susan Schrock

Dottie Sandusky says convicted husband Jerry is ‘not who they say he is’

Dottie Sandusky says she still loves her husband. The wife of convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky remains loyal to and supportive of the man who is now housed in the Centre County Correctional Facility awaiting sentencing | 07/27/12 14:54:07 By - Mike Dawson

Moody's Investors Service to review, possibly downgrade, Penn State bond rating

The Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and aftermath could mean a drop in Penn State's bond ratings. | 07/24/12 13:26:38 By - Anne Danahy

A matter of life and meth: Drug has tragic consequences

The senseless murders of two Platte County sisters last week became somewhat easier to comprehend when authorities said the confessed killer was high on methamphetamines at the time. The senseless murders of two Platte County sisters last week became somewhat easier to comprehend when authorities said the confessed killer was high on methamphetamines at the time. Few illicit drugs provoke the kind of paranoia and rage that leads to such violence as meth.

Few illicit drugs provoke the kind of paranoia and rage that leads to such violence as meth. | 07/23/12 16:13:34 By - Mike Hendricks

Alaska drug probe uncovers massive tax fraud operation

While investigating Anchorage cocaine dealers, authorities discovered a massive identity theft and tax fraud operation that illegally claimed about $19 million in federal tax refunds, prosecutors said. | 07/20/12 07:24:16 By - By Casey Grove

George Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin's death was 'God's plan'

After saying he did not regret any of his actions the night he killed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman backtracked and apologized to America Wednesday night in his first interview since the shooting that polarized the nation nearly five months ago. | 07/19/12 07:40:38 By - By Frances Robles

The unraveling of Rudy Eugene, aka the Miami causeway face attacker

Ruth Charles could not find a Haitian church in Miami to hold a funeral for her son, Rudy Eugene. The news of Eugene’s death on Memorial Day weekend was already too well known. He was shot to death by Miami police as he crouched over Ronald Poppo’s limp body, naked and growling, chewing off chunks of the man’s face. At 31, the son who had carried a Bible, quoted scripture and worn a four-inch cross on a chain around his neck had become something unrecognizable, known across the nation as the Miami zombie. | 07/16/12 13:28:48 By - Nadege Green and Audra D.S. Burch

'Witness 9' accused Zimmerman of sexually molesting her

Despite a last-minute rush to the courthouse to file a motion to delay a court’s ruling, the Duval County State Attorney on Monday released a recorded statement from a woman who says George Zimmerman molested her when they were both children -- beginning when she just six years old. | 07/16/12 13:19:24 By - Frances Robles

Freeh report: Jerry Sandusky's retirement benefits played a role in sex crimes

The details that emerged from the report also show how the provisions of Jerry Sandusky's retirement, such as access to facilities and the association he asked for between the university and The Second Mile, played a role in the sex crimes of which he was convicted last month. | 07/16/12 07:36:18 By - By Mike Dawson

Poll: Most Floridians want no changes to Stand Your Ground law

Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law continues to enjoy widespread support among likely voters, even as a state task force considers rewriting the law, according to a new Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald/Bay News 9 poll. | 07/16/12 07:01:06 By - By Toluse Olorunnipa

Lexington man wanted for leaving sex trial is decorated Army vet

A man who fled Fayette, Ky. Circuit Court just before a jury found him guilty of rape and sodomy Thursday is a decorated Army veteran who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to court records. | 07/13/12 15:50:15 By - Josh Kegley

Texas veteran convicted under Stolen Valor Act doesn't want his record cleared

Richard David McClanahan served 30 months in federal prison for his lies, a lengthy penalty imposed because he also lied about his income to buy a pickup from a dealership. Now living in Fort Worth, the 34-year-old ex-convict has a chance to have at least part of his conviction overturned after the Supreme Court's decision. | 07/13/12 07:32:17 By - By Chris Vaughn

FBI records: agents found no evidence that Zimmerman was racist

After interviewing nearly three dozen people in the George Zimmerman murder case, the FBI found no evidence that racial bias was a motivating factor in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, records released Thursday show. | 07/12/12 11:59:11 By - Frances Robles and Scott Hiaason

Wayne Treacy begins insanity defense in Florida beating trial

Wayne Treacy, the Pompano Beach teenager charged with attempted first-degree murder for brutally beating and nearly killing a Deerfield Beach Middle School student in March 2010, began his insanity defense in Broward Criminal Court on Wednesday, with defense attorneys calling to the witness stand a forensic psychologist who testified that the boy suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological problems. | 07/12/12 07:30:52 By - By Daniel Chang

Penn State awaits Louis Freeh's report on Jerry Sandusky scandal

The criminal trial is over. Now, the community is waiting for the second verdict. Penn State hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to complete what trustees have said is an independent investigation into the university’s response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal and whether it included a cover-up of behavior that turned out to be a pattern of child sex abuse. | 07/10/12 07:30:12 By - Anne Danahy

Florida: A economic crimes Ponzi schemer’s paradise

When Buddy Persaud promised his investors the moon and the stars, he wasn’t kidding. Persaud, an Orlando Florida-based financial broker, believed the markets were affected by lunar cycles and gravitational pull. When — surprise, surprise — the heavens failed him, Persaud paid out their promised high rates of return (up to 18 percent) by simply recruiting new investors and using their funds to pay off the old ones, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges. | 07/09/12 11:18:58 By -

Financial Crimes: A scam involving jobs that are too good to be true

In a depressed economy in which traditional jobs are hard to come by, landing a work-from-home job must seem like a real stroke of luck. Who wouldn't want to make extra spending money on his or her own time without having to travel to an office, sit in rush-hour traffic or even put on pants? | 07/09/12 11:13:49 By - Josh Kegley

'Reshipper' job schemes grow during tough economic times

In a depressed economy in which traditional jobs are hard to come by, landing a work-from-home job must seem like a real stroke of luck. Who wouldn't want to make extra spending money on his or her own time without having to travel to an office, sit in rush-hour traffic or even put on pants? | 07/09/12 07:08:45 By - Josh Kegley

George Zimmerman was preparing to jump bail, judge says

The judge overseeing George Zimmerman’s murder trial wrote a stern eight-page order Thursday that set bail at $1 million and said the former neighborhood watch volunteer thumbed his nose at the judicial system as he plotted a life on the run. | 07/06/12 06:57:51 By - Frances Robles

Zimmerman bond set at $1 million

George Zimmerman’s bond was set at $1 million, and he was ordered to remain in Seminole County while he awaits his murder trial, a judge ruled Thursday. | 07/05/12 13:14:48 By - Frances Robles

Kansas military school for boys faces lawsuit over abuse allegations

Jesse Mactagone lived in a sea of camouflage, with handcrafted model tanks and planes adorning his bedroom. He left home in Auburn last August, energized to attend St. John's Military School for Boys in Kansas. He lasted four days. | 07/05/12 06:53:38 By - Andrea Gallo

Joe Paterno's family seeks release of emails from Jerry Sandusky case

The family of Joe Paterno wants the state Attorney General’s Office and the team Penn State hired to investigate the Jerry Sandusky scandal to release all emails and records related to the case. | 07/03/12 07:20:23 By - Anne Danahy

‘Tony Montana’ bust is a real gem, Miami authorities say

Miami authorities say a fence for stolen diamonds who calls himself “Tony Montana” didn’t know he was dealing with undercover cops when he dug himself a deeper hole by soliciting their help in other criminal enterprises. | 07/02/12 14:02:21 By - Melissa Sanchez

How a malnourished girl got help from the Missouri system, then vanished

A child whose neglect had brought her into contact with Missouri state social workers and family court officials, who had been treated at a hospital for malnutrition and who had attended school, had been all but forgotten. Until the call. | 07/02/12 13:25:51 By - Laura Bauer and Dawn Bormann

Fish theft - bald eagle snatches fisherman's catch

Bruce Huntley has a good excuse for the one that got away. The Ferndale resident was fishing on Washington's Lake Padden a few weeks ago when he felt the wind on his head and heard the ruffle of feathers above him. | 07/02/12 12:36:45 By - Zoe Fraley

Coast Guard seizes 3,800 pounds of cocaine

When the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant returned home Friday from the Caribbean Sea, the crew unloaded an unusual cargo: lots of cocaine. | 07/02/12 06:57:14 By - Alejandro Bolívar

Skepticism in air at hearing over missing Florida multimillionaire Aguiar

Guma Aguiar, the Fort Lauderdale multimillionaire who went fishing nine days ago and never returned, may have staged his own disappearance to escape possible bankruptcy, his deteriorating marriage and a mountain of legal troubles, including accusations that he had illegally hacked into his uncle’s computer. | 06/29/12 13:32:44 By - Julie K. Brown

George Zimmerman faces second bond hearing

Trayvon Martin's parents are expected in Sanford Friday at the second bond hearing for their son's killer. Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester will decide Friday whether to let 28 year old former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman out on bond. | 06/29/12 07:14:27 By - Frances Robles

Duke Energy warns customers about 'Obama' heat-wave scam

The Carolinas heat wave is being accompanied by telephone and social media messages that the Obama administration has a new program to pay people’s utility bills. It’s a scam, Duke Energy officials say. | 06/29/12 07:11:44 By - Steve Lyttle

Presentencing investigation underway for Jerry Sandusky

Centre County Office of Probation workers soon will begin putting together Jerry Sandusky’s presentence investigation, a report that will aid the judge in sentencing the former Penn State defensive coach. | 06/28/12 07:18:42 By - Mike Dawson

3 Sandusky victims want to stop The Second Mile's asset transfer

Three of Jerry Sandusky’s victims want a judge to stop the charity founded by Sandusky from transferring $2.5 million to a Texas organization as part of its plan to close for good. | 06/27/12 07:19:18 By - Mike Dawson

Matt Sandusky described abuse by Jerry Sandusky to police on tape NBC obtained

Matt Sandusky told police that his adoptive father, Jerry Sandusky, molested him, rubbing him in bed. NBC obtained a recording of a police interview with Matt Sandusky, whom prosecutors planned to call as a witness. Segments of the interview are on the Web. | 06/26/12 14:03:23 By -

4 charged with running Florida foster child prostitution ring

Police and prosecutors arrested four alleged pimps Monday morning as part of an ongoing investigation into a ring of human traffickers who preyed on abused and neglected children in foster care. | 06/26/12 13:11:10 By - Carol Marbin Miller

Mother of Missouri girl found in barricaded closet is charged with child abuse

In an apartment that reeked of urine, a Kansas City police officer called out. “Is anyone in here?” Neighbors had said not a soul was home. But a tiny voice answered from a barricaded closet. “Yes.” | 06/25/12 13:37:30 By - Dawn Bormann

By sharing abuse trauma, Jerry Sandusky's victims begin healing process

The young men who were abused by Jerry Sandusky were clear on the stand that it took time to open up to police investigating the former coach of sexually abusing young boys. | 06/25/12 07:29:05 By - Mike Dawson

Jury convicts Jerry Sandusky on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse

Jurors convicted Jerry Sandusky on 45 counts of child sex abuse Friday, ending his high-profile trial, but opening another painful chapter in which more victims might come forward and Penn State University could find itself the defendant. | 06/22/12 22:10:55 By - Curtis Tate

U.S. Bureau of Prisons to arm some guards with pepper spray

Corrections officers at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater in California and six other tension-racked federal prisons now will be armed with pepper spray, prompted in part by a 2008 murder that still haunts a California court. | 06/22/12 16:36:36 By - By Michael Doyle

Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matt says he was abused

Matt Sandusky, the youngest adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, is saying through his attorneys that the former Penn State coach abused him. | 06/22/12 07:19:47 By - Mike Dawson

Jerry Sandusky jurors ask to listen to Mike McQueary's testimony again

Jurors in the Jerry Sandusky case broke their deliberation late Thursday night after telling the judge they wanted to listen to the two-hour testimony of Mike McQueary. | 06/22/12 07:16:04 By - Mike Dawson and Anne Danahy

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer Amendola in closing arguments: 'This man’s life is at stake'

Jerry Sandusky’s attorney told jurors there was a “chain reaction” of events, starting with one boy and a story that spiraled into an effort by police to show that the former Penn State football coach is a serial pedophile, and that attorneys could profit from it. | 06/21/12 15:08:49 By - Anne Danahy

Jerry Sandusky prosecutor in closing arguments: 'It's not about conspiracies'

The prosecution in the Jerry Sandusky case mocked the defense's "grand conspiracy theory" and said the case is proved by the testimony from eight young men, which shows Sandusky exhibited the range of grooming behavior of a "serial predatory pedophile." | 06/21/12 15:03:19 By - Mike Dawson

Judge in Jerry Sandusky trial tosses out 3 charges

Senior Judge John Cleland told jurors in the Jerry Sandusky trial that while some behavior — including oral sex between a man and a boy — is obviously a crime, other behavior is more ambiguous. | 06/21/12 10:18:29 By - Anne Danahy

Sanford, Fla., police chief behind Trayvon Martin case is fired

The Sanford police chief who failed to arrest George Zimmerman immediately after the fatal shooting of Miami-Dade teen Trayvon Martin four months ago — and brought national attention and derision to the Central Florida city — has been terminated. | 06/21/12 08:20:35 By - Meredith Rutland

Zimmerman's account of fatal encounter with Trayvon Martin made public

Trayvon Martin’s last words were, “you got me,” George Zimmerman told police in a written statement. | 06/21/12 08:17:29 By - Frances Robles

Narcy Novack, brother guilty of murder in Florida

Ten weeks. Some 250 hours. More than 4,000 pages of testimony. Forty witnesses. Over 300 exhibits and 100 pages of instructions. And now the verdict is in: Narcy Novack and her brother Cristobal Veliz were found guilty of at least two counts of murder and racketeering in connection with the grisly 2009 murders of her husband, Ben Novack Jr., and his mother, Bernice Novack, heirs to the Fontainebleau hotel fortune. | 06/20/12 13:03:06 By - Julie K Brown

Defense rests in Jerry Sandusky trial

The defense has rested in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The prosecution will offer no rebuttal witnesses and closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday. | 06/20/12 12:31:04 By - Mike Dawson

Florida bestiality law does not ban oral sex with animals

The Legislature's 2011 ban on bestiality has a loophole, and it will spare one Pinellas man accused of having sex with a dog from criminal charges. | 06/20/12 12:24:46 By -

Sandusky defense says investigators shared details among alleged victims

During an interview with an alleged Jerry Sandusky victim, a state trooper told the victim that oral sex and rape had occurred between Sandusky and other victims, and he encouraged him to talk about what had happened to him, according to testimony this morning. | 06/19/12 13:04:17 By - Anne Danahy

Alaskan militia leader, Cox, followers found guilty of multiple federal charges

An Anchorage jury convicted Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox and two of his confederates on most of the charges they faced, leaving them looking at the possibility of long prison terms when they are sentenced in September. Federal prosecutors charged Cox, 28, Coleman Barney, 37, and Lonnie Vernon, 56, with amassing illegal weapons and with threatening the lives of law enforcement officials and judges | 06/19/12 12:58:37 By -

Kansas City man was part of al Qaida cell, feds say

A Kansas City businessman awaiting sentencing for providing support to al Qaida was part of a small terror cell with two New York men, federal officials said Monday. | 06/19/12 07:12:46 By - Mark Morris

At Sandusky trial ex-coach testifies 'it's common for coaches to shower around younger people'

The defense began calling character witnesses today in the child sex abuse trial of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, beginning with two men who were assistant football coaches with Sandusky at Penn State. | 06/18/12 14:59:09 By - Mike Dawson

Illinois couple charged after children found bound and blindfolded

A husband and wife arrested in Lawrence after two of their children were discovered bound and blindfolded outside a Walmart were charged Thursday in Douglas County District Court. | 06/15/12 14:00:10 By - Katy Bergen

Alaskan militia leader's wife says he is guided by the laws of God

After the jury departed for the deliberation room Thursday and the alternate jurors were dismissed, after the ratcheting of handcuffs signaled all three defendants were on the way back to jail, and after most of the courtroom spectators had returned to their routines, Marti Cox lingered with a small pack of reporters to try to explain why her husband Schaeffer wasn't the wacko militia caricature that emerged over five weeks of trial. | 06/15/12 12:59:51 By - Richard Mauer

In Jerry Sandusky trial, accusers’ testimony brings tears, angst

Jurors in the Jerry Sandusky trial are hearing from witnesses who’ve struggled at times to recount the sexual abuses they say happened to them as children, a personally painful but legally necessary outpouring. | 06/14/12 19:12:30 By - By Curtis Tate

Testimony of accusers continues in Jerry Sandusky trial

Two more alleged victims took the stand this morning in the trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Both said they had met Sandusky through The Second Mile. | 06/14/12 13:20:57 By - Mike Dawson and Matt Carroll

John McQueary Sr. testifies at Jerry Sandusky trial

John McQueary Sr. testified this morning that he doesn’t remember testifying in Harrisburg in a perjury case against two former Penn State administrators about his son saying he saw Jerry Sandusky in an “extremely sexual” situation with a young boy in a shower. | 06/13/12 12:08:39 By - Mike Dawson

Defense urges Sandusky jury to 'keep an open mind'

In his opening statement, Jerry Sandusky's defense attorney, Joe Amendola, urged the jury hearing the child sex-abuse case against the former Penn State coach to "keep an open mind" and "wait until all the evidence is in." | 06/12/12 20:58:06 By - Anne Danahy and Chip Minemyer

Gary Schultz allegedly kept secret file on Jerry Sandusky

Former Penn State administrator Gary Schultz kept a secret file containing documents relating to alleged child-abuser Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach. | 06/12/12 20:57:55 By - Cliff White

Sandusky trial continues with graphic testimony

BELLEFONTE — A young man from Clinton County who once thought of Jerry Sandusky as a role model froze with panic the first time Sandusky performed a sex act on him, the young man said during tearful testimony Tuesday. WARNING: GRAPHIC SEXUAL TESTIMONY | 06/12/12 20:57:45 By - Mike Dawson

McQueary doesn't back down in Sandusky trial

Mike McQueary didn’t back off his story Tuesday. Before the eyes of a jury, he was adamant that when he walked into a Penn State athletics building shower he saw Jerry Sandusky naked with a young boy in a shower in a position that was “extremely sexual.” | 06/12/12 20:57:11 By - Anne Danahy and Matt Carroll

'Was it murder?' Eagle scout pursues Washington state mystery

Mysterious deaths and Eagle Scout service projects rarely intersect. But that’s exactly what happened when Joshua Woodson achieved scouting’s highest rank last spring. | 06/11/12 13:39:01 By - John Dodge

Alabama authorites looking for gunman in Auburn shooting

Authorities were searching Sunday for a gunman accused of fatally shooting three men at a pool party the night before near Auburn University. | 06/11/12 13:13:21 By - Jim Mustian and Larry Gierer

Jerry Sandusky's trial brings 'drama' to Bellefonte

Opening arguments begin today in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial. Fans of legal drama are excited that Centre County’s main courtroom has been reserved for a month for what’s being billed as one of biggest trials in the nation this year, but local residents can’t wait for the whole ordeal to be over. | 06/11/12 07:18:51 By - Cliff White and Matt Carroll

Why criminal charges were brought against John Edwards remains unclear

More than two years of investigation and a six-week trial subjected the actions of presidential candidate John Edwards in 2007 and 2008 to unsparing scrutiny, revealing such intimate details as the likely conception date of his out-of-wedlock daughter and a hotel scene of his mistress in her nightie. | 06/11/12 07:12:14 By - Anne Blythe and John Frank

No human flesh found in 'Causeway Cannibal's' stomach

The world is calling Rudy Eugene, who chewed off a homeless man’s face, a cannibal — but an autopsy shows there was no human flesh in his stomach. The post-death examination did reveal a number of undigested pills in his stomach, but investigators have not identified them yet, a law-enforcement source told The Miami Herald. | 06/11/12 06:49:54 By - David Ovalle

Alaska woman doused boyfriend with gas in arson killing, police say

A 25-year-old Anchorage woman doused her boyfriend with gasoline as he slept on the couch and set it ablaze, killing him, according to a criminal accusation by Anchorage police. | 06/11/12 06:37:49 By - Lisa Demer

Miami tour: now on your left, the site of the ‘Causeway Cannibal’

Somewhere between the story of the man who got nailed by the Metrorail while hanging a Marlins banner on the track and the tale of a chef who bled out from a gunshot to the groin, Paul George will tell his audience about the “Miami cannibal.” | 06/08/12 12:34:37 By - Meredith Rutland

Man gets 27 years for 'bath salts' attack in Biloxi

A man who said he was under the influence of "bath salts" when he attacked a Biloxi resident during a burglary has been ordered to prison for 27 years.Ricky Dale Reed, 33, of Vancleave, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to burglary of a dwelling and aggravated assault with a knife | 06/07/12 12:24:35 By - Robin Fitzgerald

Eight Jerry Sandusky jury members have Penn State ties

Eight people with Penn State ties will sit on the jury to determine the fate of Jerry Sandusky, whose defensive coaching strategies helped bring football glory, but whose arrest and trial have linked the university’s name to a child sex abuse scandal. | 06/07/12 07:13:46 By - Mike Dawson

Entire jury is seated for Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial

A total of 12 jurors and four alternates have been selected to sit for the trial, which is scheduled to move to opening statements Monday. | 06/06/12 11:22:20 By - Mike Dawson

9 jurors picked for Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial

Nine jurors have been selected today to hear the case against Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach accused of molesting young boys. | 06/05/12 11:58:11 By -

Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial begins today

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday denied Jerry Sandusky’s last-ditch effort to delay jury selection, meaning the much-anticipated child sex abuse case moves to a Bellefonte courtroom today. | 06/05/12 07:36:34 By - Mike Dawson

John Edwards' road to redemption marked with differing opinions

When John Edwards was found not guilty of one count of illegal campaign contributions and the jury could not reach a decision on the other five counts, the jury’s uncertainty of Edwards’ guilt paralleled the public’s uncertainty of the politician’s future in the spotlight. | 06/05/12 07:33:59 By - Deborah Strange

Judge rules against pseudonyms for Sandusky accusers

The young men Jerry Sandusky stands accused of sexually abusing will not be allowed to testify anonymously, the judge overseeing the case ruled Monday. | 06/04/12 18:04:47 By - Mike Dawson

Man says woman beat him with prosthetic leg

An argument over groceries is getting the blame for an altercation Sunday in Gastonia in which a man says a woman beat him with her prosthetic leg -- and tore out her dialysis tube when she got out of her wheelchair during the dispute. | 06/04/12 13:08:34 By - Steve Lyttle

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola in spotlight as trial nears

State College attorney Joe Amendola looked at three reporters in a Centre County courtroom on a cold day in January and smiled. | 06/04/12 07:26:10 By - Mike Dawson

George Zimmerman to seek new bond hearing

With his deadline looming, George Zimmerman turned himself over to authorities on Sunday in another legal drama surrounding the man accused of shooting Trayvon Martin in a death that continues to galvanize the nation. | 06/04/12 07:03:19 By - Michael Sallah

Zimmerman ordered back to jail in Travyon Martin case

George Zimmerman was ordered back to jail on Friday for misleading the court about his access to an Internet fundraising account. | 06/01/12 15:41:33 By - Scott Hiassen

Jerry Sandusky's lawyers ask Pa. appeals court to delay trial

The day after a judge denied a delay in the Jerry Sandusky case, one of the attorneys has taken the request to a higher state court. | 06/01/12 07:20:04 By - Mike Dawson

Ex-offenders says housing, jobs are tough to find

For a brief moment, Tim Baker considered that death might improve his situation. "Suicide is natural for someone who is depressed," Baker said. | 05/29/12 07:23:51 By - Mitch Mitchell

Jerry Sandusky trial judge known for calm demeanor, fairness

Tony Clarke was a young attorney in Bradford, McKean County, when he first stood before Judge John Cleland.

Clarke started practicing law in 1991, and in his own words, was full of “vim and vigor” and probably “a little overbearing.” | 05/28/12 07:21:25 By - Mike Dawson

The Second Mile, charity founded by Jerry Sandusky, to close

The Second Mile, the charity for at-risk youth that Jerry Sandusky founded and the alleged pipeline through which the former Penn State coach met and abused young boys, will fold because of dwindling donor support. | 05/25/12 13:42:40 By - Mike Dawson and Anne Danahy

Justice Dept.: Two Sen. Ted Stevens trial prosecutors acted with reckless misconduct

The Justice Department's internal watchdog office has concluded that two federal prosecutors acted with reckless misconduct in the botched case against then-Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens and should be suspended without pay but not fired. | 05/25/12 06:54:10 By - Sean Cockerham

George Zimmerman murder trial prosecutors want some evidence sealed

Prosecutors handling the second-degree murder case against George Zimmerman filed a motion late Wednesday asking the judge to seal parts of the evidence. | 05/24/12 06:57:50 By - Frances Robles

Alaska militia case informant admits drug running for Hells Angels

The confidential informant who brought down the Fairbanks militia leadership finished his testimony in federal court Wednesday, admitting under oath that his work as a drug-hauling Alaska trucker years ago was as an initiate for the Hells Angels motorcycle gang. | 05/24/12 06:46:39 By - Richard Mauer

Zimmerman rode with Sanford cops

A year before George Zimmerman killed a Miami Gardens teenager, he stood before a City Hall community forum with a grievance: Sanford cops are lazy, he told the then-mayor elect. | 05/23/12 16:21:24 By - Frances Robles

Jerry Sandusky's trial to proceed as scheduled

Jerry Sandusky’s trial on sex abuse charges will go forward in June as planned. Senior Judge John Cleland denied on Monday the defense’s request for a delay and did not give a reason for his decision, which came 12 days after defense attorney Joe Amendola asked for more time. | 05/23/12 07:26:03 By - Mike Dawson and Anne Danahy

Alaska militia's plan to harm law enforcement officials was secretly recorded

The threats by Fairbanks militia members to the lives of law enforcement officials and their families came under sharp focus in a federal courtroom Tuesday when secretly recorded conversations revealed the origins of the infamous "241" plan for murder. | 05/23/12 06:46:08 By - Richard Mauer

Justice Dept. also has much at stake in John Edwards trial

John Edwards might be the one with the most to win or lose with the jury deliberating his fate, but the U.S. Department of Justice has a lot riding on his case, too. | 05/22/12 07:15:54 By - Anne Blythe

Alaska militia leader Cox told volunteers to be ready to shoot agents

In a planning session for his security at a television interview in North Pole, Fairbanks militia leader Schaeffer Cox told a squad of paramilitary volunteers to be ready to shoot to kill, according to a secretly recorded conversation played in court Monday. | 05/22/12 06:37:19 By - Richard Mauer

Florida authorities says scammers collected insurance on same burned furniture

The Florida ringleaders behind a $1.4 million insurance scam veered little from the script that worked the first time in 2007, authorities say. | 05/17/12 13:38:11 By - Melissa Sanchez

Jerry Sandusky's attorney Amendola asks judge to throw charges out

The attorney for Jerry Sandusky is again asking the judge to throw out the charges, this time less than three weeks before the case that has garnered national attention is scheduled to go to trial here in Centre County. | 05/17/12 11:08:18 By - Mike Dawson

Alaska Peacemaker Militia leader called 'little Napoleon' during trial

Jurors at the trial of Schaeffer Cox heard from two men who had followed the young, charismatic militia leader in Fairbanks, one who came to reject him as a power-hungry "Napoleon" and another who still considers him to be his commander. | 05/17/12 06:49:45 By - Richard Mauer

Miami firefighter demoted for Trayvon Martin Facebook posting

A Miami-Dade fire captain has been demoted down to firefighter as punishment for a rant, posted on his personal Facebook page, about the Trayvon Martin case, county officials said Monday. | 05/15/12 06:58:19 By - Diana Moskovitz

In Myrtle Beach, Elvis impersonator charged with assault over board game

It’s not clear if he sang a rendition of “Jailhouse Rock,” but an Elvis impersonator on the Grand Strand spent nearly 12 hours in jail Wednesday after a fracas over a board game. | 05/10/12 17:49:18 By - Tonya Root

California leads the country in complaints of cyber crime

California led the country in cyber-crime complaints and dollar losses to victims last year, according to a study released today by the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership of the FBI, National White Collar Crime Center and the U.S. Dept. of Justice. | 05/10/12 17:33:10 By - Claudia Buck

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer seeks trial delay

As the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case nears jury selection June 5, some of his attorney’s requests for materials to build a defense apparently are getting closer to being resolved. | 05/10/12 07:25:32 By - Mike Dawson

Alaska Peacemaker Militia jurors view arsenal seized after arrests

The weapons and conspiracy trial of three Fairbanks militia members continued into its third day Wednesday with the introduction of seized guns, ammunition and documents, some brought into the federal courthouse, others as pictures projected on a big screen. | 05/10/12 06:44:05 By - Richard Mauer

Judge: Novelist Michael Peterson's rights violated in murder case

A North Carolina judge on Wednesday ruled that the murder conviction in 2003 of Durham novelist Michael Peterson was obtained with "materially misleading" and "deliberately false" testimony from a State Bureau of Investigation agent who was the most crucial witness in a case that spawned TV movies, books and a film. | 05/09/12 16:44:48 By - By J. Andrew Curliss

Jerry Sandusky trial judge seals prosecution filing that identifies alleged victims

A prosecutor in the Jerry Sandusky case “inadvertently” released the names of some alleged victims in a document posted but then removed from Centre County’s website. | 05/09/12 07:17:45 By - Mike Dawson

Trial of three Alaska Peacemaker Militia members begins

The trial of three Fairbanks militia members opened in U.S. District Court Tuesday with prosecutors describing them as dangerous armed terrorists plotting to murder Alaskans in authority, and defense attorneys saying their ideas may seem wacky, but they are not threatening. | 05/09/12 06:41:13 By - Richard Mauer

Jerry Sandusky case prosecutors change date of Penn State shower incident

Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky case are now saying the infamous incident when Mike McQueary walked in on Jerry Sandusky in a shower with a boy — the one that ultimately led to Joe Paterno’s firing and criminal charges against two university administrators — happened in 2001, not 2002. | 05/08/12 07:19:25 By - Mike Dawson

9/11 defense attorneys denounce Guantanamo court system as 'rigged,' 'unjust'

The five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11 attacks used their weekend war court appearances to stage “peaceful resistance to an unjust system” being used for political reasons, defense lawyers said Sunday — a day after the 9/11accused turned the judge’s plans to hold a simple arraignment into a 13-hour marathon of prayer and protest. | 05/06/12 16:53:32 By - By Carol Rosenberg

Guantanamo court hearing for accused 9/11 plotters becomes a 12-hour marathon

“Why is this so hard?” the judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, declared in exasperation afters hours in which the alleged co-conspirators refused to answer his questions and read while the proceeding took place. The hearing for the five defendants was prolonged by the insistence of one that the charges against him be read aloud and by interruptions for prayer. | 05/05/12 22:30:32 By - By Carol Rosenberg

9/11 case finally gets heaaring at Guantanamo; accused plotters take defiant stand before judge

Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his alleged co-conspirators put on a defiant show at their war court arraignment Saturday, refusing to listen to the proceedings through a headset, causing at least an hour-long stalemate. | 05/05/12 10:44:14 By - By Carol Rosenberg

Feds in Florida bust 11 people in pharma theft ring

Two years ago, thieves pulled off a brazen heist of about $80 million worth of prescription drugs from an Eli Lilly warehouse in Connecticut — the largest theft in that state’s history. Turns out, there was a Miami connection — a big one. | 05/04/12 13:02:26 By - Jay Weaver

Jerry Sandusky's attorney Amendola offers glimpse of defense's strategy

Jerry Sandusky’s defense strategy is becoming clearer. His attorney, Joe Amendola, argues that the young men who’ve accused the former Penn State defensive coach of abuse conspired together for financial gain. | 05/04/12 07:29:29 By - Mike Dawson

13 charged in hazing death of FAMU drum major

The shocking and tragic death of a Florida A&M University band member last November, which provoked an outcry in Florida and nationwide over the longstanding practice of campus hazing, culminated Wednesday when prosecutors filed charges — although none for murder — against 13 suspects. | 05/03/12 06:54:42 By - Toluse Olorunnipa

S.C. teacher accused of assaulting student, making Jews and Nazis comments

A Bluffton Middle School teacher is accused of grabbing a seventh-grader by his shirt collar, forcing him under a desk and telling him, "This is what the Nazis do to Jews," according to the Bluffton Police Department. | 05/01/12 07:27:49 By - Allison Stice

Trayvon Martin case sparks investigations into other shootings around U.S.

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr.’s foray into activism started with a Facebook post. Someone placed a petition demanding the arrest of Trayvon Martin’s killer on Chamberlain’s Facebook wall, and that got the New York behavior counselor thinking: What about his own dad’s unprosecuted killing? | 05/01/12 06:48:22 By - Frances Robles

Judge for Guantanamo 9/11 trials also handled Abu Ghraib abuse case

When President George W. Bush proposed razing Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison in 2004, this American Army judge declared it a crime scene and forbade its demolition. When five years later President Barack Obama asked the Guantánamo war court to freeze all proceedings, the same judge refused the brand-new commander-in-chief’s request. | 04/30/12 07:14:52 By - Carol Rosenberg

George Zimmerman's donation website has raised $200,000, attorney says

The defense lawyer for George Zimmerman said Thursday night that his client had received about $200,000 through donations to his website. | 04/27/12 06:59:44 By - Diana Moskovitz

Police: Man arrested in 2010 slaying of teen Phylicia Barnes

A 16-month investigation into the murder of Monroe teen Phylicia Barnes ended Wednesday night when Baltimore police arrested the ex-boyfriend of Barnes' older sister. | 04/26/12 18:04:05 By - Steve Lyttle

Is International Criminal Court the best way to stop war crimes?

The International Criminal Court has completed only one trial since it was created 10 years ago to prosecute the perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. That’s raised questions about whether the court, born in the wake of atrocities in Bosnia and Rwanda, is the best way to stop genocide. | 04/25/12 19:28:19 By - By Roy Gutman

Mom: TSA agents at Wichita airport treated daughter, 4, like a terrorist

Michelle Brademeyer says Transportation Security Administration officers at Wichita’s airport treated her 4-year-old daughter like a terrorist. The TSA says its officers followed proper procedures, and the agency denies part of Brademeyer’s version of what happened around noon April 15 at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. | 04/25/12 18:31:45 By - Tim Potter

Texas couple smeared online win lawsuit

First, a woman accused Mark and Rhonda Lesher and one of their employees of raping her. Then, the same woman and her husband, along with two of their employees, instigated an online smear campaign. On Friday, three years after a Collin County jury acquitted the Leshers and their employee of aggravated sexual assault, a Tarrant County jury awarded the couple $13.78 million in a libel judgment. | 04/25/12 17:27:33 By -

Armed Georgia grandmother thwarts robbery attempt

Looking at Lulu Campbell’s bullet-riddled silver Toyota Tundra, common sense says the 57-year-old grandmother should be dead. | 04/24/12 13:04:04 By - Phillip Ramati

Bail denied for Flashdancer owner in Texas accused in murder-for-hire plot

A federal magistrate Friday morning ordered Flashdancer owner Ryan Walker Grant detained until further court proceedings on charges that he tried to arrange the killing of Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and a Dallas attorney this month. | 04/20/12 13:18:16 By - Patrick M. Walker

Paterno estate: Penn State pays $5.76 million to family

The Joe Paterno estate is receiving $5.76 million in retirement benefits and payments from Penn State, according to information the university released to the CDT Thursday. | 04/20/12 13:14:43 By - Anne Danahy

On stand, George Zimmerman apologizes to Trayvon Martin's parents

George Zimmernman will be eligible for release from jail on $150,000 bail and a host of conditions including electronic monitoring, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester announced Friday. | 04/20/12 11:14:28 By - Audra D.S. Burch

Alaska hunting guide faces federal charges over moose shootings

An Anchorage-based hunting guide accused of illegally shooting moose, leaving them to rot and then using their carcasses as bait for his clients' brown bear hunts is facing new charges in federal court. | 04/20/12 06:46:17 By - Casey Grove

Elizabeth Smart's message to kids: Not all grown-ups are good

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped at knifepoint from her bedroom in Salt Lake City. Over the next nine months she was repeatedly raped by her captor before being rescued. | 04/19/12 12:46:57 By - Amy Coyne Bredeson

Man charged in Alaska abduction, murder of Samantha Koenig

A self-employed Anchorage carpenter police linked to the abduction of 18-year-old Samantha Koenig is now charged in her disappearance and slaying, according to a grand jury indictment. | 04/19/12 12:43:34 By - Casey Grove

Kentucky women convicted under federal hate crime law

Two Eastern Kentucky women have become the first people in the nation convicted under the federal hate-crimes law of helping assault someone because of the victim's sexual orientation. | 04/17/12 07:09:13 By - Bill Estep

Identity theft tax fraud on the rise with no easy fix

Last-minute filers have more to worry about than meeting today’s deadline to file taxes. Many are likely to learn that someone else has beat them to the punch: identity thieves. | 04/17/12 06:55:10 By - Daniel Chang

Feds seized 22 guns from Arlington, Texas, strip club owner

Federal agents seized 22 guns, bulletproof vests and nearly $150,000 in cash from the home of the Arlington strip club owner arrested this week in an alleged murder-for-hire plot targeting Mayor Robert Cluck and an attorney who represents the city, according to court documents. | 04/13/12 14:03:27 By - Susan Schrock and Mitch Mitchell

Feds shut down Texas mail order marijuana operation

Federal authorities have shut down a major drug-trafficking operation that mailed large quantities of marijuana from several Arlington post offices to St. Croix, Justice Department officials announced Thursday. | 04/13/12 07:18:58 By - Domingo Ramirez Jr.

Zimmerman arraignment set for May 29

The neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin will remain in jail while awaiting formal arraignment on a charge of second-degree murder, a Seminole County judge ordered during a brief, first-appearance hearing Thursday afternoon. George Zimmerman, 28, appeared at the hearing, handcuffed and dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit, and said little except to indicate he understood his right to remain silent and the proceeding, which was presided over by Judge Mark E. Herr. | 04/12/12 14:09:36 By - Toluse Olorunnipa, Frances Robles and Daniel Chang

Zimmerman could face life in prison for the killing of Trayvon Martin

After 45 days, one lawsuit, dozens of rallies, cries from thousands of protesters, more than 2 million petition signatures and countless media reports, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot Miami Gardens teenager Trayvon Martin, was criminally charged Wednesday, capping a public outcry unmatched in recent memory. | 04/11/12 14:41:20 By - Toluse Olorunnipa, Erika Bolstad and Frances Robles

Video: Trayvon Martin's parents talk about Zimmerman case in D.C.

Rev. Al Sharpton and Trayvon Martin's parents spoke about the pending case against George Zimmerman at the 14th Annual National Action Network conference in D.C. (Video by Elise Brown, Medill News Service) | 04/11/12 18:16:32 By -

Judge puts gag order on Sandusky case

No more TV interviews for Jerry Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola. No more of the prosecution blasting the defense in front of reporters on the steps of the Centre County Courthouse. The attorneys for the alleged victims are limited in what they can say, too. | 04/11/12 07:27:16 By - Mike Dawson

FBI's Florida investigation of Alaska Rep. Young outlined in document list

The Justice Department revealed descriptions of hundreds of documents Monday night that it had prepared in its investigation of Rep. Don Young and the infamous Coconut Road interchange, including what it said was a "potential witness list and indictment." | 04/11/12 06:46:47 By - Richard Mauer

China fires Bo Xilai from posts, says wife suspected in Briton's murder

In a stunning twist to one of China's biggest scandals in decades, state media confirmed Tuesday that Bo Xilai, once seen as a rising political star, has been suspended from his seat on the nation's politburo and his wife is a suspect in the killing of a British businessman. | 04/10/12 12:21:15 By - By Tom Lasseter

Macon woman accused of stabbing husband in genitals with screwdriver

A Macon woman was arrested early Easter morning on allegations she stabbed her husband in the genitals with a screwdriver and struck him in the face and head with a wrench, according to Macon police. | 04/09/12 15:22:45 By - Amy Leigh Womack

Prosecutor: No grand jury for Trayvon case

The special prosecutor assigned to investigate the Trayvon Martin case will not be using a grand jury to determine whether to arrest George Zimmerman, her office confirmed Monday morning. | 04/09/12 13:51:02 By - Toluse Olorunnipa

What Trayvon Martin's tweets say about him

Trayvon Martin liked girls, hated high school and was planning for college. He loved rap music and enjoyed cracking jokes on Twitter about street culture. | 04/09/12 06:52:01 By - Deborah Acosta

Alaa Ali case questions whether civilians should be court-martialed

Iraqi-born translator Alaa "Alex" Ali never served in the U.S. military, but the Army still tried him and put him in jail. Now the amendment that made Ali's military prosecution possible, authored by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., could be one step closer to Supreme Court review. Whatever happens next will affect myriad U.S. contractors still working in Iraq and Afghanistan. | 04/06/12 18:41:00 By - Michael Doyle

Three Big Oil companies agree to settle ‘hot fuel’ lawsuits

Three of the biggest oil companies in the country have agreed to settle lawsuits accusing them of profiting from “hot fuel” — gasoline and diesel sold without adjusting the volume for temperature. | 04/06/12 13:26:36 By - Steve Everly

Sandusky hearing reveals that grand jury is still investigating

The hearing in the Jerry Sandusky case Thursday that was expected go on for an hour or more, addressing a series of pre-trial motions, was brief and ended without either side presenting arguments. | 04/06/12 07:12:05 By - Mike Dawson

Penn State board, governor dispute ESPN report on Paterno's firing

Penn State trustees and Gov. Tom Corbett are disputing an ESPN report that paints a picture of the governor orchestrating the decision to dismiss Joe Paterno as coach, insisting Corbett did not tell the board what to do. | 04/05/12 07:22:45 By - Anne Danahy and Mike Dawson

George Zimmerman adds another attorney to his team

While protests and rallies continued in Miami and Tallahassee demanding murder charges in the Trayvon Martin case, the teen’s shooter bolstered his legal defense by hiring another veteran attorney to represent him. | 04/05/12 06:59:22 By - Frances Robles and Toluse Olorunnipa

Sandusky case judge to weigh merits of charges Thursday

The judge presiding over the Jerry Sandusky case will hear oral arguments, including the defense’s motion to dismiss all the charges, as part of a hearing scheduled for Thursday morning. | 04/04/12 07:20:34 By - Mike Dawson

Six months later, no new clues in Baby Lisa Irwin case

Lisa Irwin’s bedroom looks about the same as it did six months ago, when the Northland toddler disappeared. Stuffed animals line her empty crib. Photos and other items adorn the walls. | 04/04/12 07:13:22 By - Glenn E. Rice

Mississippi traveling evangelist accused of videotaping women

A Mississippi traveling evangelist who often spoke to Texas youth groups -- including several times at a Southlake church -- is accused of secretly filming women and girls as young as 17 as they undressed in bathrooms, police agencies said. | 04/03/12 07:20:34 By - Darren Barbee

Details, denials continue to surface in Trayvon Martin case

The former prosecutor assigned to the Trayvon Martin case participated in a “suspicious” meeting with police on the night of the disputed shooting, Martin’s family alleged on Monday. | 04/03/12 06:49:37 By - Michael Vasquez

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