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No immediate release for Coast Guard officer accused of being ‘domestic terrorist’

A federal magistrate judge declined to immediately release a Coast Guard lieutenant awaiting trial on drug and gun charges so prosecutors could appeal the judge’s earlier decision on the matter.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Day ruled last month that the charges against Christopher Hasson were not serious enough to hold him in custody pre-trial. The government has claimed that Hasson compiled a computer spreadsheet hit list of Democratic politicians and prominent media personalities and described him in court documents as a “domestic terrorist” bent on “murder [of] innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” but have not filed terrorism-related charges since Hasson’s arrest Feb. 15.

At a hearing Wednesday in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., Day said Hasson must be subject to 24-hour home detention at either his mother-in-law’s rental home or a house owned by his father-in-law. Both homes are in Virginia, and court officials in the commonwealth must inspect the two homes and set up the monitoring equipment before Hasson can be released. Day also agreed to use global positioning equipment to monitor Hasson.

Federal prosecutors have opposed Hasson’s release under any condition.

Day said last month that he had “grave concerns” about Hasson based on information provided by prosecutors and warned that he would “have to have a whole lot of supervision.”

“The government continues to believe that the defendant poses a serious danger and must be detained pending trial,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Windom wrote in a court filing Sunday.

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Investigators removed this cache of guns and ammunition from Hasson’s Silver Spring, Md. apartment after his arrest in February. (U.S. District Court via AP, File)

Prosecutors say Hasson’s hit list included the names of multiple Democratic presidential hopefuls: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris. Also mentioned were such figures as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Van Jones.

Prosecutors say Hasson also targeted two Supreme Court justices and two social media company executives and searched online for their home addresses in March 2018, within minutes before and after searching firearm sales websites.

Defense attorney Liz Oyer proposed several pretrial release options for Hasson, including allowing him to stay with his parents and brother in Arizona. She added that conditions of Hasson’s release should include no access to firearms, a computer or other Internet-capable devices.

Windom said none of the options presented by Oyer were viable or met what Day said was the goal of ensuring that someone has “eyes and ears” on Hasson “like nobody’s business.”

“The only way to ensure that goal is met is to keep the defendant detained in the custody of the United States Marshals Service,” the prosecutor wrote.

Oyer has said her client hadn’t made any direct or specific threats to harm anyone. Prosecutors are seeking to punish Hasson for “private thoughts” that he never shared, she said.

“They have not come forward with evidence that Mr. Hasson is a domestic terrorist because he is not,” she told Day last month.

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Hasson has pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal possession of firearm silencers, possession of firearms by a drug addict and unlawful user, and possession of a controlled substance. Investigators found 15 guns, including seven rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition at Hasson’s basement apartment in Silver Spring, Md., prosecutors said. Hasson’s Feb. 27 indictment also accused him of illegally possessing tramadol, an opioid painkiller.

Hasson, who had served in the Marines, worked at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington on a program to acquire advanced new cutters for the agency.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Diocese criticized for not listing some accused priests

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A lawyer representing victims of clergy sex abuse is criticizing the Archdiocese of Boston for not listing on its website the names of several priests who have faced accusations.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said Tuesday that by not publicly listing the priests’ names, the diocese has “lost the ability to understand the need to protect children and help victims try to heal.”

The archdiocese says it immediately reported all allegations to law enforcement when it received them.

It says it does not list the names of priests who were dead when the allegations are received, as five of the latest clerics were.

The archdiocese says another priest, the Rev. Richard Donahue, is retired, and the allegations against him remain under investigation. It was not immediately clear if Donahue has an attorney.

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2 officers, dog given Narcan after possible drug exposure

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Two St. Louis-area police officers and a police dog had to be administered the opioid overdose reversal medication Narcan after they were exposed to what was believed to be fentanyl.

St. Charles County Police spokeswoman Val Joyner said Tuesday that both officers and the dog are recovering.

An officer made a vehicle stop around 10:30 a.m. Monday. An occupant admitted possessing methamphetamine. Another officer arrived with a drug-sniffing dog to search the vehicle. Both car occupants were taken into custody.

The dog got sick about 30 minutes later, and the handler administered Narcan. Two hours later, both officers got sick, and they required Narcan.

Joyner says it’s unclear how the officers were exposed to the drug. The department’s officers have been carrying Narcan since 2015.

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Maryland cops arrest man in wife’s cold case murder after proving crime scene was staged: report

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More than three decades after a Maryland newlywed was fatally stabbed in an apparent house break-in, cold case detectives have reportedly charged her husband with the murder.

Baltimore County Police on Monday announced the indictment of John Norton for his wife’s murder. It was Norton who found his 23-year-old wife, Karen Norton, after she had been stabbed to death in their Catonsville home on Dec. 17, 1985.

Norton, 57, of Sykesville, Md., wasn’t a suspect initially but, after years of studying crime scene photos, police were able to prove the crime scene had been staged, WBAL-TV reported.

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“This is something that the victim’s family has been waiting a really long time for,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach told the station. “It’s been 33 years in the making and I think the investigators and the department, along with the family, are just ecstatic that we were finally able to get this case to the point where we can prosecute it.”

Police said at the time of the murder that Karen Norton was killed after she arrived home from work at J.C. Penney and interrupted a burglary.

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Her husband allegedly found her keys still in the front door and then discovered the body when he got home about an hour later, the Baltimore Sun reported at the time.

Over time, detectives began to narrow in on Norton as the prime suspect as they continued to work the case, police said in a news release.

“Recent developments in the case have uncovered new evidence that further supported that theory,” the news release said.

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WBAL reported that Norton was jailed without bail.

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California chief praises cop allegedly slain by illegal immigrant, hits lawmakers who make it ‘more difficult’

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The police chief of a tiny California department — where an illegal immigrant suspected of driving drunk is accused of killing a cop the day after Christmas — took a swipe at lawmakers Monday during a ceremony to pay respects to peace officers slain in the line of duty.

A tearful Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson said Cpl. Ronil Singh was the “protector between good and evil” before he was shot to death, allegedly by Gustavo Perez Arriaga, a Mexican national who was arrested two days later about 200 miles away from where Singh was shot. Prosecutors said he was preparing to flee to Mexico.

“Part of me knows this is how Ron would want to be remembered,” Richardson said at the annual California Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony across from the Capitol. “He died a hero.”

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Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson scolded California lawmakers during a ceremony to remember fallen officers on Monday, saying that “policies that are coming from across the street are making it more difficult to do things.” (FOX40)

Singh’s killing rekindled a debate over California’s sanctuary law that limits cooperation with federal immigration authorities. It includes more than 800 exceptions for violent crimes and felonies and bars police from asking people about their citizenship status.

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President Trump also seized on the case to call for tougher border security amid a fight with congressional Democrats over funding for a border wall that forced a partial government shutdown.

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Officer Ronil Singh had been employed with the Newman Police Department since 2011. (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

Legislators in the Golden State are currently debating whether to toughen the standard for when police can legally use deadly force. Assembly Bill 392 would update the “reasonable” deadly force standard to “necessary,” in addition to making it easier to file criminal charges against officers who use lethal force if other options are available, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Richardson briefly touched on the bill, which has been heavily criticized by law enforcement officials.

“Evil can only triumph when good men and women do nothing. And the policies that are coming from across the street are making it more difficult to do things,” he told the crowd of hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families. “But yet I know, looking out at the sea of green and blue, that we will never stop.”

Richardson told Fox News back in January that Singh was his first hire when he became chief in 2011. The officer had legally emigrated from Fiji to fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer. Last month, the Modesto Bee reported that Mendoza entered the not guilty plea to a murder charge in Stanislaus Superior Court.

The chief wasn’t the only person who spoke out in support of law enforcement. California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, whose husband is a retired Sacramento police lieutenant, praised officers as “first to be on scene and almost always the second to be questioned.”

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Besides Singh, the ceremony honored seven other officers killed in the line of duty last year and two who died decades ago. Among those included Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ronald Helus, accidentally shot by a fellow officer while he responded to a mass shooting in November and Pomona Police Officer Greggory Casillas, who was killed by gunfire from a barricaded suspect in March 2018.

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Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was killed Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in a deadly shooting at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Ventura County Sheriff’s Department)

Speakers at the ceremony included Gov. Gavin Newsom, who called members of law enforcement “heroes.”

“It’s in our laws that make us the land of the free, but truly, it is those who enforce our laws that make us the home of the brave,” the governor told the crowd, according to FOX40.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Warren Stanley, left, pass a line of law enforcement officers as they walk to the California Peace Officers Memorial, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Newsom, who did not take questions from media, did not address Richardson’s remarks.

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Democratic state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton, who opposes currently proposed changes to the lethal force standard, told the Associated Press after the ceremony that lawmakers should be “very thoughtful and balanced” in trying to limit shootings by police while recognizing that officers are protecting communities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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High school teacher goes viral with Gen Z slang list

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A Massachusetts high school teacher recently became “Internet famous” after his impressive comprehensive running list of slang terms went viral.

James Callahan, 43, teaches sociology at Lowell High School, and throughout his 15 years teaching, he has overheard plenty of words he didn’t understand being uttered by the so-called Gen Z students at school.

So Callahan started compiling a running list of what can be considered African-American Vernacular English phrases and he recently shared the impressive list with his students, BuzzFeed News reported.

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One of his students snuck a photo and posted it to Twitter – and it quickly went viral, garnering more than 169,000 retweets since Tuesday.

“My sociology professor keeps an alphabetic list of new slang terms he learns from students and I will never get over it,” the post read.

Callahan told BuzzFeed News in an article posted last week that he loves learning the words and phrases invented by the new generation.

“Both with unique ones as well as the ones where they take an existing word and give it a completely different meaning,” he said. “For example, when I think of ‘snack,’ I think Cheez-Its. It wasn’t until a month ago that I learned that an attractive person is a ‘snack.’ I’m laughing again just thinking about my students explaining it to me.”

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Other words or phrases Callahan defines include: “clap back,” “beat your face,” “I’m dead” and “nunya.”

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High school teacher James Callahan’s running list of slang terms went viral after a student shared it on social media. (James Callahan)

The 17-year-old student who posted the images told BuzzFeed they only learned of the list when a classmate said “something stupid and [Mr. Callahan] asked ‘What does that mean? It’s not in my dictionary.’”

The students prodded him about his “dictionary” and Callahan shared the list.

“It’s so long,” the student, who wanted to be identified only as “Mew,” told BuzzFeed News. “Most of it is right because he asks us to confirm or deny its accuracy before it is officially added.”

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Callahan said there are a lot of more terms and phrases that Gen Z use that are not on the list because slang is always changing.

“It is interesting how Gen Z kids use social media and memes to not only communicate with each other but also to share and spread cultural information,” he said. “Case in point: this list! I never, ever, ever thought this would see the light of day outside my laptop, but where we are.”

Callahan shared a PDF version of his list and made it accessible to the public.

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Florida is trying to give away its lighthouses for free — but there’s a catch

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KEY LARGO, Fla. –– It may be the end of an era for lighthouses around the United States. Once prevalent in the American southeast and Great Lakes regions, the structures have outlived their usefulness due to advanced GPS systems. The question now is what will happen to those that remain.

In Florida, federal officials are now trying to give them away — for free.

The Coast Guard has declared four historic lighthouses in the Sunshine State built before and after the Civil War “to be excess” to their needs. They are trying to give them away to eligible entities, such as nonprofit organizations and educational agencies.

If those groups reject the offer, lighthouse restoration groups say the public will get the chance to buy the structures in an auction.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has been maintaining lighthouses since 1939 when the U.S. Lighthouse Service merged with the Coast Guard

“The Coast Guard’s already done their part. They said they don’t need it anymore. They made sure they were listed on the historic registry. It is now with the General Services Administration. They make the announcement that these are available under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act, to other governments or nonprofits,” said Eric Martin, the Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation president.

What started as a hobby for Martin, developed into his life’s work, saving one of the oldest ways to navigate open water. He is looking to save all four historic structures.

He said the Lighthouse Act was designed to ensure historic lighthouses are used for educational, recreational or historic preservation purposes.

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“I started off like most people, as what we call a lighthouse hunter. You look for lighthouses, you take pictures, you climb them if they are open,” said Martin. “I eventually became somebody trying to help save and restore lighthouses.”

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Martin said if organizations like his do not get the lighthouses, they are up for grabs by anyone who can afford it. In those cases, lighthouses have even been commercialized, made into bed and breakfasts.

“If a private individual is going to buy it, hopefully they have deep pockets because these are estimated to cost between $2 and $3 million to fully restore. It’s almost like a business application. They are trying to determine, is your plan good enough, will you be able to maintain the light,” Martin said.

Robert Taylor, a lighthouse enthusiast from Massachusetts, visits lighthouses around the country. His latest stop was in Florida.

“Lighthouses are a beacon in the daytime. Of course, you can see the buildings, and they are painted up differently. Stripes, checks, brick and wood. In the nighttime, they put lights on them that flash or rotate,” Taylor said.

He added that the four historic lighthouses may be more difficult to preserve since they are offshore.

“Some of these lighthouses are on a rock, 20 miles from the nearest town or land. It’s very hard to get anybody to do anything with those,” he said.

Martin said they lighthouses are being offered “as is” and “where is.”

“In most cases, the lighthouses need work. In this case, they definitely need work, and there’s no power. There is no fresh water … so you’re buying bare-bones on these,” said Martin.

Today, over 400 lighthouses can be found in the United States. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state with about 130, followed by New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, California and Florida.

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The U.S. Coast Guard maintains about 50,000 aids to navigation across the U.S.

Recent lighthouse renovation projects have happened in Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin and New Jersey.

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Beyond the keys, recent lighthouse renovation projects stretch from Louisiana to New Jersey

Members of lighthouse preservation groups said they are trying their best to save a part of history that is slowly crumbling into the water.

“It’s part of our civilization and how we got here. We are keeping enough of them going so we won’t forget,” Taylor said. “But unfortunately, you’re probably not going to save all of them.”

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Sandra Bland’s own video from 2015 traffic stop in Texas released, amid calls by family to re-examine case

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Previously unreported cellphone footage released Monday shows the infamous 2015 traffic stop of Sandra Bland from her perspective — including the moment a Texas state trooper draws his stun gun at close range while ordering her out of the vehicle.

Bland, a black 28-year-old Chicago-area woman, was found hanging in her jail cell outside Houston three days after her controversial arrest. Her death was ruled a suicide, but the case drew national outrage and the attention of the Black Lives Matter movement, as protesters linked Bland to other recent cases of black suspects who died in confrontations with police or while in police custody.

The 39-second video released by Dallas television station WFAA-TV and the Investigative Network, a nonprofit news organization in Texas, shows the moment Trooper Brian Encinia opens Bland’s car door and draws his stun gun as she tries to steady her phone’s camera.

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As Encinia yells, “Get out of the car! I will light you up. Get out,” Bland exits the car and continues to record Encinia as he orders her onto the sidewalk.

With the stun gun still pointed at her, Encinia instructs Bland to get off the phone, to which she replies, “I’m not on the phone. I have a right to record. This is my property.”

The video ends shortly after Encinia tells her again to put the phone down.

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Bland’s family told WFAA they never saw the video before it was released and are asking for Texas officials to re-examine the criminal case against the trooper who arrested Bland.

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Cellphone video Sandra Bland took during a confrontational 2015 traffic stop in Texas with a state trooper has surfaced publicly for the first time on Monday. (Waller County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

“Open up the case, period,” Bland’s sister Shante Needham told the television station.

Cannon Lambert, an attorney for the Bland family who settled lawsuits against the state and county jail that totaled nearly $2 million combined, told the Associated Press he never saw the clip until it was recently shared by a reporter, but wanted to believe the new video was just human error.  He said the video shows Encina knows that Bland wasn’t a threat.

“He sees exactly what’s in her hand,” Lambert told WFAA. “How can you tell me you don’t know what’s in her hand when you’re looking right dead at it. What did she do to make him feel his safety was in jeopardy? Nothing.”

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Encinia, who was fired after being indicted for perjury over the traffic stop, said he came to fear for his safety after stopping Bland for failing to signal a lane change. The perjury charge was later dropped in exchange for Encinia agreeing to never work in law enforcement again.

Chip Lewis, Encinia’s attorney, said the cellphone footage doesn’t reveal anything that the dashcam video hadn’t already showed, and that Bland made “furtive gestures” that presented a risk.

“From a law enforcement standpoint, it had nothing to do with her being agitated as you may have seen on her recording,” Lewis told the AP.

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Democratic state Rep. Garnet Coleman, who in 2017 sponsored the “Sandra Bland Act” that the family criticized for being weakened before it was signed into law, said Monday night he would look into why Bland’s family never saw the footage.

But Katherine Cesigner, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the AP the cellphone video was known to all parties at the time and said that two years following the litigation, it was “unclear what arrangements, if any, were made by the plaintiffs to view the video.”

The department disputed the premise that the video was not provided, saying it was included as part of a large hard drive of evidence from the investigation. It also said Sandra Bland’s cellphone video had previously been publicly released in 2017, when it was given to an Austin television station under an open records law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Milwaukee to pay $2M to family of man who died in squad car

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The city of Milwaukee will pay $2 million to the family of a man who died in the back of a police squad car in 2011.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the family of Derek Williams agreed to settle its civil lawsuit, with the money going to Williams’ three children.

Jon Safran, an attorney for the family, says the settlement means the city is being held accountable for Williams’ death.

The 22-year-old Williams had been arrested after fleeing police investigating a suspected robbery, and a police report said an officer placed his knee on Williams’ back during the arrest. Squad car video showed him handcuffed in the back of a squad car, struggling to breathe and begging for help.

No officers were charged or disciplined in the case.

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Florida man driving lawnmower accused of striking police cruiser while drunk

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Florida authorities say they arrested an inebriated man on a lawnmower who slammed into a police officer’s parked, unoccupied cruiser.

The alleged alcohol-fueled fender-bender in Haines City on Saturday evening caused minor damage to the cruiser’s bumper and led to the arrest of Gary Anderson, 68, who police said had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, according to reports.

The officer was on a call when he heard a loud bang from inside a store, FOX13 Tampa reported.

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Anderson allegedly told the officer he struck the cruiser but denied causing any damage. He also allegedly admitted being drunk. Anderson reportedly had a trailer with a large cooler attached to the lawn mower.

“I’m proud of the professional demeanor our officers showed when dealing with this heavily-intoxicated, belligerent offender,” Haines City police Chief Jim Elensky said in a statement. “It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel drunk, even if that wheel is to a Craftsman, Massey Ferguson or John Deere.”

While in custody, Anderson was driven to a hospital after he accused officers — reportedly using foul language and racial slurs — of trying to poison him with cocaine, FOX13 reported.

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Police said there was cocaine in Anderson’s system when he was arrested.

The station reported Anderson allegedly told officers his driver’s license was suspended 41 years ago and he has never gotten it back.

Anderson was charged with committing a third DUI offense in 10 years and refusing to submit to a DUI test.

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He was being held in lieu of $3,000 bail.

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