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Missouri officer accused in shooting of shoplifter resigns

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A suburban St. Louis police officer indicted for shooting a shoplifting suspect has resigned from her department.

Ladue Police Officer Julia Crews submitted a letter of resignation on Friday, two days after St. Louis County prosecutor Wesley Bell announced that Crews was indicted on a charge of second-degree assault.

Her attorney has said Crews meant to use her stun gun but mistakenly grabbed her service revolver.

The shooting happened April 23 outside a grocery store in Ladue, one of Missouri’s wealthiest communities. The 37-year-old officer is white. The woman who was shot, identified by relatives as 33-year-old Ashley Hall, is black.

Hall remains hospitalized with serious injuries, though police have said she is expected to survive.

Defense attorney Travis Noble says Crews was “devastated” by the shooting.

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Victim’s group praises indictment of Houston-area priest

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A victim advocacy group said Friday the indictment of a Houston-area Roman Catholic priest on child indecency charges sends a message that “those who hurt children can and will be held accountable.”

Manuel La Rosa-Lopez was indicted Thursday on two of four counts of indecency with a child that had led to his Sept. 1 arrest.

The charges arise from allegations made by a female parishioner about incidents that took place in April 2000 while La Rosa-Lopez was a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe, located just north of Houston. The accuser, who is now an adult, alleged La Rosa-Lopez was courting her for sex when she was a teenager, brought her to his office after confession and kissed her, then groped her days later.

The two other counts against La Rosa-Lopez are tied to accusations made against him by a male parishioner at Sacred Heart who accuses the priest of making intimate gestures and trying to take his clothes off and put his hands down his pants when he was a minor in 1999.

“This indictment sends the message that those who hurt children can and will be held accountable, even if delayed by the mishandling of allegations by church officials,” the group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said in a statement. “We hope that this indictment encourages others in Texas who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward and make a report to local police and district attorneys.”

Tyler Dunman, chief of the special crimes bureau with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, said information is still being presented to a grand jury on the other two counts and he expects more indictments “relatively soon.”

La Rosa-Lopez’s attorney, Wendell Odom, said the indictments were expected and they will now allow him to have access to the information that prosecutors have gathered in the case.

“What this means is now the case really starts,” Odom said. “All I really know about the case is what (the press knows) and what my client tells me, which is that no crime has been committed.”

The 61-year-old La Rosa-Lopez was the pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in the Houston suburb of Richmond when he was arrested. He is no longer a pastor and has been removed from ministry, but he remains a priest.

Following La Rosa-Lopez’s arrest, a third person came forward to authorities to accuse the priest of sexually touching him when he was a teenager. No charges have been filed in that case.

“All the information that we’ve obtained … since September of last year, we’re presenting that information (to the grand jury), whether it deals with the victims we have or alleged other victims, whatever it might be,” Dunman said.

All three individuals who have accused La Rosa-Lopez have said that they had discussed their cases with church officials but felt their accusations were not taken seriously.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston declined to comment on La Rosa-Lopez’s indictment.

SNAP said it hopes that Texas lawmakers will consider legislation that would create a “window” for abuse victims to have their cases reviewed despite statutes of limitations.

“This is the best way to get information into the hands of the public that will protect children today and lead to prevention in the future,” the group said.

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Judge rejects 6-month timeout in major Flint water case

A judge on Friday rejected a six-month freeze in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan’s former health director, who is accused of failing to timely warn the public about a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis.

A new team of prosecutors said it needed more time to assess and collect evidence after learning about 23 boxes of records in a state basement. But Judge Joseph Farah said the discovery has no practical impact on his next step in the case.

Farah must decide whether to affirm or throw out another judge’s decision to send Nick Lyon to trial. Lyon, who was director of the Michigan health department under then-Gov. Rick Snyder, is charged in the deaths of two men who had Legionnaires’.

Farah said he’ll make his ruling no later than June 14, a month later than planned. A separate decision on misdemeanor charges is expected next week.

The Legionnaires’ outbreak occurred while Flint was using the Flint River in 2014-15. The system was contaminated with lead and bacteria after corrosive water wasn’t properly treated.

Fadwa Hammoud of the state attorney general’s office fired special prosecutor Todd Flood on April 16. She accused him of mishandling the production of records and other evidence collected from state agencies. He has defended his work, saying he acted professionally.

Farah defended him, too, saying he would be “astonished” if Flood had “taken a dive.” The judge also noted that the 23 boxes of records apparently aren’t related to Lyon’s time at the health department.

“This is not about 23 boxes. It’s much bigger than that,” Hammoud said.

Separately, another lawyer from the attorney general’s office appeared in court to speak up for attorneys in the department who had assisted Flood in collecting and cataloging mounds of records. Christina Grossi said there was no wrongdoing by staff.

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Thousands turn out for 5-year-old boy’s funeral as parents sit in jail, accused of murder

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Thousands of mourners on Friday gathered at an Illinois funeral home to pay their last respects to a 5-year-old boy whose badly beaten body was found in a shallow grave covered with straw late last month.

Authorities have charged Andrew “AJ” Freund’s parents, JoAnn Cunningham and Andrew “AJ” Freund Sr., with first-degree murder. Police discovered the little boy’s battered body wrapped in plastic on April 24- nine days after his parents reported him missing.

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On Friday, blue ribbons were wrapped around poles along the streets as the community came together in a touching farewell. There were several posters with pictures that showed AJ with angel wings and inscribed with the words, “In loving memory of AJ,” The Chicago Tribune reported.

“There has been an outpouring of donations and people wanting to help,” funeral director Kim Nordin said, adding that she’s received calls from people across the country who have sent flowers.

Elissa Emmert of Crystal Lake, Ill., who brought her 21-month-old son, Levi, to the public visitation, said she came to “show support to AJ. My heart breaks for what happened to him.”

His obituary on the Davenport Family Funeral Home and Crematory’s website described AJ as “extremely smart and friendly boy who could not wait to start kindergarten in the fall and make new friends.”

Since his parents’ arrest, disturbing details have emerged of the torture authorities say preceded the beating death. Court documents allege AJ’s parents killed him by beating him and then subjecting him to a long, cold shower after he lied about soiling his pants.  An autopsy determined he died from blunt force trauma to his head and had been struck multiple times.

Video that police recovered from Cunningham’s cellphone allegedly showing her bruised 5-year-old son prompted AJ’s father to finally lead investigators to his body.

The video, dated March 4, shows AJ lying naked on a mattress, covered in bruises and bandages, according to an affidavit from McHenry County Sheriff’s Detective Edwin Maldonado. Maldonado wrote that a female voice “consistent with Joann’s is holding the phone and videotaping. She is berating AJ for urinating his bed.”

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AJ’s death has also led to increased scrutiny of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, which was already in the spotlight because of the recent deaths of two other children.

In AJ’s case, documents show that child welfare workers had been repeatedly called to the dilapidated and filthy Freund home.

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AJ’s parents are due in court May 10 for a preliminary hearing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Inmate charged in fatal ‘Angel of Death’ prison beating

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An Ohio inmate serving time for a series of burglaries has been charged in the fatal 2017 prison beating of a serial killer dubbed the “Angel of Death.”

The indictment announced Friday comes two years after Donald Harvey died when he was beaten at the state prison in Toledo.

The former nurse’s aide was serving multiple life sentences after admitting in 1987 to killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky during the 1970s and ’80s.

A grand jury indicted 44-year-old James Elliott on Friday on charges that include aggravated murder, felonious assault, possession of a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

Court records don’t indicate whether Elliott has an attorney to speak for him.

A corrections officers union has said the suspect and Harvey were in a protective custody unit together.

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VP Pence visit Louisiana black church torched by arsonist

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Speaking in front of the remains of an African American church in Louisiana torched by an arsonist, Vice President Mike Pence says attacks on communities of faith have become “all too frequent.”

Pence was meeting with parishioners and pastors of the three churches that were burned in March and April. He spoke Friday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas.

He praised the church members for their response to the blazes — particularly the forgiveness offered to the man accused of setting the blazes — and said their faith and courage has inspired the nation.

A local sheriff’s deputy’s 21-year-old son, Holden Matthews, has been charged with offenses including arson in burnings. He has pleaded not guilty.

A crowdfunding campaign for the churches’ restoration has raised more than $2.1 million.

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Man accused of killing in Mexico arrested at Louisiana track

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Louisiana State Police say off-duty troopers working at a horse racing track have arrested a man accused of homicide years ago in Mexico.

Trooper Derek Senegal said in a news release Friday that 27-year-old Jose Alfredo Rivera Hernandez, known as “Boots,” was arrested Thursday behind Delta Downs Racetrack in Vinton.

Senegal says Interpol put out a notice for his arrest in 2017, notifying authorities that he frequents horse racing tracks.

He says troopers and U.S. homeland security agents conducted surveillance at tracks throughout Louisiana in April 2017 but didn’t find Rivera Hernandez.

Senegal says he’s now jailed in Calcasieu (KAL-kuh-shoo) Parish and awaiting extradition.

Senegal said in an email that he did not know Rivera Hernandez’s hometown or any details about the killing in Mexico.

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VP Pence visit Louisiana black church torched by arsonist

Speaking in front of the remains of an African American church in Louisiana torched by an arsonist, Vice President Mike Pence says attacks on communities of faith have become “all too frequent.”

Pence was meeting with parishioners and pastors of the three churches that were burned in March and April. He spoke Friday at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas.

He praised the church members for their response to the blazes — particularly the forgiveness offered to the man accused of setting the blazes — and said their faith and courage has inspired the nation.

A local sheriff’s deputy’s 21-year-old son, Holden Matthews, has been charged with offenses including arson in burnings. He has pleaded not guilty.

A crowdfunding campaign for the churches’ restoration has raised more than $2.1 million.

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Maine man used unsuspecting father as getaway driver for bank robbery, police say

A man who robbed a Maine bank Tuesday used his unsuspecting father as his getaway driver, police said.

Joseph Donald Tilton, 39, was dropped off at a Lewiston bank by his father Keith in the afternoon, according to an affidavit. Keith Tilton believed his son needed to cash a check.

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However, police said Joseph Tilton actually robbed the bank. The bank teller told authorities that she thought the man was joking about the money because he spoke in a “low tone” to her, according to the Sun Journal. Moments later, he allegedly demanded she give him the “f—–g money.”

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He then jumped over the counter and took the money from the teller and the drawer, the Sun Journal reported.

Keith dropped Joseph off at a different part of Lewiston before driving past the bank again. He was stopped by police after his car matched the description of the vehicle used to leave the scene after the alleged robbery. He wasn’t charged in the crime.

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Joseph was charged with felony robbery and is accused of stealing $620, according to the Sun Journal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Utah woman allegedly gave boyfriend drain cleaner to ‘go into eternal sleep’: report

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A Utah woman who was arrested earlier this week for allegedly giving her a boyfriend a spoonful of drain cleaner told police she wanted him to “go into eternal sleep.”

Police were called to a Salt Lake City hospital around 8:40 p.m. on Monday for a 50-year-old man who’d swallowed drain cleaner, a probable cause statement said.

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Elle Yoshio Weissman allegedly gave her boyfriend a spoonful of drain cleaner earlier this week.  (Salt Lake County Jail )

Elle Yoshio Weissman, 43, of South Salt Lake was arrested Tuesday and booked into Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and surreptitious administering of a certain substance – both second-degree felonies, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Weissman allegedly told police she gave her boyfriend a spoonful of Drano when he was partially asleep so he would “go into eternal sleep,” The Tribune reported, citing court documents.

According to a jail booking report, cited by KSL-TV, “Elle said her boyfriend thought she was giving him his medicine” and she was aware the Drano could kill him.

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South Salt Lake police said her boyfriend survived the “eternal sleep” and is recovering in the hospital.

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