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2 Mississippi men say they beat man in videotaped attack

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Two Mississippi men admit they took part in a beating captured on video and shared on social media.

WDAM-TV reports 32-year-old Landon McCaa and 28-year-old Tomas Sion Brown told Wayne County Justice Court Judge Charles Chapman on Wednesday that they assaulted an unnamed man.

McCaa says he attacked because he mistakenly believed the victim had insulted his family. McCaa says he was “drinking and out of control” and says he apologized before the victim left his house.

Wayne County Sheriff Jody Ashley says the victim was badly injured, underwent surgery and is recovering at home.

The judge set bails of $500,000 for each man on aggravated assault charges. Both remain jailed.

The court appearance was not a formal guilty plea and the men say they are hiring lawyers.

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Information from: WDAM-TV, http://www.wdam.com

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Arizona woman indicted in deaths of twin grandsons

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An Arizona woman accused of fatally shooting her twin 8-year-old autistic grandsons has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Dorothy Lee Flood, 55, will be arraigned April 23 for the deaths of Jaden and Jorden Webb, who were found shot multiple times inside a northwest Tucson home on April 4.

Search warrants show investigators found a gun and ammunition in the house.

Tucson police said Flood admitted shooting the boys before attempting suicide by overdosing on a prescription medication, according to Monday’s indictment.

Flood was brought to a hospital for treatment and arrested on April 5. She remains jailed on a $250,000 bond.

A family member told investigators Flood told her the boys had become too much for her, especially in the last six weeks as the twins had trouble sleeping, Tucson TV station KGUN reported.

Authorities said Flood was the boys’ sole caregiver after their mother died in 2017.

It was unclear Wednesday if Flood had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf about the case.

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Parole granted to woman who was getaway driver in deadly 1981 Brink’s heist

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Judith Clark, the former Weather Underground member who served nearly four decades in prison for her role in the deadly 1981 robbery of an armored truck in New York, was granted parole on Wednesday.

The $1.6 million Brink’s heist in suburban Nanuet, N.Y., led to the shooting deaths of two police officers and a security guard. Clark, now 69, was initially sentenced to 75 years to life behind bars for serving as the getaway driver, but New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo commuted her sentence in 2016, making her eligible for parole.

Cuomo praised Clark’s behavior as an inmate when he commuted her sentence. She has trained service dogs, founded an AIDS education program and counseled mothers in prison.

However, New York’s parole board denied Clark’s initial request for release in 2017, saying she was “still a symbol of violent terroristic crime.”

Clark, 69, presented statements of support from more than 2,000 people at her parole hearing on April 3. Among those supporting her were former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, 11 members of New York’s congressional delegation and Elaine Lord, a former superintendent of Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, where Clark is incarcerated. A letter signed by more than 70 elected officials said the correctional system exists for rehabilitation as well as punishment

Still, the families of the victims and some law enforcement officials opposed her release. The Rockland County District Attorney’s Office said granting Clark parole “would be an atrocious travesty of justice and an affront to our criminal justice system.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Utah man fires at police in 6-hour standoff at Burger King

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A Utah man who was wanted in a weekend shooting barricaded himself inside a Salt Lake City area fast-food restaurant and fired several times at police during an overnight standoff that ended when the man surrendered after officers fired tear gas into the restaurant, authorities said Wednesday.

Joshua B. Williams, 36, was arrested early Wednesday after firing about 10 rounds at officers during a 6-hour standoff at a Burger King in Magna, Utah, said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray.

No officers, restaurant employees or customers were injured, she said.

Officers had been searching for Williams since Saturday when he was suspected of firing several shots at a woman who was letting him stay in her house, said Lt. Dan Bartlett of the suburban Cottonwood Heights Police Department.

Bartlett said officers were in Magna looking for Williams on Tuesday night when Burger King employees called police to report a man had locked himself in the bathroom and was refusing to leave at closing time.

When police arrived, Williams pointed a gun at the officers, Gray said. Officers evacuated along with the restaurant employees, set up a perimeter and called in the SWAT team. That team filled the restaurant with gas several times until at about 5:30 a.m. Williams finally told a robot sent inside the restaurant he wanted out.

Magna is about 14 miles (22 kilometers) from Salt Lake City.

Williams is expected to be booked on several charges related to the standoff and unlawful detention and aggravated assault in the Saturday incident, Gray and Bartlett said.

It was not immediately known if Williams has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

Williams was put on probation in November after pleading guilty to felony possession of a firearm by a restricted person, said Utah Corrections spokesman Liam Truchard.

That same month, Williams also pleaded to two counts of possession of a controlled substance, online Utah court records show. In 2011, Williams pleaded guilty to use of a dangerous weapon in a fight, and was given two years’ probation.

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This story has corrected the sentence Williams received in 2018 case to probation.

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Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation investigations.

Both proposals are based on recommendations in a landmark grand jury report last year into the sexual abuse of children by about 300 Roman Catholic clergy in the state, going back seven decades.

Lawmakers voted 162-22 for the reporting proposal .

The only member who spoke in opposition was Rep. Paul Schemel, R-Franklin, who said it will be hard for people to remember, decades later, why they did not report suspected abuse.

“Our due process rights under the law are slipping away through our fingers while we do nothing,” Schemel said.

Lawmakers are also considering legislation to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. If that passes, it will also apply to mandated reporters who fail to properly report ongoing abuse.

Also Wednesday, state representatives unanimously approved a bill that says nondisclosure agreements , often part of civil settlements in abuse cases, should specify that they do not prohibit cooperation with police.

The main sponsor, Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Luzerne, said those contracts are already unenforceable, but the bill’s additional provisions would spell it out, “written in black and white.”

Both bills were sent to the Senate. There, the top lawyer for majority Republicans said, they will be reviewed to see how they compare to legislation that was drafted in that chamber last year but never brought up for a vote.

“The grand jury made the general recommendations, but no precise language was offered. If the House bills are consistent to what we drafted last year, then we will likely consider the bills,” said Drew Crompton, chief of staff to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson.

Toohil said targets of the grand jury investigation misused nondisclosure agreements to attempt to silence abuse victims and keep them from cooperating with police.

The state House has also sent the Senate legislation based another grand jury recommendation: a constitutional amendment that would create a two-year window to allow victims to bring civil claims over abuse that would otherwise be too old to pursue.

The state’s attorney general, Democrat Josh Shapiro, said the House action represented a clear step forward. Shapiro’s office oversaw the grand jury investigation.

“Just as our commonwealth was a leader in investigating and prosecuting clergy sexual abuse, it is imperative that Pennsylvania also now be a leader in enacting reforms to protect victims and ensure this kind of abuse and cover-up can never happen again,” Shapiro said in a statement. “I stand with survivors as we urge the Pennsylvania Senate to swiftly pass the grand jury reforms.”

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Ohio police peg person of interest in case of missing boy, 14

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The search for an Ohio teen who disappeared on Saturday has shifted to a criminal investigation, with police ID’ing a person of interest in the case.

Jonathan Minard, 14, was last seen working on a farm in New Harrisburg, about eight miles from his home in Dellroy.

According to investigators, Minard was helping his 29-year-old friend on the dairy farm of the friend’s dad when he began to complain of a toothache, The Canton Repository reported. The pair are said to have headed to the friend’s home to call the teen’s mother.

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Jonathan Minard, 14, was last seen midday on April 13 while working on a farm in New Harrisburg, about eight miles from his home in Dellroy. (Carroll County Sheriff’s Office)

But Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams told WKYC that Minard’s mother said she never got that call.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT HOME OF DENNIS DAY, ORIGINAL MOUSEKETEER MISSING FOR MONTHS

Williams said that investigators have now identified a person of interest. He is described as a 29-year-old man with a criminal record, consisting of mainly drug offenses, Fox 8 reported.

It was not immediately clear if the person of interest was Minard’s friend from the farm.

Minard has blue eyes and brown hair. He is 5-foot-7 and weighs about 145 pounds. Police say he was last seen wearing a blue hoodie, brown pants and boots.

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As of Monday, search parties were directed to check “garages or other structures on properties” in the area surrounding Baxters Ridge United Methodist Church. Police said that search parties were also expected to be out on Tuesday, although it was not clear what areas they’d be canvassing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 330-627-2141.

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Ohio police peg person of interest in case of missing boy, 14

The search for an Ohio teen who disappeared on Saturday has shifted to a criminal investigation, with police ID’ing a person of interest in the case.

Jonathan Minard, 14, was last seen working on a farm in New Harrisburg, about eight miles from his home in Dellroy.

According to investigators, Minard was helping his 29-year-old friend on the dairy farm of the friend’s dad when he began to complain of a toothache, The Canton Repository reported. The pair are said to have headed to the friend’s home to call the teen’s mother.

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Jonathan Minard, 14, was last seen midday on April 13 while working on a farm in New Harrisburg, about eight miles from his home in Dellroy. (Carroll County Sheriff’s Office)

But Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams told WKYC that Minard’s mother said she never got that call.

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND AT HOME OF DENNIS DAY, ORIGINAL MOUSEKETEER MISSING FOR MONTHS

Williams said that investigators have now identified a person of interest. He is described as a 29-year-old man with a criminal record, consisting of mainly drug offenses, Fox 8 reported.

It was not immediately clear if the person of interest was Minard’s friend from the farm.

Minard has blue eyes and brown hair. He is 5-foot-7 and weighs about 145 pounds. Police say he was last seen wearing a blue hoodie, brown pants and boots.

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As of Monday, search parties were directed to check “garages or other structures on properties” in the area surrounding Baxters Ridge United Methodist Church. Police said that search parties were also expected to be out on Tuesday, although it was not clear what areas they’d be canvassing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 330-627-2141.

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Texas woman arrested, charged with capital murder after baby found dead in flower pot: report

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A Texas woman was arrested after her newborn child was found buried in a flowerpot in a cemetery, officials said.

Jazmin Lopez, 18, identified herself as the mother of the baby, who was found by a caretaker at Perry Cemetery on March 11, Fox station KDFW reported.

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The caretaker “emptied what he knew to be an out of place flowerpot and discovered the body of a deceased infant beneath the pot’s soil,” the Carrollton Police Department previously revealed in a news release.

Authorities said the baby “was a girl, 34 weeks to full term, and weighed just under six pounds.”

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Jazmin Lopez, 18, was reportedly arrested after she identified herself as the mother of a baby who was found dead in a flowerpot in March.  (Denton County Sheriff’s Office)

Lopez allegedly first told investigators that she gave birth to the baby, who was not breathing or moving, while at home alone, the news station reported, citing an arrest warrant affidavit.

Police said that after they found a photo of a seemingly alive baby on her phone, the woman allegedly changed her story, claiming she gave birth in the bathroom with family members home.

“Jazmin demonstrated that she took her shirt off and wrapped the baby up. Jazmin said the baby was moving and gasping for air,” the affidavit reportedly stated. “Jazmin said she knew the baby was about to cry so she covered her mouth.”

FLORIDA MAN CONVICTED OF MURDER FOR THROWING HIS DAUGHTER OFF BRIDGE

Lopez told authorities she “took the shirt and covered the baby’s face and then held the baby against her body for one to two minutes,” before allegedly putting the body in a basket of blankets.

When her friend arrived, she said she put the baby in a backpack and went to buy a flower pot. Lopez allegedly claimed she put the body in the flower pot, then placed dirt and flowers on top.

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Investigators reportedly don’t believe Lopez’s claim that she covered the baby to keep her quiet, considering she had allegedly conducted a search history about abortion.

Lopez was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with capital murder. As of Wednesday, she was reportedly being held at the Dallas County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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Former Michigan trooper convicted in teen’s Taser death

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A former Michigan state trooper was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in the death of a Detroit teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died when he was shot with a Taser.

Mark Bessner, who had a history of misconduct allegations involving Taser use, fired the immobilizing device from the passenger seat of a patrol car while he and his partner chased 15-year-old Damon Grimes in August 2017. State police officials condemned his conduct and agreed that criminal charges were appropriate.

Bessner, who quit the department after Grimes’ death, said he believed the teen was reaching for a gun in his waistband. Grimes, however, didn’t have a weapon.

“There can be no question that Mark Bessner knew that (he) was going to cause some serious harm to Damon Grimes,” assistant prosecutor Matthew Penney told jurors.

Bessner was charged with second-degree murder, but the jury opted for the lesser charge after deliberating for one day. He was immediately taken into custody to await his sentence on May 2. The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison.

Nearly 20 sheriff’s deputies were in the courtroom to respond to any disruptions while the verdict was announced. Bessner’s family loudly sobbed while awaiting an elevator.

The Grimes family “is somewhat satisfied,” said spokesman Oliver Gantt. “I know they had hoped for more. For the most part, I think they got a little bit of closure. I believe the family can rest with that.”

It was Bessner’s second trial: A different jury last fall couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on a murder charge after listening to him emotionally explain how he “absolutely” believed Grimes had a gun.

But Bessner didn’t testify in his own defense during the latest trial. His attorney, Richard Convertino, urged jurors to put aside sympathy for Grimes’ family and place themselves in the trooper’s shoes in a high-crime neighborhood.

“ATVs and guns — that was the perception of those who patrolled those areas,” Convertino said.

Two months before Grimes’ death, an arbitrator had cleared Bessner of misconduct in how he used his Taser while chasing a crime suspect. State police wanted to suspend him for 10 days. The man was handcuffed during a traffic stop but suddenly sprinted away and was able to clear fences.

It’s generally against state policy to use a stun gun on a handcuffed person who’s in custody. Bessner was also accused of misconduct and agreed to a brief suspension for firing a Taser at a handcuffed man in 2014, records show.

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Prison activist Mumia Abu-Jamal to get new appeals hearing

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A former Black Panther and death row activist convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer will get a new appeals hearing after the city prosecutor dropped his opposition to it.

Sixty-four-year-old Mumia Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence after spending decades on death row in the 1981 slaying of Officer Daniel Faulkner during a traffic stop.

A city judge granted him a new hearing in December after the U.S. Supreme Court said a former Pennsylvania justice who heard his appeal had a potential conflict of interest in a similar case.

District Attorney Larry Krasner initially fought the hearing, fearing the judge’s order could affect a large number of other convictions.

Krasner says Wednesday he’s dropped his challenge because Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker has narrowed the scope of his order.

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