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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Ex Bulgaria Vice President Granted 49 Pardons despite Negative Opinion of Advisors
Novinite.comFebruary 27, 2012

The majority of the crimes he has committed, almost all of them crimes against property, indicate a threat of repeat offences; the convict has entrenched lasting criminal habits and there are no special circumstances necessitating pardon.more »

Misdemeanors
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Do you think parents should be charged if their kids are late to school?
MyFox Washington DCFebruary 7, 2012

He is a lawyer who works in Washington DC He leaves the family home in Waterford, Va., northwest of Leesburg, before dawn. The children's mother, Amy Denicore, is responsible for getting the kids to school at Waterford Elementary, about a mile down the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Tribute to Russel: rival, friend
Colorado Springs IndependentFebruary 2, 2012

Bob Russel was in his first term as district attorney. I was destined to spend much of the next 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer, and Russel went on to serve five terms until leaving office. In short, we spent much of our professional lives in ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Carson City crime log for Jan. 31: Man crashes stolen vehicle
Carson NowFebruary 1, 2012

Michael Carlo Ariel, 21, a Carson City resident, for two no-bail felony warrants in his name of failure to appear and probation violation. Nina Montalbano, 25, a Carson City resident, for a felony no-bail parole and probation hold, a gross misdemeanor ...more »

Police Brutality
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Last laugh is on cop-shoot thug
New York PostFebruary 3, 2012

Court-appointed defense lawyer Eric Poulos said there is no proof his client fired the shot and claimed Ortiz was the victim of police brutality. The reputed Latin Kings member, who has 14 priors, had bruises to his face and a chipped tooth.more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Financial Planner Faces Tax Fraud Charges
Patch.comFebruary 7, 2012

By Matt Schooley US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Economic Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case of Gregg Caplitz, who is charged with tax fraud. US Attorney's Office A Wilmington man appeared in federal court recently on charges of tax fraud for filing false ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Bullets bring trouble to schools, students
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 4, 2012

He was charged with illegal possession of ammunition and possession of ammunition without a firearm owner's identification card. It's a scene that's been popping up elsewhere lately — school officials or students two times in the last couple weeks ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Special grand jury investigating unsolved murder of Gary Russell Short Sr.
TriCities.comFebruary 2, 2012

Witnesses have been subpoenaed for a new, special grand jury tasked with unraveling the few clues behind the unsolved murder of Gary Russell Short Sr. nearly 24 years ago. On Feb. 8-9, the grand jury will try to help investigators discern whether ...more »

Prostitution
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STATE v. LAZO
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Lawrence S. Lustberg argued the cause on behalf of amicus curiae Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (Gibbons PC, attorneys; Mr. Lustberg and Eileen M. Connor, on the brief). Deborah C. Bartolomey, Deputy Attorney General, ...more »

Gun Charges
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Groups to Boycott Starbucks Over Stances on Gay Rights, Guns
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

By John McKay Some religious and political groups are protesting Starbucks due to their stance on gay marriage and gun rights. Some religious and political groups are urging Starbucks customers to grab their morning coffee elsewhere in light of the ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Not guilty pleas entered
Van Buren Press Argus-CourierFebruary 4, 2012

Keith Edward Johnson, 39, of Van Buren pleaded not guilty to third-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault. From June 1, 2011, until Jan. 8, it is alleged Johnson hit and choked his girlfriend and pushed her from a moving vehicle.more »

Mexican general, 29 soldiers on trial for homicide
STLtoday.comFebruary 1, 2012

A Mexican army general and 29 soldiers under his command in a town on the border with Texas are being tried on charges of torture, homicide, drug trafficking and other crimes, a top government official confirmed Tuesday. Interior Secretary Alejandro ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Report: Pharmacist who stole pills from work charged with trafficking
Sun-SentinelFebruary 13, 2012

Investigators arrested Lomangino, 41, and a female accomplice, Allina Kirkland-Michaud, 28, of New Smyrna Beach, during a routine traffic stop — and seized more than 5700 pills, a loaded gun and nearly $5000 in cash. The initial seizure came from a ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Con cops plea in vengeance slaying
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 3, 2012

San Quentin State Prison / AP A convicted murder has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing a fellow inmate who had just been incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison for killing a 9-year-old Novato girl in a drunken crash. Frank Anthony Souza, 33, ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Harsher sentences for pot growers than for pedophiles caught PM's eye: documents
Toronto StarFebruary 5, 2012

After the redacted paragraphs, the briefing note resumes with a point that Nicholson made last week at Senate hearings into the crime bill: “The maximum penalty for serious drug offences under Bill C-10 is comparable to that for child sexual assault.more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Schumer seeks tougher domestic violence law
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Charles Schumer says domestic violence is rising fast and new, tougher federal laws are needed to help police battle the crime. The Democrat also says the crime of Internet stalking also requires new laws as an aid to police.more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Oakland seeking to shut down two motels known for prostitution
Inside Bay AreaFebruary 10, 2012

In December 2010, the city sued the owners of three East Oakland motels -- the Economy Inn, the National Lodge and the Sage Hotel -- after years of arrests of prostitutes, some as young as 14, by undercover police officers; pimping and pandering; ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Mass. Legislature Considers Raising Minimum State Imprisonment Age
WBURFebruary 8, 2012

By Deborah Becker BOSTON — Massachusetts is one of 13 states where criminal cases involving 17-year-olds are handled in the adult justice system rather than juvenile justice system. But youth advocates are pressing state lawmakers to change that and ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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US Park Police Back At Occupy DC Site McPherson Square And Freedom Plaza
W*USA 9February 6, 2012

They are making sure no one is sleeping in violation of the camping laws. If you were with us Saturday morning, you saw live coverage of police moving in to the Occupy encampment at McPherson Square. They've also moved over to the protest at Freedom ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Court documents: Suspect in PV killings told friend what he did
Arizona RepublicFebruary 10, 2012

Crane is facing two counts of first-degree murder, along with kidnapping, arson and armed robbery charges. He is in a Maricopa County jail on a $3 million bond. Five others, including Steward, have been arrested in connection with the Shapiros' murder, ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Ireland To Support EU Moves On White Collar Crime – Bruton
eGov monitorFebruary 1, 2012

“Minister Shatter has over the past year put in place a series of measures to improve Ireland's laws to combat white collar crime. However as financial markets become more and more international in their operations, it also becomes important to protect ...more »

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