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Grand Island Mayor facing misconduct charges

An official misconduct charge was filed Friday morning against Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek.

Vavricek was arrested on March 2 in Howard County for suspected drunken driving. His blood alcohol level was 0.093 " above the 0.08 legal limit in Nebraska. He pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was fined $500.


Ex-Firefighter, Girlfriend Charged in Va. Arsons

A former volunteer firefighter and his girlfriend were charged Tuesday with setting a majority of the 70 arsons that have haunted Virginia's Eastern Shore for five months.


Bishop held in fatal pedestrian crash

Police say a Lutheran bishop was intoxicated when he struck and killed a pedestrian in Sun Prairie.

Church officials say the man is a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Grovetown Councilman Convicted of Bribery

A federal jury convicted sitting councilman, Sonny McDowell with two counts of bribery after a three day trial in Montgomery, Alabama.

The incident supposedly happened in 2007 when McDowell owned and was working for Southern Detention Technologies.


Wife accused of conspiring with grandson to kill Far South Side man for his money

When neighbors learned last month that William Strickland, 72, had been shot to death outside his Far South Side home, several figured it was a random mugging that turned tragic.


Suspended priest to plead guilty to drug charge

A court filing shows a suspended Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut accused of making more than $300,000 in sales of methamphetamines plans to plead guilty to 1 of the charges.

Authorities say the 61-year-old Wallin had methamphetamine mailed to him from co-conspirators in California and made more than $300,000 in drugs sales out of his apartment in Waterbury last year.


Former mayor heads to court on bigamy charge

The former mayor of Oakland, Tennessee will have some explaining to do in court Thursday. He said "I DO" to one woman - while he was already married to someone else.


Dozens of Educators Charged in Cheating Scandal

A grand jury has indicted about three dozen educators in a standardized test cheating scandal that rocked Atlanta's public school system.

A 2011 investigation found cheating on standardized tests by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools.


Former New Orleans mayor Nagin trial rescheduled for October

Nagin was set to go to trial on April 29 to face charges of bribery, money laundering, conspiracy and tax fraud.

The April trial date was a preliminary date a federal magistrate judge set after Nagin pleaded not guilty Feb. 20 to a 21-count indictment a grand jury handed up against him a month earlier.


Ex-Pontiac city councilman pleads guilty to accepting bribes from undercover FBI agent

A former Pontiac city councilman pleaded guilty today to accepting bribes from a purported Chicago drug dealer who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.

Everett Seay, 61, of Pontiac, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman and faces up to 10 years in prison.


'Wait for the facts,' Romulus mayor tells council asking him to resign

The Romulus City Council unanimously voted Monday night for a resolution asking Mayor Alan Lambert to resign from his position following a raid on his home last week.

The move comes as the city's police chief, economic development director and the mayor's campaign manager resigned Friday following the mayor's refusal to step down after the raid and amid a public corruption probe in Romulus.


Pastor of Norfolk church arrested for possession of child pornography

The pastor of a Norfolk church will be arraigned Thursday on child pornography possession charges.

He's charged him with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.


Downstate mayor, deputy arrested in bribery probe

Mayor Noramie Jasmin and Deputy Mayor Joseph Desmaret were arrested Tuesday morning by the FBI in connection with a bribery scheme, the village police chief said.

The FBI also arrested state Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran Tuesday in a plot to rig the New York City mayoral election, according to the New York Post.


Ex-Colorado City fire official gets probation

A former Colorado City fire official accused of misusing public funds has been sentenced to probation.

The Mohave Valley Daily News reports ( that former Colorado City Fire Chief Jacob Leonard Barlow had pleaded guilty to solicitation of misuse of public money in February and was sentenced Friday.


Santa Clara County workers ignored red flags in Shirakawa case

A trail of embarrassing inaction at numerous levels of county government enabled the years-long crime spree of disgraced former Supervisor George Shirakawa Jr., who will be sentenced in the coming weeks for perjury and misuse of public funds.


State police raid Romulus mayor's home in public corruption investigation

Investigators said Tuesday that an overnight raid at Romulus Mayor Alan Lambert's home is part of an ongoing public corruption case involving city officials.


Ex-RPOF chairman Jim Greer faces sentencing hearing

Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer, who pleaded guilty on the eve of a potentially politically salacious trial that could have aired the laundry of the state GOP and former Gov. Charlie Crist, will find out his prison fate Wednesday.

A grand jury indicted Greer in 2010 on six counts, including a charge of organized fraud that was dropped with the guilty plea.


Police: Assistant principal in Rock Hill facing child porn charges

Channel 9 has learned what led police to arrest an assistant principal at a Rock Hill school.

He was charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, according to CMPD.


Ex-Harford youth pastor pleads guilty to sex offense

A 35-year-old Street man, who had once served as a youth pastor at a Bel Air church, pleaded guilty earlier this week to a single third degree sex offense in connection with an incident involving a teenage girl.

Yocum was charged last August with five counts of sex abuse of a minor, one count of third degree sex offense and two counts of fourth degree sex offense.


Missing: Millions in Virginia taxpayer-funded property

One might think it difficult to misplace an incinerator or, for that matter, three baby grand pianos. Somehow, Virginia State University managed to do just that, along with sculptures, laptops, lawn mowers, a tractor, copiers and lots of other sizable and costly objects.

A request under the Freedom of Information Act for a list of public property recorded as lost, missing and stolen across state agencies turned up roughly $8 million in taxpayer-funded fixed assets.


Gainesville mayor arrested for DUI

Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe was arrested on DUI charges about 12 miles outside the city early Thursday.

He hit a Florida Department of Transportation sign as well as a ditch and came to a stop on the side of the road.


Ex-officials convicted in Calif. corruption case

The jurors who convicted five former city councilors of stealing taxpayer dollars from a struggling Los Angeles suburb that became a national symbol of political greed were told repeatedly that the scheme's real villain was a man not even in court.

The defendants, their lawyers and even some prosecution witnesses said the true mastermind who put in place the scheme that bilked the city of Bell out of $5.5 million was disgraced former City Manager Robert Rizzo. He is expected to face his own trial on similar charges later this year.


Western Kentucky City Councilman Charged With Theft

An investigation into theft at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in western Kentucky has led to the arrest of a city official.

According to The Paducah Sun, Arlington City Council member Jason Bogle was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of receiving stolen property under $10,000.


El Paso lawmaker 'deeply, deeply sorry' for DWI arrest

A Democratic state lawmaker arrested for drunken driving offered an emotional apology on the floor of the Texas House on Monday, drawing a standing ovation and flowers from her colleagues.

Naomi Gonzalez of El Paso crashed her BMW into another car, which then hit a bicyclist around 2 a.m. Thursday. Gonzalez, the other driver and the cyclist all went to the hospital with minor injuries. The 34-year-old was charged with driving while intoxicated.


Former KC minister is arrested in New Orleans on molestation charges

A former Kansas City pastor and registered sex offender is awaiting extradition in New Orleans on charges that he molested a girl at a church in Kansas City.


Prosecutors don't recommend jail time for Leopold

Leopold was convicted of two counts of misconduct in office for forcing his staff to do campaign work and perform personal errands like emptying his catheter bag.


Prison for WA school guard who had sex with underage students

The Pierce County prosecutor's office says a 32-year-old former school security guard has been sentenced to four years in prison for having sex with underage students.


Ex-postal worker charged in gift card thefts

A former postal worker in Romeo is accused of stealing and using gift cards from customers on her delivery route over the holidays, postal investigators said.


Reports: Harvard secretly searched deans' emails

Harvard University administrators secretly searched the emails of 16 deans last fall, looking for a leak to reporters about a case of cheating, two newspapers reported.


Spring High educator accused of having sex with student

A Spring High School assistant principal is accused of having sex with a student in his office during a prom event last year, after suspicions of inappropriate relationships had persisted for several months, officials said.


Va., mortgage modification firms settle complaints

The companies allegedly charged fees of up to $15,000 for loan modifications, which never came through.


Payroll firm AccuPay is investigated for allegedly stealing clients' tax payments

Police investigating whether Harford County payroll company AccuPay stole years of tax payments rather than sending them to tax collectors on behalf of clients warned Monday that potential victims might number in the hundreds.


Councilman Huff Admits To Drinking On Voicemail To Chief Of Police

A Baltimore County councilman arrested for drunk driving over the weekend admits to drinking on audio tapes.


Deacon in child porn charge was former schools worker

A longtime deacon at a Fullerton church was charged Friday with possessing "numerous files of child pornography," Baltimore County police said.


Tucson fire captain Roger Sloan Tamietti demoted after lewd act claims

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Roger Sloan Tamietti was recently demoted to paramedic and the city of Tucson has filed three misdemeanor charges against him. Those charges include assault and a harassment charges.


D.C. Council votes to reprimand Jim Graham

The D.C. Council on Monday voted 11-2 to reprimand one of its own members based on a report that concluded he acted inappropriately by influencing the city's lottery contract.


Former union organizer convicted of forgery

She submitted hundreds of forged signatures in 2010 to the Alaska Labor Relations Agency in an effort to organize more than 2,000 previously unorganized University of Alaska employees.


Pork relic: Tiny airport attracts lots of federal money but few planes

Every year, Oklahoma is allotted $150,000 in federal funding because of this place, the result of a grant program established 13 years ago, in Congress's golden age of pork.


Former mayor Ryan to be sentenced today

Former Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan will be sentenced today after a plea deal reduced the charges against him the day before his sexual assault case went to trial.


Pastor arrested after referee scuffle

A pastor who once ministered at a well-known megachurch was arrested on charges of attacking a referee at Chamblee High School during a girls' basketball game.


Baltimore County councilman Todd Huff arrested on DUI charges

The 44-year-old Lutherville Republican is charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, a headlight violation and negligent driving, police said. He allegedly had a blood-alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit.


Audit Questions Thomas Nonprofit DCYITC

The nonprofit was at the center of the corruption scandal that resulted in Thomas being sent to prison and its former Executive Director Millicent West pleading guilty to tax fraud.


Tucson a 'dumping ground' for abusive Calif. priests

A list of past Diocese of Tucson clerics with "credible" accusations of sexual misconduct with a minor against them, for example, includes nine priests from other dioceses.


Vicksburg mayor facing bribery charges

Winfield is currently the defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former city employee Kenya Burks. Burks, who claims a hostile work environment, is suing Winfield and the city for more than $1.5 million.


Former Pastor pleads not-guilty in death of second wife

A former Methodist clergyman convicted of having bludgeoned his second wife to death in eastern Pennsylvania has pleaded not guilty to having killed his first wife in central Pennsylvania.


State claims immunity from damages after state trooper hits citizen's car

Imagine sitting at a stop light, and a state trooper slams into the back of your car.


Ohio youth pastor charges with sex with teen

Authorities say a youth pastor at a western Ohio church has been charged with having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl he was mentoring.


Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty to Misusing Campaign Funds

Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday pleaded guilty in federal court to misusing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds.


State rep from Chester faces ethics probe

The Daily News reported in November that since 1998, about $800,000 in state grants has gone to organizations close to Kirkland's family - including the Baptist church where he is pastor, an annual cultural festival at which his daughter has been paid to sing and an arts center where his wife is president and his son-in-law was executive director.


Former Mormon missionary facing rape charges

A former LDS Church missionary accused of having sexual contact with a girl under age 14 has pleaded not guilty to multiple rape charges.


DC ethics board finds evidence of bad conduct by Councilmember Jim Graham

It found that he lost impartiality and gave preferential treatment to another developer that had contributed to his campaign.


Who are the L.A. priests prosecuted for sex abuse?

As the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church unfolded in the early 2000s, victims of clergy molestation in Los Angeles pinned their hopes on a state law that had retroactively lifted the statute of limitations on prosecuting sex crimes.


Ex-San Diego mayor faces money laundering charge

A former San Diego mayor is facing charges of laundering at least $10,000.


20 accused, 18 charged in Bensalem schools theft ring

Officials announced the arrests Wednesday after a months-long investigation found that nearly $1 million in vehicles, bus tires, batteries and other auto parts had been stolen from the district and sold for personal gain.


Catholic Health to pay $4.9 million in St. Joseph overbilling case

The previous owner of University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center has agreed to pay the federal government $4.9 million for overbilling the Medicaid and Medicare system by keeping patients in the hospital longer than needed.


East metro principal resigns after complaint

The principal of an east metro high school will be paid the remainder of her salary and benefits for the 2012-2013 school year after agreeing to resign her position.


Bankruptcy judge lets Christine Beatty dump much of debt, but not restitution to Detroit

Kwame Kilpatrick's ex-mistress and former chief of staff Christine Beatty got a gift from a bankruptcy court in Georgia: forgiveness of a whopping debt.


Ashton: FDLE to probe 'textgate'

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashton said Tuesday he has asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate possible criminal violations in the textgate scandal that has engulfed Orange County officials.


Parents: Daughter, 8, with Down syndrome duct taped at elementary school Monday

One Wayne Township family is demanding answers after their 8-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome, came home from school with her feet duct taped.


Feds investigating finances of former Ald. Sandi Jackson: sources

Included in the scrutiny of Sandi Jackson, who resigned from her 7th Ward aldermanic position last month, is her access and use of her husband's congressional campaign money, including credit card charges, as well as the movement of money from one account to another, sources say.


MD ARSON: 2 volunteer firefighters face charges

A spokesman for the Maryland state fire marshalís office says two men facing arson charges in Cumberland are both volunteer firefighters.


Former principal sentenced to 10 years on federal sex charge

It's not very often that esteemed educators, politicians and community leaders publicly embrace an adult convicted of trying to arrange sex with a child.


Former Adams Municipal Employees Credit Union manager pleads guilty to embezzlement

A 67-year-old Adams woman faces up to 30 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to a 30-count indictment charging her with embezzling and making false entries into the books as the manager of the former Adams Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union.


Councilwoman sues mayor, ethics commission

Shanklin was accused of using tens of thousands in city funds to employ her family and to create the upholstery program that was used instead by family members.


Maury commissioner charged with stalking officer denies it on Facebook

A Maury County commissioner was arrested over the weekend after a police officer accused him of stalking.


Former Paterson school board member arrested on burglary charge

A former Board of Education member employed as a public works inspector is accused of taking electronics, jewelry and other valuables from a private residence while he was on the job.


Leopold found guilty of misconduct, suspended from office

A judge found Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold guilty Tuesday of two counts of misconduct for using public employees to perform political and personal tasks, and he was suspended from office while the County Council made plans to force him out permanently.


Troy pastor under embezzlement investigation bought $500,000 Florida condo from church manager

The charismatic Catholic pastor removed last week from his parish in Troy amid an embezzlement investigation bought a half-million-dollar condo in Florida from his longtime church administrator, the Free Press has learned.


Report: States making jobless pay needless fees

Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a new report from a consumer group.


DUI case against ex-RI lawmaker dropped

Connecticut prosecutors have dropped a drunken driving case against former Rhode Island House Minority Leader Robert Watson.


Local pastor who allegedly had sex with girl, 13, collapses in court

A local pastor accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl to whom police said he continued to send text messages after the victim's parents confronted him collapsed during a court hearing Monday.


Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person

Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite.


Troy priest embezzlement investigation shocks community

The archdiocese disclosed Tuesday that Belczak has been "temporarily excluded from the office of pastor" after an audit discovered financial irregularities that included receiving excessive pay worth $92,000 and paying a ghost employee at least $240,000.


MD SCANDAL: Anne Arundel exec's trial the stuff of tabloids

The way prosecutors describe him, the head of Marylandís fourth-largest county is a bully who abused his office and used his police bodyguards and secretary as his personal servants.


Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin faces 21 corruption charges

Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin was indicted Friday on charges that he used his office for personal gain, accepting payoffs, free trips and gratuities from contractors while the city was struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.


Pa. pastor convicted in 2nd wife's death

A former Methodist clergyman convicted of bludgeoning his second wife to death in 2008 now faces trial on whether he killed his first wife, too.


Files show retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, LA church leaders worked to shield molester priests

Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other top Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials maneuvered behind the scenes to shield molester priests, provide damage control for the church and keep parishioners in the dark, according to church personnel files.


Brentwood teacher's abuse leads to $950,000 settlement, attorneys say

The Brentwood Union School District has agreed to pay $950,000 to a Contra Costa family whose 5-year-old special needs child was thrown to the floor and kicked by a teacher in a classroom two years ago, one of many complaints of physical and mental abuse by the teacher that went unreported to authorities as mandated by law, according to attorneys.


Lance Armstrong Confesses To Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

Cycling legend Lance Armstrong confesses he took performance-enhancing drugs after denying it for years.


Hillsborough construction official quits after inquiry finds he wrongly helped fiancee's project

Hillsborough County's top construction permitting official resigned abruptly this week after an internal investigation found he improperly intervened in a development proposal submitted by his fiancee.


19 Kmart stores in N.J. offered expired baby formula and medication, investigators say

Retail giant Kmart has agreed to pay $302,000 and donate $25,000 to charity after state inspectors found more than half of its stores in New Jersey had sold or offered expired infant formula and over-the-counter medications, state consumer affairs officials said today.


Prosecutors say crimes mar ex-legislator's service

He pleaded guilty to fraud charges that he solicited and accepted a bribe while he was a Tempe city councilman and misled donors about a scholarship fund to benefit his relatives.


South Bay corruption probe triples in size

A corruption probe in the South Bay tripled in size Monday, as 15 people faced 232 felony and misdemeanor counts in the scandal involving construction contracts at three South Bay school districts.


Priest sex abuse trial opens in Philadelphia

Prosecutors on Monday laid out a case of what they described as vile sexual attacks on a child by a priest and a former teacher, opening a new chapter in the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


Oregon rescue shelter accused of neglecting 150 pets

The president of an animal rescue center in Marion County was arrested Sunday and authorities seized more than 150 dogs and cats that they said were neglected and malnourished, in some cases severely.


Official in N.J. corruption sting faces sentencing in federal court

Khalil was a zoning board official who also served as Jersey City's assistant director of health and human services when he was arrested along with more than 40 others in 2009.


RI priest resigns amid abuse allegation

A Rhode Island Roman Catholic priest has resigned from his parish and has been placed on administrative leave because of a ''credible'' allegation of sexual misconduct from more than 25 years ago, the Diocese of Providence said Sunday.


Former High School Counselor Guilty of Sexual Abuse

A former Naperville North High School counselor pleaded guilty Tuesday in connection with a case involving a student.


Maryland Daycare Worker Charged With Child Abuse, Assault

Johnathan Desmond Cummings, 19, admitted to kicking a two-year-old boy under his care, police said.


Bills in Leopold discrimination case top $56,000

Private lawyers representing County Executive John R. Leopold in a federal discrimination and retaliation case have billed the county just over $56,000 as of last month.


Tulsa church: Mother can't claim damages for abuse

A Tulsa megachurch is asking for the dismissal of a civil lawsuit that accuses employees of trying to cover up the rape of a 13-year-old girl by a worker on the church's campus.


Ten Banks Agree to Pay $8.5B for Foreclosure Abuse

Ten major banks and mortgage companies have agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.


Former NH lawmaker to plead guilty to drug charges

A former state representative from Salem, N.H., has agreed to plead guilty to charges of selling drugs.


American Eagle Pilot is arrested for DUI

Captain Kolbjorn Kristiansen was scheduled to fly 53 passengers on an American eagle jet from Minneapolis to New York early Friday morning. He never made it out of the gate.


Wal-Mart Employees Arrested in Shoplifting Investigation

State Police say they have arrested three Wal-Mart employees and another person based on an investigation into a shoplifting ring at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Transit Road.


Trial for Trentonís Mayor Mack postponed until summer

Mack has pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts related to what prosecutors say was a scheme to accept $119,000 in bribes in exchange for using his influence over the development of a parking garage on city-owned land.


DUI charge pending against Allegheny County councilman

The councilman could be charged with DUI in connection with a minor crash in Venango County shortly before 8 a.m. on Dec. 22, according to state police.


Report: Taxpayer money wasted on 911 service

The state agency paid to improve 911 service is accused of wasting $700,000 of taxpayersí money.


Secret Boy Scout sex abuse claims posted online

The Los Angeles Times ( ) published the database containing redacted victims' names on Tuesday, including material that was released earlier by an Oregon Supreme Court judge's ruling.


No charges for teachers who dragged blind, disabled student

Two teachers caught on camera dragging a blind, special needs student through the hallways of Gonzales Elementary in Santa Fe will not be facing criminal charges.


Claims mount against Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo

A man had accused puppeteer Kevin Clash - the man behind the world's most popular Sesame Street puppet - of having a relationship with him when he was 16.


Fired after harassment complaint, Bellwood school official got rehired after campaign work

An administrator for a west suburban elementary school district who was fired after being accused of sexual harassment was rehired after campaigning for three new members of his school board, records show.


Second ex-aide in Sacramento City Hall credit card scandal won't face charges

A day after filing criminal charges against a former aide to Mayor Kevin Johnson, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday it will not charge a second former aide caught up in an investigation of city credit card use.


Trenton mayor due in court on bribery charges

The mayor of New Jersey's capital city is due in federal court Wednesday for an arraignment on bribery, extortion and fraud charges.


Southaven Mayor Indicted, Arrested For Embezzlement

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is free on bond after being arrested and indicted. Davis is charged with embezzlement and false pretense by a DeSoto County grand jury.


Ex-Va. school director charged with embezzlement

A Charlottesville woman faces charges of embezzling from a private school for emotionally troubled and mentally ill students.


Intern on Menendez's staff was undocumented alien and sex offender

An unpaid intern working for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) has been living in the United States illegally and is a registered sex offender, a news agency reported Wednesday, prompting damaging national scrutiny just as the senator was readying himself to be a leading voice on immigration reform.


Walgreens must pay $16 million in fines for illegally dumping old drugs

Drugstore giant Walgreens must pay more than $16.5 million in damages as part of a lawsuit settlement in which the Illinois-based company was accused of illegally dumping pharmaceutical and biohazardous wastes throughout California.


Monongahela mayor refutes theft by deception charges

The mayor of Monongahela was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of theft by deception after a Washington County couple accused him of not repaying a loan of nearly $4,000.


DC lottery contract is subject of federal probe

A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions.


Southaven alderman Ricky Jobes' DUI case continued

Alderman Ricky Jobes' DUI refusal and careless driving case has been continued until January.



3 Neb school officials avoid charges in abuse case

Nebraska State Patrol investigators have said the three had been told that a member of the high school wrestling team had been held down by other team members and sodomized with a soda bottle.


Report details offer by DC official on lottery

A draft report by a District of Columbia internal-affairs investigator describes in detail an offer made by Councilmember Jim Graham to bidders for the city's lottery contract and concludes that Graham inappropriately tried to use the contracting process to advance his political agenda.


California lawmakers had government vehicles fixed at taxpayer expense before buying them

At least a dozen California lawmakers repaired or upgraded their state-provided vehicles at taxpayers' expense in the final weeks before the one-of-its-kind perk was ending, then later bought those vehicles for personal use.


Sen. Trotter Charged With Trying To Board Plane With Gun

Illinois Sen. Donne Trotter, who announced his run for the 2nd District seat last week, was arrested for trying to go through a security checkpoint at O'Hare International Airport with a .25 caliber pistol and bullets, authorities said.


Ethics Board cites mayor-loan conflict

The Louisiana Board of Ethics has levied conflict of interest charges against Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa.


Businessman pleads guilty to bribing former Mayor Ray Nagin

A Destrehan businessman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday morning to charges that he bribed former Mayor Ray Nagin in exchange for the mayor's help in securing a string of no-bid city contracts.


Mother, daughter facing charges for embezzling from Porter Public Schools

Two former employees of Porter Consolidated Schools are facing embezzlement charges.


Witness: Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick torpedoed deal to help out his friend Bobby Ferguson

The federal government is revving up its case against ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who may be in for another bumpy ride this week as the prosecution continues to roll through some heavy-hitter witnesses in his corruption trial.


Manager accused of stealing $112,000 from bank

Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Debra Antonitis has been charged with mail fraud and wire fraud for allegedly stealing the money while she was a manager for Wrentham Co-operative Bank.


FDIC sues Aaron's founder Charlie Loudermilk, other execs of failed bank

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued Aaron's Inc. founder R. Charles Loudermilk Sr. and other prominent Atlanta executives over $21.8 million in bad real estate loans made by Buckhead Community Bank.


Fountain Hills pastor accused of selling drugs

A Fountain Hills pastor arrested Wednesday is accused of selling drugs to people to "bring them closer to God," according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.


Former Boy Scouts executive charged in child pornography case

A former local Boy Scouts executive has been charged with receiving and possessing child pornography, according to a federal prosecutor.


Former N.O. mayor may be linked to bribery scandal

A businessman has been charged with plotting to bribe an unidentified former New Orleans public official in a case that appears to be linked to a federal probe of former Mayor Ray Nagin.


Indicted Sarasota banker pleads guilty to fraud

Scott J. Schuhriemen, a BB&T loan officer indicted for bank fraud earlier this month, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to produce statements with erroneous information to a federally insured lender.


Calif DAs, Diet Company Reaches $900K Settlement

A group of California prosecutors say they've reached a settlement with a weight loss company that claimed people could lose weight by spreading a so-called "sprinkle diet" over their food.


Former Marcos secretary is indicted in artwork plot

A former secretary to Imelda Marcos was charged Tuesday in New York with conspiracy to sell valuable artworks that disappeared during the collapse of Marcos' husband's regime in the Philippines.


Missouri Baptist U. controller charged with stealing $107,000

Melinda Okai of O'Fallon, Mo., has been charged with embezzling about $107,000 from Missouri Baptist University during her tenure as controller there.


NJ drug company execs charged with insider trading

Executives at two leading drug companies were among six people arrested Monday and charged with insider trading in what federal prosecutors said was a five-yearlong scheme that netted more than $1 million.


DRT blasted on Alamo

A blistering report released Tuesday by the Texas attorney general's office outlines a long list of problems and dysfunctions in the past management of the Alamo by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.


Assistant football coach arrested

Investigators tell us 32-year-old volunteer assistant coach Kevin Verpaele spent the last year coaching the Viera High School Football team, and the last few weeks trying to solicit sex with an underage female student.


Judge denies bond for former Buchanan fire chief

Carter, 35, has been in custody for more than two weeks on a charge of rape.


DC Unemployment Scandal Widens To 300 Workers

A city official says hundreds of workers were involved in fraudulently claiming unemployment benefits while still holding government jobs.


Federal judge to decide if Saltville Rescue Squad loses cash, property to cover scheme

On Monday, prosecutors tried to show how the squad benefited from the illegal actions of its former president, Eddie Wayne Louthian, convicted in September of bilking Medicare and private insurers out of nearly $1 million.


Exclusive: OC School Accused of Serving Expired Food

Students at Susan B. Anthony Elementary School in Westminster on Wednesday were served cheddar cheese sauce marked with an expiration date that suggests the food spoiled some eight months ago, sources tell NBC4.


Ex-Central Falls mayor's guilty plea expected

The former mayor of Central Falls is expected to appear in federal court to plead guilty to a corruption charge under an agreement that will likely result in prison time.


Benci testimony shows web of bribes, shady dealings

Ljuba, the former employee of Vineland-based insurance broker Allen Associates and former insurance broker for Hamilton Township School District and several other municipalities and school districts, testified that over the course of several months she gave $12,400 in bribes to Bencivengo in exchange for his influence with the local school board.


D.C. Lottery boss is accused of 'unethical behavior'

The possibility of manipulation of the 2009 D.C. Lottery contract is not the only corruption angle that has drawn the attention of government investigators.


Former River Rouge official convicted of bribery, mail fraud

A former River Rouge school official was convicted today of pocketing thousands of dollars in bribes from a tutoring company in a scheme that cost the school district roughly $160,000 in losses.


City's lucrative speed camera program dogged by problems

According to records obtained and reviewed by The Sun, the city government and its speed camera contractor discussed problems with that camera as far back as February, yet the device continued churning out thousands of speeding tickets.


Refineries ran while 'offline,' pushing up gas prices, report says

Oregon-based McCullough Research reportedly went through thousands of pages of environmental documents to find that refineries were still in operation even though the public was told there were outages and maintenance shutdowns.


Ex-Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell to plead guilty to federal theft charges

The U.S. attorney's office says Crundwell used her position as comptroller of Dixon to embezzle more than $50 million.


Former councilman sentenced for stealing $25,000

A former Des Moines City Councilman and Polk County supervisor has been given probation for stealing $25,000 from an old friend.


12 city employees caught stealing scrap metal, officials say

The agency has recommended firing the 12 employees, whose names were withheld. Three supervisors have been suspended without pay for up to 28 days.


Gov. Cuomo fires emergency director for diverting Sandy resources to his own home

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has fired his $153,000-a-year emergency management director for diverting a crew to remove a tree from his Long
Island home's driveway after Superstorm Sandy hit, a state official said Wednesday.


Ex-DC Council chair to be sentenced for fraud

Former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown is preparing to be sentenced, but it's unclear if he'll have to serve any time behind bars.


NY gets $9.5M from NC firm over soldier debt fraud

The settlement, along with an earlier one with SmartBuy, wipes out $12.9 million in debt for more than 4,000 soldiers nationwide.


Federal judge accepts embezzlement plea deal

A federal judge in northern Idaho has accepted a plea deal involving a former city finance employee in Coeur d'Alene who authorities say embezzled $365,000.


50 Meningitis Cases Reported in Va.

Two people in Virginia have died in the outbreak, which is linked to tainted steroid injections made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts.


CIA Director Petraeus quits over extramarital affair

David Petraeus, the retired four-star general renowned for taking charge of the military campaigns in Iraq and then Afghanistan, abruptly resigned Friday as director of the CIA, admitting to an extramarital affair.


Charges: N. metro pastor fondled 2 men while counseling them about their sexuality

A north metro pastor who participated in a ministry devoted to helping people put their homosexuality behind them has been charged with sexually assaulting two men he was counseling.


Former mayor Dixon $14k behind in court-ordered payments

Former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon has fallen behind by close to $14,000 on court-ordered payments stemming her plea deal in the corruption investigation that led to her resignation, according to state corrections filings.


P.G. delegate removed from office after guilty plea

Mrs. Alston, Prince Georgeís Democrat, pleaded guilty last month to charges she used campaign funds to pay for her wedding and was also found guilty in June of using state funds to pay an employee at her law firm.


Tenn. Death Toll from Tainted Medicine Rises to 12

Federal regulators have found NECC vials contaminated with fungus and bacteria. The laboratory's operations have been suspended and all its medicine recalled.


Former DC Tax Worker Pleads Guilty In $4M Scheme

A former employee of the District of Columbia's tax office has admitted in federal court that she filed hundreds of fraudulent tax returns, netting $4 million in refunds.


Former Bloomington official charged with theft

The former city traffic manager has been charged with selling more than 26 tons of Bloomington's scrap metal to a local salvage yard.


Arizona legislator accused of DUI in Scottsdale

Court records and a Scottsdale Police Department report say Republican Rep. David Brunel Smith of Carefree faces two counts of driving under the influence and one of making an unsafe lane change.


San Mateo college district's IT director charged with stealing and selling computers

Two San Mateo County Community College District employees have been arrested for allegedly buying computer equipment and software with district money and reselling them for profit, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.


Employee pleads guilty to theft from ARC

An employee of ARC of Prince George's County has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $166,000 from the nonprofit and its clients.


Rep. Moran's son caught on tape, quits staff

U.S. Rep. James P. Moran's son Patrick resigned from his father's campaign after being caught on camera earlier this month appearing to give advice on how to commit voter fraud to a conservative video journalist.


Former Christian County Health Department Director Charged

Former Christian County Health Department Director has been accused of stealing from the department.


D.C. tax employee charged with stealing $300,000 from city

Charging papers filed against city tax-office employee Kimberle Y. Davis say she participated in a scheme during the 2008 and 2009 tax seasons to inflate tax refunds and obtain larger fees for a private tax preparation firm.


Tulsa church rape suspect due in district court

An ex-employee of a Tulsa megachurch accused of raping a 13-year-old girl and other sex crimes is due to be arraigned in district court on Monday.


Albemarle Official Faces Forcible Sodomy Charge

The Daily Progress reports that the 27-year-old Dumler was released after a Democratic Party ally, Cynthia Neff, posted a $50,000 bond using her home as collateral.


Gallia Pastor Arrested at Church, Charged with Sexual Abuse of Teen

A trust betrayed -- that was the feeling in Gallia County Wednesday night where a man of the church is now in jail, charged with sexual assault.


Former Gaston mayor guilty of breach of trust

The former mayor of Gaston has pleaded guilty to charges of breach of trust over $5,000.


PTO President Arrested, Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct

Authorities say a middle school's parent-teacher organization president has been charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor over her relationship with a 14-year-old boy.


Pa. pastor gets 10-20 years in molestation case

He pleaded guilty in April to two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and was classified by the state Sexual Offender's Assessment Board as a sexually violent predator.


LA County Assessor John Noguez fights for bail reduction

Noguez, who was elected in November 2010, is charged with 24 felony counts and is accused of accepting $185,000 in bribes.


Tidewater developer gets 14 years in bank fraud scheme

A Virginia real estate developer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to a fraud scheme that helped cause the collapse of Bank of the Commonwealth.


Nebraska Assisted Living Facility Under Probation

An agency inspector last month informed the Hotel Pawnee that he had confirmed most of 35 violations identified in May.


Kansas City Diocese settles 2 civil lawsuits

The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has settled two civil lawsuits.


UDC To Pay $530K After Submitting False Claims

According to the United States Attorney's Office of the District of Columbia, the University of the District of Columbia agreed to pay $530,000 "resolve allegations that UDC submitted false claims for payment on a National Science Foundation grant."


CEO who embezzled to pay prostitutes sentenced to prison

The former president and CEO of Wings to Go, a fast food franchise headquartered in Severna Park, was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for embezzling more than $885,000 from the company to pay for telephone sex and prostitutes over a six-year period, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's office.


Witnesses: Ferguson fed cash to mayor's campaign

Kilpatrick; his father, Bernard; Ferguson, and former Detroit water chief Victor Mercado face charges, including racketeering, extortion, bribery, tax evasion and obstruction of justice, and face up to 20 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to convert Kilpatrick's political power into personal gain.


Ex-Gaston Mayor Trial Set to Begin

Court documents of the indictment site the ex-Mayor with using town money for his own personal use, with quote "intent to permanently deprive the Town of Gaston."


Ex-teacher in sex case arrested again

A former Bellefontaine High School teacher who admitted to exchanging thousands of personal text messages with a student was arrested again Monday night after he violated a civil protection order of the victim.


Investigation of Carlisle tax collector continues

According to an affidavit of probable cause, 19 taxpayers provided receipts of cash payments for 2012 of $20,000 but there were no records of the money being received or posted in Hicks' records or bank accounts.


Former USU official pleads guilty to theft, other charges; restitution to be discussed

The former Utah State University administrator accused of stealing and misappropriating scholarship money has pleaded guilty, but her attorney says there is still considerable discussion to be held regarding restitution.


Victory Christian Employee Accused of Rape Waives Hearing

Police also say five other workers at the 17,000-member church waited two weeks before reporting the alleged rape.


Executive sues Koch for false imprisonment at Aspen ranch

William Koch allegedly held a senior executive of his Oxbow energy company captive after discovering his concerns with a plan the official claimed in a lawsuit sought to evade U.S. taxes on $200 million in profit.


Report: Jackson Jr. Allegedly Used Campaign Cash To Decorate Home

A federal probe into "suspicious activity" in U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s finances reportedly is focused on allegations he used campaign funds to pay to decorate his house.


Senate report: Microsoft used loopholes to avoid billions in taxes

A new congressional investigation claims Microsoft has been able to avoid paying $6.5-billion in taxes since 2009 thanks to the complicated tax structure in the U.S.


Retired priest who served in Farmington put on leave after sexual misconduct allegations

A retired priest who continued to assist in services at a Catholic church in Farmington was put on administrative leave Friday after allegations of sexual misconduct with minors prior to becoming a priest, the Archdiocese of Detroit announced Sunday.


Ohio state representative indicted on 49 charges

An Ohio state representative is facing 49 charges tied to campaign expenditures, the Dayton Business Journal reported.


Former Pontiac schools official pleads guilty to taking $236K from district

Ex-Pontiac Schools Assistant Superintendent Jumanne Sledge, 40, of Bloomfield Hills, pleaded guilty to unlawful conversion of school funds, according to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade's office.


Md. lawmaker Alston accepts plea agreement for misusing funds

Delegate Tiffany Alston, Prince George's Democrat, was sentenced Tuesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to three years of probation, 300 hours of community service and a one-year suspended jail sentence after she was found guilty in June on charges that she used $800 in state funds to pay an employee at her law firm for a no-show, $100-a-day legislative job.


Del. State Representative Serves Jail Time for DUI

Bennett pleaded guilty in New Castle County Court of Common Pleas last week to driving under the influence. It is Bennett's second drunken driving conviction in two years.


Lack of leadership blamed for wasteful spending at VA conferences held in Orlando

The report, released by the VA's independent watchdog, estimated that the agency spent about $6.1 million on the two conferences, including $762,000 that was identified as unauthorized or unnecessary.


CDC says 13,000 patients could be at risk from tainted steroid made by Framingham company

US health officials on Monday said that 13,000 patients in 23 states, including Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire, have been injected with a potentially tainted steroid treatment made by a Framingham pharmacy and linked to a national outbreak of meningitis.


Former Faribault Teacher Faces 17 Charges for Alleged Sexual Incidents

A former teacher at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault faces 17 sexual misconduct, child pornography charges related to incidents involving students at the school.


State lawmaker Ben Arredondo pleads guilty to two felonies

Trembling as he addressed the court, Arredondo pleaded guilty in federal court to honest services fraud and mail fraud. Honest services fraud is a federal charge often used in cases related to public corruption.


NY teacher scolded for making kids write to inmate

The cards contained the children's names and in some cases addresses.


Postal worker pleads guilty to stealing gift cards, mail

Under the terms of the plea agreement, she agreed to pay the full amount of the victims' losses. That amount has not yet been determined but could approach $30,000, officials said.


Council split after mayor's arrest

Ragusa was booked Sept. 27 into Tangipahoa Parish Jail on public intimidation, battery of an officer and resisting arrest, and released on his own recognizance.


Ex-Iowa teacher sentenced in sex case

A retired southwest Iowa teacher accused of sexual conduct with a student has been given a suspended 4-year prison sentence and two years of probation.


Former PG fire official gets 18 months prison

A former Prince George's County fire department official who bribed public officials in exchange for acts that benefited a development in which he had a financial interest has been sentenced to a year and a half and prison.


Sarpy County Official Charged With Theft

A Sarpy County official is charged with theft for allegedly misusing a county gasoline card.


Grant money in corruption trial: Was Kwame Kilpatrick's role criminal, or just unethical?

Prosecutors argue Kilpatrick defrauded the state of more than $280,000 in grant money that went to his wife and his codefendant Bobby Ferguson, who witnesses say used grant money to renovate his office and buy a house.


Cahill's motion to dismiss fraud case denied

Suffolk Superior Court Judge today denied Cahill's motion to dismiss the case alleging he unlawfully used more than $1.5 million in taxpayer money to manipulate Lottery television ads to bolster his failed 2010 campaign for governor.