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Missing Radio Host Wanted On Child Porn Charges

A 19-year-old found in Florida was reunited with her family Friday as police continued to search for her father, a radio personality for whom police obtained felony arrest warrants on child pornography charges.

 

Seaford ROTC teacher, accused in rape of student, suspended from pastor duties

A former Seaford High School teacher accused of having sex with a student has been suspended from his position as pastor of a small Georgetown church.

 

Ex-Domino's employees arrested for tampering with food after YouTube video goes viral

Ann Arbor-based Domino's Pizza is considering legal action against two ex-employees in North Carolina after a video surfaced this week on YouTube showing one putting cheese in his nostril and waving meat under his backside while making a sandwich.

 

NCCo president's former aide paid for 'doing nothing'

A former aide to New Castle County Council President Paul Clark who asked to be reassigned last year after she leveled ethics allegations against him said Tuesday that she is doing "nothing" in her new job and wants to be productive.

 

Former Village Trustee Wants Child Porn Evidence Thrown Out

A former Bellows Falls village trustee charged with possessing child pornography wants evidence in his case thrown out.

 

D.C. schools instructor charged with sex assault in Crofton

Officers arrested Brannon Joel Powell, 29, and charged him with a second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and related lesser charges. He is being held at the county detention center on a $1.5 million bond pending a bail review hearing.

 

Clemson soccer coach arrested

The men's soccer coach at Clemson has been arrested after police say he attacked his two teenage daughters over the weekend.

 

Indicted Lieutenant Governor Krolicki Wants Charges Dropped

Nevada's lieutenant governor asked a judge on Monday to disqualify the state attorney general who's prosecuting him on charges of mishandling a big college savings program, and to dismiss the charges.

 

Mose Jefferson wants trial delayed

Prosecutors and the defense attorney for Mose Jefferson, brother to former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, are asking a federal judge to move his Orleans Parish School Board bribery trial to August.

 

Former Ill. governor headed for arraignment

Ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is due to appear in federal court to answer racketeering and fraud charges with the exact makeup of his legal defense team and where he will get the money to pay them still uncertain.

He is also charged with planning to squeeze companies seeking state business for money and plotting to use the financial muscle of the governor's office to pressure the Chicago Tribune to fire editorial writers calling for his impeachment.

 

Eminent domain bill becomes law

The new law, passed on an emergency basis, gives Maryland eminent-domain authority to buy the second leg of the Triple Crown. The race is a centerpiece of Maryland's horse racing industry, and Mr. O'Malley pushed for the law in the event federal bankruptcy proceedings of Magna Entertainment Corp. steer the race to an owner who wants to move it.

 

Benton fire chief accused of ‘sexting’ Yates teen

The town’s fire chief has been stripped of his duties after being arrested for allegedly sending sexually explicit text messages to a 16-year-old girl.

 

Lawyers wrap up ex-NJ lawmaker's corruption trial

The former plumber-turned-senator is accused of using his position on New Jersey's powerful Senate Budget Committee to steer millions in grants to Hackensack University Medical Center in exchange for a low-show job.

 

Councilman Files Claim Over DUI Arrest

Councilman Alan Fetty had asked the city to reimburse him for expenses related to his Jan. 18 arrest. He said he incurred legal costs and endured public humiliation.

 

Infomercial Fraud Trial Begins in Federal Court

Two self-proclaimed expert stock traders who used late-night infomercials to tout their abilities are on trial in federal court on fraud charges.

 

Teacher charged with assaulting students

A fifth-grade teacher at a Worcester charter school has been charged with indecent assault and battery against three former students.

 

State asked to look into Kilpatrick's fund

Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett has asked state officials to determine whether ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick broke the law by paying nearly $1 million to various lawyers with funds from his political campaign.

 

Insurance Issues: Workers Paid, Coverage Got Cancelled

Anna Treat is one of 42 small business people who goes through the Pine Avenue Business Association to buy her insurance.

Independent Health tells 2-On-Your-Side the Pine Avenue Business Association hasn't paid its premiums in months.

 

CIA fires contractors guarding secret prisons

CIA Director Leon Panetta has ended the agency's association with private contractors that provided security at secret overseas CIA prisons, according to a message he sent Thursday to agency employees.

 

Legislator pleads to mischief charge

A Cayuga County legislator pleaded guilty in Auburn City Court Thursday to fourth-degree criminal mischief for breaking a phone during a domestic dispute at his house after the victim attempted to call 911.

 

DUI charge lands Florida official in a heap of trouble

Col. Alvis Darrell Liford also had an ''interlock'' breath-testing device installed in his car to ensure he wouldn't drive drunk, according to court records.

The top cop for the state's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been driving on a hardship driver's license ever since a drunken-driving crash in which he was three times the legal intoxication limit.

 

Homebuilder pleads guilty to role in mortgage fraud conspiracy

A homebuilder Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to his role in a $12.6 million mortgage fraud conspiracy involving upscale homes in Raymore and Lee’s Summit.

 

Pastor claims he made a “mistake,“ asked God for forgiveness

Trinity Family Church pastor Richard Dent said he made a “mistake” and asked God to forgive him after a conviction on an embezzlement charge Tuesday.

 

Asian-Americans Blast Texas Congressman's Call for 'Easier to Deal With' Names

Asian-Americans say they are outraged that a Texas lawmaker suggested in a hearing that Asian-American voters should adopt names that are "easier for Americans to deal with" at the polls.

 

State: Oakland woman embezzled $675k from State Bar, spent it on spas, designer clothes

An Oakland woman embezzled about $675,000 from the State Bar of California to buy herself spa treatments, designer clothes, lavish meals and fancy hotel rooms, according to charges filed this week by state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

 

Postal carrier to be tried on 9 charges

A sock full of gift cards was discovered in the car of Allen Joseph Pitman, who is accused of stealing from people on his Santee route, a sheriff's detective testified yesterday in a preliminary hearing in El Cajon Superior Court.

 

FedEx worker charged with stealing from parcel

A FedEx worker has been charged with stealing rings being shipped from Hong Kong to Canada.

 

Former RI hospital exec asking judge for leniency

Robert Urciuoli, the former president and chief executive of Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, said in new court papers that his career was ruined by his corruption conviction and that his reputation has already been badly damaged.

 

Funeral home owner indicted

Prosecutors say more embezzlement charges could be brought against Kiplin Lane Jordan, a funeral home owner accused of defrauding his customers of thousands of dollars. Right now, he is behind bars, facing nineteen counts of embezzlement.

 

Norfolk Teacher Held On Porn Charges

A Norfolk high school teacher is being held on federal child pornography charges.

 

Suspensions handed to 11 Union City liquor stores

Eleven stores had their liquor licenses suspended last week because they served alcohol to an undercover officer who was under the legal drinking age, officials said.

 

Famous Tax Scandals

 

Nicholls State dean accused

A state inspector general’s report released Monday alleges the dean of Nicholls State University’s John Folse Culinary Institute may have falsified his work logs and improperly used university resources for a family member’s private wedding reception.

 

Pastor accused of burning his church down now accused of fraud

Anderson County deputies say 40-year-old Christopher Patrick Daniels of Belton was charged Thursday with three counts of filing false insurance claims on behalf of Blue Ridge Baptist Church, where he was pastor.

 

Judge Expected to Toss Stevens Conviction

Former Sen. Ted Stevens is getting another day in court, and this time a federal judge is expected to dismiss his corruption conviction after prosecutors acknowledged mishandling the case.

 

Former Texas Pastor Matt Baker Indicted in Wife's 2006 Death

Matt Baker, a former pastor and family man, was indicted last week for the murder of his wife Kari Baker three years ago.

 

Sweeney accused of felony DWI

Former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney has been arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, the second arrest in less than 18 months.

He was once a county coordinator for STOP-DUI, a program that aims to reduce alcohol and drug-related crashes.

 

CDC: Rocket fuel chemical found in baby formula

Traces of a chemical used in rocket fuel were found in samples of powdered baby formula, and could exceed what's considered a safe dose for adults if mixed with water also contaminated with the ingredient, a government study has found.

 

Former VCU police chief's charges certified for trial

Criminal charges against VCU's former police chief are moving forward. William Fuller will stand trial for three felonies. He's accused of using a computer to solicit sex, and attempted indecent liberties with a minor.

 

Dixon's lawyers move to dismiss charges

Baltimore's mayor has been accused of failing to disclose furs, designer clothes and other gifts from developers on her ethics forms, stealing gift cards intended for needy families and misuse of office.

 

Prince George's Co. Employees Charged

Officials say two Prince George's County employees have been busted for having illegal prescription drugs in their county-owned car.

 

Va funeral home accused of atrocious conditions

A funeral home that helps handle veterans awaiting burial at Arlington National Cemetery left corpses in an unrefrigerated garage, hallways and on makeshift gurneys, according to a former embalmer who has given his photographs and notes to authorities, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

 

Federal grand jury indicts Rod Blagojevich

Ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich was indicted Thursday on charges of trying to auction off President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat along with new corruption allegations that he tried to extort a congressman.

 

Lyons officials recorded using racist language

Village President David Visk said he inadvertently activated a recording device inside a Lyons police car when he was driving it to Chicago for a parade last summer. Trustee Richard Schuppe was the other person in the car.

 

Sebelius Pays $7K in Back Taxes

Health and Human Services nominee Kathleen Sebelius recently corrected three years of tax returns and paid more than $7,000 in back taxes after finding "unintentional errors" -- the latest tax troubles for an Obama administration nominee.

 

Lawmakers: Lottery skirted law to award contract

The Florida Lottery's top executive got a dressing-down Tuesday from House Republicans for failing to bid out a lucrative contract to produce its TV ads -- going against requirements of a state law.

 

Baker pleads guilty to three charges

A preliminary hearing began Thursday for a former Leavenworth elementary school librarian who was charged with the sexual abuse of a student.

 

Report: DOJ Drops Case Against Ted Stevens

New Attorney General Eric Holder will drop all charges pending against former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens ...

 

Paying for Perks

“Maybe 80% of them are outside the county,” says our source. “There's an exorbitant amount of fuel that's being used weekly just for the perk of someone driving 60, 70 miles."

 

Bishop says he'll consider naming names

Confronted by the founder of a Web site dedicated to exposing "bishops who have abused children or vulnerable adults, or have aided abusers," Bishop John B. McCormack agreed yesterday to consider posting names of some accused clergy.

 

Two state offices violated La.'s public records law, judge rules

The Division of Administration's and the Economic Development Department's "deliberate indifference and ineptitude rise to level of arbitrary and capricious," District Judge Janice Clark ruled late Monday night.

 

Former pastor to be tried today on child porn charges

Nearly three years after being accused of possessing child pornography, a former pastor is scheduled to go to trial today in Albemarle County Circuit Court.

 

Doctor Fined $2K for Fake Prescriptions to Dancers

A Reno emergency room doctor has been fined $2,000 for writing prescriptions for pain killers to two topless dancers who were not his patients.

 

Coniglio corruption trial continues

The executive overseeing the expansion at Hackensack University Medical Center told a jury Friday that Joseph Coniglio didn’t start attending construction meetings until after The Record published a story examining the state senator’s role as consultant for the hospital in 2005.

 

Documents reveal Kilpatrick, Beatty had jailhouse blues

Jail was full of indignities, and occasional indulgences, for former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff Christine Beatty.

 

Barry's Staff Refuses to Answer Tax Questions

Barry owes the city an undisclosed sum and the IRS $277,000, including interest and penalties, according to court documents.

 

Priest sex scandal expands: Seven newly named worked in area churches

ven of the 26 accused clergy members identified in recently released files by the Attorney General's Office worked in Seacoast churches.

 

Hillsborough election chief's public service radio ads sounded like endorsements

How Johnson spent this voter education money became the subject of state and federal scrutiny after he left the supervisor's office with a $3 million deficit.

 

ShamWow pitchman Vince Shlomi arrested in Miami after fight with prostitute

The pair met at a nightclub and allegedly Shlomi paid $1,000 for "straight sex" with her.

 

Rapper T.I. Sentenced To Prison Time

Clifford Harris pleaded guilty last March after he was arrested in 2007 for trying to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers just blocks away and hours before he was to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta.

 

Barry owes $277,000 in taxes

Federal authorities say D.C. Council member Marion Barry failed to pay more than $277,000 in back taxes and are continuing to ask that the former mayor's probation be revoked, according to court documents.

 

Former Fort Worth priest found guilty of sexual abuse for second time

For a second time, the Rev. Thomas Teczar, a former parish priest for the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese, has been found guilty of sexually abusing a boy in Ranger in the early 1990s.

 

Feds: Barry Owes DC, Too

Federal prosecutors filed court documents Thursday afternoon saying Barry hasn't paid D.C. back taxes since July, the City Paper reported. This is in addition to failing to file his federal taxes on time in eight of nine years, even after being slapped on the hand for his delinquency.

 

Former state senator facing conspiracy charges

Former state Sen. Jeff Miller and his secretary were arrested Wednesday on charges of over-billing Bradley County while he served as its delinquent tax attorney.

 

Head Of Mortgage Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty

The Fort Washington woman oversaw the Lanham-based Metropolitan Money Store, which cheated lenders and homeowners facing foreclosure.

 

10th guilty plea in scheme at UMBC

A 10th person involved in a corruption scheme in the construction department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County has pleaded guilty, according to the state attorney general's office.

 

Vick Accused of Illegal Pension Withdrawals

The federal Department of Labor is accusing imprisoned NFL star Michael Vick of illegally withdrawing more than $1.3 million from a pension plan.

 

Daley 'sorry' about hiring abuses

Mayor Daley is apologizing for corruption in his administration. He is reacting to the conviction of former Streets and Sanitation commissioner Al Sanchez, who was found guilty of trading city jobs for political favors.

 

Pastor faces child pornography charges

When members of Plymouth Congregational Church showed up Sunday for services, they learned their pastor had resigned after being accused of possessing child pornography.

 

Nagin's former tech 'whiz' may have worked to aid former partners

When he became Mayor Ray Nagin's first technology chief, Greg Meffert -- who was hailed as an entrepreneurial wizard -- said he had forsaken lucrative options in the private sector for a selfless mission to modernize the city's broken bureaucracy.

 

Jackson Tries To Block Auction Of Neverland Items

During a Feb. 9 meeting at a fast-food restaurant in Los Angeles, one of Jackson's employees warned that the auctioneers would be in danger "from Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam," if they didn't call it off.

 

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he pays for trips on private jets

But until Tuesday, Crist declined to answer questions about the flights, and his office has said it has no detailed records on the planes, their owners, the cost of the trips, or who paid.

 

Lawmakers poised for salary hike

Alaska's legislators are on the verge of a big salary increase, and it will come without two things many had hoped to avoid: a public vote and tougher conflict of interest rules.

 

911 Operator Says Kidnap Victim Was Wasting His Time

A 911 operator is under investigation for lecturing a kidnapping victim who was later found slain.

911 operator Alan Ballard is under an internal affairs investigation by the Orlando Police Department for the way he handled several calls for help.

 

Scam netted credit card info from French Quarter seafood restaurant patrons

For a mere $220, the 20-year-old waitress allegedly agreed to slide the credit cards of unsuspecting diners through a skimming device that recorded the card data.

 

Metro Reports Find Management, Security Problems

Reports by Metro's inspector general have found that the transit agency has trouble managing federal funds and tracking its farecards.

 

JPMorgan Chase To Spend Millions on New Jets and Luxury Airport Hangar

Embattled bank JPMorgan Chase, the recipient of $25 billion in TARP funds, is going ahead with a $138 million plan to buy two new luxury corporate jets and build "the premiere corporate aircraft hangar on the eastern seaboard" to house them, ABC News has learned.

 

Teacher accused of online solicitation

A Harford County middle school teacher was arrested yesterday, accused of using the Internet to solicit sex from a 15-year-old boy, state police said.

 

Calif. Sues 7 Private Med Labs For Alleged Fraud

California Attorney General Jerry Brown says his office is suing seven private medical laboratories for allegedly overcharging Medi-Cal hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

Weak Food Inspection Protocol Revealed

Last summer, Peanut Corp.'s private inspector, a company called AIB, awarded the peanut processor a certificate in 2008 for "superior" quality at its Plainview, Texas, plant. This year, salmonella was discovered there.

 

Scandal puts focus on how CIA polices itself

As a novice CIA case officer in the Middle East, Andrew Warren quickly learned the value of sex in recruiting spies.

 

Ex-Elgin pastor convicted in girl's beating

A former suburban Chicago pastor has been sentenced to a year of supervision for hitting a 12-year-old girl who came to him for counseling after disclosing she'd been sexually abused.

 

Former Nonprofit Employee Sentenced in Mail Fraud

The former financial services director of a D.C. nonprofit has been sentenced to prison for stealing money from the organization.

 

Former school admin. pleads guilty to molestation

A former school administrator in San Diego County has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of molesting a child.

 

TARP Corps. Owe More Than $220M in Back Taxes

At least 13 companies who have received some of the $300 billion in TARP funds owe hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes, it was revealed today.

 

Firefighter Accused Of Sending Explicit Texts

Investigators said he was calling the new boyfriend of his ex-wife and he's accused of doing it while he was on the job as a firefighter.

 

County Dept Head Under Investigation To Leave Post

Pradeep Ganguly was on leave with pay while a $25,000 grant his department awarded to his son's company was investigated.

 

Councilman's Condo In Jeopardy

The foreclosure adds to the financial problems for the first-term councilman.

 

Clerk accused of fraud

Steffan Robert Simmons only worked at a Parrish 7-Eleven store for four months in 2008, but authorities say it was long enough for him to take pictures of customers’ credit cards and use the numbers to shop for car stereo equipment.

 

Bonuses allowed by stimulus bill

But though some lawmakers did move to prevent bonuses in the stimulus bill last month, the final language actually makes an exception for pre-existing contracts, effectively exempting AIG.

 

Police: PTA president embezzled $7,000

Police in Virginia Beach are looking for an elementary school PTA president who is charged with embezzling $7,000 before resigning from the position in December.

 

IRS, USDA crack down on wealthy subsidy recipients

The Internal Revenue Service and the Agriculture Department are cracking down on millionaires who receive farm subsidies by mistake.

 

Former Bush aide faces sentencing in theft case

A former Bush White House aide is due in court Wednesday to be sentenced for stealing nearly $600,000 from a government program that promotes democracy in Cuba.

 

Mass. Teacher Charged With Attempted Murder

A Massachusetts teacher, who was arrested in New Hampshire after allegedly beating his girlfriend and trying to shoot her mother was charged with attempted murder Tuesday.

 

Fake Outrage? AIG Bonuses Known Months Ago

For months, the Obama administration and members of Congress have known that insurance giant AIG was getting ready to pay huge bonuses while living off government bailouts.

 

Former Swim Coach Charged

A former area swim coach is facing charges, after hundreds of child pornography images were allegedly found on his computer.

 

School official asked to resign over computer misuse

A central Ohio schools superintendent is being called upon to resign because critics say his office computer was used to view pornographic Web sites.

 

Former Stillaguamish tribal leaders sentenced to prison

Stillaguamish tribal members were for years victimized by the Goodridge family's contraband cigarette sales and money-laundering schemes, current tribal chairman Shawn Yanity told a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle on Monday.

 

Sheriff: Church usher selling drugs from Fort Bend County church

Narcotics officers served a warrant at the "Miracle Outreach and Deliverance Church" in Kendleton on Friday.

 

Tax Scam Target Gets Nine Years in Jail

For about two decades, a nice gal named Harriette Walters, who worked in the D.C. tax office, was stealing money from the D.C. treasury and giving it to her co-conspirators, who were often friends and family.

 

Towson field hockey coach, Montessori worker faces child porn charges

A Baltimore County man who coaches field hockey at Towson University has been charged with having child pornography and a firearm accessible to a minor, police said today.

 

Was He Living Large With Stolen Funds?

A middle manager in DC government sits in jail this weekend, charged with helping steal millions of dollars from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

 

Former Howard University Soccer Coach Sentenced For Soliciting Sex From 13-Year-Old Girl

The former men's soccer coach at Howard University has been sentenced in Virginia to 14 years in prison for soliciting sex from what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.

 

From Outrage to the Future: Learning From the AIG Bonuses

While there's seemingly no shortage of outrage aimed at beleaguered insurance giant AIG's plan to pay out $165 million in executive retention bonuses, it may turnout that the best the country can hope for in response is to learn its lesson for next time, and make sure it doesn't happen again.

 

Gov't Investigator Uses Fake Passports

A government investigator says he successfully used fake documents to obtain U.S. passports four separate times.

 

FBI Raids D.C. Government Office in Corruption Probe; Two Arrested

FBI agents raided the the District of Columbia's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) Thursday in connection with an 11-month corruption probe; two people were taken into custody in connection with the investigation, officials said, including one OCTO worker.

 

Woman Contaminated DQ Malts With Ajax

An employee of a Ferndale Dairy Queen says she “accidentally” poured Ajax into the malt dispenser, sickening two customers, according to court documents.

 

Juvenile Court worker arrested, charged with sex with teen

Authorities say a woman who worked at the Davidson County Juvenile Court drank alcohol and had sex with a teenage boy she met during his incarceration.

 

Utah Draft Beer to Remain Watered Down

The Utah Senate has decided against allowing the sale of full-strength draft beer in bars and restaurants. Currently, draft beer sold in Utah can contain no more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight, or 4 percent by volume.

 

Judge: Vick must appear at hearing, pay for travel

A judge says suspended NFL star Michael Vick should appear in person at a bankruptcy hearing in Virginia and pay his own way from a Kansas prison.

 

Teacher accused in sex case

A Lawtell Elementary School teacher was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old male student.

 

Mennonite Missionary Sentenced In Child Porn Case

A former Mennonite missionary who was convicted of secretly filming teenage relatives having sex with international students in Harrisonburg has been sentenced.

 

Celebrity Sex Tape Scandals

 

Former Pre-School Teacher Arrested On Rape Charges

A former pre-school teacher is now behind bars for allegedly having sexual relations with a 14-year old.

 

Pelosi Made Repeated Requests for Military Aircraft, Documents Show

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly requested military aircraft to shuttle her and her colleagues and family around the country, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group.

 

Dixon's trial on theft, perjury charges could be in Sept.

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's trial on theft, perjury and misuse-of-office charges could be held in early September, a Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday after meeting for the first time with prosecutors and defense attorneys.

 

Coolio Charged With Cocaine Possession, Battery

Prosecutors in Los Angeles say Coolio has been charged with cocaine possession.

 

Madoff to Plead Guilty in Largest U.S. Ponzi Scheme

Bernard Madoff, the New York money manager accused of leading the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history, will plead guilty later this week to 11 criminal charges, his lawyer told a federal judge.

 

Newport-Based Investment Advisor Accused of Fraud

Federal investigators have accused a Newport-based investment adviser of inventing clients to make her firm appear larger than it was and lying about investment returns.

 

Testimony in federal corruption trial details Mayor Richard Daley's machine

Although the mayor has denied knowing that city job openings were rigged for his supporters, a former HDO leader from the Southeast Side testified Degnan dangled jobs in return for loyalty in Daley's first successful campaign for mayor in 1989.

 

Pastor Accused of Forging Dead Woman's Deeds

Mark Anthony Rassman, pastor of the Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church of Haddonfield, NJ, got the deeds to four properties owned by a deceased church member, forged her signature on the documents and signed the buildings over to himself, according to police.

 

Pastor Accused In Church Arson

The pastor of an Anderson County church is accused of setting the building on fire.

 

Police: Teacher Had Sex With Students

A Flagstaff teacher has been charged with having sex with two of his minor students.

 

White Collar Crime

Luzerne County and corruption seem to go hand in hand, especially after two judges pleaded guilty to accepting millions in kickback money.

 

Former NC Body Broker Faces Federal Court Hearing

A former North Carolina body parts supplier accused of falsifying the medical histories of the cadavers he was using to harvest tissue for transplants heads to federal court.

 

Bank Manager Accused In Springs Robbery

Police in Colorado Springs said a bank robbery appears to be an inside job.

 

Barkley Begins Serving DUI Sentence

Former NBA star Charles Barkley began serving a three-day jail sentence Saturday for a drunken-driving charge.

 

Police: $9.9 million embezzlement led to layoffs at firm

A former official of a cabinet company that has laid off employees has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling $9.9 million from the company over seven years.

 

Man gets two years in FAA bribery case

A former supervisor at the Federal Aviation Administration's technical center in Pomona has been sentenced to two years in prison for taking bribes.

 

Former state lawmaker going to prison for mail fraud

Paul H. King formerly lived in Mountlake Terrace and represented the 44th District as a Democrat in the state House from 1983-89.

 

Excellus agrees to pay back millions

Dodging a lawsuit by the state attorney general, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has agreed to pay millions of dollars to patients who were undercompensated over the last six years, and help fund a new nationwide database of reimbursement rates and an investigation into insurance companies' payment practices.

 

Local NAACP Vice President Arrested On Drug Charges

Baltimore City police arrested the vice president of Baltimore's NAACP on Thursday after heroin and marijuana were recovered during a search of his car.

 

Bribery charge causes job loss

Fallout from federal bribery charges in Cherry Hill has cost several inspectors their jobs.

 

School chief: Grades have been altered for years

School board members are saying little about allegations that faculty or administrators altered grades on student transcripts at Fort Lee High School.

 

Chris Brown Charged With Two Felony Counts in Alleged Assault on Girlfriend Rihanna

Chris Brown's arraignment has been postponed until April 6, for felony charges that he allegedly beat his girlfriend Rihanna on the way back from a pre-Grammy party in February.

 

Anchorage Rhodes scholar charged with fraud

She's a Fulbright and Rhodes scholar who spent four years at Oxford, has a Ph.D., is a former Miss Anchorage, worked with Mother Teresa and was named by Glamour magazine as one of the most notable college students in America.

 

Ex-teacher faces child porn charges

A former Baltimore County teacher sentenced to a year and a half in jail for a sex offense against a 13-year-old student now faces federal child pornography charges, according to U.S. District Court documents.

 

Ex-teacher pleads guilty to soliciting child for sex

A former Guilford County Schools teacher has pleaded guilty to using a computer to solicit a child for sex.

 

Postal Service draws criticism for $1.2 million home buy

At a time when the U.S. Postal Service says it is experiencing a financial crisis, it purchased a $1.2 million home from an employee so he could relocate, a CNN investigation has found.

 

‘Scrap’ FEMA mobile homes return as housing

At least one purchaser has figured out a way around the suspension: Buying “scrap” units not intended for human habitation and then returning them to the housing pool.

 

Firms settle with SEC for $70m

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by clandestinely slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said

 

Chris Brown Expected in Court

Prosecutors have not yet formally charged Chris Brown with a crime, but say the singer suspected of beating his girlfriend Rihanna is expected in a Los Angeles court Thursday.

 

Scandal at Treasury: Official Quits Amidst Fraud Scandal

The man at the center of a fraud scandal at the Treasury Department has been allowed to quietly quit and retire from his job as a government regulator, despite allegations that he allowed a bank to falsify financial records and amidst outcries from investigators who say the case shows how cozy government regulators have become with the banks and savings and loans they are supposed to be checking on.

 

Starbucks Barista Pops a Cap in His Leg

A barista at the Starbucks in the 1600 block of U Street NW accidentally shot himself in the leg Tuesday afternoon.

 

District fire chief suspended

A district chief with the Fort Wayne Fire Department and two city police officers were suspended last month for separate offenses.

 

Ex-Cherry Hill official accused of taking bribes

It was one of several alleged transactions between Anthony Saccomanno, once a key Cherry Hill township official, and employees of a Pennsylvania firm that paid its way into municipal contracts, federal authorities said.

 

Ex-Treasurer Pleads Guilty To School Thefts

The former treasurer of a Clinton County school district pleaded guilty to charges that she wrote several thousand dollars worth of checks from school accounts to herself and her son.

 

Suspended Miramar commissioner unfazed by assault trial

The former Miramar city commissioner was suspended by Gov. Charlie Crist in late 2007 after he pulled a gun on a customer in a spat at a supermarket.

 

Ex-firefighter gets 10 years for sex abuse

A former Newport News firefighter medic was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison after being found guilty last fall to sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

 

Immigration administrator guilty of hiring unqualified personnel

A former administrator at a privately run immigration lockup in Tacoma won't serve any jail time after she admitted hiring guards without background checks to speed up the process.

 

FBI Arrests Stanford Financial Group Exec

FBI agents have arrested the chief investment officer of troubled Stanford Financial Group, accusing Laura Pendergest-Holt of obstructing a Securities and Exchange Commission fraud investigation.

 

3 Charged in La. Swap of 2 Kids for Pet Bird, Cash

A Louisiana woman is accused of trading two young children in her care for a pet cockatoo and $175 cash from a couple who had been trying for years to have their own child, authorities said Thursday.

 

Police: Assistant Principal Threatens to Kill Student

An assistant school principal is accused of threatening to kill a student on school property in Delaware County.

 

BUDGET CRISES PUT TAX REFUND CHECKS ON HOLD

Budget crises in Kansas and California have already forced those states to halt tax refund processing. In California, there's even been talk of sending out government IOUs instead of money.

 

BofA Subpoenaed Over Merrill Bonuses

The New York attorney general's office has subpoenaed Bank of America Corp. seeking the names of Merrill Lynch executives who received $3.6 billion in year-end bonuses, after Chief Executive Ken Lewis failed to provide those details during a lengthy deposition Thursday evening.

 

Former Alderman Vrdolyak May Avoid Prison

Once-powerful former Chicago Ald. Edward Vrdolyak is set to be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges.

 

Manager sentenced in federal aid theft

A former Catholic Charities case manager for federal homeless housing aid was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for conspiring to steal the money and split it with others.

 

La. Sen. Landrieu Demands FEMA Resignation

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu called for the resignation Thursday of Doug Whitmer, FEMA chief of staff of the Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office in New Orleans, following a CBS News investigation that detailed cronyism, sexual harassment and racial discrimination in their New Orleans office.

 

FDA failed to investigate syringe factory

A North Carolina syringe factory linked to hundreds of sicknesses and five deaths operated for almost two years without an inspection despite a series of complaints that its needles were dirty or filled with colored particles.

 

Four workers at NC hospital on leave in probe

Three employees were fired and 10 others were disciplined after a man died last April after he choked on his medicine and was left in a chair for 22 hours without food, water or medical attention.

 

Looking Into FEMA's 'Toxic Bureaucracy'

FEMA's been under fire from critics who claim the Gulf Coast recovery is moving too slowly. Now FEMA officials said they're investigating allegations of serious misconduct at the New Orleans office. CBS News has learned workers there accuse their bosses of intentionally holding up Katrina aid.

Today, nearly $4 billion intended to rebuild the Gulf Coast remain unspent. That's 68 percent of the $6 billion promised by FEMA.

 

Palin To Pay Alaska $7,000 For Trips

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will reimburse the state nearly $7,000 for costs associated with nine trips taken by her children, her attorney said Tuesday.

 

Pastor Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison

A self-proclaimed pastor will spend eight years in a federal prison for a scheme that authorities say bilked $1.4 million from 5,600 investors.

 

California Dentist Says Groping Was Part of Treatment

The attorney for a Woodland dentist told jurors that his client massaged women's chests as part of a medical treatment.

 

State senator resigns after DWI charge

First term State Sen. Bill Denley, R-Wakefield, resigned Saturday after being charged with DWI in his hometown.

 

Catholic group rocked by sex scandal

Hundreds of local families affiliated with a conservative lay spiritual movement within the Catholic church have been rocked by the disclosure that the movement's revered priest-founder for decades led a secret double life -- and has a daughter.

 

Barkley pleads guilty to DUI charges, faces jail time

Former Phoenix Suns player Charles Barkley was sentenced Monday to 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to a DUI charge, stemming from his arrest on New Year's Eve.

 

Former UMBC official sentenced in corruption case

A former manager of construction services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was sentenced today to three years in prison for masterminding a theft and corruption scheme, the state attorney general's office announced.

 

Former Brentwood Council president gets house arrest

The former president of Brentwood Council was sentenced this morning to two months of house arrest and three years of probation for her convictions on charges of using a borough credit card for personal items and lying about past convictions to get a state job.

 

Postmaster's pay to be probed

Congress will hold a hearing next month into why Postmaster General John E. Potter has gotten a nearly 40 percent pay raise since 2006 and was awarded a six-figure incentive bonus last year, even as the U.S. Postal Service faces a multibillion-dollar shortfall that threatens a day of mail delivery.

 

Firefighter accused of setting fire to his home

A firefighter faces arson charges alleging that he set fire to his home and then tried to prevent responding firefighters from extinguishing the blaze.

 

Prichard played a shell game

Faced with garnishment after losing a lawsuit last year, Prichard played a shell game with its assets, shifting almost a million dollars to a little-used bank account to pay employees, cover operating costs and delay complying with a judge's order, the city's finance director has acknowledged.

 

Plymouth priest accused, placed on leave

The Archdiocese of Boston has placed the Rev. Kenneth A. LeBlanc, pastor of St. Peter Church in Plymouth, on leave after saying it has received an allegation of abuse against him.

 

Report: Former Reds GM Part Of Federal Investigation

Washington Nationals general manager Jim Bowden is part of a federal investigation into the skimming of signing bonuses given to prospects from Latin America, according to an SI.com report posted Sunday night.

 

Military Charity Stockpiling Cash

Between 2003 and 2007 - as many military families dealt with long war deployments and increased numbers of home foreclosures - Army Emergency Relief grew into a $345 million behemoth. During those years, the charity packed away $117 million into its own reserves while spending just $64 million on direct aid ...

 

Priest pleads not guilty to theft

A west suburban priest is free on bond after pleading "not guilty" to theft and money laundering charges.

 

School therapist charged with molesting boy, 13

A therapist who worked at Booker T. Washington Middle School in Baltimore was arrested in Catonsville and charged with molesting a 13-year-old boy, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

 

Charges against pastor create a buzz

Last Thursday, Pastor Ana Paula Almeida, who leads Plenitude of God church, a Milford storefront house of worship she founded in 2005, was charged with one count of statutory child rape and four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older.

 

Bank of America's CEO is subpoenaed

Bank of America CEO and Chairman Kenneth Lewis has been issued a subpoena by the New York State Attorney General's Office, which is investigating whether the bank violated state law by withholding information from investors, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.

 

Church Sex Case Plea

A woman whose estranged husband was convicted in a child sexual-abuse scandal at a now-defunct Ponchatoula church where he served as pastor has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in an agreement with prosecutors.

 

Caregiver, Watching TV, Left Patient to Freeze Outside

A nursing home employee was so engrossed in an episode of "Dog the Bounty Hunter," they ignored the sound of a security alarm sounding when a resident wandered outside earlier this month, authorities said.

After the employees found Wentworth lying outside in subfreezing cold, they tried to cover up the tragedy by returning the deceased woman to her bed, the Daily Herald reported.

 

After Revelations, Calls For Burris' Resignation Mount

Major newspapers, government watchdogs and Illinois lawmakers are all calling for Sen. Roland Burris to resign after he admitted he tried to raise money for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich -- the man who appointed him to the Senate despite being accused of seeking favors for the seat.

 

Former alderman gets 4-year sentence

A former Chicago alderman is going to prison. Arenda Troutman was sentenced Tuesday to four years behind bars for corruption. Troutman pleaded guilty to mail and tax fraud charges.

 

Middle school principal charged with drugs

A middle school principal in Memphis faces cocaine and marijuana charges after police found drugs in a car they stopped for speeding.

 

Maryland City Administrator Indicted On Theft And Counterfeiting Charges

Maryland's state prosecutor says a grand jury has charged a former Seat Pleasant city administrator with felony theft, counterfeiting and other offenses.

 

Three Doctors Accused Of Medicare Fraud

Authorities have arrested three Miami-Dade doctors who are accused of submitting millions of dollars in false claims for obsolete HIV therapy.

 

Priest free while awaiting retrial in sex abuse case

The Rev. Thomas Teczar is free on bond while he awaits a retrial on allegations of aggravated sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy.

 

Doctor has license pulled

A Tracy surgeon accused of molesting several of his patients and at least one of his employees turned in his pocket medical license Friday morning.

 

Plea deals reached in Anchorage loan scam

Fourteen months after their indictment, seven people and one Anchorage mortgage company have agreed to plead guilty to federal conspiracy and fraud charges after taking more than $1 million in profits from illegal home loans.

 

Transcript has Burris dancing around the truth

Sen. Roland Burris says the transcript of his Illinois House impeachment committee testimony proves he is not a lying little sneak.

 

Richmond mayor's ex-aide charged with taking $65,650

An ousted aide of the Richmond mayor was charged Friday with stealing $65,650 from the city by submitting fraudulent invoices, the Contra Costa County district attorney's office said.

 

Former coroner charged with felonies

The charges filed Friday against Gary Hazen come three months after Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation agents searched his home. Hazen is charged with eight counts of drug possession and two counts of failure or refusal to deliver property received by virtue of his office.

 

APL to pay $26.3 million to resolve shipping fraud claim

APL — which has its Americas headquarters in Oakland, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. — was accused of knowingly overcharging and double-billing the Defense Department to transport thousands of containers to the war zones.

 

Tejada pleads guilty in steroid scandal

Dressed in a defendant's dark suit instead of an All-Star's crisp uniform, Miguel Tejada became the first high-profile player convicted of a crime stemming from baseball's steroids era, pleading guilty Wednesday in federal court to misleading Congress about the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

 

Amid Compuware job cuts, Kilpatrick news gets range of reactions

Rumors persisted for months - and company officials denied them - that Compuware CEO Peter Karmanos was going to hire former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. But no one predicted confirmation would come in the same week the company announced it was laying off 250 people.

 

EX-PRIEST GETS 25 YEARS ON SEX CHARGES

A former Roman Catholic priest convicted of taking a boy on religious retreats to have sex with him was sentenced by the federal courts in Chicago to 25 years in prison.

 

Teacher's Salary Apparently Not Enough

Parkside Middle School teacher Anthony Girrard Ward is facing 11 charges of theft, fraud and forgery, InsideNova.com reported. Virginia State Police arrested Ward in Fairfax County on Jan. 15 and charged him with reckless driving and driving without a license. They then learned he was wanted in Prince George's County, Md., on charges from October and November.

 

Judge orders Cunningham, Tesdell to pay $1.8 million

Both women were part of a plot to divert tax dollars into inflated bonuses and perks for executives at the Central Iowa Employment and Training Consortium.

 

Salisbury Dentist Faces Over 169 Charges

Salisbury Police say David Michael Fisher is facing over 169 counts of prescription drug charges.

 

UN may pay nearly $1 million to former official charged with bribery

The Associated Press is reporting that the United Nations' own internal judicial body, the Administrative Tribunal (UNAT), has ordered the U.N. to pay "all reasonable legal fees" to Benon Sevan, the disgraced former executive director of the disastrous Iraq Oil-for-Food Program.

 

Former Pastor, Son Accused Of Torching Church

A former Barrow County pastor and his son have been charged with arson for setting fire to a church three years ago.

 

Cuomo blasts Merrill executives on bonuses

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo laid out further details yesterday about $3.6 billion in bonuses Merrill Lynch & Co. executives received, calling the investment bank's executives irresponsible.

 

Barrow mayor resigns amid spending charges

The mayor of Barrow handed over his resignation Wednesday morning amid accusations that he improperly ran up thousands of dollars in personal charges on a city-owned credit card. In one use of the card, he posted bail on a drunken driving charge and paid for his legal defense.

 

Peanut company owner urged shipping tainted products

Internal emails indicate the owner of a peanut company urged his workers to ship tainted products after receiving test results identifying salmonella.

 

Davie Pastor Accused Of Groping Girls

Hollywood police Lt. Scott Pardon said Felipe Arroyo, 37, was arrested Tuesday and charged with five counts of 'lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor'.

 

Miguel Tejada Expected to Plead Guilty for Lying About Major League Steroid Use

Baseball star Miguel Tejada is expected to plead guilty to charges that he lied to Congress about steroid use in the Major Leagues ...

 

Ex-mayor pleads innocent to sex charges in Wisconsin

He was still in office when he was arrested last month at a shopping mall in Brookfield, Wisconsin. He allegedly tried to meet with a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl after chatting with that person online, said Bill Kosh, a spokesman for the Wisconsin attorney general's office.

 

What Did the Banks Do With Your Cash?

As the country's recession deepened, the government provided hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer funds to rescue the nation's floundering banks. Now, lawmakers want to know how that money is being used: to increase lending to consumers or spent on executive bonuses, luxury jets, and posh trips to Las Vegas or Monte Carlo.

 

Former band director pleads guilty to 4 counts in sex case

A former band director in Tazewell County pleaded guilty Monday to four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship.

 

Prosecutors Want Barry Jailed Over Taxes

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to send D.C. Council member Marion Barry to jail for failing to file his tax returns for the eighth time in nine years.

Barry was given three years of probation in 2006 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges for failing to file his tax returns from 1999 to 2004.

 

Probing Possible 'Inaugural Ball Fraud'

Darryl Dante Hayes, head of Congressional Education Foundation for Public Policy and promotes various fundraising parties -- including an inaugural ball for George W. Bush in 2001 -- is under investigation by the local U.S. attorney, D.C. attorney general and Secret Service for financial fraud regarding the Veterans Presidential Inaugural Ball.

 

Chris Brown arrested for assault

Virginia native and R&B star Chris Brown is out of jail after turning himself in to Los Angeles police Sunday night.

 

Prov Sewer Dept.
supervisor suspended

Target 12 cameras were rolling when Abrahamson took a city truck to a social club on the clock; a building that's been raided several times for illegal gambling. He had been disciplined in the past for bringing a city truck to the social club and was told not to do it again.

 

Coach sentenced today on sex charges

Randall Ralston, who coached basketball at three local high schools and in a youth league, faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced today on charges he had unlawful sex with several girls.

 

California budget mess: Where did our money go?

The problem, according to a report last week from the state auditor, is that Republican and Democratic politicians in Sacramento have shirked their responsibility for the past decade, papering over shortfalls that started after the dot-com bubble popped in 2001.

 

Trial begins for Miss. mayor who destroyed duplex

The mayor of Mississippi's largest city led a "rampage of destruction" when he directed a group of young men to use sticks and sledgehammers to destroy a duplex he considered a crack house, a prosecutor said Monday.

 

Pastor-Embezzlement Charge

Fifty-nine-year-old Wendell Johnson entered Alford pleas Thursday to nine counts of embezzlement stemming from his 20-year tenure as pastor at First Baptist Church.

 

Former Queen's manager stole $600K

Patricia Cleary Syling, 39, of Lutz, Fla., pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to all eight counts of mail fraud with which she had been charged by a federal grand jury last year.

 

AP: Some states disregard juvenile justice law

Runaways are not supposed to be put in jail, let alone meet adult lawbreakers on the inside, under a 34-year-old federal law called the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

 

Maryland Delegate Convicted on Drunken Driving Charge

Democratic Delegate Herman Taylor of Montgomery County was found guilty of driving while impaired by alcohol and fined $250 after an hour-long trial

 

Panel: Bush Admin. Overpaid For Bank Stock

In one example, the panel found that the Treasury paid insurance giant American International Group $40 billion for assets valued at $14.8 billion.

 

FDA: Ga. Plant Knowingly Sent Tainted Goods

Federal health officials said the Georgia peanut plant at the center of the salmonella outbreak knowingly shipped tainted products.

 

Ex-Treasury Contractor Sentenced for Bribery

A contractor who once worked for the Treasury Department has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for bribing a government official with $55,000 to win construction contracts.

 

Ex-parking head accused of stealing from Pa. city

A former parking official in a financially troubled Pennsylvania city is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from parking meters.

 

Former mayor pleads guilty to child porn charges

The former mayor of the Lake County village of Green Oaks has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and is scheduled for sentencing June 10.

 

Another Obama Nominee Faces Tax Questions

First, Nancy Killefer, tapped to be the federal government's chief performance officer, withdrew her nomination after reports that she had neglected to pay employment taxes for household help. Then, Tom Daschle, the president's pick as secretary of health and human services, saw his nomination crumble amid revelations he failed to pay federal taxes.

 

With federal charges looming, who would hire ousted Blagojevich?

Ousted as Illinois governor and looking for a job, Rod Blagojevich returned to national television on Tuesday to proclaim his innocence on corruption charges - perhaps angling for a future book deal or talk show.

 

Madoff tipster Harry Markopolos assails SEC

Harry Markopolos also assailed the Securities and Exchange Commission in his first appearance before lawmakers. The SEC failed to act despite receiving credible allegations of fraud from Markopolos about Madoff's operations over a decade.

 

Appeals court reinstates evidence against homeless shelter operator in Detroit fraud case

Among the allegations was that Rutherford diverted about $750,000 from the nonprofit to make illegal political donations to former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and others. Evidence in the case shows Rutherford also hired Kilpatrick's father, Bernard N. Kilpatrick, as a consultant, and paid him more than $100,000. The FBI is investigating both Kilpatricks in connection with a City Hall contracting scandal.

 

Episcopal Church upholds ouster of Pa. bishop

An Episcopal Church panel announced on Wednesday that it had upheld its decision to defrock a bishop from Pennsylvania for covering up his brother's sexual assaults of a teenage girl in the 1970s.

 

Former Gregg staffer caught up in corruption probe

Staffer F was cited in documents detailing charges against a lobbyist who pleaded guilty last week to providing the Senate aide and others with tickets to hockey and baseball games in exchange for favorable items in spending bills.

 

Memphis City Councilwoman Pleads Guilty To DUI

Memphis city councilwoman Janis Fullilove pleaded guilty Wednesday morning, February 4, 2009, to DUI and careless driving. It stems from when she was stopped in Tunica, MS in November 2008.

 

County board member: 'It was my fault' for drunken driving arrest

A newly elected Macomb County commissioner is taking "full responsibility" for her arrest on charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident over the weekend in Royal Oak.

Irene Kepler, a former member of the Roseville City Council, on Sunday afternoon acknowledged her run-in with police on Washington in downtown Royal Oak about 14 hours earlier that led to her arrest.

 

Former Minerals Management Service official sentenced to 1 year probation for accepting trip

A former supervisor in the Interior Department's Minerals Management Service, which regulates oil and gas operations on leased federal property, was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday to one year probation and fines totaling $3,000.

The sentencing follows months of scandal at MMS and the Interior Department.

 

Disgraced Ex-mayor to be Released from Jail

Kilpatrick is set to be released from the Wayne County Jail tomorrow, after spending 100 days behind bars are part of a plea bargain. He is expected to leave the state almost immediately for a job interview. However a judge ruled that he can only be gone a few days.

 

Another black eye for Conn.'s capital city

The arrest of Mayor Eddie Perez last week on bribery charges is being viewed as another setback for Connecticut's capital city, which optimistically promotes itself as "New England's rising star" as it struggles to emerge from the shadows of New York and Boston.

Prosecutors accuse Perez of hiring city contractor Carlos Costa to renovate his home and not paying for it until after being confronted by investigators.

 

N.J. probes allegations on fire test

The New Jersey Attorney General's Office is investigating allegations that questions on a fire-captain exam circulated in a Camden firehouse around the time the test was given, fire officials said.

 

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