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Pastor Pleads Guilty To Making Obscene Calls To Baristas

The pastor of Fircrest’s Liberty Baptist Church pleaded guilty to repeatedly making obscene phone calls to female baristas at a coffee stand near his church.

 

Day after guilty plea, Philip Kenny resigns Jersey City council seat

In a terse one sentence statement faxed to the City Clerk's Office this morning, Philip J. Kenny, who yesterday pleaded guilty to accepting $5,000 in bribes, resigned from his Ward B council seat.

 

County fire lieutenant charged with attacking wife

A county Fire Department lieutenant charged with stealing funds from a county firefighters' charitable organization in May was arrested Thursday after his wife accused him of holding a knife to her neck and threatening to bury her in their Crofton backyard.

 

Fla. Nurse Reused IV Supplies, HIV A Risk

The Broward General Medical Center, Fla., is urging patients to get tested for Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and the HIV virus after it was revealed that a nurse re-used supplies when administering IV fluids during stress tests ...

 

Charged RI firefighter suspended

Town officials announced Monday that Battalion Chief David Charello has been suspended pending the outcome of his case on charges of obtaining more than $500 under false pretenses, and two counts of using a computer to obtain money under false pretenses.

 

Ex-L.A. Fire Inspector Sentenced For Taking Bribe

A retired Los Angeles fire inspector has been sentenced to six months in jail and fined $10,000 for accepting a bribe.

Archie was accused of soliciting and taking bribes ranging from $500 to $2,000 from seven people who ran nursing facilities for the elderly out of private homes in the San Fernando Valley.

 

Allen Cwalina suspended from Labor Department post after DUI crash conviction

Deputy state labor secretary Allen Cwalina is on unpaid suspension after being convicted of a drunken-driving crash in his state car.

 

Ex-Dallas official guilty in bribery-extortion scam

A federal jury returned guilty verdicts Monday against a former No. 2 official at Dallas City Hall, who was convicted of leading a scheme that sought bribes from developers looking to build apartment complexes.

 

Judge denies motion to dismiss perjury charges against Dixon

In a win for the state prosecutor's office, a judge this morning denied a motion by lawyers for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon to dismiss the two perjury charges against her.

 

Suspended priest spared jail in embezzlement case

F. Norman Sullivan, a suspended Catholic priest, today was spared a jail term for embezzling $213,732 from a Cheektowaga parish because the money has been repaid.

 

Rapper Method Man charged with not paying taxes

Grammy-winning rapper Method Man has been arrested in New York City on felony charges for failing to pay his taxes.

 

Thompson pleads guilty to felony DWI

Former Alfred-Almond school bus driver Martha A. Thompson agreed to plead guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and 37 counts of third-degree reckless endangerment in Allegany County Court Thursday afternoon in order to avoid the possibility of many years in state prison.

 

Former biotech chief found guilty of wire fraud

The former chief executive of Intermune Inc., a Brisbane biotechnology company, was found guilty last week of fraudulently promoting the drug Actimmune for treatment of a fatal lung disease.

 

Feds: Iowa Student Loan broke law

Iowa Student Loan Liquidity Corp. has been ordered to repay money to the federal government because the nonprofit used illegal cash inducements to drum up more loan business.

 

Caregiver accused of abusing, bilking client

Intimidation, threats and violence against a woman with medical problems has her 33-year-old caregiver facing a variety of charges, sheriff's officials said Friday.

 

Perez Asks For Trial To Be Delayed

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is facing corruption charges in connection with a state investigation.

 

Mayor Dixon faces 2 trials

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon now faces the possibility of two separate trials on perjury and theft charges -- a development that could delay the conclusion of her high-stakes legal battle.

 

Pennsylvania official says he didn't drink before crashing his state car

Cwalina, 50, told a county jury that he only began drinking after he hit a curb and a parked car around 3 a.m. He said he then had three to four beers and two glasses of whiskey before police arrived to question him about the crash three hours later. Cwalina said he only started drinking the whiskey because he had a toothache.

 

Bryer Arrested Again On Child Sex Charges

A former Morrisville Selectboard chairman and area school teacher already accused of abusing two of his students has been arrested again on additional child sex charges.

 

Farmington fire chief demoted

Farmington Fire Department Chief Troy Brown voluntarily accepted a demotion Tuesday morning after an internal affairs investigation looking into allegations of employee misconduct and cover-up found him negligent in the performance of duty.

 

Ex-Dem fundraiser sentenced in NYC to 24 years

Former Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was sentenced Tuesday to more than 24 years in prison by a judge who accused him of funding his fraud by manipulating the political process in a way that "strikes at the very core of our democracy."

 

Greenwich towing companies don't play by the rules

When police see a car parked illegally or left unattended for an extended period of time, towing companies are waiting by the phone, day or night, weekday or weekend, ready to remove the vehicle quickly.

 

City Councilman Lightfoot avoids jail, restarts campaign

City Councilman John Lightfoot is not going to jail, and instead announced he was restarting his re-election bid after a judge restored the latest terms of his probation Monday on a third drunken driving conviction.

 

Embezzlement charges in Lincoln

Lincoln's former city clerk pleads guilty to embezzlement charges.

48-year-old Melanie Riggs admitted to taking more than $46,000 from the city between 2007 and January 2009.

 

Vodka distillery charged with illegal dumping

Travis County prosecutors are filing charges against a vodka distillery, just outside of Austin. Fifth Generation Inc, also known as Tito's Handmade Vodka, is located in Southeast Travis County near the State Highway 130 toll road.

 

Dixon lawyers back in court

Lawyers for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon will not ask a judge to jettison the theft charges against her but did file a 29-page motion on Friday requesting again that the perjury charges be dismissed.

 

D.C. Council member's chief arrested

Federal authorities Thursday arrested the chief of staff to D.C. Council member Jim Graham and charged him with two counts of accepting bribes.

 

Wis. lawmaker arrested again on suspected OWI

Wisconsin Rep. Jeff Wood has been arrested again for suspected driving while intoxicated.

 

Program provides little help for soldiers

The Citizen Soldier Support Program has spent $7.3 million, but the money has accomplished little for the people it was supposed to help. One-quarter of the money has gone to the university for overhead, and a large part of the rest has been spent on well-paid consultants, six-figure salaries and travel.

 

City Building Inspector Accused in Bribery Scandal

The ongoing investigation into license and zoning bribery known as Operation Crooked Code may have snagged another city official.

 

DMV is under investigation

The State Bureau of Investigation is probing whether officials at the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles accepted improper gifts and meals from employees of Verizon Business, which holds a lucrative no-bid contract to provide computers to state inspection stations.

 

Inquiry shows DPS overpaid millions in real estate deals

The findings indicate in several cases that instead of DPS buying the land directly, the property passed through the hands of other agents at considerable markup -- up to seven times its value.

 

Ex-Monroe County schools boss spared jail time

Former Monroe County Schools Superintendent Randy Acevedo, convicted last month of covering up his wife's alleged theft of school-district funds, is not going to jail.

 

Md. Teacher Gets 6 Months for Giving Student Cocaine

A former Montgomery County English teacher has been sentenced to six months in jail for distributing cocaine to a student.

 

Va Navy subcontractor gets 6-month prison term

A Navy subcontractor has been sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to repay the government $96,000 after admitting his role in a bid-rigging conspiracy.

 

Newport News deputy fire chief charged with public intoxication

A deputy Newport News fire chief was charged with public intoxication Sunday following an altercation at a Poquoson grocery store.

 

NBA Star Arrested On Weapons Charges

Prince Georges County Police say that Delonte West, a starting guard for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, was arrested at 10PM, September 17, 2009, for possession of two handguns and a shotgun.

 

Caregiver Arrested After 3 Left In Van

Frederick Police say the caretaker sat in a window seat at the restaurant, ate his meal and even watched as patron and police rushed to their rescue.

 

Church stashed funds, alleged victims say

Representatives of nearly 300 alleged sexual abuse victims claim the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese has attempted to hide assets and divest properties to lessen available funds and property to pay the claims of sexual abuse survivors.

 

Parrett Mountain Farm director charged with embezzlement

In a major black eye for an Oregon charity known for preserving our state's farming history, the executive of Parrett Mountain Farm is in jail, charged with embezzling at least $52,000.

 

4 A.C. firefighters accused in sex case

Atlantic City officials allege firefighters coaxed teenage girls to disrobe and pose for pictures in firefighting gear before engaging in sex acts.

 

Babysitter charged with endangering welfare of child

Sometime between then (11:10 p.m.) and 1:20 a.m., she “decided to leave the apartment and abandoned the baby inside,” leaving the front door ajar, according to police.

 

Video Of Hofstra Rape Hoax Gets Accuser To Recant

Prosecutors say she cracked and confessed when the lawyer for two of the four men falsely accused provided a cellphone video that showed consensual sex, and no ropes or screams, as she had initially reported.

 

New charges filed in Comar grant scandal

A former state employment programs administrator and a West Virginia State University Extension agent have been charged with misappropriating federal grant money.

 

School Board VP Charged with Theft

The vice president of a school board in Northumberland County is accused of stealing from his job at a farm equipment store.

 

Plaquemines Parish Pastor Indicted On Theft Charges

A pastor accused of stealing from members of his own church will be arraigned on Wednesday next week.

The district attorney's office also said that Rev. Martin Denesse, of Grace Harbor Christian Ministries, will face a pre-trial hearing on the same day for drug charges stemming from a drug bust in January.

 

Rabbi Accused Of Stealing From Orthodox School

The assistant principal at an Orthodox Jewish school in Northwest Baltimore has been indicted for allegedly stealing money from a school.

 

2 Plead Guilty to Stealing From Program for Blind

A mother and daughter pleaded guilty to embezzling $214,000 from a government program that pays blind vendors to operate snack bars, gift shops and cafeterias at federal facilities.

 

Principal Charged: Indianola administrator accused of assaulting a student

An Indianola High School principal is accused of grabbing a student and pulling him by his hair at a football game earlier this month.

 

EMS Chief Charged With Drunk Driving

The chief over all the paramedics in the City of Titusville has been suspended from his job because police say they caught him driving drunk. However, Eyewitness News learned Tuesday that he won't lose his job and he'll still be allowed to drive city vehicles.

 

Former LAUSD administrator scheduled to be sentenced today

A former Los Angeles school administrator who had sexual relations with four teenage girls, one of whom became pregnant, is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday.

 

Former Sam Bass fire board chief charged again, now in $220,000 theft

Williamson County sheriff's investigators have charged the former president of the Sam Bass Fire Department board with aggregate theft after an investigation found that he had stolen more than $220,000 from the department during the past several years, according to an arrest affidavit.

 

Former Alabama state Rep. Sue Schmitz asks to remain free during appeal

Former State Rep. Sue Schmitz is asking a judge to allow her to remain free while she appeals her fraud conviction.

 

Papers: Feds probing part of SUNY

Federal investigators are reportedly looking into how the State University of New York Research Foundation spent tens of millions of dollars in government grants for health research projects.

 

Teacher charged with sexual battery

George County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested and charged a 44-year-old George County High School teacher with sexual battery of a 16-year-old female.

 

Judge to consider release of 1st 'Survivor' winner

The American Civil Liberties Union goes before a federal judge to argue that "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch should be released from jail.

Hatch was convicted in Providence in 2006 of failing to pay taxes on his $1 million "Survivor" winnings.

 

N.J. assemblyman in court on corruption charges

Former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas was in court Tuesday to be arraigned on charges that he illegally got the city to pay his medical bills, had a contractor give him $25,000 in free home repairs, got the city to pay a $58,000 catering bill that was not put up for bid and illegally solicited campaign contributions from city workers.

 

Ex-sportscaster pleads guilty in child porn case

Former Boston sportscaster Bob Gamere pleaded guilty Tuesday to child pornography charges, but complained bitterly about a mandatory minimum sentencing law that will send him to prison for five years.

 

Getting away with murder is the norm in Detroit

At least 7 in 10 people who committed murder in this city last year have gotten away with it.

 

Former Ambassador Charged With Sex Abuse

A 75-year-old retired U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay has been charged with four accounts of misdemeanor sexual abuse in the District, according to court records.

 

ACLU files suit against agency

The summit was conducted by DHS' "Just Wait" Abstinence Unit. The lawsuit said the program began with a minister's prayer and included religious themes and Christian messages throughout. The lawsuit said then-DHS Executive Director Don Taylor introduced Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant as someone who "was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

 

Financial adviser indicted in $500K theft from clients

A former Merrill Lynch financial adviser from Fair Haven was indicted yesterday on charges he stole more than $500,000 that authorities suspect he spent primarily on drugs in one year.

 

Kelly enters guilty plea on fraud charges

Chris Kelly, a friend and adviser of former governor Rod Blagojevich, has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in a separate case.

 

Dixon lawyers ask dismissal of new charges

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's lawyers say that the new criminal charges brought against her by the state prosecutors rely on faulty evidence and a vaguely worded city ethics statute and should be dismissed, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Dixon faces perjury charges for failing to report lavish gifts from her then-boyfriend, city developer Ronald H. Lipscomb, on her ethics forms, and theft charges for using gift cards intended for needy families.

 

Millville Little League president arrested on theft charges

The president of Millville American Little League stole about $20,000 from the youth baseball organization over the past several months, police said Monday.

 

Drowning victim identified; caregiver in police custody

Police described her injuries as "suspicious," adding that less than an hour earlier they had received a call from a concerned citizen who reported witnessing a man grab a little girl by the hair and slam her against a cement wall on the corner of Shipman Street and Kamehameha Avenue in downtown Hilo.

 

Metro Still Puts Older Cars in the Lead

For years, questions have been raised about the crashworthiness of Metro's older train cars, most recently about the series 1000 cars after the June crash that killed nine people.

 

Eufaula mayor charged with embezzlement

Eufaula Mayor Dean Smith appeared Thursday in McIntosh County District Court on four felony counts of embezzlement made against him in the alleged misuse of a city credit card.

 

Parks Official Accused Of Stealing Bricks

Southington's parks superintendent is facing a misdemeanor larceny charge after police said they found two dozen patio bricks he took from a highway department garage in the flower garden at his house.

 

Police charge retired minister

A local retired Methodist minister and flight instructor was charged with indecent exposure, indecent assault and corruption of minors for a series of incidents that allegedly occurred at the Lancaster Airport over the past year.

 

Pfizer must pay $58 million to Florida

Florida will receive a total of $58.2 million as part of a global settlement with Pfizer Inc. The agreement resolves civil and criminal allegations that Pfizer and its subsidiaries paid kickbacks and engaged in off-labeling marketing campaigns that improperly promoted numerous drugs that Pfizer manufactures, according to Attorney General Bill McCollum.

 

Merriman accused of domestic violence

Sheriff's deputies arrested Merriman early yesterday morning for allegedly choking, restraining and throwing MTV star Tila Tequila to the ground as she tried to leave his Poway home.

 

Former pastor charged again with defrauding church

A two-year investigation of funds bilked from a Holly Hill church ended in a courtroom Thursday when detectives arrested a former pastor -- and convicted swindler -- during his court hearing for another fraud, police said.

 

Shreveport fires two home inspectors

City officials fired two housing inspectors tied to the ongoing criminal investigation into an alleged scam suspected of wasting hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars intended to aid poor, elderly and handicapped residents.

 

Firefighting official arrested, accused of gasoline theft

A Lauderdale-by-the-Sea firefighting official was arrested Tuesday, accused of stealing 15 gallons of gasoline, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

 

Jury awards former Palm Beach County DCF worker $1 million

A former child welfare investigator has been awarded $1 million by a Palm Beach County jury that agreed she was fired in retaliation for testimony she gave in a child abuse case.

 

Nursing center reprimanded for neglect

The Rhode Island Department of Health has ordered immediate changes at the Summit Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence -- years after its former owners were forced to shut down the previous operation at the facility.

 

Mayor Perez Arrested On Larceny Charges

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez was arrested on charges of first-degree larceny by extortion on Wednesday.

About a half-hour before Perez's arrest, Hartford Councilwoman Veronica Airey Wilson turned herself in on a charge of fabricating evidence.

 

Former Fla. House speaker wants charges dismissed

The official misconduct and perjury charges stem from the Destin Republican's efforts, as House budget chairman, to steer $6 million to Northwest Florida State College for an airport building. The school then gave him a $110,000 job on the day last November when he was sworn in as speaker.

 

Local Church Accused of Letting Historic Properties Crumble

For years boards have covered the windows and work permits have faded into oblivion, such as one from 2003. The nearby Vermont Baptist Church owns the home and has applied for renovation permits and gotten property tax reductions, but never done any work.

 

Invest $500,000 in house, get immigrant visa free

The EB-5 investor visa program opens a pathway to residency and citizenship to foreign nationals and their families who invest $500,000 to $1 million in an approved investment program that creates jobs for at least 10 U.S. workers.

 

Former Nebraska County Treasurer Faces Prison Time For Tax Evasion

Attorney General Jon Bruning said Tuesday that Julia Moeller pleaded no contest to tax evasion and official misconduct.

The Nebraska State Patrol found that Moeller illegally registered a motor home outside the state and had her daughter -- who worked in her office at the time -- help falsify records to evade paying $4,000 in Nebraska sales tax.

 

Former Financial Chief Of HANO Indicted

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, 43-year-old Elias Castellanos is accused of embezzling $900,927 from Housing Authority of New Orleans while employed there as CFO.

 

Ex-senator sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison

Former New Jersey state Sen. Joseph Coniglio was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in prison for using his influence to steer state funds to a hospital where he also served as a consultant.

 

Lawmaker faces ethics charges

The Louisiana Board of Ethics released charges Monday that claim state Rep. Michael Jackson failed to timely disclose $46,929 in income from Citizens when he filed a personal financial disclosure report reflecting 2006 activities.

 

Lawrence Township trustee found guilty of official misconduct

A suburban Indianapolis township trustee has lost his office after pleading guilty to charges he used fire department money to pay his rent.

 

Board member accused of stealing from Gwinnett sports league

A Gwinnett County mom has until Nov. 15 to repay $130,000 she allegedly stole from her children’s sports teams.

 

Golf Pro Charged With Child Exploitation

FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Jones says that authorities arrested 45-year-old Barry Loman after he traveled from Peachtree City to meet with someone he thought was a minor child.

 

Monroe County Schools chief Randy Acevedo found guilty of misconduct

A six-member jury delivered three guilty verdicts Friday in the corruption trial against suspended Monroe County schools Superintendent Randy Acevedo.

The convictions stem from his cover-up of wife Monique Acevedo's alleged theft of nearly $200,000 from the School District. Each count is a third-degree felony and carries a maximum sentence of five years and up to $15,000 in fines.

 

Tempe pastor asks for death of President Barack Obama

A Tempe pastor is raising eyebrows with his prayers that include his pleas for the death of President Barack Obama.

 

United Employee Charged with Stealing

Authorities say a United Airlines employee has been charged with stealing jewelry, laptop computers, cell phones, cameras and other items from the bags of passengers at Washington Dulles International Airport.

 

Firefighter Charged with Lying to Jury

A D.C. firefighter is under arrest, charged with obstructing justice in a shooting police say she witnessed more than two years ago.

 

Ford loses appeal of bribery charges

A federal appeals court Wednesday affirmed the 5½-year prison sentence of former state Sen. John Ford, convicted two years ago on bribery charges in the FBI’s Tennessee Waltz sting.

 

Smith pleads guilty in DSS embezzlement scheme

A Columbia woman pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to charges that resulted from a $5.2 million embezzlement scheme at the S.C. Department of Social Services.

Former DSS finance director Paul Timothy Moore was indicted for allegedly using his position to authorize the issuance of hundreds of DSS checks from May 2004 to October 2008, in the approximate average amount of $7,000 each.

 

Judge approves Michael Vick's plan to repay creditors $20 million, orders financial planner

A judge on Thursday approved Michael Vick's plan to repay creditors $20 million and emerge from bankruptcy, and the quarterback hustled out of court to prepare for his return to an NFL field later in the night with the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Businessman Admits to Bilking Millions in Ponzi Scheme

The man we've dubbed Chicago's Own Little Bernie Madoff on Wednesday admitted to bilking investors out of millions for over two decades.

 

Sweeten gets jail for kidnap hoax

Sweeten, 38, of Feasterville, had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of false reports and identity theft in the May 26 abduction hoax.

 

Hudson assemblyman indicted

Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone, D-Hudson, and his wife were indicted Wednesday for allegedly depositing state-issued paychecks for legislative workers into their personal bank accounts and Chiappone's 2005 campaign fund.

 

Chris Brown sentenced in Rihanna assault case

A judge says Chris Brown must serve five years of probation and perform six months of community labor for beating Rihanna.

 

Former Belmont chamber president, charged with molestation, gets bail reduced

A San Mateo County Superior Court judge has lowered the bail for the former Belmont Chamber of Commerce president charged with molesting a young girl in San Mateo.

 

Virginia Delegate Accused of Steering Money to Create Job for Himself

Virginia's House of Delegates speaker is calling for an ethics investigation into an influential fellow Republican who pursued a job at a new teaching center before securing money to create it.

Hamilton had asked for a job at the center at Old Dominion University before using his position as a budget negotiator to direct $500,000 toward its creation in 2007.

 

Hamilton quits ODU job over scandal

Emails revealing that Del. Phil Hamilton (R-93rd) was seeking a job at teacher center while he was crafting legislation to launch the project have prompted the long-time Peninsula legislator to resign $40,000 a year post at the center.

 

Teacher's aide charged in molestation case

A teacher's aide arrested Tuesday on accusations he inappropriately touched a 10-year-old girl at Pride Elementary School was moved there after he was accused of molesting another student at a different school, a Volusia County School District spokeswoman said.

 

Disgraced Senator Wayne Bryant enters prison today

Former state Sen. Wayne Bryant is to report by noon today to hilly southern West Virginia for the start of a regimented four-year prison sentence of nighttime checks and required labor.

Bryant has been out on bail since he was convicted on corruption charges after a jury found he took a "low-show" job with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in exchange for bringing state money to the institution.

 

Report: Goldman providing tips to certain clients

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. provides some of its biggest clients stock tips that come out of regular meetings held by analysts and traders at the investment bank, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

 

Mayor Doles Out Top Dollar to Inner Circle: Report

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez, while publicly decrying wasteful spending, has been doling out hefty raises to his closest advisors, according to a shocking report.

 

Coroner indicted on drug charges

The Independence County coroner has been indicted on drug charges along with four other people accused of running a marijuana ring for 12 years.

 

2 Jersey City officials indicted in massive NJ corruption scandal

A Jersey City deputy mayor and a former city housing commissioner have been indicted in the massive New Jersey corruption scandal that snagged 44 people last month, the Star-Ledger is reporting.

 

With a 75% arrest rate, should Jersey City's deputy mayor positions be eliminated?

It's safe to say that Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy has not had
good luck with his deputy mayors -- at least if criminal charges are any measure.

Three of the mayor's four picks have been arrested.

 

Secret Detroit payouts to be probed

Detroit Deputy Mayor Saul Green said Wednesday that he plans to lead an investigation into two secret settlements totaling $698,000 that were given to two men who claim they were victimized by Detroit cops who have been sued over alleged illegal body cavity searches.

 

Social Security Numbers Given Away To Pacific Nations

American Social Security numbers are being given away to foreigners thanks to a processing glitch the U.S. Social Security Administration didn't know existed and the federal government hasn't fixed.

 

Med. Asst. Charged with Sexual Battery

A medical assistant in a Virginia doctor's office is accused of violating a patient's trust.

 

Are You Kidding Me?: State Agencies Spend Big At Fair

It may be the Indiana State Fair, but publicly-run agencies spend thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to be there, a move some call wasteful in these tough economic times.

 

Sheriff's office investigating special needs school

A Collier County private school is being shut down and now it's under investigation by the Collier County Sheriff's Office and parents who've spent thousands of dollars are wondering what's going to happen to their money.

 

Fumo wants start of prison delayed

Former state Sen. Vincent Fumo wants to delay the Aug. 31 deadline to report to prison in his corruption case.

 

Prince William County Teacher Arrested

A Prince William County middle school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexual misconduct with two middle school students.

 

Firefighter Arrested for Arson

Police say Monica Hall torched to vehicles belonging to city firefighters. One was hers.

Hall is on paid administrative leave.

 

Fairfax Co. Wrestling Coach Arrested

Fairfax County Police say a high school wrestling coach has been arrested and charged after an online bust.

 

Former Donelson Middle teacher indicted on 60 sex charges

Ronald Boykin, 40, has been in jail since his arrest in March. Police learned during a traffic stop that the teacher had an outstanding warrant in Chattanooga for charges of raping a student, causing three Metro Nashville Public Schools employees to lose their jobs over Boykin's hiring.

 

Family accused of employing teens as prostitutes

A Middle Tennessee family is accused of employing a 16-year-old to perform sex acts as part of their prostitution business.

 

Police: Driver fatally hits Texas cyclist head-on, left him lodged in rear window driving home

A driver accused of slamming head-on into a bicyclist, who was left in the car's back seat after he toppled over the roof and crashed through the rear window, was jailed Monday on an intoxication manslaughter charge.

 

Lawmakers fly private on taxpayers' dime

Rather than drive or fly commercial planes, a small group of lawmakers has billed taxpayers for the convenience of getting to Tallahassee on private planes -- some of them linked to lobbyists and companies with a stake in the decisions legislators make.

 

Car dealers to government: Show us the money

The program has proved so popular that the government bumped it from $1 billion to $3 billion. But dealers across the country, who have been giving discounts to car buyers, are still waiting for their money.

 

Police: Sam Bass fire president's computer had child pornography

The president of the Sam Bass Fire Department in Williamson County was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of child pornography, a third-degree felony.

 

Park ranger accused of sexually assaulting 2 coworkers

Both victims in a pair of Glacier Bay National Park sexual assault cases were coworkers with their alleged attacker and had both passed out drunk before being violated, according to court documents fleshing out the charges.

 

Youth pastor accused of having sex with juvenile girl

A youth pastor has been arrested in York County for having sexual contact with an underage girl, investigators say.

 

Band director gets 18 months in sexual assault on student

A longtime band director at Mount Hebron High School in Howard County was sentenced to 18 months in jail Thursday for sexually abusing a female student at the school over a two-year period, prosecutors said.

 

Teachers, Administrator Fired After Cheating Scheme

The Howard Road Academy, a public charter school, prides itself on high achievement, but that reputation just took a big hit after some students reportedly got a sneak peek of a test before they had to take it.

 

Ex-Burke EMS officer charged

A former officer with Burke County Emergency Medical Services was arrested Wednesday and charged with embezzling government funds.

 

Former youth pastor admits guilt in pornography case

A former youth pastor at Malaga Assembly of God Church in Franklin pleaded guilty Wednesday to having more than 100 images of child pornography on his home computers.

 

Elzy guilty of rape

Ponchatoula councilman Robert Elzy Jr. was found guilty Wednesday of forcible rape.

 

Former fire chief pleads no contest to theft

Former Independence fire Chief Raymond Alexia pleaded no contest Monday to theft of over $500.

Bennett ordered a pre-sentence investigation. As evidence of his “remorse,” Bennett ordered Alexia to pay $34,000 retribution prior to the sentencing date.

 

Senate Probe: Sanford Broke Law on State Travel

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford broke state law when he charged taxpayers for more expensive business and first-class flights, says the chairman of the legislative committee investigating Sanford's international travel.

 

AG hands indictments in EMT training scandal

The Attorney General’s Office has indicted four local men, including former Hamilton Police Chief Walter Cullen, stemming from a state investigation into the Hamilton Police Department’s Emergency Medical Technician training program.

Additionally, five Hamilton police officers and four Danvers police officers entered into agreements with their towns and the Attorney General’s Office to accept administrative punishment and avoid criminal prosecution.

 

Charges Likely In Mandeville Mayor Probe

A special prosecutor for the Louisiana Attorney General said he forsees criminal charges in the "near future" stemming from an investigation into Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price.

Price, who was first elected to the office in 1996, was also embroiled in controversy in 2008 when he drove his city-owned sport utility vehicle through the Causeway toll gate, sped across the bridge and was sent home without being administered a sobriety test.

 

Ex-Kmart CEO returns to court today in civil fraud case

In June, a jury said Charles Conaway misled investors about Kmart's finances shortly before a bankruptcy filing in 2002.

 

Mose Jefferson heads to court for first trial

Less than a week after his brother, former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson, was convicted of public corruption, Mose Jefferson is scheduled to go to trial today on charges he bribed a former Orleans Parish School Board president.

 

Former Sardis Georgia Public Works Director Indicted

Federal grand jury sitting in Savannah has returned a twenty-two count indictment against Jackie Mitchell Taylor, the former Public Works Director for the City of Sardis, Georgia who was responsible for the operation of that city’s Water Pollution Control Plant and drinking water system.

 

Fourth Person Charged in D.C. Technology Scandal

A fourth person has been charged in a bribery and kickback scandal centered in the D.C. government's technology office.

Prosecutors say the contractors lied on time sheets and invoices for the D.C. government and obtained contracts for "ghost employees" who did no work. Prosecutors have said the scheme cost the city at least $500,000.

 

Blackhawks' Kane arrested in Buffalo

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was charged with attacking a cab driver in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., yesterday, a beating that police said was triggered when the driver did not have 20 cents in change to give the player and his cousin.

 

Health Care's Six Money-Wasting Problems

What counts as waste? The report identified 16 different areas in which health care dollars are squandered. But in talking to doctors, nurses, hospital groups and patient advocacy groups, six areas totaling nearly $500 billion stood out as issues to be dealt with in the health care reform debate.

 

Police: Wife, 71, put contract on husband

Greenville police have arrested a 71-year-old woman and charged her with solicitation to commit a felony after authorities alleged that she tried to hire someone to kill her husband.

 

East Side nonprofit tied to political campaign work for Bill Thompson, Sheldon Silver

Officials at a lower East Side nonprofit did political work for powerful elected Dems - the same pols who fill the charity's coffers with millions of dollars of publicly funded pork.

 

Oklahoma Official Pleads to Patronzing Prostitute

An Oklahoma county official has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined in Fort Smith for patronizing a prostitute and refusing to submit to arrest.

 

Fire Official: No Special Treatment

Former Assistant Fire Chief Gregory DeHaven struck a police car and another car, and then hit a third vehicle on a ramp to Interstate 270 near Rockville on Nov. 30. He was driving a county vehicle at the time.

Fire department tests later that night found DeHaven had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. He disputes the findings.

 

Ex-NASA Official Found Guilty In Ethics Case

A former top NASA official has been found guilty of breaking ethics laws by steering nearly $10 million of the agency's funds to a consulting client.

 

DMV clerk sentenced for fake licenses

A former clerk at the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles has been sentenced to three years in prison for making fake drivers' licenses that were sold to illegal immigrants and criminals.

 

Harford teacher, coach indicted on sex charges

A Harford County grand jury has indicted a 43-year-old teacher and coach on third-degree sex offense, sodomy and unnatural and perverted sex practices involving a 14-year-old boy, authorities said.

 

Police: Man abused kids at YMCA

An 18-year-old Corning YMCA employee was arrested after he allegedly sexually abused female children he was supervising in the YMCA’s Child Watch Center, state police in Painted Post said Thursday.

 

Portsmouth mayor fined for misconduct

Portsmouth Mayor James Holley faces a $2,500 fine for misconduct.

City council members said the Mayor was using a city assistant to do personal business.

 

Jersey City official admits taking bribes

Angela Bellizzi, 53, told a federal judge in Newark she accepted hundreds of dollars in cash payment from an undercover government informant posing as a developer.

 

Jefferson Found Guilty Of 11 Of 16 Counts

Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson has been found guilty of 11 of the 16 charges against him in a federal bribery and conspiracy trial.

 

Ex-AIG CEO Greenberg settles fraud charges

The Securities and Exchange Commission said yesterday that former American International Group Inc. CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg agreed to pay a $15-million fine to settle fraud charges.

 

Firefighter Charged in Online Sex Sting

A veteran firefighter is off the job and facing charges after he was busted during an internet sex sting by the Montgomery County Police Department.

 

Indicted Teterboro official avoids possible jail term

Despite a state prosecutor's objections, the chief financial officer for Teterboro — who was indicted in March for allegedly stealing campaign funds while working for a former Union County assemblyman, will enter a pretrial intervention program and avoid possible time in prison.

 

Fire chief under cloud of suspicion

Fire Chief Sam Rudd stands accused of spending more than $6,000 of fire department funds on cell phone service for friends and family. State Attorney's Office officials said Rudd has until Labor Day to return the money or charges of grand theft will be filed.

 

3 GA banks get cease and desist orders

According to the orders, the three Georgia banks are alleged to have “unsafe or unsound” banking practices. Among other things, FDIC alleges the banks have management whose policies and practices are detrimental and jeopardize the safety of deposits ...

 

ODU president defends contract with lawmaker

Delegate Phillip Hamilton is being paid $40,000 annually to coordinate the Center for Teacher Quality and Educational Leadership. Hamilton sponsored a budget amendment in 2007 to provide startup funding for the center, which has received $500,000 a year in state money since then.

 

David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez tested positive for drugs, says report

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz became the latest star implicated in baseball's ever-growing drug scandal, acknowledging Thursday that the players' union confirmed he tested positive in 2003.

 

FBI informant big-time campaign donor

Forty-four people, mostly Democrats, were arrested last week, including three mayors, two state assemblymen, five rabbis and many other public officials.

 

Intern, Boyfriend Tangle Tenn. Sen. Paul Stanley in Sex Scandal

Republican Sen. Paul Stanley had maintained a low profile until his announcement late Tuesday that he was resigning from the state Senate effective Aug. 10, after his affair with a 22-year-old intern and a subsequent extortion attempt was revealed to the public.

 

IOUs remain in California's future

California must continue paying some obligations with IOUs for at least another week, according to the controller's office, as one state vendor took her fight to the courts.

Most major banks refused to honor the notes beyond a self-imposed July 10 deadline, despite attempts by Treasurer Bill Lockyer's office to persuade them to extend the deadline.

 

Charleston Pastor Found Guilty of Lewd Act on Minor

According to authorities, Moore was the pastor of Full Word Ministries on Gordon Street in North Charleston and the crimes happened at his home in Berkeley County between 2004 and 2006.

 

Richardson's Sacramento house subject of congressional ethics probe

A Sacramento home owned by U.S. Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Long Beach, is the subject of a congressional ethics probe, according to a news report.

 

Mayor Dixon indicted again in financial probe

Perjury and misconduct charges against Mayor Sheila Dixon that were dismissed from an indictment against her in an ongoing finance probe are included in a new indictment, a state prosecutor announced Wednesday.

 

Arrest clouds Moxley's political future

Baltimore County Councilman Stephen G. "Sam" Moxley, arrested on drunken-driving charges for the second time in four years, faces an uncertain political future as he completes his fourth term and considers whether to run for re-election or for another office next year.

 

Lottery says indicted ex-delegate's company can keep licenses

Southern Amusement Co.'s 675 video slot machines will keep spinning for the foreseeable future, after the state Lottery Commission opted again Wednesday not to suspend the company's license -- despite a 48-count federal indictment against the company and owner Joe C. Ferrell.

 

Rescue 911: Dispatchers Caught on Tape

911 operators caught on tape talking about police officers and potentially putting their lives in danger.

 

Paterakis, Holton are indicted

John Paterakis Sr., the self-made baking magnate and developer of the Harbor East complex, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of campaign finance violations accusing him of contributing $6,000 to help pay for a city councilwoman's political poll.

The councilwoman, Helen L. Holton, also was indicted for alleged campaign violations, after winning a dismissal two months ago of bribery charges in connection with the political survey.

 

Local pastor and talk show host Agnello arrested on DUI charge

Local pastor and talk show host Michael Agnello was arrested early Sunday and charged with aggravated DUI after being pulled over on Interstate 64.

 

Former Navy professor pleads to sexual assault

A former Naval Academy professor entered a plea Tuesday morning to charges that he sexually molested an adolescent relative more than a decade ago.

 

Mayor's arrest puts spotlight on historic city

Voters might wonder how Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, no grizzled politician but a 32-year-old lawyer with a promising political career, could allegedly take $25,000 in bribes after watching so many politicians follow the same road to jail.

 

Mayors remain defiant

Two embattled North Jersey mayors defied mounting calls for their resignations Monday, as hundreds of protesters besieged Hoboken City Hall and Ridgefield residents sat shoulder to shoulder to hear Mayor Anthony Suarez proclaim his "complete innocence."

 

Ex-NJ Sen. Bryant gets 4 years; former dean gets 18 months

Former state Sen. Wayne Bryant, who was convicted on 12-counts of bribery and pension fraud, was sentenced to serve four years in federal prison today.

 

Barry contract probe begins

Federal law enforcement authorities have begun a preliminary investigation into whether D.C. Council member Marion Barry broke any laws when he awarded a city contract to a former girlfriend and arranged for city grant money to go to nonprofit organizations controlled by people close to him.

 

Va. Beach pastor sentenced for stealing $200,000

A Virginia Beach pastor will spend 10 months behind bars for stealing more than $200,000 from his former church and its insurance company.

 

Democrats Refusing To Issue Subpoenas In Countrywide VIP Loan Scandal

House Democrats have declined to subpoena available records that might reveal whether other members of Congress got discounted VIP mortgages from subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. similar to the sweetheart deals given Democratic Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad.

 

N.Y. wind energy corruption probe reaches Vermont

New York's far-reaching investigation into allegations that wind developers paid local officials to approve their energy projects moved into the state of Vermont this week.

Announced last summer, the investigation alleges that wind executives at several companies received land-use agreements for their projects from public officials and residents using cash bribes and other illegal gifts.

 

Jury to continue deliberations in trial of ex-La. congressman found with cash in freezer

A jury is scheduled to resume deliberations in the corruption trial of a former Louisiana congressman who had $90,000 hidden in his freezer.

 

Soccer mom held in mother's slaying

Tina Lunney appeared to be the quintessential suburban soccer mom, never missing a game in which her children played and attending numerous town functions.

 

NFL reinstates Michael Vick

Vick, free after serving 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring, was reinstated with conditions by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday. He could participate in regular-season games as early as October.

 

Carter goes on trial in Dynus case

Orlando Carter, president of the now-defunct Dynus Corp., will go on trial Monday on bank fraud charges in a scandal that resulted in the resignation of Butler County auditor Kay Rogers.

 

Jurors to get bribery case

Jurors in the bribery trial of former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson will walk into deliberations this week after having been barraged with testimony from 40 witnesses, hours of secretly recorded conversations, hundreds of exhibits and visuals offered on huge flat screen courtroom televisions.

 

Church sued over sexual assault

A civil suit has been filed against a paroled murderer who became the choir director at a Pepeekeo church and attempted to molest a 12-year-old girl there.

The brother testified in court that he discovered his sister naked on the office floor of the Hamakua Coast Assembly of God Church on the evening of July 22, 2007, while the praise and worship leader, Peter Bailey, now 51, rubbed olive oil on her body.

 

Dozens arrested in money laundering, corruption probe

The FBI this morning made dozens of arrests in a money laundering and corruption probe. Those arrested include 9th District Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, R-Ocean, and some unidentified local rabbis from Deal and the Elberon section of Long Branch, sources said.

 

Complaint alleges sex abuse by former Spring Lake priest

The Diocese of Trenton has been named in a civil complaint alleging sexual abuse by a priest in Spring Lake more than 35 years ago.

 

Feds want 8-10 years for ex-N.J. state Sen. Bryant

A former state senator for Camden who got national attention in the early 1990s for a law requiring women in in New Jersey to work if they received welfare payments faces up to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery and pension fraud charges.

 

Unauthorized city checks

The city of Leland is preparing to send more than $12,000 in unauthorized checks owed to the city by Mala and former Barbara Brooks to a bonding company that will serve as the collection agency.

 

Forgery indictments upheld

A state Superior Court judge denied motions to dismiss forgery indictments against two former Bergenfield council members on Wednesday, despite claims by their lawyers that the grand jury did not get to hear critical evidence.

 

Prosecutor: Parent took $20,000 from Brighton PTO

The Livingston Prosecutor's Office filed a 20-year felony charge Wednesday against a Hawkins Elementary parent who was accused of embezzling more than $20,000 from the parent-teacher organization.

 

National Mall in Disrepair After Years of Neglect

Last year, when dozens of ducks and ducklings died of avian botulism because the water in a mall pool near the Capitol was so fetid, and as urgent repairs were needed to stop the Jefferson Memorial's sea wall from sinking into the mud, the Senate killed a $3.5 million earmark for the mall.

 

Investigator: Palin May Have Violated Ethics Laws

An independent investigator has found evidence that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may have violated ethics laws by accepting private donations to pay her legal debts, in the latest legal distraction for the former vice presidential candidate as she prepares to leave office this week.

 

D.C. Spends $13 Million a Year on Vacant Buildings

The District of Columbia is spending nearly $13 million a year on vacant buildings.

The most expensive of the vacant structures is a 421,000-square-foot warehouse near Nationals Park that the city leases from Washington Telecom Associates for $546,000 a month.

 

Ex-lawmaker cuts deal in Houston shooting case

A former Houston congressman accused of firing a gun at two teens in a car avoided going to trial Monday after working out a deal with prosecutors that would result in the charge against him being dropped at a later date.

 

Vick's Sentence Ends, Allowing for Possible NFL Return

Suspended NFL star Michael Vick's federal dogfighting sentence ended this morning. Vick's attorney Lawrence Woodward said outside Vick's suburban Virginia home that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback had been released from federal custody as scheduled.

 

Former seminary principal formally charged with rape

Pratt, 37, is charged with 10 first-degree felony counts of forcible sodomy, seven counts of object rape and two counts of rape, and two second-degree felony counts of forcible sex abuse.

 

Federal agency withheld distracted-driver research, report says

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathered hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the hazards of drivers using cell phones, but withheld the information from the public in part out of fear of angering Congress, a newspaper reported Monday.

 

SC Daycare Operator Pleads Guilty In Infant Death

The operator of a South Carolina daycare center has pleaded guilty in the death of an infant left in a hot van two years ago.

 

Burn Notice Star Nabbed for DUI

Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan insisted he was not drunk when he swerved to avoid hitting a police car last week on Miami Beach.

No, he was just buzzed off Benadryl. And three glasses of wine. Enough to make him fail a sobriety test.

 

One pleads guilty, two face trial in local defense contract cases

The federal criminal investigation that resulted in the February indictments of three local men has grown tentacles that extend to the Washington, D.C., offices of U.S. Rep. John Murtha.

 

Probe: Gov. Sanford Flew in Style

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford shed his fiscal conservatism on several taxpayer-funded international trips, including a South American jaunt that included time with his mistress, choosing expensive first-class or business-class seats while his aides sat in coach.

 

Postal worker sentenced for pilfering from greeting cards

A former postal employee was sentenced to five months in prison and five months home confinement Friday for taking money from greeting cards when he worked at a mail processing facility in Marysville.

 

DISH Network To Pay State $125,000

Connecticut is set to receive $125,000 in a settlement with DISH Network LLC, which was accused of engaging in deceptive sales practices and unwanted telemarketing calls.

 

Hank Paulson tells Congress he threatened Ken Lewis

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he warned Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis that regulators could remove him and other executives at the company if they pulled out of a deal to buy Merrill Lynch, he told a congressional committee investigating the deal.

 

Former Colo. Worker Says Love Made Her Steal $11M

A former Colorado Department of Revenue supervisor says love for her ex-boyfriend led her to steal $11 million in unclaimed tax refunds from the state.

 

Local Pastor Arrested for Grand Theft and Racketeering

A former pastor was arrested Tuesday (July 14) and charged with stealing funds from a Lake City church, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

It is estimated that he defrauded the church of more than $250,000, according to the sheriff's office.

 

Barry Documents to be Investigated

There is new information in the fraud allegations currently being leveled against Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry and members of his staff. An attorney representing one of those staffers now confirms the Inspector General has launched an investigation.

 

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