Patient and 3 staffers charged in another patient’s beating death at mental health facility

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A patient, two psychiatric assistants and a nurse have been indicted on charges stemming from the beating death of another patient at a state-run mental health facility in Ohio. A 24-year-old man who allegedly attacked the 57-year-old victim at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus on July 23, 2022, is charged with … Read more

Writer for conservative media outlet surrenders to face Capitol riot charges

WASHINGTON — A Texas-based writer for a conservative media outlet surrendered to authorities Friday on charges that he joined a mob’s attack on the U.S. Capitol more than three years ago. Steve Baker, who has written articles about the Jan. 6, 2021, riot for Blaze News, faces four misdemeanor counts, including trespassing and disorderly conduct … Read more

The Missouri governor shortens the DWI prison sentence of former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday shortened the prison sentence of former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid for a drunken driving crash that seriously injured a 5-year-old girl. Parson’s commutation converted the remainder of Reid’s three-year prison sentence to house arrest, subject to several conditions. Reid had been sentenced … Read more

Georgia’s largest county is still repairing damage from January cyberattack

Georgia’s largest county is still repairing damage inflicted on its government a month ago by hackers who shut down office phone lines, left clerks unable to issue vehicle registrations or marriage licenses and threatened to publicly release sensitive data they claimed to have stolen unless officials paid ransom. The ransomware syndicate LockBit took credit for … Read more

Jury convicts first rioter to enter Capitol building during Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON — The first rioter to enter the U.S. Capitol building during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack was convicted on Friday of charges that he interfered with police and obstructed Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. Michael Sparks, 46, of Kentucky, jumped through a shattered window moments after another rioter smashed it … Read more

Family and advocates want solution to legal loophole after the death of Audrii Cunningham

AUSTIN, Texas — As mourners prepare for the funeral of 11-year-old Audrii Cunningham, who was killed near Houston, the community wants answers about how the suspect in her death was allowed to remain free despite a long criminal history of violence. Nearly two decades years before Don McDougal was charged with capital murder in Audrii’s … Read more

Police in suburban Chicago release body-worn camera footage of fatal shooting of man in his bedroom

A police department in suburban Chicago on Friday released officer body camera footage of the fatal shooting of a man inside his apartment. Isaac Goodlow III died at a hospital after he was shot Feb. 3 in Carol Stream, about 34 miles (55 kilometers) west of Chicago. Carol Stream police said the footage was released … Read more

Geneva oil trader reaches $661M settlement with US, Swiss authorities over bribery in Ecuador

GENEVA — Geneva-based commodities trading firm Gunvor said Friday that it has reached a $661 million settlement with U.S. and Swiss prosecutors after convictions for bribery of foreign officials in connection with the petroleum industry in Ecuador. The Swiss attorney general’s office says the company, which was founded decades ago by oil traders Gennady Timchenko … Read more

New Jersey businessman pleads guilty and agrees to cooperate in case against Sen. Bob Menendez

NEW YORK — A New Jersey businessman pleaded guilty Friday to trying to bribe U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez after signing a cooperation deal with prosecutors. Jose Uribe entered the plea in Manhattan federal court to seven charges, including conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. Prosecutors allege that … Read more