• FBI: Man sprayed mouse poison mixture on Ann Arbor grocery store produce; suspect in custody

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, MI – Authorities have identified the man who sprayed liquid on food at Ann Arbor grocery stores, as well as the previously-unknown substance.   Tips from the public helped officials from the FBI and the Ann Arbor Police Department take the man into custody Tuesday, according to a release from the FBI Detroit Field Office. Further information on the man or potential charges was not released.   Officials believe the suspect used a liquid combination of an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, water and Tomcat mouse poison to contaminate produce in three Ann Arbor grocery stores in the last two weeks.

  • Islamic State kills U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Islamic State militants killed a U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq on Tuesday after blasting through Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months, officials said.   The elite serviceman was the third American to be killed in direct combat since a U.S.-led coalition launched a campaign in 2014 to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State and is a measure of its deepening involvement in the conflict.   "It is a combat death, of course, and a very sad loss," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters during a trip to Germany.

  • It's not a crime if hungry poor steal food, Italy says

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Italy's highest court has acquitted a homeless man of stealing cheese and sausages, ruling that the theft of small amounts of food by the hungry poor is not a crime. Ukranian Roman Ostriakov was caught in 2011 pocketing €4.07 ($4.72) worth of food in a supermarket in Genoa, after a customer spotted him and reported him to a member of staff, Italian media reported on Tuesday.  He was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a €100 fine.

  • Kenyan police bust ISIS cell plotting large-scale biological attack

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Kenyan authorities have arrested three suspects in a terror ring plotting large-scale attacks on Kenyans and who are believed to have links to the Islamic State militant group.   The individuals, belonging to an East African terror group network allegedly were plotting a mass killing attack and may also have been planning an “Anthrax” style attack, according to a police report obtained by The Foreign Desk.   “The suspects were planning large scale attacks akin to the Westgate Mall attack with the intention of killing innocent Kenyans,” according to the report.

  • Lunchroom Lunacy: Cops investigate $2 bill spent on school lunch

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    HOUSTON -- When you think of felony forgery your thoughts might turn to Al Capone or Bonnie and Clyde shooting it out with the Texas Rangers.   Not for some local school cops. For one day, public enemy number one when it came to forgery was 13-year-old eighth grader Danesiah Neal at Fort Bend Independent School District's Christa McAuliffe Middle School.   Now 14, Daneisha was hoping to eat that day's lunch of chicken tenders with her classmates using a $2 bill given to her by her grandmother when she was stopped by the long arm of the law.

  • Body Found on NYC Waterfront Was Wearing 'Cement Shoes': NYPD

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Police said Tuesday that a body found in a plastic bag along the Brooklyn shoreline this week was "obviously" the victim of a homicide — and that the man's feet were coated in cement. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the man whose body was found in a bag near Sheepshead Bay at Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach on Monday morning also had his hands bound behind his back. "This individual was wrapped in plastic bags and his arms were tied behind him and his feet were submerged in concrete," Boyce said. "Obviously a homicide."

  • Federal appeals court rules Oklahoma man's 2007 conviction was unconstitutional

    By Robert Boczkiewicz For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Judges in a Denver-based appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Durant County prosecutor in Oklahoma withheld key evidence, thus violating the due process rights of Robert Claude McCormick in his 2007 child abuse trial. McCormick was convicted and his serving a life term in prison.

  • Ex-priest sentenced for molesting Michigan high school students in 1980s

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A former Roman Catholic priest who was sentenced in a 1999 child molestation case in Oklahoma has been sentenced in another sex crimes case involving students at a Michigan high school in the 1980s.

  • Tulsa attorney resigns from Oklahoma Bar Association after daughter's sex abuse revelations

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday approved the resignation of Tulsa attorney George Michael Lewis from the Oklahoma Bar Association after the professional organization launched disciplinary actions against him stemming from allegations that he sexually abused his daughter more than 30 years ago. A grievance was filed against Lewis after his daughter, Ginger Lewis, 45, revealed she was sexually assaulted by her father between the ages of 11 and 16. She has been seeking changes in the statute of limitations to allow for prosecution of child sex crimes decades after they occur. Lewis had been a senior partner at Doerner Saunders Daniel & Anderson, which placed him on “indefinite leave” immediately after being informed of the alleged abuse.

  • Robert Bates denied bail as he awaits sentencing at Tulsa Jail

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Robert Bates was denied post-verdict bail after taking the stand Tuesday to tell a Tulsa County judge about the medical issues he's faced during his almost six-day stay in jail. The 74-year-old former Tulsa County reserve sheriff's deputy will remain in jail for the time being after the judge ruled against his request to set bail as he awaits formal sentencing and appeals. District Judge William Musseman agreed with prosecutors that he doesn't have discretion to set bail for Bates due to a statute prohibiting bail on appeal to those convicted of felonies committed while in the possession of a firearm.

  • Claremore man arrested, accused of cattle rustling

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A Claremore man was arrested over the weekend. Authorities said he stole six head of cattle last year.

  • Shooting death in Stilwell, Oklahoma reported, one man arrested

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A shooting death was reported in Stilwell, Okahoma on Monday. A man has been arrested in connection with the death of another man.

  • Coming Soon In The Oklahoman: Hunting Holtzclaw

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    We sat down with two Oklahoma City police detectives to discuss the investigation of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former officer sentenced to 263 years for sexually assaulting women while on duty. Look for the story soon in The Oklahoman.

  • Toddlers have shot at least 23 people this year

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    This past week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in. The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not. Last year, a Washington Post analysis found that toddlers were finding guns and shooting people at a rate of about one a week. This year, that pace has accelerated. There have been at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since Jan. 1, compared with 18 over the same period last year. In the vast majority of cases, the children accidentally shoot themselves. That's happened 18 times this year, and in nine of those cases the children died of their wounds.

  • N.Y. college students accused of fabricating racially motivated attack

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim.   A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney's Office said. Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault.

  • 'Active shooter' at Target was just 'disturbance' about transgender restrooms: Cops

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A call of an “active shooter” Monday afternoon at a Target store in Bradley, Ill., turned out to be a Bradley man causing a disturbance inside the store protesting the company’s policy on transgender people’s use of restrooms, police said Monday. Michael L. Merichko, 39, was charged with disorderly conduct after the incident just before 1 p.m. at the Target, 1650 N. Illinois Highway 50 in Bradley, according to a release from Bradley police. Police determined there was “no reason to believe he threatened anyone,” and are now trying to figure out why the emergency call came over as an active shooter, said Lt. Mike Johnston, a police spokesman.

  • French journalist infiltrates jihadist cell for six months

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Paris (AFP) - A French journalist infiltrated a cell of would-be jihadists, filming them with a hidden camera as they plotted an attack in the name of the Islamic State group, before they were arrested, he told AFP.   The journalist, a Muslim using the pseudonym Said Ramzi, carried out the investigation for a documentary entitled "Allah's Soldiers" which gives an insight into the minds of young jihadists, and will be shown in France on Monday night.   Ramzi describes himself as a Muslim "of the same generation as the killers" who carried out the November 13 terror attacks which left 130 people dead in Paris.

  • Airport worker charged with stealing from a blind woman

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    LAMBERT AIRPORT (KTVI) – A betrayal of trust:  a St. Louis man hired to help disabled passengers get around Lambert Airport is accused of ripping off a blind woman.  Justin Gillespie, 23, is charged with felony stealing.  He worked for a company called AirServ.  Airlines contract with AirServ to help disabled passengers.  Being trustworthy is the biggest part of the job.

  • Warrant: Slain Pregnant Texas Teen Found With Uterus Removed

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A mentally disabled West Texas teenager who told a school worker she had been impregnated by her stepfather was found with her uterus removed when authorities discovered her body in her family's partially burned home, according to an arrest warrant.   The mother of the 18-year-old who was found dead in Idalou, northeast of Lubbock, in February remained jailed Monday after being arrested last week on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person. The teenager's stepfather is being held on three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. No one has been charged in the death, but the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office has said more charges are coming.  The arrest warrant for the mother alleges the woman knew her husband was abusing her two daughters. The mother doesn't yet face charges related to the younger daughter, who is 15.

  • Former OKC high school track coach charged with three counts of rape

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Elijah Tee Gill, 24, of Oklahoma City, was charged Friday in Oklahoma County District Court with three counts of first-degree rape and one count of forcible oral sodomy.