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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge says an Army artillery officer linked by DNA to a string of sexual assaults on young girls will be allowed to blame his twin brother at trial for attacks in two states.
District Judge David Shakes ruled Friday it would be “inappropriate” to bar 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas’ attorneys from presenting his identical twin as an alternate suspect given the siblings’ shared DNA, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette (http://bit.ly/1agdX2C).
“Whether it’s persuasive or not — that’s not my role,” the judge said. “It’s the role of the jury.”
In criminal prosecutions, DNA is widely considered a smoking gun, but only in the absence of an identical twin.
Karen Steinhauser, a criminal defense attorney and adjunct law professor at the University of Denver, told The Associated Press such an argument is rare.
“I have never seen it, ever,” she said. “The only time I have seen it was on ‘Law and Order: SVU,’” the television show.
Steinhauser is not involved in the case.
In an Oct. 22 court filing, Lucas’ attorneys said investigators picked the wrong sibling after discovering a DNA link to an unsolved attack on a young girl in Madison, Ala., in 2007, and another in Texarkana, Texas, in 2009.
The Fort Carson, Colo., officer has denied luring or trying to lure 11 girls into his vehicle in Colorado between 2009 and 2012. His attorneys have said the Alabama and Texas cases involve his twin brother, Brian Frederick Lucas, who the defense says has lived in both states.
Brian Lucas, who has not been charged in any of the cases, could not be reached for comment Saturday but investigators have said he has denied involvement in the alleged crimes.
Aaron Lucas’ attorneys say an unidentified third man is responsible for the Colorado assaults.
Investigators say that a DNA test linked Aaron Lucas to the abduction of an 8-year-old girl in Colorado Springs and that he also matched biological material recovered in the Alabama and Texas cases. The Colorado judge has ruled that the out-of-state evidence will be allowed at trial.
Lucas is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 26. His attorneys did not return a message left by The Associated Press on Saturday.
The Department of Driver Services is offering new online services that could save you a trip to the DMV.
Customers can check their driving reinstatement eligibility, view, print or email a list of their specific reinstatement requirements and pay fees, DDS Commissioner Rob Mikell said Tuesday.
“A high priority has been to improve the license reinstatement process which is the most time consuming transaction for our DDS team members and customers,” Mikell said in a release. “Not only will this online service save time for many who need to reinstate a license, but it should directly impact our service levels at all customer service centers.”
The DDS processes more than 200,000 license reinstatements per year, according to the release, and offering the process online should decrease wait times at service centers statewide.
In order to access the services, a customer must have a license that is suspended, revoked or canceled, have their Georgia’s driver’s license number and have or create a DDS online account.
To access the services, visit the DDS website atwww.dds.ga.gov.
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A South Florida model allegedly slashed her boyfriend with a pink pocket knife after his dog wolfed down her marijuana stash, according to an arrest report.
Shadae Scott, 26, who told a judge she does modeling work, posed for a Broward Sheriff’s Office mugshot after she was arrested on Sunday evening and charged with one count of domestic battery.
Her boyfriend, Kevin Wiggins, suffered two small knife cuts in the face and head area and one gash across his hand.
On Monday, Scott wore a nondesigner jail jumpsuit during a brief bond court appearance at which a bemused Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley read out the BSO arrest report.
According to the arrest affidavit, deputies were called to Scott’s Dania Beach apartment shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday because of a domestic dispute.
Wiggins told deputies the couple got into a fight after his dog ate her marijuana. Wiggins said she kicked him out of the apartment but he couldn’t find his personal items. The model hid all his stuff, the boyfriend said.
He told deputies Scott then started stabbing at him after he asked where his computer was hidden.
Scott told a different story, according to the report.
She said the fight was over dinner plans. She said the argument turned physical after she tried to leave the apartment. but he stopped her from leaving. Scott said she then pulled out a pocket knife to protect herself.
“Scott added that during one of the many times during the argument, Wiggins walked into the knife and cut himself,’ wrote Sheriff’s Deputy Laughten Hall on the arrest report.
Hall noted seeing three “small lacerations” on Wiggin’s body, including a slash over his left ear.
Scott said little during her court appearance, only that she does some occasional modeling work and has lived in South Florida for four years. Scott’s modeling profile and photographs appear in several talent agency websites.
The couple have no children together. She has no criminal record in Florida, records show.
Hurley set Scott’s bond at $3,500, ordered the glamour girl to stay at least 500 feet away from her boyfriend at all times and prohibited her from possessing a knife. Scott was still listed as residing at the Paul Rein Detention Facility as of late Monday afternoon.
Wiggins could not be reached for comments.
It is unclear what happened to the pot-eating pooch.
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SEATTLE — Despite the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington, Seattle police want to remind everyone that thrift stores can’t resell donated bags of pot.
The department released a lighthearted press release on Friday to remind the public of the rules after employees at a thrift store in North Seattle found a large bag of marijuana in the donation bin.
In the release, police say “Donating to thrift shops is a terrific way to give a second life to your well-loved Velcro sneakers, keyboards or flannel zebra jammies,” but they say tires, soiled mattresses, laptops and bags of weed are not welcome.
A thrift store employee called police Thursday afternoon to say he found a garbage bag containing 2.5 pounds of pot in the store’s donation bin.
Police confiscated the marijuana and put it into evidence for destructio
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Virginia Beach, Va. – It’s a not-so-elaborate scheme, that police say, could have landed a Virginia Beach woman on the list of dumbest criminals.
Ariel Sinclair is accused of stealing nearly $6,000 in cash from the Virginia State Lottery.
But, it’s how she did it that has police scratching their heads.
“If you’re providing your fingerprint to access this machine I have no idea how, in your mind, you’re thinking you’re going to get away with this,” said Adam Bernstein of the Virginia Beach Police Department.
Police say the 23-year-old worked as an assistant manager at the Rite Aid on Holland Road.
They say she used her own fingerprint to gain access to the store’s lottery machine and the cash inside, a blunder that pointed police in her direction.
“We work a lot of different cases some are much more difficult than others but this one, pretty easy, when the person’s providing their fingerprint in order to obtain the override,” said Bernstein.
Sinclair has been charged with embezzlement. She was released from jail on a promise to return to court. A preliminary hearing is set for early November.
Man survives failed execution, Iran will try again ‘once medical staff confirm his health condition is good enough.’
An Iranian man hung for drug possession has survived his sentence but may be hung again, a punishment international human rights group Amnesty International is attempting to halt.
Thirty-seven-year old Alireza M was hung for possessing crystal meth in the city of Bojnord last week, and was pronounced dead after 12 minutes. But he wasn’t: workers at the morgue discovered that he had survived the ordeal.
“We found him alive again, which made his two daughters very happy,” an unnamed family member said to Iranian state media, according to the BBC.
Unfortunately, Iranian judicial authorities have decided that he will be hung again, writes the Guardian, when he has made a recovery from the first attempt. Convicts must be in good health before they are hung under Iranian law.
Mohammad Erfan said “The sentence issued by the revolutionary court is the death penalty … in such circumstances it should be repeated once again,” according to the Guardian.
“The horrific prospect of this man facing a second hanging, after having gone through the whole ordeal already once, merely underlines the cruelty and inhumanity of the death penalty,” said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme, in a press release.
“The Iranian authorities must immediately halt Alireza M’s execution and issue a moratorium on all others,” he added.
The ultimate fate of Alireza M remains uncertain, but Iran is no stranger to execution. According to Amnesty International figures, Iran is one of the top five executioners in the world, joining the ranks of China, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the USA.
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The 52-year-old then tried to cut his own throat, following a row at their home in Aintree, Liverpool, a jury was told.
Mrs Clinton, 48, ran out onto Felstead Avenue to get help but died from multiple wounds to her body, hands and left eye before an ambulance arrived on November 28 last year.
Clinton has admitted manslaughter, but denies murdering his wife of 24 years.
He claims he “just lost it” after his wife had pushed him over the edge by “galling him” about his bed-wetting and small manhood.
Armed police were called to the family home where they found Clinton had slashed his wrists and neck in a “serious attempt” to kill himself.
Officers found blood all over the house, including on a set of papers marked “ending a marriage”.
Ian Unsworth QC, told Liverpool Crown Court: “It is apparent that the marriage was in some difficulties in the days leading up to her death and on the day itself.
“Paula was seeking advice as to divorce and the financial arrangements which would follow.
“According to things she said to others, the reason she sought a divorce arose largely out of the defendant’s drinking.”
“John Clinton claims he “just lost it” after his wife Paula had pushed him over the edge by “galling him” about his bed-wetting and small manhood.”
The court heard how Clinton often visited the Grapes pub in Thornton on his way home from work.
On the night Mrs Clinton died, he had drunk 10 pints at his local.
Earlier than day, the mum-of-two had been to visit the Citizens’ Advice Bureau over dividing the couple’s assets.
Clinton told police he stabbed her while holding his hand over her mouth.
He claims she had asked him who would look after him with his bed-wetting and small manhood.
But, he added he wasn’t trying to justify his actions.
Mr Unsworth said Clinton had threatened his wife with a knife a few weeks before her death
He said Clinton became “a bully and a dangerous one at that” after he had been drinking.
He added: “It is clear from what he has said that he does seek to justify his actions, at least in part, by painting a picture of his wife and her conduct which is not a true picture.”
The trial, which continues, will determine if Clinton is guilty of murder or manslaughter.
Woman fakes timestamps on FB messages to help acquit her boyfriend of child abuse; Prosecutors prove it and she now faces perjury and tampering charges
TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City woman is accused of using false social media postings in an attempt to exonerate a boyfriend who was on trial for abusing her teenage son.
Christine Paige Borrowdale, 39, faces an 86th District Court warrant for perjury and tampering with evidence during the June trial of Andre Anthony LeBlanc, 39, her boyfriend. She testified she had printouts that showed her son, 16, was engaged in a Facebook conversation at the time LeBlanc was accused of abusing him.
Prosecutors quickly called into question Borrowdale’s testimony and evidence.
“Basically, people didn’t believe her,” said Grand Traverse County Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg said. “She was confronted later with the fact the dates were changed on the computer. When we went back and looked at computer we found she changed the time setting. That evidence was brought into the trial.”
LeBlanc was found guilty and sentenced to five days in the county jail. Borrowdale’s alleged deception could land her a 15-year prison sentence.
The case began in March when LeBlanc was charged with fourth-degree child abuse and malicious destruction of property. The victim was kicked out of Borrowdale’s home and returned to pick up some belonging when LeBlanc pinned him to the ground during a physical confrontation.
Court documents state Borrowdale made a printout on June 11 that was used by the defense to call her son’s testimony into question. A forensic examination showed the computer’s time zone was switched on the same day. Court documents state “if the time zone is switched on a computer, the times displayed for ‘texts’ or ‘posts’ in a Facebook conversation will be adjusted equally.”
Moeggenberg said Borrowdale stood by her story after being confronted on the stand.
“During her sworn testimony, (the) defendant was questioned regarding these records: ‘Did you alter these records in any way?’ and defendant responded ‘No,’” court documents state.
Moeggenberg said perjury cases are not common because it’s difficult to prove, but in this case the evidence is strong.
“This case was more egregious than most because the mom sided with her boyfriend rather than her son,” she said. “The courtroom is where we speak the truth. We want to show how important it is.”
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A Chicago woman is suing a police officer and the town of Skokie, Ill., claiming she was seriously injured when a cop used excessive force when he threw her face first into a jail cell’s concrete bench following a drunk driving arrest.
Cassandra Feuerstein, 47, claims in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, that she required reconstructive surgery to “replace the bones that had been shattered” after being pushed into the cell on March 10.
Video, released Wednesday by Feuerstein’s attorney, clearly shows the incident. The four and half minute video initially shows Feuerstein being searched by a female officer. She then briefly leaves the cell, before being shoved back in by a guard identified as Officer Michael Hart.
The video shows Feuerstein’s face slamming against a concrete slab running the length of the cell, before she immediately crumples into a ball. It is unclear from the video whether she lost consciousness. Police officers quickly entered the cell to administer first aid as a pool of blood appears on the floor below her.
Feuerstein claims the officer then filed a false report claiming she resisted police to explain being thrown into the cell.
“The video speaks for itself,” Feuerstein’s lawyer Torreya Hamilton told reporters Wednesday. “She does nothing to justify what this male police officer does.”
Feuerstein does not deny the drunk driving charges and pleaded guilty. Her lawyer has not specified the damages sought in the suit.
“The Village of Skokie expresses deep concern for Ms. Cassandra Feuerstein’s injuries that occurred at the Skokie Police Station earlier this year,” the town’s spokeswoman Ann Tennes said in a statement. “Officer Michael Hart has been on station duty and has no contact with the public. Both the Village of Skokie and the Cook County State’s Attorney have ongoing investigations pending that began when the incident occurred… The Village of Skokie is committed to reaching a full resolution in this matter.”
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SALEM, N.H. —Bail was withheld this week from a Salem woman accused of driving after she had been ordered not to following two DWI arrests in the past six month.
“Hours after she was released on bail for the DWI charge following the accident, she was a passenger in another vehicle,” said Deputy Chief Shawn Patten. “However, she had an open container of alcohol and was arrested and taken into custody for that charge, as well.”
Police said that on Aug. 28, they received reports from motorists of a woman in a yellow convertible passed out behind the wheel on Route 28. Salem police said they identified the woman as Plum, and she was again arrested and charged with DWI.
Officials said she was released on bail and ordered not to drive.
But police said Plum was behind the wheel again on Sept. 30 when she passed some road work being done on Bluff Street Extension.
“The suspect, while out on bail and two DWI arrests for a second offense, drove by a Salem officer on a detail in her yellow convertible and waved to him as she went by,” Patten said. “That officer was the original arresting officer from the March DWI case.”
Police said that officer knew Plum wasn’t supposed to be driving and warrants were issued for her arrest on driving after suspension.
On Monday, Plum was back in court.
“We just felt that she was a danger to the community and to herself, so our prosecuting attorney argued in front of a judge in Salem that she needed to be held without bail until trial,” Patten said. “We just feel at this point that she’s not getting the point. She’s not taking it seriously.”