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Utah to allow firing squads for executions

Courtesy of: Lethal injection remains the primary method for carrying out executions in the state, Gov. Gary R. Herbert said in a statement. A firing squad would only be used in the event the necessary drugs cannot be obtained. “Those who voiced opposition to this bill are primarily arguing against capital punishment in general and that decision has already been made in our state,” said Marty Carpenter, a spokesman for Herbert. “We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such… Read More

Pot-Tax Refund

Courtesy of: Colorado’s marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents’ pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before it has to give some back. That means Coloradans may each get their own cut of the $50 million in recreational pot taxes collected in the first year of legal weed. It’s a situation so bizarre that it’s gotten Republicans and Democrats, for once, to agree on a tax… Read More

Facebook post lands man in jail

Courtesy of: MINERAL WELLS , TX File this one under the category of things best not posted on Facebook. A 22-year-old Mineral Wells man is behind bars after allegedly posting on his Facebook page that he had more than a dozen warrants out for his arrest. “So, I have 16 warrants out right now. Lol they know where I’m at tho so, it must not be TOO bad,” Eddie Smith’s Facebook page read on Jan. 20. That same day, a concerned citizen sent a Facebook message to the Mineral Wells Police Officers Association. Sure enough, investigators looked into the claim… Read More

Cops: Trooper applicant charged with sex crime based on police test answers

Courtesy of The Pennsylvania State Police have a rigorous application process, which includes a polygraph pretest. Recently, a Crawford County man applying to become a state trooper apparently failed his polygraph so spectacularly, not only didn’t he get the job, he ended up under arrest, instead. The Associated Press reports that 29-year-old Joseph Adam White, of Hartstown, was at the Meadville barracks for his police cadet lie detector exam when he admitted having sex with an underage girl four years ago during the polygraph pretest. The story doesn’t detail how the subject came up. Only that White allegedly told the… Read More

Georgia inmates forced to wear hot pink jumpsuits

Courtesy of: COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. — Inmates at a Georgia jail are now wearing pink jumpsuits. The Grovetown jail in Columbia County started making male inmates wear pink this week. A police sergeant said he’s heard from inmates that they already hate the color and never want to come back. And that’s exactly what they were hoping for. “A lot of them have said, ‘I’m not coming back because I’m not wearing pink again,’” said Sgt. Cameron Brown with the Grovetown Department of Public Safety. Drivers can also see the inmates in pink when the men pick up litter on… Read More

Man faces meth charges after reporting dead bodies, police say

Courtesy of: A 60-year-old Coon Rapids man has been charged with methamphetamine possession after police say he called to report there might be dead people in his house. Dale Allen Oakland has been charged with second-degree controlled substance. He faces up to 25 years in prison and a maximum of $500,000 in fines if convicted. Authorities say Oakland called police on Dec. 17 to report that there could have been dead bodies in his home. Coon Rapids officers say Oakland answered the door when they arrived armed with a 12-inch knife and a long wooden stick with a spear fastened… Read More

9-year-old boy arrested after allegedly stealing gum

Courtesy of: (CNN)Police in Idaho arrested a 9-year-old boy who failed to appear in court. His crime, they say? Stealing a pack of gum. The petty theft actually took place over the summer, but a Post Falls officer made the arrest last week, Police Chief Scott Haug said. “A local judge issued an arrest warrant for a 9-year-old for failure to appear in court,” he told CNN. “Our officer located the child sometime last week, transported the child to the detention facility. The child was not handcuffed and was treated very well.” Even so, the police chief called the arrest… Read More

Inmate in cell breaks fire sprinkler, floods Miami courtrooms

Courtesy of: A Miami-Dade jail inmate was charged Thursday after police said he broke a fire-alarm sprinkler inside Miami-Dade’s criminal courthouse, causing flooding that damaged at least three courtrooms during the frantic morning calender calls. Acacio Carreira, 32, was charged with obstructing a fire-extinguishing equipment. He was in custody awaiting trial for a burglary. On Wednesday morning, Carreira was inside a holding cell while awaiting an appearance before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Miguel de la O when he set off the fire alarm, police said. Miami-Dade police say he wasn’t hard to identify – Carreira was the only one in the… Read More

Nike bail: Judge accepts sneakers as bond

courtesy of A man in the US state of Massachusetts has avoided jail for failing to pay court fees by leaving a pair of $85 (£55.94) Nike trainers as a bail bond. Judge Douglas Stoddart accepted the unusual deposit after offering Jason Duval, charged with drug offences, the chance to “be creative”. The charges date back to 2012, and Duval, 39, said he was unable to pay after going through a costly divorce. Duval was originally charged in 2012 with two counts of possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class C substance and driving to endanger.He can… Read More

Judge: Sex assault suspect allowed to blame twin

Courtesy of: 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 ( “Whether it’s persuasive or not — that’s not my role,” the judge said. “It’s the role of the jury.” In… Read More