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lancaster county treasurer makes court appearance on charges


lincoln, neb. (ap) — prosecutors say lancaster county treasurer andy stebbing falsified bills of sale to help customers evade taxes on the cars he sold. the lincoln journal star says the 53-year-old stebbing made his first court appearance friday to face five felony charges.in one case, state investigators say, a buyer gave stebbing $1,800 and a handgun in exchange for a pickup, but stebbing signed a bill of sale listing the purchase price at $300. he allegedly told the buyer the false bill of sale was “so they don’t hose you when you plate it.”stebbing, a republican and former sheriff’s deputy, has served as county treasurer since 2011. he declined to comment friday on the case, but said he will not resign and plans to seek re-election next year.most read storiesunlimited digital access.






man charged in summit county fentanyl overdose sentenced to two years – the denv


summit county district court judge mark thompson sentenced 28-year-old will lancaster to two years of community corrections for his may 5 conviction for drug possession and use of a controlled substance.after a three-day trial early last month, a jury acquitted lancaster of manslaughter and other charges related to the november 2015 opioid overdose death of his friend, mark largay, in blue river.according to testimony, lancaster was in another room when largay ingested a fatal dose of fentanyl, an extremely powerful synthetic opioid. upon finding his friend unconscious, lancaster unsuccessfully attempted revive him and called 911.in the days leading up to the overdose, however, largay had been inquiring with lancaster via text message about fentanyl dosages and price, among other things.“l






kingco tax payments go astray


several dozen homeowners have complained their payments made around april 26 were never recorded with the county. officials are investigating.some payments for king county property taxes have gone missing, according to the county treasurer’s office. about 75 homeowners have complained to the county that their payments, made on or around april 26, weren’t recorded as paid, said cameron satterfield, spokesman for the king county treasurer’s office, which handles the billing.satterfield said further investigation showed that the payments never reached the county. he said homeowners whose payments were lost won’t be charged interest or penalties for missing the may 1 deadline. he said supervisors from the treasurer’s office will meet with u.s. postal service supervisors thursday to try to dete






minneapolis cop faces charges of criminal sexual conduct


a minneapolis police officer is due in court thursday to face two charges felony counts of criminal sexual conduct with a victim who was mentally impaired or helpless.a warrant was issued wednesday for the arrest of thomas robert tichich, the same day charges of third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct were filed in hennepin county district court.tichich, 47, was booked into the hennepin county jail abut 1 a.m. thursday ahead of a court appearance scheduled for 1:30 p.m. thursday, jail records show.bail was set at $50,000.he is accused of committing the sexual acts which took place on dec. 15, according to court documents.






think you paid your taxes? some property-tax payments not recorded by king count


several dozen homeowners have complained their payments made around april 26 were never recorded with the county. officials are investigating.some payments for king county property taxes haven’t been recorded, according to the county treasurer’s office. about 75 homeowners have complained to the county that their payments, made on or around april 26, weren’t recorded as paid, said cameron satterfield, spokesman for the king county treasurer’s office, which handles the billing.satterfield said further investigation showed that the payments never reached the county. he said homeowners whose payments were lost won’t be charged interest or penalties for missing the may 1 deadline. he said supervisors from the treasurer’s office will meet with u.s. postal service supervisors thursday to try to






veteran lake county cop makes court appearance on rape charges


a veteran of the lake county sheriff's department stood with seven other defendants friday in a lake county courtroom and heard the charges he faces.on june 22, a lake county grand jury issued a five-count indictment nicholas medrano, 34, of lakes of the four seasons, for two counts of rape, attempted rape, criminal confinement and sexual battery.dressed in a dark gray suit, white shirt and black tie, medrano answered questions from lake superior court magistrate natalie bokota and said he understood the charges and his rights.bokota told medrano a preliminary not guilty plea would be entered on his behalf.defense attorney paul stracci said that because of medrano's status with the department, he will ask that the case be set for trial when medrano and he appear tuesday at his formal appea






attorney general: ‘mafia’ threat cost woman life savings


lancaster, pa. (ap) — authorities says a pennsylvania woman has been scammed out of her $159,000 life savings by a man who told her she’d face mafia retaliation if she didn’t give him money.attorney general josh shapiro says that man, 45-year-old yancey taylor, gambled away the money at casinos.taylor is from donora, a pittsburgh suburb, but the charges were announced tuesday in lancaster county, where the alleged 69-year-old victim lived.police say taylor stole the money from the woman in 2013 and that she received threatening phone calls when she tried to resist. a state grand jury investigated the case, which began when the woman rented some property she owned in westmoreland county to taylor in 2012.most read storiessale! get 90% off digital access.online court records don’t list an at






homicide charges filed in fatal hennepin county crash


minneapolis — an apple valley man is facing homicide charges in a crash that killed a woman last week near downtown minneapolis.prosecutors expect the 30-year-old man to make his first court appearance wednesday on charges of criminal vehicular homicide.a criminal complaint filed in hennepin county says the accused driver ran a red light, struck and killed 47-year-old krista sandstrom, then left the scene of the crash along with a passenger.police found him not far from the crash site. he was handcuffed and taken to hennepin county medical center.






body of missing south carolina college student found in pond


lancaster, s.c. (ap) — the body of a south carolina college student who was reported missing has been found.lancaster county sheriff’s office spokesman doug barfield says the body of 22-year-old jerrell white was found in a lancaster county pond saturday morning. white, a student at benedict college in columbia, was last seen in that area about 1 a.m. july 5 after he left a fourth of july party.news outlets report an autopsy be done to determine white’s cause of death. the state law enforcement division is assisting with the investigation.






school bus flips in hit-run; 14 students taken to hospital


lancaster, pa. (ap) — authorities say a school bus flipped on its side in a hit-and-run accident in eastern pennsylvania, sending more than a dozen people to the hospital, including two students with trauma injuries.emergency responders in lancaster county said the lancaster mennonite school bus was taking students to school when the crash occurred shortly before 8 a.m. wednesday in east lampeter township. a witness told wgal-tv that a vehicle trying to pass an oversized load collided with its escort vehicle and spun into the bus before fleeing. police were seeking a light colored sedan.the 14 students, the bus driver and another driver were taken to lancaster general hospital, where spokesman john lines said two students with trauma injuries were being transferred to children’s hospitals






ex-pennsylvania treasurer to plead guilty to lying to fbi


harrisburg, pa. — a former pennsylvania state treasurer has agreed to plead guilty to lying to the fbi in a case stemming from a long-running, pay-to-play investigation that has already ensnared another state treasurer.barbara hafer, 73, is scheduled to appear in federal court friday. a plea agreement filed in court thursday said the charge calls for a maximum of five years in prison.the republican-turned-democrat is the second ex-state treasurer in three years to plead guilty to federal charges. rob mccord, a democrat, resigned in 2015 in the middle of his second term before pleading guilty to attempted extortion in a campaign finance-related case. mccord has not yet been sentenced.prosecutors say hafer, who served from 1997 through january 2005, tried to conceal payments from investment






cook county jail inmate found dead in apparent suicide


a man being held on charges of attempted murder was found dead in his cell at cook county jail, an apparent suicide, officials said.nathaniel griffin jr., 23, was found hanging and unresponsive tuesday by correctional officers, according to cook county sheriff's spokeswoman cara smith.griffin, of the 7200 block of south dorchester avenue, was pronounced dead at 5:50 p.m. at the jail, according to the cook county medical examiner's office.smtih said the death appeared to be a suicide, but the cause of death was pending autopsy results.griffin had been held without bail on attempted murder charges since april 12, smith said.  according to court records, his last court appearance was aug. 24.antonio perez / chicago tribunethe cook county jailthe cook county jail (antonio perez / chicago tribu






ex-pennsylvania treasurer to plead guilty to lying to fbi


harrisburg, pa. — a former pennsylvania state treasurer is agreeing to plead guilty to lying to the fbi in a case stemming from a long-running pay-to-play investigation.barbara hafer is scheduled to appear in federal court thursday. a plea agreement filed wednesday says she could get up to five years in prison.prosecutors say hafer tried to conceal payments of more than $500,000 from businessman richard ireland to her consulting firm. the payments began within weeks of hafer leaving office in 2005. ireland's firm drew more than $10 million in fees by helping private asset managers win state contracts under hafer.hafer is the second ex-state treasurer in three years to plead guilty to federal charges. in 2015, rob mccord resigned before pleading guilty to attempted extortion in a campaign f






man suspected in girl's death in illinois due in vegas court


las vegas — a man under investigation after his youngest daughter's body was found in the garage of an abandoned home in illinois is due to face a judge friday in las vegas, where he is accused of abusing two other daughters and forcing his wife into prostitution.jason scott quate is expected to have a lawyer appointed to his case during his first court appearance on felony charges of sex trafficking and living from the earnings of a prostitute.he won't be asked to enter a plea while a local judge schedules a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to state court for trial. the charges, combined, could get him up to 24 years in state prison.no charges have been filed in the girl's death, but quate is also facing child abuse and child pornography charge






cardinal pell: vatican treasurer denies australia sex offences


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captioncardinal pell: "i am innocent of these charges, they are false"the vatican treasurer, cardinal george pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native australia.he complained that he had been subjected to "relentless character assassination" during a two-year investigation into the "false" claims.he said the pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges.the charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of victoria said.the allegations were made by a number of people, said police deputy commissioner shane patton.cardinal pell, 76, who is based in the vatican, is considered the third-ranking official in the holy see.he told a news conference at the hol






the latest: court appearance in shooting involving fetty wap


paterson, n.j. — the latest on a shooting in new jersey involving hip-hop star fetty wap (all times local):3:45 p.m.a hip-hop promoter arrested after a shooting involving hip-hop star fetty wap in his new jersey hometown has made his initial court appearance on an armed robbery charge.passaic (puh-say'-ihk) county prosecutors say raheem thomas had a handgun and hollow-point bullets when he was arrested on the armed robbery charge so he's also facing weapons charges and a count of receiving stolen property.thomas didn't enter a plea during his brief court appearance wednesday. defense lawyer greyson hannigan says thomas will enter his plea during a pretrial detention hearing scheduled for next week.the shooting happened sunday on a street outside a paterson deli. police say fetty wap and se






cardinal pell: vatican treasurer denies australia sex offences


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captioncardinal pell: "i am innocent of these charges, they are false"the vatican treasurer, cardinal george pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native australia.he complained that he had been subjected to "relentless character assassination" during a two-year investigation into the "false" claims.he said the pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges.the charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of victoria said.the allegations were made by a number of people, said police deputy commissioner shane patton.cardinal pell, 76, who is based in the vatican, is considered the third-ranking official in the holy see.he told a news conference at the hol






cardinal pell: vatican treasurer denies australia sex offences


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captioncardinal pell: "i am innocent of these charges, they are false"the vatican treasurer, cardinal george pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native australia.he complained that he had been subjected to "relentless character assassination" during a two-year investigation into the "false" claims.he said the pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges.the charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of victoria said.the allegations were made by a number of people, said police deputy commissioner shane patton.cardinal pell, 76, who is based in the vatican, is considered the third-ranking official in the holy see.he told a news conference at the hol






rep. rohrabacher's ex-campaign treasurer sentenced to year in jail for embezzlem


a former volunteer campaign treasurer for rep. dana rohrabacher who embezzled more than $250,000 from his former employer and the congressman’s reelection committee was ordered tuesday to serve a year in county jail and five years’ probation and pay back the money.orange county superior court judge robert fitzgerald decided during a sentencing hearing to spare jack wu prison time, saying wu was having personal problems at the time he embezzled the money, did not have a criminal record and is making restitution. wu, 46, of newport beach could have faced a maximum of four years and four months in state prison.as part of a deal with prosecutors, wu pleaded guilty in january to three felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement, 21 felony counts of forgery with sentencing enhancements for thef






murder charge nixed against stepdad who is ruled incompetent


lancaster, n.h. — charges have been dropped against a new hampshire man accused of killing his 11-year-old stepdaughter by submerging her body in a river.a court in lancaster ruled monday that 52-year-old wendell noyes was not competent to stand trial in celina cass' death and that his competency can't be restored. according to one evaluator, his mental illness creates a potentially serious likelihood of danger to others.noyes is accused of submerging celina in the connecticut river, where her body was found six days after she was reported missing in july 2011. her disappearance led to a search in stewartstown, a mile from the canadian border.noyes was arrested on a second-degree murder charge in june 2016 at a psychiatric hospital, where he had been hospitalized for about six months.






apnewsbreak: 2 accused of trying to fly drones at sc prison


columbia, s.c. (ap) — two men have been arrested after authorities say they tried to fly drones carrying contraband materials into a medium-security south carolina prison, officials told the associated press on wednesday.according to documents provided to ap, the arrests came after an overnight chase involving the suspects and authorities outside kershaw correctional institution, a men’s prison that houses nearly 1,300 inmates.authorities said deputies found the men on property belonging to the prison in lancaster county, about 73 miles (117 km) northeast of columbia, at around 3 a.m. wednesday. when authorities approached the men, they fled the scene and initially refused to stop.when they were apprehended, charles everett adams and justin marvin canady were arrested on charges from the d






cardinal pell: vatican treasurer denies australia sex offences


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captioncardinal pell: "i am innocent of these charges, they are false"the vatican treasurer, cardinal george pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native australia. he complained that he had been subjected to "relentless character assassination" during a two-year investigation into the "false" claims.he said the pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges.the charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of victoria said.the allegations were made by a number of people, said police deputy commissioner shane patton.cardinal pell, 76, who is based in the vatican, is considered the third-ranking official in the holy see.he told a news conference at the ho






man suspected in girl’s death in illinois due in vegas court


las vegas (ap) — a man under investigation after his youngest daughter’s body was found in the garage of an abandoned home in illinois is due to face a judge friday in las vegas, where he is accused of abusing two other daughters and forcing his wife into prostitution.jason scott quate is expected to have a lawyer appointed to his case during his first court appearance on felony charges of sex trafficking and living from the earnings of a prostitute.he won’t be asked to enter a plea while a local judge schedules a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to state court for trial. the charges, combined, could get him up to 24 years in state prison.no charges have been filed in the girl’s death, but quate is also facing child abuse and child pornography c






wr keyshawn johnson jr. pleads not guilty to pot charges


lincoln, neb. — nebraska freshman receiver keyshawn johnson jr. has pleaded not guilty to possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.court records say the written pleas were filed tuesday in lancaster county court in lincoln. the records say an aug. 7 hearing has been scheduled on johnson's motion to receive pretrial diversion.johnson was ticketed last month after a resident director reported suspected drug use in a dormitory room.the four-star recruit from calabasas, california, had enrolled early and went through spring practice. he's since left school at the behest of his father, former nfl receiver keyshawn johnson. he says he wants his 19-year-old son to mature before a hoped-for return to nebraska in january.






man accused of vandalizing mosque arrested for missing court – the denver post


fort collins — a former army medic accused of breaking glass doors and throwing a bible into a colorado mosque has been arrested after skipping another court appearance.the fort collins coloradoan reports 35-year-old joseph giaquinto was arrested saturday, a day after he was set to appear at the larimer county justice center. it’s the second time he has missed a scheduled court appearance since his march arrest.photo provided by the larimer county sheriff's departmentjoseph giaquintohe missed his first court appearance and was arrested that same day.investigators say giaquinto acknowledged vandalizing the islamic center of fort collins in march, causing thousands of dollars in damage. he has been charged with a hate crime and criminal mischief.___information from: fort collins coloradoan






wisconsin manhunt suspect appears in court for more charges


janesville, wis. — a wisconsin man accused of stealing numerous firearms and sending an anti-government manifesto to the white house talked back to a court official during a hearing to face state charges.joseph jakubowski is already facing federal charges for allegedly stealing firearms from a janesville, wisconsin gun store and on monday court officials advised him of charges against him in rock county.jakubowski sat with his defense attorney and appeared by television while court commissioner larry barton informed him of three charges of theft and burglary. at one point jakubowski asked a question about one of the charges and barton warned him not to make statements. jakubowksi responded by saying "you can't tell me what to do as a free individual."authorities arrested jakubowski friday






cardinal pell: vatican treasurer denies australia sex offences


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captioncardinal pell: "i am innocent of these charges, they are false"the vatican treasurer, cardinal george pell, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing after being charged with sex offences in his native australia.he complained that he had been subjected to "relentless character assassination" during a two-year investigation into the "false" claims.he said the pope had granted him a leave of absence to fight the charges.the charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of victoria said.the allegations were made by a number of people, said police deputy commissioner shane patton.cardinal pell, 76, who is based in the vatican, is considered the third-ranking official in the holy see.he told a news conference at the hol






murder charge nixed against stepdad who is ruled incompetent


lancaster, n.h. (ap) — charges have been dropped against a new hampshire man accused of killing his 11-year-old stepdaughter by submerging her body in a river.a court in lancaster ruled monday that 52-year-old wendell noyes was not competent to stand trial in celina cass’ death and that his competency can’t be restored. according to one evaluator, his mental illness creates a potentially serious likelihood of danger to others.noyes is accused of submerging celina in the connecticut river, where her body was found six days after she was reported missing in july 2011. her disappearance led to a search in stewartstown, a mile from the canadian border.noyes was arrested on a second-degree murder charge in june 2016 at a psychiatric hospital, where he had been hospitalized for about six months.






illinois child killing suspect makes vegas court appearance


las vegas — a man suspected of killing his young daughter in illinois and forcing his wife into prostitution in las vegas made a court appearance tuesday on charges he abused two daughters kept captive in an apartment.jason scott quate, 34, is already jailed without bail on sex trafficking, living from the earnings of a prostitute and possession of child pornography charges.a las vegas judge set a july 26 hearing to determine whether quate should stand trial in nevada state court on 33 felony charges of child sexual assault, abuse and lewdness involving the children who are now 11 and 13 and in child protective custody.convictions on the five child sex and 21 lewdness with a minor counts, combined, could get quate 385 years to life in nevada state prison.katrina ross, quate's court-appoint






illinois child killing suspect makes vegas court appearance


las vegas (ap) — a man suspected of killing his young daughter in illinois and forcing his wife into prostitution in las vegas made a court appearance tuesday on charges he abused two daughters kept captive in an apartment.jason scott quate, 34, is already jailed without bail on sex trafficking, living from the earnings of a prostitute and possession of child pornography charges.a las vegas judge set a july 26 hearing to determine whether quate should stand trial in nevada state court on 33 felony charges of child sexual assault, abuse and lewdness involving the children who are now 11 and 13 and in child protective custody.convictions on the five child sex and 21 lewdness with a minor counts, combined, could get quate 385 years to life in nevada state prison.most read storiesunlimited dig






cops: lye caused kids' burned throats at chinese restaurant


lancaster, pa. — pennsylvania police say it was lye that severely sickened two children after drinking what they believed to be apple juice at a chinese buffet in march.in a statement issued friday, east lampeter police say there was no evidence the ordeal at the star buffet & grill near lancaster was intentional. no criminal charges have been filed.it wasn't clear if the investigation remained open or if charges could be filed later.a 10-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl were taken march 3 to penn state hershey medical center after their mouths and throats were burned by something in their drinks.inspectors found lye in the restaurant and took it to the state department of agriculture for analysis, in addition to samples from the kids' cups and the apple juice container.






court: judge can hear charges facing police in 137-shot case


cleveland — a judge in the city where two unarmed blacks died in a 137-shot barrage of cleveland police gunfire can hear dereliction of duty charges against five police supervisors accused of failing to control a high-speed chase involving more than 100 officers, the state's highest court ruled thursday.the ruling addresses only where the case can be heard and not the substance of the misdemeanor charges against the supervisors.the supervisors' attorneys filed an appeal in july 2015 that said the case should be tried in cuyahoga county common pleas court, where charges were originally filed. the 8th district court of appeals agreed and issued an order prohibiting east cleveland municipal judge william dawson from hearing the case after county prosecutors filed identical charges in that cit






cardinal pell: vatican treasurer charged with sex offences


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption cardinal pell has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing the vatican treasurer and australia's most senior catholic figure cardinal george pell has been charged with sex offences in australia. the charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of victoria said.the allegations were made by more than one person, said police deputy commissioner shane patton.cardinal pell, who is based in the vatican, has vehemently denied the accusations.as vatican treasurer, cardinal pell is considered the third-ranking official in the catholic church."cardinal pell will return to australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements," the church said in a stateme






cardinal pell: vatican treasurer charged with sex offences


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption cardinal pell has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing the vatican treasurer and australia's most senior catholic figure cardinal george pell has been charged with sex offences in australia. the charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the state of victoria said.the allegations were made by more than one person, said police deputy commissioner shane patton.cardinal pell, who is based in the vatican, has vehemently denied the accusations.as vatican treasurer, cardinal pell is considered the third-ranking official in the catholic church."cardinal pell will return to australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements," the church said in a stateme






cardinal pell: vatican treasurer charged with sex offences


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption cardinal pell has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing the vatican treasurer and australia's most senior catholic figure cardinal george pell has been charged with sex offences in australia. the charges relate to alleged "historical" incidents, police in the australian state of victoria said.the allegations were made by more than one person, said police deputy commissioner shane patton.cardinal pell, who is based in the vatican, has vehemently denied the accusations.as vatican treasurer, cardinal pell is considered the third-ranking official in the catholic church."cardinal pell will return to australia, as soon as possible, to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements," the church said i






wisconsin firearms theft suspect in court on state charges


janesville, wis. (ap) — a wisconsin man accused of stealing numerous firearms and sending an anti-government manifesto to the white house talked back to a court official during a hearing to face state charges.joseph jakubowski already has federal charges against him for allegedly stealing firearms from a janesville, wisconsin, gun store and court officials advised him monday of charges he faces in rock county.jakubowski sat with his defense attorney and appeared by television while court commissioner larry barton informed him of three charges of theft and burglary. at one point jakubowski asked a question about one of the charges and barton warned him not to make statements. jakubowksi responded by saying “you can’t tell me what to do as a free individual.”authorities arrested jakubowski o






why the left will never stop despairing over trump


let’s do a little thought experiment. suppose that, after some soul-searching, the left went through this three-stage process, which i’ve contextualized through the coming health-care debate.1. they realize ‘history’ isn’t a thing, and ‘the people’ can’t be trusted.leftists have always suggested the arc of history bends in their direction. it’s a hegelian idea: as each consciousness awakens to the inherent truth of a leftist ideal, a critical m of awakened people vote and change the course of history. the very word progressivism is based on the idea.but history isn’t playing along. the people, instead of awakening to new consciousness, are seeing leftist overreach as a threat. elections centered on repealing obamacare, for instance, laid bare the true intents of “the people,” with the hail