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ap newsbreak: victim info on state website alarms advocates


victim advocates say they're alarmed by the disclosure that an alabama courts website lists the names, home addresses and other personal details of crime victims.those things should remain private, they say, noting that victims of crimes such as rape could be attacked again if offenders know where they live."if they know where they are, that will be devastating to victims. we do have a law that protects the victim," said janette grantham, director of victims of crime and leniency in montgomery, alabama, which works to help and protect crime victims, including victims of sexual assault.the associated press this week found documents on alacourt.com listing personal details about rape victims, including hospital bills, in multiple recent cases and others going as far back as 2007.the informat






police: 2 found dead in luxury condo, suspect in custody


boston — two apparent residents of a boston luxury condominium have been found dead inside the building, and the suspect in their deaths was shot multiple times after exchanging gunfire with police officers, police said.officers were called to the macallen building on friday night in the south boston neighborhood in response to a report of a man with a gun.commissioner william b. evans says a man, identified as bampumim teixeira, of chelsea, fired on the officers when they confronted him at the door of a penthouse condo and police fired back. police say the 30-year-old teixeira fired his gun once, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.evans said the officers were "pretty shaken up" but not injured.there was no word on a possible motive for






poland's former health minister questioned in 2010 crash


warsaw, poland — after autopsies revealed coffins with the remains of multiple victims, polish prosecutors on wednesday questioned former health minister ewa kopacz over alleged government negligence in the aftermath of the 2010 plane crash in russia that killed president lech kaczynski and 95 others.evidence of mishandled identifications carried out in russia has led to a string of investigations in one of poland's biggest national tragedies in decades.prosecutors want to know why poland's government failed to make sure that russia carried out proper identification of the remains, and failed to perform autopsies after the bodies arrived in poland in sealed coffins in april 2010. government officials at the time insisted the coffins should not be opened.autopsies done now on the order of t






firefighters report multiple deaths in blaze at akron home


akron, ohio — firefighters say multiple people have died in a fire at a northeast ohio home.the number of victims and their names weren't immediately released at the scene early monday morning in akron, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) south of cleveland.crews responding to the site around 3 a.m. found a house in flames. there was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze.wkyc-tv reports that arson investigators were among the officials at the scene.






homeland security formally opening immigrant crime office


washington — the homeland security department is set to launch an office for american victims of immigrant crime.the victims of immigrant crime engagement, or voice, opens wednesday and is intended to keep victims informed of the immigration proceedings of suspects.critics have argued that such an office is misguided in part because multiple studies show that immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born u.s. citizens.president donald trump announced the office in his speech to congress in february. the office's creation was also part of an executive order aimed at combating illegal immigration.trump's tough approach to illegal immigration was the core issue of his campaign. the office's opening comes as his administration is highlighting his accomplishments as he approaches






pacifica man accused of drugging, raping multiple men pleads not guilty


redwood city (bcn) a man accused of drugging and raping multiple men over aseven-year period starting in 2007 pleaded not guilty today to 41 felonycounts related to the accusations, according to the san mateo county districtattorney’s office.joseph courtney prosecutors say that, 31, of pacifica, metthree different men for consensual sex and allegedly ended up drugging theminto unconsciousness before raping them.courtney allegedly raped the men along with “unidentified maleassociates,” according to prosecutors.on at least one occasion, after regaining consciousness, thevictim was allegedly shown a video recording of multiple men engaged in sexwith him while he was passed out, prosecutors said.one of the men who saw such a recording of himself reported thealleged rape to pacifica police, sai






pacifica man accused of drugging, raping multiple men pleads not guilty


redwood city (bcn) a man accused of drugging and raping multiple men over a seven-year period starting in 2007 pleaded not guilty today to 41 felony counts related to the accusations, according to the san mateo county district attorney’s office.joseph courtney prosecutors say that, 31, of pacifica, met three different men for consensual sex and allegedly ended up drugging them into unconsciousness before raping them. courtney allegedly raped the men along with “unidentified male associates,” according to prosecutors.on at least one occasion, after regaining consciousness, the victim was allegedly shown a video recording of multiple men engaged in sex with him while he was passed out, prosecutors said. one of the men who saw such a recording of himself reported the alleged rape to pacifica






one dead, one wounded in city heights shooting


two men were shot, one fatally, in a city heights alley saturday night, police said.the victims were in an alley off 44th and thorn streets, east of the villa escondido apartments, when two unidentified men approached, opened fire and ran off about 6:50 p.m., san diego police lt. mike holden said. police were called, but when officers arrived, the victims were gone. witnesses told police what they thought were shooting victims being loaded into a car and driven away. staff at two trauma centers later reported shooting victims had turned up. one was about 20 minutes after the shooting, and that man, identified as angel sanabria, died a short time later from multiple wounds, holden said.the second victim was taken to a different hospital with a single wound, and was expected to survive, hold






multiple people injured in shooting at elementary school in san bernardino


multiple people were injured in a shooting monday morning at an elementary school in san bernardino in what officials are describing as a murder-suicide.san bernardino police chief jarrod burguan said four victims were being treated and a suspect was possibly down as well.“we believe this to be a murder suicide,” he tweeted. “happened in a class room. two students have been transported to the hospital.”the gunfire occurred just after 10:30 a.m. at north park school, 5378 n. h street.the san bernardino county fire department reported multiple gunshot victims and a triage area had been set up.“it’s a developing situation,” said eric sherwin, a fire department spokesman.the shooting comes as san bernardino has seen a major increase in violence.there were 62 slayings in san bernardino in 2016






homeland security formally opening immigrant crime office


washington — the homeland security department is set to launch an office for american victims of immigrant crime.the victims of immigrant crime engagement, or a href='https://apnews.com/030c154f73a84dc19b70088d6075edeb/ap-explains:-trump's-office-on-immigrant-crime'voice/a, office opening wednesday is intended to keep victims informed of the immigration proceedings of suspects.critics have argued that such an office is misguided in part because multiple studies show that immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born u.s. citizens.president donald trump announced the office in his speech to congress in february. the office's creation was also part of an executive order aimed at combating illegal immigration.trump's tough approach to illegal immigration was the core issue of hi






former assistant school principal in bemidji charged with child pornography


in a federal case involving dozens of children, a former bemidji assistant school principal is charged with producing and distributing child pornography and the attempted coercion and enticement of a minor.brandon mark bjerknes, 34, made his first appearance in u.s. district court in st. paul on wednesday. according to the four-count complaint, he posed as a 13- to 15-year-old teen named "brett larson" on facebook and on snapchat to contact middle school and high school girls and boys. he reportedly engaged in sexually explicit conversations and directed minors to send him sexually explicit photographs.authorities say bjerknes used the alias social media accounts to contact more than 50 minor victims, including students at bemidji middle school. authorities believe there may be other victi






penn state trustee "running out of sympathy" for "so-called" victims raped by th


penn state coach jerry sandusky was convicted of multiple counts of raping the children in his care. he's spending the rest of his life in jail. it was covered up for decades by his disgraced boss joe paterno, who croaked before he could get nailed in court. the college's president, graham spanier, was himself convicted last week for child endangerment. but now all that's dealt with, a penn state trustee has harsh words for their victims. penn state trustee albert l. lord said he is “running out of sympathy” for the “so-called” victims of former nittany lions assistant football coach jerry sandusky, according to an email sent to the chronicle of higher education. "running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth," lord said in the email sent saturday. "do not






penn state trustee "running out of sympathy" for "so-called" victims raped by th


penn state coach jerry sandusky was convicted of multiple counts of raping the children in his care. he's spending the rest of his life in jail. it was covered up for decades by his disgraced boss joe paterno, who croaked before he could get nailed in court. the college's president, graham spanier, was himself convicted last week for child endangerment. but now all that's dealt with, a penn state trustee has harsh words for their victims. penn state trustee albert l. lord said he is “running out of sympathy” for the “so-called” victims of former nittany lions assistant football coach jerry sandusky, according to an email sent to the chronicle of higher education. "running out of sympathy for 35 yr old, so-called victims with 7 digit net worth," lord said in the email sent saturday. "do not






car slams into pedestrians in new york's times square, killing 1


new york -- at least one person has died and 20 wounded after a car drove through a crowd of pedestrians in times square just before noon thursday.the new york police department says the crash does not appear to be terrorism-related. the driver, a 26-year-old man, is in custody and has a history of arrests for impaired driving. the car, a red honda, struck the victims at 43rd street and 7th avenue in midtown manhattan, the fdny said. the driver was seen being hauled into a police car.a car struck multiple pedestrians in new york's times square cbs new york police have closed off the area and buildings are on lock down. footage from the scene showed the car on top of barriers along the sidewalk. first responders could be seen tending to victims on the street.






south korea finds presumed remains of ferry disaster victims


seoul, south korea (ap) — south korean salvage crews on tuesday found what was presumed to be the remains of one or more of the missing victims of a 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 people, an official said.salvage crews found six bones near a beam beneath the front side of the ferry, which was raised from the sea last week and loaded onto a heavy lift transport vessel that will carry it to port, said lee cheoljo, an official from the ministry of oceans and fisheries.it wasn’t immediately clear whether the bones, measuring from 4 to 18 centimeters (1.5 to 7 inches), belonged to one person or multiple people, said lee, adding that dna tests to identify the victims would take at least two to three weeks. crews have also found shoes and other items that were presumed to have belonged to vi






south korea finds presumed remains of ferry disaster victims


seoul, south korea — south korean salvage crews on tuesday found what was presumed to be the remains of one or more of the missing victims of a 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 people, an official said.salvage crews found six bones near a beam beneath the front side of the ferry, which was raised from the sea last week and loaded onto a heavy lift transport vessel that will carry it to port, said lee cheoljo, an official from the ministry of oceans and fisheries.it wasn't immediately clear whether the bones, measuring from 4 to 18 centimeters (1.5 to 7 inches), belonged to one person or multiple people, said lee, adding that dna tests to identify the victims would take at least two to three weeks. crews have also found shoes and other items that were presumed to have belonged to victims






cops: 19-year-old raped at least 9 women, starting at age 16


chester, pa. — police in suburban philadelphia say a 19-year-old man is accused of raping at least nine women, starting when he was 16.delaware county district attorney jack whelan says dejohn lee has been in custody since early january, when one of his accusers saw him in a grocery store and called police.whelan says nine women were attacked separately, from 2014 to early 2017.lee faces multiple counts of rape, attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses. police say lee recently told them he had many more victims, and whelan is urging them to come forward.whelan says lee would stalk his victims, waiting until they were alone before attacking.lee, of chester, had no comment for reporters on the way to his arraignment thursday. no attorney information is available online.






victims, roman catholic church spar over ny sex abuse bill


albany, n.y. — victims of child sex abuse in new york say the political power of the roman catholic church and other institutions is preventing lawmakers from passing a law that would relax one of the nation's tightest statutes of limitations on filing criminal charges and lawsuits.the bill also would create a one-year window for lawsuits otherwise barred by the statute of limitations. the church says that provision would cause "catastrophic" financial harm to any institution that works with children.abuse victims say that's no justification for depriving thousands of victims an opportunity for justice.supporters lobbied for the bill at the capitol last week. they say they're optimistic this year because democratic gov. andrew cuomo has said he supports the idea of making it easier for vic






south korea finds presumed remains of ferry disaster victims


seoul, south korea — salvage crews in south korea on tuesday found bones and shoes believed to be from missing victims of a 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 people, an official said.the unexpected discovery, however, triggered an angry reaction from the missing victims' relatives, who criticized the government's salvage operation as poorly planned and questioned whether other remains might have gotten lost while workers raised the sunken ship last week.workers have just completed a massive operation to lift the corroding 6,800-ton sewol from the sea, and recovering the remains of the nine missing victims would put the country a step closer to finding closure to one its deadliest maritime disasters.rescue workers had recovered the bodies of 295 people — most of them students on a high sc






a year after 8 family members slain in ohio, fear holding back witnesses, police


ohio family killings: most victims shot multiple times, coroner saystribune news servicesa coroner's report released tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised. meanwhile, the hunt for whoever is responsible continued to...a coroner's report released tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised. meanwhile, the hunt for whoever is responsible continued to... (tribune news services)






off-duty deputy wounded in gold coast triple shooting


gold coast shooting protesteralyssa pointer / chicago tribunea woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of state and division streets, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, jan. 28, 2017, in the gold coast. "i've been a direct target of (gun violence)," the woman, a resident of the englewood community, said. "every time there is a shooting, i'm coming up with this sign until he does something."a woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of state and division streets, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, jan. 28, 2017, in the gold coast. "i've been a direct target of (gun violence)," the woman, a resident of the englewood community, said. "every time there is a shooting, i'm coming up with th






top marine general asks victims of nude photo scandal to come forward


washington -- fewer than 10 women victims have come forward so far in the investigation into nude photos of female service members that were posted online without their permission, the top marine general said friday. he pleaded with female marines to “trust us” and reach out to make complaints or seek help. “i need their help,” said lt. gen. robert neller, the marine commandant. “i’m going to ask them to trust us. i understand why that might be a bit of a reach for them right now. but i can’t fix this. ... the only way there is going to be accountability in this is somebody comes forward and tells us what happened to them.” playvideocbs this morningnude photos scandal probe includes all military branches the nude photos scandal that's rocking the marine corps is far bigger than previously






wvon host: advertisers should dump shock jock who mocked chicago crime victims


a rising nationally syndicated conservative talk-radio star who makes fun of chicago homicide victims on his show says he is being honored by his bosses at radio giant iheartradio as the "talk personality of the year."texan michael berry mocks chicago homicide victims in his regular feature, "chicago...






colorado prisons need to do better about informing victims when inmates move, pa


denver — a state committee has determined that colorado’s corrections agency should have done more to inform victims of the aurora theater shooting that james holmes was transferred out of state to serve his life sentence.kmgh-tv reported last week holmes was moved out of colorado last year after he was attacked by another inmate. the state says it cannot disclose where holmes is now being held because of an agreement with other states to transfer offenders that requires inmates’ new locations remain secret.the victims rights act subcommittee called on the department of corrections to improve its system for notifying victims of inmate transfers.the action came in response to complaints from family members of victims killed in the 2012 attack.the department has agreed to update its victim n






two cousins shot in monterey county; one dies


salinas – two cousins were the victims of a shooting late saturday, with one of the men dying at the scene from his wounds.the killing was the 13th homicide in salinas this year.about 11:07 p.m., salinas police received shotspotter activation indicating 23 gunshots in the 200 block of dennis avenue, followed by reports from nearby residents of gunfire. they arrived on scene and were directed to a residence where they found a man, 31, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and in the backyard of the residence found a man, 33, who also sustained gunshot wounds. police said paramedics arrived and pronounced the first man deceased, then transported the second victim, who had life-threatening injuries, to natividad medical center.the case is being investigated as gang related, though police sa






off-duty deputy wounded in gold coast triple shooting


gold coast shooting protesteralyssa pointer / chicago tribunea woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of state parkway and division street, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, urday, jan. 28, 2017, in the gold coast. "i've been a direct target of [gun violence]," the woman, a resident of the englewood community, said." every time there is a shooting, i'm coming up with this sign until he does something."a woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of state parkway and division street, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, urday, jan. 28, 2017, in the gold coast. "i've been a direct target of [gun violence]," the woman, a resident of the englewood community, said." every time there is a sho






shooting at san bernardino elementary school planned as murder-suicide, authorit


a shooting took place in a classroom at north park elementary school in san bernardino today, around 10:30am local time. the shooter has been 'taken down,' local tv news is reporting in southern california. the shooting is reported to have been planned as a murder-suicide. two fatalities reported as of 11:15am pt. the shooter is said to have been related to the teacher who was shot dead. two children injured in the shooting incident were airlifted to a nearby hospital. 600 children from north park are being evacuated to cal. state univ. san bernardino. multiple people were injured in a shooting monday morning at an elementary school in san bernardino in what officials are describing as a murder-suicide. san bernardino police chief jarrod burguan said four victims were being treated and a s






arapahoe county authorities seek man in march double shooting near george washin


provided by the arapahoe county sheriff's officea composite sketch in the shooting near george washington high school in march.arapahoe county authorities released a sketch on friday of a man they are searching for in connection with a double shooting near george washington high school last month.the county sheriff’s office says the suspect first opened fire on two men  — ages 25 and 30 — just after they left an apartment complex parking lot on the 1000 block of south park road, just after 4 p.m. on march 15.“as the victims left the area,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release friday, “the suspect then followed them onto parker road heading north.”the suspect then fired more bullets at the victims near the intersection of east leetsdale drive and south oneida street and again near ea






eight arkansas death row inmates sue to block executions over 10 days


eight arkansas death row inmates who are scheduled to die over a 10-day period in april filed a lawsuit in federal court on monday to halt their executions, saying the state’s rush to the death chamber was reckless and unconstitutional.governor asa hutchinson has approved back-to-back executions for april 17, 20, 24 and 27 to make sure a difficult-to-acquire lethal injection chemicals do not expire before the state can implement the punishments.arkansas’ last execution was in 2005, and it has faced numerous legal challenges since then about its protocols and drug procurement secrecy.most u.s. death penalty states abandoned multiple executions on the same day about two decades ago because of factors including the additional strain put on the families of victims, inmates and prison staff, wh






us gives orlando nightclub shooting victims nearly $8.5 million


the victims of the june 2016 mass shooting at a florida nightclub will receive nearly $8.5 million to help provide emotional and financial support, the u.s. department of justice said on tuesday.in a statement, the department’s office for victims of crime said the funds would be granted on wednesday and distributed by officials in florida, where the shooting took place at the pulse gay nightclub in orlando.(reporting by susan heavey)






victims of sexual assault should have better protections


sexual-assault protection orders should be changed by the legislature to give those who have experienced sexual assault the same protections as other victims.victims of sexual assault are extremely vulnerable. yet washington law doesn’t give them the same protections from their attackers as victims of domestic violence or stalking. this needs to change.the legislature is considering two bipartisan bills this session to give sexual-assault victims some parity. one of these proposals must pass the legislature and become law this year.similar measures have passed each house that would allow courts to grant protection orders for victims of sexual assault for a longer period of time, even permanently. current law sets a maximum time limit of two years. after that the victim has to go back to co






eiffel tower paid tribute to london terror attack victims


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the eiffel tower dimmed its lights in a show of solidarity with london, after multiple people were killed and dozens were injured in an attack near the united kingdom's parliament. usa todayfile photo taken of the eiffel tower(photo: ludovic marin, afp/getty images) 18 connect 1 linkedinemailmorethe eiffel tower turned off its lights wednesday night to pay tribute to the victims of the london terror attack.paris mayor anne hidalgo announced her decision to make the city's iconic landmark go dark as a move of solidarity after at four people were killed and many left injured by a lone attacker near the united kingdom's parliament in london. the attacker, who authorities believe attacked alone, was shot dead by police outside the entrance to parliament after he f






eiffel tower paid tribute to london terror attack victims


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the eiffel tower dimmed its lights in a show of solidarity with london, after multiple people were killed and dozens were injured in an attack near the united kingdom's parliament. usa todayfile photo taken of the eiffel tower(photo: ludovic marin, afp/getty images) 20 connect 1 linkedinemailmorethe eiffel tower turned off its lights wednesday night to pay tribute to the victims of the london terror attack.paris mayor anne hidalgo announced her decision to make the city's iconic landmark go dark as a move of solidarity after at four people were killed and many left injured by a lone attacker near the united kingdom's parliament in london. the attacker, who authorities believe attacked alone, was shot dead by police outside the entrance to parliament after he f






minnesota clergy abuse victims favor survivors' panel plan


st. paul, minn. — an overwhelming majority of victims of clergy sex abuse in the archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis favor a compensation plan submitted by a creditors' committee.attorneys representing the victims say 406 people voted on competing compensation plans. of those voting, 94 percent favored a plan by the survivors' committee over one submitted by the archdiocese, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2015.archbishop bernard hebda says the balloting does not necessarily dictate the final plan.the plan from the archdiocese includes a fund of more than $155 million for abuse victims who filed claims in bankruptcy court. the bulk of that money comes from insurance payments. a plan by the survivors' committee calls for the archdiocese to increase its contributions to the vict






san bernardino shooting: multiple people shot at elementary school, authorities


san bernardino, calif. -- multiple people have been shot at an elementary school in san bernardino, california, authorities say.san bernardino county fire spokesman eric sherwin said the shooting happened monday morning at the north park school in the city.“we believe this to be a murder suicide,” san bernardino police chief jarrod burguan tweeted. “happened in a class room. two students have been transported to the hospital.” san bernardino county fire said it was on the scene and that triage and victim count was taking place.  burguan said there was a “large police response.” he said preliminary information is that there are four victims, who are being treated. “suspect is possibly down as well.” he tweeted.this is a developing story.






report: 1,000 shooting victims in chicago this year so far


the number of victims of chicago’s gun violence so far this year rose to 1,000 tuesday evening after two people were shot in the belmont central neighborhood, the chicago sun-times reported.the number hit 1,000 on 2017’s 115th day, meaning that nearly nine people have been shot a day on average, according to the newspaper’s data. at least 174 victims have died.  the bloodiest day of 2017 was the first day of the year, when there were 27 shooting victims. playvideo60 minutes overtimechicago police activity declines as murders spike, data shows data obtained by 60 minutes shows that as gun violence spiked in chicago, police activity dropped in all 22 police districts nearly 90 percent of the shootings took place on chicago’s west and south sides.  eighteen people who were age 14 or younger w






one dead, one wounded in city heights shooting


two men were shot, one fatally, in a city heights alley saturday night, police said.witnesses reported to police what they thought were shooting victims being loaded into a car and driven away from an alley off 44th and thorn streets about 6:50 p.m.a trail of blood and some spent shell casings were found in the alley east of the villa escondido apartments, police homicide lt. mike holden said.staff at two trauma centers later reported shooting victims had turned up. one was about 20 minutes after the shooting, and that man died a short time later from multiple wounds, holden said.the second victim was taken to a different hospital with a single wound, and was expected to survive, holden said. officers went to the hospitals to get information about the victims. other officers followed up on






family of teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues edina dentist


the “negligent and dangerous” actions of an edina oral surgeon during a routine wisdom teeth extraction led to the death of an eden prairie teen, the ’s family is alleging in a lawsuit filed this week in hennepin county district court.the medical malpractice and wrongful death suit against dr. paul tompach, who continues to see patients under state licensing board restrictions, alleges that several missteps caused the death of sydney galleger in june 2015. the lawsuit’s allegations about what tompach did wrong early in the procedure mirror much of what the state board of dentistry investigation determined before it put him under indefinite restrictions starting in march 2016.those missteps range from incorrectly administering general anesthesia to failing to provide proper monitoring durin