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Ban lifted on Arizona jail visits for Arias defense team member

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona sheriff's officials lifted a ban on Wednesday on jail visits by a key member of Jodi Arias' defense team over accusations she tried to smuggle one of the convicted murderer's drawings out of the facility, an administrator said. Mitigation specialist Maria De La Rosa, who helps gather information to spare clients the death penalty, will be allowed to see Arias and other clients inside any of the Maricopa County jails, said Jack MacIntyre, the Sheriff's Office chief deputy.

Woman accused of shooting at Vancouver Veterans Affairs office is former co-worker of victim

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The woman accused of shooting and injuring a worker at a Veterans Affairs office in Vancouver is a former employee of the office, and another employee wrested away her gun, the VA and Clark County sheriff's office said Wednesday.

Arizona sheriff puts inmates on bread and water for desecrating U.S. flag

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Dozens of inmates in Arizona jails run by a sheriff who has been a controversial figure in the national immigration debate have been put on a diet of bread and water for desecrating U.S. flags that hang in each cell, authorities said on Friday. Maricopa County lawman Joe Arpaio, who has been called "America's toughest sheriff," said 38 inmates were currently getting these meals twice a day as punishment for destroying government property while in custody at six jails.

Drugs found at Bieber home after egg-attack raid

Detectives searching pop singer Justin Bieber's Los Angeles mansion over an egg-throwing attack seized illegal drugs and arrested one of the singer's associates on Tuesday, officials said. Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officer Dave Thompson said an individual was arrested after the drugs were discovered in "plain view" as deputies combed through Bieber's luxury home in the upmarket enclave of Calabasas.

Man suspected of killing Colorado family captured in Oklahoma

By Elizabeth Dilts (Reuters) - A man suspected of shooting dead a family of three and setting their Colorado home on fire was captured in an Oklahoma motel after a month-long manhunt, authorities said on Sunday. Harry Carl Mapps, 59, was arrested in Roland, Oklahoma on Saturday night. He was wanted on charges of first degree murder in the deaths of Reginald and Kim Tuttle and their adult daughter, Dawn Roderick, the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office in Colorado said in a statement.

Four killed, three wounded in Louisiana crime spree

By Jon Herskovitz (Reuters) - A Louisiana man is suspected of killing his wife, ex-mother-in-law and a former employer before turning a shotgun on himself and committing suicide at four locations outside of New Orleans, police said on Friday. The suspect Ben Edward Freeman, 38, was also believed to have shot three other people in the crime spree that took place on Thursday night in Lafourche Parish, about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans.

Couple, four children missing in Nevada found safe in canyon

RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - A Nevada couple and four young children reported missing on Sunday in a remote mountain range northeast of Reno were found safe by rescue workers on Tuesday huddled in a canyon, a dispatch supervisor for the Pershing County Sheriff's Office said. The couple had taken the children, who range in age from 3 to 10, on an outing to an abandoned mining camp in the Seven Troughs range of northwestern Nevada on Sunday to play in the snow, authorities said.

Los Angeles sheriff's officials charged in jail misconduct probe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Eighteen current or former members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have been charged with corruption and civil rights violations stemming from a probe of misconduct inside the United States' largest county jail system, federal prosecutors said on Monday. The wide-ranging investigation was continuing, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr told a news conference. He said 16 of the defendants were arrested on Monday and the two others were expected to turn themselves in shortly.

Charges dropped against suspect in Houston shooting that killed two

AUSTIN (Reuters) - A Texas sheriff's office on Tuesday dropped charges against a man suspected of starting a shooting spree at a Houston-area weekend birthday party that left two dead and 19 injured. Willie Young, 21, was taken into custody on Monday and charged with deadly conduct as the person law enforcement officials initially suspected of firing the first shots at the party on Saturday night attended by about 100 people.

Amusement ride owner charged in North Carolina fair accident

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - An amusement ride owner has been charged with assault after five people were injured last month on a North Carolina State Fair ride that was found to have compromised safety devices, police said on Thursday. The ride owner is the second man to be charged after fairgoers were injured in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 24 when a ride called the Vortex restarted as they were getting off. On October 26, police arrested the ride's operator on felony assault charges connected to the incident.
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