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Minneapolis officers fired after handcuffed man dies during arrest

By Amy Forlitti and Jeff Baenen Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of a handcuffed black man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander's video showed the man pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer knelt on his neck. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced the firings on Twitter, saying "This is the right call." The man's death Monday night after he struggled with officers was under investigation by…

Former Illinois woman arrested with knives: ‘I am the coronavirus’

By Jim Hagerty Reporter NEW YORK - A former Peoria woman is charged with multiple crimes after making what were reported as threatening statements on social media and allegedly stockpiling knives in her vehicle. Police say the incident unfolded the morning of Wednesday, April 29, when a post appeared on a Facebook page registered to  37-year-old Jessica Prim that read, "Hillary Clinton and her assistant, Joe Biden and Tony Podesta need to be taken out in the name of Babylon! I can’t be…

Dixon employees want Rita Crundwell to serve her entire prison term

By Jim Hagerty Reporter DIXON - City of Dixon employees, all 103 of them, do not want ex-Comptroller Rita Crundwell released from prison, leaders expressed in a letter to a federal warden. Addressed to Frederick Entzel and signed by City Manager Danny Langloss, the letter recalls that Crundwell stole more than $53 million and lived a lavish lifestyle while Dixon's roads and infrastructure crumbled into their own footprints. "Rita destroyed public trust and confidence and the…

Cook County Jail runs out of electronic monitoring equipment

By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The effort to reduce the population at Cook County Jail to slow the spread of the coronavirus hit another snag when the sheriff announced that he has run out of electronic monitoring bracelets that defendants wear when they're placed on home confinement.  The sheriff's department said Thursday that the lack of the bracelets will mean that defendants who might otherwise have been sent home will have to remain in jail, where hundreds of detainees and…

Wisconsin man accused of stealing women’s underwear to set fires

Staff Report NORTH FOND DU LAC, Wis. - A North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, man is behind bars, accused of more than two dozen crimes, including stealing underwear to set several fires. Michael L. Miller, 43, has been charged in Fond du Lac County with 27 offenses. The list include 11 counts of arson to a building, four counts of damage to property, three counts of burglary, three counts of reckless endangerment and arson to property other than a building. According to court documents,…

Federal judge orders social distancing inside Cook County Jail

Staff Report CHICAGO - A federal judge on Monday ordered Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart to implement social-distancing measures for people incarcerated at the county jail. With few exceptions, Judge Matthew Kennelly’s order dictates that people incarcerated in the jail can no longer be housed in the same cell with another person and that most dormitory housing must be stopped. The order also extended its earlier orders requiring the sheriff to ensure sanitation, testing, social distancing at…

Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office receives more than $14M in outstanding fines

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Winnebago County State’s Attorney's Office has partnered with a Chicago collection agency to recover more than $14.1 million in outstanding fines from people involved in the criminal justice system. According to State's Attorney Maryiln Hite Ross, her office contracted with Harris and Harris, Ltd. in December 2011. "Over the past several years, there have been many efforts made to get people to pay what they owe to Winnebago County," Hite Ross's office said…

Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape in landmark #MeToo case

By Michael R. Sisak and Tom Hays Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and and was immediately handcuffed and led off to jail, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement. The 67-year-old Weinstein had a look of resignation on his face as he heard verdict that could send him to prison for up to 29 years. "This is the new landscape for survivors of sexual…