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February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Louis Mitchell Jr. saw a brilliant opportunity when thousands of Georgia motorists abandoned their cars on snow-paralyzed roads this week, authorities say. Police say he used a tow truck he had stolen earlier in January to haul away four cars left on roads -- and without anyone's permission. Online jail records show the Atlanta Police Department also arrested Mitchell on suspicion of driving with a suspended or revoked license, using a fake license plate, damaging property and three instances of forgery.
Two New Jersey state troopers who fired 11 shots at a van carrying minority passengers reached a plea bargain with the state Friday, avoiding a trial on charges of attempted murder, attorneys said. Troopers John Hogan and James Kenna are expected to plead guilty Monday to lesser charges, according to defense attorney Robert Galantucci. As part of the agreement, federal prosecutors will drop any plans to get involved in the controversial 1998 case. "It's over.
June 30, 1997
Re "Troopers Say Starr Probing Clinton's Personal Ties," June 25: It is incredible that after three years and tens of millions of dollars spent, [independent counsel] Kenneth Starr is now seeking information from women President Clinton allegedly had relations with before he became president, in the hope he can find some information he can use to build a case. His own trial attorney told the jury in his summation in the McDougal/Tucker case that the president did nothing wrong even if he was at a meeting when a loan to Susan McDougal was discussed, which the president denied attending.
A man suspected of murdering a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and three other people was shot to death from behind by two state troopers because they thought he might be armed and about to open fire on them, an official with the New York State Police said Thursday. "He was told, 'Stop! Halt! Put your hands up!' " Maj. James O'Donnell said at a news conference. "It was his decision to turn in a threatening manner. . . .
September 25, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- Mitt Romney has taken plenty of heat for the family vacation he took with his dog in a carrier on the roof of his car, but it appears a woman in Washington state has lowered the bar. Speeding down the freeway near the town of Bothell, she was arrested, along with her fiance, when state troopers found the family dog in the trunk. Oh, and the woman's three kids were in there too. Officers were alerted when they stopped the car, which had been traveling at 77 mph in a 60-mph zone, and heard "a thumping sound," Washington State Patrol spokesman Keith Leary said in a statement.
June 17, 1989 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Even though he was 49 when he committed suicide in 1984, novelist Richard Brautigan's creative life was brief. His celebrity rested chiefly with his Haight Ashbury flower-child guru image and life style, and an offbeat handful of books--among them "Trout Fishing in America" (the best known), "In Watermelon Sugar" and the early "A Confederate General From Big Sur," all published in the mid-'60s. "Sombrero Fallout: A Japanese Novel" came out a decade later, when Brautigan's drinking, writing, obsessive and even paranoiac behavior had all taken turns for the worse.
April 2, 1989 | From United Press International
A gunman killed a state trooper and a woman he was interviewing in his cruiser Friday, then turned the gun on himself, state police said. The trooper and the woman were both dead at the scene, said trooper Randy Nichols, a state police spokesman. Neither was immediately identified. The gunman was taken to a hospital in undetermined condition.
March 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two men wanted for questioning in a couple's disappearance shot and wounded a state trooper before escaping from an Ozark Mountain cabin that police had surrounded for 10 hours, authorities said. "I feel like they're still close, but they can hide pretty good in the woods," state Police Sgt. Pete Westerman said. He did not know how or when the men escaped from the 100-square-foot cabin.
November 22, 2009 | Mcclatchy Newspapers
If you're a state trooper, losing your hat can get you in trouble. Lying about how you lost your hat, however, can get you fired. Thomas C. Wetherington, 22, says he was treated unfairly when the North Carolina Highway Patrol dismissed him in August over a lost hat -- especially considering that other troopers have done worse things yet kept their jobs. "Look, we've got guys having sex in patrol cars just about every day," said Wetherington, a trooper since 2007. "Why did I get dismissed when other guys get slaps on the wrist?"
February 25, 1993 | Associated Press
A veteran Virginia trooper was found shot to death beside his car in suburban Washington, D.C., early Wednesday and dogs quickly led investigators to two suspects who were later charged in the case. Trooper Jose Cavazos, 50, apparently was shot during a routine traffic stop, authorities said. Cavazos was found lying near his cruiser on an Interstate 95 ramp in Prince William County by a state transportation worker.
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