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Florida
Burglary suspect returned to get iced tea bottle

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a suspected burglar was arrested after returning to a crash scene to retrieve a bottle of iced tea, fearing it would be used as evidence.

Local news outlets report 23-year-old Bryan Lindon is charged with burglary of an unoccupied residence and grand theft.

Authorities say Lindon and another person are suspected of breaking into a Cooper City home Tuesday morning, then trying to break into another residence in Pembroke Pines.

Police arrested a 17-year-old suspect in Pembroke Pines, but say Lindon fled in a stolen car and crashed into a truck.

Broward Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Gina Carter says Lindon was arrested after returning to the scene for the tea, which she says Lindon probably thought was DNA evidence.

It's unclear whether he has an attorney.

Ohio
Man who sent selfie to replace mugshot arrested

LIMA, Ohio (AP) - A man Ohio police say sent them a selfie because he didn't like the mugshot they were using has been arrested in the Florida panhandle.

Lima (LY'-muh), Ohio, police say Donald "Chip" Pugh was arrested Tuesday in Century, Florida, and is being held on another warrant out of Georgia.

Police in Ohio say Pugh also is wanted for failing to appear in court and is a person of interest in several other cases.

Lima police say Pugh sent them a picture of himself in a sport coat and sunglasses along with a message stating, "Here is a better photo that one is terrible."

The police department has posted on its Facebook page a new mugshot of a smiling Pugh after his arrest in Florida.

Pugh can't be reached for comment while he's in custody.

Pennsylvania
Girl, 12, shot by constable serving father eviction

DUNCANNON, Pa. (AP) - A 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl was home sick from school when she was accidentally shot and killed by a constable serving her father with an eviction notice, authorities said.

The girl's father, 57-year-old Donald Meyer, pointed a loaded rifle at Constable Clark Steele and Steele fired a single shot in return, the bullet traveling through Meyer's arm and striking Ciara Meyer, who was standing behind him, state police said.

Steele is "completely distraught over this incident - this is the worst nightmare any of us as constables can encounter," Bill Stoeffler, a Dauphin County constable and spokesman for the region's constables' association, told pennlive.com.

The bullet shattered a bone in Meyer's arm, and he was flown to the hospital for treatment. Meyer was charged with aggravated assault and other offenses.

Steele's visit to the apartment near Duncannon should have been expected by Meyer because the constable had been there "numerous times" about the eviction, and had given Meyer a Jan. 11 deadline to move out, authorities said.

"It was absolutely no surprise he was coming at this date and time," said Trooper Rob Hicks, state police spokesman.

Steele was there to enforce a magistrate's eviction order. Court documents show Donald and Sherry Meyer owed about $1,780 in back rent and court costs.

The family had not appealed the eviction order, Hicks said.

"His lawful job, because he had a valid court order, was to remove them from the property if they had not already moved," Hicks said of the constable.

The Perry County district attorney is reviewing the shooting.

Virginia
Documents must be handed over in magazine suit

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A young woman at the center of a debunked article in Rolling Stone magazine about a campus gang rape at the University of Virginia has been ordered to turn over documents.

A federal judge in Charlottesville made the ruling Tuesday as part of a defamation lawsuit filed by a top U.Va. administrator. Nicole Eramo's lawsuit said she was cast as the "chief villain" in the article.

The article was about a student identified only as "Jackie" who claimed she was raped by seven men in a fraternity initiation. Media outlets report the judge ordered her to hand over communication documents pertaining to the article and her alleged sexual assault.

Other lawsuits have been filed by the fraternity that was the focus of the article and three members.

Florida
Widow sues over shooting death

DADE CITY, Fla. (AP) - The widow of a Florida man shot and killed during an argument over texting during movie previews has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the theater, its developer and one of its employees.

Nicole Oulson seeks more than $15,000 and a jury trial. According to the lawsuit filed in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court in Dade City, she suffered physical, psychological and economic damage.

Curtis Reeves, 73, is charged with second-degree murder in Chad Oulson's 2014 death and aggravated battery for shooting Nicole Oulson in the hand.

The lawsuit says Cobb Theaters and an employee at the Wesley Chapel movie theater failed to enforce the company's prohibition on weapons.

Reeves plans to invoke Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law to have the charges dismissed at a hearing in April or May.

Connecticut
Man's body to be removed from vets' cemetery

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - The remains of a Vietnam-era Army veteran are being removed from the Connecticut state veterans' cemetery because he was convicted of killing three people.

State officials acknowledge that Guillermo Aillon, convicted in 1984 of killing his estranged wife and her parents in North Haven in 1972, had no right to be buried in a veterans' cemetery when he died in 2014.

The state Department of Veterans' Affairs on Tuesday removed Aillon's headstone from the Middletown cemetery and said they will exhume and relocate his body.

The New Haven Register reports that the case was brought to the attention of state officials by Kevin Dacey of East Haven, who found a federal regulation that bars internment in a veterans' cemetery if that person has been convicted of a capital crime.

Published: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

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