News from across the USA
ALABAMA Town Creek: Sandra Hill Treadway, 54, has been sentenced to 60 years in prison after she tried to hire a hit man to kill her grandson’s mother. After the Lawrence County Sheriff ’s Office learned of the plan, an investigator posed as a hit man and the intended victim faked her death.
ALASKA Anchorage: Burglars have hit seven car dealerships, city police say, using vehicles to ram fences and then stealing vehicles and cash.
ARIZONA Phoenix: A restraining order prohibiting a construction company from making changes to the exterior of the Chinese Cultural Center will remain through Nov. 3. True North Companies wants to renovate 98 of the 103 condominium units it owns on the site.
ARKANSAS Little Rock: A federal appeals court has cleared the way for Arkansas to impose new restrictions on the way the abortion pill is administered. It backed a 2015 law that requires doctors providing the pills to contract with another physician with admitting privileges at a hospital who agrees to handle any complications.
CALIFORNIA Santa Clara: A San Jose woman will get a $6.7 million settlement from the city of Santa Clara. Her leg was broken as she tried to prevent police from entering her home without a warrant to arrest her teenage daughter on an arson charge.
COLORADO Denver: A New York City developer hopes to build a 90-story skyscraper in downtown Denver. It would have luxury condos, a hotel and retail and would be 34 stories taller than the city’s tallest building.
CONNECTICUT Vernon: A man charged with killing his wife is expected to face questioning from a probate judge on why her estate is worth only $6.42. Richard Dabate told investigators a masked man shot his wife and tied him up. But police said his wife’s Fitbit indicated she was moving around an hour after her husband said she had been shot.
DELAWARE Newark: Robin Morgan, chair of the University of Delaware’s biological sciences department, has been named interim provost, The News Journal reports. Provost Domenico Grasso is stepping down for personal reasons.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Washington, D.C., area ranks third in the USA in traffic congestion behind New York and Los Angeles, a study finds. It includes the nation’s absolute worst traffic hotspot: the stretch of southbound Interstate 95 from the Fairfax County Parkway to Fredericksburg. The study by Seattlebased traffic data firm Inrix counted 1,394 traffic jams there in two months.
FLORIDA Tallahassee: A Leon County fifth-grade teacher who sent parents a letter asking students to use gender-neutral pronouns in class is being moved to an adult education program. Chloe Bressack asked students to use “Mx.” — pronounced “Mix” — when addressing the teacher.
GEORGIA Atlanta: A state panel has voted to revoke the law enforcement license of DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, who pleaded guilty to obstruction and prohibited conduct in July after being accused of exposing himself to a police officer in an Atlanta park. Mann has 30 days to appeal.
HAWAII Hanalei: A family has apologized after a wildfire that closed large portions of Kauai’s North Shore on Tuesday was found to have been accidentally ignited during an ancient Hawaiian fire-throwing ceremony, Hawaii News Now reports.
IDAHO Pocatello: A new Department of Veteran Affairs clinic has opened in Pocatello that aims to serve 1,000 more veterans than before.
Whitney Young High School has ended its football season with three games left because it
cannot field enough players. Coach Timothy Franken blames waning interest in football nationwide and a declining school population.
INDIANA Crawfordsville: State police are investigating a shot fired by a local officer at a movie actor portraying a bank robber. Police told Jim Duff to drop his gun, but he turned toward them and an officer fired a shot that missed the actor.
IOWA Forest City: Officials are concerned that highly intoxicated inmates and those who refuse to take a breath test are being turned away from a new county jail, a policy the Winnebago County sheriff says has been implemented because of liability concerns.
KANSAS Overland Park: Police are looking for a man who attacked a woman as she ran on a suburban Kansas City trail. The potential victim, a 51-year-old kick-boxing instructor, ripped her arm free and kicked him in the groin.
KENTUCKY Frankfort: The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services has been awarded a
$10 million federal grant to help with the state’s drug addiction epidemic.
The 25-year-old guardian for four children has been charged with four counts of cruelty to a juvenile after high levels of cocaine were found in their systems.
MAINE Portland: A toddler whose 2011 disappearance sparked a sweeping investigation has been declared legally dead. The order by Cumberland County Probate Judge Joseph Mazziotti enables Ayla Reynolds’ mother, Trista, to file a wrongfuldeath lawsuit against the girl’s father, Justin DiPietro.
MARYLAND Annapolis: Isabel FitzGerald, a former secretary of the state Department of Information Technology, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to an alleged bribery conspiracy involving millions of dollars in information technology contracts.
Barnstable: A Nantucket man who broke into the houses of four women on the island and raped them at knife-point has been sentenced to 20 years in
prison. David Matterson, 37, also was sentenced to 10 years’ probation after his prison term.
MICHIGAN Trenton: The blighted former McLouth Steel property along the Detroit River will become an automotive manufacturing and logistics facility as part of a $4 million property deal approved Thursday by the Wayne County Commission. Crown Enterprises will invest at least $20 million to redevelop the site.
MINNESOTA Minneapolis: Interstate 35W between downtown and Crosstown Highway 62 will be shut down Friday night through Monday morning for redesign work, even though the Twin Cities Marathon is this weekend and the Twins, Vikings and Gophers all have home games.
MISSISSIPPI Oxford: Voting has been extended as University of Mississippi students choose between a bear and a landshark as a sidelines mascot. The nickname for athletic teams remains the Rebels, but Ole Miss took Colonel Reb off the field in 2003.
MISSOURI Springfield: Tyson Poultry Inc. pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the federal Clean Water Act when its Monett plant dumped an animal feed ingredient into the wastewater treatment system and killed more than 100,000 fish in
2014. Tyson will pay a
$2 million fine plus
$500,000 to maintain and restore waterways. MONTANA Missoula: The University of Montana’s fall enrollment fell to 11,865, down 4.5% from last fall, despite its freshman enrollment growing nearly 2%, The Missoulian reports.
NEBRASKA Lincoln: About 60 Nebraska National Guardsmen have been playing “the enemy” during war games in Sweden. They are among more than 1,300 U.S. troops taking part in Aurora 2017, which officials say is Sweden’s largest military exercise in more than 20 years.
NEVADA Las Vegas: A judge has rejected cattleman Cliven Bundy’s bid to represent himself at his upcoming trial. Bundy and others are accused of leading a conspiracy to enlist a self-styled militia to prevent federal agents from removing Bundy cattle from what is now Gold Butte National Monument.
NEW HAMPSHIRE Exeter: Police say a 17-year-old Phillips Exeter Academy junior who was hospitalized for dehydration and then vanished had traveled out of
state and was located safe in Hartford, Conn.
NEW JERSEY Long Branch: Recently retired boxer Dustin Fleischer has found and thanked the man who rescued him from a rip current at the Jersey shore. Edrick Alleyne raced into the surf and grabbed Fleischer and they rode a wave out of the rough surf Friday night.
NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: A waitress says Republican Gov. Susana Martinez picked up a take-out lunch meal, crumpled up the bill and left a Santa Fe restaurant without paying Wednesday. Clarissa Lucero says a man who accompanied the governor returned about 7 p.m. to pay for the meal. Martinez’s office calls it a misunderstanding.
NEW YORK Troy: A Troy man says he suffered a black eye and a facial gash that required eight stitches when he was attacked by a rabid deer. Tony Remillard, 34, was in his backyard when the 10-point buck jumped his fence and attacked him. The deer was later found dead.
NORTH CAROLINA Greens
boro: Three federal judges will meet Oct. 12 in Greensboro to decide whether unlawful racial bias has been removed from newly redrawn legislative districts.
NORTH DAKOTA Washburn:
The city will spend $5,550 to install security cameras in City Hall following allegations that the president of the city commission had harassed employees. President Larry Thomas, who is the subject of recall petitions, denies the allegations.
OHIO Youngstown: A woman accused of duct taping her 11year-old son to a chair in June before taking another child swimming pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Mahoning County courtroom to a felony charge of child endangering.
OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City: The U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday that six schools, including five from the Oklahoma City metro area, are National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017, The Oklahoman reports.
OREGON Eugene: An unidentified buyer will pay $12.75 million for the former Hynix computerchip plant in Eugene.
Pennsylvania hunters got permission this week to use four types of devices: electronic decoys for hunting waterfowl and doves, electronic scent dispensers and electronic ozone gas dispensers.
RHODE ISLAND Providence:
The city is getting a new bicyclesharing system. A spokesperson tells WPRI-TV the 400 bikes will debut in the spring.
SOUTH CAROLINA Greenville:
Federal prosecutors say AnMed Health, an Anderson hospital, has agreed to pay more than $7 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims.
SOUTH DAKOTA Lead: The Mystic Miner Mountain Resort, a ski resort and tubing park in the Black Hills, is being sold at a sheriff ’s auction after its owners defaulted on $3.7 million in loans.
TENNESSEE Nashville: Retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker is saying little about his political future, but he appeared to leave the door slightly ajar on a run for governor next year. However, five major GOP candidates already are looking to succeed termlimited Gov. Bill Haslam.
TEXAS San Antonio: A fourth Bandidos motorcycle club member has pleaded guilty in the 2006 slaying of an Austin man who allegedly sought to establish a chapter of the rival Hell’s Angels.
UTAH Salt Lake City: The U.S. Department of Labor is accusing a company with ties to the polygamous community of violating child labor laws again. Prosecutors say Paragon Contractors changed its name to Par 2 and hired underage workers for construction jobs in 2015-16. In 2012, Paragon agreed to pay $200,000 in back wages to children who picked pecans for long hours in the cold.
VERMONT Essex Junction: Gov. Phil Scott and the Chamber of Commerce are teaming to encourage economic cooperation with the aerospace industry in Quebec and elsewhere by promoting state businesses that provide parts and services.
VIRGINIA Richmond: A state health actuary says health plan premiums are set to rise by an average of nearly 60% in Virginia’s 2018 individual marketplace. David Shea told lawmakers that average monthly premiums will range from roughly $500 to $1,050, The Richmond TimesDispatch reports.
WASHINGTON Everett: Snohomish County north of Seattle will begin marking the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, following the lead of other local governments.
WEST VIRGINIA Parkersburg:
Japanese truck maker Hino Motors Manufacturing will move its Williamstown assembly plant about 20 miles to upscale retailer Coldwater Creek’s former distribution center. The company said the $100 million investment could create up to 250 jobs.
WISCONSIN Madison: Wildlife experts say the number of bobcats has risen in northern Wisconsin to about 3,500, up from 1,500 in 1980.
WYOMING Cheyenne: The state Environmental Quality Council has sent plans for Wyoming’s first major new coal mine in decades back to a state agency for more work. Ramaco’s plans for its Brook Mine north of Sheridan don’t offer enough environmental protections, it says.