In the news
■ Debra Cruise-Gulyas can proceed with a lawsuit claiming that her freespeech rights were violated when a police officer in Taylor, Mich., upgraded a traffic ticket because she raised her middle finger at him, with a federal appeals court ruling that the officer “should have known better.”
■ John Hill, school superintendent in Blairsville, Ga., said an investigation that began with a parent’s complaint found at least 46 students ages 14-18 sharing photos of naked classmates, something he said could be prosecuted as felony child pornography.
■ Cristopher Santos Felix of the Bronx, N.Y., accused of biting off part of a federal immigration officer’s finger as Felix was being arrested at his home on charges of being in the country illegally, was charged with assault, prosecutors said.
■ Joshua Yabut, 30, a U.S. Army National Guard officer charged in the theft of an armored car in Richmond, Va., is now accused of violating his bond agreement by taking an unauthorized trip to Iraq and researching bomb-making, authorities said.
■ Robert Derry, a Connecticut State Police sergeant, searched surveillance video, learned the license plate number of the driver who picked up the wedding and engagement rings that a Boston woman lost at an interstate rest stop in Branford a month earlier, then tracked down the driver, who returned the rings.
■ Robert Earl Council, serving life without parole for murder, who went on a hunger strike to protest being placed in solitary confinement at an Alabama prison, is eating again after being moved to a different lockup where he’s expected to return to the general prison population.
■ Benjamin Danneman, 37, serving time in an Illinois prison for attempted burglary and theft, has pleaded guilty to using the name of a Texas nurse and lying to obtain jobs at three St. Louis-area health care facilities in 2017.
■ Eddy Stabler of Lawton, Okla, convicted of paying his niece $200 and giving her methamphetamine to cut off the hair and slash the face of his wife as she slept in 2016, was sentenced to 15-25 years in prison.
■ Thomas Garner, 59, was charged with first-degree murder after investigators used DNA and genealogical research to tie him to the 1984 slaying of a former classmate at the Orlando Naval Training Center in Seminole County, Fla., Sheriff Dennis Lemma said.