A grand jury indicted a former Atlanta-area police chief late on Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct for shooting his wife in bed on New Year's Day in an apparent accident that left her partly paralyzed, local media reported. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said last month that William McCollom, then the police chief of Peachtree City, accidentally shot his wife while moving a gun he had taken to bed for security. Although there is no evidence McCollom intentionally tried to hurt his wife, the district attorney sought an indictment against him for reckless conduct because he took a loaded gun to bed after drinking and taking sleep medication, Ballard said last month. McCollom, who resigned as chief last month, testified before the grand jury that indicted him, WSB-TV reported.
(Reuters) - Texas on Wednesday executed a 34-year-old man convicted of seizing a gun from a San Antonio police officer and fatally shooting him in a struggle in 2001, a prison spokesman said. Manuel Garza was killed by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 6:40 p.m. at the state's death chamber in Huntsville. The execution was the 524th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Sandra Maler)
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prospective jurors in the Colorado theater shooting case were asked in a 75-question survey about whether they had experienced mental illness and their views on the death penalty.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The nation's largest contact lens manufacturers have sued Utah over a new law that critics say was written at the behest of Utah-based discount retailer 1-800-Contacts.
A crane struck a concrete pedestrian bridge on Wednesday afternoon just before rush hour, sending part of the span crashing onto commuter train tracks, officials said.
Two teenagers accused of conspiring to kill teachers and students at their suburban Los Angeles high school admitted on Wednesday to making a criminal threat in connection with the planned mass shooting that never materialized, prosecutors said. The pair were arrested in August by police who said the plot was thwarted after detectives were tipped off by administrators at South Pasadena High School. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said the teens, now aged 18 and 17, appeared in Pasadena Juvenile Court and each admitted to one felony count of criminal threats. One was arrested at his home without incident, while the other "resisted arrest and officers had to force entry into his residence," police said in a statement at the time.
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - A suburban Dallas pastor has been charged in connection with the death of a 2-year-old child who was allegedly starved as part of a religious ritual to rid him of demons, authorities said on Wednesday. Araceli Meza, 49, pastor of a non-denominational Christian church in Balch Springs, is charged with causing serious injury to a child. "We believe there could be multiple suspects, including the parents, but we don't know who is a suspect and who is a witness until we interview everyone," Balch Springs Police Lieutenant Mark Maret said. Police said witnesses told them the boy's body was taken to Mexico by his parents, who have not returned to the United States.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Lawsuits and data point to multiple cases of guards firing shotguns at inmates at a Nevada state prison where a handcuffed prisoner was killed by a corrections officer trainee last November.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island cardiologist had the office of another doctor torched, then hired someone who turned out to be an undercover police officer in a failed attempt to have the doctor hurt or killed, authorities said Wednesday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Girl Scouts are opening a troop at a gay pride center in Salt Lake City that officials say will welcome transgender youth and children from LGBT families.
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A Virginia circuit court judge on Wednesday rejected efforts by alumnae and others to block the closing of Sweet Briar College, clearing the way for it to join the growing ranks of shuttered U.S. women's schools. Sweet Briar is among a shrinking number of women’s colleges, which totaled 230 in 1960 but by last year had dwindled to just 47 in the United States and Canada, the Women’s College Coalition says on its website.
PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor urged jurors Wednesday to reject an insanity defense from a Phoenix man charged with killing his brother over a drug dispute and then gunning down a witness — the brother's 6-year-old son.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers want a federal judge to cancel subpoenas of the two FBI agents and a state trooper who arrested real estate heir Robert Durst because they say state courts need permission to call federal agents.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The husband of a woman who fled New Hampshire with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago amid a custody dispute in a previous relationship was arrested on Wednesday as he landed at an Atlanta airport on a flight from Central America with the daughter, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A woman stole more than $100,000 worth of women's clothing and merchandise, which she was selling out of her nearly $1 million home in a Kansas City suburb, authorities allege.
DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — The family of an Australian college baseball player who was shot to death in Oklahoma cried Wednesday as a witness testified that he tried to comfort the 22-year-old.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Transportation officials have re-opened Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border after it was temporarily closed due to smoke from grass fires.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors have started weighing the case against a man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz (AY'-tahn payts) in 1979.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dramatic dash-cam videos of an arrest in Arizona showed an officer plowing his cruiser into an armed robbery suspect at high speed, once again putting police actions under the public microscope.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - A group of South Florida mayors are escalating their campaign against plans to expand a nuclear power plant near Miami that involves constructing 100-foot (30-meter) tall transmissions lines through some of the area's toniest neighborhoods. Florida Power & Light Co [NEEPWR.UL] is seeking federal approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to add nuclear reactors to its Turkey Point plant in south Florida. Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado urged residents to speak against the project, which was approved by the Florida legislature last year.