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Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 2:39 AM
— Deputies received a stunning answer during a traffic stop on a Nebraska interstate Tuesday. An elderly couple claimed that the nearly 60 pounds of marijuana found inside their vehicle, worth more than $300,000, had been earmarked as gifts.
“They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents,” Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times.
Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, were arrested by the York County Sheriff’s Department, the News-Times reported. The couple told deputies they were from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., and were heading for Vermont. Deputies stopped the Toyota Tacoma on I-80 near the town of Bradshaw after they saw the vehicle cross the center line and fail to signal, the News-Times reported.
Vrbka said when the vehicle was stopped, deputies allegedly detected a “strong odor” of marijuana and conducted a probable cause search. The marijuana was found in boxes stored inside the pickup topper. The street value was estimated at $336,000, Vrbka told the News-Times.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:16 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee man cleared of a rape and burglary conviction after spending 31 years in prison was awarded $1 million by the Tennessee Board of Claims, The Tennessean reported.
Lawrence McKinney, 61, was awarded the cash after a unanimous vote by the board. He was released from prison in 2009 because of new DNA evidence that cleared him of rape and burglary charges handed down in Memphis in 1978.
McKinney will receive $353,000 up front to pay his attorney fees and debts and also to buy a vehicle, the Tennessean reported. The remaining $647,000 will be distributed in a monthly annuity that will pay McKinney $3,350 per month for life beginning on May 1, the newspaper reported.
The payment is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years. If McKinney should die within that span, the balance will be paid to his wife, or his estate if she also does not survive, the Tennessean reported.
The $1 million award is the maximum amount the board was allowed to allot for McKinney. Gov. Bill Haslam granted an executive exoneration to McKinney in December.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 12:32 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
TROTWOOD — UPDATE @ 3:45 a.m: One person is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital after being shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning, according to officials.
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The incident occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight, per initial reports.
The suspect vehicle, believed to be a black Lincoln SUV, was towed away shortly after the shooting occurred and one person was arrested while officials were on scene.
No word on if the person arrested is the suspected shooter or just being taken in for questioning.
We will continue to update this story as details become available.
UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: Officials continue to investigate after a person was shot in the mouth in Trotwood early Friday morning.
Initial reports indicate the shooting occurred in the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road just after midnight.
The suspect was not on scene when authorities arrived, but officials are describing the suspect vehicle as a black Lincoln SUV.
The victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions.
Crews are responding to the 4700 block of Knollcroft Road in Trotwood on a reported shooting that occurred early Friday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 12:20 a.m., per initial reports.
We will continue to update this story with more details.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:24 AM
MIAMI TWP. — A West Carrollton police cruiser was reportedly hit during a short pursuit on southbound I-75 Friday morning, according to officials.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Officials investigate after person is shot in the mouth in Trotwood
The pursuit started around 2:45 a.m. and ended shortly after at the 43 milemarker near the I-675 exit ramp, per initial reports.
No injuries were reported as a result of the hit and one person was reportedly detained at the scene.
No word on the severity of the damage to the cruiser.
Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
NEW YORK — Federal agents arrested a crew member of Fly Jamaica Airways for allegedly attempting to smuggle bags of cocaine into the United States by taping them to his legs, according to a statement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
On March 17, the man was taken to a private search room at JFK International Airport, CNN reported. The flight had arrived in New York from Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Agents said they found four packages taped to his legs, with nine pounds of cocaine with a reported street value of $160,000, CNN reported.
The man has been charged with federal narcotics smuggling, CNN reported. He will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.