Five Felony Cases Dropped in Ferguson, Mo.

     CLAYTON, Mo. (CN) - No more than five felony criminal cases will be dropped due to Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson's absence, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney announced Wednesday.     Wilson, who is white, fatally shot 18-year-old black man Michael Brown on Aug. 9, sparking daily protests accusing police of excessive force and racial profiling.     The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday that a ...

Women Sue Alameda County for Harassment

Women Sue Alameda County for Harassment SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - In a federal class action, four civil rights activists claim they were sexually harassed and subjected to filthy conditions in the Alameda County jail.     Lead plaintiff Anne Weills, an attorney, sued Alameda County, Sheriff Gregory Ahern and seven named law enforcement officers, claiming the officers ordered the group to remove their shirts in front of male deputies and prisoners, among other things.     When some of the wo...

So-Called ‘Vampire Vet’ Indicted in Texas

FORT WORTH (CN) - A Texas veterinarian kept a woman's dog alive for months to harvest blood from it while telling her the animal had been euthanized, according to a grand jury indictment.     Millard Tierce, 71, of Fort Worth, was indicted Wednesday on one count of felony theft; one count of felony misapplication of fiduciary property; and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.     Allegations from two previous lawsuits made international h...

Debt Bondage Case Reinstated in Texas

Debt Bondage Case Reinstated in Texas HOUSTON (CN) - Dozens of Filipino workers who claim they were duped into debt bondage can make their case in Texas, an appeals court ruled.     Fifty-seven Filipino men sued International Plant Services (IPS) and its Manila-based affiliate, MBC Human Resources Development Management Corp., in May 2011 in Harris County Court .     Based in La Porte near the Port of Houston and dozens of refineries and chemical plants, IPS supplies skilled work...

Revered Bollywood Actor Accusedof Inciting 1984 Genocide of Sikhs

LOS ANGELES (CN) - Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan incited the 1984 genocide of thousands of Sikhs to avenge the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, a human rights group claims in a federal class action.     Sikhs for Justice on Monday sued Bachchan, 72, alleging crimes against humanity; cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; extrajudicial killing; wrongful death; negligence and other counts.     Sikhs for Jus...

Baby-Formula Allergy Claims Draws FTC’s Fire

     NEWARK, N.J. (CN) - The makers of Gerber Good Start Gentle formula cannot substantiate claims that the product prevents infants from developing allergies, federal regulators say.     On the heels of class actions alleging advancing similar claims across the county, the Federal Trade Commission sued Gerber Products Co. on Wednesday for a permanent injunction and disgorgement of ill-gotten money.     Gerber and its Nes...
  October 30, 2014  

Threat of Tribal Violence Keeps Casino Closed

Threat of Tribal Violence Keeps Casino Closed FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in California's Central Valley to remain closed indefinitely, as feuding factions of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indian tribe continue to fight over who should be in charge.     The closure was triggered after one of the factions - led by Tex McDonald - launched an armed takeover of the lucrative gaming hall on Oct. 9. He and a group of approximately 26 securit...
  October 30, 2014  

Car chase ends in crash on Palisades Interstate Parkway ramp in Fort Lee

Car chase ends in crash on Palisades Interstate Parkway ramp in Fort LeeNorthJersey.comA car chase that started in Closter this morning ended on the Palisades Interstate Parkway but the suspects fled, authorities said. A 2008 Audi was stolen out of a driveway on Wainwright Court in Closter just before 5 a.m., Chief Dennis Kaine said. A ...
  October 30, 2014  

Md. Man Arrested, Accused Of Kidnapping 6-Year-Old Daughter In Miss.

Md. Man Arrested, Accused Of Kidnapping 6-Year-Old Daughter In Miss.CBS LocalPASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A six-year-old who police say was kidnapped from a Pascagoula, Mississippi, restaurant Wednesday night has been found safe in Butler County, Alabama. The child's father is behind bars, awaiting extradition. Pascagoula Police ...Maryland man arrested in kidnapping of Pascagoula boy, 6 SunHerald.comChild kidnapped in Pascagoula, Miss. Wednesday, found safe in Butler County ... Daily Jou...
  October 30, 2014  

Two Arrested in Charlton Drug Bust

Two Arrested in Charlton Drug Bustabc40drugs CHARLTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Two men are under arrest after being stopped in Charlton on the Mass Pike. Mass State Police say they were allegedly in possession of 100 grams of suspected heroin and 381 grams of suspected cocaine.
  October 30, 2014