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Two Gunnison prison employees charged in separate criminal cases

SALT LAKE CITY — Criminal charges were filed Tuesday against two employees of the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison for separate incidents.

Joseph Conrad Cote, 45, of Salina, was charged with distribution of a controlled substance inside a correctional facility, a first-degree felony.

Sanpete County Attorney Kevin Daniels said Cote was a corrections officer who “became compromised by a group of inmates.” Cote, who was struggling financially, agreed to start smuggling Suboxone — an opioid — and at least one cellphone into the prison to give to inmates in exchange for money, Daniels said.

Cote would allegedly meet with a relative of the inmates outside the prison to receive the drugs and then bring them inside the correctional facility. The investigation began after other corrections officers discovered the cellphone, Daniels said.

Cote is believed to have been paid several thousand dollars, according to the county attorney.

Daniels said the

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North Carolina DAs weigh options for prosecuting COVID-19 cases

A person found guilty of violating the governor’s mask mandate could face punishment ranging from unsupervised probation to 60 days in jail.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As Governor Cooper expands enforcement of the COVID-19 mask mandate, Charlotte-area district attorneys will be responsible for prosecuting mask violators.

Under the governor’s new executive order, individuals who don’t wear a mask in certain situations could be cited for a Class 2 misdemeanor, which, if found guilty and based on an individual’s criminal record, could lead to a punishment ranging from unsupervised probation to 60 days in jail.

Several weeks ago, the District Attorney for Cleveland and Lincoln Counties, Mike Miller (R), decided to dismiss a criminal summons issued against the owner of Burton Farms General Store in downtown Lincolnton.

The summons accused the owner of not enforcing mask-wearing or social distancing.

“These are otherwise lawful businesses and otherwise lawful individuals when I’ve got to

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U.S. attorneys launch program to help solve cases of missing, murdered indigenous people

TULSA, Okla. (KFOR) – Federal attorneys in Oklahoma say they are launching a pilot program to tackle a problem that is known but often not talked about.

Data suggests that indigenous women and girls disappear at a disproportionate rate.

“The missing and murdered rates in Oklahoma, it’s an epidemic,” said Carmen Thomas, with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Central Oklahoma.

Supporters say Native American women and girls go missing at 10 times the rate of other peer groups.

“We know someone who knows someone who has either gone missing or has been murdered, so it touches all of our lives,” said Brenda Golden, a Native American activist.

On Monday, two U.S. attorneys launched a pilot program to help establish a collaborative response when investigating cases involving missing or murdered Native Americans.

U.S. Attorneys Trent Shores and Brian Kuester launched the

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Push for pet theft law change after hundreds of dognapping cases recorded across Kent

Hundreds of dogs are stolen in Kent every year with only around one in four finding their way back home, it can be revealed.

Over the last five years at least 549 canine companions have been cruelly snatched from their home, driveway, garden or even while out walking.

A number of stolen dogs were recovered last month following a police raid
A number of stolen dogs were recovered last month following a police raid

Last year 121 pooches were taken between October 2019 and September with just 24 returned to their owners, according to a freedom of information request sent to Kent Police.



Of these dognapping cases only ten suspects were arrested and none were charged.

And it was a similar picture just a year before this, when between October 2018 and September 2019, just 36 dogs found their way home, resulting in 13 arrests – but again no charges.

In fact, over the last five years there have only been 14 charges

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NSW law reform report misses chance to institute ‘yes means yes’ in sexual consent cases

The New South Wales Law Reform Commission has released its recommendations for reform of the state’s sexual consent laws.

After a process lasting more than two-and-a-half years, the report is a disappointment to survivors and advocates seeking comprehensive reforms.

The review was sparked by the advocacy of Saxon Mullins, the complainant in the high-profile rape case of Luke Lazarus.

A jury found Lazarus guilty of rape in 2015, but his conviction was overturned on appeal. He was then acquitted in a judge-only trial. An appeal court found a legal error in the judge’s reasoning, but ruled it would be “oppressive” for Lazarus to face a third trial.

The Lazarus case highlighted the complexity of consent law in NSW after two trial judges applied the law incorrectly. However, the Law Reform Commission report fails to address the main concerns raised by the case.

Importantly, the reforms would not require defendants to

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Anti-Lockdown Protesters Burn Masks in Manhattan as New York Daily COVID Cases Highest Since April

Following new statewide coronavirus restrictions issued in New York, anti-lockdown protesters were seen cheering as face masks were burned on a New York City street on Sunday.



a group of people walking down the street: A protester at an anti-lockdown demonstration at Union Square in New York City on November 22. The demonstration saw face masks being burned in Washington Square Park as protesters shouted "no more masks, burn the masks."


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A protester at an anti-lockdown demonstration at Union Square in New York City on November 22. The demonstration saw face masks being burned in Washington Square Park as protesters shouted “no more masks, burn the masks.”

The protesters took to the streets as the state’s seven-day average number of cases reached 5,511 on Saturday, the highest level recorded since April 27 when the average count stood at 5,844, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

One protester was seen pouring fuel over a pile of masks at Washington Square Park, in Manhattan, as onlookers shouted “no more masks, burn the masks,” according to video footage captured by local news site Freedomnews.tv.

More than

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LA County restricts in-person dining due to COVID-19 cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles County announced new coronavirus-related restrictions Sunday that will prohibit in-person dining for at least three weeks as cases rise at the start of the holiday season and officials statewide begged Californians to avoid traveling or gathering in groups for Thanksgiving.

The new restrictions in Los Angeles County – the nation’s most populous – came as the California Department of Health and Human Services reported more than 15,000 coronavirus cases statewide Saturday – by far the highest level since the pandemic began in March. Another 14,000 cases were recorded Sunday.

California’s average daily number of coronavirus cases has tripled in the last month, the Los Angeles Times found in an analysis, while COVID-19 hospitalizations have doubled in the same time period.

A curfew that affects most of the state took effect Saturday requiring people to stay home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless they

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Hundreds protest new California curfew as cases spike

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California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system. (Nov. 19)

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Hundreds of protesters defied California’s new curfew Saturday night, gathering in Huntington Beach as the mandate to stay home from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. went into effect.

The demonstrators, some waving large American flags, crossed the Pacific Coast Highway on foot amid blaring car horns in the Orange County city, about 35 miles south of Los Angeles.

Huntington Beach police Lt. Ryan Reilly told the NBC Los Angeles TV station the crowd of about 400 protesters – “some, not all” of which wore masks – was mostly law-abiding and dwindled by half after 90 minutes. Reilly said police did not intend to issue citations for curfew violations, adding, “We are seeking compliance and trying

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Attorney objects to consolidating cases in Jennifer Dulos homicide

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Help is on the way to tackle huge overload of misdemeanor family violence cases in Bexar County

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales announced Friday that six County Court at Law judges have agreed to take on misdemeanor family violence cases in an effort to relieve the huge overload of pending cases.

Prior to Friday, only County Court at Law 7 and 13 were assigned such cases. But due to the COVID-19 protocols in effect, all courts ceased having jury trials and most moved to virtual hearings, which resulted in a much slower process than in-person hearings and an increase in 1,500 cases.

“Thousands of (family violence) survivors are facing a very long wait for justice,” Gonzales said of the backload.

Thanks to judges Alfredo Ximenez, John Longoria, Mary Roman, Tommy Stolhandske, Carlo Key and Melissa Vara, who don’t normally handle such cases, the caseloads for judges Michael De Leon and Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez will be reduced, Gonzales said.

Prior to the pandemic, there

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