2 men charged in shooting of officer
PHOENIX (AP) — Grand jurors in Arizona have indicted two men accused in the shooting death of a Gilbert police officer.
Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced the indictment Saturday against Christopher Redondo of Globe and Daimen Irizarry of Gilbert.
Redondo is accused of fatally shooting Lt. Eric Shuhandler in the head during a traffic stop Jan. 28. He's charged with first-degree murder, four counts of drive-by shooting and 19 counts of aggravated assault.
Irizarry was driving their vehicle and is charged with four counts of drive-by shooting, nine counts of aggravated assault and unlawful flight from police.
Authorities say that after a 50-mile chase, Redondo and Irizarry were wounded in a gunbattle with 40 police officers from five different agencies.
Judge to sanction a sheriff's office
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has found grounds for sanctioning an Arizona sheriff's office for its acknowledged destruction of records in a lawsuit that accuses deputies of racially profiling countless Hispanics in immigration patrols.
U.S. District Judge Murray Snow held off on imposing the sanctions against the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the Friday ruling but indicted he would do so at a later date once related issues were ironed out.
Since early 2008, Arpaio has run 13 immigration and crimes sweeps consisting of deputies and posse volunteers who flood an area of a city — in some cases heavily Latino areas — to seek out traffic violators and arrest other offenders.
Trapped dad hears family dying in fire
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man trying to find a way out his burning home got trapped in its bathroom Saturday and could only listen in horror to the screams of two of his children, who died in the fire along with his girlfriend, friends and authorities said. The man escaped by breaking a window and jumping out.
Daniel Fox, 37, told fire investigators he ran into the first-floor bathroom of the two-story rental house, looking for a way out for himself and the three others after the blaze broke out around 6 a.m. But the door, which had no doorknob, closed behind him and he couldn't open it.
Fox's children apparently were overcome by smoke as they pounded on the door, yelling for their father during the chaos of the fire, which Fox escaped by smashing out a small bathroom window and jumping out, said Capt. Rita Reith of the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Fox's girlfriend, Cheryl Strong, 32, and his 16-year-old son, Michael Fox, died at the scene, while his 8-year-old daughter, Kelsey Fox, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
S. California firm expands meat recall
MONTEBELLO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California meatpacking firm has significantly expanded its recall of ground beef and veal that might be contaminated with E. coli.
The recall includes approximately 4.9 million additional pounds of products by Huntington Meat Packing Inc. under the Huntington, Imperial Meat Co. and El Rancho brands, the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday.
The original recall was announced Jan. 18 and was for 864,000 pounds of meat.
E. coli is a potentially deadly germ that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in severe cases, kidney failure. The germ can be killed by cooking fresh and frozen meat products to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
There have been no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the products, the food safety agency said.
Robber who killed fetuses gets 53 years
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A judge gave a 53-year prison sentence to a man convicted of shooting a pregnant teller during a bank robbery and causing the deaths of her unborn twins.
The April 2008 shooting led to a change in state law increasing the prison term for anyone who murders or attempts to murder a pregnant woman and causes the loss of her unborn child.
Katherin Shuffield was five months pregnant when she was shot in the abdomen during the robbery at a Huntington Bank branch in Indianapolis. The fetuses died two days later.
Shuffield told the judge during Friday's court hearing that she and her husband, Jason, had been excited about the approaching births of their twin daughters. Her voice began to crack when she described what it might be like to raise 1-year-olds now.
Brian Kendrick, 31, was convicted by a jury last month on charges of attempted murder, robbery, two counts of feticide and illegal handgun possession.
Valentines embraced — 7,777 hugs in day
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 51-year-old Ohio man has embraced the Valentine's Day spirit faster than anyone before, giving 7,777 hugs in 24 hours for a new world record.
Jeff Ondash, who sought the squeezes under the costumed alter ego Teddy McHuggin, broke the record Saturday night outside the Paris Las Vegas hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Guinness World Records says the previous record of 5,000 hugs in one day was set last year by Siobhan O'Connor in Dublin, Ireland.
Ondash also holds the one-hour hugs record with 1,205.