View Mobile Site

Nation news briefs

Text Size: Small Large Medium
POSTED May 18, 2012 10:06 p.m.

PROSECUTOR: PAIR SOLVED CRIME WITHOUT POLICE: FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A prosecutor said a Kentucky couple solved the mystery of who tried to steal their generator using Facebook and other sources of information — but not the police.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland said  that the couple found 32-year-old Ronald Mullins of Berea and 32-year-old Robert Henry of Irvine by searching Facebook.

Mullins and Henry are charged with robbery and criminal mischief.

Cleveland said as the couple left a store April 9, they saw two men taking a generator out of the back of their truck. A scuffle ensued, Cleveland said, with the monogram of one man's shirt being ripped off and the food stamp card falling to the ground.

"It's all on surveillance video at Walmart showing the struggle and the way it all went down," Cleveland said. The couple was not named.

The couple located the men on Facebook after searching the name on the shirt and food stamp card.

MAN WEARS BRIEFS ON HEAD DURING IDAHO BURGLARY: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police in southwest Idaho say a man chose briefs over boxers to wear on his head as he held up a coffee shop and stole a safe.

Coffee shop owner Jason Wilson tells the Idaho Statesman says he believes the man was likely not prepared when he entered Big Star Coffee in Fruitland with an accomplice on Tuesday morning.

Wilson asked: "Who robs something with underwear on their head?"

Investigators say the two burglars made off with about $500 in cash that was inside the safe. Their actions were captured on surveillance cameras inside and outside the shop.

LA POLICE: 2 ARRESTS IN CHINESE STUDENT KILLINGS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two young men have were arrested Friday in the killings of two Chinese graduate students who were shot to death near the University of Southern California campus last month, police said.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Javier Bolden, 19, and Bryan Barnes, 20, were arrested on suspicion of the murders. Barnes was arrested at a home near campus Friday afternoon, and Bolden was arrested a few hours later in Palmdale, Beck said. Both were being held without bail.

Ming Qu, of Jilin, and Ying Wu, of Hunan, were shot April 11 while sitting in a BMW about a mile away from the USC campus. Both students were 23 years old.

The motive was still under investigation, Beck said, but the "evidence points to a street robbery."

FEDS SAY COLORADO WILDFIRE STARTED ON CAMP STOVE: LIVERMORE, Colo. (AP) — Warm, dry weather hindered hundreds of firefighters battling a blaze in northern Colorado that federal officials say started with a camp stove.

The fire, which has grown to cover about 12 square miles, had prompted officials to evacuate about 80 homes, but all residents were allowed to return by Friday night.

Firefighters protected neighborhoods by burning grass, shrubs and small brush to prevent the wildfire from advancing toward homes. Crews got a boost as wind pushed the blaze to an area scorched by a previous wildfire, which slowed its growth.

The fire about 20 miles northwest of Fort Collins was almost half contained Friday evening. More than 500 firefighters, two planes and five helicopters were on hand to help fight the blaze that started Monday. No homes or buildings have been damaged. Three firefighters have suffered minor injuries.

MD. COURT: GAY DIVORCE OK WHILE GAY MARRIAGE ISN'T: ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's highest court ruled Friday that same-sex couples can divorce in the state even though Maryland does not yet permit same-sex marriages.

The Court of Appeals ruled 7-0 that couples who have a valid marriage from another state can divorce in Maryland. The case involved two women who were married in California and denied a divorce in 2010 by a Maryland judge.

"A valid out-of-state same-sex marriage should be treated by Maryland courts as worthy of divorce, according to the applicable statues, reported cases, and court rules of this state," the court concluded in a 21-page ruling.

It said Maryland courts should withhold recognition of a valid foreign marriage only if that marriage is "repugnant" to state public policy. The court says the threshold is a high bar that has not been met in the case that it ruled on.

 

Commenting is not available.

Commenting not available.

Please wait ...