MAN CHARGED WITH SPREADING HIV CLAIMS 300 PARTNERS: DEXTER, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man who told authorities he had sexual contact with as many 300 people since being diagnosed with HIV pleaded not guilty on Thursday to infecting another man with the virus, and prosecutors said more charges are expected.
David Mangum entered the plea after being charged with recklessly infecting another with HIV, which in Missouri — where penalties for such crimes are among the nation's harshest — carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. His attorney didn't return messages seeking comment.
Court documents allege that the 36-year-old told detectives in Dexter, a small town in southeast Missouri, that he had unprotected sex with as many as 300 partners since being diagnosed a decade ago with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Up to 60 of those contacts allegedly occurred after he moved to Missouri two years ago from Dallas, where he has convictions for prostitution, indecent exposure and public lewdness.
Many of his trysts stemmed from Craigslist ads, he told investigators, and he would meet up with men at parks, truck stops and other remote locations. Police believe many were truckers or others passing through the region, and because Mangum had little information about many of the men, investigators are concerned about finding potential victims, Dexter police detective Cory Mills said.
"First names with no phone numbers or addresses — that's going to be a challenge," Mills said.
So authorities turned to the media, and since then more potential victims have come forward, Stoddard County prosecutor Russell Oliver said.
RUNAWAY TRUCK FLATTENS VEHICLE, HITS HOME IN UTAH
BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — A red vehicle sitting in a Bountiful driveway was flattened Thursday morning after it was hit by a runaway semitrailer carrying 45 tons of sand.
Nobody was injured in the crash that happened a little before 7 a.m. Thursday, but the front of a home was wrecked and the car crushed.
The truck driver had been hauling a full load of sand up an incline on the way to Bountiful Ridge Golf Course when he attempted to downshift, according to Bountiful police Sgt. Andrew Bryson. He couldn't get the vehicle in gear, and the brakes went out when he tried to stop it, police said.
The heavy semitrailer rolled backward for about half a city block, burst through a retaining wall and smashed the car before it finally came to a stop partway inside a home.
Bryson said the residents of the home were eating breakfast in another part of the house. They were not injured.
12 WORKERS INDICTED IN LA-AREA SCHOOL BOOK THEFTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A dozen employees from four Southern California school districts have been indicted in an alleged scheme to steal and resell thousands of textbooks, prosecutors said Thursday.
Those indicted included two librarians, a campus supervisor and a former warehouse manager from financially troubled school districts including Los Angeles Unified and nearby districts in Inglewood, Lynwood and Bellflower, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a statement.
All were recruited into an alleged scheme set up by 43-year-old book buyer and seller Corey Frederick, who operates Doorkeeper Textz in Long Beach.
The indictment unsealed Thursday alleges that between 2008 and 2010, Frederick paid the employees between $600 and $47,000 per person for stolen language arts, economics, physics, anatomy and physiology books stolen from schools, then resold them to Amazon and other major book buyers.
CROWD AT MCCAIN TOWN HALL OPPOSES SYRIA ACTION : PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain faced a tough crowd largely opposed to military action in Syria during a town hall meeting Thursday in Phoenix.
The Republican senator repeatedly told about 150 constituents at the morning meeting that there would be no plans to send U.S. troops to retaliate for the alleged chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus.
"I want to begin by saying to you I am unalterably opposed to having a single American boot on the ground in Syria," McCain said. "The American people wouldn't stand for it.
"Second of all, it would not be anything but counterproductive to do that. American blood and treasure is too precious to do that."
McCain had planned to talk about immigration and other issues at the gathering at a public library, but Syria dominated the conversation. He was interrupted from the start by someone shouting that his response on the topic wasn't good enough.
TEENS' FINGERPRINTS FOUND ON WWII VETERAN'S CAR: SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Investigators have discovered fingerprints linking two teenagers to an 88-year-old World War II veteran who was beaten to death last month, authorities said.
Police said in an affidavit that Demetruis Glenn and Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, killed Delbert "Shorty" Belton on Aug. 22 while he sat in his car. Investigators found Glenn's prints on the exterior rear driver's side door and the interior of the rear driver's side passenger door and Adams-Kinard's prints were on the exterior driver's door and the interior of the rear driver's side passenger door, according to the affidavit.
Belton's body was found wedged between the front bucket seats, with his lower body from the neck down folded into the back seat area, according to the affidavit.
Glenn and Adams-Kinard will be arraigned Sept. 12. Both face charges of first-degree murder and two charges of first-degree robbery. They are being tried as adults.
SCHOOL DEAL REACHED FOR OHIO GIRL WITH SERVICE DOG: ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A first-grader in southeast Ohio who uses a service dog will transfer to a different school because her special-education teacher is extremely allergic to dog dander.
Six-year-old Shyanna Gretz will attend a school located next to the elementary school she should have attended.
The Athens Messenger on Thursday reported that Gretz and her black Labrador retriever, Spring, will begin attending Beacon School in Athens once paperwork is finalized.
The girl's mother, Charla Gretz, said she is pleased with the resolution, especially since the issue over the teacher's allergy didn't come up until the first day of school last month.