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Officer Stacy Lynn Lakotas of Hopkins (Minn.) PD Named NLEOMF Officer of the Month

March 19, 2009
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has announced the selection of Officer Stacy Lynn Lakotas of the Hopkins (Minn.) Police Department as its Officer of the Month for February 2009.

U.S. Won't Prosecute Medical Pot Sales

March 19, 2009
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said Wednesday that the Justice Department has no plans to prosecute pot dispensaries that are operating legally under state laws in California and a dozen other states -- a development that medical marijuana advocates and civil libertarians hailed as a sweeping change in federal drug policy.

New Mexico Abolishes Death Penalty

March 19, 2009
Gov. Bill Richardson went to Mass on Wednesday morning, then went to inspect the state penitentiary's high-security area and execution chamber. Then, shortly after 6 p.m., the governor signed legislation to repeal New Mexico's death penalty. He called it the toughest decision he had ever made.

Suspect Wanted for Home Invasion Murders in N.C. Dies in Utah

March 18, 2009
A man wanted in connection with the brutal murders of a family of four last week in Catawba County, N.C., died late Tuesday night as police closed in on him in southwest Utah.

Downtown L.A. Police Chase Ends with Suspect's Death

March 13, 2009
Los Angeles police shot and killed the driver of a sport utility vehicle early Thursday after he led officers on a chase that ended with the man ramming into police cruisers in the skid row area of downtown.

Arpaio Allies Outraged by Feds' Actions

March 13, 2009
Sheriff Joe Arpaio's supporters were defending their sheriff, one day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it was launching an investigation into allegations that sheriff's deputies rely on racial profiling to root illegal immigrants out of the Valley.

South Carolina Man Gets 60 Years for Copper Thefts

March 13, 2009
Prosecutors said Jackie Anderson Jr. took plumbing and air conditioner parts, mostly from low-income housing. They said the thefts did nearly $200,000 worth of damage to get about $5,000 of copper.

Oregon House Bill Would Tax Medical Marijuana

March 12, 2009
Here's the latest money-raising proposal to come from Oregon lawmakers: a $98 tax on every ounce of medical marijuana sold. Better yet, says Republican Rep. Ron Maurer, the state should grow the drug and dispense it to authorized users through pharmacies.

Texas Officer Killed by Fleeing Vehicle During Vehicle Pursuit

March 12, 2009
A 20-year Corpus Christi Police Department veteran likely was setting out spikes to flatten the tires of a fleeing vehicle when it struck and killed him early Wednesday, police said. Patrol Lt. Stuart Alexander was hit by an SUV about 12:10 a.m. in a grassy median along North Padre Island Drive between Bates and Agnes streets.

Officials Identify Alabama Gunman

March 12, 2009
He first killed his mother and the family dogs in Kinston, Ala., the authorities said, then drove 10 miles to Samson, where he shot five members of his extended family, including the uncle who had raised him.
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