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Appeal Court Orders Van Houten Release

Leslie Van Houten

A California appeals court said that Leslie Van Houten, who participated in two killings at the direction of cult leader Charles Manson in 1969, should be let out of prison on parole. The appellate court's ruling reverses an earlier decision by Gov. Gavin Newsom to reject parole for Van Houten in 2020. She has been recommended for parole five times since 2016. All of those recommendations were rejected by either Newsom or former California Gov. Jerry Brown.


Landlord Kills Couple Over Mold Dispute

A landlord fatally shot an engaged couple renting out part of his home before he barricaded himself inside during an hours-long standoff that ended when he was shot dead by police.


Legislator Crashes Car, Flees Scene

An Indiana state politician has been arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and abandoning his car after a crash. Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas was taken into police custody on charges of operating while impaired.


Couple Sentenced in Dismemberment Case

Calling the defendants' actions senseless, thoughtless, and heinous, a judge sentenced a man and woman connected to the disappearance of their former roommate, Megan Tilman to the maximum 40 years in prison.


Man Kills Sister in Business Dispute Shootout

A Michigan man has been charged with killing his sister in front of her husband and daughter over a family business dispute. Zachary Holston III exchanged gunfire with his sister outside their business.


Wife Stabs Husband Multiple Times

A Grand Island, NE woman is facing multiple charges after police say she stabbed her husband multiple times and injured a juvenile. Isabel Sanchez-Vega admitted to the stabbing and hitting a 13-year-old female in the face.


Child Sex Crimes Fugitive Found in Texas

A Pitt County, NC man who was wanted on charges involving child sex crimes has been captured in Texas. Deputies charged 21-year-old Tyler Collier with four counts of indecent liberties with a child.


Bus Driver Duct Tapes 10-Year-Old to Seat

A 10-year-old boy found himself in a "dangerous" situation that could land the driver behind bars. Juliet Pratt, 54, is accused of using duct tape to tie the child while driving a bus to elementary School.


School Board Member Faces Sex Charges

Former Butler school board member William "Bill" Halle was charged Tuesday, May 30, with sexual assault of a 17-year-old who he employed and counseled at the Net Outreach Center in Butler, PA.


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