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June 26 (UPI) — Nearly eight months after he was ousted from office, former Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio went on trial Monday — accused of ignoring a federal judge’s order to stop immigration enforcement practices that prosecutors say amounted to racial profiling. Arpaio is charged with contempt of court for failing to comply with an order from U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow in 2011 to stop “detaining any person based only on knowledge or reasonable belief … that the person is unlawfully present within the United States.” Arpaio, 85, the Republican sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., for 24 years, was a staunch opponent of illegal immigration and instituted policies that led some supporters to refer to him as the “toughest sheriff in America.” Snow’s order effectively barred Arpaio, a local public servant, from enforcing federal immigration law. After years of legal proceedings, the criminal trial against Arpaio began Monday in Phoenix. Justice Department prosecutors …

June 26 (UPI) — A jury found Michael McCarthy guilty Monday in the murder of 2-year-old Bella Bond, who originally was known as Baby Doe when her remains were found two years ago on a Boston Harbor island. Michael P. McCarthy, 37, was convicted of second-degree murder and Suffolk Superior Judge Janet L. Sanders set sentencing for Wednesday. The penalty is an automatic life sentence but he will be eligible for parole after 15 years served. The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for 24 hours. McCarthy, the then-boyfriend of Bella’s mother, Rachelle Bond, was convicted of killing Bella and putting put her body in a trash bag and dumping it into the water near Shore Island in June 2015. McCarthy’s defense attorneys said Rachelle Bond, 41, was a “scheming, manipulative woman” who lied about her daughter’s death to cover up her own responsibility. Rachelle Bond, a longtime homeless drug addict with convictions …

ABERDEEN, Idaho –  Authorities say a stolen pickup truck was found impaled on 30 feet of guardrail in Idaho, but the driver was nowhere to be found. Steve Howser, the general manager of The Aberdeen -Springfield Canal Company near Pocatello, said one of his workers was driving along the canal Sunday when he came across the pickup that was run completely through by a steel guard rail and left partially dangling in the water. The sheriff’s office said the vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day. “Somebody made the comment that he must have been driving like he stole it,” Howser said. “We have a car go into the canal a couple of times of year, but nothing like this — there’s probably 30 feet of guardrail through it.” The steel rail pierced the engine compartment and passed through the passenger side of the cab before exiting the rear window, with several yards of the …

QUINCY (CBS) – A medical marijuana dispensary in Quincy is offering patients a delicious way to treat their pain: pot pizza. Ermont has been open since October and is uniquely integrated, complete with labs and growing areas, a retail space, and of a kitchen. Using years of experience in Boston restaurants, team members are constantly looking for new ways to infuse flavorless liquid cannabinoids into ingredients and sauces. Their edible menu helps make life more normal for patients in pain. Marijuana pizza made by Ermont dispensary in Quincy (WBZ-TV) “A lot of our patients really wanted to basically figure out a different way to medicate that didn’t always remind them that they were trying to do something to take care of themselves,” said Steve Yaffe, Director of Operations at Ermont. “It really makes medicating seem like something that isn’t as scary.” Ermont treats 300-400 patients on a busy day, and offers more traditional products as …

INDIANAPOLIS –  Four underperforming private schools won approval Wednesday to accept more students who receive vouchers under Indiana’s school choice program, benefiting from a new law that provides a second chance at avoiding penalties. The State Board of Education voted 6-2 Wednesday to grant the four waivers. Three of the schools didn’t receive enough votes to win approval last month, and the fourth was being considered for the first time. Indiana has one of the nation’s largest programs allowing parents to use taxpayer money to send their children to faith-based or independent schools, with more than 34,000 students in 313 schools receiving vouchers this past school year, according to the state Department of Education. Under the state’s voucher law, private schools that receive state ratings of D or F for three straight years can be barred from accepting new voucher students until school grades improve to C or better two consecutive years. The Republican-dominated Legislature …

June 7 (UPI) — Former FBI Director James Comey plans to tell a Senate panel that President Donald Trump asked him to end an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to his prepared remarks. Comey submitted a seven-page opening statement on Wednesday, a day ahead of his appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee. In the statement, Comey recalled nine one-on-one conversations with Trump in four months – three in person and six on the phone. He met privately with Trump in the Oval Office on Feb. 14, one day after Trump fired Flynn. “‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,’” Comey quoted Trump as saying. “‘He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.’” Comey wrote, “I replied only that ‘he is a good guy.’ “ “I did not say I would let this go.” Afterward he wrote up details …

PORTLAND, Ore. The man accused of murdering two men and wounding a third on a Portland, Oregon, train was led away from a courtroom on Wednesday by sheriff’s deputies as he shouted that he had acted in self defense. Jeremy Christian, 35, had stood quietly in a glass-walled holding cell in the courtroom throughout a brief appearance until its conclusion, when he blurted out that he was “not guilty of anything but defending myself against violent aggression by Micah Fletcher,” the surviving victim of the attack. Fletcher was in court for the hearing. Christian was charged with murder in the May 26 stabbing deaths of two men who intervened on a commuter train when he shouted religious slurs at two African-American women, one of whom was wearing a Muslim head scarf. Fletcher, who tried to intercede, was also stabbed. Christian did not enter a plea on Wednesday to charges of aggravated murder, assault, unlawful use …

The man accused of killing two men and injuring a third on a Portland train shouted that the survivor was to blame during a courtroom outburst Wednesday. As he was leaving Multnomah County Circuit Court, Jeremy Christian said he was “not guilty of anything” but defending himself “against the violent aggression by Micah Fletcher,” Fox 12 Oregon reported. Fletcher was stabbed along with Ricky John Best, 53, and Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23 – who both died – when they tried to intervene as Christian yelled hate speech at two female passengers, police said. Christian shoved Fletcher during the incident, then pulled out a knife that he concealed in his right hand, prosecutor Ryan Lufkin wrote in court papers. Fletcher pushed Christian back, and he stumbled. Christian asked Fletcher to “Hit me again!” as Fletcher kept telling him to get off the train. Fletcher was seated in the courtroom Wednesday amidst a heavy police presence. KNIVES, …

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are headaches, there are migraines, and then there area headaches so painful they’re called “suicide headaches.” Medically, they’re known as cluster headaches and there’s now a new hope for relief in the form of a battery powered stimulator for the neck. “Your eyes are going to explode,” cluster headache sufferer Steven Barile says. “You want to put your head in a vice, I’ve done everything from pace to cry from the pain.” It would be easy to think that Barile’s description of his cluster headaches are an exaggeration, but when you look at drawings online from cluster headache sufferers, you start to get a sense of the intensity of the pain. Barile learned they’re called cluster headaches because they occur in groups of one or more every day for weeks or months, then disappear for extended periods. “Cluster pain is short, the attacks are almost always less than 90 minutes,” …

June 7 (UPI) — On Day 2 of Bill Cosby‘s criminal sexual assault trial, his accuser, Andrea Constant, testified she became “frozen” after the entertainer drugged her in 2004. Cosby faces charges that he drugged and assaulted Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his Philadelphia home. Constand was the women’s basketball team manager at Cosby’s alma mater. Cosby faces a 10-year prison term if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. While on the stand on Tuesday, Constand said she rejected Cosby’s casual advances twice before he offered her three blue pills after dinner during one encounter. “What are they — are they natural? Are they herbal?” Constand recalled during testimony. “He said ‘put them down [your throat]. They’re your friends; they’ll take the edge off.” Constand described Cosby as someone who she thought was a “Temple friend, somebody I trusted, a mentor, and somewhat of an older figure to me.” Because …

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