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A federal jury has awarded a Gary man $25.5 million in his lawsuit alleging that a now-retired police officer violated his civil rights and deprived him of a fair trial in a case involving a 1980 rape and robbery. The jury in Hammond deliberated for about three hours Tuesday before awarding  James Hill Jr. $25 million in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages. The Times of Northwest Indiana reports the verdict following a civil trial represents the second time a federal jury has ruled against retired Hammond police Capt. Michael Solan and the city of Hammond.

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Officials say thieves who broke into a southern German museum and stole hundreds of ancient gold coins got in and out in nine minutes. Police have launched an international hunt for the thieves and their loot, consisting of 483 Celtic coins and a lump of unworked gold discovered near the town of Manching in 1999. Museum security systems recorded that a door was pried open at 1:26 a.m. and then how the thieves left again at 1:35 a.m. Bavarian police said there were “parallels” between the heist in Manching and the theft of priceless jewels and a large gold coin in Dresden and Berlin. Bavaria’s minister of science and arts said Wednesday evidence pointed to the work of professionals.

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A banker charged with helping disbarred attorney Alex Murdaugh take money from the legal settlements of clients has been found guilty of wire and bank fraud charges in South Carolina. Former Palmetto State Bank CEO Russell Laffitte was allowed to remain free on bail after Tuesday's convictions as he awaits sentencing at a later date. Each of the six charges he was convicted of in federal court carry a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison. It was the first trial related to the sprawling Murdaugh legal drama that has captivated true-crime audiences. Murdaugh's trial on two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and son is scheduled to start in January.

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A 16-year-old accused of driving a stolen Kia involved in a high-speed crash that killed four passengers is facing charges. The driver, whose name has not been released, appeared in Erie County Court in Buffalo Tuesday on charges of manslaughter, assault and possession of stolen property. He was released under supervision with an ankle monitor.  A total of six teenagers were in the Kia Sportage that crashed on a Buffalo expressway last month. The car had been reported stolen the previous night. Police say the teens may have been participating in a TikTok challenge that encouraged people to steal Kia cars using cellphone chargers.

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Nigeria has begun drilling oil and natural gas in the country’s northern region, anticipating a boost to the nation’s finances even as the new energy supplies face the threat from theft and extremist activity. President Muhammadu Buhari flagged off the drilling within Kolmani oil field on Tuesday. Buhari said he's “pleased” with the discovery, adding that the project has attracted a $3 billion investment. Crude oil has been critical in expanding infrastructure in the West African nation, accounting for 41% of the total federal government revenue in 2021. Nigeria’s state petroleum minister says the start of the drilling “marks yet another significant milestone in our collective quest as a nation to ensure energy security and access" for Nigeria's citizens.

It's early but the Russell Wilson trade is looking as one-sided as any in the NFL since the “Great Train Robbery” that sent Herschel Walker from Dallas to Minnesota 33 years ago in a deal that netted the Cowboys the pillars of their 1990s dynasty. Wilson has thrown just seven touchdown passes for the last-place Broncos. His successor in Seattle is Geno Smith, who has the Seahawks surprisingly atop the NFC West alongside the 49ers. Plus, the Seahawks stand to get a top-10 pick from the Broncos in 2023 after hitting pay dirt in the '22 draft.

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A Los Angeles couple who fled to Europe after being convicted of running a ring that stole $18 million in coronavirus aid money have been extradited to the United States. Federal prosecutors say Richard Ayvazyan and Marietta Terabelian were returned Thursday from Montenegro to face prison. Prosecutors say the couple and six accomplices used phony businesses and stolen identities to apply for COVID-19 payroll and unemployment relief loans to fund a lavish lifestyle. They fled to Europe after their convictions last year. While on the run, Ayvazyan was sentenced to 17 years in federal prison while Terabelian got six years.

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A man who spent nearly four decades behind bars for a 1983 killing has won his freedom after New Orleans prosecutors joined defense lawyers in asking to have his conviction overturned. Attorneys on both sides said evidence of inconsistencies in the only eyewitness’s testimony was kept from the jury that convicted Raymond Flanks. Their joint motion to vacate his conviction was approved Thursday morning. Flanks was convicted in the December 1983 shooting death of Martin Carnesi during an armed robbery. Carnesi's wife had identified Flanks as the killer. But her descriptions differed at trial from her earlier statements.

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A federal judge has handed down a 20-year prison sentence to a Chinese national convicted of trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. aviation and aerospace companies. Prosecutors allege that beginning in 2013, Yanjun Xu recruited experts who worked at aviation companies, including GE Aviation. They say Xu worked for China’s intelligence and security agency and that he and others would pay stipends for the experts to travel to China under the guise of delivering a university presentation. Judge Timothy Black in Cincinnati on Wednesday sentenced Xu to 20 years, rejecting arguments by Xu’s attorneys that a fair sentence would be the nearly five years he’s served since his arrest.

Police in eastern China say they shot dead a would-be bank robber and freed the hostage he had taken. A notice on the social media account of the Tai'an city police department said Tuesday's attempted robbery began around noon and ended with the suspect's death about an hour later after officers issued multiple warnings. The notice gave no further details about the suspect, whether he was armed or the name of the bank, saying the case remained under investigation. Violent crime is relatively rare in China, whose ruling Communist Party maintains tight surveillance over citizens and bans private ownership of firearms. However, amid a slowing economy protests have broken out by bilked depositors targeting banks they accuse of malfeasance.

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New Hampshire State Police say a man stole an Amazon truck that was making deliveries and led troopers on a chase along Interstate 93 through two communities before he was arrested. Police said the vehicle was taken in Concord on Sunday afternoon. Troopers spotted it in Hooksett heading south on the interstate. They pursued the vehicle through Manchester, where the truck ultimately came to a stop on a dead-end road. The driver got out and troopers arrested him with the help of a police dog. The 40-year-old man was arrested on charges of receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, aggravated driving while intoxicate, among others. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

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Authorities say a robbery suspect and a grocery clerk fatally shot each other during an attempted holdup. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says the shootings Friday evening inside the El Barakah Supermarket in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood killed 24-year-old would-be robber Nicholas Williams and 63-year-old clerk Ali Hassan of Berwyn. Police say Williams entered the store and produced a handgun in an attempt to rob the store, but Hassan pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Williams in the chest. Williams returned fire and shot Hassan in the chest and back. Police say Williams ran from the store but collapsed and died.

Authorities say a robbery suspect and a grocery clerk fatally shot each other during an attempted holdup. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says the shootings Friday evening inside the El Barakah Supermarket in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood killed 24-year-old would-be robber Nicholas Williams and 63-year-old clerk Ali Hassan of Berwyn. Police say Williams entered the store and produced a handgun in an attempt to rob the store, but Hassan pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Williams in the chest. Williams returned fire and shot Hassan in the chest and back. Police say Williams ran from the store but collapsed and died.

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Australian officials say Moscow must he held to account for Russian cybercriminals accused of hacking Australia’s largest health insurer and dumping customers’ personal medical records on the dark web. Almost 10 million current and former Medibank customers’ personal data was stolen. Australian Federal Police took the unusual step Friday of attributing blame for the unsolved cybercrime. They say a group of “loosely-affiliated cybercriminals” operating like a business in Russia are likely responsible for the Medibank attack, as well as other significant security breaches around the world. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says Russia must be “held accountable for the disgusting attacks.”

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Authorities are looking for three Olympic medals belonging to a member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team after they were stolen in a burglary. The Orange County Sheriff's Department says the medals were in a safe that was taken on Oct. 29 from a Laguna Hills home. No arrests have been made. The medals were a gold from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a silver from the 2012 London games and a bronze from the 2016 games in Brazil. Another gold medal belonging to a women's volleyball team member was stolen in a car burglary in Anaheim in May. It was found and returned the next month. One arrest was made.

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BETTENDORF — A Muscatine woman faces charges of theft and controlled-substance violations after being arrested for allegedly trying to steal s…

Authorities have arrested a driver who stole several cars and rammed police cruisers and other cars during an hourlong chase across Southern California. The wild chase in Los Angeles and Orange counties began about 5 p.m. Wednesday with reports of a sedan speeding erratically in Anaheim. News reports captured the man abandoning that car, stealing a van, then leaving it and running into a Whittier home to take keys to a truck parked outside. The truck finally was stopped at a Hacienda Heights gas station, where sheriff's deputies opened fire after it backed into a patrol car. The driver was pulled from the truck at gunpoint. It's unclear whether he was hurt.

Police in Arizona are holding two suspects in the death of an 80-year-old Air Force veteran whose decomposing body was found dismembered. Phoenix police say the man's roommate, 58-year-old Thomas Wallace, is charged with suspicion of second-degree murder, concealing a dead body, truck theft and trafficking in stolen property. Romana Gonzalez is jailed on suspicion of fraud and theft. Police haven’t released the victim's name yet. They say Wallace and Gonzalez pawned the chain saw used to dismember the body and a camera bag with the victim's business card inside. They were arrested at a nearby motel where the victim’s missing pickup truck was found.

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South African police are investigating the discovery of at least 21 bodies suspected of being illegal miners and found near an active mine west of Johannesburg. Police say 19 bodies were discovered in the town of Krugersdorp on Wednesday afternoon and two more were discovered on Thursday morning. Police suspect that the bodies were moved to where they were found at a privately-owned mine. South African media said they may have been working at an illegal mine elsewhere. The grim discovery is the latest in a series of incidents related to illegal mining in the Krugersdorp area. Eight female members of a film crew were raped and robbed at an abandoned mine in the area in July.

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A former Connecticut state representative has pleaded guilty in connection with the theft of more than $1.2 million in federal coronavirus relief funds from the city of West Haven. Michael DiMassa appeared in federal court in Hartford on Tuesday. At the time of the theft, DiMassa was both a state representative and an aide to the West Haven City Council. Prosecutors allege he used his city position to steal the COVID-19 relief funds, some of which he used for casino gambling. He resigned from both his positions after his arrest last year. Two other people — his wife and a business partner — also have pleaded guilty, while a fourth person awaits trial.

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Federal prosecutors say the man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told police he wanted to hold the speaker hostage and “break her kneecaps.” David DePape has been charged with two federal crimes and a state count of attempted murder. Police say DePape broke into the Pelosis' home in San Francisco and struck the Democratic leader’s 82-year-old husband in the head with a hammer. Pelosi was seriously injured in the attack. San Francisco’s district attorney announced additional state charges as well against DePape. He was arrested Friday on suspicion of attempted murder, elder abuse and burglary.

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