Judge: Iowa police slaying suspect hit, exploited mom


Judge: Iowa police slaying suspect hit, exploited mom

DES MOINES, Iowa

An Iowa man jailed Thursday in the killings of two police officers was facing intense money problems, had been found by a judge to hit and financially exploit his mother and was ordered to move out of her basement hours before the shootings.

Scott Michael Greene, 46, was arrested after detectives questioned him at the Des Moines police station. Greene was secured with the handcuffs that had belonged to the patrolmen who were killed in ambush-style attacks, Des Moines Sgt. Anthony Beminio and Urbandale officer Justin Martin, and was later booked into the county jail.

Greene was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. If convicted, he would receive an automatic sentence of life in prison without parole. A statement from Des Moines police said the investigation has produced probable cause to support the charges.

Memorial, wildlife at odds in new Battle of Midway

MIDWAY ATOLL, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

The Battle of Midway was a major turning point in World War II’s Pacific theater. The remote atoll where thousands died is now a delicate sanctuary for millions of seabirds, and a new battle is pitting preservation of its vaunted military history against the protection of its wildlife.

Halfway between the United States and Asia, Midway’s three islets are surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and are home to the biggest colony of Laysan albatrosses on Earth. The large, white and black seabirds pair off and mate for life, nesting and raising their young on Midway.

President Barrack Obama recently traveled there to announce the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, now the world’s biggest oceanic preserve.

The atoll is a place where many people have lived and perished – almost 3,000 in the historic conflict with Japan. The public hasn’t been allowed to visit the refuge or the battle monuments for years.

Feds fine Penn State a record $2.4M

PHILADELPHIA

Almost exactly five years after Pennsylvania State University was rocked by the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, the fallout continues, this time with the U.S. Department of Education levying a $2.4 million fine against the school for violations of federal crime reporting laws.

The fine is the largest ever assessed under the federal Clery Act, said the department, which found 11 areas of violations.

While only $27,500 of the fine is directly related to the handling of the Sandusky case, it undoubtedly will get the most attention because the department faults the university for failing to warn students and staff that a sexual predator was among them.

Anger at deployment of state troopers

Some Akron residents are angry that Ohio has deployed 37 state troopers to provide security for pipeline protests in North Dakota.

Organizer Maysoon Otaibi said members of the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition not only want an end to the construction, but a quick withdrawal of state troopers from North Dakota.

In a statement, the patrol said troopers from across Ohio left Saturday to provide security. North Dakota officials requested their presence and will reimburse the costs, the patrol said.

It is not clear when troopers will return.

Associated Press

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