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Former California business owner sentenced after recovery by bondsman
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The former owner of a software company based in Scotts Valley, Calif., was sentenced to eight years and eight months in state prison for bilking investors out of more than $1 million. Jay Paul Freeman failed to appear for sentencing after pleading guilty in 2011. A bail bondsman later tracked him down in Colorado, where he was in custody on a misdemeanor conviction. More

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Florida to examine all electronic-monitoring cases after problems in dog shooting investigation
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A 16-year-old accused of shooting a retired police dog recently was previously released from custody without proper verification of his electronic monitoring schedule, according to a review by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. In a statement, DJJ acknowledged errors with the teen's electronic monitoring and the department has ordered a statewide review of all of its electronic monitoring cases. More

Texas police get jump on potential auto burglars
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Weeks before Thanksgiving, police investigators in Corpus Christi, Texas, pinpointed repeat auto burglars known to hit the South Padre Island Drive corridor. Investigators expedited cases against the worst repeat offenders and obtained warrants for their arrest early in the week. Officers also worked with judges and the Nueces County District Attorney's Office to get high bonds set for the offenders in hopes they would not be able to meet bail before the holiday. More

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Judge orders couple held on high-cash bail in beating case
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After nearly a two-week manhunt, a Plaistow, N.H., mother and her boyfriend were ordered held on high-cash bail in a child beating case. Jessica Linscott, 23, and Roland Dow, 27, both of Plaistow, were arraigned after they were nabbed at the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Fla. Judge Sharon DeVries ordered Linscott held on $100,000 cash bail on six counts of endangering the welfare of a child. More

Police discover man accused of bail violation hiding in river
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A Laconia, N.H., man was ordered held on $5,000 cash-only bail after allegedly beating his girlfriend and then running from police. After Andrew Mitza, 22, was arrested and a personal recognizance bail was set, police saw him approaching a witness' residence in violation of terms of his bail. Police said Mitza ran from them and was later found hiding in a river. More

'Most Wanted,' but not by parole officials
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Jose Luis Saenz had been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list since 2009, with a $100,000 bounty and his face in post offices across the United States before he was captured recently. But amid the international hunt for Saenz — also known as "Peanut Joe Smiley," among other aliases, authorities say — California parole officials dropped their warrant for his arrest and dismissed the alleged killer and Mexican drug cartel associate from parole. More

Warrants? Most wanted? Sheriff has an app for that
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Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson's office said it has partnered with the Appriss Corp. to create a free application to provide the public with up-to-date information on crime in the Alabama county. The app contains a most-wanted list with names and photos of suspects, emergency alerts and a list of sex offenders' names, photos and addresses with maps to their location. There's also a page for lawyers and bail bonds companies to advertise to potential customers. More

Attorney sues Philadelphia over prison overcrowding
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For the second time during Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's tenure, civil rights attorney David Rudovsky is suing the city over prison overcrowding. He filed a class-action lawsuit against the city in 2008 for the same reason, but postponed it last year after the population dropped below 7,700 inmates. Recently, U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick approved Rudovsky's request to reopen his 2008 lawsuit. More than 9,400 inmates are in Philadelphia's prisons now, according to a spokeswoman. They were built to hold 6,500 people. More

Dog the Bounty Hunter shows no mercy to convicted fugitive
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VideoBriefDog the Bounty Hunter went to the recent sentencing of Ricky Wheeldon ready to speak on the former fugitive and convicted felon's behalf in Jackson, Mich. But after meeting privately with Wheeldon before the hearing and watching his defiant behavior in court, Duane "Dog" Chapman decided to remain seated and quiet. More

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