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Friday, December 10, 2010

LOUISIANA

Three police officers convicted in death

A federal jury convicted three current or former New Orleans police officers Thursday in the death of a man during Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath. Two other men were acquitted.

The jury of seven women and five men convicted former officer David Warren of manslaughter in the shooting death of 31-year-old Henry Glover outside a strip mall on Sept. 2, 2005.

The jury also convicted Officer Gregory McRae of burning Glover's body in a car. Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann was acquitted of that charge.

Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted of writing a false report on the shooting. Former Lt. Robert Italiano was cleared of that charge.

A total of 20 current or former New Orleans police officers have been charged this year in a series of Justice Department civil rights investigations. The probe of Glover's death was the first of those cases to be tried.

Warren, 47, said he was guarding a police substation at the mall armed with a personally owned assault rifle when Glover and a friend, Bernard Calloway, pulled up in what appeared to a stolen truck. Warren claimed Glover and Calloway ran toward a gate that would have given them access to the building and ignored his commands to stop.

- Associated Press

california

House packed with explosives is burned

Authorities in suburban San Diego burned to the ground Thursday a home that they said was packed with homemade explosives.

Remotely controlled explosive devices ignited the home in Escondido, Calif., sending smoke spewing across the neighborhood.

The fire began with columns of smoke shooting through the roof before spectacular orange flames overtook the house. The flames quickly ate away at large chunks of the house, sending gray and black smoke into the air. No big explosions took place.

Scores of nearby residents were evacuated earlier.

Crews built a 16-foot firewall and covered it with fire-resistant gel to protect the closest homes. They also closed a portion of a nearby interstate highway.


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