Guilty Plea in Reservation Shootings
MINNEAPOLIS -- The teenage son of a tribal chairman pleaded guilty to a criminal charge for his role in shootings that left 10 people dead on an Indian reservation in Red Lake, Minn., in March.
Louis Jourdain, 17, pleaded guilty to threatening interstate communications, according to a docket released by a federal court in St. Paul.
Two other charges -- conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States -- were dropped.
Most of the proceedings involving Jourdain have been closed to the public because of his age.
* DETROIT -- Thousands of customers on Detroit's east side temporarily lost power Tuesday, and the tunnel connecting the city with Canada was shut down for about two hours. The power failure, which affected about 20,000 customers, was caused by a malfunction at an electrical station that feeds several substations, said Scott Simons, a spokesman for DTE Energy Co. Power went out just before noon and was fully restored shortly after 1:30 p.m., the utility said. The failure did not appear to affect the heart of downtown Detroit.
* FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Authorities are searching for the parents of a 3-month-old girl who died last year after her parents allegedly gave her lethal doses of vodka to quiet her crying, police said. Makeisha Dantus died in 2004, but her parents were not charged until last month. By that time, they had disappeared. Mackenson Dantus and Mardala Derival are wanted on charges of aggravated manslaughter. Authorities said they believe that the couple, both Haitian immigrants, are still in Florida.
* TUKWILA, Wash. -- A man who had just been released from prison confessed to fatally shooting a man 10 years ago, telling police he wanted to "make things right." Michael Drake, 29, said he killed a man for not paying a drug debt, detectives said. He was charged Monday with first-degree murder and was jailed on $1 million bail. Donte Jwon Red, 24, was found dead on a street in suburban Seattle shortly after midnight Oct. 24, 1995.
* FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. -- A school principal who claimed that two masked men attacked him says he made up the story and inflicted his injuries himself, authorities said. They would not say why the principal, Steve Steelman, 37, faked the attack. Steelman was found beaten Nov. 7 in his office at Fayetteville Intermediate School after school hours. Police said he had head injuries and was treated at a hospital, but they would not provide details of the injuries or say exactly how they were inflicted.
* CHARLOTTE -- An FBI agent accused of lying about two trips to Las Vegas that were paid for by an informant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and agreed to resign from the bureau. Erik Blowers, once the chief legal counsel and ethics adviser for the FBI office in Charlotte, pleaded guilty to making a false report. Blowers, 40, originally faced a felony charge of making a false statement for not reporting thousands of dollars in gifts and travel expenses paid for by home builder David Simonini.
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