MISSOURI
Man who should have
served time is free

Cornealious “Mike” Anderson spent 13 years free from prison because of a clerical error, then nearly a year behind bars when the mistake was caught. On Monday, he walked out of a southeast Missouri courtroom a free man again — this time with no need to look over his shoulder.

Mississippi County Associate Circuit Judge Terry Lynn Brown needed just a 10-minute hearing before ruling that he was giving Anderson, 37, credit for time served for all 4,794 days between his conviction and when he was arrested last year. The judge granted Anderson his immediate freedom.

Anderson was 23 when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the robbery of a fast-food restaurant’s assistant manager. He said last month that he waited, and even asked about going to prison, but the order never came. In the years since his conviction, Anderson started a construction-related businesses, married and had children. He also coached youth football and volunteered at his church in Webster Groves, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis.

— Associated Press

RHODE ISLAND
Steel clamp failed
in circus collapse

A chandelier-like circus rigging carrying eight performers plummeted to the floor when the single steel clamp that suspended it failed, officials investigating the incident in Providence, R.I., said Monday.

Eight people remained hospitalized, two in critical condition, following the Sunday collapse during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance, where acrobats suspended by their hair plunged to the ground in front of about 3,900 people.

The steel carabiner clamp was the sole support of the welded steel rigging developed by husband-and-wife team Andre and Viktoria Medeiros, the latter of whom was among the eight people to fall.

Paul Doughty, investigator for the Providence Fire Department, said it was not immediately clear why the five-inch-long carabiner, which was found broken into three pieces, failed.

It was designed to hold up to 10,000 pounds, far more weight than the 1,500 pounds suspended at the time of Sunday’s collapse, he said.

— Reuters

One hurt in shooting at Georgia college: A suspect was taken into custody after a shooting at Paine College in Augusta, Ga., left one person wounded and led to a lockdown of the college Monday, officials said. Nearby Georgia Regents University also was briefly locked down after the incident. The shooting came a day after another on Paine’s campus, though it was not known if the incidents were related.

Woman survives in crashed car for six days: A Colorado woman who survived six days trapped in the wreckage of her car after driving off a mountain highway was listed in critical condition Monday at a Denver area hospital, authorities said. Kristin Hopkins, 43, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was reported missing by her family on April 29. A group of people spotted the wreckage Sunday.

— From news services