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Jury convicts 4 inmates of murder, racketeering


SANTA ANA -- A jury convicted four leaders of a white-supremacist prison gang yesterday on charges they used murder and intimidation to protect their drug-dealing operations behind bars. Barry ``The Baron" Mills, Tyler ``The Hulk" Bingham, Edgar ``The Snail" Hevle, and Christopher Overton Gibson were the first defendants to stand trial in the federal racketeering case aimed at dismantling the feared Aryan Brotherhood. They were charged in an indictment detailing 32 murders and attempted murders involving members of the Aryan Brotherhood over three decades. (AP)

Border agent sentenced to 5 years for smuggling
SAN DIEGO -- A Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling more than 100 illegal immigrants into the US from Mexico, some of them in his government truck, was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison. Prosecutors had asked for about three years, but US District Judge John A. Houston decided a stiffer punishment was required for Oscar Antonio Ortiz, 29. (AP)


Man, 84, sentenced for shooting neighbor
ELYRIA -- An 84-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday for shooting a neighbor in a feud over the construction of a garage. A jury Wednesday acquitted Paul Hashman of attempted murder but found him guilty of felonious assault and using a handgun in a crime. Prosecutors said Hashman became enraged after Darrell Oskins, 54, built a garage in 1998 to accommodate his antique cars. Hashman complained that it was too close to the property line and blocked his view. Years of bickering followed, with Hashman shooting and wounding Oskins as the man used his snowblower in 2004. Hashman testified that he shot Oskins because he feared his neighbor would grind his feet off with the snowblower. (AP)


ACLU may fight city ban on feeding the homeless
ORLANDO -- The American Civil Liberties Union said yesterday that it may challenge on religious grounds a new ordinance in Orlando banning the feeding of homeless people in downtown parks. ``The city is not going to be able to interfere with church groups and religious groups who are fulfilling their mission of feeding the homeless," said Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida ACLU. The ordinance, passed Monday, specifically bans regular feeding stations in parks within a 2-mile radius of Orlando City Hall. (Reuters)


Man dies after riding Six Flags roller coaster
AUSTELL -- A 45-year-old man died of an apparent heart attack after losing consciousness at the end of the newest roller coaster ride at Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park. An autopsy showed Michael Corry of Birmingham, Ala., had a congenital heart problem, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. He was alert while riding the Goliath roller coaster, but he was unconscious by the end of the ride, Six Flags spokeswoman Christy Poore said. Goliath soars 200 feet over the park, lasting just over three minutes and reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour. Poore said park workers inspected the ride and then reopened it after determining it was operating properly. (AP)

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