High-risk sex offender allowed into United States

A high-risk sex offender being sought in Canada was allowed to enter the United States after authorities determined that he was a U.S. citizen and not subject to an extraditable warrant.

A U.S. law enforcement official said Friday that U.S. authorities were aware of a warning from Canada that Michael Sean Stanley might try to cross the border. But officials allowed Stanley through the border after reviewing his information in a biometric records check. A spokeswoman for the Edmonton Police Service in Canada said authorities are now looking into the extradition process.

Stanley has a long history of sexual offenses against women and children and has been missing since Oct. 1 when he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet.


Minnesota Vikings player mourns death of young son

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mourned the death of his young son Friday, while words of support poured in from all corners of the sports world.

Authorities said a 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation said the boy was Peterson’s son.

Lincoln County State’s Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition in a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday.

Wollman said he’ll review police and medical reports before making further decisions about criminal charges, possibly by early next week. Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child’s death. He had a court appearance Friday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bond.


Court rejects man’s appeal to keep grave in front yard

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday rejected an elderly north Alabama man’s appeal to keep the grave of his late wife in the front yard of the home they shared for decades.

The justices agreed with other courts in saying that Patsy Davis’ body must be removed from the front yard in Stevenson where it had been since 2009. James Davis said he buried his wife in front of their log home because it was her dying wish.

The body of Patsy Davis will be placed in a “proper cemetery,” said Parker Edmiston, an attorney representing the city, possibly the city cemetery where James Davis previously was offered two plots as a settlement of the court dispute.

The City Council rejected Davis’ request for a cemetery permit for his yard after his wife died on April 18, 2009, but he buried her a few feet from the front porch, anyway.

– From news service reports


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