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FLORIDA

Police chief ‘friendly’ with Ponzi suspect

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale police chief says he developed a “friendly relationship” with a South Florida lawyer charged by federal authorities with operating a $1 billion Ponzi scheme and was surprised to learn about the allegations.

Chief Franklin Adderley issued a written statement Wednesday responding to allegations by local media about his relationship with disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein.

He said that as police chief, he associates and has relationships with a diverse group of people, and it was through those contacts that he developed a friendly relationship with Mr. Rothstein.

Chief Adderley said that if he had known or suspected that Mr. Rothstein was participating in illegal activity, “I would have initiated an investigation and certainly would not have associated with him.”

ILLINOIS

Quinn says he knew about prison release

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he knew ahead of time that his Corrections Department planned to begin releasing some prisoners after just a few days behind bars.

But Mr. Quinn wouldn’t explain Wednesday why he halted the practice after the Associated Press reported the release of hundreds of inmates — including some convicted of violent crimes.

He also refused to say whether he knew the release program would include violent criminals.

The governor said his corrections director had told him about the plan, which includes dropping a policy of requiring that all inmates serve at least 61 days in prison. That change makes some inmates eligible for release almost as soon as they arrive in prison.

Mr. Quinn has ordered a review of the program.

OHIO

Day care sued amid sleep aid probe

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