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Hours after he fired at several officers, wounding two of them, the body of Capt. Leonard John Egland, 37, of Fort Lee, Va., was found around 3:30 p.m. in the Bucks County community of Warwick Township, Police Chief Mark Goldberg said.

Capt. Egland’s body was found several hundred yards behind a gas station where, after the first altercation with police, authorities say he again fired a semiautomatic rifle at SWAT team members who discovered his truck and found him before dawn in a trash bin. The officers, who were not injured, chased him into the woods but lost him as the storm raked the area, Chief Goldberg said.

“It was bad,” he said. “Weather conditions were horrible and it was a very dangerous situation.”

Three Bucks County SWAT teams, state police and numerous police departments searched for Capt. Egland after his former mother-in-law was found fatally shot in her home in Buckingham. Authorities in Virginia said he had earlier killed his former wife, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s young son before taking his own young daughter on a frantic drive through Pennsylvania.


$5 strip club ‘pole tax’ upheld by state court

AUSTIN — A $5 entrance fee to Texas strip clubs is constitutional and not an improper restriction on nude dancing, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Lower courts had called the so-called “pole tax” an improper burden on the free expression of nude dancing and a violation of the First Amendment.

The fee has been imposed on clubs that allow nude dancing and serve alcohol since 2007 to raise money for sexual assault prevention programs and health care for the uninsured.

The all-Republican Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously, said the fee is too small to be considered a burden on free expression, and the state has a legitimate interest in trying to curb the secondary effects of potential violence associated with adult entertainment and alcohol.

To avoid paying the fee, strip clubs could simply not serve alcohol, Justice Nathan Hecht wrote for the court.

From wire dispatches and staff reports