- - Wednesday, June 20, 2012

TEXAS

EL CAMPO — Police reported a man accused of fatally shooting his 1-year-old son and critically injuring another boy in a South Texas motel is refusing to talk to investigators, stymying the search for a motive.

El Campo Police Chief Terry Stanphill said family members have described a strained relationship between 36-year-old Demond Bluntson and his girlfriend, 28-year-old Brandy Cerny. She was found dead Tuesday about 200 miles away from the boys.

Chief Stanphill said Mr. Bluntson won’t talk. He was charged with capital murder and aggravated assault Wednesday after his son, Davian, was found dead and Ms. Cerny’s 6-year-old son was found wounded in a Laredo motel room Tuesday. Ms. Cerny’s body was found in El Campo the same day.

NEW YORK

Library worker sentenced in theft of $160K in fines

WHITE PLAINS — A New York library worker who admitted stealing more than $160,000 in overdue book fines and other revenue has been sentenced to six months in jail.

The Westchester district attorney’s office said Yonkers resident Margo Reed will have to pay back the full amount and spend 4 1/2 years on probation.

Reed pleaded guilty in February to grand larceny and filing a false tax return.

Prosecutors said she stole the money between 2004 and 2010, when she worked in the business office of the Yonkers Public Library, just north of New York City. They said she collected the revenue from three library branches and then altered paperwork to show less had been collected and then pocketed the difference.

NORTH CAROLINA

Lawmakers include no money for eugenics victims in budget

RALEIGH — Victims of a decades-old forced sterilization program in North Carolina will have to wait on compensation because legislators did not include any money for them in a state budget deal.

North Carolina was the first state in the country to tackle the question of how much to give victims of the program, which lasted from 1929 to 1974 and sterilized more than 7,600 people. The program was aimed at creating a better society by weeding out people who were deemed “feeble-minded,” many of them poor women.

The state House had agreed to provide $50,000 to victims who were alive as of March 1, 2010, but the effort faltered in the Senate.

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