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Refuge Officer Dave Falzetti told the Peninsula Daily News that he is concerned about what else might show up in tsunami debris still on the way.

TEXAS

Ex-city officer’s trial in beating nears end

HOUSTON — A jury is to begin deliberations in the trial of a former Houston police officer accused of participating in the videotaped beating of a 15-year-old burglary suspect.

Closing arguments were scheduled Tuesday in the trial of Andrew Blomberg. The former officer has told the Harris County jury that he didn’t mistreat the teen, insisting he never kicked or stomped on his head or neck as prosecutors have alleged.

Mr. Blomberg testified that he only used his foot to move and secure Chad Holley’s arm during the March 2010 daylight arrest after the suspect tried to flee from police who were investigating a break-in.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Former classmate to plead guilty in grudge killing

MADISON — A 73-year-old South Dakota man accused of fatally shooting his long-ago classmate is expected to plead guilty but mentally ill to a second-degree murder charge.

Carl Ericsson has been charged in the Jan. 31 killing of retired Madison High School teacher and track coach Norman Johnson. He was shot twice in the face.

An arrest affidavit suggests the crime might have been sparked by a decades-old grudge stemming to when Johnson and Mr. Ericsson were students at Madison High.

NEW JERSEY

Suspected illegal alien worked 20 years at airport

NEWARK — A suspected illegal immigrant from Nigeria who allegedly used a murder victim’s name to work as an airport security supervisor in New Jersey for the past 20 years has pleaded not guilty to identity theft.

Bimbo Oyewole made an initial court appearance by video conference Tuesday morning in state court in Newark, a day after he was arrested. The only time he spoke was to say “yes” when the judge asked him whether he lived in Elizabeth.

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