Nation Briefs: Nine charged in youth football gambling ring
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the parents of Zack Nelson, 17, of Chalk Hill, filed a wrongful-death suit in Fayette County on Tuesday against Nemacolin, Mr. Hardy, his daughter, Paige, and the teen who was driving when a car crashed into a tree at the resort in September 2011.
Zack Nelson was killed and Paige Hardy and four other teens were hurt.
The Nelsons contend Mr. Hardy knew his daughter would serve alcohol to minors at a pre-crash party at the resort.
Mistrial declared in child sex abuse case
POTEAU — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a 62-year-old man who was charged with child neglect and sexual abuse after his nine children were found living in squalid, bug-infested conditions in eastern Oklahoma.
The children — whom investigators say were unable to count to 20 or recite the alphabet — were aged 3 to 17 years when the state Department of Human Services raided their property and took them into emergency custody in October 2011.
A petition to terminate the man’s parental rights says one of his daughters told authorities he impregnated her and buried the baby’s body near a goat pen.
Investigators have searched the rural property but have been unable to find the remains. One daughter said he had sexually abused her and a younger sibling.
The Southwest Times Record reported that LeFlore County District Judge Jon Sullivan granted defense attorney Gary Buckles’ motion for mistrial, saying too many potential jurors had already formed opinions on the case.
Pair of 3-year-olds killed in school bus crash
LOUISVILLE — Kentucky State Police say the two children who were killed in a school bus crash were both 3 years old.
Police identified the young victims from Monday’s crash as Ryder Deitz and Caroline Tuttle, both of Carrollton.
Police say the boy and girl were pronounced dead at the scene after a Carroll County school bus carrying students home from the Head Start preschool program overturned and crashed into a tree.