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5 men are charged with sex crimes against children

Lexington, Mo.

5 charged with sex crimes against kids

Authorities on Wednesday were searching a rural property in western Missouri for bodies and buried glass jars containing notes written more than 15 years ago by children who may have documented sexual abuse by five members of their own family. Lafayette County Sheriff Kerrick Alumbaugh pleaded for the public's help, saying investigators "believe that there are other victims out there." The allegations, which include bestiality and forcing an 11-year-old to have an abortion, date from 1988 to 1995. The suspects were identified as Burrell Edward Mohler Sr., 77, of Independence, and his sons, Burrell Edward Mohler Jr., 53, also of Independence; Jared Leroy Mohler, 48, of Columbia; Roland Neil Mohler, 47, of Bates City; and David A. Mohler, 52, of Lamoni, Iowa. Three of the men are lay ministers in the Community of Christ church whose licenses have been suspended, church spokeswoman Linda Booth said.


Justice O'Connor's husband dies

John J. O'Connor III, the husband of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has died. The court said Mr. O'Connor, 79, died Wednesday in Phoenix, Ariz., of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease. Mr. O'Connor, himself a lawyer, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's nearly two decades ago. His condition deteriorated markedly in mid decade and when she announced her retirement in 2005, the justice cited the need to care for her husband. The O'Connors were married in 1952. They have three sons, Scott, Brian and Jay, and six grandchildren.

Las Vegas

Six Hells Angels locations raided

Six Hells Angels motorcycle club locations were raided Wednesday in an investigation of a brawl that left two people with stab wounds at a Las Vegas wedding chapel nearly a year ago, police said. Homes in Las Vegas and Henderson also were searched. "It involves the wedding chapel stabbings as well as another current investigation regarding our local Hells Angels club," Lt. Dave Logue said. "We were looking for specific items … including business records." No arrests were made. The sealed warrants were not released.

Little Rock, Ark.

Man convicted in TV anchor's death

A man was convicted of capital murder Wednesday for beating a 26-year-old TV anchorwoman so brutally that her face was shattered and she never regained consciousness after the Oct. 20, 2008, attack at her home. Curtis Lavelle Vance, 29, could face the death penalty for the assault on Anne Pressly at her Little Rock bungalow. The same jury that convicted him reconvened to hear testimony about whether he should be put to death or imprisoned without the possibility of parole. After the verdict, Pressly's mother, Patti Cannady, raised a hand and said, "Praise God, praise God," and burst into sobs.

Times wires

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