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3 in Moscow Posse gang admit federal charges

MIAMI _ Three members of a Jamaican gang whose members and associates committed murders, robberies and distributed drugs pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges Thursday.

Ian Orville Aiken, 34, the self-proclaimed leader of the gang known as Moscow Posse, pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate racketeering laws by engaging in activities including murders.

He faces 35 years in prison under a plea agreement with prosecutors, officials at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami announced.

Aiken's brothers, Roland David Aiken, 30, and Daniel Patrick Aiken, 31, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges. Their sentences haven't been determined.

Beginning about 1986, the Moscow Posse bought and sold cocaine and marijuana in various U.S. cities, including New York, Florida and California, prosecutors said.

Orlando police officer

killed in car accident

ORLANDO _ An Orlando police officer responding to a call for backup crashed her car into a concrete utility pole Thursday, becoming the force's first female officer to die in the line of duty.

Officer Tanja B. King, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene from massive head injuries. The department's traffic homicide unit was investigating the crash as an accident. Investigators were unsure why she lost control.

King was a pallbearer at the funeral of Officer George DeSalvia, who was the last Orlando police officer to die in the line of duty when he was gunned down during a traffic stop last February.

Mom faces battery charge

in dispute over hamster

CAPE CORAL _ A mother is charged with aggravated battery after she allegedly bit another mother and tried to run her over with a van after a fight over a hamster.

Sarah Maria Fletcher, 26, went to Theresa Meagher's house Tuesday to discuss Meagher's 11-year-old son, who she claimed had taken her son's hamster, police said. Meagher said she told Fletcher she was mistaken.

A heated argument and fight ensued. Police said Fletcher admitted biting Meagher on the arm.

Meagher's husband broke up the fight. Fletcher got in her van and drove across the street to talk to two women she believed had witnessed the fight.

When Meagher walked into the street to get Fletcher's license tag number, Fletcher got so mad, she told police, that she drove the van into Meagher's yard. Meagher told police she had to dive out of the way.

_ Staff, wire reports

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