Friday, August 1 2014 5:34 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:34:07 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A three-day Gaza cease-fire that began Friday quickly unraveled, with Israel and Hamas accusing each other of violating the truce as four Palestinians were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the southern town of Rafah.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 5:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:33:44 GMT
Ukrainian authorities said Friday that at least 10 government troops were killed in an ambush by pro-Russian separatists in an area near the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but international inspectors...Full Story >
A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:15:08 GMT
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large parts of the...Full Story >
An attorney with experience in big Tri-State cases is now defending former Milford real estate agent Brenda Ashcraft, who was indicted last summer by a grand jury accusing her of swindling investors out of $15 million.
Ben Dusing made his first appearance in federal court this afternoon with Ashcraft at his side. Dusing is a former federal prosecutor and now specializes in defending people accused of white collar crimes. He also represents Glen Galemmo, who recently admitted defrauding investors in a $300 million Ponzi scheme.
Federal prosecutors claim Ashcraft duped people into thinking they were investing in real estate but used the money to support a lavish lifestyle, which they say included buying a $50,000 package of Cincinnati Reds season tickets last year.
Today was supposed to be the day Ashcraft told Judge Sandra Beckwith whether she wanted to plead guilty to the charges against her or proceed to trial. However, her previous attorney dropped out of the case over a possible conflict of interest.
"You may have been aware that today was supposed to be the final pre-trial conference --- at this moment," Judge Beckwith said to Dusing.
He said he was not aware of that.
Dusing then asked the judge to push back today's deadline as well as this month's trial date, calling Ashcraft's case a "document-intensive matter."
Judge Beckwith set the next hearing for March 17. At that point, she'll decide when the trial should begin.
Meanwhile this afternoon, prosecutors revealed they will only call a few of Ashcraft's investors to the stand if the case proceeds to trial.
"We're going to keep it pared down," said assistant U.S. attorney Tim Mangan, adding that he didn't want to put on too many investors for fear of hearing approximately the same story over and over again.
Judge Beckwith did not call on Ashcraft to speak, as she did during last week's tense hearing, where Ashcraft showed-up without a new attorney. At times today, Ashcraft appeared like a bemused spectator, smiling with her head resting on her left hand.
For Dusing, her new lawyer, a lot of homework lies ahead. He's got to pick-up all of the material gathered by Ashcraft's previous attorney and start going through all of the evidence the government claims it has against her, which includes the forensic analysis of two of Ashcraft's computers.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.