New Orleans, La.- Four police officers and a supervisor admitted their guilt for the first time after they killed two residents and maimed four others on a small bridge a week after Hurricane Katrina. The victims were all black and unarmed, and were trying to survive the aftermath of the hurricane.
Austin, Texas- Animal control officers successfully located and captured a young female tiger who was found wandering with a leash and collar. Police are searching for whoever let the predator out. No one was injured in the incident and the owner is likely to face sanctions under the state’s animal control laws.
Virginia- The body of a firefighter, Nicole Mittendorff, 31, was found in Shenandoah National Park after she had been missing for a week. Police don’t suspect foul play in her death, according to a park spokesman.
New York City- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that gives the city’s Department of Transportation the authority to designate certain areas where costumed characters who work for tips in Times Square can pose for photographs. Other areas will be off limits to them.
San Diego, Calif.- Gregory Cox, a member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, was fined for voting on an expansion of SeaWorld’s San Diego theme park because his wife owned 500 shares of stock in the company.
Milwaukee, Wis.- A 39-year-old teacher’s aide at Bay View High School was arrested for physical abuse of a child after school officials viewed a video of him shoving a student to a classroom floor. The student was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
Washington D.C.- Douglas Hughes, 62, a former Florida mail carrier, was sentenced to 120 days in jail for flying a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds to publicize the need for campaign finance reform. He was also sentenced to a year of supervised release after he gets out of prison.
Palm Beach County, Fla.- Michael Murgio, who serves on the school board for the county, was arrested for participating in a bribery scheme aimed at supporting bitcoin exchange, a type of digital currency not backed by any country’s central bank or government.