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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
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Indonesia: Lithuanian National Gets Life Sentence for Smuggling Meth

Lithuanian national Verikas Mindaugas
Lithuanian national Verikas Mindaugas
Jakarta. The Medan District Court on Thursday sentenced a 28-year-old Lithuanian man to life in prison for smuggling more than three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine into Indonesia.

Presiding Judge Indra Cahya ruled that Verikas Mindaugas was guilty of violating articles 115, 114, and 112 of a 2009 Law on Narcotics by attempting to smuggle 3.2 kilograms of crystal meth last December, news portal Kompas.com reported.

Customs and excise officers at Kualanamu International Airport in Medan arrested Mindaugas, who was arriving from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and confiscated 449 grams of crystal meth found in a silver women’s handbag, 406 grams in a red handbag, 415 grams in a brown handbag and 2.02 kilograms in a blue backpack.

Mindaugas accepted the verdict, which was lighter than the death sentence the prosecutors had demanded.

Prosecutor Dwi Melly Nova, on the other hand, told the court that she would consider filing an appeal.

Source: The Jakarta Globe, July 10, 2015

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