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Small Town's Ex-Mayor Charged With 3 Murders

Former law officer Jay Ostrem charged with first-degree murder in Centerville, SD killings

(Newser) - Three people were shot to death in a small South Dakota town, and a former law officer who once served as the town's mayor is charged in the killings. Jay Ostrem, 64, was jailed on $1 million cash-only bond on three counts of first-degree murder, South Dakota Attorney General...

LA's Mayor Had a Frightening Sunday Morning

Police arrested burglary suspect after break-in at home of Karen Bass; she and her family are fine

(Newser) - The mayor of Los Angeles is safe after an early morning break-in at her home over the weekend. "Around 6:40am this morning an individual smashed a window to gain entry into the Getty House while occupied," a Sunday statement from the LAPD noted, referring to Karen Bass'...

Atlantic City Mayor, Wife Charged With Abusing Daughter

Counts include endangering the welfare of a child

(Newser) - Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small and his wife, La'Quetta, were charged Monday with abusing and assaulting their teenage daughter on multiple occasions, including hitting her in the head with a broom and knocking her unconscious. The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said it filed charges against both parents of...

Neighboring Towns Have 'Happy Coincidence' in Mayors

New Jersey brothers John and Vince Giovannitti will run Paulsboro and Gibbstown

(Newser) - Two neighboring New Jersey towns may feel even closer next year when they're governed by two brothers. As the AP reports, John Giovannitti, 61, will be sworn in Jan. 2 as mayor of Paulsboro, one day before newly reelected younger brother Vince Giovannitti, 57, is sworn in to a...

Amid NYC Mayor Controversy, an Old Name Surfaces

Sources say a NYC mayoral run is not out of the question for Andrew Cuomo

(Newser) - Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace amid a number of scandals after a decade as governor of New York, but two years later, he's apparently considering a comeback. Not as governor, but as mayor of New York City, according to eight sources who spoke to Politico . NYC's current mayor,...

NC City Just Picked Its Mayor Via a Coin Toss

Robert Burns wins office in Monroe, North Carolina, after tie with opponent

(Newser) - Five candidates recently ran for the office of mayor in North Carolina's city of Monroe, and two of them ended up at the top during the Nov. 7 election, with the same exact number of votes: 970 each. Now Robert Burns has been declared the new mayor of the...

Barred From Office, Former Mayor Took 'Indictable' Step

Jose Torres allegedly flouted state order in launching 2022 mayoral bid in New Jersey

(Newser) - A former New Jersey mayor barred from office as part of a corruption conviction has been indicted yet again for allegedly trying to circumvent that ban. A Trenton grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday, charging former Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres with criminal contempt, per the Daily Voice . Back...

Dallas Mayor Switches Parties
Dallas Mayor

Dallas Mayor Switches Parties

Eric Johnson goes from Democrat to Republican

(Newser) - On Thursday, the 10 most populous cities in the US had Democratic mayors. On Friday, only nine do—and it is not because of an election, reports CNN . It's because Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson switched his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican—a move he announced in a Wall ...

NYT Raises Doubts About Photo Kept by Mayor

Eric Adams says he's carried picture of fallen officer in wallet; report suggests it was doctored to look old

(Newser) - As political controversies go, it's a strange one. The New York Times is calling into question Mayor Eric Adams' claim of carrying around a weathered picture of a friend, a New York City cop who was slain in the line of duty in 1987. Adams publicly talked about the...

City's Mayoral Race Certainly Has Interesting Candidates

Molly the rescue pup, comedian, former police chief, high school senior all vying for Toronto title

(Newser) - Over the weekend, Toronto Star columnist Edward Keenan made his picks for the six top contenders to be the next mayor of Ontario's capital, after Friday's deadline for submitting candidacy papers came and went. Most notable in this year's mayoral race, Keenan wrote: the "whopping" 102...

He Died Homeless in City Where He Was Once Mayor

'New York Times' explores sad trajectory of Craig Coyner in Bend, Oregon

(Newser) - In February of this year, a 75-year-old homeless man died in Bend, Oregon. It had been a particularly brutal winter for Craig Coyner: At least one of his toes had to be amputated because of frostbite, and after that operation he suffered a stroke that left him unable to speak....

Muslim Mayor Turned Away by WH: 'My Crime Is My Name'

New Jersey's Mohamed Khairullah, spurned from Eid event, says he's on a 'secret list'

(Newser) - A New Jersey mayor is seeking answers as to why he was invited, then turned away from an Eid celebration at the White House, and he's alleging it's because his name was on the wrong list. At a Tuesday press conference , Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah says he...

Email From Lightfoot Campaign Slammed as 'Unethical'

Message to Chicago teachers said students could earn credit for helping with mayor's reelection efforts

(Newser) - Kids in Chicago Public Schools have a variety of ways in which they can earn class credit, but one suggested by the city's mayor is being called "deeply problematic" and has spurred calls for an investigation. WLS reports that the campaign of Lori Lightfoot, who's running for...

Teen Elected as America's Youngest Black Mayor

Jaylen Smith, 18, has big plans for Earle, Arkansas

(Newser) - This has been an eventful year for 18-year-old Jaylen Smith—he finished high school, started college, and became the youngest Black mayor in American history. Smith was elected mayor of Earle, an east Arkansas city of almost 2,000 people near Memphis, Tennessee, in a runoff election Tuesday, NBC reports....

Oregon Mayor Accused of Road Rage Shooting

Dowen Jones allegedly fired at family's vehicle on Halloween night

(Newser) - A small town in Oregon called Rufus is probably going to need a new mayor—the current one, Dowen Jones, was arrested Tuesday on attempted murder and assault charges stemming from an alleged road rage incident on Halloween night. According to the Hood River County Sheriff's Office , a family...

Brothers Who Haven't Spoken in Decades Both Want to Be Mayor

Estranged siblings are squaring off for the office in Canadian town of Port Colborne

(Newser) - Port Colborne is looking for its next mayor, and on Monday, the small Ontario town will decide if that person is going to be incumbent Bill Steele or his only challenger, Charles Steele—the estranged brother he hasn't spoken to more than 30 years. "A lot of politicians...

Ex-Ga. Mayor Sentenced for 'Deplorable' Pandemic Crime

Jason Lary gets 57 months behind bars for pocketing COVID relief cash meant for Stonecrest

(Newser) - An "unsavory saga" has come to a conclusion in Georgia, where an ex-mayor is now headed to prison for nearly five years over a COVID relief funds scheme. On Wednesday, US District Court Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. sentenced Jason Lary to 57 months behind bars for stealing hundreds...

Louisville Police Seeking Man Who Punched Mayor

Greg Fischer was assaulted at a public event over the weekend

(Newser) - Police are searching for a different kind of Louisville slugger after a suspect was captured on video punching the mayor of Kentucky's largest city on Saturday. Greg Fischer was mingling in a crowd at a Juneteenth event at the Fourth Street Live! entertainment complex when a man walked up...

NYC Mayor: Official Residence Is Haunted

Eric Adams says he sees things moving 'all the time'

(Newser) - New York City Mayor Eric Adams is afraid of ghosts. Questioned Tuesday about why he doesn't live in the mayor's official residence—the 223-year-old Gracie Mansion—Adams denied that the place was too cool for him. "I don't care what anyone says, there are ghosts in...

Ukraine: Mayor Who Wouldn't Cooperate Was Kidnapped
Ukrainian Mayor Freed
in 'Special Operation'

Ukrainian Mayor Freed in 'Special Operation'

Footage reportedly shows Ivan Fedorov thanking President Zelensky by phone

(Newser) - Update: The Ukrainian mayor of Melitopol has been freed from Russian forces in a "special operation," according to officials. Ivan Fedorov was spotted with a bag over his head in the company of heavily armed Russian soldiers in the city on March 11, per ABC News . "The...

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