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Trucker gets prison term for transporting child porn

SYRACUSE (AP) -- A California man was sentenced to 41 months in prison for transporting child pornography across the U.S.-Canadian border while he was hauling a tractor-trailer full of frozen croissants.

Henry Lee Davis, 40, of Oroville, Calif., was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Hurd.

Davis pleaded guilty in January to transporting child pornography in foreign commerce. He faced a maximum of 15 years in federal prison.

Davis was arrested last October in Alexandria Bay after border agents found 29 videos and 88 still photographs of young children while searching the cab of his truck, said U.S. Attorney Joseph Pavone.

Afterward, police in California searched his home and seized another 65 videos and more than 1,000 photographs.

Father faces murder charge in shaking death of son

SYRACUSE (AP) -- A father visiting from Florida was charged with shaking his 9-month-old son to death because the infant would not stop crying, authorities said.

Donald North, 30, of Holiday, Fla., was charged Thursday with second-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child in the death of his son, Franklin, Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh said.

North and his wife were visiting his brother and sister-in-law in Solvay, near Syracuse, when the incident occurred. The couple was moving to New York and North's wife was looking for a job locally, Walsh said.

North's wife, whose name was not released, was not charged.

North was home alone Tuesday afternoon with the infant and his 2-year-old daughter when he called 911 to report his son was unconscious and not breathing, Walsh said. The boy was pronounced dead at University Hospital.

Investigators first thought the death might have been accidental because North said the infant fell off a couch, Walsh said. An autopsy showed the baby was shaken to death, he said.

Teen charged with felony in false report of incident

KINGSTON (AP) -- A teenager was arrested after he brought an envelope to school containing crushed aspirin and written on it the words "Death to all who opens this," police said.

Kevin Rowland, 17, of Kingston, was charged with falsely reporting an incident, a Class E felony, police said.

"We're hoping this arrest sends a message to anyone else that we're treating such things very, very seriously," Kingston Police Chief Gerald Keller told the Middletown Times Herald-Record in Friday's editions. Kingston is about 50 miles south of Albany.

Rowland, who brought the envelope to school Wednesday, told a security guard he received it in the mail over the weekend, Keller said. The city's hazardous materials team was notified, and Rowland was hosed down and taken to police headquarters.

Rowland admitted the envelope contained aspirin, Keller said. He was later taken to Benedictine Hospital for evaluation.

A Class E felony in New York is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Lawyers, jurors to face searches at state courts

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lawyers and jurors who have been exempt from searches at state courthouses will have to go through metal detectors, starting Monday, before they will be allowed into the buildings, a court spokesman said.

"At this time, this is a prudent thing to do to ensure that lawyers and the public are safe," said David Bookstaver, spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration. "This is not unlike what the federal courts have been doing for some time."

Bookstaver said the new search rules will be in effect statewide as of Monday as a result of the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center and will apply to all lawyers except prosecutors. Prosecutors will be exempt because they are considered law enforcement officials, he said.

Previously, lawyers used special identification cards that allowed them to bypass court security checkpoints.

Jonathan Lippman, chief administrative judge of the state, said that to the extent practicable, courthouses will try to set up separate lines for lawyers and jurors.

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