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Widow says that late hubby killed missing mom and her son in 2002

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Widow says that late hubby killed missing mom and her son in 2002

A woman confessed that her late husband killed a young mom and her 4-year-old son who vanished in Arkansas in 2002 — bringing the two decade-old cold case to a close, authorities said.

Barbara Krusen told the FBI earlier this month that her husband Clarence Krusen admitted to her that “done away with” 20-year-old Angela Mack Cox and little Thomas “Mikey” Rettew and burned their bodies in a furnace.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that this new information had helped them close the missing persons investigation into the mom and son, who were last heard from in December 2002.

Detectives first spoke to Barbara last year, and she admitted to meeting Cox in the fall of 2002, when the mom came to work on the Krusen’s farm in Alton, Missouri.

Cox wanted to move to California and had agreed to let the couple adopt her son, even signing the papers, the widow told police.

However, Barbara said the mom later had a change of heart, and told Clarence she wanted to come back to retrieve her boy.

“Barbara stated that it angered both her and Clarence,” a statement on the case states. “She told Angela she needed to come back and pick up Mikey. That she didn’t want to just be a babysitter.”

The couple sent Cox a bus ticket and picked her up in Springfield, Mo., before heading back to their farm, Barbara said.

The next morning, little Thomas and his mom were gone.

Investigators later asked Barbara, now based in Virginia, to give a polygraph test, which she did on April 2 — and failed, according to the sheriff’s office.

During an interview after the lie-detecting test, Barbara finally admitted that her late husband had told her he’d gotten rid of the victims by “killing them and destroying their bodies in a furnace that they had attached to their farmhouse.”

When the couple eventually left the farm, Clarence told Barbara that they had to remove the furnace because of what it had been used for, she told the authorities.

He was fatally shot in Laredo, Tx., in 2012, the sheriff’s office said.

What happened to Cox and her son would remain a mystery for eight more years.

Detectives have never been able to locate any trace of their remains, but said they believe Barbara’s account.

She will not face charges in connection with the case.

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Court upholds life sentence for man convicted of marijuana possession

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Court upholds life sentence for man convicted of marijuana possession

A Mississippi man will continue to serve a life sentence for a pot bust after a court upheld the lengthy term.

Allen Russell’s life sentence was upheld by a state appeals court Tuesday due to his “habitual offender” status from past run-ins with the law.

State law allows for a life sentence without parole if a person has spent a year in prison on two separate felonies, one of which must be a violent offense, according to the Associated Press/Report for America.

Police confiscated five bags from Russell when he was arrested in 2017, and confirmed that two of the bags contained 1.5 ounces of marijuana.

Under state law, possession of between 1.05 and 8.8 ounces of marijuana carries a sentence of up to three years, a $3,000 fine, or both, the AP said

Russell did more than eight years in prison on two home burglary charges and spent another two years in the clink after a conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Mississippi Court of Appeals ruling.

Several judges on the court dissented with the majority opinion.

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Woman hoarding gas flees police, catches on fire after crash

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Woman hoarding gas flees police, catches on fire after crash

A woman who was hoarding gasoline tried to flee police in a stolen car and crashed into a fiery wreck in South Carolina.

A Pickens County Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull over a 2007 Pontiac G6 Thursday evening after he ran the plates and found it was stolen, officials said.

The driver, Jessica Dale Patterson, 28, tried to outrun the pursuing deputy, but lost control of the car and flipped it over on the side of the road, according to a press release.

“The vehicle immediately caught fire, and multiple explosions were heard inside the vehicle,” officials wrote.

Patterson emerged from the car on fire herself, and the deputy pushed her to the ground to extinguish the flames.

The suspect told authorities she was “hoarding” several containers of fuel in the trunk, which were responsible for the fire.

There was no immediate word on the Patterson’s condition or charges against her.

The incident comes two days after the White House pleaded with Americans not to hoard gas amid the ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline.

The Southeast was hit hardest by the fuel shortage. By Thursday morning, fuel was once again flowing to the region.

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Shooting in Rhode Island leaves as many as 9 injured

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A shooting in Rhode Island left as many as nine young men injured on Wednesday night.

The wild gun battle took place between groups with an “ongoing feud” in Providence, police said in a press conference.

Gunmen opened fire as they pulled up to a rival’s house in the city’s Washington Park section around 6:45 p.m., according to police.

Some of their targets returned fire, and when the smoke cleared, the Carolina Avenue lawn was littered with dozens of shell casings.

“We find as many as nine, eight or nine victims. We believe it’s going to be nine victims,” Police Chief Hugh T. Clements Jr. said.

All but one of the injured men drove themselves to the hospital. Three people are believed to be in critical condition, the chief said.

The targeted attack marks the largest shooting in the city’s history, according to Clements. Four or five guns were allegedly involved.

“We don’t shy away from the fact that we have a gun issue in this city,” Clements said.

“It’s unfortunate that young men in this community have no regard for life at times. They fire the guns willingly at each other, and this is the case here.”

Detectives are familiar with the suspects and victims in the incident, and were interviewing them at the hospital in the wake of the shooting as officials work to piece together the scene and make arrests, police said.

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