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A former Pennsylvania attorney general who served jail time for leaking grand jury material and lying about it has admitted she violated her probation when she was arrested for drunken driving. Kathleen Kane was sentenced Monday to two months to a year of jail on the probation violation. She was given credit for time served and was to be paroled to a residential alcohol treatment center. Kane was charged with drunken driving in March following a crash in Scranton. She had been on probation from a 2016 conviction for perjury and other counts. Kane was the first woman and first Democrat to be elected attorney general.

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A South Carolina judge has granted bond for the former “American Idol” contestant accused of barreling into a man with his pickup truck and killing him. News outlets report that 17-year-old Caleb Kennedy received a $50,000 bond and was ordered Friday to receive mental health treatment while in home detention. Kennedy had been jailed since February on a charge of driving under the influence resulting in the death of 54-year-old Larry Duane Parris. Prosecutors previously said Kennedy had marijuana and Prozac in his system at the time of the crash.

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A Nevada judge has ruled that prosecutors can obtain medical records about injuries that former Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs’ girlfriend received in a high-speed crash that killed a woman last November. Kiara Kilgo-Washington’s attorney didn't immediately respond Friday to messages about whether they'll appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. A preliminary hearing of evidence in the crash is scheduled June 16 in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old Ruggs was released by the Raiders hours after the wreck. He faces mandatory prison time if he’s convicted of felony DUI. Prosecutors say his blood-alcohol level was twice the Nevada legal limit when his Corvette slammed into another car last November on a city street, killing 23-year-old Tina Tintor.

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Police say a Kentucky football player has been charged with drunken driving. News outlets cited an arrest affidavit in reporting that 24-year-old running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. was arrested Sunday and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and driving without tail lamps. The citation says a University of Kentucky Police officer pulled over a black Dodge Durango that was “not maintaining its designated operating lane” and did not have its taillights activated. The officer wrote that Rodriguez had slurred speech and there was “an odor of alcoholic beverages coming from within the vehicle."

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Authorities say a World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer is accused of killing a man in a traffic accident while driving under the influence in central Florida. Tamara “Sunny” Sytch was arrested Friday night. She’s also charged with causing injury in a DUI crash and driving with a suspended license. Ormond Beach police said in a social media post that the 49-year-old wrestler's blood alcohol content after the crash was 2.80. That's more than three times the legal limit in Florida. The March 25 crash killed 75-year-old Julian Lasseter. Police say Sytch's car plowed into a car stopped at a red light and pushed it into another car. 

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A Michigan lawmaker who pleaded guilty to driving drunk has been sentenced to probation and fined. Rep. Mary Cavanagh received the recommended sentence Friday of a $500 fine plus other fines, a 10-day work program, two years of probation and must appear for sobriety court. The 30-year-old Redford Democrat pleaded guilty in April to operating while intoxicated following her Feb. 25 arrest in the Livonia area. Officials say a blood test showed Cavanagh’s blood alcohol level was 0.20. It was Cavanagh’s second time being arrested by Livonia police for drunken driving after a 2015 stop in which she pleaded to a lesser charge.

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A South Carolina judge has denied bond for a former “American Idol” contestant accused of barreling into a man with his pickup truck and killing him. Caleb Kennedy has been jailed since February on a charge of driving under the influence resulting in the death of 54-year-old Larry Duane Parris. A judge ruled last week she might reconsider bond for Kennedy following a psychiatric evaluation in 45 days. Prosecutors said Kennedy had marijuana and Prozac in his system at the time of the crash. Kennedy's attorney told news outlets after the bond hearing that Kennedy's mental health would be better outside of jail.

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Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs has resolved a misdemeanor speeding case, with his attorney entering a no-contest plea on his behalf and paying a $250 fine. The 22-year-old Hobbs didn't appear in court with defense attorney Richard Schonfeld for a brief hearing stemming from a ticket Hobbs got Jan. 16 for driving 110 mph on a Las Vegas-area freeway. Hobbs is one of several current and former Raiders players to face charges in driving cases. Former Raiders receiver Henry Ruggs III faces felony charges following a high-speed crash that killed a 23-year-old Las Vegas woman in November. The team cut Ruggs after the wreck.

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A former Pennsylvania attorney general who served jail time for leaking grand jury material and lying about it has been taken into custody on an alleged probation violation. A spokesperson for Montgomery County said Friday that 55-year-old Kathleen Kane is behind bars at the county jail. Kane was charged with drunken driving following a crash in Scranton last month. A Montgomery County judge then issued a bench warrant for her arrest. Kane was on probation from her 2016 conviction for perjury, obstruction and other counts for leaking secret investigative files to embarrass a rival prosecutor.

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A New Mexico state representative has agreed to pay a $250 fine under a settlement with the State Ethics Commission stemming from a drunken driving arrest. The commission said Albuquerque Democrat Georgene Louis violated the state Governmental Conduct Act by seeking favorable treatment from police during her Feb. 13 arrest in Santa Fe by mentioning that she is a legislator. Under the settlement, the commission agreed not to seek a civil enforcement action against Louis, accusing her of violating the act. Louis has apologized for her “lapse in judgment” and announced she won’t run for reelection this year. She has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated DWI,.

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