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FL Car Lot Rapist, Killer Sentenced to Death: The Associated Press reports William Roger Davis III was sentenced to death in Florida on Monday. Davis was convicted of kidnapping, raping, and murdering a 19-year-old woman from a car lot where she was employed. He had forced her into her car, drove to his SUV nearby, took her to his home and raped and killed her. He then drove around multiple counties after putting her body back in the car for several hours. Her body and severed head were found in his SUV, which he purchased from the same car lot. Continued from this News Scan.

2 KS Officers Shot to Death, Gunman Dead:
John Hanna of the Associated Press reports David Tiscareno was killed in an armed standoff after shooting two police officers to death Sunday in Kansas. Officers had responded to a tip at a grocery store parking lot about drug activity. The officers ordered the occupants in a car to exit the vehicle. That is when Tiscareno got out and shot two of the three officers present in the head. He then got back in his car and drove off.  On Monday a tip led police to a house where Tiscareno was hiding. After officers fired tear gas into the home, he came out wielding a gun and reportedly fired a shot. That is when officers returned fire. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Tiscareno had pleaded no contest to theft in April 2009. He was placed on supervised probation for 12 months, which was revoked in January 2010. He was convicted of criminal use of weapons in September 2010 and was on 12 months of unsupervised probation.

NJ Crime Increases, Officers Decrease: Christopher Baxter of the Star-Ledger's Statehouse Bureau reports crime in New Jersey increased 3 percent in 2011, the same year that the state lost 6 percent of its officers.  Vehicle theft and burglary were up 6 percent statewide, robbery was up 8 percent, murder, rape, and theft remained steady, and assault was down by 6 percent. The value of property stolen had increased 10 percent. Also, police solved one percent fewer crimes in 2011. Specifically, 16 percent fewer murders, 10 percent fewer assaults, 6 percent fewer vehicle thefts and robberies, and 3 percent fewer rapes were solved. However, 11 percent more burglaries were solved.

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