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Illegal Immigrant Charged in Deadly Phoenix Crash:  An illegal immigrant who drunkenly struck a pickup truck carrying several children, killing one of them, in Phoenix over the weekend said he drank a small bottle of whiskey, 12 beers and used cocaine three times in the hours before the fatal crash.  ABC15 reports that German Godinez-Godinez, 19, ran a red light Sunday night before plowing into a pickup truck, killing six-year-old Tyrik Jenkins, who was sitting in the bed of the truck, and injuring three other children and one adult.  Godinez, a citizen of Guatemala, told authorities that he entered the U.S. on a tourist visa and stayed after it expired.  He is facing one count of manslaughter and five counts of endangerment.  His next scheduled court appearance is Oct. 10. 

NH Cop Killer Granted Parole:  The state of New Hampshire granted parole Tuesday to a convicted killer who gunned down a Manchester police officer four decades ago when he was a teenager.  Doug Alden of the New Hampshire Union Leader reports that Cleo Roy, 55, was 15-years old in 1976 when he fatally shot Officer Ralph Miller, 25, a rookie officer with a toddler and a pregnant wife.  Roy had been partying with friends while his parents were out of town and bragged to some older friends that he would kill any cops that showed up.  Roy pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.  While doing his time in New Hampshire, he escaped in 1977.  He was never charged but was transferred to a federal prison in Illinois, where he was was charged with killing a fellow inmate in 1988.  Roy was later indicted and sentenced in 2005 to federal racketeering charges along with 39 individuals associated with the Aryan Brotherhood, a gang he was a member of.  He has since left the gang, expressed remorse for killing Miller, completed programs and remained free of disciplinary problems for five years.  Roy's release is conditional and lifelong.  For the first 90 days, he will be on intensive supervision and must frequently report to his parole officer, be subject to random drug tests and abide by a curfew.  He is also not allowed to go to Manchester or have any contact with the Miller family.

DEA Moves to Limit Overprescribing of Opioids:  The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in a final order to be published Wednesday in the federal register, will reduce the amount of opioid medications manufactured in the U.S. next year, lowering the production quotas of several highly addictive drugs that have proven fatal.  Andrea Noble of the Washington Times reports that in 2017, the approved production of oxycodone decreased by 22%, while morphine and hydrocodone dropped 34% and fentanyl fell 24%, making next year's reductions the largest production quota declines in the last decade.  Officials added that a large part of the reduction was accomplished by eliminating a 25% production buffer that was implemented in 2013 to combat concern over a possible painkiller shortage, which "proved unnecessary."  Opioid overdose deaths from prescription drugs and heroin hit record levels in 2014, with nearly 30,000 deaths, and continues to affect communities across the U.S.

NY Family Fighting for Domestic Violence Registry:
  The parents of a domestic violence victim are fighting for a domestic violence registry in New York state that would work like a sex offender registry, consisting of individuals with prior felony domestic violence convictions.  Jordan Williams of WIVB reports that Linda and Thom Randolph's daughter, Shannon Pepper, was assaulted by her boyfriend, Tony Nevone over the course of two days in 2013 after she received a text from her ex.  Nevone broke Pepper's eye sockets and upper and lower jaw, punctured her lung and bit her lips down, almost completely off, leaving her unrecognizable and comatose for a month.  After regaining consciousness, Pepper was the first to sign a petition in the fight against domestic violence, but unfortunately died in an accidental apartment fire last year.  The registry bill passed the Senate six times and has yet to pass the Assembly due to opposition from the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a group which argues that domestic violence registries have "dangerous unintended consequences" such as providing a false sense of security -- as many attackers don't have prior criminal records and wouldn't be listed -- and compromising victims' privacy and lessening the likelihood of them reaching out for services out of fear of being identified.  The Rudolphs are working with Congressman Tom Reed's office to gain momentum at the federal level.  Pepper's attacker was charged with first-degree assault and will be in prison until at least 2030.

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