Probe clears general
A Defense Department inquiry into potentially inappropriate emails between the U.S. commander in Afghanistan and a socialite in Tampa, Fla., has cleared the officer, Gen. John R. Allen, of wrongdoing, senior officials disclosed Tuesday. The Pentagon inspector general wrote to Allen that the investigation had found no improprieties in the email communications with the socialite, Jill Kelley, officials said. Allen maintained all along that he had done nothing wrong.
Stepmom gets prison
A Dallas woman whose 10-year-old stepson died after she denied him water, even as temperatures soared over 100 degrees, was sentenced Tuesday to 85 years in prison. Tina Marie Alberson did not react as her sentence was announced. She was convicted last week of reckless injury to a child, a second-degree felony, in the July 2011 death of Jonathan James. Jonathan’s mother, Krista Bishop, and other relatives said they were pleased with the verdict.
Missing man returns
Honolulu police say a Coast Guardsman has returned to his home after being missing for more than three months. Honolulu police said Tuesday Russell Matthews returned home Sunday night. Police said he was incoherent and taken to a hospital for observation. His wife reported Matthews missing in October. Police later found the rescue swimmer’s car abandoned at the Mokuleia side of Kaena Point.
SALT LAKE CITY
Boulder injures woman
A southern Utah woman is badly injured but grateful to be alive after a boulder the size of a small car broke free from a cliff above her house, crashed through her bedroom wall, and hit her like a “giant fist” while she slept, her husband said Tuesday. Wanda Denhalter, 63, has to eat out of a straw because her broken jaw is wired shut, and it’s painful to laugh, cough, blow her nose or sit up because of a broken sternum, said her husband, Scot Denhalter.
Compiled from wire reports.