CHICAGO

Man charged in boy’s death

A Chicago man was charged with first-degree murder Friday in connection with the slaying of a boy, 9, who police say was lured from a playground and shot in the head because of his father’s gang ties. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the suspect, Corey Morgan, 27, is a gang member with an extensive criminal history. McCarthy said two other men, including one jailed on an unrelated gun charge, also are suspected in the death of Tyshawn Lee, who was shot in an alley near his grandmother’s home on Nov. 2. Prosecutors allege Morgan was intent on settling the score after an October shooting killed his brother and injured his mother in a gang feud. His attorney said Morgan denies being involved.

HONOLULU

Justice blocks vote count

A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Friday issued a temporary stay blocking the counting of votes in an election that would be a big step toward Native Hawaiian self-governance. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s order stops the certification of any winners pending further direction from him or the court. Native Hawaiians are voting to elect delegates for a convention next year to come up with a self-governance document to be ratified by Native Hawaiians. Voting ends Monday.

RICHMOND, Va.

Underwear thefts on rise

Virginia authorities say they have noticed a rise in people trying to steal underwear in order to earn money to buy drugs. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that criminals are lured to the underwear because the clothing is easy to conceal and it can be resold for a good price. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert J. Windle says he has seen five or more cases of underwear shoplifting in the past few years. He says the thefts were all drug-related.

SYRACUSE, N.Y.

Prison sentence sought

Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York. Stephen M. Howells, 40, and Nicole Vaisey, 26, admitted in May that they sexually exploited children. Authorities say victims were drugged and recorded during sex acts.

Compiled from wire reports.