HELENA, Mont.

Jury: Jehovah's Witnesses

must pay $35 million

The Jehovah's Witnesses must pay $35 million to a woman who says the church's national organization ordered Montana clergy members not to report her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member, a jury ruled in a verdict.

A judge must review the penalty, and the Jehovah's Witnesses' national organization — Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York — plans to appeal. Wednesday's verdict sends a message to the church to report child abuse to outside authorities, said Neil Smith, attorney for the 21-year-old woman.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Police officer charged

in black man's death

A white police officer was charged with criminal homicide Thursday after surveillance footage appeared to show him chasing a black man and opening fire as the man fled from the officer in July.

And a newly released arrest affidavit says the officer was looking for a reason to stop a white sedan, later mistakenly zeroed in on another car and then killed the armed fleeing man without knowing who he was or whether he was connected to either vehicle. Officer Andrew Delke is charged in the death of 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick.

MADISON, Wis.

Former nurse charged,

accused of abusing infants

Prosecutors charged a former nurse Thursday with abusing multiple infants in a hospital's intensive care unit, accusing him of bruising them and breaking their bones.

Christopher Kaphaem faces 19 felony child abuse counts involving nine infants. All but one of the counts carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison. The 19th count, intentional child abuse causing great bodily harm, carries a maximum 25 years behind bars.

Kaphaem's attorney didn't immediately return a message Thursday.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires