Court Roundup

North Dakota: Man accused of trying to kill wife
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — A Dickinson man accused of running over his wife with a pickup truck faces an attempted murder charge.

Twenty-nine-year-old Tyler Pelton also is charged with aggravated assault and driving under suspension in the December incident, and Stark County State’s Attorney Tom Henning tells The Dickinson Press that more charges are being considered. Defense attorney Kevin McCabe declined comment.

Pelton is being held in the Dickinson jail on $100,000 bond. He faces up to 31 years in prison if convicted on the current charges.

Court documents say Pelton’s wife required surgery to remove her colon and part of her diaphragm.

Alabama: Judge tosses suit against task force
DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley’s dismantling of a task force on illegal gambling has led a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit which accused the task force of abusing its power.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Monday dismissed the lawsuit against the task force commander, saying the suit’s request for an injunction on future raids was a moot point since the task force has been dissolved.

In the lawsuit, the Cooperative District of Houston County had said the task force’s threat to raid the Country Crossing casino in Dothan and seize its machines was an illegal use of its power. The lawsuit sought a preliminary injunction to stop the task force from conducting any raids.

Pennsylvania: $15M may settle Dick’s Sporting Goods lawsuits
IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — A federal court filing in New York shows Pennsylvania-based Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit and 22 related state lawsuits brought by current and former employees who say they weren’t properly paid overtime and were made to work through breaks.

Dick’s hasn’t commented on the filing in a federal court in Rochester, N.Y. The settlement must still be approved by a federal judge there.

Workers in New York, Pennsylvania and other states claim the company violated federal wage and hour laws by not paying overtime for working more than 40 hours weekly.

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