June 2, 2009 in Nation/World

In brief: Guards on leave after killers escape

From Wire Reports

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Five correction officers were placed on leave Monday after two convicted killers escaped a high-security unit by wearing guard uniforms that are made at the prison and leaving in a car left for them.

The men who escaped from the prison in Grady on Friday evening were seen in Missouri and later in Michigan, where one has relatives, Correction Department spokeswoman Dina Tyler said. Jeffrey Grinder, 32, and Calvin Adams, 39, were each convicted of capital murder and were serving life sentences without parole.

Brothers’ bodies found in lake

HOUSTON – Investigators say three young brothers whose bodies were found in Lake Houston apparently drowned during a fishing trip.

The three – 14, 16 and 21 years old – went to the lake about 7 a.m. Sunday. A relative who tried to deliver drinks to them later only found the truck belonging to the oldest victim.

Relatives told the Houston Chronicle none of the three could swim. Authorities said it appeared one of the brothers went into the water and the other two may have tried to rescue him.

Police say mom coached robbers

PHOENIX – A 51-year-old woman pressured her young sons and their friends into helping her pay bills by committing at least 20 armed robberies in the Phoenix area, authorities said Monday.

Cynthia Roberson, her two sons, ages 12 and 14, and five others ranging in age from 14 to 20 face charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault, investigators said.

In all of the 20 cases, Roberson drove the getaway car and once coached a 14-year-old during a robbery because he was having trouble stealing a cell phone from a victim, police said.

Most of the robbery victims were between 13 and 20 years old, though some were older.

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