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In brief: Prof wanted in drug, weapons ring

Fri., Sept. 2, 2011, midnight

San Bernardino, Calif. – A university professor suspected of leading a motorcycle gang and methamphetamine drug ring is wanted for arrest in California, authorities said Thursday.

Steve Kinzey, 43, believed to be the president of the local chapter of the Devils Diciples motorcycle club, has been the target of a six-month narcotics and weapons trafficking investigation. Kinzey has been an associate professor of physical fitness at California State University, San Bernardino for nearly 10 years.

During a raid at his Highland home last week, investigators seized more than a pound of methamphetamine, firearms and evidence of his involvement with the Devils Diciples.

Grandpa jailed after long, hot hike

Flagstaff, Ariz. – An Indiana man forced his three young grandsons to hike 18 miles in triple-digit heat at the Grand Canyon and denied them food and water, authorities said.

Christopher Carlson, of Indianapolis, remained jailed Thursday on six counts of child abuse. The boys, ages 12, 9 and 8, told investigators that they had been hit, pushed, choked, pinched and squeezed during trips on a popular trail at the canyon’s South Rim last month.

On the latest hike over the weekend down the Bright Angel Trail, temperatures reached 108 degrees at Phantom Ranch along the Colorado River. A ranger spotted the group with binoculars on the trail and saw Carlson shoving the oldest boy and whipping him with a rolled-up T-shirt, authorities said.

National Park Service Special Agent Chris Smith testified that Carlson told authorities that the boys had been overweight and that he thought the hike would get them into shape.


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