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Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley star dies aged 75 after health battle as family pay heart-breaking tribute

ACTRESS Cindy Williams, who played Shirley on Laverne & Shirley, has passed away after a health battle. The iconic TV star who worked alongside Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the Happy Days spin-off died aged 75, her family revealed on Monday. Cindy, who is survived by her two children Zak and Emily Hudson, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2022, after suffering from a brief illness.

In a statement released by their family spokeswoman Liza Cranis, Cindy's children said: "The passing of our kind, hilarious mother, Cindy Williams, has brought us insurmountable sadness that could never truly be expressed. "Knowing and loving her has been our joy and privilege. She was one of a kind, beautiful, generous and possessed a brilliant sense of humor and a glittering spirit that everyone loved.” Laverne & Shirley ran on ABC from January 26, 1976, until 1983 and was one of the most popular shows on TV between 1977 and 1979.

Cindy, born on August 22, 1947, was an American actress known for her appearances in Happy Days, American Graffiti, and The Conversation. In Laverne & Shirley, Cindy played the straitlaced Shirley Feeney to Penny’s more libertine Laverne on the show about a pair of roommates that worked at a Milwaukee bottling factory in the 1950s and 60s, the Associated Press reports. Cindy's death comes about five years after her co-star Penny Marshall, who played Laverne, died on December 17, 2018.

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Williams - Mexican cartel reportedly apologizes for kidnapping, killing Americans - fox29.com - Usa - Mexico
Mexican cartel reportedly apologizes for kidnapping, killing Americans
drug cartel blamed for abducting four Americans and killing two of them condemned the violence and said the gang turned over to authorities its own members who were responsible.In a letter obtained by The Associated Press through a Tamaulipas state law enforcement source, the Scorpions faction of the Gulf cartel apologized to the residents of Matamoros where the Americans were kidnapped, the Mexican woman who died in the cartel shootout, and the four Americans and their families.Drug cartels have been known to issue communiques to intimidate rivals and authorities, but also at times like these to do some public relations work to try to smooth over situations that could affect their business.READ MORE: How did four Americans get kidnapped in Mexico?"We have decided to turn over those who were directly involved and responsible in the events, who at all times acted under their own decision-making and lack of discipline," the letter reads, adding that those individuals had gone against the cartel's rules, which include "respecting the life and well-being of the innocent."The white van four Americans were traveling in when they were kidnapped by a Mexican cartel.  A photograph of five men face down on the pavement and bound accompanied the letter, which was shared with The Associated Press by the source on condition that they remain anonymous because they were not authorized to share the document.State officials did not immediately publicly confirm having new suspects in custody.A separate state security official said that five men had been found tied up inside one of the vehicles that authorities had been searching for, along with the letter.
Williams - DNA on a discarded cigarette butt helps police solve 52 year murder case - fox29.com - Thailand - Usa - San Francisco - state Vermont - Burlington, state Vermont
DNA on a discarded cigarette butt helps police solve 52 year murder case
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - RELATED: Winter storm updates • State of the State • Decades-old cold case solvedA discarded cigarette found near the body of a 24-year-old Vermont school teacher in her apartment nearly 52 years ago helped lead investigators to an upstairs neighbor who they say strangled her after having a fight with his wife, police said Tuesday.Burlington Police DNA evidence collected from the cigarette butt and dogged investigative work led authorities to the man they say killed Rita Curran within a 70-minute window on a July night in 1971.The suspect, identified as William DeRoos, who was 31 at the time, had left his apartment that night for "a cool down walk." After he returned he told his wife of two weeks not to say that he had been out.Since the investigation was renewed in 2019, detectives re-interviewed DeRoos' former wife, and she told them he had left their apartment for a brief period within a window of time when Curran's roommates were out of her Burlington apartment."We’re all confident that William DeRoos is responsible for the aggravated murder of Rita Curran, but because he died in a hotel room of a drug overdose he will not be held accountable for his actions, but this case will be closed," Burlington Police Detective Lt.
Williams - Mistrial declared in former Pentagon police officer's murder case - fox29.com - county Montgomery - county Prince George - state New Hampshire
Mistrial declared in former Pentagon police officer's murder case
Montgomery County declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a former Pentagon police officer accused of killing two people in Takoma Park two years ago. A spokesperson for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office told FOX 5 the jury was deadlocked. Court docs show on April 7, 2021, David Hall Dixon was off-duty when he allegedly walked out of his building and confronted three men in a car in the parking lot area of the Takoma Overlook Condominiums at 7333 New Hampshire Avenue.READ MORE: Pentagon officer charged with murder, assault being held without bond; faces 180 years in prisonThe ex-Pentagon Force Protection Agency police officertold Takoma Park police he had seen what he thought was a car being broken into.As the car drove off, police believe Dixon discharged his service weapon and fired five times into the car — hitting two of the passengers, Dominique Williams and Lionel Johnson. During the trial, the court released surveillance video of the third man, Michael Thomas, bringing Williams and Johnston to a hospital in prince George's County. Evidence shows both were shot in the back. VIDEO: Pentagon cop charged with murder pulls gun on person in previous incident Dixon says he was trying to make a citizen's arrest when he saw them breaking into a work van.