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Despite Testimony from Mutated Bug, Lightning Bug Sentenced to 35 Years

By Chase Chapley After two weeks of arguments, the jury in the trial of the Lightning Bug, a.k.a. Horace Wagner, convicted him on nearly every charge against him.  The judge sentenced him to 35 years in prison with possibility for parole after 10 years. Wagner’s attorney tried to argue that his client exploded the Verzatt Estates in self-defense due to Speedster’s pursuit of him.  They even brought one of Wagner’s mutated bugs up to testify,… Read More

Lightning Bug Argues Self-Defense

By Chase Chapley Confounding many legal experts, the Lightning Bug, a.k.a. Horace Wagner, and his attorney argued in court today that his actions at the Verzatt Estates were in self-defense.  The prosecution had presented evidence that Wagner had been setting himself up as a hired gun in the New Romford underworld, and in testing out his new equipment, he accidentally caused the explosion.  Wagner and his attorney argued that he had to wear the armor… Read More

Lightning Bug Trial Begins; Dinosaur Queen Sent to Federal Court

By Chase Chapley Today’s supervillain legal roundup sees two of New Romford’s most recent criminals in court.  Lightning Bug, a.k.a. Horace Wagner, was in New Romford City Court, which had been deemed functional by engineers after the Dino-Day Disaster, for the start of his trial.  Last month, Wagner is accused of causing an explosion in the Verzatt Estates.  He was later apprehended by Speedster on I-188. Wagner is being tried on eight counts of destruction… Read More

Lightning Bug Arraigned

By Chase Chapley Horace Wagner, a.k.a. the Lightning Bug, was arraigned in New Romford City Court today on 24 counts of property destruction, illegal possession of advanced weaponry, reckless endangerment of non-superpowered civilians, and unlawful possession of mutated organisms. Wagner, who last week blew up part of the Verzatt Estates and was defeated in a battle with Speedster in Downtown New Romford, pled no contest to all charges.  Judge Moynihan placed a $2,000,000 bond and… Read More

Lightning Bug Equipment Malfunction Caused Explosion

By Chase Chapley New details have emerged from the Lightning Bug’s capture last week.  Horace Wagner, a.k.a. the Lightning Bug, had acquired some new equipment while staying at the Verzatt Estates.  This new equipment apparently malfunctioned and caused the explosion. Wagner had set up an alias in New Romford several months ago, presumably to make connections with new partners.  Sources within the NRPD are not commenting on exactly who he was meeting with, but given… Read More

Speedster Zips Through Downtown, Leaves Wave of Destruction

By Chase Chapley On her way out of New Romford this morning, Speedster left her usual wave of destruction down 21st Street as cars slammed into each other trying to avoid her quick movements. On First Avenue, Jonathan Hu veered off the side of the road into a light post.  “She just came out of nowhere,” he said.  “She was running so fast that all I could do was swerve, but I hit the damn… Read More

Speedster Captures Lightning Bug

By Chase Chapley Speedster tore through East Town today in pursuit of Lightning Bug, who is one of Speedster’s supervillains from New York.  He is suspected of causing the explosion at the Verzatt Apartments yesterday. The chase went up Main Street and veered off into the winding streets of East Town before culminating on the Milton Street exit on I-188.  It was a mixture of lightning, mutated insects, and super speed which ended in a… Read More