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Post by: KamiKaZee on November 18, 2006, 01:30:53 am
Rapper 'The Game' Arrested
UPDATED: 6:20 pm EST November 17, 2006

NEW YORK -- The rapper known as The Game has been arrested for allegedly impersonating an undercover police officer, authorities said.

At around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Jayceon Taylor, the hip-hop star known to his fans as The Game, flagged down a Lincoln Town Car at 56th Street and 7th Avenue, police said.

The driver of the taxi, Muhammed Butt, said that The Game claimed to be an undercover policeman and told him to race through several traffic lights on Lexington Avenue, police said.

Police officers pulled over the taxi at 43rd Street and 6th Avenue for driving erratically, at which point the driver told them that his passenger was an undercover officer. After running a check, the officers found that that was not the case.
Post by: GrimSkill on November 18, 2006, 02:00:36 am
Good God >.<

He is not getting any Street Cred for this arrest  :-\
Post by: Redjack on November 18, 2006, 08:32:11 am

I love the phrase "caught a case." Like there's this criminal prosecution flu floating around, you were just minding your own business and -BOOM- you caught it.

Did I say "idiot" already?
Title: Rapper's business partner charged with laundering gang money
Post by: KamiKaZee on November 18, 2006, 08:39:29 am
Rapper's business partner charged with laundering gang money
Friday, November 17, 2006

A partner in an Atlantic City recording studio launched by well-known rapper The Game was charged today with laundering more than a $100,000 for the 9 Tre Gangsters, the state’s bloodiest street gang, authorities said.

John “Johnny Hooks” Abbey, 38, was taken into custody as State Police executed search warrants at the recording studio, Black Wall Street East, and at a construction company and house he owns in Little Egg Harbor, said state Division of Criminal Justice Director Gregory Paw.

Abbey was charged with first-degree racketeering conspiracy and a Superior Court judge ordered him held in lieu of $750,000 bail, Criminal Justice spokesman Peter Aseltine said. If convicted, Abbey faces up to 20 years behind bars.

“The investigation has led us to various financial tools used by the gang to finance their operations and to move proceeds of their crime,” Paw said. “It was a significant issue for us to learn ... how they have infiltrated legitimate businesses and used sophisticated techniques to finance their endeavors.”

The arrest marks the latest chapter in the state’s attempt to stamp out the 9 Tre, a faction of the Bloods street gang that authorities have said deals heroin, cocaine and guns in communities from one end of the state to the other, including Newark, Trenton and Atlantic City. The State Police began their investigation more than a year ago after one of the gang’s alleged enforcers was charged with killing a Newark special police officer and last July arrested 41 alleged leaders of the 9 Tre.

Authorities hope the search warrants executed at the Black Wall Street East studio and Viper Construction, both of which Abbey has a stake in, will turn up business records indicating the exact scope of Abbey’s involvement with the gang, officials said.

Abbey describes himself on his Internet profile on as having more than 20 years of construction and financial management experience, including doing renovations for several national chain stores. In addition, he also has ownership stakes in Black Wall Street East, 16 Bars magazine and Livelihood Entertainment. Black Wall Street East, which rapper The Game opened as an East Coast studio for his Los Angeles-based company, is a customized state-of-the-art facility, according to

The Game, who released a new album this week, hit multi-platinum with his first album, The Documentary, and is well known for his feud with star rapper 50 Cent.
Title: 'Web rage' pickaxe attacker jailed
Post by: KamiKaZee on November 18, 2006, 07:09:31 pm
'Web rage' pickaxe attacker jailed
By David Sapsted
Last Updated: 1:28am GMT 18/11/2006

The first person to be charged with a "web rage" attack was jailed for two and a half years today.    

Tempers flared after Paul Gibbons, 47, and John Jones, 43, exchanged insults in an Internet chatroom, an Old Bailey judge was told.

After tracing Mr Jones to his home address in Clacton, Gibbons armed himself with a pickaxe handle and, accompanied by a man with a machete, travelled 70 miles to the Essex seaside town in December 2005.

When they arrived, Mr Jones, whose girlfriend and three children were in the house, opened the door holding a knife for protection.

A fight broke out in which Mr Jones was disarmed and then beaten with the pickaxe handle and cut with his own knife.

Gibbons fled after Mr Jones's girlfriend called for help. Mr Jones suffered cuts to his head, neck and hands.

An earlier hearing was told that Gibbons, from Southwark, south London, and Mr Jones had encountered each other in a chatroom called Islam 10 because they both had an interest in the Muslim faith.

Things started to go wrong when Gibbons accused Mr Jones of spreading rumours about him.

"There was an exchange of views between the victim and the defendant which were threatening on both sides," Ibitayo Adebayo, prosecuting, said.

Jailing Gibbons, who has a record of violence, Judge Richard Hawkins told him: "It is accepted by the prosecution that Mr Jones taunted you and dared you to go to his house where you would be greeted with weapons."

Gibbons, who is unemployed, pleaded guilty last month to unlawful wounding after the prosecution agreed not to proceed with charges of attempted murder and threats to kill.

After the attack, it was found that Gibbons had boasted about what he was going to do on the Internet.

Jonathan Green, defending, said that Mr Jones had given the impression of being the innocent victim but his web blog "painted a different picture".

He said that Mr Jones had been the first to initiate physical confrontation.

Mr Green added that there was a misconception that anything said in chatrooms was anonymous, leading to people writing things that they otherwise would not dream of saying.

Det Sgt Jean-Marc Bazzoni, of Essex Police, said that the case demonstrated the importance of protecting one's identity on the Internet.

"Mr Jones had posted pictures of his family on the web and had chatted to Gibbons on an audio link," he said.

"It demonstrates how easily other users can put two and two together and also shows how children could also find themselves in danger."
Post by: Jenn on November 18, 2006, 08:12:31 pm
See, you cats think I'm being funny when I talk about people like Guido making threats. I'm not bullsh*tting y'all one bit.
Title: Rocker Doherty arrested again on drugs grounds
Post by: KamiKaZee on November 19, 2006, 10:55:03 am
Rocker Doherty arrested again on drugs grounds
Sun Nov 19, 7:19 AM ET

Troubled rocker Pete Doherty, the boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, was released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of possessing crack cocaine, police have said.

The Babyshambles singer, no stranger to drugs charges, was nabbed by officers after driving his car in an erratic fashion near his east London home at around 8:20 am on Saturday.

Two other people in the vehicle were also arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Police sources said Moss was not involved.

The trio, all released from Bethnal Green police station pending analysis of "substances recovered", must return in December.

Doherty's drug addiction has been well-documented in British newspapers.
Post by: KamiKaZee on November 22, 2006, 08:48:10 am
49ers' Bryant arrested on DUI charges

By KIM CURTIS, Associated Press Writer
Tue Nov 21, 10:29 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Antonio Bryant was arrested on reckless and drunken driving charges after his orange Lamborghini was seen speeding faster than 100 mph on a freeway.

Bryant, 25, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and resisting arrest, police Capt. Kevin Raffaelli said.

An officer entering U.S. Highway 101 saw Bryant speed past and tried unsuccessfully to catch him, Raffaelli said. He radioed another officer who pulled over Bryant.

Bryant showed "signs and symptoms" of being drunk, and he was uncooperative, combative and verbally abusive, Raffaelli said. He refused to step out of the car, he said.

The officers were forced to use leather restraints to put Bryant in a seated position with his legs straight and his hands cuffed behind his back, Raffaelli said.

Bryant was booked into the San Mateo County jail early Monday morning and released a few hours later on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 28, according to San Mateo County sheriff's Lt. Lisa Williams.

Aaron Salkin, a spokesman for the 49ers, said the team was aware of the arrest, but declined to comment further.

The arrest came hours after the 49ers recorded their biggest win of the season, a 20-14 victory over the division-leading
Seattle Seahawks.

Bryant signed a four-year, $15 million deal with 49ers in March.

Rumblings about Bryant's testy, prickly nature have followed the Miami native since his days at Pittsburgh, where he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top college receiver.

He infamously blew up at Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells at a preseason practice in 2004, throwing a sweaty jersey at him during an argument. He took anger management classes and was traded to Cleveland a few months later.

Last year with the Browns, he set career highs of 69 catches for 1,009 yards.
Post by: Mastrmynd on November 22, 2006, 12:19:21 pm

for a second, i thought this was an anti- rap thread.
Title: Tracy Morgan's DUIs
Post by: KamiKaZee on November 28, 2006, 10:02:29 pm
'30 Rock' Star Charged With DWI
Nov 28 1:48 PM US/Eastern   
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK                     

Tracy Morgan, a former "Saturday Night Live" regular who co-stars on NBC's "30 Rock," was arrested Tuesday in Upper Manhattan on drunken driving charges, the district attorney's office said.

The 38-year-old comedian was stopped around 4:30 a.m. while driving a Cadillac Escalade on the Henry Hudson Parkway near West 158th Street, said Edison Alban, a spokesman for District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.

Police reported that Morgan smelled of alcohol and that he later failed a breathalyzer test at the 28th Precinct station house, Alban said.

Alban didn't yet know the name of Morgan's attorney.

Morgan's publicist in Los Angeles didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Alban said Morgan was to be arraigned later in Manhattan's state Supreme Court on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired.

Last Dec. 2, Morgan was arrested in Hollywood, Calif., on impaired driving charges after police stopped him for speeding. Authorities there said his blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent, over the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

On Feb. 17, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving. He was sentenced to 36 months' probation, fined $390 and ordered to attend an alcohol education program, authorities said.

Morgan was a "Saturday Night Live" cast member from 1996 to 2003. He left the show to star in the short-lived "The Tracy Morgan Show."
Title: Snoop Dogg again
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on November 29, 2006, 08:46:20 am
Snoop Dogg is arrested
From a Times Staff Writer
November 29, 2006

Rapper-actor Snoop Dogg was arrested Tuesday evening by Burbank police on four felony drug- and weapons-related charges just after he finished taping an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

The arrest of the performer, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, stemmed from an investigation after his apprehension last month by police at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun and of transporting marijuana.

He also was charged earlier this month with knowingly possessing a deadly weapon, a collapsible police baton found in his computer bag, as he was about to board a plane at John Wayne Airport in Orange County in September.

Burbank Police Sgt. Kevin Grandalski said Broadus was served with a search warrant after 6 p.m. in the 400 block of Bob Hope Drive, just outside the NBC studios.

He said investigators searched the suspect, his car and his home in Diamond Bar, prompting them to file charges of his being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana for sale and having a false compartment in a vehicle.

Grandalski said Broadus was expected to post his bail, which was set at $60,000.
Post by: bluezulu on November 29, 2006, 09:13:57 am
Snoop gets arrested at least once a month dealing with drugs and weapons. Hes rich and famous whats the point? And with an entourage the sh*t is always somebody elses. Waste of time to me.
Post by: KamiKaZee on November 29, 2006, 12:18:34 pm

I kinda like Snoop.  But he's gotta be pretty dumb to keep on getting arrested.
What happened to the three strikes and your a$$ is out law?  Don't they have
that out in Cali anymore?  Shouldn't he be on lock-down?

Post by: Redjack on November 29, 2006, 05:45:26 pm
That's okay. they'll both get image awards and hit the vip with R. Kelly afterwards.

Post by: KamiKaZee on November 30, 2006, 02:20:05 am

Talk about stoooooooopid!  >:(

Title: Suge Says Snoop Is A Snitch
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 01, 2006, 01:18:11 am

November 30, 2006 -- SUGE Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, has an explanation for how his archenemy Snoop Dogg keeps avoiding jail, despite his numerous arrests for drugs and gun possession.

"Snoop is a rat. He's a police informer. This is the only guy who never goes to jail no matter what. I don't like rats," Knight told Page Six exclusively yesterday.

The latest arrest for Snoop Dogg (real name Calvin Broadus) came Tuesday after he taped his performance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Cops who pulled over his vehicle say they found cocaine, marijuana and a gun.

On Nov. 2, Dogg was arrested at the airport in Santa Ana, Calif., with a collapsible baton and was charged with possession of a deadly weapon. On Oct. 26, he was nabbed at the Burbank airport with a gun and a controlled substance.

Dogg might be paranoid about his safety because he is afraid of Knight, especially after trashing the scary record mogul in a cover story in the new Rolling Stone.

Snoop claims Knight threatened his life while Knight was serving five years in jail. And Knight has always been one of the names that comes up in the investigation of the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur.

"I stepped to him [four years ago] at the BET Awards with my n--s, and he [Knight] was more scared than a mother[bleep]er," Snoop brags to Rolling Stone. "That was the scenario when n--s knew the balance had shifted. That's when everybody felt like the floodgates was open on Suge. Snoop dissed him in public, and he didn't do nothing."

When mono-named writer Touré asks Snoop if he is afraid of reprisals, he replies, "[Bleep] nah . . . Never was afraid of him. I was afraid I was gonna have to kill him. That's what I was afraid of."

Knight, a 6-foot-4 behemoth who played football for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, told us: "I don't have to go around and convince people I'm tough. The only being I fear is God. Snoop has never been in a real fight. When there's trouble, he runs to the police. He throws up and starts crying."
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 01, 2006, 07:28:10 am

Talk about stoooooooopid!  >:(


This is hilarious.  I almost spit coffee on my keyboard when he dropped in.   ;D ;D
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 01, 2006, 08:27:35 am

Talk about stoooooooopid!  >:(


This is hilarious.  I almost spit coffee on my keyboard when he dropped in.   ;D ;D

I found it funny as hell but it's really sad that anyone would burglarize a liquor store.
What's in there that could possibly help you?  If you're going to coordinate some sort
of a heist, have sense enough to hit a target with a payoff.  And have an escape plan
mapped out before you make your entrance.

Kind of makes me want to drop everything and develop a correspondence course
for criminals  ;)

Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 01, 2006, 09:02:39 am
Kind of makes me want to drop everything and develop a correspondence course
for criminals  ;)
But how would they raise the funds to pay you before they take the course?  :)
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 01, 2006, 09:14:32 am
Kind of makes me want to drop everything and develop a correspondence course
for criminals  ;)
But how would they raise the funds to pay you before they take the course?  :)

I'm trusting.  They could remit funds after utilizing the knowledge I've imparted upon them  :D

Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 01, 2006, 09:31:57 am
Kind of makes me want to drop everything and develop a correspondence course
for criminals  ;)
But how would they raise the funds to pay you before they take the course?  :)
I'm trusting.  They could remit funds after utilizing the knowledge I've imparted upon them  :D
I see.  You're willing to extend credit to apprentice criminals.  Now I know you're pulling my leg.   ;)
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 01, 2006, 10:33:45 am
I see.  You're willing to extend credit to apprentice criminals.  Now I know you're pulling my leg.   ;)

Well, obviously I'm not going to pursue this because I'm currently developing another
correspondence course curriculum.  But you see - hypothetically speaking of course, I
would make that first lesson so doggone informative, but it would be just a teaser and
so they would gladly go out and use their newfound skills in order to procure the funds
to pay me for the first lesson and to continue with the remainder of their mastermind
criminal course  :)

Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 01, 2006, 10:50:32 am
I see.  You're willing to extend credit to apprentice criminals.  Now I know you're pulling my leg.   ;)
Well, obviously I'm not going to pursue this because I'm currently developing another
correspondence course curriculum. 
Well, that and the questionable legality of such an enterprise.
But you see - hypothetically speaking of course, I
would make that first lesson so doggone informative, but it would be just a teaser and
so they would gladly go out and use their newfound skills in order to procure the funds
to pay me for the first lesson and to continue with the remainder of their mastermind
criminal course  :)
It would be interesting to see how many of them would come back for more.  Either because they had success with what they learned from the first lesson or because they didn't.  Hypothetically speaking, of course. 
Title: 4-Year-Old's Sexual Impropriety
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 08, 2006, 03:25:14 pm
4-year-old Accused of Improperly Touching Teacher  ::)
Dec 7, 2006 07:48 PM
by Jennifer Kent

BELLMEAD - A four-year-old hugged his teachers aide and was put into in-school suspension, according to the father.  But La Vega school administrators have a different story.

Damarcus Blackwell's four-year-old son was lining-up to get on the bus after school last month, when he was accused of rubbing his face in the chest of a female employee.

The prinicipal of La Vega Primary School sent a letter to the Blackwells that said the pre-kindergartener demonstrated "inappropriate physical behavior interpreted as sexual contact and/or sexual harassment." 

Blackwell says it's ridiculous that the aide would misread a hug from a four-year-old.  Blackwell wrote to administrators demanding that the whole incident be expunged from his son's academic file because his son is too young to know what it means to act sexually.

David Davis, the executive director of the Advocacy Center in Waco tends to agree with Blackwell.  He says assuming the boy has not had sexual encounters, or been inappropriately exposed to pornography, most four-year-olds are sexually innocent.

Blackwell got a response  from the La Vega administration.  The sexual references on the discipline referral were removed.  But the thing that makes Blackwell most upset is they told him "your request for an apology by the aide and removal of all paperwork regarding this incident is denied."  Now the young student's file will refer to the incident as "inappropriate physical contact."  And Blackwell says he will continue to fight the district.

La Vega I.S.D. administrators told News Channel 25 they couldn't comment on this case because of student privacy issues.
Post by: Magic Wand on December 08, 2006, 09:50:43 pm
So....who believes the pre-schooler was gittin' jiggy wit' the busty teacher?
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 09, 2006, 04:06:55 am

Oh Lawd.  I just saw on CNN the little child is Black.  It's gonna be some SH!T because
the daddy ain't gonna take no mess.  He's not even playin  >:(

Post by: Magic Wand on December 10, 2006, 08:55:32 am
A U.S. Justice Department report released on November 30 showed that a record 7 million people -- or one in every 32 American adults -- were behind bars, on probation or on parole at the end of last year. Of the total, 2.2 million were in prison or jail.

According to the International Center for Prison Studies at King's College in London, more people are behind bars in the United States than in any other country. China ranks second with 1.5 million prisoners, followed by Russia with 870,000.

The U.S. incarceration rate of 737 per 100,000 people in the highest, followed by 611 in Russia and 547 for St. Kitts and Nevis. In contrast, the incarceration rates in many Western industrial nations range around 100 per 100,000 people.

Groups advocating reform of U.S. sentencing laws seized on the latest U.S. prison population figures showing admissions of inmates have been rising even faster than the numbers of prisoners who have been released.

U.S. Imprisons More People Than Any Other Nation

By James Vicini, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Dec. 9) -- Tough sentencing laws, record numbers of drug offenders and high crime rates have contributed to the United States having the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world, according to criminal justice experts.

"The United States has 5 percent of the world's population and 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. We rank first in the world in locking up our fellow citizens," said Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, which supports alternatives in the war on drugs.

"We now imprison more people for drug law violations than all of western Europe, with a much larger population, incarcerates for all offenses."

Ryan King, a policy analyst at The Sentencing Project, a group advocating sentencing reform, said the United States has a more punitive criminal justice system than other countries.

"We send more people to prison, for more different offenses, for longer periods of time than anybody else," he said.

Drug offenders account for about 2 million of the 7 million in prison, on probation or parole, King said, adding that other countries often stress treatment instead of incarceration.

Commenting on what the prison figures show about U.S. society, King said various social programs, including those dealing with education, poverty, urban development, health care and child care, have failed.

"There are a number of social programs we have failed to deliver. There are systemic failures going on," he said. "A lot of these people then end up in the criminal justice system."
Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in California, said the high prison numbers represented a proper response to the crime problem in the United States. Locking up more criminals has contributed to lower crime rates, he said.

"The hand-wringing over the incarceration rate is missing the mark," he said.

Scheidegger said the high prison population reflected cultural differences, with the United States having far higher crimes rates than European nations or Japan. "We have more crime. More crime gets you more prisoners."

Julie Stewart, president of the group Families Against Mandatory Minimums, cited the Justice Department report and said drug offenders are clogging the U.S. justice system.

"Why are so many people in prison? Blame mandatory sentencing laws and the record number of nonviolent drug offenders subject to them," she said.
Post by: Magic Wand on December 10, 2006, 08:57:04 am
Who among us has spent a night (or more) in the joint?
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 10, 2006, 03:21:50 pm
Who among us has spent a night (or more) in the joint?

I refuse to answer on the grounds that it might incriminate me
(as if I want Curtis M on my a$$ about that sh!t :-X) 

Post by: Magic Wand on December 10, 2006, 11:00:35 pm
Ain't no thang.
I have.
Interesting people in there.
I wouldn't want any long-term commitment inside, but one night
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 10, 2006, 11:13:48 pm
Ain't no thang.
I have.
Interesting people in there.
I wouldn't want any long-term commitment inside, but one night

I didn't spend the night.  Thank God!!!  :)

Post by: Curtis Metcalf on December 11, 2006, 09:42:57 am
Who among us has spent a night (or more) in the joint?

I refuse to answer on the grounds that it might incriminate me
(as if I want Curtis M on my a$$ about that sh!t :-X)
Not me.  Presumed innocent and all.  Although I was wondering how you acquired the expertise to teach that on-line course. ;)
Post by: KamiKaZee on December 11, 2006, 10:42:27 am
Who among us has spent a night (or more) in the joint?

I refuse to answer on the grounds that it might incriminate me
(as if I want Curtis M on my a$$ about that sh!t :-X)
Not me.  Presumed innocent and all.  Although I was wondering how you acquired the expertise to teach that on-line course. ;)

By watching television of course.  And yes, I was innocent.  The case was dismissed and has since been expunged.

Post by: Battle on January 09, 2019, 11:58:55 am
Wednesday, 9th December 2019
Judge issues arrest warrant for man accused in GoFundMe scam
by Associated Press

(MOUNT HOLLY, N.J.) A judge has issued an arrest warrant for a homeless veteran charged with engaging in a GoFundMe scheme after he failed to make a scheduled court appearance.

Johnny Bobbitt was due in a New Jersey court Tuesday to face charges that he violated court-ordered conditions that allowed for his release from jail while awaiting trial.

Bobbitt's lawyer John Keesler says he spoke with his client Friday and expected him to appear in court.

Prosecutors say the 35-year-old conspired with Katelyn McClure and her then-boyfriend Mark D'Amico to concoct a story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 for gas.


Bobbit and the New Jersey couple raised $400,000, which authorities say was spent on luxury items and casino trips.(


Banished To The Phantom Zone!*

GoFundMe says it has refunded everyone who contributed to the campaign.(

*They resemble the villains from the motion picture, Superman II... General Zod, Ursa and--- I forget the third guy's name.

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Post by: Battle on January 11, 2019, 01:36:47 pm
Friday, 11th December 2019
Fugitive Nail  Salon Murderer... Nailed!
by Associated Press


(LAS VEGAS) Police say a 21-year-old woman sought for almost two weeks after allegedly skipping out on a $35 manicure and using a stolen car to run over and kill a manicurist in Las Vegas has been arrested in Arizona.

Las Vegas police say Krystal Whipple was arrested Friday in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale by a team of fugitive hunters involving Phoenix-area police, county investigators and FBI agents.

Whipple was identified as the customer-turned-assailant seen on video leaving a nail salon Dec. 29 and driving a black sedan that allegedly ran over 51-year-old Ngoc Q. Nguyen.

Police say Whipple tried to pay with a fraudulent credit card and told Nguyen that she was going to her car to get cash before killing her as she drove away.

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Post by: Battle on January 13, 2019, 12:10:58 pm
Sunday, 13th December 2019
Black Mountain man charged with assaulting underage girl at Asheville Mall


(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) A Black Mountain man has been charged after a fight Saturday at Asheville Mall.

Asheville police said a fight involving juveniles broke out at the mall Saturday evening, and, during the fight, David Steven Bell pushed a juvenile as well as hit her.

An off-duty officer arrested Bell, 51, of Black Mountain, and he is charged with assault on a female under 12 and two counts of assault on a female.

Video of the incident, which is under investigation, has been been making rounds on social media.

In the video, Bell can be seen surrounded by a group of juveniles.

At one point, the camera turned away. Next, a girl came toward Bell, and he shoved her.

When the same girl came back, he can be seen punching her in the face.

News 13 is trying contact the person who shot the video to get permission to use it.

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Post by: Battle on January 14, 2019, 12:11:00 pm
Monday, 14th December 2019
Murder with a pinch of Underage Kidnapping
by Associated Press


(BARRON, Wis.) The Latest on the case of a kidnapped Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot and the man accused of committing the crimes.

A criminal complaint says a Wisconsin man hid 13-year-old Jayme Closs under a bed for hours at a time and warned her that "bad things could happen to her" if anyone found her there.

Jake Thomas Patterson is charged with kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents in an Oct. 15 attack at the family's home near Barron.

The criminal complaint filed Monday says Jayme was forced to go under a bed in Patterson's remote cabin and that he would stack totes, laundry bins and barbell weights around her so she couldn't move without him noticing. The complaint says Jayme was kept up to 12 hours at a time with no food, water or bathroom breaks.

The complaint says Jayme escaped Thursday after Patterson made her go under the bed and told her he was going to be gone five or six hours. It says she pushed the bins away, crawled out, put on a pair of his shoes and fled the house.

Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs has told police she tried to hide from the man accused of killing her parents and kidnapping her, but that he dragged her out of her home and threw her in the trunk of his vehicle.

Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Monday charging Jake Thomas Patterson with two counts of intentional homicide, kidnapping and burglary. Investigators believe Patterson broke into the Closs home near Barron, Wisconsin, in October, killed Jayme's parents and kidnapped her.

The complaint states that Jayme and her mother hid in the bathroom as Patterson came to the front door. They heard a gunshot and knew Patterson had killed her father.

Patterson then broke down the bathroom door, shot her mother and taped Jayme's hands and ankles. He then dragged her to his car and threw her in the trunk.

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Post by: Battle on January 16, 2019, 09:22:28 pm
Wednesday, 16th December 2019
To Catch a Predator host becomes Prey
by Nicholas Hautman


To Catch a Predator host Chris Hansen was arrested and charged on Monday, January 14, after being accused of issuing bad checks, the Stamford Police Department in Connecticut confirms to Us Weekly.

According to police, the 59-year-old asked Promotional Sales Limited owner Peter Psichopaidas for 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals to use at marketing events.

Psichopaidas said the merchandise was delivered in 2017, but Hansen failed to pay the bill of $12,998.05.

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Post by: Battle on January 17, 2019, 10:08:00 pm
Thursday, 17th December 2019
Cummins* sentenced to 20 years in kidnapping of teen student

by Doha Madani


Former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in the 2017 kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl student.

Cummins, 52, pleaded guilty in April 2018 to federal crimes of crossing state lines to have sex with a minor and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors said in a criminal complaint after his 2017 arrest that Cummins took his victim across state lines in order to engage in "criminal sexual activity."

Cummins faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison for crossing state lines for sex with a minor and up to 20 years for obstruction of justice.

The former teacher in Columbia, Tennessee, was arrested in Northern California in April 2017, more than a month after he and his 15-year-old victim disappeared, sparking a nationwide search.

Authorities found Cummins and his victim after a tip came in saying the pair might being living "in a cabin in a remote area" of Cecilville, California.

Cummins had been suspended from his teaching job at Culleoka Unit School on Feb. 6, 2017, after another student saw him kissing his victim, according to a criminal complaint.

On the morning of March 13, 2017, Cummins left a note for his wife claiming he was leaving to "think" and asked her not to call the police. His victim was reported missing by her father later that evening.

Cummins was fired the day after an Amber Alert was issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His teaching license was later revoked by the Tennessee Board of Education.

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Post by: Battle on January 21, 2019, 08:37:07 am
Saturday, 19th December 2019
Chicago officer sentenced for murdering black teen Laquan McDonald
BBC news


Video of Van Dyke firing repeatedly at the 17-year-old was released a year later, and led to street protests.

During Friday's hearing, residents told of alleged past mistreatment at the hands of the officer.

One witness told the court Van Dyke, 40, had put him in a stranglehold after he refused to spit out a cough drop.

Another claimed that he had pushed a gun to his head as he was leaving a petrol station, and screamed racist epithets in his face.

Van Dyke's brother-in-law, who is black, also took the stand to say that he had never known the former policeman to be a "racist cop".

After a trial in October, Van Dyke was found guilty of murder as well as 16 counts of aggravated battery - one charge for each shot he fired at McDonald.


Dashcam video of the incident showed McDonald, who was high on the PCP drug at the time, refusing the officer's command to drop a knife as he walked down the street.

Friday's sentence comes one day after three former and current policemen who were accused of helping to cover up the killing were found not guilty by a different Chicago judge.

Before sentencing, Van Dyke's family and friends filed letters telling of his service to the community.(

His 17-year-old older daughter took the stand earlier on Friday to blame the media for criticising "police officers for doing their jobs".(

She told the court she had written a school essay about the "harsh realities" of police work, and said officer do not care about race, "they care about your safety".(

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Post by: Battle on January 28, 2019, 04:07:11 pm
Monday, 28th January 2019
Virginia fugitive, 46, who was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' two decades ago for stabbing his wife 33 times and abducting his daughter is arrested after a three-hour standoff in Florida
by Emily Crane


A fugitive who was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' 20 years ago has finally been arrested in Florida following a three-hour standoff with police.

Michael Eugene Moore, 46, was arrested in Palm Coast, south of Jacksonville, on Saturday.

Moore has had a fugitive warrant for his arrest in Virginia for two decades after he stabbed his wife and abducted their five-year-old daughter back in 1996.
He was caught when Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies signaled for him to stop on Saturday after a license plate reader detected him in a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle had been reported stolen during an earlier armed robbery in Virginia during which Moore allegedly tied up the female victim before fleeing with her car.

Authorities said Moore refused to get out of the vehicle or comply with demands.

Deputies started evacuating homes as SWAT teams secured the immediate area.
Three hours later, Moore surrendered without incident and was taken into custody.

Moore has been on the run since March 1996 when he was featured on 'America's Most Wanted' for stabbing his wife 33 times and abducting his five-year-old daughter.
His wife miraculously survived the attack.

Weeks later, the little girl was found safe in Miami after the child's photo appeared on the show. She was returned to her mother in Virginia.
Moore remained a fugitive and had an active warrant for the assault and battery in Virginia.
'This incident could have had a very different outcome,' Sheriff Rick Staly said.
'This is a guy with an extremely violent history. We will never know what crimes we may have prevented by apprehending him.
'I want to thank our citizens for their patience as we worked through this incident.

I am very proud of our team and thankful that no one was injured and this violent offender is now in jail where he belongs.'
Following his arrest on Saturday, Moore was charged with grand theft and resisting arrest without violence in Florida.

He is also being held as a fugitive from justice for Virginia authorities.

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Post by: Battle on January 30, 2019, 07:18:52 pm
Wednesday, 30th January 2019
Opera Star David Daniels and Conductor Husband Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

by Karen Mizoguchi


David Daniels, the internationally famous countertenor who has been called one of the worlds greatest opera stars, was arrested on a sexual assault charge, PEOPLE confirms.

On Tuesday, Daniels and husband Scott Walters, who is a conductor, were both arrested in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they live, on warrants issued by the Houston Police Department, according to a spokesperson from HPD.

The Ann Arbor Police Department tells PEOPLE the couple, who were married in 2014 by opera fan and officiant Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is awaiting a hearing on bail and currently being held in Michigans Washtenaw County Jail.

Daniels and Walters face extradition to Texas, where they are accused of raping baritone singer Samuel Schultz in 2010.

In August 2018, Schultz accused the pair of drugging and raping him when he was a 23-year-old graduate student at Rice University.

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Post by: Battle on February 09, 2019, 10:46:57 am
Friday, 8th February 2019

What's this? Sportscaster warner wolf arrested?  ;D
Arrested for covering up taking down 'Plantation' sign at his gated community

by Peter Sblendorio


The longtime sportscaster was arrested Thursday for removing letters that spelled out Plantation on both sides of a sign at the private community where he lives in Florida, according to a report from the Collier County Sheriffs Office obtained by the Daily News.

Wolf, 81, removed the word from the sign at the Classics Plantation Estates community in Naples on Nov. 30, according the report, with an official saying they obtained footage showing a man who fits Warners physical profile in the act.

Wolf had been a vocal critic of the name Plantation at board meetings, the report states, and had advocated for the word being taken off the sign.

About two weeks after the letters were removed, a man returned them to a security guard at the communitys vehicle gate.

Wolf turned himself in to authorities on Thursday. The damage he allegedly caused was valued at $1,139.50.

His charge is listed as criminal mischief over $1,000.

He left custody on Thursday on a $5,000 bond, jail records show.
Wolfs lengthy sportscasting career included working on Monday Night Baseball and the Olympics for ABC sports, and serving as a voice on the don imus show.

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Post by: Battle on February 14, 2019, 05:03:30 pm
Thursday, 14th February 2019
by Jason Murdock


An Ohio judge who was arrested after crashing her car last Sunday told a police officer at the scene that she had been drinking, newly released footage shows. (

Rebecca Doherty, 55, a Portage County Common Pleas Court judge, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence after being found inside her car at about 9:15 p.m. (

I am absolutely out of my mind...I am so intoxicated Doherty can be heard shouting in the video. (

Bodycam footage of the February 10 incident was obtained from Brimfield Police Department yesterday via a public records request submitted by media outlet the Record-Courier.

The crash took place at Route 43 in Brimfield as weather conditions were cold and snowy.

Mam, you have got vomit down here on your door, have you been drinking? an officer says in the clip. Yes, the judge replied.

Her cell phone was reportedly found in a pool of vomit. (

In a later section of the video, Doherty was seen having difficulty signing her name on forms.

The Record-Courier reported the judge was charged after refusing to give a breath sample.
Do you know who I am? she asked deputies multiple times, the footage seemingly shows.  (

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Post by: Battle on February 15, 2019, 12:53:04 pm
Tuesday, 12th February 2019
Mass. Woman Sent to Jail for Sending Texts to Teen Boyfriend Urging Him to Kill Himself

by Jeff Truesdell


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Michelle Carter has begun her 15-month jail sentence one week after a court upheld her involuntary manslaughter conviction for urging her teenage boyfriend to kill himself in 2014 via texts and other statements, according to multiple media reports.(

Deputies put handcuffs on the Massachusetts woman, now 22, on Monday in Taunton District Court after Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz withdrew the suspended sentence that had allowed Carter to remain free while her 2017 conviction was appealed, reports, WPRI and the Boston Globe.(

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Feb. 4 that the conviction and sentence should stand.

Carters attorneys say they will pursue a further review of her case by the U.S. Supreme Court, reports the Boston Herald.

Carter was 17 when, on July 13, 2014, authorities found her boyfriend, 18-year-old Conrad Roy III, dead in his pickup in a Fairhaven parking lot from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Citing hundreds of texts and statements that came to light after Roys suicide, prosecutors said Carter urged him to kill himself, highlighting her written admission to a friend that she told Roy to get back in the truck as he stepped out and shared his fears with her in a phone call in the moments before he died. (

In finding Carter guilty, Judge Moniz highlighted two revelations from Carters trial.

As Roy expressed his desire to abort his fatal plan by getting out of the truck, Carter told him to get back in. Then she initially failed to tell anyone else about it.

She did nothing, said Moniz. She did not call the police or Mr. Roys family.

Finally, she did not issue a simple additional instruction [to Roy]:

Get out of the truck.

The Massachusetts high court ruling echoed that theme when it rejected Carters appeal. (

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Post by: Battle on February 15, 2019, 10:47:49 pm
Friday, 15th February 2019
'Melrose Place' actress to serve more time for fatal crash

by Associated Press


(SOMERVILLE, N.J.) A former "Melrose Place" actress was sentenced Friday to more prison time for a fatal 2010 auto accident by a judge who appeared at times reluctant to follow the guidelines set by an appeals court that had ruled her initial sentence and a second sentence were too lenient.

Amy Locane was given five years behind bars, but likely will serve about 20 months if her next appeal fails, her attorney, James Wronko, said afterward.

Locane left court without commenting to reporters and is seeking to be free on bail pending her appeal.

She served about two-and-a-half years of a three-year sentence before her 2015 release and has completed a three-year parole term.

State Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan appeared to be sympathetic to Wronko's argument that double jeopardy should apply and void the resentencing, but ultimately he followed the appellate court's instructions.

He praised fellow judge Robert Reed, who imposed the initial sentences, as a respected jurist, but said Reed "made two very serious mistakes here and all have suffered for it."

An appeals court ordered Locane to be re-sentenced after determining the sentences imposed by Reed were insufficient for the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and seriously injured Seeman's husband, Fred Seeman.

Locane smashed into their SUV as they were turning not their driveway.

Locane's blood-alcohol level was likely about three times the legal limit for driving at the time of the crash, according to a state expert.

"There is not a day that has gone by that I have not thought of the pain that my actions caused the Seeman family and of course Helene Seeman," Locane said in court Friday.

"I have worked very hard to correct that behavior and not be that person who did that on that day."

Locane, who was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and other offenses, had faced up to 10 years on the most serious count.

Fred Seeman sobbed as he told the judge how the crash ripped his family apart and how he nearly died from his injuries.

He lashed out at Reed for "elevating the suffering of defendant's children above what we have suffered and continue to suffer."

Reed had cited Locane's young children, including one daughter diagnosed with Crohn's disease, as a mitigating factor in his sentencing.

Locane's defense contended the crash was an accident and that a third motorist, whose car the actress had bumped into at a traffic light before the accident, distracted her by honking at her and chasing her after being rear-ended.

Though the indictment charging Locane didn't mention intoxication, a state expert testified her blood-alcohol level was likely three times the legal limit for driving, and that she was speeding about 53 mph in a 35 mph zone at the time of the crash.

A jury acquitted her of aggravated manslaughter, but convicted her of the lesser offense of vehicular manslaughter a second-degree crime that carries a maximum 10-year sentence. But Reed downgraded that to a third-degree offense and imposed the lightest sentence available.

That prompted an appeals court in 2016 to order a re-sentencing.

The panel instructed Reed to offer additional justification for his decision to downgrade the charge.

After Reed gave Locane essentially the same prison sentence in 2017, an appeals court wrote last year that the sentence was "a hair's breath away from illegal," and ordered the lower court to try yet again.

Locane acted in 13 episodes of the popular Fox series and also appeared in several movies, including "Cry-Baby" with Johnny Depp.

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Post by: Battle on February 17, 2019, 07:37:48 pm
Sunday, 17th February 2019
Anthony Weiner released from prison as part of federal re-entry program

by Andrew O'Reilly


Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from prison and is now part of the federal re-entry program in New York as he awaits his full release later this spring.

Weiner, who was convicted for sexting a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina and sentenced to 21 months behind bars, has been transferred from Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts into the care of New Yorks Residential Re-entry Management program.

While a staff member at New Yorks RRM in Brooklyns Sunset Park neighborhood was unable to provide Fox News with Weiners exact whereabouts, it is believed that he is serving the remaining time of his sentence in a halfway house or in home confinement before his official release on May 14.

Good conduct while in prison has shaved off about three months from his sentence.


He will spend three years on supervised release and will have to pay a $10,000 fine as well as register as a sex offender.

Once a prominent star in the Democratic Party, Weiners political career began to unravel in 2011 when he resigned from Congress after admitting to sending an X-rated photo and engaging in inappropriate relationships with women online.

While he attempted a comeback in 2013 when he ran for New York City mayor, that campaign went off the tracks when it was revealed that he had sexted with another woman under the pseudonym Carlos Danger.

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Post by: Battle on February 18, 2019, 06:30:36 pm
Monday, 28th January 2019
Why a Washington Womans Boyfriend Turned Her in For Murder After a Concerning Facebook Message

by Chris Harris


After learning his girlfriend had been accused of murdering her exs mother, a Washington state man said he called 911 to tell police where they could find her.
Ashley Horning, 25, is being held on $1 million bond after Spokane Police charged her with the second-degree murder of Christina Powell, the 48-year-old mother of her ex and the grandmother of her young daughter.

Zachariah Gardner told KXLY he and Horning had been dating for several weeks when he discovered she was a murder suspect.

She was a good woman, Ill tell you that for sure, Gardner told the station. Obviously, thats hard for some people to see right now.

Police allege Horning fatally shot Powell on Thursday morning before going on the run from police.

Court documents obtained by PEOPLE confirm Gardner received a Facebook message from Horning not long after Powells killing.

In it, she allegedly expressed suicidal thoughts.

Gardner said he went to meet Horning, who was sitting on a bench about a mile from the crime scene.

Long story short, I picked her up because I felt something was off, Gardner told KXLY.

It was then, he said, that Horning showed him a news story about how police were searching for her.

It was a stressful situation and I said, Were going to turn you in, and then she agreed, Gardner recalled.

Gardner told the station police were on the scene within a minute of that call.

He said that Horning was anxious, depressed and wanted custody of her two children who were staying with their fathers.

PEOPLE could not independently confirm KXLYs report that the fathers of Hornings two children had no contact orders against her.

The investigation into the killing continues.

Horning allegedly told police she disposed of the gun used in the killing, tossing it into the Spokane River.

Police do not yet know how she allegedly obtained the gun.

Knowing her personally, that wasnt something that she would normally be capable of, or want to do, said Gardner of the allegations.

It was unclear Monday if Horning had entered a plea to the charge she faces, or if she has retained a lawyer who could comment on her behalf.

Horning, speaking from prison, told KHQ she has no memory of the alleged murder, and only realized she was in trouble when she saw social media postings about her wanted status.

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Post by: Battle on February 21, 2019, 03:26:54 am
Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Coast Guard lieutenant is a 'domestic terrorist' who compiled hit list, investigators say


A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist has been arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists.

Christopher Paul Hasson called for "focused violence" to "establish a white homeland" and dreamed of ways to "kill almost every last person on earth," according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland.

Though court documents do not detail a specific planned date for an attack, the government said he had been amassing supplies and weapons since 2017 at the latest, developed a spreadsheet of targets that included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and searched the internet using phrases such as "best place in dc to see congress people" and "are supreme court justices protected."

"The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,"

the government said in court documents filed this week, arguing that Hasson should stay in jail awaiting trial.

Hasson, of Silver Spring, is expected to appear before a judge for a detention hearing in federal court in Greenbelt on Thursday.

Hasson was arrested on illegal weapons and drug charges on Friday, but the government says those charges are the "proverbial tip of the iceberg."

Officials with the U.S. attorney's office in Maryland outlined in court documents Hasson's alleged plans to spark chaos and destruction, describing a man obsessed with neo-fascist and neo-Nazi views.

"Please send me your violence that I may unleash it onto their heads," Hasson wrote in a letter that prosecutors say was found in his email drafts.

"Guide my hate to make a lasting impression on this world."

A magistrate judge ordered that the Office of the Federal Public Defender represent Hasson; the office declined comment Wednesday.

Hasson has been working at the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington since 2016, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.

He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1988 to 1993 and in the Army National Guard for about two years in the mid-90s.

Agents with the FBI field office in Baltimore and the Coast Guard Investigative Service arrested Hasson on Friday, FBI Baltimore spokesman Dave Fitz confirmed.

A Coast Guard spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. Scott McBride, said Wednesday that Hasson no longer works at Coast Guard headquarters.

"An active duty Coast Guard member stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by Coast Guard Investigation Services, in cooperation with the FBI and the Dept. of Justice," McBride said in a written statement.

McBride declined to comment further, citing the open investigation.

Court documents do not detail what prompted federal law enforcement to begin investigating Hasson, but they say Hasson has been studying the 1,500-page manifesto of right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who unleashed two attacks in 2011 that killed 77 in Norway.

They say Hasson's attack preparations resembled Breivik's.

The manifesto outlined how Breivik planned and prepared his attacks with the aim of providing an outline for others planning similar terrorist operations, the U.S. court filings say.

Breivik took steroids and narcotics, believing it would heighten his abilities to carry out attacks.
When law enforcement raided Hasson's apartment, they said they found a locked container loaded with more than 30 vials of what appeared to be human growth hormones.

He has also ordered more than 4,200 pills of the narcotic Tramadol since 2016, along with synthetic urine to allegedly bypass possible random drug screenings at work, they said.

Breivik encouraged identifying targets and traitors.

In recent weeks, they said, Hasson developed a spreadsheet of targets that included top Democratic congressional leaders and media personalities.

The list includes "JOEY," what prosecutors say is a reference to former Rep. Joe Scarborough, R-Fla., who works for MSNBC; "cortez," an alleged reference to freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York; and "Sen blumen jew," presumably about Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

The filing was first reported Wednesday afternoon by the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

Authorities seized 15 firearms, including several long guns and rifles, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his basement apartment after executing a search warrant this month.

Over the past two years, he had made nearly two dozen purchases of firearms or related equipment and made thousands of visits to websites that sell weapons or tactical gear.

Authorities said Hasson harbored extremist views for years.

"The defendant is a domestic terrorist," the government said in court filings, "bent, on committing acts dangerous to human life that are intended to affect governmental conduct."

In an email he drafted in June 2017, he contemplated biological attacks and targeting food supplies, according to court filings.

He considered the merits of a "bombing/sniper campaign" and included a "Things to do" list that included purchasing land "out west or possibly NC mtns" for family and researching tactics used during the civil war in Ukraine.

"During unrest target both sides to increase tension," Hasson wrote in the email, according to the court filings.

"In other words provoke gov/police to over react which should help to escalate violence. BLM protests or other left crap would be ideal to incite to violence."

In another letter drafted months later to an American neo-Nazi leader, Hasson called for a "white homeland."

He sent the letter to himself nearly two months after the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where torch-carrying white-supremacists clashed with anti-racist protesters.

"I never saw a reason for mass protest or wearing uniforms marching around provoking people with swastikas etc.," Hasson said in the letter, according to court filings.

"I was and am a man of action you cannot change minds protesting like that.

However you can make change with a little focused violence."

Hasson's commitment to destruction appeared to increase in recent weeks, according to details from prosecutors.

He created a list of "traitors" and targets on Jan. 19 in a spreadsheet on his work computer, they said, which was created two days after he conducted a series of internet inquiries:

8:54 a.m.: "what if trump illegally impeached"

8:57 a.m.: "best place in dc to see congress people"

8:58 a.m.: "where in dc to congress live"

10:39 a.m.: "civil war if trump impeached"

11:26 a.m.: "social democrats usa"

The arrest marks the second time that the Coast Guard has responded to an incident involving alleged white supremacy in recent months.

In September, the service reprimanded a worker who flashed what some people identified as a white-supremacy sign in the background of a televised interview with another officer during the response to Hurricane Florence.

"We are aware of the offensive video on twitter - the Coast Guard has identified the member and removed him from the response," the service said at the time in a tweet.

"His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard."

That individual was not identified.

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Post by: Battle on February 22, 2019, 09:48:21 am
Friday (thank gawd, it's...) Friday, 22nd February 2019
Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution in Florida spa

by Mary Helen Moore


(JUPITER, Fla.) New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection with a Florida spa tied to an international human trafficking ring, police said Friday.

The NFL owner was charged with paying for sexual services at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

The spa was among 10 shut down in Orlando, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast after a several-month investigation revealed women there were in "sexual servitude," according to arrest records.

A detective said the acts were captured on surveillance video.

Kraft, 77, has not yet been arrested on the misdemeanor charges, according to the Jupiter Police Department.

Kraft bought the Patriots in 1994 for $172 million.

He is the head of the Kraft Group, a holding company with investments in a number of industries, including sports and real estate.

He is worth an estimated $6.6 billion, according to  He was able to hoard an estimated $6.6 billion because of his white skin priviledge.

Kraft is a longtime seasonal resident of Palm Beach County, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

Under Kraft's ownership, the Patriots have played in 10 Super Bowls and have won a record-tying six Super Bowl championships.

Women, many of them from China, lived in the spa and were not permitted to leave, according to Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder.

The owner of that spa, Hua Zhang, 58, of Winter Garden, was arrested and charged with deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, keeping and frequenting a house of prostitution and 26 counts of procuring for prostitution.

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Post by: Battle on February 25, 2019, 02:18:20 pm
Tuesday, 26th February 2019
Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution; one alleged incident on day of AFC title game

by Arthur Weinstein


Patriots owner Robert Kraft was officially charged Monday with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of soliciting a person to commit prostitution, the state attorney for Palm Beach County announced in West Palm Beach, Florida.

According to the charging documents (warning: graphic content), Kraft was videotaped on two occasions engaging in sex acts with a woman at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the alleged incidents happened Jan. 20, the morning of the AFC championship game involving the Patriots and Chiefs.

According to the charges, Kraft was led into a room at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where a woman engaged in oral sex with him.

The act allegedly concluded with a payment of at least $100. Afterward, Kraft left the spa in his Bentley.

The other alleged incident occured the day before.

Kraft, 77, was one of 25 men charged after an investigation into prostitution and human-trafficking that began in October.

The Jupiter Police Department installed cameras in the spa Jan. 17.

If convicted, Kraft faces up to one year in jail for each count, but generally such cases are settled with a fine and community service.

He also would be required to attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and human trafficking.

A summons has been issued for Kraft's court appearance, which is scheduled for April 24.

"It is a summons, so he does not have to make a court appearance," Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, told reporters Monday.

The NFL issued a statement Monday clarifying how it will respond to to Kraft's situation.

"Our Personal Conduct Policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL," the statement read.

"We will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the policy. We are seeking a full understanding of the facts, while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts."

The NFL's statement Monday could be viewed as signifying caution on the league's part in waiting for the investigation to finish, while at the same time serving notice that Kraft one of the league's most powerful owners will be held to the same standards as a player or coach.

Kraft's punishment could depend in large part on if he's found guilty, although NFL policy would allow him to be punished whether he's found guilty or not.

Longtime NFL insider Peter King noted in NBC Sports' weekly "Football Morning in America" that if Kraft is found guilty, he could face a significant suspension and large fine that "would show the league taking a stand against the burgeoning American issue of human-trafficking as well as showing the public it wont kid-glove a high-profile owner."

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Post by: Battle on February 26, 2019, 08:54:14 am
Monday, 25th February 2019
Mahwah Daycare Director Charged With Child Porn Possession
by Daniel Hubbard


(MAHWAH, NJ) A former township councilman and the director of a children's daycare was charged with possession of child pornography, acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced Monday.

Charles J. Jandris, 53, of Mahwah who works as a children's daycare finance director, was arrested Friday after a monthslong investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Calo said.

Members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Cyber Crimes Unit received information in September that Jandris "viewed and/or possession child pornography," Calo said.
The investigation that followed showed that Jandris used the internet to "view and possess" digital files showing "nude and sexually explicit prepubescent children," Calo said.

The investigation that followed showed that Jandris used the internet to "view and possess" digital files showing "nude and sexually explicit prepubescent children," Calo said.

Jandris surrendered to county authorities Friday. He was charged with possession of child pornography in an amount of less than 100 files, Calo said.
Jandris' first court appearance is scheduled for March 13 in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court.

The Mahwah Police Department assisted county authorities with their investigation.

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Post by: Battle on February 26, 2019, 01:14:44 pm
Monday, 25th February 2019
Australian Cardinal George Pell Convicted Of Child Sex Abuse
by Richard Gonzales


A high-ranking Catholic official has been convicted of child sex abuse and is due to be sentenced Wednesday.

Australian Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis who was in charge of Vatican finances until he was accused, was found guilty of five charges of "historical child sexual offenses" that go back decades.

A jury in the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne where Pell, 77, was once archbishop, found the cardinal guilty after two days of deliberation in December.
The judge had imposed a gag order on the case forbidding journalists from reporting on the conviction.
The gag order applied to coverage that was available in Australia.

The order was lifted Tuesday.

The gag order was imposed because Pell was to have faced a second trial on charges of assault at a swimming pool in the 1970s. Prosecutors have dropped those charges.

A day after his conviction in December, a Vatican office announced that Cardinal Pell had been removed from the Council of Cardinals, a papal advisory group, back in October.

Pell was arrested in June 2017 at which time he held a news conference and proclaimed his innocence: "There's been relentless character assassination. I'm looking forward finally to having my day in court. I'm innocent of these charges. They are false. The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me." He took a leave of absence from his post to defend himself.

One of Pell's victims issued a statement through his lawyers.

"Like many survivors it has taken me years to understand the impact upon on my life," he said as quoted by The Washington Post.

"At some point we realize that we trusted someone we should have feared and we fear those genuine relationships that we should trust."

News of Pell's conviction comes days after a historic four-day summit at the Vatican about sex abuse during which Pope Francis called "for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors."

But critics said the pontiff's statements lacked specificity and had offered only "tepid promises."

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Post by: Battle on March 12, 2019, 09:00:10 am
Tuesday, 12th March 2019
'Shameless' Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin busted in college admissions cheating scandal
by Lia Eustachewich


TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of people charged with paying bribes to get their kids into top universities in a widespread college admissions scam, according to reports Tuesday.

More than 40 people have been indicted in the scheme that allegedly involved students gaining entrance to schools including Georgetown, Stanford, Wake Forest University, UCLA and Yale as recruited athletes regardless of their athletic ability.

Federal prosecutors in Boston say parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through Feb. 2019 to bribe the coaches and administrators in order to help their kids get accepted.

The California man is accused of steering that money to either an SAT and ACT administrator to help the students get admitted.

Bogus athletic profiles were made to look as though the students were qualified athletes in order to boost the kids chances of getting in when they actually werent involved in sports.

Huffman, who starred in the ABC hit series Desperate Housewives, and Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on the sitcom Full House, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, NBC News reported.

In Huffmans case, she and her husband allegedly made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 in order to weasel her eldest daughter into school, according to court papers cited by ABC.

She allegedly later made similar arrangements for her younger daughter but then backed out.

Huffman has been married to fellow actor William H. Macy, whos earned Emmy nominations for his role on Shameless.

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Friday, 15th March 2019
Mama June arrested for felony drug possession
by Mark Grey

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" matriarch Mama June was arrested for felony drug possession in Alabama earlier this week, according to a new report.
According to TMZ, the reality TV and her boyfriend, Geno Doak, were involved in a "domestic incident" at a gas station on March 13.

After police were called to investigate the incident, Mama June was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Her boyfriend was also arrested on the same charges, but police also charged him with domestic violence/harassment, says TMZ.
Mama June's beau has a history of trouble with the law, having been arrested in the past on crimes such as burglary, theft and criminal damage to property.

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Post by: Battle on March 19, 2019, 01:04:56 pm
Tuesday, 26th February 2019
white guy casually walks into police station, confesses to killing his girlfriend
by Taylor Williams


A young man walked into an Indiana police department Sunday night and allegedly confessed to killing his girlfriend in 2014, according to local police.

Connor Scott, 24, allegedly admitted to killing 20-year-old Kaylyn Whitaker, who died on Oct. 31 in Martinsville, Illinois, according to the Danville, Indiana, police department.
Whitaker was shot in the head and found at Scott's home, according to Indiana news site

Her death was "originally called a suicide, but later ruled a homicide" after about 10 months, the Danville police said in a statement on Monday.

"This is a homicide case, it has been since 2015. And nothing's being done about it and I am angry," Whitaker's mother, Leslie Roberts, told in Dec. 2018. "We deserve closure. We deserve peace."
The cold case heated up at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when Scott, who had been living in Danville, Indiana, for about six months, went to the local police department, authorities said.

Police interviewed Scott and allegedly "obtained a taped confession regarding the murder," according to Danville police.
Details on the alleged confession have not been released.
The Illinois State Police did not immediately return a request for comment from ABC News on Monday.
The Clark County State's Attorney's office in Illinois declined to comment.
Scott was taken to the Hendricks County Jail and is expected to be extradited to Illinois, police said.
Illinois State Police investigators have traveled to Danville to meet with Scott, police said.

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Post by: Battle on March 25, 2019, 04:03:34 am
Wednesday, 20th March 2019
Mother accused of abusing 7 adopted children to force them into making YouTube videos
by Doha Madani


An Arizona mother is accused of abusing her seven adopted children to get them to perform for her YouTube channel.

Machelle Hackney and her two adult sons were arrested Friday and are facing abuse charges.

Police said Hackney withheld food and water, restricted restroom access, beat and pepper-sprayed the children when they failed to follow direction for YouTube videos, according to a probable cause statement from the Maricopa Police Department.

Hackney, who goes by her maiden name Hobson, denied abusing the children and stated the only forms of punishment she uses is spanking and grounding children and having them stand in the corner, according to police documents.

Hackney has been charged with seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment and two counts of child molestation. Jail records show she was arraigned Tuesday and held without bond.

Police did not release the children's ages.

The family's YouTube channel, which has 700,800 followers and more than 242 million views, features the adopted children in different sketch videos.

The children told police they were taken out of school in order to make videos.

They also claimed their adoptive mother abused them whenever they forgot their lines or didn't participate as instructed.

YouTube confirmed the channel was demonetized once they were made aware of the arrest.

Officials performed a welfare check after police were contacted by Hackney's biological daughter, who was informed of the allegations by her adopted siblings.

During the check, officers found one child in an unlocked closet wearing only a pull-up diaper.

"Officers came in contact with the six other children, who appeared to be malnourished, due to their pale complexion, dark rings under their eyes, underweight, and they stated they were thirsty and hungry," according to the probable cause statement.

The Department of Child Services removed all seven children from Hackney's care and has assisted in having the children forensically interviewed and medically examined.

During an examination, a girl told authorities her adoptive mother-pepper sprayed her genitals.

She said that Hackey would "pepper spray all over their face and body, spank them, force them to take ice baths and when resisting would force their head underwater as well as she will make them stand in the corner with their arms raised above their head for several hours at a time."

Hackney's two adult sons, Ryan and Logan, were also charged with seven counts of child abuse each.

Logan told investigators that he had knowledge of some of the alleged abuse and claimed both discussed going to the police.

Logan and Ryan were also arraigned Tuesday and held without bond, according to jail records.

It is not clear whether the mother and sons have lawyers.

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Post by: Battle on March 25, 2019, 12:56:15 pm
Monday, 25th March 2019
Michael Avenatti Arrested...Again
by Ryan Parker & Ashley Cullins


Michael Avenatti is being charged with federal crimes on both coasts: he's being charged with four counts of extortion in New York and facing federal wire fraud and bank fraud charges in California.
Avenatti was arrested Monday in Manhattan, Nicholas Biase, with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Before he was taken into custody, Avenatti tweeted, "Tmrw at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered.

This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball."

This purported scandal is the reason for his arrest.

According to the criminal complaint filed Monday, Avenatti told Nike he would only refrain from holding the press conference if it paid his client $1.5 million, and agreed to retain him and an unnamed co-conspirator to conduct an internal investigation for $15-$20 million.

He repeatedly warned the company that he wasn't "fvcking around," according to the complaint.

Nike contacted the U.S. Attorney's Office, who investigated in conjunction with the FBI.

The co-conspirator is described as "an attorney licensed to practice in the state of California, and similarly known for representation of celebrity and public figure clients."

In New York, Avenatti is being charged with conspiracy to transmit interstate communications with the intent to extort, conspiracy to commit extortion, transmission of interstate communication with intent to extort and extortion.

In Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nicola T. Hanna announced Avenatti is facing up to 50 years in prison for bank and wire fraud.

Prosecutors allege the lawyer embezzled a client's money to pay his own expenses and debts and defrauded a Mississippi bank by submitting fake tax returns to secure $4.1 million in loans for his law firm and coffee company in 2014.

Professionals, including attorneys, who create elaborate schemes that have no purpose other than to mislead others and defraud both their clients and federally insured financial institutions, run the very high risk of prosecution, said IRS special agent in charge Ryan Korner in a Monday statement.

The criminal complaint unsealed today shows a pattern of selfish behavior that paints Mr. Avenatti as a lawyer who only represents his own self-interests.

Avenatti gained notoriety representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against drumphf in connection with an NDA regarding their alleged affair.

He also toyed with the idea of running for the Executive Mansion.

Daniels issued a statement via Twitter.

In February, the office of the Los Angeles City Attorney declined to file charges against Avenatti for an alleged assault that took place last November.

He vehemently denied the accusations and alluded to being set up by Jacob Wohl, the die-hard drumphf supporter who made headlines after his scheme to frame Robert Mueller imploded.

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Post by: Battle on March 26, 2019, 06:25:56 am
Tuesday, March 19th 2019
Gambino crime boss' suspected killer once attempted citizen's arrest of NYC Mayor de Blasio

by Lukas Mikelionis


The man accused in the brazen murder of the Gambino crime family's alleged boss reportedly once attempted to make a citizens arrest of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco Cali, who was shot dead earlier this month in front of his Staten Island home.

Cali was believed by authorities to be leading one of the countrys most powerful crime organizations.

Comello reportedly told investigators he was high on marijuana during the shooting and claimed he shot the mob boss 10 times, according to the police because he feared for his life, though other reports suggest Comello's alleged motive may have had something to do with the mafia boss barring his niece from dating Comello.

But just a few months ago, Comello wasn't being accused of shooting alleged bad guys, instead; he was trying to arrest the top authority in New York City -- Mayor de Blasio.

Comello showed up outside city hall to protest the de Blasios reign and tried to make a citizens arrest of him, the New York Post reported, citing police sources.

Police told the newspaper that the incident was just one example of Comellos odd behavior and stunts he took part in.

During a court appearance on Monday, the suspect wrote a string of slogans on his hand, including MAGGOT Forever, an abbreviation of acting-president puppetines campaign slogan Make America Great Again.

He also had United We Stand MAGGOT written on his hand.

Cali ascended to the top spot in the Gambino family sometime around 2015, though he was never charged with a crime while leading the group.

Officials havent said the Gambino crime family has posted a bounty on Comello, but the general feeling is that theres an X on this guys back, one source told the New York Post.

Hes going to have some issues in jail, a high-ranking NYPD official told the Post.

Maybe theres some guys who are wiseguys in jail who will show their allegiance to the Gambinos and say, Well take care of this guy.

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Thursday, 21st March 2019
'I don't need to clear my name,' says suspect in killing of mob boss Frank Cali
by Liz Keogh and John Annese

(NEW YORK) I dont need to clear my name, the Staten Island man accused of gunning down Gambino boss Frank Cali told the Daily News in a brief jailhouse interview on Wednesday.

Anthony Comello, 24, who once tried to make a citizens arrest of Mayor Bill de Blasio, wore a green-and-white striped jumpsuit as four officers escorted him to a video phone screen at the Ocean County Jail.

He is accused of pumping a barrage of bullets into Calis chest in the driveway of the mob boss Staten Island home last Wednesday.

Before any questions could be asked of Comello, he blurted out, You shouldnt believe in stories. Dont believe in fairy tales.

When asked if that meant he didnt do the shooting, Comello responded, I dont need to clear my name. Have a good night. Be careful going home.

He stared at the screen for about 20 seconds, saying nothing, then picked up the phone and said, I cant talk to no press. I cant.

He hung up, and the video call screen went black.

Police sources said the alleged killer may have been angry that the 53-year-old Cali had tried to prevent Comello from dating his niece.

Comello waved to reporters at a court appearance in New Jersey on Monday, showing off political slogans scribbled on his hands United We Stand, MAGA Forever, Patriots in Charge and a large, blue Q.

Thats the symbol of the far-right conspiracy theory movement known as QAnon, which believes that acting-president drumphf is fighting a secret war against the deep state and a pedophile ring that includes several prominent Democrat politicians.

In February, he showed up at the federal courthouse in Manhattan, then at Gracie Mansion the next day, asking to make a citizens arrest of several elected officials and the mayor, police said.

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Post by: Battle on March 27, 2019, 05:39:01 am
Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Librarian allegedly killed by a worthless Houston cop once filed for divorce, restraining order

by Larry Seward


The HPD sergeant charged with murdering his wife was relieved of duty with pay Monday. Court records show the victim once asked county courts for protection.

Belinda Hernandez filed for divorce from her husband, Hilario February 21, 1990, according to court records online.

The next day her lawyer asked for and received a temporary restraining order.

Less than a month later, at Belindas request, a judge dismissed the entire case, court records showed.

That was decades ago, though. Those who knew the beloved Pearland ISD librarian and her husband told KHOU 11 News they saw no signs of trouble until Saturday.

The couples daughter found Belinda shot to death.

According to prosecutors probable cause document, a friend of the family thinks Hilario was upset with his wifes perceived flirting with another man one day prior to the shooting.

Hernandez told his lieutenant at HPD after the shooting that he would kill himself, according to the probable cause document.

Instead, he fled three hours south to Kingsville.

Police and DPS troopers arrested him and sent Hernandez back to Brazoria County to face a murder charge.

Sgt. Hilario Hernandez had an $800,000 bond.

HPD Chief Art Acevedo tweeted condolences to his relieved officers family.

Our hearts go out to Belinda Hernandez, her children, friends and colleagues, Chief Acevedo tweeted.

Please keep them in your prayers.

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Post by: Battle on March 28, 2019, 06:20:57 am
Monday, 18th March 2019
Breastfeeding Louisiana Mom Accused of Murder After Baby Girl Dies from Methamphetamine Ingestion
by Harriet Sokmensuer


A Louisiana mother is accused of killing her infant daughter by breastfeeding her while she had drugs in her system, PEOPLE confirms.

On March 8, Brandi Froeba, 35, was arrested for second-degree murder in the 2018 death of her six-week-old daughter last summer, Kenner police announced in a news release obtained by PEOPLE.

Police began investigating Froeba on August 16, 2018, when she called 911 to report that her young daughter was unresponsive.

According to an online obituary, the girl was named Daisy Marie Froeba.

Responding officers found Daisy had stopped breathing and rushed her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

While officers did not observe anything unusual with the child, they noticed Froeba was allegedly lethargic and slurring her words.

Froeba told officers she had breastfed her daughter earlier that day before the pair fell asleep.

When she awoke hours later, she noticed Daisy was not breathing and called 911.

As part of the death investigation, Froeba consented to a blood sample and allegedly admitted to using marijuana the day before.

An autopsy determined that Daisy had methamphetamine in her system, Kenner police said in the news release.

Additional blood samples were sent out for testing and Froebas allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine.

One month later, in November, Daisys autopsy was complete.

Her cause of death was determined to be methamphetamine toxicity, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Authorities carried out their investigation for months, speaking to witnesses and executing multiple search warrants on health records, which allegedly revealed that in 2016, Froebas third child tested positive for Opiates and marijuana.

At the time, Froeba was provided with informational pamphlets and counseling detailing the dangers of using drugs while pregnant and breast feeding.

Investigators also found text messages sent by Froeba allegedly discussing her use of crystal meth.

Froeba has not yet been charged, a Parrish County District Attorney spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

On Wednesday, Froeba appeared in court, where she broke down in tears, and was given a $250,000 bond, KADN reports.

It is unclear whether she has an attorney.

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Post by: Battle on March 29, 2019, 02:39:51 pm
Friday, 29th March 2019
'Swatting' gets you 20 years in Cali
by Associated Press



(WICHITA, Kan.) A California man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the U.S., including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online players over $1.50 bet in the "Call of Duty: WWII" video game.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced Tyler R. Barriss, 26, under a deal in which he pleaded guilty in November to a total of 51 federal charges related to fake calls and threats.

The 2017 death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch drew national attention to the practice of "swatting," a form of retaliation in which someone reports a false emergency to get authorities, particularly a SWAT team, to descend on an address.

Authorities say an Ohio gamer recruited Barriss to "swat" a Wichita gamer, but that the address they used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the video game or the dispute.

Barriss admitted he called Wichita police from Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2017, to falsely report a shooting and kidnapping at that Wichita address.

Finch answered the door, and an officer shot the unarmed man.

Barriss' prosecution in Wichita consolidated other federal cases that had initially been filed against him in California and the District of Columbia involving similar calls and threats he made.

Prosecutors had asked for a 25-year sentence , while the defense had sought a 20-year term.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation recognized swatting as an emerging threat as early as 2008, noting it had become commonplace among gamers.

The intended target in Wichita, Shane Gaskill, 20, and the man who allegedly recruited Barriss, Casey Viner, 19, of North College Hill, Ohio, are charged as co-conspirators.

Authorities say Viner provided Barriss with an address for Gaskill that Gaskill had previously given to Viner.

Authorities also say that when Gaskill noticed Barriss was following him on Twitter, he gave Barriss that old address and taunted him to "try something."

Viner and Gaskill pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud and other counts.

Viner has notified the court he intends to change that plea at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Gaskill's trial has been delayed to April 23 amid plea talks with federal prosecutors.

Finch's family has sued the city of Wichita and the unidentified officers involved.

Police have said the officer who shot Finch thought he was reaching for a gun because he moved a hand toward his waistband.

Prosecutors declined to charge the officer.

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Post by: Battle on April 03, 2019, 07:37:06 am
Monday, April fool's day 2019
Woman From China Carrying Malware Arrested After Entering Marry-Go-Round
by Frances Robles, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Katie Rogers



A 32-year-old woman from China carrying four cellphones and a thumb drive infected with malware gained access to Marry-Go-Round during the puppets visit to the Florida resort over the weekend, federal court records show.

The woman, identified as Yujing Zhang, had arrived at the Palm Beach resort and showed two Chinese passports when she sought to be admitted, saying she wanted to use the pool.

She was allowed to enter by Secret Service agents stationed outside the resort after the Marry-Go Round security manager on duty verified that her last name matched the surname of a member of the club, according to a complaint filed in Federal District Court in South Florida.

When asked if she was the members daughter, she did not give a definitive answer, the complaint said.

It said she was permitted to enter and was escorted to the front desk in a valet-driven golf cart.

Once inside, according to the account filed with the court, the woman said she was there to attend a United Nations Chinese American Association event later in the evening.

But no such event existed, according to the complaint, so the club receptionist alerted the Secret Service.

Though she had initially said she had come to use the pool, she was not carrying a swimsuit, the complaint said.

Ms. Zhang told the agent who questioned her on site that she was there for a United Nations friendship event and had arrived early to see the pool and take photos.

She showed the agent an invitation to the supposed event but it was in Chinese and no one present could read it.

At that point, the Secret Service agent escorted her off the property.

The agent continued to question her, and when the agent suggested that she had unlawfully gained access to the club, she became verbally aggressive and was detained, the complaint states.

From there, she was taken to the Secret Services office in West Palm Beach.

During the second interview, Ms. Zhang told the authorities that a Chinese friend named Charles had told her to travel from Shanghai to Palm Beach in order to attend the United Nations friendship event and said that she should try to speak with a member of the presidents family about Chinese and American foreign economic relations.

The agents were unable to learn more about Charles, as Ms. Zhang told them that she had only spoken to him via the Chinese instant messaging app WeChat.

When the authorities searched her belongings, they found that she was carrying four cellphones, a hard drive, a laptop and a thumb drive that was found to be infected with malware.

She was arrested at that point and charged with lying to a federal agent and gaining access to a restricted area.

At the time of the incident shortly after noon on Saturday, the puppet was off-site, at the nearby drumphf International Golf Club in West Palm Beach.

He did not return to the resort until 4 p.m.

The Secret Service said in a statement that determining who gets access to Marry-Go-Round is up to the resorts management; entering the resort does not permit access to areas used by the president, which require additional security screening, it said.

It said agents do conduct a physical screening to make sure no prohibited items enter the property, and did so in the case of Ms. Zhang.

After undergoing screening at the second Secret Service checkpoint the individual, per club protocol, was immediately met by club reception, the statement said.

The Marry-Go-Round reception staff then determined that the individual should not have been authorized access by their staff and Secret Service agents took immediate action resulting in the arrest of the individual.

Ms. Zhangs lawyer, a federal public defender, did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the management at Marry-Go-Round.

Access to the puppet by Chinese nationals became an issue last month, when news media reports surfaced showing that a Chinese-American woman in Florida who once owned a chain of Asian massage parlors that had been investigated for prostitution had attended a number of events there, and had been photographed there with the president and other officials.

The woman, Cindy Yang, collected contributions directed toward the puppets campaign from her friends, family and employees, and had a website on which she advertised that she could provide access to the Trump administration.

Ms. Yang had advertised an event for March 30 the day of Ms. Zhangs arrest called the International Leaders Elite Forum, described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the first event at Marry-Go-Round with the Chinese as the protagonist, The Miami Herald reported.

The event was later canceled.

Ms. Yang worked with an event promoter named Charles Lee, who runs a group called the United Nations Chinese Friendship Association, which is similar to the name of the event that Ms. Zhang cited, the newspaper reported.

The criminal complaint filed Monday did not draw any connection between Ms. Zhang and Ms. Yang or any of the Chinese-American events scheduled over the weekend.

Elaborate security measures are set up around the puppets exclusive, members-only club, which he frequently visits on weekends away from Washington.

When the president is in town, roadblocks are set up in the street leading up to the resort and uniformed Secret Service agents typically establish a large security screening area across the street, with a large sign notifying visitors that they are entering a restricted area.

Marry-Go-Round club members are allowed past the initial screening checkpoint and inside the protective perimeter.

Security breaches surrounding honorably elected-American presidents have been a major issue in recent years.

There have been several cases of intruders scaling the Executive Mansion fence and entering the grounds.

In one episode in 2014, a man carrying a knife, Omar J. Gonzalez, managed to overpower a Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and run through the ceremonial East Room before he was tackled.

Weeks after the puppet took office, another man was able to elude multiple layers of security before being stopped near the entrance at the South Portico.

In that case, Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, who was carrying a backpack, jumped over a fence and came within several steps of the Executive Mansion while the president was inside the residence.

In perhaps the most notable example, in 2009, a Virginia couple sneaked into a Executive Mansion state dinner and shook hands with President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as they stood in the receiving line.

Known later as the State Dinner crashers, the intrusion by Michaele and Tareq Salahi prompted an internal Secret Service investigation and demands for a congressional inquiry.

Security agents on several occasions in the past have had to turn away people who tried to enter the Marry-Go-Round resort, some with the apparent intention of approaching the acting-president.

In several cases, according to The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, which reviewed police incident reports, members of the public arrived and told security agents that they had arranged meetings with the puppet.

A 27-year-old Ohio man flew in to Palm Beach International Airport and was flagged to Secret Service agents in April 2018 after he told people he was planning to smoke marijuana with the president; a 32-year-old Georgia man wearing military-style fatigues told local sheriffs deputies in February of that year that he had an important message about the war to deliver to the puppet.

Don Mihalek, executive vice president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which represents the Secret Service, said the episode showed how much the Secret Service relied on the security at Marry-Go-Round.

He said the fact that Secret Service agents apparently relied on the determination by a Marry-Go-Round security agent that Ms. Zhang was related to a member of the club simply because she shared the members last name was problematic.

Its a hard position for Secret Service to be in to potentially deny a million-dollar committee member, Mr. Mihalek said.

It puts Secret Service in a very difficult position because we dont know who are members and who arent.

Youre depending on them to say this is an employee and this isnt an employee. We work off a list of names, he said.

Our priority is, are you coming in with explosives or not.

Ms. Zhang, who court records say was born in 1986, appeared in court in Palm Beach on Monday, and a bond hearing was scheduled for next week, court records show.

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Post by: Battle on April 03, 2019, 08:07:21 am
Wednesday, 3rd April 2019
3 fraternity brothers sentenced to jail in Penn State hazing death

by  Madeline Holcombe


Four former Penn State University fraternity brothers have been sentenced in connection with the death of a pledge during a hazing ritual, with three receiving jail time, according to a source familiar with the case.

Luke Visser, Joseph Sala, Joshua Kurczewski and Michael Bonatucci, former members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, were sentenced on Tuesday in Centre County Court.

Each had pleaded guilty to hazing-related charges in connection with the February 2017 death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza, a sophomore at Penn State.

Piazza died after drinking large quantities of alcohol during his first night of pledging at Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

According to the source, Visser was sentenced to two to six months in jail and two years of probation.

Kurczewski, who also pleaded guilty to one count of furnishing alcohol to minors, received three to nine months in jail and one year of probation.

Bonatucci was sentenced to 30 to 60 days in jail and a year of probation.

Sala received three to six months of house arrest and two years of probation.

The men must also pay fines and perform community service, according to the source.

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Post by: Battle on April 04, 2019, 02:34:47 am
Tuesday, 3rd April 2019
Drunken newlywed passenger earns prison time
by Janine Puhak


"Looks like one of the terrorists in 'Die Hard', right?"

A newly married man has been smacked with prison time and a hefty fine after throwing a drunken tantrum on an Easyjet flight to his honeymoon, during which he went on a homophobic tirade and punched two flight attendants who tried to take away his e-cigarette.

After flying into the violent rage, the passenger and his wife were booted from the plane before takeoff.

It happened back in February, when Michael Cunnett of Epsom, England, boarded an Easyjet flight with his new wife for their honeymoon to Egypt, International Business Times reports.

Soon after settling in his seat, Cunnett reportedly began to act louder than everyone else on the 9 a.m. flight, having allegedly drank four pints of beer before stepping onto the aircraft.

The newlywed proceeded to whip out an e-cigarette that he began to smoke before takeoff, prompting flight attendant Andre Botha to intervene though the situation quickly turned for the worse.

According to the outlet, Cunnett battered Botha with homophobic slurs before punching him twice, in blows that knocked the airline worker to the ground, as per the Mirror.

Flight attendant Christopher Bogley rushed towards Cunnett to mediate, before being punched as well.

The erratic passenger was soon escorted off the plane and arrested by police, according to the Mirror, and his dangerous antics ultimately delayed the planes takeoff by 45 minutes, IBT reported.

"Look at what you've done, you have f----- our honeymoon," his bride reportedly cried out.

Recently the man appeared in court in relation to the incident and he pleaded guilty to four charges, including common assault, criminal damage and interfering with performance of the aircraft crew, IBT reports.

He has been sentenced to spend seven months behind bars and pay $1,316 in compensation to both Botha and Bogley.

Bogley, meanwhile, told those gathered that even though his assailant was not aware of his sexual orientation at the time of the attack, he is proud to be a gay man.

"He didn't know my sexuality, but I am a gay man and proud of it, the veteran flight attendant told the court, according to the outlet.

It is not a lifestyle choice, it is natural and no one deserves to be discriminated against for their sexuality.

Many people struggle with it, and deal with mental health problems on a daily basis. His remarks to me were personal.

If he travels again, my hope is that he will treat people with respect and acknowledge that he lives in a diverse society which is something that should be embraced, not ridiculed, he continued.

Cunnetts lawyer, David Forsyth, said that his client was "fully aware that his behavior was reprehensible" and was "thoroughly embarrassed and ashamed, as per the Mirror.

Cunnett further told the court that he did not harbor any homophobic views.

It was like a child having a tantrum. You chose to drink four pints and to behave in a foul-mouthed, highly abusive manner, presiding Judge David Rennie said at the trial.

Something of your true character did reveal itself An attack on the perceived sexuality of these men was utterly shameful.

People like you find yourself on the edge of society. Only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified, Rennie continued.

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Post by: Battle on April 05, 2019, 10:29:11 am
Friday, 5th April 2019
Man who pretended to be missing boy charged
by Faith Karimi, Darran Simon, and Kelly McCleary


Brian M. Rini, who falsely claimed to be missing child Timmothy Pitzen, may face up to eight years in federal prison for lying to federal agents, authorities said on Friday.

The crime involved "lying with respect to a material matter about an investigation that involves sex trafficking of children," said Ben Glassman, US attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

"On behalf of the United States, my heart goes out to the family of Timmothy Pitzen. I can only imagine the kind of pain that they have been through and that this episode has caused for them," Glassman said.

The man who falsely claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who disappeared in 2011, has a history of getting into trouble and using other people's identities, his brother said.

Brian Michael Rini, 23, of Medina, Ohio, said Wednesday he was the missing boy from Aurora, Illinois, and described how he fled from kidnappers and ran across a bridge into Kentucky, authorities said.

Residents who found him roaming a neighborhood in Newport called 911. About 24 hours later, DNA tests showed he is not Timmothy, the boy who vanished at age 6, the FBI said.

Rini is being held at the Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said Friday.

The FBI is taking the lead in the investigation.

Rini isn't facing any local charges, sheriff's office spokesman Dave Daugherty said, but it's possible he may face federal charges.

Rini was released from an Ohio prison last month after serving time for burglary and vandalism, court records show.

Records from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction indicate he was charged with burglary and vandalism -- both felonies.

The crimes occurred in Medina County in January 2018, and he was sentenced to one year and six months in prison.

He was released March 7 and was supposed to start parole supervision that day for three years.

His brother said Rini was in jail a lot as a child, "just getting into random little bouts of trouble, fights at home."

Jonathon Rini said his brother was "placed on juvenile probation and then he just continuously violated his probation."

Brian Rini's deception dashed relatives' hopes for an end to their long search for Timmothy, who would be 14.

"It's like reliving that day all over again," said Kara Jacobs, Timmothy's aunt. "Timmothy's father is devastated once again."

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Post by: Battle on April 05, 2019, 05:24:54 pm
Friday, 5th April 2019
Craig Carton, former 'Boomer and Carton' co-host on WFAN, gets 3 1/2 years in prison
by Bob Hille


Disgraced New York sports talk show host Craig Carton greeted in federal court Friday by Judge Colleen McMahon's greeting, Colleen from New York.

First time, long time" was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for a nearly $7 million ticket scam to pay off his gambling debts, the New York Post reported.

Carton, who with former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason hosted the "Boomer and Carton" show on WFAN for a decade, had sought to avoid prison time.

However, McMahon lectured Carton, 50, as he sat expressionless.

Your marriage is over, your kids are terrified reputation in tatters, she said to the father of four.

Craig Carton, you have indeed descended into a hell of your own making.

Carton was found guilty of a Ponzi-like scheme in which he persuaded wealthy investors to spend millions on blocks of tickets to musical shows by performers as diverse as Adele and Metallica, promising them a hefty return on their investments via ticket resales.

Instead, Carton kept about $4.6 million for himself as he said he tried to pay off debts he accrued as a self-described "compulsive gambler."

In arguing for leniency, Carton claimed he fell into gambling as he was trying to get a legitimate ticket-selling business off the ground.

"I'm truly powerless over this disease," said an apparently contrite Carton, who hardly sounded like the brash half of a talk show team who beginning in 2007 rose to fame in the nation's biggest and most competitive radio market.

Carton left the popular sports talk show immediately after his arrest in September 2017.

The Post, citing court papers, reported that he has paid back $50,000 to investors he defrauded.

A jury in November convicted Carton of conspiracy, wire fraud and securities fraud.

Prosecutors asked for a sentence of 5-7 years, but he had faced up to 45 years.

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Post by: Battle on April 06, 2019, 02:57:08 am
Friday, 5th April 2019
MAGA hat-wearing swordsman in SF arrested, bail set at $1 million

by Matthias Gafni, Lauren Hernandez and Kevin Fagan


A man who allegedly drew a sword and slashed another man after having his Make America Great Again hat knocked off was arrested near his home in San Franciscos Tenderloin neighborhood, authorities said Thursday.

Officers on Wednesday evening were staking out the low-rent residential hotel at the corner of Eddy and Larkin streets where Leor Bergland, 30, lived, then moved in on the suspect when they saw him at a nearby restaurant, police said.

He surrendered quietly, they said.

Police say the arrest closes the loop, for now, on one of the more bizarre mysteries and attacks to have occurred in the city for some time.

Around 10 p.m. last Friday, a 27-year-old Berkeley man was standing near the intersection of Fillmore and Oak streets by the Church of 8 Wheels roller skating rink when he saw Bergland wearing the red MAGA hat, which is popular among President Trump supporters.

The man swatted the hat off Berglands head, police said and in return, Bergland whipped out a sword and badly slashed the victims left hand.

Despite bleeding profusely, the victim and a witness chased after the attacker, but abruptly backed off when he turned and began advancing toward them, according to a police account.

The victim left a wide pool of blood on the sidewalk as he was taken to a hospital and treated for his non-life-threatening wounds, officials said.

From his cell at the San Francisco City Jail, Bergland on Thursday declined a Chronicle request for an interview.

He was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, mayhem, and weapons and assault charges. His bail is set at $1 million, according to jail records.

According to court records, this is not first time Bergland has been accused of brandishing a blade.

In October 2012, Bergland was charged in two incidents in one week in Multnomah County, Oregon.

According to court records, he was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing, unlawful entry into a vehicle and third-degree theft, along with felony criminal mischief.

All charges were eventually dismissed, though it is unclear why.

The events started on Oct. 13, 2012, shortly before midnight, when a man went to unlock his van on a Portland street and found Bergland hunched over in the backseat, Multnomah County District Attorneys Office spokesman Brent Weisberg said.

The man removed Bergland from the van, threw him to the ground and held him down.

Bergland pulled a knife from his pants pocket, opened the blade and waved it at the man, Weisberg said.

Passersby separated the pair and the knife from Bergland and held him until police arrived, Weisberg said.

Two days later, Portland State University police cited Bergland for trespassing in the second degree, Weisberg said, but he had no details of the events.

The citation had the wrong date, so prosecutors asked the department to re-issue the citation, but that was not done, Weisberg said.

Back in San Francisco, Bergland apparently didnt make many ripples at his home in the Elk Hotel, an 88-unit supportive housing complex for formerly homeless people.

Some at the hotel on Thursday recognized him as a resident, but none said he stood out in any particular way.

Alex Mohamed, manager of the next-door Gladstone Market Deli & Liquor, told The Chronicle that Bergland sometimes would pop in twice a day at his store.

Hes quiet, Mohamed said. If I say hi to him, he barely says hi back.

Last Fridays slashing happened outside the rink as it was hosting its adults-only roller disco night. Scott Sweeney, 24, said he saw a man he thinks is Bergland about 30 minutes before the attack wearing the hat and carrying the sword tucked into the back of his jacket.

Bergland was shouting homophobic slurs at him, Sweeney said.

In my mind, I didnt think it was a real sword until we came out later and police were on the scene and there was blood and the hat on the ground, he said.

David Miles, who goes by the nickname Sk8father and started the skating rink at the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church, said he was inside during the confrontation but came outside to help the victim.

The guy was cut, he was bleeding like you wouldnt believe, Miles said.

He was just gushing blood, so we got the first-aid kit from inside and tried to stop the bleeding.

The violent encounter prompted Miles to consider setting up additional surveillance cameras at the rink.

Even though he didnt come into the church, he could have. This could have been worse, Miles said.

This is the last thing you think is going to happen. Im very, very, very concerned.

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Friday, 5th April 2019
N.Y. man charged for making death threats against Representative Ilhan Omar
by CBS News


A man from upstate New York has been charged with threatening to assault and murder U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Patrick Carlineo, 55, allegedly called Omar's office on March 21 and told a staffer "Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she's a (expletive)  terrorist. I'll put a bullet in her (expletive) skull," according to the criminal complaint.

A staffer referred the call to Capitol Police, which launched an investigation.

According to CBS Rochester, New York affiliate WROC, Carlineo initially denied to FBI agents that he had threatened to shoot the Minnesota Democrat.

He told investigators he had said "if our forefathers were still alive, they'd put a bullet in her head."

Investigators reminded Carlineo that lying to the FBI is a crime and there was a recording of the phone calls, WROC reports.

He said he couldn't remember exactly what he said, and it could be something like that.

Carlineo also told agents that he had a .22 caliber firearm and a shotgun in his home.

Carlineo has made his initial appearance before a judge and is being held pending a detention hearing on April 10, CBS Minnesota reports.

Carlineo faces up to ten years behind bars if convicted.

Omar, who is Somali-American and wears a hijab, is one of the most vocal freshman legislators on Capitol Hill.

In March, a West Virginia GOP event featured an anti-Muslim poster of Omar linking her to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The poster featured a picture of planes flying into the World Trade Center with the phrase "never forget, you said" and then under it, a picture of Omar with the words

"I am proof you have forgotten."

Omar, who represents Minnesota's 5th Congressional district, tweeted about the poster:

"No wonder why I am on the 'Hitlist' of a domestic terrorist and 'Assassinate Ilhan Omar' is written on my local gas stations."

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Post by: Battle on April 08, 2019, 02:41:00 am
Saturday, 5th April 2019
Minutes after being released from jail, a Florida idiot was arrested in the jail's parking lot for breaking into cars
by Amir Vera


Casey Michael Lewis was a free man for about 15 minutes, not even leaving the grounds of the jail where he'd been locked up before being arrested again.

The 37-year-old had just been released Thursday from the St. Lucie County Detention Facility in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he'd been held on grand theft charges, according to an arrest affidavit.

The affidavit says after he was released, Lewis then began walking around the jail's parking lot "acting suspicious and checking vehicle doors."

Surveillance video showed Lewis looking into cars and opening the door of a silver vehicle, according to the affidavit.

The report says Lewis entered the vehicle from the driver's side and sat in the car for about two and a half minutes.

He then exited the vehicle and walked around the length of the lot, checking vehicles along the way by either looking into the windows or lifting door handles to see whether they were unsecured, the affidavit said.

While Lewis was in the parking lot, he was approached by an officer. He told the officer he was "waiting for his girlfriend," according to the affidavit.

The arresting officer said in the affidavit that when Lewis was approached, questioned and finally arrested he gave the officer a brown paper bag with items from a vehicle.

The items included an iPhone 7, four packs of cigarettes, a lighter, one Visa bank debit card, a Florida driver's license and $547 in cash.

Lewis was arrested on charges of burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property and taken back inside the jail.

CNN reached out to an attorney who represented Lewis in a previous case but got no immediate response.

It could not be determined whether Lewis was being represented by that attorney or another lawyer in the latest case.

Maria Entner, a spokeswoman for the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, said Lewis was released -- again --

-- the same day, but this time deputies made sure a person was there to pick him up.

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Post by: Battle on April 09, 2019, 05:20:15 am
Tuesday, 9th April 2019
White Guy accused of stealing from Kmart days after buying $8 million private island

by ABC News


A Florida man was arrested on Saturday for shoplifting at a Kmart, just days after he purchased a multi-million-dollar private island off Key West.

Andrew Lippi, 59, was accused of stealing about $300 worth of household goods from a Kmart in Key West, where police said he purchased various items between March 30 and April 4, replaced them with cheaper items and returned them for a refund.

Lippi made headlines last week when he purchased Thompson Island, a private estate formerly owned by the philanthropist and developer Edward B. Knight, for $8 million, according to ABC Miami affiliate WPLG.

Lippi also owns a 12-bedroom resort compound in Key West that MTV used to film a season of "The Real World" in 2006.

That property rents for about $1,800 a night on Airbnb, WPLG reported.

Lippi stands accused of stealing multiple items, including LED light bulbs and a $55 Hamilton Beach coffee maker, which he allegedly "replaced with a much older coffee maker" and returned for a full refund, according to the Key West Police Department.

Police said Lippi also bought a $150 Keurig coffee machine on March 30, returned it and received a full refund a day later.

Kmart employees notified the store's loss prevention officer after realizing the coffee machine box instead contained a basketball, according to police.

Lippi denied denied stealing the items, according to a police report.
"Lippi stated he did not change out any items prior to returning them," the arresting officer wrote in the report.

"I asked Lippi about the Keurig coffee machine being replaced by a basketball, and he stated the clerk should have realized there was no coffee machine by the weight of the box.
"I asked Lippi about the light bulbs, and he stated he returned the light bulbs because he paid too much money for them and did not know how they were switched."

ABC News could not reach Lippi for comment late Monday night, but he told the Miami Herald that the situation "has to do with a commercial dispute."

"It's very complicated and Id rather not get into it," Lippi told the Herald in a phone interview.

"I will say this, that the way it was handled by Key West police and the Monroe County Sheriffs Department was wonderful. Some of the finest people Ive ever dealt with who were kind throughout the whole process."
Lippi was arrested on grand theft charges and released the following day.

Jail records show he posted no bond for his release.

He's scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on April 18.

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Post by: Battle on April 10, 2019, 04:57:02 am
Saturday, 7th April 2019
Dumb white guy arrested after selling gummy bears with marijuana to minors



An Oroville man was arrested Friday after selling gummy bears with concentrated marijuana at an area high school, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.

Jacob Murray, 20, was arrested after school resource officer Deputy Jesse Nicholaw conducted a traffic stop and located dozens of individually wrapped gummy bears with marijuana in Murrays car, officials said.
Officials said Nicholaw was on patrol at Plumas High School when he noticed a vehicle in the staff parking lot that matched the description of a vehicle known for selling edible gummy bears laced with marijuana.

After conducting a traffic stop on the vehicle, Nicholaw noticed dozens of individually wrapped gummy bears that had labels consistent with drugs packaged at marijuana dispensaries, officials said.

Officials said that the gummy bears were next to several loose dollar bills.
Murray was arrested and charged with the sale of concentrated marijuana to a minor.

He was then booked into the Butte County Jail.

Officials believe Murray may have been selling narcotics to other minors in the area.

Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call Nicholaw at 530-538-7321.

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Post by: Battle on April 10, 2019, 05:21:10 am
Tuesday, 9th April 2019
Two idiots caught vandalizing a University of North Carolina memorial
by Keith Allen and Jason Hanna


A man and a woman were arrested this week on suspicion of vandalizing a University of North Carolina memorial that is dedicated to slaves and other African-American workers who helped build the university.

Ryan Francis Barnett, 31, and Nancy Rushton McCorkle, 50, were arrested Monday by UNC police, accused of vandalizing the Unsung Founders Memorial on the early morning of March 31 on the university's Chapel Hill campus, the school said.

The memorial was defaced with "racist and other deplorable language," CNN affiliate WRAL reported, citing an email from interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz. The memorial has since been cleaned, WRAL reported.

Barnett also is accused of vandalizing an outdoor art installment near the university's Hanes Art Center, police said.

The vandalism comes during a school year in which a separate statute on campus -- a Confederate monument called "Silent Sam" -- was toppled by protesters.

Barnett, of Sanford, North Carolina, and McCorkle, of Newberry, South Carolina, were arrested on initial charges of vandalism and ethnic intimidation, UNC police arrest reports say.

Barnett also faced a preliminary charge of public urination, the reports say.

The arrest reports do not say how Barnett and McCorkle came to be suspects in the Unsung Founders Memorial vandalism.

Police investigating the incident had been reviewing surveillance footage, WRAL reported.

CNN's attempts to reach Barnett and McCorkle for comment weren't immediately successful.

Barnett is scheduled to appear in court on April 22, and McCorkle is scheduled to appear on April 25, according to their arrest reports.

The Unsung Founders Memorial, a gift from the class of 2002, has as its base sculptures of men and women with arms raised, essentially holding up the rest of the piece.
Its inscription reads:


"The Class of 2002 honors the University's unsung founders -- the people of color bond and free -- who helped build the Carolina that we cherish today."

The school says the Unsung Founders Memorial is meant to be a counterpoint to the "Silent Sam" Confederate memorial, which made its own headlines in the past few months.

Protesters knocked over the Silent Sam statue in August, amid a larger national conversation about the purpose of and need for Confederate monuments.

The statue was not returned to its original spot, and in January, the university removed the rest of the Confederate monument, taking its base and commemorative plaques to an undisclosed location.

The university chancellor at the time said the monument's presence was too controversial and caused too much disruption.

Silent Sam is the nickname of the statue of a Confederate soldier, which was erected at the request of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

It was dedicated in 1913 to remember the "sons of the university who died for their beloved Southland 1861-1865," UNC's website says.

The university system's board of governors has given the Chapel Hill campus until May to decide what to do with the Silent Sam statue, the News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh reported last month.

That deadline came after the board in December rejected a proposal to build a $5.3 million home for the Confederate monument.

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Post by: Battle on April 11, 2019, 04:05:58 am
Friday, 5th April 2019
Man arrested in road rage killing of 10-year-old girl

by ABC News


A 20-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly gunning down a 10-year-old girl in what police called an apparent road rage killing, authorities said.

Joshua Gonzalez was booked on one count of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault in connection with the slaying of 10-year-old Summerbell Brown, Phoenix police announced Friday.

Gonzalez has an extensive criminal history, Phoenix Police Sgt. Vince Lewis said at a news conference.

A composite sketch of the suspect and images of his truck were circulated on Thursday before the arrest. A tip led investigators to Gonzalez, police said.

The truck and weapon believed to be involved in the shooting were also recovered.

The suspect "did try to alter the truck's appearance," Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said.

The shooting unfolded at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, when 10-year-old Summerbell was in the car with her sister and parents on their way home, according to police.

The suspect's white truck cut off the Browns in traffic, Lewis said.

Then the truck followed the family's car very closely, Lewis said.

"As soon as the truck was behind the victim, he stayed relatively close, as if he was intentionally following the victim," Lewis said.

As the family turned into their driveway, the truck stopped behind them, Lewis said.

"I got out of my vehicle," Summerbell's father, Dharquintium Brown, later told reporters. "I asked him, 'What's going on?' And he just got to firing."

The suspect, who never exited his car during the shooting, fled the scene.

Summerbell, who had been sitting directly behind her father, was shot and pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.

Dharquintium Brown on Thursday told reporters he "watched her eyes roll in the back of her head. And I pray nobody has to experience that."

"She died in front of me," he said.

Dharquintium Brown was also shot and suffered a non-life-threatening injury, police said. Summerbell's mother and sister were not hurt.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego on Friday called the killing a "senseless tragedy."

"This is heartbreaking ... that I lost my baby like this," Summerbell's mother, Taniesha Brown, told reporters Thursday, overcome with emotion.
"There was no reason for her to be taken like this. I wish it was me instead of my baby," Taniesha Brown said.

"This nightmare's going to be playing in my head every day," she said.

"I just really hope she's at peace."

Lewis said the suspect and victims likely did not know each other.

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Post by: Battle on April 12, 2019, 04:18:23 am
Thursday, 11th April 2019
2 poachers pay steep price for illegal bear kill

by Pete Thomas


A father and son from Indiana will pay a steep price for illegally killing a 400-pound bear near Aspen, Colorado, in 2016.

Dan Roe, 55, of Tipton, Indiana, will serve a 20-year hunting and fishing suspension, while his son Alex Roe, 27, will serve a 15-year suspension.

Furthermore, under the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact agreement, these suspensions will be enforced in 47 states.

Pablo Gutierrez, 54, an accomplice from Aspen, received a one-year suspension.

The suspensions were administered last year by a Colorado Parks and Wildlife hearing officer, after the men had pleaded guilty.

They had through the end of March 2019 to appeal, but failed to complete their applications in time.

"I don't know why they didn't follow through with their right to appeal but either way, in my opinion, the length of the suspensions are warranted in this case," Kurtis Tesch, a district wildlife officer from Aspen and a primary investigator, stated in a Clorado Parks and Wildlife news release issued Wednesday.

"These individuals not only took the bear illegally, they concocted an elaborate story in an attempt to hide their crime."

According to the Aspen Daily News, the men pleaded guilty to illegally killing the bear on private property near the Pitkin County Landfill in February 2016, and leaving the meat to waste while taking only the head and hide.

CPW explained that by law, bear hunters are required to prepare bear meat for human consumption and deliver the head and hide to a field office for inspection within five days of the kill.

Hunters must also reveal the location of the kill, and this is where the poachers' story became suspect.

The men brought the bear's head to a CPW office in Glenwood Springs and told a series of what turned out to be lies, picked up on by a costumer service representative.

"She noticed right away that things were not adding up and needed further investigation," Tesch said.

"While the hide was being inspected, the Roes talked about how they had killed the bear off a Forest Service road they couldn't identify, how tough it was to pack out the large animal but they didn't have the meat because they had donated it to nearby campers.

"In reality, we discovered they killed the bear at the Pitkin County landfill. They took only the hide and wasted the meat, then falsified documents. Even after we began looking into the situation, they continued to lie about it."

The men returned to Indiana, not knowing that CPW was working with Indiana authorities, who served warrants and found incriminating evidence at both mens' homes.

Ultimately, the men agreed to plead guilty to willful destruction of wildlife, a class-five felony.

They also pleaded guilty of illegal possession of wildlife, hunting on private property without permission, and waste of edible wildlife, all misdemeanors.

The Roes agreed to pay $2,500 each to the CWP, with the money earmarked for the states's wildlife violation tip hotline.

Gutierrez was found guilty of assisting the men by driving them to the landfill, and convicted for hunting on private property without permission. Besides the one-year suspension, he was ordered to pay $139.50.

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Friday, 12th April 2019
'Trivago Guy' Timothy Williams arrested for driving while intoxicated

by Dave Alsup


Timothy Williams, best known as the pitchman for travel site "Trivago," was arrested this week after Houston police say they found him passed out behind the wheel of a car in a moving lane of traffic.

"He was passed out with his foot on the brake in a moving lane of traffic," said Houston Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva.

Police got the call Wednesday afternoon.
Williams failed a field sobriety test and submitted to a blood drawer, she said.
He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and his bail was set at $100.

When asked about Williams' arrest, a Trivago spokesperson told CNN in a statement:


"At this stage, we do not have the full details of the situation, but we want to make clear that Trivago treats such incidents very seriously and strongly condemns drinking and driving which poses a risk to others and goes against the Trivago culture."
CNN has has also reached out to Tim Williams and is waiting on a response.

Williams has had acting roles on "Cosby Show" and "Law and Order."

But he shot to fame as the rough-and-tumble pitchman for "Trivago."

In later ads, he came across as more polished -- his hair nicely tousled and a fashionable touch of facial stubble.

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Post by: Battle on April 13, 2019, 06:03:39 am
Friday, 12th April 2019
White Woman wanted in Pennsylvania who taunted police on Fakebook, arrested!

by Brett Molina


A woman's Facebook comments taunting local police ultimately led to her arrest.

On March 27, the Greene County Sheriff's Office in Pennsylvania posted an updated most wanted list to their Facebook page.

Among those listed was Chloe Jones, wanted for simple assault.

That's when Jones decided to make a comment taunting officers.

"Do you guys do pick up or delivery??" Jones wrote, followed by four crying-laughing emojis.

After arguing with other commenters on Facebook, Jones revealed she was at a hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Greene County Sheriff's Office said Jones had been captured, taken into custody by police in Morgantown.

"Ms. Chloe Jones and her witty comments are taking a hiatus from our Facebook comments section due to the jail not having internet for her to use," wrote the sheriff's office.

Court records did not say whether Jones has a lawyer to comment on her behalf.

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Post by: Battle on April 13, 2019, 09:32:16 pm
Thursday, 21st March 2019
K-pop star Jung Joon-young arrested in sex video scandal

by Associated Press


(SEOUL, South Korea) South Korean police on Thursday arrested K-pop singer Jung Joon-young over allegations that he illegally shared sexually explicit videos of women taken without their knowledge or consent.

The Seoul Central District Court issued an arrest warrant for Jung hours after he appeared at a hearing and apologized to the victims and to "everyone who has showed affection for me."

He was later escorted to a police station in downtown Seoul in handcuffs.

People involved in scandals in South Korea often issue public apologies even as they maintain their innocence.

Jung was first questioned by police last week about allegations that he secretly filmed his sexual encounters and shared them in private group chats with his friends.

Police are also investigating another K-pop star, Seungri, who soared to international stardom as a member of the group Big Bang, over suspicions that he attempted to arrange unlawful sexual services for his business investors.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency requested an arrest warrant for Jung on Monday through state prosecutors.

The scandal has caused an uproar in South Korea, where women are increasingly speaking out against what they describe as a culture of misogyny with the rampant spread of intimate photos and videos taken by hidden cameras, which they say have women living in constant anxiety and distress.

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Post by: Battle on April 14, 2019, 08:26:25 am
Wednesday, 20th March 2019
Police said a millionaires murder was a robbery. The truth led to an international hunt for The Black Widow.
by Kyle Swenson


A figure slinks out of the late-night shadows, stepping onto the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, the historic district of the Puerto Rican capital city.

In the orange glow falling from nearby street lamps, a long knife flashes from his hand.

The figure jams the blade into Adam Anhang, a 32-year-old Canadian real estate developer and recent transplant to the island.

As the vicious attack continues the figure stabs Anhang again and again before crashing a loose cobblestone over his head Anhang manages to call out to his nearby wife, Aurea Vazquez Rijos, a former Puerto Rican beauty queen.

Run baby, run! Anhang shouts, law enforcement would later say.

When San Juan authorities eventually rushed onto the scene on Sept. 22, 2005, Vazquez Rijos was loaded into an ambulance with cuts and bruises.

Anhang, however, was already dead.

Blood was spilling across the island that year.

In 2005, Puerto Rico notched 766 homicides, a murder rate that was three times higher than New York, NBCs Dateline reported in 2008.

Anhangs death was originally thought to have been another part of this violent wave, a robbery gone bad until the victims family realized the young mans money was still on his body.
The curtain was only rising on a saga that would play out across the globe for more than a decade.

An innocent man would be arrested and convicted of the murder. Private investigators would snoop through European cities.

The complex red tape of international extradition law would cause endless delays.

And a clever trap would be sprung by authorities, leading to more red tape and court dates and waiting.

But finally, the contorted criminal case stemming from Anhangs death came to an end last week.
On Friday, Vazquez Rijos, 38, her sister, Marcia Vazquez Rijos, and an ex-boyfriend, Jose Ferrer Sosa, were all sentenced to life in prison for their part in a complex murder-for-hire plot, the Associated Press reported.

According to federal prosecutors, Vazquez Rijos plotted her husbands death in a greedy gambit to grab his millions.

But it was Vazquez Rijoss globe-trotting exploits after her husbands murder and the Anhang familys tireless pursuit that earned the case international attention.

The European press dramatically dubbed her The Black Widow.
Years after the murder, her pregnancies would take on critical legal importance for judges weighing international treaties.

But in the beginning, a surprise pregnancy is what threw Vazquez Rijos told Anhang together.
Anhang had come to Puerto Rico after a remarkably successful career.

The son of an attorney in Winnipeg, Anhang had always seemed pointed toward the business world he showed up to his first day of kindergarten with a briefcase, just like his dad, his mother, Barbara Anhang, told Dateline in 2008.

I never remember him as a little boy, his father, Abe Anhang, said in the same interview.

He was a little man.

Anhang graduated from the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School of Business.

He found early success running a number of start-ups, including a gambling software company.

With the financial windfall from those ventures, he moved to Puerto Rico in 2004 with an eye toward developing condo and hotel projects on the island, according to Global News.

Early in his time on the island, Anhang met Vazquez Rijos, a widow and former beauty contestant who had once been crowned Miss Puerto Rico Petite, Global News reported.

The two quickly became an item, moving in together in late 2004.

Then, in early 2005, Vazquez Rijos hit Anhang with a surprise: she was expecting a child.

A devout Catholic, she and her family reportedly told her boyfriend that marriage was the only option.
Anhang and Vazquez Rijos wed in a small ceremony that March. Anhang did not even tell his family up north he was getting married.
Soon after, Anhang learned there was no pregnancy.

He felt the baby had been a ploy to force a wedding.

He told me that there was no baby and that he felt like hed fallen for the oldest trick in the book, a friend told Dateline.

Anhang made a go at his new union. He reportedly bought Vazquez Rijos a nightclub to run called the Pink Skirt.

But the relationship nose-dived within a few months.

Anhang told his wife he wanted a divorce.

She reportedly resisted a split.

Anhang began to worry for his safety, and even hired a bodyguard.
Adam had expressed that he had fear of her underworld knowledge, another friend told Dateline.

I guess she had these shady characters that are in some way drug related that would come down to her business.

Those tensions appeared to lift on Sept. 22, 2005, when Vazquez Rijos asked Anhang to dinner to finalize a divorce settlement.

He went alone without his bodyguard and dined with his wife at a restaurant in Old San Juan. As the couple strolled the cobblestone streets, the killer pounced.
Following the murder, Anhangs father traveled to the island.

Three weeks after the death, police arrested a 22-year-old restaurant dishwasher named Jonathan Roman Rivera who matched an eyewitness description of the attacker, the National Post reported at the time.

Two years later, Roman Rivera was convicted of Anhangs death and sentenced to 105 years in prison.

But as Anhangs family began to learn more details about their sons crashing marriage, they were convinced the man implicated by Puerto Rican authorities was innocent.

No physical evidence linked Roman Rivera to the crime.

If robbery had been the motive, why wasnt Anhangs money taken?

I knew there was a terrible miscarriage, Abe Anhang told Global News.

This young man had no reason to do what he did. She had every motive in the world.

Money was that motive, the family felt.

Under the terms of the couples prenuptial agreement which valued Anhangs wealth at more than $24 million Vazquez Rijos was entitled to a maximum $360,000 in a settlement, the National Post reported.

As a grieving widow, however, she had a better claim, and six months after the murder, Vazquez Rijos sued the Anhang family for $8 million of the estate, Dateline reported.

After Roman Riveras conviction, Anhangs father approached the FBI with his doubts.

The agency dispatched a team of agents to reexamine the crime, and eventually federal authorities found witnesses placing Alex El Loco Pabon Colon at the scene.

A dealer who reportedly sold drugs to customers at the Pink Skirt, he confessed that he had killed Anhang after Vazquez Rijos agreed to pay him $3 million.

The payment never materialized after the crime. He pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.
A federal grand jury indicted Vazquez Rijos for orchestrating Anhangs death in 2008. Roman Rivera was exonerated and freed.

But by then, Vazquez Rijos had split.
Unwilling to let their sons killer slip away, the Anhangs hired a private investigator, who tracked Vazquez Rijos to Florence.

The destination was likely not an accident.

The Italian government will not extradite fugitives to the United States who are facing the death penalty.

Vazquez Rijos lived openly in the European city as a tour guide.

She had access to three or four identity cards, she was using three or four different names, different hairstyles, different hair colorings, Abe Anhang told Global News.

The Anhangs paid a private investigator nearly $1,000 a day to track her movements.
From these reports, the family learned Vazquez Rijos was attempting to keep herself farther outside the reach of U.S. law.
Safe for the time being, she needed to obtain permanent residency to completely protect herself.

In 2008, Vazquez Rijos became romantically involved with an Italian air-conditioning contractor and gave birth to twin daughters.
As the mother of Italian citizens, she was even less likely to face extradition, Global News reported.

American authorities went to unique lengths to finally grab the wanted woman in 2013.

That year, American and Spanish law enforcement, posing as members of a fictitious Spanish travel agency, contacted Vazquez Rijos with a job offer in Madrid.

On June 30, 2013, she boarded a plane for Spain.

At the Madrid airport, while she waited for her luggage, Interpol agents took her into custody.

I got a call 10 minutes after she landed, Abe Anhang told Global News.
But more surprises further delayed Vazquez Rijoss return to U.S. soil.

According to the BBC, as she waited in a Spanish prison, she became sexually involved with a male inmate, an Italian national serving a sentence for a drug offense.

Vazquez Rijos again became pregnant, and petitioned a Spanish judge to block her extradition because she was now the mother of a Spanish citizen.

After two years of court dates, and after U.S. prosecutors promised not to seek the death penalty, Vazquez Rijos and her 1-month-old daughter boarded an FBI jet for Puerto Rico in September 2015.

On the island, Vazquez Rijos was taken into custody and her baby was placed in state care.

(Vazquez Rijoss twin daughters remained in Italy with their father.)
Vazquez Rijos and her two accomplices, her sister, Marcia, and her ex-boyfriend, Sosa, went to trial last August.

Federal prosecutors showed how the three orchestrated the crime, offering Pabon-Colon money for the murder, while Anhangs wife set the trap by asking him to dinner.

Witnesses recounted how after Pabon-Colon stabbed and beat Anhang, Vazquez Rijos had him knock her to the ground, so as to avert suspicion.

On Oct. 3, 2018, a jury found all three defendants guilty of murder-for-hire.

Last Friday, 12 years of ugly suspicions and painful delays and thorny international legal fights ended with a federal judges decision to send the three defendants to prison for life.

The sentencing was announced in a San Juan courthouse not far from the cobblestone street where Anhang bled out, the AP reported.

"Are you happy now? Vazquez Rijos reportedly called to Abe Anhang as he left the hearing.
Shut up, the grieving father replied.

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Monday, 25th February 2019
2 plead guilty in case of body found entombed in concrete

by Associated Press


(FULTON, Mo.) Two people have pleaded guilty to misdemeanors in the death of a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found encased in concrete after he was reported missing from a supported living home.

KMIZ reports Anthony R.K. Flores and Shaina Osborne pleaded guilty Monday to making a false report in the death of 61-year-old Carl DeBrodie.

DeBrodie's body was discovered in a storage unit in April 2017.

Investigators believe he went missing months before his disappearance from the Second Chance home in Fulton was reported.

Flores was sentenced to eight months in jail.

Osborne was sentenced to 30 days in jail that was suspended while she serves two years of probation.

Flores' father, Anthony R. Flores, and Sherry Paulo, who operated the Second Chance home, are charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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Monday, 15 April 2019
MAGA bomber pleaded guilty to mailing 16 package bombs appears in court
by ABC News


Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man who pleaded guilty to mailing 16 package bombs to critics of puppetine, is due back in federal court in Manhattan Monday after he claimed certain things he said at his plea hearing were inaccurate.

In a handwritten letter to Judge Jed Rakoff, Sayoc said extreme emotional circumstances influenced his answer when asked whether he knew his devices could harm.

During the March hearing Sayoc said he made devices designed to look like pipe bombs and with the intent to injure but his letter to the court said "the intention was only to intimidate and scare."


He called what he sent to former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Robert De Niro and others "hoax, decoy devices" that were not ever meant to work.

From South Florida Sayoc sent letters to George Soros, Hillary Clinton, John Brennan, Robert De Niro, James Clapper, Barack Obama, Rep. Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, Thomas Steyer and CNN.

None of the recipients were hurt but the packages could get Sayoc a life sentence when he is sentenced in September.

I was not in right state of mind, Sayoc said in a second letter to the judge.

I was overwhelmed, high anxiety, very nervous condition when he answered affirmatively about knowing the risks posed by his actions.

The devices would never explode or worked, Sayoc said.

The fireworks was a sparkler and not capable to explode.

It wasnt immediately clear how Judge Rakoff would handle Sayocs assertions but ordered the parties into court, writing that he found it necessary to hold an in person hearing to address these issues.

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Monday, 15 April 2019
Next school shooter admits fatally shooting elderly couple he knew
by GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press


(MILWAUKEE, Wisc) A 17-year-old told investigators that he fatally shot an elderly couple and was planning to cause harm at his high school in eastern Wisconsin, police said Monday.

Police officers responding to a 911 call for assistance found the bodies of the man and woman at their home in Grand Chute about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Officer Travis Waas said.

He declined to release details of the call.

Waas said police arrested Alexander M. Kraus, who lives in nearby Neenah, at the couple's home. Kraus admitted that he shot the two, whom he knew, Waas said.

Kraus was being held in the Outagamie County Jail and has not yet been charged.

Police said in a news release that he could be charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Police have not identified the couple or their relationship to Kraus.

Waas said a long gun, believed to have been used in the crime, was recovered at the home.

No information has been provided on why Kraus shot the couple.

Kraus also told investigators about his plan to cause harm at Neenah High School, where he was a junior, Waas said.

He said investigators recovered documentation related to that plan, but declined to comment on the nature of the plan or the severity of the threat.

The school district released a statement Monday saying police determined there was no danger to students and staff at the high school and that the school day would proceed as normal.

Additional counselors were available to students and there was an extra police presence at the high school, the district said.

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Monday, 15th April 2019
The Minnesota registered nurse sentenced to six months in jail for killing someone
by Paul Walsh


A driver from Oronoco, Minn., who killed a woman in a 2016 distracted driving crash has been ordered to visit the grave of the woman as part of her sentence.

Lori J. Hoefs, 57, was sentenced Friday in Dakota County in connection with the collision in Hampton Township that killed 78-year-old Brenda K. Travis of Rochester, Minn., and seriously injured her brother, Glen Travis.

Along with making two visits to the Bear Creek Lutheran Church cemetery northeast of Grand Meadow, Minn., where Travis was buried, Hoefs was sentenced by Judge Jerome Abrams to six months in jail and put on probation for two years.

If she qualifies, Hoefs can serve part of that time on work release.

She also must perform 30 hours of community service, where she is required to speak about distracted driving, and she must attend a driving improvement clinic and pay $1,429 in fines and fees.

Hoefs was charged in June 2018 with felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation.

Her plea agreement called for those charges, which likely would have resulted in prison time if she were convicted, to be dismissed in exchange for admitting to the lower-level counts.

Glen Travis, who suffered rib fractures and a broken pelvis, told the Star Tribune last fall that terms of the plea deal were satisfactory to the family.

He said he didn't want the sentence to cost Hoefs her license as a registered nurse, which she has held for more than 35 years and continues to hold.

He did add, however, "We do wonder why she didn't assist" his sister at the crash scene, "but I guess she was in total shock."

Hoefs told authorities immediately after the crash that she had the phone on speakerphone but was holding it while talking to a friend as she drove west on County Road 88 into the intersection at Hwy. 56, the criminal complaint said.

She passed a sign warning her of a stop sign ahead at the intersection and drove over pavement painted with the words "STOP AHEAD," the complaint added.

Her SUV struck the passenger side of the Travises' car.

Brenda Travis received an education degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield and a master's degree from the University of Minnesota before embarking on a teaching career that lasted decades and covered several continents.

After teaching high school for two years in Morgan, Minn., Travis taught business for 32 years through the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Schools.

In that role, she worked in Germany, Turkey, Morocco, Japan and the Philippines.

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Post by: Battle on April 19, 2019, 02:49:13 am
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
North Carolina white guy gets life for triple murder of neighbors

by Associated Press


(RALEIGH, N.C.) A North Carolina man has been sentenced to life in prison for the triple murder of his neighbors who had accused him of child molestation.

News outlets report Jonathan Sander was sentenced Monday for the 2016 deaths of Sal Mazzella's wife, adult son and daughter-in-law.

Before the sentence was handed down, Mazzella said he has forgiven Sander.

Sander sarcastically applauded that announcement and launched into a nearly 30-minute rant that blamed and insulted other people.

He began to threaten jurors and was cut off by Judge Graham Shirley, who said Sander would die in obscurity despite his crimes.

Sander was friends with Mazzella's son Sandy, and the family accused him of child molestation in 2016.

Evidence says he burst into their home with a shotgun while screaming, "Child molester? Really, Sandy?"

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Post by: Battle on April 20, 2019, 03:56:46 am
Friday, 19th April 2019
House of Horrors Parents Sentenced to Life in Prison for Torturing Children
by Minyvonne Burke


David and Louise Turpin, the California parents who beat, starved and held 12 of their children captive inside their home, were sentenced Friday to life in prison.

The husband and wife pleaded guilty in February to 14 counts each of torture, dependent adult abuse, child endangerment and false imprisonment.

During their sentencing, both cried and wiped away tears as some of their children addressed the courtroom.

The judge ruled the couple will be eligible for parole after 25 years.

"My parents took my whole life from me, now Im taking my life back," one of the couple's daughters said.

Life may have been bad, but it made me strong. I saw my dad change my mom, they almost changed me. Im a fighter, Im strong.

Disturbing details of the abuse came to light in January 2018 after one of the daughters, who was 17 at the time, escaped their home in Perris, California, and used a cellphone taken from the house to call 911.

The girl, who officers initially thought was a child because she was so emaciated, told police that her brothers and sisters were being held by her parents and some of them were chained, investigators said.

When authorities entered the house, they found the children aged 2 to 29 being held in "dark and foul-smelling surroundings," authorities said.


Some were bound to their beds and furniture by chains and padlocks and many of the children told police they were "starving," according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

"I love both of my parents so much," a statement read in court from another daughter said.

God looks at the heart and I know he sees theirs. Ive prayed often for them."

Louise Turpin read a statement in court, apologizing to her children.

"I'm sorry for everything I've done to hurt my children. I love my children so much," she said.

"I want them to know that mom and dad are going to be OK."

David Turpin was so emotional, he had his lawyer read parts of his statement.

"I never intended for any harm to come to my children I hope the very best for my children in the future," the lawyer read.

Prosecutors said the Turpin children were given only one rationed meal a day and allowed to shower once a year.
Their parents would bake pies and not let their hungry children eat them, and would buy toys but forbid the children from opening or playing with them.

The children were forced to spend most of their time in the house.

Neighbors told NBC Los Angeles last year that they knew the couple had a lot of children but weren't sure how many because "the kids didn't come out very often."

There were times the family was all out together, like on trips to Las Vegas where the Turpins renewed their vows.

Videos showed the girls in pink dresses, white tights and heels.

The boys wore dark suits with white shirts and red ties.

Kent Ripley, an Elvis impersonator who renewed the couple's vows at a Vegas chapel, said the children were always quiet and well-behaved.

Louise Turpin's sister, Teresa Robinette, said during an interview that the family gave the impression that they were "living the perfect life."

She recounted how her sister would tell her about the Vegas trips and vacations at Disneyland.

Investigators, however, painted a very different picture.

Only one of the children a son was allowed to leave home to attend classes at a community college but was always accompanied by his mother.

The siblings would also get in trouble for things like "playing with water" while they washed their hands.
Prosecutors said the punishment ranged from being beaten and choked to being shackled to their beds with no access to the bathroom for months at a time.

One of the daughters was allegedly the victim of a lewd act by her father, prosecutors said.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in January 2018 that the abuse "started out as neglect" during the 17 years the family lived near Fort Worth, Texas, and intensified when they moved to California in 2010.

The couple's youngest child was the only one of the 13 total who appeared to have not been abused.

Despite the horrific torture authorities said the children endured, some of them told the courtroom Friday how much they loved their parents and said they did their best to raise them.

"I cannot describe in words what we went through growing up," one of the sons said.

"Sometimes, I still have nightmares from things that have happened. But that is the past and this is now. I love my parents and have forgiven them."

A statement from another daughter stated:

"I want the court to know that our parents loved each other and loved each of their children. ... I believe with all my heart that our parents tried their best to raise all 13 of us and they wanted to give us a good life."(

During a news conference after the sentencing, Jack Osborn, who represents seven of the adult children, said that his clients are working very hard toward forgiveness" and said it was a "miracle" that they are thriving.

"Our clients are most of all survivors, they are not victims," he said.

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Post by: Battle on April 20, 2019, 11:08:49 am
Friday, 19th April 2019
Two White Women plead guilty to crimes related to New York sex cult, pyramid scheme case

by Amir Vera and Sonia Moghe


Two women who were part of an alleged pyramid scheme that involved sex trafficking and racketeering each pleaded guilty to related charges Friday in a New York federal court.

Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conceal and harbor people who were not in the United States legally for financial gain and fraudulent use of identification.

Kathy Russell pleaded guilty to one charge of visa fraud.

Bronfman and Russell were indicted in March on racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges as part of the cult-like organization known as Nxivm, founded by Keith Raniere, who also was indicted and is now in federal custody.

He faces sex trafficking and forced labor charges.

Bronfman was a member of the Nxivm executive board, according to a US Justice Department news release, and faces between 21 and 27 months in prison.

Russell is Nxivm's former bookkeeper and faces between six and 12 months in prison.

Bronfman, who will be sentenced July 25, tearfully read a statement in court during her plea hearing.

"Your honor, I was afforded a great gift by my grandfather and father. With the gift comes immense privilege, and more importantly, tremendous responsibility," Bronfman said.

"It does not come with an ability to break the law, it comes with a greater responsibility to uphold it. I failed to uphold the following laws set forth by this country, and for that I am truly remorseful."

Russell, who will be sentenced July 31, said in court that she knowingly provided visa documents with false information in order to bring a woman into the US for work.
"I know what I did was wrong and I am very sorry for the trouble that I've caused," Russell said, tearfully.

Five Nxivm members were indicted and charged last year for crimes that included identity theft, extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, money laundering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.

Bronfman, Russell and actress Allison Mack were among the five indicted and charged last year.

Prosecutors allege Raniere created the organization Nxivm (pronounced NEX-ium), which touted itself as a professional business providing coaching and educational services to "corporations and people of all walks of life."

The organization, prosecutors say, actually operated like a multi-level marketing pyramid scheme, and encouraged its members to continue taking pricey classes and recruiting other members in order to rise in the ranks of the organization.

The organization also acted as an umbrella for other groups like "The Source," described as a private arts academy, and the secret society DOS, which was founded in 2015 and is the subgroup where sex trafficking activities allegedly took place.

Under the sub-group DOS, prosecutors allege.

women were designated as "slaves" until successfully recruiting others, at which time they became "masters."
All so-called slaves were at the service of their own masters as well as those above them in the pyramid.

The indictment claims many so-called slaves were branded on their pelvic areas with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere's initials.

Documents describe "branding ceremonies," in which women were held down by others while naked and filmed as they were branded with a cauterizing pen.

Raniere was the only male in DOS and the leader, according to court filings.


Prosecutors believe Mack, known for her 10-season run on the television series "Smallville," was near the top of the pyramid with Raniere and "directly or implicitly required" her slaves to engage in sexual activity with Raniere.

She also allegedly received financial and other benefits from Raniere in exchange for the women's cooperation with their demands.

Mack was released from jail on $5 million bond after being indicted last week.

She pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and racketeering relating to her alleged role in a sex trafficking case.

Raniere remains in federal custody in Brooklyn.
If convicted, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment.

His attorney, Marc Agnifilo, had no comment on the remaining co-defendants.

"We're going to trial," Agnifilo said.

The trial begins May 7.

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Friday, 19th April 2019
Slain Domestic Terrorist Leader's Wife Admits Killing Him
by Associated Press


(FARMINGTON, Mo.) The wife of a Missouri Ku Klux Klan leader admitted Friday to fatally shooting her husband.

Malissa Ancona was sentenced to life in prison Friday under a deal in which she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abandonment of a corpse in the February 2017 death of Frank Ancona Jr., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Ancona, who had identified himself as a KKK imperial wizard, had recently asked his wife for a divorce, according to officials and court records.

Malissa Ancona initially reported her husband missing, and a family fishing in southeast Missouri found his body near a river days later.

She later claimed her son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., shot him while he was sleeping.

Jinkerson faces the same charges as his mom, but she said Friday that he had no role in the shooting.

She said he did help clean up the crime scene and helped dump the body.

"I fired both shots that killed my husband," she told Circuit Judge Wendy Wexler Horn.

She said she cleaned the walls of their bedroom and disposed of bloody bedding to try to hide the crime.

Asked how the plea would affect Jinkerson's trial, his lawyer, Eric Barnhart, responded, "I mean the true killer..." before having his sentence finished by Jinkerson's father:

"admitted her guilt today."

Ancona originally told police that her son shot her husband with a 9 mm handgun and agreed to testify against him last year.

She reversed herself in a letter from jail, writing to Horn that she was "under the influence" and couldn't recall what happened when her husband was shot.

During Friday's court hearing, Frank Ancona's father, Frank Ancona Sr., told the judge that he was forced to identify his only son's body, and said his son had "no face left."

Ancona Sr. said his son was killed because he was planning on leaving Malissa Ancona, whom he called a "terrible wife."

Ancona's daughter, Carolyn Ancona, through tears, said, "He didn't deserve this. No one deserves this."

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Thursday, 18th April 2019
White Man Arrested With Gas Cans and Lighters at St. Patricks Cathedral Is a Philosophy Teacher

by Ali Watkins


Marc Lamparellos story seemed off from the start.

It was near 8 p.m. Wednesday when Mr. Lamparello, a 37-year-old adjunct philosophy lecturer, entered St. Patricks Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan toting two gallons of gasoline, lighter fluid and lighters, the police said.

Stopped by ushers, he explained he was trying to take a shortcut through the iconic sanctuary to reach his vehicle, which had run out of gas, the police said.

Mr. Lamparellos minivan, though, was not out of fuel, the police said, and a stroll through St. Patricks was hardly a shortcut.

Spooked, church security officers flagged police officers as Mr. Lamparello turned to leave, sloshing gasoline on the floor.

Mr. Lamparello, who lives in New Jersey, was taken into custody Wednesday night for questioning, the police said, but has not been charged with any crime.

He has had prior run-ins with law enforcement and had previously been arrested in New Jersey for trespassing, the Fire Department said.

His arrest came just before Easter and two days after a devastating fire tore through the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.

His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, that his car had run out of gas, said John Miller, the Police Departments deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism.

We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas, and at that point he was taken into custody.

Mr. Lamparello is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the City University of New York.

He was a 2004 graduate of Boston College and was listed as teaching courses at Brooklyn College this spring.

A philosophy academic, he had written and published his first book, Reason and Counterpoint, in 2016.

Mr. Lamparellos history with the church is murky, but his work suggests at least a baseline interest in questions of religion and higher powers.

In 2016, his author biography on indicated he was working on a book-length project about wrestling with the existence of God.

At least one of the courses he has taught, Introduction to the Problems of Philosophy, touched on the idea of religion.

The course included such topics as the nature and scope of knowledge, meaning and verification, the existence of God, determinism and free will, the mind-body problem, and the nature of moral judgments, according to an online course description for Brooklyn College.

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Sunday, 21st April 2019
Illegal Militia Group Detained For Bullying Unarmed Mexicans
by Associated Press


A member of an armed civilian group that has detained migrants near the US-Mexico border who was arrested on Saturday reportedly faced similar charges in Oregon 13 years ago.

In Sunland Park, Texas on Saturday, FBI agents and local police arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms.

In Klamath county, Oregon in 2006, Hopkins was accused of impersonating a police officer and claimed to be a fugitive bounty hunter, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

In his guilty plea, Hopkins acknowledged he had given the impression to others that I was a peace officer while unlawfully carrying a firearm as a convicted felon.

Hopkins latest arrest came after federal authorities warned private groups to avoid policing the border.

Videos circulated on social media have shown armed civilians detaining large groups of Central American families in New Mexico.

Armed civilian groups have been common on the US border for years, especially when large numbers of migrants are present. But many of the migrants crossing now are children.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has called for an investigation into pro-Trump, anti-immigrant men who have been patrolling the border, calling themselves the United Constitutional Patriots (UCP).

The ACLU in New Mexico described the group as an armed fascist militia organization made up of vigilantes and said they were working to kidnap and detain people seeking asylum, making illegal arrests and holding migrants at gunpoint.

Hopkins was booked into the Dona Ana county detention center in Las Cruces.

It was not known if he had an attorney.

The FBI said he was from Flora Vista, a rural community in New Mexico about 353 miles north of Sunland Park, a suburb of El Paso.

Frank Fisher, an FBI spokesman in Albuquerque, said additional information would not be released until after Hopkins appeared in federal court on Monday.

In the 2006 incident in Oregon, a sheriffs office report said Hopkins was found at a gas station in Keno showing firearms to youth and telling them he was a police officer.

Hopkins displayed a badge that said special agent and had numerous medals pinned to his shirt, according to the report obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican.

The newspaper said the court records were uncovered by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups and extremists in the US.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Mexicos foreign ministry expressed profound concern at the activities of intimidation and extortion of migrants on the part of militia groups on the border of New Mexico.

These types of practices, it said, can lead to the trampling of human rights of people who migrate or who solicit asylum or refuge in the United States.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Hey DJ, Don't Play That Song

by Katie Dowd


Australian media are reporting a man charged in the attempted kidnapping of a boy in San Francisco is a "prominent Perth DJ and community radio presenter."

Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, 34, was arrested Friday after police say he grabbed a 2-year-old boy from his mother's arms near Market and 17th streets.

Bystanders said he ran half a block with the boy until Good Samaritans tracked him down.

One witness told KTVU that after Holyoake drew a crowd, he allegedly "gave the boy back to the mom and then he turned and smiled at us and took off running down the street."

Roscoe Bradley Holyoake, 34, was arrested on April 12, 2019 after San Francisco police say he attempted to kidnap a 2-year-old boy.

Holyoake was detained by witnesses until police arrived on the scene.

A view of the corner of Market and 17th St in the Castro neighborhood.

A kidnapping occurred there Friday after a man allegedly tried to take a 2-year-old child from his mother, police said.

According to the Australia Broadcasting Company, Holyoake goes by the name DJ Roski professionally and is a "well-known DJ" in the local scene.

Perth community radio station RTRFM confirmed to ABC he occasionally worked as their presenter on the All Things Queer program.

He was also a resident DJ at Perth's Connections Nightclub, and formerly served on the board of Pride Western Australia.

San Francisco police are holding Holyoake on kidnapping and child endangerment charges; his bail was set at $500,000.

The boy suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said, and the family refused medical treatment.

The San Francisco Sheriff's Department inmate locater indicates Holyoake is due in court Tuesday afternoon.

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Monday, 22nd April 2019
White Woman In Coachella Was Arrested After She Was Seen On Camera Tossing 7 Puppies In A Dumpster
by Tanya Chen


A 54-year-old woman suspected of tossing seven puppies into a trash can in Coachella, California, was arrested Monday after authorities linked her to disturbing security footage of the act, authorities said.

Deborah Sue Culwell was identified as the woman seen in the security camera footage that was released Friday.


In the video, a woman driving a white Jeep is caught quickly chucking a bag with the puppies inside trash can. (

Officials at the Riverside County Animal Services worked with the local sheriff's department to identify and take the woman into custody Monday.

She was arrested at 5:30 p.m. at her home in Coachella, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animals Services said.

In a second video released Monday by Riverside County Animal Services, Culwell can be seen being handcuffed just outside the door of her home.

"Debbie, why did you do that?" someone can be heard asking her in the video. Culwell does not appear to respond.

"Where they your puppies?"

On Friday, the center received a call from an employee of a local auto parts store that a man had discovered a trash bag in on of their dumpsters that contained seven newborn puppies. (

Animal services officials estimated the terrier mix puppies were about three days old. (

An officer was then able to obtain surveillance footage from the store that showed a woman driving up to their trash site with a bag.

A man in the area whom described as a transient was rummaging through the dumpsters when he came across the bag of puppies and brought them into the auto parts store.(

John Welsh, a spokesman for animal services, told BuzzFeed News that because the puppies were dumped in a sealed plastic bag, had they not been discovered as soon they had, they would not have survived.

Temperatures in Coachella that day were in the mid-90s, he added.

"Thats a window of 15 minutes had he not called us, those dogs are dead," Welsh said.

"That guy is a hero in our mind."

The puppies have since been transported to a local rescue group, where they're being bottle-fed.(

"There is no excuse for dumping puppies, especially in todays age, when we or other shelters would be willing to get these animals to foster parents or rescue partners," Riverside County Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer said in a news release. (

"This was a shameful act."

Officials said they were planning to pursue a felony charge of animal cruelty against the woman.

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Post by: Battle on April 24, 2019, 02:14:00 am
Friday, 19th April 2019
Trial set for Indiana white woman charged in 3 students' bus stop deaths

by WLWT (NBC affiliate)


A judge has set a trial date for a northern Indiana woman accused of striking and killing three children with a pickup truck as they crossed a highway to board a school bus.

Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs tells WSBT-TV the October 5th 2019 trial date for Alyssa Shepherd of Rochester was set during a closed pretrial hearing.

Shepherd has pleaded not guilty to three counts of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device is extended.

The October 2018 collision killed 6-year-old twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.

Shepherd has told authorities she didn't realize she was approaching a stopped school bus, despite the activated stop arm and flashing lights.

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Post by: Battle on April 24, 2019, 02:22:32 am
Wednesday, 4th April 2019
2 idiots put on bulletproof vest, then shot each other
by ABC News


Deputies arrested two Rogers men accused of putting on bulletproof vests and shooting each other.

Charles Eugene Ferris, age 50, was on his back deck drinking with his neighbor, Christopher Hicks, age 36, on Sunday, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Ferris was wearing a bulletproof vest and told Hicks to shoot him with the vest on.

Hicks shot Ferris in the chest one time with a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle, according to the report.

The bullet hit him the top left corner of the chest, and the vest stopped the bullet.

The shot still hurt Ferris and left him with a red mark on the chest.

Ferris then took the vest off, and Hicks put it on.

Charles Ferris was "pissed" about getting shot and how much it hurt, so he "unloaded the clip into Christopher's back," according to the report.

None of the rounds penetrated the vest, but Christopher Hicks suffered bruises.

Ferris went to Mercy Hospital, which notified law enforcement.

Ferris initially told deputies a story about being paid $200 to protect an "asset" and that he was shot guarding the "asset" from a man wearing a white suit near at the Wan Winkle trailhead.

Ferris later told deputies about drinking with Hicks and how they shot each other with bulletproof vests on after deputies spoke with Ferris' wife.

Both Charles Ferris and Christopher Hicks were arrested on suspicion of Aggravated Assault.

They were given a court date of May 13, 2019 at 8 a.m.

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Post by: Battle on April 24, 2019, 02:40:08 am
Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Ex-CEO charged in New York, becomes 1st drug executive indicted in opioid crisis
by WABC News


(NEW YORK CITY) -  One of the nation's largest distributors of opioids has entered into a non-prosecution consent decree with the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, which accused the company, Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC), of failing to properly report thousands of suspicious orders of oxycodone, fentanyl and other controlled substances.

At the same time, the company's former chief executive, Lawrence Doud, has been placed under arrest by federal drug agents.

Doud is the first pharmaceutical executive associated with the nation's opioid crisis to face a criminal charge of diverting drugs for an illegitimate purpose.

The indictment unsealed Tuesday alleges Doud ordered subordinates to ignore red flags about certain pharmacy customers to maximize company revenues and his own pay, which more than doubled between 2012 and 2016 as the company's sales of drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl skyrocketed.

RDC agreed to a deferred criminal prosecution agreement, admitted to a detailed statement of facts, and consented to three years of independent compliance monitoring by an expert who will report regularly to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Additionally, RDC will pay a $20 million fine to the federal government over a five-year period.

If RDC complies with the terms of the agreement, it will not be prosecuted for its conduct during the relevant period.

"We made mistakes, and RDC understands that these mistakes, directed by former management, have serious consequences," RDC spokesperson Jeff Eller said.

"We accept responsibility for those mistakes. We can do better, we are doing better, and we will do better."

In the nation's opioid epidemic, RDC is a middleman that buys controlled substances from manufacturers and sells them to individual pharmacies.

As one of the nation's 10 largest drug distributors, it delivers to more than 1,300 pharmacies.

Along the way, federal prosecutors said it ignored certain pharmacies that were placing suspicious orders.

"RDC was well aware that many of its largest pharmacy customers exhibited red flags associated with the diversion of controlled substances, but failed to report these customers or their orders to the DEA as required," court records said.

RDC was among the drug distributors named last month in a civil lawsuit by the New York Attorney General's office, which alleged fraud, willful misconduct, and gross negligence.

Between 2010 and 2018, the company sold more than 143 million oxycodone pills to customers in New York alone, the attorney general's lawsuit said.

The DEA has been investigating for years whether RDC failed to comply with pharmaceutical reporting laws.

The company has previously paid to resolve claims it failed to properly report the theft of opioids.

According to court records, from 2012 to 2016, RDC filled more than 1.5 million orders for controlled substances from its pharmacy customers but reported just four suspicious orders to the DEA.

In reality, federal prosecutors said, there were at least 2,000 suspicious orders in those four years.

"During this period, RDC shipped large quantities of opioids to pharmacies that RDC knew exhibited dispensing patterns that suggested the pharmacies were dispensing controlled substances for illegitimate medical purposes," court records said.

"They did not report suspicious orders or pharmacy customers to the DEA because they did not want to risk losing revenue from these customers."

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Wednesday, 24th April 2019
White Woman Arrested, Accused of Faking Cancer Diagnosis for Money



The Randolph County Sheriff's Office has charged a second woman in a matter of weeks for faking cancer in order to get money.

The Sheriff's Office said officials at a local recreational club told them that they suspected Hannah Hume was falsely claiming to have kidney cancer after talking to her about her medical bills.

Deputies said the club had planned a June 15 benefit and charity ride in her honor.

Hume was interviewed by Investigators and admitted she did not have kidney cancer.

She was arrested Tuesday and charged with a felony for attempting to obtain property by false pretense.

Hume is being held on a $5,000 bond and is expected in court May, 13 2019.

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Post by: Battle on April 25, 2019, 03:30:14 am
Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Parents face charges in death of 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy after remains found
by Mike Ewing, Marcella Raymond, Julian Crews, Mike Lowe and Tom Negovan


(CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.) Nearly a week after they reported 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund missing, his parents are now facing multiple charges in his death, after investigators found his apparent remains in a remote area near Woodstock, Ill.

"It is with heavy heart that the Crystal Lake Police Department has located what we believe to be the body of Andrew 'AJ' Freund earlier this morning,"

Crystal Lake Police Chief Jim Black said during a press conference Wednesday.

Black said information discovered through "forensic analysis of cell phone data" led investigators to speak with both AJ's father, Andrew Freund Sr., and his mother, JoAnn Cunningham, overnight Tuesday.

During their interviews, Black said the parents separately shared details that led investigators to search a rural area near Woodstock, IL Wednesday morning.

"Investigators located what they believe to be AJ's body buried in a shallow grave, wrapped in plastic in a remote area of Woodstock, Illinois," Black said.

The McHenry County Sheriff and Coroner said the remains were found in a "makeshift grave" near a farm access road west of Dean Street in unincorporated Dorr Township.

The location is about 15 minutes away from Freund's Crystal Lake home.

The McHenry County Coroner's Office and FBI Recovery Unit removed the remains from the scene, and will work to definitively identify the body and determine a cause of death during an autopsy tentatively scheduled for Thursday morning.

Both parents now face multiple counts of First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery, and a count of Failure to Report a Missing Child or Death.

In total, Cunningham is charged with 12 counts, while Freund faces 11, including additional charges of Concealment of Homicidal Death.

Both are in police custody, and will be taken to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing Thursday morning.

During a Wednesday press conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sallet expressed condolences to AJ's family while praising the joint law enforcement effort, saying they were working "24 hours a day" on the investigation.

"It was apparent to me that nobody was going to sleep, and nobody will sleep until justice is brought for AJ," Sallet said.

As the search was ongoing, details emerged about the family's history with DCFS and Crystal Lake Police, including multiple reports of abuse, neglect and drug use.

DCFS involvement with AJ dated back to 2013, when he was born with opiates in his system.

He was taken into protective custody less than a month later, and spent seven months with a foster family before being returned to his mother.

He was involved with DCFS "on and off" through the end of 2018, according to the agency.

Freund Sr. was formerly Cunningham's divorce attorney. While the two never married, they were said to be living together with their children and no longer dating.

Their other son has been in protective custody since AJ was reported missing.

DCFS Acting Director Marc Smith said in a statement that AJ's younger sibling will remain in their custody, and the agency plans on reviewing its practices and potential improvements in a "transparent" manner.

"Protecting vulnerable children who come to our attention is at the core of our mission at DCFS. All of us feel this loss," Smith said.

"The Department is committed to conducting a comprehensive review of the entirety of our work with Andrews family to understand our shortcomings."

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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Bridget 'Bridgegate' Anne Kelly Goes To Prison
by Mike Kelly


(NEWARK, NJ) Courtrooms are supposed to offer answers. Or perhaps guidance, solace and insight on complicated questions of life and justice.

But once again, as another chapter in the Bridgegate case unfolded on Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Newark, we were left with a sense that the full story has still not been told about the alleged political payback plot to create traffic gridlock in Fort Lee near the George Washington Bridge.


The occasion was a hearing to resentence Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff for Gov. Chris Christie and author of the infamous email, Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee, which touched off the massive jams on Fort Lees streets during portions of five days in September 2013.

After her conviction in 2016, with former Port Authority deputy executive Bill Baroni, on multiple charges for their roles in the Bridgegate scheme, Kelly was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton.

On Wednesday, Wigenton reduced Kellys prison time to 13 months, citing a ruling by a three-judge federal appeals panel in December that dismissed several counts against Kelly and Baroni but left intact the most serious charges.

Kelly, 46, who lives in Ramsey and is a single mother of four children, is being allowed to remain free on bail while she appeals her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Baroni, 47, opted to enter a federal prison in Pennsylvania this month, after Wigenton shortened his sentence from two years to 18 months.

Such are the facts in this latest chapter. (

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Post by: Battle on April 26, 2019, 03:37:07 am
Friday, 19th April 2019
White Woman In Jail for Threatening Someone by Text Messages

by Perry Vandell


A woman accused of sending a man more than 159,000 text messages and breaking into his Paradise Valley home wants her case to go to trial, believing a jury will find her innocent while also ordering her and the man she's accused of stalking to wed.

Those were among the comments made by Jacqueline Ades in a recent phone interview with The Arizona Republic from Maricopa County's Estrella Jail, where she has been held since May 2018.

Ades' case has garnered national attention after authorities said she continued to stalk a Paradise Valley man after a single date, broke into his home and sent thousands of text messages to him over the course of 10 months including some in which she threatened to wear his flesh and devour his organs, according to Maricopa County Court records.

Ades was incredulous that her actions warranted incarceration.

"I just think it's ridiculous," Ades said. "I can't believe that it turned into this. I can't believe that I'm actually in jail over some text messages."

She maintained that her threats against the man's life were jokes that she would never act on.

She said the man responded to her texts for three months but stopped after she sent the threats.

Ades said she threatened the man after a fight with her mother and took out her anger on him.


"I said, 'If I had a perverted imagination, what would I think?' " Ades said.

"And then I wrote all these weird things. Just, like, I was literally playing with my imagination and it turned out that that scared him."

Her attorney, Matthew Leathers, requested a Rule 11 hearing in January to evaluate her mental competency to  ensure she understood the charges and the proceedings against her and to assist in her own defense.

Ades was deemed mentally incompetent at a Rule 11 hearing in March.

Leathers told The Republic that two of the three mental-health professionals who met with Ades found her mentally incompetent to stand trial, but restorable.

One diagnosed her as being mentally competent.

He said the trial was ordered delayed by at least 60 days earlier this month as psychologists attempt to restore her to competency.

"The idea is to get her restored to competency so she's able to assist in her own defense," Leathers said.

Ades, who is being held in a Maricopa County jail without bond for nearly a year, has pleaded not guilty to charges of stalking and criminal trespassing.

Ades could have walked out of jail several months ago by accepting a plea deal that called for her release with time served, Leathers said.

The catch is she would have been on probation for 10 years and barred from contacting the man at the center of her obsession.

But Ades told The Republic she refused to take the deal because she didn't believe it was real.

She thought it might be the victim's way of testing her resolve, she said.

Ades said she wants to go to trial, where she's positive the jury will not only find her not guilty, but will order her and the man she's accused of stalking to marry her.

"They're going to say, 'You're not guilty and on top of it we, like, demand that you two get married,' " Ades said.

Leathers made the motion for a Rule 11 hearing after her decision not to accept the plea deal.

The Republic spoke to Ades as she was being evaluated but before she was found not competent.

She claimed she had been abducted by Walt Disney, whom she believes is a member of the Illuminati and manned a spaceship, "Does that sound crazy?" Ades asked.

"It sounds like I'm crazy. My mom says, 'They're going to put you back in Rule 11 court if you go around telling people.' But this is a true story I'm not lying."

Ades lamented the jail's living conditions, saying she slept on a thin yoga mat and wasn't allowed to go outside.

Though Ades is certain she will be found not guilty, she said she'd be fine with prison time if the jury felt otherwise.

Ades said she most likely would move back to Florida once she was released and go to school to become a Pilates instructor.

She said she wouldn't contact the man again because she believes he would reach out to her on his own.
Stalking became more intense, records say.

The victim has not been identified in court records.

According to the documents, Ades met the man on a dating website and began stalking him soon after, flooding him with text messages, sometimes as many as 500 in a single day.

The man called police after he found her parked outside his Paradise Valley home, records say.

Police, in a statement submitted to court, said she began sending more-threatening messages after that, including death threats.
"Oh what would I do w ur blood! ... Id wanna bathe in it," was an example listed in court documents.

Police later found her taking a bath in the man's home, with a large butcher knife in her car, court documents said.

Ades' next hearing is scheduled for May 21 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Amanda Steele, a spokeswoman with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, told The Republic that Ades had been placed into the Restoration to Competency program where an appointed psychologist will oversee the restoration process.

The psychologist will have up to 21 months to restore Ades to competency or deem her not restorable, Steele said.
Ades' case will go back to trial if she's deemed restored.

It will be dismissed without prejudice if found not to be restorable.

Leathers and the prosecutor can request an additional hearing should one disagree with the psychologist's conclusion.

If Ades is ultimately deemed to be mentally incompetent and unrestorable, Steele said the court could commit her to a mental institution, appoint her a legal guardian or simply dismiss the charges and release her.

Leathers said the psychologist will likely walk his client through the legal process, explaining to her what a prosecutor is and the charges against her among other things.

Some experts consider this to be a flawed approach.

Joel Dvoskin, a clinical and forensic psychologist who teaches at the University of Arizona, said any belief that most people are deemed incompetent because of ignorance of the legal system is a myth.

"The reason they're incompetent has much more to do with being acutely psychotic than it does with not knowing about courts," Dvoskin said.

"And so for those people, the main way they need to be restored to competency is by having their acute psychotic situation resolved."

Though Dvoskin said he wasn't familiar with Ades' case, he noted that problems can arise when those deemed mentally incompetent receive treatment while incarcerated.

"It's expensive to keep people in a psychiatric hospital," Dvoskin said.

"So what Arizona did some years ago was that they would keep people in jail while they were being purportedly restored to competency and there's a lot of problems with that."

Dvoskin questioned the adequacy of mental health services, conditions and safety of inmates suffering from mental illness within jails compared with a dedicated treatment facility.

"All of those things are relevant to what a person's circumstances (are) in a jail and the degree to which it's realistic for them to be restored to competency in a jail."

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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Massachusetts Judge & Court Officer Charged with Obstruction of Justice
by WCVB (ABC News affiliate)


(BOSTON, Mass) Federal authorities are charging a Massachusetts District Court judge and a trial court officer with obstruction of justice and other crimes, according to an indictment obtained by 5 Investigates. (

Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph was suspended without pay Thursday, just hours after the federal indictment was announced.

Joseph and Wesley MacGregor, the trial court officer, are accused of conspiring to prevent Immigration and Customs Enforcement from taking an immigrant into custody at Newton District Court on April 2, 2018.

Both were allowed to surrender themselves to face the charges, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's office said.

They appeared in federal court for a hearing Thursday afternoon. Both pleaded not guilty and were released without bond.

The immigrant, who had been deported twice before, was arrested four days earlier for narcotics possession and being a fugitive from justice in Pennsylvania.

When his fingerprints were taken, ICE became aware of the arrest.

ICE issued an order for a federal immigration detainer and sent an officer to the courthouse.

In the courtroom, Joseph ordered the courtroom recording device to be turned off for 52 seconds in order to conceal a conversation about getting the immigrant out of the courthouse, the indictment said.

According to the indictment filed by Lelling's office, MacGregor agreed with the immigrant's defense attorney to release the immigrant through a rear door in order to evade the federal officers.

Joseph participated by creating a pretext for the immigrant to be brought downstairs for "further interview" so he could be released through that door, the indictment said.


Joseph and MacGregor face charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a federal proceeding, the indictment said. MacGregor is also charged with perjury on suspicion of giving false testimony to a federal grand jury that was reviewing the case.
The allegations in todays indictment involve obstruction by a sitting judge, that is intentional interference with the enforcement of federal law, and that is a crime," Lelling said.

"We cannot pick and choose the federal laws we follow, or use our personal views to justify violating the law."
Gov. Charlie Baker had previously called for Joseph to be removed from the bench.

"Today's indictment is a radical and politically-motivated attack on our state and the independence of our courts," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement about the case.

"It is a bedrock principle of our constitutional system that federal prosecutors should not recklessly interfere with the operation of state courts and their administration of justice. This matter could have been appropriately handled by the Commission on Judicial Conduct and the Trial Court. I am deeply disappointed by U.S. Attorney Andrew Lellings misuse of prosecutorial resources and the chilling effect his actions will have."

"The Department of Justices decision to bring this case is preposterous, ironic, and deeply damaging to the rule of law," Carol Rose, of ACLU of Massachusetts, said in a statement.

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Post by: Battle on April 26, 2019, 05:26:36 am
Friday, 26th April 2019
Texas Border Mayor Charged With Trying To Rig Own Election

by Associated Press


(AUSTIN, Texas) A Texas mayor on the U.S.-Mexico border was charged Thursday with trying to cheat his way into office through an illegal voting scheme in a region long plagued by public corruption scandals.

The arrest of Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina also comes at a time of heightened tension over voting in Texas, where Republicans in the coming weeks want to toughen penalties for election crimes over opposition from Democrats.

Meanwhile, a bungled search in January for non-citizens on Texas' voter rolls set off lawsuits and questions from Congress.

Edinburg is a city of about 90,000 people and is headquarters for U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations in the Rio Grande Valley.

Molina unseated the city's longtime mayor by about 1,200 votes in 2017, and prosecutors say Molina tried to tip the scales by having voters change their addresses to places they didn't live, including an apartment complex he owned.

Molina was charged with engaging in organized election fraud, a first-degree felony, and two counts of illegal voting.

He surrendered to authorities Thursday along with his wife, Dalia Molina, who was charged with one count of illegal voting.

City spokeswoman Cary Zayas told reporters outside the courthouse in Edinburg that the mayor "very adamantly" denies wrongdoing.

"Voter fraud is an affront to democracy and places the decision-making authority of the Texas electorate in the hands of those who have no right to make those choices," Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement.

"Voter apathy is caused by rigged elections with guaranteed outcomes."

Paxton's office, which investigated the case, declined to say whether the number of allegedly fraudulent votes affected the election's outcome.

Municipal elections in Texas are nonpartisan, and Zayas said she does not know whether Molina has a party affiliation.

Eighteen people have been arrested in connection with the alleged scheme.

South Texas has long carried a reputation as a hotbed of bad-behaving officials at all levels of government, and in 2013, the Justice Department reported there were more public corruption convictions in the state's southern district than anywhere in the U.S.

The charges against Molina mark a high-profile arrest for Paxton, who has made prosecuting illegal voting cases a priority and has touted tough prison sentences handed down in election fraud cases.

His office prosecuted nearly three dozen people in 2018 for election fraud violations and asked lawmakers this year for more funding and staff.

A federal judge in February said there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Texas after the state wrongly questioned the U.S. citizenship of thousands of voters.

Republicans are also trying to get a bill on Gov. Greg Abbott's desk before the end of May that would, among other things, make it a felony to put false information on a voter registration form.

Democrats say the bill could punish people for making honest mistakes.

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Post by: Battle on April 27, 2019, 05:29:38 am
Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Louisiana white man charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape

by Associated Press


(PINEVILLE, La.) A 71-year-old Louisiana man has been charged with 100 counts of first-degree rape over allegations of criminal sexual conduct involving minors.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office tells news outlets the allegations against Harvey Joseph Fountain date to the 1970s.

The sheriff's office says deputies received a tip on April 1 that Fountain was sexually involved with juveniles, and an investigation found evidence supporting the allegations.

Fountain was arrested on 50 counts of first-degree rape on April 9.

Days later, additional victims were identified -- the sheriff's office isn't saying how many -- and 50 more counts were added.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

It's unclear if Fountain has a lawyer.

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Post by: Battle on April 27, 2019, 05:35:39 am
Saturday, 14th April 2019
Minnesota White Woman with 64 Dead Cats, 43 live Cats Sentenced

by Associated Press


(FARMINGTON, Minn.) A Minnesota woman who was found to have 64 dead cats, 43 live cats, a 400-pound pig and other animals on her property has been sentenced.
Twenty-five-year-old Caycee Bregel, who ran an animal rescue nonprofit out of home south of the Twin Cities, pleaded guilty Friday to 13 counts of animal cruelty.
Bregel was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service, two years of probation and 90 days of electronic home monitoring.
She must also receive a psychological examination.
Court documents say complaints about the pig running loose led investigators to the house.
They found numerous cats and dogs in poor health and said they emitted an "overpowering smell of urine and feces."

Dead cats were found in shallow graves across the backyard, in freezers and refrigerators, and in the garage.

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Post by: Battle on April 27, 2019, 05:39:25 am
Tuesday, 16th April 2019
Deputy Killer was half-brother of Man who shot Oregon Chief

by Associated Press


(KALAMA, Wash.) A gunman who authorities say shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in rural Washington state was the half-brother of a man who killed an Oregon police chief eight years ago.

Brian Butts, 33, was shot to death Sunday by law enforcement officers as he emerged wet and dirty from woods following a manhunt.

Investigators say Butts killed Cowlitz County Deputy Justin DeRosier on Saturday night.

Butts was the half-brother of Daniel Butts, 29, who pleaded guilty last month to killing Police Chief Ralph Painter in 2011 in Rainier, Oregon, just across the Columbia River from Cowlitz County, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Daniel Butts is serving a life sentence with parole possible after 49 years. He grabbed Painter's sidearm and shot him in the head during a struggle at a car stereo shop.

Daniel Butts' father, Mikel Butts, confirmed the relationship, the news outlet said. He said Daniel and Brian had the same mother.

Mikel Butts said he hadn't seen Brian Butts in years.

DeRosier, 29, had been a Cowlitz County deputy since 2009 and was the married father of a 5-month-old daughter.

He responded alone Saturday night to a motorhome blocking a road near the tiny southwestern Washington city of Kalama and reported over police radio that someone was shooting at him.

Matthew Veatch, 25, an acquaintance of Brian Butts, was arrested after the shooting for investigation of helping Butts escape.

He told investigators he heard a gunshot from his home and that Butts showed up there minutes later, The Daily News of Longview reported , citing a police statement filed in court in support of Veatch's arrest.

Butts "appeared dirty and stated he needed to get out of there," and he gave Veatch a handgun to "get rid of," the statement said.

Veatch put the gun in a locked gun cabinet in his room, he told officers, and he led Butts on foot through the dark woods for several hours until they reached an abandoned barn, where they separated.

Along the way, Butts told Veatch he shot an officer, the document said.

The deputy died during surgery at a hospital in Vancouver, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.

Veatch is being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned April 30.

Brian Butts served five years in prison beginning in September 2012 for drug-related convictions, the Washington State Department of Corrections said. He was then on a year of post-prison supervision, ending in October.

Butts also had convictions for assault, burglary and marijuana possession, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

An autopsy for was set for Butts Tuesday night.

Investigators said he was armed as he emerged from the woods, but they didn't know yet if he shot at officers during the manhunt.

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Post by: Battle on April 27, 2019, 05:59:45 am
Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
California Lawyer Allegedly Uses Shoe Camera To Look Up Girls Dress At Apple store

by Danielle Wallace


A 66-year-old licensed Bay Arealawyer was arrested Sunday after he allegedly taped a camera to his shoe and then moved his shoe so that the camera was under a female juveniles dress at an Apple Store in Walnut Creek, Calif., police said.
("I'LL SHOE!!!"
Jacques Bloxham, who is a personal injury attorney, was reportedly confronted by the girls father and fled the store.
("I'LL SHOE!!!"
Officers said they found various cameras and recording devices in the suspects car in addition to the one attached to his shoe.
("I'LL SHOE!!!"
Bloxham was arrested around 3 p.m. and booked into Contra Costa County Jail on suspicion of using a camera to secretly record the undergarments of another person, along with annoying or molesting a child under 18, San Francisco Chronicle reported.
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He later posted bail.
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Police are investigating whether Bloxham recorded others and urge anyone with information to call the Walnut Creek Police Department.
Bloxham was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1986.
"I'LL SHOE!!!"(
He founded the Injury Law Center "in response to the public's need for a personal injury attorney with honesty, integrity and a new understanding of the needs of injured clients," according to his Yelp business profile.

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Friday, 26th April 2019
Straight Outta Siberia
by Sharon LaFraniere and Eileen Sullivan


(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Russian graduate student who tried to infiltrate conservative, influential Republican circles during the last presidential campaign was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison for serving as an unregistered Russian agent in the United States.

The student, Maria Butina, 30, pleaded guilty late last year to working on the Russian governments behalf in the United States from 2015 to 2017 without registering with the Justice Department, as required.

Her defense lawyers cast her as an ambitious, well-meaning young woman who hoped to foster better relations between the United States and Russia.

In a tearful voice, Ms. Butina told Judge Tanya S. Chutkan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, I just didnt register because I didnt know to.

But prosecutors argued that Ms. Butina forged links with National Rifle Association officials and other influential Republicans, aiming to create back channels of communication that could pay off if Republicans seized the White House.

They said a senior Russian official directed her activities and shared some of her reports within the Russian government.

A counterintelligence expert said her reports would have helped Russian intelligence spot and assess potential American recruits.

Judge Chutkan accepted the prosecutors sentencing recommendation, calling Ms. Butinas conduct a threat to our countrys democratic institutions.

This was no simple misunderstanding by an overeager foreign student, she said.

The conduct was sophisticated and penetrated deep into political organizations.

Ms. Butina, a gun-rights enthusiast, began what she called her diplomacy project to infiltrate the Republican political scene in early 2015.

She attended N.R.A. conventions and arranged for prominent members of the group to travel to Moscow to meet Russian officials.

After obtaining a students visa in 2016 to study for a masters at American University, she expanded her efforts.

She met the governor of Wisconsin at the time, Scott Walker, on the day he announced his presidential bid; posed for a photo with Donald Trump Jr., the presidents eldest son, at an N.R.A. dinner in 2016 in Louisville, Ky.; and questioned President Trump at a news conference in Las Vegas.

In early 2017, she helped set up meetings for a Russian delegation to the high-profile National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Ms. Butina reported to Alexsandr P. Torshin, then the deputy governor of Russias central bank, who had been attending N.R.A. conventions in the United States since 2011.

Prosecutors said her boyfriend, Paul Erickson, a longtime Republican operative, helped her build her network of political contacts.

While her case did not arise from the special counsels investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, that inquiry hung over it.

Judge Chutkan noted that Ms. Butina was funneling political reports to Russia at the same time that Russian intelligence operatives were waging a covert campaign to illegally influence the 2016 race.

Her case also caused reverberations in Moscow.

The Russian Embassy claimed she was falsely accused, and the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the prison term was politically motivated.

Our countrywoman was sentenced only because she is a citizen of Russia, it said.

After Ms. Butina pleaded guilty in December, an American businessman was arrested on espionage charges at an upscale Moscow hotel in what some American lawmakers suggested was a retaliatory move.

The businessman, Paul Whelan, is being held in solitary confinement in Moscows notorious Lefortovo Prison.

Erik Michael Kenerson, an assistant United States attorney, said that although Ms. Butina did not seek to obtain or transmit any classified information, her case really shows how easy it can be for a foreign government to target individuals in the United States.

In a statement filed in court by the prosecution, Robert Anderson Jr., a retired F.B.I. counterintelligence official, said he believed that Ms. Butina was a part of a spot and assess Russian intelligence operation aimed at identifying Americans who later might be susceptible to recruitment efforts.

Butina provided the Russian Federation with information that skilled intelligence officers can exploit for years and that may cause significant damage to the United States, Mr. Anderson wrote.

He said efforts like hers helped Russians identify midlevel targets who lacked direct access to classified or sensitive information but had government or political connections that might later prove valuable.

Ms. Butinas lawyers said she cooperated with prosecutors for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and with Senate investigators scrutinizing Russias efforts to influence the 2016 election, including providing copies of her communications with Mr. Torshin.

In return for her cooperation, prosecutors said, they shaved six months off their recommended sentence.

She will be given credit for the nine months she has already served much of it in solitary confinement and deported once her prison term ends.

Ms. Butina, clad in a green inmates jumpsuit, told the judge that she never intended to harm the American political process, but was a victim of her own ignorance of the law.

The United States has always been kind to me, she said.

Her defense team had argued for probation, saying Ms. Butina was not accused of espionage or any crime other than failing to register with the Justice Department.

Nothing about Maria has been secret, said one of her lawyers, Alfred Carry.

He sought to distinguish her from Russians who carried out the Kremlins plan to interfere in the 2016 race.

While we feel wronged and we should feel wronged about the attacks on our democracy, he said,

she is not a proxy for the Russian government.

Robert Driscoll, another defense lawyer, said the governments expert did not name anyone who was spotted or assessed by Ms. Butina.

Anyone who thinks that someone who wasnt Russian would be in this situation is fooling themselves, he said.

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Monday, 2nd April 2019
No License Plate, Stolen Car Ended With Meth Charges in Lexington County

by Armanda Hurley


What began as a simple traffic stop became a drug arrest for one part of this Lexington County duo.

Deputies came across a car with no license plate on South Lake Drive Monday.

When they pulled the car over, deputies discovered it was actually stolen.

A search of the car revealed meth and drug paraphernalia stashed under the passenger seat.

Both the driver and passenger were arrested.

Rozalynd Clare Cawood, 42, is charged with possession of a Schedule I narcotic; while Michael Jeremy Knox, 39, is charged with driving under suspension-third offense.

Both are awaiting a bond hearing at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Deputies are still working to find the owner of stolen car.

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Post by: Battle on April 28, 2019, 06:41:09 am
Thursday, 4th April 2019
California Engineer Poisoned his Colleague for 18 Months, Charged with Attempted Murder

by N'dea Yancey-Bragg


An engineer in California has been arrested on suspicion of trying to kill a co-worker by poisoning her for more than a year.

Berkeley police arrested David Xu, 34, last week on charges of premeditated attempted murder resulting in great bodily injury and two counts of felony poisoning, according to jail records.

Xu is accused of poisoning the food and drink of Rong Yuan, a fellow engineer at Berkeley Engineering and Research, on multiple occasions over the course of 18 months, according to court documents.

Prosecutors have not specified a motive for Xu's actions.

Yuan noticed a strange taste or smell coming from her water and food left unattended in her office, the documents said.

After consuming the food and drink, she reported immediate and significant health problems that sometimes required emergency care.

In November and December of last year, two of Yuans relatives, who were not identified in the documents, also experienced health problems after drinking water from a bottle Yuan brought home from work.

Blood samples from all three showed elevated levels of cadmium.

Ingesting food or water with high levels of cadmium, a silver-white metal found in the Earths crust, severely irritates the stomach, leading to vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes death according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Prolonged exposure can also lead to kidney damage and bone fragility, the agency noted, and the EPA has labeled it a probable carcinogen.

Cadmium was also one of the toxic substances found at the home of a German man who police believed may have fatally poisoned up to 21 of his co-workers.

Yuan was eventually able to view surveillance footage from her office in which she says she saw Xu putting a substance into her water bottle in February and March, according to court documents.

Water samples taken from her bottles on those days contained a "toxic amount of cadmium."

Xu has a plea hearing set for Thursday.

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Tuesday, 26th March 2019
Utah Man Charged with Killing His Mother and Hiding Body in Bedroom Closet

by Jessica Schladebeck


A Utah man accused of killing his mother and then hiding her body in the bedroom closet of their mobile home has been arrested, police said.

Uriah Lee Scott was being held at the Oakland County Jail on a murder charge in the death of Cynthia Scott and was denied bail during his initial court appearance over the weekend, according to a press release from the Troy Police Department.

Authorities in Troy responded to the home in Shelley on March 20 after a relative called them to perform a welfare check, claiming they had not seen or heard from Cynthia Scott since March 18.

Over the course of their investigation, officers found the 61-year-old mother dead in a bedroom in the home, concealed under some items and partially in a closet, according to the police press release.

According the Oakland County Medical Examiner, her cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Authorities said 42-year-old Scott had recently moved in with his mother, but that he was arrested at a residence in Oak Park that hed been sharing with a friend.

He reportedly had been staying there since March 18.

Another resident at the Shelley home was also arrested, but has since been released without charges.

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Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Man Who Tipped $22K at Nashville Hotel Bar Arrested on Public Intoxication Charge

by Natalie Neysa Alund


Metro police on Monday arrested a Bellevue man on public intoxication charges after he tipped servers $22,000 at a downtown hotel bar.

It all started when friends of Joel Boyers called police after they said they received strange texts from him about taking drugs that "increased his intelligence" and drinking while carrying a gun.

"He also made bizarre statements about giving away his child on Facebook," according to his arrest affidavit.

Police said when officers found Boyers at the JW Marriott hotel on Eighth Avenue South, he admitted to drinking all day and smoking marijuana while carrying his firearm.

Hotel staff told police he'd also caused a disruption at the bar because he made several high-dollar tips amounting to $22,000 and waitresses were competing to serve him, something hotel management said interfered with the operation of the bar.

Boyers eventually gave police his firearm, which was in his right front pants pocket.

Officers said because he had bloodshot, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol, they arrested him on charges of public intoxication and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Davidson County Sheriff's Office records show Boyers was booked into the jail just after 6 p.m. and posted bond several hours later.

He's due in court next month on the matter.

Hotel management could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Wednesday, 13th February 2019
Journalist And Duterte Critic Maria Ressa Posts Bail After Arrest In Philippines
by Sasha Ingber


Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa was freed on Thursday in the Philippines after posting bail.

"What we're seeing is death by a thousand cuts of our democracy," Ressa told reporters at the Manila court Thursday, according to The Associated Press.

She accused the government of using the law to silence criticism.

She was arrested on Wednesday at the headquarters of Rappler, the news outlet she runs in the Philippines, the latest in a deluge of legal attacks on the journalist by President Rodrigo Duterte's government.

Ressa, 55, is a former CNN bureau chief.

She was among four journalists, including the murdered Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, named by Time magazine as Person of the Year for 2018.

Since starting Rappler in 2012, Ressa has not been afraid to cast criticism on the government as a result of the news website's investigations into impunity and corruption.

Plainclothes officers from the National Bureau of Investigation, an agency within the Department of Justice, arrived at Rappler's offices in Manila around 5 p.m. local time Wednesday.

As law enforcement served the warrant, staff were told to stop taking photos and videos.
"We'll go after you too," an officer told reporters, according to Rappler.

Ressa was charged with cyber libel by the Philippine's Department of Justice.

"These legal acrobatics show how far the government will go to silence journalists, including the pettiness of forcing me to spend the night in jail," Ressa said in a statement.
The charge traces back to a story published in May 2012, months before the country's cyber crime prevention law was approved in September.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Las Vegas Fire Captain Paid 15-year-old Girl For Sex
by Joyce Lupiani & Katherine Jarvis


According to the arrest report, Capt. Richard Loughry contacted a 15-year-old girl through

In addition, police said the teen had been sex trafficked and a black adult male had posted the ad.

But the advertisements said the girl was 22 years old.

Police said Loughry paid the teen $300 for an hour in exchange for sex inside his dorm at the fire house.

According to police, Loughry never asked the teen about her age.

According to the arrest report, Loughry admitted to having sex with women at the fire house many times but was unaware that the girl was 15.

He told police he would not have done what he did if he had known her age.

A Las Vegas fire captain has been arrested for lewdness with a child under 14, statutory sex seduction and soliciting or engaging in child prostitution.

46-year-old Richard Odell Loughry was arrested on Monday and booked into Clark County Detention Center.

Loughry has been employed by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue since May 1997.

No other information is available at this time.

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Alabama Sets Execution for 1997 Quadruple Killing

by Associated Press


(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) Alabama has scheduled a lethal injection for a man convicted in the 1997 deaths of four people, including two young girls.

The Alabama Supreme Court set a May 16 2016 execution date for Michael Brandon Samra.
("Be there or be square!"
Samra was convicted of helping his friend Mark Duke kill his father Randy Duke, his father's girlfriend Debra Hunt and her 6 and 7-year-old daughters.

Authorities say Mark Duke killed his father, Hunt and one of the girls, and Samra slit the throat of the other child.

Prosecutors said the slayings happened after Duke became angry when his father wouldn't let him use his truck.

Both of them were sentenced to death.

Duke's death sentence was reversed because he was 16 at the time of the crime.

Samra was 19 at the time of the crime.

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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Dumb Florida Policeman Gets 25 years in Prison for Killing Black Motorist
by Reuters


(West Palm Beach, Florida) -  A former Florida police officer was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting a black motorist who was awaiting a tow truck in October 2015.

Nouman Raja, 41, was fired from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department shortly after he killed Corey Jones, 31, while on plainclothes duty, and was convicted last month by a jury of manslaughter and first-degree murder.

The conviction was unusual in a country in which police officers kill roughly 1,000 people each year, a disproportionate number of them black men, usually without facing prosecution, according to a Washington Post database on police shootings.

Jones' relatives asked Judge Joseph Marx to give Raja the maximum sentence of life in prison during the sentencing hearing.

The judge said it was a "heartbreaking" case before handing down the sentence of 25 years, the minimum required under state law, for both counts, to run concurrently.

Police said Raja was in plainclothes and driving an unmarked van when he encountered a car he thought was abandoned on a West Palm Beach highway exit ramp on Oct. 18, 2015, a few hours before sunrise.

Jones was in the car, waiting for a tow truck. Prosecutors said Raja never identified himself as a police officer and that the officer acted aggressively in a way that likely led Jones to mistake him for a robber.

Police said Jones pulled out a handgun that he had legally purchased three days earlier before Raja fired at him six times within 13 seconds.

Raja hit Jones three times and Jones died of a gunshot wound to his chest.

Raja's defense team has argued that their client feared for his life when Jones drew his gun.

Jones' relatives read statements describing Jones, a professional drummer, as a religious man and dedicated musician.

Raja's wife and other relatives pleaded for leniency for what they said was a bad decision in a difficult moment doing a dangerous job.

His lawyers condemned the notion that Raja, as a Muslim man of Asian descent, was motivated by racial prejudice.

Sheila Banks, Jones' godmother and aunt, called Jones a "gentle soul," and choked back tears as she pictured his dying moments.

"No one was there to hold his hand, to comfort him, to save his life," she told the court.

"The person we trusted to serve and protect did not."

Raja appeared in prison overalls, his head bowed and his hands clasped during testimony from both his relatives and the victim's.

His lip trembled with emotion as his wife described how he had sent three letters a day from prison, one each for her and their two children.

Raja's elder brother, who continues to work as a police officer, apologized to the Jones family and complained that Raja had been unfairly treated for what he called "a bad decision."

"Yes, it has something to do with race," Anand Raja told the court.

"As proud American Muslims, we're not light enough, we're not dark enough."

Raja's lawyers have appealed to have the conviction overturned.

In a news conference after the sentencing, Benjamin Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney who represented Jones' family, listed a string of high-profile shootings of black men by police in recent years in which officers were not charged.

"Today we can tell many of those families that there's hope for America," Crump said,

"because a jury in Palm Beach, Florida, looked at all the evidence and said a black man killed by the police can get equal justice."

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Thursday, 25th April 2019
Fake German Heiress Anna Sorokin Found Guilty in Fraud Trial

by Pilar Melendez


Anna Sorokin, the fake German heiress accused of swindling friends and businesses out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to bankroll her lavish Manhattan lifestyle, was found guilty on Wednesday.

According to the New York Post, Sorokin was found guilty on eight counts including first-degree attempted grand larceny. She reportedly faces 15 years behind bars and will be sentenced on May 9.

Known in New Yorks social scene as Anna Delvey, Sorokin reinvented herself when she arrived in the United States from Germany in 2016, posing as a wealthy socialite when she was in fact the daughter of a Russian truck driver, prosecutors said.

After traveling the world and living in expensive boutique hotels, the 28-year-old was arrested in October 2017 and charged with grand larceny and theft of services for allegedly stealing about $275,000 in a 10-month spree.

During her three-week trial in Manhattan Supreme Court, Sorokin declined to take the stand on her behalf, and her attorney, Todd Spodek, didnt put on a defense case.

The SoHo grifters case garnered national attention followingNew York Magazine and Vanity Fairarticles last year that detailed the lengths Sorokin went through to convince close friends, banks, and financial institutions she was a foreign heiress with unlimited funds.

Manhattan prosecutors alleged Sorokin told lie after lie to maintain the lavish lifestyle she couldnt afford, often providing forged financial records and bank statements to persuade others she had millions of euros overseas.

Sorokin, who told friends shed moved to New York to start a private art club, lived out of hotels with an overdrawn account, dined at trendy restaurants without paying the tab, and even hired a personal trainer for $300 a session, prosecutors said.
She knew if she told people she had this money, they would trust her, that eventually she would be good for the deal, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Catherine McCaw said in her closing arguments.

In fact, she had no ability to pay and no intention to pay.

To prove Sorokins disregard for money, prosecutors detailed in court how she once spent $40,000 in just eight days.

While staying at the W Hotel in Manhattan, she allegedly barricaded herself in her room and refused to let anyone inside, eventually spending $679 in miscellaneous expenses.

Thats an awful lot of M&Ms, McCaw said. She knew she couldnt pay for it.

To fund her private art club, the 28-year-old allegedly created bogus bank statements while applying for a $22 million loan, creating a team of imaginary assistants in an effort to expand her credit line.

Sorokin blamed this team when there were problems with wire transfersat which point her plan begin to unravel, prosecutors said.

All of the defendants wire transfers are merely a figment of her imagination, McCaw said. These are not white lies. These are lies that help you understand that the defendant, in fact, had criminal intent in this case.

Prosecutors called more than two dozen witnesses to provide damning testimony against Sorokin, including Rachel Williams, a former friend whom she invited on a supposedly free trip to Morocco.

Williams said she was forced to pay the $70,000 tab when Sorokin couldnt cover the bill.

I wish I had never met Anna. If I could go back in time and not be where I am today, you bet I would, Williams, a former Vanity Fair photo editor and author of the 2018 article, said last week. In hindsight, its easier to figure out the times where there were red flags. But at the time, I did not find it strange.

The defense, however, argued that Sorokin was just living by the old adage fake it till you make it, like New York musician legend Frank Sinatra.

Sinatra made a brand-new start of it in New York, just as Miss Sorokin did, her lawyer, Todd Spodek, told jurors in court on Tuesday.

She was ambitious, she was persistent and she was determined to make her business a reality, he said.

Admitting her lifestyle may have been unethical and unorthodox, Spodek insisted in his closing arguments that Sorokin was enabled every step of the way by a system that favors people with money.

Though Sorokin did not speak, the trial was delayed several times over wardrobe concerns.
As previously reported by The Daily Beast, Sorokin hired former Glamour magazine editor Anastasia Walker to dress her for court appearances, a move her lawyer said was important since her style is a driving force in her business, and life, and it is a part of who she is.


Her courtroom outfits have even inspired an Instagram account, Anna Delvey Court Looks, which has currently amassed over 3,000 followers.

Theres a little bit of Anna in all of us, Spodek concluded.

This is the life she chose to live.
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Monday, 29th April 2019
Mom of Affluenza Teen Back In Jail For Failing Drug Test

by David Matthews


The mother of Ethan Couch, who crashed a car while driving drunk killing four people, is back in jail after failing a drug test, documents show.

Tonya Couchs son, Ethan Couch, gained infamy when his defense attorneys cited affluenza, the idea that his wealth kept him from learning right from wrong, when he was on trial.

He was sentenced to five years probation but was jailed for two years after violating that probation.

He was released in 2018 but is still on conditional release.

Tonya Couch is still awaiting trial for helping her son flee to Mexico in 2015.

Tonya Couch has been in and out of jail for the last year, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

She was arrested numerous times for drug-related offenses and ordered by a judge to abstain from any substances.

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Post by: Battle on May 01, 2019, 06:49:18 am
Thursday, 18th April 2019
Florida Man Pulls Over Undercover Cop & Gets Arrested For Impersonating Law Enforcement
by Richard Tribou


A Florida man was arrested for impersonating a police officer after reportedly pulling over an undercover cop.

Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, of Dade City was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on Tuesday and released on bond, charged with impersonating a public officer.

Erris was arrested after sheriffs deputies say he used red and blue lights installed on his vehicles grill to pull over an undercover detective, according to a report from WFLA, an NBC affiliate in Tampa.

WFLA reports the undercover detective then called 911 to report the traffic stop, and Erris was apprehended by real law enforcement shortly after.

In the ensuing search, deputies found an airsoft pistol and a law enforcement light bar installed atop the Chevy Trailblazer he was driving.

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
Upstate Cemetery Manager, Employees Chase & Capture Truck Thief
by WYFF (NBC affiliate)


A 59-year-old cemetery manager and two of his employees chased a truck that had been stolen from the cemetery and blocked it in until a deputy arrived and arrested the man accused of stealing it, according to a police report.

The manager of Floyds Greenlawn Memorial Gardens spotted the truck Monday afternoon that had been reported stolen from the cemetery.
The manager followed the truck as other employees joined the pursuit, the report said.

When the truck pulled into a gravel lot near the intersection of Gossett and Campground roads, the employees blocked it in.

A deputy said he found the only occupant of the truck was 45-year-old Kenneth Ray Bradley.

The deputy said Bradley refused to speak because he did not want to incriminate himself.
The deputy said there was a large amount of property in the truck that the cemetery manager said did not belong to the business.

The police report said the items seized from truck included tools and a large number of vehicle keys.

The deputy said there was a paper license plate on the truck, and the proper tag was found inside the vehicle.

The truck was returned to the cemetery manager, the police report said.

The deputy said a background check found that Bradley had multiple convictions for property crimes, so he was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle with enhancement.

Anyone with two prior property crime convictions within the previous 10 years in South Carolina can be charged with felony property crime with enhancement.

A conviction carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

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Post by: Battle on May 08, 2019, 09:24:14 am
Wednesday 1st May 2019
Doctor arrested for wife's murder after saying she died falling down stairs

by ABC News


A Southern California doctor has been arrested for the murder of his wife, years after he said she died falling down stairs.

When officers responded to Dr. Eric Sills' San Clemente home on Nov. 13, 2016, the doctor told deputies he woke up to find his wife, 45-year-old Susann Sills, dead at the bottom of the stairs after an apparent fall, the Orange County District Attorney's office said.

Eric Sills is the medical director of a fertility clinic co-founded by Susann Sills, according to The Orange County Register.

The Sills were married for over 10 years and had children together, Eric Sills' father told the Southern California News Group.
In November 2017, Susann Sills' death was ruled a homicide by the coroner's office.

Prosecutors have not said how she died.

Her family declined to comment to ABC News on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office would not elaborate on what led to Eric Sills' arrest, but said "there was additional investigation that was needed."

The 53-year-old doctor was on his way to work when he was arrested April 25 on suspicion of murder, prosecutors said.

The prosecutor's office has not disclosed any evidence or possible motive.

Sills was booked into the Orange County Jail and posted a $1 million bail on Tuesday.

His arraignment is set for May 23 2019.

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Thursday, 2nd May 2019
Best Buy 'Geek Squad' finds child porn on customer's laptop; white man arrested

by ABC News


An Iowa man was arrested this week after Best Buy workers discovered child pornography on his broken laptop.

Robert Watson, 54, of Des Moines, brought his gravy-soaked laptop into a local Best Buy back in August and asked workers to transfer his files onto his new device, according to police.

That's when employees with the store's "Geek Squad" said they found several inappropriate images of underage girls, police said.

"During this file transfer process employees at Best Buy 'Geek Squad' observed multiple images they believed contained child pornography," police said in a complaint.

"Once this transfer was complete both computers were collected by Des Moines police as evidence."

Watson told investigators in an interview that he was the only person who used the password-protected computer, police said.

He also described several of the images discovered on the device and admitted to labeling the files as 13 year old and 14 year olds, according to the complaint.

When detectives asked him to explain himself, he said he downloaded the images "to tell other people about them," according to the complaint.

Best Buy did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment, but a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that its "Geek Squad" discovers suspected pornography on devices nearly 100 times each year.

"They dont search for the material, but inadvertently discover it in the normal course of repairing a computer," Best Buy public relations director Paula Baldwin told BuzzFeed.

"When we do find what appears to be child pornography, we have a legal obligation to notify law enforcement and we inform our customers of this prior to doing any work. Law enforcement determines a course of action based on the evidence, as they did in this situation."
Watson was arrested on Tuesday and charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

He was being held at the Polk County Jail on a bond of $50,000 as of Thursday.
He has not entered a plea and it was unclear if he had retained an attorney.

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Thursday, 9th May 2019
White guy seeks new trial over man's death in bunker fire
by Associated Press


(ROCKVILLE, Md.) A wealthy stock trader is seeking a new trial after his murder conviction in the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home.

Daniel Beckwitt's attorneys asked a Montgomery County judge on Monday to schedule a hearing for their written request for a new trial.

On April 24, a jury convicted Beckwitt of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the September 2017 death of 21-year-old Askia Khafra.

The 27-year-old faces up to 30 years in prison at sentencing set for June 17 2019.

Beckwitt's lawyers argue the evidence presented to jurors was insufficient "as a matter of law" to support his convictions.

They also claim prosecutors improperly used photographs of extreme hoarding conditions in Beckwitt's suburban Washington home.

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Friday, 10th May 2019
4 children removed from Louisville home infested with cockroaches; 2 arrested



Two people are facing criminal abuse charges after police reported finding four children living in a home that was severely infested with cockroaches and bedbugs.

Jessica Downs, 31, and Sean Landrey, 38, were arrested Thursday on charges of second-degree criminal abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Police were sent on a welfare check after receiving a tip on the abuse hotline stating a 7-year-old girl arrived at school with a cut on her lip.


According to the arrest report, police found a cockroach infestation and "a severe amount of clutter and trash" inside when they arrived at the residence in the 5400 block of Tracy Way.
Authorities said they found cockroaches, cockroach feces and bedbugs on furniture, along the baseboards throughout the home, and inside and around kitchen appliances.

Officers also found filth from the infestation in three beds where four children slept.

In one room, police said they found a 4- and 5-year-old sharing a twin bed that was too small for them and a 7-year-old's bed that were covered with dead and living cockroaches, cockroach feces and bedbugs.


The children told police "they have bugs crawl on them and bite them" when they sleep.

Officers found a crib where a 2-year-old slept in the suspects' bedroom that had a severe infestation, noting they saw hundreds of baby roaches and feces of an estimated 1,000 roaches.

Police said they found a cockroach under the child's head when they removed him from the crib.

All four children were reportedly found wearing extremely dirty clothes and had dirty fingernails.

Police said there was already an ongoing investigation with child protective services.

Landrey is reportedly the biological father of one of the children and caretaker of the other three.

The children were released to the grandmother, who is fully cooperating with law enforcement.

Downs and Landrey are being held at Metro Corrections on $10,000 bonds.

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Friday, 10th May 2019
Ohio Burglary Suspect Pet The Dog & Washed The Dishes

by fox news


An Ohio woman was arrested after she allegedly broke into a home on Monday.

But once inside, she did things many others would pay her to do, according to officials.

Cheyenne Ewing snuck into a home in Hamden, a city roughly 80 miles south of Columbus, around 9 a.m. and sat down on the couch, the Vinton County Sheriff's Office wrote online.

Ewing then allegedly started to pet the family dog inside the home and proceeded to wash the dishes before leaving.

The person who reported Ewing to investigators said they didn't know Ewing and didn't invite her into their home, and said she "was acting very strange."

The sheriff's office said that deputies later found Ewing as she was knocking on doors in the neighborhood.

Ewing appeared to be "under the influence of narcotics," and claimed to have been awake for two days.

She allegedly provided a responding deputy with a fake name.

She was taken to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail and charged with burglary, officials said.

A bond hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.

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Friday, 10th May 2019
Elizabethtown day care worker fired after biting 5-month-old



A child care worker has been fired after she told investigators she bit a child, Elizabethtown police said.
Investigators were called Thursday to Kinderplay Child Care on Corporate Drive after bite marks were found on a 5-month-old's left arm.

Police said the child had been in the care of employee Crystal Beck, 31, of Hardinsburg.

She initially denied knowing anything about the bite, but after talking more with investigators, she eventually admitted she bit the child out of frustration after the child scratched her face during a feeding.

The bite left a clear, red bite mark but did not break the skin, police said.

Beck acknowledged that she knew she was supposed to report any work-related abuse or injuries to her supervisor but did not do so, police said.

She is charged with criminal abuse and failure to report child dependency, neglect or abuse, and was immediately fired by Kinderplay.

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Post by: Battle on May 11, 2019, 06:20:09 pm
Saturday, 11th May 2019
Killer Airline Pilot Indicted For Three 2015 Murders
by WBKO (ABC affiliate)


A pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday in the 2015 deaths of three people in Pembroke, Kentucky, after being indicted by a Christian County grand jury.

On Friday, Christian Richard Martin was indicted on three counts of murder in relation to the deaths of Calvin and Pamela Phillips, and Edward Dansereau.

He was also indicted for one count of arson; one for attempted arson, burglary in the first degree; and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.


Martin was arrested early Saturday morning at the Louisville International Airport.

According to the Associated Press, American Airlines said in a statement it is cooperating in the investigation.

The airline said Martin has been a pilot for subsidiary PSA Airlines since January 2018.

Martin's jail mugshot shows him wearing a pilot's uniform.

Back in November of 2015, Calvin Phillips had been found shot to death in his home in Pembroke, Kentucky.

The body of his wife, Pamela, and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, were found a few miles away in a burned up car in a corn field

In a statement, family members said the three were "brutally extinguished beyond recognition from family. Every day, we are haunted by what was done to them and haunted further that someone was still free to do as they wish, beyond the civility of mankind or laws of our nation."

They said they looked forward to justice in court.

In the time following the murders, Martin moved from Christian County, Kentucky, and was living in North Carolina at the time of the indictment.

Martin is currently booked in the Christian County Detention Center, awaiting trial.

Christian Circuit Court Judge John Adkins has ordered the defendant held without bond.

The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Andy Beshears Special Prosecutions Unit.

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Post by: Battle on May 12, 2019, 01:05:47 am
Sunday, 12th May 2019
by CBS News


Correspondent Tracy Smith and "48 Hours" go deep inside the investigation into the search for a multimillionaire real estate investor accused of killing his wife and staging a kidnapping plot, in "#FindPeterChadwick", airing Saturday, May 11 at 10/9c on CBS.

Peter Chadwick and his wife, Q.C. Chadwick, seemed to have the perfect life. College sweethearts, they were married for 21 years and had three sons.

They lived in a gated community in Newport Beach, California.

That dream life collapsed one day in 2012 when neither of the Chadwicks turned up to pick up their sons from the bus stop.

Investigators had little idea that day the search for the couple would lead them on an international manhunt.

The next morning, San Diego authorities got a 911 call from Chadwick, claiming a house painter named Juan murdered Q.C. and forced Peter Chadwick to get her body out of the house.

He said a man helped Juan and they were planning to cut up his wife's body and dispose it south of the border.

Law enforcement didn't believe Chadwick, and he was arrested and charged with Q.C.'s murder.

He was released on $1 million in bail.

Then he vanished.

"We had no idea this was going to become the logistical monster that it has," says U.S. Marshal Craig McCluskey.

"48 Hours" gained exclusive insight into the U.S. Marshals' search for Chadwick, who was charged with killing his wife and then jumped bail.

Members of the U.S. Marshals team reveal to "48 Hours" they've had some key clues to where he is.

Chadwick is one of the U.S. Marshals' 15 most-wanted fugitives.

"What makes him so difficult to find is the fact that he fled with a decent amount of money," McCluskey says.


"Approximately a million dollars."

The U.S. Marshals have been getting a lot of leads about Chadwick, many from around the globe, and at least one from a scammer.

"Once you find a string, you've got to start pulling on it," says McCluskey, who is counting on help from the public. 

"And we found a couple strings."

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Post by: Battle on May 12, 2019, 03:28:38 pm
Friday, 10th May 2019
White Woman Accused Of Torturing Adoptive Daughters
by KCRA (NBC affiliate)


A Placerville woman, who fostered and adopted several children, was arrested in connection with torturing children and child sex abuse, the El Dorado County Sheriffs Office said Friday.

Patricia Taylor, 63, was taken into custody after a weekslong investigation into claims of years of child abuse, the sheriffs office said.

The investigation began in mid-April when Taylors 14-year-old adoptive daughter ran away from her home and to her older sisters home, the sheriffs office said.

The teen feared she was going to be punished by Taylor and continued to describe years of prior abuse.

Deputies and El Dorado County Child Protective Services were called to the scene and began interviewing Taylors other adopted daughters.

The sheriffs office said Taylor was an adoptive parent to four girls, ages 11 to 16, at the time.

Previously, Taylor fostered and adopted several other children, who have since become adults and moved out.

While talking to the girls currently living at Taylors home, officials learned about years of child abuse, torture, false imprisonment, as well as lewd and lascivious behavior at the hands of Taylor, the sheriffs office said.

Taylor was arrested on charges of torture, five counts of child abuse likely to cause injury or death, three counts of false imprisonment, two counts of willful cruelty to a child and one count of lewd and lascivious conduct on a child under 14, the sheriffs office said.

She was booked into El Dorado County Jail, with bail set at $1.4 million.

The children in this case are all safe and are in protective custody, the sheriffs office said.

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Post by: Battle on May 12, 2019, 03:39:36 pm
Monday 6th May 2019
Serial Killer Bobby Joe Long Will Be Given Lethal Injection

by Chelsea Tatham


Infamous Florida serial killer Bobby Joe Long will be executed this month by lethal injection, a judge ruled Monday.

Attorneys for Long had previously questioned anesthesiologists and clinical pharmacists about the drugs used in lethal injection.

His team argued that Long suffers from seizures and a traumatic brain injury and the drugs used in lethal injection would cause too much pain.
His defense team said it would be "cruel and unusual punishment."


A Hillsborough County judge, however, ruled Monday and denied Long's request to vacate his conviction and death sentence.

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Post by: Battle on May 13, 2019, 04:00:45 am
Friday, 10th May 2019
Miami Doctor Charged In Overdose Death, Drug Trafficking Appears Before Judge

by CBS Miami


(MIAMI, Fl) A Miami doctor facing manslaughter charges in the overdose death of a Florida Keys woman made her first appearance in court.

48-year-old Dr. Marta Elena Farinas was charged in the death of a Key Largo patient.

That woman overdosed on oxycodone prescribed by Dr. Farinas.

The doctor operated out of Pinecrest Medical Group, often prescribing oxycodone to patients and then taking a cut of the pills for her own personal use.

According to police, from June 2017 through Jaguar 2018, Dr. Farinas prescribed a total of 2,665 opioid pills. Dr. Farinas is an addict herself.

Farinas was also charged with conspiracy to traffic Oxycodone and delivery of Oxycodone.

Investigators said deputies found large amounts of prescription bottles and pills at Milazzos home, including evidence that Farinas was prescribing 180 Oxycodone pills a month to Milazzo on top of a litany of other prescription drugs.

On May 5th Dr. Farinas boyfriend overdosed on Percocet that she had prescribed.

Police came to her home and found that Dr. Farinas appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic.

Her boyfriend died later in the day.

Justin Miller, Intelligence Chief for the Miami office of the DEA says opioid deaths are down in the last several years due to public awareness, education and targeting criminals.

There are a lot of rouge doctors and pharmacies out there who unfortunately providing medicines to people who dont have a medical necessity for it, said Miller.

We are targeting those doctors, those pharmacies involved in illegal distribution of drugs.

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Post by: Battle on May 13, 2019, 04:03:46 am
Thursday, 9th May 2019
Husband Lied, Faked Crying to Police After Bludgeoning Wife At Delaney Park Home
by WESH (NBC affiliate)


Officials released new details in the case of a Central Florida woman found bludgeoned at the bottom of her bathtub.
David Tronnes was in tears as Orlando Police Department detectives began questioning him on the day of his wife's murder.
Tronnes is accused of killing Shanti Cooper-Tronnes in their East Copeland Drive home in Delaney Park on April 24, 2018.
According to a 123-page investigative report, Tronnes faked crying and lied about Cooper-Tronnes being alive in the morning.
The report said Tronnes was the only person with her when she was murdered.
According to the report, Tronnes told Orlando Police and Fire his wife was not breathing and was passed out in the shower.
Shanti Cooper-Tronnes' father met with Tronnes several days after his daughter's death.
Police said Tronnes described Cooper-Tronnes' head injuries, which were not visible to police, the medical examiner or investigators at the scene, to her father.
The police report says Tronnes told his father-in-law Cooper-Tronnes had a huge cut and blood all over her body.
Tronnes told her father he found her, picked her up, got blood all over himself and called the police, according to the report.
The medical examiner concluded Cooper-Tronnes died of blunt force trauma and strangulation.
The examiner said Cooper-Tronnes had been struck on the left side of her head and slammed into a hard surface with enough force to cause cranial fractures.
The examiner ruled her death a homicide.

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Post by: Battle on May 14, 2019, 06:36:18 am
Monday, 13th May 2019
Pastor Arrested Again, Accused of Molesting 7 Children Between the Ages of 5 and 15
by KTLA-TV, Los Angeles


(Orange County, Ca) - A Fullerton man who was a pastor at several churches in Southern California has been charged with 11 felonies in connection with the sex abuse of seven children after being arrested for a second time, authorities announced Monday.

John Rodgers McFarland is seen in a photo released by the Fountain Valley Police Department following his arrest in Escondido on Dec. 18, 2018.

The charges against John Rodgers McFarland include seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 years old, and four counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor between 14 and 15, according to the Orange County District Attorneys Office.

McFarland, 67, faces up to 179 years in prison if convicted as charged, a news release from the DAs office stated. His bail was set at $2 million.

The defendant was previously arrested on suspicion of child molestation in Escondido last December after a girl came forward to report the alleged abuse, according to the Fountain Valley Police Department.

During the investigation into that case, police said they uncovered evidence that McFarland abused other victims.

He was arrested against last Thursday, according to the DAs office.

McFarland is suspected of abusing the children between 2003 and 2017, during which time he served as a pastor at several churches in Orange and San Diego churches, prosecutors said.

Most recently, McFarland was the head pastor at Orangethorpe United Methodist Church in Fullerton, a position hes held since 2016, according to the release.

From 2011 to 2106, he served as a pastor at Surf City Church in Huntington Beach, and from 1988 to 2016, he was the senior pastor at Fountain Valley United Methodist Church.

His first appointment as a senior pastor came while he was at Calexico United Methodist Church in San Diego County, between 1981 and 1988.

Prior to that, he was a youth pastor at the San Dieguito Methodist Church in Encinitas, where he served for about three years.

While there, he also attended Christian youth camps, prosecutors said.

He was also a volunteer chaplain for the Fountain Valley Police and Fire departments, although the DAs office did not provide any dates.

No additional information about any of the incidents was released.

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Post by: Battle on May 14, 2019, 06:39:28 am
Monday, 13th May 2019
White Man Attacked Hikers On Appalachian Trail With Large Knife, Killing One

by Jami Ganz


A Massachusetts man allegedly stabbed two hikers on the Appalachian Trail, killing one, injuring the other.

James Louis Jordan, 30, was arrested Saturday after attacking a male and female hiker with a large knife.

Hes been charged with murder and assault with intent to murder.

The victims names have not been released, but the man was confirmed dead, and the woman suffered severe stab wounds, according to authorities.

Reports surfaced of a man with a large knife and a dog who had threatened a group of four hikers on Friday night, according to The Washington Post.

Two of the hikers fled north and, after losing Jordan, reported the attack to local sheriffs deputies.

In the meantime, Jordan reached the two victims who ran south, stabbing them.

The male victim was able to send off an SOS signal on his phone, sending his location to deputies before he died, while the woman escaped.

She pretended to be dead and when [Jordan] walked away after his dog, she took off running, explained Wythe County Sheriff Keith Dunagan.

The woman made it 6 miles before she stumbled upon another group of hikers who helped get her to the nearest trauma center.

Jordan, who authorities believe is also known as Sovereign, was apprehended after authorities spotted his dog.

The animal led them back to Jordan, and authorities subsequently located a 20-inch knife on the trail before finding the male victim.

Sovereign was no stranger to hikers.

Recent reports cite incidents in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, describing a similar machete- or knife-wielding man.

He had a reputation because of his belligerence with other hikers in Tennessee and Georgia, said Brian King, spokesman for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Jordan was reportedly sentenced to probation, fined, and eventually released from custody after pleading guilty to multiple charges in late April, following threats he made against hikers, using his weapon.

The FBI is one of several agencies investigating the case, but was not immediately available for comment.

The Wythe County Sheriffs Office was also not immediately available for comment.

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Post by: Battle on May 15, 2019, 05:43:17 am
Monday, 13th May 2019
White Man Hit with 20 Charges and Nearly $2M Bond After Police Chase

by WFMY News 2 Digital (CBS affiliate)


A Randolph County man was dealt 20 charges following a police chase Saturday afternoon.

Bobby Ray Wood was arrested by Randleman Police after a chase.

Wood, 36, was charged with Felony Flee/Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor Child Abuse and Misdemeanor Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.

Wood also had several outstanding warrants in Guilford County.

In total, Wood's charges resulted in a total secured bond of $1,943,000. 

Wood was given a $1,643,000 secured bond on the charges from Randleman Police Department.

At the Randolph County Detention Center, officers found a smoking device and lighter in Wood's possession, prompting a deeper search.

Tobacco, methamphetamines and a schedule II controlled substance was found.

Wood was charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Prison/Jail, Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Tobacco in a Jail, and Misdemeanor Simple Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance.

He received a $50,000 secured bond from those charges.

His first court appearance was set for May 13 in Randolph County District Court for all charges in Randolph County.
Randleman Police also served Wood his outstanding Guilford County Warrants for Arrest for Felony Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, Felony Conspiracy to Commit Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, and Felony First Degree Kidnapping out of Guilford County.

He was given a $250,000 secured bond for Guilford County charges and his first appearance in Guilford County Court is May 16.

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Post by: Battle on May 15, 2019, 07:52:27 am
Wednesday, 15th May 2019
8-year-old boy accidentally shoots mother at baseball game, white gun owner charged
by Minyvonne Burke


A Tennessee mother was hospitalized in critical condition after her 8-year-old son accidentally shot her at a college baseball game, police said.
The gun's owner, Charles McFarland Jr., was arrested and faces charges of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.
The mother and son were at the annual Babe Howard Classic game Tuesday night at the U.S.A Baseball Stadium in Millington, about 30 minutes north of Memphis, when the boy found a loaded gun while playing inside an antique World War II jeep belonging to McFarland, authorities said.
The jeep had been on display as part of a celebration the stadium holds for veterans, the Millington Police Department said in a press release.
The child, thinking the gun was a toy, pulled the trigger, shooting his mother.

She was taken to a Memphis hospital in critical condition, police said.

Authorities said at a news conference Tuesday that the mother, who is not being named, was conscious when she left the stadium.

A bond has not been set for McFarland, 76.

The game between the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee at Martin was suspended because of the shooting.

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Post by: Battle on May 15, 2019, 08:07:42 am
Wednesday, 15th May 2019
Ald. Proco Joe Moreno Charged With Felony Insurance Fraud, Obstruction Of Justice

by CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) Ald. Proco Joe Moreno has been charged with insurance fraud and obstruction of justice, both felonies, police said Wednesday.

Police on Tuesday night confirmed Moreno was in police custody after an arrest warrant was issued for filing a false police report.

Moreno is expected in bond court at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

Recently Moreno had been in the news for filing a police report on a stolen car.

Moreno later admitted it was a misunderstanding between himself and a girlfriend who said she was allowed to borrow his vehicle.

Moreno lost his seat to Danial La Spata, who will be sworn in as the 1st Ward alderman May 20 2019.

Moreno has been the 1st Ward alderman since 2011.

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Post by: Battle on May 16, 2019, 04:00:28 am
Wednesday, 15th May 2019
White Woman Smothers Mom & Places Bottle Of Gin On Body

by Stephen Sorace


An Arizona woman had contemplated killing her mother years before smothering her with a pillow on Monday and setting a bottle of gin on the dead body, according to court documents. (

After Holly Brennan, 46, had used a pillow to suffocate 79-year-old Sharon Simmons, she walked to a convenience store and bought two bottles of liquor vodka for herself and gin for her mother, Arizona Central reported, citing court documents.

Police found Simmons in a bedroom with the alcohol bottle on her stomach and a pillow partially covering her face.


The documents claimed Brennan had called Scottsdale police twice around 2 p.m. after her mothers death.

"My name is Holly, and I need police here," she initially said.

Brennan then called a second time and reportedly said, "I killed my mom."

When police asked Brennan how her mother died, she allegedly admitted to "smothering" her.

Brennan threatened to kill her mother on at least two occasions once in a 2017 Facebook post, which later led to her arrest, and again in 2018, according to the documents.

At that time, however, she sought treatment.

The 46-year-old reportedly detailed her actions in an interview with police after being taken to the Maricopa County Jail.


Brennan said she pushed the 79-year-old onto her bed, climbed on top of her and pressed a pillow to her face, according to Arizona Central.

She said she had decided to kill her mother mere minutes before doing so, according to the documents.

Brennan will face a charge of second-degree murder, the paper reported.

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Post by: Battle on May 17, 2019, 03:14:13 pm
Thursday, 16th May 2019
Constable Allegedly Stole Over $3,200 From Woman Fighting Custody Battle

by CBS Pittsburgh (KDKA)


(MOUNT WASHINGTON) A local constable is facing charges after allegedly stealing thousands from a woman embroiled in a custody battle.

He just took complete advantage of a desperate woman looking for help, says victim Tiarra Reardon.

She claims shes out $3,200 after trusting Anthony Cioppa Jr., 47.

Anthony Cioppa Jr. is facing charges after allegedly stealing money from a woman dealing with a custody battle.

Reardon says she met Cioppa when he was her Uber driver back in March.

She says Cioppa said he was a constable, so she told him she was trying to get custody of her 13-month-old son and get her brother out of jail.

Cioppa offered to help, Reardon says, so she paid him.

He has told me he was giving this money to an attorney and he was her investigator, says Reardon.

The Karen Myers Law Office in North Versailles is where Cioppa claimed to work.

But, according to attorney Karen Myers, Cioppa has never been employed as an investigator for our office. Hes never been employed by our office.

Myers says she told Rearden to contact the police.

Ryan Tutera is representing Cioppa.

The defense attorney says Cioppa has been a constable for around 15 years and there are two sides to every story.

Theyre merely accusations, Tutera says.

I think that her version of what happened is a little bizarre. My client does, in fact, work as an Uber driver. Why would she spill her guts about her personal life to an Uber driver?

Reardon says shes glad she kept the receipts after she gave Cioppa cash on the several occasions he visited her home.

At one point, Reardon says, Cioppa wrote and signed a note that said he would return the money on April 14.

But, she says, he never did.

He really seemed like he was trying to be helpful and I guess it was a con to get into my pocket, says Reardon.

I feel stupid for trusting him.

Reardon is hopeful she will her money back.

Tutera says Cioppa is not allowed to serve as a constable while on bail.

He says constables are allowed to be hired by private citizens and lawyers and can also take part in security and custody exchanges.

Cioppas preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 29 2019.

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Post by: Battle on May 17, 2019, 03:21:29 pm
Friday, 17th May 2019
White Woman Sentenced To 11 Years In Prison For Fatal DUI Crash
by Kassidy Vavra


A Florida woman who smiled in her mugshot was sentenced to 11 years in prison Thursday following a fatal DUI crash last year.

Angenette Marie Welk pled no contest last month for when she drove with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit in Florida and crashed into another car at 73 mph on May 10, 2018, killing 60-year-old Sandra Clarkson, Ocala-News reported.

Welk, 45, was sentenced to 11 years in prison plus four years of probation, as reported by the Ocala-Star Banner.

She also must write a letter every May the anniversary month of the crash detailing what she has learned from the events.

Welks drivers license will be permanently revoked once she is released from prison.

She told a Florida Highway Patrol trooper she dropped her phone while driving, and when she looked up, was about to collide with a car driven by 18-year old Shiyanne Kroll of Seattle, Ocala-News reported.

Krolls mother, Clarkson, was sitting in the passenger seat.

After being struck by Welks car, Kroll and Clarksons vehicle was pushed part way underneath a horse trailer pulled by a semi-truck.

Both the car driven by Kroll and the semi-truck were at a red light when Welks car made impact and caused the 3-car collision.

Clarkson died four days later in the hospital from critical injuries following the crash.

Kroll told the court when her mother died, Welk took everything from me, Ocala-Star Banner reported.

She wanted Welk to serve 17 years in prison.

Id like to start by saying how terribly sorry I am for the tragic loss that you are suffering, Welk sobbed as she addressed Clarksons family before sentencing, Ocla-News reported.

I hope and pray that one day youll find it in your heart to start to forgive me.


Welk faced charges including DUI manslaughter and two counts of DUI with property damage, which she pled no contest to last month.

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Post by: Battle on May 17, 2019, 03:31:04 pm
Friday, 17th May 2019
Former government sniper admits he shot former girlfriend to death on Manhattan street

by Alec Tabak & Leonard Greene


A former government sniper pleaded guilty Thursday to gunning down his former girlfriend on a Manhattan street in a deal that will see him serve at least 18 years for the murder.

Vincent Verdi, 63, a former federal intelligence officer, admitted that he fatally shot his ex in outside Cooper Union on Nov. 1, 2017.


Verdi told a judge he was remorseful for killing Elizabeth Lee-Herman, a woman he met on

These words come of a heavy heart, Verdi said in Manhattan Supreme Court.

On November 1st, 2017, I intentionally caused the death of Elizabeth Lee-Herman by shooting her with a firearm on Astor Place in Manhattan.

My sorrow for what I did has no limit, and is also true of my regret for the pain and anguish I have caused to many, many people.

After decades of serving my country as an Army officer in war zones around the world and comporting myself with honor and discipline, I dont know how I arrived at this place where I could commit this act, nor how I can ever atone for the damage I have caused.

After shooting Lee-Herman, Verdi turned the murder weapon on himself in a gory public display.

He survived a bullet wound to the head.

Verdi, who did stints on special projects with the CIA and Defense Department in Afghanistan, was charged with murder, weapons possession, aggravated criminal contempt and stalking.

Sources told The News he was a military sniper and was employed by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the 1990s but was fired.

Verdi was previously arrested for obsessively following the victim even tracking Lee-Herman, 56, to the dentists office and to a theater.

Authorities said he stalked her for months at her home, her workplace, and even while she was out on other dates.

The mother of two filed a restraining order against Verdi, and gave his mug shot to security personnel at Grace Church High School on Cooper Square, where she worked as a school secretary.

But Verdi ignored the court order, and confronted Lee-Herman after her daily bike commute from her Upper East Side home.

Lee-Herman was shot in the stomach and chest at point-blank range.

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Post by: Battle on May 19, 2019, 08:25:09 am
Saturday, 18th May 2019
Argument over fishing results in possible battery charge for white woman
by Pete Thomas


A Florida woman faces a misdemeanor domestic battery charge for allegedly striking the father of her 7-month-old baby in the head with a kitchen pot because he spent too much time fishing.  :o

Katie Gottlich, 25, was arrested Wednesday following an argument with the man, identified as her boyfriend.(

Investigators said the argument centered around the man fishing too often, instead of helping to care for the infant. (

WFLA reports that deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office met with the boyfriend at the woman's Wesley Chapel residence and were told that Gottlich threw the pot at his head when he wasn't looking. (

The unidentified man also acknowledged that he had been fishing during the past few days. (

Gottlich has denied throwing the pot. (

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Post by: Battle on May 19, 2019, 10:02:11 am
Saturday, 19th May 2019
Anonymous tip leads Modesto police to homicide suspect
by WCRA (NBC affiliate)


A Modesto man who was considered a person of interest in connection with a womans death was arrested Friday night, police said.

Joseph Chapman, 37, was identified by an anonymous tip after investigators released video of him at a convenience store, Modesto police said.

Investigators were searching for Chapman after 47-year-old Christina Hill was found dead Monday in a private driveway of a business complex in the 700 block of 18th Street.

Police then released surveillance video and photos of Chapman on Thursday, asking for the publics help.

The video was recorded Monday afternoon at a store near Burney Street and La Loma Avenue.

After getting the tip, officers found Chapman around 9:20 p.m. Friday and pulled him over at Orangeburg and Trombetta avenues, police said.

Chapman was then booked into Stanislaus County Jail on homicide-related charges, police said.

Hills cause of death has not been released.

Police are waiting for all medical evidence to be examined and processed.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 209-521-4636.

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Post by: Battle on May 19, 2019, 10:06:15 am
Saturday, 19th May 2019
Harrisburg search for white woman who they say hit ex-boyfriend with her car

by WGAL (NBC affiliate)


Harrisburg Police are looking for Betty J. Carr.

Police say she struck her ex-boyfriend with her vehicle during an incident, around 10 a.m., Saturday.

According to investigators, it happened in the 1600 block of Elm Street, behind Lincoln School.

Police say Carr also struck an occupied vehicle several times.

A warrant for Carr has been issued for the following charges:

two counts each of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person, and one count each of criminal mischief and terroristic threats.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Betty Carr, please contact the Harrisburg Bureau of Police at (717) 558-6900 or submit a tip through CrimeWatch.

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Post by: Battle on May 19, 2019, 10:11:30 am
Friday, 17th May 2019
Former employee arrested for stealing $14K Disney costumes from Magic Kingdom, Epcot
by David Harris


A former Disney employee was arrested Friday after he stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and memorabilia from the back rooms of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, according to an arrest affidavit.

Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, is facing burglary, grand theft and trafficking in stolen property charges, the Orange County Sheriffs said.

Deputies began investigating in August after the animatronic Buzzy and its clothing including a bomber jacket, headphones and green hat, went missing from the closed Cranium Command attraction at Epcot.

Spikes became a suspect when he started posting pictures of Buzzy on his Twitter account @backdoordisney, the affidavit said.

He denied stealing the items when he talked to investigators in November and became combative, resulting in a resisting arrest charge.

In December, detectives learned Spikes sent pictures of other stolen items to another employee which allowed detectives to get warrants to search his home and seize his phone.

They found numerous photos of stolen Disney items and transactions over PayPal, the affidavit said.

The stolen items include wigs, skirts and jackets, the affidavit said.

Time stamps from the phone and employee entrance logs show Spikes and a family member went to the Magic Kingdom on July 31, the affidavit said.

They used underground tunnels to get backstage at the Haunted Mansion attraction where they stole the items, according to the affidavit.

Investigators said they went to a nearby 7-Eleven where they took pictures of themselves wearing the items.

Records show Spikes received about $30,000 via PayPal from two people between July and September, the affidavit said.

The items are worth much more on the black market than in actuality, detectives say.

Detectives identified one of the buyers who said he sent about $9,000 from Spikes for 18 unspecified items.

The mans name is redacted from the report, but he was was cooperative during the investigation and said Spikes told him he got the items legally, according to investigators.

Detectives are still investigating and trying to track down all the stolen items.

Spikes has since bonded out of the Orange County Jail.

Since bonding out, hes posted several tweets making light of the situation.

He could not be reached for comment.
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Post by: Battle on May 20, 2019, 02:14:01 am
Sunday, 19th May 2019
Woman charged with murder in South Bexar County shooting
by Liz Teitz


A woman has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of a man who was shot in South Bexar County on Friday, according to authorities.

Venetta Jean Oneill, 59, was arrested Saturday and charged with murder in the death of 53-year-old Danny Kennedy, according to Bexar County records.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office identified Kennedy on Sunday.

He was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his chest in a home on the 4300 block of Hardy Road around 8:30 p.m. and later died, Bexar County officials say.

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Post by: Battle on May 21, 2019, 02:51:02 am
Monday, 20th May 2019
White Man Charged in Toddler Stepson's Death

by WTAE (ABC News affiliate)


A Beaver County man is charged in the death of his 2-year-old stepson, police said Monday.

Ty Lucente, 37, of Freedom, was being held in the county jail without bail on a homicide charge, according to an online docket.

The Freedom police chief said Lucente told officers that he fell asleep with the toddler on the sofa after taking suboxone.

Police said Lucente did not have a prescription for the drug.

Lucente called 911, and medics performed life-saving procedures but could not revive the child, police said.

Three other children -- ages 2, 7 and 12 -- were home at the time, police said.

Lucente is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in front of District Judge Douglas Loughner on May 30 2019

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Post by: Battle on May 23, 2019, 07:36:47 am
Monday, 20th May 2019
Mississippi lawmaker was drunk when he punched his wife in the face over sex
by Margaret Baker


State Rep. Douglas McLeod was arrested after he allegedly punched his wife when she failed to get undressed quickly enough when he wanted to have sex, according to an investigative report filed with the George County Sheriffs Department.(

The 58-year-old Republican lawmaker was intoxicated and holding a glass of alcohol in his hand when deputies responded to the McLeod home shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, the report said.(

Over the course of the investigation, deputies wrote in the report that the state lawmaker had punched his wife in the face, bloodying her nose.(

Deputies found blood on the couples bed and on the floor in the same room.

When a deputies arrived, the report said, McLeod opened the door and they told him that they were there because a domestic assault had been reported.

Are you kidding me? the lawmaker asked.

Then, the state representative walked inside his home, and another deputy came to the scene.


The deputies could hear McLeod inside the home, yelling that the cops are here, the report said.

McLeod stumbled back to the front door and walked outside.

Mr. McLeod had slurred speech and walked slow in a zigzag pattern, according to a description by deputies, who said he was so inebriated he had to grab a hand rail to maintain his balance.(

McLeod tried to explain to deputies that everything was OK, then said something else the deputies said they couldnt understand because of his slurred speech.(

When deputies went inside, they saw two women standing at the top of a stairwell, both of whom the deputies described as frightened.

McLeods wife eventually came outside after deputies assured her they would keep her away from her husband.

The deputy said McLeods wife was shaking and upset.

McLeods wife said her husband was drunk and just snapped, as he often does when under the influence of alcohol, the report said.

Another woman who was there said McLeods wife came running up to her room, her face bloodied.

The woman shut the door and locked it with McLeods wife inside.

The other woman said McLeod started banging on the door and telling the women to open it.

He told the other woman if she didnt open the door, hed kill her ________ dog.
McLeods wife did not want go to the hospital by ambulance, but assured authorities shed have her daughter take her to get checked so authorities would have a report of the injuries.

McLeod was taken into custody on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence and booked in the George County jail by early Sunday morning.

He is out of jail on a $1,000 signature bond.

He did not respond to questions for comment.

Sheriff Keith Havard said the investigation is continuing.

McLeod, of Lucedale, has been a state representative since 2012.

His district includes residents in George, Jackson, Stone and Forrest counties.

He is married with three children.

By Tuesday morning, state Sen. David Blount had called on McLeod to resign.
And by Tuesday afternoon, House speaker Philip Gunn had also made a statement:

I have attempted to contact Rep. McLeod to request his resignation, if in fact, these allegations are true. These actions are unacceptable for anyone.

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Post by: Battle on May 25, 2019, 01:18:37 pm
Friday, 24th May 2019
Gambling-addict Owl nicknamed 'Losing Streak Lois', 57, is charged with her husband's murder, a year after she 'shot him dead' and sparked a nationwide manhunt by fleeing to the Mexican border

by Daily Mail


A grand jury in Minnesota indicted a 57-year-old woman who authorities allege fatally shot her husband before fleeing to Florida and killing a woman there.

The Dodge County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Lois Riess on first- and second-degree murder charges.

Riess, who was known as 'Losing Streak Lois' because of her gambling habit, allegedly killed her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, at the couple's home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, in March 2018.

His body was found at home with multiple gunshot wounds after David's colleagues called to say they hadn't seen him.

Riess was nowhere to be found and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Authorities say Lois Riess went to Fort Myers, Florida, met 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson while there and killed her in April 2018, to assume her identity.

The two women were close in age and height, with both having almost white hair.

Riess led authorities on a cross-country manhunt before she was captured in Texas on April 19, 2018, at a South Padre Island waterfront restaurant by two federal deputy marshals.

An employee recognized her from surveillance video broadcast on television.

Riesse was extradited to Florida, where she faces a first-degree murder charge.

Prosecutors allege Lois Riess forged checks to steal $11,000 from her husband's business account shortly after he died, and accused Riess of frittering away the money in casinos as she drove to Florida where she met Hutchinson, who was in Fort Myers visiting a friend according to CBS News.
Police say she killed Hutchinson in early April in a similar manner to her husband, intending to steal her identity because the pair looked alike.

Riess was then arrested at South Padre Island in Texas after being seen in a bar, and was extradited back to Florida to face charges.

Police believe that Riess may have been planning a third murder in the Lone Star state - a woman named Bernadette who she had befriended there.

The pair had gone to dinner on April 15 before the woman invited Riess to come to the community hot tub and allowed her to sleep in her guest bedroom.

Bernadette said she was told by the bartender she 'seemed out of it' after only a few drinks, and 'does not remember' why she let Riess come home with her.   

Riess and Bernadette had gone to breakfast in the morning, and made plans for dinner on April 20.


Riess was arrested on the night of the 19th, and the court documents say Bernadette was told by someone at the bar while waiting for Riess to show up.

Bernadette told Wink News she thought Riess was 'a new best friend', and that the woman had seemed overly kind and paid for her dinner.

Following the 57-year-old's arrest, police searched the car she had been driving - a vehicle allegedly stolen from Hutchinson.

Officers discovered a prescription pill bottle, stained blankets and sheets, and a new cell phone box.

Inside her Texas hotel room, they found two handguns and 'a black bag with multiple other firearm paraphernalia that include bullets, a holster, duct tape, rubber gloves, checkbook of the victim's with four credit cards, and what appeared to be a trophy,'

In March, Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said testing by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension indicated that shell casings found at David Riess' homicide matched a handgun recovered from Lois Riess' hotel room after her arrest in Texas.

According to records released by the state attorney's office for Lee County, Florida, both Hutchinson and David Riess were killed by small-caliber weapons in bathrooms, both had towels draped over their bodies and a rolled-up towel was wedged between the floor and bathroom door in both cases.

Inside her Texas hotel room, they found two handguns and 'a black bag with multiple other firearm paraphernalia that include bullets, a holster, duct tape, rubber gloves, checkbook of the victim's with four credit cards, and what appeared to be a trophy,' News Press reported.

Riess has pleaded 'not guilty' to Hutchinson's murder last month, and is expected to stand trial for her husband's murder in Minnesota following her trial for Hutchinson's killing in Florida, Florida prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against Riess, who remains jailed there.

Minnesota does not have the death penalty.

If convicted of first-degree murder in Minnesota, Riess faces life without parole.
The intentional second-degree murder charge carries a prison sentence of up to 40 years.

Court records do not list a defense attorney in Minnesota who could comment for Riess, who was granted a public defender.

Her Florida public defender did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.

A case management hearing for Riess is scheduled for September 5 in Fort Myers.

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Post by: Battle on May 25, 2019, 08:37:35 pm
Saturday, 25th May 2019
4th-grade teacher among several charged in drug bust in Rockingham County

by WGHP, Greensboro, NC


(EDEN, N.C.) An elementary school teacher is among more than a dozen people charged in a drug bust, according to a news release from Eden police.

Rebekah Carroll Tulloch, 43, of Eden, is charged with trafficking in cocaine, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of use, storage or sale of controlled substances, maintaining a vehicle for the purpose of use, storage or sale of controlled substances and possession of a stolen firearm.

Eden police on Friday morning initiated Operation Last Chance.

Operation Last Chance began in February 2019 as a joint undercover operation by the Eden Police Department, the Reidsville Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation targeting street-level drug dealers in the Eden area.

Tulloch was among 10 people arrested.

Eden police are still searching for five other people who face charges connected to Operation Last Chance.

According to a statement from Rockingham County Schools, Tulloch is a fourth-grade teacher at Stoneville Elementary School.

She has been suspended with pay pending further investigation.

Rockingham County Schools said once Eden police told them about Tullochs arrest, parents of children in her class were notified.

The alleged crimes did not happen on Rockingham County Schools property, the school system said.

Tulloch was taken to the Rockingham County Jail where she was placed under a $15,000 secured bond.

She is scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on July 15 2019.

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Post by: Battle on May 25, 2019, 09:28:17 pm
Saturday, 25th May 2019
Stan Lee's Former Business Partner Arrested On Elder Abuse Charges
by Cara Sprunk


Stan Lee's former business partner has been taken into custody after being charged with elder abuse.

Keya Morgan was in Scottsdale, AZ when he was arrested on Saturday, May 25, TMZ reports.

Currently the circumstances surrounding his arrest are unknown.

However, earlier this week Morgan was charged with five separate counts of elder abuse in Los Angeles, with incidents alleged to have happened in June 2018.

While Lee, who passed away in November 2018 at the age of 95, is not specifically named in the court documents, in July 2018 Lee's legal team requested a restraining order against Morgan, claiming he mishandled more than $5 million of the comic book legend's money.

They also claimed Lee suffered emotional and physical injuries due to Morgan, who they claimed tried to isolate Lee from his family.

The restraining order was granted.

At the time.

Morgan strongly defended himself.

"For over 10 years I have shown nothing but love, respect & kindness to Stan Lee, & his wife, a fact he has repeated countless times," he asserted.

"This is a witch hunt by his daughter and her lawyer against me because she cannot stand the fact Stan likes me so much. I will 100% prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the allegations against me are false. The truth will come out."

Morgan had been working close with Lee before the restraining order.

He helped him create videos and accompanied him conventions.

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Post by: Battle on May 28, 2019, 07:46:21 am
Monday, 27th May 2019
What Did I Do Wrong' says White Man After 140 MPH Chase, Crashrd Camera

by CBS Miami


(HAWTHORNE, Florida) A Florida man with quite a lead foot ends up jail after speeding past a Florida Highway Patrol trooper at more than 100 miles per hour and it was caught on the troopers dashboard camera.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Jessica Sabo just finished writing a seatbelt citation for a pickup truck driver near Hawthorne, which is just west of Gainesville, when a silver BMW blows by at more than 100 mph.

Troopers say the BMW reached speeds of more than 140 mph while trying to elude troopers.

At one point, when Trooper Sabo edges closer to the BMW, the driver tries to squeeze between two slower moving vehicles, causing a crash that sends debris flying.

One piece of debris hits Sabos windshield as she swerves into the median to avoid hitting the cars.

After the crash, the driver kept going but did eventually pull over.

Sabo and other troopers pull out their guns and shout commands at the driver but he refuses to come out.

The three troopers eventually pull him out as he asks, What did I do wrong?

Troopers identify the driver as 37-year-old Scott Patrick Sorenson of Lake Placid, Florida.

He was arrested on multiple charges, including DUI, Reckless Driving and Aggravated Fleeing with injury.(

Three adults and three children in the two other vehicles had minor injuries.

Sorensons bond was set at $85,000.

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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2019, 05:15:31 am
Tuesday, 28th May 2019
Hickory man arrested after deputies say he robbed and assaulted a man on Lincoln County Walking Trail

by WCNC (NBC News affiliate)


A Hickory man has been charged with assaulting and robbing a Taylorsville man after the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said the two men met at the Lincoln County Walking Trail in the 2600 block of Laboratory Road in Lincolnton back on Wednesday, May 22.

Deputies said the 34-year-old victim, met 18-year-old Ethan Roten on a social dating website, agreed to meet with Roten at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22.
The victim told deputies that after the two met in a parking lot they walked down the trail for about five minutes before going through a wooded area to the South Fork River.

They sat on the river bank talking until Roten said he needed to go to the restroom.

Deputies said Roten then walked behind the victim and struck him in the left side of the face.

The victim blacked out for a short period of time and when he woke up he saw Roten running down the path where they had walked in.
The victim said Roten took his cap and headlight, $300 in cash and vape pen and tubes.

Because he was not familiar with the area he drove around for about 30 minutes before stopping at a convenience store in the 1400 block of East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC.

Law enforcement and Lincoln County EMS were dispatched to the scene.

The victim was treated on the scene then transferred to Atrium Lincoln for additional treatment for a laceration over his eye.

Deputies report Roten has been charged with felony common law robbery.

Roten was arrested in Burke County on May 25, 2019 and is under a $20,000 secured bond.

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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2019, 05:17:50 am
Tuesday, 28 may 2019
8 years in prison for honeymooner who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in wife's death at sea

by Linda Trischitta


(MIAMI, Fl) - Two years after Isabella Hellman vanished in the Caribbean Sea while on a honeymoon cruise, a federal judge sentenced her husband Lewis Richard Bennett Tuesday to eight years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter of his wife.

In a Miami courtroom, Judge Federico Moreno called it "a very sad case."

He also ordered Bennett, 42, to pay a $22, 910 in restitution, money that was seized by the FBI and have three years' supervision upon his release.

Bennett was clean shaven and wore tan and brown scrubs, a chain around his waist and handcuffs on his wrists.
When Moreno asked if he wished to appeal the sentence, he said, "No your honor."

Hellman, a real estate saleswoman in Delray Beach, and Bennett had a daughter, Emelia, 2, who is being raised by his parents in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The night of May 14, 2017, Hellman and Bennett were sailing their 40-foot catamaran Surf into Summer north from Cuba and were southeast of the Florida Keys.

Hellman was an inexperienced sailor and disappeared as the boat was nearing the Bahamas.

Prosecutors accused Bennett of not searching for his wife.

Bennett said he'd been sleeping, a noise woke him up and he found Hellman was gone from their vessel.

Court documents said he had stocked a life raft with supplies that would keep him alive and accused him of sinking the catamaran on purpose.

Records described quarter-sized holes in the fiberglass hull that had been made from inside the boat.

Bennett, a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and Australia, is college educated and has traveled the globe.

He wants to work in solar heating after he serves his time, according to a lawyer and court documents.

Bennett was originally supposed to be sentenced in January, but Moreno postponed that until the families arranged for Hellman's relatives to visit her daughter in Scotland and for her Delray Beach condo to be sold.

Neither event has happened, though on May 9, a Palm Beach County probate court ruled that Hellman was officially dead.

A judge also ordered the FBI to give the condo keys to a lawyer for Bennett's parents so that the property may be sold.

Hellman's relatives are scheduled to visit Emelia in person in June, to supplement their visits on Facetime.

Bennett apologized to Hellman's family in January, saying, "I know that they have been through unimaginable pain as a result of my actions and for that I am truly sorry."

He also called Hellman his "soulmate" and said then that losing her "was the greatest loss I have ever endured."

Still unspoken by him in court is how his wife died.

Authorities searched the ocean for four days but never found her.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons will determine where Bennett serves his time.

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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2019, 05:20:17 am
Tuesday, 28th May 2019
Woodbury school bus sex assault suspect pleads guilty to slashing wifes throat

by Mary Divine


Woodbury school bus aide Harvey Kneifl pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Tuesday, saying he stabbed his wife with a knife 14 times in order to save her from a life of pain and suffering.

Kneifl, 72, said Julie A. Kneifl, 72, had Parkinsons disease, which caused her to have dementia.

She was living the life of, basically, a vegetable, he said during a hearing in Washington County District Court in Stillwater.

She was in constant pain, constant suffering. I decided to help her move on to the next life where she would no longer have any pain or suffering.

Officers discovered her body on the morning of Jan. 31 when they went to the couples home in the St. Therese of Woodbury senior housing complex to check on the whereabouts of Harvey Kneifl, who had failed to appear in court in Stillwater on charges of molesting 10 young children on his school bus.

They found him in a shower, bleeding from a neck wound; two knives were on the floor close to him.

On Tuesday morning, Kneifl, wearing handcuffs and a blue jail-issued shirt and pants, spoke candidly about the injuries he inflicted.

I slit her carotid artery, so her death would be fast and painless, he said.

I wanted to kill her and have it be quick and painless.

When Prosecutor Imran Ali questioned Kneifl as to why he needed to stab her 14 times and impose six blunt-force wounds, including some on her hands, Kneifl said Julia Kneifl struggled prior to her death.

It wasnt intentional, he said. She was flailing for a minute or two.

After she died, Kneifl said he removed his wifes bloody t-shirt and covered her with a blanket.

He threw the t-shirt in the trash and then took the trash bag out of their apartment and put it in the place where we take the trash, he said.

I used towels to clean up, and I threw those in the trash as well.

Under the terms of a plea agreement, Kneifl was sentenced to 30 years in prison and fined $5,000.

He was given credit for serving 118 days in the Washington County Jail and waived his right to a pre-sentence investigation.

Kneifl will remain at the jail until his June 5 sentencing on 10 felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly groping 10 girls in 2017 as they rode the South Washington County School District bus.

Kneifl, who has a high-school diploma, said he was on medication for gout, but had clear thoughts and was able to think rationally and make informed decisions during the court hearing.

Kneifls daughter and son-in-law were in the courtroom, but declined to make a victim-impact statement.

Ali called Julie Kneifs death a brutal murder.

This defendant took the life of his innocent wife in the most cold and calculated and brutal manner, Ali said.

For the sake of the victim, I wont go into the amount of blood found at the crime scene.

Kneifls attorney, Nathan Sosinski, said his client tried to commit suicide after killing his wife.

He thought he was going to prison, Sosinski said.

He was concerned about who was going to take care of her, and he was worried about her being a burden. That was what was in his head.

His client, he said, will be dying in prison and not have a source of income to pay the $5,000 fine.

When Judge Tad Jude asked if Kneifl would like to address the court, Kneifl responded: No thanks.

It is an exceptionally sad occasion for your family and for the community, Jude said.

A relative of one of the children in the criminal-sexual conduct case also was in the courtroom.

He shouted at Kneifl as a bailiff was leading Kneifl out of the courtroom:

You touched the wrong 4-year-old girl.

Kneifl has been charged with groping at least 10 children over their clothes as they rode the school bus; each victim was 5 or younger.

At the time of the alleged incidents, in January and February 2017, Kneifl was working as a bus aide on a route for pre-K and special-needs children.

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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2019, 01:16:21 pm
Wednesday, 29th May 2019
White Woman Accused Of Stealing North Texas Seniors Oxygen During Car Break-In Arrested
by CBS Dallas FW


(CARROLLTON, Texas) Carrollton Police have arrested a woman they said broke into a senior citizens car on April 25 and stole his oxygen concentrator.

The alleged crime happened at the Valero gas station at North Josey and Keller Springs when the went inside to pay for his fuel.

Police said Vandeneynde took the victims iPhone and his portable oxygen concentrator, which he desperately needs.

Police said in their initial social media post in the matter earlier in the month, This special kind of thief is a white or hispanic female with blonde hair, driving an older model white Toyota Camry with possible right front quarter panel damage.

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Post by: Battle on May 29, 2019, 01:18:55 pm
Wednesday, 29th May 2019
Ex WWE star Terri Runnels arrested with loaded gun at airport
by Mark Gray


Former WWE superstar Terri Runnels was arrested in Florida for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to an airport.

According to booking information, the ex-wrestler was arrested by Tampa International Airport Police on Wednesday morning for "carrying a concealed firearm," which is a class 3 felony.

Terri, 52, was taken to jail and her bond is set at $2,000.

TMZ reported that Terri had at least 11 hollow-tipped bullets with her Glock 9mm handgun.

A class 3 felony charge carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.

Terri is a bit of a professional wrestling legend, as she's worked with some of the biggest names in the business in the 90s, including The Hardy Boyz, Edge, Christian and her ex-husband, Dustin Rhodes, more commonly known as Goldust (they divorced in 1999).

In January 2018, Terri was honored for being a trailblazer of the industry at the WWE Raw 25 Year special.

Among her accolades, Terri is one of only four women to hold the WWE Hardcore Championship title, which she won in 2002.

Although her wrestling days are behind her, Terri still takes part in wrestling conventions, and she recently appeared at WrestleCon in April.

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Post by: Battle on June 14, 2019, 11:12:16 am
Friday, 14th June 2019
Grandparents fought off white man who tried to abduct 6-year-old girl

by WPTZ (NBC News affiliate)


An Indiana man is behind bars, accused of attempting to kidnap a 6-year-old girl from her grandparents' home.

According to WTHR, Benjamin Dillon, 37, faces a slew of charges including counts of burglary, intimidation and resisting law enforcement.

Witnesses told WTHR that Dillon kicked his way into a Lebanon apartment in the middle of the night.

The girl's grandparents, Martin Roth and Patricia Roth, reportedly fought him off and kept him away from the girl until police arrived.
The Roths told officers that Dillon, who they had never seen before, told them he was "taking the child."

I was sound asleep in my bedroom and this guy came kicking in and said, 'You have my daughter,' Patricia Roth told Fox 59.

I was nervous, very nervous. I was shaking so bad."

A police report states that officers found Dillon outside "shirtless and very agitated, insisting there was a little girl in the apartment being raped" and "that the little girl was his daughter."

Officers shocked Dillon with a Taser but it had no effect.

When finally handcuffed, officers said he "then kept kicking us and screaming."

The man was taken to the Boone County Jail.

The 6-year-old girl was very frightened, but unhurt.

I wouldnt want him walking back in my apartment again. He will regret it the next time, Patricia Roth said.

Dillon attempted to clarify the incident in a jailhouse phone call with WTHR.
"I was under the impression that maybe my daughter might be over there in that apartment complex," he said.

Dillon denies threatening to take the 6-year-old girl and even denies kicking in the Roth's door.
While jailed on bonds totaling $75,000, Dillon said he's enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program.
Post by: Battle on June 14, 2019, 01:39:10 pm
Friday, 14th June 2019
Youth pastor at Colorado Springs church arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child

by Sam Tabachnik


A youth pastor at a Colorado Springs church has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a child, police said.

Stephen Michael Houlihan, 28, a communications pastor at Fellowship of the Rockies church, was booked June 8, 2019 on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, internet luring of a child, and obscenity, according to Fountain police.

At this time, we are unaware of any other incidents involving Houlihan, police said in a news release.

Church officials could not immediately be reached for comment Friday since their offices were closed.

Houlihan has worked at the church since January 2017, according to his LinkedIn page, serving as a worship pastor and communications pastor.

He previously served as a communications designer at the church from 2013 to 2015.

Police said the investigation remains active.

Authorities request anyone with information to call the El Paso County Sheriffs Office Communication Center at 719-390-5555.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 719-634 STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.
Post by: Battle on June 14, 2019, 03:00:24 pm
Thursday, 13th June 2019
Florida Chick at Chick-fil-A arrested for molesting a little chick
by Brie Stimson


A Florida Chick-fil-A franchise owner was arrested Wednesday on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation of a 15-year-old, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

Heather Matuszek, 32, was the alleged victims youth leader at Clearwater Community Church in Pinellas County in 2014 and 2015 when the incidents allegedly took place, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

The victim told deputies Matuszek touched her inappropriately both times she slept in the underage girls bed, the report said.

The alleged victim, who is 19 now, reported the allegations last March.

The investigation is ongoing and the sheriffs office says they believe there could be more victims.

The alleged victim also said there were more inappropriate incidents with Matuszek outside of the county.
Matuszek posted her $40,000 bail Wednesday night, according to The Times.

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Post by: Battle on June 16, 2019, 12:07:45 pm
Monday, 10th June 2019
White Woman Stabs Husband





Kristy Linton WIlliams is a trainer in Panama Metropolis Seaside, Florida, who smiled in her mugshot after police say she stabbed her husband a number of instances.

Kristy Linton Williams is a Florida lady and elementary college trainer whos accused of stabbing her husband a number of instances at their residence in Panama Seaside Metropolis, police say.

Williams smiled in her mugshot after her arrest on aggravated home battery costs.

She was carrying a T-Shirt that claims, Expensive dad and mom, tag youre it! Love, academics, on the time of her arrest.

Willams, a 43-year-old trainer, mom and spouse, was arrested early Monday morning on the condominium she shares together with her husband, Shawn Williams.

She stays in custody.

Shawn Williams was hospitalized Monday with non-life-threatening accidents, in keeping with the Panama Metropolis Seaside Police.

Hes anticipated to make a full restoration, police stated.

Williams works as a trainer at Hutchinson Seaside Elementary College within the Bay District Colleges system.

It was not clear if Williams has employed an legal professional who might converse on her behalf.

Shawn Williams, her husband, couldnt be reached for remark.

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Post by: Battle on June 16, 2019, 01:21:44 pm
Saturday, 15th June 2019
Judge in upstate New York dies after a heart attack on the bench
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you." (Matthew 7:1-2)
by Harmeet Kaur and Monica Haider


A judge in upstate New York died after suffering a heart attack in his courtroom.

Putnam County Court Judge James Reitz had just finished a case on the bench Friday morning when he asked a court officer for help.

"They were getting ready to call the next case when Reitz said to the court officer that was with him, 'John, I think I need you to help me here,'" Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell told CNN. (

Reitz then collapsed. (

The officer performed CPR on the judge until he was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Odell said.

The hospital worked on him for about 30 to 45 minutes before he was pronounced dead.

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Post by: Battle on June 17, 2019, 02:25:49 pm
Monday, 17th June 2019
White man impersonates officer, attempts traffic stop on I-695

by WBAL (NBC News affiliate)


Maryland State Police arrested a man who authorities said impersonated an officer and attempted to perform traffic stops on I-695.

Police said a trooper observed Timothy Trivett, 54, of Yorktown, Virginia, driving in an aggressive manner around 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police said Trivett was trying to stop a gray Honda Accord on the Outer Loop of the Beltway at Greenspring Avenue.

Police said he had flashing blue-and-white lights on his 2012 black-and-white Chevrolet Impala.

"Our trooper followed him until he pulled onto the shoulder and it appeared that he was trying to make a traffic stop," Maryland State Police spokeswoman Elena Russo said.

State police said the trooper pulled behind the Impala and made contact with Trivett, who was wearing what appeared to be police equipment, body armor and a police uniform.

According to charging documents, Trivett was dressed in a dark-blue uniform with patches on the sleeves, an exterior vest with a badge that stated "Special Officer" and a black nylon gun belt.

Police said the gun belt carried three pepper spray containers, an expandable baton, two sets of handcuffs, a knife and two handguns.

Police said they found 20 rounds of ammunition.
"Anybody with a loaded handgun I would believe to be dangerous, particularly if you are a motorist getting pulled over by somebody who is possibly trying to look like a police officer," Russo said.

State police said Trivett's uniform was that of a security guard and that Trivett did not have a carry permit or a security guard license.

"He had no law enforcement credentials," Russo said.

"He was outfitted in what looked like real police garb."

Police said Trivett told the trooper that he activated the lights in his car because someone was tailgating him.

Police said Trivett told the trooper that he was not trying to pull the car over.

Trivett was arrested without incident and charged with impersonating a police officer, as well as multiple handgun charges.

He was taken to the Baltimore County Detention Center and later released on an unsecured bond.

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Post by: Battle on June 19, 2019, 01:34:50 pm
Wednesday, 19th June 2019
Kindergarten COP Villain Is Unrecognizable In Mugshot After Public Intoxication Arrest

by Mike Walters


"Kindergarten Cop" star Richard Tyson was behind bars after getting busted for harassment and public intoxication.

According to law enforcement, Tyson, who played Cullen Crisp in the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick, was arrested Wednesday morning in Mobile, Alabama.

Cops say Tyson was involved in a dispute with another person around 2:45 AM.

He was eventually booked on misdemeanor charges of harassment or harassing communications and public intoxication.

58-year-old Tyson was booked just before 5 AM, and cops tell us the actor shortly bonded out for $1,000.

Interestingly enough, Tyson is also the brother of former Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson, Jr.

According to Tyson's mugshot, the actor is also sporting a pretty awesome mullet.

Tyson, who also appeared in "Black Hawk Down," is famous for his role as the villain in "Kindergarten Cop," but he's been steadily working in Hollywood over the years and has a ton of projects currently in production.

He has also been a favorite actor of the Farrelly brothers over the years, and appeared in "Kingpin", "Me, Myself & Irene" and "There's Something About Mary".

According to his IMDB page, Tyson also regularly performs Shakespeare works onstage, and also is looking to direct and produce his own films while continuing to seek interesting and challenging roles to play.

Tyson, who originally hails from Mobile, Alabama, was previously married to Tracy Kristofferson, the daughter of famous actor Kris Kristofferson.

The two split in 2017, and have one daughter.

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Post by: Battle on June 20, 2019, 04:43:35 am
Wednesday, 19th June 2019
U of MN Professor Aaron Doering Sentenced For Domestic Assault
by WCCO (CBS News Affiliate)


(MINNEAPOLIS) University of Minnesota professor Aaron Doering was sentenced Wednesday in Hennepin County Court for domestic assault by strangulation.

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty in April to strangulating his girlfriend last December.

Doering was sentenced to 185 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse, five of which he has already served.

He will be on supervised probation for two years. His conviction was deemed a gross misdemeanor.

According to a criminal complaint, Doering was drinking heavily with his girlfriend on December 26, 2018.
The woman called police to the Minneapolis apartment they shared, the Hennepin County Attorneys Office said.

Doering was sentenced to 185 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse, five of which he has already served.

He will be on supervised probation for two years. His conviction was deemed a gross misdemeanor.

According to a criminal complaint, Doering was drinking heavily with his girlfriend on December 26, 2018.

The woman called police to the Minneapolis apartment they shared, the Hennepin County Attorneys Office said.

The complaint stated the two were arguing when Doering grabbed the victim by her hair, dragged her, hit her and strangled her.

She was unable to breathe and thought she was losing consciousness, the woman told police.

Doering will not be allowed to consume alcohol or use controlled substances, have any contact with the victim, or be within three blocks of the victims house without a police escort.

Doering must complete domestic abuse counseling and treatment, utricndergo psychia evaluation and treatment, and will be subject to random testing.

He also has to take prescribed medications as directed, supply a DNA sample, and never use or possess firearms or weapons.

Doering could serve 180 additional days as work release if he does not successfully serve the two year probation.

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Post by: Battle on June 20, 2019, 05:31:26 am
Thursday, 20th June 2019
White Woman Spikes Fiance's Soda With Eye Drops

by ABC News


A woman in North Carolina looked to the movies for inspiration as she tried to poison her fiance with eye drops, authorities said.

Jaymee Lynn Cruz, of Salisbury, about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte, was arrested on Saturday after her fiance noticed her putting eye drops in his soda, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Cruz told deputies she got the idea to spike his drink from watching the movie "Wedding Crashers."

There's a scene in the 2005 film where John, the character played by Owen Wilson, puts eye drops in the drink of his rival, Sack Lodge, played by Bradley Cooper.

The "prank" makes him violently ill, though the intention was not death.

She told deputies she only planned to make her fiance sick, as well.

Upon seeing his fiancee spike his drink, he took the couple's child and hid in the bathroom and called 911, according to authorities.
The couple was arguing over the custody of their child, and she wanted to move out of the home with her daughter, deputies said.

She has been charged with distributing noxious or deleterious food, a class H felony in North Carolina, and punishable by up to 25 months in jail.

The eye-drop method of poisoning has been used before.

Lana Clayton, a woman in South Carolina, admitted to killing her husband by putting eye drops in his drinks over the course of several days in July 2018, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.

She was charged with murder and granted a public defender in October, despite previously owning a million-dollar estate, and is still awaiting trial, according to the Rock Hill, South Carolina, Herald.

Tetrahydrozoline, the chemical found in eye drops, constricts blood vessels and can cause difficulty breathing, slowed heartbeat and the possibility of slipping into a coma if consumed in larger-than-directed quantities.(

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Post by: Battle on June 20, 2019, 06:20:46 pm
Thursday, 20th June 2019
Deputy accused of having sex with teen appears in court
by WKCRA (NBC News affiliate)



The Sacramento County Sheriffs deputy who is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old boy appeared in court Thursday. (
Shauna Bishop, 44, did not enter a plea, and she was told not to have any contact with the 16-year-old.(

Bishop will appear again in court in July 2019.(

She is on leave at the Sheriffs Office until the case is over.(

She has been with the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department for five years and most recently patrolled the north county.(

The county is conducting a separate investigation.(

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Post by: Battle on June 21, 2019, 10:34:59 am
Friday, 21st June 2019
An Arrest Has Been Made in the Murder of a Dallas Transgender Woman
by Alberto Luperon


Theres been an arrest in the death of Texas woman Chynal Lindsey, 26. Ruben Alvarado, 22, is charged with first-degree murder, and booked into Dallas County Jail, according to local police.

Cops said they brought the suspect to the Dallas Police Headquarters to question him, but he refused to speak.

The case started back on June 1st 2019.

Police responded to a call about a body.

It was Lindsey.

Investigators determined that someone had killed her.

Alvarado remains in Dallas County Jail, county records show.

He made a first appearance in court Friday, where the judge set bond at $500,000.

He was also being held on behalf of the Mesquite Police Department for a charge of public intoxication.

Lindseys cousin Tamaya Lindsey had words for the suspect.

I want to know if you felt bad after you realized that you had took another human beings life, she said in a NBC DFW interview.

Did you feel bad? Or do you just feel bad now because you caught and youre trying to figure out how to get out of itwhich youre not. And I just want you to know I will be at every, every, every, every, every court appearance. Every one, even if its just me.

Chynal Lindsey was transgender, and this incident followed a pattern of violence against trans women in the Dallas area.

Local woman Muhlaysia Booker caught attention in April when video showed her being attacked by a group of men in a parking lot.

She was found dead the following month over an apparently unrelated incident.

Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, was charged with murder over her death, and the homicides of two other women.

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Post by: Battle on June 23, 2019, 07:53:39 pm
Sunday, 23rd June 2019
Three arrested after Meth, Ecstasy found in home during drug raid

Three people were arrested during a drug raid at a home in northwest Houston early Saturday, according to deputies with Constable Mark Herman's Office.
Heidi Young, 50, Amy Wells, 36, and Gerald Corimer, 43, were arrested after deputies executed a search warrant around 5:45 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies said they found 11.1 grams of meth and 2.2 grams of Ecstasy inside the home in the 5100 block of Lawn Arbor Drive.
All three suspects had multiple open warrants, deputies said.

"All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail for their open warrants.

The investigation is ongoing and Constable deputies anticipate filing additional felony charges in the near future." said Constable Mark Herman.

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Post by: Battle on June 24, 2019, 06:50:36 pm
Monday, 24th June 2019
Former student guilty in slaying of visiting Chinese scholar

by Associated Press


(PEORIA, Ill.) Jurors deliberated less than 90 minutes before returning a guilty verdict Monday in the federal death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student who abducted a visiting Chinese scholar from a bus stop and killed her at his apartment.

Brendt Christensen didn't move or show any emotion as the judge read the jury's verdict a swift conviction that was widely expected after defense attorneys acknowledged at trial Christensen killed 26-year-old Yingying Zhang in June 2017 and said they would focus all their energy on persuading jurors to spare his life.

Zhang's mother, Lifeng Ye, cried inconsolably by the courthouse steps shortly after the verdict as someone stroked her hair and tried to comfort her

Ronggao Zhang thanked jurors for what he called "this first step toward justice" for his daughter.

He was alluding to the death penalty stage at which the same jury must decide if Christensen should be put to death.

He has said previously that the 29-year-old Christensen who prosecutors say raped, choked and stabbed Zhang before beating her with a baseball bat and decapitating her deserved execution.

"We have missed Yingying tremendously," Ronggao Zhang said in Chinese, reading from a statement.

"We still could not imagine how we will live the rest of our lives without her."

Zhang's body hasn't been found and her father said they still wish to "find Yingying and bring her home."
"We will not give up," he said.

Judge James Shadid set July 8 for the start of the penalty phase, a sort of mini-trial that could last several weeks.

Illinois no longer has capital punishment, but Christensen could be sentenced to death because he was convicted in federal court.

Of the 45,000 students attending the University of Illinois in Champaign, more than 5,000 are Chinese students, which is among the largest such enrollment in the nation.

Those students have closely followed developments from the trial, which is being held at U.S. District Court in Peoria.

Zhang had been in Illinois for just three months her only time living outside China.

The daughter of working-class parents, she aspired to become a professor in crop sciences to help her family financially. Friends and family described her as caring and fun-loving.

"The tragic truth is Yingying is gone," prosecutor Eugene Miller said during closing arguments earlier Monday.

"There is only one person responsible and he sits right there."

Christensen twisted and pulled at a rubber band at a nearby defense table as Miller spoke.

Zhang's father sat on a front bench several feet away, listening to a Chinese interpretation of proceedings through a headset.

Miller said Christensen abducted a stranger who was "an object for him to fulfill his dark desire to kill for the sake of killing."

When Zhang still lived in China, Christensen had already decided he would kill "a petite woman who could easily be disposed of," Miller said, adding that Zhang was "the ideal victim" to Christensen.

Christensen, posing as an undercover officer, lured Zhang into his car when she was running late to sign an apartment lease on June 9, 2017, Miller said.

He told jurors the muscular Christensen likely forced the 5-foot-4 Zhang into a 6-foot-long duffel bag he bought online days before to carry her up to his apartment in Urbana, Champaign's sister city 140 miles (225 kilometers) southwest of Chicago, where he raped and killed her.

Miller suggested Christensen then carried Zhang's remains out of the apartment in the same bag.

The defense ended the trial as they began it, repeating the admission that their client, in fact, killed Zhang.

The admission took the suspense out of the jury deliberation, and made a guilty verdict all but certain.

Legal experts say the risky strategy could also be a basis for an appeal by Christensen.

"It's Brendt's fault," Elisabeth Pollock, an attorney for Christensen, said about Zhang's death.

She added that he was "someone who lost control ... who battled these dark thoughts."

She said he lost that battle and that Zhang died as a result.

Pollock said prosecutors were, in some instances, asking jurors to infer things that can't be known from the existing evidence including what Christensen did to Zhang before killing her.

When she added, "We are here because the government wants to take his life," prosecutors objected and the judge stopped her.

Judge Shadid told jurors they were not yet in the penalty phase of the trial and the only issue now was the defendant's guilt or innocence.

Jurors heard evidence that Christensen boasted he killed 12 others before killing Zhang, starting when the Stevens Point, Wisconsin, native was 19 and still living in Wisconsin.

He began his studies in Champaign at the university's prestigious doctoral program in physics in 2013.

Miller referred to Christensen's serial killer claim during opening statements but not in his closing, which lasted more than an hour.

The FBI said it could not rule out that Christensen killed 12 others.

But Pollock, who addressed jurors for less than 15 minutes, told jurors Monday there was no evidence that Christensen killed before.

Prosecutors said Zhang was in the wrong place at the wrong time and that Christensen, who had fantasized about killing, was determined to take someone's life that day and had cruised around in his car looking for a victim.

They said he had approached a different young woman earlier posing as an officer, but she refused to get in the car.

Christensen and his girlfriend, Terra Bullis, attended a vigil for Zhang on June 29, during which Bullis wore an FBI wire and recorded him giving details about how he killed Zhang.

As they were leaving the night of the vigil, Bullis said she'd rather not call a ride-sharing service, telling Christensen:

"My version of safer is walking at night with a serial killer."

He responded:

"Yeah. That's me."

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Post by: Battle on June 24, 2019, 07:47:09 pm
Monday, 24th June 2019
2 Arrested For Child Pornography By Buffalo Grove Police

by CBS Chicago


(CHICAGO) Buffalo Grove police arrested two people in connection with child pornography and one for criminal sexual assault. (

According to police, Kimberly Schubert, 43, was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and child pornography.

Her bond was set at $1 million and was reduced to $300,000.

Schubert has since posted the required bond amount.

Police said Jason Akai, 44, was charged with solicitation of child pornography and production of child pornography.

The victims were under the age of 13.

Police said Akais bond was set at $1 milion and he is still in custody in Lake County Jail.

This case came to light after the Department of Children and Family Services alerted Buffalo Grove Police of a tip they received from an out-of-state therapist, Buffalo Grove Police officials stated in a press release.

The two suspects have court dates set for June 27 2019.

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Post by: Battle on June 24, 2019, 08:15:41 pm
Monday, 24th June 2019
White man accused of killing Tinder date slashes own throat in courtroom, shouts, 'I curse you all!!!'

by HTV National Desk


A man accused of using Tinder to lure a 24-year-old Nebraska woman to her death had an outburst in court on Monday, according to local reports.

According to KETV, Aubrey Trail, 52, interrupted his trial, yelling,

Bailey is innocent and I curse you all," before slashing his throat with an object multiple times, drawing blood. (

He stood from his wheelchair before falling to the floor, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.

1011 Now reports a first aid kit was grabbed and an ambulance soon took Trail out on a stretcher.

Reporters said Trail was unconscious and a lot of blood was visible at the scene.

It is not clear how badly injured Trail was during the incident.

Prosecutors have said Trail and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Bailey Boswell, used online dating app Tinder to meet 24-year-old Sydney Loofe in 2017, then killed her within days and used a hacksaw and wire snips to dismember and dispose of her body.

Allen told jurors it was a planned abduction and killing.

Trails attorney, Joe Murray, told jurors that Trail was not a particularly nice man, but that Loofes killing was an accident that occurred as the three played out a consensual sex fantasy.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for both Trail and Boswell.

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Post by: Battle on June 27, 2019, 09:17:25 am
Thursday, 27th June 2019
Man arrested on stalking charges in El Dorado County
by KCRA (NBC News Affiliate)


A Florida man was arrested in El Dorado County on Wednesday for stalking charges.
Sheriffs detectives began their investigation Monday after the suspect, Donald Martin, made credible and serious threats against the victims life, officials said.
Officials said Martin drove to El Dorado County from Florida to carry out his threats, and detectives had been tracking Martin overnight.

Martin thought he would be meeting with the victim on Wednesday, but instead was met by sheriffs detectives and taken into custody, officials said.
The Sheriffs Office said he had a loaded firearm in his pocket when he was arrested.

Martin was then booked into the El Dorado Country Sheriffs Office jail on stalking charges, and his bail is set at $60,000, officials said.

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Post by: Battle on June 28, 2019, 08:45:40 am
Friday, 28th June 2019
Wanted Alabama 'Attack Squirrel' Owner Arrested After Chase
by Associated Press


(KILLEN, Ala) An Alabama man who denied feeding methamphetamine to a so-called "attack squirrel" he considered a pet has been arrested.

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter that 35-year-old Mickey Paulk was caught Thursday night following a chase in which he rammed an investigator's vehicle.


Authorities had been seeking Paulk on multiple felony warrants unrelated to the squirrel named "Deeznutz," made infamous after police said they were warned about a meth-fueled, trained attack squirrel.

Paulk told The Associated Press last week that he was working on a plan for turning himself in to authorities.

But authorities said he was booked into the Lauderdale County Jail after fleeing a motel on a stolen motorcycle.

It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.

Deeznutz couldn't be tested for meth and has been released.

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Post by: Battle on July 03, 2019, 08:54:37 am
Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
White Woman left $5,000 tip for server to get back at boyfriend
by 10News Staff (CBS News affiliate)


A generous tip that initially seemed like an act of kindness toward a server may have actually been a girlfriend's effort to get back at her boyfriend after an argument.

Last week, the local ABC affiliate described how a server, whose service dog had recently died, received a $5,000 tip at Clear Sky Cafe on Clearwater Beach.

But, apparently, that wasn't the end of the story.


Authorities say the woman who left the tip wound up arrested.

According to an arrest affidavit, Serina Wolfe, 24, went to the cafe around 9:30 a.m. on June 27 after an argument with boyfriend over her wanting a flight home to Buffalo, New York.

Investigators claim after her boyfriend reportedly refused to buy her a ticket, Wolfe allegedly left the $5,000 tip for a $55.37 purchase on his credit card.

The affidavit said Wolfe initially denied the purchase and reported the charge as fraudulent.

On Monday, the cafe was notified about the purchase coming back was "fraudulent" -- but the owners had already paid out their server for the money.

According to law enforcement, when Wolfe was pressed about the purchase, she voluntarily handed over the credit card and admitted to using it to pay the large tip.

The affidavit claims the boyfriend suggested Wolfe may have been drunk or trying to get back at him.

Wolfe is charged with grand theft.

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Post by: Battle on July 04, 2019, 06:10:59 pm
Thursday, 4th July 2019
Unlicensed Midwife Charged with Homicide After Nebraska Baby Dies Following Botched Home Birth
by Rachel DeSantis


An unlicensed midwife who billed herself as a birthing professional has been charged with homicide after unsuccessfully attempting to help a pregnant woman give birth to her breech daughter.

Angela Hock, 36, was booked into the Douglas County Jail in Nebraska on Wednesday and charged with negligent child abuse resulting in death, online records show.

Hock, who worked with a group called Nebraska Birth Keeper, had been hired by Emily Noe, 25, to help with a home birth on June 15, according to an affidavit filed in Douglas County and obtained by the Omaha World-Herald.

Paramedics were called to Noes home that night, and when they arrived, found Noe on her hands and knees and Hock holding the partially-delivered baby girl.

Noe told police that Hock had told her shed had training on how to deliver breech babies, but eventually advised her to call police once shed delivered the baby up to her shoulders and realized she would be unable to do the rest, according to the affidavit.

The new mom and her daughter were both taken to the Nebraska Medical Center, and the baby was delivered en route by rescue squad personnel.

According to the affidavit, the baby was not breathing, was limp and had no pulse.

She was put on life support in the hospitals neonatal intensive care unit, where she died two days later.

Dr. Katherine Lessman, the obstetrician-gynecologist on call at the hospital, said in the affidavit that the baby, named Vera, suffered brain swelling because she had been without oxygen.

Lessman also noted that she believed the birth was handled negligently, and because of that, Vera died a preventable death.

According to ABC News, doctors said the baby had been without oxygen for approximately 10 to 12 minutes during Hocks delivery attempt.

[Hock] placed the child in a situation that endangered her life and deprived [her] of necessary medical care, Deputy County Attorney Molly Keane told the Omaha World-Herald.

Her actions in doing so resulted in the death of this child.

Noe and her husband Crayton Noe paid Hock somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000 for her services, according to investigators, despite the fact that she was confirmed not to hold any medical or certified nurse midwife license with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, according to the affidavit.

Crayton penned an emotional Facebook note following the death of his daughter, writing,

She didnt feel any pain and she was so peaceful We are strong but this hurts so much.

Vera will never be forgotten, he added.

Hock writes on the Nebraska Birth Keeper website that she started the company in 2017 after first launching her career as a birth professional in 2004.

She says she discovered her calling to help women find their power and ancient wisdom through traditional midwifery after attending births as a doula in 2013, and currently possesses knowledge in many birthing techniques. ("Sure..."

Hock is married with four children, according to her website.

It was unclear if she had retained an attorney to speak on her behalf.

ABC News reports she turned herself in on Tuesday, and is awaiting a court appearance.

She could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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Post by: Battle on July 05, 2019, 02:38:54 pm
Friday, 5th July 2019
Teen Mom OG Star Amber Portwood Charged with Domestic Battery

by Ale Russian


Teen Moms Amber Portwood was charged with domestic battery early Friday morning, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The 29-year-old reality star was taken into custody just before 6 a.m. in Indianapolis, reports TMZ.

Its unclear if shes still in custody, and its unclear if shes entered a plea or has an attorney.

Portwood has previously served time for domestic violence stemming from a 2010 fight she had with Shirley.

The two originally appeared on 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom together before splitting.

The reality star ultimately served 17 months in jail for the incident.

Portwood has been open about her struggles with addiction and mental health issues on the MTV show.

In 2017, Portwood said on the show she had been re-diagnosed with borderline personality and bipolar disorder.

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Post by: Battle on July 05, 2019, 04:22:31 pm
Friday, 5th July 2019
Woman dies from Method Man
by WYFF (NBC News affiliate)


An Upstate woman died after taking meth that her husband gave her, according to warrants from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office.

Warrants said Mark Crowe* provided meth to his wife, Tina Lynette Crowe, which was a direct cause of her death, according to a medical professional. (

Deputies said Mark Crowe was charged with abuse or neglect of adult resulting in death and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and introduction of contraband into a jail.

EMS responded to Sarah's Dogwood Lane in Salem in response to a medical life alert alarm.

Deputies said that when they got to the scene, they found Mark Crowe and then found Tina Crowe dead.

The warrant said Mark Crowe refused or neglected to provide the proper care and attention to the victim by failing to provide required medical attention and providing meth to the victim.

Deputies said they were dispatched to a cardiac arrest at the location.

When Mark Crowe got to the Detention Center, he had meth and unknown pills in his pocket, deputies said.

*Doesn't he look like one of the dubious spies from 'Killing Eve'?

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Post by: Battle on July 05, 2019, 09:41:28 pm
Friday, 5th July 2019
Friday Night Fights Inside Courtroom!!!
by Alberto Luperon


Indiana man Kwin Boes, 23, was sentenced Monday in the death of his 11-week-old son Parker, but his day managed to get just a little worse as he left the courtroom.


Footage showed him being being attacked by the childs uncle, according to authorities in a 14 News report.


Jeremiah Matthew Hartley is charged with battery, said Gibson County Sheriff Tim Bottoms.


As seen on footage, he apparently landed a blow, but officials at the scene quickly restrained him.


It was an emotional day in court, even without the attack.

Kwin Boes was charged in May 2018 with aggravated battery, neglect of a dependent, and domestic battery resulting in death to a person under 14, according to court records reviewed by Law&Crime.
Boes allegedly reportedly said that he found the baby on the floor.
He suggested that this was caused by the child falling off of a couch and striking his head on the table after wiggling out of a bobby pillow.
The Marion County Coroners Officer established that Parker died from blunt force trauma to the head consistent with a homicide.
Boes pleaded guilty last month to felony domestic battery resulting in death; the other charges were dismissed as a result of the plea deal.
Statements from relatives were read in court on Monday.
Boes was sentenced to 20 years in prison, which will be followed by five years of probation.
Records show no attorney of record for Hartley.

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Post by: Battle on July 07, 2019, 07:57:28 pm
Sunday, 7th July 2019
US airman charged for allegedly helping woman kill husband
by ABC News


A U.S. airman was arrested and charged over the weekend for allegedly helping an Ohio woman kill her husband, according to police.

Tech Sgt. Michael Clark, 33, was charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated murder on Saturday in the death of 42-year-old Jason Hamrick, who was found dead in a ditch outside of his home last week, according to police.

Hamricks wife, Angelina Hamrick, 32, was also arrested on Saturday and charged with one count of aggravated murder, according to the Clermont County Sheriff's Office.

Jason Hamrick was found dead in a ditch on the couples property in Tate Township, Ohio, on June 30, 2019.

The sheriffs office did not offer details on how the man may have died, but they said Clark, of Abilene, Texas, was arrested for his involvement in the homicide.

The suspects were taken into police custody without incident on Saturday morning.

Its unclear how authorities connected them to the murder, but the sheriffs office said the U.S. Air Force and the local police department assisted in the investigation.

A spokesperson for the Dyess Air Force Base in Taylor County, Texas, confirmed that is was cooperating with the probe.

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Post by: Battle on July 08, 2019, 04:34:30 am
Monday, 8th July 2019
White man admitted to lighting firecrackers and putting them under a child's bed
by Hollie Silverman


A Florida man told Sheriff's deputies that he threw firecrackers under the bed of a sleeping 9-year-old girl in a "prank gone wrong," according to a post on the Okaloosa Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
Matthew Morrison, 44, of Crestview, Florida, was arrested Saturday after deputies responded to a home after the explosion woke the little girl.
The owner of the house where this happened told the Sheriff's office that Morrison lives in a tent outside the house and came inside without permission, according to the Sheriff's Office Facebook post.
The homeowner told responding deputies he chased Morrison out of his house with a stick after the explosion.
Responding officers spoke with the little girl who said the explosion scared her, making her cry and shake, according to the Facebook post.
Morrison was arrested and charged with burglary, child cruelty without great harm, and possession of a controlled substance after deputies found two grams of methamphetamine in his pockets.

The Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

CNN was not able to immediately reach Morrison or determine whether he has legal representation.

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Post by: Battle on July 08, 2019, 05:26:47 am
Monday, 8th July 2019
White guy pretending to be a police officer was arrested after he pulled over a deputy

by Christina Maxouris



A Florida man allegedly pretending to be a police officer pulled over the wrong car.

Barry Lee Hastings Jr., was driving a black vehicle with white and amber lights late Thursday night when he spotted the car of an off-duty Lee County sheriff's deputy and activated emergency lights, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Hastings told the deputy he needed to "slow down."

The deputy twice asked Hastings for his credentials.

Hastings responded that he was "a law enforcement officer and his credentials were at the office," the sheriff's office said.

"He told the deputy he could follow him back to the 'station' so he could obtain and show him his credentials," the sheriff's office said.

Hastings tried to flee after the deputy called 911 but was stopped and arrested by a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy.

A functional siren box and light set up similar to the ones used by Hillsborough County officers and a CB radio were found in the car, the office said.

Hastings was arrested for impersonating a public officer, the office said.

Hillsborough County is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area.

Lee County is farther south.

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Post by: Battle on July 09, 2019, 11:21:52 pm
Wednesday, 10th July 2019
Democratic Donor Ed Buck Accused of Human Trafficking and Revenge Porn
by Tarpley Hitt


West Hollywood activist and Democratic donor Ed Buck, who came under fire after two black men died from crystal methamphetamine overdoses in his home within 18 months, now faces additional allegations of human trafficking and revenge porn, according to new documents filed in a wrongful death suit against Buck.

The new allegations concern an on-going case filed against Buck by LaTisha Nixon, the mother of Gemmel Moore, a 26-year-old black man who died in Bucks West Hollywood apartment on July 27, 2017.

Moore, who lived in Harris County, Texas with his mother and siblings, had taken a flight from Houston earlier that day, and traveled straight to Bucks apartment.

He died hours later.

Moores body was found beside multiple syringes with brown residue, a scale, several lighters and torches, a straw with white residue and burn marks, plastic bags with whiter powdery residue and a clear plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance, according to the complaint and an autopsy report.

Bucks attorney, Seymour Amster, has vigorously denied the charges in court documents, and refrained from speaking in depth about the latest allegations by phone.

We will reserve our comment to our court filings, Amster told The Daily Beast, and we will be aggressively litigating this.

Buck has 14 days after the amendment filing date of July 3, 2019 to respond in court.

Moores visit to Bucks apartment was the most recent of several interactions between the two men.

According to the complaint, Buck had solicited Moore for sex multiple times, always insisting upon injecting Moore with crystal meth and requiring Moore to view hardcore gay male pornography which played loudly on a large flatscreen television set, while engaging in sex acts.

Moore had allegedly never used the drug before interacting with Buck.


In Moores last journal entry, dated December 3, 2016, he wrote, If it didnt hurt so bad, Id kill myself, but Ill let Ed Buck do it for now.

The latest amendment added two charges to the 12-count civil complaint: human trafficking and distribution of private sexually explicit materials.

The added causes of action claim Buck knowingly utilized interstate commerce for the purpose of recruiting, enticing and transporting Moore from Texas to Los Angeles, for the purposes of commercial sex acts.

They claim Buck paid for Moores transportation and promised to pay Moore for his time.

The complaint also alleges Buck violated Moores right to privacy by distributing a sexually explicit video recording of him to one of several unnamed defendants in April of 2019.

According to Jasmyne Cannick, a Los Angeles journalist and advocate in Moores case, the revelation of the revenge porn allegation came after a series of interviews with other black men, who corroborated Moores story.

Throughout the course of really almost two years now, I have had dozens of young men reach out to me with information, photos, videos, their receiptsliterally and figurativelyon Ed Buck, Cannick said.
We amended this particular lawsuit to include human trafficking and revenge porn based off of very credible information that we received from other victims. Im not going to give you an exact number, but its been at least a dozen.

Following Moores death in 2017, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department opened an investigation into Moores death.

According to the complaint, the Sheriffs department interviewed multiple black men who recounted similar experiences with Buck.

In July of 2018, District Attorney Jackie Lacey declined to file criminal charges against Buck.

The wrongful death suit also names Lacey and Hum as defendants for failure to prosecute.

In an earlier complaint, Nixons attorney had accused Lacey and Hum of violating Moores civil rights.

In the latest complaint, they amended the charge to racial discrimination.

They claim the attorneys office sanctioned deliberate indifference to Fourteenth Amendment equality protections by refusing to impartially prosecute white people for their felonious criminal acts against black victims.
The District Attorneys Office and Nixons lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The case was originally filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, but moved to federal court in May.

Moore was the first man to die in Bucks home.

But in January, a 55-year-old man named Timothy Dean died under similar circumstances.

Dean, a West Hollywood resident and fashion consultant at Saks Fifth Avenue, had no prior history of drug abuse or alcoholism, according to the Los Angeles Times.

An autopsy report ruled Deans death an accidental drug overdose.

Following Deans death, activists held a press conference outside Bucks West Hollywood home, and delivered a petition to D.A. Lacey demanding an investigation into the donor.

We believe Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and the Sheriffs Department is not doing enough to look into the connections between the deaths of these two men, the petition reads.

It got more than 30,000 signatures.

A Sheriffs Department investigation into Deans death is on-going.

Moores attorneys have pointed to Bucks long history of big dollar donations to prominent California politiciansincluding a $100 donation to District Attorney Lacey in 2012.

Lacey claims she returned the money, and denied allegations of preferential treatment.

Nothing could be further from the truth, Lacey said in an open letter from March.

Every life, regardless of a persons age, race, economic status and even whether they use illegal drugs, has value. If that life is lost because of the unlawful actions of another, rest assured that my office will do everything possible to bring the perpetrator to justice."

According to CBS Los Angeles, Bucks largest donation to date involved a $300,000 gift to a California political action committee called Animal PAC, a group formed to represent animal welfare interests throughout California.

He also donated $1,400 to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2016, $18,700 to former California state Senate leader Kevin de Len across several campaigns, $19,400 to Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu, and $2,700 to Congressman Adam Schiff in 2016.

All claim to have returned the money or donated it to non-profits.

Between 2012 and 2016, Buck donated $12,500 to former West Hollywood Mayor John Duran. Duran was forced to resign his position earlier this spring, following multiple allegations of sexual assault from members of the Gay Mens Chorus, including allegedly slipping his hand into the waistbands of two singers.

Duran apologized for his behavior, telling radio station KNX-AM (1070), Lets face it, Im the only, I think, sexually active member of the City Council...Thats part of the price I pay for just being an out gay man in West Hollywood whos very sexually active.

Duran allegedly spent some of Bucks money, and donated some to charity.

For anyone thats been following this, the behavior that Ed Buck participates in is behavior that hasnt stopped, Cannick said.

Thats why someone else died at his house.
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Wednesday, 1oth July 2019
Former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges
by AJ Vicens



Julia Keleher, the former Puerto Rico Secretary of Education assailed for pushing austerity and privatization measures after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, was arrested Wednesday morning, accused of illicitly steering hundreds of thousands of dollars in contracts to close associates in 2017.


Keleher was arrested in Washington, D.C., according to Noticel, which first reported the news.


Mother Jones could not immediately verify the precise location or means of Kelehers arrest.

Keleher, a former consultant and US Department of Education program manager, was the Secretary of Education of Puerto Rico from January 2017 to April 2019, a term that started months after the hurricane wracked the island.


During her tenure she came under intense criticism on the island for her push to close hundreds of schools and fire staff amidst intense budget deficits, even as she earned about $20,000 per month in salaryroughly nine times what an average Puerto Rico teacher is paid.

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Tuesday, 9th July 2019
White woman ran brothel in Blue Ash business park
by Cameron Knight


A Batavia woman was arrested Monday after police said she was operating a brothel in a Blue Ash business park.
Victoria Jarufe-Mayer, 27, is charged with promoting prostitution, a felony.

Blue Ash police said the arrest was part of an undercover "community impact unit operation."

The Perfect Small Business Park at 10999 Reed Hartman is home to multiple businesses including Jarufe-Mayer's alleged operation.

It is unclear if she is connected to a specific business there.

Jarufe-Mayer is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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("Yeehaaaa-a-a-a!!!  What in tarnation...!"
Wednesday, 10th July 2019
White woman reportedly opens fire at Parkville License Office because line was moving too slowly
by KMBC (ABC News affiliate)


A woman was taken into custody after shots were fired outside the Parkville license office on Tuesday.

Kansas City police and Platte County sheriff's deputies were called at 11:20 a.m. to the office in the 6400 block of North Crosby.

Some witnesses told authorities that Vanessa Richey, 34, complained about the wait time.

It was very crowded in there -- a lot of people, said Tom Hutsler.

Minutes after Hutsler and his 12-year-old son got to the Parkville DMV in Kansas City, frustration over lines turned into fear of a shooting.

She was cussing and upset with the staff there, Hutsler said.

Police said Richey fired two shots from a handgun in the parking lot after getting frustrated inside.

Im so concerned for my staff and for the customers, said Terri Haris, who manages the DMV.

Haris said Richey walked to the counter and demanded a duplicate ID, saying it was a matter of national security and the presidents life was in danger.

Then she allegedly said, What do I have to do, grab a gun?

I checked with the woman behind me and said, Did she say what I thought she said? That doesnt sound good, Hutsler said.

Hutsler said he followed Richey outside, that she grabbed a gun, fired it into an island in the parking lot and then he told her she wasnt getting back inside.

Thats when he took his truck and pulled up behind her car, boxing her in.

There were a lot of people inside. My son was inside and I wasnt about to let her back in the building, Hutsler said.

His son and others inside hid behind counters and in back rooms.

An off-duty officer confronted Richey outside.

While he shouted commands, Hutsler came from behind and tackled her.

Im not sure what would have happened if the off-duty officer had not been armed and had not been there, Hutsler said.

Im still kind of shocked that it even happened. I know the DMV is always a frustrating place, but I didnt think anyone would ever try to shoot up the place, cause danger to other people, witness Molly Foster said.

The Sheriffs Office said Richey is talking with investigators and is on a 24-hour hold.

Authorities said she will likely be charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

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Thursday, 11th July 2019
White man shoots mother during argument in Greenville County
by WYFF (NBC News affiliate)


A 28-year-old is accused of shooting his mother in Greenville County, according to Lt. Ryan Flood, with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.
The woman was found about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the front yard of the family's home on Edgemont Avenue, Flood said.

She had at least one gunshot wound and was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to deputies.

Flood said the shooting happened during an argument.

The woman is in critical condition, Flood said.

Her son, Michael Lee Sammons, was arrested Thursday morning in Anderson, Flood said.

Sammons is charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in Greenville County.

Anderson Police charged Sammons with possession of Methamphetamine, Captain Mike Aikens said.

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Friday, 12th July 2019
2 Teens Allegedly Faked Kidnapping in Georgia Mall to Gain YouTube Followers

by Harriet Sokmensuer


Two Georgia teens are facing felony charges after they allegedly staged an elaborate fake kidnapping to share on YouTube to gain more followers, PEOPLE confirms. ("two teens"

On July 3 2019, Forsyth County deputies received multiple 911 calls reporting a possible abduction at a shopping mall, the Forsyth County Sheriffs Office said in a Facebook post Monday.

Witnesses reported seeing a teenager, later identified as Ava Coleman, 17, tied up with a covering over her head yelling for help from inside a Chevrolet Tahoe.

He is going to kill me, Coleman allegedly yelled, witnesses reported, according to the Forsyth County News.

The sheriffs office sent eight patrol cars more than half of the deputies in the south Forsyth County to intercept the Tahoe and save the reported victim, A Facebook post from Forsyth County Sheriffs Office states.

For 20 straight minutes, we had deputies racing across Forsyth County to help this girl, thinking that this was a true abduction, Sheriffs Office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater said, the News reports.

Thats unacceptable.

The Tahoe was eventually stopped by an off duty Gwinnett County Police Officer who had heard about the lookout, the post states.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Christopher Kratzer, 19, and the reported victim as Coleman.

Authorities learned that Kratzer and Coleman were allegedly filming a kidnapping prank to gain more followers.

A follow up investigation found the prank had falsely alarmed the public creating an apprehension and panic that caused members of the public to feel unsafe and to report it to law enforcement, according to the post.

As a result, Kratzer and Coleman were charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor, and raising a false public alarm, a felony.

If you want to create a social media following, I would strongly dissuade you from this stupidity, Sheriff Ron Freeman said in the post.

Good armed citizens might have been justified in using force to stop what they legitimately believed was a kidnapping.

It is unclear whether Kratzer or Coleman have attorneys to comment on their behalf.

They have not entered pleas.

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Friday, 12th July 2019
Delco dude to stand trial for first-degree murder of neighbor
by KYW News Radio


(Philly, Pa) - Any hopes of bail for the man who shot and killed a neighbor in Delaware County on Memorial Day Weekend, were dashed Friday, when a judge decided that man should stand trial on first-degree murder.

The lawyer for John Ballas argued first-degree murder charges against his client should be thrown out, as this is self defense and -- at worst for Ballas -- third degree murder.

Prosecutors argued it should be up to a jury, and the judge agreed, ordering Ballas to stand trial on all charges for shooting and killing Joe Iavarone.

Bail is not allowed for anyone charged with first-degree murder.

In the early morning hours of May 26 2019, police were already on their way to the row homes on Bishop Drive in Chester Heights responding to calls for a man who was yelling and breaking things.

The State Police corporal who got there first testified at Ballas' preliminary hearing, that Ballas was standing with his hands above his head, was cooperative, telling him he'd just shot a man and pointing out where where the gun was.

The corporal said Ballas said he thought he shot him in the torso, but the only gunshot wound was to the top of Ivarone's head.

Friends of Ivarone who were at the hearing say he was having personal problems.

He'd recently quit his job a gym teacher and coach at Garnet Valley high school.

They say it isn't hard to imagine him getting out of hand while drinking, he had a zest for life.

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Saturday, 13th July 2019
California police believe missing man stole airplane
by WCRA (NBC News affiliate)


Police investigating a small plane that was stolen out of a central California airport and vanished from radar last month say they believe the suspect is a missing man who was a member of a local flying club.

Watsonville police identified 64-year-old Huga Mar as the suspected thief, KGO-TV reported.


Police believe Mar crashed the plane.

Mar's family reported him missing since July 1 2019.

Mar has no history with police. ("Because he's white..."

He was a licensed private pilot and a member of the Santa Cruz Flying Club, which owned the stolen plane, a single-engine Cessna.

The club operates out of the Watsonville Municipal Airport, about 20 miles from Santa Cruz.

The plane was reported stolen from the airport on June 27 2019, the day after video footage shows the airplane taxiing toward the runway.

The police do not have surveillance of Mar entering the plane and taking off.

Detectives found Mar's abandoned car at an airport parking lot used by pilots.

Federal investigators said the plane disappeared from radar about 3 miles out over the Pacific Ocean from the Santa Cruz coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard did find any wreckage or a body.

Mar was authorized to enter the airport and was a member in good standing who could have made a reservation to fly the aircraft, the club said on its website.

However, he didn't make a reservation, per club protocol, and ignored Federal Aviation Administration protocol to make radio calls at the time of departure.

The club said Mar's failure to follow procedures appears suspicious, but it declined to speculate on his mental state.

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of the deceased," the club said.

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("They Lie. They Murder. They Cheat."
Saturday, 13th July 2019
Chess Player Caught Cheating Using His Phone While On The Toilet During A Tournament

by Gabe Fernandez


Latvian-Czech chess grandmaster Igors Rausis is reportedly under investigation after he was caught checking his phone while on the toilet in the middle of a tournament he was participating in.


Rausis signed a declaration stating that the phone that investigators eventually found in a toilet stall was in fact his, and was suspended from the tournament, according to a Fakebook post from FIDE Director General Emil Sutovsky.


The evidence found is apparently being sent to an ethics committee and the French police will be involved with what happens next as the tournament where Rausis was caught took place in Strasbourg.

Rausis told Chess dot com:
"I simply lost my mind yesterday. I confirmed the fact of using my phone during the game by written [statement]. What could I say more? Yes, I was tired after the morning game and all the Facebook activity of accusers also have a known impact. At least what I committed yesterday is a good lesson, not for meI played my last game of chess already." (


Its not clear whether hes specifically looking at a chess app, but its likely that the grandmaster will face a harsh penalty nonetheless given the attitude that FIDE has towards phones during tournaments.

Even being caught in possession of one during competition can lead to disqualification.

This suspension does add a wrinkle to Rausiss unprecedented career, and opens the floodgates for even more reasonable doubt to spill in.

The Latvian-Czech grandmaster advanced to become a super grandmaster in the span of six years, which is a really quick turnaround for such a feat.

The challenge of raising ones FIDE rating from 2500 (regular grandmaster) to 2700 (super grandmaster) in that timespan requires near-perfect play against every opponent.

Even more incredible is the fact that he reached this level in his 50s, which immediately caused some to question the sudden jump in success, particularly when he broke into the Top 100 and was the oldest player on that list.

Its amazing Rausis wasnt stopped earlier. Seems naive that people think someone can improve that much in their fifties, said grandmaster and ex-England player Danny Gormally.

Had Rausis not been caught today, there appears to be evidence that he might have been stopped sooner rather than later, as FIDEs Fair Play Commission Secretary Yuri Garrett outlines in his own Fakebook post that the commission had been closely following Rausis for a while.

Though he doesnt mention Rausis by name, its obvious that that is who he is referring to in the post.

Strangely enough, this isnt even the first time cheating of this nature has happenedthough the career implications were certainly not the same.
In 2015, a Georgian grandmaster was banned for three years and stripped of his grandmaster status when he too was caught cheating with a phone app on the toilet during a tournament.

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Sunday, 14th July 2019
Two escapees from 'doomsday preppers' in Florida claim they were abused for years

by Janelle Griffith


Two females who escaped from a North Florida farm belonging to a pair of "doomsday preppers" told police they were held captive and abused for years by the married couple.

Mirko Ceska, 58, and his wife, Regina, 55, were arrested Friday and booked into Wakulla County Jail on serious charges, including sexual battery and abuse, authorities announced Friday.

The couple had "exercised custodial responsibility" for the two individuals, the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office said, but their exact relationship was not disclosed.


The females, whose identities and ages were not disclosed, told police that the couple had "getaway properties" throughout the United States, stocked with food rations and weapons in the event of a major world disaster. (

The females escaped the farm in Crawfordville, about 20 miles south of Tallahassee, on June 28 2019.

They told police they had been trained to raise livestock, shear sheep, operate a loom and grow fruits and vegetables on the property.

Their days began at 5:30 a.m., and they were prohibited from leaving the property or communicating with other people.

They told police they were "instructed to always look happy" and that if if they didn't smile, they would get punished.

If they refused orders, the Ceskas would beat them and restrict their food intake, the sheriff's office said.


The most recent beating was carried out by Mirko Ceska with a metal rod, the females said.(

Detectives noticed marks and bruises on one of the female's back and arm. (

Both females said Mirko Ceska would force sex acts upon them, at times with the support of his wife, according to police, who allegedly found evidence of an Internet search for "incestuous video" on his phone.(

During a search of the residence, detectives found large quantities of food rations and survivalist items and seized dozens of high-quality firearms and "many cases of ammunition from throughout the house," the sheriff's office said.

Some of the firearms were hidden behind false walls or a staircase. (

Police also recovered a homemade video depicting an altercation between Mirko Ceska and the two females, during which his face was very close to theirs and he screamed that they had stolen food.

Mirko Ceska was charged with sexual battery, sexual assault, abuse, and neglect.

Regina Ceska was charged with two counts each of neglect and failure to report abuse.

They are both still being held in custody and it is unclear if they have legal representation.

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Sunday, 14th July 2019
Former Pittsburgh firefighter arrested for allegedly holding woman hostage
by WTAE (ABC News affiliate)


A former Pittsburgh firefighter was arrested for allegedly holding a woman hostage inside his home in Brighton Heights on Saturday afternoon.

Police said a woman was calling for help from a second-floor window, saying that the man would not let her leave and that she had been assaulted.

Police used a ladder from a city firetruck to get to the woman and bring her to safety.
The suspect, identified as 47-year-old Marc Vrane, barricaded himself inside the home.

He made multiple threats of violence against police and was uncooperative.

WAT then gained entry into the home and took Vrane into custody on the third floor of the home.

Vrane faces multiple charges including aggravated assault, strangulation and making terroristic threats.

Officers also found drug paraphernalia in the house and are obtaining a search warrant.

The woman was treated at the scene for bruises and other injuries.
Vrane was taken to an area hospital for evaluation before being transported to the county jail.
Police have been to the home on Brandon Road before.

In 2011, Vrane was charged with attacking officers and paramedics who responded to the home for reports of an overdose.

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Post by: Battle on July 18, 2019, 11:57:02 am
Friday, 31st May 2019
Lawyer Explains What Led Client to Have Sex with His Daughter Amid Jealous Competition
by Matt Naham


A 40-year-old Nebraska man made headlines after it was alleged that he had sex with his daughter who admitted that she and her half-sister were competing to see who could have sex with him first.

After a no contest plea and a jail sentence, Travis Fieldgroves lawyer explained that his client is embarrassed by the situation and wished it never happened; the lawyer said Fieldgrove is not a high functioning individual, due to a past brain injury.

Fieldgrove, after initially being charged with felony incest, pleaded no contest to attempt charge, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Fieldgrove was sentenced to two years in jail with credit for time served.

After Fieldgrove is released from jail, he will be supervised for a year; he may not contact his daughter-wife (not a typo), Samantha Kershner, 21.

Kershner previously admitted that her motivation to have sex with her father stemmed from a jealous competition with her half sister regarding who could have sex with their father.

The Kershner-Fieldgrove affair apparently began innocently enough three years ago, when Kershner asked her mother to tell her who her father was.

Kershners mom identified the man as Fieldgrove.

The two met and then had a father-daughter relationship for three years.

That changed in September 2018.

Although the two did not reveal exactly how their relationship turned sexual, they did admit to police they had sex on Sept. 10.

An unidentified individual called police with a tip about the incestuous relationship.

Remarkably, upon learning that they were under investigation, the two got married on Oct. 1:

Evidence leading up to the arrest suggests that Fieldgrove and (the daughter) were aware of the biological relationship before being intimate, and further indicates that they quickly married one another after being notified of the investigation.

Fieldgrove initially claimed that he was not Kersnhers father.

He said that his name was not on her birth certificate.

He also said that a DNA test proved he was not the father, but police said that was not the case.

In fact, they said, the results indicated that there was a 99.999 percent chance Fieldgrove was Kershners biological father.

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Thursday, 18th July 2019
Drunken Dad Arrested After Allegedly Throwing 5-Year-Old Son Into Ocean to Teach Him to Swim

by Harriet Sokmensuer


A Florida father has been arrested after allegedly getting drunk and throwing his 5-year-old son into the ocean to teach him to swim.

On Monday night, a Daytona Beach police officer got a tip about an intoxicated man at the local pier.

According to local TV-station WESH, a former Georgia State Trooper on vacation with his family watched the man allegedly throw his son into the ocean, yell at him to swim and then proceed to leave him unattended while he jumped off the pier into the water.

I said, I cant take this no more. So I went down to the pier, down to the shore and confronted him myself, Mitch Brown told the station.

The little kid was out here by himself. Completely by himself. There was nobody around him, no adults.

Brown approached the man, John Bloodsworth, and brought him to a nearby Daytona police officer.

As Bloodsworths son was comforted by several people nearby, 37-year-old Bloodsworth told the officer he was trying to teach him to swim, according to a police report obtained by the Daytona Beach News-Journal and Fox13.

Witnesses told the officer the boy struggled to swim in the water, which was about four feet deep, and when he tried to swim towards his father on shore, Bloodsworth yelled at him to go back.

Bloodsworth also allegedly did back flips off the pier while his son struggled down below.

He allegedly told the officer he had consumed five beers before going to the beach.


As he was arrested, Bloodsworth didnt show concern for his son, instead allegedly saying he was going to jail for being awesome, the report states.

Bloodsworth faces charges of aggravated abuse of a child, disorderly intoxication and swimming within 300 feet of the pier.

In addition to the charges, Bloodsworth was issued a trespass notice barring him from returning to the pier.

Officials issued the notice after Bloodsworth allegedly told them he wanted to continue jumping off the pier every day, but that next time he would go with his daughter.

The little boy is now with his mother.

On Tuesday, Bloodsworth was released from Volusia County Branch Jail after posting $1,500 bail.


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Thursday, 18th July 2019
Wrong-way driver deliberately slammed into car, killing family of 3
by WLWT (NBC News Affiliate)


Prosecutors said a wrong-way driver who killed a family of three did so "intentionally" and "deliberately," accelerating before slamming into a vehicle on Interstate 75.

Abby Michaels, 21, has been indicted on six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of OVI in connection with a St. Patrick's Day crash in Moraine.


Investigators said Michaels' car hit a Toyota Camry head-on, killing a family of three that was inside.

Timmy Thompson, 51; Karen Thompson, 50; and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa Thompson were killed.

"The evidence shows there was no hesitancy at all and she was accelerating at the time that she ran head-on into this defenseless family," said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said.


Heck said Thursday that the crash was intentional.

"This was not an accident," he said.

"She knew what she wanted to do and what she wanted to accomplish."

The crash happened after Michaels left a Miamisburg bar, Heck said.

According to a police report, at the time of the crash, Michaels was "wearing a festive St. Patrick's Day shirt, multiple green, plastic shamrock necklaces and she had a temporary tattoo on her right cheek of an apparent beer mug."

The report also states that she had a frothy liquid coming from her mouth, which medics apparently identified as beer. (

Authorities said blood alcohol testing results show Michaels was legally intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of 0.099 at the time of the crash. (

The legal limit in Ohio is 0.08. (

"The evidence that we have so far shows that being under the influence was not a contributing factor in this," Heck said.

Heck said Michaels was dealing with a handful of personal issues at the time of the crash.

"The evidence that we have so far shows that she was upset and that she had talked about possibly doing this and that was her intent," Heck said.

Heck would not say if Michaels spoke specifically about killing someone else or herself.

According to court records, Michaels' husband filed for divorce two days prior to the deadly crash. ("Hmmm-m-m..."

The Thompsons were from Mason, Ohio. Heck said the three were on their way home from vacation when the crash occurred.

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Post by: Battle on July 18, 2019, 11:34:40 pm
Thursday, 18th July 2019
White Man Accused of Raping 4-year-old at Oklahoma Fast Food Restaurant
by Lili Zheng


(MIDWEST CITY, Okla.) - Police are investigating after they say a man raped a four-year-old child at a McDonald's restaurant in Midwest City.

Joshua Kabatra, 37, was arrested this week and booked on two counts of rape and one count of lewd acts with a child.

The incident happened at a McDonalds along SE 15th Street in Midwest City.

"Daycare workers were from outside Midwest City. They brought their children to the play center of this restaurant and while they were inside the play area, a 4-year-old went to the restroom thats apparently inside the play area," said Chief Brandon Clabes with the Midwest City Police Dept.

According to Chief Clabes, the day workers checked on the 4-year-old girl after about five minutes.


The door to the bathroom was locked and it took some time for someone to answer, Clabes said.


When Kabatra exited the bathroom, Clabes said he "raised his hands and said 'hey, Im just washing my hands,'" and walked out.

However, when the daycare workers asked the little girl if anything happened inside the bathroom, she answered yes and pointed to her genital area.

Daycare workers immediately called 911.

"Its just a horrific situation for any parent, a nightmare for any child and certainly for the daycare," Clabes said.

"At this point, theres nothing indicating the daycare workers did anything wrong. They were supervising the children the only person who did anything wrong is our suspect."

According to police, Kabatra has only been living in Oklahoma for a few months.

During an interview with police, we're told the suspect admitted to touching the child.

"Weve never seen this individual before and we hope to never see him again," Clabes said.

"What we would encourage the public look at his mugshot. If anybody feels like theyve been a victim of this individual or their children has been a victim, have those conversations with your children and let us know. Contact our agency."

Rebecca Burand lives in Midwest City and said the entire situation was infuriating.

"I know its not their [McDonald's] fault, and the reason I know its not their fault is because pedophiles and molesters - they look like normal everyday people," Burand said.("They do?"

Kabatra remains in custody at the Oklahoma County jail as today.

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Thursday, 25th 2019
2 white teen suspects charged with murder of man found dead near burned camper
by ABC News


The two missing teen suspects wanted in connection to the murders of a young couple from the U.S. and Australia have now been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found near the suspects' burned camper, Canadian authorities said.

Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, nearly crossed Canada in the last two weeks, according to authorities, starting out from western British Columbia.

They allegedly killed Chynna Deese, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, who is from Australia, near the Liard Hot Springs in British Columbia. Their bodies were found on July 15, 2019.

Days later, the duo torched their camper before popping up in Northern Saskatchewan.

Then, witnesses placed the duo overnight in Manitoba, more than 2,000 miles from where Deese and Fowler were found dead, police said.

Later on Wednesday, officials announced the suspects had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found approximately 1.2 miles from the camper.

"As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large," police said.

The body was identified as Leonard Dyck from Vancouver, British Columbia, according to a news release.

A burning car, found in the Gillam area of Manitoba, Canada, was also confirmed as belonging to the two missing teen suspects, authorities announced Wednesday afternoon.

"Based on this information, we have sent a number of resources to the Gillam area," said Cpl. Julie Courchaine, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, during a Wednesday news conference.

"This is a complex, ongoing investigation involving multiple jurisdictions. We are engaged with police forces across Canada. We are investigating all tips and are continuing to ask for the public's assistance. We are also reminding everyone that these suspects should not be approached and if you do see them, to call 911 or your local police immediately."

Chief Walter Spence, of Fox Lake Cree Nation, which is northeast of Gillam, said in a statement Tuesday that a burned and discarded car had been found nearby on that day, according to CTV News.

Before Wednesday's news conference, authorities had tweeted that they had reason to believe the pair were in the Gillam area but would not confirm that the car was linked to them.

Dyck's body was found on July 19 2019.

 Police released his photoin the hopes someone will come forward with info or may have spoken to him.

"We are truly heart broken by the sudden and tragic loss of Len. He was a loving husband and father. His death has created unthinkable grief and we are struggling to understand what has happened," Dyck's family said in a statement released by police.

"While we understand there will be interest in knowing more about him and the impact he had during his life, we are asking for the public and the media to please respect our privacy during this difficult time."

Schmegelskys father, Alan Schmegelsky, told the Times Colonist that his son was a "good kid."

"I dont know what to think anymore," Alan Schmegelsky said.

"I'm in disbelief. I didn't see any signs of violence."

He said that his son was interested in air-soft pellet guns but that he did not believe his son ever shot a real gun, according to the Times Colonist.

He said Bryer Schmegelsky would play war games in the woods with friends.


"That was their outdoor video game. You know, a real-life video game," he said.

In a statement to ABC News, McLeods father, Keith McLeod, said in a statement:

"To the people who truly care; I am sitting at home worrying about my son. Relentless media [are] hounding us for answers we dont have. My family and I do know that Kam is a kind, considerate and caring young man who has always been concerned about other peoples feelings. As we are trapped in our homes due to media people, we try to wrap her head around what is happening. We hope that Kam will come home to us safely so we can all get to the bottom of this story."

"I am staying close to the phone because I dont want to miss a call if it is word about Kam," he said.

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Post by: Battle on August 07, 2019, 02:13:44 pm
Wednesday, 7th August 2019
White teen pleads no contest in fatal stabbing

by WXMI-TV, Grand Rapids, Michigan


(IONIA, Mich.) A man has pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the fatal 2017 stabbing of a 16-year-old boy in Ionia.

Kyler Bogert, 19, entered the plea Wednesday in the death of Daniel Johnson, who he was accused of stabbing in the neck during a fight. (

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal sexual conduct from an unrelated May 2017 incident.

He was originally charged with second-degree murder, but prosecutors dropped that charge after receiving a report that provided more information on Bogerts state of mind and mental illness diagnosis.

Prosecutors said the manslaughter charge was more appropriate.

Bogert wont be sentenced for another six to eight weeks, but prosecutors said he will likely receive a sentence equal or less than the 26 months he has already served, meaning he will be on probation.

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Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Manhunt ends: Bodies believed to be B.C. murder suspects found in northern Manitoba
by The Canadian Press


(WINNIPEG, Canada) Two bodies believed to be British Columbia murder suspects who were the focus of a massive manhunt have been found in dense brush in northern Manitoba.

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Post by: Battle on August 07, 2019, 05:08:02 pm
Wednesday, 7th August 2019
Students for Trump founder pleads guilty to posing as lawyer in $46,000 scam
by Stephen Rex Brown


The founder of Students for Trump pleaded guilty Tuesday to running a $46,000 scam in which he posed as a lawyer and gave legal advice.

John Lambert, 23, created a website for a fake law firm called Pope & Dunn and claimed to be Eric Pope, a graduate of NYU Law School with a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania and 15 years of experience in corporate and patent law, prosecutors said.

In brief remarks in Manhattan Federal Court, the babyfaced fraudster from Knoxville, Tenn. said he engaged in the scheme with an accomplice who was not identified.

Lambert said they represented themselves as qualified lawyers...providing legal services."

He said he was living in North Carolina when he ran the scam between 2016 and 2018.

Are you an attorney? Judge Valerie Caproni asked.

No, your honor," he replied.

He pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy.

Under his plea deal with prosecutors, he will not appeal a sentence that is 21 months or less.

He also agreed to forfeit $46,654.


John Lambert represented himself to clients as a prominent New York attorney with a law degree from an elite law school. But Lamberts de facto career was one of a grifter: he had never been to law school and certainly wasnt an attorney. Today, Lambert admitted to his crimes and faces time in prison for his misdeeds," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said.

Lambert achieved notoriety during the presidential campaign for the group he founded with classmate classmate Ryan Fournier at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., in 2015.

They made frequent media appearances and ran a Students For Trump Twitter account featuring photos of bikini-clad women and pics of themselves at political events.

Lambert even shook hands with future Attorney General Jeff 'Granny' Sessions in May 2016.

Weve been told that were more organized than the actual puppetine campaign,

Lambert told The Chronicle of Higher Education before the election.

Students For Trump distanced itself from Lambert after his arrest in April, noting hed left the group after puppetines election.

We are highly disappointed in his actions and fully condemn the path which John Lambert decided to take after departing from Students for Trumps executive board, the group said.

The Students For Trump website indicates it was acquired last month by another right-wing student organization, Turning Point Action.

Lambert will be sentenced on Nov. 18 2019

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Post by: Battle on August 08, 2019, 04:03:06 pm
Thursday, 8th August 2019
White guy assaulted a boy for disrespecting the national anthem
by Michael Brice-Saddler


An attorney for the Montana man accused of slamming a 13-year-old boys head into the ground for not removing his hat during the national anthem says puppetines rhetoric is partially to blame for his clients actions.

Earlier this week, Mineral County Sheriff Mike Boone identified 39-year-old Curt James Brockway as a suspect in the alleged Saturday night assault.

According to court documents filed in Mineral County, Brockway reportedly told investigators that he asked the boy to take off his hat as the anthem began to play at a local rodeo.

When the youth cursed back at him instead, Brockway claimed, he lifted him into the air, and slammed the boy into the ground.

The attack reportedly fractured the boys skull and left him with a concussion.

Brockway was apprehended Saturday at the fairgrounds, located in the western Montana town of Superior, and charged with assault on a minor a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The mans attorney, Lance Jasper, told the Missoulian on Wednesday that his client is a U.S. Army veteran who was honorably discharged for disability after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in 2000 while on active duty in Fort Lewis, Wash.

As a result, Jasper said, Brockway believed he was following orders from his commander in chief while attacking the teenager.

[drumphf] is telling people that if they kneel, they should be fired, or if they burn a flag, they should be punished, Jasper told the Missoulian.

He certainly didnt understand it was a crime

Jasper did not return several phone calls from The Washington Post requesting comment on the case Thursday.

Brockway served in the U.S. Army for more than two years as a metal worker, said Will Sharp, an Army spokesman.

He was discharged in May 2001, though Sharp declined to describe the nature of his discharge, citing privacy reasons.
A witness mostly corroborated Brockways description of the incident, according to the affidavit, though she did not hear him ask the boy to remove his hat.

Taylor Hennick, who attended the event, told local news outlets that she overheard the incident, which took place near the Mineral County Fair and Rodeos entrance, just as the national anthem began to play.

The woman said she heard a pop and turned to see the boy writhing on the ground.

She did not return messages from The Post requesting comment.

He was bleeding out of his ears, seizing on the ground, just not coherent, Hennick told the Missoulian.

As startled spectators closed in on Brockway, she said, he told them [the boy] was disrespecting the national anthem, so he had every right to do that.
According to the affidavit, Brockway told investigators that when he asked the child to remove his hat because it was disrespectful, the child replied, F--- you.

Police said the boy was flown to Sacred Heart Childrens Hospital in Spokane, Wash., for emergency treatment.

The 13-year-old suffered a concussion and fractured skull, according to the affidavit.

In a hospital interview with local media, he said he cant remember anything from the rodeo.

The boys mother, Megan Keeler, told KPAX that her sons ears bled for six hours after the alleged attack.

All of the witnesses I have talked to said this was completely random,

Keeler told KPAX, a CBS-affiliated news station.

He targeted [my son], grabbed him and took him down.

Keeler declined a request for comment from The Post, citing an ongoing investigation into the case.

The boy was reportedly released from the hospital Tuesday and is recovering at home, his mother said.

Controversy surrounding the national anthem dates back to 2016, when then-National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick called attention to police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling as the song was performed before games.

The silent protests were largely condemned by many on the right, including puppetine who in September 2017 encouraged team owners to fire NFL players, like Kaepernick, who knelt and otherwise protested the anthem.

During a 2017 rally in Alabama, puppetine said:

Wouldnt you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. Hes fired. Hes fired!

Speaking with fox news later, puppetine suggested NFL players who dont stand for The Star-Spangled Banner shouldnt be in the United States at all.
You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. You shouldnt be playing; you shouldnt be there. Maybe they shouldnt be in the country, he said.

Jasper told the Missoulian he will seek a mental health evaluation for Brockway, whose brain injury affects his frontal lobe and impairs his cognitive function.

Jasper likened puppetines words surrounding the anthem and those who protest it to a presidential order.

The Executive Mansion did not immediately return a request for comment on Jaspers claim that his client was motivated by the acting-president.

Obviously, [Brockway] owes a big portion of accountability for what took place, but its certain that there was other things at work here that definitely contributed, he told the newspaper.

puppetine never necessarily says, Go hurt somebody, but the message is absolutely clear. I am certain of the fact that [Brockway] was doing what he believed he was told to do, essentially, by the acting-president.

The accusation from Jaspers attorney comes as the nation reels from two weekend mass shootings that have renewed conversation surrounding puppetines rhetoric.

Authorities have looked closely at an anti-immigrant screed allegedly written by the suspect named in Saturdays attack on a Walmart in El Paso, which warned of a Hispanic invasion of Texas.

puppetine has used the word invasion repeatedly to describe immigrants who enter the United States through the southern border, and some El Pasoans believe the acting-presidents rhetoric has heartened anti-immigrant groups.

The Missoulian previously reported that Brockway was charged with assault with a weapon in 2010, resulting in a 10-year probation sentence.

Jasper told the outlet Brockways brain injury was considered during his sentencing in that case.

He was granted early release from the probation after seven years for good behavior.

Obviously its a tragedy whenever someone is injured, especially a young kid, but with my client being a veteran with a traumatic brain injury, it is absolutely fair to say he got caught up in a heightened animosity and a heightened rhetoric that too many people are engaged in,

Jasper said, according to the Missoulian.
Brockways arraignment in the latest charge is scheduled for Aug. 14 2019

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Post by: Battle on August 09, 2019, 06:14:40 pm
Friday, 9th August 2019
Felon & Fugitive Jailed For Threatening Representative AOC
by Michael Brice-Saddler


An Ohio man was charged with making threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, authorities say, after he wrote on Facebook the New York Democrat should be shot.

Timothy James Ireland Jr., 41, was indicted in Toledo for making interstate threats in addition to separate counts of being a felon and fugitive in possession of a firearm, the U.S. attorneys office in the Northern District of Ohio announced Friday.

Officials say a concerned citizen reached out to U.S. Capitol Police July 23 2019 to warn of the threatening Facebook post, which they later confirmed was written by Ireland.

She should be shot. Cant fire me, my employer would load the gun for me,

Ireland wrote, according to police.

The statement was apparently posted to Facebook along with a news story about the congresswoman.

On Aug. 2 2019, Capitol Police called Ireland after finding his phone number in public records.

The man took full responsibility for the statement while speaking with police, adding he was very proud of his work, according to a criminal complaint.

Ireland also admitted to having firearms that he always carries concealed," police say.
An FBI criminal history check revealed Ireland had two outstanding warrants:

one was a felony failure to appear in Sarasota County, Fl., after violating probation in a felony case; the other was a misdemeanor failure to appear bench warrant related to a possession of marijuana charge in Cook County, Ga.
Ireland was also convicted in 1996 on four felony counts of dealing in stolen property in Sarasota County, according to the criminal complaint.

The man was present when police raided his Toledo home five days after the phone call, the complaint read.

He was detained for the active warrants and admitted to having ammunition inside his house.

Investigators say they found the ammo in kitchen drawers:

three rounds of .32-caliber ammunition, and four rounds for a .45-caliber gun.

There is absolutely no place in the marketplace of ideas for threats of violence against any person, especially those who are elected to represent the American people,

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a release.

Disagreement on political issues cannot lead to acts of violence, and if it does, we will seek federal prison time.

A spokesman for the Department of Justice said Ireland waived his hearing and will remain in custody at least until a bond hearing next week.


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Post by: Battle on August 10, 2019, 11:55:13 am
Saturday, 10th August 2019
Tennessee escaped inmate was at a prison official's home hours before she was found dead

by Faith Kirimi



An inmate who escaped from a Tennessee prison while on mowing work detail was at the home of a corrections official three hours before her body was discovered, investigators said.

A manhunt is underway for Curtis Ray Watson, who escaped Wednesday from West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning, and is considered extremely dangerous.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has said he's a suspect in the death of Debra Johnson, a longtime corrections official who was found dead in her home on the prison grounds.



Johnson's co-workers discovered her body about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after she didn't report to work.

Hours earlier, at 8:30 a.m., corrections officers saw Watson on a facility golf cart at her home, the TBI said Friday.

Authorities believe Johnson, 64, was killed and Watson is a suspect in her death.

Watson was serving a 15-year sentence for aggravated kidnapping.

He was discovered missing about 11 a.m. Wednesday, when officials conducted a check of inmates.

He fled the area in a tractor, which was found just over a mile from the crime scene, along with his prison identification.

The TBI said it has received 250 tips and zero credible sightings of him, and is offering a reward of $52,500.


It's warned people in the immediate prison area to be on the lookout and double-check their property, crawl spaces and dog houses -- anywhere someone could hide.

Those with trail or property surveillance cameras should check those too, officials said.

"He could be anywhere," TBI Director David Rausch said.

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Post by: Battle on August 12, 2019, 07:19:24 am
Saturday, 10th August 2019
White woman facing multiple drug charges in Randolph County is Rude


The Randolph County Sheriff's Office Criminal Interdiction Team has arrested a woman on multiple drug charges.

The team was called to a suspicious vehicle near Loflin Pond Road on Friday, according to deputies.

Maryrose Rude was being searched for weapons when she admitted to having drugs in her pocket, according to officers.

Methamphetamine was located in her pocket.

Deputies said they located additional methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the car.

Rude was arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance, felony to maintain a vehicle for a controlled substance and a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to deputies.

Rude is being held at the Randolph County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond.

Her first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday, 12th August 2019.


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Post by: Battle on August 12, 2019, 10:00:50 am
Monday, 12th August 2019
White guy Arrested For Threatening To Shoot Up Walmart After El Paso Massacre
by Sanjana Karanth


Police said theyve arrested a Florida man suspected of being a white supremacist for allegedly threatening to shoot up a Walmart a day after a gunman killed nearly two dozen people at one of the superstores in El Paso, Texas.

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested the 26-year-old from Winter Park, Florida, on Friday on charges of making written threats last week to kill or do bodily harm, according to the department.

Police said Richard Clayton allegedly posted his threat on Facebook on Aug. 4 2019, a day after a white supremacist fatally shot at least 22 people and injured dozens more at a Walmart in El Paso, a border town with a large Hispanic population.

According to investigators, the post read, 3 more days of probation left then I get my AR-15 back. Dont go to Walmart next week.

The FBI received a tip about the post on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

A spokeswoman with the department told the AP that Clayton was not on probation.

Investigators also said the suspect appears to believe in the white supremacist ideology and has a history of posting threats on Facebook using fictitious accounts.

The ideology is similar to the El Paso shooter, who police say confessed that he was specifically targeting Mexican people.

When police arrived at Claytons parents home, the suspect repeatedly asked an officer if he was Hispanic, saying,

They are what is wrong with this country. They come in and are ruining everything, court documents show, according to WKMG-TV.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement launched a joint investigation with the Winter Park Police Department and the FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Clayton is currently being held at the Orange County Jail on $15,000 bond, according to ABC News.

His case is the latest in a series of cases where police have tracked down domestic terror threats.

Police arrested a 20-year-old man at a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri, on Thursday and charged him with making a terrorist threat in the second degree.

Dmitriy Andreychenko said he was conducting a social experiment when he caused panic at the Walmart by wearing a ballistic vest and carrying a loaded rifle just days after two mass shootings.

Police also on Thursday arrested a 23-year-old Las Vegas man, who is now facing a federal weapons charge after authorities said he discussed making explosives and was planning an attack on a local synagogue and an LGBTQ bar.

The Justice Department said Conor Climo promoted white supremacy and communicated with people who identified with a white supremacist extremist organization.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate last month that white supremacy was responsible for the majority of the FBIs domestic terror-related cases this year.

puppetine blamed the El Paso attack on white supremacy, among other issues, though he has refused to acknowledge his role in promoting those ideas himself.

A manifesto authorities believe the El Paso shooting suspect wrote echoed puppetines own racist rhetoric.

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Post by: Battle on August 12, 2019, 11:36:09 am
Monday, 12th August 2019
Friend Of Dayton Shooter Charged With Lying On Firearms Form
by Associated Press


A friend of the Dayton gunman was charged with lying on federal firearms forms, the Justice Department said Monday.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Southern Ohio said more information about the charge that is being unsealed will be released at a news conference Monday afternoon.

The charge comes just over a week after the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, where 24-year-old Connor Betts opened fire in a popular entertainment district, killing his sister and eight others.
Officers shot Betts within 30 seconds, killing him just steps outside a crowded bar.
Authorities have said hundreds more people may have died had Betts gotten inside.

Police have said there was nothing in his background that would have prevented him from buying the AR-15 style gun used in the shooting.

The weapon was bought online from a dealer in Texas and shipped to another firearms dealer in the Dayton area, police said on the day of the shooting.

Federal authorities also say Ethan Kollie bought Betts body armor and a firearm accessory earlier this year.

Investigators have not released a motive for the shooting.

Eight of the victims who died were shot multiple times, according to the Montgomery County coroner's office.

More than 30 others were left injured, including at least 14 with gunshot wounds, hospital officials and investigators said.

Just days after the shooting, Ohio Republican Gov. mike dewine announced a package of gun control measures, including requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales in Ohio and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.

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Monday, 12th August 2019
Kentucky white man faces 38 child porn charges

by Chris Mayhew


A Crescent Springs man pleaded not guilty Monday in Kenton Circuit Court to 38 charges of either possessing or distributing child pornography.

Kristopher Crawford, 44, was arrested May 21 by Kenton County Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

He was initially charged with four counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and one count of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

A grand jury indicted Crawford on additional charges on July 18.

All of the charges are based on events that happened between Sept. 19, 2018, and Sept. 24, 2018, according to the indictment.

Crawford is accused of 19 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and 19 counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor.

Each felony charge can bring between one to five years in prison with a conviction.

Crawford faces up to 70 years in prison, the maximum sentence in Kentucky if convicted on all charges.

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Post by: Battle on August 13, 2019, 03:15:57 pm
Tuesday, 13th August 2019
White man closer to death by firing squad after losing appeal
by Brady McCombs


(SALT LAKE CITY, Utah) A Utah death row inmate featured in the popular book "Under the Banner of Heaven" after killing his sister-in-law and her child for resisting his polygamist beliefs inched closer to becoming the first American to be executed by firing squad in nearly a decade after losing his latest appeal Monday.

Ron Lafferty could be executed as soon as next year after his latest legal setback, said Andrew Peterson, assistant solicitor general at the Utah attorney general's office.

Lafferty's lawyer, Dale Baich, said in an email that he will use all options to challenge the ruling and will likely ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.

Lafferty chose the firing squad decades ago when he was sentenced to die before Utah changed its law to use it only as a backup method if lethal injection drugs aren't available.


The last time a firing squad was used in the U.S. was in 2010, when Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed in Utah for the 1984 murder of an attorney during a failed courthouse escape.

Lafferty was convicted in the 1984 slayings of his sister-in-law and her baby daughter, which he carried out with his brother.

He claimed to get a revelation from God to kill the two because of her resistance to his fundamentalist beliefs in polygamy.

His case became well known nationwide when it was included in Jon Krakauer's 2003 book about radical offshoots of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Krakauer also wrote the popular books "Into Thin Air" and "Into the Wild."

Lafferty's lawyers have argued that he suffered from mental illness, and his punishment was out of line with the life sentence given to his brother Dan Lafferty, among other objections.

The ruling Monday by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver backed lower-court judges in their previous rejections of the arguments.

His lawyer, Baich, expressed disappointment that the court relied on what he described as "procedural technicalities" to deny Lafferty a complete review of his case.

"When the most severe penalty a state can impose is at stake, we look to the courts to be the safety net to ensure that the full protections allowed by the constitution have been met," Baich said in a statement.

Peterson, the prosecutor, said he's pleased Lafferty's countless appeals have nearly run their course.

He said he considers it a long shot that the U.S. Supreme Court would take the case.


"Five judges have said there's nothing in this case worth spending any more time on," Peterson said.

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Post by: Battle on August 14, 2019, 07:26:29 am
Wednesday, 14th August 2019
White man who admitted to killing former Iowa State golfer apologizes
by Phil Helsel


A 22-year-old homeless man who pleaded guilty to killing an Iowa State University golfer has reportedly apologized for the slaying.
Collin Richards in June pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barqun Arozamena, 22, whose body was found at a golf course about two miles from the university in Ames on Sept. 17, 2018.
"I want to show remorse for stripping a life from society worse from a loving family," Richards said in a handwritten letter to Judge Bethany Currie on Tuesday, according to NBC affiliate WHO of Des Moines.
"I want the family and you to know im sorry."
Richards also wrote that "change is my mission" and "I will use all resources and steps" and "if there is anything I can do I will."
He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Aug. 23, the station reported.
The letter appears unlikely to change his sentence.
Richards was homeless and staying at a homeless camp when he was arrested, officials said at the time he was charged.
Richards had scratches on his face consistent with a fight and a cut on his hand, and a knife was found, according to a criminal complaint.
Barqun Arozamena was a top golfer in Spain as a teenager and was pursuing her career at Iowa State, the Associated Press reported in June when Richards pleaded guilty to murder.

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Post by: Battle on August 14, 2019, 01:07:26 pm
Wednesday, 14th August 2019
Todd and Julie Chrisley are in custody after indictment on tax evasion and fraud
by Faith Karimi and Sandra Gonzalez


Reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley are in custody in Georgia, one day after they were indicted on tax evasion and fraud charges, according to the Northern District of Georgia attorney's office.

The couple surrendered to authorities early Wednesday morning, a spokesman for the attorney's office told CNN.

They're expected to appear before a federal judge later in the day, spokesman Bob Page said.

The Chrisleys are the stars of "Chrisley Knows Best," a USA Network reality series, which follows their family's over-the-top lifestyle and activities.

The 12-count indictment, obtained by CNN, also alleges the Chrisleys committed bank fraud and wire fraud conspiracy, among other offenses.

Peter Tarantino, the Chrisleys' accountant, also has been indicted on tax offenses.

Before the indictment was issued on Tuesday, Todd Chrisley denied the claims in a post on Instagram, implying the charges are based on evidence presented to investigators by a disgruntled former employee.

He alleged this employee, whom he did not name, was stealing from the family, created false documents, forged their signatures and bugged their home.

Chrisley said it's the employee's second attempt to get the family charged and called it an act of retaliation.

"I'm telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of," he wrote on Instagram.

"Not only do we know we've done nothing wrong, but we've got a ton of hard evidence and a bunch of corroborating witnesses that proves it."

Chrisley wrote that the former employee's alleged crimes included "all kinds of really bad stuff like creating phony documents, forging our signatures and threatening other employees with violence if they said anything."
In a statement announcing the indictment, US Attorney BJay Pak said the Chrisleys were charged "not only with defrauding a number of banks by fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans, but also with allegedly cheating taxpayers by actively evading paying federal taxes on the money they earned.

"Celebrities face the same justice that everyone does.

These are serious federal charges and they will have their day in court," Pak added.

The indictment says that between 2007 and 2012, the Chrisleys allegedly submitted fake bank and financial statements to get loans worth millions, the indictment says.

"During the conspiracy, Todd Chrisley directed a co-conspirator to send false information to banks," the indictment says.

For example, in 2008, a bank said it would not renew a loan without updated financial information and Chrisley allegedly ordered the co-conspirator to get it done, even though the couple did not have the funds.

"If you do not know how to do this, then find a crooked accountant to do it," he allegedly said, according to the indictment.

Throughout the conspiracy, they allegedly submitted false documents to banks listing inflated account balances, personal financial statements containing false information about available funds, false invoices and false audit paperwork.

"As a result of false representations ... a number of banks issued the conspirators millions of dollars in loans, much of which Todd and Julie Chrisley used for their own personal benefit," the documents allege.

In a sworn affidavit in 2012, Chrisley said that he did not know the co-conspirator had submitted the documents and accused him of using their accountant's stationery and signature without their consent.

Even after their relationship ended with the co-conspirator, the couple continued submitting false documents, the indictment alleges.

For example, during a lease application process for a home in California, the property owner wanted Julie Chrisley to provide a credit report and bank statements showing the couple had at least $486,000 in their accounts, the indictment says

"When applying to rent the home in July 2014, Julie Chrisley transmitted multiple fabricated documents that had been physically cut and then glued or taped together, and Todd Chrisley sent an email containing a false statement about the Chrisleys' available funds," it says.

"On July 23, 2014, Julie Chrisley sent an email to the realtor attaching a City National Bank account statement reporting a June 30, 2014 account balance of $86,790.86. In reality, the City National bank account had a balance of negative $14,530.89 in June 2014," the indictment alleges.
The numbers had allegedly been cut and glued or taped together to make it appear that the accounts had more funds, the indictment says.

On July 26, 2014, Julie Chrisley sent a copy of a bank statement for that month showing a balance of $409,738.85 while the account had zero balance, it said.

Julie Chrisley also sent a false credit report showing her scores were between the mid-700s and 800s, while they were actually in the 500s, the indictment alleges.

Again, the numbers had been cut out and taped to make it seem like her credit scores were higher, it says.

After they signed the lease and started using the property, they did not pay their rent in October 2014, the indictment says, and the property owner had to threaten them with eviction.

Around 2010, the couple and a third person conspired to defraud the IRS, the indictment says.

The couple formed a company called 7C's Productions and directed third parties to send money there, the indictment alleges.

Todd Chrisley had control over the company and had access to its bank accounts, but he was not listed as the owner in documents filed with the Georgia and Tennessee secretaries of state, the indictment says.

The family owned homes in both states.

Julie Chrisley was listed on the company's corporate documents and had signature authority over its bank accounts, but Todd Chrisley controlled it, the indictment alleges.

His information was kept out of the documents to impede the IRS from determining his income, the indictment alleges.

They couple made large "personal expenditures" even though they had "significant tax liabilities," the indictment says.

They also failed to "timely file federal tax returns or pay income taxes for the 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 tax years," the indictment alleges.

"Chrisley Knows Best" has aired on the USA Network since 2014 for a total of seven seasons.

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Post by: Battle on August 14, 2019, 04:12:10 pm
Wednesday, 14th August 2019
Ex-Olympian Michael Barisone denied release after attempted murder charge

by Svetlana Shkolnikova


Michael Barisone, the former U.S. Olympic dressage athlete charged with attempted murder, will be held in Morris County jail without bail after a Superior Court judge deemed him a danger to others and perhaps himself.

Barisone, 54, was charged with two counts of attempted murder and unlawful possession of a weapon after he allegedly shot his tenant Lauren Kanarek twice in the chest last week at his Hawthorne Hill farm in Long Valley.

Barisone entered the courtroom wide-eyed in his first court appearance Wednesday, in a yellow Morris County jail inmate jumpsuit and a black sling on his left arm.

The injury was caused by an alleged scuffle with Kanareks fianc, Robert Goodwin, who disarmed and pinned down Barisone as he attempted to shoot him after he fired two shots at Kanareks chest,according to court documents.

The spasm of violence was the result of a weeks-long landlord-tenant dispute, police say.

Judge Stephen Taylor denied Barisone release from jail based on his alleged decision to resort to violence and his repetition of the fatalistic phrase I had a good life after police responded to the crime scene.

There are procedures in place by civil society in resolving those disputes and if Mr. Barisone had followed those procedures, we wouldnt be here today, Taylor said.

I think he does pose a danger, perhaps to himself as well.

Kanarek and Barisone called police to the two-story residence at Barisones farm multiple times in the days leading up to the shooting.

Barisone and his partner lived at the house with Kanarek and Goodwin, but relocated to a barn about a half-mile from the property in late July after the relationship between the couples turned sour, said Christopher Schellhorn, assistant prosecutor at the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

Kanarek and Goodwin had been training horses at the property for several months, said Jeffrey Simms, Barisones attorney.

They had a verbal agreement to stay at the residence until the training was completed but then refused to leave, he said.

Simms characterized the couple as squatters who did not pay rent and began to harass Barisone and his partner.

He said Kanarek and Goodwin refused to listen to fire marshals who responded to the residence and told them to leave.

On the day of the shooting, child services, allegedly contacted by Kanarek and Goodwin visited Barisone and his partner to investigate phony allegations of abuse of the partners two children, Simms said.

This package of threats, harassment, standing outside his room at night screaming:

Were going to do everything we can to destroy you, were going to do everything we can to hurt your children, may have culminated in a situation that was completely out of hand, Simms said.

Barisone was afraid, fearful for his life, fearful for his partner and fearful for the children.

Outside of court, the attorney called Kanarek, a dressage rider who remains in critical condition at Morristown Medical Center, not a victim but a villain.

She is known as a grifter in the community, Simms said.

These people would do anything they could to hurt Mr. Barisone and that will come out.

Kanareks fianc, father and sister attended the court hearing Wednesday but declined to comment.

Days before the shooting, Kanarek wrote Im being bullied by a 63 man. Bullied to the point Im afraid, on Facebook.

In other social media posts, Kanarek said she was dealing with severely deranged people" and that a certain known drunk has literally just informed me sleep with one eye open.


She wrote that she planned to file a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport, a nonprofit organization that investigates abuse in Olympic sports.

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Post by: Battle on August 15, 2019, 02:16:15 pm
Thursday, 15th August 2019
White guy arrested after bringing 'several weapons' to Pease Park
by Drew Knight of KVUE (ABC News affiliate)


A 23-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday after police said he brought "several weapons" to Austin's Pease Park.

The Austin Police Department responded to the north side of the park at 1:32 p.m. after receiving a call about the man.

Police found him with several weapons and took him into custody.

Dalton Broesche was charged with two counts of unlicensed carrying of a weapon for a pistol and a club (baton) that was on him.

He also had an outstanding warrant in Harris County.

Broesche was booked into the Travis County Jail, where he currently remains on a $55,000 bond.

"Officers did an excellent job of responding to this situation and taking Broesche into custody without incident while also keeping everyone at the park safe," the police department said.

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Post by: Battle on August 15, 2019, 04:31:47 pm
Thursday, 15th August 2019
Hollywood Ripper Michael Gargiulo Found Guilty Of Murdering 2 Women

by CBS Los Angeles


(LOS ANGELES, Ca) Following a trial that lasted 3 months, the man known as the Hollywood Ripper was found guilty Thursday morning of murdering two women in the Los Angeles area, one of whom was killed on the night she was set to go on a date with actor Ashton Kutcher.

Following four days of deliberations, a downtown L.A. jury found 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo, an air conditioning repairman, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the 2001 and 2005 killings of two young women.

Gargiulo was also convicted of attempted murder for a 2008 stabbing of a Santa Monica woman who was able to escape and survived.

Gargiulo was a neighbor of each victim at the time of the attacks.

He showed no visible reaction when the verdicts were read.

Jurors found true special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murder, opening Gargiulo to a possible death sentence.

The jury could give him the death penalty during the sentencing phase of the trial.

Gargiulo is also facing separate charges out of Illinois in the murder of a Chicago-area teenager in 1993.

In February 2001, Garguilo murdered 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin in her Hollywood Hills home.

She had been stabbed 47 times.


Kutcher arrived to pick her up for a date following the murder, but left when she did not answer the door.

He testified in Gargiulos trial.

In 2005, Gargiulo is accused of killing a young mother, 32-year-old Maria Bruno, who lived in the same El Monte apartment complex as him.

Her breasts had been cut off.

In 2008, Gargiulo moved to Santa Monica, where prosecutors say he tried to stab another woman, 26-year-old Michelle Murphy, to death.

Murphy, also a neighbor of Gargiulo, escaped and survived.

In 1993, 17-year-old Tricia Pacaccio was stabbed to death on the front porch of her suburban Chicago home.

Pacaccio lived just down the street from Gargiulo, who was a friend of her brothers.

According to CBS News, Pacaccios murder was unsolved until 2011, when two witnesses came forward after watching a 48 Hours Mystery report on the case.

Within a few weeks, Gargiulo was indicted.

The L.A. trial will move into a second phase next week, when jurors will be asked to determine if Gargiulo was sane at the time of the crimes.

If jurors find he was sane, the trial will then move to a penalty phase, in which they will recommend either a death sentence or life in prison without parole.

Once the L.A. trial is over, Gargiulo will be sent back to Illinois to face murder charges in Pacaccios death.

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Post by: Battle on August 15, 2019, 06:31:37 pm
Thursday, 15th August 2019
White Arkansas woman pulls gun on 4 black teens raising money for football team & got locked up
by Associated Press


(WYNNE, Ark) The wife of an Arkansas jail administrator was arrested and charged with assault several days after police say she pulled a gun on four black teenagers who were going door to door to raise money for their high school football team.

Police in the eastern Arkansas city of Wynne, about 100 miles northeast of Little Rock, said the incident happened Aug. 7 2019.

Police responding to reports of "suspicious persons" found the four children on the ground, with Jerri Kelly, who is white, standing over them holding a gun, Memphis TV station WMC reported.

The officer let the children stand up, and they told him they had been selling discount cards to raise money for a school athletic program.

The Wynne School District said two of the four children were wearing football jerseys.

Kelly, 46, was charged Monday with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Cross County Sheriff's Department Captain Jeff Nichols said a warrant was put out for Kelly's arrest, and she turned herself in Monday evening.

She was released that night on $10,000 bond.

Kelly, who is the wife of Cross County Jail Administrator Joseph Kelly, couldn't immediately be reached for comment Thursday and it wasn't clear whether she had an attorney who could comment.

Nichols said a mugshot of Kelly wasn't taken Monday because she had a "medical emergency" as she was being booked.

He said he could not release more information, citing medical privacy laws.

He said she came to the jail to have a mugshot taken after her initial court appearance on Thursday morning, in part because of community backlash.

"She was afforded the same booking process and procedures as anyone that's brought into our facility," Nichols said.

"She received no preferential treatment."

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Post by: Battle on August 18, 2019, 02:01:30 pm
Sunday, 18th August 2019
White man suspected of shooting police vehicles caught!
by Patricio G. Balona


DeLand detectives have tracked down and arrested a man suspected of shooting unoccupied police vehicles parked outside the department in December, officials said.

Hunter McGowan, 21, of DeLand, was charged Friday with discharging a firearm from a vehicle and criminal mischief of $1,000 or more.

He was being held in the Volusia County Branch Jail on Sunday on $50,000 bail.

According to city of DeLand spokesman Chris Graham, detectives working the case were able to track McGowan's movement through the use of his cellphone.

The device was traced and situated at the scene at the time the patrol cars were shot up overnight the weekend of Dec. 8-9, Graham said.

McGowan is known to police and has previously been taken into custody for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act law, Graham said.

In a press briefing in December, police Chief Jason Umberger disclosed that three DeLand Police Department vehicles parked outside the station at 219 West Howry Ave. were shot and left with bullet holes.

A DeLand officer tasked with changing a West Volusia Police Athletic League van's flat tire on Dec. 9 2019 noticed a hole in the van's rear door.

He found a bullet, which had traveled through four rows of seats, embedded in the driver's side seat.

He heard another projectile rolling around inside the deflated tire, a police report states.

The 15-passenger van was used to transport elementary-aged children to The House Next Door's tutoring program, officials said.

A K-9 vehicle and crime scene van in the same Howry Avenue parking lot also incurred bullet damage, authorities said.

A witness reported hearing numerous gunshots around 2:20 a.m. Dec 9 2019.

The man told investigators the disturbance sounded like "someone emptied a whole clip of ammunition," according to the report.

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Post by: Battle on August 18, 2019, 08:25:05 pm
Sunday, 18th August 2019
by Justin L. Mack


A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a 16-year-old Lake County girl last seen Saturday morning in Crown Point.

Madison Elizabeth Yancy Eddlemon was last seen around 9 a.m. Saturday wearing a black hoodie with white tribal designs and blue jeans with tears. She was also wearing shin high boots and a black lace choker.

The missing teen is described as a white female who stands 5 feet 1 inches tall, weighs 97 pounds, has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Police said she is believed to be in "extreme danger."

According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the suspect has been identified as Alexander Martin Curry-Fishtorn, 22.

He is described as a white male standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 158 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes.

Curry-Fishtorn was last seen driving a dark grey 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt with Indiana license plate number 645RIS.

If you have any information on this incident, contact the Lake County Sheriffs Office at (219) 660-0000, or call 911.

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Post by: Battle on August 19, 2019, 05:24:06 am
Monday, 19th August 2019
Fake Cop Arrested After Pulling over Real Detectives
by Alberto Luperon



Dont you hate it when youre pretending to be a cop, and you pull over real ones?

Then these guys have the nerve to confront you.


Valiery Portlock, 25, is charged first-degree criminal impersonation of an office, second-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful fleeing from a police officer, and other traffic violations, in Nassau County, New York, according to Newsday.

The defendant, a resident of the hamlet of Hicksville, was driving a Nissan Sentra at about 11 a.m., cops said.

He attempted to pull over an unmarked van by using an air horn and emergency lights, officers said.

Surprise, surprise, there was electronic squad detectives inside.

That van stopped, and the real police approach him with their shields, cops said.

Portlock is accused of making a less-than-graceful escape.

He swerved onto oncoming traffic, and entered the Long Island Expressway at 85 mph, officers said.

Highway patrol officers arrested him, cops said.

Records show Portlock is being represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County.

He was arraigned in court on Saturday, and is scheduled for another appearance to take place Thursday.

This is actually not the first time we covered alleged fake law enforcement accused of pulling over real authorities.

A Florida man was arrested in April after he allegedly tried to pull over a Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office detective.

Hillsborough County records viewed by Law&Crime show that the case against Matthew Joseph Erris, 26, remains open.

He forfeited his bond after allegedly failing to appear in court last May.

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Post by: Battle on August 19, 2019, 06:07:44 pm
Monday, 19th August 2019
Proud Boys found guilty
by Sahyna Jacobs


Two members of far-right nationalist organization Proud Boys were convicted Monday of roughing up a group of rival leftists that confronted them on the Upper East Side last year.

Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman were found guilty of attempted gang assault, riot and attempted assault for an Oct. 12 brawl after less than two days of deliberations in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Hare and Kinsman were among 10 Proud Boys who were charged in the scrap with four members of the anti-fascist group Antifa.

With the verdict, all but one Proud Boy who will be tried at a later date have been convicted.

All but three pleaded guilty.

Members of Antifa who refused to cooperate with authorities were protesting a Metropolitan Republican Club speaking event by Proud Boys founder and former leader Gavin McInnes the night of the street fight, which occurred on E. 82nd St. near Lexington Ave, a block away from the club, and was captured on surveillance and cell phone video.

Prosecutors said the Proud Boys mercilessly pummeled members of the politically opposed protesters.

Lawyers for Hare and Kinsman pushed the idea they were acting in self-defense after the Antifa crew threatened them.

At the trial, they insisted their club was about national pride and brotherhood, denying allegations that they are racist.

Kinsman, 39, whose wife is black, testified that theyre a good bunch of drinking buddies that were right-wing.

Hare, 27, denied the Proud Boys were also about violence, bigotry and sexism.

Its just a group of blue-collar men that love America, said Hare, who was confronted by prosecutor Joshua Steinglass with footage of Proud Boys engaging in other violent confrontations across the country.

Steinglass also brought out a photo of Hare holding an assault rifle in one hand and an Antifa flag with the logo crossed out.

Proud Boys have been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to the Manhattan district attorney.

Hare and Kinsman declined to discuss the verdict as they left the courtroom.

Talk to my lawyer, Kinsman said as he shielded his face from cameras.

Attorneys for both men also declined to comment.

As violent extremism rises in America, a Manhattan jury has declared in one voice that New Yorkers will not tolerate mob violence in our own backyard, DA Cy Vance Jr. said in a statement.

These defendants transformed a quiet, residential street into the site of a battle royal, kicking and beating four individuals in a brutal act of political violence.

Justice Mark Dwyer allowed the defendants to remain free on bail pending their sentencing Oct. 11 2019.

They face up to 15 years on the top count.

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Post by: Battle on August 19, 2019, 08:21:42 pm
Monday, 19th August 2019
Escaped inmate last seen on Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia
by KMBC (ABC News affiliate)


A safety alert from State Fair Community College said an escaped inmate was spotted Sunday at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Missouri.

The alert said Shannon Dewayne Watts, 34, was seen at the fairgrounds Sunday.

Watts is 6 feet tall and has brown hair, brown eyes and glasses.

He was seen wearing a white T-shirt and gray pants.

The alert said he escaped from Tipton Correctional Facility in Tipton, Missouri.

Anyone who sees Watts is asked to call 911 and not to interact with him.

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Post by: Battle on August 19, 2019, 08:40:24 pm
Monday, 19th August 2019
Former West Virginia Teacher, Aides Charged After Mom Secretly Records Alleged Abuse
by Harriet Sokmensuer


A former West Virginia teacher and her two aides have been arrested after they were allegedly recorded abusing a 6-year-old girl with autism.

On Friday, teacher Christina Lester and her aides June Yurish and Kristin Douty were charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse or neglect, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced in a press release obtained by PEOPLE.

The trios arrest comes months after the little girls mother, Amber Pack, found bruises on her 6-year-old daughter, Adri, when she came home from school, the Pack family attorney, Ben Salando, tells PEOPLE.

Adri is nonverbal but she would actively resist going to school, crying when she had to get on the bus.

On Oct. 5, Pack sent Adri back to school at Berkeley Heights Elementary with a small recording device she had ordered online tucked into her daughters bun.

When she came back, she was just horrified and could not believe what she heard, Salando tells PEOPLE.

On the 8-hour recording, Pack heard Lester, Yurish and Douty allegedly threatening Adri and her classmates, saying they would knock their teeth out or withhold food.

Pack called police, who met with the school principal the next week and played the audio.

When the teachers were questioned about the recording, they allegedly said they were not speaking to the children but to one another.

To make matters worse, the assistant superintendent called the assistant principal to tell Pack to destroy the file, Salango alleges.

Its in writing.

Prosecutors initially failed to press charges, so in February, Pack turned to social media and shared the recording on her Facebook page, where it garnered 10 million views within 24 hours.


Soon after that, the attorney general filed a civil lawsuit against Lester, Yurish and Douty for verbally assaulting students.

In May, the lawsuit was amended to include Berkeley Heights Principal Amber Boeckmann and Berkeley County Deputy Superintendent Margaret F. Kursey, who allegedly actively tried to hinder the investigation and obscure evidence with a flawed investigation, an order to destroy the recording and a failure to report the matter to Child Protective Services, according to a press release obtained by PEOPLE.

School administrators must be held to a higher standard, one that protects our children and vigorously responds to allegations of abuse, Morrisey said in the release.

Todays actions reaffirm our commitment to protect the most vulnerable of our society, especially children.

The Berkeley County Board of Education was also added to the civil lawsuit.

None of the defendants returned calls for comments Monday.

Today, Adri is enrolled in a new school, a very loving environment and doing well, Salango says, noting that her family is happy with the recent charges.

The Pack family and I are relieved that criminal charges were brought, Salango says.


None of us ever lost hope in the system, we truly believe the system works even if it is slow at times and were very happy that the prosecutor decided to charge [these] three people.

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Post by: Battle on August 20, 2019, 04:01:03 pm
Tuesday, 20th August 2019
White man went to business threatening to shoot nephew
by WTIC- Hartford


(WATERTOWN, Ct.) Police said a man entered a local business Monday and threatened to shoot his nephew.

Police said around 2:30 p.m. they were called to Stonybrook Construction, to investigate a man who had come to the business.

Employees told police the man  entered the lobby with a gun strapped to his hip and asked if a particular employee, his nephew, was working. 

Employees said the man showed them what appeared to be a police badge, and proceeded to explain that his nephew stole a few items from him, including two suits, a cane, and damaged his cuckoo clock.

Police said employees said the man started tapping his holstered gun saying he was going to shoot his nephew, not to kill him, but only to shoot him in the leg.

They said he was confused and nonsensical, and affirmed the man never unholstered the gun.

Employees said the man that his nephew was not in the building at the time, and that they did not know when he was working next.

Cashman allegedly thanked the employees for their time and advised them he would return tomorrow.

Police arrested Daniel Cashman, 88, of Waterbury, and charged with violation of Threatening 1st and Breach of Peace.

Cashman voluntarily surrendered his valid Connecticut Pistol Permit.

Watertown detectives later executed a search and seizure warrant and recovered Cashmans gun.

Cashman was released from custody on a $5,000 non-surety bond and scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Tuesday.

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Post by: Battle on August 21, 2019, 04:30:37 am
Wednesday, 21st August 2019
White man set to be executed for killing of Texas college student



Larry Swearingen, 48, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday evening for the December 1998 killing of Melissa Trotter.

The 19-year-old was last seen leaving her community college in Conroe, and her body was found nearly a month later in a forest near Huntsville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston.

Prosecutors said they stand behind the "mountain of evidence" used to convict Swearingen in 2000.

They described him as a sociopath with a criminal history of violence against women and said he tried to get a fellow death row inmate to take credit for his crime.

Swearingen's longtime appellate attorney, James Rytting, said he would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution, arguing that lower courts "have failed to take into account the considerable amount of evidence of innocence."

Swearingen, who is also represented by the Innocence Project, has previously received five stays of execution.

Appeals courts and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles declined to stop the execution.


If it happens, Swearingen would be the 12th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas.

Kelly Blackburn, the trial bureau chief for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, which prosecuted Swearingen, said Swearingen's efforts to discredit the evidence have been unsuccessful because "his experts' opinions don't hold water."

"I have absolutely zero doubt that anybody but Larry Swearingen killed ... Melissa Trotter," Blackburn said.

During a 2011 interview, Swearingen told The Associated Press that he was tired of being "demonized" for a crime he didn't commit.

"We'd all like to know who done it," he said.

Blackburn said Swearingen killed Trotter because he was angry that she had stood him up for a date.

At the time of Trotter's killing, Swearingen was under indictment for kidnapping a former fiance.

Swearingen has long tried to cast doubt on the evidence used to convict him, particularly claims by prosecution experts that Trotter's body had been in the woods for 25 days.

Rytting said at least five defense experts concluded that her body was there for no more than 14 days, and because Swearingen had already been arrested by then, he couldn't have left her body there.

Rytting maintains that a piece of pantyhose used to strangle Trotter was not a match to a piece found in Swearingen's trailer.

He also disputes prosecution experts' claims dismissing blood found in Trotter's fingernail shavings, saying the blood, which was determined to not be Swearingen's, supports the defense theory that someone else killed her.

In letters sent to Swearingen's attorneys in July and August, the Texas Department of Public Safety said its technicians should not have been as definitive in their testimony about the blood found in the fingernails and the pantyhose match.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week turned down Swearingen's challenge to the blood evidence and pantyhose match, citing the "mountain of evidence" that "seals Swearingen's guilt for Trotter's murder."

Blackburn said Swearingen has tried to get people to lie in order to give him an alibi.

After his arrest, Swearingen got another inmate to write a letter Swearingen composed in Spanish that professed to be from the real killer and had it sent to his attorney.

In 2017, Swearingen and another death row inmate, Anthony Shore, concocted a plan to get Shore to take responsibility for Trotter's killing. Shore was executed last year.

Rytting said Swearingen is guilty of doing "some very stupid things," but prosecutors don't have proof he killed Trotter.

"Hopefully we are one step closer to giving (Trotter's family) that justice that they've so long waited for," Blackburn said.

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Post by: Battle on August 21, 2019, 09:18:56 pm
Thursday, 22nd August 2019
Dickson St. Bar Owner Accused Of Sexual Assault
by KFSM-TV, Fort Smith (CBS News affiliate)


(FAYETTEVILLE) The owner of Brewskis Draft Emporium has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman last week.

John Pearson, 60, was arrested Wednesday (Aug. 21) in connection with second-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony.

The woman said Pearson twice touched himself over his clothing in front of her and later asked her to touch him, according to an arrest affidavit.


She said Pearson later approached her and touched her privates before she got away from him, according to the affidavit.

The woman provided Fayetteville police with texts from Pearson, who appeared to be apologizing about an incident.

Pearson declined to talk to the police without his attorney.

Pearson was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $15,000 bond.

Hes due Sept. 20 2019 in Washington County Circuit Court.

In Arkansas, second-degree sexual assault is a Class B felony, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.

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Post by: Battle on August 22, 2019, 07:04:34 am
Thursday, 22nd August 2019
'I-95 Killer' Gary Ray Bowles, serial killer who targeted gay men, to be executed
by Rachael L. Thomas


Serial killer Gary Ray Bowles is on death row in Florida.

He is expected to face execution on August 22 2019.

Sometimes known as The I-95 killer, Bowles admitted to the 1994 slayings of six men along the interstate corridor between Daytona Beach and Maryland.

Bowles targeted gay men.

According to a 1994 profile by the Washington Post, Bowles already had a history as a violent criminal before he embarked on the 1994 killing spree.

After leaving an abusive home at 14, he earned money working as a prostitute.

In 1982, 20-year-old Bowles was sentenced to eight years in prison for the brutal beating and sexual assault of a girlfriend in Tampa.

He served less than three years.

After a second prison stint that ended in 1993, this time for grand theft and robbery, Bowles traveled to the Daytona Beach area, where he continued to work as a prostitute.

During this time, he moved in with another girlfriend, but she left him after finding out he was a sex worker, according to a report from the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Bowles later told authorities he blamed gay men for the breakup and, after finding out his ex-girlfriend had an abortion, the death of his unborn child.


He said that was why he targeted gay men for the killings.

Bowles was caught in Jacksonville several days after the murder of his final victim, 47-year-old Walter Jamelle Hinton.

Bowles confessed to Hintons murder, telling investigators he dropped a 40-pound concrete block on Hintons head while he slept.

In total, Bowles admitted to killing six men in four states.

Bowles pleaded guilty to Hintons murder and was sentenced to death in 1996.

The Florida Supreme Court reversed the death sentence in 1999, due to the courts improper handling of Bowles sentencing, but he was again given the death penalty in a re-sentencing hearing the same year.

Governor Ron DeSantis signed Bowles death warrant on June 11 2019.

The Florida Supreme Court rejected appeals for a stay of execution.

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Post by: Battle on August 22, 2019, 08:16:47 am
Tuesday, 20th August 2019
White man guilty of murder; stabbed victim 250 times
by Associated Press


(RENO, Nevada) A Washoe County jury has convicted a 72-year-old man of first-degree murder in the February killing of an elderly man he stabbed at least 250 times.

Ralph Goad faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole at his sentencing set for Oct. 2 2019.

The Washoe District Court jury found him guilty following a weeklong trial in the death of 76-year-old Theodore Gibson in his Reno apartment.

Detectives say there were signs of a struggle in the room where Gibson's body was found along with his empty wallet, a blood-stained knife and blood-stained pair of scissors.

Prosecutors say surveillance footage shows Goad spent nearly 24 hours in a Reno casino after the murder before he fled the area.

U.S. marshals tracked him down in Sacramento, California and he was extradited back to Nevada to face charges.

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Post by: Battle on August 22, 2019, 04:29:43 pm
Thursday, 22nd August 2019
Downingtown priest spent stolen $100K on beach house, Grindr dates

by Jim Melvert


(DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.) -- A priest in Chester County is charged with stealing from his Downingtown parish.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Joseph McLoone stole $98,405 from St. Joseph Parish, nearly $40,000 of which came from the All Souls collection -- money donated by parishioners in memory of loved ones who'd died.
"That was given by the parishioners to the church either through the All Souls collection through payments made for weddings, funerals, that kind of stuff," added prosecutor Charles Gaza.

"He was taking that money and diverting it into a private account that he had set up."

McLoone is accused of withdrawing more than $45,000 from that activity account.

According to court documents, investigators say the money was spent on food and travel -- including his Ocean City beach house -- and to pay credit cards.


The documents also say McLoone sent about $3,000 from that private account directly to men he'd met on Grindr and had sexual relationships with.

McLoone took over as pastor at St. Joseph in 2011 for Monsignor William Lynn, after Lynn was indicted for protecting predator priests.

He was removed last spring when the investigation began.

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Post by: Battle on August 22, 2019, 05:51:40 pm
Thursday, 22nd August 2019
Oklahoma man gets life in prison for child pornography

by Associated Press


(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) A judge has sentenced an Oklahoma workman to life in prison for hiding cameras in homes to capture images of girls.

Ryan Aaron Alden pleaded guilty in June to 28 felonies, including creating child pornography and possession of obscene material of minors.

Oklahoma County District Judge Amy Palumbo said during sentencing Wednesday that she would have ordered Alden castrated if the law allowed.

The 39-year-old was also sentenced to nearly 150 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Alden hid cameras in the bedrooms, bathrooms and closets of four Oklahoma homes where he did electrical work.

Police said they found child pornography on Alden's five computers and two phones.

The Oklahoman reports that Alden was also accused of secretly taking photos of girls in gyms, schools and mall changing rooms.

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Post by: Battle on August 23, 2019, 09:48:14 pm
Friday, 23rd August 2019
Michael Drejka found guilty of manslaughter in parking lot shooting that led to 'Stand Your Ground' trial
by John Couwels, Ray Sanchez and Eric Levenson


Michael Drejka, who fatally shot an unarmed man, Markeis McGlockton, last summer in Florida during a dispute over a handicapped-accessible parking spot, was found guilty of manslaughter Friday night.

The judge set the sentencing date for October 10 2019.

Drejka faces up to 30 years in prison.

Drejka, who didn't take the witness stand, tried unsuccessfully to use Florida's "stand your ground' law as a defense for justifiable homicide.

The case renewed a nationwide debate on the controversial law.

Jury deliberations lasted about six hours, with a brief pause around 9:30 p.m. when jurors sought clarification on the instructions for deciding guilt or innocence.

The judge sent the jury back to the deliberations room after rereading the instructions to them, and about a half hour later the jury announced it had a decision.

McGlockton's family wept at the verdict.

Drejka at first had no reaction but then started wiping his face as the judge spoke to the jury.

Defense attorneys rested their case earlier in the day after two expert witnesses testified about the defendant's state of mind and his actions at the time of the controversial shooting.

The court later instructed jurors on the law before closing arguments in which prosecutors portayed Drejka as an armed vigilante and defense attorneys described him as a victim who feared for his life.

Prosecutor Fred Schaub quietly told McGlockton's family before the closings,

"I bet you never thought this day would come."

In closing for the state, Scott Rosenwasser urged jurors to ask themselves whether the defendant was justified in shooting an unarmed man who was, he said, trying to protect his family and retreating when he was killed.

He called the shooting intentional, saying Drejka faced no imminent bodily harm or death and that he took "the most perfect shot he could take."

Rosenwasser said the case was "cut and dry," the killing of a man who came out to protect his girlfriend from a self-proclaimed "parking lot vigilante" with a "pet peeve" about enforcing handicap parking rules.

Rosenwasser reminded jurors that Drejka admitted to police that he would have no reason to shoot if the victim was retreating.

"The defendant himself tells you it's manslaughter," the prosecutor said.

"You know what Markeis McGlockton is guilty of? He is guilty of loving and trying to protect his family and he died because of it."

The families of McGlockton and his girlfriend were not in the courtroom for the defense team's closing, delivered by John Trevena.

He said his client was thrown to the ground and would have been "beaten to a pulp" had he not firmly stood his ground to a younger and larger aggressor.

"The right to stay alive is the most fundamental right," he said.

Drejka was not the vigilante portrayed by the prosecution but a man who believed himself to be in mortal danger, Trevena said.

"Mr. Drejka thought the danger was real," he argued.

"This large man pushed him to the ground. The threat was real."

Had Drejka not pulled his weapon, he could have died, the defense attorney said.

"He had the right to stand his ground and no duty to retreat," Trevena told the jury.

The case amounted to more than a parking spot dispute, he said.

It centered on his client -- the "true victim"-- making "a split-second decision" after being violently thrust to the ground.

"The game changed when the gun was pulled. ...Then the game was over," he said.

Thursday, video of the defendant's police interview, including Drejka's reenactment of the July 19, 2018, shooting in Clearwater, was played in court.

His attorney has maintained the killing was in self-defense after Drejka was threatened and then shoved to the ground.

After he shot McGlockton, Drejka told police that he fired only after the man pushed him down and ran at him.

But surveillance video shows McGlockton taking several steps back in the moments before the fatal shot -- a point on which police have challenged Drejka.

"What happens if I told you that I looked at the video and at no time and point does he come running up toward you? He actually takes a step back," Det. Richard Redman asks Drejka the day of the shooting.

"I would disagree," Drejka responded.

The prosecution rested its case Thursday after two days of testimony.

The incident began when Drejka confronted and began yelling at McGlockton's girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, who was parked with two of her children in a handicapped-accessible spot outside a Circle A food store.

As their argument escalated, McGlockton came from the store and shoved Drejka to the ground.

Drejka then pulled out his gun and fired at McGlockton, who had taken several steps back, the surveillance video shows.

In opening statements, defense attorney Bryant Camareno argued that Drejka's comments to police were simply his best recollection and showed his perception at the time.

"He wasn't lying; he was remembering the best that he could from the impact that he sustained," Camareno said.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially declined to arrest Drejka, citing Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law, which allows people to respond to threats or force without fear of criminal prosecution.

But a month later, the state attorney charged Drejka, 49, with manslaughter.

The state's "stand your ground" law, passed in 2005, allows people to meet "force with force" if they believe they're under threat of being harmed.

Drejka's attorneys are no longer arguing that he should be immune to prosecution because of "stand your ground."

He mentioned it at the end of his police interview.

"(Unclear) the 'stand your ground' thing, and I did exactly what I thought I was supposed to be doing at that time considering what was happening to myself," he says on the tape.

In the police interview, Drejka got down on the ground to reenact the moments of the fatal shooting.

He said that he was shoved from the side and thought McGlockton was going to kick and beat him.

"If he was going to hit me that hard to begin with, a blind side from the get-go, what else should I expect?" Drejka said.

Police questioned him several times on the discrepancy between the video and his statements that McGlockton took steps toward him.

"That is exactly what I saw," Drejka insisted.

In addition, he said he fired just one shot to "neutralize" what he saw as a threat.

"I shoot to save my own ass, and that's that," Drejka said in the interview.

Thursday also featured testimony from a police use-of-force expert and a pathologist who examined McGlockton.

In his police interview, Drejka mentioned the 21-foot rule -- the general idea that a suspect within 21 feet can attack an officer faster than the officer can pull a weapon and fire.

But Roy Dedary, a police trainer, testified for the prosecution that the rule does not mean you can shoot someone within 21 feet.

A forensic pathologist testified that McGlockton had MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in his system when he died.

Bruce Goldberger, a toxicology expert for the prosecution, said that MDMA is a social drug and causes empathy and euphoria.

He testified it does not cause aggressiveness or impulsiveness.

Defense witness Daniel Buffington, a clinical toxicologist expert, said the amount of MDMA found in McGlockton's body was "significantly higher" than in a clinical setting.

Buffington, an associate professor at the University of South Florida's pharmacy department, said the drug causes confusion and aggression and had adverse effects on how McGlockton acted.

Rosenwasser sought to challenge Buffington's opinion about MDMA during cross-examination.

He asked whether Buffington would agree that euphoria is one of the most common results.

"Yes, followed by depression and other neurobiological side effects," Buffington said.

Rosenwasser pointed to an article Buffington used as basis for his opinion, which said the drug most frequently produces euphoria and empathy.

"I'm not saying those don't happen. I'm saying that there's no predictability that that's going to be the outcome you achieve," Buffington said.

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Post by: Battle on August 28, 2019, 12:14:26 am
Wednesday, 28th August 2019
Pair suspected in Arizona killing escape during extradition

by Associated Press


(TUCSON, Ariz.) A couple suspected in a Tucson killing have escaped after overpowering two security guards while being extradited from New York to Arizona, authorities said Tuesday.

Tucson police said Blane Barksdale, 56, and his 59-year-old wife Susan Barksdale escaped Monday evening in Blanding, Utah, south of Moab.

They were last seen in a pickup truck with an Arizona license plate and possibly driving through Arizona, according to police who said the couple was believed to be armed and dangerous.

The two were arrested May 24 in Henrietta, New York, in connection with the slaying the previous month of Frank Bligh, 72, in Tucson.

The Barksdales were being extradited to Arizona's Pima County where authorities said the two were facing charges of first-degree murder, burglary, arson, felony criminal damage and auto theft.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and Apache County Sheriff's Office are assisting in the investigation.

Bligh was last seen at a Tucson bar one week before an April 16 arson fire at his Tucson home, police said.

They said Bligh's missing car was later found and evidence inside led detectives to determine that he was dead.

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Post by: Battle on August 28, 2019, 04:53:49 pm
Wednesday, 28th August 2019
Minor league baseball player's wife, baby, mother-in-law killed at their home

by ABC News


A minor league baseball player's wife, baby and mother-in-law were killed at their Virginia home, allegedly by another family member, authorities said.

Matthew Bernard, 18, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on three counts of first-degree murder after he allegedly killed his mother, sister and baby nephew that morning at the family's home in Keeling, an unincorporated area near Virginia's southern border with North Carolina.

The victims were identified Wednesday as:

Matthew Bernard's mother, 62-year-old Joan Bernard; Matthew Bernard's sister, 25-year-old Emily Bernard Bivens; and Matthew Bernard's nephew, 14-month-old Cullen Bivens.

A firearm was used in the crime and a 911 caller reported a shooting, but cause of death has not been confirmed, police said.

The victims were the mother-in-law, wife and child of Blake Bivens, a Double-A pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor said Wednesday.

A motive is not clear, Taylor said.

The Tampa Bay Rays said in a statement:

"Blake Bivens, a pitcher with our Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, suffered a terrible family tragedy in southern Virginia. Our hearts are broken for Blake. We are grieving with him and will support him any way we can."

The Biscuits CEO and Managing Owner Lou DiBella said in a statement,

"The Biscuits thoughts and prayers are with Blake and all those who have been impacted by this tragedy."

After the victims were discovered Tuesday morning, authorities launched a manhunt for Bernard, who was said to be armed and dangerous.

Danville Community College in Danville, Virginia, was under lockdown Tuesday as a "precautionary" measure after Bernard, who was a student there, was identified as the suspect, according to the Danville Police Department.

Pittsylvania County Public Schools also went on modified lockdown.

Superintendent Mark Jones told ABC News all outside doors were locked and monitored, all classroom doors were locked and no students were allowed in hallways without a chaperone.

ABC affiliate WSET of Lynchburg, Virginia, was in a media staging area at the scene in Keeling Tuesday afternoon when suddenly Bernard, who wasn't wearing any clothes, ran out from a nearby wooded area and attacked a church groundskeeper then fled again.

"I saw a male, tall skinny male, with no clothes on running around," a woman told local reporters.

"He took off running."


Authorities chased Bernard down the street and were able to apprehend the teen, who was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to WSET.
It's not clear why he was found without clothes, the sheriff said Wednesday.

Bernard has not yet appeared in court.

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Post by: Battle on August 29, 2019, 06:14:53 am
Thursday, 29th August 2019
Kentucky principal who tried to ban books over homosexual content busted for child porn
by Travis Gettys


A Kentucky high school principal who made national news for trying to ban books over homosexual conduct has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Phillip Todd Wilson was arrested Tuesday on 30 counts after state troopers received a complaint from Clark County Area Technology Center that the principal had given child pornography to someone else, reported WKYT-TV.

The principal was charged with 15 counts of distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor, and 15 counts of possessing matter portraying sexual performance by a minor after investigators found more than a dozen images in his possession.

The technology center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Education, which is investigating to determine whether children in the program were affected.

Wilson gained national notoriety in 2009 when he banned Lessons From A Dead Girl, a book by award-winning author Jo Knowles, and several other publications from classrooms at Montgomery County High School.

Some parents had complained that several contemporary novels taught alongside English literature classics, such as The Canterbury Tales and Beowulf, were inappropriate due to subject matter involving sex, child abuse, suicide and drug abuse.

Wilson and Montgomery County School Superintendent Daniel Freeman ordered the challenged books to be withdrawn from the curriculum, and pressured teacher Risha Mullins after she continued using them as optional titles for classroom reading circles.

One more problem with books and the club is gone, the superintendent said, according to Mullins.

But Wilson and Freeman eventually shut down the reading club and removed the contemporary books, without following board policy on suspending titles from classroom use.


Wilson remains held on $25,000 cash bond, and Clark County Public Schools released a statement saying officials were shocked and dismayed by the allegations.

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Post by: Battle on August 29, 2019, 06:32:12 am
Thursday, 29th August 2019
Day Care Worker Allegedly Twisted Baby's Leg Till It Broke
by Inside Edition Staff


A North Carolina day care employee is accused of breaking the leg of an infant in her care.

Kimberly Boykin, 51, is charged with felony negligent child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury following an April incident, according to police.

An arrest warrant filed Monday alleges that Boykin "willfully twisted the left femur" of a 6-month-old baby, breaking the child's leg.

She also allegedly didn't report the incident in spite of having "several opportunities to do so," the warrant states.
The mother of the child became suspicious after she noticed the baby was not behaving normally, police said.

The incident occurred on April 23 at Widewaters Learning Center in Knightdale, according to police.

"Widewaters Learning Center cares deeply about the safety of our children, and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards for our employees," the day care facility said in a statement.

"We are actively investigating this situation involving a former employee, and we will continue to cooperate with the relevant authorities."

Boykin is free on $50,000 bail.

She has not yet entered a plea.

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Post by: Battle on August 29, 2019, 09:12:35 am
Thursday, 29th August 2019
Two white men charged in child rape and pornography case involving three children

by Sarah Brookbank and Cameron Knight


After police arrested and charged a Lockland man who police said confessed to raping a 5-year-old boy and photographing the child for "sexual gratification," another police department announced there was another arrest in connection to the case.

On Wednesday, William Bustillos III, 25, was arrested and faces rape, gross sexual imposition and child pornography charges.

He is being held on a $3 million bond at the Hamilton County jail.

Bustillos' arrest stems from another investigation from the Milford Police Department involving Joseph Suder, 36.

Milford Police said Suder was arrested Aug. 16 and has since been indicted on rape and gross sexual imposition charges.

Suder is currently housed in the Clermont County Jail.

Police said Suder raped a 7-year-old child and took sexually explicit photographs of the victim and two other children, ages 5 and 8, at the Oakwood Apartments on Brooklyn Ave.

During the course of the investigation, Bustillos was identified as a possible second suspect, Milford Police said.

Lockland Police said Bustillos confessed to raping a 5-year-old victim.

The incident occurred on Dec. 1, 2018.

Bustillos was also found to have child pornography and images featuring bestiality with child victims, jail documents said.

Some of the child porn contains bestiality on a child as young as 1 year old, according to Lockland police Sgt. Chris Lind.

"I believe he is a danger to society and our children," Lind told the court Thursday.

On Thursday, Bustillos' lawyer said his client has lived locally for six years after moving to the area from California.

His lawyer asked for a reasonable bond, but prosecutors argued for a high bond.

"This involves this defendant performing sex acts on a 5-year-old in all the ways the revised code prohibits," a prosecutor said Thursday.

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Post by: Battle on August 31, 2019, 04:51:09 pm
Thursday, 29th August 2019
White man, 51, Suspected Of Punching 2 Kids In The Head At Lodi Target
by CBS Sacramento


A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of punching two children in the head at a store, police say.

According to the Lodi Police Department, officers recently responded to the Target in the city to investigate after an 11-year-old and 5-year-old were reportedly punched by a man.

The man ran out through the north exit door, but was soon found behind an electrical box behind the store.

Officers say the man, 51-year-old Galt resident Jeff Hardcastle, appears to have been under the influence at the time of the attack.

The attack was completely unprovoked, police say, and its unclear why Hardcastle allegedly punched the children.

Hardcastle has been arrested and is being held at San Joaquin County Jail on $310,000 bail.

Both children are expected to recover, police say.

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Post by: Battle on September 01, 2019, 12:31:25 pm
Saturday, 31st August 2019
Ole Mississippi student's suspected killer indicted on capital murder charge
by Emily Shapiro


An Ole Miss student accused of killing his 21-year-old classmate was indicted Friday on a capital murder charge.

A Lafayette County, Mississippi, grand jury alleges Brandon Theesfeld, 22, shot and killed Alexandria "Ally" Kostial while kidnapping her, according to the indictment filed Friday.

Kostial, a St. Louis native studying marketing at Ole Miss, was on campus for summer school when she was killed in July.

Theesfeld was arrested days after Kostial's body was discovered in Harmontown, Mississippi, which is several miles from the Oxford campus.

Theesfeld was suspended from Ole Miss after his arrest.

A motive has not been released, and Theesfeld's attorneys said he will enter a not guilty plea.

At a bond hearing last week, Theesfeld's defense attorneys withdrew their request for bond and requested that Theesfeld undergo a psychological evaluation at a state hospital.

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Post by: Battle on September 01, 2019, 08:36:12 pm
Monday, 2nd September 2019
The Chronicles of Renick
by Ray Sanchez and Hollie Silverman


A 54-year-old man St. Louis man has been arrested in connection with the death of a teenager who is among at least a dozen children 16 or younger killed by gun violence since April, police said Friday.

The suspect, Joseph Renick, faces charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm for the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Sentonio Cox on Sunday, according to the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office.

Police said officers responding to a missing person call arrived in the Carondelet neighborhood last weekend to find Sentonio dead from a gunshot.

Renick was being held on a $500,000 bond, according to the circuit attorney's office.

A teenager who identified himself as a friend of victim told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Sentonio was headed home when he was shot.

To get home, the teen often cut through an empty lot near the site of the shooting, the friend told the newspaper.

Sentonio's body was found less than 48 hours after another child, 8-year-old Jurnee Thompson, was shot and killed outside a preseason high school football game.

Renick's is the second arrest in the string of shootings.

Police said a suspect was in custody in connection with the death of 7-year-old Xavier Usanga.

The boy was fatally shot earlier this month while he and his sisters played in the backyard of their home in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood.

The suspect has yet to be charged, authorities said.

Federal prosecutors said a St. Louis man facing an unrelated federal charge admitted to shooting Xavier.

He has not been charged in Xavier's death, CNN affiliate KTVI reported this month.

Sentonio's fatal shooting was the latest in what has been a deadly summer for young people in St. Louis, where police are investigating at least 10 of the juvenile shootings as homicides, while two others have been classified as suspicious, according to spokeswoman Evita Caldwell.

People carried balloons at a Tuesday vigil at the lot where Sentonio was killed.

His mother tried to encourage the teenagers mourning him.

"Do what you need to do to survive," said Roxzyanna Edwards, according to CNN affiliate KPLR.

"You can die at any time. Don't take your precious time for granted."

Local reports indicated a 10-year-old girl was among the victims in a triple homicide over the weekend, but it wasn't immediately clear if she was shot or stabbed.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department did not include her in a list of young gunshot victims.

Frustrated residents gathered for another vigil on Wednesday to remember the lives of the city's young children killed in recent months.

The names of the dead flashed across an electronic screen.

A local lawmaker read them out loud.

The killings have led to tearful vigils around the city for the innocent victims of gun violence.

"We all feel the hurt and the pain every day of the week," said James Clark of the community outreach organization Better Family Life.

The youngest victim is 2-year-old Kayden Johnson, who was killed in late April along with his 18-year-old mother, Trina'ty Riley, police said.

Last weekend, city officials announced a grim formula for calculating rewards leading to the children's killers:

$25,000 for each child younger than 10, for a total of $100,000.


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Post by: Battle on September 02, 2019, 03:40:24 pm
Monday, 2nd September 2019
Kentucky pastor indicted after allegedly seeking sex with minors
by Billy Kobin


A Kentucky pastor who was arrested this year after he allegedly sought sex with a minor via text messages has been indicted by a grand jury, according to court records.

A grand jury in Floyd County, Kentucky, indicted Bobby J. Blackburn, 26, on Wednesday on two counts of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor to commit a sex offense, court records show.

Blackburn is the pastor of Elevate Church in Prestonsburg, which is not affiliated with an Elevate Church on Shelbyville Road nor one in Frankfort, and also manages a pizza restaurant in the Eastern Kentucky city.

Both minors were employees of a business that Blackburn manages, according to the arrest citation, which did not name the business or ages of the two minors.

Blackburn's attorney, Stephen Owens, told the Courier Journal on Thursday the females that Blackburn allegedly sought sex with are 17 years old but "media coverage is making it out to be like they are 9- or 10-year-olds."

"They were 17 years old, and in Kentucky, the age of consent is 16,"

Owens said, adding he will file a motion on the "constitutionality" of the statute that is being used to prosecute Blackburn.

While Kentucky's age of consent is 16, the age of consent is raised to 18 if the someone is in a position of trust or authority over the teenager.

According to an arrest citation, Blackburn was arrested in May after a girl showed a Prestonsburg police sergeant images of an iMessage conversation.

In the messages, Blackburn asked the girl to engage in a "threesome" with him and another female minor, among other sexually explicit requests, according to police.

On May 25, Blackburn allegedly followed a third girl to the Prestonsburg Police Department, where the girl tried to give a statement saying she sent the obscene messages from Blackburn's phone.

But when police questioned the girl further, she took back her statement and said that Blackburn told her to say it or else she would lose her job, according to the arrest citation.

Officers attempted to collect Blackburn's phone through a search warrant, but family members said the phone was thrown in a Pike County river, according to police.

Blackburn eventually turned himself in to police on May 29.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was later released on home incarceration after posting $5,000 bond, according to court records.

On Wednesday, the Floyd County grand jury indicted Blackburn on an additional count of prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor to commit a sex offense.

The indictment alleges one of the incidents took place between January 2016 and September 2017, while the second incident occurred in May, According to WYMT,
Additional details on the first incident were not included.

Blackburn is being held in the Floyd County Jail without bond, according to jail records.


Kentucky principal charged with child porn-related offenses, police say
Owens said he also is filing a motion requesting a judge set a new bond amount for Blackburn.

"No bond is like he murdered someone," Owens said.
Blackburn's next court date has not yet been scheduled, according to online records.

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Post by: Battle on September 03, 2019, 12:13:04 pm
Tuesday, 2nd September 2019
Dierks Bentley ticketed for fishing without a license after concertgoers tip off wildlife officials
by Elise Schmelzer


Throughout a three-day music festival in Buena Vista, country music superstars Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan bragged on stage about the fishing they did earlier in the weekend.

And what did the Colorado concertgoers do after hearing the two trade tall tales?

They called Colorado Parks and Wildlife to see if the singers had fishing licenses.

It was very heartening that they cared that much, Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Bill Vogrin said.

But the calls werent enough to give either man a ticket until Bentley posted a photo online Sunday of him holding a decent-sized brown trout in Cottonwood Creek in the small central Colorado town.


We didnt have any proof until Mr. Bentley posted a photo on his Instagram, Vogrin said.

An officer caught up with Bentley as the country star walked in town Monday and confirmed that Bentley didnt have a license, as required by state law.

A small crowd started to gather to watch, and Bentley climbed into the officers truck so they could find a quieter place.

Bentley posted a video online of himself in the truck as the officer wrote him a ticket.

He warned Luke Bryan that he may be next to receive a ticket.


Bentley paid the $139.50 fine in cash on the spot, Vogrin said.

He was as nice as can be, Vogrin said.

We welcome him back any time to fish, as long as he gets a license next time.

Luke Bryan had not been ticketed as of Monday evening, in part because he did not post photos of himself with any fish, Vogrin said.

That case is under investigation, he said.

It was heartening to see so many people care that Bentley followed the law, despite his celebrity status, Vogrin said.

In Colorado, people love country music but they also love their trout, Vogrin said.

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Post by: Battle on September 03, 2019, 02:25:12 pm
Tuesday, 3rd September 2019
Hunter accused of shooting, killing Maine woman pleads guilty to manslaughter
by WMTW (an ABC News affiliate)


A hunter accused of shooting and killing a Hebron woman nearly two years ago changed his plea Tuesday afternoon.

Robert Trundy originally pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in the death of Karen Wrentzel, 34.

Trundy changed his plea on Tuesday to guilty.

A judge sentenced Trundy to 9 months in jail and 4 years of probation.

Wrentzel was shot in the stomach while digging for gemstones on her property in October 2017.

In an affidavit filed at the time of the shooting, Trundy said he thought he was firing at a deer but he acknowledged he never saw the outline of a deer.

Wardens said he fired from 200 feet away.

Trundy told police at the time that he could not bring himself to check on Wrentzel.

He called his father, who checked on Wrentzel, but she was dead.

Nearly two dozen family members of the victim were in the courtroom for Tuesday's hearing.

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Post by: Battle on September 04, 2019, 12:50:04 pm
Wednesday, 4th September 2019
White man Charged in Connection With Death of Mac Miller
by Andrew Blankstein


(LOS ANGELES, Ca) Federal prosecutors have charged a Hollywood Hills man connection with the death of hip-hop artist Mac Miller, who was found dead of a drug overdose nearly a year ago, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday.

The 42-page criminal complaint filed in the Central District of California alleges that Cameron James Pettit, 28, was one of three people who supplied Miller with counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl.

Miller had asked to be furnished with "percs," an abbreviation for percocet, a prescribed painkiller containing oxycodone.

Miller was discovered unresponsive in his Studio City home on Sept. 7, 2018.

The manner of death was certified as an accident, although it was later determined that the rapper died from an overdose of alcohol, cocaine and fentanyl.


Investigators, who served search warrants at multiple locations, recovered a plastic bag from a coat hanging in his bathroom closet containing pills allegedly supplied by a prostitute and a madam.

Two days earlier, Pettit delivered to Miller counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl, cocaine and Xanax.

The criminal complaint detailed Instagram direct messages between Pettit and others reacting to the rapper's death.

"I think I should probably not post anything just to be smart," Petit allegedly said in one of the texts.

Asked in another text message how he was doing, Petit allegedly wrote:


I am not great ... Most likely I will die in jail."

Miller, born in Pittsburgh as Malcolm McCormick, reportedly taught himself how to play piano, bass, guitar and drums as a young child, before switching to rap in high school.

Miller, who spoke publicly about his struggles with addiction, skyrocketed to fame eight years ago with the debut of his mixtape, "K.I.D.S. (Kickin Incredibly Dope S---)," which earned him a contract with Rostrum Records.

In the months leading up to his death, Miller was in the midst of a career resurgence with the debut of his fifth album, "Swimming."

He planned to go out on tour in support of the album's release.

He had also been fodder for gossip publications in May 2018 following his high-profile breakup with pop star Ariana Grande.

He was arrested not long after after driving into a utility pole, leaving his vehicle at the scene and then testing over the alcohol limit.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office had charged with DUI and hit and run in connection with that incident.


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Post by: Battle on September 04, 2019, 05:17:57 pm
Wednesday, 4th September 2019
by Sari Fordham & William Sommer


Conservative operative Jacob Wohl is wanted on a felony arrest warrant in California, a development that could hamper his spree of bizarre, blundering political schemes.

Wohl and former business partner Matthew Johnson were both charged with the unlawful sale of securities in a Riverside Superior Court criminal complaint filed on Aug. 19.

Wohl has not been arrested yet on the charge, according to the court docket. Prosecutors recommended $5,000 bonds for both Wohl and Johnson.

The allegation that Wohl and Johnson unlawfully sold securities centers on one of Wohls financial companies, Montgomery Assets.

A warrant application filed by the Riverside County District Attorneys Office notes that the three-year statute of limitations on the case was set to expire at the end of August 2019, meaning prosecutors had to file by the end of last month if they wanted to pursue charges.

In 2016 Jacob Wohl and Matthew Johnson represented themselves as members of a company called Montgomery Assets, the warrant application reads.

On July 27, 2016 through August 27, 2016 Jacob Wohl and Matthew Johnson offered for sale unqualified securities in violation of California Corporations Code 25110 which has a three year statute of limitations and must be tolled by the issuance of an arrest warrant.

Wohl, who became infamous on Twitter for his devoted replies to presidential tweets and fake claims to have heard liberals praising puppetine in hipster coffee shops, didnt respond to a request for comment. 

Johnson also couldnt be reached for comment.

Wohls detractors have often puzzled over how, until now, he had avoided serious legal consequences.

Thats because Wohl has routinely pushed the legal and political envelope to seemingly absurd lengths.

In November 2018, Wohl teamed up with Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman for a spectacularly failed attempt to concoct a bogus sexual assault smear against then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The pair also attempted to fake a similar allegation against Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, which flopped after The Daily Beast obtained audio of Wohl and Burkman trying to pressure a potential victim into making a false allegation against Buttigieg.

In February, Wohl faked a death threat against himself, then reported the bogus crime to Minneapolis police.
This summer, a phone number associated with Wohl was used to threaten a former GOP campaign worker, although Wohl denied involvement in the incident.

The California charge against Wohl, 21, dates back to his pre-politics career in finance.
In 2016, Wohl, then a teenager, portrayed himself in media reports and pitches to potential investors as a hedge fund wunderkind.

Investigators with the National Futures Association started to look into the operations of another Wohl company after a client complained that Wohl claimed to have rapidly increased the clients $75,000 investment to $89,000.

When the client tried to withdraw his money, however, Wohl allegedly only sent back $44,000.

The investigators noted in a report that Wohls promotional materials for the company claimed that Wohl had nine years of trading experience.

That claim meant that Wohl, then 17 or 18 years old, would have been trading since he was 8 or 9 years old.

Wohl withdrew from the NFA ahead of the investigation, and eventually received a lifetime ban from the group.

Wohl has faced other consequences over his financial work.

In 2017, the Arizona Corporation Commission ordered Wohl to pay nearly $33,000 in restitution, as well as an additional $5,000, for alleged violations of securities law.

A commission spokeswoman told the Arizona Republic in Nov. 2018 that Wohl had not made any payments on the money that he owed under the fine.

Despite those setbacks, Wohl hasnt left finance behind entirely.

Ahead of the 2020 presidential race, Wohl solicited potential investors on a plan to profit from political betting markets by manipulating them with fake scandals and other fraudulent news stories.

Its not clear what happened to that plan.

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Post by: Battle on September 05, 2019, 02:41:31 pm
Thursday, 5th September 2019
He rapped about killing and burying his girlfriend.

Now hes charged with her murder.
by Meagan Flynn


It was open mic night on July 29 at the King Eddy Saloon near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, a legendary dive bar dating back to Prohibition, and as a group of amateur rappers bobbed to a beat, Robert Anthony Camou stepped into the circle.

Wearing a black blazer over a black button-up, the 27-year-old grabbed the microphone and introduced himself as a gangster in the house.

The other rappers surrounding him hollered, calling him Eminem. 

But then it got weird.

He said he cut his electronic monitoring device off his leg.

And then, coming so close to the camera that all you could see was his mouth, he rapped:

I killed my b____ and buried that b____ in the f______ dirt.
The other men grimaced.

One let out a nervous laugh.

Camou floated away to the outskirts of the group, appearing to realize his mistake.

The cops are trying to look for me, he rapped, and Im trying to shut my mouth.

At that point, it didnt matter.

The cops had already traced his movements and were scouring the streets of Los Angeles for his gray Toyota Prius.

Hours earlier, his own parents had called the police on him.

They found blood and signs of a brutal assault against Camous girlfriend, 31-year-old Amanda Custer, inside his bedroom.

Neighbors told police they saw Camou dragging her lifeless body into the cargo hatch of his car.

But when police finally found Camous Prius in the early morning hours of July 30, parked half a mile from King Eddy, Custer wasnt in there anymore.

Instead, they found Camou sleeping in the back seat.

And blood in the back cargo space, as well as a tool used for digging, police said last month.

And then, in a matter of days, they would also find the rap video, believing it told them everything they needed to know.

On Wednesday, Camou was charged with capital murder in his missing girlfriends death after extensive searches for Custers body in canyons and creeks all over the Los Angeles area failed, the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office announced.

The murder charge was also enhanced with a special circumstance because Camou was out on bail on a domestic violence case involving Custer at the time he allegedly killed her.
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department investigators said they have authenticated the rap video filmed at King Eddy Saloon, suggesting it can be used against Camou in court.

The man who filmed it, 64-year-old Michael R. Moore, told the Los Angeles Times he realized Camou was the same disturbing rapper from the bar after seeing him in handcuffs on the news the next morning.

What he said, he said it with such force that people just stopped, Moore told the Times.

They were shocked. There was a lot of hate in his expression.

Custer had been warning courts of Camous abusive behavior for months before her death, revealing a tumultuous relationship that at times turned violent, as the Los Angeles Times reported.
In April 2018, Custers grandmother sought a restraining order against Camou, saying Custer had been choked and attacked, leaving her face bloodied, the Times reported.

He kept driving past their house harassing them, the grandmother said. But her petition was denied in May 2018.

In February, Custer filed for a restraining order against Camou as well, telling the court that he had been harassing her with texts and phone calls using over 100 fake numbers, the Times reported.

Then, she wrote in court documents, he jumped a fence and tried to break into her bedroom.

She wouldnt let Camou in only to look outside later to find him returning with a hatchet.

She said he used it to hack the side mirrors off her grandmothers car, and then busted through her bedroom window.

Custer also said she knew Camou had a 12-gauge shotgun and a handgun, which made her afraid for her dog, Piper.

I also think he would go as far as hurting her or killing her to hurt me, she wrote in the petition, according to the Times.
Again, the judge denied her petition that same month.
The turning point came on April 22 2019.

Camou allegedly beat Custer, strangling her and threatening her with a Taser, prosecutors said.

Custer fled and sought help at a nearby residence.

But Camou followed.

He allegedly then attacked an elderly man inside the home who tried to intervene.
Camou was charged with first-degree burglary, injuring a girlfriend and assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury in both of those alleged beatings.
At the arraignment, our office requested that bail be set at $150,000, but over the prosecutors objections, the court released the defendant on electronic monitoring, Paul Eakins, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

The prosecutor requested a protective order, which the court issued.

On the day Custer disappeared, July 29, probation officers noticed something was wrong with Camous electronic monitor:

The battery was going out.

The department notified the court, saying he had absconded from the electronic monitoring program, or EMP, the Tribune reported.

The court issued a bench warrant, but it was too late.
Hours later, he would rap at the King Eddy Saloon:

I cut the f______ EMP off my leg and then Im out.

When police tried to arrest him as he slept in his Prius down the block from the bar, he refused to get out.

The standoff lasted five hours ending with the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team tossing a canister of tear gas at him.

For weeks, as Camou remained in jail, Custers family kept hope that she might still be alive.

Her father, Rick, stood before reporters asking hikers, fishers and mountain bikers in the area to help find her.

We are pleading with anybody who might have a tip that might help to report it, as we are very distraught, and need to bring our Amanda home, he said in a handwritten note dated Aug. 4, 2019.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County district attorney said her body still had not been found.

Camou faces either the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

The decision on whether to seek the death penalty will be made at a later date, the office said.

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Post by: Battle on September 06, 2019, 04:44:04 pm
Thurday, 5th September 2019
There's A Devil Loose In The Church
by K Thor Jensen


A pastor's wife in West Virginia has been charged with reckless endangerment after allegedly firing a gun in a church parking lot.

Melinda Frye Toney, 44, is accused of pulling out a pistol that accidentally discharged during an argument with another pastor's wife at New Life Apostolic Church in Oak Hill on May 11.

Toney is the wife of New Life pastor Earl Toney while the other woman, Lori Haywood, is married to New Life's youth pastor, David Haywood.

Fayette Sheriff's Detective Kevin Willis told the Beckley Register-Herald the animosity between the two women had been simmering for some time.

Their husbands had thought the women should publicly bury the hatchet to avoid additional strife.


"The pastor and the youth pastor had thought, 'Maybe we could get them together, we can hash this out and fix this before it escalates,' " Willis said Wednesday.

"Of course, it just made it worse, I think."

According to Willis, "the straw that broke the camel's back" was an argument over a t-shirt Haywood had was wearing.

Haywood would only say, "We had a disagreement, and when we sat down to talk, I called her out, and she lost it."

According to authorities, Melinda walked out of the church during the disagreement and went to her car in the parking lot, where she got her handgun.

Realizing what she intended, Earl and followed her outside.

Willis reports Pastor Toney intercepted his wife before she was able to come back inside the church and attempted to wrestle the gun out of her hand.

The weapon fired a single shot during the struggle, but nobody was hurt.


Haywood, who was leaving the church when the gun discharged, called the police and told them that she was Toney's intended target.

The department reviewed parking-lot surveillance video but could not determine whether the pistol was aimed at Haywood before it was fired.

Mrs. Toney owned the handgun legally with a concealed carry permit.

"We were just trying to leave, peaceful," Haywood told the Register-Herald.

"The reason for the shooting was stupid, and very unnecessary."

Melinda declined to speak to police after her arrest and requested an attorney instead, according to Willis, who added that a mental evaluation of her may be part of the investigation.

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Post by: Battle on September 06, 2019, 04:45:54 pm
Friday, 6th September 2019
2 white men charged after firing shots at St. Louis County police officer
by Kayla Wheeler


Two men have been charged after firing shots at a police officer Tuesday night.

Matthew Higgins, 27, has been charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.

Kenneth Bull, 42, was charged with first and second-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

Tuesday night, a St. Louis County police officer saw a car with improper plates and attempted to make a traffic stop, according to the probable cause statement.

When the officer attempted to get out of his car, he saw Higgins hang out of the car window and point something at him.

The officer then heard two gunshots. Bull was in the drivers seat and drove away.

The officer chased them for about 15 minutes until their car became disabled.

Two other officers crashed into each other during the chase.

The two men engaged multiple officers in a physical struggle before being taken into custody, according to police.

They are each being held on a $150,000 bond.

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Post by: Battle on September 07, 2019, 07:06:10 pm
Saturday, 7th September 2019
White woman who cut off monitoring bracelet caught in Milwaukee
by Bob Friday


Kalin Sunde, 31, who was charged with six felonies after a June standoff with police in Oconomowoc, was back in custody Thursday, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said.

Sunde reportedly cut off her GPS monitoring bracelet Monday and was on the run since.

She was captured in Milwaukee on Thursday night, Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson said, with the help of the Milwaukee Police Department and United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force.

Sunde, 31, who has a Pewaukee address, did not show up for a court appearance Wednesday.

The $70,000 bond that was posted Aug. 12 was revoked.

On Aug. 23, Sunde was issued a noncompliance letter for failing to submit to a drug screening.

She failed to provide a sample for a drug test during an appointment with Wisconsin Community Service on Aug. 19, and also failed to show up for a random drug screening on Aug. 23, according to the service's letter to Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow.

Sunde was originally thought to be a hostage in a standoff with police in Oconomowoc on June 4.

But a criminal complaint filed by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office said Sunde was more of a "co-actor" in the standoff that shut down Interstate 94 for 12 hours.

The other person involved in the standoff was Nathan Halfmann, 37.

He has pleaded not guilty to numerous charges and is scheduled to be in court Sept. 26 2019.

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Post by: Battle on September 07, 2019, 07:18:38 pm
Saturday, 7th September 2019
White man Tells Police Hes Turning Himself In For Killing His Mother
by CBS Pittsburgh


(WEST MIFFLIN, Pa) A man reportedly called West Mifflin 911 and said he was surrendering himself to the police for killing his mother.

According to Allegheny County Police, they responded to 713 Shady Lane where they found 42-year-old Kenneth Burdick standing on the front porch of the house just after 7 a.m. Saturday.

Police say they found Burdicks 80-year-old mother dead inside.

Burdick turned himself over to police peacefully, according to the press release.
County Police launched an investigation and learned of a history of domestic disturbance calls to the residence.

There were no active PFAs, police say.

Burdick has been transported to the Allegheny County Jail where he will await arraignment.

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Post by: Battle on September 08, 2019, 08:59:57 am
Sunday, 8th September 2019
Missing El Dorado County woman's remains found, husband arrested



A man was arrested in El Dorado County on Friday after the remains of his missing wife were found, the El Dorado County Sheriffs Office said Saturday.

Anthony Gumina, 44, was initially arrested on an outstanding no-bail warrant for domestic violence, officials said.
Detectives later found what they believe are the remains of Heather Gumina, his wife, after conducting a search warrant in the Pleasant Valley area in El Dorado County.

Heather Gumina, also known as Heather Waters, was reported missing July 19.

Anthony Gumina was arrested on homicide charges after detectives found the remains, officials said.

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Post by: Battle on September 08, 2019, 06:53:57 pm
Sunday, 8th September 2019
White man gets 88 years for kidnap after wild California RV chase
by LA Times


A California man who led police on a wild RV chase with his young children last year was sentenced Wednesday to more than 88 years in prison.

Stephen Merle Houk, 48, was convicted last month of kidnapping, child abuse, injuring a spouse and other charges.

Houk was arrested in May 2018 after being on the run for two days.

He escaped into a Bakersfield orchard after leading police on a 100-mile chase in his motor home that began in Hollywood.

Houk's 10-month-old and 3-year-old children were inside the RV.

They weren't hurt.

Investigators said the incident began after Houk fought with his wife and threatened to kill her.

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Post by: Battle on September 09, 2019, 09:19:13 pm
Monday, 9th September 2019
'American Idol' Star Antonella Barba Facing Arrest After Warrant Issued in Drug Case
by Ryan Naumann


Former American Idol star Antonella Barba is facing being thrown in prison for allegedly violating a court order, as a judge has signed off on an arrest warrant.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Barbas probation officer, as part of her drug possession case, recently accused her of disobeying the judge.

Barba was supposed to be living with her father, Vincenzo Barba, while being released on bond.

She was ordered to maintain a residence with her father in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

The officer points to that condition as the reason for Barbas violation.

He did not go into greater detail in the court documents.

The federal judge granted the probation officers request and issued a warrant for Barbas arrest.

The warrant was delivered to the United States Marshal to execute and bring her into court.

Last month, Barba pleaded guilty to a charge relating to possessing and distributing fentanyl.

The reality star reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

She is facing 10 years in prison.

In pleading guilty, Barba faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of $10,000,000, a possible forfeiture of assets, and five years of supervised police.

Barba was scheduled to next appear in court on November 21, 2019.

She was allowed to be out on bond awaiting sentencing, as long as she obeyed the court order.

She will probably be making a much sooner appearance in court.

Barba was allegedly one of several members of a drug conspiracy that was active in Hampton Roads, Virginia from late 2017 through the fall of 2018.

According to the indictment, Barba was attempting to deliver approximately 830.8 grams of fentanyl on the day of her arrest.

She also had an additional 400 grams of a "mixture or substance" containing a detectable amount of fentanyl.

Barba was bailed out of jail by her father and has been under home detention with electronic monitoring ever since.

Antonella Barba appeared on the sixth season of American Idol and made it into the Top 16 (Jordin Sparks eventually took home the crown).

During her run on the show, racy photos of her appeared online, including wet T-shirt pics of her posing in the fountain of the National World War II Memorial.

She was also charged in 2010 with shoplifting after she allegedly walked off with less than $20 worth of goods from an Urban Outfitters in New York City.

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Post by: Battle on September 10, 2019, 12:39:15 pm
Tuesday, 10th September 2019
Former Montgomery County Sheriffs Officer Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography
by CBS Philly



(MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa.) A former Montgomery County Sheriffs officer has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography.

Last March, investigators found almost 4,000 images and videos of child sex abuse on Matthew Lavers computer.

The investigation also revealed the 38-year-old from Souderton allegedly trafficked child pornography over the course of ten years while employed at the sheriffs office.

The harm caused by child exploitation is devastating and long-lasting, which is why we prosecute these cases aggressively, said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Williams.

In this case, the conduct was particularly egregious because the defendant was a member of a law enforcement organization charged with enforcing the law. We stand ready with our federal and local partners to identify and prosecute all those who would prey upon minor children.


Detectives say some of the children depicted in the videos were as young as infants.

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Post by: Battle on September 11, 2019, 04:06:14 am
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Cross burning: Mississippi white man pleads guilty, sentenced to 11 years
by Lici Beveridge


(JACKSON, Miss.) A man who pleaded guilty to burning a cross outside the home of a black family in Mississippi was sentenced Tuesday to 11 years in federal prison.

Louie Revette, 38, of Collins pleaded guilty in April to one count of interference with housing rights, a federal civil rights violation, and one count of using fire during the commission of a federal felony for the 2017 incident.

In his plea, Revette admitted he went to what he knew to be a predominantly black neighborhood in Seminary, about 70 miles south of Jackson.

He and another man, Graham Williamson, who also pleaded guilty, built a cross to burn near the home of a juvenile.

The two men placed the cross near the youth's home and lit it on fire.

Revette said he built and burned the cross to threaten, frighten and intimidate the teen and other black residents because of their race and color.

But in court Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett said the crime was not entirely based on race, although he did not elaborate on what else motivated Revette to burn the cross.

Regardless of motive, Starrett said "cross burning is a big deal" and as a child in McComb "in the cross burning capital of the South," he was fully aware of the fear and intimidation elicited by cross burnings and church fires."

"It is not an act of courage to come in the night and try to intimidate somebody," the judge said.

Revette's family and friends wept as he told Starrett he was sorry for what he had done and wished the incident never happened.

"I want everyone to know I'm not proud of what happened," he said.

"I hate what I did. I can't even believe I did that. I never done anything like that before in my life."

Attorneys for the government sought a longer sentence for Revette, saying he was instrumental in perpetrating the crime and recruiting others to join him in the commission of the cross burning.
In addition, the government said, the intended victim was particularly vulnerable since he was a 16-year-old in the 10th grade.

None of the victim's family was in court for the sentencing, but the victim's grandmother, Rose Marie Shears, conveyed through the U.S. Attorney's Office that it brought back a lot of the fear and terror of the past.

She said she is afraid now that Revette and Williamson or others "will come back to get them."

Shears asked the court to give Revette a long prison sentence between 20 and 40 years so he could not come back and further terrorize her family.

"I thought that 'those days' were over," she told Julia Gegenheimer, an attorney for the government, on Monday.

"This act has brought it all back."

Revette said he wished he could take it all back.

"I wish the family was here," he said.

"I don't want no hatred between his family and myself."

He told Starrett he agreed when the judge said sometimes you have to be locked up to be set free and wants to put the incident behind him.

"I hate that I had to hurt (the victim) to get to where I am now, but I thank God for rescuing me," he said. ("Black man is God."

Williamson, who pleaded guilty in June, will be sentenced November 5, 2019

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Post by: Battle on September 11, 2019, 04:44:49 am
Monday, 9th September 2019
White woman drives DUI with 3 kids in car, then offers sexual favors to police
by Ted Czech


A Penn Township woman allegedly tried to bribe police officers with sexual favors Saturday after her arrest for DUI with her three children as passengers, according to charging documents.

Rebecca Sue Doody, 29, faces one count each of bribery - benefit, indecent exposure and DUI, and three counts of recklessly endangering another person.

She was released on $2,500 unsecured bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 19 before District Judge Jeffrey A. Sneeringer, according to dockets.

Doody could not be reached for comment.

At 3:11 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to Doody's home in the first block Beachfield Lane for a domestic dispute.

Once there, they spoke with Doody's boyfriend, Jacob Angolia, who said Doody had been driving drunk with their three children as passengers, documents state.

Police spoke with Doody, who smelled of alcohol, was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech and bloodshot, glassy eyes.

She then "performed poorly" on a field sobriety test, according to documents.

Officers arrested Doody on suspicion of DUI, believing that her alleged conduct placed her children in danger of death or serious bodily injury, documents state.

"While on the way to the hospital Doody was trying to bribe me with sexual favors in an attempt to avoid criminal charges," an officer wrote in documents.

These alleged offers continued at UPMC Hospital, in front of hospital employees and police.

Police took Doody back to their headquarters and while processing her, handcuffed one of her wrists to a bench, according to documents.

"While on the bench Doody used her free hand and pulled up her shirt and bra exposing her breast," in front of two officers, documents state.

"She continued to request several different sexual acts from police in an attempt to get out of criminal charges."

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Post by: Battle on September 12, 2019, 06:42:41 am
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Man accused of kidnapping woman in Rolla, almost running over officers, stealing several cars

by KMOV4 (CBS News affiliate)


(ROLLA, Mo.) A suspect is facing charges, accused of kidnapping a woman, almost running over an officer, leading officers on a chase and stealing several cars.

Timothy Vance, 33, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child.

The incident took place just before 7:00 p.m. on September 1.

Police said Vance was holding a woman at gunpoint at a home in the 1200 block of Turkey Run Drive.

When they arrived, they said they heard a disturbance and a woman crying from inside the garage.


Police said they pounded on the garage door to announce that they were there before Vance started a car with the woman inside and drove out of the garage, almost hitting an officer.


Police said an officer then fired a shot at the car.

Vance and the woman later abandoned the car in rural Phelps County and stole another car, police say.

An officer later spotted the car they stole on I-44 near St. James and started to chase it into Crawford County where police say Vance and the woman abandoned the car and stole another vehicle.

Police said the two got out of the second stolen car before stealing a third.

The two then wrecked the third car and fled on foot before being captured while trying to break into a home in Crawford County.

Officers later determined the woman was not an active participant in any of the crimes.

She was released after being questioned.

Vance is being held in the Crawford County Jail.

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Post by: Battle on September 12, 2019, 07:01:44 am
Wednesday, 11th September 2019
Edgecombe County science teacher charged with possessing meth
by CBS 17 Digital Desk


(TARBORO, N.C.) An Edgecombe County science teacher was arrested after deputies found meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in her possession, the sheriffs office said.
On Sept. 3, the Edgecombe County Sheriffs Office was called to Suggs Road near Colonial Road where they found 31-year-old Christina Hazel Cuthrell.

Deputies said Cuthrell reported her boyfriend had taken their infant child and run into the woods.

An investigation revealed that to be fabricated and the sheriffs office said the child was never in danger during the incident.

Deputies searched her and her vehicle and found methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, the sheriffs office said.

Cuthrell was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Pitt County for felony obtaining property by false pretense and was charged with possess methamphetamine, possess more than oz. marijuana, and possess drug paraphernalia.


She was placed under a $3,500 secured bond.

Cuthrell works as a science teacher at Southwest Edgecombe High School.
The school district confirmed she is currently suspended pending the completion of an investigation into her arrest.
The district also released the following statement in response to the arrest:

"Edgecombe County Public Schools conducts background checks on all of its employees as a part of its pre-employment requirements. The safety of our students and staff remains a top priority. As this is a personal matter, further information can not be released at this time."

---Susan Hoke, Edgecombe County Public Schools Communications Coordinator

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Post by: Battle on September 12, 2019, 03:27:04 pm
Thursday, 12th September 2019
by Rebekah L. Sanders and Chelsea Curtis


(PHOENIX, AZ) Two days after murder suspect Blane Barksdale was named one of the countrys most wanted fugitives, he and his wife were taken into custody without incident in Arizona.

The Navajo County Sheriffs Office announced late Wednesday that it had assisted the U.S. Marshals Service in locating and arresting the Barksdales.

Authorities did not specify where they caught Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife, Susan, 59.

They had been on the run since Aug. 26, when they commandeered a prison transport van in Utah and escaped into rural Arizona.

An intense search for the couple had been underway in the county, which runs from the Utah state line south in a narrow strip to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

The Barksdales are suspects in the death of Frank Bligh, a 72-year-old Tucson man who has been missing since April.

The couple was being transported from New York state to Tucson when they overpowered their guards and escaped custody.

They abandoned the van, with the guards and another prisoner bound inside east of Navajo County in Apache County, according to officials.

They had been last seen driving a red GMC Sierra truck with an Arizona license plate and damage on its front passenger side and rear bumper.

The U.S. Marshals Service offered no additional details Wednesday night, and a news conference was planned Thursday morning in Phoenix.

On Monday, Blane Barksdale was elevated to the U.S. Marshals Service's 15 Most Wanted List, with the reward for information leading to his capture raised to $25,000.

A reward for information leading to the capture of Susan Barksdale was set at $10,000, and up to $5,000 was offered for information leading to the red pickup.

Residents Wednesday night quickly began posting their thanks and relief on the Navajo County Sheriff's Office website.

The search for the couple had sparked concern among residents throughout the area.
Locals said there were a million places they could have laid low among a labyrinth of dead-end roads, cattle ranches, trailers and bushy juniper trees in the high-desert backcountry of northeastern Arizona.

The couple and the red pickup seemed to have vanished into the teardrop-shaped expanse between Snowflake, Concho and Show Low.

"Who knows where they could be?" said Verlinda Adams, 65, just hours before the Barksdales were caught.

"There's so much forest around the Rim Country ... and there's so many roads," Adams added, as she ate lunch at a cafe in Taylor, not far from the area the marshals and deputies repeatedly had combed.

Navajo County Sheriff David Clouse said he cut his teeth as a young deputy on the rutted, gravel paths east of Snowflake.

The routes lead to survivalist compounds, family cabins, drug dens, horse properties, hunting grounds or sometimes nowhere at all.

"Some describe it as No Mans Land," he said.

"But that's our backyard, and we're very familiar with it."

A typical patrol through the area could take hours from end to end, he said let alone a manhunt for a couple assisted by a local criminal network in a territory where law enforcement cellphones and radios didn't always work, Clouse said.

"It's so remote, it's hard to make contact. So we're offering our knowledge of the roads, the people and the local lay of the land," Clouse said before the arrests. "
(The Barksdales) may have driven down their exact road, and they'll never know it because there's so many trees and their houses are set back so far. ... Your urban searches are so much easier."

Authorities searched by air and land for any sign of the couple or pickup, made warrant sweeps, property searches and arrests, Arizona U.S. Marshal David Gonzales said.

"(We were) beating the bushes," he said.

"Nothing was popping."

To ensure authorities didn't suffer from tunnel vision, they expanded the search from California to Texas in recent days.

One of the first places law enforcement swarmed was the property the Barksdales own near Vernon, about 20 miles east of Show Low, according to neighbor Joe Ferreira.

A SWAT team stormed the property a month ago or more, Ferreira estimated, some time before the couple hijacked the van.

A white RV and plywood lean-to sat nestled on their land Wednesday against a hill overlooking Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

The couple purchased the property in August 2018, county records showed.

Ferreira, 64, a local chef who raises chickens and ducks three doors down, joked having a neighbor on the FBI's "Top 15 Most Wanted" list was "different."

Normally, the small clump of homes is quiet and peaceful, he said.

Wind chimes and a few dogs barking were the only sounds Wednesday afternoon.

Violet and yellow wildflowers nodded in the breeze.

"No Trespassing" signs stood beside every driveway.

"That's what it's about: Do your own thing," Ferreira said.

The manhunt added some worries, he admitted.

"How can you not? You get a little nervous about it."

Every time a vehicle drives by, Ferreira said,

"We stick our nose in the window."

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Post by: Battle on September 21, 2019, 05:55:36 am
Saturday, 21st September 2019
White woman denied early release in texting suicide case

by Sophie Lewis


Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman sent to jail for encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life, was denied early release, the state's parole board announced Friday.

She has served seven months of a 15-month sentence for her role in the 2014 death of Conrad Roy.

Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman sent to jail for encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life, was denied early release, the state's parole board announced Friday.

She has served seven months of a 15-month sentence for her role in the 2014 death of Conrad Roy.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017.

Roy, 18, took his life after Carter, then 17, told him over the phone and via text to get into his carbon monoxide-filled truck.

"The [board] is troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged Mr. Conrad to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide," the Massachusetts Parole Board said in its decision, according to CBS Boston.

"Ms. Carter's self-serving statements and behavior, leading up to and after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity."

The board said Carter's release was "not compatible" with the best interests of society and that her appeal failed to justify her "lack of empathy" for the crime.

Carter's attorneys have argued her texts were constitutionally protected free speech.

The state Supreme Judicial Court disagreed, upholding her conviction in February.

Carter's lawyers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in July, but the court has not yet decided whether it will take up the case.

Daniel Marx, who argued the case before the Supreme Judicial Court, said in February that the court's ruling "stretches the law to assign blame for a tragedy that was not a crime."

Carter remained free until her state appeals were exhausted.

She began serving her sentence in February.

The case has sparked legislative proposals to criminalize suicide coercion.

Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed "Conrad's Law," which would make convincing or manipulating someone into taking their life a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.

Carter and Roy met in 2012 while vacationing in Florida.

They lived an hour apart in Massachusetts, communicating almost exclusively via texts, online and by phone.

Both struggled with depression, and Roy had previously tried to kill himself.

Roy detailed his mental health struggles to Carter many times leading up to his death on July 12, 2014.

She sent him dozens of texts from more than 30 miles away encouraging him to kill himself and "get back in" his truck, despite his apprehensions.

"You keep pushing it off and say you'll do it but you never do.

It's always gonna be that way if you don't take action," Carter texted him on the day he died.

Two months after his death, Carter sent a text to a friend saying,

"It's my fault. I could have stopped him but I told him to get back in the car."

In a June 2017 interview with "48 Hours," Roy's mother, Lynn Roy, said she doesn't believe Carter "has a conscience."

"I think she needs to be held responsible for her actions 'cause she knew exactly what she was doing and what she said," Roy told "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty.

If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, there is help.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, text a crisis counselor at 741741 or visit

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Post by: Battle on September 22, 2019, 02:32:56 pm
Sunday, 22nd September 2019
White woman allegedly kills 75-year-old man, sets fire to Long Island home to cover it up

by WPIX - New York (channel 11)


(CENTRE ISLAND, N.Y.) A Long Island woman was arrested for allegedly killing a 75-year-old man and torching his Long Island home to cover it up.

Jennifer Gross was taken into custody Friday and faces charges of second-degree murder and second-degree arson, police said.

On Nov. 20, 2018, emergency responders were called to a fire that broke out at a Centre Island home.

Authorities extinguished the blaze and found James Coppola, of Howard Beach, dead inside the home, according to police.

The blaze was determined to be suspicious, and homicide and arson squads were called to the scene.

Gross and Coppola had been involved in a violent 20-year relationship, police said.

Coppola had an order of protection against Gross when he was killed, according to authorities.

Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick says Gross was arrested after she pawned jewelry that had belonged to Coppola.

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Post by: Battle on September 22, 2019, 02:57:20 pm
Sunday, 22nd Spetember 2019
Manson follower Leslie Van Houten parole denied
by Colleen Shalby


A California appeals court Friday rejected Leslie Van Houtens latest bid for release from prison.

The 70-year-old Charles Manson follower has been recommended for parole three times, and each has been rejected twice by former Gov. Jerry Brown and most recently by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

During oral arguments in June before a panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal, Van Houtens attorney, Rich Pfeiffer, said his client should be released because she has been fully rehabilitated and is no longer a threat.

Jill Alicia VanderBorght, a representative of the state attorney generals office, argued against Van Houtens release, citing the extreme gravity of the crimes and her continued minimization of her role in them.

The appeals court declined to reverse Browns decision from January 2018.

Since Brown made his ruling nearly two years ago, the Board of Parole Hearings again recommended Van Houten for parole, which Newsom rejected in June.

Fifty years ago, in August 1969, the former homecoming princess was one of three who stabbed to death Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary, at the direction of Manson.


She was 19 at the time.

The slayings followed the killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, hairstylist Jay Sebring, recent high school student Steven Parent, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and her boyfriend, Voytek Frykowski.

The parole hearings have been a constant for decades.

In 1972, a California Supreme Court ruling found the states death penalty law unconstitutional.

The sentences of the convicted killers were changed to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

At the time, the victims families were assured that the change was just a technicality.

But in the years since, theyve come to learn that release is not out of the realm of possibility.

In addition to Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel, 71; Bobby Beausoleil, 71; Charles Tex Watson, 73; and Bruce Davis, 76; remain in prison.

Davis was recently cleared for parole.

His pending release could still be blocked by Newsom.

Manson died in 2017.

Kay Hinman Martley, the cousin of Gary Hinman the first Manson victim, killed weeks before the August 1969 rampage and Debra Tate, the sister of Sharon Tate, have a website dedicated to the status of the so-called Manson family behind bars.

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Post by: Battle on September 23, 2019, 05:40:52 am
Monday, 23rd September 2019
Florida Man Appears Happy To Get His 5th Felony DUI
by D'Ann Lawrence White


(PORT RICHEY, FL) A New Port Richey man flashed a 100-watt smile while having his mugshot taken Friday following his fifth driving under the influence arrest.

Pasco County Sheriff's deputies arrested Gordon Ormond, 56, of Kiowa Drive after they say he violated multiple traffic laws while driving on Embassy Boulevard in Port Richey.


Deputies said Ormond ran a red light at the intersection of Glen Moor Lane while driving at a speed of 15 mph.


Deputies used their lights and sirens to signal Ormond to pull over, but he continued driving erratically, striking a basketball hoop in a driveway.

Ormond then sped up to about 35 mph in an attempt to elude deputies, they said.

Finally, deputies laid down stop sticks in the road ahead of Ormond.

Ormond stopped his car when three out of four of his tires were deflated by the stop sticks.

Ormond was charged with his 12th driving with a suspended license offense and his fifth DUI.

He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident and fleeing to elude.

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Post by: Battle on September 23, 2019, 07:21:30 pm
Monday, 23rd September 2019
'Miracle Baby' Parents Had After Suffering 6 Miscarriages Dies When Babysitter Allegedly Left Her in Hot Car
by Inside Edition Staff


A New Mexico toddler described by her parents as their miracle baby has died after being left in a hot car for hours, allegedly by her sitter, officials said.

The road to parenthood for Demi Petrowski and Zachary Hasheme was paved with unimaginable loss.

The couple had tried for children numerous times, but their efforts repeatedly ended in heartbreak.

I had six miscarriages previously to having my daughter, Petrowski told KOB4.

I remember praying every single day, nonstop.

And then little Zariah entered their lives.

But the family of three had just two years together before tragedy struck again, when police said Zariahs babysitter forgot the toddler in her car as temperatures on Tuesday soared to 91 degrees.

Tammie Brooks, 40, allegedly forgot to drop off Zariah at her day care and instead left her in her car seat as she ran an errand, Hobbs police said.

Police were called about 1:30 p.m., several hours after Zariah had been left in the hot vehicle.

Emergency responders pronounced Zariah dead at the scene.

I would not wish this pain and this hurt upon my worst enemy, Petrowski said.

The devastated mother delivered the news to her husband of their daughters death.

I hear Demi screaming on the other line saying that Zariahs dead and I didnt know what to do, Hasheme told KOB4.

I slammed on my brakes and pulled over.

I mean, you can forget to bring a pen with you, but its kind of hard to forget about a kid in the car, he continued.

Brooks has been charged with abandonment or abuse of a child resulting in death, a first-degree felony, and is currently being held at the Hobbs City Jail pending arraignment.

She is due in court Monday.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help offset the costs to put Zariah to rest.

Baby Zariah was a beautiful sweet baby girl and we need help to have a funeral, the creator of the fundraiser wrote.

As of Monday, more than $3,000 had been raised.

In the wake of their daughters death, Petrowski and Hasheme have issued a plea to parents and caretakers everywhere to be more mindful to avoid another preventable tragedy.

Always look at the backseat of the car, and if there is a child in there or you hear a child screaming, please just, you know, help, Demi said.

As for day care centers, if you know a child is not there at their appointed time, please contact the parents or someone on the emergency list right away.

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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2019, 05:25:11 am
Wednesday, 25th September 2019
'Making a Murderer' Confession: Convicted Wisconsin Murderer Allegedly Confesses To Killing Teresa Halbach
by Kelly Wynne


A Wisconsin inmate has allegedly confessed to the murder of Teresa Halbach.

The inmate, who is unnamed until Wisconsin law enforcement has access to the said confession, told filmmakers of upcoming documentary series Convicting a Murderer, that he was responsible for the infamous death, as seen on Making a Murderer.

Currently, there are two men behind bars for Halbach's death.

Both claim they are innocent.

Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey have both spent years fighting for their freedom.

Dassey took his case all the way to the Supreme Court, where his attempt at a new trial was rejected, while Avery continues the appeal process.

Shawn Rech, director of Convicting a Murderer, told Newsweek his crew were given the confession while filming the documentary series.

"We haven't confirmed the legitimacy of the confession, but seeing as it was given by a notable convicted murderer from Wisconsin, we feel responsible to deliver any and all possible evidence to law enforcement and legal teams," he told Newsweek.

"Having been in production for 20 months, we've uncovered an unfathomable amount of information and evidence that is leading us to the truth. Our investigation does not end here."

Rech also confirmed the confession did not come from Dassey or Avery.

If the secret inmate's confession is found reliable, it could spark freedom for both Dassey and Avery.
Much of America joined forces to support exoneration for the uncle and nephew pair after two parts of Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix in 2016.

The documentary series took viewers into the lives of Dassey and Avery's families while diving deep into forensic evidence that could point at a third party killer.

Kathleen Zellner, Avery's current lawyer, has a handful of theories that point to other members of the Dassey family as Halbach's killers.

She's spent years recreating parts of the crime scene and evidence in hopes of proving Avery couldn't have committed the murder he's convicted of.

If Avery is exonerated, it will be the second time he was wrongly convicted of a violent crime in the state of Wisconsin.

Convicting a Murderer is a 10-part documentary series currently in post-production, according to the Internet Movie Database.

The series aims to be a sequel to Making a Murderer, but will include parts the Netflix series left out, Rech told Newsweek in January.

"I watched Making a Murderer, like tens of millions of others," Rech said.

"After watching the series I was angry with law enforcement, and even embarrassed as an American because of what appeared to have happened to Steven and Brendan. But after doing a little bit of follow-up research I learned that not only did I not have the whole story, but I was misled by the series. And I'm saying this as a fan, not as an established documentary filmmaker."

In the docu-series, a handful of law enforcement figures who believe Avery is guilty, like Andy Colburn, are expected to appear.

Convicting a Murderer is expected to come out on a to-be-determined streaming platform in 2020, according to Rech, who said it will be finalized in March.

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Post by: Battle on September 25, 2019, 06:04:07 pm
Tuesday, 24th September 2019
Animal rescue operators charged after more than 140 dogs die
by Associated Press


(COLE CAMP, Mo.) A couple who operated an animal rescue face multiple charges after 120 dogs and a cat were found dead in Missouri and about two dozen more dogs died in Texas.

More than 200 other animals were rescued from conditions that law enforcement described as "inhumane and unimaginable."

Forty-nine-year-old Tiffany Woodington was charged Friday in Missouri with 10 counts of felony animal abuse and two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse.

Her husband, 55-year-old Steven Woodington, was charged earlier this month in Texas with several counts of animal cruelty.

A second man described as the caretaker also was charged in Texas with animal cruelty.

All three are free on bond.

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Post by: Battle on September 26, 2019, 07:14:29 am
Thursday, 26th September 2019
Utah white man, 22, gets life without parole for rape, murder of 5-year-old niece

by Frank Miles


A Utah man who pleaded guilty to murdering and sexually assaulting his 5-year-old niece was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole Tuesday.

Judge Kevin K. Allen scolded Alex Whipple for the incomprehensible terror he inflicted on Elizabeth Lizzy Shelley, her family and the community.

You will never see the light of day. You will never breathe fresh air again, Allen said. What you did was so abhorrent and vile that you must spend the rest of your life in prison.

Lizzys disappearance in May triggered a massive search and widespread concern in the picturesque mountain valley community of Logan.

How could someone do this to their own niece? said Dejay Smith, Lizzys uncle.

I would hope to never see a monster like him walk through this community again.

Then Smith turned around and spoke directly to Whipple.

There are few things that are more vile than your actions, Smith said.

You are the worst kind of person humanity has to offer.

Another uncle, Zachary Black, also spoke directly to Whipple, who sat only a few feet away.


You are filth, he said.

I hope you spend the rest of your life in a tiny box.

The 22-year-old Whipple declined to speak, hung his head and showed no emotion during the hearing.

He pleaded guilty last month to murder, kidnapping and sexual assault as part of an agreement that dismissed charges of obstruction of justice and desecration of a body, as Fox 13 News reported.

Whipple's attorney, Shannon Demler, said his client was raised in an "imperfect" family, was physically abused as a child and developed mental health and substance abuse issues while homeless.

He added that Whipple knew he committed a horrible act and was ready to accept his punishment.

Police say Whipple killed Lizzy on May 25 after his sister let him spend the night at the family home.
Authorities have said they found the girls blood on Whipples clothing, and a bloody, broken knife from the familys kitchen near where the body was hidden.

Lizzy was missing for five days before Whipple told police where to find the childs body in the woods less than a block from her house after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

Relatives remembered Lizzy as a sweet, happy little girl who loved drawing, being outdoors and rainbow-colored butterflies.

A poster board with pictures of Lizzy and rainbow-colored butterflies was placed on an easel in the front of the courtroom.

A victim advocate who worked with the family brought a pair of rainbow-colored tennis shoes Lizzy was excited to wear to kindergarten.

Cache County Attorney James Swink called Whipples crime a vicious and violent act that made the community feel a little less safe, a little more vulnerable.

Lizzys mother, Jessica Black, didnt come to court because she said she couldnt bear being in the same room as her brother, but she spoke to reporters afterward and released butterflies to remember her daughter.

She called it a difficult day, but thanked the community for their support.

I would give anything to be reunited with her, to hug her and hold her one more time, she said, crying.

Our lives will never be the same. We will never forget our sweet girl and the happiness and sunshine she brought us.

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Post by: Battle on September 26, 2019, 12:19:48 pm
Thursday, 26th September 2019
Former student, linked by fingerprints, is arrested in 1996 school arson

by ABC News


Twenty-three years after a South Carolina high school was set on fire, a former student -- allegedly linked by his fingerprints -- has been arrested for arson, authorities said.

In the middle of the night in August 1996, Macedonia High School was vandalized and set ablaze, with books in hallways used as kindling, Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis said.

The fire wasn't discovered until hours later and the building was "totally destroyed," he said.

"This school represented a community. It was where everything happened. And the people in Macedonia had a love for this school," the sheriff said at a news conference on Wednesday.

"And to see it totally destroyed on that Aug. 4 night really devastated a lot of people."

Sally Wofford, chair of the Berkeley County School Board, was in the last graduating class at Macedonia High School before the fire.

"This was a terrible loss of a beautiful, historic building," Wofford said at the news conference.

She said when she closes her eyes she still sees the school's "magnificent" hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings.

About two years ago the sheriff said he asked the cold case team to reexamine the unsolved crime.

That's when investigators "discovered some evidence we didn't know we had" -- "a match on a set of fingerprints that at the time was in a unique place that would have indicated involvement in this crime," Lewis said.

He did not elaborate on where the fingerprints were found.

Fingerprint experts identified Daniel Scott Harris, 40, as a suspect; he has been charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary, according to the sheriff's office.

Harris was a 17-year-old student at Macedonia High School at the time of the fire, Lewis said.

Based on evidence at the scene, authorities believe more suspects were involved in the arson and burglary, the sheriff said, and he asked anyone with information to come forward.
"I can only pray that the guilty parties will fully understand that they did far more than burn down a building," Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Eddie Ingram said.

"They burned a hole that in some ways can never be filled."

"We are so heartbroken but we are also relieved," said Wofford, the school board chair.

"I pray this brings closure to a lot of people in a community that I represent that made me who I am."

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Post by: Battle on September 27, 2019, 02:48:18 am
Friday, 27th September 2019
Parents charged after 11-month-old boy overdoses on heroin
by WGAL (NBC News affiliate)


The parents of an 11-month-old Chester County boy are charged after he overdosed on heroin and fentanyl and had to be revived with Narcan, Pennsylvania State Police say.

Charles Salzman Jr., 31, and Kristen Bristow, 30, of Atglen, are facing charges that include aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

State Police said the couple used heroin and fentanyl Wednesday inside a car parked behind a home on Limestone Road in West Fallowfield Township.

The boy was also in the vehicle, State Police said, and ingested the drugs after his parents fell

A family member found the child unconscious and not breathing around 6:45 p.m., investigators said.

State Police said emergency medical services personnel gave the boy multiple doses of Narcan and took him to a hospital in Delaware.

According to investigators, troopers found numerous bags of suspected heroin and fentanyl and paraphernalia inside the home.

Salzman and Bristow were taken to Chester County Prison.

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Post by: Battle on September 27, 2019, 05:09:24 pm
Friday, 27th September 2019
Oregon White woman Arrested for Allegedly Feeding Co-Workers Meth Bean Dip
by James Walker


A 38 year old Oregon woman has been arrested after she allegedly put meth in a bean dip eaten by co-workers.(

Cassandra Medina-Hernandez of Albany is a worker at a grocery store in Marion County, Oregon, according to The Oregonian.

She was arrested on Wednesday.

Medina-Hernandez, pictured below, now faces charges that include causing another person to ingest a controlled substance, recklessly endangering another person and unlawful delivery of methamphetamine.

Two co-workers ate from the bean dip she allegedly spiked with meth, according to a probable cause affidavit seen by The Oregonian and Cleveland 19 News.

One of the colleagues was hospitalized as a result.

Medina-Hernandez also reportedly ate from the meth-laced bean dip she has been accused of spiking.

The grocery worker's initial bail was set at $500,000 and she is due to appear in court on October 9 following her arrest on September 25, according to inmate information on the Marion County Sheriff's Office website.

Cleveland 19 News reports that Medina-Hernandez was a worker at Thriftway but is now suspended from the role.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office in Oregon told The Oregonian that there was "no reason to believe" customers of the store were affected by meth-spiked bean dips.

Medina-Hernandez's arrest comes in the same week an Air Force Master Sergeant was detained for allegedly selling meth, cocaine and weapons.

39 year old Michael Reimers was arrested by officers on Tuesday on charges of distributing controlled substances and selling firearms without a license.

Reimers, a Las Vegas resident, is alleged to have sold several grams of meth and cocaine between July and September of this year.


The indictment against Reimers issued by a grand jury also claims he sold a 7.62 mm caliber AK-47, a 12 gauge shotgun and a .25 caliber handgun.

The Air Force Master Sergeant is on active duty and assigned to the 99th Communications Squadron at Nellis Air Force, Nevada.

Another man from Maryland spent almost three months behind bars after airport security mistook jars of honey he possessed for liquid meth.

Customs and Border Protection staff searched Leon Haughton's bag at Baltimore Washington Airport when he arrived from Jamaica on December 29 last year and discovered three honey jars, which the officers claimed tested positive for methamphetamine.

Haughton was arrested on charges including possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and was held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

But he was released and all charges were dropped after another lab test showed there was "no controlled dangerous substance" in the honey.

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Post by: Battle on September 28, 2019, 07:18:58 am
Saturday, 28th September 2019
Princeton grad who killed his father after his allowance was cut gets 30 years to life
by Brian Vitagliano


Thomas Gilbert Jr., who was convicted of killing his father after the older man cut back his weekly allowance, was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison.

Thomas Gilbert Sr., a founding managing partner of the hedge fund Wainscott Capital, was found dead in his apartment in January 2015 with a gunshot wound to the head.

Gilbert's attorneys did not dispute that he killed his father but said he was not guilty by reason of insanity.

Jurors in June dismissed the insanity defense and convicted him of second-degree murder.

They also found him guilty on two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

He was found not guilty of criminal possession of forgery devices.

Shelley Gilbert, the victim's wife, gave a victim impact statement Friday where she said the family wanted Gilbert Jr. "to be given as light a sentence as possible."

"As I've said many times in court, we've been trying to get Tommy into a hospital for 15 years," Shelley Gilbert said.

"He's too sick to be able to judge. He needs to be in a hospital, had he been so my husband would still be alive."

She told the court she definitely plans to appeal the sentencing.

Gilbert Jr., 35, played football at Princeton and graduated with a degree in economics.


At the time of the shooting, he was 30 and unemployed, receiving up to $1,000 a week from his parents.

Hours before Thomas Sr. was killed, he cut his son's weekly allowance to $300, prosecutors said.

"We will appeal, but cannot appeal until after he is sentenced," defense attorney Arnold Levine told CNN at the time.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. had said that the elder Gilbert was killed "in spite of all his love and generosity."

In a new statement Friday, the prosecutor said:

"While nothing can undo the tragedy of Mr. Gilbert's death, I hope that the resolution of this case helps his loved ones as they continue to heal from this devastating loss."

Once part of Manhattan's social elite, the younger Gilbert lived off his parents, prosecutors say, spending his time surfing in the Hamptons.

He declined to appear in person for much of his five-week trial.

Emails between Gilbert and his parents that were shown in court depicted a tumultuous relationship.

He repeatedly asked for money, sometimes "for a charity thing," sometimes forwarding past-due bills from an exclusive athletic and social club for thousands of dollars to his mother.

In October 2014, prosecutors said, Gilbert's computer showed searches for websites that discussed forging checks and offered blank check templates.

Some of the charges he faces stem from credit card forging devices found at his home at the time of his arrest, prosecutors say.

Levine argued that Gilbert "deteriorated" around the time he began to attend Princeton.

"Nobody wanted to look at him -- that background, those looks, that schooling -- and say he could be mentally ill," Levine said.

"Nobody wanted to think it."

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Post by: Battle on September 28, 2019, 02:49:29 pm
Saturday, 28th September 2019
Arson suspect set fires before attending reunion
by Associated Press


A suspected arsonist traveled from Missouri to Northern California to set more than a dozen wildfires before attending his 50th high school reunion, a newspaper reported Saturday.

A former classmate told the San Jose Mercury News that Freddie Owen Graham appeared happy at the party on Sept. 21. Graham, a Milpitas, California-native who has lived in the Kansas City area for the past three decades, didn't seem troubled or upset, Rich Santoro said.

"He was excited to come. I talked to him five or six times during the night. He was happy he was there. He told me, 'I didn't expect to have this much fun.'" Santoro said.

"It turns out he had already set the fires."

State fire investigators said Graham gave them a different impression.

After he was arrested at the airport in San Jose, Graham told them he was in an "emotional" state over the loss of his wife in 2018 when he tossed flaming pieces of paper onto the side of a road.

"Because she passed away and could not be with him, it made him emotional, starting the fires," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection report said.

Santoro recalled Graham lamenting about attending the reunion without his wife.

Graham is being held on $2 million bail on 13 counts of arson.

He also faces two special counts of arson during a state of emergency, which was declared by Gov. Gavin Newsom in March ahead of the wildfire season.

Prosecutors said he drove through a foothill area northeast of San Jose and set 13 fires over the course of two days.

Although the fires caused no injuries or structural damage, they took dozens of firefighters using aircraft, bulldozers and other equipment hours to extinguish.

Graham was identified as the suspect after someone saw him, wrote down his rental car's license plate number and notified firefighters.

He was arrested when he was returning a rental car at the airport -- his second of the weekend, after reportedly swapping out the one seen by a witness at the fire.

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Post by: Battle on September 29, 2019, 01:36:32 am
Sunday, 29th September 2019
Woman's body found in Upstate ravine; white man in custody on murder charge
by WYFF (NBC News affiliate)


A man is in custody after a missing woman's body was found in a ravine in Gaffney, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

Coroner Dennis Fowler said the body was found Thursday evening in a wooded area behind a home at 2420 Union Highway.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said Marshall Depree Lee, 42, is in custody and being held on a murder charge.

Mueller said more charges are possible.
The woman was reported missing from the Charlotte area several days ago, Mueller said.

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Post by: Battle on September 29, 2019, 07:22:58 pm
Sunday, 29th September 2019
4 'extremely dangerous' inmates on the loose after overpowering female guards at jail

by ABC News


Ohio authorities are searching for four inmates who escaped a jail after overpowering two female corrections officers.

They were armed with at least one homemade weapon, a shank, when they overpowered the officers and forced open a secured door at the Gallia County Jail in Gallipolis, Ohio, just after midnight on Sunday, authorities said.

The Gallia County Sheriff's Office identified the inmates as Brynn K. Martin, 40, Christopher M. Clemente, 24, Troy R. McDaniel Jr., 30, and Lawrence R. Lee III, 29.

They are considered "extremely dangerous," authorities said.

Investigators have determined that they received assistance from at least one person on the outside, according to the sheriff's office.


Once they gained access to the administrative wing of the jail, they stoles the keys to one of the corrections officer's vehicles and drove about a block away, where another vehicle was waiting for them, Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin told reporters at a press conference Sunday afternoon.

That vehicle has since been found in Pennsylvania, Champlin said.

Pennsylvania State Police tweeted that they have reason to believe that Clemente is in the area of the Westmoreland Mall in Greensburg.


The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of $2,500 per inmate for information leading to their apprehension, Champlin said.

The female corrections officers were not injured during the escape, he said.

They were overseeing the male population because the two male corrections officers who were scheduled overnight called in sick.


The facility is short-staffed and unable to house inmates in individual cells due to the open-room layout that was designed in the 1980s to allow for more housing, Champlin said.


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Post by: Battle on September 30, 2019, 01:54:56 pm
Monday, 30th September 2019
by Minyvonne Burke


Stacey Dash was arrested in Florida on a domestic battery charge for pushing and slapping a man across the face following a "verbal argument,'' police said.

The actress, 52, was taken into custody Sunday by the Pasco Sheriff's Office in Land O' Lakes, about 25 miles north of Tampa.

Dash hit the man after they started arguing, according to the sheriff's office.

He had scratches on his upper left arm from being pushed, deputies said.

She was taken to a jail in Land O' Lakes without further incident.

Dash is best known for her role as Dionne Davenport in the 1995 teenage romance movie "Clueless."

In February 2018, the actress-turned-conservative political commentator filed paperwork to run for a congressional seat in Southern California but withdrew her bid a month later telling Cosmopolitan magazine that holding an elected office would be "detrimental to the health and well-being of my family."

"My goal was, and remains, to improve the lives of people who have been forgotten for decades by the Democratic Party," she said.

Dash worked as an on-air contributor at Fox News until 2016.

During her time as a paid contributor, Dash sparked widespread criticism when she said that there was no longer a need for award shows or television networks that honor the African American community.

Dash also thought Black History Month should be abolished because there isn't a white history month.

"Either we want to have segregation or integration," she said on "Fox & Friends" in 2016.

"And if we don't want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you're awarded if you're Black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms."

Dash was also suspended for using a profanity on-air while discussing former President Barack Obama's views on terrorism.

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Tuesday, 1st October 2019
by Robert Gearty


A dangerous convicted killer who escaped from an Arkansas prison -- his second break-out in 10 years -- was captured one day later on Tuesday after he was found hiding on the institution's roof.

Calvin Adams had escaped from his cell at the East Arkansas Regional Unit in Brickeys early Monday, prison officials said.

He later was spotted trying to hide under a large ventilation hood on the prison's roof Tuesday morning.

After the escape, officials said they believed Adams may not have left the prison grounds.

Arkansas Department of Corrections spokeswoman Dina Tyler said the roof had been Adams hideout since he vanished.

She said he managed to climb onto the roof but was stranded because there was nowhere else to go.

She said he will be moved to a maximum-security area of the prison.

Adams and another inmate broke out of another Arkansas prison 10 years ago in guard uniforms made in the facility.

They were captured four days later in New York.

Adams was serving a life sentence with no chance of parole.

He was found guilty of kidnapping bank executive Richard Austin, 25, from his home and then murdering him in a failed effort to rob the bank where Austin worked.

Austins pregnant wife survived being shot by Adams, walking more than a mile for help despite her injuries.

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Tuesday, 1st October 2019
A Missouri white man set to be executed tonight
by Holly Yan


Missouri's governor has refused to stop what activists say would be "one of the most gruesome" executions in US history.

Russell Bucklew, 51, is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) Tuesday.

He was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and first-degree burglary in 1997.

Gov. Mike Parson turned down a clemency request, said his press office, without providing additional detail.

Bucklew suffers from a rare blood vessel disorder called cavernous hemangioma.

The disease can cause tumors in the head and regular bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes and ears.

An execution by lethal injection could cause prolonged suffocation and excruciating pain, Bucklew's attorneys have said.

Bucklew argued the state should consider death by lethal gas as an alternative.

In April, the Supreme Court ruled against Bucklew in a 5-4 decision, which means plans for the lethal injection can proceed.

Justice Neil Gorsuch said the Eighth Amendment "does not demand the avoidance of all risk of pain" in carrying out executions.

He also said Bucklew had failed to "present any evidence" that the substitution of lethal gas would "significantly reduce his risk of pain," Gorsuch said.

But the American Civil Liberties Union said executing Bucklew would violate the Constitution's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
"What makes (Bucklew's) execution different is that he has a medical condition that would make it one of the most gruesome in U.S. history," the ACLU wrote.

It said Bucklew's tumors "will likely rupture during the lethal injection process, causing him to hemorrhage, choke, and suffocate in his own blood."

Bucklew has successfully staved off his execution in the past.

In 2014, the Supreme Court granted Bucklew a stay of execution, pending appeals.

Dr. Joel Zivot had filed an affidavit in the case saying that Bucklew's airway is so "severely compromised and obstructed," especially when he's lying flat, that it could easily be ruptured, raising the risk that Bucklew could choke or suffocate.

"If you touch it, it bleeds," Zivot wrote of Bucklew's airway.

But Gorsuch, the current Supreme Court judge who wrote the majority opinion against Bucklew's case this year, said justice must be served for Bucklew's victims.

"The people of Missouri, the surviving victims of Mr. Bucklew's crimes, and others like them deserve better," Gorsuch wrote.

Bucklew was convicted of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend's presumed new boyfriend, Michael Sanders, and firing at Sanders' son before kidnapping Stephanie Ray Pruitt.

After raping his ex-girlfriend, court documents state, Bucklew was involved in a gunfight in which he and a Missouri state trooper were injured.

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Tuesday, 1st Ocetober 2019
Additional arrests made in Hannah Bender murder case

by Tanner Flowers


Two teenagers have been arrested in Dawson County, charged with helping hide Hannah Bender's body.

Bender was the missing Lumpkin County woman whose body was believed to be found in a shallow grave in Forsyth County last week.

Isaac Huff, 18, was arrested Monday, September 30. Dylan Reid, 19, was arrested Tuesday, October 1.

Both were charged with concealing a dead body. Reid was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Police are still searching for Austin Stryker, the man believed to have killed Hannah Bender.

US Marshals are offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to Stryker's arrest.

Stryker was last seen in Clay County, West Virginia with Jerry Harper, 78, on September 23.

Harper was arrested in Dawson County last Friday.

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Thursday, 17th October 2019
I want to be a serial killer
by David Borof


A 35-year-old man known as "Woo Woo" who is accused of three brutal murders in two states says he likes "killing people" and claims there are more victims.

Stanley Mossburg was captured early Tuesday in Florida after authorities say he killed a man and a woman in Winter Haven and one person in Greeneville, Tenn.

This guy needs the death penalty if theres ever been a person who needs the death penalty, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters.

Investigators say Mossburg killed two people in a Polk County home and held a third person captive.

A surviving victim told authorities that Mossburg claimed to have killed eight people and that his goal was to reach 11 murders, according to Sheriff Judd.

He is also accused of killing a man in a laundromat in Tennessee earlier this month.

I want to be a serial killer. I like killing people, Mossburg told a captive, the sheriff said.

Judd cautioned that theres a lot we dont know at this point.

We have not found two through six nor do we know if they exist at all, Judd told reporters, referring to possible victims.

Mossburg told his captive on Monday that he would return to deal with the bodies, then fled in the female victims car.

He warned the captive not to call the cops or he would kill him.

The man would later call 911 from a neighbors home.

Woo Woo, as he is also apparently known, would return to the scene, and the stolen vehicle was spotted by alert deputies.

Mossburg would surrender early Tuesday, but not before forcing a standoff and firing shots at SWAT team members.

The suspect used a knife to kill his victims, according to the sheriff.

This is a spree killer, Judd told reporters Tuesday.

This is a man that says he enjoys killing. When you kill people with a knife, its up close, its personal, its based in anger, revenge, evil. He didnt shoot them from a distance. He was in stabbing and cutting, and all of the victims that we are aware of had multiple, multiple cut wounds as a result of this evil person.

The Florida charges against Mossburg include two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

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Friday, 18th October 2019
White man accused of killing woman, recording it on SD card charged in 2nd Alaska murder
by Phil Hesel


A man accused of killing a woman and recording it on an SD card later found in the street has been indicted in the murder of a second Alaskan woman, authorities announced Thursday.

Brian Smith, 48, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday in the murder of Veronica Abouchuk, whose remains were found in April outside Anchorage, the Alaska Law Department said.

Abouchuk, 52, had been reported missing in February, who had had last been seen her in July 2018, police said.

When Smith was interviewed after his arrest earlier this month in the September killing of 30-year-old Kathleen Henry, he admitted to shooting another female victim between 2017 and 2018" and provided the location of her body, officials said.

Smith pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Henry's death.

"We hope that these charges help bring some closure to folks for their missing loved ones, Deputy District Attorney Brittany Dunlop told reporters at a news conference Thursday.

The law department said that Alaska State Troopers, who discovered the remains, found a skull with a gunshot wound from the area that Smith had identified.

The medical examiners office identified the remains on Oct. 11 as those of Abouchuk, Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll said.

Both victims were Alaska native women, Dunlop said.

Henry's body was found near the Seward Highway on Oct. 2.

Smith, who is from South Africa, was arrested in the Henry's death after a person found an SD card in Anchorage's Fairview neighborhood on Sept. 30 that contained videos that appeared to show the murder of a woman, police said.

That memory card led police to arrest Smith as he arrived at Ted Stevens International Airport on Oct. 8, in part because police recognized his accent from a separate investigation, officials have said.

The SD card was titled "homicide at the midtown Marriott," according to charging documents reported by NBC affiliate KTUU of Anchorage.

The killing is believed to have occurred at the Marriot hotel on Sept. 4, the law department has said.

Video on the card showed a woman being strangled and a man telling her to die, the Associated Press has reported.

Doll said that police are continuing to investigate the case.

"We will look at every single aspect of the case and if necessary follow it wherever we need to, he said Thursday.

Smith had been indicted on charges that include murder, sexual assault and tampering with evidence in the death of Henry, and a specification of torture was made that could lead to a mandatory minimum sentence of 99 years if he is convicted, Dunlop said.

A grand jury added charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the killing of Abouchuk, and the state also filed a charge of misconduct involving a corpse, she said.

Smith is expected to be arraigned on the charges stemming from Abouchuk's killing on Monday.

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Friday, 18th October 2019
A woman who livestreamed crash that killed sister out of prison and arrested again
by Ryan Prior


In 2017, 18-year-old Obdulia Sanchez livestreamed a video as she was driving drunk during a crash that killed her younger sister.(

She was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and served less than two years in prison.

She was released last month.

She was arrested again Thursday.

Sanchez, now 20, was arrested in Stockton, California, on weapons and traffic charges around 1:30 a.m., according to the Stockton Police Department.

She is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail, with multiple felony gun charges and court dates scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

CNN has not been able to determine if she has a lawyer.

The San Joaquin Public Defender office told CNN an attorney will be appointed for Sanchez after those initial court dates.


Officers tried to pull Sanchez over for what they say was a vehicle code violation, but officers said she kept driving.


She led them on a "short vehicle pursuit," eventually driving her car off the roadway, Stockton Police said in a statement on their Fakebook page.


In July 2017, Sanchez had been livestreaming on Instagram when she crashed, and her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline, was thrown from the car and killed, the California Highway Patrol said.

At the time, CNN chose to not show the video publicly due to its graphic nature.

In the recording, Sanchez is heard addressing her sister, "Jacqueline, please wake up."

That accident occurred near Los Banos, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose.

Sanchez was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and for endangering a child, and was sentenced to six years and four months behind bars, according to Ike Dodson, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

But given time served and earned credits, she was released from prison last month after serving just over a year and a half.

After Sanchez drove off the road during the latest incident, a man also ran from the car and was able to escape, Stockton police said in their Fakebook post.

Police arrested Sanchez without a struggle.

When they searched her vehicle, they discovered a loaded gun, according to Officer Joe Silva.

Police say they're analyzing the handgun to determine whether it's been used in any crimes, and Silva said they're working to find the passenger who fled the scene.

Her father, Nicandro Sanchez, told CNN affiliate KTXL that he spoke to his daughter hours after her arrest at the San Joaquin County Jail.
Nicandro Sanchez said that his daughter's license is suspended.

"She (got) scared of the police," he said.

"That's why she ran."

He also said he didn't think the gun the police found was his daughter's, saying instead that he thought it belonged to male passenger who was with her.

Sanchez was charged with five felony weapons charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm; evading a peace officer; five traffic violations and a parole violation.

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Tuesday, 22nd October 2019
Colorado mother accused of murdering daughter she said was terminally ill

by Keith Coffman


(DENVER, Co) - A Colorado mother who authorities said solicited donations, charitable services, and government aid for her purportedly terminally ill daughter who died in 2017 has been indicted on murder charges in the girl's death, court documents showed on Monday.

Kelly Renee Turner, 41, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her seven-year-old daughter, Olivia Gant, and with forgery, theft, child abuse and bilking Medicaid out of nearly $538,000, according to the indictment handed down in Douglas County District Court.

Turner, who is being held without bail, made her first court appearance on Monday. Colorado's Office of the Public Defender, which represents Turner, has a policy not to comment on its cases outside of court.

An arrest warrant affidavit accompanying the indictment said that investigators became suspicious of Turner a year ago after she claimed her other daughter, 12, had cancer.

"There is a concern that (Turner) has lied about the children's medical conditions and therefore may have caused harm to the children and or caused them to have significant medical procedures," the affidavit said.

"There is also concern that (Turner) has a financial and social motivation for her childrens medical conditions, both real and fictitious."

Court documents do not indicate how the girl died, but investigators noted that Turner withheld medical treatment and nourishment from her daughter in the final weeks of her life.

One of the girl's treating physicians told investigators that the girl was not terminally ill and that he was "shocked" when he learned that she had died, investigators said.

A condition known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, in which a parent or caregiver fabricates illnesses or symptoms of a medical condition for a person to draw attention to themselves, was mentioned in the course of the Turner investigation.

However, Turner also broached the subject "spontaneously" in an interview with investigators, a detective said in the arrest affidavit.

"Turner said if she had anything to 'hide' she wouldn't be talking or signing medical record release forms," the affidavit said.


Turner is also accused of defrauding two charitable foundations that provide services to children with terminal illnesses, reaping more than $22,000 in cash donations from a GoFundMe account set up for her daughter and receiving benefits through Medicare.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Turner faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Tuesday, 22nd October 2019
H.T. Entitled To 1 Phone Call Home
by Associated Press


(TUALATIN, Ore.) Authorities say Henry Thomas, the actor who starred as a child in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, has been arrested for driving under the influence in Oregon.

The 48-year-old Thomas was booked into the Washington County Jail and faces the misdemeanor charge after police said they found him Monday in a stationary car.

Thomas played Elliott, the young boy who befriends an alien in the classic 1982 movie.

He has also appeared in Gangs of New York and Legends of the Fall.

An email to his representatives wasnt immediately returned Tuesday.

KGW reports the Tualatin Police Department said they received a call about a car that was not moving.

Police say officers arrived, found Thomas and took him into custody after a field sobriety test.

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Wednesday, 23rd October 2019
Four flight attendants were arrested in Miami's airport after bringing in thousands in cash
by Jamiel Lynch


Four American Airlines flight attendants were arrested at the Miami International Airport and charged with money laundering after bringing large amounts of cash into the country, police said.

The airline says it's working with law enforcement on their investigation.

The flight attendants were going through a routine customs check Monday during the time of their arrest, according to a Miami-Dade police report.

One Customs and Border Patrol Agent was checking Carlos Alberto Munoz-Moyano, who had arrived on an incoming flight from Chile.

The agent asked him how much money he was carrying, and Munoz-Moyano said he had $100, the police report said.

He later changed his statement and said he had $9,000, according to the police report.


The agent alerted other agents, who found other attendants from the same fight carrying large amounts of money, the report said; none had a license to transport the cash.

The police report has redacted what the flight attendants admitted to when they were interviewed by a Homeland Security Agent.

Agents found $7,300 on flight attendant Miaria Delpilar Roman-Strick and $6,371 on Maria Isabel Wilson-Ossandon, the report said.


Police didn't allege whether the fourth flight attendant charged, Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar, had any money on her, and it's unclear what role they believed she played.

The four defendants were charged with money laundering by evading reporting requirements and being unauthorized money transmitters.

CNN has been unable to locate attorneys for the flight attendants.

It is not clear whether or how much money the other defendants reported bringing into the US. The total amount of money seized was $22,671.


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Post by: Battle on October 24, 2019, 02:00:46 pm
Thursday, 24th October 2019
White woman dubbed 'Swing Set Susan' charged with impersonating officer to chase Hispanic teens off playground
by Ethan Sacks


A white woman is under arrest for pretending to be a police officer in an apparent attempt to drive Hispanic teenagers out of a Texas playground in a profanity-laced tirade that was caught on video.

The Fort Worth Police Department identified the woman Wednesday as Samantha Louise Eley, who has been charged with impersonating a public servant in connection with the Oct. 16 confrontation over a swing at the city's Dream Park.

The incident has been seen by some as the latest in a spate of incidents across the country in which people of color have been unfairly targeted for imagined infractions.

The exchange at Dream Park was captured in a minute long video taken by one of the teens, and posted on Twitter just more than an hour after the encounter.

It has since been viewed more than 5 million times.

"Well, Im a f---ing P.D., so get the f--- out of here if youre not here to play as a child," the woman can be heard yelling at one of the teens who was using a playground swing.

"Read the f---ing signs."

Eley, 38, was arrested Monday on an unrelated bond violation charge stemming from a previous arrest in a domestic violence case, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which obtained the arrest warrant.

Before Eley was identified, she was dubbed #SwingSetSusan in an apparent reference to other incidents involving white people who called police to complain about the conduct of persons of color, including "BBQ Becky" and "Permit Patty."

In this latest incident, the woman in the video can be heard erroneously telling the teens that they had to be 13 or younger to use the playground after they complained that they had the right to be there as minors.

Fort Worth police later clarified that the playground is open to children below the age of 18.

Citing the arrest warrant, the Star-Telegram reported that Eley, who has also gone by the names Samantha Silvers and Samantha Chacon, was charged Aug. 29 with assaulting a family member in Fort Worth 12 days earlier.

Eley was sentenced to 16 months probation for driving while intoxicated in Southlake in 2014 and she spent 50 days in jail for DWIs in 2017, according to the newspaper, which cited Tarrant County court records.

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Thursday, 24th October 2019
School Bus Aide Charged With Hitting Special Needs Student, Knocking Out Two Teeth

by CBS Chicago


(CHICAGO, Ill) Prosecutors say a Kane County school bus aide dragged a special needs student to his seat, and hit him the face three weeks ago, knocking out two teeth, after he refused to move when he was told he couldnt have a juice box on the bus.

Jean Micklevitz, 63, is charged with aggravated battery of a child.

She was arrested Wednesday and was released after posting 10% of her $30,000 bail.

Kane County prosecutors Micklevitz, a school bus aide for Burlington Central School District 301, was working on a bus for a special needs student on the morning of Oct. 2, when the boy asked for a juice box as he was getting on the bus.

Micklevitz told him food and drinks arent allowed on the bus, and when he refused to move from the steps, she grabbed him and started dragging him to his seat, according to prosecutors.

She then hit him several times in the face, knocking out two teeth.

Prosecutors said the boy is under age 13.

Following an investigation by the Kane County Sheriffs office, a judge issued an arrest warrant for Micklevitz on Wednesday.

Deputies arrested her later that day, and she later posted bond.

Micklevitz was due back in court at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison, and would have to register for 10 years as a violent offender against youth.

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Monday, 28th October 2019

by Mark Gray


"Supernatural" star Jared Padalecki was arrested in Austin, Texas, after getting into altercations inside and outside of a nightclub.

TMZ posted video of the actor getting physical with another man outside a lounge called Stereotype, an establishment Jared is known to frequent.

However, that man is reportedly a friend who was apparently trying to calm Jared down.

The actor was seen putting the friend in a headlock.

The outside altercation resulted from another incident that went down inside, reports claim.

Eyewitnesses told TMZ that the actor allegedly struck a bartender at Stereotype in the face.

The incident escalated when the the general manager of the lounge got involved, and Jared allegedly stuck him in the face, too.

After police arrived and restrained him, Jared allegedly flashed cash to the police.

Jared was eventually booked into jail on two counts of assault and one count of public intoxication.

Bond is set at $15,000.

The actor is known to turn up at Stereotype often, and there is even suspicion that he's possibly an investor.

Last year he touted the grand opening on his social media.

Local reports out of Austin claim he actually owns the place.

There could be some validity to the ownership claims, too, as he and fellow "Supernatural" star Jensen Ackles own several business in the area.

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Monday, 28th October 2019
White guy whose wife is missing charged with child abuse
by Associated Press


(COLUMBIA, Mo.) A University of Missouri student was charged Monday with abuse or neglect of a child just days after authorities announced that foul play is suspected in the disappearance of his wife, who came to the U.S. from China to study.

Joseph Elledge, 23, is jailed on a $500,000 cash-only bond.

No attorney is listed for him in online court records. Elledge is a senior mechanical engineering student.

His wife, 28-year-old Menqi Ji Elledge, a graduate of the school, has been missing for more than two weeks.

Columbia police spokesman Steven Sapp said the couple has a 1-year-old daughter who is in the care of a relative.

In the probable cause statement supporting the charges, detectives were advised that Elledge abused the toddler by striking her on the buttocks hard enough to cause severe bruising in February.

The girl's mother, who is identified only as M.E. in the document, had wanted to contact police but gave Elledge another chance after he promised he would never do it again.

She sent another person a picture of the bruising, however, and officers examining the mother's iPad located pictures and videos of the bruising.

It appeared from the thumbnail format of the images that someone had erased the full-sized photos, and the affidavit noted Joseph Elledge had access to the iPad for about a week before officers obtained it.

The affidavit said Joseph Elledge told officers on Friday that he did bruise the girl months earlier, saying initially that he did not know how it happened.

He later told officers the girl was crying and would not stop.

The bruising may have been caused by pinching the girl to distract her or by holding her too hard, Elledge told police.

The probable cause affidavit also noted he did not report his wife missing for about 36 hours.

During that time, he took a long drive through unfamiliar remote areas of mid-Missouri, according to the affidavit.

Joseph Elledge hasn't been charged in her disappearance, but police announced Friday that the investigation has led detectives to suspect foul play.

No details were released about what led to that determination.

However, Sapp said police learned the couple had been having problems when Joseph Elledge divulged that during an on-camera interview with KRCG-TV.

In the interview, Elledge described his wife as a doting mother but said "we were growing kind of distant in the past few months."

He said they had gone to Carthage, another Missouri town, for an internship over the summer and that he wasn't sure how she liked the small-town life.

He added:

"I know she was talking to somebody else on the side. I didn't know that until she had left."

Elledge said that when he awoke on the morning of Oct. 9, his wife was gone.

He said he waited until 5:45 p.m. that day to report her missing because he thought she might have been running errands.

Her phone, iPad, passport and clothes were left behind, but not her purse.(

"I don't know where she could have gone," Elledge told KRCG.

"I know she was supposed to meet somebody in the morning. I didn't know who else she was going to meet or what else she was going to do. It was really weird that she didn't take her phone or anything else like that."

Elledge told the station he thought she would return, adding

"I think she is confused and scared."

University of Missouri spokesman Christian Basi said Menqi Elledge was awarded a master's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering in December 2014.

She previously attended the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.

Basi said the university is aware of the missing-person case and its police department is ready to assist, if necessary.

Sapp said her family has traveled to Columbia and plans to stay there until there "some type of resolution."

"I think we are leaving all the options open and following up on every lead that presents itself," Sapp said.

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Tuesday, 29th October 2019
White man gets prison for stealing lemur from California zoo
by Associated Press


(SANTA ANA, Calif.) A man who admitted stealing a ring-tailed lemur from a Southern California zoo has been sentenced to three months in federal prison.

Aquinas Kasbar of Newport Beach on Monday was also ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution to the Santa Ana Zoo.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty in July to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking an endangered species.

In a plea agreement, Kasbar acknowledged that he broke into the zoo, cut a hole in an enclosure and took 32-year-old Isaac, the oldest captive ring-tailed lemur in North America.

The animal was placed in a container with no ventilation and later abandoned at a hotel with notes identifying it as having been taken from the zoo.

It was returned unharmed.

Ring-tailed lemurs are native to Madagascar and among the 25 most endangered primates.

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Wednesday, 30th October 2019
White man caught after robbing bank in front of officer
by Associate Press


(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) Authorities in Maryland say a man suspected of several bank robberies was arrested after he robbed a bank in front of an off-duty police officer.

News outlets report 51-year-old Fletcher Dorsett was arrested Monday and charged with armed robbery, assault and theft.

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Jennifer Peach says Dorsett robbed a teller Monday by passing her a note demanding money.

Peach says an off-duty Baltimore County officer ran after Dorsett once the teller said she was robbed.

Peach says the officer tackled Dorsett and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived.

Annapolis police said they were searching for Dorsett in connection with a Wells Fargo robbery on Oct. 16 and several other robberies nearby.

He was released from prison last month for robbing a bank in 2007.

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Monday, 28th October 2019
Elected Arizona official accused of selling babies suspended

by Associated Press


(PHOENIX, AZ) An elected official in Arizona was suspended Monday after he was charged with running a human smuggling scheme that brought pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. to give birth and then paid them to give up their children for adoption.

Petersen, who is in federal custody, has so far refused to resign since his arrest on Oct. 8.

His lawyer, Kurt Altman, said Petersen will fight to keep the $77,000-a-year job he was last elected to in 2016.

Petersen, a Republican, has been indicted in federal court in Arkansas and also charged in Arizona and Utah with crimes that include human smuggling, sale of a child, fraud, forgery and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The criminal case spans three years and involves some 75 adoptions, authorities said, with about 30 adoptions pending in three states.

Petersen is accused of illegally paying women from the Marshall Islands to have their babies in the United States and give them up for adoption.

The women were crammed into homes owned or rented by Petersen, sometimes with little to no prenatal care, court documents say.

Petersen charged families $25,000 to $40,000 per adoption, prosecutors said.

Petersen completed a mission in the Marshall Islands, a collection of atolls and islands in the eastern Pacific, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He later worked in the islands and the U.S. on behalf of an international adoption agency before going to law school and becoming an adoption attorney.

The Board of Supervisors said Monday that Arizona law allows it to suspend Petersen for "neglect of duty," citing his absence from the office during his incarceration and limited access to phone and email.

An audit of Petersen's office also found files from his adoption business on his county computer, which can't be used for personal business, the supervisors said.

The audit also showed several calls made from Petersen's desk phone or county-provided cellphone to Arkansas, Jamaica and the Philippines over the past six years and about 30 emails related to adoptions since Petersen became assessor in 2013.

Board Chairman Bill Gates said the supervisors will look to appoint someone to fill Petersen's position during the suspension.

Petersen is allowed to request a hearing to defend himself.

Petersen's attorney said the law allowing elected officials to be suspended may be unconstitutional.

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Post by: Battle on October 30, 2019, 08:41:16 pm
Wednesday, 30th October 2019
by Vincent Frank


Former Dallas Mavericks first-round pick and five-year NBA player Jim Farmer was arrested in Tennessee late last week in a sex sting operation involving minors.

According to NBC News, investigators in Rutherford County placed several decoy advertisements on websites known to be linked to commercial sex.

The arrests were then made Thursday and Friday of last week with Farmer, 55, booked for trafficking a person for a commercial sex act.

Farmer was released on $75,000 bail and his first court appearance is set for Nov. 13. Jail and court records did not list any attorney for Farmer, the report read.

Theres no further information on the arrest outside of the fact that the sex trafficking operation allegedly included minors.

A total of 16 people were arrested.

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Post by: Battle on October 31, 2019, 12:43:10 pm
Thursday, 31st October 2019
Texas attorney convicted of scamming drug traffickers
by Associated Press


(SHERMAN, Texas) A Texas lawyer has been convicted of corruption for scamming roughly $1.5 million from international drug traffickers whom authorities say turned him to the FBI.

Jamie Balagia, 62, was found guilty Tuesday of conspiracy to commit money laundering, obstruction of justice and wire fraud.

The jury deliberated for about a day and a half following the two-week trial in the Eastern District of Texas in Sherman before U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant.

The jury also found Balagia guilty of attempted violation of the Kingpin Act for accepting money from men people the feds designated as significant drug traffickers without official government permission.

Balagia, a former Austin officer, is accused of conspiring with a Florida private investigator, Huck Morgan, and a Colombian attorney, Bibiana Correa Perrea.

The alleged scheme involved scamming Colombian drug traffickers into paying "attorney fees" for acting as intermediaries with government officials who they said would accept bribes to dismiss criminal charges or reduce prison sentences.

There were no bribes or government officials involved.

"This defendant and his group were running a scam on drug dealers some of the biggest drug dealers in the world," U.S. Attorney Joe Brown said in a statement.

"Fortunately for him, these drug dealers chose to turn him into the FBI rather than handle it any other way. It is important for the American justice system that we prosecute those who represent that the justice system is for sale."

Morgan and Correa pleaded guilty.

Morgan was sentenced to six years in federal prison while Correa is serving seven.

Balagia claimed his co-defendants manipulated him.

He faces up to 30 years in federal prison when he's sentenced early next year.

Balagia's defense attorneys, Gaylon Runnels and Matthew Hamilton, said they may be appealing.

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Post by: Battle on November 01, 2019, 12:10:32 pm
Friday, 1st November 2019
Louisiana white woman arrested for selling students doctors notes to get out of class
by Jessican Schladebeck


An employee at a Louisiana medical clinic accused of selling students fake doctors notes has been arrested.

Belinda Gail Fondren remained behind bars Friday at the Vernon Parish Sheriffs Office Jail on a charge of filing or maintaining false public records.


The 52-year-old was allegedly selling phony excuses and doctors notes to teenagers at local high schools for $20 apiece.

Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft said that two students from Evans High School recently purchased 14 notes from Fondren.

Teens at the Evans high school said it was common knowledge that Fondren, who served in a clerical position at the clinic, was dealing fake notes to kids.

According to KPLC, the suspects daughter is a student at the school.

Fondren was arrested at the end of October after a physician received a phone call from the Vernon Parish School board about the suspicious medial excuses, authorities said in a press release.

He alerted the sheriffs office and told deputies he did not treat the students nor provide them with the doctors notes.

She is being held on $15,000 bond.

If convicted, she could face up to five years behind bars.

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Post by: Battle on November 06, 2019, 06:16:37 am
Wednesday, 6th November 2019
White woman accused of embezzling from Camp Fire victim surrenders
by Alex Johnson


An Oklahoma woman faces charges of elder abuse, embezzlement and grand theft after she surrendered to Northern California authorities who say she embezzled tens of thousands of dollars of insurance from a 75-year-old victim of last year's deadly Camp Fire.

The woman, Brenda Rose Asbury, 29, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in Butte County Superior Court after she drove three days from Tulsa to Butte County, where she turned herself in, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

Investigators said they'd been looking for Asbury for more than a month since a warrant was issued for her arrest in September.

They said they tracked her down in Tulsa with the help of Oklahoma authorities.


Sheriff's detectives said that they began investigating Asbury on July 30 on suspicion that she had embezzled $63,100 from the elderly Camp Fire survivor.

The money was part of an insurance settlement the victim had obtained after losing a home in the fire, the sheriff's office said.

Public records indicate that Asbury previously lived in Magalia, in Butte County, and that she was licensed as a private security officer in California from 2012 to 2014. No further information, including an attorney who could be asked to comment, was immediately available.

The Camp Fire, which started a year ago Friday in Butte County, killed 85 people, burned more than 153,000 acres, destroyed almost 19,000 structures and wiped most of the town of Paradise off the map, making it the most destructive fire in state history.

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Post by: Battle on November 14, 2019, 04:22:08 am
Thursday, 14th November 2019
Car of Marine linked to Virginia slaying is found in South Carolina

by Danielle Wallace


A car belonging to a U.S. Marine who allegedly deserted his post last month in North Carolina -- and has been on the run since being accused of murdering his mothers boyfriend in Virginia -- has been located in South Carolina, authorities said Wednesday.

Michael Alexander Brown, 22, had been driving a black Lincoln Town Car, possibly with North Carolina plates, Charleston's WCIV-TV reported, but it was unclear if that was the same vehicle authorities located.

Details of how and where the vehicle was found and what condition it was in were also unclear.

Brown was a combat engineer in the Marines before allegedly deserting his post at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C., on Oct. 18.

Several agencies in North Carolina and Virginia -- in addition to the U.S. Marshals, FBI, and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) have been conducting a massive manhunt for the Marine in connection with the murder of 54-year-old Rodney Brown in Hardy, Va., on Saturday afternoon, Lynchburg, Va.s WSET-TV reported.

The Franklin County Sheriffs Office in Virginia on Monday issued an arrest warrant for second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony for the younger Brown.

Deputies were dispatched to a home in Hardy, Va., around noon Saturday over reports that the homeowner was found dead on the property.

Investigators later determined the victim was allegedly killed by his live-in girlfriends son, who was later identified as the Marine.

Authorities were still working to determine a motive.

Neighbors told Roanoke, Va.s WSLS-TV the Marine recently learned Rodney Brown was not his biological father.

He reportedly believed his mothers boyfriend was his biological father for his entire life.
The sheriffs office said Sunday that Michael Browns last known address was near the victims -- although it was not immediately clear if they lived in the same home -- and he was likely driving a 1976 Cadillac.

The office added that Brown has been known to live in the woods and frequent National Parks and National Forest.

A later update said Brown ditched his car and might be in a 2008 Lincoln Town Car with North Carolina plates.

He is also considered armed and dangerous.

Police said he is believed to be armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons.

No guns were missing from the unit's armory, officials at Camp Lejeune said Monday, WSLS-TV reported.

His medals and decorations included the National Defense Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

His expected end of service date is July 2021.

The Marine Corps now lists Brown as an active-duty deserter.

Brown deployed to Africa between March and October 2018, but Camp Lejeune was his lone duty station.

His formal military training included Basic Combat Engineer, Marine Combat Training and Marine Recruit Training.

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Post by: Battle on November 15, 2019, 05:29:05 am
Friday, 15th November 2019
by Nikie Mayo


(GREENVILLE, S.C.) On a day another deadly shooting took place at a school across the country, Jesse Osborne, the teenager responsible for a shooting at a South Carolina elementary school in 2016, was sentenced to life in prison.

Judge Lawton McIntosh handed down the sentence in Anderson after tearful, heart-wrenching statements from family members of Jacob Hall, the 6-year-old first-grader who Osborne mortally wounded on a playground at Townville Elementary School.

Osborne was 14 at the time and is 17 now.

He has 10 days to appeal his sentence.

"We're very disappointed in the result, but the courts will undoubtedly have to continue dealing with sentencing juveniles to life without parole and will have to continue to deal with the issue of school shootings," said Frank Eppes, Osborne's lead attorney.

Filled with emotion of their own, Osborne's family members portrayed the teenager as a victim of abuse at the hands of his father, Jeffrey Osborne, the 47-year-old man who Jesse Osborne shot and killed before driving 3 miles to the school in rural Upstate South Carolina on Sept. 28, 2016.

Osborne pleaded guilty in December to killing his father and Jacob, and to attempted murder related to trying to kill other students and a teacher on the playground.

This week's hearing was mandated by state law because of his age at the time of the crimes.

The judge considered the circumstances of the crimes, Osborne's maturity level, his home and family life, and whether it is believed he can be rehabilitated.

"This is the sentence that we hoped for and that these crimes called for," said Solicitor David Wagner.

"You can't come into our community, into our schools, and do what he did. I hope this sends a message to anyone else who would think about doing something like this."

Osborne spent 13 or 14 hours a day alone in a basement or bedroom that had little natural light and was in "total isolation" in the months before the shooting, according to his grandfather Tommy Osborne.

The teen had been expelled from middle school after bringing a hatchet and a machete in his backpack, and he was taking online classes at home.

He normally would have gone to his grandparents' house after school to do homework and have a meal, but he didn't see them as often then, according to testimony Thursday in the Anderson County Courthouse.

His father owned a chicken farm, but he was having financial trouble and had borrowed money from his family.

Jeffrey Osborne had a temper, and especially when he drank, he became dark and threatening, according to testimony from his family and a psychiatrist who saw Jesse after the shooting.

Tommy Osborne testified that Jeffrey, his son, had once threatened him when Jeffrey was under the influence of alcohol.

"After that, I made sure I had some kind of protection," Tommy Osborne testified.

"I carried a .38."

And Jeffrey Osborne did more than threaten his family, according to testimony.

His son, Jesse, told his grandparents that his dad had "hit him with a ball bat."

 Ryan Brock, Jesse's half-brother, testified earlier that Jeffrey Osborne was horribly abusive to Jesse.

"He would make him pull his pants down... get sticks, belts, whatever he could find, and just start whaling on Jesse," Brock said.

"I could hear the screams throughout the house."

Jesse was mostly alone with no friends except a group of people he communicated with on the internet, according to testimony from his grandfather.

The portrait of Jesse Osborne that was presented Thursday was starkly different from the one prosecutors presented earlier in the week.

Prosecutors described him as the boy who planned the Townville school shooting for days and maybe weeks.

The boy who videoed himself combing his hair just before the shooting and saying that he needed to "look fabulous" because of what he was about to do.

The boy who hoped to kill dozens more than he did, according to messages attributed to him.

Late Thursday, prosecutors recalled psychiatrist James Ballenger to the stand. Ballenger already said he was "pessimistic" about how much good treatment would do for Jesse Osborne.

He was asked again Thursday about whether Osborne can be rehabilitated.

"I certainly think he is dangerous and I think he will remain dangerous," Ballenger said.

"Anything under God's green earth is possible, but I wouldn't say (rehabilitation) is likely."

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Friday, 15th November 2019
Kentucky white woman charged in death of woman missing since May 2019
by Associated Press


(SOMERSET, Ky.) A Kentucky woman has been charged in the death of a woman missing since spring whose remains may have been found last week.

Danelle Nicole Powell, 33, of Somerset, was arrested Thursday on a murder charge, news outlets report.

The Pulaski County Sheriffs Office announced that investigators believe human bones found off a county road last week match LeeAnna Brumley, who was 25 when she was last seen in May.

The remains have been sent to a state medical examiners office for identification.

The sheriffs statement hints at additional arrests, saying

all those responsible for the death of LeeAnna will be identified and held responsible.

Its unclear if Powell has a lawyer.

The Commonwealth Journal reports lead investigator Lt. Bobby Jones said at a press conference that Brumley and Powell had been staying at the same residence in Science Hill.

He said Brumley was led away from the residence and into a rural area of the county where detectives think she was shot, hit in the head with a hatchet and burned.

Jones said investigators believe she was killed at one location on May 22nd before her body was taken to where the remains were found.

Authorities have not released a motive in the slaying.

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Friday, 15th November 2019
California white man convicted of torture/murder dies on death row

by Associated Press


(SAN QUENTIN, Calif.) A 49-year-old inmate convicted of torturing and burning his victim alive has died on Californias death row.

Prison officials say Spencer Brasure was found unresponsive alone in his San Quentin State Prison cell shortly after midnight Thursday.

Officials are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death but say it doesnt appear to be foul play.

Brasure was sentenced to death in 1998 for kidnapping and torturing 20-year-old Anthony Guest, then setting him on fire in 1996.

Guest once worked as a child actor.

Court records show Brasure and an accomplice kidnapped Guest because they thought he was stealing from them and annoying a female friend.

They tortured him for hours with a torch, shocked him with electricity and glued his eyes shut before killing him.

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Post by: Battle on November 15, 2019, 01:28:25 pm
Friday, 15th November 2019
White woman charged with assaulting Rowan deputy in bizarre incident



(ROWAN COUNTY, N.C.) - A Rowan County deputy was assaulted by a woman who was being charged with trespassing and breaking into a home.

The incident happened on Tuesday according to the report at the Rowan Sheriffs Office.

Two deputies were responding to a trespassing call on Fisher Road.

When they arrived, a homeowner told them that a strange woman had just broken through her front door.

Minutes later a neighbor saw the woman standing next to a fence with her hands on the shoulders of her (the neighbors) eight-year-old daughter.

When the deputies arrived, they found the woman, now identified as Teri Covello, 34, of Centenary Church Road in Mount Ulla, in a shouting match with the homeowner who had called 911.

Covello refused to listen to any of the deputys commands, and was placed under arrest.

While she was being arrested, Covello started kicking, tried to pull away from the deputies, and refused to stand up.

The homeowner told law enforcement that Covello came into her house and began talking about a headless horseman, and saying that she wanted a horse.

Covello then left the house and walked towards the neighbors house and towards an area where the neighbor kept horses.

Covello tried to open the gate, but couldnt, because the neighbors daughter was holding it shut.

Deputies noticed damage to part of a fence and say that Covello was responsible.

While Covello was being taken to the magistrates office, she began kicking in the back of the patrol car, and flipping upside down on the floorboard.

The deputy had to stop the car in order to get Covello secured in the backseat.

Covello became angry when the deputy refused to make several stops that she had requested.

She also admitted snorting methamphetamine earlier in the night.

Once at the magistrates office, four deputies had to remove Covello from the patrol car due to her refusal to stand up.

One deputy was kicked in the right leg and chest by Covello.

She also continued to make threats, according to the report.

After finishing with the magistrate, the deputies had to carry Covello to the jail.

Covello was charged with breaking and entering, injury to real property, injury to personal property, second-degree trespassing, resisting police, and assault on a government official.

Bond was set at $100,000.

Covello is due in court on December 4.

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Post by: Battle on November 16, 2019, 05:07:17 am
Saturday, 16th November 2019
by Don Thompson


(SACRAMENTO, California) A third consecutive California governor is blocking parole for a former follower of late cult leader Charles Manson who has been in prison for decades for two of the Manson familys slayings in the 1960s.

Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday reversed a parole recommendation for Bruce Davis, now 77, for the 1969 slayings of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald "Shorty" Shea.

It was the sixth time Davis was recommended for parole but blocked by a governor.

Davis was not involved in the more notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson group the same year.

Davis was convicted of helping kill both men in separate slayings, after which other members of the cult wrote political piggy on the wall of Hinmans home in his own blood. (

Parole panels have repeatedly decided Davis is no longer a public safety risk, citing his age and good behavior.

But his release has been blocked by Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrats Jerry Brown and Newsom.

Like his predecessors, Newsom said Davis remains too dangerous to be free.

Davis has yet to demonstrate that he has a comprehensive understanding of how he came to participate in such extreme violence, Newsom said.

As a result, I do not believe that he has the current insight and skills to abstain from violent situations in the future if released.

Davis has said he attacked Shea with a knife and held a gun on Hinman while Manson cut Hinman's face with a sword.

"I wanted to be Charlie's favorite guy," he said during a 2014 parole hearing.

Attorney Michael Beckman said his client lacks the money to challenge Newsoms decision in court.

Six parole boards ... decided hes been rehabilitated after extensive hearings, Beckman said.

Theyre wrong. He is rehabilitated and has been for a long time.

Davis was convicted with Manson and another follower, Steve Grogan, in the two slayings.

Grogan was paroled in 1985 after he led police to Shea's buried body.

Robert Beausoleil, 72, convicted in Hinman's death, remains in prison.

Manson died in prison in 2017 at age 83.

Manson followers Leslie Van Houten, 70; Patricia Krenwinkel, 71; and Charles "Tex" Watson, 73, are imprisoned for the Tate killings.

Their co-defendant, Susan Atkins, died of cancer in prison in 2009.

Newsom earlier this year blocked parole for Beausoleil and Van Houten.

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Post by: Battle on November 16, 2019, 06:46:32 am
Saturday, 16th November 2019
Method Men


(LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas) A Henderson State University chemistry professor who was arrested Friday on accusations that he made methamphetamine was once referred to in the school paper as the school's "Heisenberg."

Bradley Allen Rowland, 40, was featured in the Oracle Online in 2014 when he was hired at the university.


During the interview, Rowland noted that he enjoyed the series "Breaking Bad," which is centered around Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who manufactures and deals meth.

The character goes by the alias "Heisenberg" after the German physicist Werner Heisenberg.

In the interview, Rowland went on to say that he thought "Breaking Bad" was a great show and that it was scientifically accurate.


Rowland and a second chemistry professor, Terry David Bateman, face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and use of drug paraphernalia. (

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Post by: Battle on November 16, 2019, 10:28:33 am
Saturday, 16th November 2019
White man Allegedly Lured Girlfriend With Promise of Vegas Trip & Killed Her on Photo Shoot

by Jeff Truesdell


A Pennsylvania womans boyfriend stands accused in her disappearance, after reportedly telling authorities he drove them to Las Vegas promising a vacation but actually intended to kill her.

The woman, 33-year-old Jamie Rae Feden, of Bethel Park, allegedly died in the Nevada desert after John Matthew Chapman says that, under the guise of taking Fedens photo, he bound her to a signpost, then suffocated her with duct tape over her mouth and nose, according to a criminal complaint, reports CBS Pittsburgh.

A body found Oct. 5 in Lincoln County, Nevada, has not been identified, and Feden remains missing, say police who on Friday announced the arrest of Chapman, 39, on charges of kidnapping, obstructing administration of law and criminal use of a communication facility.

Chapman is being held in the Allegheny County jail without bail and is under investigation for homicide, according to a criminal docket posting cited by Pittsburgh TV station WTAE.

We are still actively working to locate Jaime Feden, Bethel Park police said Friday in a statement posted to the agencys Facebook page.

Feden has not been seen since Sept. 15.

According to the criminal complaint, Feden has a tumultuous past with Chapman, but she nonetheless traveled with him in late September to Las Vegas for the alleged vacation and the additional potential of acquiring residence there, reports CBS Pittsburgh.

At some point on or about September 25, 2019, the suspect convinced the victim to drive into the desert under the pretext of participating in an S&M (sadomasochistic/bondage) themed photo shoot, the complaint alleges, reports WTAE.

At the location, the suspect bound the victims hands and feet with plastic zip ties and affixed her to a signpost. He then applied duct tape to her mouth and then to her nose until such time she was unable to breathe. At some point thereafter, the victim, Jaime Feden, died from suffocation.

The suspect subsequently removed the tape [from] her mouth, zip ties from her hands and feet, and clothing from the victims body, the complaint alleged.

The suspect left the victims body in the area of the signpost and traveled from Nevada back to Bethel Park.

The body discovered in Nevada had many of the unique physical characteristics attributed to Feden, according to the complaint. A coroners report is pending.

Chapman allegedly impersonated Feden on social media to make it appear she was alive but wanted no contact with her family, and gave police false information about her whereabouts to hinder a missing person investigation after her family alerted authorities she was missing on Thursday, according to the complaint.

An attorney who might speak on Chapmans behalf was not identified in court records.

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Post by: Battle on November 17, 2019, 09:31:55 am
Sunday, 17th November 2019
New York man allegedly tried to kidnap sex workers for trafficking
by Ben Kesslen and Shamar Walters


A New York man who federal authorities say has a propensity to commit violence against female sex workers was arrested Friday.

Andrew Frey, 54, of Coram on Long Island, about 60 miles east of New York City, was taken into federal custody early Friday morning and is being held without bail.

Neighbors told NBC New York they saw a SWAT team at Frey's home.

Evidence seized from his home included rope, zip ties and manuals on knot tying, prosecutors said.

Frey faces two counts of attempted trafficking and two counts of attempted kidnapping.

He is a married father of two, according to NBC New York.

He is accused of trying to abduct sex workers on two separate occasions with the intent of forcing them to engage in commercial sex acts, the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York said in court documents.

In both instances one in July and the other in October 2018 Frey arranged meetings with the women.

Then, through force, he attempted to take each of them to a secluded location, kidnapping them against their "strong objections," the federal prosecutor's office said in court documents.

Each of the women escaped Frey by jumping out of his moving vehicle, sustaining injuries in the process, prosecutors allege.


"The nature of his conduct towards Jane Does #1 and #2 was sufficiently violent that both deemed it a safer option to throw themselves from a moving vehicle in order to escape the defendant," prosecutors said.

Frey continued to contact both women after they escaped, prosecutors say.

Armed with a weapon, he tried and failed to kidnap Jane Doe #1 a second time, but she was able to once again escape, documents say.


A third sex worker had previously taken out a restraining order against Frey after he intentionally rammed his vehicle into hers, documents outline.

The victim also said Frey violated the order by calling her and leaving threatening voicemails.

Authorities believe there may be more victims.

Authorities says Frey has a history of violence against sex workers and poses a danger to the community.

Frey, a married father of two, was a manager at an aircraft components factory and had a slew of prior convictions such as criminal possession of stolen property.

NBC News reached out to Freys lawyer on Saturday but did not immediately hear back.

The U.S. attorney's office said in court documents that if convicted Frey faces a 15-year minimum sentence.

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Sunday, 17th November 2019
Bank teller charged in home invasion of a customer who'd made a large withdrawal
by Ralph Ellis and Rebekah Riess


A bank teller has been charged in connection with a home invasion at the residence of a customer who'd made a large withdrawal of money, authorities in Maryland said.

A 78-year-old man told investigators he answered his door around 8:30 p.m. Monday and an unknown male forced his way inside, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The intruder assaulted the man until a relative, a 57-year-old woman, intervened, the sheriff's office said.

The suspect ran upstairs and the woman called police from a nearby home.

When sheriff's deputies arrived, the intruder had fled and was not found during a neighborhood search with the K-9 unit, the sheriff's office said.

"As the investigation continued, it was determined one of the victims had removed a large amount of money from the bank," the news release said.

"Detectives gained information identifying a teller at the bank as the suspect."

Nathan Michael Newell, 19, of Bel Air, was arrested Wednesday at the bank, the sheriff's office said.

He has been charged with robbery, first- and third-degree burglary, first- and second-degree assault and home invasion, the news release said.

Newell was being held at the county detention center without bond.

The public defender's office said Thursday he will be assigned representation.

Both residents suffered injuries.

The woman was treated at the scene and the man was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries, the sheriff's office said.

Michael MacPherson, president and CEO of Freedom Federal Credit Union, confirmed Newell was an employee of the credit union.

Newell was fired, he said, adding vetting procedures while hiring Newell met all standards.

Search of online databases showed he faced two traffic cases.

"We are shocked and appalled to hear of the events that led to the assault and injury of a longtime member of our credit union," MacPherson said in a statement.

"Our thoughts go out to him, and his family, during this difficult time."

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Post by: Battle on November 18, 2019, 07:42:02 pm
Monday, 18th November 2019
by Elise Schmelzer


Patrick Frazee is guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his fiancee Kelsey Berreth and will spend the rest of his life in prison.

A Teller County jury convicted Frazee Monday on two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of solicitation to commit murder and tampering with a dead body.

The jurors deliberated for less than four hours.

District Court Judge Scott Sells then sentenced Frazee to maximum penalty on each count, giving him life without parole, plus 156 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Berreths family sobbed once the jury left the courtroom.

Meanwhile, Frazee showed no reaction, talking to his attorney once the jury was gone.

A guard assigned to monitor Frazee moved from his seat in the gallery to stand next to him as the verdict was read.

Frazees sentencing began immediately after the verdict.

Berreths uncle, Scott Morin, read a statement from Cheryl Berreth about how the murder of her daughter has destroyed their lives and the life of Kaylee, the 2-year-old daughter Kelsey Berreth and Patrick Frazee shared.

Patrick, how would you like to find out that your daughters life ended the way that you ended Kelseys? the statement said.

Frazee showed little emotion during the 15 minutes that victims spoke during sentencing.

The jurys guilty verdict follows more than two weeks of detailed trial testimony from a broad swath of law enforcement, evidence experts, people who knew Berreth and Frazee as well as an assortment of strangers to the couple who found themselves ensnared in the case.

In closing arguments Monday morning, prosecutors asked the jury to convict Frazee of first-degree murder and to please stop this defendant from getting away with murder.

Frazees defense attorney attacked the credibility of the prosecutions key witness and highlighted the lack of physical evidence tying Frazee to the alleged killing.

Berreths disappearance last year drew national attention to rural Teller County, where Frazee ranched and worked as a farrier, including for the beloved free-roaming donkeys of Cripple Creek.
Berreth moved in 2016 to Colorado from her home in Washington after meeting Frazee online in hopes that they would marry and raise a family together.

In the months before her disappearance, she sent Frazee listings for properties the two could buy together.

Berreths mother reported the young mother missing on Dec. 2 after not hearing from her for days.

For weeks, law enforcement scoured Teller County and conducted a multitude of interviews to find Berreth to little avail.

It wasnt until investigators used cell phone records to track down Krystal Lee Kenney Frazees longtime friend and sometimes lover.

Detectives convinced her to talk by offering a plea deal, and police had enough evidence to arrest Frazee on December 21st in connection to Berreths murder.

Kenney became the prosecutions key witness and testified over two days of trial about how Frazee bludgeoned Berreth to death in Woodland Park and then summoned Kenney from her home in Idaho to clean the crime scene and destroy evidence.

Kenney said she watched Frazee burn a plastic storage container with Berreths body inside on his Florissant ranch.

She also testified that Frazee asked her to kill Berreth on three previous occasions in the fall of 2018.

Law enforcement relied on Kenneys cooperation to piece together the case and spent much of their time in trial corroborating her account.

The lead Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent on the case testified Thursday that he didnt know where they would be without Kenneys information.

Kenneys testimony was supported by phone location data as well as some of the DNA testing and surveillance camera footage.

No evidence seemed to contradict her testimony, but key moments in the alleged crime lacked physical evidence.

The only thing she didnt do was swing the bat, Cheryl Berreth said in the statement read in court.

Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May said that Kenney deserves every day in jail that the judge sentences her to.

Kenney agreed to talk with investigators as part of a deal that allowed her to plead guilty to evidence tampering.

When she is sentenced, Sells could give her to a penalty ranging from probation to a maximum of three years in prison.


We did a deal with the devil, May said, but it was necessary for the case against Frazee. (

Frazee did not show emotion during the verdict or sentencing, even as Berreths father stared at him from across the room.

Frazee stood and looked the judge in the eyes as Sells read his sentence.

Frazee was then handcuffed and walked out of the courthouse to a waiting car.

His mother, also showing no emotion, watched from the courtroom as Frazee was led away.

Prosecutors offered a variety of motives Frazee may have had for killing Berreth.

Maybe he wanted sole custody of Kaylee without the legal fight, they said.

Maybe he didnt want child support.

Maybe he didnt want to risk Berreth moving out of state, taking Kaylee with her.

But even after trial, prosecutors said they couldnt narrow down motives to one they believed in most strongly.

We have questioned our faith. We have questioned why, Scott Morin, Berreths uncle, told the judge.

And we know well never know.

Beth Reed, one of the prosecutors on the case, said at a news conference that Frazee has shown signs consistent with being a sociopath.

Berreth, in contrast, was described as a loving, quiet woman enthralled with her role as a mother.
She worked hard her entire life to become a pilot and took a leap of faith in 2016 when she moved to Colorado to be with Frazee, whom she met online.

Even as their relationship became strained, Berreth tried to create a life and family with the Florissant rancher.

Meanwhile, Frazee was spreading lies about Berreth to his friends and family.

Her coworkers sent notes to the Berreth family, which Morin read before sentencing.

She mattered, one coworker wrote.

And she made a direct impact and difference in the lives of so many and will continue to do so as the students she instructed will pass their knowledge along to the next generation, and so on.

Veteran prosecutor Jennifer Viehman said the case was one of the most brutal murders she had ever tried.

But the district attorneys office didnt seek the death penalty in the case and the Berreths said they didnt want to pursue capital punishment, although the murder shook the very faith that led them to that mercy.

We respect life and leave Patricks in Gods hand, Cheryl Berreth said in her statement.

Investigators in the case will continue to follow any leads they may find in hopes of finding Berreths remains, said Gregg Slater, the lead Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent on the case.
Law enforcement searched a new location as recently as a few weeks ago, May said.

We will always search for Kelsey, Slater said

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Post by: Battle on November 19, 2019, 08:19:10 am
Tuesday, 19th November 2019
Wynonna Judd's Daughter, 23, Released from Prison 6 Years Early After Being Granted Parole

by Helen Murphy


Wynonna Judds daughter Grace Pauline Kelley has been released from prison.

After being sentenced to eight years in prison, Kelley, 23, was granted parole and was released from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary 6 years early on November 8th, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Corrections confirmed to PEOPLE.

Her sentence began on March 5, 2017.

Jail records show that Kelleys current supervision status is parole.

She will report to parole office P94F until her sentence ends on September 22nd, 2024, the records show.

PEOPLE previously confirmed that Kelley, whose father is Judds first husband Arch Kelley, was serving her sentence at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary in Henning.

Her original release date Aug. 10, 2025, PEOPLE previously reported.

Kelley was sentenced to eight years in prison for violating her probation stemming from a drug-related conviction in 2017.

According to Radar Online, she left a court-mandated drug recovery program in November 2017 and a warrant for her arrest was issued shortly after.

Months prior, in May 2017, she pled guilty to meth manufacture, delivery, sale and possession with intent in Williamson County Court.

She was also charged with manufacturing and delivering meth in nearby Maury County but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of possession of meth.

Kelley was previously ordered to serve 11 months and 29 days in jail but the sentence was suspended and instead, her jail time was to be served on probation after 30 days in jail in March 2017 followed by 180 days in an in-house rehab program.

Kelley was first arrested on the drug charges in Dec. 2015.

Amid her daughters legal troubles, Judd, 55, has become an activist for criminal justice reform.

Earlier this year, she reportedly met with Executive Mansion officials about working on criminal justice reform, and she also works with the nonprofit Hope for Prisoners, which helps inmates re-enter the world after theyre released with the goal of lowering the recidivism rate.

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Tuesday, 19th November 2019
Brookshire white woman bombs!
by Cloe Alexander


A Brookshire woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after admitting to sending homemade bombs to state and federal officials.

Back in July, Julia Ann Poff, 47, pleaded guilty to transportation of explosives with the intent to kill, injure and intimidate a person.


She admitted she mailed a package in October 2016 with a homemade bomb addressed to former President Barack Obama.

She also admitted to mailing two similar packages addressed to Governor Greg Abbott and Carolyn Colvin, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration.

Authorities said the packages contained a victim-activated, booby-trapped improvised explosive device with explosive materials.

On October 6th, authorities intercepted a U.S. Postal Service small, flat rate box at a Executive Mansion mail handling facility at Bolling Air Force Base in the District of Columbia.

They opened the package, and it appeared to contain a bomb.

An FBI explosives expert conducted an examination and determined it to be a homemade bomb.
Investigators linked the box to Poff after finding a cat hair under an address label on one of the boxes that matched her cats hair.

Poff has been and will remain in custody pending tranfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined soon.

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Post by: Battle on November 20, 2019, 08:52:19 am
Wednesday, 20th November2019
California prosecutor accused of using his own daughter as bait to catch suspected child molester
by Nicole Chavez, Stella Chan and Sarah Moon



A prosecutor in Northern California was placed on leave after he allegedly used his daughter to lure a suspected child molester, the Santa Clara District* Attorney's Office says.

Authorities had been searching for a man who approached a 13-year-old girl several times between August and September while she was walking her dog at the Los Alamitos Creek Trail in San Jose, the San Jose Police Department said in a statement.

The man touched the girl inappropriately on the last three occasions they met, police said.

The girl was the daughter of a prosecutor for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Authorities had been searching for a man who approached a 13-year-old girl several times between August and September while she was walking her dog at the Los Alamitos Creek Trail in San Jose, the San Jose Police Department said in a statement.

The man touched the girl inappropriately on the last three occasions they met, police said.

The girl was the daughter of a prosecutor for the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

The prosecutor, who has not been identified, sent his daughter back to walk on the trail while staying in touch with her using cellphones and earbuds, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

In a police report obtained by the newspaper, a police sergeant said the prosecutor told his daughter "to let (the suspect) touch her if she encountered him, but if it was the breast or between the legs to move away.

He instructed (the victim) to let (the suspect) identify and make the contact and if she cannot handle things she should move away. He instructed (the victim) to walk back and forth on the designated route and don't interact with anyone for very long."

The prosecutor recorded a video of the man interacting with his daughter and shared it with police before they made the arrest, the Mercury News reported.

Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, 76, was arrested November 12 and charged with lewd and lascivious acts on a minor under the age of 14 and false imprisonment, police said.

CNN has reached out to Lajmiri's attorney for comment.

Lajmiri also told police he had Alzheimer's disease and had trouble remembering the interactions, the police report states, according to the Mercury News.

Lajmiri's bail was set a $3 million, according to a spokesperson with the state's attorney general's office.

The state agency has taken over prosecution of the case because of the conflict of interest with the District Attorney's Office.

The prosecutor was placed on leave as the Santa Clara District* Attorney's Office reviews his actions.

In a letter to his staff obtained by CNN, District Attorney Jeff Rosen said he has to be careful about releasing information that could damage the state and local investigations.

"I am sure you are aware of a matter involving the actions of one of our prosecutors and the arrest of a man for sexually assaulting the prosecutor's daughter," the letter said.

"The moment we became aware of this matter, we took immediate action, referring it to the Attorney General's Office and initiating our own internal review. ... As prosecutors, we must never forget that our own behavior -- inside and outside of the courtroom -- matters. The choices we make in our professional and personal lives need to be in harmony with the protocols, laws, and ethics of our criminal justice system."

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Post by: Battle on November 22, 2019, 07:11:55 pm
Friday, 22nd November 2019
Jerry Sandusky resentenced to 30 to 60 years
by Mark Skolfolo


(BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania) - A judge dashed the hopes of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for a shorter prison term Friday, resentencing him to the same 30-to-60-year term imposed against him in 2012 for sexually abusing children.

Judge Maureen Skerda gave Sandusky what prosecutors and his own attorney described as effectively a life term during a hearing ordered this year by an appeals court.

Sandusky's 2011 arrest prompted the firing of Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno and the university has paid more than $100 million to people who said they had been abused by Sandusky.

He was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012.

Sandusky, 75, in a mustard yellow prison jumpsuit, again asserted his innocence Friday and choked up twice during brief remarks in open court before the sentence was handed down.

"I apologize that I'm unable to admit remorse for this because it's something that I didn't do," Sandusky told Skerda.

Sandusky told the judge Friday about a recent phone call with an unnamed woman who formerly worked for The Second Mile, a charity he founded for at-risk youth that he used to find and groom child victims.

Sandusky said the woman ended the phone call by telling him she loves him.

"No matter what, nobody or nothing will ever be able to take away what's in my heart. And that was just one. There are many, many, many more," he said, people he "had every opportunity to betray and didn't."

He ended with a message to people who support him. About a dozen were in the courtroom, including his wife, Dottie.

"To those supporters out there, I just want to say I love you," he said, sobbing as he sat down.

Prosecutor Jennifer Buck, of the state attorney general's office, described problems Sandusky has had in state prison, including disputes about returning his meal tray, resistance to being moved from his cell and complaints about phone calls.

"It's failure to take responsibility, claiming that he is the victim, which is a theme throughout this case, and that it's his rights that are being violated," Buck told the judge.

Sandusky attorney Al Lindsay noted he had recently received several letters that attested to Sandusky's character and to good deeds he has performed.

Buck argued that jurors believed the eight young men who testified against Sandusky, victims she said were sexually assaulted "by someone that they loved, someone that they trusted, someone that betrayed them."

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a written statement that "justice was again achieved for his victims."

A state appeals court this year turned down most of Sandusky's arguments seeking a new trial but said laws mandating sentence minimums in place at the time of his October 2012 sentencing had since changed.

Victims said at trial that Sandusky subjected them to a range of abuse, from grooming to violent attacks.

A victim advocate read several letters to the judge Friday from the men who testified at trial or their relatives.

The letters described the effect of their abuse as boys and in the years since, including anxiety, difficulty with family and social relationships and anger about what occurred.

One of them, described as Victim 4 in court records, said he does not forgive Sandusky and spoke of efforts to "attack us as if we had done something wrong."

"We both know exactly what happened," Victim 4 wrote.

"You should be ashamed of yourself."

Sandusky's lawyers in October initiated a federal court action seeking a new trial or release from prison.

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Friday, 22nd November 2019
Country Music Singer Sam Hunt Arrested!
by Liz Calvario‍


Sam Hunt is breaking his silence, days after being arrested for a DUI.

The country singer took to Twitter on Friday to apologize for his "poor and selfish decision" and putting anyone at risk.

"Wednesday night I decided to drive myself home after drinking at a friends show in downtown Nashville," the "Make You Miss Me" crooner began his tweet.

"It was a poor and selfish decision and I apologize to everyone who was unknowingly put at risk and let down by it. It wont happen again."

ET confirmed that Hunt, 34, was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly driving under the influence. (

According to the country singer's arrest report, obtained by ET, Hunt was allegedly driving on the wrong side of a Nashville, Tennessee, street when police noticed and pulled him over.

Hunt, according to police, showed "numerous signs of impairment on all tests conducted.

After being advised of Miranda and TN implied consent the defendant consented to a breath test.

"The police report states that Hunt's blood-alcohol level was .173, which is more than twice the legal limit. According to the arrest report, Hunt was the only individual in the vehicle, and allegedly "admitted to consuming alcohol recently."

Hunt, meanwhile, was looking forward to an exciting week.

Multiple sources told ET this week, that prior to his DUI arrest, the singer was expected to release a new song that night.

However, in light of his legal trouble, it's now unclear when the song will drop.


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Post by: Battle on November 24, 2019, 06:50:43 am
Sunday, 24th November 2019
Iowa white woman kept man locked in storage unit against his will

by KCCI (a CBS news affiliate)


In Fremont County, Iowa, deputies said a woman locked a man inside a storage unit against his will and damaged two units at a rental facility.

KETV reports Mindy Irvin, 31, of Shenandoah, Iowa, was arrested Thursday for an outstanding warrant at a residence in Riverton, Iowa.

Deputies said Irvin unlawfully entered a storage unit in October, stored items in the unit and had caused damage to two separate units while on the property.

The owner of the property said Irvin did not have a rental agreement and had stored property inside a unit for at least two months.

It was also discovered that Irvin had locked a man inside an adjacent storage unit for about four hours.

Irvin is being held at the Fremont County Jail for burglary, theft and false imprisonment.

More charges are pending.

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Post by: Battle on November 24, 2019, 11:29:47 am
Sunday, 24th November 2019
Former Danville, Highlands football coach Duffy pleads guilty to sex charges
by WKYT (a CBS News affiliate)


(LEXINGTON, Kentucky) Former Danville football coach Tom Duffy pleads guilty to four counts of sodomy which took place in 1982 and 1983.

In 2018, Duffy was charged with four counts of sodomy against children under the age of 16 during the early 1980s.

Long-time sports journalist Larry Vaught reported on Twitter the recommended sentence is five years on each count.

Sentencing for the 70-year-old Duffy is January 7th and Duffy may have to register as a sex offender.

Duffy coached at Danville from 1980-87 winning two state titles before leaving to guide the Highlands football program from 1988-93.

The Bluebirds also won a pair of state football titles during Duffy's tenure in Fort Thomas.

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Post by: Battle on November 24, 2019, 07:10:00 pm
Sunday, 24th November 2019
Police Officers Ex-Girlfriend Accused Of Trying To Hire Undercover Cop To Kidnap, Murder 62-Year-Old Woman
by CBS Chicago


(CHICAGO, Ill) The former girlfriend of a Chicago police officer has been charged in a murder-for-hire plot, accused of trying to hire an undercover cop to kidnap and kill the woman she blamed for the end of the relationship.

Lissette Ortiz, 54, has been charged with one felony count of solicitation of murder for hire. She was ordered held without bail at her first court appearance on Sunday.

Cook County prosecutors said, after breaking up with her police officer girlfriend this summer, Ortiz believed the officer started a romantic relationship with a 62-year-old woman, who Ortiz blamed for their breakup.

Sources said Ortiz is the former girlfriend of a police officer assigned to Mayor Lori Lightfoots security detail.

Seeking to have the 62-year-old woman kidnapped and killed, prosecutors said Ortiz first approached a man identified only as witness 2 on Nov. 18, and said she wanted to hire him or someone he knew to abduct the woman and bring the victim to her so she could take care of the rest.

Prosecutors said Ortiz offered to pay that witness $5,000 for the kidnapping, or $500 and a large TV if he introduced her to someone else to carry out the kidnapping.

After that witness contacted Chicago police, he arranged for Ortiz to meet with an undercover officer posing as a kidnapper for hire.

The officer met Ortiz on Nov. 20 in the parking lot of a business near her home, and got in her car.

She drove the officer around for about an hour, and said she wanted the officer to kidnap the victim, drive her to a remote location, and set the vehicle on fire.

Ortiz also told the officer she wanted the victim to know she was responsible for the murder, and preferred she still be alive when the vehicle was set on fire.

Prosecutors said Ortiz told the officer she planned to be somewhere else at the time of the kidnapping and murder, because she knew police would suspect her of the killing, and she wanted to have an alibi.

Ortiz wanted to carry out the plot before Thanksgiving, so the victim couldnt celebrate the holiday in the same home Ortiz had shared with her ex-girlfriend, according to prosecutors.


She offered to pay the officer $5,000 for the kidnapping and murder.

Prosecutors said Ortiz planned to flee to Puerto Rico after the victim was killed.

After leaving the meeting with the undercover officer, she was arrested.

Ortizs former girlfriend was acquitted of domestic battery charges this summer.

Ortiz had accused her of pinning her against a wall and ripping her clothes while taking away her car keys.

A judge found the officer not guilty. (

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Post by: Battle on November 25, 2019, 04:27:19 am
Monday, 25th November 2019
Alabama sheriff killed: Suspect is sheriff deputy's son

by Christina Maxouris


The 18-year-old suspect arrested in the shooting death of Alabama sheriff "Big John" Williams is the son of a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy, the county sheriff's department told CNN.

William Chase Johnson was arrested around midnight Saturday after returning to the same gas station where Lowndes County Sheriff Williams was shot, Sgt. Steve Jarrett said.

A handgun was taken from him, Jarrett said.

Johnson is currently being held in Elmore County Jail.

Williams was responding to a call at a gas station when he was killed.

"We in Alabama's law enforcement community mourn the loss of a dedicated brother," Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor said in a Sunday statement.

"Not only was Lowndes County Sheriff 'Big John' Williams a committed man of the law, but he was kind and loved by many."

Williams is the fifth Alabama law enforcement officer of the state to die from gunfire in the line of duty in the past year, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said.

"Serving the public in the role of a peace officer is a difficult calling, fraught with peril, yet thankfully many Alabama men and women choose to answer the call, often time putting their lives in danger to protect us," Marshall said in a statement.

The governor said Williams, through his time in the US Marines and as a law enforcement official, "dedicated his life to keeping other people safe."

"He will be remembered as a consummate professional and pillar of his community," Governor Kay Ivey said.

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Post by: Battle on November 26, 2019, 11:14:50 am
Tuesday, 26th November 2019
Survivor: Africa Contestant Silas Gaither Arrested on Rape and Assault Charges

by Steve Helling


Former Survivor:

Africa contestant Silas Gaither has been arrested in Tennessee on rape and aggravated assault charges, PEOPLE confirms.

Gaither, 41, was arrested on Monday morning and charged with felony counts of rape and aggravated assault.


According the the Shelby County Sheriffs office, he posted $50,000 bond on Tuesday morning.

He has been released from custody.

According to court records first obtained by WMC-TV, the alleged incident happened in May 2018.

Few details of the alleged crime have been released.

Online court records show that a grand jury convened on November 13, and a warrant for Gaithers arrest was issued a week later.

When Gaither was cast on the third season of Survivor in 2001, he was working as a bartender in Los Angeles and pursuing an acting career.

He was one of 16 contestants selected for the show, which was set in the Shaba National Preserve in Kenya.

Just 23 when he competed on the show, he lasted five episodes and was voted out in 12th place.

After the show, he stayed in Los Angeles where he landed small roles in a handful of TV movies and series from 2003 to 2010.

He also owned a popular Los Angeles sports bar for several years.

After several years in Los Angeles, Gaither returned to his home state of Tennessee.

He now works as a project manager for a home renovation company.

He has continued to make charity appearances based on his Survivor fame.

Gaither has not yet entered a plea, and court records do not reflect an attorney that is authorized to speak on his behalf.

He did not immediately return PEOPLEs request for comment.

He will be arraigned on January 9th 2020.

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Post by: Battle on November 26, 2019, 11:30:29 am
Tuesday, 26th November 2019
Former detective accused of falsifying records gets 26 more charges

by 10News WTSP (a CBS News affiliate)



Two months after being arrested and charged with falsifying records, a former detective is facing more charges.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said Dennis Jones Jr., 31, was charged with 22 counts of public servant falsifying official records, two counts forgery and two counts uttering false instrument.


He's currently at the Polk County Jail on $260,000 bond.

Jones was first arrested in September and charged with two count of public servant falsifying official records, one count forgery and one count uttering false instrument.

He resigned after his arrest.

An investigation found Jones falsified two waivers of prosecution in May in an investigation involving a boy and girl who were in a relationship.

Officials say Jones wrote that he went to both homes and that both sets of parents asked not to press charges.

In a follow-up, another detective visited the parents in August and collected their sworn statements that they'd neither met with Jones nor signed the waivers.

The sheriff's office said it evaluated every case assigned to Jones and found 22 more reports that contained falsified documents.

Deputies say his actions did not result in any unlawful arrests.

Detectives say "the common denominators in the 22 reports was his effort to take shortcuts and reduce his workload."

"We are extremely disappointed in - and embarrassed by - Jones' lazy, deceitful conduct as a sworn law enforcement officer.

He betrayed the trust of the men and women with whom he worked, and the public he was entrusted to serve.

We want the community to know that we will always hold those who betray the public's trust accountable, and that it's our intention he is convicted and sent to state prison," Sheriff Grady Judd said.

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Post by: Battle on November 28, 2019, 08:14:19 am
Thursday, 28th November 2019
Missouri White Man Smashed Wife's Head With Hammer and Then Kept Dead Body in Freezer for 4 Years
by Tareq Haddad


A 57-year-old Missouri man has been indicted on second-degree murder charges after the beaten corpse of his wife was found in a freezer.

Larry Dinwiddie, of Marshfield, 35 miles north east of Springfield, admitted to strangling and bashing his wife over the head with a hammer before disposing of her body in the freezer, police said.

The body of Cynthia Dinwiddie was discovered on Monday when staff at the McFadin Storage facility outside the town broke open the man's padlocked unit after complaints of a rancid smell.

Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole said the staff who opened the unit first discovered random food items, before being shocked at the discovery of a bloodied, frozen corpse.

"Lo and behold, they did not expect that," he told the Springfield News-Leader.

Cole said sheriff's deputies working with the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Dinwiddie after deceiving him into returning to the storage facility.

"We told him the freezer quit working and he needed to hurry up and get back here," Cole said.

At the time of the call, Dinwiddie reportedly said he was in the Denver area, but arrived at the site at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

He was arrested without incident.

"He was very cooperative. He knew the jig was up," Cole said.

Following police interviews, officers said Dinwiddie confessed to killing his wife four years ago after an argument in their North Street home.

According to an affidavit filed on Wednesday, and seen by the Springfield News-Leader, Dinwiddie alleged his wife threw the hammer at him in the course of the dispute before he lost his nerve.

Dinwiddie also described his wife as an "abusive alcoholic" in the affidavit and said he hit her with "everything" he could after not being able to take it anymore, reports the Associated Press.

The document also stated that the body was kept in the house until six months ago, at which point it was moved to the storage facility.

When asked why he held onto the body for so long, Dinwiddie reportedly told officers he did not know what else to do with it, the affidavit reportedly said.


Dinwiddie said he even enlisted the help of his friends to move the freezer unit to the storage facility, without telling them what was contained inside.

Following the discovery, police confirmed to the Associated Press that an autopsy will take place on Monday after the body was given time to thaw.

Dinwiddie was charged with second-degree murder, abandoning a corpse and armed criminal action.

He faces the prospect of life in prison.

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Monday, 2nd December 2019
White man who drove into oncoming traffic in failed suicide attempt sentenced to life for murder
by Randy Buffington


(LAKE COUNTY, Ohio) - Michael Davis was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after 26 years.

The 26 years was the maximum amount of time Davis couldve served.


Davis was found guilty of murder after veering his car into oncoming traffic, killing Gregory Morawski and injuring Heather Culp in a suicide attempt.

The accident took place on July 4th, 2017.

Concerned about legal ramifications in the future, one doctor said.

She also added that Davis said,


"I couldnt even commit suicide right. I never meant to hurt anyone else.

Davis originally entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

He faces Life with parole eligibility after 15 years on the Murder and 3-11 years on the Attempted Murder, so his possible punishment is only one of two sentences:

(1) Life with parole eligibility after 15 years or

(2) Life with parole eligibility after 18 to 26 years.

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Post by: Battle on December 03, 2019, 03:40:35 am
Tuesday, 3rd December 2019
Holiday White Man Accused Of Throwing Pot Of Turkey Soup During Fight
by D'Ann Lawrence White


(HOLIDAY, Florida) A 29-year-old Holiday man was charged with aggravated assault and felony battery after he was accused of throwing a hot pot of turkey soup on another man.(

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, on Saturday Curtis Jenkins of Honeymoon Lane got into a fight with another man over lipstick and a blanket.

During the argument, deputies said Jenkins picked up a pot of soup and threw it at the other man.

He then shoved the other man into the corner of a kitchen cabinet.


When deputies arrived, the kitchen floor was covered in soup and a pot containing a turkey carcass was in the kitchen sink.

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Post by: Battle on December 03, 2019, 11:53:02 am
Tuesday, 3rd December 2019
Grandmother charged in Pike County massacre case agrees to plea deal

by WLWT (a NBC News affiliate)


Rita Newcomb has agreed to a plea deal in connection with the 2016 Pike County massacre.

Newcomb, 66, will be found guilty of obstructing justice in connection with the case, a misdemeanor.

All other charges have been dropped.

She was initially charged with forgery, perjury and obstructing justice.

The charges are linked to the execution-style slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County in 2016.

Newcomb is the mother of murder suspect Angela Wagner and grandmother of two more suspects, George and Jake Wagner.

Angela's husband, Billy Wagner, is also charged with murder.

Newcomb is accused of forging custody documents for the baby of Jake Wagner and one of the victims, Hannah Mae Rhoden.

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Post by: Battle on December 06, 2019, 04:56:41 am
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Blind Tennessee inmate who set woman on fire executed by electric chair
by Associated Press


(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) A blind prisoner convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend by setting her on fire in her car was put to death Thursday in Tennessees electric chair, becoming only the second inmate without sight to be executed in the U.S. since the reinstatement of the nations death penalty in 1976.

Lee Hall, 53, was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. at a Nashville maximum-security prison, prison officials said.

He chose the electric chair over Tennessees preferred execution method of lethal injection an option allowed inmates in the state who were convicted of crimes before January 1999.


He also became the first blind inmate in U.S. modern history to die by electrocution.

Hall had his vision when he entered death row decades ago, but his attorneys say he later became functionally blind from improperly treated glaucoma.

Only one other known blind inmate has been executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court allowed executions to resume in 1976:

Clarence Ray Allen, 76, received a lethal injection in California in 2006.

Court documents state that Hall killed 22-year-old Traci Crozier on April 17, 1991 by setting her car ablaze with a container of gasoline that he lit and tossed in her vehicle while she was inside and trying to leave him.

The container exploded and Crozier suffered burns across more than 90% of her body, dying the next day in the hospital.

Croziers sister, Staci Wooten, and her father, Gene Crozier, had said earlier they planned to watch Halls execution.

Defense attorney Kelly Gleason had asked the federal courts to stop Hall from being put to death after other attempts in state courts and with Tennessees governor had failed.

Previously, Halls attorneys had been fighting for months to delay the execution plan, arguing that courts should have had the opportunity to weigh new questions surrounding a possible biased juror who helped hand down the death sentence decades ago against Hall, who was formerly known as Leroy Hall Jr.

The woman simply known as Juror A acknowledged publicly for the first time this year that she failed to disclose she had been repeatedly raped and abused by her former husband during Halls jury selection process.

Halls attorneys argued the omission deprived him of a fair and impartial jury a right protected in both the Tennessee and U.S. constitutions.

However, both the Tennessee Supreme Court and Governor Bill Lee declined to step in despite pleas from Halls attorneys for more time to explore the possible legal concerns.

Lee, a Republican, has not intervened in any of the four execution cases that have come across his desk since he became governor in January.

He also has previously declined to weigh in on whether he approves of the states increased usage of the electric chair, noting instead that its a legal option in Tennessee.


The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on whether use of the electric chair violates the 8th Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment, but it came close about 20 years ago after a series of botched electrocutions in Florida.

Meanwhile, state courts in Georgia and Nebraska have declared the electric chair unconstitutional.

The high court has also neither set an upper age limit for executions nor created an exception for a physical infirmity.

Tennessee is one of six states in which inmates can choose the electric chair, but its the only state that has used the chair in recent years.

Three out of five recent inmates put to death in Tennessee have chosen the chair since the state began resuming executions in August 2018.

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Saturday, 7th December 2019
21 Jump Street
by Mark Gray


"21 Jump Street" star Richard Grieco was arrested for public intoxication in Texas after trying to drunkenly board an airplane, police say.

TMZ, citing authorities, said the actor arrived at his gate at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Thursday when an airline employee denied him boarding.

Richard was allegedly "hunched over the counter, yelling at employees and slurring his speech ... he also reeked of booze," TMZ said.(

While speaking to airport police, Richard said he had two vodka drinks before the flight.

During the arrest process, he also told police he was a nervous flier and had prescription Klonopin in his bag.

Police noted in the arrest report that Klonopin shouldn't be taken with alcohol.

The police report said the actor was very unsteady on his feet when he was booked.

Richard spoke to TMZ on Friday, and he simply said it was "not that big of a deal," noting that he booked another flight from Texas to Pennsylvania.

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Post by: Battle on December 07, 2019, 01:01:36 am
Saturday, 7th December 2019
Franklin business owner Matthew Neumann has been convicted of killing two employees

by Elliot Hughes


After four days of testimony and less than three hours of jury deliberation, former Franklin business owner Matthew Neumann was convicted Friday of killing his two employees and burning their remains.

Neumann, 44, was convicted of two counts each of first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse, setting him up for a maximum prison sentence of 155 years.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 31st.


He almost got away with it if he hadnt made a couple stupid mistakes, if he had another week, said Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Michaele Schindhelm during his closing argument.

Robert C. Hajduk, 40, of Racine and Richard L. Conklin, 35, of Milwaukee were reported missing between Jan. 2 and 3, not long after spending time with Neumann or stopping by the commercial cleaning business he owned, Spot Free Cleaning, at 8581 S. 27th St., Franklin, according to police.


Days after their disappearance, the badly damaged human remains of two people were found in a fire pit on hunting property that Neumann leased in Walworth County.

One set of the remains has been identified as Hajduk, while the second set thought to belong to Conklin requires additional testing that may take more than a year to complete, according to Franklin police.

Over the course of the trial, Schindhelm acknowledged several times that police and prosecutors had no direct evidence tying Neumann to the mens deaths.

But they did have mountains of circumstantial evidence pointing to him.

Neumanns defense offered little in the way of a counternarrative, and his own attorney, Michael Steinle, even admitted during his closing argument that aspects of the case troubled him.

He even acknowledged that it could be probable his client is guilty.

Nevertheless, he argued the evidence did not rise to proof beyond a reasonable doubt and attacked the credibility of several key witnesses, including Neumanns wife, who said she saw one of the bodies in her husbands truck the morning of January 2nd.

He suggested she was financially motivated to put her husband behind bars.

Tammy Neumann testified that around 5 a.m. January 2nd, she was awakened by Matthew Neumann fiddling with a gun in their bedroom after he and Conklin had spent the night drinking together.

Later, as she was leaving the house with her daughter, she said she saw a dead body in her husbands pickup truck parked outside their house.

Tammy Neumann said her husband pointed a gun at her and told her not to tell anyone.

Their daughter, Ashley Neumann, also testified that she feared for her life after seeing the body and told police she overheard her father say he killed the man over a pack of cigarettes, according to the criminal complaint.

Its thought that Neumann shot Conklin while the two were at Spot Free Cleaning early January 2nd.

Carrie Lieggett, who lived across the street from the business in January, testified that she heard three gunshots that night.

Prosecutors are uncertain when, how and where Hajduk was killed, but Schindhelm posited that on January 3rd, he became aware of Conklins murder after visiting Spot Free Cleaning, so Neumann killed him, too.

The remains were found a week later on hunting property Neumann leases in Walworth County.

Traces of the victims DNA were found in Neumanns truck, trailer and driveway, Schindhelm said.

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Post by: Battle on December 07, 2019, 06:34:57 pm
Saturday, 7th December 2019
Oklahoma couple sentenced to life in prison in horrifying child abuse case
by KOCO 5 News


An Oklahoma couple have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted in what officials are calling a horrifying child abuse case.

Garvin County District Judge Leah Edwards sentenced Gerrad Coddington, 25, and Christina Nelson-Coddington, 30, both of Pauls Valley, on all 29 counts relating to child abuse, including first-degree rape, incest, child abuse, manufacturing child pornography and lewd acts with a minor, among others, according to Attorney General Mike Hunters office.

Hunter called the facts of the case utterly appalling and hopes the sentence will send a strong message to those who consider committing these types of crimes.

These two individuals engaged in horrifying acts of abuse and violence with innocent children, Hunter said.

These are evil people who presented a danger to society. I commend Judge Edwards decision to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law. I applaud the investigators with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the investigator in my office with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the attorneys who worked on this case to achieve a successful result.

The investigation generated over 6,000 pages of communication between the co-defendants and tens of thousands of photos and videos, authorities said.

The state presented evidence that showed underage victims were beaten, handcuffed and raped.

Evidence was also uncovered that both defendants had conspired to commit incest with his unborn child, according to authorities.

The attorney generals office launched an investigation into the couple after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provided the office a tip containing information that the couple allegedly shared a pornographic image of a minor on a social media website.

Agents with the attorney generals office, Homeland Security Investigations, Garvin County Sheriffs Office and Pauls Valley Police Department investigated and were able to develop probable cause to arrest the suspects within three days of receiving the tip, officials said.

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Post by: Battle on December 09, 2019, 02:47:18 pm
Monday, 6th December 2019
Wisconsin Rapids man charged in OWI death of local teacher pleads not guilty
by Melissa Siegler


(WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wisconsin) - A 25-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man pleaded not guilty Monday to the charge of homicide by drunken driving.

Prosecutors charged Zachary A. Koosmann in the death of Melissa Piesik, a Stevens Point elementary school teacher.

Piesik, 43, was riding her bicycle along Whitrock Avenue in Grand Rapids August 4th when Koosmann's pickup truck hit her from behind, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Piesik was a Marshfield native who taught at Bannach Elementary School in Stevens Point.

She formerly taught at St. Lawrence Early Childhood Center in Wisconsin Rapids.

Piesik lived in Grand Rapids with her husband, Brian Piesik, and their three children.

Based on a preliminary breath test done at the scene of the crash, police said Koosmann had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.19.

A blood test showed the level was at 0.222. (

The legal limit is 0.08%. (

When an officer asked Koosmann how much he had to drink, Koosmann responded with "enough," according to court documents.

Koosmann has two prior drunken driving convictions.

He is free on a $30,000 cash bond.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Koosmann's next court date was not set Monday as the defense requested a new judge be assigned to the case.

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Post by: Battle on December 13, 2019, 05:25:18 am
Friday, 13th December 2019
Woman fakes her own kidnapping, steals a truck and leads cops on chase
by Bailey Aldridge


(RALEIGH, North Carolina) A woman led cops on a chase in North Carolina after officials say she faked her own kidnapping to steal a truck.

Virginia Saavedra, 37, came up to a mans house in Sophia on Wednesday and told him she had just escaped a kidnapping attempt from a man she didnt know, according to the Randolph County Sheriffs Office.


Upon hearing this, the man let Saavedra sit in his truck so she could warm up while he called police for her, the Sheriffs Office said.

But as he dialed 911, she took off in his truck, according to the Sheriffs Office.

Deputies were responding to the mans 911 call when they saw the stolen truck traveling toward Archdale and tried to stop it, the Sheriffs Office said.


Saavedra fled and led the deputies on a 26-mile chase that the Sheriffs Office says went onto Interstate 85 in neighboring Davidson County.

As she approached a rest stop, Saavedra did a U-turn on the interstate and started driving north in the southbound lane, according to the Sheriffs Office.

Deputies then boxed her in, and the stolen truck got stuck on the grassy shoulder, the Sheriffs Office said.

As deputies attempted to arrest Saavedra, the Sheriffs Office said she put the truck in reverse and rammed a patrol car.

She then tried to run away but was detained.

She originally gave deputies a fake name upon her arrest, but was correctly identified by detention officers when she got to jail, according to the Sheriffs Office.

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Post by: Battle on December 14, 2019, 01:27:05 pm
Saturday, 14th December 2019
Runner accused of groping reporter during live TV broadcast charged with sexual battery

by Phil Helsel and Kalhan Rosenblatt


A runner accused of slapping and grabbing the backside of a female reporter during a race in Georgia last weekend was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery.

Online jail records say that Thomas Callaway, 43, was arrested at 5 p.m. Friday.

He was released on $1,300 bail, according to NBC's Savannah affiliate station WSAV.

Callaway turned himself in to the Chatham County Sheriffs Office, the station reported.

Callaway turned himself in to the Chatham County Sheriffs Office, the station reported.

Savannah police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson also confirmed to The Associated Press that Callaway, of Statesboro, was charged in connection with the December 7th incident.

His attorney declined to comment to the news agency.

The incident, which went viral on social media, happened while WSAV reporter Alex Bozarjian was in the middle of a live broadcast as runners taking part in the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run streamed past.


The charge comes days after Bozarjian filed a sexual battery report with the Savannah Police Department, saying that she wanted them to pursue charges against the man who groped and slapped her.


She told police that he slapped and grabbed her buttocks in one motion as he ran past on the Talmadge Bridge, according to the complaint.

Bozarjian tweeted her outrage about the incident later that day, writing

No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!!

That statement as of early Saturday had been retweeted more than 200,000 times and had more than 735,000 "likes."

Callaway has been banned from all future races by the Savannah Sports Council, which sponsored the run.

Callaway has told WSAV that he is sorry. (

He said that "it was an awful act, it was an awful mistake," and he apologized to Bozarjian as well as her family, friends and co-workers.

He claimed to WSAV that as he approached he saw people passing the reporter waving hands and planned on doing the same, and that he knew he had touched her but did not know where as he ran past.

He also said he had wanted to tap her on the shoulder or the back.

The video appears to show no attempt to try and wave.

"I feel awful, I feel embarrassed and ashamed," he said in the interview with the station after the incident.

He apologized to Bozarjian and said

"this was not right."

Bozarjian's attorney, Gloria Allred, told WSAV in an email Friday that

"Alex is looking forward to justice in this case."

The station has condemned the conduct as "reprehensible and completely unacceptable and that

No one should ever be disrespected in this manner."

The station said Bozarjian has its full support.

Sexual battery is a misdemeanor in Georgia, punishable by up to a year in jail.

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Post by: Battle on December 20, 2019, 01:45:36 pm
Friday, 20th December 2019
'Mob Wive' Arrested!
by Mark Gray


"Mob Wives" star Drita D'Avanzo and her husband, Lee D'Avanzo, were arrested Thursday night after drugs and weapons were found in their home, according to reports.

TMZ said police raided the couple's home in New York and found two loaded firearms, 120 pills of hydrocodone/acetaminophen, 22 Xanax pills and a large amount of marijuana.

Page Six said police also found a scale, implying it was used to weigh the marijuana.

The couple was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and acting in a manner injurious to a child, as one of the couple's two children was home at the time of the raid.

Drita's husband is being held on a fugitive warrant.

Drita appeared on VH1's "Mob Wives for 2011 to 2016.

In her bio, it described her as the wife of Lee,

"who federal prosecutors allege is the leader of a Bonanno and Colombo crime family farm team."

"While Drita's husband is serving time in prison for bank robbery (for the second time), she is left alone raising two young girls, Aleeya and Gizelle," the bio read.

"Drita, who comes from a strict Albanian household, defied her parents and married someone outside the community an Italian."

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Post by: Battle on December 22, 2019, 06:48:30 pm
Sunday, 22nd December 2019
Paramedic accused of fatally poisoning his wife with ingredient found in eye drops
by Julia Jacobo


A North Carolina paramedic is accused of using an ingredient found in eye drops and nasal spray to cause the death of his wife in 2018.

Joshua Lee Hunsucker, 35, appeared in a Gaston County court Friday, where prosecutors said he gave a statement that they would consider to be a confession.

His wife, Stacy Hunsucker, 32, died at her home in Mount Holly, North Carolina, on September 23, 2018, according to her obituary.

A GoFundMe campaign created in 2015 by Suzanne Steinbroner, a friend of the couple's, stated that Stacy Hunsucker had been experiencing medical problems since February 2013, after she gave birth to the couple's first daughter.

Five months later, a "devastating fire" at their home destroyed most of the couple's belongings, according to the crowdfund campaign.

In November 2014, after Stacy Hunsucker gave birth to the couple's second daughter, she was admitted to the hospital for a low heart rate and low blood pressure and placed in the ICU for several days, according to the GoFundMe.

Stacy Hunsucker was admitted to the hospital again in January 2015 for a low heart rate and went into cardiac arrest once she was settled into her room and was placed on a ventilator to help her breathe, the GoFundMe states.

"After many tests, the doctors are still stumped to what is [going] on," Steinbroner wrote.

She later returned home on January 29th, 2015, and it is unclear whether her visits to the hospital continued after that date.

After she died, Joshua Hunsucker allegedly refused to allow an autopsy to be performed, stating that he did not want his wife "to be cut up," despite the fact that she was an organ donor, according to an affidavit filed in Gaston county on Thursday.

He then had her body cremated immediately after her death, the court document states.

Once investigators discovered that Stacy Hunsucker was an organ donor for Lifeshare Donor Center, they obtained a blood sample that had been preserved and sent it a lab for testing.

The results showed a high level of Tetrahydrozoline -- about 30 to 40 times higher than the therapeutic level, according to the affidavit.

The ingredient is found in eye drops and nasal spray and is not harmful when used as directed, but when ingested can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, seizures and cardiac arrest, the court document states.

"That medicine has a dramatic effect on your heart and would cause heart stoppage or heart failure," North Carolina state attorney Jordan Green said in court on Friday.

Joshua Hunsucker told at least four different versions as to what he was doing before he found his wife not breathing and blue, according to the affidavit.

On the scene, he told police that he had gone outside to make sure his vehicles were locked "because there had been several reports of vehicle breaking and entering in the neighborhood," according to the court documents.

Joshua Hunsucker allegedly told a friend that he had gone for a walk "to burn some energy" but told another friend that he had "gone out back to cut some wood for signs that he makes," the affidavit states.

Joshua Hunsucker also allegedly told Suzie Robinson, his wife's mother, that he was sitting at the kitchen table working on his computer, with his back to her, and that when he turned around, he saw her slumped over the side of the couch, according to the affidavit.


About two weeks prior to Stacy Hunsucker's death, an arrest of a nurse in York County, South Carolina, for which was accused of putting eye drops in her husband's water, causing him to experience seizures and go into cardiac arrest, was given high-profile media coverage in the area, according to the affidavit.

Prosecutors pointed to "several points of similarity" between that cause and Josh Hunsucker's, considering he worked in the medical field and also had been home alone with his spouse at the time of death.


Joshua Hunsucker would have likely had access to medications containing Tetrahydrozoline as part of his medical supplies, the court document states.

"Josh Hunsucker is a flight paramedic for Medcenter Air for which his training and experience would certainly provide a thorough understanding of various types of medication and how those medications could react in the body," the affidavit states.

"Additionally, his employment provides access to non-controlled substances which do not require logging or inventory control."

Coworkers of Joshua Hunsucker expressed concern to investigators on how "unaffected" he was by his wife's death and "how quickly he had moved on with his girlfriend," whom he moved into the home he previously shared with his wife, according to the court documents.

The new girlfriend "was visual" in his and his two young children's lives within six months of Stacy Hunsucker's death, the affidavit states.

In addition, Stacy Hunsucker's funeral was arranged and paid for by her parents, rather than her husband, the affidavit states.

The two were high school sweethearts, ABC Charlotte affiliate WSOC reported.
"I mean, she did not deserve for this to happen to her," friend Kelly Kreeger told the station.

"She was a great mother. She was a happy person."

After Stacy Hunsucker's mother became aware of her son-in-law's new relationship, which had been ongoing prior to her death, she sent a referral to the North Carolina Department of Insurance based on the suspicious death of her daughter associated with her life insurance policy, according to the court documents.