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« Reply #330 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 Hunter’s 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 general’s 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 general’s office, Homeland Security Investigations, Garvin County Sheriff’s 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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« Reply #331 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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« Reply #332 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 man’s house in Sophia on Wednesday and told him she had just escaped a kidnapping attempt from a man she didn’t know, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon hearing this, the man let Saavedra sit in his truck so she could warm up while he called police for her, the Sheriff’s Office said.

But as he dialed 911, she took off in his truck, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were responding to the man’s 911 call when they saw the stolen truck traveling toward Archdale and tried to stop it, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Saavedra fled and led the deputies on a 26-mile chase that the Sheriff’s 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 Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies then boxed her in, and the stolen truck got stuck on the grassy shoulder, the Sheriff’s Office said.

As deputies attempted to arrest Saavedra, the Sheriff’s 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 Sheriff’s Office.

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« Reply #333 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 Sheriff’s Office, the station reported.

Callaway turned himself in to the Chatham County Sheriff’s 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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« Reply #334 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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« Reply #335 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.

The life insurance policy provided a beneficiary payment of $200,000, or $100,000 with a double indemnity clause, and a second policy provided a beneficiary payment of $50,000.

Joshua Hunsucker was the beneficiary, the affidavit states.

An arrest warrant was filed for Joshua Hunsucker on Thursday on a first-degree murder charge.

He is being held at the Gaston County jail on $1.5 million bond, online jail records show.

In court on Friday, his defense attorney pointed to several people who attended his hearing to show support and emphasized the fact that he was a flight paramedic.

Joshua Hunsucker had been employed with Atrium Health's MedCenter Air unit since 2013, but he had been fired as of Friday, WSOC confirmed with the company.

He had been under investigation for misconduct at work, Green said in court.

Joshua Hunsucker's defense attorney David Teddy declined to provide a comment to ABC News.

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« Reply #336 on: December 24, 2019, 09:10:13 pm »
Tuesday, 24th December 2019
Colorado bank robber throws cash in air, shouting 'Merry Christmas'
by Keith Coffman

(DENVER, Colorado) - A man with a white beard was being held on $10,000 bond for allegedly robbing a Colorado bank and throwing the stolen cash into the air while shouting, “Merry Christmas” to passersby, police and local media reported on Tuesday.

David Wayne Oliver, 65, was arrested at a nearby Starbucks coffee shop after he held up the Academy Bank in Colorado Springs on Monday afternoon, according to a police report.

Police said the suspect had “threatened the use of a weapon” and left the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A police spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment, but Colorado Springs television station KKTV reported that eyewitness Dion Pascale recounted Oliver stepped outside the bank and tossed the money “all over the place.”

“He started throwing money out of the bag” before yelling, “Merry Christmas,” the TV station quoted Pascale as saying.

Pascale said bystanders retrieved some of the money and returned it to the bank as Oliver walked to the Starbucks, sat down and appeared to be waiting for police to arrest him, KKTV reported.

The Denver Post quoted police as saying “thousands of dollars” remained unaccounted for, adding there was no indication Oliver used a weapon in the heist.

Oliver, pictured in police mug shots with gray-and-white hair and a full white beard, is being held at the El Paso County jail and is set to make his first court appearance on Thursday, jail records showed.


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« Reply #337 on: December 26, 2019, 05:17:29 am »
Thursday, 26th December 2019
White man shoots and kills ex-girlfriend at Christmas party
by KTRK (an ABC News affiliate)

A man is on the run after deputies say he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend at a Christmas party in northwest Harris County.

Deputies say 52-year-old Albert Benjamin Simon barged into the party at a home in the 16500 block of Obsidian Drive near the Houston National Golf Club around 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The party wasn't just to celebrate Christmas, the woman who was killed was also celebrating her birthday.

The Sheriff's Office says Simon, her ex-boyfriend, pushed his way inside, grabbed her, and shot her several times.

Investigators found a handgun in the yard, but believe Simon is still armed and dangerous.

The Sheriff's Office says Simon left the scene in a dark colored Jeep Cherokee.

A murder warrant has been issued for Simon.

He has a mugshot on file with the Harris County Sheriff's Office for a prior offense.

52-year-old Albert Benjamin Simon is accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend at a Christmas party Tuesday night.

"This morning we began with a tragedy, the death of a 3-month-old, and today we're closing the evening of Christmas Eve with another tragedy," Sheriff Ed Gonzales said Tuesday night.

Authorities identified the victim as 46-year-old Carolee Dawn Taylor.

She died at the scene.

They say about 15 people were at the home when she was shot and killed.

Simon was still on the run Wednesday afternoon, according to Gonzalez.

"We want the public to be safe. If he's watching, we want him to do the right thing and just turn himself in so that we can get this matter resolved," Gonzalez said.

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« Reply #338 on: December 27, 2019, 10:14:56 pm »
Saturday, 28th December 2019
$5M bond for white suspect in Illinois triple-killing
by Associated Press

(PONTIAC, Illinois) — A judge set a $5 million bond Friday for a state corrections officer who's charged in the Christmas Day shootings of his wife, adult son and another man in a small eastern Illinois community.

Clifford W. Brewer, 53, faces six counts of first-degree murder in the killings.

The Livingston County State’s Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Brewer on Friday morning before he appeared for his initial court hearing in Pontiac.

Authorities allege that Brewer fatally shot the three victims inside a home in his hometown of Cullom, a village of about 500 residents that's located about 95 miles (150 kilometers) southwest of Chicago and about 20 miles east of Pontiac.

Livingston County sheriff’s deputies called to the scene early Wednesday found the bodies of Brewer's wife, Shirley Brewer, 48, his son, Christian Brewer, 27, and Norman Walker, 51, The ( Peoria) Journal Star reported.

Police later arrested Brewer, who is a corrections officer at the Pontiac Correctional Center, a maximum-security state prison.

He has worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections since 2001.

During Friday's hearing, Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak asked the judge to set Brewer's bond at $5 million, while public defender Scott Ripley sought a $100,000 bond.

The judge sided with prosecutors.

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« Reply #339 on: January 10, 2020, 06:39:32 pm »
Friday, 1oth January 2020
White teacher charged after video shows him lifting teen, carrying him out of classroom
by Enjoli Francis and Katherine Carroll

A teacher in Florida is facing a charge of simple battery, after cellphone footage taken during class showed him lifting a 14-year-old student out of his desk and shoving him out of the classroom.

The incident occurred Tuesday at Buddy Taylor Middle School in Palm Coast, Florida, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Jeffrey Paffumi, 47, said that the student was "being disobedient" and had "refused to turn down his music when asked to," according to the charging document.

The teacher, who's been with the district since 2005, said that when he attempted to pause the student's music, the teen "slapped his hand away and turned the music back on."

In the video, taken by an unknown student but shared with police, Paffumi can been grabbing the teen who is sitting at a desk and lifting him out of his seat.

"Show me how tough you are. Wanna call me a 'cracker,'" he says to the teen as he carries him toward the classroom door.

"Mr. Paffumi grabs (the teen) with his right arm and lifts him out of the chair.

Mr. Paffumi then hooks Derrick's right arm with his left arm ... (and) lifts (the teen) off his feet and carries him across the classroom," the charging document said, according to an officer who watched the video.

"Once he was outside the classroom, Mr. Paffumi then put (the teen) down and shoved him away from the doorway towards the hall."

Paffumi told authorities that he'd treated the teen like an "unruly student and grabbed him safely so he couldn't hurt himself or anybody else," according to the charging document.

He also told police that "once outside the door, he pushed (the teen) to separate themselves in case (the teen) was mad" and so the student could not strike him.

The parents of the 14-year-old boy told the Flagler County Sheriff's Office that the incident had occurred during first period Tuesday.

He told them about it Tuesday night.

The teen was later sent a video of the incident from an unknown student who was also in the class.

Authorities said the teen's parents then alerted the school administrators Wednesday.

According to the affidavit, in a later interview with authorities, the teen said that he had been playing music on his computer and had asked the teacher for help.

Paffumi muted his computer twice and the teen said that he'd told the teacher, "Put my s____ down cracka."

The teen said that the teacher had not restricted his airway when he grabbed and lifted him out of the classroom and that he had not been injured in the incident, according to authorities.

Although the teen's father said his son was wrong for the things he'd said, the affidavit stated, he still sought charges against the teacher.

In a news release Wednesday announcing the charge against Paffumi, Sheriff Rick Staly said,

"As a teacher you have to control your temper even when students test you. This is an unfortunate incident involving a teacher and a student. ... Corporal punishment like the old days is not allowed today."

Paffumi was booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility where he was held with no bond.
He has since been released and is on leave pending the outcome of the probe.
Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager said in the news release, in part, that "the actions of this teacher are not consistent with how we expect our educators to act and behave and it will not be tolerated."

"We immediately removed Mr. Paffumi from the classroom following the incident. ... I have stressed to my executive team the importance of handling this investigation with the utmost seriousness it deserves," Tager said.

"I also understand a video shows only a portion of a particular incident, so this investigation will encompass the incident in totality and not just what was captured on a camera."

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« Reply #340 on: January 11, 2020, 12:00:53 pm »
Saturday, 11th January 2020
Springfield white woman sentenced for murdering man after movie date
by Harrison Keegan

A Springfield woman was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison after she was convicted of murdering a man shortly after they left a movie date.

Christina Duckett, 34, was sentenced to the prison time at a hearing in front of Judge Ron Carrier.

Following a jury trial in November, Duckett was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action for the September 2018 killing of 40-year-old Joshua Brooks.

During the trial this past fall, Greene County prosecutors admitted that they were unable to show a motive for the killing, but they said the evidence pointed to Duckett as the shooter.

Duckett maintains her innocence, and her attorney said Friday she plans to appeal the guilty verdict.

Springfield police say Duckett and Brooks went out to the movies on September 8th, 2018, and Brooks was found shot to death in his truck the next morning on a dead-end street.

Duckett told police she went to the movies with Brooks, but he was alive when he dropped her off after their date.

The main evidence presented by prosecutors during last year's trial included one of Duckett's friends saying she confessed to him, the same bullets used in the murder being found at Duckett's home, cellphone data putting Duckett in the area where Brooks was killed that night, and Duckett making some false statements to police early in their investigation.

Duckett's defense attorneys pointed out that a neighbor who lived near where Brooks was killed heard what sounded like a gunshot at 2 a.m., long after Duckett and Brooks had parted ways.

Furthermore, the defense said there was no blood or gunshot residue found on the clothing that Duckett was wearing that night, and the murder weapon was never found.

Before Friday's sentencing, Duckett's public defender Dawn Calvin asked for an acquittal or new trial, saying she believed the jury made the wrong decision.

Judge Carrier denied the motion, saying the jury made a reasonable decision.

Before handing down his sentence, Carrier listened to argument from the attorneys and statements from Brooks's family members who described Brooks as gentle, compassionate and family-oriented.

The family members said Brooks was great with children and cared for his mother who has health issues.

Several of Brooks's family members asked that Duckett be sentenced to life in prison (which is 30 years in a second-degree murder case).

During his argument, Assistant Greene County Prosecutor James Miao said he felt life in prison would be appropriate, saying Duckett would be a risk to the public if she were not incarcerated.

Duckett also addressed the judge on Friday, saying Brooks was nothing but kind to her and she did not kill him.

"I am innocent," Duckett said.

"I know that I did not do this horrible crime."

Before handing down his sentence, Judge Carrier said he had to sentence Duckett based on what was known — which is that Duckett was convicted of senseless murder by a jury of her peers.

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« Reply #341 on: January 12, 2020, 09:01:00 am »
Sunday, 12th January 2020
Trinity Trails Attacker Gets Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison
by CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Over two years after a man attacked two women in Fort Worth, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Justin Lacey Ray, 23, was sentenced to 50 years for the September 2017 attack on a female jogger on the Trinity Trails, and 20 years for another attack two weeks prior.

He will serve them concurrently.

In the September case, Ray was seen on the Trinity Trails by a witness at 5:30 p.m., sitting on a bench wearing black shorts.

He removed his clothes and started riding his bike in circles around her, so she left the area to call police.

Around 30 minutes later, the victim was walking near the tennis courts on the trail when she saw him sitting nearby, naked.

She began jogging in the opposite direction and dialed 911.

Ray then jumped on his bike, caught up with her and kicked her.

She told him he was calling 911, when he threw her phone in the river, tackled her and began beating her.

The victim resisted as Ray pinned her to the ground, punched and choked her.

She later managed to bite Ray, freed herself and ran to a nearby neighborhood where she flagged down a passing car who shortly called police.

Prosecutor Kevin Boneberg said this was a heinous, completely random attack and that it was one of the most violent beatings they’d ever seen anyone survive.

“An entire community of strangers came together in their horror over this, to assist in the prosecution of this predator, and ensure the victim would have a chance to heal,” Boneberg said.

Two weeks prior to the attack, Ray attempted to sexually assault another young woman near a Fort Worth dog park, taking a small knife she carried to defend herself and brandishing it against her.

Ray later told police he wanted to kill the victim on the trails.

Prosecutor Paul Nguyen compared Ray’s brutality and sadistic nature to Ted Bundy.

“These attacks were extremely traumatizing to the victims. They were both pleased with the outcome and relieved that they would not have to relive these painful experiences by testifying at trial,” Nguyen said.

“That trauma and pain further extended to all of those who witnessed any part of these horrific and appalling events.”

Ray pled guilty to attempted capital murder, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault in retaliation for the Trinity Trails attack.

He pled guilty to attempted aggravated sexual assault for the dog park attack.

Ray will also have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

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« Reply #342 on: January 12, 2020, 12:41:18 pm »
Sunday, 12th January 2020
Two teens charged in pornographic display from electronic billboard in Michigan
by Ryan Prior

Police in a Detroit suburb have identified two teenage boys responsible for changing a digital billboard along an interstate highway to display pornography, according to Auburn Hills police Lt. Ryan Gagnon.

According to police, the two teenage boys, ages 16 and 18, negotiated a 6-foot fence around a small shack underneath the billboard shortly before 11 p.m. on September 28th.

Inside the shack was a laptop computer that operated the digital billboard.
One of the boys was able access the laptop and changed the billboard so that it was displaying pornography instead of advertisements to drivers on Interstate 75 North, according to police.

Drivers had a tough time staying focused on the road.

"I kind of almost got in an accident" just after the lewd images flashed before him on the road, a driver told CNN affiliate WXYZ.

"You could kind of see people started to brake a lot behind me, because I think they were doing the same thing, like a double take."

Auburn Hills police began receiving calls around 11 p.m. that the billboard was displaying graphic images.

They reached out to the emergency contact for the company operating the sign, Triple Communications, and the company promptly shut down the sign.

Police were able to identify the two teenagers through anonymous tips.

The teenagers admitted to everything and have been cooperative, Gagnon said.

The 16-year-old boy responsible for accessing the laptop has no prior criminal history, Gagnon said.

Juvenile court has referred him to a juvenile diversion program, where he must abide by rules established by the program and if he does so, will not face any formal charges.

The second suspect was identified by Auburn Hills police as an 18-year-old from Sterling Heights.

He has been charged with the misdemeanor of trespassing, according to Gagnon.

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« Reply #343 on: January 13, 2020, 12:57:47 am »
Monday, 13th January 2020
Dina Lohan Pleads Not Guilty to DWI After Car Crash in New York
by Corinne Heller-Ingraham

Lindsay Lohan's mom Dina Lohan was arrested on Saturday night after allegedly driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a car accident on Long Island, New York.

The 57-year-old was charged with felony DWI and pleaded not guilty in court on Sunday morning.

She is due to appear in court again on Wednesday.

"Dina pleaded not guilty this morning at her arraignment for DWI," her longtime attorney, Mark Heller, told E! News.

"She was released and is now at home. She did not have to pay a bail."

He had also told NBC New York,

"There was no formal test to establish my client was intoxicated, and we'll be back in court next Wednesday to fight the case."

According to the outlet, Dina driving a Mercedes around 7 p.m. on Saturday when she hit the back of a Honda CRV, after which she allegedly drove away from the scene without providing any information.

The Honda driver called 911 and followed her, along with the police, and found her sitting in the driver's seat with the engine running, according to the felony complaint.

A police officer who spoke with Dina said her breath smelled like alcohol and her eyes were "glassy and bloodshot," and that she was unsteady when she got out of the car, and ended up falling to the ground face-first, the outlet reported.

Dina allegedly told authorities that she'd had one glass of wine and refused to take a breathalyzer test, at which point she was arrested, NBC New York said.

Dina's lawyer confirmed to E! News that she opted not to take a breathalyzer.

Also according to the felony complaint, Dina's Mercedes had an expired registration, and Dina has an open suspension from July 2019 for failure to pay New York State taxes, NBC New York said.

In addition to her DWI charge, she was also charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

Dina was also arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding on Long Island in 2013.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dina was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, issued a $3,000 fine, had her driver's license suspended for one year and was ordered to use an interlock device in her car to ensure she drives sober.

Lindsay has herself been arrested for DUI a couple of times amid a past period of constant legal turmoil that derailed her acting career.

In recent years, she has lived abroad, changed her accent, starred in a short-lived MTV reality show about a club she opened on the Greek island of Mykonos, and made many celebrity appearances—sometimes with Dina and the rest of her family.

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Monday, 13th January 2020
White woman used pit bull to murder a man
by ABC News

A woman was arrested and charged with murder last week after she allegedly released her pit bull on a man, police said.

Melissa D. Wolke, 38, was picked up early Friday morning near Mount Vernon, Kentucky, after cops received a call that she and the dog were assaulting a man, according to the arrest document.

When the officers arrived, they found Wolke allegedly beating Donald W. Abner, 55, while the dog continued to maul the victim, police said.

Wolke allegedly refused an officer’s order to stand down, and she and the dog were shot with a Taser, according to police.

The pit bull ran toward one of the officers in an “aggressive manner, and gave the officer no option but to eliminate the dog,” the complaint said.

Abner suffered severe dog bite wounds to his face and neck and was declared dead, police said.

In addition to the murder charge, Wolke was arraigned on four other criminal counts including alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the Rockcastle County Detention Center.

She was held on bail and scheduled for another court appearance.