July 22, 2014

Missing Teen Returns Home

A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family, the state attorney general said. Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family on Sunday evening, Attorney General Joseph Foster said. Foster said the family has asked for privacy. Read more...

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Boston Bomber's Friend Guilty

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the bombing. Azamat Tazhayakov was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, with prosecutors saying he agreed with a friend's plan to remove Tsarnaev's backpack containing altered fireworks from his dorm room a few days after the 2013 bombing. Read more...

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Suspects Suffocate Elderly Couple

Two suspects are facing charges in the case of an elderly Philadelphia couple found dead in their home. Investigators said 26-year-old Terry Ballard and 19-year-old Justin Smith admitted to playing roles in the strangulation deaths of 66-year-old Algladis Perry and 79-year-old Rufus Perry last week, according to the station. Read more...

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Convicted Killer Charged Again

A man convicted of killing his then-wife more than 20 years ago was arrested over the weekend and charged with killing his current wife. Lt. Chris Bailey says 50-year-old Tony Degrafreed was arrested Sunday after officers found his 47-year-old wife, Rebecca Degrafreed, dead from head trauma on the floor of her bedroom in an Indianapolis home. Read more...

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Suspect Eludes Police on Motorcycle

Police are searching for an Oregon man wanted in connection with a murder who they say eluded officers on a motorcycle last week near the state's border with California. Officials have issued a felony warrant for Daniel Joseph Martinson, 44, who is wanted in connection with the November, 2013 murder of 39-year-old Aaron Lee Clouser of Cave Junction in southern Oregon. Read more...

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Boxer Antonio Escalante Gets DUI

An El Paso boxer was arrested last week on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, his third such arrest this year. Court records show Antonio Escalante, 29, was arrested on July 13 by El Paso police. An officer was on patrol in the 400 block of N. Piedras Street at about 4 p.m. when he noticed a silver 2004 Mazda traveling without side brake lights. Read more...

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Meth Lab Explosion Displaces 75 People

A meth lab explosion that displaced 75 residents in Tennessee has landed one couple in jail. The explosion at the Alta Loma Apartments, in Madison, incited by Kelly Wakefield, 27, and her boyfriend Michael Drury, 22, destroyed eight apartments and displaced 75 people, police said. The couple is in the metro jail on a $150,000 bond each. "There was all sorts of evidence of meth cooking they admitted their involvement," Kris Mumford, public information officer with the Metro police. Read more...




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July 21, 2014

No Arrests in Celina Cass Case

As the third anniversary of the disappearance of Celina Cass approaches, no memorial services are planned in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, because residents said, past services have drawn so much media coverage it upset the children who are still dealing with the tragedy. Three years into the investigation of her death, no arrests have been made and no persons of interest have been named, according to lead investigator Jane Young, director of the state attorney general's criminal bureau. Read more...

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Arizona Execution Postponed

A federal appeals court granted an Arizona death row inmate's request to postpone his pending execution, putting it on hold until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death. The preliminary injunction granted by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversing a lower federal court comes four days before the scheduled execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood. Read more...

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Police Seek Bank Heist Driver

Police in the Northern California city of Stockton say they're looking for the driver of a car that was involved in a bank robbery and violent shootout that ended with three deaths, including a hostage. Officer Joe Silva of the Stockton Police Department said that investigators also suspect the same men in other bank robberies, including one in January at the same branch robbed this week. Read more...

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Kidnapped Girl Killed in Shootout

A 5-year-old Kansas girl who was kidnapped died in a gun battle between police and her abductor following a high-speed chase, police said. "The matter unfolded quite rapidly," said Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens," calling the girl's death tragic. "We are still trying to sort out specifically what happened." Read more...

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Woman's Mummified Remains Found

Officials have confirmed that the mummified remains of a woman found in the garage of a suburban Detroit home in March were those of the woman who lived there. Authorities this week notified the relatives of Pia Farrenkopf that she had been positively identified using DNA testing. Oakland County Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Bernardino Pacris said the cause and manner of death could not be determined because the body was mummified. Read more...

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Idaho's Epps Dismissed From Team

Back in April, Idaho wide receiver Dezmon Epps was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Three months later? Epps has been, per Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman, dismissed from the football program. The arrest and subsequent charge weren't mentioned in the school's official release, with the Vandals chalking up the parting of ways to the standard violation of unspecified team rules. Read more...

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Aldon Smith Gets 12 Days for DUI

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has not avoided jail time. But he has gotten the closest thing possible to no jail time. A judge has sentenced 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to 12 days in jail on gun and DUI charges. He gets credit for one day served, and he'll serve the remaining 11 by participating in a work crew on Mondays, starting July 28. Read more...




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July 18, 2014

Hernandez's Fiancee Lied at Least 12 Times

Prosecutors have spelled out what they say is evidence that the fiancee of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez lied to the grand jury that indicted him on a murder charge, including comments she made about a box she discarded at Hernandez's direction. In a filing in Fall River Superior Court, the prosecution listed more than a dozen instances in which it says it has evidence contradicting Shayanna Jenkins' testimony to the grand jury investigating the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Read more...

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Neighbor Charged in Duffle Bag Murder

A recent art school graduate who had just moved into a rooming house was strangled and beaten to death by another tenant trying to rob her, police said. The victim, 23-year-old Laura Araujo, had begun living in the building in the Mantua section of Philadelphia just last week, police said. But she just as quickly decided to move out after an uncomfortable encounter with the next-door neighbor who later ended up killing her, police said. Read more...

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Mom Killed Outside Homeless Shelter

A Florida mother of four was shot and killed while standing near her car outside of a Miami homeless shelter. Anshamere Cephus, 28, known to friends as "Shay," was in front of a homeless shelter where her relative works when she was shot to death. Police aren't sure why she ended up there at 1 a.m. Authorities are searching for the person who pulled the trigger. Read more...

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Man Arrested in Back-to-Back Home Invasions

A 25-year-old man was arrested after he tried to burglarize two Holbrook homes only minutes apart but was thwarted by different teenage boys inside each residence, Suffolk police said. Joseph Schreck, of Holbrook, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary in the home invasions, police said. Schreck was also charged with one count of second-degree attempted burglary after investigators learned he tried to break into a house near the scene of the second burglary. Read more...

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Mom Arrested for Drunk Infant

A Franklin County woman was arrested after police said her 5-week-old baby tested positive for alcohol. Russellville police said they received a call about an unresponsive baby last week. When medical crews arrived at the home, the infant was responsive, but they transported him to the hospital as a precaution. Investigators said a blood test requested following the breathalyzer showed the 5-week-old tested positive for a .283 alcohol level. Read more...

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FedEx Charged With Trafficking Drugs

FedEx is facing drug-trafficking charges after a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted the overnight shipping company, accusing it of conspiring to deliver prescription drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies. The indictment says FedEx knew for a decade that such pharmacies used their services. FedEx took steps to protect its business by setting up special credit policies for Internet pharmacies so it wouldn't lose money if police shut the sites down, the indictment says. Read more...




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July 17, 2014

Erin Corwin Had Rendezvous With Man

More details of the early investigation into pregnant, missing Marine wife Erin Corwin have been released, including a witness who saw her willingly get into a car with a man the day she vanished, and the details of four search warrants issued in the case on July 1. Read more...

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California's Death Penalty Unconstitutional

In ruling California's death penalty unconstitutional, a federal judge said the system is so broken it unfairly leaves inmates with uncertain fates -- often for decades. In his decision, Santa Ana-based Judge Cormac J. Carney vacated the 1995 death sentence of Ernest D. Jones, who petitioned the court to determine whether his death sentence was valid. Carney wrote: "Allowing this system to continue to threaten Mr. Jones with the slight possibility of death, almost a generation after he was first sentenced, violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment." Read more...

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Missouri Executes Former Meth Dealer

A former methamphetamine dealer was executed Wednesday for killing three people in remote northern Missouri out of fear that they would report his drug activity to police. John Middleton, 54, died Wednesday night from an injection of pentobarbital, the sixth execution in Missouri this year. Only Florida and Texas, with seven each, have performed more executions. Read more...

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Heroin Ho Pleads Not Guilty

Alix Tichelman, an alleged high-end prostitute accused of injecting Google executive Forrest Hayes with a fatal dose of heroin and leaving him to die on his yacht, pleaded not guilty in a California courtroom on manslaughter charges, along with drug and prostitution charges. News of the femme-fatale's involvement in the unsavory death of the Google executive aboard his high-priced yacht in Santa Cruz, CA, has caused ripples of anger and frustration clear across the country for the friends of nightclub owner Dean Riopelle in Atlanta, GA. Riopelle, 53, her ex-boyfriend, also died of a drug overdose - apparently, like Hayes, with Tichelman by his side. Read more...

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3 Dead After Bank Robbery

Two suspects in a bank robbery and one of their hostages were killed after a car chase that ended in a gun battle in the central California city of Stockton. The violence began when officers responded to a call of a robbery at a Bank of the West branch in north Stockton. Arriving officers spotted three men taking three female hostages from the bank at gunpoint. The robbers stole a bank employee's SUV and led officers on the pursuit. Read more...

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'Synthetic Marijuana' No Longer Similar to Weed

Synthetic marijuana different chemical blends first created in the 2000s to mimic the effects of marijuana is nothing like its namesake anymore. "This is a poison," Dr. Beau Clark, East Baton Rouge Parish's coroner, said of the chemical combinations known as synthetic marijuana but referred to by scientists and doctors in chemical terms as types of synthetic cannabinoids. "It's not really anything like marijuana." Read more...

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Repeat DWI Offender Gets Life

A man found guilty on felony charges of driving while intoxicated was sentenced to life in prison by a Burnet County jury. It took a jury less than 30 minutes to find 46-year-old Terry Lynn Stevens guilty. Driving while intoxicated is a felony offense after a person has been convicted two or more times. Stevens had been convicted of DWI six times in the past. In the most recent incident, Stevens was arrested after driving his truck into a fence while trying to enter a gated community in Marble Falls. Lab analysis showed his blood-alcohol levels were more than three times the legal limit, according to the Burnet County District Attorney. Read more...

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Kevin McEnroe Busted for Drugs

Tennis legend John McEnroe's son was busted in the East Village after he was caught buying cocaine and more than two dozen prescription pills, cops said. Kevin McEnroe, 27, was stopped by cops on the corner of E. Fourth St. and Avenue A about 11:24 p.m. after he was spotted carrying out what appeared to be a drug deal, police said. Read more...


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July 16, 2014

Court Reverses Execution Stay

A three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis has removed a stay of execution for murderer John C. Middleton enforced by a federal judge earlier. Middleton, 54, is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry ruled this morning that Middleton had demonstrated "a substantial threshold showing of insanity" and that the execution should be delayed until the court considers arguments that he is not competent to be executed. Read more...

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Man Charged With 3 Murders

A man arrested after a weekend shooting rampage in Pasadena, California, has been charged with three counts of murder. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Tuesday that 44-year-old John Izeal Smith also faces three counts of attempted murder. Smith is accused of killing 90-year-old Luis Fernando Aguiar inside a house and 59-year-old Maria Teresa Aguiar outside the dwelling. Read more...

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Man Gets Life for Killing Wife

A suicidal South Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison for killing his bedridden wife and their 9-year-old granddaughter, saying he wanted to spare them the pain of living without him, prosecutors said. Ronald Gregory shot his wife, 71-year-old Barbara Gregory, and his granddaughter Mia Rodgers, on March 21. Gregory told detectives that Mia survived for an hour, but instead of calling for help, Gregory held Mia as she bled to death, prosecutor Kevin Brackett said. Read more...

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Scooter Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

One of three men charged in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while riding a scooter pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges. Jeffery Ellerbee, 21, appeared in handcuffs and entered his plea through his attorney, Susan McCoy. He did not look over to the gallery at friends and family members of Genesis Rincon during the brief arraignment as he answered several questions from state Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark. Read more...

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White Supremacist Grigsby Sentenced

White supremacist Holly Ann Grigsby, 27, of Portland, was sentenced to life in federal prison for killing four people in three states, including in Washington, in the fall of 2011 with boyfriend David "Joey" Pedersen. Grigsby told the court she was sorry that her drug addiction and her actions hurt not only the victims and their families, but also her husband and son and even the white supremacist movement. Pedersen, 34, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of carjacking resulting in death, will be sentenced Aug. 4. Read more...

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Woman's Body Found in Duffel Bag

Authorities are trying to identify a woman whose body was found stuffed inside a duffel bag next to a vacant home in northeast Philadelphia. Police say officers were called to the west Kensington area and the woman was pronounced dead shortly afterward. Investigators said a man picking through trash found the body, which was inside a trash bag inside the duffel bag with the victim's wrists and ankles bound together. Read more...

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Ronald Leary Pleads Guilty to DWI

Cowboys guard Ronald Leary has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. Leary, who was scheduled for a trial on the DWI charge this week, instead pleaded guilty and will receive 18 months of probation and a $1,000 fine. Read more...




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July 15, 2014

'Octomom' Pleads in Welfare Case

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman, who became famous in 2009 by giving birth to octuplets, has pleaded no contest to a single count of misdemeanor welfare fraud for failing to disclose income she was receiving from videos and personal appearances while accepting public assistance funds. Suleman, 38, entered the plea in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Suleman's attorney, Arthur J. LaCilento, says she was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, two years of probation and ordered to pay a small fine. Read more...

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Missing Pregnant Woman's Ex Charged

The ex-boyfriend of a Maui woman who was five months pregnant when she disappeared in February has been indicted on charges of killing her and torching her SUV to cover up the crime. Steven Capobianco, 24, was expected to be served with an arrest warrant at Maui Community Correctional Center, where he has been held since last month in an unrelated case. Read more...

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Escapee Scaled Jail Fence

Police in Arizona are searching for a fugitive they say scaled a fence Saturday to escape from the Camp Verde jail in Camp Verde, about 90 miles north of Phoenix. Wade Cole Dickinson, 28, scaled a wall in the jail's recreation yard, separated overhead security fencing to access the roof, and climbed down to the ground, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. Read more...

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Cassidy Donations Top $270K

Supporters have donated more than $270,000 in an online fundraising campaign for Texas teen Cassidy Stay, the lone survivor of a shooting massacre at her home last week that left her mother, father, and four siblings dead. Thousands of well-wishers took to the Gofundme.com site to donate and leave comments of support for Stay, 15, who spoke publicly for the first time at a public memorial for her family. Read more...

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Nightclub Shooting Caught of Video

A Connecticut man who police say was caught on video spraying gunfire into a crowd outside a nightclub has been ordered detained on $1 million bail. A Stamford judge refused to lower bail for 22-year-old Dayron Wills that was set by police after five people were wounded outside Tino's Nightclub in Stamford. Police say none of the injuries was life-threatening. A cellphone video shows a chaotic scene of people fleeing while the shooter fires numerous times. Read more...

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Two Men Charged in April Homicide

Two city men have been charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with the death of a Brooklyn, N.Y., man who police say was lured here to be robbed. Elizardo Montanez, 23, and Jesus Gonzalez, 32, both of Bridgeport, were charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with the slaying of Ernesto Reyes-Santos on April 9. Read more...

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3 Kidnapped Children Found Safe

A Metairie man accused of killing his girlfriend and kidnapping his children has been arrested in a trailer park in Katy, Texas, officials said. His three children were with him and were not hurt, authorities said. Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas, 43, was wanted on charges of second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, who was found dead in the bathtub of their apartment. Read more...


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