January 30, 2015

Frein Enters Not Guilty Plea

The man accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers outside their barracks and set off a 48-day manhunt has entered a plea of not guilty to all charges. Eric Frein pleaded not guilty to killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass on September 12, 2014. Read more...

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Texas Executes 1996 Killer

A Texas man convicted of killing a 38-year-old woman nearly two decades ago while he was on parole for a triple slaying years earlier has been executed. Robert Ladd, 57, received a lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and therefore ineligible for the death penalty. Ladd was executed for the 1996 slaying of 38-year-old Vicki Ann Garner, who was strangled and beaten with a hammer. Read more...

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Aaron Hernandez Trial Begins

As his former teammates prepare for the Super Bowl, Aaron Hernandez is in court in Fall River, Mass. -- on trial for murder. Hernandez, who had a $40 million contract as a tight end with the New England Patriots when he was arrested in June 2013 and charged with murder in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, sat expressionless as he listened to opening statements in his trial. The prosecution and the defense painted starkly different pictures of the 25-year-old former pro athlete. Read more...

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Slain Teacher Had 16 Stab Wounds

A Massachusetts state trooper wiped his eyes while testifying about 16 stab wounds to the neck of a slain math teacher that were allegedly inflicted by a student. The testimony came during the third day of a hearing on a defense request to suppress evidence in the upcoming trial of 16-year-old Philip Chism. Trooper Steven Buccheri's voice cracked while testifying about Ritzer's injuries. Read more...

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Music Teacher Vanishes After Concert

Police are searching for a 51-year-old Florida musician and piano teacher who vanished after attending a concert. Lisa Hayden-Gordon, also known as "Noodles," was reportedly last seen after going to a concert at Revolution Live in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Family members tell the station her credit cards have not been used, her cell phone is turned off and her car is missing. Read more...

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Lover Charged in Woman's 1991 Murder

Authorities say they have filed murder charges against the colleague-turned-lover of a Pennsylvania woman 23 years after she disappeared. Police arrested 65-year-old Loyd Groves on Thursday in connection with Kathy Heckel's June 1991 disappearance in Lock Haven. Her body has never been found. Prosecutors say Groves killed Heckel after she told him she wanted to end their relationship. They say co-workers recalled them fighting at work hours before she disappeared. Read more...

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Missing Teen Shows Up at School Armed

A Florida teenager who was reported missing from his home turned up at a high school in a neighboring county armed with a recently stolen gun and hollow point bullets, police said. But authorities said the 16-year-old Keiandre Lovett did not intend to harm anyone at the school and went to the school to visit some friends. Lovett was arrested at Leesburg High School when a Lake County deputy sheriff at the school was informed a teenager who was not a student was at the property. Read more...




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January 29, 2015

'Caledonia Jane Doe' Identified

In November 1979, a teenage girl was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a cornfield in Upstate New York in what became known as the Caledonia Jane Doe Case. After 36 years, the victim was finally identified after an old Florida high school classmate became curious about what happened to her friend, Tammy Jo Alexander. Read more...

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Court Halts Oklahoma Executions

The Supreme Court has ordered Oklahoma to postpone lethal injections executions using a controversial sedative until the court rules in a challenge involving the drug. The court's order came as little surprise after both the state and the lawyers for three inmates who faced execution between now and March requested the temporary halt. The justices agreed on Friday to take up the challenge to the use of the sedative midazolam, which has been used in problematic executions in Arizona, Ohio and Oklahoma. Read more...

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Suitcase Full of Body Parts Found

Discarded luggage held a bloody cargo near Twitter headquarters. Police discovered human body parts stuffed inside a suitcase left on a San Francisco street a block away from the social media giant's offices. The rolling suitcase was found on 11th St. near Market St, just beyond the Mission District, amid garbage and debris, after cops were called to investigate a suspicious package around 4:15 p.m. More body parts were found nearby and a medical examiner confirmed they were human. Read more...

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Fugitive Treasure Hunter Arrested

A fugitive treasure hunter embroiled in a legal fight over what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a hotel in Palm Beach County and arrested him Tuesday, said Brian Babtist, a senior inspector in the agency's office in Columbus, Ohio, where a federal civil arrest warrant was issued for him in 2012 for failing to show up to a key court hearing. Read more...

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Kendrick Johnson's Parents Convicted

Seven relatives of Kendrick Johnson, the Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat in his high school two years ago, were convicted Wednesday of unlawfully blocking access to government property when they held a protest in April 2013. Johnson's parents, Jacquelyn and Kenneth Johnson, along with 5 other family members, were arrested following the protest in which they allegedly blocked access to the entrance of the Lowndes County Judicial Complex. Read more...

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Man Convicted in Stray Bullet Death

A 19-year-old man has been convicted of two weapons charges connected to the death of a 5-year-old struck by a bullet while eating breakfast in her Omaha, Neb. home last year. Prosecutors made a deal with Jaylen Montgomery, who pleaded no contest to use of a firearm and discharging a firearm at an occupied building. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a third charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Montgomery faces up to 54 years in prison when he's sentenced on April 3. Read more...

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Killer Driver Knew He Was Drunk

Authorities say a Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. The Arizona Department of Public Safety also said that 39-year-old Stephen Martin said after the accident that he knew he was drunk and shouldn't be driving. DPS said he had a blood-alcohol level of .313. The legal limit is .08. Read more...

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Lohan's Community Service Questioned

A prosecutor raised doubts that Lindsay Lohan had completed the terms of her community service sentence in a reckless driving case that is the final criminal case the actress faces for years of bad behavior. The complaints from Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White prompted Superior Court Judge Richard Stone to set another court hearing so that the prosecutor could investigate whether Lohan completed her community service at a London volunteer organization as stated in court documents. Read more...


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January 28, 2015

Man Charged in Craigslist Murders

On Jan. 22, 2015, Bud and June Runion disappeared after driving from their Cobb County home north of Atlanta to McRae in south Georgia to check out a 1966 Mustang for which they had placed a wanted ad online. Their bodies were found four days later in a wooded area near where their vehicle was pulled from a secluded pond. They both had been shot in the head. Read more...

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Georgia Executes Inmate Killer

Georgia executed a man who killed a fellow inmate despite arguments from his lawyers that his execution was prohibited by the Constitution because he was intellectually disabled. Warren Lee Hill was put to death by an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. The 54-year-old was pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m. He declined to make a final statement but did accept an offer to have a prayer read over him by a clergy member. Read more...

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Texas Halts White's Execution

Texas' top criminal court called off Wednesday's scheduled execution of a death-row inmate linked to five killings in Houston, though attorneys said the court didn't immediately explain its decision. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a reprieve Tuesday afternoon to inmate Garcia White, who was sentenced to death after being convicted of fatally stabbing twin 16-year-old girls at a Houston apartment where their mother also was killed. White also was tied to the deaths of a grocery store owner and a prostitute. Read more...

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Vanderbilt Players Convicted of Rape

A jury has convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of raping a female student inside a dorm room. The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. Each was charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. They face decades in prison. Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an unconscious 21-year-old woman he had been seeing back to his dorm room after a night of drinking in 2013 and the assault occurred as he took pictures. Read more...

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Woman, Child Shot in Home Invasion

Police say an 8-year-old St. Louis boy went to school and told an office worker he had been shot, after his mother exchanged gunfire with a man who tried to force his way into a home. The mother was also wounded in the shooting. Both mother and child are in stable condition. Officers were called after a male resident was confronted by another man who tried to push his way into the house. The mother got a gun and exchanged shots with the suspect. Read more...

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2 Arizona Law Officers Wounded

Two Arizona law enforcement officers are hospitalized after a shootout with a domestic violence suspect in a small town near the New Mexico border. Authorities say the suspect 29-year-old Chris Ingram later died of his wounds at a Morenci hospital. They say Greenlee County sheriff's deputy Jon Mennen and Clifton police Sgt. Jason Mingura suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. Read more...

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Man Runs Down Pregnant Lover

A Florida man rammed his pregnant girlfriend with his car, then bolted, leaving her at the scene, authorities said. Crystal Noordhuizen, 32, had just crossed the street and stepped onto a grassy shoulder when a White Dodge Charger vroomed into view, striking the woman before plowing into a post, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The car was driven by Justin Colby, 33, of Pasco County, according to the sheriff's office. Read more...




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January 27, 2015

Hernandez Jury Ready to Go

A jury has been seated for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh seated a jury of 13 women and five men, including alternates, after more than two weeks of jury selection. They were chosen from a pool of 53 potential jurors who made it through screening for biases and hardships. Read more...

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Teen Fatally Shoots Teacher

A Minnesota teenager is accused of killing a popular high school arts teacher at an intersection before fleeing the scene in his own car. Bailey Jordan Garcia, 19, of Pine Springs, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old David Frigaard. The complaint said Frigaard was shot in the chest after pulling up to a stop sign in his truck in the St. Paul suburb of Mahtomedi. Read more...

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Robber Targets Prescription Fillers

A robber in the Denver area is said to be using small talk to target people who are getting their prescriptions filled. Aurora police say that the suspect, which has been spotted on five different surveillance tapes, can be seen lurking in the pharmacy waiting area. He appears to be listening to a customer collect their prescription drugs or striking up conversations with customers who appear to have visible injuries. He then often follows them into the parking lot, where he steals their prescriptions. Read more...

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Counterfeit $100s Circulating in N.J.

Authorities say counterfeit $100 bills realistic enough to pass as the real thing have been circulating throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Stamford, Conn. Police Cpt. Richard Conklin says the fake hundreds are created in New York City and cashed in at malls in Connecticut and New Jersey. "They use a $1 bill and they chemically treat it and they take all the ink off of it. So this is just a white sheet of paper now," Conklin said. Then they take the whitewashed paper and reprint it as a $100 bill using high-tech printers. Read more...

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Missing Teacher Found in River

The body of an award-winning Pennsylvania teacher who went missing three weeks ago was found in a Philadelphia river. Christopher Tully was discovered in the Schuylkill River by a private search team, Philadelphia police Officer Tanya Little said. The department's Marine Unit was contacted and removed the body, she said. The 40-year-old father of three was last seen on Jan. 6 after he left his parents' car in Philadelphia and left on foot. Read more...

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Wounded Suspect Charged in Crime Spree

A 32-year-old New Castle man, who was shot by the service station clerk he was trying to rob last week, has been linked to a string of armed robberies across New Castle County since December, state police said. Jose A. Quinones has been charged with 12 counts of first-degree robbery and attempted robbery and 13 counts of wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony. Quinones has also been linked to six additional robberies in Wilmington, said Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale, a state police spokesman. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:26 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

Police Shoot 16-Year-Old Girl

Denver police shot and killed a 16-year-old girl who allegedly struck and injured an officer with a stolen car. Authorities did not identify the teen who was shot, but friends identified her as Jessica Hernandez. Police said that one officer was responding to a call for a suspicious vehicle in an alley. A second officer arrived after it was determined that the car had been stolen. In a statement, police said the two officers then "approached the vehicle on foot when the driver drove the car into one of the officers." Read more...

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Drunk Driver Kills Three

A Robeson County man has been arrested in a weekend wreck that killed three members of a Hoke County family. The North Carolina Highway Patrol told local media outlets that the two-vehicle wreck happened south of Raeford. Troopers say 43-year-old Jamie Oxendine, his 40-year-old wife Mary Anny and 17-year-old son Austin all died in the wreck. Troopers said 29-year-old Rodolfo Marin Vela of St. Pauls ran a stop sign and hit Oxendine's car. Read more...


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January 26, 2015

8 Shot at Nebraska Home

An early morning attack at an Omaha home left two young women dead and six others injured, police said. Officers responded to an emergency call of shots being fired at about 2 a.m. The women, who were in their 20s, were dead at the scene, authorities said. Three other people were rushed by ambulance to the Nebraska Medical Center, where one was listed in critical condition and the two others were reported in serious condition. Read more...

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2 Dead in Home Depot Shooting

One person has been killed and another person is in critical condition after a shooting at a Home Depot store in Manhattan. The injured person was taken to Bellevue Hospital. A spokesperson for the New York Police Department told CBS News it appeared to have been a suicide-homicide attempt. Read more...

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Wisconsin Man Stabs Four, 2 Dead

A father fatally stabbed two people, including his 5-month-old daughter in her crib, and wounded two other people in an attack at a Milwaukee duplex, the city's police chief said. The baby's 19-year-old mother and her new boyfriend, 22, were rushed to a Milwaukee area hospital where the woman underwent surgery, according to Police Chief Edward Flynn. An older man who was a friend of the family was also killed, police said. Read more...

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Fugitive Arrested After 34 Years

A Mississippi man who escaped from prison in 1980 while serving a four-year sentence for shoplifting was arrested in Utah after being on the run for more than 34 years.
Sam Gene Harris, 62, was arrested at his home in Wellington, Utah, about 80 miles southeast of Provo, by Wellington Police and the Carbon County Sheriff's Office. Harris had been living in the area under the name of Wayne Edward Stevens for the last 20 years. Read more...

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Entombed Body Found in House

Authorities in Virginia are seeking the extradition of a North Carolina woman on a charge related to the discovery of a body in a house where she had once lived. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said the remains were found entombed in concrete. The remains were determined to be 70-year-old James H. Austin. Capt. Brian Wright says police are seeking the extradition of the former occupant of the Elliston house, 52-year-old Janice B. Widenor. He said she was charged Friday in Greensboro, N.C., with unlawful disposal and concealment of a body. Read more...

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Homeless Man Set on Fire

Police are looking for three men in connection with the Jan. 15 attempted murder of a homeless man who was set on fire while he slept. Police received a call around 11 p.m. from an adult male who said he found 58-year-old John Frazier in flames and extinguished the fire with sand, Dolan said. When officers arrived on scene, they found Frazier and some of his personal items "still smoldering," according to Ventura Police Cpl. William Dolan. Read more...

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Mother, Daughter Attack School Officials

A mother and daughter upset that their teenage relative was disciplined at a South Side elementary school are charged with allegedly beating and stabbing two Chicago Public Schools employees and a teen boy at the school. Authorities say the attack took place at Bond Elementary School. Debbie Wilson, 45, and her 26-year-old daughter also named Debbie Wilson allegedly went to pick up the 14-year-old girl, the elder Wilson's daughter, after she was disciplined at the school. Read more...

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Ty Lawson Arrested for DUI

Ty Lawson, point guard for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Denver police say Lawson was pulled over just before 1:30 a.m., for speeding. Lawson was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI and careless driving. According to arrest documents, this is Lawson's second alcohol-related offense. Read more...

Colts' Jackson Guilty of DUI
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andrew Jackson was arrested in Kentucky on a drunken-driving charge and pleaded guilty later that day. It was Jackson's second such arrest in less than a year, the other on a DUI charge in Muncie. Bowling Green police said Jackson was arrested after an officer observed his car "swirling from side to side," while traveling west on University Boulevard. Read more...




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Colts' Jackson Guilty of DUI

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Andrew Jackson was arrested in Kentucky on a drunken-driving charge and pleaded guilty later that day. It was Jackson's second such arrest in less than a year, the other on a DUI charge in Muncie. Bowling Green police said Jackson was arrested after an officer observed his car "swirling from side to side," while traveling west on University Boulevard. Read more...




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January 23, 2015

Man Charged in Gypsy Hill Killings

A career criminal who has been incarcerated for the past 38 years has been linked to a series of California murders that took place over four months in 1976 when he was escaped from a Nevada prison. Rodney Halbower, 66, has been extradited to San Mateo to face murder charges in the Gypsy Hill Killings cold case. Read more...

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Texas Executes Triple Killer

A 41-year-old Texas prisoner was put to death for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home more than 21 years ago. Arnold Prieto, who spurned a plea deal for a sentence of less than life in prison, became the first inmate to receive a lethal injection this year in Texas, which carried out 10 executions in 2014. Read more...

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Car in Canal Linked to 1978 Case

Law enforcement officials say that a car pulled from a South Florida canal is linked to a 1978 missing persons case. Broward County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright told the Sun-Sentinel that the orange 1969 Dodge Coronet was found by a South Florida Water Management District employee. When Sunrise police ran the vehicle identification number on the car's windshield, they found that it had belonged to 19-year-old Harry Wade Atchison. Read more...

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TBI Completes Bobo Case Analysis

Authorities say they have completed their analysis of more than 460 pieces of evidence in the case of a woman whose partial remains were found three years after her disappearance, possibly bringing defense attorneys a step closer to seeing how prosecutors have linked their clients to her. Two men, Zachary Adams and Jason Autry, were arrested last spring and charged with murder and kidnapping in the case of Holly Bobo, a nursing student who was 20 when she disappeared from her house in April 2011. In October, John Dylan Adams was charged with raping Bobo. All have pleaded not guilty. Read more...

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K-9 Killed in Standoff

Sheriff's deputies fatally shot a man they believe killed a police dog during a standoff at a Southern California home. The suspect, who has only been identified as a wanted felon, had barricaded himself in a house in San Jacinto. The dog was sent into a crawl space to determine if the suspect was hiding there and moments later emerged with an injury to his neck. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:41 AM Posted to Murders

Detective Helped Girlfriend Flee

Authorities say a veteran Philadelphia homicide detective stashed his girlfriend out-of-state while colleagues sought her in the slaying of her ex-husband. Detective Ronald Dove was indicted on charges that include obstruction, evidence tampering, flight and conspiracy. He has since turned himself in to police. Officials say Dove was the get-away driver after his girlfriend, Erica Sanchez, allegedly stabbed her ex-husband once through the heart in 2013. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:40 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

Teen Charged in Mall Shooting

A 16-year-old boy accused of trying to steal Nike sneakers from a mall shopper, who fatally shot another teen who was with him, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and robbery. Montgomery County prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said his office approved the charges in the case stemming from a Dec. 20 fatal shooting outside the Dayton Mall, about an hour's drive north of Cincinnati. Read more...

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Kids Bail on Drunk Driving Mom

Four kids fearfully dived out of a car to save themselves as an allegedly drunken mom got behind the wheel. Angela Woodworth, 45, downed at least two pitchers of beer at a bowling alley and then a margarita at Ruby Tuesday's. All the while toting four 11-year-olds around the Florida city including stops at a Chinese restaurant before they made their getaway. They leaped to safety as the car stopped and ran to Steak 'n Shake in tears, seeking safety as Woodworth chased the children. Read more...


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