October 20, 2014

Body Found in Hannah Graham Search

Organized searches for missing Virginia student Hannah Graham were called off over the weekend after human remains and clothing were found in southern Albemarle County. Authorities were waiting for forensic testing to positively identify the remains, but Graham's family was immediately notified of the discovery. Read more...

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Man Confesses to Four Murders

An Indiana man confessed to killing a woman whose body was found in a Motel 6 and told police where the bodies of three more women could be found, police said. Gary police found the bodies of three women at different locations in Gary late Saturday and early Sunday following up on information the 43-year-old man provided during questioning, Hammond police Lt. Rich Hoyda said. Read more...

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DNA Nabs Cold Case Killer

In the spring of 1974, Mary Jayne Jones, 17, was raped, beaten, and shot at close range in the face and heart with a high-powered rifle. On April 9, 1974, her body was found, naked on a bed, in an isolated farmhouse near Blakesburg, Iowa. From the start, police had strong suspicions about who had snuffed out her life, but they failed to put together a strong enough case for an arrest. Read more...

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Man Plotted to Kill Witness

A Northern California man awaiting trial for insurance fraud has been charged with plotting to kill nine witnesses set to testify against him. Contra Costa County prosecutors say a grand jury on Friday indicted Charles Waldo, of Pittsburg, after he allegedly conspired with other inmates to arrange the killing of the witnesses. Prosecutors say investigators found a hit list that included the witnesses' names, in what order they were to be killed, and suggestions to kill them in car crashes, with drug overdoses and in robberies "gone bad." Read more...

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Pumpkin Festival Turns to Mayhem

Disturbances are continuing late into the night in Keene, New Hampshire, where an annual pumpkin festival erupted in mayhem and led to arrests and injuries. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of Keene State College students and others who had been throwing bottles, skateboards and rocks into the crowd. One witness blames heavy alcohol use at earlier parties. Read more...




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October 17, 2014

Body Found May Be Upham

Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in "August: Osage County," ''Frozen River" and "Django Unchained." A woman's body was found in a ravine near the White River, police spokesman Steve Stocker said. Items with Upham's name on them were found nearby. Read more...

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Day Care Provider Avoids Life Sentence

An Iowa woman admitted to causing the head injuries that killed a 3-year-old girl at her in-home day care, but avoided a life sentence under a plea agreement with prosecutors. Rochelle Sapp of Orange City pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in the death of Autumn Elgersma. Sapp told the court that she dropped the toddler to the ground. Read more...

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Task Force Focuses on 3 Missing Girls

A task force made up of investigators from Connecticut state and local police and the state attorney's office has been established to probe the disappearance of three girls from the same area of the state decades ago, in the 1960s and '70s. Police and prosecutors announced the formation of the Tolland County Cold Case Task Force. Michael Foley, who investigated one of the cases as a member of the Eastern District Crime Squad, has been hired as a consultant. Read more...

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Man Sought in Mother's Death

A Winchester, Massachusetts woman has been found dead in her home and police are looking for her son. Police conducting a well-being check found Barbara McAveeney dead in her condominium. The Middlesex district attorney's office says an arrest warrant has been issued for her son, 46-year-old Matthew McAveeney. The warrant is for charges including armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon on a person 60 years of age or older, and cruelty to animals. Read more...

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Three Arrested in Machete Murder

Authorities say murder charges have been filed against three people accused in a machete attack that left a 14-year-old Houston boy dead. Police announced the arrest of three suspects in the slaying of Jose Meraz. Meraz's body was found with multiple stab wounds near the Addicks Reservoir on Sept. 17. Police said Jose Grandados-Guevara, 22, and William Valladares, 17, struck Meraz with a machete, then stabbed him multiple times. Meanwhile, officials say a third suspect, a 14-year-old boy, faces prosecution as a juvenile. Read more...

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DNA Links Inmate to Five Rapes

A Cleveland man scheduled to be released from prison this week will now remain in custody after DNA testing linked him to the rapes of four adults and one teenager in the 1990s. A Cuyahoga County grand jury last week indicted Dwayne Wilson, 54, on nine counts of rape and five counts of kidnapping in connection with the assaults of five women in Cleveland between 1994 and 1997. Read more...

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Florida Court Limits Phone Tracking

In a sweeping ruling, Florida's highest court said that police in the state have no right to use a cellphone to track someone's movements without a warrant. The state Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision ruled that Broward County Sheriff's Office had no right to stop and arrest Shawn Tracey for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine. Read more...

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Tourist Arrested for Brooklyn Bridge Selfie

"It was beautiful," Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, said after sharing the selfies with the Daily News. "It was the best point to look and enjoy (the view)." Kolchin was busted for the summer stunt and spent a few days in jail before making bail. His case was resolved last week with a guilty plea to a misdemeanor that prohibits climbing on structures and 92 hours of community service. Read more...


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October 16, 2014

Son Confesses to Killing Family

Three people found dead in an Oklahoma home have been tentatively identified by police as a newspaper publisher, his wife and daughter and, authorities said, the couple's 19-year-old son confessed to killing them. Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said Alan Hruby confessed to killing his parents - John and Tinker Hruby - and his sister, Katherine. Read more...

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Man Charged With Killing 4 Women

An ex-convict has been charged with killing four women in western Michigan two this week and two back in 1989 after a prison escape. A Muskegon County judge signed a murder warrant, based on testimony from a Muskegon Heights police officer. Police Det. Steve White says Leon Means confessed to killing 63-year-old Anna Lawson and 62-year-old Judy Bushman, whose bodies were found at their homes in Muskegon Heights, 40 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Read more...

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Kidnap Gang Leader Gets 9 Life Terms

The co-leader of a violent Mexican drug gang convicted of several murders was sentenced in San Diego County to nine terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentencing of Juan Francisco Estrada Gonzalez ends the longest criminal trial in county history, lasting 15 months including jury selection, U-T San Diego reported. In January, a jury found him responsible for six murders and four kidnappings. Read more...

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Teen Pleads Guilty in Brick Attack

A teenage girl has pleaded guilty to assaulting a Temple University student with a brick last spring. The 15-year-old pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, conspiracy and possession of an instrument of crime in the March attack, which sent the victim to a hospital for emergency surgery. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced in December. Read more...

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'Stringbean' Killer Granted Parole

The burglar sentenced to life for murdering "Hee Haw" banjo player David (Stringbean) Akeman and his wife, Estelle, in 1973 has been granted parole. A vote by the seven-member Tennessee Board of Parole approved John A. Brown's release after 40 years in prison for the Akemans' deaths, according to the Tennessean newspaper. The 63-year-old killer went before a parole board on five prior occasions, which requires four votes to grant such a request. Read more...




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October 15, 2014

Man Charged With Holly Bobo Rape

A man previously charged with disposing of evidence in the Holly Bobo case, has now been indicted on two counts of rape as the investigation into the death of the Tennessee nursing student continues. John Dylan Adams, who was indicted this week, is the brother of Zachary Adams who has been charged with kidnapping and murder in the case. Read more...

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Actress Misty Upham Still Missing

Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn say they are still looking for an actress known for her roles in "August: Osage County," "Frozen River" and "Django Unchained." Misty Upham's father, Charles Upham, tells KIRO-FM that his daughter was upset and erratic and had stopped taking medication for anxiety and bipolar disorder. Read more...

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10-Year-Old Charged With Homicide

A 10-year-old boy from Wayne County was being held without bail after being charged as an adult in the killing of a 90-year-old woman who was held down with a walking stick and beaten at her caretaker's home. State police said when the boy, Tristen Kurilla, lost his temper with the woman Saturday, he grabbed a cane and hooked it around her neck and then held her down and beat her. State police have charged the boy with criminal homicide in the death of Helen Novak. Read more...

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Arias Jury Selection Continues

Arizona residents are relieved to learn that the Jodi Arias trial will start again Tuesday to finish the task of selecting the new set of jurors for the widely-sensationalized courtroom battle. Last week, the lawyers working on the case started questioning 400 possible jurors in Phoenix's Maricopa County Superior Court. After the first cut, the number was trimmed down to 176. Wednesday's trial resulted to further trimmings, which ended up with 26 people returning for further questioning. Read more...

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Wife Killer Dies in Standoff

Authorities say a U.S. marshal has fatally shot an armed Texas man wanted in the killing of his wife in front of her children. The New Braunfels Police Department says 35-year-old Jerry Hermes Jr. was fatally shot after authorities found him hiding in a Guadalupe County barn, outside of San Antonio. U.S. Marshal Robert Almonte says Hermes "engaged" members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and ignored orders to drop a handgun before he was shot. Read more...

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Woman Smuggled Drugs Into Jail

A 24-year-old Green Bay woman, accused of smuggling drugs into the Manitowoc County Jail, faces three felony charges. Stephanie R. Novak has been charged with delivering heroin as a repeater, possessing heroin with the intent to deliver as a repeater and possessing cocaine with the intent to deliver as a repeater. Read more...

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Woman Jailed After 4th DUI

A Wilmington woman has been convicted of her fourth offense of driving under the influence and is being held behind bars. 46-year-old Kimberly Mauk was convicted Friday of felony drunken driving and vehicular assault in a serious crash last year. Mauk pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license. Mauk had been out on bail, but her bail was revoked after the guilty verdict. Read more...


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October 14, 2014

Classmate Admits Killing Teen

Homicide detectives testifying in a Colorado courtroom said a murder suspect admitted to killing a 19-year-old woman, placing her body in a duffel bag and disposing of it in a dumpster outside his apartment. A judge found probable cause for counts including first-degree murder, sexual exploitation of a minor and tampering with evidence against 24-year-old Christopher Waide. He's accused of killing 19-year-old Lea Porter, who was last seen in June. Read more...

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Woman Found Dead in Indian River

Authorities are investigating after the body of a 24-year-old woman was found floating in the Indian River in Titusville, near the Kennedy Space Centeer. Brevard County Sheriff's officials say Jennifer Hedges, of Brevard County, was beaten in the head with a blunt force object. Hedges was found by a boater, the station says, and the Brevard County sheriff's dive team recovered the partially submerged body. Read more...

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Evidence Found in 1990 Cold Case

Investigators in Fond du Lac County, Wis. linked a suspect to a 24-year-old murder case through fingerprints found on items in the victim's van, according to search warrants. In April, sheriff's officials said a Kenosha man was the prime suspect in the 1990 slaying of 18-year-old Berit Beck. Officials would say little about evidence, except there was tangible evidence to put him in Beck's van. Her van was discovered in a parking lot three days after she disappeared, but her body was not found until about six weeks later in a ditch in rural western Fond du Lac County. Read more...

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Missing Woman's Body Found

A man is charged with murder after the body of his wife, who he was suspected of kidnapping, was discovered in rural southeast Missouri. Sylvia Tipler, 45, was last seen Oct. 8 in Ullin, Illinois with her husband, Clifford Williams, who is also 45. Authorities in Pulaski County, Ill., had been seeking Williams on a kidnapping warrant, saying he was armed and dangerous. Read more...

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Son-in-Law Charged With Murder

Maine State Police say a 33-year-old man has been arrested in the death of his mother-in-law, whose body was found over the weekend in the house they shared in the town of Peru. Spokesman Steve McCausland says 33-year-old Paul Orchard faces a murder charge in the death of 57-year-old Paula Nuttall. She was found dead in the kitchen of the home she shared with four other family members. Police haven't said how she died. Read more...

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Ex-Prosecutor Gets Trial Date

Few had more cachet than Curtis Lovelace: an all-Big Ten football player, longtime prosecutor, school board president, sports broadcaster and educator at the local university. That sparkling image in the 40,000-strong western Illinois community of Quincy was shattered when he recently was charged with suffocating his first wife and mother of four on Valentine's Day in 2006. Read more...

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Two Arrested in Teen's Death

Oklahoma City police have arrested two people in the case of a missing 16-year-old Piedmont girl. Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said that homicide detectives have arrested a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl in the case. Each faces a first-degree murder complaint. Anne Hill was last seen on April 11 in the north Oklahoma City and Edmond area. Read more...

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School Bus Driver Arrested on DUI

A Utah school bus driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI after swerving lanes and nearly hitting a car on a busy stretch of highway while taking 67 elementary-school students on a field trip. Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Blaine Robbins said Monday that authorities suspect Lycia Martinez had taken prescription anti-anxiety/muscle-relaxer pills. Robbins says a motorist and a parent on the bus made 911 calls about the erratic driving. Read more...




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October 13, 2014

Cop Killer Search Continues

In the first 30 days following the deadly ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers at their state barracks, investigators have learned a great deal about the suspect they have been hunting in the woods of Monroe and Pike counties. On September 18, a search of his bedroom at his parents' home turned up evidence that the anti-government Frein was prepared to survive in the wilderness for a long period of time. Read more...

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Freed Inmate Kills Mother

A convicted murderer beat his mother to death during an argument, just two days after he was released from prison, authorities said. Gwendolyn Pratt, 64, was found dead at a home in Atlantic City. An autopsy determined she died from massive blunt injuries to the head. Her 45-year-old son, Steven Pratt, was detained at the scene and charged with murder. He was being held on $1 million bail. Read more...

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Judge Denies Hernandez Evidence Motion

A judge has denied a motion filed on behalf of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez to suppress evidence from his cellphone in his upcoming murder trial. Lawyers for the former New England Patriots tight end asked a judge to throw out the cellphone evidence, saying state police didn't have a warrant to take it after his arrest last year. Prosecutors argued Hernandez's lawyers agreed to turn the phone over to investigators. Read more...

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Missing Woman Found in Maine Shack

An elderly Los Angeles woman whose neighbors believed had died was instead found in a rundown shack in Maine, where according to authorities a family took her after gaining her confidence and selling her house. Sarah Cheiker disappeared in 2008 and was found in 2012 alive but unwell. Read more...

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3 Sought in Stray Bullet Shooting

Authorities are searching for three men in connection with the death of a toddler who was killed by a stray bullet that entered her family's northern New Jersey apartment. Essex County prosecutors say the men were wearing hoods as they walked up Ellis Avenue in Irvington spraying bullets as they went. One of those bullets apparently passed through a wall and hit 15-month-old Sania Cunningham, who was bouncing on a bed in a bedroom as both her parents watched. Read more...

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Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested Again

A woman who served time in prison for the death of a Vinton construction worker is back in jail. Tracie Nininger was arrested for drunk driving in the city of Roanoke. According to court paperwork, Nininger's blood alcohol level was .25 nearly an hour after her arrest. Police had received a call about a reckless driver on Brambleton Avenue. The officer said he saw Nininger's car cross the center line and nearly hit another vehicle head-on. The officer said Nininger fell getting out of her vehicle. He said she was so unsteady on her feet that he stopped a field sobriety test because of concern for her safety. Read more...


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