January 31, 2012

Somer Thompson Suspect's Trial Delayed

The man charged with the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Somer Thompson was supposed to go on trial this week for an unrelated child molestation charge, but that trial has been delayed. Attorneys for Jarred Harrell were granted a request for more time to prepare their case. The trial for molesting a 3-year-old girl is now scheduled to begin May 7. Read more...

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Zahra Baker's Dad Deported to Australia

The father of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was murdered by her stepmother in western North Carolina has been deported to his native Australia. Attorney Shell Pearce says his client, Adam Baker, was deported roughly two weeks ago by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Pearce says Baker brought the remains of his daughter, Zahra, with him for burial in Australia. Read more...

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Three Suspects Held in 5 Killings

Three men were in police custody in connection with a quintuple murder at a bullet-riddled house in a working class neighborhood near downtown Birmingham, police said. The bodies of five people shot dead were found early on Sunday morning at the home, which was riddled with bullet holes, in the Ensley Highlands area, the Birmingham Police Department said. Read more...

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Court Reinstates Murder Conviction

The California Supreme Court reinstated a man's second-degree murder conviction for killing a well-known San Diego surfer, overturning a 2010 ruling by a state appeals court that had reduced it to voluntary manslaughter. The state's highest court said it disagreed with the decision by the 4th District Court of Appeals that cited insufficient evidence of implied malice by Seth Cravens when he delivered the single fatal punch to 24-year-old Emery Kauanui in 2007. Read more...

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Mom Pleads Not Guilty in Newborn Twins' Death

An Iowa woman accused of killing her newborn twin daughters and hiding their bodies in the trunk of her car has pleaded not guilty. Jackie Burkle is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. She is being held on $1 million bond. Her attorney entered a written plea of not guilty on her behalf in Story County District Court in Nevada. Police found the infants' bodies in the trunk of Burkle's car on Jan. 7 after receiving a call to check on her. Read more...

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Police Want Help to Spot Drugged Drivers

With prescription drug abuse increasing at epidemic levels, a corresponding rise in the number of drugged drivers on the highways has resulted. The problem has grown so rapidly that it has outpaced both the technology and the ability law enforcement officers to identify and deal with the danger. Read more...

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Ryan Merriman's DUI Charge Now Official

Actor Ryan Merriman has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, stemming from his arrest in November 2011. The Final Destination 3 star was driving through Newport Beach, California when his car was stopped by police for a traffic violation. Officers suspected he was intoxicated and took him into custody. Now Merriman has been officially charged with two counts of DUI. Read more...

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Bengals' Simpson Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

Jerome Simpson spent the beginning of Super Bowl XLVI week in Kenton Circuit Court answering a drug charge. The Bengals wide receiver pleaded not guilty to one count of trafficking marijuana in excess of eight ounces, a felony punishable by one to five years in prison. Simpson remained free after Judge Gregory Bartlett gave him until Tuesday to post a $2,500 bond. Next hearing in case is set for Feb. 20. Read more...


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January 30, 2012

Officers Checking Robbery Find 5 Dead

Police investigating a possible robbery at a Birmingham home instead found five people dead inside, authorities said. Birmingham Police Sgt. Johnny Williams said officers arrived at the house after getting a call that a robbery was in progress and soon discovered the five victims. He told reporters that investigators are interviewing potential witnesses but so far have made no arrests. Read more...

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Man Faces Murder Charges in 2 States

Authorities say a 26-year-old man faces murder charges in two states following the fatal shootings of a South Carolina police officer and a Georgia woman. Police in South Carolina say Joshua Tremaine Jones has been charged with murder in the death of Aiken police Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers. The nearly 28-year veteran was shot after responding to a report of suspicious activity involving two cars near a local park. Jones was arrested hours later in Batesburg. Police said Saturday evening that the 49-year-old Rogers had died at an area hospital. Read more...

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Blood of Missing Maine Toddler Found

Some of the blood found in a Maine home where a missing toddler was last seen six weeks ago belonged to the little girl, an official said. State Police spokesman Steve McCausland would not say how much of Ayla Reynolds' blood was found in her father's home in Waterville, where exactly it was found or how long it might have been there. But investigators told Ayla's mother's family that the amount of blood was "more blood than a small cut would produce," according to family-run website. Read more...

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Officer Shot, Killed by Fellow Officer

A Santa Maria police officer was shot and killed Saturday by a fellow officer who was trying to arrest him for suspected sexual misconduct with a minor, the Santa Maria Times reported. The slain officer was on duty when police tried to take him into custody, the Santa Maria Police Department said in a press release. The suspect officer allegedly drew his weapon and fired. "In response, one officer on scene fired at the suspect officer hitting him once," officials said. Read more...

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Police Seek Help on Drugged Driving

The federal government should help police departments nationwide obtain the tools and training needed to attack a rising scourge of driving under the influence, two U.S. senators said. Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Mark Pryor of Arkansas proposed that federal funding in a pending transportation funding bill be used for research and to train police. They said police have no equipment and few have training in identifying drugged drivers, who don't show the same outward signs of intoxication as drunken drivers do, such as slurred speech. Read more...

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Town Famous for Celebrity Drug Busts

Nestled among the few remaining businesses that dot a rundown highway in this dusty West Texas town stands what's become a surprise destination for marijuana-toting celebrities: the Hudspeth County Jail. Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and actor Armie Hammer have been among the thousands of people busted for possession at a Border Patrol checkpoint outside town in recent years, bringing a bit of notoriety to one of Texas' most sparsely populated counties. Read more...

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49ers' Aldon Smith Charged With DUI

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was charged Saturday with driving under the influence in Miami Beach. Miami-Dade County jail records show Smith was booked and held on $1,000 bond. A Miami-Dade County Corrections spokeswoman said Smith was arrested by Miami Beach police. Read more...




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January 28, 2012

'Barefoot Bandit' Gets 7 Federal Years

The criminal known as the 'Barefoot Bandit' has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in federal prison for a two-year crime spree that included stealing planes, boats and guns. Colton Harris-Moore will serve the federal sentence concurrently with the seven-year sentence he received in Washington state court. Read more...

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Home Invasion Killer Sentenced to Death

A Connecticut man was sentenced Friday to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during a night of terror in their suburban home, a gruesome crime that unsettled the suburbs and halted momentum to abolish the death penalty in the state. Joshua Komisarjevsky will be joining Steven Hayes on death row for killing Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. He is scheduled to be executed in July. Read more...

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Dougherty Sibling Planned Colorado Escape

One of three siblings who was part of a multistate crime spree and nationwide manhunt planned to escape from a Colorado jail with his sister, telling the FBI in a letter that he had enjoyed his stay, authorities said in a document. Dylan Dougherty, 26, got out of his cell in Walsenburg, Colo., and wrote a note to his sister telling her he was going to break her out of jail, officials said. Dylan Dougherty is now being held at the Pueblo County Jail, some 45 miles north of the jail in Walsenburg where he was being held, along with his two siblings. Read more...

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Woman Gets Life for Killing Yoga Co-Worker

A woman convicted of killing her co-worker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in the Washington suburbs, then spinning an elaborate lie about being attacked by two masked men, was ordered Friday to spend the rest of her life behind bars. A judge sentenced Brittany Norwood, 29, to life in prison without parole, rejecting defense pleas that she deserved an eventual shot at rehabilitation and freedom. Read more...

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Man Gets 26-Year Jail Term for Stalking

In what prosecutors called the longest sentence for stalking in memory, a Seattle-area man was given a 26 1/2-year prison term for waging a 17-year campaign of harassment against a former classmate he met in middle school, and instilling fear in her. Shawn Moul, 31, passively accepted the sentence from King County Superior Court Judge Patrick Oishi on Tuesday, some six months after being convicted on two felony counts of stalking and 19 counts of violating anti-harassment orders. Read more...

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Day Care Worker Tapes Toddler to Mat

A northern Kentucky day care worker has been arrested and fired from her job for allegedly taping a toddler to a mat during nap time. Police arrested 20-year-old Alicia Lyons on Wednesday and charged her with first-degree criminal abuse. She was released from the Kenton County jail. Read more...

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Man Gets 200 Years for Setting Girlfriend on Fire

A Georgia man who poured gasoline over his girlfriend and set her on fire was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison. A jury found Orville Brooks, 30, guilty of the attack on Tara Best in the couple's apartment a year ago. He was convicted on eight counts, including false imprisonment and criminal intent to commit murder, before Clayton County Judge Geronda Carter sentenced Brooks to 205 years in jail. Read more...

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4-Year-Old Brings Nine Bags of Pot to School

A 4-year-old boy brought nine bags of pot to his elementary school and pulled them out during snack time, police said. A teacher at Hanover Elementary School in Meriden, Conn., alerted officials to the drug. Detective Lt. Mark Walerysiak, a police spokesman, said that the child turned over the bags to his teacher. Read more...

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Kim Richards Admits She's an Alcoholic

Kim Richards has finally revealed the reason behind her trip to a rehab facility in early December. The "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast-member admitted to her alcohol addiction in upcoming, three-part second season reunion episode, in which she was interviewed separately from the rest of the cast. Kim Richards, whose erratic behavior on the reality TV show led many to assume that it was the fallout with younger sister Kyle that led her to seek professional help, confessed for the first time on the show's reunion episode that she was being treated for alcoholism during her stint in rehab. Read more...

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Demi Moore 911 Call: 'She Smoked Something'

"Send an ambulance right now. This is an emergency." So begins the dramatic 911 call, in which Demi Moore's friends are desperately trying to get an ambulance to the actress' Beverly Hills home as quickly as possible, which was released this morning by the Los Angeles Fire Department. "She smoked something. It's not marijuana but it's similar to incense. She seems to be having convulsions of some sort," the caller said. Read more...


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January 27, 2012

Grand Jury Investigates Celina Cass Death

Six months after an 11-year-old New Hampshire girl disappeared from her home during the middle of the night, no suspects have been named in her abduction or death. However, a grand jury has heard testimony from members of Celina Cass' family as the lead prosecutor claims the investigation remains active. Cass vanished from her home on June 25, 2011 and her body was found in the Connecticut River a week later. Read more...

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Texas Executes Convicted Killer in '94 Rape

A convicted killer has been executed in Texas for the abduction, rape and strangulation of a 38-year-old woman 18 years ago. Thirty-eight-year-old Rodrigo Hernandez received lethal injection Thursday for killing Susan Verstegen more than two hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal. Verstegen was attacked behind a supermarket where she was working. Her body was found dumped in a garbage barrel behind a San Antonio church. Read more...

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Teens Attacking Man, 65, Get Surprise

A 65-year-old man who was knocked off his bicycle by three teenagers on a Pennsylvania trail shot two of them, killing one, police said according to reports. The wounded teen, 16, was taken to hospital and the third, aged 15, was taken in for questioning and was later committed to a youth center. According to police, the 65-year-old was riding his bicycle when the teens knocked him to the ground, the station said. Police said two teens then assaulted the man, who drew his gun and shot them. Read more...

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Trial Delayed for Jarred Harrell

The trial in the child molestation case against Jarred Harrell has been delayed. Harrell is accused of kidnapping, assaulting and killing 7-year-old Somer Thompson in October 2009. He hasn't been in court since he was arraigned in 2010. Harrell is also charged with child molestation of a 3-year-old and possession of child pornography in cases unrelated to Somer's killing. His trial on the child molestation charges was schedule to start in two weeks, but on Tuesday, a Clay County judge granted a defense request for more time to prepare for that trial. It was pushed back to May 7. Read more...

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Lohan Sued by Woman Allegedly Struck by Car

Even when Lindsay Lohan is staying out of trouble, trouble seems to find her. A lawsuit was filed against the starlet today by a woman who claims Lohan hit her while driving through what used to be Lohan's West Hollywood neighborhood. Roughly 17 months ago, for the record. Well, in the lawsuit plaintiff Nubia Del Carmen Plaza charges that Lohan was driving a rented Maserati GranTurismo when she ran into her at the intersection of Alta Loma Road and Holloway Drive while Plaza was crossing the street. Read more...

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Lauren Spierer's Parents 'Clear' Persons of Interest

The parents of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer announced Thursday that they have ruled out several persons of interest in the disappearance of their daughter. It was the first time Charlene and Robert Spierer have publicly eliminated potential suspects. Since June 3, when Lauren was last seen, police have focused on five Indiana University students, all deemed"persons of interest." The Spierers wanted more help and hired New York private detectives, led by former NYPD cop Bo Dietl. The private investigators said they have spoken to four of the persons of interest, including Lauren's boyfriend, Jesse Wolff. Read more...

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April Trial Set in Jennifer Hudson's Family Murders

A judge ordered a man charged in the 2008 Chicago slayings of Jennifer Hudson's mother and two other family members to stand trial in April, despite the objections of his attorney, who said she was not ready. After listening to William Balfour's attorney say she's still building her case, a clearly exasperated Cook County Judge William Charles Burns said it didn't appear she was making any progress and set a date. Balfour, 30, is the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson. Read more...

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Officials Call Off Search for Missing SC Toddler

The mother of a South Carolina toddler missing since Thanksgiving is pregnant and mentally ill and should be released from jail because she needs medical care, the woman's attorney argued in court papers filed this week. Hemphill Pride II says Zinah Jennings has been ordered to have treatment for her mental illness for a year and has been told to take Risperdal, which is used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. He also said she needs prenatal care. Read more...

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Pat Sajak Admits Boozing Before 'Wheel' Tapings

The "Wheel of Fortune" wasn't the only thing spinning for Pat Sajak and Vanna White back in the day. Sajak said in an interview on ESPN2 this week that the longtime game show team occasionally would walk over to a nearby restaurant for "two or three or six" margaritas during a break in taping early "Wheel of Fortune" shows in California. They would "have trouble recognizing the alphabet" during the tapings that followed, he said. Read more...


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January 26, 2012

Skakel Says Sentence Is Excessive

A lawyer for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel told a panel of Connecticut judges that his client's 20-years-to-life prison sentence for killing his teen neighbor in 1975 was excessive. Skakel, who was convicted in 2002 of beating 15-year-old Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in wealthy Greenwich, also addressed the court, saying, "I didn't commit this crime." Read more...

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Richey Pleads Not Guilty to Threat

A Scotsman released from an American prison after spending two decades on Ohio's death row pleaded not guilty to charges that he threatened a judge who prosecuted his original case. Ken Richey appeared in a northwest Ohio court on charges of retaliation and violating a civil protection order. Richey sat in a chair with his hands clasped in his lap and didn't speak during the hearing. Read more...

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Man Hacked Victim With Ax, Ate Brain

A Florida man has been arrested on charges that he hacked to death a Connecticut man and ate the victim's eye and part of his brain. Police in Lynn Haven, Fla., said that 35-year-old Tyree Lincoln Smith was arrested on a Connecticut warrant for murder. According to police in Bridgeport, Conn., Smith was covered in blood when he told a relative on Dec. 16 that he had killed a man with a hatchet and eaten pieces of his brain and his eye. Read more...

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Manhunt Under Way for Killer Landlord

A nationwide manhunt was under way after cops said that a New Mexico landlord shot dead two of his tenants following an argument over rent money. An arrest warrant for Arthur "Arturo" Anaya of Santa Fe was issued on two counts of murder after Theresa Vigil, 51, and her daughter's boyfriend, 16-year-old Austin Urban, were shot dead Monday, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. The two victims lived in a mobile home on Anaya's land in Santa Fe, along with Vigil's 17-year-old daughter Natalie. Read more...

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Mom Missing After Abandoning Her Young Kids

New Hampshire authorities issued an arrest warrant for a 25-year-old mom accused of abandoning her three young children earlier this month. On Jan. 14, Miranda Rifenburgh reportedly alerted her fiancé in a text message that she was going to leave him and their three children. When the fiancé returned home, it appeared she made good on her promise. She was gone, and her children, all under 2 years old, were home alone. Read more...

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Sex Offender Sentenced to 195 Years

A convicted Californian sex offender, who cut an electronic tracking device from his leg and assaulted four women in 2010, was Tuesday sentenced to 195 years in prison, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. A San Diego jury last month found 34-year-old Leonard Scroggins guilty of seven felonies -- including committing a forcible lewd act on a child, attempted kidnapping, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Read more...

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Mixed Results in Annual Drug Survey

The annual Monitoring the Future survey brought mixed results for parents and health officials concerned about preventing youth substance abuse. Alcohol and cigarette use is at a historic low among 8th, 10th and 12th graders, but marijuana and prescription drug use has increased. Read more...

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Detroit Lions' Culbreath Arrested on Drug Charges

A former S.C. State University and current Detroit Lions offensive tackle was arrested at an Orangeburg hotel on a drug-related charge. Listed as a resident of both Lawrence, Ga., and Detroit, Johnny C. Culbreath was charged with simple possession of marijuana. The 23-year-old NFL rookie went before Orangeburg County Magistrate Richard Murray later Monday, where he paid a fine of $412 to end the case. Read more...

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Son of Oral Roberts Arrested on DUI Charge

Richard Roberts, the son of the late evangelist Oral Roberts, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper stopped the 63-year-old just past midnight driving 93 miles per hour in his Mercedes-Benz. According to the arrest report, Roberts failed a breathalyzer and field sobriety test. Read more...


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January 25, 2012

'Rockefeller' Ordered to Stand Trial

A German man who pretended to be a member of the Rockefeller family was ordered to stand trial for murder after a preliminary hearing in California. Christian Gerhartsreiter is facing murder charges for the 1985 death of John Sohus, his landlord and neighbor. Gerhartsreiter is suspected in the death of John Sohus' wife Linda, but her body has never been found and charges have not be filed. Read more...

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'Barefoot Bandit' Emails Ridicule Law Enforcement

New federal court documents say the "Barefoot Bandit" ridiculed police and prosecutors in emails he sent from prison, undercutting his claims that he's sorry for his two-year crime spree. In emails that 20-year-old Colton Harris-Moore wrote recently, he referred to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown as the "king swine," called prosecutors who handled his case fools, and referred to news reporters as vermin. He bragged about his two-year crime spree, saying that his flying accomplishments were "amazing" and unmatched by anyone except the Wright brothers. Read more...

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Van der Sloot Appeals 28-Year Sentence

Dutch citizen Joran Van der Sloot is appealing his 28-year jail sentence for killing a young business student in Peru two years ago, his lawyer said. Van der Sloot, who was arrested but never charged over the disappearance of Alabama woman Natalee Holloway in 2005, apologized for murdering student Stephany Flores and accepted all charges against him earlier this month. Read more...

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4 Officers Arrested on Conspiracy Charges

The FBI arrested four East Haven police officers on conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges following an investigation into possible civil rights violations. Federal law enforcement officials said in indictment papers that Officers Dennis Spaulding, David Cari and Jason Zullo and Sgt. John Miller executed unreasonable searches and seizures, used unreasonable force and concealed their actions. Read more...

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'Headless Body in Topless Bar' Killer Denied Parole

New York state authorities denied parole to the man convicted of the crime that generated one of the most famous headlines in U.S. journalism: the New York Post's "Headless body in topless bar." The parole board denied early release for Charles Dingle, 53, convicted of the 1983 rampage in which he fatally shot the owner of a topless bar, took hostages, raped a woman and forced another to cut off the dead man's head in order to prevent police from linking the bullet to his gun. Read more...

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Meth Shakers Overwhelm Burn Units

A new method of making methamphetamine is so volatile that hospital burn units have become so overwhelmed with injured patients - many without insurance - to the point that some of the unit have been forced to shut down. The new 'Shake and Bake' method of producing meth in a 2-liter soda bottle has exploded in the face of thousands of victims, according to a survey by The Associated Press. Up to one-third of all burn patients in hospitals in the top meth-producing states are would-be meth makers. Read more...

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Whitney Houston Reportedly 'Flat Broke'

She's about to make her big screen comeback in the remake of Sparkle with popstar Jordin Sparks but Whitney Houston is reportedly 'broke'. The 48-year-old singer - who has overcome crack cocaine addiction - has allegedly spent all of her fortune, including a reported $100 million record deal. Whitney is being financially supported by her record label Arista, which has given her an advance payment on her next album, according to reports. Read more...



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January 24, 2012

DNA Nabs New York Serial Killer

DNA has identified another cold case serial killer. More than a decade later, the cases of three murdered women have been linked to a prisoner serving a drunk driving conviction who was up for parole after volunteering a DNA sample. Instead, he was sentenced last week to 75 years to life in prison. Until he submitted his DNA, Francisco Acevedo wasn't even a suspect in the Yonkers, New York murders. Read more...

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Serial Killer Ordered to Stand Trial

A suspected serial killer will stand trial for the decades-old murders of four Northern California women. A Marin County Superior Court judge ruled that prosecutors presented enough evidence against 78-year-old Joseph Naso. Naso is accused of killing two women in the 1970s and another two in the 1990s, and dumping their naked bodies in rural areas. Read more...

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Michael Skakel Seeks Sentence Reduction

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel will seek a reduction in his sentence of 20 years to life in prison for killing his neighbor when they were teenagers in 1975. Skakel, a nephew of Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, is scheduled to appear before a three-judge panel in Middletown that reviews sentences. Skakel was sentenced in 2002 after he was convicted of bludgeoning 15-year-old Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in wealthy Greenwich. Moxley's brother and mother are expected to attend the hearing. Read more...

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Dahmer Survivor Sentenced in Drowning Death

The man who led police to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer two decades ago was sentenced to a year and a half behind bars for his role in the drowning death of a homeless man. Tracy Edwards' attorney argued that the Dahmer encounter had a profound impact on his client, who has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, and that the remorse he felt over the death last summer of Johnny Jordan just added to his pain. "He's going to have another ghost to haunt him all his life," lawyer Paul Ksicinski told the judge. Read more...

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Woman Convicted in Millionaire's '94 Murder

A woman accused of arranging to have an ex-NFL player kill her millionaire boyfriend in 1994 has been found guilty of first-degree murder. An Orange County jury also found that Nanette Ann Packard committed the crime for financial gain. Prosecutors said Packard gave keys to ex-NFL linebacker Eric Naposki so he could enter the Newport Beach home of William McLaughlin and shoot him six times in 1994. Naposki, a former Patriots and Colts player who worked as a nightclub bouncer, was convicted of the murder last year. Read more...

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'Headless Body in Topless Bar' Killer Seeks Parole

The murderer convicted of killing a bar owner, taking four women hostage and forcing one of them to cut off the dead bar owner's head during a drug-fueled crime spree three decades ago is seeking parole for a third time. The New York Post, which dubbed now 53-year-old Charles Dingle the "Headless Body in a Topless Bar" killer after he committed the 1983 spree, reports the felon will ask a three-person parole board to spring him from the upstate Wende Correctional Facility. Read more...

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Small-Town Mayor Shot Dead, Suspect Surrenders

The mayor of a small western Kentucky town has been shot and killed in his home, and a suspect turned himself in shortly afterward. Hickman Police Chief Tony Grogan says Mayor Charles Murphy was slain in the town of about 2,500 people. Grogan says 30-year-old Thomas Joseph Lattus walked into the police department around 1 a.m. and admitted to the shooting, and he was charged with murder. Read more...

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Woman Hosted 'Kegger' Before 3 Teens Crashed

A prosecutor will seek a prison term for a western Pennsylvania woman who has pleaded guilty to serving a half-keg of beer to teen guests at her son's graduation party, before three of them were killed in a crash about a mile away. Susan Sanders-Watt, 60, of Greensburg, pleaded guilty to four counts each of corruption of minors and reckless endangerment and 17 citations of serving alcohol to minors. Read more...

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Meth Fills Hospitals With Burn Patients

A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units. So-called shake-and-bake meth is produced by combining raw, unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle. But if the person mixing the noxious brew makes the slightest error, such as removing the cap too soon or accidentally perforating the plastic, the concoction can explode, searing flesh and causing permanent disfigurement, blindness or even death. Read more...

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Sam Hurd to Fight Drug Distribution Charges

Former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has hired new attorneys to defend him against accusations that he tried to establish a drug-dealing network. Hurd, 26, will plead not guilty this week to charges that he tried to buy large quantities of cocaine and marijuana, said his new attorneys, Michael McCrum of San Antonio and Jay Ethington of Dallas. Authorities say they caught Hurd telling an undercover agent that he and a co-conspirator already distributed cocaine throughout the Chicago area and needed more supply. Read more...


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January 23, 2012

Rep. Giffords to Resign from Congress

One year after a gunman tried to take her life, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sat before a camera and announced she would forgo re-election plans in order to focus on her ongoing recovery. Giffords' ability to deliver the message on her own is testament to a remarkable comeback following a year of rigorous treatment after a bullet tore through the left side of her brain, cutting short the political ambitions of one of the Democratic Party's rising stars. Read more...

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Bodies of Missing Texas Family Found

The Dallas County Medical Examiner on Sunday identified three bodies as members of a Texas family that disappeared last week. The bodies of Harold and Sue Harpst and Sue's daughter, Regina Taunton, were found behind a barn near Sherman, Texas, KXAS-TV reported. They had been missing since Jan. 15. Sue Harpst's son, Thomas Taunton, is in custody in Louisiana and has been charged with their murders based on evidence found at their home in Fannin County, Texas. Read more...

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Man Charged in Botched Waffle House Robbery

Authorities in South Carolina have charged a man with robbery in a botched holdup at a Waffle House that left another suspect dead. Spartanburg County Sheriff's Lt. Tony Ivey says 29-year-old Kenneth Jowan Craig was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. Investigators say Craig and 19-year-old Dante Lamont Williams tried to rob the restaurant. A customer with a concealed weapons permit drew his gun and told the men to wait for sheriff's deputies to arrive. Ivey says Williams pointed his gun at the customer, who shot and killed him. Read more...

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Abortion Doctor Freed After Posting Bail

Lawyers for a Utah abortion doctor charged with murder for the death of a fetus in Maryland asked a judge to throw out the charges, arguing she is immune from prosecution and that the state is trying to infringe upon a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy. Nicola Riley and her former colleague, Steven Brigham of New Jersey, were indicted last month under a law that allows murder charges to be brought in the death of a viable fetus. The 2005 law had only been used previously for cases in which defendants were accused of assaulting or killing pregnant women, and prosecutors have acknowledged they are in uncharted territory by using it to charge abortion doctors. Thirty-seven other states have similar statutes. Read more...

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Suspect Sought in Huckabee Relative's Death

Authorities in Arkansas were searching for a suspect wanted in a homicide and kidnapping case involving a distant relative of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Police issued an arrest warrant for Donald Hux after investigators found the body of Sandy Carl Huckabee at his home in Arkadelphia, which is about 70 miles southwest of Little Rock. Former Huckabee spokesman Jim Harris said Sandy Huckabee's father was the first cousin of former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee's father. Read more...

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Katrina Officer Headed to Trial

Twenty New Orleans police officers have been charged in a series of probes by the Justice Department's civil rights division since 2010. A retired sergeant who was assigned to investigate deadly police shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina will be the last of those officers to get his day in court. A trial is scheduled to start Monday for Gerard Dugue, who is charged with participating in a cover-up to make it appear police were justified in shooting six unarmed people, killing two, on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm. Read more...

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Man Charged in 1989 Honolulu Murder

The 52-year-old man arrested in connection with a murder that happened more than 20 years ago has been charged with murder and sex assault. Gerald Austin remains in police custody unable to post a $200,000 bail. In 1989, 81-year-old Edith Skinner was found dead in her apartment on Kalakaua Avenue. Witnesses say they saw a man leaving the apartment that morning, but the case went cold. Authorities say DNA linked Austin to the case. Read more...

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'Rockefeller' Jurors Hear About Bloodstains

A forensic scientist testifying in the murder case against a man who posed as an heir to the Rockefeller fortune said she found four bloodstains in the Southern California guesthouse where the suspect lived. Criminalist Lynne Herold gave the testimony in a preliminary hearing to determine whether Christian Gerhartsreiter should stand trial for the death of John Sohus, whose remains were found at his former home in San Marino in 1994, nearly 10 years after he and his wife vanished. Read more...

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Day Care Provider Charged in Child's Drowning

A 37-year-old Illinois woman is facing a felony charge in the August drowning death of a 2-year-old girl. The Will County state's attorney's office charged Tracy Kennedy with felony endangering the life of a child and misdemeanor operating a child care facility without a license. Prosecutors said Kennedy left 2-year-old Abigail Holland in an unsafe environment, which caused the girl's death around 10:40 a.m. Aug. 2. Abigail drowned in the backyard pool at Kennedy's home. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Third DUI in Five Days

San Diego County Sheriff's Department deputies have arrested the same man three times in five days on suspicion of drunk driving. In the latest incident, deputies responded to a report of a drunken driver and by the time they arrived found David Lakarnafeaux in a nearby bar having another beer. Read more...


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