April 30, 2012

Remains From Indiana Man's Backyard Identified

Police said that human remains found in a southern Indiana man's backyard have been identified as a woman who has been missing for about a month. New Albany police Maj. Keith Whitlow said the remains found in William "Clyde" Gibson's backyard Friday night are those of Stephanie Marie Kirk, a 35-year-old Charlestown woman. Kirk was last seen March 25, when she left a friend's home in New Albany to meet a man at a bar. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:39 AM

Man Booked in Hammer Deaths of Mom, Child

Using a hammer as a weapon, a "complete stranger" with no significant criminal history allegedly chose a family at random and attacked them in their home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled and aghast. Bryan Clay, 22, was arrested in the April 15 rape and bludgeoning deaths of 38-year-old Ignacia Martinez and 10-year-old Karla Martinez. He had no connection to the family of five, Lt. Ray Steiber said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:38 AM

Girl's Body Found in Church Parking Lot

Police in Long Beach, Calif., are investigating a murder and attempted suicide after the body of a young girl was found next to a wounded man in a pool of blood outside a church parking lot. The grim discovery was made by Nancy Eormurian, who spotted the girl -- believed to be about nine years old -- beside a bloody man outside the Los Altos United Methodist Church. The girl, who had cuts to her chest, was dead, while the man -- believed by authorities to be the girl's father or stepfather -- had self-inflicted wounds but was conscious, police said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:38 AM

Doctor Charged With Hiring 2 Hitmen

Authorities say a 70-year-old Mississippi oncologist is accused of hiring two men to kill the lawyer who represented his ex-wife when they divorced in the 1990s. Greenwood city police told the Greenwood Commonwealth that Dr. Arnold Smith of Greenwood and William Paul Muller, a 54-year-old brick mason from Morgan City, were arrested Sunday and held without bond on a charge of conspiracy to kill attorney Lee Abraham. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:37 AM

Beauty Queen Faces Assault Charges

Police say a former Miss New Hampshire USA faces a simple assault charge stemming from a confrontation with her boyfriend. Police said that 26-year-old Nicole Houde was arrested after the Manchester beauty queen punched, kicked, scratched and bit 33-year-old Scott Nickerson, also of Manchester. Police said the two were arguing and Nickerson took Houde's cellphone, prompting the physical confrontation. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:36 AM

Vikings RB Caleb King Arrested for Assault

Vikings running back Caleb King, a rookie who spent most of last season on the practice squad, was arrested in Minnesota on suspicion of committing assault in the third degree that might have left a 22-year-old man with a serious brain injury. The man supposedly kidded King about his resemblance to a celebrity. King allegedly followed the man to a car and hit him in the face. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:34 AM

Drunk Reports Car Stolen From Passenger Seat

A man who reported his car stolen – only to be found, soon after, in the car's passenger seat – was "highly intoxicated" when he dialed 911 and set in motion events that would get both him and his buddy arrested, according to Seattle police. Police responded to the area and quickly found the Audi – along with the car's owner (also known as the "victim," also known as the 911 caller), sitting in the passenger seat. Read more...


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April 27, 2012

Hundreds Search for Kelli Bordeaux

Hundreds of volunteers have turned out to search the Fayetteville, North Carolina area for a missing 23-year-old Army medical specialist who has been missing since April 14. Kelli Bordeaux was last seen leaving a neighborhood bar around 1:20 a.m. that Saturday morning. Bordeaux was reported missing when she failed to show up for work Monday, April 16, which family and friends said was highly out of character. Read more...

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Texas Man Executed for Role in Robbery-Shooting

A Texas man was executed for his role in a 2002 robbery in which three people were shot, one fatally. The lethal injection of Beunka Adams, 29, was carried out less than three hours after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to postpone the punishment, the fifth this year in Texas. Adams expressed love to his family and apologized to witnesses, including one of the women who survived the attack and relatives of the man who was killed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:29 AM

Wiz Khalifa Arrested for Marijuana Possession

Wiz Khalifa was hit with a citation for misdemeanor possession by Nashville police after the rapper (real name Cameron Jibril Thomaz) was caught lighting up in his Holiday Inn room Saturday. According to The Tennessean, Khalifa, 24, and his pal Lonnie Howard, 27, were having a fun game of puff-puff-pass when fellow residents at the hotel complained about a strong marijuana odor coming from their room. Read more...

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Brandon Meriweather Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was arrested Thursday morning in Arlington, Va., on suspicion of driving under the influence, Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck confirmed. Meriweather was traveling westbound on Interstate-66 when he was pulled over at 2:54 a.m. Police detected an odor of alcohol on Meriweather's breath, Sternbeck said. Meriweather refused a breathalyzer test and failed a field sobriety test. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:28 AM

Ryan Leaf Declared Fugitive From Justice

On the night when Andrew Luck, the quarterback out of Stanford, was scooped up by the Indianapolis Colts as the year's top draft pick, a former high-profile draft pick, Ryan Leaf, was declared a fugitive from justice in Texas. Authorities in Texas issued two arrest warrants for Leaf's arrest. The Texas prosecutor who brokered a 10-year probationary sentence for Leaf two years ago on drug and burglary charges filed a motion to revoke Leaf's probation earlier this month. Read more...




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April 26, 2012

6-Year-Old's Disappearance Puzzles Police

Investigators are scrambling to follow more than 260 tips in the case of a missing 6-year-old who was last seen in her bedroom in her Tucson home. First-grader Isabel Mercedes Celis was last seen by family members around 11 p.m. Friday, April 20, after she attended a Little League game with the family. Isabel was discovered missing around 8 a.m. Saturday from the home she shares with her parents and two brothers. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:06 AM

Officer Accused of Luring 12-Year-Old Girl

Prosecutors have charged a New Jersey police officer with attempted aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl he met while assisting her family in an unrelated police matter. Woodland Park Police Officer Steven Vigorito Jr. pleaded innocent to the charges and is held on $250,000 bail following his arrest while on duty. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:04 AM

William Balfour Appears to Cry in Court

William Balfour, on trial for the murder of Jennifer Hudson's family, appeared to cry Wednesday in court when prosecutors displayed graphic photographs of the youngest victim, Hudson's 7-year-old nephew. It was the third day of testimony in the trial and the first time Hudson's brother-in-law, William Balfour, has appeared to show any emotion. Balfour dabbed his eyes with a tissue in view of the jury as pictures of the blood-soaked body of Julian King appeared on a large courtroom screen. Read more...

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Arrest Made in Beating of Alabama Man

Police have arrested a suspect in the beating of a white Alabama man by a throng of African-Americans, officials said. Terry Rawls, 44, has been arrested and was charged with first-degree assault. Rawls and victim Matthew Owens have had an ongoing feud dating back to 2009, according to Chad Tucker, a spokesman for the Mobile County District Attorney's Office. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:03 AM

Connecticut Governor Repeals Death Penalty

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy quietly signed a new law that ends the state's death penalty for future crimes, making Connecticut the 17th state to abolish capital punishment. The Democrat signed the bill behind closed doors, without fanfare. An aide said Malloy was surrounded by lawmakers, clergy and family members of murder victims. While he called it "an historic moment," Malloy said in a written statement that it was a moment "for sober reflection, not celebration." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:01 AM

L.A. Airport Screeners Arrested on Drug Charges

Two security screeners at Los Angeles International Airport have been arrested on drug trafficking and corruption charges, accused of taking bribes to allow large narcotic shipments through the airport, authorities said. The pair were arrested along with two former airport screeners. Authorities said the screeners allowed drugs to pass through x-ray machine checkpoints in five incidents in exchange for payments of as much as $2,400. Read more...

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Bobby Brown Gets Plea Deal in DUI

Singer Bobby Brown was sentenced to three years' probation and a day in Los Angeles County jail after pleading no contest to misdemeanor driving under the influence in connection with his drunk-driving arrest last month, prosecutors from the city attorney's office said. Brown will not have to serve time because he gets credit for time served. He also was fined $390 and must attend a 90-day alcohol education program. The singer was arrested March 26 near Victory Boulevard and Wilbur Avenue after a California Highway Patrol officer pulled him over for talking on his cellphone. He later failed a field sobriety test, authorities said. Read more...




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April 25, 2012

Armored Car Killer Caught in Florida

A Pittsburgh armored car guard who shot his partner and stole an estimated $2.3 million then disappeared has been arrested in Pompano Beach, Florida. Authorities said Kenneth Konias Jr. was arrested with two firearms and approximately $1.5 million found in the house and a nearby storage unit. Konias is accused of shooting Garda Cash Logistics guard Michael Haines on February 28 in Pittsburgh before fleeing with money from the truck they were guarding. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:23 AM

Californians to Vote on Abolishing Death Penalty

California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November ballot on Monday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen said. If it passes, the 725 California inmates now on Death Row will have their sentences converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. It would also make life without parole the harshest penalty prosecutors can seek. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:23 AM

Man Admits to Oklahoma Killing 25 Years Later

Clifford Eagle strolled into Billings, Mont., police station on April 18 and told police that he wanted to get something off his chest. As one of the officers was leaving the station house, Eagle allegedly told authorities that a quarter century ago, when he was 28 years old, he and another man got into a heated argument with a third man in Oklahoma about property, and he ended up shooting the man dead. He was then interviewed at the station and authorities in Oklahoma were alerted. The Billings Gazette reported that he stayed voluntarily until officers made the arrest. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:22 AM

Man Convicted in Decapitation Slaying

A North Dakota man was convicted of shooting and beheading a university researcher in what prosecutors claimed was an attempt to start a white supremacist group. Jurors deliberated for less than three hours Tuesday before finding Daniel Wacht, 31, of Cooperstown, guilty in the death of 54-year-old Kurt Johnson. Wacht shook his head from side to side as the verdict was read. He faces up to life in prison without parole. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:21 AM

Teen Charged With Setting Kid on Fire

A Missouri teenager accused of pouring gasoline on a 13-year-old and setting the child on fire has been charged with first-degree assault. Seventeen-year-old Joseph D. Gardner was charged Monday in Andrew County court. The 13-year-old suffered first- and second-degree burns on his face, right arm and in his nose and throat. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:20 AM

Baby Found in Ohio Freezer, 2 Charged

An Ohio couple accused of putting a newborn in a freezer have been charged with murder. Authorities on Tuesday upgraded the charges against the pair, who have been in jail for about a week on child-endangering charges. Kenisha Pruitt and Antonio Cervantes, of Toledo, both appeared in court where a judge set bond at $1 million for each. Both have asked for court-appointed attorneys. Read more...

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Deion Sanders Cited for Fight With Estranged Wife

Former Dallas Cowboys star Deion Sanders has been charged with misdemeanor simple assault in the wake of an altercation with his estranged wife that got her arrested at their mansion in suburban Dallas. Police issued a statement saying further investigation led to citations against both Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar, who still live together in a palatial home in Prosper. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:18 AM

Scarface's Chi Chi busted for DUI

One of the actors of the '80s Miami epic Scarface is in a bit of a jam. Angel Salazar, who is best known for playing Chi Chi, Tony Montana's "colleague,'' was arrested for DUI in Brooklyn last week. Cops spotted Salazar, 56, swerving in his 1999 Volvo and pulled the actor over. According to the police report, he smelled of alcohol and blew a .121 on a breathalyzer, well over the .08 limit. The comedian was later released on bail. Read more...




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April 24, 2012

Jennifer Hudson Testifies in Murder Trial

Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears as the first witness called in the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew. She told jurors that no one in her family wanted her sister to marry the defendant, William Balfour. Balfour is facing three charges of first-degree murder in connection with the October 2008 deaths. Read more...

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George Zimmerman Back Into Hiding

George Zimmerman, who slipped out of jail on $150,000 bail in the early morning darkness, went back into hiding Monday and likely fled to another state to avoid threats as he awaits his second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Later Monday, the Sanford City Commission rejected by a 3-2 vote the resignation of Police Chief Bill Lee, who was roundly criticized for not initially charging Zimmerman and had stepped down temporarily in March he said to let emotions cool. Read more...

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Husband Charged With Murdering Mother of Triplets

The husband of a southeast Missouri woman missing for nearly a year has been charged with first-degree murder. Cape Girardeau County prosecutor Morley Swingle filed the murder charge against 41-year-old Clay Waller, even though the body of his estranged wife, Jacque Waller, has never been found. Swingle says he will not seek the death penalty. Waller is also charged with tampering with evidence. Read more...

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Gunman Kills Pastor's Mother in Church

A pastor's mother was shot and killed when a gunman opened fire in a Colorado church. Yolanda Marant, a representative for The Destiny Center, confirmed that 65-year-old Josephine Eccles, the mother of the church's pastor Delono Straham, was shot and killed when a unknown gunman entered the church and began shooting. Read more...

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Police End Search for Etan Patz

Authorities have concluded their search of a Manhattan basement for the remains of Etan Patz, who vanished 33 years ago on his walk to the school bus stop. No remains were found, and NBC New York has learned from a law enforcement official that field tests on a concrete slab that contained a "stain of interest" over the weekend were negative for blood. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:32 AM

Lane Garrison Arrested for Domestic Violence

Actor Lane Garrison was arrested for felony domestic violence. The incident occurred at the Beverly Hills apartment of Garrison's girlfriend Ashley Mattingly. Mattingly said the problems started when she and Garrison went to the Playboy Mansion and the former "Prison Break" star drank too much and began "hovering over Hef." She said Garrison slept in his car that night and came back to her apartment Saturday. The pair argued and things turned physical, she said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:31 AM

Demi Lovato Confesses to Cocaine Use

Demi Lovato has added drug use to the long list of demons that led to her downward spiral in 2010. The former Disney star reveals in a new interview with Fabulous magazine that loneliness and depression led to her first use of cocaine. "It's something I don't really want to talk about," the 19-year-old star told the magazine. Read more...




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April 23, 2012

'Mountain Man' Kidnapper on Run Again

The "mountain man" who helped his father abduct world-class athlete Kari Swenson in 1984 is reported to be on the run again in Montana. The U.S. attorney's office in Montana has filed federal drug and weapons charges against Dan Nichols, alleging he participated in a statedwide marijuana distribution ring. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:13 AM

Second Man Questioned in Etan Patz Case

The FBI and NYPD dug into the concrete floor of a SoHo basement to search for the remains of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who went missing 33 years ago on his short walk to the school bus stop. Investigators have also questioned a second person in connection with the re-examination of evidence. NBC New York has learned that on the morning Patz disappeared in 1979, that man was observed at the building where police are searching now, and also worked with a handyman who authorities are eyeing in the case. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:13 AM

Video Shows Injuries to George Zimmerman's Head

Video purportedly shot minutes after George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death shows heavy bleeding on his scalp, lending possible credence to his claims he killed the teen in self-defense. ABC aired the exclusive video on "Good Morning America" hours before Zimmerman appeared before a judge who ruled he could be freed on bond while he awaits trial on a second degree murder charge. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:12 AM

Judge Sets Zimmerman Bond at $150,000

A Florida judge set bond at $150,000 for the release of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Judge Kenneth R. Lester, Jr. said Zimmerman would not be released immediately and that he would be monitored electronically via GPS. The terms of the bond include a curfew and no alcohol or guns. Also, Zimmerman must be in touch with authorities every three days. The judge wouldn't rule on whether Zimmerman would be allowed to leave the state. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:12 AM

Judge Overturns Death Penalty Sentence

A North Carolina judge ruled that racial discrimination played a role in sending a black man to death row for killing a white teenager in 1991, a groundbreaking decision rendered under the state's Racial Justice Act. Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks said condemned inmate Marcus Robinson should be spared execution and instead serve a life sentence in prison without possibility of parole. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:11 AM

Woman Going on Trial in 2009 Killings

Sneaky breast implants. Naked amputees. The Batmobile. There are plenty of bizarre elements in the murder case against Narcy Novack, 54, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But they're unlikely to overshadow the grisly killings of her millionaire husband and his mother, which Novack allegedly orchestrated to get her hands on the family estate. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:11 AM

Man Arrested in 1981 Slaying

A 51-year-old Northern California man has been charged with murder after he was linked through DNA to the 1981 rape and strangulation of a Whittier woman who had been a high school classmate. Joseph Allen Thornton of Auburn, northeast of Sacramento, is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court in Whittier on a charge of murder with a special circumstance allegation of rape. He was taken into custody by Whittier police at his home. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:11 AM

San Diego School Shooter Sentenced to Life

A gunman who opened fire on a crowded elementary school near San Diego has been sentenced to life in prison. In March, a jury in Vista convicted 42-year-old Brendan O'Rourke of premeditated murder and assault with a firearm. The jury found he was sane at the time of the attack at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:10 AM

DEA Busts 'The Farmer's Market' for Drug Sales

Federal, state, and international law enforcement authorities have arrested eight people who all face federal drug trafficking and money laundering charges stemming from their creation and operation of a "secret" on-line narcotics market place – known as the "The Farmer's Market" – which sold a variety of controlled substances to approximately 3,000 customers in 34 countries and 50 states. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:09 AM

Civil Rights Leader Arrested for Drugs

Carl O. Snowden, civil rights chief for the Maryland attorney general's office, was charged in Baltimore District Court with marijuana possession the same day he announced a voluntary leave of absence from his job — according to online court records. He was under court supervision for a drunken-driving conviction at the time of the arrest, and could face 60 days in jail if Anne Arundel County prosecutors pursue a probation-violation charge against him. Read more...




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April 20, 2012

Judge Steps Down From Trayvon Case

Two judges have recused themselves from presiding over the murder trial of a Neighborhood Watch volunteer who is accused of shooting an unarmed teenager. Judge Jessica Recksiedler, who was assigned the case, stepped down citing a possible conflict of interest in the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. The next judge in line to get the case, Judge John D. Galluzzo, also cited a conflict in recusing himself from the trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:16 AM

Woman Charged in Death of Marine's Wife

A woman charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a Camp Pendleton Marine's wife left a suicide note before paramedics found her with self-inflicted wounds, authorities said. Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25, could face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of killing 22-year-old Brittany Dawn Killgore, whose body was found Tuesday in brush near a Southern California lake. Lopez, who pleaded not guilty Thursday, was discovered with the note in a San Diego hotel room, prosecutor Patrick Espinoza said. No further details were released about the note. Read more...

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Dispatcher Reprimanded for Josh Powell Call

A Washington State dispatcher has been reprimanded for allowing 22 minutes to pass before help arrived after taking a social worker's 911 call just before Josh Powell killed himself and his children in a home explosion. The Salt Lake Tribune reports dispatcher David Lovrak violated four Law Enforcement Support Agency policies in his handling of the call. A supervisor for Lovrak wrote in a reprimand letter, obtained by the paper through a public records request, that he did correctly assign the call a priority that indicated an "imminent danger to life or property." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:16 AM

Police Search for Child Missing Since 1979

Authorities in New York may finally be zeroing in on Etan Patz, the boy who disappeared 33 years ago and became the first missing child to be featured on a milk carton. NYPD officers and FBI agents were searching a Manhattan basement Thursday, acting on new clues to the landmark case. Etan was last seen May 25, 1979 walking two blocks from his family's home in the SoHo section of Manhattan to a bus stop for the ride to school. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:15 AM

Teens Kill Homeless Man for $1

Four Houston teens have been charged with killing a homeless man who had just $1 on him when he resisted being robbed. The youngest of the accused, a 16-year-old girl, told police they had found $2 on Pedro Miguel Rosales Ramos, 32, but police later determined that she had seen a single dollar bill torn in half, the Houston Chronicle reported. "They killed a man for a one dollar bill torn in half," said Houston Police Sgt. Brian Harris. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:15 AM

Feinstein: No Action on Concealed Weapons Bills

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is trying to block votes on bills that would require a state to honor concealed gun permits from other states. The California Democrat wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, requesting that no votes be scheduled on two concealed weapons "reciprocity" bills. There was no immediate response from Reid, D-Nev., or Leahy, D-Vt., to the letter dated April 17. The National Rifle Association said it would not be deterred in efforts to pass reciprocity legislation. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:14 AM

Men at Work Band Member Greg Ham Found Dead

Greg Ham, the one-time member of '80s Australian pop group Men at Work, was found dead at his Melbourne home. The 58-year-old's body was discovered by two friends who checked in on him. Det. Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell told reporters that authorities were still investigating the cause of death. "There are a number of unexplained aspects to it which has caused our attendance here today, and we're assisting the local detectives to determine what has occurred," he said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:12 AM

Van Halen Blames Father for Alcoholism

Eddie Van Halen puts some of the blame on his father for his long struggle with alcohol. In the May issue of Esquire, the Van Halen guitarist said "the whole alcoholism thing" developed when he asked his dad how to combat his nerves when playing music in front of people. His father gave him a shot of vodka and a cigarette to ease his nerves, and that started Van Halen on a near lifetime of drinking. Read more...


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April 19, 2012

Woman Found Dead Is Marine's Wife

A body found in Southern California is a Marine's wife who disappeared five days ago, authorities said. Coroner's investigators determined the woman discovered near a lake in Riverside County on Tuesday is 22-year-old Brittany Dawn Killgore, sheriff's officials said in a statement. Authorities say they have arrested Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25, woman on suspicion of murder and are investigating Louis Ray Perez as a person of interest. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:17 AM

Man Charged in Samantha Koenig Case

An 34-year-old Anchorage construction contractor has been indicted on charges of kidnapping and killing a 18-year-old teenage who worked at a coffee stand. Israel Keyes was also charged with trying to extract ransom payments from the family of Samantha Koenig after she was already dead. Koenig disappeared Feb. 1 and her body was not found until more than two months later in Matanuska Lake. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:13 AM

Nurse Charged With Kala Schuchardt Murder

While Kala Golden Schuchardt's family was struggling to come to terms with her seemingly random slaying in a parking lot outside a doctor's office, authorities began piecing together the story of her accused killer, a 30-year-old vocational nurse who inexplicably sought to add to her family by stealing a baby - any baby - and was willing to kill to get it. Verna McClain, who has three children, was charged with capital murder in the death of Schuchardt, who had just taken her 3-day-old infant for his first medical checkup when she was accosted as she got into her pickup truck to go home. McClain is being held without bail in Montgomery County Jail. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:13 AM

Inmates, Including Murderer, At Large

Four prisoners, including a man convicted of double murder, escaped from a central Kansas jail before dawn, authorities said. One was quickly apprehended, and another was caught at 5:30 p.m. The other two, including the convicted murderer, remain at large. The men, described as "armed and dangerous," escaped from the Ottawa County Jail, where they were being kept as prisoners of the Kansas Department of Corrections, said Jeremy Barclay, department spokesman. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:12 AM

Judge Steps Down From George Zimmerman Case

The Florida judge who had been assigned to preside over George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial announced that she would recuse herself from the proceedings. Circuit Court Judge Jessica Recksiedler issued a statement saying that she would step down from the case. Earlier this week, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, made a motion requesting the judge recuse herself based, in part, on her husband's professional relationship with Mark NeJame, a CNN legal analyst who has publicly commented on the case and was previously approached about representing Zimmerman. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:12 AM

Cocaine Overdose 'Antidote' in the Future?

The potential effects of a cocaine overdose can be devastating – including stroke, seizure, kidney failure and even death. But now, a cocaine "antidote" could soon be available for emergency scenarios. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Cali., have come up with an injectable solution that has been shown to reverse the effects of cocaine overdose in mice. After success with their experiments thus far, the researchers are eager to move on to human clinical trials – and potentially develop a viable treatment. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:11 AM

Crack Cocaine Ring Busted -- at Sober House

Police have arrested a Connecticut man accused of running a crack cocaine operation out of a sober house. Police said they received several tips that Khalil Hipps, 31, of Norwich, was running a drug operation out of the Liberty House, a transitional sober house on Washington Street in Norwich, and selling drugs on the street. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 07:11 AM

Court Upholds Drugged Driving Charge

Michigan's medical marijuana law doesn't shield people from charges if they are caught driving after using the drug, the state appeals court ruled Wednesday in another significant decision involving the 2008 voter-approved law. A three-judge panel sided with the Grand Traverse County prosecutor in northern Michigan by restoring a criminal case against Rodney Koon, a medical marijuana user who was stopped in 2010 for exceeding the speed limit by nearly 30 mph. He admitted smoking marijuana six hours earlier, and a blood test revealed the drug in his body. Read more...


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April 18, 2012

Kidnapped Baby Found Safe After Mom Killed

A three-day old baby has been found safe hours after he was snatched from his mother, who was shot in the parking lot of a pediatric center parking lot. Keegan Schuchardt was kidnapped after a woman in a Lexus fired a reported seven shots at his mother during an altercation outside the Spring, Texas clinic. Kala Golden Schuchardt, 28, (pictured) died of her wounds at a nearby hospital. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:34 AM

Man's Road Rage Incident Kills Wife

A Greenbrier man is charged with vehicular homicide in the death of his own wife after he and another driver sparred with their pickup trucks during a possible bout of road rage on a Good-lettsville highway. Charles Myres, 45, and Justin Bennett, 32, have been charged with vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated assault in the March 23 death of Sharon Myres and injury of two others. Police and prosecutors have said the case is unusual in that two drivers are being held responsible for Sharon Myres' death. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:33 AM

Three Arrested in Shooting of 12-Year-Old Boy

Three people have been arrested in a May 2011 quadruple shooting in East Baltimore that killed a 12-year-old who was sitting on a porch, watching a basketball game on television. Police said Danyae Robinson, 29; Antwan Mosley, 21; and Derrick E. Brown, 17, have each been charged with murder and three counts of attempted murder after being arrested by the warrant apprehension task force. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:33 AM

DNA Links Man to 1992 Sexual Assault

For almost two decades Dewaine Thornton has been walking among us with a secret. Maybe over the course of the 227 months since he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman inside her Heather Ridge Apartments unit, he confided his crime in someone. Regardless, the 52-year-old unemployed Deptford man faces multiple charges that could place him behind bars for just as long, thanks to modern forensic methods implemented on a long-unsolved case. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:33 AM

School Trainer Charged With Sex Assault

An athletic trainer for Cheltenham High School was arrested and charged with sexual assault after allegedly making "unwelcome sexual contact" with a 14-year-old student, authorities said. Ramon Cintron allegedly assaulted the girl in his high school office April 12, said Risa Vetri Ferman, the Montgomery County district attorney. Ferman said that Cintron sent the girl several text messages apologizing for his behavior and begged the girl not to tell anyone because he "could get locked up" if anyone found out. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:32 AM

Tom Petty's Stolen Guitars Recovered

Police in Southern California have recovered five guitars stolen from rocker Tom Petty and arrested a security guard from the star's rehearsal studio in connection with the theft, police said. The prized instruments were reported stolen last Thursday from a soundstage at Culver Studios in Culver City where Petty and his band, The Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Security guard Daryl Washington was detained after police received a tip that one of the guitars had been sold to a pawn shop in Hollywood for $250, according to officers cited by AFP. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:32 AM

Court Weighs Revisions in Cocaine-Case Sentences

The Supreme Court heard arguments about an aspect of one of the greatest controversies in American criminal law: the differing treatment of crack and powder cocaine. Crack and powder cocaine are two forms of the same drug. But, until recently, a drug dealer selling crack cocaine was subject to the same sentence as one selling 100 times as much powder. Read more...


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April 17, 2012

Sentencing Date Set for George Huguely

The fate of convicted murderer and former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V will be decided in a formal sentencing on Aug. 30, a Virginia judge ruled. In February, a jury recommended that a judge sentence Huguely to 26 years in prison for the beating death of ex-girlfriend and classmate Yeardley Love. The judge can either confirm or lessen the sentence, but he cannot increase it. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:44 AM

Boy Tells Teachers Mom, Sister Dead at Home

Las Vegas police say a 9-year-old boy showed up at his elementary school on and told the staff that his mom and sister were dead at home, just a half-mile away, according to local media reports. According to the Las Vegas Sun, police headed to the child's West Las Vegas home to discover a grisly scene: Two dead bodies, an injured man covered in blood and 4-year-old boy. Read more...

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Zimmerman Lawyer Asks for New Judge

The lawyer for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin, has asked the judge in the case to step down, citing a potential conflict of interest. NBC News confirmed that Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, filed the request on Monday to disqualify Judge Jessica J. Recksiedler in Seminole County Circuit Court. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:43 AM

Sex Offender Sentenced to 20 Years

Timothy Lyle Chappell, 50, of Conley, was sentenced by United States District Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. to serve 20 years in federal prison on charges of committing felony offenses involving a minor, specifically, enticing a minor to engage in prostitution and transporting and harboring a minor for prostitution, while being an individual required by law to register as a sex offender. United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, "This convicted sex offender convinced a 15-year-old girl during Internet chats to come to a motel for a free place to stay. At the same time, he was advertising the girl on the Internet as a prostitute." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:43 AM

Bobby Brown Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

Singer Bobby Brown pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges related to driving under the influence, a spokesman for the city attorney's office said. Brown, 43, formerly married to the late pop diva Whitney Houston, was pulled over March 26 in Reseda after he was spotted talking on his cellphone. After taking a field sobriety test, he was arrested and charged. He faces charges of driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08% and driving with a suspended license, according to prosecutors. Read more...


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April 16, 2012

Mountain Man Abductor Seeks Parole

A notorious "mountain man," who abducted a world-class athlete in 1984 to keep as a wife for his son, once wrote that blame for the "incident" lies with her and a would-be rescuer whom he shot and killed. Don Nichols undoubtedly will need to be more contrite later this month in front of the historically stern Montana Parole Board. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:16 AM

Alabama Student in Shooting Case Arrested

An Alabama teenager accused of killing his middle school classmate was arrested in Texas after police tracked his mom's cellphone to find them, police said. Hammad Memon, 16, and his mother, Safia Memon, were arrested just before 6:30 p.m. in Dallas, said Madison police Lt. John Stringer. The teenager is accused of the fatal shooting of 14-year-old Todd Brown at Discovery Middle School in February 2010 in Madison, Ala. He was out of jail, having been released to his parents' custody on a $75,000 bond in October 2010. He faced trial as an adult June 18. Read more...

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Seven Arrested in Texas Crash That Killed Nine

Authorities have arrested seven people, including a 15-year-old boy, in connection with a late-night wreck that killed nine illegal immigrants in southern Texas earlier this week, police said. The boy, believed to be the driver who tried to outrun U.S. Border Patrol agents in a minivan overcrowded with 19 illegal immigrants, was tracked down at his rural Hidalgo County home Thursday night, said Chris Barrera, the police chief in Palmview. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have detained six other people, who now face human smuggling charges, officials said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:15 AM

4 Charged With Exploiting Children in SC

A four-month-long investigation into illegal pornography and illegal sexual acts with minors ended Saturday with the arrest of four people by Surfside Beach police. Tim Yaccarino, 58, and Pam Yaccarino, 42, both of Surfside Beach, and Jessica Grounds, 22, of Conway, and Amber Martin, 21, of Myrtle Beach, were all apprehended in the sting. All were charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:15 AM

Robbers Assault Pregnant Store Clerk

A pregnant South Florida convenience store clerk became an assault and robbery victim after armed gunmen stormed into the business demanding money. Store clerk Murshiva Khondaker had an uneasy feeling at her Quike Foodmart along Northeast Second Avenue in Miami on Sunday, after two men walked into the store. One of the men threw Khondaker, who is 4-months pregnant, to the ground and beat her as her 6-year-old daughter watched and tried to stop the attack. When asked what she said to the men, Khondaker's daughter said, "The black man to stop hitting my mom." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:14 AM

Officer Arrested After Assaulting Fiancee

A rookie NYPD cop was arrested in Queens for assaulting his fiancée, officials said. Off-duty Officer Alexandru Baiasu, 27, was arrested at his Rego Park home after attacking his 31-year-old fiancée during an argument, cops said. Baiasu, who was newly assigned to the Police Academy, was charged with assault and harassment, officials said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:14 AM

Man Convicted of Raping 2 Neighbors

A registered sex offender has been convicted of kidnapping and raping two neighbors at knifepoint in his San Diego County apartment. Thirty-four-year-old Jeremy Stutzman was convicted and faces a life sentence. His attorney says he'll appeal. During trial, a 20-year-old woman and her 19-year-old roommate said Stutzman threatened them with a hunting knife last Memorial Day at his Vista apartment. They said he tied, blindfolded and gagged them, forced them to commit sexual acts and to model lingerie. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:14 AM

Ryan Leaf Formally Charged With 4 Felonies

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been formally charged with four felonies on accusations that he broke into an acquaintance's home to steal prescription painkillers, then robbed a second home two days after being released from jail. Cascade County Attorney John Parker charged Leaf with two counts of burglary and two counts of criminal possession of a dangerous drug. Read more...


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April 13, 2012

George Zimmerman Charged With Murder

A Sanford, Florida Neighborhood Watch volunteer has been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting of a young black man wearing a hoodie that he reported as suspicious to police. Prosecutors claim teenager Trayvon Martin was killed because he was racially profiled by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was arrested and charged 45 days after the Feb. 26 incident at the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, north of Orlando. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:53 AM

David Alan Gore Executed in Florida

Serial killer David Alan Gore, who admitted killing four women and two teenage girls in the 1980s to satisfy his sexual urges, was put to death by lethal injection in Florida on Thursday, Reuters reported. He was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1983 murder of Lynn Elliott, 17, whom he kidnapped when she was hitchhiking to the beach. Elliott was Gore's final victim. The others were Hsiang Huang Ling, 48, and her daughter Ying Hua Ling, 17; Judy Kay Daley, 35; Angelica LaVellee, 14; and Barbara Ann Byer, 14. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:52 AM

Mom Finds Triple Murder at Daycare

A woman who became suspicious and called 911 after dropping her son off at a suburban Minneapolis day care provider's home stayed on the line as she went back to the house and discovered three people shot to death, according to transcripts of the call. The Brooklyn Park Police Department released the transcript of the call that took place, minutes after investigators believe a lone male fatally shot DeLois Brown and her elderly parents. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:52 AM

Mom, Baby Girl Shot While Sleeping

A Chicago mother and her baby girl were shot early Thursday while they slept in their family's home, police said. Tonishia Allen, 24, and her 1-year-old daughter, Jaliyah Allen, were asleep in a back bedroom when shots were fired around 1:20 a.m. into the home in the 11900 block South Calumet Avenue, police said. Jaliyah was struck in the head. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:52 AM

Attorney Jennifer Little Arrested for DUI

Attorney Jennifer Little, recently hired by the widow of Dunwoody day care shooting victim Rusty Sneiderman, was arrested morning and charged with suspected DUI, speeding and reckless driving. Little was traveling northbound on I-85 near Buford Highway around 12:30 a.m. when she was stopped by Atlanta police, who clocked her at 91 mph -- 36 mph over the speed limit. The former DeKalb County prosecutor refused field and chemical sobriety tests. Read more...




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April 12, 2012

Charles Manson Denied Parole Again

Saying he shows no signs of rehabilitation, a California Parole Board has denied parole for Charles Manson, leader of a 60s cult responsible for the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders of 1969. It was the 12th time that Manson has been denied parole since his death sentence was commuted to life in prison in 1977. Manson did not attend his parole hearing at Corcoran State Prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:22 AM

George Zimmerman Charged With Murder

Legal experts expressed surprise that a Florida state prosecutor is seeking a second-degree murder charge against George Zimmerman, the block watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a scuffle, given that he wasn't arrested or charged the night of the fateful altercation. Zimmerman's legal team is expected to invoke the controversial "Stand Your Ground" provision of Florida law as a key strategy in defending him against the charge, which was announced Wednesday evening by Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:21 AM

Connecticut Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Death Penalty

The Connecticut House of Representatives gave final legislative approval to repeal of the state's death penalty, moving it one step closer to becoming the fifth U.S. state in five years to abandon capital punishment. The 86-62 vote in the Democratic-controlled House followed last week's Senate vote and sends the bill to Governor Dannel Malloy, who has vowed to sign it into law. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:21 AM

USC Student Killed in Carjacking Attempt

Investigators say a University of Southern California student is one of two people shot to death in a BMW in what may be a bungled carjacking attempt. A gunman opened fire shattering the windows on the new luxury car and killing a man and woman in the West Adams area near the USC campus. The BMW was in the roadway, not at the curb, at the time of the shooting. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:21 AM

Teacher Arrested for Sex With Student

A California high school teacher is under investigation after her arrest on charges that she allegedly had sex with a student. Megan Denman, 29, a social sciences teacher at Fresno's Hoover High School, was arrested on one count of sex with a minor and two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18, according to the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno United School District. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:20 AM

No Foul Play in Whitney Houston Case

Police have concluded their investigation into Whitney Houston's death in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, determining that the singer's pre-Grammy Awards death did not involve foul play. Lt. Mark Rosen, a spokesman for the Beverly Hills Police Department, said investigators based their decision on the coroner's findings that the singer's death was due to accidental drowning and, in part, the result of cocaine ingestion and a heart condition. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:20 AM

Al Unser Jr. Convicted of Second DUI in Five Years

Maybe legendary race car driver Al Unser Jr. thought he saw a raised checkered flag in the dead of night on that lonely stretch of New Mexico freeway: Speeds were high, discretion apparently tossed to the wind. But with his second DUI conviction in less than five years, it's Unser's reputation that's now seemingly a bit more checkered. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and drag racing, charges that stemmed from a September incident near Albuquerque, authorities say. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:19 AM

Ex-Miss USA Fakih Reaches Plea Deal in DUI

Rima Fakih, the first Arab-American to be crowned Miss USA, pleaded no contest in a Michigan drunken driving case. The former beauty queen offered the plea to driving while visibly impaired. A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing, which will take place May 9. She faces a maximum of 93 days in jail. Fakih, 26, has said she wasn't drinking the night of her arrest in December, but two police breath tests put her blood alcohol content at over twice the legal limit. Read more...




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April 11, 2012

Jury Finalized in Hudson Trial

The suspect in the killing of singer Jennfir Hudson's family members tried to get a former girlfriend to provide him with a false alibi for the day that the murders occurred. According to court papers, William Balfour solicited the false alibi from Brittany Acoff-Howard, who now lives in South Carolina. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:31 AM

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Dismemberment

An Ohio man indicted on charges of stabbing, suffocating and dismembering his girlfriend pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, while four others linked to the crime also pleaded not guilty. Matthew Puccio, 25, admitted to the crime in a newspaper interview last week, adding that he would plead guilty, but then told a court last Friday that he was "clinically insane." He could face up to life in prison if convicted of killing Jessica Rae Sacco, 21. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:30 AM

Shots Fired at Sanford Police Car

Police in Sanford, Fla., say a marked patrol car was shot at several times while parked near the gated community where teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. No one was inside the cruiser at the time of the 4:30 a.m. shooting, according to Seminole County Sheriff's Office deputies, NBC News affiliate WESH-TV in Orlando reported. Read more...

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Serial Killer Appeals to US Supreme Court

Lawyers for Florida serial killer David Gore asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to block his planned execution later this week. The 58-year-old convict is scheduled to receive a lethal injection on Thursday at Florida State Prison in Starke for the 1983 rape-murder of 17-year-old Lynn Elliot in Indian River County. Gore also is serving life terms for killing five other girls or women, who were raped and dismembered. His attorneys asked for a stay and filed an appeal based on a recent Supreme Court ruling that dealt with ineffective legal assistance. Read more...

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32 Arrested in Massachusetts for Child Porn

Massachusetts State Police, in a statewide sweep dubbed "Operation Corral," have arrested 32 people on charges of child pornography possession and distribution. Suspects on the list range in age from 17 to 62 years. Police executed a total of 56 search warrants throughout the state during the sting, which took place from April 2 to 6. Fourteen other investigations are still going on, and 45 other new cases have come up as a result of the arrests, Col. Marian McGovern, commander of the State Police, said in a statement. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:29 AM

James Belushi Caught With Weed by TSA

James Belushi got into trouble for flying with a marijuana cigarette. The 'Cougars, Inc' actor landed on the island of Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts but Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials found the drug on him. James tried to use his California medical marijuana card to validate having the joint with him, but was told it was worthless in the state. The cigarette was confiscated by the authorities and James was let off with a warning. Read more...




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April 10, 2012

Sierra LaMar's Family Offers Reward

Family members of a missing 15-year-old California girl have used fundraisers and donations to offer a $10,000 reward for information leading to her safe return. Sierra LaMar has been missing since March 16 when she left home to walk to a nearby school bus stop. Investigators believe she may have been the victim of an acquaintance abduction. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:02 AM

Jurors Seated in Hudson Family Murder Trial

The first full day of jury selection in the Chicago trial of the man accused of killing singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's family ended without the seating of a full jury. William Balfour is accused of killing Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. The 30-year-old Balfour faces a maximum life sentence if convicted. Fourteen people were selected to be among the 12 jurors and six alternates after nine hours of interviewing potential jurors one by one. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:01 AM

George Zimmerman Releases Statement

After weeks of silence and seclusion, George Zimmerman has released a public statement about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, referring to incident as a "life altering event," on his website, therealgeorgezimmerman.com. In a statement on the site, which Zimmerman's attorneys have confirmed to ABC News belongs to him, the 28-year-old wrote, "As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family, and ultimately my entire life." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:01 AM

Woman Arrested on Charges of Stalking Alec Baldwin

A 40-year-old Canadian actress has been arrested on charges of stalking "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin, police said. Genevieve Sabourin was awaiting a Manhattan court appearance Monday, a day after she was arrested on charges of stalking and aggravated harassment when Baldwin filed a complaint with police. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:00 AM

Man Charged With Child Sexual Exploitation

Investigators are trying to identify hundreds of potential victims whose images were found on the computer of an Indiana man charged with coercing two teenage boys into performing online sex acts for him by threatening to post on gay porn sites compromising videos he secretly made of them. U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said during a Monday news conference that the "sextortion" case against Richard Leon Finkbiner could become the largest of its kind in the U.S. to date. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:00 AM

Ketamine Users Risk Urinary Problems

Users of the drug ketamine, known by the street name 'special K,' face an increased risk of urinary and bladder control problems and abdominal pain. The more ketamine they use and the more often they use it, the greater the chance of developing urinary tract issues, a British study has found. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:00 AM

KU Running Back Sims Arrested for DUI

Kansas running back James Sims was suspended for the first three games of the Jayhawks' 2012 season by coach Charlie Weis following an arrest for operating a vehicle under the influence. According to Douglas County records, Sims was picked up by KU campus police after 2 a.m. in the 1300 Block of Jayhawk Boulevard. Sims, 20, posted $500 bond and a municipal court date has been set for April 25. Read more...




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April 09, 2012

Neil Entwistle's Lawyer Hinges Appeal on Cops

Sex-crazed baby killer Neil Entwistle launched his final appeal yesterday for a new trial after his lawyer argued before the state's top court that the jury pool was tainted by the press and cops illegally broke into the family's Hopkinton home before finding the murdered bodies of his wife and 9-month-old daughter. In a heavily attended 40-minute session at the state Supreme Judicial Court, justices hammered attorney Stephen P. Maidman while he pushed to overturn the betraying Brit's double-murder conviction in the 2006 homicides. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:19 AM

Jennifer Hudson Plays Key Role in Murder Trial

To sit in judgment of William Balfour, would-be jurors must reveal everything they know about singer Jennifer Hudson, including whether they watched her on "American Idol," saw her star-making turn in "Dreamgirls" or read her new book. They even must say whether they belong to Weight Watchers, the diet program for which Hudson has been a spokeswoman for several years. About 150 prospective jurors were asked to make such revelations in a 26-page questionnaire that will help the defense and prosecution select the people to decide Balfour's fate. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:19 AM

Police Probe Racial Motive In Tulsa Killings

Police are investigating whether the shootings of five African-Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were a hate crime after the weekend arrests of two white suspects in the case, local authorities said. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, are scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning. Tulsa police arrested them early Sunday after a series of tips that led investigators to England's burned pickup, a vehicle that matched a description reported at the crime scenes, according to their arrest reports. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:19 AM

5 Men Charged in Killings of 2 Women

Five men have been charged in the abduction and slayings of two Michigan women who were kidnapped and stuffed in a car trunk at gunpoint, a prosecutor said. The men are being charged in the deaths of friends and roommates Abreeya Brown, 18, and Ashley Conaway, 22, who were abducted on Feb. 28. Their bodies were discovered March 25 in shallow graves in a wooded area on Detroit's west side, not far from their home in Hamtramck. The women had been bound and shot in the head. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:18 AM

Jerry Brown Commutes Grandmother's Murder Sentence

Gov. Jerry Brown commuted the prison sentence of a 51-year-old woman convicted of shaking her infant grandson to death 15 years ago, citing "significant doubts" about her guilt. Shirley Ree Smith has already served 10 years of the 15-years-to-life sentence she was given after a Van Nuys jury convicted her in the death of 7-week-old Etzel Glass. The jury relied on testimony by two coroner's officials relating evidence that another deputy medical examiner recently deemed "inconclusive." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:18 AM

Jurors in Hudson Case Asked About Singer

Jennifer Hudson takes center stage in a questionnaire that potential jurors are being asked to fill out to determine if they will be allowed to decide whether or not a man is guilty in the slayings of the singer's mother, brother and nephew. Nine of the 66 questions released to The Associated Press and other media outlets dealt with Hudson's career in movies, television and as an author. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:17 AM

Teacher Who Moved in With Student Arrested

Christopher James Hooker, the Modesto, Calif., ex-teacher whose romance with a student drew attention from around the world, was arrested after being charged with one count of oral copulation with a minor in an incident that police said happened 14 years ago. The charge stems from a relationship Hooker is accused of having in 1998 with a 17-year-old student at Davis High School in Modesto, where he was teaching at the time. Hooker was arrested at his home and booked into Stanislaus County Jail, police said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:17 AM

Grease-Covered Burglar Arrested in Underwear

A greasy burglar was caught with his pants down when police found him stuck in a restaurant kitchen stove vent. Robert Kuhn, 26, allegedly attempted to shimmy down a kitchen stove vent of Lido's Restaurant in Springfield, where he was a former dishwasher. The owner lives above the restaurant and called police when he saw the vent roof moved around 10 p.m. Officers first rescued Kuhn, dressed in only boxers, an undershirt and covered in grease. Half his body was in the shaft and half was out. Police then arrested him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:16 AM

Amanda Bynes Arrested for DUI

After colliding with a police car early Friday morning, Amanda Bynes was arrested for driving under influence. According to the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department, "a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy in a marked black and white radio car, was stopped at the intersection when a black BMW driven by actress Amanda Bynes attempted to pass the right of the radio car, colliding with the right rear quarter panel of the radio car." Read more...




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April 06, 2012

Flashback: Charles Manson

In 1969 Charlie Manson emerged from his prison cell onto the streets of Haight-Ashbury and soon became the leader of followers who became forever known as the Family. How did this unkept, unattractive little man become the leader of a murderous cult that committed some of the most notorious crimes of the 20th century? Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:08 AM

Serial Killer's Letters Sped Up Execution?

Serial killer David Alan Gore is set to be executed sooner than he expected, in part because he could not stop bragging about raping and murdering four teenagers and two women in Florida three decades ago. An author published the inmate's grotesque letters, and a newspaper columnist and editorial board brought the case to the attention of Florida Gov. Rick Scott. The Republican promptly signed the death warrant, even though more than 40 other men have been on death row longer. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:07 AM

Man Arrested After Daughter's Skeleton Found

A New Jersey man concealed the remains of his adult daughter for more than three years in his former house, at one point moving the body into a crawl space, where it was discovered this week by a cleaning crew, authorities said. Fifty-seven-year-old Dennis Adler made an initial appearance in state Superior Court in Monmouth County to face a charge of disturbing human remains. Adler didn't enter a plea and was held on $100,000 bail. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:07 AM

Mom Arrested in Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter

A 37-year-old Roseville woman remained jailed, charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter. Police arrested Denise Wilder after they found her intoxicated and her daughter McKinley Wilder dead. Wilder's 5-year-old daughter, who also was in the home, was first sent to Child Protective Services, but was reunited Thursday with her father, Mark Wilder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:06 AM

Loren Woods Charged With DUI

Former NBA player Loren Woods was arrested on DUI charges in Tampa, Fla., according to authorities. Jail records show 33-year-old Woods refused a blood-alcohol test when he was arrested and later released on $2,500 bail. According to the NBA's website, he played for six years, including a brief stint with the Miami Heat. Woods was charged with a misdemeanor DUI and a felony count of bribery of a public servant. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:06 AM

4 TCU Players Formally Charged With Pot Delivery

Three more TCU football players have been charged with felony marijuana delivery after a six-month sting. Defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, linebacker Tanner Brock and offensive tackle Ty Horn are among 14 people charged Thursday in the TCU drug investigation, bringing the total number charged to 23. All three are charged with delivering a quarter-ounce to five pounds of marijuana. Read more...


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April 05, 2012

4 Arrested in Triple Murder

Residents in the small North Carolina town of Farmville may be finding some relief in the arrest of four suspects for the senseless killing of three young convenience store employees during an armed robbery. Two days after the bloody shootings authorities have arrested two men and a juvenile who were caught on video tape shooting the store owner's son and two of his cousins. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:46 AM

7 Murder Charges Filed Against Former Student

The man suspected in a shooting rampage at a small Oakland, Calif., Christian college was charged with seven counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, prosecutors said. One L. Goh also faces a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders that could make him eligible for the death penalty. The 43-year-old former nursing student was expelled from the school last fall, allegedly for anger issues. He surrendered to police at a Safeway store outside Oakland about an hour after the attack on Monday morning. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:46 AM

Connecticut Senate Votes to End Death Penalty

The Connecticut Senate voted 20-16 early Thursday morning on a bill that would do away with the death penalty and make the state the fifth in five years to abolish capital punishment. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it is also expected to pass. It enjoys majority support in each chamber of the state legislature, which are both Democrat-controlled, and would replace death penalty sentences with life imprisonment. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:46 AM

Man Accused of Involvement in 1976 Rape, Murder

For decades, Westfield police were baffled by the death of Lena Triano, a quiet secretary who lived alone in the Ripley Place home where she was killed in 1976. Now, nearly four decades after her death, police say they've used forensic evidence to solve her slaying, and that the truth may be more bizarre than anything they could have imagined. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:45 AM

Former WWE Star Maven Arrested on Drug Charges

Retired wrestler Maven Huffman has been arrested in Florida after allegedly visiting three doctors to score multiple pain medication prescriptions. The former Surreal Life star was taken into custody on Monday (02Apr12) after cops discovered Huffman had allegedly been doctor shopping for Oxycodone and Hydrocodone prescriptions, which is illegal without full-disclosure. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:44 AM

Extent of Whitney Houston's Cocaine Use Revealed

Whitney Houston was submerged in bathwater for nearly an hour before a personal assistant found her dead in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, an autopsy report said. The report provided new details on the death of the 48-year-old singer who died of a combination of heart trouble and cocaine ingestion, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said in a 41-page final report. Read more...


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April 04, 2012

Court Okays Jail Strip Searches

If you are ever arrested, even for a minor offense such as not paying a traffic ticket, prepare yourself to be possibly strip searched at the jail. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that jailers do not need any suspicion or probable cause to strip search anyone who is being detained. The issue, the court's 5-4 majority ruled, is one of safety. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:24 AM

Enhanced Video of Zimmerman Show Injuries

Enhanced video of George Zimmerman being led into a Florida police station appears to show possible injuries to the back of his head, lending credence to his claim he was in a struggle with Trayvon Martin when he shot the teen. ABC News initially released video of Zimmerman that did not clearly show marks on his scalp, but had the video enhanced digitally and released a new clip on Monday. That clip appears to show a gash. Zimmerman's father claims his son was being beaten by the 17-year-old teen when he shot Martin in self-defense. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:24 AM

O.J.'s Lawyer Trying to Get Paid

A Las Vegas lawyer who represented O.J. Simpson in the Nevada trial that led to the celebrity football star's conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges is suing Simpson's Florida-based lead attorney in the case, claiming he was stiffed on promised fees. Gabriel Grasso alleges in a civil breach of contract lawsuit that he was promised $250,000 to serve as local attorney following Simpson's arrest in September 2007. But he said Yale Galanter only paid him $15,000. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 08:23 AM

Police Hunt for Killers of 3 at Rural Store

Law enforcers in a rural North Carolina community on Tuesday were engaged in an "all hands on deck" manhunt for three suspects who robbed an isolated convenience store and shot to death three young men working there, according to a report from NBC affiliate station WITN. Victims at the Hustle Mart 3 on a sparsely populated county road in Farmville, N.C. were identified by the sheriff's office as Nabil Nasser Saeed Al'mogannahi , 26, Gaber Alawi, 24 and Mokbel (Sam) Mohamed Almujanhi, 16. Read more...

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Landlord Finds Woman's Dismembered Body in Bathtub

A landlord who found a woman's dismembered remains in her bathtub said that a "gut feeling" compelled him to break into the bathroom after her mother came looking for her. Gary Zerkle said that 21-year-old Jessica Sacco's mother arrived at the younger woman's Urbana home, finding nothing amiss, but a locked bathroom door. The following morning, Zerkle, who lives next door to the duplex Sacco rented, decided to check it out himself, largely because Sacco's mother had looked so concerned. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Trying to Burn Ex-Girlfriend

Cedar Rapids police have arrested a man who they say tried to light his ex-girlfriend on fire. The victim told dispatchers a man had sprayed a flammable liquid on her and tried to light her on fire. Sgt. Joe Clark said that the woman's coat caught fire, but she was able to remove it before suffering any serious injury. Details about her condition were not immediately released. Read more...

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Lions Nick Fairley Arrested for Marijuana Possession

A third member of the Detroit Lions' 2011 draft class is facing drug charges, after defensive tackle Nick Fairley was arrested today in Mobile, Ala. Fairley, a first-round pick out of Auburn last year, was cited for second-degree possession of marijuana, after he was pulled over following a citizen complaint that his Cadillac Escalade was speeding through a Mobile neighborhood frequently, Mobile police information officer Ashley Rains said. Read more...


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April 03, 2012

Braves Reliever Martinez Arrested for DUI

Braves reliever Cristhian Martinez was arrested in Gwinnett County on charges of DUI, after allegedly weaving in and out of a lane and traveling at a low speed on I-85, confirmed Gwinnett County police spokesman Corporal Jake Smith. Martinez was pulled over at 2:42 a.m. on I-85 North at Steve Reynolds Boulevard for failure to maintain a single lane by a Gwinnett County police officer who clocked Martinez traveling 40 mph. The officer smelled alcohol on Martinez's breath, Smith said, and put him through a field sobriety test. Martinez's blood alcohol registered .13 in a breathalyzer administered at the Gwinnett County jail, Smith said. Read more...

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Lions' Mikel Leshoure Facing Felony Marijuana Charge

Lions running back Mikel Leshoure is facing a felony charge of possession of marijuana in Berrien County District Court after a March traffic stop, his second drug-related offense in less than a month in the county. Leshoure, who missed his rookie season in 2011 with a torn Achilles tendon, was the passenger in a rented 2012 Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV that was pulled over March 12 while heading westbound on I-94 in Bridgman, according to a Baroda-Lake Township Police case report. Read more...


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April 02, 2012

Susan Powell's Blood, Note Found

Authorities investigating the 2009 disappearance of a Utah woman found her blood in the family home and a hand-written note in which she expressed fear about her husband and her potential demise, according to unsealed documents. The files raise further questions about why Susan Powell's husband was never charged in her disappearance before he killed himself and their two young sons in a gas-fueled inferno in Washington state earlier this year. Investigators in West Valley City, Utah, never arrested Josh Powell or even publicly labeled him as a suspect in Susan Powell's disappearance. Read more...

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Sheriff Wants to Dig Up Gacy Yards

An Illinois sheriff hopes to excavate a Cook County backyard in hopes of finding more victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, the Chicago Tribune reported. Gacy, convicted of killing 33 boys and young men and then stuffing them in the crawl space beneath his house, was executed in 1994. But Anita Alvarez, the state's attorney for Cook County, has so far denied Sheriff Tom Dart's request, saying the sheriff does not have enough new information to merit a warrant. Read more...

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Bodies of 2 Teens in Well Identified

Authorities released the identities of two Northern California teens whose remains were found inside an abandoned well linked to two men known as the "Speed Freak Killers." San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore identified 19-year-old Kimberly Billy, who went missing in 1984 at the age of 19. He says 16-year-old Joann Hobson disappeared in 1985. Moore says a third body found is awaiting identification. Read more...

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Texas Nurse Convicted in Bleach Deaths

A former Texas nurse accused of killing five of her patients and injuring five others by injecting bleach into their kidney dialysis tubing was found guilty of capital murder. Kimberly Clark Saenz, 38, was fired in April 2008 after a rash of illnesses and deaths at a Lufkin dialysis clinic run by Denver-based health care giant DaVita Inc. She was charged a year later. Read more...

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2 Dead, 10 Injured After Drive-By Shooting

Two people were shot dead and another 10 were injured in a drive-by shooting outside a funeral home in Miami. The shooting occurred when at least one person inside a car opened fire on mourners who were gathered for the funeral of a man who died recently. One person died at the scene after being shot in the chest, witnesses said. It was not immediately known if the second person killed died at the scene or in a hospital. Read more...

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Arkansas Supreme Court Overturns Teacher-Sex Law

The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's law banning sexual contact between teachers and students, finding that people 18 or older have a constitutional right to engage in a consensual sexual relationship. The court sided with 38-year-old David Paschal, an Elkins High School history and psychology teacher who admitted having a five-month consensual sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student. Read more...

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Woman in Vodka "Rape" Ad Files Lawsuit

A actress from Los Angeles is suing the makers of Belvedere Vodka after the firm allegedly used her image without permission in a controversial ad that appears to show a woman about to be date-raped. The ad shows a shocked Alicyn Packard trying to get away from the clutches of a man, with the tagline, "Unlike Some People, Belvedere Always Goes Down Smooth". Packard, who says she never gave Belvedere producers Moet Hennessy USA permission to use her picture, is suing the company for negligent infliction of emotional distress and misappropriation of likeness. Read more...

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Former NFL Quarterback Ryan Leaf Arrested

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, once a Heisman Trophy finalist and San Diego Chargers first round draft choice, was arrested in his hometown of Great Falls, Montana, on theft and drug charges, authorities said. Leaf was arrested on Friday on suspicion of felony burglary and drug possession as well as a misdemeanor theft charge, authorities said. Read more...


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