June 30, 2012

Judge Blocks Release of Tex Watson's Tapes

A Texas judge has blocked the Los Angeles Police Department from obtaining decades-old tapes of conversations between a Charles Manson follower and his trial attorney while the matter is under appeal. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell granted a motion by Charles "Tex" Watson to stay a bankruptcy court ruling making the eight cassette tapes available to the LAPD. The Plano judge said he wants to hear arguments from Watson and the bankruptcy trustee before ruling on the Manson disciple's appeal of the bankruptcy court decision. Read more...

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Murder Convict Ordered Freed on New Evidence

A North Carolina man who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a murder case in which law officers and prosecutors hid key details is going free. Superior Court Judge Joe Turner ordered the release of 62-year-old LaMonte Armstrong. Turner says it's probably the closest to knowing he's doing justice he'll experience. Armstrong was convicted of the 1988 killing of Ernestine Compton, one of his former professors at North Carolina A&T State University. Key to the case was testimony from a convicted felon who now says police pressured him to accuse Armstrong. Read more...

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Suicide by Poison Suspected in Arizona Court Death

As the word "guilty" filled the silence of a Phoenix courtroom, defendant Michael Marin closed his eyes, put his head in his hands and appeared to put something in his mouth. He then took a swig from a sports bottle. Minutes later, the 53-year-old Marin was dead. Now investigators are trying to confirm their suspicion that Marin popped a poison pill after the jury found him guilty of arson, a bizarre ending to a case that began in 2009 when he emerged from his burning mansion in scuba gear. Read more...

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Reward Offer to End With Maine Tot Still Missing

The offer of a $30,000 reward for information leading to missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds is about to end, and police say it appears the money will go unclaimed. Ayla was reported missing from her Waterville home on Dec. 17. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says that since then, investigators have received 1,200 leads, including many from psychics. Read more...

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UGA Tailback Crowell Dismissed Following Arrest

Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team Friday by coach Mark Richt after the sophomore was arrested on felony weapons charges. Police found a gun in Crowell's vehicle early Friday morning. Georgia announced the dismissal Friday afternoon. Richt's short statement in the announcement did not mention Crowell. "We have a dedicated and committed group of men who are working hard to prepare for the coming season," Richt said. "Our total focus will be directed toward the team and this effort." Read more...

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Wrestler Off Olympic Team for Positive Drug Test

Wrestler Stephany Lee has tested positive for marijuana and will not be a part of the U.S. Olympic team in London. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Thursday night that she has been banned for one year after testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol acid, a marijuana metabolite, in a sample collected April 21 at the Olympic trials in Iowa City, Iowa. Under the rules of USA Wrestling, the sport's national governing body, Lee's replacement will be the next highest-ranked athlete in the 158.5-pound weight class. Read more...




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June 29, 2012

4-Year-Old Found Buried at Home

The body of a 4-year-old boy missing for a week was found buried at his home, a family spokesman said. Carnel Chamberlain's body was found under a wood porch or deck at the home on the reservation of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, 70 miles north of Lansing, Kevin Chamberlain said. Chamberlain, the tribe's former chief, said he had no details about what led investigators back to the house after many days of searching woods, ponds and the tribe's wastewater treatment areas. Read more...

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Trial for 1957 Murder Set for September

A Seattle man charged in the 1957 murder of a Sycamore girl will stand trial in September. At a hearing, DeKalb County Judge Robbin Stuckert set Sept. 10 as the start date for the trial of Jack McCullough. McCullough, 72, was charged last year with the abduction and murder of Maria Ridulph, a 7-year-old Sycamore girl who disappeared in December 1957. Read more...

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Man Gets 18-27 Years for Killing Girlfriend's Baby

A 22-year-old Grand Ledge man has been sentenced to 18 to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of his ex-girlfriend's 3-month-old daughter. Joshua Piercefield received the sentence in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge last month after prosecutors dropped an open murder charge in the May 2011 death. Read more...

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Author Gets 12 1/2 Years for Defrauding Women

A judge has sentenced a Georgia author of a fantasy trilogy to 12 1/2 years in prison for bilking women out of millions of dollars. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates says the 61-year-old Mitchell Gross was sentenced for wire fraud and money laundering charges related to the scheme. Gross was charged last year with scamming a Florida real estate agent he met through an online Jewish dating site into investing about $3 million in a sham company that he secretly controlled. They say he used some of the money to repay another woman who he had bilked out of at least $1.5 million. Read more...

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Coach Charged With Sexual Assault

A McEachern High School coach and teacher was arrested and charged with felony sexual assault, Cobb County police said. Terence Termayne Tarpley, 33, of Marietta, was allegedly engaged in an off-campus sexual relationship with an adult female student earlier this year, investigators said. Tarpley, a special education teacher, turned himself in to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. His bond was set at $5,000, according to jail records. Read more...

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Snoop Dogg Busted for Marijuana in Norway

Marijuana allegedly put the drug-sniffing dogs on Snoop Dogg's tail at the Oslo, Norway, airport, but what was in his wallet ultimately cost him more than that wayward weed. Snoop, real name Calvin Broadus, was allegedly carrying about eight grams of pot as he entered the country. The bigger problem, or at least the more expensive one, came from the amount of allegedly undeclared cash Snoop was hauling with him. Read more...


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June 28, 2012

Utah Girl, 6, Found Dead in Canal

A 6-year-old girl found dead in a canal near her home was sexually assaulted, and authorities are now searching for a suspect, police said. Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Jordan said the girl was reported missing by her mother early Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, police ruled Sierra Newbold's death a homicide and said an autopsy determined she had been sexually assaulted. Read more...

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Man Arrested on 1970s North Carolina Rape Charges

A man accused in a string of rapes in Charlotte in 1979 has been arrested in South Carolina. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say 62-year-old Jerry Lee Brooks was arrested in a rented condo in Surfside Beach, S.C. A cold case unit re-examined the rapes last year, and a DNA match linked Brooks to the decades-old crimes. Read more...

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Man Charged With Hiring Hitman to Kill Hitman

Police say a Detroit-area man was caught on tape trying to hire someone to kill the hitman who killed his wife, according to media reports. Authorities arrested Bob Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park and charged him with solicitation of murder, prosecutors said in a news conference. He was arrested at a property he owned that police said had a sex dungeon in the basement. Read more...

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Woman Indicted in Slaying, Baby Abduction

A Houston woman accused of killing a mother and snatching her newborn son has been indicted on a capital murder charge. Verna McClain is being held without bond Wednesday in the Montgomery County Jail. Prosecutors have not said whether they will seek the death penalty against the 31-year-old licensed vocational nurse. McClain has been in custody since she was arrested hours after the April 17 slaying. Read more...

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Former Meth Labs a Nightmare for Homebuyers

Soon after John Bates and his wife moved into their first home, the euphoria of realizing the American Dream gave way to a nightmare of foul odors, unexplained illnesses and spiraling costs. A standard home inspection had revealed no problems with the home, in Suquamish, Wash., near Seattle. Bates, a Navy veteran and pipe fitter, and wife Jessie were thrilled to get the home on a 2-acre lot for $235,000, and they moved in with their then-7-year old son, Tyler, in March 2007. But soon after, the boy developed breathing problems, John Bates became "perpetually sick" and Jessie Bates developed strange skin rashes. Read more...

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Chicago OKs Tickets for Small Amounts of Marijuana

The Chicago City Council has approved a measure that would allow police officers to ticket people found with small amounts of marijuana instead of arresting them. Aldermen voted 43-3 in favor of the ordinance, under which anyone in possession of 15 grams of marijuana — roughly the equivalent of 15 marijuana cigarettes — faces a fine between $250 and $500. Read more...

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Only Marijuana Found in Face-Chewer's Body

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner found only marijuana in the body of the man who was fatally shot while chewing a homeless man's face over Memorial Day weekend. The medical examiner's office said that 31-year-old Rudy Eugene's toxicology was complete. The department also ruled out common drugs found in the street drugs called bath salts, which authorities had initially speculated were the cause of the brutal attack on Ronald Poppo. Read more...

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Nick Fairley to Plead Not Guilty in DUI Case

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley will plead not guilty Thursday in Mobile, Ala., to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and attempting to elude police, his lawyer told reporters. The lawyer, Sid Harrell, said it's too early to know if a plea deal can be reached. State troopers say Fairley was driving his Cadillac Escalade at 100 mph on Interstate 10 early on May 27. Fairley also was cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and having an open container of alcohol. Read more...


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June 27, 2012

'Flint Slasher' Gets Life Sentence

A man convicted of first-degree murder in the "Flint Slasher" case has been sentenced to life as expected. Elias Abuelazam will spend the rest of his life in prison for the stabbing death of 49-year-old Arnold Minor in August 2010. Under Michigan law, the life sentence was mandatory for a first-degree murder conviction. Read more...

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Prosecutor Snubs Bulger's 'Immunity' Claim

The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts expressed skepticism about mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's claim that the government allowed him to commit crimes because he was an FBI informant. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said Bulger's former co-hort, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, who was also an FBI informant, used a similar defense, which was rejected by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "Being an informant in a criminal case does not in and of itself immunize you from crimes," Ortiz told reporters during a break at a civil rights symposium. Read more...

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Baez Doubted Casey's Sanity

The Florida mother who was acquitted last year of murdering her 2-year-old daughter had mental health issues that contributed to her habitual lying, the lead attorney in her criminal case says in a new book. In "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story," Jose Baez said detectives should have realized Casey Anthony had built a "fantasy world," and her lies weren't evidence of guilt but signs of someone with "serious mental health issues." Read more...

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Man Shoots Mother Five Times, Kills Self

A Pittsburgh man called 911 to report that he shot his mother and then killed himself before police arrived on the scene. The 73-year-old woman, who was shot five times, was expected to recover, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Her 55-year-old son, Henry Sunder, called 911 and confessed to the shooting, police said. He told the dispatcher he would wait at the home they shared for officers to arrive and kill him. The dispatcher then heard a single gunshot. Read more...

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Talent Agent Accused of Child Molestation

A Minnesota talent agent accused of molesting two aspiring young actors was booked in jail, a day after a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest. Matthew David Feeney, 43, is to be charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct. The agent allegedly engaged in sexual contact with the victims, brothers aged nine and 15. Feeney met the brothers through an entertainment company where he is the owner and casting director Read more...

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Woman Charged With Lewd Acts in Tanning Booth

An Oklahoma woman was charged with lewd acts with a minor after she allegedly lured a 15-year-old boy into a tanning booth at a gym, stripped and kissed him. The report said Betsy Ann Brashear, 24, had been flirting with the teen at the Bartlesville gym while his mother worked out. Someone at the gym told the mother that Brashear was spotted going into a tanning booth with the teen, the report said. Read more...

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Mom Accused of Video Recording Abuse

A Connecticut mother is accused of abusing her 10-month-old baby and videorecording the incidents. Police in West Haven, Conn., arrested Kellie Park, 20, last week after the baby's father contacted authorities saying she texted him videos of her tormenting, berating and assaulting the infant, according to a police report. In one video, Park is heard telling the baby to "eat stuff off the floor, this is what your dad wants me to do," police said. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Stealing Bath Salts

Missouri police arrested a man they say stole bath salts from a bait and tackle shop after a seven-hour manhunt that left residents on edge. "I was kind of freaked especially since it was just me and my mom at home," Makayla Sasse said. "First thing she was like, let's get the guns." Police did not release the name of the man but listed his age at 35. When police apprehended the suspect, the man told the station that it's the economy that makes "a good man do bad things." Read more...

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Doctor Ordered to Trial in 3 Drug Deaths

A doctor accused of prescribing pain killers to three young men who died was ordered to stand trial for second-degree murder in the overdose deaths. Dr. Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng is one of only a handful of doctors nationwide to be charged with murder related to prescription drugs. The decision by Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar de Longoria to send Tseng to trial came after a three-week preliminary hearing where she was portrayed as the go-to doctor for people seeking drugs. Read more...

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Lions Cornerback Aaron Berry Gets DUI

Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry apologized for his weekend arrest in Harrisburg, Pa. He was charged with driving under the influence, two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles and two counts of failure to stop and render aid leaving the scene of an accident, according to Harrisburg Police Cpl. Atah Akakpo-Martin. He drove his vehicle into parked cars and attempted to flee the scene. All of the charges are misdemeanors. Read more...


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June 26, 2012

Court Nixes Life Without Parole for Juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled mandatory life without parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitional regardless of how heinous the crimes they commit. The court said to treat juveniles the same as adults was unconstitutional because it amounted to unusual punishment. Read more...

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'Flint Slasher' Gets Life Sentence

A man convicted of murder in a 2010 stabbing spree in Michigan was sentenced to life in prison Monday, wrapping up the first in a series of cases against Elias Abuelazam. Michigan offers no parole to people convicted of first-degree murder, which means the 35-year-old Israeli immigrant will be locked up until he dies, unless he wins an appeal. Read more...

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Bulger Claims He Had Immunity

The defense attorney for former Boston Mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger says he'll file a motion to dismiss the charges, claiming Bulger had immunity from prosecution for past and future crimes. J.W. Carney Jr. also said Monday he has asked the trial judge to recuse himself because he was a top federal prosecutor. Read more...

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Two Boys Shot While Waiting in Line for Lunch

Three people, including two young boys, were shot in the District of Columbia while they were waiting in line at a summer lunch program. Metro Police told the newspaper that the boys, ages 7 and 8, were among 30 children lined up for the lunch program when a gunman began shooting at another male outside a nearby apartment building around 12:30 p.m. The gunman and his intended target fled the scene. Read more...
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Teen Lesbian Couple Found Shot in Texas Park

Two teenage girls in a relationship were found with gunshot wounds to the head in a south Texas park, with one of them dying from her injuries. Police were searching for the gunman. Mollie Judith Olgin, 19, and Mary Christine Chapa, 18, were found in knee-deep grass in a park in Portland by a couple early Saturday. Olgin, of Flour Bluff, died; Chapa, of Sinton, was rushed to a hospital where she had surgery and was in serious but stable condition. Read more...

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FBI Saves 79 Kids Held as Sex Slaves

The FBI, working alongside state and local authorities across the U.S., rescued 79 minors being held as sex slaves, the agency announced. The minors – two of whom were boys, the rest girls – were taken from 57 different cities during "Operation Cross Country" raids. The youngest kid was 13, while another told of being held as a sex slave since age 11, said Kevin Perkins, the head of the FBI's criminal division. Read more...

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Dating Service Sued Over Background Checks

A New Jersey dating service's allegedly botched background checks led to a woman's date with a man who had multiple drunken-driving convictions and a warrant out for his arrest, a lawsuit claims. Jeanne McCarthy, 64, is suing the Lawrenceville, N.J., branch of a dating service called Two of Us, The Trentonian reports. McCarthy says she paid $7,000 to be matched with a man aged 58 to 67 with an active lifestyle. But the date McCarthy ended up with didn't meet her criteria -- just one of several examples of deceit that she's alleging in her lawsuit. Read more...

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Victim's Mother Billed for Fatal DUI Cleanup

A grieving mother told a South Carolina court she was slapped with several bills, including one to clean the street, after her son was killed by a drunk driver last year. Loretta Robinson spoke of the emotional and financial toll her son Justin Walker's death had on her as the driver Anna Gonzales, who is an illegal immigrant, pled guilty in the case. Read more...

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Former Falcon Jamal Anderson Arrested for DUI

Police arrested former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson for drunken driving, according to a DeKalb County police report. Anderson, 39, was driving so slow he was impeding traffic, according to DeKalb police. He was pulled over at 4:30 a.m. on Chamblee Tucker Road near I-85 and taken to DeKalb County Jail, where he was released later Sunday after posting bond. The full police report is not yet available. Read more...

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Jenna Jameson Officially Charged With DUI

Porn legend Jenna Jameson has officially been charged with DUI after smashing her car into a light pole last month in Orange County. Jameson was arrested after the single-car accident early in the morning on May 25. The site says she showed signs of intoxication, took a field sobriety test, and was subsequently busted on suspicion of DUI. According to law enforcement officials, Jameson had a blood alcohol percent of .13 and had two prescription drugs in her system at the time of her arrest. The drugs have been identified as zolpidem (Ambien) and buprenorphine (Suboxone). Read more...


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June 25, 2012

Three Charged in 1980 Slaying of Hammond Officer

Three men are charged with murder in the 1980 slaying of an off-duty Hammond police officer after a bag used during the botched robbery attempt was linked to other incidents. Larry Mayes, 62, of Portage and James Hill, 49, of Gary were being held at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point. The third man charged, 62-year-old Pierre Catlett of Harvey, Ill., remained at large. Read more...

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14-Year-Old Boy Shoots Armed Intruder

A 14-year-old boy shot and nearly killed an intruder who broke into his Phoenix home and pulled a gun on him while he was watching his three younger siblings, police said. The teen and his siblings, ages 8, 10 and 12, were at home alone when a woman rang the doorbell, Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said. Read more...

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Fast-Food Worker Stabs Complaining Customer

Authorities say an employee at a fast-food drive-thru window in Southern California stabbed a customer after a dispute over his order. The man complained about his order to 28-year-old Gabriel Villalba, who worked at Del Taco in Hemet. The confrontation escalated until Villalba stabbed the customer in the abdomen with a knife. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Cyber-Stalking

Officials say a 20-year-old Biloxi man has been arrested on charges of cyber-stalking after he threatened on Facebook to kill a family. Byron Charles Miller threatened to kill a 17-year-old girl and her parents in posts on Facebook and another website, according to Sgt. Donnie Dobbs of the Biloxi police. Dobbs said Miller threatened the family because they were pursuing a charge against him for obscene electronic communications.
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Girl, 16, Injected 3 Times With Meth

Police say a Blaine man injected a 16-year-old girl with methamphetamine three times because he said she was "constantly bugging him" to let her use the drug. 21-year-old David Lee Svege was charged this week with distributing meth to a person younger than 18. The charges stemming from the meth incident came after Svege was arrested at a local Wal-Mart trying to steal DVD players. Read more...

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Auburn Quarterback Arrested as Public Drunk

Auburn freshman quarterback Zeke Pike was arrested and charged with public intoxication. He was released on $300 bond. The 19-year old Pike was an early enrollee at Auburn, taking part in spring practice and in the A-Day scrimmage, where he was 7-of-9 passing for 92 yards. Read more...


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June 23, 2012

Sandusky Convicted of 45 Counts

Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and faces spending the rest of his life in state prison. His attorney said he would appeal the verdict. Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, asked Judge John Cleland to allow Sandusky to be released on house arrest, but Cleland summarily rejected the request, saying: "Bail is revoked. Mr. Sandusky is remanded to the custody of the sheriff." Sandusky was immediately led out of the courthouse in handcuffs as a large crowd of onlookers cheered. Read more...

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Serial Killer Sentenced to Death for 3 Murders

A convicted serial killer was given a death sentence for strangling a 15-year-old girl and two women in the Los Angeles "Southside Slayer" attacks of the 1980s and 1990s, according to prosecutors. Michael Hughes, 55, was convicted last November of killing his victims after DNA evidence tied him to murders authorities say were committed for sexual gratification. Hughes was convicted of killing 15-year-old Yvonne Coleman, 36-year-old Verna Williams and 32-year-old Deborah Jackson between 1986 and 1993. Williams and Jackson were prostitutes. Read more...

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Arkansas Execution Law Ruled Unconstitutional

The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's execution law Friday, calling it unconstitutional. In a split decision, the high court sided with 10 death row inmates who argued that, under Arkansas' constitution, only the Legislature can set execution policy. Legislators in 2009 voted to give that authority to the Department of Correction. The 2009 law says a death sentence is to be carried out by lethal injection of one or more chemicals that the director of the Department of Correction chooses. Read more...

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Registered Sex Offender Arrested in While Babysitting

Butte-Silver Bow law officers arrested a registered sex offender after discovering he was babysitting a 3-year-old. Authorities say the child showed no signs of abuse. Sheriff John Walsh says 59-year-old Michael Mattix was arrested just before 11 a.m. Thursday after someone called police concerned about the small child playing around a vehicle. Walsh says Mattix had the child in his vehicle while he was working doing some landscaping. Read more...

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Doctor Loses License Over Abortion Referrals

A Kansas doctor remained unapologetic Friday after state regulators revoked her medical license over allegations that she performed inadequate mental health exams on young patients she then referred to Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions. Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus and other abortion-rights supporters described the action against her by the State Board of Healing Arts as part of ongoing efforts to limit access to abortion that also shadowed Tiller before his murder in 2009 by a man professing strong anti-abortion views. Neuhaus immediately said she would ask the state's courts to overturn the board's decision. Read more...

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Man Killed Wife, Daughter After Paternity Test

A Southern California man strangled his wife and bludgeoned his 6-year-old daughter to death after a paternity test showed the girl was not his biological child, prosecutors said. Deputy District Attorney John Aki told a Riverside courtroom that Michael Barbar, 54, of Perris received the test results eight days before strangling his wife and smashing the girl's head into a bedpost repeatedly until her skull was crushed in 2009. Read more...

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'Swamp People' Star Arrested in Florida

One of the stars of the TV reality show "Swamp People" has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges. Noces Joseph LaFont Jr. — who is known as "Trapper Joe" on TV — was arrested Wednesday by Orange County Sheriff's deputies. According to an arrest affidavit, LaFont was arguing with his girlfriend while staying at a hotel near Disney World and tried to burn her with a lit cigarette. The report also says he punched the woman with a closed fist. Read more...

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Woman Drives Car Into Golf Course Sand Trap

Patricia Maione drove her car into a sand trap and then tried to convince officers that her GPS told her to do it. Maione told police that the GPS told her to turn left which she did. That left turn took her through a cornfield in Northbridge Massachusetts and then onto the golf course. She drove through Whitinsville Golf Club until her car got stuck in the sand trap. Police weren't buying her story of the faulty GPS. Read more...





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June 22, 2012

Video Shows Zimmerman's Account of Fatal Fight

George Zimmerman appears believable when he re-enacts for police what he says led to the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, but some of his statements are questionable, lawyers who reviewed the footage said. Even a detective who interrogated the neighborhood watch leader pointed out inconsistencies in his story, particularly Zimmerman's claim that Martin punched him and slammed his head onto the ground when the teenager had no prior history of violence. Read more...

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Serial Killer Arraigned in NYC

A convicted California serial killer pleaded not guilty to murdering two women in New York City in the 1970s, charges lodged just last year after suspicion swirled around him for decades. Rodney Alcala, a former dating-show contestant who has spent the last 33 years tangling with authorities in a series of trials and overturned convictions, was arraigned Thursday in the deaths of Cornelia Crilley and Ellen Hover. Read more...

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Man Shoots Lawyer in Custody Dispute

Chesterfield County Police say a 41-year-old man accused of shooting at the opposing attorney in his child custody case faces attempted murder and other charges. Mark M. Low also is charged with abduction, use of a firearm in a felony and shooting into an occupied dwelling. He is being held at the county jail without bond pending a hearing Friday in General District Court. Read more...

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Former NYPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Rape

A former police officer admitted that he raped a schoolteacher he grabbed off the street on her way to work, pleading guilty to rape charges that had stymied jurors who convicted him of other high-level sex crimes in the same attack. Already sentenced to 75 years to life in prison on his March conviction, Michael Pena is to be sentenced next month to at least 10 years for the rape charges. The sentences are set to overlap, but in the event Pena prevails in appealing his 75-year-plus term, he would still be left to serve 10 years to life for the rape. Read more...

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Coach Arrested for Performing Sexual Acts on Student

An assistant cheerleading coach at an Indianapolis high school was arrested last week after police say she performed sexual acts on a 17-year-old male student. Megan Crafton, 22, who reportedly lists herself as engaged on her Facebook page, allegedly performed sex acts on the student inside her vehicle at a supermarket parking lot, the report said. Read more...

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Former Steeler Haggan Reports to Jail

Former Steelers linebacker Clark Haggans reported to the Westmoreland County Prison Wednesday to serve time for a DUI conviction stemming from an incident in Arizona. Haggans, 35, who now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, will serve 48 hours in prison and then do seven days of work release, Westmoreland County Sheriff Jon Held said. Read more...


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June 21, 2012

Serial Killer to Face New York Murder Charges

A convicted serial killer who has been sentenced to death in California has been transported to New York to face murder charges in the deaths of two young women in the 1970s. Rodney Alcala was flown to New York to be arraigned on charges that he was indicted on in January 2011. Read more...

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Beth Holloway Sues National Enquirer

The mother of Natalee Holloway is suing The National Enquirer, saying the tabloid published untrue stories to profit from her daughter's 2005 disappearance in Aruba. Beth Holloway said in the lawsuit filed Wednesday that the magazine and its publisher, American Media Inc., published "false headlines, articles and statements" for nearly seven years. Read more...

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Sanford Police Chief Fired

Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who came under fire for his department's handling of the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, has been fired, City Manager Norton Bonaparte announced in a statement on Wednesday evening. "After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing the City of Sanford, I have determined the Police Chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community," Bonaparte said. "We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support." Read more...

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Gunman Shoots 2 Deputies, Kills Self

As police closed in on a suspect in the shooting of two Spokane County sheriff's deputies, the suspect fired repeatedly at pursuing cars, then shot and killed himself in the Deer Park area. The deputies, described as seasoned law enforcement veterans, are in stable condition at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where one has had surgery for his wounds. Read more...

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3 Dead, Houston Rapper Injured in Shooting

A mother-of-three and a popular local rapper were among the victims of a shootout outside a Houston nightclub that left three dead and two hospitalized. Hundreds ran for cover when bullets started flying following a rap concert outside Club Blue in southwest Houston. Houston Police have not yet identified a suspect or motive. Read more...

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3-Year-Old Found Wandering in Street as Mom Partied

An Orlando-area mom was arrested after her three-year-old son was found wandering the streets after she allegedly left him home alone to go party. The 24-year-old Nicole Finnell's son Daniel was found by a passer-by barefoot and running around in the street. Police say Finnell left her sleeping son in her home alone with the door unlocked and went to a bar and a house party. Read more...

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School Bus Driver Blows Three Times Legal Limit

A school bus driver in northern Massachusetts blew more than three times the legal limit after crashing his bus into a smaller one Monday afternoon. MyFoxBoston reports 37-year-old Erik K. Paulik was charged with operating under the influence of intoxicating liquor, child endangerment while operating under the influence, and failure to slow down while approaching an intersection after the crash. Paulik was given a field sobriety test and was found to have a blood alcohol level of .27, more than three times the legal limit. Read more...

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Brien Taylor Remains in Custody

Former New York Yankees pitching prospect Brien Taylor, indicted earlier this month in federal court on three counts of distributing crack cocaine, was ordered held in custody during a detention hearing. Taylor, who had been facing state charges, was indicted on June 5 in the U.S. Eastern District Court in North Carolina and transferred into federal custody. Taylor, 40, was arrested on March 1. Police said he sold large quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine to an undercover narcotics agent over a span of several months. Read more...


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June 20, 2012

Green River Killer Victim Identified

DNA from family members have helped Washington state authorities to positively identified another victim of one of history's most prolific serial killers. The remains of a 20-year-old woman found in Auburn, Washington in 1985 was a victim of Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer. The body has now been identified as Sandra Denise Major who was reported missing Dec. 24, 1982. Read more...

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Dad Won't Face Charges in Molester's Death

A young Texas father who beat to death with his fists a man molesting his 5-year-old daughter will not be charged, authorities said, as they released a dramatic 911 tape of the dad frantically pleading to send help before the man died. A Lavaca County grand jury declined to indict the 23-year-old father in the death of Jesus Mora Flores, 47, who was killed June 9 on a family ranch so remote that the father is heard profanely screaming at a dispatcher who couldn't locate the property. Read more...

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Toddler Found Inside Car With 2 Dead Bodies

Police are investigating after a 3-year-old was found in a car with the bodies of two gunshot victims in southwest Florida. The child was not harmed. Fort Myers Police found a man and woman inside a car around 4 a.m. Tuesday at the Gulfstream Isles apartment complex. They were pronounced dead at the scene and apparently died from multiple gunshot wounds. Several shell casings were left at the scene. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:19 AM

Teen Guilty of Battery in Flame Attack

A Florida teenager was convicted Tuesday of aggravated battery in a horrific 2009 attack on a middle school classmate who was drenched in rubbing alcohol and set on fire. Matthew "Zeke" Bent was accused of orchestrating the attack on Michael Brewer and charged with second-degree murder. The six jurors, who deliberated for just over a day, had the option of finding him guilty of a lesser offense. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:19 AM

Cannibalism Suspect Ordered to Mental Hospital

A Maryland judge has ordered a cannibalism suspect transferred to the state's maximum-security psychiatric hospital for a competency evaluation, prosecutors said. Alexander Kinyua, 21, of Joppatowne was also indicted on one count each of first-degree murder and carrying a weapon with intent to injure in the death of Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodied. Kinyua, a U.S. citizen originally from Kenya, told investigators last month that he killed the 37-year-old Ghanaian man and ate his heart and part of his brain, according to the sheriff's office. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:19 AM

Naked Mom Leaves Kids in Wrecked Car

A mom was found naked and eating ice cream in a Houston drug store after leaving her three children alone in a car when she crashed it. Stephanie Dillard, 34, was charged with endangering a child after her vehicle collided with a METRO bus. Her three children -- aged five, 12 and 16 -- suffered minor injuries and were shaken up after the crash. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:19 AM

Man Secretly Taped Hooters Contestants

A Georgia man was arrested after he secretly taped Hooters pageant contestants changing into their bikinis at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, authorities said. Ronald Rolfes, 31, was arrested Sunday at the hotel and faces one count of video voyeurism. He was recording contestants for the 2012 Hooters International Pageant while they changed in the Splash 5 room, Miami Beach Police said. Authorities found Rolfes sitting in a chair across from a camera, which was hidden by a backpack under a chair and gave him access to see behind a curtain, an arrest report said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Man Was Making Meth Inside Walmart, Police Say

An Ohio man was arrested for allegedly making methamphetamine inside a Walmart store in the town of Mentor. Mentor Police Lt. Ken Zbiegien said that James Richardson, 37, was spotted by store security placing ingredients in his shopping cart that are commonly used in the production of meth, the report said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Parents Planted Drugs on School Volunteer

A California couple has been arrested on suspicion of planting drugs in the car of an elementary school parent volunteer they disliked. Orange County prosecutors say Kent and Jill Easter were arrested and each was charged with two counts of felony conspiracy and false imprisonment. The Easters are both attorneys and live in Irvine. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Former Redskin Rickie Harris Convicted of DWI

A Fairfax County jury convicted a former Redskins player of felony drunk driving in a trial that played out against a backdrop of increasing concerns about head injuries in sports. Rickie Harris, 69, was sentenced to six months in prison, the minimum term the jury could have given him since it was his third driving-while-intoxicated offense in five years in Virginia. Read more...


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June 19, 2012

Tammi Smith Eligible for Probation

The woman who was the would-be adoptive mother in the Baby Gabriel case has narrowly avoided a mandatory prison sentence for conviction of two crimes related to the case. Tammi Smith is eligible to serve her sentence on probation as a result of a judge's ruling at a hearing Monday. Smith was convicted of forgery and conspiracy to commit custodial interference in May. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:21 AM

Zimmerman Spoke to Wife in Code From Jail

Speaking by phone from jail, George Zimmerman gave detailed instructions to his wife to conduct a series of money transfers and transactions in allegedly coded exchanges that were intended to hide from the court how much money had been raised to help pay for his legal defense, Florida prosecutors say. Transcripts of the phone calls, which were part of the evidence that the state had introduced in a request to get Zimmerman's bail revoked, were released by the court. Zimmerman's attorney called for a hearing to stop the release of more than 140 other calls. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:21 AM

Man Gets Life for Dismembering 9-Year-Old

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced to life in prison for bludgeoning to death and dismembering a 9-year-old girl he was baby-sitting just days before Christmas. Michael Plumadore last month pleaded guilty to murder, abuse of a corpse and removing a dead body from the scene in the Dec. 22 death of Aliahna Maroney-Lemmon. Prosecutors initially called for the death penalty but agreed to life in prison without the possibility of parole in exchange for the guilty plea. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:21 AM

Feds to Seek Death Penalty for RI Man

Attorneys for an inmate at the center of a legal battle between Rhode Island's governor and federal prosecutors say they're disappointed with plans by federal authorities to see the death penalty. Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island filed court papers saying they plan to seek the death penalty for 34-year-old Jason Pleau. He's accused of fatally shooting a gas station manager outside a bank in 2010. Not guilty pleas have been entered on his behalf. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:20 AM

Death Row Inmates Wants Speedy Justice

A convicted murderer said in a letter written from death row that the South Dakota Supreme Court owes it not only to him but to the family of the prison guard he killed to allow his execution to take place in a timely manner. It's the only way, he said, the guard's family can get justice. Eric Robert, 50, pleaded guilty to killing Ron Johnson during a botched prison escape at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and asked to be put to death. A judge determined in October that the crime merited the death sentence, and Robert was scheduled for execution the week of May 13. Read more...

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More Chicago Mayhem: 35 Hurt, 7 Killed

President Barack Obama's visit to Chicago didn't stop another violent weekend. At least seven people were killed and 35 were injured since Friday night. The youngest victim was a 16-year-old girl who died after she was shot three times in the chest Saturday evening in the Englewood neighborhood. Ten people were shot overnight Friday, and in one hour Sunday morning, three people were killed. The latest shooting happened just after midnight Monday when a 19-year-old was shot to death on the city's North Side. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:20 AM

Father Indicted for Tossing Toddler Into Creek

A New Jersey man was indicted on charges that he murdered his two-year-old daughter by tossing her into a creek while she was strapped in her car seat. Arthur Morgan III of Eatontown has been in jail on $10 million bail since his arrest in San Diego in November. Authorities say that after failing to return Tierra Morgan-Glover to her mother, from whom he was estranged, he tossed the child into a creek at a park in Wall Township, then fled the state. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:19 AM

Police: Mother Forced Daughter Into Prostitution

Authorities have charged an Ohio woman with forcing her young daughter into prostitution. Police say Jacqueline Toro-Williams, 37, forced the girl, who was between 11 and 12 years old at the time, to engage in sexual favors for money for more than a year before she ran away to Mexico. Capt. Daniel Zampelli of the Akron Police Department told msnbc.com that Toro-Williams began forcing the girl into prostitution near their neighborhood in 2007. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Nanny Arrested After Two Girls Drown

Marta Sonia Corvi, a live-in nanny in Dallas, Georgia, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor reckless conduct after two girls drowned in a pool while she was caring for them. Corvi was watching her employer's daughter, Sophia Juaraz, as well as Corvi's own granddaughter, Mia Penoyer, both age five. The rest of the family went grocery shopping and the girls wandered outside. Corvi was on the phone and didn't notice they were missing until the family returned and found them drowned in the pool. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Former Trooper Gets 5 Years on Drug Charges

A former South Carolina state trooper who admitted to transporting marijuana in his patrol vehicle was sentenced to five years in prison. United States Attorney Bill Nettles said that Kurt Steffen, 30, of Summerville was sentenced for manufacturing and possessing with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants. Senior United States District Judge C. Weston Houck sentenced Steffen to 60 months imprisonment to be followed by 4 years supervised release. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:17 AM

Principal Resigns After Arrest on Drug Charges

The principal of a Kissimmee elementary school who was arrested last week on multiple drug charges has resigned. David Groover phoned in his resignation as principal of Partin Settlement Elementary to the Osceola County schools' human-resources director, according to the district. Groover, 43, was arrested late Friday at his St. Cloud home. He was accused of providing methamphetamine and GHB, better known as the date-rape drug, to an undercover officer. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:17 AM

Police Arrest House-Sitter From Hell

An Ohio man was being held in jail for allegedly running a meth lab from a home he had been asked to watch while the owners were on vacation. John Joseph Piscitelli IV, 24, faces charges of illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal assembly of chemicals and obstructing official business. When the owners returned home Saturday, they found what they suspected were the components for manufacturing methamphetamine. Read more...


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June 18, 2012

Rodney King Dies at 47

Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, was declared dead early Sunday after being pulled from the bottom of his swimming pool. He was 47. King's fiancιe called 911 at 5:25 a.m. to report that she found him in the pool at their home in Rialto, Calif., police Lt. Dean Hardin said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:15 AM

Man Charged With Child Abuse After Near Drowning

Authorities have charged a Florida man with aggravated child abuse after a 14-month-old boy nearly drowned. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports 39-year-old Kevin Geddes was swinging the child in the yard of his New Port Richey home. Investigators say Geddes appeared to be inebriated and fell into a canal adjacent to the yard with the toddler. Geddes reportedly refused help from witnesses. The child began taking in water and appeared to be drowning. Read more...

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Woman Sexually Assaulted by Fake Cop

Officers are looking for a man who posed as an undercover cop and sexually assaulted a woman in the Greenwood area, according to the Seattle Police Department. Police said the incident happened at 11:32 p.m. when the woman was walking and a man approached her on the sidewalk. According to Seattle police, the man identified himself as a plain-clothed police officer working a sting in the area. Then he asked for her identification. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:15 AM

Easing of Pot Laws Poses Challenge for Parents

Michael Jolton was a young father with a 5-year-old son when Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000. Now he's got three boys, the oldest near adulthood, and finds himself repeatedly explaining green-leafed marijuana ads and "free joint" promotions endemic in his suburban hometown. "I did not talk to my oldest son about marijuana when he was 8 years old. We got to talk about fun stuff. Now with my youngest who's 8, we have to talk about this," said Jolton, a consultant from Lakewood. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:14 AM

Nick Stahl Checks Out of Rehab

Nearly one month after checking himself into rehab, "Terminator" actor Nick Stahl has checked himself back out - against doctors' orders. "He left a week ago," a source told E! News of Stahl's decision to abruptly end his stint in rehab. "He walked out against doctors' advice. He just didn't want to be there anymore ... It is very sad. He's still struggling and has yet to hit rock bottom. Everyone is extremely worried about him." Read more...


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June 16, 2012

Steven Powell Sentenced to 30 Months

The father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison in a Washington state court for recording images of two young neighbor girls in their bathroom. Pierce County prosecutors had asked for an exceptional sentence of 10 years for Steven Powell. His attorneys sought zero to 12 months, saying it's not clear exactly when Powell took the pictures, and it could have been before the state made voyeurism a ranked felony in 2006. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 10:07 AM

Man Sentenced for Killing Biletnikoff's Daughter

A man has been sentenced to 55 years to life in prison for killing the daughter of former Oakland Raiders star Fred Biletnikoff in 1999. Mohammed Haroon Ali received the sentence in San Mateo County Superior Court after being convicted of first-degree murder in March for killing his then-girlfriend Tracey Biletnikoff. At the sentencing, the NFL Hall of Famer called Ali an "animal" and said his hatred for him would never go away. Read more...

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Judge Rules Ohio Killer Incompetent for Execution

An inmate is too mentally ill to be executed for the killings of his wife and brother-in-law, a judge ruled Friday in a decision that comes just a week after the governor issued a reprieve hours before the man was set to die. "Abdul Awkal presently lacks the capacity to form a rational understanding as to the reason the state intends to execute him," Cuyahoga County Judge Stuart Friedman said. "Abdul Awkal may not be executed unless and until he has been restored to competency." Read more...

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Kidnapper in Chowchilla Case Wins Prison Release

After more than 35 years in prison, one of three men who kidnapped a busload of California schoolchildren in a ransom attempt that captured the nation's attention will soon be released. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced that it would release Richard Schoenfeld later this month at an undetermined location. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 10:05 AM

Parents Killed Their Daughter's Pimp

Authorities say a San Francisco couple dispensed their own brand of justice by gunning down their 17-year-old daughter's pimp. Prosecutors say Barry Laprell Gilton, 38, and Lupe Mercado, 37, had attempted once before to kill 22-year-old Calvin Sneed in May but were unsuccessful. In a second attempt, Sneed was sitting in his car on June 4 when Gilton fired a .40-caliber weapon from another vehicle, killing him. Read more...

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Lohan Treated for Exhaustion After Film Shoot

Lindsay Lohan continued to bring drama to the production of her latest film, receiving treatment for exhaustion and dehydration a week after she was involved in a car crash that sent her to the hospital. Lohan's publicist Steve Honig says producers of the Lifetime film "Liz and Dick" summoned paramedics to Lohan's hotel room after she did not respond for a shoot. The incident occurred after the actress completed an all-night shoot and had kept up a grueling schedule in recent days, Honig said. Read more...

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Drunk Mom Didn't Know Kids' Names

Police say a Muncie woman was so drunk at her home that she couldn't recall the names of her four children, who range in age from 13 to 2. One of the children found in the trash-filled home, however, was able to tell police she had not eaten in three days. Donnica Tonyale Douglass was arrested on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct. Read more...


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June 15, 2012

Shasta's Dad Sues Over Donations

The father of two children who were kidnapped by registered sex offender Joseph Edward Duncan III in Idaho is suing his sister-in-law who set up a bank account for donations to benefit the two siblings. Steven Groene filed suit against Brandy M. Hoagland, the aunt of Shasta and Dylan Groene, who were kidnapped in May 2005. Shasta was rescued after she and Duncan were recognized in a Coeur d"Alene restaurant two months later, but Dylan was killed by Duncan at a remote Montana campsite. Read more...

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Auburn Suspect's Attorney Seeks to Move Trial

An attorney for a Montgomery man accused of killing three people in a shooting at a party near Auburn University said she will ask that his trial be held outside of Lee County, where the school is located. Attorney Susan James said she was worried it would be difficult for Desmonte Leonard, 22, to receive a fair trial in Lee County because the slain included two former players, and a current player also was injured. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Bruce Davis' Parole Hearing Postponed

A parole hearing for former Charles Manson follower Bruce Davis was postponed at the last minute Wednesday after the inmate reported he was feeling ill. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira said Davis showed up for the hearing in San Luis Obispo but said he didn't feel well. He was taken to a prison medical clinic in the California Men's Colony and was examined and sent back, but still complained of illness and parole commissioners said it was necessary to postpone. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Stanford Gets 110 Years for $7B Ponzi Scheme

Former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford, whose financial empire once spanned the Americas, was sentenced to 110 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over 20 years in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge David Hittner handed down the sentence during a court hearing in which two people spoke on behalf of Stanford's investors about how his fraud had affected their lives. Read more...

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Judge Sets October Trial for FAMU Hazing Suspects

A judge has set an October trial date for 11 people charged with felony hazing in the death of a Florida A&M drum major. An attorney for one of the people says the trial likely won't start until next year, though, because of the number of defendants and witnesses who need to be interviewed. Circuit Judge Marc Lubet set the Oct. 8 date during an arraignment. Only defendant Shawn Turner was in court because he had not hired an attorney. He was appointed a public defender. Read more...

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Klansman Gave Black Inmate 40 Acres?

A black man says Edgar Ray Killen, a reputed Ku Klux Klan leader imprisoned for the 1960s deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, gave him power of attorney and land rights when they shared a penitentiary cell. But Killen's lawyer said the former inmate, James Stern, had no right to the property and Killen denies signing anything over to the man. Stern said at a news conference that Killen had given him power of attorney while they were in prison and he has taken control of 40 acres of Killen's land. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:40 AM

Woman Robs Same Store Three Times in Two Days

A woman who robbed the same liquor store three times in less than 24 hours was arrested at her home in Fall River, Mass., police said. Latasha Singletary, 30, is charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of robbery while masked. And Singletary was on pre-trial probation involving an armed robbery in April 2011 at the same store. Read more...

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Blindfolded, Bound Children Found at Walmart

A man and woman from suburban Chicago face felony child abuse and child endangerment charges after police said two of their five children were found blindfolded with their arms and legs bound in a Kansas Walmart parking lot. The jailed couple from Northlake, Ill., appeared in court by video in Lawrence, in eastern Kansas. Bonds for both were set at $50,000. They were appointed public defenders, and preliminary hearings were scheduled for June 21. Read more...

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Man Photographed Children in Bathrooms

A 28-year-old Pennsylvania man charged with taking pictures of children in bathroom rest stops along Interstate 95 in Maryland has been indicted by a federal grand jury and ordered detained by a judge in Philadelphia. Brian Williams, of West Chester, Pa., faces between 15 and 70 years in federal prison if convicted of the four counts in the indictment that includes charges of production and possession of child pornography. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:39 AM

Motorcycle Helmet Laws Reduce Deaths

Fewer motorcyclists die in states that require helmets, and the costs to society are lower too, according to a new federal study released. About five times as many no-helmet biker deaths occur in states with less restrictive laws, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found. "These laws save lives," said Rebecca Naumann, an epidemiologist and the study's lead author. Read more...

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Man Charged in $80M Prescription Drug Heist

A Florida man pleaded not guilty to charges that he was involved in the theft of about $80 million in prescription drugs from a Connecticut warehouse in 2010. Amed Villa entered his plea in U.S. District Court in New Haven, said his attorney, Jonathan J. Einhorn, and Tom Carson, spokesman for the U.S. attorney. In March 2010, thieves broke into the Enfield warehouse of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. by scaling an exterior wall and cutting a hole in the warehouse roof. They used ropes to lower themselves to the floor and disabled alarms before using a forklift to load pallets of drugs into a getaway vehicle. Read more...

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Baby Soaps Can Cause Positive THC Tests

Certain soaps used to wash babies shortly after birth may cause the baby to test positive for marijuana on some newborn screening tests, a new study suggests. In the study, urine samples that contained minute amounts of any of five baby soaps — Johnson & Johnson's Head-to-Toe Baby Wash, J&J Bedtime Bath, CVS Night-Time Baby Bath, Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and Aveeno Wash Shampoo — gave a positive result on a drug screening test for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. Read more...


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June 14, 2012

Teen's Remains Identified After 32 Years

Forensic science has identified the remains of a Maryland teenage girl who was reported missing by family members on April 3, 1980. Cynthia Gastelle was 18 years old when she vanished while going to job interviews in Takoma Park, Maryland. Her remains were found in Virginia two years later, but not identified until this week as a result of advancements in forensic science. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:36 AM

Metallica Helps FBI Try to Track Down Killer

Metallica is helping law enforcement authorities try to find the killer of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared from an October 2009 concert by the heavy metal band in Charlottesville, Va. As part of an FBI multimedia campaign, Metallica lead singer James Hetfield appears in an online video appealing to the public for tips in the death of Morgan Harrington. Harrington, 20, was last seen leaving a Metallica concert on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Oct. 17, 2009, and trying to hitch a ride. Her skeletonized body was found three months later in a hayfield on a remote farm in Albemarle County, Va., about 10 miles south of the concert venue. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:36 AM

Former 'Goodfellas' Gangster Henry Hill Dies

Henry Hill spent much of his life as a "goodfella," believing his last moment would come with a bullet to the back of his head. In the end he died at a hospital after a long illness, going out like all the average nobodies he once pitied. Hill, who went from small-time gangster to big-time celebrity when his life as a mobster-turned-FBI informant became the basis for the Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas," died at age 69, longtime girlfriend Lisa Caserta said. Read more...

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Jury Finds Ex-Police Officer Guilty of Rape

A former Westminster police detective who blamed the antidepressant Zoloft for his behavior was found guilty Wednesday of kidnapping and raping a waitress at gunpoint in a brutal attack, prosecutors said. A San Bernardino County jury will now have to determine whether Marine war veteran Anthony Nicholas Orban was sane at the time of the attack. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:35 AM

Former Teacher, Coach Gets 50 Years

A former South Carolina teacher and coach has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to nearly two dozen child sex charges. Louis "Skip" ReVille was sentenced by a circuit judge in a case that came to public attention about the same time as the Penn State sex abuse case. ReVille worked at schools, camps, churches and recreation programs in the Charleston area and was arrested last fall. He pleaded to 22 counts involving victims dating back a decade. Read more...

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Lions RB Leshoure Suspended 2 Games

Detroit Lions running back Mikel Leshoure, twice busted for marijuana possession this offseason, has been suspended two games by the NFL for violating the league's substance-abuse program. Leshoure, 22, will forfeit four game checks as part of the punishment. Lions president Tom Lewand said the team supports the decision, saying it expects every member of the organization "to uphold a greater standard of behavior." Read more...


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June 13, 2012

Bulger's Girlfriend Gets 8 Years

Saying that what she did was "more than mere harboring," a federal judge has sentenced the girlfriend of Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger to eight years in prison for helping him avoid prosecution for 16 years. Catherine Greig was also fined $150,000 for conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. The 61-year-old Greig could have faced a maximum of 15 years on the three charges. Read more...

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Auburn Killing Suspect Surrenders

A man accused of killing three people at a party near Auburn University turned himself in after a three-day manhunt that included a tense but fruitless search of a Montgomery home by police tactical units. A Montgomery defense attorney said she arranged for Desmonte Leonard to surrender after getting word that his family wanted her help. Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson said the suspect was taken into custody at 7:57 p.m. by a U.S. Marshal at the federal courthouse in Montgomery. Read more...

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Zimmerman's Wife Charged With Perjury

The wife of George Zimmerman, the accused killer in the Trayvon Martin case, has been arrested and is being charged with perjury for lying to a judge about the couple's finances during his bond hearing, authorities say. An order issued by assistant state attorney John Guy charged Shellie Zimmerman for knowingly making false statements during the April hearing. According to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office, deputies were alerted by prosecutors that a warrant had been issued for Shellie Zimmerman, 25. Read more...

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Casey Anthony Admits She Was 'Stupid Kid'

An "ashamed" Casey Anthony concedes that interviews given around the time of her arrest and trial make her look "absolutely horrible," but says "even then, that wasn't who I am." Speaking to CNN's Piers Morgan by telephone, Anthony said, "I've looked back at some of the interviews ... in the way that I've come across. It's horrible. It looks absolutely horrible. I'm ashamed in many ways of the person that I was. Because even then, that wasn't who I am." Read more...

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Man Executed in Deaths of Daughter, Ex, In-Laws

Mississippi executed a man for fatally shooting his 3-year-old daughter, his ex-wife and her parents in a crime in which authorities say he also stole his slain mother-in-law's wedding ring and used it to propose marriage to his girlfriend. Jan Michael Brawner, 34, died at 6:18 p.m. CDT after receiving a chemical injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, authorities said. Brawner had admitted to the killings during his trial and said he didn't deserve to live after shooting his daughter, Paige, his ex-wife, Barbara Craft, and her parents, Carl and Jane Craft, at their house on April 25, 2001. Read more...

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Arizona Court Approves Fifth Execution

The Arizona Supreme Court approved the execution of a death-row inmate who was spared from the death penalty last year after winning a last-minute delay from the U.S. Supreme Court. Daniel Wayne Cook, 50, is now scheduled for execution on Aug. 8 at the state prison in Florence. Cook was sentenced to death for killing a 26-year-old Guatemalan immigrant, Carlos Cruz-Ramos, and a 16-year-old boy, Kevin Swaney, in 1987, after police say he tortured and raped them for hours in his apartment in Lake Havasu City in far western Arizona. Read more...

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Jury to Get 'Stand My Ground' Case

Attorneys for a Texas man who argued the state's version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor after a verbal confrontation at a 2010 party rested their case Tuesday without calling any witnesses. With the end of testimony, jurors had been expected to begin deliberating Raul Rodriguez's fate after closing arguments Tuesday afternoon. But state District Judge David Mendoza delayed closings until Wednesday to give lawyers more time to finalize instructions to the jury. Read more...

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Escape From Alcatraz: Mystery Remains

For 20th-century crime buffs, few capers match the intrigue and ingenuity of the "Escape from Alcatraz," the 1962 prison break that three inmates pulled off with stolen spoons, dummy heads and a raincoat raft. For Marie Widner and Mearl Taylor, the fabled flight from the Rock is all about family. The two Florida women are the younger sisters of John and Clarence Anglin, who along with fellow prisoner Frank Morris, disappeared from the federal prison on Alcatraz Island 50 years ago. Whether the three men perished in chilly San Francisco Bay, as prison officials and federal agents insisted at the time, remains a subject of hot speculation because their bodies were never found. Read more...

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Man Found Guilty in Septic Tank Body Case

A jury has convicted a man of aggravated murder and other charges in the death of his estranged wife, who was found strangled in a septic tank in southeast Ohio last year. Hocking County jurors in Logan deliberated for about four hours before returning a verdict in the trial of 27-year-old William Inman II. He could face the death penalty when he's sentenced. His parents also are charged. They are being tried separately in the slaying of his 25-year-old wife, Summer. Read more...

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Giants' David Diehl Apologizes for DUI

Remorseful, embarrassed and bitterly disappointed in himself, Giants guard David Diehl stood in front of his locker Tuesday and apologized for "a bad decision" that resulted in his being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The leader of the Super Bowl champions' offensive line addressed a media throng and said he hoped people would not judge him by this one mistake. Read more...


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June 12, 2012

'Tex' Watson Says No Clues on Tapes

A former Charles Manson Family member has asked a federal bankruptcy judge to revise an earlier ruling that would allow Los Angeles Police Department detectives to take possession of audio tapes of conversations with his attorney 40 years ago. Charles 'Tex' Watson asked that the investigators be allowed to listen to the tapes, but not be given the cassette recordings. Watson said there is no evidence of any unsolved murders on the tapes as the detectives said in their motion to get the tapes. Read more...

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Supreme Court Reinstates Ky. Death Sentence

The U.S. Supreme Court has reinstated the death sentence of a Kentucky inmate who was on track to be freed after awaiting execution for three decades. The high court overturned a U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had granted a new trial to 63-year-old David Eugene Matthews. That trial would have been on reduced charges and likely would have led to Matthews' release even if he was convicted, because of the length of time he's already served. Matthews was sentenced to death in 1982 for the slaying of his estranged wife and mother-in-law in Louisville. Read more...

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Woman Doused in Gas, Set on Fire

A woman was severely burned Monday after being doused in gasoline and lit on fire outside a 7-Eleven store in South Florida in a dispute with the father of her child, police said. The 34-year-old woman was waiting in her silver Mercedes at the store shortly before 3 a.m., Boynton Beach Police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. She was meeting her ex to pick up her 4-year-old son for whom they share custody. Read more...

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Father Kills Man Trying to Assault Daughter

A father beat to death with his hands a man who tried molesting his 4-year-old daughter after the little girl was heard screaming on the family's rural Texas ranch, authorities said. Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said the father, whose name has not been released, is unlikely to be arrested for Saturday's killing and that no evidence so far has led investigators to doubt his story. Read more...

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NY Giants Lineman Diehl Charged With DWI

New York City police say Giants offensive lineman David Diehl has been charged with driving while intoxicated. Police say they got calls about a vehicle accident in Queens. When they got there, they found a BMW had struck several parked cars along 35th Avenue. They say Diehl was behind the wheel. He was charged after a Breathalyzer test allegedly showed he was above the legal limit. Read more...


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June 11, 2012

Woman Accused of Burning Roommate Alive

A woman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and other felony offenses after allegedly killing her roommate by throwing gasoline on him, then setting him on fire at their apartment in Anchorage, Alaska. Suspect Gina Virgilio, 26, was arraigned on charges of murder, arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and assault, the Anchorage Police Department said. Read more...

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Police Seek Gunman in Auburn Shootings

Two former Auburn University football players are among the three killed when shots were fired at a party near the school. Three more were wounded. The gunman opened fire during a fight at a party held at an off-campus apartment complex near Auburn University on Saturday night. Three were killed in the shooting including the former AU student athletes Edward Christian and Ladarious Phillips. Three more were injured in the gunfire, one of whom is a current football player for the university. Authorities are hunting for the suspect, Desmonte Leonard. He is being charged with capital murder and considered armed and extremely dangerous. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Killing Twins, Sitter

A man charged with killing 9-year-old twins and their 73-year-old baby sitter has been arrested in Alabama. Prosecutor Michael Jackson says 22-year-old Deandra Marquis Lee was arrested Saturday morning in Selma. Authorities found him at an apartment complex after someone called in a tip to a hotline set up by state officials. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:14 AM

Sheriff's Race Marred by Kidnapping Allegation

Voters choosing a sheriff in one South Carolina county can pick from four men accused of doing something wrong, including a former Secret Service agent accused of trying to kidnap someone and a second man investigated by state agents. If neither suits their fancy, voters also can pick from a former deputy who was fired last year after his bosses accused him of lying on his time sheets, or the current chief deputy, who was the No. 2 man at the agency when a former office manager stole more than $500,000 forfeited by drug dealers. All four men deny any wrongdoing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:13 AM

Death Row Suicide Highlights Executions' Delays

When James Lee Crummel hanged himself in his San Quentin Prison cell last month, he had been living on Death Row for almost eight years — and he was still years away from facing the executioner. California's automatic death penalty appeals take so long that the state's 723 condemned inmates are more likely to die of old age and infirmities — or kill themselves — than be put to death. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:12 AM

Burned Bodies Were Missing Ariz. Family

Authorities have confirmed the identities of three burned bodies found inside an SUV in the desert south of Phoenix in a murder-suicide. Tempe police said that dental records showed they were 16-year-old Malissa Butwin, 14-year-old Daniel Butwin and 7-year-old Matthew Butwin. Authorities say the records were needed because the bodies were burned beyond recognition. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:12 AM

Tourists Look for Ghosts at 'Ax Murder House'

It's been a century since Josiah and Sarah Moore, their four children and two visiting children were hacked to death with an ax while they slept, and the tiny town where they lived in Iowa has never been the same. What remains the state's worst mass murder divided the community in 1912 between those who suspected a prominent businessman and others who blamed a traveling preacher or thought it was someone else going through the area. The case was never solved, and in some ways, the mystery still haunts Villisca. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:12 AM

'Jersey Shore' Cast Member Deena Arrested

A "Jersey Shore" cast member has been arrested in the New Jersey town where the MTV show is based. Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd said that Deena Cortese was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. Boyd says a borough officer saw Cortese "a little intoxicated" and standing in the middle of a street, slapping cars that were driving by. Read more...


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June 08, 2012

Feds Seek 10 Year Sentence for Bulger's Girlfriend

The longtime girlfriend of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger should spend 10 years in prison because she knowingly protected one of the region's most violent criminals for more than 16 years, federal prosecutors said. In a sentencing memo filed in U.S. District Court, prosecutors say Catherine Greig hid Bulger's identity and handled the daily tasks necessary for them to keep a low-profile in Santa Monica, Calif., where the couple was captured last June while living in a rent-controlled apartment. Read more...

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Reward Offered for Murder Suspect

U.S. Marshals, helping with the hunt for murder suspect Deandra Marquis Lee, are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. This is in addition to another $5,000 reward offered by Montgomery resident Mark Kitchens. Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said dozens of law enforcement agents are working leads within Selma. Lee is wanted in connection with the killing of 9-year-old twins, Jordan and Taylor Dejerinett and 73-year-old Jack Mac Girdner. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:22 PM

Court Rules for Media in Execution Case

A federal appeals court sided with The Associated Press and 16 other news organizations Friday in ruling that witnesses should have full viewing access to Idaho's upcoming execution. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision a day after hearing arguments in a lawsuit from the news groups seeking to change Idaho's protocol, saying it's unconstitutionally restrictive. The case aims to strike down a portion of Idaho's regulations that prevent witnesses — including reporters acting as representatives of the public — from watching executions until after catheters have been inserted into the veins of death row inmates. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:22 PM

Wealthy Texas Woman Faces Child Porn Charges

A wealthy Texas woman who shares a $1.4 million home with her attorney husband faces charges that she collected and traded child pornography online in what experts say is a rare case of a woman being caught up in such activity. Erika Susan Perdue has been undergoing addiction treatment since her April arrest on federal charges that she accessed child pornography from the computer in her 4,000-square-foot home in the well-heeled Dallas enclave of University Park. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:21 PM

Feds Arrest 190 Alleged Child Predators

Nearly 200 child predators have been arrested and 18 victims rescued in a nationwide undercover operation, federal authorities announced. The month-long investigation -- called "Operation Orion" -- was conducted in May by special agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit. The operation targeted individuals who "possessed, received, transported, distributed, advertised or produced images or videos of child pornography," ICE officials said in a press release. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:21 PM

Ying Yang Twins' D-Roc Arrested For DUI

There was a time when the Ying Yang Twins were at the top of the rap game, but last week group member D-Roc hit a low point when he was arrested and hit with DUI, drug possession and child endangerment charges. D-Roc (born Deongelo Holmes) was arrested in Georgia after Gwinnett County police stopped the rapper for failing to drive in a single lane. According to a police report, D-Roc admitted to having "a few beers at a friend's house" and smoking marijuana earlier in the evening. He was driving with his children (a 3-year old and a 2-month-old), who were asleep in the back seat of his 2002 GMC Yukon Denali. Read more...




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Man Pleads Guilty to 1981 Double Murder

One month after he stunned police by stepping forward to confess to the brutal 1981 killing of an elderly couple in Iowa, a California man pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Jack W. Pursel, 66, entered the guilty pleas during a hearing at the Black Hawk County courthouse in Waterloo. Quoting Bible verses, Pursel said he was taking responsibility for the torture and execution-style shooting deaths of Robert Huntbach and his wife, Goldie, because he had become a born-again Christian and was seeking forgiveness and mercy. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:51 AM

Former Head of Winter Hill Gang Arrested

Prosecutors say Boston-area gang boss Howie Winter, a predecessor of James "Whitey" Bulger as head of the Winter Hill Gang in the 1960s and '70s, has been arrested on attempted extortion and conspiracy charges. Prosecutor Gerry Leone announced the arrest of 83-year-old Winter along with 70-year-old James Melvin. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:51 AM

Roger Clemens' Wife Takes Stand

Roger Clemens' wife took the stand in her husband's perjury trial late Thursday afternoon, but the bulk of her testimony will take place Friday morning. Clemens is charged with lying to Congress in 2008 when he said he never took performance-enhancing drugs. His former strength coach, Brian McNamee, said he injected Clemens with steroids in 1998, 2000 and 2001 and HGH in 2000. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:50 AM

Man Gets Life for Killing 2 Men, 10-Year-Old

A Maine man convicted of killing two adults and a 10-year-old boy is going to prison for life. Thayne Ormsby was given three life sentences — one for each murder conviction — in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton. The judge added a 15-year sentence on top of the life sentences for Ormsby's arson conviction. Ormsby was convicted in April in the 2010 stabbing deaths of 55-year-old Jeffrey Ryan, his 10-year-old son, Jesse, and family friend Jason Dehahn at Ryan's home in the small northern Maine town of Amity. The jury rejected Ormsby's insanity defense. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:50 AM

Former Cop Charged in Sexual Assault Case

A former Westwood police officer has been arrested and charged on two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 following a year-long investigation, Norwood police said in a statement. Kevin McCarthy, of Norwood, turned himself in and pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment in Dedham District Court. He was released on $5,000 cash bail with orders to stay away and have no contact with the alleged victim, abide by a curfew, and report to the Norwood police within 24 hours of his release, police said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:50 AM

20 Arrested in International Child Porn Ring

Investigators have busted a child pornography ring spread across the U.S. and Europe that produced and distributed sexually explicit images of babies and toddlers online, federal prosecutors in Indianapolis said. Seven American men have been convicted and sentenced on various charges in the case, including three who were sentenced in federal court in Indianapolis, the U.S. attorney's office said. Two more who pleaded guilty are awaiting sentencing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:49 AM

Scout Willis Rejects DUI Plea Deal

Scout Willis has rejected an offer to plead guilty following her arrest on suspicion of underage drinking. The 20-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore was charged with two misdemeanors on Tuesday after being arrested for allegedly drinking beer at New York's Union Square on Monday and giving officers a fake ID, but she doesn't want to end up with a criminal record over the incident. Read more...




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June 07, 2012

Cops Search Etan Patz Suspect's Home

Detectives armed with a search warrant raided the suburban N.J. home of Etan Patz's suspected murderer and seized a computer hard drive and other evidence. ABC News witnessed the search, which is part of a relentless scouring for evidence to corroborate the murder confession of Pedro Hernandez in the disappearance of Patz, a 6-year-old New York City boy who vanished on his way to catch a school bus in 1979. Read more...

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Woman Gets Life for Strangling Toddler-Daughter

A central Florida woman has been sentenced to life in prison for strangling her toddler daughter with a bra. A Seminole County jury found 24-year-old Nioshka Bello guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder, and a judge sentenced the woman immediately after that. Authorities say Bello strangled 2-year-old Janessa Sandoval in September 2009 in a Casselberry home. Read more...

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Missing Twins and 73-Year-Old Caretaker Found Dead

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) said Wednesday that authorities had found the bodies of a caretaker and two twins reported missing and have developed a person of interest in the triple-homicide. "On Tuesday, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department requested the ABI's assistance after the bodies of one adult and two children were discovered on a dirt road off Alabama 21, near Hayneville," the ABI said. "It has been confirmed that the bodies are those of Jack Mac Girdner, 73, and nine-year-old twins Jordan and Taylor Dejerinett." Read more...

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Kings Offer Reward for 1-Year-Old Boy's Killer

Los Angeles authorities and the L.A. Kings are offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to the capture the bicyclist who shot and killed a 1-year-old boy Monday while he was in his father's arms. Police Chief Charlie Beck called the shooting of Angel Mauro Cortez-Nava by a teenage assassin wearing a hoodie an "awful tragedy." The boy's father, Mauro Cortez, 24, was also injured in the shooting near their home. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:06 AM

Doctors Arrested in NY Prescription Drug Crackdown

Federal and state authorities have charged 98 people in New York City and Long Island, including two doctors and a nurse, with trafficking and abuse of painkillers and other prescription drugs, they said. The charges follow a crackdown on traffickers who stole or forged prescriptions to obtain large quantities of painkillers that could be illegally resold to users, and on doctors and nurses who knowingly helped traffic the drugs, according to Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Read more...

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36 Arrested in Puerto Rico Airport Drug Ring

Thirty-six people were arrested in a crackdown on a drug trafficking ring that used Puerto Rico's main airport to smuggle large quantities of cocaine off the island aboard U.S.-bound passenger flights, authorities said. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said the 36 detainees, including 22 suspects rounded up at San Juan's International Airport, were among 45 people indicted for smuggling more than 61,000 pounds of cocaine out of the U.S. territory on commercial flights to the U.S. mainland since 1999. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:05 AM

Amber Portwood's 5-Year Prison Term Reinstated

"Teen Mom" reality star Amber Portwood is heading to prison for up to five years, after giving up on a drug rehab program. Portwood, 22, was sentenced in February to three years in an Indiana prison for possessing prescription drugs without a prescription, and another two years for a probation violation. A plea deal allowed her to avoid prison and instead pursue treatment at a rehab facility. But after three months in the rehab program, Portwood called it quits and decided to opt for prison. Read more...




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June 06, 2012

Van der Sloot Extradition Delayed

Joran Van der Sloot has apparently successfully delayed extradition to the United States until after he serves his sentence in Peru for the murder of Stephany Flores. The Peruvian Supreme Court ruled that Van der Sloot must first serve his 28-year sentence in Peru before being sent to the U.S. where he faces extortion charges. But the court's decision on Van der Sloot's status may not be the final word. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:13 AM

Man Executed for Killing 4 Nieces, Nephews

A Mississippi man convicted of killing four young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage was executed Tuesday, despite pleas from his two sisters to spare the brother who killed their children. Henry "Curtis" Jackson Jr. was pronounced dead at 6:13 p.m. CDT Tuesday after receiving an injection at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, officials said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:13 AM

Prosecutor: Doctor Knew of Prior Drug Deaths

A prosecutor said a California doctor facing rare murder charges in the drug deaths of three men under her care said she knew three previous patients had died from drug overdoses. At a preliminary hearing set to resume Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney John Niedermann cited the other deaths, which he said would show a pattern of behavior by Dr. Hsui-Ying "Lisa" Tseng. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:13 AM

Rap Music Agent Found Guilty in Drug Case

A rap and hip-hop industry agent has been found guilty of federal drug trafficking charges in New York City. The jury verdict was reached at the Brooklyn trial of James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond. The head of New York-based Czar Entertainment was charged last year with running a coast-to-coast drug ring that used music equipment cases to transport cocaine and drug money. The 47-year-old Rosemond had claimed he was framed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:12 AM

Man Charged in 4 DUI Deaths Pleads Guilty

A Florida man accused of killing four people in a drunken driving crash has pleaded guilty. With jury selection set to begin in Pinellas County, 22-year-old Demetrius Jordan pleaded guilty to four counts of DUI manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury. He faces up to life in prison at his July 20 sentencing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:12 AM

Bruce and Demi's Daughter Scout Arrested

New York City police say the underage daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis was caught drinking in public and carrying fake identification. The New York Police Department said Tuesday that officers found 20-year-old Scout Willis sipping a beer in Union Square in violation of an open-container law. Police say she also showed them a fake ID — a misdemeanor. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 06:12 AM

Amanda Bynes Wants DUI Officer Fired

Amanda Bynes was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs – then took her case directly to the White House. "I don't drink," the actress, 26, said in a Tweet to the Barack Obama presidential campaign. "Please fire the cop who arrested me." The misdemeanor charge relates to her April 6 arrest, when Bynes was pulled over at 3 a.m. in West Hollywood after allegedly sideswiping a police car in her BMW when she tried to make a right turn. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 06:11 AM

June 05, 2012

Van der Sloot's Extradition to U.S. Must Wait

Joran van der Sloot's extradition to the United States will not happen until after he serves his sentence for murder in Peru, the country's highest court has ruled. That could be as long as 28 years. But the decision by Peru's Supreme Court is not final, as Peru's justice minister and Cabinet must also approve it, van der Sloot's lawyer said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:03 AM

Compassionate Release Too Late for Inmate

A convicted killer has died in a California prison hours before he was to be freed to spend his final days with his family. Carl Wade was recommended for compassionate release under a state law for inmates whose death is imminent and who post no danger to the public. He was terminally ill with heart and lung diseases. A Lake County judge blocked the 66-year-old's release, but an appeals court overruled the judge on May 17. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:02 AM

Execution Set for Man Who Killed 4 Kids

The sister of a man set to be executed Tuesday said she will ask the governor to spare her brother's life, even though he was convicted of murdering two of her children and two of her nephews and trying to kill her. Henry Curtis Jackson Jr. killed his two nieces and two nephews, ages 2 to 5, when he went to his mother's home in Leflore County looking for money from a safe on Nov. 1, 1990, according to the court record. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:02 AM

Shoplifting Suspect Dies While Detained at WalMart

Police say a suspected shoplifter died at a Southern California Walmart store after a fight with store security workers who caught him in the parking lot. Covina police Lt. Holly Francisco says when police arrived they found the suspect, who had attempted to steal clothing and body wash, restrained by store security and appearing to need medical help. Officers called paramedics and the suspect was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:01 AM

Nebraska Mom Strangled Son, Herself

Police say a Nebraska mom who disappeared last month with her son strangled the 10-year-old boy before strangling herself in the woods of an Iowa state park. Council Bluffs police said that Charlotte Schilling, 41, of Plattsmouth, Neb. and her son, Owen, both died with plastic zip ties around their necks in a murder-suicide. The Schillings were missing from May 10 until their bodies were found May 20 in Lake Manawa State Park. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:00 AM

Laptop Snaps Thief's Photo, Leading to His Arrest

Open an app. See a flash. Get arrested. Police in Michigan say a stolen laptop took a picture of the thief and sent it to a security website, leading to his arrest. The computer's owner, Logan Chadde, installed Orbicule security software before a weekend break-in at his home in Ann Arbor. The program captured the thief using Facebook and talking with another person about how he was going to sell the stolen laptop. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:00 AM

4th Teen Dies After Pre-Graduation Crash

An 18-year-old boy died a day after he was thrown from a car just hours before his high school graduation in a northeast Ohio crash that killed three other teens. The Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland released a statement from Kevin Fox's family saying he had died. "We are grateful for the overwhelming support that the northeast Ohio community has given our family during this difficult time," the Fox family statement said. A car carrying Fox and four other teenagers went airborne, crashed, and flipped onto its roof at a railroad crossing early Sunday. Fox was ejected from the car's backseat and landed in a ditch. He was flown to the hospital. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:59 AM

Justin Blackmon's Blood Alcohol Three Times Limit

The story behind Justin Blackmon's DUI arrest in Stillwater, Okla., isn't getting any prettier. Stillwater police spokesman Capt. Randy Dickerson confirmed to NFL.com that the former Oklahoma State wide receiver smelled of alcohol when an officer pulled him over shortly after 3 a.m. local time. Blackmon agreed to take a breathalyzer test and blew a .24 -- three times the state's legal limit. Under Oklahoma law, a BAC above .15 constitutes the charge of aggravated DUI. It can be prosecuted as a felony or misdemeanor. Read more...




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June 04, 2012

George Zimmerman Back in Florida Jail

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with murder in the killing of Trayvon Martin, surrendered to police and was booked into jail after having his bail revoked two days earlier. Zimmerman's legal team said in a tweet that he was in police custody. Zimmerman's bail was revoked because the judge said he and his wife lied to the court about their finances so he could obtain a lower bond. The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said Zimmerman would be in a cell by himself, separated from the general population, because the case is so high-profile. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:07 AM

Sandusky to Face Accusers in Sexual Abuse Trial

Seven months after their wrenching allegations of childhood sexual abuse put Penn State University on a world stage, victims will face Jerry Sandusky in court this week. As many as eight young men will confront the retired Penn State assistant football coach from the witness stand in the coming weeks and deliver to a jury their accounts of the abuse they allege he committed over the course of 13 years. After jury selection, set to begin Tuesday and conclude later this week, prosecutors are likely to open their case with the most visceral testimony they have, lawyers familiar with the case say. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:06 AM

Man Kills Brother, Sister-in-Law While Kids Listen

A convicted murderer freed from prison two years ago gunned down his brother during an argument outside his brother's northwest Indiana home, then chased his sister-in-law inside and killed her while her terrified children listened, authorities said. Steven Clippenger, 41, of South Bend, apparently killed Matthew and Lisa Clippenger after he became angry when Matthew confiscated his handgun hours earlier at the home. He got another handgun from an acquaintance, Jenifer Leveque, returned to his brother's home and killed the couple before fleeing with Leveque in a pickup truck. They were arrested a short time later driving away from Steven Clippenger's home. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:06 AM

Body of Kidnapper Goes Unclaimed

Mississippi officials are trying to determine what to do with the body of a man who abducted two young Tennessee girls after he killed their mother and oldest sister. Police believe Adam Mayes killed Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne Bain, on April 27 in their home in Whiteville, Tenn. Bain's two younger daughters were found and taken home after Mayes fatally shot himself when police tracked him down May 10 in Union County, Miss. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:06 AM

Trapped Bank Robber Cut From Air Duct

A wig-wearing man broke into a suburban Chicago bank vault and nearly made off with $100,000 but got stuck in an air duct and had to be cut out hours later, authorities said. Charles Estell, 38, was found hiding in an air duct in an office next to the bank, according to Oak Lawn police spokesman Michael Kaufmann. The Chicago man had allegedly robbed the suburban bank and pointed a gun at bank employees who confronted him in the vault, according to the FBI. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:05 AM

Stoned Mom Forgets Baby on Car Roof

Phoenix police have arrested a woman who allegedly drove off after forgetting that her 5-week-old baby was in a car seat on the roof of her vehicle. Officer James Holmes said officers were called out after witnesses found a child strapped in a safety seat in the middle of an intersection. The boy wasn't hurt. He's now in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:05 AM

Jaguars First-Round Pick Arrested for DUI

Jacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick receiver Justin Blackmon was being held on $1,000 bail after he was arrested on an aggravated DUI charge, authorities said. The former Oklahoma State star was booked into the jail after Stillwater police arrested him, Payne County Sheriff Sgt. Brandon Ingham said. Blackmon was previously arrested on a DUI charge in Texas in 2010 after officers caught him speeding on a suburban Dallas highway. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:05 AM

Vikings FB Jerome Felton Arrested for DWI

Minnesota Vikings fullback Jerome Felton has been arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired and refusing to submit to a chemical test. Eden Prairie police say Felton was arrested just before midnight. Online court records show Felton was released from jail Saturday after posting $12,000 bond. A court appearance is set for July 18. Read more...




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June 02, 2012

Judge Revokes George Zimmerman Bond

A judge has revoked the bond of the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and ordered him returned to jail within 48 hours. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Friday that George Zimmerman misled the court about how much money he had available when his bond was set for $150,000 in April. Prosecutors claim Zimmerman had $135,000 available that had been raised by a website he set up. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:56 AM

Fugitive From Indiana Dead in Oregon

Fingerprint comparison has confirmed that a 62-year-old man who died from a gunshot wound after a confrontation with officers in southeast Oregon was a fugitive who disappeared from Indiana 12 years ago. Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings identified the man as Phillip Ferguson. An autopsy conducted by Oregon state Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson found the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head from a small-caliber weapon. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:55 AM

Parents: Unlikely Lauren Spierer Is Alive

Almost exactly a year after college student Lauren Spierer disappeared after a night out with friends in Bloomington, Ind., police say her case is still active. Her mother, Charlene Spierer, said Friday that she always has hope her daughter is alive but "after a year, I don't think it's likely." Lauren's father, Robert Spierer, told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie: "You have to be realistic ... you always have that small element of hope, but of course, as time goes by, you become more and more realistic about the possibility of her being alive." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:55 AM

Rockefeller Impostor Challenges Mass. Conviction

A lawyer for a German man who pretended to be a member of the storied Rockefeller family argued that his client's conviction for kidnapping his daughter should be thrown out because his trial was marred by the "evisceration" of his insanity defense. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who used the name Clark Rockefeller as one of his aliases after moving to the United States in the 1970s, was convicted in 2009 of kidnapping his 7-year-old daughter during a supervised visit after he and his wife divorced. He also was convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for instructing his hired driver to speed away after he snatched his daughter, injuring a social worker supervising the visit. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 09:55 AM

Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Role in Killing

A Maryland man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a Virginia handyman in 2010. Twenty-two-year-old Reynard Prather of Oxon Hill, Md., pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria earlier this year to teaming up with two others to try and rob a Centreville man at his home because they expected him to be carrying large sums of cash. When Prather and the other robbers arrived at the home, they ended up confronting a handyman who worked there -- Jose Cardona, a legal immigrant from Guatemala. During a struggle, Cardona was shot and killed. Read more...

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Tulsa Teen Shot to Death Day After Graduation

Kayla Ferrante was riding home after her high school graduation party in Tulsa when shots rang out: One bullet pierced the rear license plate of her boyfriend's Cadillac STS, traveled through the trunk and two seats and hit her in the back, ending a life that family and friends said was marked by determination and purpose. Ferrante, 17, had graduated last Friday – a year early. On Saturday, she had been to a family graduation party and a friend's house and was just blocks from home when several shots were fired. Read more...

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Unemployed Drug Users in Georgia Risk Benefits

Georgians who fail a drug test while trying to get a job could lose their unemployment benefits under a new policy being quietly implemented by the state's Labor Department. The agency isn't forcing everyone who collects jobless benefits to take a drug test. Instead, officials are asking businesses and the public to essentially rat out people who fail a drug test required to apply for a job. Read more...

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Matthew Fox Will Face No Jail for DUI

"Lost" star Matthew Fox won't be locked up after his DUI arrest last month -- TMZ has learned, the actor struck a plea deal with prosecutors that will keep him out of jail. In exchange for no jail time, Fox pled no contest to one count of DUI. As part of the deal, Fox's driving privileges have been revoked for one year, during which he also can't drink alcohol. The actor is also required to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program. Read more...

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Brooke Mueller Back in Rehab

Brooke Mueller, the ex-wife of Charlie Sheen, is back in rehab for her crack cocaine addiction. Mueller has struggled with the addiction for over 10 years and has had multiple stints in rehab, a source told the gossip website. She was arrested in December for cocaine possession and assault but agreed to a plea deal to avoid jail. Her rep Steve Honig said Mueller is seeking recovery "as part of her ongoing treatment and as planned. She voluntarily checked herself into a rehab facility several weeks ago." Read more...


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June 01, 2012

Kentucky to Change Execution Method

Kentucky may be set to join Missouri in establishing a one-drug lethal injection execution to avoid the court challenges of its present three-drug method. The Kentucky Justice Cabinet filed notice that it intends to propose new execution regulations next month. Last week, Missouri became the first state to switch to using the drug propofol, the powerful anesthetic that caused the death of Michael Jackson. Read more...

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Edwards Acquitted on 1 Count, Mistrial on Others

John Edwards was acquitted on one charge of campaign finance fraud and a mistrial was declared on five other counts when jurors said they couldn't decide if he illegally used money to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for president. The monthlong trial exposed a sordid sex scandal that dashed Edwards' White House aspirations in 2008, and the jury's decision came on a confusing day. The judge initially called jurors in to read a verdict on all six counts, before learning that they had only agreed to one. About an hour later, the jury sent the note to the judge saying it had exhausted its discussions. Read more...

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Arkansas Jail Escapees Captured

Two murder suspects who used a hacksaw to break out of their second-story cell in an Arkansas county jail were apprehended after a four-day manhunt, authorities said. The Miller County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday that murder suspect Quincy Vernard Stewart, 36, and his cell mate Cortez Rashod Hooper, 23, were back in the county jail, but gave scant details on how they were tracked down. Read more...

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Police: Unlikely Ayla Renolds Is Alive

Law enforcement officials said for the first time that they believe a toddler who disappeared in the days leading up to Christmas is no longer alive. Officials pressing for more information about Ayla Reynolds' whereabouts also announced at the news conference that a $30,000 reward for information on the case will expire June 30. Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said investigators remain determined to solve the mystery of Ayla's disappearance. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:44 AM

Man Interviews for Job, Gets Arrested

A Washington, D.C., man was detained for first-degree murder when a background check for a new job revealed an outstanding warrant in one of the oldest cold case murders in Montgomery County. Bobby Coley, 63, of southeast Washington, was applying for work as a temp, when a background check uncovered an outstanding warrant in his name. When Coley went to the sheriff's office to clear his name and land the job, he had no idea the warrant was for murder. Read more...

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Drug Dealer Mistakenly Sends Officer Text Messages

Police say a drug dealer mistakenly sent messages to a California central coast police officer in an attempt to sell methamphetamines. The Santa Maria officer notified Santa Barbara County sheriff's detectives about the errant text messages. The officer and detectives then set up a meeting with the alleged drug dealer. Sheriff's spokesman Drew Sugars says they arrested 39-year-old Reymundo Carlos Escobedo and seized about 2 grams of methamphetamine. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 11:43 AM

Drug Charges for Bus Driver in Disneyland Trip

A charter bus driver has been charged with drug possession after police say he had drugs in his system when he showed up to take a group of recent southern Utah high school graduates to Disneyland. Brandon Gillman faces two felony counts for possession of cocaine and the painkiller Endocet, and a misdemeanor count for possession of the sleeping pill Zolpidem. The 30-year-old also faces misdemeanors for possessing drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence. Read more...


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