August 31, 2012

Huguely Gets 23 Years for Murder

A former University of Virginia lacrosse player who beat his ex-girlfriend to death in an apparent drunken rage has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. George W. Huguely V was convicted in February for the murder of Yeardley Love, also a university student. The jury had recommended a 26-year sentence for Huguely. Read more...

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New Judge Assigned to Zimmerman Case

A new judge has been assigned to oversee the case of George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Trayvon Martin. Debra S. Nelson, a 13-year judicial veteran, was assigned to Zimmerman's case Thursday. A day earlier, an appeals court granted his attorney's request for Judge Kenneth Lester to disqualify himself. Read more...

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Jury to Get Peterson Case Tuesday

A judge sent jurors home after they heard the last testimony at Drew Peterson's murder trial on Thursday, saying they will return after Labor Day to hear closing arguments. The state called just two witnesses, both forensic pathologists, in a one-day rebuttal as they entered the last evidence against the former suburban Chicago police officer. Read more...

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Girl, 10, Charged in Maine Infant Death

A 10-year-old girl was charged with manslaughter in the death of an infant -- an extremely unusual charge for such a young defendant. The girl, who is not being identified, is the youngest person to be charged with manslaughter in the far northern state of Maine in at least 25 years. Authorities said the infant, Brooklyn Foss-Greenaway, of central Maine, had been under a baby sitter's care but did not say whether the suspect was the sitter. Read more...

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Missing Defendant Gets 99 Years

Jurors convicted a man of taking part in the repeated sexual assaulting a Texas middle school student and sentenced him to 99 years in prison. Eric McGowen wasn't in court when jurors found him guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child or later when they returned with the sentence. The 20-year-old had been free on bail and he skipped out during a break in proceedings Wednesday, the first day of testimony. Read more...

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Man Charged in Deaths of Wife, Daughter

Prosecutors who charged a 40-year-old Spanaway, Wash., house painter with aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of his wife and 11-year-old daughter say the man told officers he killed his wife to keep her from learning he had lied about their dire financial situation. In charging papers, prosecutors say Dean Holmes also said he killed his daughter so she wouldn't have to face her mother's death and her father's imprisonment. Read more...

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Marine Wife Died During Sexual Attacks

New search warrants unsealed in the murder case of a Marine wife reveal that, according to detectives, Brittany Killgore was an unwilling participant in sadomasochistic sexual activity involving the three suspects accused of killing her. The San Diego, Calif., North County Superior Court released 22 search warrants in the Killgore murder case. The documents had previously been sealed at the request of the San Diego County district attorney. Read more...

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Titans' WR Britt Suspended One Game For DUI

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has been suspended for the team's season opener due to his arrest at Fort Campbell earlier this summer for driving under the influence. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed down the one-game suspension. Britt was arrested July 20 for driving under the influence when he tried to pass through a security gate at the Fort Campbell Army post on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line. Read more...


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August 30, 2012

Zimmerman Judge Must Step Aside

Zimmerman Judge Must Step Aside
George Zimmerman's judge must step aside because of bias, a Florida appellate court ruled. The ruling means a new judge will soon preside over Zimmerman's second-degree murder case in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, according to a website set up by Zimmerman's defense team. Zimmerman's lawyer Mark O'Mara filed a motion in July to disqualify Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. But Lester denied the motion, finding it "legally insufficient." Read more...

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Defense Rests in Peterson Trial

The defense at the trial of Drew Peterson, accused of killing his third wife, rested after the former Illinois police officer stood in a Joliet, Ill., courtroom and told the judge he had chosen not to testify. The statement came after Peterson's older son, Thomas, 19, testified that he never believed his father killed his mother, Kathleen Savio. Read more...

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Search Continues for Missing SC Women

Authorities plan to resume searching the Francis Marion Forest near Charleston for more evidence in the disappearance of two women. Authorities say the car in which two Berkeley County women were last seen was found burned in the forest and a woman's body was found nearby. An autopsy is planned to determine the identity. Berkeley County sheriff's spokesman Dan Moon says the car in which 18-year-old Dana Woods and 22-year-old June Guerry were last seen was found near Cordesville. Read more...

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Driver Finds Scorched, Naked Woman

A naked, severely burned woman with a strap around her neck arose from a rural eastern Ohio road, crying in agony, and threw herself toward a passing vehicle in a scene that was "something out of a horror show," the motorist said. The man said the 29-year-old woman was pleading for help and comfort, and was burned from head to toe, with all her hair gone, when he spotted her Sunday morning in a heavily wooded, lightly traveled area northeast of Zanesville. Read more...

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Teen Survey Reveals Drug-Infected Schools

According to the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse XVII: Teens, conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), nearly nine out of 10 (86 percent) high school students say that some classmates are drugging, drinking and smoking during the school day. It's the sixth straight year that 60 percent of high school students said that they attend a drug-infected school, where drugs are used, kept, or sold on school grounds. These students report that about 17 percent of their classmates are involved in these on campus behaviors. Read more...

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Rapper Beanie Sigel Arrested

Beanie Sigel, aka Dwight E. Grant, was not driving the car, but after police found "several prescription bottles and a small amount of marijuana" on Gerald Andrews, they decided to search "famous hip hop rapper" Beanie too. The report continues, "A search of the passenger resulted in finding approximately $4,650.00 along with a bottle of codeine syrup with a scratched off label. The passenger also had several prescription pills wrapped in plastic bags located in a cigarette pack." Read more...

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Wife Swap Star Arrested for Prostitution

Alicia Guastaferro, who appeared on Wife Swap in 2008, was arrested for prostitution on Monday, Pembroke, N.Y., police said. Per police, the 20-year-old was in the car with 54-year-old James D. Doyle; Doyle was arrested for driving while intoxicated, providing alcohol to a person under 21 and patronizing a prostitute. Read more...




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August 29, 2012

Arrest Made in Missing Teen Case

A 52-year-old acquaintance who did yard work for the family has been charged with kidnapping in the case of a missing 15-year-old South Carolina teen. Freddie Grant has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Gabrielle "Gabbiee" Swainson who has been missing since Saturday. Read more...

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'Speed Freak' Killer Helps Search

Wesley Shermatine, one half of the Speed Freak Killers duo, was reportedly let out of San Quentin's death row to help investigators search for victims. Shermantine aided investigators for the day, and was taken back to prison Sunday night. Leonard Padilla, a bounty hunter, said Shermantine was let out Sunday and is being offered reward money in exchange for bodies. Padilla believes the money is coming from the FBI and believes the reward will be paid to Shermantine per body. Read more...

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Trooper, Suspect Dead in Shootings

A West Virginia state trooper was killed and three others injured in back-to-back shootings that also left the suspect dead. Two troopers noticed the suspect was driving erratically and pulled over his vehicle about 8 p.m. at the Wallback park-and-ride off Interstate 79 in Clay County, 37 miles east of Charleston, said West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous. Read more...

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School Shooter Brought 21 Rounds of Ammunition

A 15-year-old sophomore at a suburban Baltimore high school who made references to murder-suicide on Facebook has been charged as an adult in the shooting of a classmate on the first day of school, authorities said. Robert Wayne Gladden Jr. was being held without bail on charges of attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, Baltimore County police said. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 7. Read more...

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FAMU Band Hazing 'President' Charged With Felony

Dante Martin, identified as the so-called "president" of the band bus on which FAMU drum major Robert Champion was fatally beaten last fall, faces a charge of felony hazing in Champion's death, new court documents show. Martin, 25, of Tampa, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with a separate hazing aboard Bus C, a charter bus that transported members of the Marching 100's percussion section to band performances. Read more...

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Drunk Man Causes Death of 70,000 Chickens

A man wandering around a Delmar, Md., poultry farm in a drunken stupor turned off the power to three chicken houses, causing the deaths of nearly 70,000 chickens, sheriff's officials said. The property owner who made the grisly discovery found the man, identified as Joshua D. Shelton, 21, of Delmar, Md., passed out on the floor of the power control shed, wearing only a T-shirt and boxer shorts. Read more...

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Michigan's Toussaint Pleads Guilty to DUI

Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint pleaded guilty to drunken driving while his availability for Saturday night's showdown with No. 2 Alabama remained unknown. Toussaint made a brief appearance in Washtenaw County District Court, pleading guilty to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired after being charged with the more serious operating while intoxicated. He faces up to 93 days in jail when he is sentenced Oct. 23, just after Michigan hosts Michigan State and prior to its game at Nebraska. Read more...

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Former NFL Star Sam Hurd Ordered Jailed

A federal judge ordered former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd to be jailed indefinitely Tuesday for failing two drug tests and allegedly buying drugs while already facing charges he tried to distribute marijuana and cocaine. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan indicated that he was less troubled by the drug tests than the allegations that Hurd had tried to buy drugs while he was out on bond. He revoked Hurd's $100,000 bond. After the hearing, Hurd turned toward his family and supporters in the courtroom and said: "Lies." He spoke briefly to a few people watching before he was led out of the courtroom. Read more...


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August 28, 2012

Megan Boken Suspects Investigated

St. Louis authorities have filed murder charges against two men in connection with the shooting death of a university volleyball star during an attempted robbery. Johnathan Perkins and Keith Esters are facing murder charges in the death of former St. Louis University student Megan Boken. They are being investigated in a possible link to a previous robbery and kidnapping. Read more...

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Peterson Lawyers Mount Defense

Drew Peterson's defense team began Monday to try to counter the state's portrayal of the former suburban Chicago police officer as a bully who was more than capable of slaying his third wife. Prosecutors rested their four-week, 30-plus witness case earlier on Monday, ending with a dramatic letter from the alleged victim, in which Kathleen Savio said she feared her spouse would kill her. Read more...

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Body of New York Girl, 5, Found in Alley

Authorities say a 5-year-old western New York girl was killed by a trusted family friend at her great-grandmother's house then put in trash bag and stuffed in an alley garbage can. Niagara Falls police say two people in custody will be charged with killing Isabella Sarah Tennant. They did not identify the two suspects, including a 16-year-old friend of Isabella's family. Read more...

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FBI Joins Search for 15-Year-Old SC Girl

Authorities are offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to a 15-year-old Columbia girl who has been missing for a week. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says a person who wanted to remain anonymous donated $2,500 to the reward fund and his department matched it, along with $1,000 from Crimestoppers. Read more...

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San Francisco Archbishop Arrested for DUI

San Francisco's Roman Catholic archbishop-elect has been arrested for driving under the influence in San Diego. Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, who last month was named the next archbishop of San Francisco, was arrested after authorities stopped him at a checkpoint near the San Diego State University campus. Read more...

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Troy Aikman's Ex-Wife Arrested in Texas

Troy Aikman's ex-wife was arrested in Collin County, Texas for being drunk in public earlier today. According to the Murphy Police Department, 43-year-old Rhonda Aikman was arrested on August 27 for public intoxication, a low level misdemeanor. Rhonda was hauled to a nearby jail, where bond was set at $269.00. She has since been released. Aikman's car was towed from the scene of the arrest to a nearby impound lot. Read more...

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'Walking Dead' Actor Charged With DUI

An actor on the popular Georgia-filmed TV series 'The Walking Dead' faces driving under the influence charges in Peachtree City. Scott Wilson, 70, who plays the role of alcoholic farmer Hershel Greene on the zombie series, was pulled over by Peachtree City police at 2 a.m. on Aug. 18, according to an incident report. A breathalyzer test at the scene returned a result of 0.143, above the legal limit of 0.08. Tests while being booked at the Fayette jail returned results of 0.151 and 0.155, the officer wrote. Read more...




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August 27, 2012

Two Teens Charged in Megan Boken Case

Two 18-year-old Missouri men have been charged with murder in the shooting death of volleyball player Megan Boken. The suspects have been identified as Keith Esters and Johnathan Perkins, and police said the motive was attempted robbery. Boken, 23, was a former volleyball star at St. Louis University who was in town to play a match that pitted alumni against student athletes. She was shot to death while sitting in her Volkswagen on Saturday afternoon, hours before the game, police said. Read more...

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Drew Peterson's Defense Starts

Assuming the Drew Peterson prosecution rests Monday and the judge refuses to dismiss the murder charge — two highly likely, but not guaranteed, scenarios in this legal circus — the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's attorneys will launch a defense. Over the next few days, they are expected to call pathologists and law enforcement officials to help bolster their assertion that Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio, died after accidentally falling in her bathtub and drowning in 2004. Prosecutors contend he killed her after a bitter divorce in which they battled over his pension and child support payments. Read more...

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Police Solve 40-Year-Old Murder Case

Police in Long Beach say recent advances in DNA technology have helped them solve a 40-year-old murder, the oldest cold case homicide on their books. In a statement, police say newly tested biological evidence collected at the crime scene has proven that Emanuel Miller sexually assaulted and stabbed 58-year-old Helen Sullivan to death on January 21, 1972. Read more...

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Auburn Center Arrested for Public Intoxication

Auburn coach Gene Chizik has suspended center Reese Dismukes following the sophomore's arrest on a public intoxication charge. Chizik says he is "very disappointed in Reese Dismukes for his irresponsible behavior" Friday night. The suspension comes eight days before Tigers open against Clemson in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Chizik did not say how long Dismukes' suspension would last. The Lee County's sheriff's office said that the starter was released on a $300 bond. It did not offer further details. Read more...

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Mark Grace Arrested for Drunken Driving

Former Chicago Cubs standout Mark Grace, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star selection, was arrested in Arizona for driving under the influence, police said. Police said Grace, who was pulled over in Scottsdale just outside Phoenix, was driving with a suspended license stemming from a prior driving under the influence arrest in the same town in May 2011. Read more...


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August 24, 2012

No Parole for Mark David Chapman

A parole board in New York has once again denied parole for the killer of John Lennon. Mark David Chapman was denied release from the state Department of Corrections by a three-member parole panel again. It was the seventh time that he has been turned down. Chapman has been incarcerated since shooting Lennon in December 1980. Read more...

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Drew Peterson Told Forth Wife to Lie

A pastor has testified that a former Illinois police officer accused of killing his third wife had told his fourth wife to lie to the police. Rev. Neil Schori said that Drew Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, looked frightened and had tears streaming down her cheeks as she confided in him at a suburban Chicago coffee shop. Stacy Peterson went missing in 2007. Read more...

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Rodney King Death Ruled Accidental

The death of Rodney King earlier this year was ruled an accidental drowning and there were multiple illegal drugs in his system, police said. Rialto police said the county medical examiner's report showed King had drugs such as PCP, cocaine and marijuana in his system when he died in June, the San Bernardino Sun (bit.ly/OXVE3I) reported. King also had a blood-alcohol level of .06 percent. Read more...

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Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker Arrested in DUI

Former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker is facing hit-and-run and intoxicated driving charges in Washington state, authorities said. Trooper Troy Briggs said the 63-year-old Spokane native was arrested Aug. 14 in Spokane Valley. KXLY-TV reported that Crocker struck another car while driving a 2009 Ford Mustang convertible. The driver of the other car was uninjured, the station said. The ticket from the arrest did not specify his blood-alcohol level. Read more...

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Armstrong to Be Stripped of Tour Titles

Cyclist Lance Armstrong will be stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life after refusing to fight drug allegations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. "He will be banned for life and loss of results since Aug. 1, 1998," Annie Skinner, a USADA spokeswoman, said in an email. Armstrong's attorneys sent a letter to USADA yesterday saying he would not seek arbitration of the agency's accusations that he used and trafficked prohibited drugs, allegations the cyclist said were part of an "unconstitutional witch hunt." Read more...




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August 23, 2012

Two Charged in Killings of Louisiana Officers

Louisiana State Police brought first-degree murder charges on Wednesday against two men held in connection with a pair of shootings including an ambush near New Orleans that killed two police officers, police said. The men, 24-year-old Brian Lyn Smith and 28-year-old Kyle David Joekel, were among seven people charged last Friday with lesser charges over the shootings of sheriff's deputies in LaPlace, Louisiana, earlier this month. Read more...

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Jeffrey Dahmer's Ohio Childhood Home for Sale

The childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is for sale in northern Ohio. The house was the site of Dahmer's first murder, in 1978. Dahmer moved to Wisconsin in 1982 and went on to kill 16 more victims before his spree was discovered in 1991. He was attacked and killed in prison in 1994. The three-bedroom, 2,170-square foot home on a wooded lot in Bath, near Akron, is on the market for $329,000. Read more...

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Peterson Offered $25K to Kill His Third Wife

A witness at Drew Peterson's murder trial says the former Illinois police officer offered him $25,000 to hire someone to kill his third wife and told him it was a secret he'd take to his grave. Jeff Pachter used to work with Peterson at a cable company. Pachter testified Wednesday that Peterson made the request months before Kathleen Savio was found dead in 2004. He says the code word to let Peterson know the hit happened was related to cookies, but he couldn't remember the word. Read more...

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'Accidental' Removed From Natalie Wood's Death Certificate

Information gathered by a renewed investigation into actress Natalie Wood's 1981 drowning death has persuaded the Los Angeles coroner to remove "accidental" from her death certificate, a detective said. The death certificate was amended on August 7 to list her death as caused by "drowning and other undetermined factors" rather than "accidental drowning," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detective Kevin Lowe said. Read more...

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Murder Convict Released After DNA Results

A Long Island man convicted in 1995 of killing his wife while on vacation in Vermont was released from prison Wednesday, a day after a judge vacated his sentence and ordered a new trial because DNA from an unknown man was found on her body. John Grega, 50, formerly of Lake Grove, N.Y., was released around 5 p.m., corrections officials said. He had been serving a sentence of life without parole for the sexual assault and strangulation death of his wife, Christine Grega, while they were vacationing at a West Dover condominium nearly 18 years ago. Read more...

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Mom Convicted in Son's Death Could Be Freed

An Indiana woman convicted of setting a 1995 fire that killed her 3-year-old son could taste freedom for the first time after 16 years in prison, but her release could be short-lived. A Decatur County judge is expected to set bail for Kristine Bunch, 38, while she awaits a new trial on murder and arson charges stemming from a mobile home fire that some experts now say appears to have been accidental. Read more...

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Cheer Coach Accused of Having Girls Strip

A high school cheerleading coach is under police investigation over squad members' allegation that they played a stripping game at her suburban Atlanta home in July. According to a police report, the game, called "judge and jury," involved the coach acting as the judge, older team members acting as the jury; the younger team members were supposedly those put on trial. Read more...

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Prison Meth Ring Busted in Indiana

A federal indictment says 40 people are facing charges in connection to a methamphetamine ring that was run from at least two Indiana state prisons with the help of corrections officers. An indictment says the officers smuggled cell phones and controlled substances into the prisons. It also says three inmates are among those charged, including the alleged ringleader who's serving time for murder and attempted murder. Read more...


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August 22, 2012

Widow Charged With Murder Conspiracy

A Georgia woman accused of conspiring with her boyfriend to kill her husband for his $2 million life insurance has been granted bail after being arrested for murder. A Dekalb County judge set bail at $500,000 for Andrea Sneiderman, accused of conspiring to kill her husband Rusty Sneiderman in November 2010. Her former boss, Nemy Neuman, was convicted of shooting Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody daycare center. Read more...

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Drew Peterson Judge Allows Hit Man Testimony

The judge at Drew Peterson's murder trial says prosecutors can introduce potentially powerful testimony that the former suburban Chicago police officer once took steps to hire a hit man to kill his third wife. Judge Edward Burmila handed prosecutors the legal victory as testimony entered its fourth week. Prosecutors say Peterson asked a one-time co-worker to find someone to kill Kathleen Savio for $25,000. Prosecutors want to show Peterson plotted Savio's murder for weeks, although they allege he killed her himself. Read more...

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Casey Anthony Nears End of Probation

Casey Anthony, the young Florida mother who became a cable news sensation after the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, finishes her year of probation on check fraud charges on Friday, her lawyer told ABC News. Anthony, 26, began serving the probation on August 24, 2011. Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Ann Howard would not confirm the exact time of Anthony's release from the probation program for security reasons, but said Anthony did not commit any violations that would have prolonged her term. Read more...

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Man Gets Life in Dismemberment Case

A man who pleaded guilty to stabbing, suffocating and dismembering his girlfriend has been sentenced to life in prison and must serve at least 42 years before being eligible for parole. Matthew Puccio, who was sentenced Monday in Champaign County Common Pleas Court, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder in the death of Jessica Rae Sacco along with other charges including felonious assault, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The remains of Sacco, 21, were found in the bathtub of their apartment in Urbana, in western Ohio, in late March. Read more...

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Woman Sentenced in Global Computer Hacking Ploy

A 45-year-old woman has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for participating in what the U.S. Attorney's office said was a sophisticated computer hacking and ATM cash out scheme. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones sentenced Sonya Martin for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Authorities said she was from Nigeria and Chicago. U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the charges stemmed from a scheme where hackers obtained access into the computer network of a payment processor located in Atlanta. After compromising the system, the hackers managed to withdraw more than $9 million from more than 2,100 ATMs in at least 280 cities around the world, Yates said. Read more...

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Mom Stands Trial in Son's Meth Death

A 21-year-old Ohio woman is standing trial this week in connection with the methamphetamine poisoning death of her toddler son. Heather M. Lerch is one of four defendants charged in the drug-related death last winter of 17-month-old Patrick Nicholas Lerch. Police found the toddler unresponsive when they answered a call to the house Feb. 26. He died later at a hospital. An autopsy said the cause of death was methamphetamine poisoning during a period of neglect and abuse. Read more...




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August 21, 2012

Suspect Sought in Volleyball Star's Death

St. Louis police are searching for a lone gunman who fatally shot a former star college volleyball player hours before she was planning to play in an alumni game. Investigators believe 23-year-old Megan Boken was shot to death in her vehicle during an armed robbery attempt. The suspect is described as a 5-foot, 10-inch black male in his 20s, police said. Read more...

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Officer to Stand Trial in Teen's Death

An Oklahoma County judge ordered a Del City police officer to stand trial in the death of an 18-year-old who was shot following a vehicle pursuit earlier this year. The decision came at the end of a preliminary hearing for Capt. Randy Harrison, who is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the March 14 death of Dane Scott Jr. According to a police affidavit filed in the case, "Scott was unarmed and was not posing a threat of death of great bodily harm to the officers or any other person." Read more...

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No Alcohol, Drugs in Seau's System

No alcohol or illegal drugs were found in Junior Seau's system when he shot and killed himself at his home in May, authorities said. The full autopsy results were released by the San Diego County medical examiner's office in a 16-page report for the former NFL linebacker who was found by his girlfriend with a single gunshot wound to his chest. Seau did have Zolpidem, often found in the sleeping aid Ambien, and traces of the anti-inflammatory drug naproxen in his system when he died that were ''consistent with therapeutic use,'' wrote Deputy Medical Examiner Craig Nelson. Read more...

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WVU Nation's No. 1 Party School for 3rd Time

West Virginia University is back on top for the first time in five years, bumping off Ohio University to reclaim its title as the nation's No. 1 party school. WVU hasn't held the top spot since 2007, but the rankings announced Monday by The Princeton Review make it the third time. WVU was also No. 1 in 1997, and it's been among the top 20 party schools 12 times in the 21 years the rankings have been published. Read more...

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Michael Pineda Faces DUI Charge

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was arrested early Monday in Tampa, Fla., on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, a Tampa Police Department spokeswoman said. An arrest report said former Mariner Pineda, 23, who is in Tampa rehabilitating from shoulder surgery, was released on $500 bond. The report said the Nissan SUV Pineda was driving was traveling "at a high rate of speed and weaving from side to side, crossing the lane markers." The arresting officer wrote in the report that Pineda's eyes were red, glassy and watery and that he smelled "the distinct odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath." Read more...




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August 20, 2012

John Lennon's Killer Seeks Freedom Again

Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's convicted killer, is up for parole for the seventh time and may be questioned as early as Tuesday, authorities said. His latest quest for freedom comes ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the death of the former Beatle, a British singer-songwriter who was gunned down outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980. Chapman is scheduled to be interviewed by two or three members of the parole board, according to Carole Claren-Weaver, a spokeswoman for the New York Department of Corrections. Read more...

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Fugitive Arrested in Mexico 12 Years Later

A Virginia man charged with sex crimes involving underage girls is back in custody after spending 12 years on the lam. Wesley Thomason was 27 in 2000 when he was arrested, accused of enticing underage girls with illegal drugs to have consensual sex with him, said Fairfax County Police Officer Bud Walker, according to the station. Read more...

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4 Shot in WalMart Parking Lot

Authorities say a 24-year-old man has been arrested after a shooting in a Texas mall parking lot left one person dead and two injured. Police in Odessa say Braushlyon Richardson turned himself in at their West Texas department. They say Richardson is charged with murder in an arrest warrant. He was booked into an Ector County jail, and an official there said an attorney had not yet been listed for him. Read more...

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Teen Torches House to Kill Family

A 15-year-old New Jersey girl was arrested after allegedly setting her family's home on fire in an attempt to kill them. Six members of the family including the teen, whose name has not been released since she is a minor, were injured in the fire at their home in Clayton. Officials say they believe one woman and and another relative suffered the worst injuries because they were helping the others escape. The prosecutor's office said the two had internal burns. Read more...

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Woman Suing Casey Anthony Arrested on Alcohol Charge

The woman who is suing Casey Anthony claiming defamation has been charged with giving liquor to a minor. Zenaida Gonzalez was arrested Friday by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. The Orlando Sentinel reports the 41-year-old was being held at the Orange County Jail. Details of the charge weren't immediately available. Read more...

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Joey Kovar's Death Due to Overdose?

MTV reality star Joey Kovar's cause of death is still pending after the autopsy came back inconclusive. Kovar, who was found dead in a woman's apartment at age 29, is believed to have died of a lethal mix of Viagra, alcohol, and cocaine. Sources claim the "Real World: Hollywood" star visited Stacey Achterhof's home in Illinois on Thursday, asking her to take him to a location to score more cocaine. Read more...




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August 17, 2012

Pathologist: Drew Peterson's Third Wife Was Murdered

A pathologist who performed a second autopsy on Drew Peterson's third wife years after she was found dead in her bathtub says the only plausible explanation for her death is that she was murdered. Larry Blum described to jurors how Kathleen Savio had a gash on the back of her head and fresh bruises on her front. He says an accidental fall couldn't have caused injuries on both sides of her body. Read more...

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Two Louisiana Deputies Killed in Ambush Shootings

Two deputies in Louisiana were killed and two more were injured in a pair of ambush shootings. The first shooting occurred around 5 a.m. in the parking lot of a Valero refinery in St. John the Baptist Parish, 35 miles west of New Orleans near the Mississippi River. A deputy was injured while working an off-duty traffic detail when someone opened fire on his vehicle. Read more...

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Coach Jim Donnan Charged With Ponzi Scheme

College football Hall of Fame coach Jim Donnan has been hit with fraud charges by federal regulators who allege that he and business partner Gregory Crabtree ran an $80 million Ponzi scheme. According to a complaint filed by the the Securities and Exchange Commission in Atlanta, the two convinced 100 investors that their GLC limited was a wholesale liquidation business that would earn 50 percent to 380 percent returns by buying "leftover" merchandise from retailers and selling them to discount retailers. Read more...

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Ten Arrested in Florida Pill Mill Raids

Seven doctors and three other suspects were arrested on Thursday in Florida's latest strike against "pill mills" and the illegal distribution of widely abused pain-killer drugs such as oxycodone, authorities said. Florida claims to have made enormous strides the last two years against the criminals behind a nationwide epidemic of prescription drug abuse. But the lucrative trade that gave Florida the nickname "Oxy Express" continues to thrive in some areas. Read more...

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Bobby Brown in Rehab After DUI Plea Deal

Bobby Brown has checked himself into rehab, his rep said, as part of the plea deal that made his March DUI arrest go away. The R&B singer, 43, checked into a "confidential rehabilitation center" last week, Brown's spokesman said in an email to the Associated Press on Thursday. The plea agreement required 90 days of alcohol treatment, his rep said. Read more...

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Jenna Jameson Pleads Guilty to DUI

Former porn actress Jenna Jameson pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Orange County after crashing into a light pole in Westminster. Jameson, 38, whose given name is Jenna Marie Massoli, was taken into custody by Westminster police May 25 after her Range Rover struck the pole. The actress-turned-author must serve three years informal probation, pay $340 in fines, enroll in a first-time offender DUI course, and participate in a victim impact panel. Read more...


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August 16, 2012

Debra Lafave Ordered Back on Probation

A former Florida middle-school teacher whose affair with a 14-year-old student shocked the nation, not to mention her then husband, has been ordered back on probation by a state appeals court. Debra Lafave was released early from probation last year by Judge Wayne S. Timmerman over the objections of the prosecution. Lafave's original seven-year probation sentence was scheduled to end in November 2015. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

Testimony Focuses on Peterson Threat

The trial of former Chicago-area police Sgt. Drew Peterson, accused of killing his ex-wife, focused on an incident in which he allegedly had threatened to kill her with a knife. Defense attorneys sought to discredit Kathleen Savio's account of the July 2002 incident, in which she had said Peterson pushed her down the stairs of her home, upset about their divorce proceedings, and told her to turn her head so he could kill her. Read more...

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Wildfire Arsonist Guilty of 5 Heart Attack Deaths

A jury found a California man guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately started a blaze that ballooned into a massive wildfire. Jurors in San Bernardino found 30-year-old Rickie Fowler guilty of setting the Old Fire in the foothills above San Bernardino in October 2003 that burned 91,000 acres and torched 1,000 buildings over nine days. Prosecutors charged Fowler with the murders of five men, ranging in age from 54 to 93, who died from heart attacks after their homes burned to the ground or as they rushed to evacuate. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

Ohioan Wanted in NC Murder Arrested

Federal agents arrested an Ohio man at a motel in the killing of his on-and-off girlfriend during a vacation to North Carolina's Outer Banks earlier this summer, ending a monthlong nationwide manhunt. The U.S. Marshals Service said agents surprised Nathan Summerfield at the northeast Ohio motel where he had checked in a day before and took him into custody without any resistance. He was wanted on a murder charge in the death of 33-year-old Lynn Jackenheimer of Ashland, Ohio, who disappeared around July 4 while vacationing on the Outer Banks with Summerfield and her children. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:13 AM

Teen Stabs Girlfriend's Abusive Dad

A 19-year-old accused of stabbing his girlfriend's father to death in a Las Vegas home claims the girl asked him several times to kill her dad because he was abusive. Jose Martinez is charged with murder, conspiracy and burglary in the death of 45-year-old Jaime Meza Guzman, who was found dead Monday inside a residence on San Marcos Street. An unnamed 17-year-old also was arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:13 AM

Man Held in Murder of 5-Year-Old Niece

An Ohio uncle confessed to murdering his 5-year-old niece Tuesday by hitting her in the head, Fox19.com reported, citing court papers. Authorities found the antique cutting tool allegedly used in the girl's death at the home east of Cincinnati where Jada Beth Williams' body was located, Highland County Sheriff Ron Ward said. Preliminary autopsy results found that the girl died of blunt injury to the head, face and neck. Authorities earlier described the tool as a sickle or scythe. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:12 AM

Guard Shot at Pro-Life Group's D.C. Headquarters

A security guard was shot at the D.C. headquarters of the pro-life group Family Research Council, according to the Associated Press. A source reported that a man posing as an intern shot the guard in the arm at approximately 10:50 a.m., and a Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson confirmed one suspect had been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. The security guard, conscious and breathing after the shooting, was transported to a local hospital. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:12 AM

Too Much Evidence Gets Drug Charges Dropped

A fugitive doctor charged in the nation's largest prosecution of Internet pharmacies is getting off in part because there's just too much evidence: more than 400,000 documents and two terabytes of electronic data that federal authorities say is expensive to maintain. Armando Angulo was indicted in 2007 in a multimillion dollar scheme that involved selling prescription drugs to patients who were never examined or even interviewed by a physician. A federal judge in Iowa dismissed the charge last week at the request of prosecutors, who want to throw out the many records collected over their nine-year investigation to free up space. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:12 AM

Treatment Center Co-Owner Facing Drug Charges

Federal authorities accuse the co-owner of a Winston-Salem nonprofit substance abuse and mental health treatment center of trafficking large amounts of heroin across the country and from Mexico. An arrest warrant filed in U.S. District Court says 41-year-old James O'Brien Lackard was arrested Aug. 8 for conspiracy to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:12 AM

Man Steals Cops' Pot Because 'It Smelled So Good'

A man in Pennsylvania who was arrested for allegedly stealing a bag of marijuana from a police station says he did so because he couldn't resist the drug's aroma. Police arrested David Allan Thompson, 27, for stealing a bag of pot that had been seized as evidence from the Charleroi Regional police department. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:11 AM

Jury Convicts D.J. Williams in DUI Trial

Jurors convicted Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams of driving while ability-impaired, casting further doubt on the star tackler's playing time this season. Williams was charged with driving under the influence, but the jury returned the lesser verdict after a trial that lasted less than a day. He also was convicted of driving without headlights, the offense that prompted police to stop him near downtown Denver about 3 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2010. Read more...




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August 15, 2012

Inmate Executed for Murder of Ex-Girlfriend, Kids

An Oklahoma death row inmate who tried to delay his execution by challenging the state's lethal injection method was executed just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to step in. Michael Hooper, convicted for the December 1993 shooting deaths of his former girlfriend and her two young children, received a lethal dose of drugs at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The 40-year-old was pronounced dead at 6:14 p.m., according to the Department of Corrections. Hooper was sentenced to death for killing 23-year-old Cynthia Lynn Jarman and her two children, 5-year-old Tonya and 3-year-old Timmy. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:30 AM

Toxicologist: No Drugs, Alcohol in Savio's Body

Prosecutors at Drew Peterson's trial have begun addressing the central question of whether the former Illinois police officer's third wife was actually murdered. Forensic toxicologist Christopher Long was the first prosecution witness Tuesday. He told jurors about tests done on tissue samples from the body of Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio. The defense has said Savio died from an accidental fall and suggested she have may have been under the influence of some substance. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:30 AM

1998 Philadelphia Murder Suspect Arrested

Police in Canada say a man wanted for a 14-year-old homicide in Philadelphia was arrested after being busted for drunk driving. Toronto police say 35-year-old Kai-Guo Huang initially give investigators another name when he was arrested last week, but fingerprints later showed he was the man wanted in a 1998 killing in Philadelphia's Chinatown neighborhood. Authorities say Huang killed 27-year-old Hoi Yang, then decapitated and dismembered his body and dumped it in two Pemberton Township, New Jersey trash bins. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:29 AM

Maryland Chick-fil-A Vandalized

A Chick-fil-A in Frederick, Md., was vandalized over the weekend by same-sex marriage supporters, who decorated the restaurant with a gay pride flag and glued pro-gay-marriage stickers to the windows, the Christian Post reports. According to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, cleaners were hired to remove the stickers, which had been put in place using a heavy spray-on adhesive. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:29 AM

Longest-Serving Female Inmate Wins Parole

The nation's longest-serving female inmate has been freed, nearly half a century after killing an Arizona toddler she was baby-sitting. Betty Smithey, now 69, reportedly entered prison a fresh-faced, but troubled, 20-year-old with psychotic tendencies. Following Monday's parole board hearing, held nearly 50 years after her trial, she walked out of Perryville State Prison with a wrinkled face, gray hair and a cane. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:28 AM

Pastor Convicted in Custody Case

An Amish-Mennonite pastor who helped a mother and her 7-year-old daughter flee the U.S. to Nicaragua so that she wouldn't have to share custody with her former lesbian partner was found guilty Tuesday of aiding in international parental kidnapping of a minor. Prosecutors say that Kenneth Miller, 46, who worked in his family's garden supply business, coordinated with Mennonites to drive Lisa Miller and her daughter, Isabella, to an airport in Canada and to then pick them up in Nicaragua, where the group runs a mission. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:28 AM

Nick Fairley's DUI Trial Delayed

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley's court hearing on charges including driving under the influence and attempting to elude police has been pushed back to Sept. 26. Mobile, Ala., County District Judge George Hardesty Jr. granted defense attorney Sid Harrell's request for a delay on Friday. Fairley earlier had a hearing on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in Mobile Municipal Court continued until Nov. 27. Read more...


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August 14, 2012

Final 'Onion Field' Killer Dies

The man who killed a policeman because he mistakenly thought his kidnapping had violated the federal Lindberg Law has died in prison at age 79. Gregory Powell was the last of two killers convicted in the infamous "Onion Field" murder of officer Ian Campbell in 1963. His co-defendant, Jimmy Lee Smith, died at Pitchess Detention Center in 2007 at age 76. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:26 AM

Three Bodies Found in Burned Car in Maine

Police in Maine are investigating the deaths of three people who were found in a burned out car morning. Sgt. Paul Edwards of the Bangor Police Department told the station the deaths are suspicious and that police need to talk to witnesses. Around 3:30 a.m., a local radio announcer called 911 after discovering the car fire while on her way to work. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:26 AM

Three Killed Near Texas A&M

One police officer, one civilian, and the suspected gunman have all died after a shooting near the campus of Texas A&M University. Three other people were also injured in the incident. According to CBS affiliate KHOU, Assistant Chief Scott McCollum says the officer killed was 41-year-old Brian Bachmann, a constable with Brazos County. Investigators say he was the first to arrive on the scene where the suspect fired shots from his house, but a motive is still being determined. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:25 AM

Colorado Theater Rampage Records Sealed

A Colorado judge ordered that some key records remain sealed and others be released in the case against James Holmes in last month's deadly rampage at an Aurora movie theater. Arapahoe County District Chief Judge William Sylvester issued his order in response to requests by members of the media, including CNN, asking that a host of records be made public. The 24-year-old former graduate student is accused of opening fire during a midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie, leaving 12 dead and injuring 58 others. Read more...

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Zimmerman Appeals Judge's Ruling

George Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, is pushing forward with his fight for a new judge to take over the case. O'Mara announced he will appeal the decision of Seminole County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. to stay on the case in which Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Trayvon Martin. O'Mara filed a motion last month asking Lester to recuse himself, saying the defense had lost faith in the judge's objectivity because Lester reset Zimmerman's bond after finding out how much money his online defense fund had actually raised. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:24 AM

Boy, 13, Attacks Mother With Hammer

Police say a 13-year-old South Texas boy has been accused of using a hammer to beat his mother. Corpus Christi police said that the child has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon-family violence. Senior Officer Julie Garcia says the boy remains in juvenile custody. His name hasn't been released. Garcia says the mother suffered head, arm and facial injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:24 AM

Mom and Son Arrested for $2 Million Toy Scam

A mother and son stole more than $2 million in expensive toys by stashing them inside the boxes of cheaper products that they bought at Toys R Us stores across the U.S., authorities say. Broward County Sheriff's deputies say Michael and Margaret Pollara then sold the big-ticket items online, according to an arrest affidavit. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:23 AM

Campus Marijuana Use at 'Epidemic' Levels

Parents sending their children off to college for the first time not only have to be concerned about a pervasive drinking culture in place on most campuses, but also about marijuana smoking levels that some school officials are calling epidemic. When you toss in a growing nationwide epidemic of pain pill addiction, parents have good reason for concern for the welfare of their young college students. Read more...

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FSU Coach Calls Campus Marijuana Use 'Epidemic'

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher calls marijuana use on college campuses an "epidemic" and believes colleges should create a better support system to help troubled athletes, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. "Schools must understand every situation where a kid comes from, what his environment is, what's the atmosphere, what kind of trauma did that young man experience as a kid," Fisher said. "Is alcohol, drugs, those kinds of things constantly in his life from the time he remembers." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:23 AM

Crocs Founder Arrested for Drunk Driving

Taylor Swift is known for calling out former boyfriends in her songs, but a middle-aged millionaire shoe mogul busted for DUI pinned the blame squarely on his "girlfriend" — who he claimed was Swift. A witness called Boulder authorities early Saturday evening after seeing Crocs co-founder George Boedecker passed out at the wheel of a Porsche with the engine running, according to the Denver Post. Boedecker was busted on suspicion of driving under the influence and is free on $500 bond. When confronted by cops, the 51-year-old Boedecker said that it was actually the 22-year-old Swift who was driving the car. Read more...


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August 13, 2012

Man Stabs Mother 41 Times

An emotionally disturbed Brooklyn man who had feuded with his mother over money for years was arrested after stabbing her 41 times, killing her, police sources said. Richard Cohen, 31, who has a history of mental illness, knifed his 64-year-old mom, Anne Cohen, repeatedly in the torso and neck. "There was a record of domestic incidents, domestic violence in that household between the son and the mother," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:23 AM

Husband of Missing Kentucky Woman Charged

Police say the husband of a missing woman has been charged with murder. Authorities found the body of a woman in the Aflex community. They say it's the same area where Sherry Dillon was seen more than a month ago. Jail records show Bruce Dillon is currently in the Pike County Jail charged with murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:23 AM

Charges Filed in Missing Indiana Woman Case

Days after withdrawing a plea deal for a Kokomo man charged with killing his girlfriend, prosecutors facing pressure from the woman's family have upgraded the voluntary manslaughter charge the man had faced to a murder charge. Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann said pressure from Kelly Armstrong's family led him to charge Travis Funke with murder. Court documents say Funke, who's in his mid-30s, told police he killed 27-year-old Armstrong in July 2011 after they argued over drugs, then put her body in a trash bin. Read more...

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Bond Denied for Mom Charged in Child's Death

A Spartanburg woman faces upgraded charges in the death of her 7-year-old daughter, who was thrown from a sport utility vehicle following a high-speed chase on Interstate 85. Judge James Ashmore denied bond Saturday for 26-year-old Errika Shelton. Her daughter died from injuries stemming from the high-speed chase that ended with her SUV rolling over into the median. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:22 AM

Woman Raped in Harvard Yard

A woman was raped as she walked through Harvard Yard, the university's ­Police Depart­ment reported on its website. In the posting, Harvard University police said the woman had entered the yard through the Johnston Gate around 3:05 a.m. when she was assaulted. "The victim was grabbed as she entered the Yard through the Johnston Gate and was pulled behind Massachusetts Hall and attacked,'' police said in the statement.

Posted by Webmaster at 02:21 AM

Chad Johnson Arrested for Domestic Violence

Chad Johnson's teammates were taking the field for practice at the Miami Dolphins' training camp just as he walked out of jail. He missed the workout, and it's unclear whether he'll be back. The six-time Pro Bowl receiver, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, was released on $2,500 bond a day after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument in front of their home. Johnson was charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:21 AM

Caravan Calls for End to War on Drugs

A coalition calling for an end to the war on drugs began its monthlong campaign Sunday in San Diego that will take it to more than 20 U.S. cities. More than 200 people gathered at a park on the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a movement known as the "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity" that includes nearly 100 organizations. The effort is led by Mexican peace activist Javier Sicilia, whose son was killed by drug gang members last year. Read more...

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FSU Cuts Greg Reid for Weed Possession

Florida State's national championship-contending football program held its annual media day on Sunday, but, sadly, cornerback Greg Reid – a media favorite, a team leader and one of the Seminoles' best players – wasn't there. He was dismissed from the team last week following a traffic arrest in which he was charged with a misdemeanor when police found a small amount of marijuana in his car. Ironically, if Reid had been arrested for DUI with an open bottle of Jack Daniels in the front seat, he'd probably still be on the team. Read more...




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August 11, 2012

Savio's Boyfriend Testifies for Prosecution

The boyfriend of Drew Peterson's third wife testified that he saw no bruises on her body in the days before she was found dead, a possible boost to the prosecution's case that her death was not accidental. Savio's boyfriend, Steve Maniaci, was the first witness to take the stand on the eighth day of testimony. He said he began dating Savio around the time she and Peterson were getting divorced. Maniaci said he saw Savio naked three days before her battered body was found and that no marks had been apparent. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:48 AM

Unhappy Patron Kills Three at Strip Club

Three people were shot and killed and another injured by a dissatisfied patron of a strip club in Alabama, police say. Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes said the shooting happened at Teasers, a topless nightclub outside of Dothan, Ala. Police arrested the alleged shooter, Ryan Clark Petersen, 22, and charged him with three counts of capital murder and one count of attempted murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:48 AM

Border Patrol Guards Guilty of Human Smuggling

A federal jury found two former Border Patrol agents guilty of smuggling hundreds of people into the U.S. in Border Patrol vehicles in San Diego federal court, according to prosecutors. Following a five-week trial, Raul and Fidel Villarreal, were found guilty of smuggling illegal immigrants for money, bringing illegal immigrants into the U.S., receiving bribes by public officials and conspiracy to launder money. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:48 AM

Mexico's Drug 'Queen' Extradited to US

US authorities extradited one of the most notorious women accused of links to Mexico's drug trade on Thursday, Mexican officials said. Mexican police handed over Sandra Avila Beltran, a 52-year-old known as the "Queen of the Pacific," at an airport in the central city of Toluca. Avila is expected to appear before a federal judge in Florida on charges of criminal conspiracy and drug trafficking. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:47 AM

Boy, 13, Overdoses on Heroin During Sleepover

A California man will be charged with murder for allegedly shooting up a 13-year-old boy with heroin, killing the child, police said. LAPD Det. Dave Peteque told NBCLosAngeles.com that Brett Cronin, 23, had injected himself with heroin and then administered the narcotic to the teen, who died some time after. The boy, whose name was not released, had gone to spend the night at a friend's house Tuesday night, the homicide detective said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:47 AM

Jessica Simpson's Dad Joe Arrested for DUI

The father of Jessica Simpson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department said. The incident occurred at around 10 p.m. on Aug. 4 when the 54-year-old Simpson was pulled over by police on Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and subsequently taken into custody. Simpson was booked and released the following day without having to post bail. Read more...


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August 10, 2012

Body Identified as Michaela Shunick

Human remains found near a Louisiana cemetery have been identified as a 21-year-old college student who was last seen May 19. The body of Michaela 'Mickey' Shunick was positively identified by the Louisiana State University FACES Laboratory a day after it was found near state Hwy. 10. A 33-year-old registered sex offender, Brandon Scott Lavergne, was arrested in July in connection with Shunick's disappearance. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:37 AM

Zimmerman Wants 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing

During the 1980s, there was a tourism campaign in Florida that promoted the state by saying: "The rules are different here." Fast forward 30 years, and Florida's legal system is again proving that "rules are different" adage true. Florida was the first state to enact a "stand your ground" law in 2005; since then more than 10 other states have adopted similar laws. George Zimmerman, 29, charged in the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin, 17, may never go to trial because of Florida's law. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:36 AM

Lawyers for Jaycee Dugard Seek Sanctions

Attorneys representing kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard are demanding a judge sanction U.S. Department of Justice lawyers for alleged witness tampering. In court papers, Dugard's attorneys allege that DOJ lawyers unfairly convinced the former chair of the U.S. Parole Commission to cease serving as Dugard's expert witness in her lawsuit against the federal government. Read more...

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James Holmes Mentally Ill, Attorneys Say

At a court hearing in Centennial, Colo., lawyers representing movie theater mass shooting suspect James Holmes said their client is mentally ill. Holmes' lawyers made the disclosure at a hearing in which a coalition of news organizations argued for the judge to unseal documents related to Holmes, the suspected shooter in the July 20 rampage in an Aurora, Colo., theater that killed 12 people and injured 58. Read more...

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Journals Reveal Obssession With Susan Powell

Nearly 3,000 pages from journals kept by Steven Powell have been released to the public, revealing in intimate detail his obsession with his daughter-in-law, who disappeared in Utah in 2009. Steven Powell is the father of Josh Powell, who in February used a hatchet to chop at his two young sons before blowing up the house that contained the three of them. Josh Powell's wife, Susan Cox-Powell, remains missing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:35 AM

86-Year-Old Mob Hitman Paroled

An 86-year-old mob hitman is on the streets after serving nearly 50 years behind bars for a 1961 rubout ordered by Mafia legend Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, according to the New York Daily News. Harold "Kayo" Konigsberg, who used a cord from venetian blinds to strangle Anthony "Three Fingers" Castellito in his upstate New York home, was quietly sprung from a New York prison in a surprise parole from a life sentence, allowing him to spend his final days at a gated community in Florida, according to the paper. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:35 AM

DUI Victim's Parents Sue Strip Club

A drunk driver killed Katherine "Emily" Jones in 2011 but now her family is suing the strip club that served the driver. The driver was drinking at Rick's Cabaret the night of the accident and the family alleges that their policies encouraged over-serving. Entertainers were required to pay a nightly 'house charge' to keep their jobs which was paid by selling drinks to earn 'credits', according to the Lanier Law Firm. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:35 AM

Rick Springfield Cuts Deal in DUI Case

Rick Springfield cut a deal in his DUI case by pleading no contest to reckless driving in exchange for DUI charges being dropped. Nobody said anything about Springfield allegedly threatening to kill a cop if he had his car towed. TMZ reported Springfield was arrested in May 2011 after police in Malibu pulled him over in his 1963 Corvette Stingray and smelled alcohol. Sources told TMZ Springfield threatened to kill the deputy and his family if he had the car towed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:34 AM

Winehouse's Ex in Coma After OD

Just a year after Amy Winehouse died tragically from accidental alcohol poisoning, her ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was rushed to a hospital for a suspected drug overdose. Fielder-Civil, 30, had to be placed in a medically induced coma and is currently on life support after suffering multiple organ failure. He was reportedly found choking in bed on Aug. 3 by Sarah Aspin, the mother of his 15-month-old son, Jack, and taken to a nearby hospital in West Yorkshire, England. Read more...


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August 09, 2012

George Zimmerman Case Continued

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin in Florida, will probably not face trial until early next year, his lawyers said. The Zimmerman case was scheduled for a docket sounding, a pro forma court procedure in which the court is given an update on the progress in the proceedings. However, Judge Kenneth R. Lester granted a defense request to continue the matter - that is, push the docket sounding back - until Oct. 3. Read more...

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Arizona Executes Man for 1987 Rape, Murders

A man who tortured, raped and strangled two co-workers in 1987 was put to death in Arizona, more than a year after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked his execution to consider whether he had adequate counsel. Daniel Wayne Cook, 51, was pronounced dead at 11:03 a.m. from a lethal injection administered at the state prison in Florence, 60 miles southeast of Phoenix, state officials said. Read more...

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Police Sergeant Testifies in Peterson Trial

A former state police officer who led the investigation into the death of Drew Peterson's third wife has told jurors he hadn't investigated a single murder before arriving at the home where the woman lay dead in her bathtub. The now-retired Illinois State Police sergeant, Patrick Collins, took the stand Wednesday morning as prosecutors continued their attempts to convince jurors the investigation of Kathleen Savio's 2004 death was bungled. Collins told jurors he was told by a subordinate about 10 minutes after he got to Savio's suburban Chicago home that her death appeared to be accidental. Read more...

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Police Seek More Evidence in Etan Patz Case

New York City police have once again searched the site of a former grocery store for evidence in the 1979 disappearance of a 6-year-old boy. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne confirmed investigators returned Wednesday to where an alleged abductor once worked. He said the search wasn't based on new information, but wouldn't elaborate. The FBI, which also has investigated the case of Etan Patz, wasn't involved. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:45 AM

Girl, 7, Dies After Being Thrown From Car

A 7-year-old girl Spartanburg County girl has died after being thrown from a sport utility vehicle following a high-speed chase on Interstate 85. Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger says Queniya Tykia Shelton died at a local hospital. Sheriff Chuck Wright says deputies pursued the vehicle Queniya was riding in Monday morning after noticing erratic driving. The chase topped 100 mph before the 2012 Dodge Journey struck a guardrail and overturned in the median, ejecting the girl. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:45 AM

Hospital Shooter 'Acted Out of Love'

An Ohio man accused of fatally shooting his wife of 45 years in a hospital intensive care unit acted out of love, his attorney and a longtime co-worker said. According to police, John Wise was armed with a gun when he went to the neuroscience ICU at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio, and shot Barbara Wise, 65, in the head. A doctor who was also in the room at the time wasn't injured. Wise's attorney, Paul Adamson, says Wise acted out of mercy. Read more...

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Randy Travis Arrested Naked, Charged With DWI

Country singer Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated and threatening law officers after he crashed his Pontiac Trans Am and was found naked and combative at the scene, Texas officials said. Travis walked out of jail the next morning wearing scrubs, no shoes and a University of Texas baseball cap. It was the second Texas arrest this year for Travis, who was cited in February for public intoxication. Read more...


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August 08, 2012

Loughner Pleads Guilty in Tucson Shooting

The man who killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, during a shooting rampage in Tucson in January 2011, will not face the death penalty. Jared Lee Loughner was allowed to plead guilty today after a federal judge ruled him competent to make that decision. Loughner is expected to be sentenced to life without parole. Read more...

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Texas Carries Out Controversial Execution

A Texas man convicted of killing a police informant was executed Tuesday evening after the Supreme Court refused to hear arguments that he was mentally handicapped and therefore should not qualify for the death penalty. Marvin Wilson, 54, was pronounced dead at 6:27 p.m., 14 minutes after his lethal injection began at the state prison in Huntsville. Read more...

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Husband Charged in Hospital Shooting of Wife

An Ohio man accused of shooting his wife in the head in a hospital intensive care unit appeared confused about the attempted murder charge against him and asked the judge, "Is she not dead?" John Wise, 66, of Massillon, made his first appearance in Akron Municipal Court on Tuesday. He appeared before the judge via video from jail on an aggravated attempted murder charge. Read more...

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Susan Powell Case Was Murder From the Start

Heavily redacted court documents show authorities investigating the 2009 disappearance of a Utah mother almost immediately began classifying the case as a murder and kidnapping probe as they focused largely on the woman's husband. Some 800 pages of court documents released Tuesday provide scant new details in the case of Susan Powell's disappearance or the ensuing investigation of her husband, Josh Powell. Earlier this year, Josh Powell killed himself and the couple's two young sons at a home in Washington state. Read more...

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Trayvon Martin's Mom Sued by Insurance Co.

Trayvon Martin's mom, Sybrina Fulton, has been sued by Traveler's Insurance Company in a dispute over whether the insurance company is responsible for damages over her son's death. Fulton made an insurance claim against Traveler's for about $75,000. The insurance company had a policy with the homeowners' association at the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla., where Trayvon Martin was killed, agreeing to cover the costs of certain injuries. But instead of paying out Fulton's claim, Traveler's filed a lawsuit against Fulton so that a court would step in and clarify just what damages it owes, if any. Read more...

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Son Charged in Father's Disappearance Scam

A man who reported his father missing at a New York beach faces charges that include conspiracy to commit insurance fraud. Jonathan Roth was arraigned Tuesday on Long Island. His girlfriend said outside court that he's innocent and cannot afford his bail. It's $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. His father, Raymond Roth, vanished on July 28. The massive air and water search cost tens of thousands of dollars. Read more...

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Woman Fakes Pregnancy, Steals Baby

Police say a woman caught trying to steal a newborn girl from a Southern California hospital had faked a pregnancy with her estranged husband. Garden Grove police Lt. Jeff Nightengale tells The Orange County Register the motive of 48-year-old Grisel Ramirez may have been that she needed to pose as a new mom, and attempted to abduct the baby from Garden Grove Medical Center, after her due date passed. Read more...

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Spurrier No Fan of Alcohol Suspensions

Another year, another South Carolina quarterback having trouble with alcohol. Last week, backup Tanner McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina and charged with speeding and underage drinking. Coach Steve Spurrier suspended McEvoy, per team policy, but the suspension didn't last long — less than a week to be exact. "You want him suspended for having a beer and he's underage?" Spurrier told The Post and Courier regarding McEvoy. "How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage?" Read more...




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August 07, 2012

Whitey Bulger Will Testify

When the trial begins for a former Boston mobster who was on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list for years, he will testify in his own defense, his attorney announced. James "Whitey" Bulger will tell the jury himself that he was acting under immunity when he committed the crimes with which he is charged. Rather than file a motion to dismiss, Bulger will take his chances with a jury, J.W. Carney Jr., his attorney, said. Read more...

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Trayvon's Mother Seeks Money

Court documents show Trayvon Martin's mother is asking for at least $75,000 from the homeowners' association of the gated community where her teenage son was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Sybrina Fulton also has asked for an undisclosed amount of money from a state fund set up to help crime victims with things like funeral expenses and counseling, according to state documents. Read more...

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1985 D.C. Murder Convictions Will Stand

Seven men who sought to have a judge overturn their convictions for the high-profile 1984 murder of a Northeast D.C. woman failed to prove their innocence during a series of hearings that reexamined the case earlier this year, a judge ruled. The ruling by D.C. Superior Court Judge Frederick H. Weisberg means that six of the men — Kelvin Smith, Levy Rouse, Clifton Yarborough, Timothy Catlett, Russell Overton and Charles Turner — will serve out their sentences from their 1985 convictions on charges of felony murder in the beating death of Catherine Fuller. A seventh man already has been released from prison. Read more...

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Obama Supports Assault Weapons Ban

President Obama supports reinstating the assault weapons ban, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, on the heels of back-to-back shooting rampages in the United States. As a presidential candidate, Obama supported renewal of the 1994-2004 federal ban on manufacturing some semi-automatic weapons for civilian use. But he hasn't pushed for it as president, largely steering clear of the issue. Read more...

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Stepmom in Bahamas Abduction Gets 4 Years

A Montana judge has rejected a more lenient plea deal and given a four-year prison sentence to the stepmother of three children taken to the Bahamas on a sailboat against custody orders. Angela Bryant, 45, had pleaded guilty in May under a deal with prosecutors that called for her to get only six months prison. But the Gallatin County Clerk of District Court said that Judge Michael Salvagni instead imposed a four-year term. That matches the sentence given to the children's father, James Bryant, in July. Read more...

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DNA Links Man to 12-Year-Old Rape Case

A man already in jail for a kidnapping and rape that happened last month is facing more charges after a DNA match linked him to a rape more than a decade ago. Michael Rushing, 48, has been charged with kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old girl back in June of 2000. According to reports, Rushing allegedly grabbed the girl while she was walking in her neighborhood at night, forced her into a truck and blindfolded her. He then allegedly took her to a home and raped her before returning her to her neighborhood. Read more...

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Brigitte Nielsen Drunk in Public Park

Brigitte Nielsen is lucky a Beverly Hills Cop didn't catch her chugging vodka in a Los Angeles park this weekend, as the 49-year-old former model and addict rolled around on the grass clutching a bottle in a bizarre public display. Nielsen, once known for her roles in "Rocky IV" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," was barely recognizable as she seemed to be publicly intoxicated, holding a bottle of Popov vodka and scowling as she smoked cigarettes at a Los Angeles park. Looking disoriented and haggard, she even lay down for a nap at one point, falling asleep in the Studio City park in broad daylight. The former supermodel and symbol of the 1980s has publicly battled addiction for many years, finding sobriety for a time while appearing on VH1's 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew' Read more...


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August 06, 2012

Shooting at Sikh Temple Leaves 7 Dead

Seven people, including a gunman, were killed in a shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee in what police say is being treated as an act of domestic terrorism. Authorities including the FBI, the ATF, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department and Cudahy police are now searching a house in Cudahy, Wis., believed to be linked to the suspect. Read more...

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Loughner to Plead Guilty in Giffords Shooting

Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others, will plead guilty Tuesday, a source familiar with the deal told Fox News. A psychiatrist will testify that Loughner is competent to stand trial and understands what he did. It is up to a judge to decide whether to accept that Loughner is incompetent, and to accept the plea. Read more...

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James Holmes' Psychiatrist Was Alarmed

The psychiatrist treating James Holmes was alarmed enough by the 24-year-old former student to notify the University of Colorado threat assessment committee. The alert came more than a month before the Colorado shootings that left 12 dead. However, because Holmes suddenly dropped out of school, the committee never acted nor did it alert authorities of their concerns. At about the time that Dr. Lynne Fenton warned her colleagues of Holmes, Holmes was busily accumulating guns he would allegedly use in the movie theater massacre. Read more...

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Judge Allows Inmate to Reject Reprieve

A judge has allowed a death-row inmate to reject a reprieve from the governor. Senior Judge Timothy Alexander ruled that Gary Haugen has the right to reject Gov. John Kitzhaber's decision not to execute him. Haugen said last year that he was giving up his right to appeals and that he wants to die. But Kitzhaber said no executions would occur on his watch. Read more...

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Released From Jail

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been released from a Las Vegas detention center after serving two months of a three-month sentence for a domestic violence conviction, a detention center official said. The official from the Clark County Detention Center said Mayweather was no longer in custody. No explanation of why Mayweather was released before the end of his sentence was given. Read more...

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Parents Forced Kids Into Plastic Boxes

A couple from eastern Ohio has been charged with forcing their children into plastic storage boxes as a form of punishment. A prosecutor told local media outlets that the couple used duct tape to seal their three children, ages 5, 7, and 8, inside the plastic storage containers, which had a hole cut in the top for air. Read more...

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Man Sentenced for Strapping Kids to Car

An Indiana man has been sentenced to 18 months on home detention for driving drunk with his three young children and another girl strapped to the hood of his car. Aaron Stefanski told a judge he regretted putting his three children, ages 4 to 6 and a neighbor's 7-year-old daughter on the hood of the car. Police arrested Stefanski and the neighbor after a liquor store manager called 911 when he saw Stefanski use a tow strap to secure the four children to the hood and drive away. Read more...

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Pharmacy Tech Faces Drug Charges

A pharmacy technician is facing 13 drug charges after a search of her vehicle uncovered marijuana and more than 2,300 prescription pills that included Oxycontin, Hydrocodone and Adderall, authorities said. Lake County Sheriff's police responded to a call of a reckless driver and located a black Toyota matching the description parked at a McDonald's lot near Routes 12 and 120 in Volo, according to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff's office. Read more...

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TCU Won't Discipline Quarterback

TCU coach Gary Patterson says starting quarterback Casey Pachall will not face team discipline after the junior admitted to police in February that he used marijuana and failed a drug test. Patterson said Pachall has completed drug and alcohol counseling mandated by the university, and no suspension will be handed down. "One thing I've liked is that he's been honest," Patterson said. "His dad is a retired highway patrolman. One thing he's always been told to do is to be honest." Read more...

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Drunk Kris Jenner Flashes Cleavage

Kris Jenner tagged along with daughter Khloe Kardashian and Nicole Richie for a Mexican dinner -- and plenty of margaritas -- at Casa Vega in Sherman Oaks, Calif.. Presumably a few margaritas later, Jenner (mom to Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian plus Kylie and Kendall Jenner, and grandmother to Mason and Penelope Disick) was feeling, er, spicy, posting another Instagram photo of herself: Still wearing that sombrero, Bruce Jenner's wife displays her ample cleavage with a saucy look on her face. Read more...




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August 03, 2012

Courthouse Gunman Facing Capital Murder

A Jefferson County man whose gunfire outside the county courthouse in downtown Beaumont earlier this year killed a 79-year-old woman is now facing a capital murder charge. Bartholomew Granger is accused of the March 14 death of Minnie Sebolt. He was set for trial later this month on nine felony charges. A grand jury elevated the charges to include capital murder. Read more...

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Social Workers Blamed in Powell Case

A panel reviewing the deaths of Josh Powell's two young children says state social workers did not consult with law enforcement before allowing Powell to host visits at his home. A report released this week says the Department of Social and Health Services should "make concerted efforts" to check with detectives prior to making changes in parent-child contacts when there is an active investigation. Authorities had been investigating the 2009 disappearance of Powell's wife, Susan. Read more...

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Off-Duty NYPD Officer Charged With Rape

A New York City police officer has been arrested on a rape charge. A police spokesman says 28-year-old Arthur Roldan was arrested Wednesday on charges of rape, menacing and assault. He says the off-duty incident happened on Staten Island and that the officer knew the victim. The spokesman says the six-year veteran was assigned to a precinct in Brooklyn and has been suspended without pay. Information on his lawyer was not immediately available. Read more...

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Missing Sex Offender Found, Jailed

One of three sex offenders left unaccounted for after a county-wide validation sweep has been located, according to the Eddy County Sheriff's Department. George Lester Hancock was found at his place of employment, where he was arrested without incident, according to Capt. Jeff Zuniga. He is being held on a $7,500 bond at the Eddy County Detention Center. A judge will decide if Hancock will be charged with a parole violation, Zuniga said. Read more...

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Macaulay Culkin's Addiction 'Fictious' Rep Says

Macaulay Culkin is no heroin addict, according to his rep, no matter how loud a tabloid headline screams that rumor. A report that Culkin is addicted to heroin and more "is not only categorically without merit, but it is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious," his publicist told various outlets Wednesday, reacting to a National Enquirer cover story that loudly predicts the"Home Alone" actor's death within six months. Read more...

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Actress Tatum O'Neal Back in Rehab

Tatum O'Neal is back... in rehab, that is. The Irish-American actress voluntarily checked herself into rehab in February after relapsing into cocaine. But now, the 48-year-old actress who came to fame in the early 1970s as the youngest person to win a competitive Academy Award, is in a different facility for the same sad addiction. Read more...




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August 02, 2012

Judge Denies Peterson Mistrial

The judge in Drew Peterson's murder trial denied the defense team's request for a mistrial, enabling the trial to resume -- with first responders and a locksmith testifying about the night Peterson's third wife was discovered dead. The mistrial ruling by Will County Judge Edward Burmila during the trial in Joliet, Ill., follows several blunders by prosecutors, who are seeking to prove the 58-year-old former police sergeant killed Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Peterson also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but has not been charged in her case. Read more...

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Peterson Murder Trial in Jeopardy

A visibly angry judge said he will consider declaring a mistrial at Drew Peterson's murder trial after a second major blunder by prosecutors in as many days, once again illustrating how the high-profile case has been beset by problems from the outset. Judge Edward Burmila's blistering rebuke came after prosecutors' second witness suggested Peterson may have put a .38-caliber bullet in his driveway to intimidate him, which prompted Burmila to worry aloud in court whether the former police officer could get a fair trial. Read more...

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Judge in Zimmerman Case Won't Step Aside

The Florida judge presiding over the murder case against a former neighborhood watch volunteer who killed an unarmed teenager refused a defense request to step aside. In a two-page order, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said the July request by lawyers for George Zimmerman was "legally insufficient" for him to recuse himself. Zimmerman's lawyers had argued that their client feared he could not get a fair trial before Lester, who had revoked Zimmerman's bond and blasted the defendant for failing to completely disclose his assets at an earlier bail hearing. Read more...

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Divorced Texas Couple Indicted in 1987 Killing

A Texas Panhandle grand jury has indicted a divorced couple in the 1987 shooting death of a friend. Potter County Detention Center records show 63-year-old Rosie Green was being held Wednesday on a murder charge. Bond was set at $10,000. The case involves the death of 23-year-old Arthur Campbell. Read more...

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Hockey Mom Nets Son's Teammates

A California hockey mom is alleged to have netted a few of her son's teammates. Kathia Maria Davis, of Laguna Nigel, went on trial to face allegations she had sex with two minors aged 13 and 16. Davis allegedly flirted with the youngsters and gave them alcohol before having sex with them on multiple occasions. Davis, 47, claims both of the boys pursued her and admits having sex with the older boy in 2010 and 2011, thinking he was 18. She has denied anything happened with the younger boy despite him coming on to her multiple times in 2005, reported the Orange County Register. Read more...

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Ravens Jamal Lewis Charged With Child Abandonment

Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who is due to be inducted in the team's Ring of Honor late next month, was arrested and charged with child abandonment. Lewis, 32, was booked in the Clayton County (Ga.) jail. Lewis, who retired in 2009 after playing nine seasons in the NFL, including six in Baltimore, has had no contact with his son for more than a year, the paper reported citing the arrest warrant. Read more...

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Ohio State RB Dunn Dodges Drug Charges

Ohio State freshman running back Bri'onte Dunn was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and two moving violations, but avoided possible charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia stemming from a traffic stop Saturday in Alliance, Ohio. A police report states that Dunn nearly ran a flashing red light, drove through a crosswalk and narrowly missed striking a patrol car. He and a passenger were in possession of a wooden pipe and marijuana was found on the seat cushions, floorboard and in the door pocket, according to the report. Read more...


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August 01, 2012

Drew Peterson Trial Begins

Prosecutors asked jurors, in their opening statement, to rely on their common sense because there would be little hard evidence to prove that a former police officer killed his third wife during the expected month-long trial. Meanwhile defense attorneys used their opening to attack the character of Drew Peterson's wife Kathleen Savio, calling her "bonkers" and "crazy." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:31 AM

Judge Overturns Brothers' Murder Convictions

Two Michigan brothers jailed for murder might be set free 25 years after claiming their innocence, all thanks to an old friend's Facebook post. In 2009, Mary Evans wrote a message about her former classmates Raymond and Thomas Highers, on the Northeast Detroit Alumni page on the social network. "All I said was it's too bad or it's sad that the Highers brothers are in prison for life, and that there just started this domino effect," Evans told Fox Detroit. The men were sentenced to life behind bars in 1987 for the murder of Robert Karey, who was shot dead at his home, near the back door from which he sold pot to neighborhood teens. Read more...

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Suspect in Sierra LaMar Case Absent in Court

A man accused in the disappearance of a 15-year-old Northern California girl was a no-show during a scheduled court appearance. Antolin Garcia-Torres was expected to enter a plea to murder and kidnapping charges but did not appear in a Santa Clara County courtroom on Tuesday, the San Jose Mercury News reports. He is due back in court on Aug. 29. The 21-year-old Garcia-Torres is being held without bail since his arrest in May after the DNA of Sierra LaMar was found in his car and his DNA was found in her handbag. Read more...

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'Plain Jane Bandit' Strikes Another Bank

The "Plain Jane Bandit" strikes again. For the seventh time this month, a woman who fits the description of the bank robbery suspect known as the "Plain Jane Bandit" reportedly struck another Southern California location Monday afternoon. It is unclear if she made off with any money, but her method appears to be consistent with other heists. Read more...

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S. Carolina's Tanner McEvoy Arrested

South Carolina reserve quarterback Tanner McEvoy was arrested in North Carolina and charged with speeding and driving after consuming while under age 21. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said the 19-year-old McEvoy was arrested and released Sunday on $250 bond for the two charges. North Carolina law bans drivers under 21 from operating a motor vehicle if they have any alcohol in their bloodstream. The charge is classified as a misdemeanor. Read more...

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Jon Jones Sentenced for DWI

A Binghamton City (N.Y.) Court judge revoked the driver's license of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones for six months and fined him $1,000 Tuesday during sentencing on DWI charges. Any vehicle that Jones operates thereafter must be equipped with an interlock device. In addition, Jones has been placed on conditional discharge. As a result, he must avoid all legal violations for one year. Judge Daniel L. Seiden also ordered Jones to complete a victim impact panel within 90 days. Jones must also pay NYSEG $6,563.62 for damaging a utility pole after crashing into it with his 2012 Bentley on May 19. Read more...


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