September 28, 2012

Five Dead After Workplace Shooting

A gunman killed four people inside a Minneapolis sign-making business before turning the weapon on himself, authorities said. The victims' bodies were found shortly after officers arrived at Accent Signage Systems Inc., located in a residential area in the city's north side, after receiving a 911 call, according to police spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty. Read more...

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'Sons of Anarchy' Actor Dead in Murder Mystery

Investigators believe "Sons of Anarchy" actor Johnny Lewis brutally killed his elderly landlord Wednesday before falling to his death as he tried to escape police whose sirens he heard approaching. It could be weeks before police understand the cause of what they say was a violent rampage by Lewis, 28, that led to the death of Katherine Davis, 81. Davis died from "blunt head trauma and strangulation," according to preliminary findings from the autopsy. Read more...

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Son Arrested After Mom's Body Found

Police arrested the 16-year-old son of a woman who was found shot dead and stuffed inside a plastic trash bin in the Bronx. Darwin Jackson reportedly told police investigators he shot his mother, Tihesha Savage, 34, amid an argument. He was charged with second-degree murder and weapons possession. A superintendent of the building where the family lived made the discovery when he spotted a tan, rectangular bin near some bushes. Read more...

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Missing N.C. 12-Year-Old Found in Florida

Authorities say a 12-year-old North Carolina girl, Abigaile Faith LeFevers, who was the subject of a multi-state Amber Alert, has been found in South Florida and the man suspected of taking her is in custody. The FBI says authorities stopped Lefevers and 38-year-old Timothy Newman, a registered sex offender, in Hallandale Beach. Read more...
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Inmate Charged With Killing 5-Year-Old Girl

A federal inmate was charged in the rape and slaying of a 5-year-old northern Iowa girl in 2005, a breakthrough in a case that had long frustrated investigators and relatives. Casey Frederiksen was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree sexual abuse in the death of the Evelyn Miller, whose body was found along the Cedar River. Read more...

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Amanda Bynes Pleads Not Guilty to Hit-and-Run

Actress Amanda Bynes pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges. An attorney entered the plea on behalf of Bynes, who was not required to appear in court. The actress faces a possible sentence of six months in jail for each count if convicted. The charges are related to crashes on April 6 and Aug 4. The file on the April incident was reopened after the August crash. Read more...




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September 27, 2012

Police to Search for Jimmy Hoffa Under Driveway

Police will be taking soil core samples at a home in Roseville in search of the remains of missing Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa, whose 1975 disappearance sparked one of the 20th century's biggest mysteries. "We received information from an individual who saw something," Roseville Police Chief James Berlin told the Free Press. "The information seemed credible, so we decided to follow up on it." Berlin wouldn't say who provided the tip — one of hundreds authorities have pursued in the years since Hoffa vanished from a restaurant parking lot in Oakland County. Read more...

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Baby Gabriel Trial Could End Early

The high-profile courtroom drama had been expected to run well into November, but prosecutors in Elizabeth Johnson's kidnapping and custodial interference trial are moving much faster than initial estimates and the case could be in the hands of jurors as early as the middle of next week. That word Wednesday from Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer as jurors heard a third day of testimony against the 26-year-old mother of missing baby Gabriel Johnson. Read more...

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FBI Surveying Another 'Speed Freak' Burial Site

The FBI is surveying a site in Linden related to the so-called Speed Freak serial killers, but no digging for remains has begun. FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said several questions still need to be answered before any new excavation begins. In August, convicted killer Wesley Shermantine was briefly taken from death row to help investigators find more victims. He said at the time that authorities missed the "boneyard" where as many as a dozen more bodies are buried. Read more...

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Woman Sentenced After Faking Cancer

A Phoenix woman who pretended to have cancer in order to raise money for breast implants has been sentenced to a year in jail and three years of probation. Court spokesman Kelly Vail says 27-year-old Jami Lynn Toler was sentenced this week after she pleaded guilty in August to a theft charge in a plea agreement. Authorities say Toler helped organize fundraisers and collected more than $8,000 beginning last September. Medical records obtained by Mesa police show she didn't have cancer and paid a plastic surgeon with the cash. Read more...

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Nick Fairley Seeks to Avoid DUI Trial

An attorney for Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley asked a judge to approve a pre-trial diversion program instead of putting the player on trial facing charges of drunken-driving and fleeing police. Fairley was charged with driving under the influence and attempting to elude police following a May 27 arrest. His Mobile County District Court trial was set to start Wednesday morning, but attorney Sid Harrell instead filed paperwork requesting Fairley attend an anti-DUI course after stipulating to a first-time DUI. Read more...




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September 26, 2012

Baby Gabriel's Father Testifies

Baby Gabriel's father and grandfather testified in court for the prosecution in the kidnapping and custodial interference trial of the missing child's mother. Elizabeth Johnson broke down in tears during testimony Tuesday, just as she did during opening statements last week. Logan McQueary told the jury that Johnson told him she had suffocated the 8-month-old child and put his body in a trash bin. Read more...

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MacDonald Murder Case in Judge's Hands

Was Helena Stoeckley in the house on the morning of the MacDonald murders in 1970 at Fort Bragg? Did a prosecutor in Jeffrey MacDonald's 1979 trial threaten Stoeckley with arrest to keep her from telling that to a jury? Do three unidentified hairs belong to a group of drug-crazed hippies, one of whom was a woman in a floppy hat chanting "Acid is groovy. Kill the pigs," that MacDonald says slaughtered his wife and two young daughters? Has an innocent man been convicted? A federal judge in Wilmington is pondering these questions following a seven-day evidentiary hearing where MacDonald claimed his constitutional right to due process was violated 33 years ago by an overzealous prosecutor and a shoddy Army investigation. Read more...

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Man Who Received Three Stays Executed

Texas executed a man who had received three stays of execution from the U.S. Supreme Court because of questions about how forcefully his lawyers defended him. Cleve Foster, 48, was convicted with an accomplice in the 2002 murder and rape of Nyanuer "Mary" Pal, whose naked body was found in a ditch, according to a report by the Texas Attorney General's office. Read more...

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Mississippi Escapee Captured in Georgia

Michael Blan Dowda, a convicted killer who escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman over the weekend, has been captured in Georgia. The U.S. Marshal's Service took Dowda into custody in Macon, Ga. He faces extradition to Mississippi and multiple charges including escape. Read more...

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'Soccer Mom Madam' Pleads Guilty

The suburban mother of four accused of running an upscale escort service in Manhattan pleaded guilty in Manhattan Criminal Court. Anna Gristina, 44, of Monroe, N.Y., pleaded guilty to a single count of promoting prostitution, stemming from a July 2011 tryst she allegedly arranged involving two women and an undercover officer posing as a client. Read more...

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Doctor Shows Up to Work Drunk, Gets Suspended

A New Hampshire doctor has had his medical license suspended after allegedly showing up to work drunk. Joseph Savage, a physician at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., reportedly appeared intoxicated when he arrived, and a blood test revealed Savage a blood alcohol level of .186 percent, officials said. That's more than twice the legal limit for driving. Read more...

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Police: John Abraham 'Obviously Intoxicated'

The police officer who arrested Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham said Abraham was "obviously intoxicated" as he refused requests to leave an area taped off by firefighters and police. In a police report, Officer Christopher Blaise of the Atlanta police department said Abraham "had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from him, his speech was extremely slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet" when he was arrested on two misdemeanor charges of obstruction. Read more...




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September 25, 2012

Absalon Guilty of 1984 Murder

A man who confessed to murder during a drug treatment group therapy session 28 years ago will now spend the rest of his life in prison for that crime. Ryland Shane Absalon was found guilty of capital murder by a Texas jury last week. The life sentence he recieved was automatic, because prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. Read more...

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Ex-Professor Gets Life for Shooting Rampage

A Harvard-educated biologist was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday after being convicted of going on a shooting rampage during a faculty meeting at an Alabama university, killing three colleagues and wounding three others in 2010. The jury deliberated for about 20 minutes before convicting Amy Bishop. The former professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville showed no reaction as the verdict was read. She did not speak in court, but her attorney said she has often expressed great remorse for the victims and their families. Read more...

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Police Use Helicopters, Hounds in Search

North Carolina authorities are using a helicopter and bloodhounds to search for a convicted killer who walked away from a state prison farm. James J. Ladd was first noticed missing after the tractor he had been operating was found abandoned in a field outside the minimum security Tillery Correctional Center. The 51-year-old was serving three life sentences for the 1980 robbery and shooting deaths of two men in Yadkin County. Read more...

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Police Search for Missing Florida Student

Nearly 100 people, including police, volunteers and family members were searching Monday for a University of Florida student who went missing four days ago in Gainesville. Police fear Christian Aguilar could be seriously injured, disoriented and unable to seek medical attention. Aguilar, 18, went missing last week after an altercation over a girl, his father told reporters. Read more...

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Aliayah's Family Wants Answers

Her mother is in prison for welfare fraud. Her stepfather is lying low. Her six siblings, some just infants, are in the custody of child welfare authorities. And Aliayah Lunsford, the brown-eyed 3-year-old who vanished from her West Virginia home a year ago Monday, is still missing. "It just seems like everybody's forgotten her," said Aliayah's great-aunt Vickie Bowen, "but we're never going to forget." In the year since Aliayah disappeared from her family's rented house in the Bendale section of Lewis County, Bowen has concluded the girl is probably dead, though she avoids using the word. Read more...

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Bonnie Parker's .38 Special Made Legal

The .38-caliber revolver taped to Bonnie Parker's inner thigh when she and Clyde Barrow were killed by a Texas posse in 1934 has been made federally compliant and will be auctioned later this week. The Colt .38-caliber Detective's Special revolver, which was recovered from Parker's body by Texas Ranger Capt. Frank Hamer, had its serial numbers obliterated in the heyday of Bonnie and Clyde's reign of terror, prompting Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) officials to issue a new number to make the handgun legal. Read more...

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Falcons' Abraham Arrested for Obstruction

John Abraham, the Atlanta Falcons' four-time Pro Bowl defensive end, was arrested when he failed to leave the scene where police were responding to a woman threatening to jump from a building. Abraham was arrested for obstruction of police and obstruction of fire fighters and booked in the Fulton County Jail on the misdemeanor chargers. Police were responding to a woman threatening to jump from a building in Atlanta's Atlantic Station area, according to John Chafee of the APD's Public Affairs Unit. The woman did not jump and was taken to a local hospital. Read more...

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Cocaine Trial Starts for Drug Lab Worker

Jury selection began in federal court for the trial of a former San Francisco police crime laboratory technician accused of stealing cocaine from the facility. Deborah Madden, 62, of San Mateo, faces a federal charge of obtaining cocaine by means of fraud, deception or subterfuge in 2009. The charge carries a possible maximum sentence of four years in prison if she is convicted. Read more...

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Chris Brown Tests Positive for Marijuana

Los Angeles judge had advice for singer Chris Brown after revealing that the singer had tested positive for marijuana use while in Virginia. "You are not an average person sitting in a living room," Judge Patricia Schnegg said. "You are not only in the public eye, but you are on probation." The judge revealed the marijuana test result but did not take any immediate action. She set another hearing for November to review various probation records. Read more...
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September 24, 2012

Elizabeth Johnson's Trial Resumes

Trial continues at 10:30 a.m. Monday for the Arizona woman charged with criminal wrongdoing in her child's disappearance more than two years ago. Several police officers and detectives are expected to take the stand, as well as Baby Gabriel's father, Logan McQueary. Read more...

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Convicted Killer Escapes Mississippi Prison

A man serving life in prison for killing his girlfriend has escaped from the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, and visitation there is closed. Corrections spokeswoman Jasmine Cole says 48-year-old Michael Blane Dowda is considered armed and dangerous. She says officials realized Saturday afternoon that he was missing from a maintenance detail. He allegedly stole a white 2005 Silverado truck with Yalobusha County disability tag number 0922 and drove out. Read more...

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Man to Be Released After Witness Recants

A man who has spent 19 years in prison for murder is expected to be ordered freed after the sole eyewitness, a survivor of the drive-by shooting, recanted his testimony. John Edward Smith, who was an 18-year-old gang member when he was accused of the murder, was tried and convicted with less than five hours' testimony and three hours' deliberation in 1994, and later sentenced to life in prison. Nearly two decades later, when Smith's new attorneys contacted witness Landu Mvuemba, he recanted within minutes and said police had pressured him at the time to identify Smith. Read more...

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Youth League Thief Flees to Mideast

A former official of a Massachusetts youth football league who is accused of stealing $80,000 from the program has reportedly fled to the Middle East country of United Arab Emirates, which does not have an extradition agreement with the United States. James Potenza, the former treasurer of the Pentucket Youth Football League, failed to show up for a conference last week ahead of his trial, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 10. Read more...

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Stranger Tosses Acid on Woman at Laundromat

San Diego police have arrested a man suspected of tossing a chemical on a woman, causing second-degree burns to her arms and back. Police said the woman was walking into a laundromat Saturday when a man got out of a BMW, confronted her and threw the liquid substance at her. About 20 minutes later, officers responding to reports of a man causing a disturbance at a gas station determined that he matched the description of the woman's attacker. Read more...

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Parents Charged in Canal Drowning Death

The parents of a three-year-old girl whose body was found in a canal just hours after recovered wandering the streets alone have been charged with felony child neglect. Police in Dansbury, Wisconsin say the parents of Reena Mae Williams turned themselves in two days after a warrant was placed for their arrest in the child's death. Jenna Danish, 33, and Thomas Jay Williams, 42, face a maximum of 25 years in prison after Reena's body was found approximately 25 yards from their home last month. Read more...

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Green Day Frontman Heads to Rehab After Meltdown

Billie Joe Armstrong has checked into rehab following a major onstage meltdown. While performing at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas, the Green Day frontman launched into an expletive-laden tirade, then smashed his guitar onstage. Apparently, what set Armstrong off was a monitor that warned the band they had one minute left to play. According to some reports, the Green Day set was shortened to give more time to Usher. Read more...




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September 21, 2012

Gacy Probe Solves 1978 Cold Case

An investigation into possible additional victims of an Illinois serial killer has lead to the resolution of an unrelated missing persons case from 1978. While researching possible victims of John Wayne Gacy, investigators matched up DNA with remains found in 2010 on the side of Mount Olympus in Utah. The remains belonged to Daniel Raymond Noe, who was 21 years old when he disappeared 34 years ago. Read more...

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Ohio, Texas Execute Convicted Killers

A Texas man convicted of killing former co-workers at a car wash in 2000 was executed on Thursday, hours after the execution in Ohio of a man convicted of a 1989 double murder. The lethal injections of Robert Wayne Harris in Texas and Donald Palmer in Ohio brought the number of executions in the United States this year to 29. Prosecutors in Texas said Harris, 40, shot six employees, five fatally at close range, after forcing them to the floor during a robbery at the Mi-T-Fine Car Wash in Irving, Texas, on March 20, 2000. Harris was convicted in two of the deaths. Read more...

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Man Convicted of Killing Family on Road Trip

Jurors convicted a suburban Chicago computer specialist of murder in the deaths of his wife and three school-aged kids during a road trip to a water park. Christopher Vaughn, 37, traveled to northwestern Canada a month before the slayings, and had compiled survival guides and posted wistful Internet messages about constructing a cabin and settling for good in the Yukon cut off from the world, state attorneys said. Read more...

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Kato Says O.J. Did It?

O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Lyle Goldman, says one of the more prominent witnesses in the criminal trial in which the former football legend was acquitted in the 1994 double murder. Brian "Kato" Kaelin, who lived in Simpson's guest house at the time of killings, identified Simpson as the killer in an interview with the New York Post. "The statute of limitations has now passed . . . so I can now say . . . yes, he did it," Kaelin told Cindy Adams of the Post. Asked why his testimony did not help convict Simpson, he replied, "I was too scared. I was terrified." Read more...

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Woman Convicted in Saw Attack on Husband

A Washington state woman accused of trying to decapitate her sleeping husband with an electric saw was convicted of attempted murder. Jurors needed only about three hours to reach a verdict in the trial of Renee Bishop-McKean of Everett. They also convicted the 44-year-old woman of first-degree assault for hitting the man in the head with a hatchet and mallet. The jury was told the noise of the saw woke the victim last Oct. 14 and he fought his wife off. He was treated for cuts and scrapes. Read more...

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Singer Fiona Apple Arrested on Drug Charge

Grammy-winning singer Fiona Apple spent the night in a Texas jail after being arrested late Wednesday on a felony drug possession charge at a border patrol checkpoint where her tour bus was searched, local officials said. Apple, 35, was taken into custody in Sierra Blanca, the same small west Texas town where authorities previously nabbed singer Willie Nelson, rapper Snoop Dogg and "The Social Network" actor Armie Hammer on drug charges. The singer-songwriter had 4 grams of hashish, a form of cannabis, in her possession. Read more...




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September 20, 2012

MacDonald Prosecutor Denies Coercion

The lead prosecutor in the Jeffrey MacDonald trial 32 years ago acknowledged from the witness stand Wednesday that he had committed crimes and told lies – even as a lawyer. "I basically shot my legal career in the head," Blackburn said. But Blackburn adamantly denied that he coerced a woman whom the MacDonald defense team had considered a key witness in his 1979 trial. Read more...

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Remains of Fugitive Found in Virginia Woods

The remains of the prime suspect in a 2009 double murder and one the U.S. Marshals' most wanted fugitives were found in a wooded area in Virginia. Authorities said the remains of Beacher Hackney were found in Bath County when two people stumbled across them Sept. 3. A DNA test confirmed that it was the suspect who led law-enforcement on an exhaustive manhunt for more than three years. Read more...

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Man Arrested in LSU Bomb Threat Case

A man has been arrested in connection with a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of Louisiana State University, but he does not appear to be linked to recent threats against other universities, school police said. William Bouvay, 42, of Baton Rouge, was arrested late on Tuesday on charges of communicating false information of a planned bombing, the university police said. LSU's Baton Rouge campus was evacuated after receiving a phone call on Monday warning of multiple bombs. Read more...

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Fourteen Arrested in Identity Theft Ring

Fourteen people were arrested and charged with operating a long-running U.S. identity theft ring that filed thousands of fraudulent federal income tax returns to claim $65 million in illegal refunds, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in New Jersey. The ring allegedly obtained Social Security numbers and other identifying information from Puerto Rican citizens. They used that to file more than 8,000 returns, then obtained the refund checks and either sold them or cashed them, the office said. Read more...

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Lindsay Lohan Held Over NY Hit and Run

Lindsay Lohan has been arrested in New York on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop, police said. The 26-year-old actress was arrested as she left a Manhattan nightclub in the early hours. Police said no alcohol was involved. Lindsay was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and causing injury. She was given a ticket and will have to appear in court on October 23. Read more...

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Fails Drug Test

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. submitted a positive post-fight urine test for marijuana, the Nevada State Athletic Commission informed the boxer's promoter. Carl Moretti, the vice president of promoter Top Rank, said he received a phone call, alerting him to Chavez's positive test, from Nevada commission executive officer Keith Kizer. Read more...

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Bears Sam Hurd Faces 4 More Drug Charges

Federal authorities this week lodged four new drug charges against former Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd, accusations that came the same day a plea deal with the government on the two initial charges apparently fell apart. Hurd now faces two counts of commission of a felony offense while on release and two counts of attempt to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, charges stemming from his arrest last month for violating conditions while out on bond. Read more...




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September 19, 2012

Trial Begins in 1984 Stabbing Death

A trial is underway in Fort Worth, Texas which will feature a confession to murder made by the defendant when he was a teenager in a drug and alcohol group therapy session. Ryland Shane Absalon is on trial for the stabbing death of his high school friend Ginger Hayden in 1984. Hayden was stabbed more than 50 times in her bedroom and found by her mother on the day she was to begin college. Read more...
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Witness Backs Jeffrey MacDonald's Story

"As sure as I'm sitting here, Jeffrey MacDonald is innocent!" Sara McMann cried out in court. McMann described how she and her husband invited a troubled woman and her infant child to stay in their home back in 1982, a couple months after meeting them through a church friend's prayer request. According to McMann, the mother, Helena Stoeckley, later confided that she had witnessed an infamous crime 12 years before, accompanying three men into MacDonald's Ft. Bragg, N.C. apartment during the pre-dawn hours of Feb. 17, 1970, when his pregnant wife and two daughters were murdered. Read more...

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Jury Selection Begins in Bianca Jones Case

Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of D'Andre Lane. Lane is accused of the murder of his daughter, 2-year-old girl Bianca Jones. Jones is still missing. According to CBS Detroit, Lane has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and first degree murder in the disappearance of the toddler, whose body has still not been found. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison if convicted. Read more...

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Chef Claims He Killed, Cooked Wife

A chef on trial for his wife's murder told sheriff's investigators that they couldn't find his wife's body because he had cooked it for four days in boiling water until little was left but her skull. Los Angeles Superior Court jurors heard David Viens make the statements in a recorded interview with sheriff's investigators that was played in court during his murder trial. "I just slowly cooked it and I ended up cooking her for four days," Viens could be heard saying on the recording. Read more...

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Mom Charged for Helping Teen Vandals

A North Texas woman has been charged in an alleged neighborhood prank using raw chicken, mustard and peanut butter to cause $6,000 in damage. Tara Mauney of Colleyville has been charged with felony criminal mischief in the July incident. She's free on $7,500 bond. The 41-year-old woman allegedly helped several middle school students buy toilet paper to litter a residence where some girls were having a sleepover. Mustard and peanut butter were smeared or used to write graffiti. Chicken was left in a mailbox. Read more...

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Atlanta Falcons Running Back Arrested for DUI

Michael Turner, a star running back for the Atlanta Falcons, has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after being clocked at 97 mph on an Atlanta-area interstate, police said. Turner, 30, nicknamed "The Burner" because of his speed on the football field, was driving a black Audi R8 in a 65-mph zone on northbound Interstate 85 around 4 a.m. Tuesday, the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department said. An officer pulled him over, and after smelling alcohol and investigating further, he charged Turner with DUI and speeding, the Sheriff's Department said. Read more...

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Amanda Bynes Pulled Over Again

Amanda Bynes had another run-in with the law when she was pulled over for driving on a suspended license by a Southern California airport. Burbank's Bob Hope Airport spokesman Victor Gill says airport police cited the actress and impounded her car. He said in a statement that "police did cite Amanda Bynes for driving a vehicle with a suspended drivers license this morning." Read more...




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September 18, 2012

'Fatal Vision' Hearing Opens

For the first time since his 1979 trial, a former Green Beret doctor convicted of killing his wife and two daughters will get the opportunity to present all of the evidence in the case in a federal court. Attorneys for Jeffrey MacDonald began making their case for his innocence before a federal judge in Wilmington, North Carolina. Read more...

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Former Death Row Inmate Charged in Killing

Joseph Green Brown refused to run from his troubled past. He'd tell audiences he was only hours from being executed on Florida's death row. He'd talk about how an appeals court overturned his rape and murder convictions in 1986 and how he walked out of prison a free man -- with a goal of ending the death penalty. Now Brown is back in jail, this time facing first-degree murder charges in the death of the woman he married 20 years ago, Mamie Caldwell Brown of Charlotte. Read more...

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Board Rejects Clemency in Murder Case

A Pennsylvania man on death row for the murder of his alleged sexual abuser failed to win clemency from the state Board of Pardons. Terrance "Terry" Williams, 46, is scheduled to be executed on Oct. 3. He is on death row at the State Correctional Institute at Greene in Pennsylvania for killing 56-year-old Amos Norwood with a tire iron in Philadelphia in 1984. Williams was 18 years old at the time of the murder. Defense lawyer Victor J. Abreu has said Williams' crimes were mitigated by the sexual abuse he experienced in his childhood. Norwood was allegedly one of his attackers. Read more...

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Inmate Claims He's Too Obese for Execution

A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a "torturous and lingering death." Ronald Post, who shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago, said his weight, vein access, scar tissue and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems. He's also so big that the execution gurney might not hold him, lawyers for Post said. Read more...

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19-Year-Old Charged With Shaking Baby to Death

A 19-year-old New Jersey man will appear in court after being charged with shaking his girlfriend's baby to death, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. Daquan Davis is charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. Police say Davis was caring for the 6-month-old infant at School House Apartments on North Martin Luther King Boulevard in Atlantic City, N.J., while the child's mother was at work. Read more...

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Kentucky Football Players Face Drug Charges

Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips on Monday confirmed a report by Lexington TV station WLEX that three Wildcats players -- tailback Raymond Sanders, wide receiver Bookie Cobbins and cornerback Marcus Caffey -- were cited by university police last week for possession of marijuana. Sanders and Cobbins were suspended for Saturday's loss to Western Kentucky, while Caffey was already sitting out this season due to academic ineligibility. Read more...

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Shaun White Charged With Public Intoxication

Shaun White, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and X-Games star snowboarder, faces charges of vandalism and public intoxication after his arrest at a hotel in Nashville, Tenn. White, 26, reportedly pulled a fire alarm at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel shortly after midnight, forcing the evacuation of all hotel guests. An employee also told police he saw White destroy a hotel phone. Read more...

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Randy Travis' Brother Arrested on Drug Charges

Authorities say the younger brother of country music singer Randy Travis is in custody for methamphetamine possession. Union County sheriff's deputies say David "Butter" Traywick of Marshville was arrested along with his wife during a raid at the family farm. Authorities identified the 49-year-old as the brother of the 53-year-old Grammy winning recording artist, who's recently had his own legal problems. Read more...




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September 17, 2012

Jeffrey MacDonald Gets New Hearing

Forty-two years ago, the wife and daughters of a handsome young Green Beret doctor, Jeffrey MacDonald, were stabbed and bludgeoned to death at the family home in military housing at Ft. Bragg, N.C. MacDonald, now 68, is serving three life sentences for the crime, which spawned a bestselling book, "Fatal Vision," a hit TV miniseries and decades of speculation over whether MacDonald is a sadistic killer or a victim of injustice. In federal court Monday in Wilmington, N.C., the case will play out once again with all its lurid details. Read more...

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Boy Accused of Killing 2-Year-Old Brother

A decade before he was charged with murder, a 2-year-old Cristian Fernandez was found naked and dirty, wandering a South Florida street. The grandmother taking care of him had holed up with cocaine in a messy motel room, while his 14-year-old mother was nowhere to be found. His life had been punctuated with violence since he was conceived, an act that resulted in a sexual assault conviction against his father. Fernandez' life got worse from there: He was sexually assaulted by a cousin and beaten by his stepfather, who committed suicide before police investigating the beating arrived. Read more...

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Juvenile Father Arrested in Baby Kidnapping

A 16-year-old father was arrested today for investigation of kidnapping his 5-week-old baby from the child's mother, police said. Witnesses told police that the suspect argued with the 16-year-old mother of the baby before forcibly taking the child and leaving in a vehicle. After about 45 minutes, the suspect returned the child to the mother and fled again before police arrived, authorities said. Read more...

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Woman Arrested After 3 Children Found Unconscious

A Jacksonville woman has been charged with aggravated child abuse after police found her and three children unconscious inside an apartment. A sheriff's office report says 30-year-old Liara McGlothan was involuntary committed under Florida's Baker Act statue and arrested Saturday. The three children - ages 3 to 10 - are with child welfare officials. The children told police McGlothan gave them pills "that tasted nasty" to so they "would sleep for a long time." Read more...

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Joe Simpson Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

Joe Simpson insists he was not driving drunk last month before his DUI arrest, pleading not guilty in L.A. court. Papa Joe was busted at a DUI checkpoint in Sherman Oaks, CA and blew .12 on the breathalyzer. The L.A. City Attorney subsequently charged Joe with two misdemeanor counts of DUI -- and last month, a judge ordered him not to drink any booze while he remained out on bail. Read more...




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September 15, 2012

Man Guilty in 1957 Murder of 7-Year-Old

A judge has convicted a 72-year-old man in the slaying of a 7-year-old Illinois girl in 1957 after snatching her from a small-town street corner where she was playing. Judge James Hallock pronounced Jack McCullough guilty in a crowded courtroom in Sycamore, 60 miles west of Chicago. McCullough was around 17 when second-grader Maria Ridulph went missing in the small town where they both lived. He later enlisted in the military, and ultimately settled in Seattle where he worked as a Washington state police officer. Read more...

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Professor Arrested in Ex-Wife's Death

A Naval Postgraduate School professor and financial expert has been arrested in connection with the death of his ex-wife, whose body was found in California last week. Media reports said 69-year-old Lawrence Jones was arrested in Los Angeles after investigators searched his Monterey home and determined his ex-wife had been killed there. Her body was found near Gilroy. Read more...

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Officer Shot Responding to Hit-and-Run

A police officer was shot in the head and killed while pursuing a hit-and-run driver in a Philadelphia suburb, a day before his 35th birthday, officials said. Brad Fox, an Iraq war veteran, is the first police officer in Plymouth Township, Pa., to be killed in the line of duty. Authorities say Fox was shot in the head during the pursuit. "There are just no words that can begin to express the magnitude of this tragedy, " said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman at a Thursday night press conference. Read more...

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'Bucket List Bandit' Nabbed in Traffic Stop

A suspect in a series of bank robberies that earned the perpetrator the nickname "Bucket List Bandit" is under arrest after a routine traffic stop by Roland, Okla., police, the FBI announced. Michael Eugene Brewster, 54, of Pensacola, Fla., was arrested, police said. Brewster is wanted in at least 10 bank robberies from Flagstaff, Ariz., to Erie, Pa., where a teller picked out his photo from a lineup after a Monday heist, the FBI said. The suspect earned the nickname "Bucket List Bandit" after he allegedly passed a Roy, Utah, bankteller a note on July 6 saying he had only four months to live, the FBI said. Read more...

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12-Year-Old Kansas Boy Held on Rape Charges

A 12-year-old northeast Kansas boy is being held on rape charges in Brown County, authorities say. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill said the Hiawatha boy was charged in county District Court last week on two counts of rape and two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy. Hiawatha is the county seat of Brown County, which has a population of about 10,000. Hill told NBC News the crimes occurred in the last 60 days. He said the victim is a 5-year-old girl. Read more...

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Dina Lohan Denies Being Drunk on Dr. Phil

Dina Lohan's interview with Dr. Phil is set to air on "The Dr. Phil Show" on Monday, but a clip of the conversation is already drawing criticism of Lohan's erratic behavior. The mother of troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan insists that she was not drunk during the segment. A clip of Lohan's one-on-one interview with Dr. Phil was posted on YouTube Wednesday. In the clip, Lohan appears disoriented and confused about the filming: She cries; she moves around awkwardly in her seat and babbles about things that even seem to confuse Dr. Phil, who at one point asks "What the hell does that mean?" Read more...




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September 14, 2012

Convicted Killer Charged With 1993 Murder

Prosecutors say they're bringing first-degree charges against an imprisoned killer in the 1993 death of a 19-year-old college student. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton joined Genesee Township police Thursday to announce the charges against 42-year-old Mathew L. Adler. He's serving life in prison for a 1994 murder in Macomb County. Authorities say they found the naked body of Wanda Musk along a road in the Flint-area community on Nov. 14, 1993. They say the Mott Community College student was last seen alive with a man who had his arm around her at the 1-Stop Food Store where she worked. Read more...

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Rapist Who Fled Trial Formally Sentenced

A man who was a fugitive for nearly two weeks after fleeing his trial a day before being convicted in the repeated group sexual assault of an 11-year-old Southeast Texas girl was told by a judge Thursday that he would spend nearly the next century in prison. Eric McGowen was formally sentenced to 99 years in prison without parole during a hearing in the same courtroom from which he had fled. He will now be transferred to the Texas prison system. Read more...

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Man Arrested in Central Park Rape Case

Police said that they have arrested a homeless man in the daytime rape of a 73-year-old woman in New York's Central Park. David Albert Mitchell was charged with predatory sexual assault, rape, criminal sex act and robbery assault, according to New York Police Commissioner Paul Browne. He said detectives uncovered photographs of Mitchell on the victim's home computer, which she had apparently downloaded after photographing him more than a week ago in the park. Read more...

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Jason Kidd Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd will fight a charge that he was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his vehicle into a telephone pole over the summer. "He is taking this very, very seriously," attorney Edward Burke Jr. said after Kidd appeared in court at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. "He wants to get this past him as quickly as possible. The legal process takes some time but he is ready for his season." Kidd was arrested about a week after signing with the Knicks when his vehicle hit a pole in Water Mill, N.Y. Read more...

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Sally Struthers Arrested for Drunk Driving

"All in the Family" star Sally Struthers, 65, was arrested in Maine for driving under the influence. The actress was charged with OUI – operating under the influence – which is a misdemeanor and was released on bail. The actress is in Maine for work. She's currently playing Roz in the musical 9 to 5 through Sept. 15. Read more...

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Amanda Bynes Smoking, Driving Illegally

Amanda Bynes was driving aimlessly for hours while smoking out of what appears to be a marijuana pipe and tooling around L.A. on a suspended license. The photos -- obtained by TMZ -- show Bynes taking multiple hits out of a pipe that is designed to look like a cigarette lighter in your car. In one picture, you see what appears to be remnants of marijuana in a cup holder. Some of the nugs appear burnt -- as if they had already been smoked. Read more...


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September 13, 2012

Drew Peterson Fires One of His Defense Attorneys

Drew Peterson has fired one of the member of his defense team who argued against calling Kathleen Savio's divorce lawyer as a defense witness, testimony that jurors later said convinced them to render a guilty verdict. Peterson notified attorney Steve Greenberg of his firing. Greenberg said he was shocked to learn he'd been fired days after jurors disclosed that divorce lawyer Harry Smith's testimony tipped the scales in the prosecution's favor. Despite Greenberg's and the rest of the defense team's objections, it was Peterson's lead attorney, Joel Brodsky, who ultimately called Smith to the stand. Read more...

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'Teacher of the Year' Denies Sex Charge

An attorney for a New Jersey "Teacher of the Year" said the woman will plead not guilty to charges she had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old honors student. Erica DePalo, who was the 2011 teacher of the year in Essex County, faces aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment charges. Read more...

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Woman Pulls Gun on Man During Sex in Moving Car

A Florida woman who allegedly pulled a gun on a man during sex and demanded money, causing him to lose control of his moving car, was arrested, police said. The woman, Amanda Jean Linscott, 26, fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a palm tree, went airborne and plowed through two front yards, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office in Port Charlotte, Fla. Read more...

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Police Search for Rapist Caught on Video

Police have released a surveillance video hoping to find the man they believe committed a brutal sexual assault against a 24-year-old woman just after midnight on August 29. They are now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction. According to police, the woman was walking home when a man came up behind her, beat her, sexually assaulted her, then took her handbag, which contained her cell phone and identification before fleeing the scene. The man is described as a black male, thin, standing approximately 5' 9" tall. Read more...

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Man Tries to Buy Beer With Bartender's Credit Card

A homeless man broke into a car in Miami Beach, stole a credit card belonging to a bartender and tried to use it to buy a beer from the victim, police said. Miami Beach Police said David Weber, 53, walked into the Clevelander Bar on Ocean Drive in South Beach and handed Bradley Fuller a credit card, which Fuller determined was his own. He asked Weber what his name was and he said "Bradley Fuller," according to the offense incident report. Read more...

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Judge Allows Fatal Police Crash Blood Sample

A court has ruled that prosecutors can use a blood sample as evidence to prove an Indianapolis police officer was driving drunk when he caused a fatal crash. The Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a county judge's decision that the blood is inadmissible as evidence that David Bisard was driving drunk because it wasn't drawn according to procedures outlined in state law. Read more...

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Actor Michael Madsen Arrested for DUI

Actor Michael Madsen was arrested in Malibu on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said. Madsen -- best known for his work in the movies "Reservoir Dogs," "Donnie Brasco," "Mulholland Falls" and several TV series -- was pulled over on Pacific Coast Highway near John Tyler Drive, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore. Deputies responded after a citizen reported a possible drunk driver on Pacific Coast Highway, Whitmore said. Deputies spotted Madsen's vehicle weaving, he said. Read more...


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September 12, 2012

Mystery Surrounds UNC Student's Death

Investigators are questioning everyone who was in contact with a 19-year-old University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who was found murdered in her off-campus apartment last week. Faith Hedgepeth was found by friends around 11 a.m. Friday. Police said her death was an "obvious homicide." Investigators also said they did not believe it was a random act. Read more...

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US Marshals Capture Escaped Rapist

A federal official says a man who fled his trial before being convicted in the repeated group sexual assault of an 11-year-old Texas girl has been captured by authorities. U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Alfredo Perez says Eric McGowen was arrested after he was found in an apartment in northeast Houston. Perez says members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force arrested McGowen without incident. Read more...

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Teens Tried to Plan High School Massacre

Two teenagers arrested last month for allegedly plotting a mass homicide at a California high school planned on launching the attack on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. Investigators said 15-year-olds Reed Peery and Samuel Noble were arrested on Aug. 16 on charges of conspiracy to commit murder at Vista Murrieta High School. Police and FBI investigators traced threats that were allegedly made online to an IP address linked to the suspects. Read more...

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Ex-professor Pleads Guilty to Killing Colleagues

An ex-professor pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three colleagues and wounding three others during a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010. Amy Bishop, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of capital murder involving two or more people and three counts of attempted murder. She had earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty against the Harvard-educated Bishop and it was not immediately clear if they would drop the penalty as part of the plea deal, which is common in such cases. Read more...

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South Dakota Lawyer Challenges Caylee's Law

A defense lawyer for a South Dakota woman charged under the state's new child death reporting law says it's unconstitutional because it violates his client's right against self-incrimination. It's one of the first attempts to question the validity of the new child death reporting laws that have been passed by several state legislatures following the high-profile death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony in Florida. Read more...

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Mom Jailed for Baseball Attack on Sleeping Son

A South Florida woman is being held in jail after police say she struck her teenage son about 30 times with a baseball bat. A judge set a $50,000 bond for 50-year-old Sheronda Hall Reselva. She's accused of hitting her 17-year-old son with the bat while he was sleeping Sunday morning. According to Lauderhill police, Reselva left the teen's bedroom after hitting him, returned with a knife and told him she was going to kill him. Read more...

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Pregnant Mom Died of Heroin Overdose

Deanna Ballman, whose body was found in the back seat of her car in Delaware County the day after she answered a Craigslist ad, died of a heroin overdose, toxicology tests have determined. A family friend said yesterday that she cannot imagine Ballman as a heroin user. She questioned whether Ballman shot the drug into her body or someone else did it. An autopsy found that Ballman, who was 23 and eight months pregnant, had heroin in both her blood and urine and a needle puncture mark on her left thigh that was surrounded by a bruise. Read more...

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Wasted Tara Reid Smashes Into Motorbike

Amierican Pie actress Tara Reid ain't exactly well known for her classy behaviour, and on a recent trip to St. Tropez she's done nothing to change people's opinions on her excessive partying. She and a friend crashed into a parked motorbike while charging along a street in glamorous St. Tropez after hitting a bar. The drunken pair landed with their backsides in the air, unable to get back up without help from passing strangers. Read more...


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September 11, 2012

Joe Francis Ordered to Pay $20M

Legal troubles continue for the founder of the 'Girls Gone Wild' video softporn franchise. A jury has ruled that Joe Francis knowingly slandered casino owner Steven Wynn and ordered him to pay the Las Vegas mogul $20 million in damages. Wynn filed the lawsuit after Francis claimed that Wynn threatened to kill him for not paying a gambling debt. Read more...

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Ex-Convict Arrested in Death of Woman, 2 Children

A man released from prison six months ago was arrested in the killing of a woman he knew and her two young children. Officers found the bodies of 23-year-old Heather Jackson and her 3-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son at their home in Sandusky, a city in northern Ohio that sits along Lake Erie midway between Toledo and Cleveland. A family friend had told police they had not been heard from all day. Read more...

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Hannah Truelove Investigators Seek Suspect

Police are searching for a vehicle in the death of 16-year-old Georgia girl Hannah Truelove, whose body was found in the woods behind her apartment complex. The vehicle is a late 1990s to early 2000s four-door passenger car, possibly a Chevrolet or Dodge, that may have been in the area of the Lake Lanier Club Apartments on the evening of Aug. 23, when the Gainesville teen was reported missing, according to CBS affiliate WGCL. It is light silver in color, with substantial front end damage and a driver's door that is either white or a lighter shade of silver. Read more...

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Parents Jailed for Shackling 17-Year-Old Boy

Investigators say a Southern California couple has been jailed for shackling their teenage son to a chair in the living room each night for about six months. San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators say the 17-year-old boy is in good health and he's in the custody of a family member. Sgt. Jason Radeleff said the boy told a family member that his parents had handcuffed him and pinned him with padlocked chains to a chair in the living room of the family home in desert Twentynine Palms. Read more...

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Customs Agent Arrested in Border Corruption

A customs agent was arraigned on corruption charges after being accused of allowing his brother-in-law — a convicted migrant smuggler — into the United States. Thomas Silva, a nine-year veteran agent, let his brother-in-law, Julio Cesar Landaverde, drive through the San Ysidro crossing in April, despite knowing there was a warrant out for Landaverde's arrest, prosecutors said. Landaverde remains a fugitive after being convicted for transporting illegal migrants, authorities said. Read more...

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Amanda Bynes Pulled Over After License Suspended

Amanda Bynes was pulled over in Los Angeles despite the fact that her driver's license was suspended. The All That actress, 26, was pulled over for driving without her headlights on, law enforcement officials tell the site, before she was given a verbal warning and released. It is unclear if officers ran Bynes' license, seeing as they did not take action against her for driving with a suspended license. Read more...


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September 10, 2012

Trial Begins in 1957 Murder

The street sign at the corner of Archie Place and Center Cross Street in Sycamore is covered by a flowering vine so thick with greenery and purple blossoms that the signpost itself is no longer visible. But for those old enough to recall, the beauty of the sign can't block out the memories of a crime that began on the corner almost 55 years ago when 7-year-old Maria Ridulph disappeared. Read more...

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Father, Uncle Charged in Fire That Killed 3 Boys

A southwestern Wisconsin father is being accused of starting the fire that killed three of his four young children, law enforcement authorities announced. The boys' uncle also faces arson charges. Three of Armin Wand III's four children - sons aged 3, 5 and 7 - died when their Argyle home burned down. His wife, Sharon, 27, and their 2-year-old daughter escaped, although Sharon Wand remains in critical condition at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Sharon is 16 weeks pregnant, according to her family. Read more...
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Man Charged Over Organs Found in Storage

A former medical examiner has been arrested on charges of keeping human remains in a rented storage unit in the Florida Panhandle. Dr. Michael Berkland, 57, was arrested on charges of improper storage of hazardous waste, keeping a public nuisance and driving with a suspended license. He was released from jail on $10,000 bail. Read more...

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Mother Charged in Death of Baby

A Chicago woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after leaving her 2-1/2-month-old daughter alone in the bathtub, where she drowned, police said. Dorota Duda, 30, called 911 from her home in the Belmont Cragin area, police said. The child, Julia Duda, was pronounced dead at Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Police have said the mother left the baby alone while she made coffee. Read more...

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LA's Last Skid Row Dive Bar Faces Gentrification

Unlike that place in Boston where everybody knows your name, the people who run the King Eddy Saloon like to say that once you walk through the front door of Skid Row's last great dive bar, "Nobody gives a ... about your name." And that seems to be just fine with the folks who frequent this aging edifice on the fringes of a 50-square block area of homeless shelters, rundown hotels and warehouses that somehow, at least until now, has managed to avoid a decade of downtown gentrification. Read more...

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Police Analyze PCP After 2 Children Killed

Authorities are trying to determine if a contaminated batch of PCP is going around Camden after a child was decapitated and two other children's throats were slashed by people believed to be on the illegal drug. Law enforcement has begun analyzing batches of so-called "wet," a combination of PCP and marijuana, circulating in the southern New Jersey city, a locale that continually ranks as one of the nation's most dangerous. "Is there some type of alteration that's being done that has triggered this?" Police Chief J. Scott Thomson asked in light of the gruesome attacks on children. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration is working with the police department, Thomson said. Read more...


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September 08, 2012

Bulger Says Prosecutors Hampering Defense

Lawyers for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger have accused prosecutors of demonizing Bulger, while prosecutors said the defense is trying to influence potential jurors in his remarks to reporters. The two sides trading accusations during a feisty hearing Friday in U.S. District Court. Attorney J.W. Carney Jr. said prosecutors spent the nearly 17 years Bulger was a fugitive vilifying him. He said his comments to reporters have simply repeated what he has said in court during pretrial hearings. Read more...

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Man Pleads Guilty in Friend's Grisly Death

A Northern California mixed-martial artist accused of ripping out his friend's heart and removing his tongue while the two were on hallucinogenic mushrooms has pleaded guilty to murder and mayhem charges. Jarrod Wyatt of Crescent City agreed to a plea deal in which he will serve 50 years to life in prison, Del Norte County prosecutors said. His official sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 4. Wyatt pleaded guilty to first-degree murder involving mayhem in the March 21, 2010, death of his sparring partner, 21-year-old Taylor Powell, prosecutors said. Read more...

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Hearsay Evidence Swayed Peterson Juror

By the end of the first day of deliberations in the Drew Peterson murder trial, juror Ron Supalo says, there was just a single panelist preventing the group from making a unanimous decision -- him. "I wanted to sleep on it," he said. "I had to rethink everything I wanted to ask today in my mind and then research it the best I could." Supalo said he didn't get much sleep, and when he returned to the courthouse Thursday morning he spent the first part of the day reviewing his courtroom notes and discussing with the other jurors the approximately 10 nagging questions he had. Read more...

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Mom, 52, Chases Intruder Out of House

A Connecticut woman confronted an intruder, chased him out her her home and held him down until police arrived. Pauline Bragg, 52, was in her Willimantic home on Sunday night when she noticed a man inside. "I looked and there's this guy, this big shadow standing there with a flashlight," Bragg said. The suspect, identified by police as Ramon Rivera, ran out of the house with Bragg right behind him. Read more...

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Hoax Victim Arrested After Flight Lands

What a birthday. Just hours after being falsely accused of carrying explosive material onto a plane, Christopher Shell arrived in Dallas after being reboarding a flight from Philadelphia. When he got to Dallas, airport police were waiting for the 29-year-old birthday celebrant because he was wanted on outstanding warrants. Read more...


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September 07, 2012

Drew Peterson Found Guilty

An Illinois jury deliberated almost 14 hours over two days before finding a former Bolingbrook police officer guilty of murder of his third wife. Drew Peterson, 58, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the death of Kathleen Savio. Savio's 2004 death was originally ruled a homicide after her body was found in a dry bathtub in her home. Read more...

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2 Charged With Burning Woman Alive

A Muskingum County Common Pleas Court grand jury has indicted two women on murder charges in connection with the death of fellow Canton resident Celeste Fronsman, who was left to die late last month along a remote stretch of roadway near Adamsville. Muskingum County Prosecutor Mike Haddox reported Katrina Culberson, 20, and Monica Washington, 24, were each indicted on aggravated murder charges with death specifications. The pair was also indicted on kidnapping and aggravated arson charges. Read more...

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Suspect Arrested in 1980 Murder of Teen

Oxnard police said a suspect has been arrested in the 1980 killing of a 15-year-old girl, news that brought relief to the teen's father, who said he had never given up hope. Thomas Young, 65, of Fairfield, Ala., was arrested more than 32 years after Stacy Knappenberger was found dead in her Oxnard home. Investigators said the Hueneme High School student died from blunt-force trauma and multiple stab wounds. They also think she had been sexually assaulted. Read more...

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Mother Raises $4G to See Killer Executed

Thanks to friends and strangers who helped her raise $4,000, Tina Curl is going on a grim road trip – to witness the execution of the man who raped and killed her 9-year-old daughter some 22 years ago. Curl, who lives in the upstate New York community of Lake Luzerne, plans to drive to South Dakota to see justice done to Donald Moeller. The 60-year-old Moeller has been in prison for more than two decades as his case wound through the courts. He was convicted of murdering Becky O'Connell in 1992, but won a new trial at which he was again convicted. He was sentenced to death in 1997, and a judge ruled in July the execution must be carried out between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3. Read more...

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Mother of Missing Arizona Girl Re-Arrested

The mother of an Arizona girl missing for nearly a year was re-arrested in the case on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse. Police in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale announced at a news conference that Jerice Hunter was taken into custody without incident at her home in Mesa. Hunter, 38, was indicted earlier in the day by a Maricopa County grand jury, even though the body of 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley hasn't been found. Read more...

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Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Must Be 'Forcibly Shaved'

A judge ordered that Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in a 2009 deadly shooting rampage at Fort Hood, must be forcibly shaved for further hearings, the Killeen Daily Herald reported. Judge Col. Gregory Gross had said he would deliver a definitive order this week on whether Hasan would be allowed to keep his beard, which he started growing while in jail earlier this summer. Gross barred him from appearing in military court, citing the Army's strict regulations regarding grooming standards. Read more...

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Amanda Bynes' Driver's License Suspended

Actress Amanda Bynes can no longer drive the streets of Los Angeles because her driver's license has been suspended, according to records from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Bynes is facing a drunk driving charge after hitting a sheriff's cruiser April 6 in West Hollywood. After two new charges of hit and run filed this week, her driver's license has been suspended, DMV officials said. DMV officials would not state the specific reason for the suspension and it is unclear when it took effect. Read more...


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September 06, 2012

Baby Gabriel Trial Set to Begin

Jury selection has begun in the trial of the mother of an infant who was 8 months old when he was last seen almost three years ago. But the Baby Gabriel case is not a murder case. Elizabeth Johnson is facing charges of kidnapping, custodial interference and child abuse only. No one has any idea if Baby Gabriel is alive or dead. Read more...

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Kidnappers Attach Device to Woman in Robbery Attempt

Two men wearing ski masks kidnapped a bank employee in Huntington Park, held her overnight, attached a supposed bomb to her and then had her rob an East Los Angeles bank, according to the LA County Sheriff's Department. The female victim, who was being questioned by detectives, is an employee of the bank, authorities confirmed. She was abducted from her home in Huntington Park on Tuesday, LASD Capt. Mike Parker said. Read more...

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5 Inmates Challenging Death Penalty

Connecticut's top prosecutor testified the state had no written policies on when to seek the death penalty but that state law provided enough guidance. Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane was the first witness to take the stand in a trial involving five death row inmates who say prosecutors' decision-making process in death penalty cases has been arbitrary and fraught with racial and geographical biases. The inmates are suing the state and seeking to have their death sentences overturned. Read more...

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Baby Killer 'Severly Mentally Ill'

The attorney for a mother accused of discarding her infant son in a Fort Lauderdale hotel trash bin said her client is "severely mentally ill" and suggested she spend time in a residential treatment facility rather than Broward County Jail. Public defender Melisa McNeill represented 33-year-old Alexandria Sladon-Marler Tuesday, who faces charges including aggravated manslaughter and child neglect. In bond court, McNeill argued that family members tried to get help for Sladon-Marler during the woman's pregnancy. Read more...

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Actress Amanda Bynes Faces Hit-and-Run Charges

Actress Amanda Bynes has been charged with two misdemeanor hit-and-run counts, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles city attorney's office said. The 26-year-old star was allegedly involved in incidents on April 10 and August 4. The charges follow an April 6 incident in which Bynes was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after her vehicle allegedly struck an officer's vehicle. She pleaded not guilty in that case, according to reports. Read more...

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California Treasurer's Wife Arrested on Drug Charges

Nadia Lockyer, the estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer and a former Alameda County supervisor, was charged with drug possession and child abuse after police found her with methamphetamine in an Orange County house where she was staying with her 9-year-old son, prosecutors said. The charges are the latest in a series of public substance abuse and relationship struggles faced by Lockyer, 41, who until recently was considered a rising star in Northern California government. Read more...


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September 05, 2012

Attorneys in Peterson Trial Deliver Closings

Prosecutors in Drew Peterson's murder trial implored jurors to use common sense in assessing the circumstantial case against him, while the defense said the state fell far short of proving the former Illinois police officer killed his third wife. The attorneys delivered their closing arguments to jurors who will begin deliberating Wednesday in the trial for Peterson, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Kathleen Savio's 2004 death. Read more...

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Stranger Tries to Throw Kids in Front of Train

A mother and grandmother tackled an apparent stranger who tried to throw their two children in front of a moving train as they waited at an NJ Transit station in New Jersey Monday afternoon, police said. The family was waiting for the train at the Main Street Station in Ramsey, N.J., according to police. As the train approached, the children moved closer to the tracks to get a better look. Read more...

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Mom of Slain Girl to Attend Killer's Execution

A woman whose 9-year-old daughter was kidnapped, raped and slashed to death 22 years ago in South Dakota says she's raised enough money to attend the convicted killer's execution. Tina Curl moved to Lake Luzerne, N.Y., shortly after Becky O'Connell's death in May 1990. Curl and her husband, Dave, say they needed help raising funds for the trip because they're surviving on $720-a-month disability checks. Curl says publicity of her predicament brought in more than the needed $4,000, with donations from as far away as Chicago and Alaska. Read more...

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Toddler Falls From Roof While Baby-Sitter Sleeps

Police in Hartford, Conn., have charged a 25-year-old babysitter with risk of injury after the 2-year-old boy in her care fell off a roof, according to police. When Chantelle Turner was arraigned on Tuesday, she was ordered to have no contact with children. Police said it appears that the boy opened a window at Turner's residence, crawled onto a second-floor roof and fell off. Read more...

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Puddle of Mudd Singer Scantlin Arrested

Puddle of Mudd lead singer Wes Scantlin has been arrested in Texas and charged with public intoxication after being removed from a cross-country flight. Police in Austin say the pilot of a JetBlue flight requested an emergency landing to remove an unruly passenger creating a disturbance. According to police, Scantlin got into an argument with a flight attendant over alcohol. A source with airport security said Scantlin was upset because the flight crew wouldn't sell him booze. Read more...

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Michael Jackson 'Drunk and Despondent' Near End

Michael Jackson was drinking heavily, showing signs of paranoia, anxiety and obsessive behaviour and insisted on being called 'Mikey' in the weeks leading up to his death in 2009. The Los Angeles Times obtained 250 emails between the promoters of his comeback tour, AEG, which show the singer's rapid decline. Emails between the show's director, Kenny Ortega, who had known Jackson for 20 years, told AEG executive Randy Phillips that the star was not ready for the tour. Read more...


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September 04, 2012

More 'Speed Freak Killers' Victims Found

The remains of at least four victims and a fetus have been uncovered by FBI investigators searching locations given to them by a California death row inmate known as one of the 'Speed Freak Killers.' Convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine said that authorities still have not located the "boneyard" where he claims most of the victims are buried. Read more...

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Man Charged With Slitting Kids' Throats

A New Jersey man who smoked a combination of pot and PCP has been arrested and charged with slitting the throats of a 6-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister who is in critical condition, according to authorities. The wounded girl was able to give police a tip that led them to her alleged attacker. It is the second time in recent weeks that the hallucinatory drug combo, known as "wet," has been implicated in the grisly murder of a child in the crime ridden city of Camden, N.J. Read more...

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'Coffee Mug' Murder Suspect Bails Out

Three days after announcing a fundraiser to raise her bail money, a professional tennis umpire accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee mug walked out of jail after posting bail. Lois Goodman's family and friends raised the $40,000 needed to bail her out of jail. Goodman, 70, faces a murder charge in the death of her husband, Alan Goodman, whose bloodied body was found in their Woodland Hills home in April. Read more...

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Boyfriend to Be Charged With Murder

The 25-year-old boyfriend of a woman founded stabbed to death in Laguna Hills will be returned to California and charged with murder. Derek Pinski of Laguna Hills was arrested Sunday in Mesa, Ariz., and is being held on suspicion of killing Alexandra Tang, whose body was found Saturday, authorities said. Paramedics were called to the Laguna Hills home where they found a homeowner trying to resuscitate the 24-year-old woman, a Santa Barbara resident. The efforts failed, however, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more...

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Court Upholds Murder Conviction

An appellate court upheld the murder conviction of a man who helped his older brother murder and cut up the body of a 16-year-old girl living next door in 2005. But James Zarate — who was 14 at the time of the crime — will have nine years of his sentence reduced because time on a weapons will now run concurrently with the murder conviction, the appellate court decided last week. James Zarate was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to life in prison plus 14 years. Read more...

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September 03, 2012

Man Grew Marijuana on Church Property

Police say a western Pennsylvania man has been arrested and charged with growing marijuana on a church's property. State police arrested 28-year-old Jason Como after the Beloved Disciples Church reported that two suspected marijuana plants were growing on their property in Grove City, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Read more...

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Bobby Brown Speaks Out About His Sobriety

Singer Bobby Brown made sure to let his fans know what's up. The artist—who checked himself into rehab shortly after marrying Alicia Etheredge in Hawaii, and then checked out three weeks later—wanted concertgoers from last night's show in Orlando to know that he's not going down the same troubled road as before. "I'm seven and a half years off of narcotics, 21 days clean of alcohol and I go by the name Bad Ass Bobby Brown," he announced to the crowd. Read more...


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Final Pitches Readied for Peterson Jurors

After five weeks of testimony, head-scratching moves and blustering before TV cameras, the Drew Peterson trial comes to an end with closing arguments that carry extremely high stakes for both sides. Without any physical evidence linking the former Bolingbrook police sergeant to the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, the final soliloquies provide the only chance for attorneys to show jurors how several pieces of circumstantial evidence come together to either prove or refute Peterson's guilt. Read more...

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Death Row Murderer Leads Police to Remains

A convicted killer has been allowed to leave his death row cell to help lead police to the remains of victims of his killing spree decades ago. Convicted murderer Wesley Shermantine was released recently from California's San Quentin State Prison to help investigators locate more victims near his family's property in the town of Linden, Fox 40 News reports. According to the station, Shermantine's tips have led FBI agents to recover the bodies of four victims, one unidentified woman and one unidentified fetus. Read more...

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Deputy Shoots, Kills 'Out-Of-Control' Inmate

A San Diego County sheriff's deputy shot an unruly inmate who was receiving treatment at the UCSD Medical Center, police officials confirmed. Earlier in the day, deputies had transported a 45-year-old inmate from the downtown county jail to the UCSD Medical Center to receive treatment after a violent altercation with deputies. Officials said deputies initially entered the inmate's cell in the morning because he was non-responsive. When they went inside, the inmate allegedly attacked deputies with a dangerous weapon. Read more...

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Honors Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

The winner of last year's Essex County's "Teacher of the Year" award is facing multiple counts of sexual assault, another in a recent string of educators accused of having predatory relationships with their students. Erica DePalo, 33 of Montclair, an English teacher at West Orange High School, was arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student she taught in her honor's English class, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Read more...

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Woman Arrested Four Times in 26 Hours

A New Hampshire woman was arrested fours times within 26 hours for refusing to turn down her radio and assaulting her nephew, officials said. Joyce Coffey, 53, is facing several charges for her three arrests over her blaring rock music and another arrest for allegedly throwing a frying pan at her nephew. Read more...

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Woman Sentenced to 20 Years in DUI Death

A Spartanburg woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed a 67-year-old Wellford woman. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Christina Ray Hudson was sentenced after pleading guilty to felony driving under the influence resulting in death and two other DUI-related counts. Solicitor Barry Barnette says Hudson was drunk and on drugs when she sideswiped a car on January 30, then crossed the center line and hit another vehicle head-on. Read more...


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September 01, 2012

Man Gets 92 Years in Frat House Shooting

A man has been sentenced to 92 years in prison for a shooting at a fraternity house in Ohio last year in which one man was killed and 11 others were wounded. 23-year-old Columbus Jones Jr. was sentenced after a being convicted of murder and other charges. Prosecutors say Jones left a frat party at Youngstown State after an argument on Feb. 6, 2011, then came back with a gun and started shooting. Read more...

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Gunman Kills Two at New Jersey Supermarket

A 23-year-old gunman killed two co-workers early Friday at a Pathmark supermarket in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and then shot himself to death, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan said. The shooter wielded an AK-47 assault rifle and a handgun, and was carrying multiple ammunition magazines, he added. "I believe everyone in the store was a target," said Kaplan, who noted that the gunman fired 16 rounds during his attack. Read more...

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Man Gets 52 Life Terms for Sex Abuse

An Arizona man has been sentenced to 52 life prison terms for sexually abusing three girls in Texas in the 1980s. 59-year-old Rickie Moore of Phoenix must serve the terms concurrently. Jackson County District Attorney Bobby Bell says the abuse happened in 1988 and 1989. Indictments were returned in 1990 and in June. Moore was arrested last year in Arizona. Read more...

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Wrongly Convicted Man Gets $500K

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning apologized to an 80-year-old man wrongfully convicted in the 1955 killing of his wife, and asked a judge to approve a $500,000 award from the state. Bruning announced that his office would no longer fight a lawsuit filed by Darrel Parker seeking damages for the nearly 14 years he spent in prison. The award is the maximum amount allowed under a 2009 state law that entitles wrongfully convicted people to compensation from the state. Parker filed a wrongful conviction lawsuit against the state after lawmakers approved the 2009 law. Parker, who now lives in Moline, Ill., broke down while speaking at a news conference. Read more...

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No Fed Charges for Sheriff Joe

The federal government has closed a criminal probe into Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, who styles himself as "America's toughest sheriff," and no charges will be filed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The Maricopa County sheriff and his deputies have been under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department since 2008. Last December, the department said he and his office violated U.S. civil rights laws by engaging in racial profiling of Latinos and making unlawful arrests in their bid to crack down on illegal immigrants. Read more...

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Woman's 'Loans' Cost Friends $730,000

Investigators say an Iowa woman swindled friends, family and co-workers out of $730,000 by sending sweet, handwritten notes asking for loans to buy her husband a surprise for his birthday or their anniversary. A federal indictment says 60-year-old Beverly De Ronde of Pella would claim she wanted to buy tools or equipment while there was a sale. She promised to repay the loans soon and thanked her lenders profusely for making her husband's dreams come true. Read more...

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TV's 'Starsky' to Fight Drug Charge

The actor who played David Starsky in the 1970s police drama "Starsky & Hutch" is fighting a drug charge in Kentucky for what he says is medical marijuana from California. An attorney entered a not guilty plea on Thursday on behalf of 69-year-old Paul Michael Glaser of Venice, Calif. Read more...




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