October 31, 2012

Teen Convicted in Fake Craigslist Ad Killings

A jury in Akron, Ohio found a 17-year-old guilty of aggravated murder and other counts for his role in the slayings of three men who were lured to the state by phony Craigslist job ads. Brogan Rafferty was convicted on all counts except Count 42, which was ID fraud. Authorities say Rafferty, of Stow, helped Richard Beasley, of Akron, lure four victims at separate times with bogus Craigslist job offers to a nonexistent cattle farm in rural Noble County in southeast Ohio; they say the motive was robbery. Authorities say Beasley shot and killed three of the men; the fourth victim was shot in the arm and survived. Read more...

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S. Dakota Executes Man for 1990 Rape

A South Dakota inmate has been executed for the 1990 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared after leaving her home to buy sugar for lemonade. Sixty-year-old Donald Moeller received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, marking the state's second execution this month. Moeller kidnapped Becky O'Connell from a Sioux Falls convenience store in May 1990, then raped and stabbed her. Her naked body was found the next day near the Big Sioux River. Read more...
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Teen charged as an Adult in Ridgeway Death

A 17-year-old student was formally charged with the kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, whose body parts were found at a park in a Denver suburb earlier this month. Austin Reed Sigg, a student at Arapahoe Community College, was also charged with attempting to kidnap, sexually assault and murder a female jogger last May. Read more...

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Escaped Killer on the Run

Authorities are searching for a convicted killer who escaped from a maximum-security prison in Arkansas. Curtis Reese, Jr., 33, was serving a 40-year sentence at the Tucker Unit prison when he escaped with another inmate by hiding in an empty water tank atop an 18-wheel tractor-trailer, spokeswoman Shea Wilson said. The other inmate, 40-year-old James Ryan, was back in custody Monday afternoon. Read more...

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Man Accused of Owing $600,000 Child Support

A man accused of failing for 21 years to pay court-ordered child support has been arrested in El Dorado County. Martin Seebach, 58, was arrested and is charged in a criminal complaint with two felony charges of grand theft against his now adult children. He also is charged with four misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order, for failing to pay the court-ordered monthly amounts toward his child support arrears, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney's Office news release. Read more...

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'Octomom' Enters Rehab for Xanax Addiction

Nadya "Octomom" Suleman has entered rehab for prescription drug addiction, and her 14 children reportedly will remain with nannies for at least the next month. Suleman, 37, checked into the Chapman House Treatment Center last week because of "anxiety, exhaustion, and stress" linked to a Xanax addiction, her rep says. Read more...


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October 30, 2012

Judge Denies Zimmerman Gag Order

A Florida judge is denying prosecutors' request for a gag order in the trial of a neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson said in an order that there was no need for a gag order at this time to ensure a fair trial for George Zimmerman. The 29-year-old Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting last February. Read more...

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Court Overturns Inmate's Death Penalty

A federal appeals court overturned the death sentence of California's longest serving death row inmate on the grounds that his defense lawyer failed to investigate and present mitigating evidence during the penalty phase of his murder trial. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decided 2-1 that Douglas R. Stankewitz, convicted of murdering Theresa Greybeal in Fresno in 1978, should be re-sentenced to life without possibility of parole unless prosecutors retry the penalty phase of his murder case. Read more...

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Men Arrested in 2001 Florida Homicide

Charlotte County Sheriff's detectives have made an arrest in connection with the homicide of a 19-year-old whose skeleton was found in a patch of Florida woods in 2001. Sheriff Bill Cameron said that arrest warrants for first degree murder were issued for 43-year-old Phillip Gavin Barr and 39-year-old David Ray McManni. They say McMannis was arrested in Cumberland, Md. The men are accused of killing Tara Danielle Sidarovich, who disappeared from her Punta Gorda, Fla., home in 2001. Read more...

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Autumn Pasquale Funeral Draws Hundreds

The body of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale was laid to rest at a New Jersey church where mourners were urged to do good works in her memory. Autumn was found dead on Oct. 22 in a recycling bin behind a house in Clayton next to where her accused murderers lived. Two brothers, aged 15 and 17 years old, were arrested in her slaying. Read more...

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Pastor of North Texas Church Killed

A North Texas pastor was killed by an attacker who rammed a car into a church wall, chased the pastor and beat him with an electric guitar, police said. Police in Forest Hill, a suburb of Fort Worth, did not say why the unidentified suspect attacked the Rev. Danny Kirk Sr., the founding pastor of Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church. The suspect also died a short time after being taken into custody. Read more...

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Mental Health Care Provider Sued

The mother of a slain 9-year-old Missouri girl is suing a mental health clinic saying it was in a position to know and prevent the violent tendencies of the teenager who killed her daughter. Patricia Preiss filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Pathways Behavioral Healthcare, two employees and 18-year-old Alyssa Bustamante, who was convicted in Elizabeth Olten's death. Bustamante was 15 years old at the time of the October 2009 slaying in St. Martins, a small community just west of Jefferson City. She was sentenced in February to life in prison with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to killing Elizabeth. Read more...

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11 Rice Students Treated for Alcohol Poisoning

Eleven Rice University students at an on-campus "Night of Decadence" Halloween party have been treated for alcohol poisoning. The school in Houston released a statement saying ambulances were called to assist with transporting the students to a hospital. Officials say all 11 students were treated and released. Organizers say more than 1,000 people attended Saturday night's party where alcohol was available for students of legal drinking age. Read more...

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Father Arrested for Feeding Alcohol to Infant

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested 19-year-old Belle Chasse man for allegedly feeding his 2-month-old son enough alcohol to register a .289 percent blood alcohol content. Cesar Ruiz was booked Sunday with attempted first-degree murder. In Louisiana, drivers are considered legally drunk when their blood alcohol level is .08 percent or more. The infant, Lucas Ruiz, was initially admitted to the pediatric unit at Ochsner Hospital on Oct. 16 because of breathing difficulties. Read more...


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October 29, 2012

Brother-in-Law Charged in Stabbing Murder

A California man is facing three counts of murder for the stabbing deaths of his sister-in-law and her two young children. Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 19, was arrested in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento. He is the only suspect in the murder of 23-year-old Alina Bukhantsov, her 3-year-old daughter Emmanuela and her 2-year-old son Avenir a day earlier. Grigoriy Bukhantsov's brother Denis came home Tuesday to find his wife and children dead, the Modesto Bee reported. Read more...

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Murder Suspect Influenced by Porn?

An Oregon man charged in the Oct. 16 rape and murder of a 21-year-old barista told police that he had child pornography in a bizarre confession unrelated to his killing. Police said Jonathan Holt, 24 -- who's accused of sexually assaulting and shooting 21-year-old Whitney Heichel to death -- not only admitted to the killing, but copped to downloading child pornography. Read more...

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Search Resumes for Tracy Ocasio

A search has resumed in the case of a Florida woman who disappeared in 2009. Tracy Ocasio, then 27, was last seen with a man named James Hataway after leaving a MetroWest bar. He told police he dropped her off and has not been charged with a crime in connection with the case. The group Search and Rescue of Central Florida focused on a piece of land Saturday that had previously been inaccessible. The search resumed Sunday in that area in a section not previously searched. Read more...

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Former Suspect in Etan Patz Case to Be Freed

While prosecutors weigh what to do about a suspect who surprisingly surfaced this spring in the landmark 1979 disappearance case of Etan Patz, the man who was the prime suspect for years is about to go free after more than two decades in prison for molesting other children. These two threads in the tangled story are set to cross next month, a twist that evokes decades of uncertainties and loose ends in the search for what happened to the sandy-haired 6-year-old last seen walking to his Manhattan school bus stop. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Stalking Ex-Girlfriend

Biloxi police say a 28-year-old man has been arrested on charges of aggravated stalking, burglary and felony malicious mischief against his ex-girlfriend. Drake Sermos was taken to Harrison County jail and accused of breaking a no-contact order against him because of prior stalking complaints, according to Sgt. Donnie Dobbs. Police believe Sermos was stalking his ex-girlfriend in an attempt to get back together with her. Read more...

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Drunk Driver Crashes Through Home's Garage

A Bolingbrook man was drunk when he crashed his van into a parked car, then through a home's garage wall a few streets away early this morning, police said. Michael D. Karwoske, 36, of Bolingbrook, faces a charge of driving under the influence and citations including improper lane usage, driving too fast for conditions and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, Bolingbrook Police Lt. Mike Rompa said. Read more...


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October 27, 2012

Judge Delays Zimmerman Gag Order

The prosecutor in the case of a former neighborhood watch leader accused of shooting an unarmed black teenager in central Florida called the conduct of the defense lawyer "a slippery slope" in pleading with the judge Friday to impose a gag order on all attorneys. Assistant state attorney Bernie de la Rionda wants the order imposed because he believes George Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, has been using a website and both social and news media to influence potential jurors in the racially charged case. Read more...

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Craigslist Murder Case Goes to Jury

Jurors in the trial of an Ohio teenager accused in a murder plot that used a Craigslist ad to lure some victims began deliberations after closing arguments depicted the defendant alternately as either a willing accomplice or a youthful pawn. Prosecutors painted Brogan Rafferty, 17, as a knowing partner to Richard Beasley, the 53-year-old accused triggerman in the case. Both suspects are charged with the murders of three men found buried in shallow graves around Ohio last year. Read more...

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Twins Charged in Florida Murder

Florida authorities charged 31-year-old twin brothers with murdering a former Pensacola newspaper reporter whose body was found buried in concrete in Georgia. Pensacola police said Christopher and William Cormier of Georgia also face armed robbery charges. Authorities say they killed 30-year-old Sean Dugas. Dugas worked for the Pensacola News Journal from 2005 to 2010 doing various newsroom jobs including clerk, multimedia reporter, entertainment reporter and crime reporter. Read more...

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Friend Charged With Killing Grandmother, Baby

A family friend charged with killing a baby girl and her grandmother told police he dropped the baby as he wielded a knife and the grandmother charged at him during a botched kidnapping, authorities said. Raghunandan "Raghu" Yandamuri, a native of India, targeted the family for a $50,000 ransom because he knew both parents worked, and he left copies of a ransom note, according to a police affidavit filed in a Philadelphia suburb. Read more...

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Man Charged in 3 Family Members' Deaths

A 19-year-old Northern California man accused of fatally stabbing his sister-in-law and young niece and nephew was formally charged with three counts of murder at his first court appearance. Authorities have yet to release a motive, but Grigoriy Bukhantsov's attorney said after the hearing that his client appears to have psychological problems and a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Read more...

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Grammy Song Was All About Marijuana

Toni Braxton has confessed her 1996 Grammy Award-winning tune "You're Making Me High" is all about the joys of marijuana use. Fans and the singer's family have always thought the song is a sexy and sensual ode to new love, but the singer herself admits it's all about getting high. In a new interview for an upcoming VH1 Behind The Music expose, she reveals, "A week before (writing the song with Babyface and Bryce Wilson), I was introduced to marijuana, and I got high for the first time and so I added that in the song. Read more...


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October 26, 2012

DNA Proves Gacy Victim Was Misidentified

When Sherry Marino visited the grave marked with her son's name, she would ask, "Is this you, Michael?" Each time, she felt nothing, a feeling she brought to authorities, questioning whether the body in the grave belonged to her son, Michael Marino, a 14-year-old who went missing in 1976 who had long been labeled a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. On Wednesday, she was redeemed. She was on her way to the cemetery, marking the 36th year since the day her son disappeared, when her lawyers called her: The boy in the grave was not her son. Read more...

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2 Children Stabbed to Death, Nanny Arrested

Police say a mother returned home to her Manhattan apartment to find her two small children stabbed to death in a bathtub and her nanny with a knife in her hand. Police said the woman returned home to find her children, ages 3 and 5, in the bathroom of their apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The nanny had a knife in her hand and a self-inflicted wound. Read more...

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Ridgeway Suspect Made Girls Uneasy

His stare stayed with them for days. The cold, harsh way he looked at them. The unease they just couldn't shake off when he did. So, when Austin Reed Sigg was arrested, accused of strangling 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, dismembering her and placing her body parts under the two-story home where he lived, many of the girls in that Denver suburb weren't shocked. Read more...

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DC Sniper Says He Was Sexually Abused

Convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo said in a television interview that he was sexually abused by John Allen Muhammad, his adult accomplice in shootings that terrorized the Washington area 10 years ago. Malvo also said there are still unidentified victims from the pair's shooting spree and that he contacted the families of some of those victims. Read more...

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Whitey's Lawyer Repeats Immunity Claim

A lawyer for James "Whitey" Bulger has identified the federal official who he says gave the Boston mobster immunity to commit crimes while he was an FBI informant. In court papers, attorney J.W. Carney says former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Jeremiah O'Sullivan granted Bulger immunity for past or future crimes. The revelation was made in a defense motion for Judge Richard Stearns to recuse himself from the case. Read more...

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Meth Addict Accused in Burglary Sues Homeowner

A 90-year-old California man who was shot during an alleged burglary has reportedly been sued by the admitted methamphetamine addict who allegedly shot him. Samuel Cutrufelli, 31, claims Jay Leone "negligently shot" him during a January confrontation inside Leone's home in Greenbrae. Authorities have said Cutrufelli entered the home and put a gun to Leone's head before binding the elderly man with a belt and rummaging through the residence for valuables. Read more...

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Mark Grace Indicted in DUI Case

Former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman and television analyst Mark Grace has been indicted in a DUI case and could face nearly four years in prison if he's convicted, authorities said. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said a grand jury indicted Grace on Oct. 3 on four felony counts of aggravated driving or actual physical control while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Grace is not probation eligible because it was his second DUI charge in a 15-month span. Read more...

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'Honey Badger' Busted for Drugs Again

Police say they arrested four former LSU football players, including one-time Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu, after finding them with marijuana at Mathieu's apartment. Baton Rouge police said they also arrested ex-LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, and former defensive backs Derrick Bryant and Karnell Hatcher. Police say Mathieu, Jefferson and Hatcher were booked on charges of marijuana possession while Bryant faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute. Read more...


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October 25, 2012

Michael Skakel Denied Parole

The nephew of Robert F. Kennedy who was convicted of killing Martha Moxley in 1975 when they were both 15 years old has been denied parole. A unanimous Connecticut parole board turned down a parole bid by Michael Skakel, who was not convicted of the murder until 2002. Skakel will not be eligible for parole again until 2017. Read more...

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Teen Arrested in Killing of Colorado Girl

A teenage boy who lived just a mile from a 10-year-old Colorado girl who was abducted and killed earlier this month has been arrested in her death, along with a May attack on a runner, authorities said. Police in the Denver suburb of Westminster said they arrested 17-year-old Austin Reed Sigg after receiving a phone call that led them to his home. They declined to elaborate. Sigg lives about a mile from the home of Jessica Ridgeway, who disappeared Oct. 5 after leaving for school. Her body was found five days later in a field at a park. Read more...

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Man Arrested in Slaying of Brother's Wife

Authorities in Sacramento, Calif., arrested a 19-year-old man Wednesday in connection with the brutal slaying of his brother's wife and two young children. Deputies with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department took Grigoriy Bukhantsov into custody after they found him asleep at a Denny's restaurant in Placer County. Bukhantsov's brother found the bodies of his wife, his 2-year-old son and his 3-year-old daughter when he returned to the family's Rancho Cordova home, about 15 miles east of Sacramento. He then ran to a neighbor's home and called police. Read more...

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Man Shot and Killed at Atlanta Megachurch

A former employee entered a chapel at an Atlanta-area megachurch headed by televangelist Creflo Dollar early and fatally shot a volunteer staff member leading a prayer service, police said. The gunman walked calmly into the chapel at World Changers Church International's main campus in College Park, Ga., and shot a 39-year-old volunteer and church member who was leading a prayer service, Fulton County Police Cpl. Kay Lester said at a news conference. The victim, Gregory McDowell, was transported to South Fulton Hospital, where he later died. Read more...

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Family Seeks Pardon for Executed Man

The family of a man executed for the deaths of his three daughters in an arson fire, based on what scientists now say was faulty evidence, petitioned the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday to formally review the case. Lawyers for Cameron Todd Willingham's stepmother and cousins submitted thousands of pages of documents they say rebut all the evidence presented at Willingham's trial and asked the board to issue a posthumous pardon. The board meets Thursday and had no immediate comment on the case. Read more...

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Texas Executes Convicted Killer for 1991 Murder

Convicted killer Bobby Lee Hines was executed for strangling and repeatedly stabbing a suburban Dallas woman at her apartment 21 years ago. Hines, 40, was 19 and on probation for burglary when he stabbed 26-year-old Michelle Wendy Haupt 18 times and strangled her with a cord. Haupt had moved from the Pittsburgh area to Carrollton to work at a computer company in Dallas, and Hines was staying next door with a maintenance man for her apartment complex. Read more...

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Parents Told of Student Sex Fantasy League

School administrators and parents are wrestling with how to respond to news that some male high school athletes created a statistics-based fantasy league that awarded points when girls the boys "drafted" were rumored to have engaged in sexual activity. Parents at Piedmont High School were notified of the league's existence in a letter and email. Varsity athletes used the online competition, modeled after fantasy leagues common in major league sports, as a bonding activity for the last five or six years, Principal Rich Kitchens said in the letter. Read more...

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Teacher Finds Meth Lab on Playground

A Tennessee teacher discovered the remnants of a mobile methamphetamine lab on a playground when she took her class out for recess. "Meth-making material that was part of a shake-and-bake meth lab was discovered on the school playground," Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro, Tenn., police spokesman said. Children did not come in contact with the drug-making paraphernalia -- a soda bottle and plastic tubing -- but the area was decontaminated as a precaution. No drugs were found inside the bottle, which had a hole poked in the top. Read more...

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Bobby Brown Arrested Again on DUI Charge

Singer Bobby Brown faces his second drunken driving charge this year after a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over in the Studio City community, police said. The officer smelled "a strong scent of alcohol" when he approached Brown during the Ventura Boulevard traffic stop, prompting a field sobriety test, a police spokesman said. After the test, Brown was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into a jail, the police spokesman said. He was released on bond about seven hours later, he said. Read more...


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October 24, 2012

Teens Charged in 12-Year-Old's Death

Two teenage brothers have been charged with the death of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl whose disappearance set off a massive search over the weekend. The body of Autumn Pasquale was found stuffed into a small home recycling container. Arrested were Justin Robinson, 15, and his brother Dante Robinson, 17. Read more...

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Oregon Barista Was Raped, Shot

Whitney Heichel, the 21-year-old Oregon barista whose body was found days after she vanished on her way to work, was sexually assaulted and shot to death by her neighbor, police said. Police charged Heichel's neighbor, Jonathan Holt, 24, with seven counts, including aggravated murder with a firearm, kidnapping, robbery, and sodomy, during an arraignment in Clackamas County Circuit Court Monday. Read more...

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Killer of 5 Dead in Alabama

A body found in Hazel Green, Ala., has been identified as that of the man wanted for questioning in the deaths of five people, a county coroner said. Authorities have ID'd the body as that of Warren Vincent Crutcher, 24. Whisenant said the death was not a suicide but did not elaborate. Earlier Tuesday, a victim identified as Jeffrey Pope was found dead in Huntsville, Ala. Read more...

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Teacher's Role in '65 Torture Death Revealed

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office in Iowa received an ominous voice mail earlier this month: A teacher's aide at the local high school was a member of an Indianapolis family that tortured and killed a girl in 1965. Paula Pace, the caller said, was actually Paula Baniszewski, who was 17 and the eldest of seven children. She started working at the school district in 1998 and was, most recently, an aide to a high school counselor. Read more...

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Appeals Court Stays Execution of Schizophrenic

An 11th hour decision by a federal appeals court has blocked the scheduled execution of a mass killer convicted of eight slayings that jolted South Florida in the 1970s. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a last-minute request Tuesday night from attorneys for 64-year-old John Errol Ferguson, who has been on Florida's death row for 34 years. Ferguson's lawyers contend he should not be executed because he suffers from severe mental illness. Read more...

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Cinema Bandit Slithered Under Seats

A Philadelphia man who may have stolen as much as $70,000 per week by slithering on floors to lift credit cards from unsuspecting moviegoers has been convicted of fraud and identity theft crimes. Anthony Johnson, 49, and several accomplices used the stolen cards for thousands of dollars in cash advances from Connecticut's casinos and retail purchases worth tens of thousands more throughout the state and elsewhere, FBI officials announced. Read more...

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Man Stabbed Outside Planned Parenthood

A confrontation outside a southern Oregon Planned Parenthood health center on Tuesday ended with a protester stabbing another man, police said. Earlier in the day, a woman argued with the demonstrator outside the health center. She returned later with a man who then attacked the protester, Grants Pass police Lt. Dennis Ward said. The man was stabbed multiple times in the abdomen and at least once in the neck, police said. Read more...

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Fergie: God Saved Me from Crystal Meth

Fergie recently sat down with Oprah, and revealed how she was once addicted to crystal meth, and she thanks God for saving her. Fergie said her drug addiction had gotten so bad she became paranoid she was being followed by the FBI and SWAT teams. The 37-year-old singer said she was able to quit drugs after going to church and making a deal with God. Read more...

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Carlton Fisk Charged With DUI

Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk was charged with a DUI in New Lenox, Ill., after he was found unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle, which was found in the middle of a corn field, according to New Lenox police. "We received a couple of calls about a vehicle in a field," Deputy Chief Bob Pawlisz said. "When officers went over there, they found Mr. Fisk unconscious behind the wheel. Read more...

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Michigan RB Toussaint Sentenced for DUI

Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, pay fines and undergo random drug and alcohol tests. He pleaded guilty in August to operating a vehicle while visibly impaired after facing the more serious charge of operating while intoxicated. Toussaint has acknowledged he was stopped for running a red light after drinking brandy. Police said he had a blood alcohol level of 0.12 percent. Read more...


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October 23, 2012

Judge Grants Motion for Trayvon's Records

The new judge in the Trayvon Martin case has granted a defense request to examine in detail the teenager's social media accounts, his cell phone records and his school records. Attorneys for George Zimmerman asked for the files to possibly show Martin's propensity for violent behavior. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old and is claiming he acted out of self-defense. Read more...

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Whitney Heichel Died of Multiple Gunshots

A medical examiner has determined that Whitney Heichel, the Oregon barista who went missing Oct. 16 and whose body was found three days later, died of multiple gunshot wounds. The station also reports that Jonathan Holt, 24, the suspect in her death, attended the same Jehovah's Witness church as Heichel, 21, and her husband. Holt and his wife also reportedly lived in the same apartment complex as the Heichels. Read more...

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FAMU Hazing Killer Gets Probation

The first of a dozen defendants to be sentenced in last year's hazing death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion has avoided jail time but will spend more than two years under close supervision. Brian Jones, 23, was sentenced at the hearing to six months of community control, which puts strict limits on his freedom and requires frequent check-ins with probation officials. Following that, he'll serve two more years of probation. He's also required to perform 200 hours of community service. Read more...

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$10,000 Reward Offered for Missing Girl

Authorities say a $10,000 reward is being offered for anyone who can help find a 12-year-old girl missing from southern New Jersey. Autumn Pasquale, who will turn 13 next week, was last seen at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and authorities said at a news conference on Monday that she was last heard from in a text message from her phone about two hours later. Authorities say she was seen riding her bike away from her home in Clayton and was expected back that evening. Read more...

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Killer of Bride Left Chilling Note

The killer of a pregnant bride-to-be who was found stabbed to death in her New York apartment over the weekend left a strange note at the crime scene promising that more expectant mothers would continue to die unless the infamous "DC Sniper" is released from prison. A law enforcement source close to the investigation told the New York Post that the killer had left the missive underneath Vindalee Smith's body that threatened that one pregnant woman a week would be killed until serial shooter Lee Boyd Malvo is released from prison. Read more...

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Robber Complaints Bank Shortchanged Him

Going back to a bank you just ripped off to claim you'd been shortchanged isn't likely to end well. That's what police say led to an arrest in upstate New York. Syracuse police say 28-year-old Arthur Bundrage, of East Syracuse, went into a bank at about 9 a.m. and demanded $20,000. Authorities say a teller initially refused, but relented and gave him some money, even though he never showed a weapon or made a threat. Read more...

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Woman Claims 3 Men Set Her on Fire

A 20-year-old black woman told police she was set on fire by three men who wrote the initials KKK and a racial slur on her car in northeastern Louisiana. Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Lt. Julie Lewis says Sharmeka Moffitt was found with burns on more than half of her body when police responded to her 911 call. Read more...

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Girl, 12, Hooked on Heroin by Mom

Rebecca Rachelle Hill told police she and her pre-teen daughter regularly liked to do the same things. Their shared interests included a heroin habit that left the 12-year-old so addicted she was hospitalized for drug withdrawal last week, according to felony charges against Hill. She told police she regularly gave the girl heroin and marijuana and brought her along on shoplifting trips. Read more...

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Tony Scott Autopsy Shows Anti-Depressant, Sleep Aid

Tony Scott, the famed director who committed suicide on August 19, had anti-depressants and a sleep aid in his system when he died. The results of Scott's autopsy, which were released on October 22, show that he died of multiple blunt force injuries, suffered after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles Harbor. The Los Angeles County coroner said that Scott also drowned and had in his system "therapeutic levels" of the anti-depressant medication Remeron and the sleep aid Lunesta. Read more...


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October 22, 2012

Kennedy Cousin Skakel Up for Parole

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who will get his first parole hearing Wednesday, deserves to be released from prison a decade after he was convicted of killing his neighbor because he was a victim of a miscarriage of justice and has been a model inmate, his supporters say. But the victim's relatives want Skakel kept in prison the rest of his life, saying he was properly convicted and has shown no remorse. Skakel is serving 20 years to life for beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in 1975 in Greenwich when they were 15-year-old neighbors. Read more...

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3 Killed, 4 Injured in Rampage at Spa

Three people were killed in a shooting rampage at a spa near the Brookfield Square Mall in Wisconsin. Four others were shot. Waukesha County authorities confirmed that the suspected shooter, Radcliffe F. Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, was found dead inside the spa. The multiple shooting occurred at the Azana Salon & Spa on N. Moorland Road. Read more...

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Gunman Shoots Family of 5 in Inglewood

Authorities were continuing to piece together the shooting and fire at an Inglewood home that left three people dead, including a young child, and three others wounded. Five members of a family were found shot Saturday morning. Then on Saturday night, the body of another person was found in the rubble. "We do have a body," said Inglewood police Lt. James Madia, adding that police were taking care not to disturb it and had not made a tentative identification. Read more...

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Missing Woman's Live-In Boyfriend Charged

The live-in boyfriend of missing Calumet City resident Gena Chiodo has been charged in her killing, officials said tonight. Donal E. Clark, 42, was charged with first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide, Calumet City Police Chief Edward Glimore said. The charges came after Chiodo disappeared on Oct. 13 and as her friends began to suspect that Clark had something to do with her disappearance. Read more...

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Someone Is Shooting at Motorists in Michigan

Police are teaming up to track down a suspect in 16 shootings near the Interstate 96 corridor outside of Detroit. A newly formed task force met for more than three hours behind closed doors Friday evening to pore over dozens of tips that could lead to a suspect. "Know that we are coming for you," Wixom Public Safety Director Clarence Goodlein said. "It's only a matter of time. We're coming for you." Read more...

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School Hires Cop Convicted of Fetal DUI

Parents of students attending a New York Catholic school are angry that a former police officer who served more than a decade in jail for killing a family of four in a drunken driving incident is now working at the school. Last week, disgraced cop Joseph Gray, 51, was hired to work as a janitor at St. Clare's School in Staten Island, the Staten Island Advance reported. He was conditionally discharged on April 27, after being denied parole three times, most recently in January of last year. Read more...


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October 20, 2012

Body of Oregon Woman Found

Searchers have found the body of a young Oregon woman who vanished Tuesday on her way to work and police have arrested a neighbor for investigation of aggravated murder, Gresham police said. The body of Whitney Heichel, 21, was found on Larch Mountain, a remote forested area east of Gresham, Police Chief Craig Junginger told a news conference. After collecting DNA and fingerprints and conducting three interviews over several days, police arrested Jonathan Holt, 24, of Gresham, the chief said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:19 AM

Zimmerman Defense to Get School Records

A Florida judge has ruled that George Zimmerman's defense team can have access to Trayvon Martin's school records and can subpoena his social media posts. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said that the defendant is entitled to inquire about the victim's propensity for violence and that videos of Martin involved in mixed martial arts-style fights exist online. Read more...

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Judge Grants O.J. New Hearing

A Nevada judge will take testimony and evidence on former football star O.J. Simpson's claim that he was so badly represented in his Las Vegas armed robbery and kidnapping trial that he should be freed from prison and get another trial. Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell dismissed four of 22 grounds on which Simpson's appeals lawyer seeks his release. But the judge agreed to consider 18 claims, including whether trial lawyer Yale Galanter had a conflict of interest and shouldn't have handled Simpson's case. Read more...

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Woman's Body Found in San Diego Dumpster

A body buried under a ton of trash in a remote San Diego County dumpster is that of a missing Newport Beach woman whose husband was charged earlier this week with her murder, authorities said. Quee "Q.C" Chadwick's body was found inside the dumpster off a highway in rural Lakeside beneath mounds of trash. A coroner's examiner in San Diego County made the positive identification on Friday, prosecutors said. The location is about 100 miles south of the tony Orange County coastal community where she lived with her husband, Peter Chadwick. A cause of death is still being determined. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:17 AM

Teacher Offers Credit for Nude Photos

A Pennsylvania high school teacher admitted to sending sexually explicit text messages to one of his students and offering extra credit points in return for her nude photos. Timothy Moll, 25, was a math teacher at Dieruff High School in Allentown when police said he sent text messages asking a 16-year-old female student for nude photos, in exchange for bonus points on her grade. Moll pleaded guilty to one count of corruption of minors, a misdemeanor that carries up to five years in prison. Read more...

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Andrea Ownbey Arrested for DUI

Andrea Ownbey -- aka the reigning 'Miss Howard Stern' pageant winner -- was arrested for DUI earlier this month after cops say she drunkenly smashed into another car and didn't even realize it. According to the police report, the 29-year-old Ownbey -- who's been Miss Howard Stern since 2002 -- hit another car on the streets of Chattanooga, Tennessee sometime after 10pm on October 8. A cop who happened to be in the area, claims he heard the accident and rushed to the scene -- only to find Ownbey in her car ... reeking of booze ... and fumbling to put her cell phone back together. Read more...




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October 19, 2012

Baby Gabriel's Mom Guilty of Lesser Charge

The Arizona woman whose 8-month-old Baby Gabriel disappeared in 2009 has been found guilty of unlawful imprisonment and custodial interference. The jury found Elizabeth Johnson guilty of the lesser charge after they were not able to agree on the more serious charge of kidnapping. They also decided that there were aggravating circumstances involved with the imprisonment charge, meaning her sentence could be enhanced. Read more...

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LAPD Probing More Manson Homicides

The Los Angeles Police Department disclosed Thursday that it has open investigations on a dozen unsolved homicides that occurred near places where the Manson family operated during its slew of murders four decades ago. The Police Department made the revelation amid a legal battle to obtain hours of audio tapes recorded in 1969 between Charles Manson follower Charles "Tex" Watson and his attorney. The LAPD has said detectives believe tapes could shed more light on the activities of Manson's group. Read more...

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Manson Follower's Tape Recordings Off Limits

A federal judge in Texas has blocked a request by the Los Angeles Police Department to review recordings of a key Charles Manson follower and an attorney made decades ago. The tapes are of Manson follower Charles "Tex" Watson, who has said the recordings won't provide any new evidence about the infamous murders. Among Manson murder experts, there is much debate about what new revelations the Watson tapes might yield. At least three deaths have been considered as possible murders by those involved in the Manson investigations. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:07 AM

Police Seek Clues in Colorado Murder

Police investigating the slaying of a 10-year-old Colorado girl whose dismembered body was found days after she disappeared released the description of a man who attempted to abduct a woman in the same area months earlier. While not calling the man in the earlier incident a suspect in the kidnap and murder of Jessica Ridgeway, Westminster, Colorado, police issued the bulletin in an effort to "uncover any lead" in the high-profile case. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:07 AM

Three Arrested in Denver Bar Fire Deaths

Police said they had arrested three men they say entered a Denver bar just before closing time to rob the owner and patrons, and ended up killing five people and then setting the bar on fire to cover up the murders. The arrests followed an all-day manhunt on Wednesday after an early morning fire at Fero's Bar and Grill in southeast Denver. Firefighters responding to the blaze pulled the five victims from the burning building and determined they had not died from the blaze, leading detectives to believe the fire was set to cover up the killings, Denver Police Detective John White said. Read more...

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Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty Against Nurse

Texas prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Houston woman accused of killing a mother and abducting her newborn son earlier this year outside a clinic, authorities said. Investigators believe Verna McClain, 31, was desperate for a baby to pass off as her own after suffering a miscarriage. She is facing a charge of capital murder for allegedly shooting Kala Golden-Schuchardt outside a pediatric clinic in suburban Houston and taking her days-old son. The baby was found safe with a relative of McClain. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:06 AM

Anna Nicole Smith Judge Overturned

An appellate court said a trial judge erred in dismissing conspiracy convictions against Anna Nicole Smith's psychiatrist and manager at the end of a contentious trial centering on celebrities' use of prescription drugs. The ruling came after Superior Court Judge Robert Perry chose to throw out the 2010 jury verdict that manager Howard K. Stern and psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich conspired to obtain prescription drugs for the troubled model by using false names. Read more...

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Garrett Reid Died of Heroin Overdose

The Northampton County coroner has confirmed that the son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid died from an accidental heroin overdose on Aug. 5. Coroner Zachary Lysek ruled 29-year-old Garrett Reid's cause of death "acute opiate (heroin) toxicity" and stated that the "manner of death is classified as accidental." Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University, where he had been assisting the Eagles strength and conditioning coach during training camp. He had a long publicized battle with addiction to heroin, which resulted in a 2007 arrest and subsequent prison time. Read more...




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October 18, 2012

Woman's Disappearance Suspicious, Police Say

Authorities called the disappearance of an Oregon Starbucks employee suspicious after her car was found abandoned a few miles from her home. Whitney Heichel, 21, was scheduled to work a 7 a.m. shift Tuesday at the East Gresham coffee shop, which is a five-minute drive from her apartment she shares with her husband, the report said. She left the house at 6:45 a.m. She never arrived at the store. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:31 AM

Trial Date Set in George Zimmerman Case

The new judge in the murder case of former Latino neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, has set a trial date -- though it's still unclear whether the case will actually go to trial. In her first hearing since taking over the case, Judge Debra S. Nelson said June 10 would be the start of Zimmerman's trial, though the date could change as both sides get prepared for what is expected to be a three-week trial. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin. Zimmerman claims he was attacked and the shooting was self-defense. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:30 AM

Son Arrested With Body Parts in Back Seat

After a car eluding Greenwood Village police crashed at East Orchard Road and South Dayton Street, officers made a shocking discovery in the back seat: a woman's dismembered remains. After a short chase on foot, Ari Misha Liggett, 24, of Centennial was arrested. The woman whose body was found in the backseat has not yet been identified, but before the crash Liggett and his 56-year-old mother had been reported missing. Read more...

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Flavor Flav Arrested on Assault, Battery Charges

Former rap star Flavor Flav was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery in a case involving his fiancee of eight years, police said. Police were called to their house on the city's south side at 3:30 a.m., according to a domestic battery report issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Read more...

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Los Gatos Doctor Faces Drug Charges

A pediatrician who served until recently as a top administrator of Santa Clara County's health plan has been arrested and charged with numerous felonies for allegedly writing prescriptions for addictive drugs like OxyContin to convicted drug offenders in exchange for cash and methamphetamine, authorities said. Dr. Marvin Bonham, 61, of Los Gatos, former medical director of the Valley Health Plan, Health and Hospital System of Santa Clara County, wrote a "substantial number of prescriptions for major drugs of abuse" to 29 people in less than two years, prosecutors said. More than half of them had criminal histories, including arrests for drug use or sales, prosecutors said. Read more...

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Texas Tech Starting Center Arrested

Police say Texas Tech's starting center was arrested on charges of misdemeanor public intoxication and disorderly conduct after police were called to a bar fight near campus last weekend. Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal said that center Deveric Gallington will play for the No. 18 Red Raiders at TCU on Saturday. No injuries were reported in the fight just hours after Texas Tech beat then-No. 5 West Virginia 49-14. Read more...




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October 17, 2012

Baby Gabriel Case Goes to Jury

The fate of 26-year-old Valley mom Elizabeth Johnson is now in the hands of a Maricopa County jury. In a day full of courtroom drama, prosecutors and Johnson's defense attorney presented their closing arguments in the high-profile kidnapping, conspiracy and custodial interference case. The two sides' summations came after defense attorney Marc Victor told Judge Joseph Kreamer that "the defense rests" without ever calling a single witness to the stand in Johnson's defense. Read more...

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Man Who Killed Pastor Sentenced to Death

A man convicted of capital murder in the strangulation death of a pastor in a north Texas church was sentenced to death. A jury in state District Judge Mike Thomas' court deliberated for about 90 minutes before deciding on the sentence for Steven Lawayne Nelson, 25, of Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Nelson faced either the death penalty or life in prison without parole for killing the Rev. Clint Dobson at his Baptist church in Arlington in March 2011. Dobson was beaten, strangled with a computer extension cord and suffocated with a plastic bag. A church secretary was also brutally beaten and left for dead but survived. Read more...

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Boyfriend Charged in Freshman's Beating Death

A New York college student has been formally charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of his girlfriend inside her dorm room last month. The Monroe County District Attorney's office says a grand jury indicted 21-year-old Clayton Whittemore. He has been held without bail since shortly after the body of 18-year-old freshman Alexandra Kogut was found Sept. 29 at the State University of New York College at Brockport, near Rochester. Read more...

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Homeless Man Suspected in 1976 Killing

A homeless man who was lured into giving a DNA sample by a Seattle detective's unusual ruse has been arrested in connection with one of Maine's oldest cold-case slayings. Gary Sanford Raub, an original suspect in the 1976 slaying of Blanche M. Kimball in Augusta, Maine, was unwittingly tricked into providing a DNA sample by the undercover Seattle detective, who asked him to participate in a chewing gum survey. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:11 AM

DJ Paul Arrested for Public Drinking

Why was Three 6 Mafia member DJ Paul walking around with a Taser gun? "I use it for personal protection," is what he allegedly told a cop when he was busted for drinking an open container of Corona beer after leaving a New York restaurant. DJ Paul (née Paul Beauregard) was charged with weapons possession and public drinking. Read more...

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Actor Matthew Fox Embarrassed About DUI

In a talk show appearance, "Lost" actor Matthew Fox admitted that he was driving while intoxicated and said he was embarrassed about getting a DUI. "I got a DUI in Bend, Oregon, where I live now, very happily," Fox said. "I was not happy about the DUI at all. I was terribly embarrassed by that and take full responsibility for it. I really own that and have done every single thing the state of Oregon requires for a first-time DUI offender. I have learned a ton. I did four weeks of alcohol informational training. And just learned an enormous amount. One of the statistics that I learned is that 50 percent of people that get one DUI will get another. I found that pretty astounding after what I've been through. I will absolutely not be in the statistic. There is just no way." Read more...




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October 16, 2012

Man Charged in Marriot Murder

A 29-year-old man has been charged with the death of a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student who disappeared last week on her way to visit a friend. Assistant Attorney General James Vara said that although Elizabeth Marriott's body has not been located, police believed that the teen is dead and arrested Seth Mazzaglia from Dover who was accused of second-degree murder of the missing student. Authorities have credible information that determined Marriott is dead, although the body is yet to be found. Read more...

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Suspect Arrested in Cody Kidnapping

A Montana man faces charges of kidnapping and assaulting an 11-year-old girl in Wyoming after police said he lured her to his car by saying he needed help finding a missing puppy, court records obtained Monday state. Jesse Paul Speer, 39, was taken into custody Saturday in Belgrade, Mont., and held for Wyoming authorities. He faces extradition on charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and felony use of a weapon, the records state. Read more...

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South Dakota Executes Guard Killer

A South Dakota man who beat a prison guard with a pipe and covered his head in plastic wrap to kill him during a failed escape attempt was put to death Monday, in the state's first execution since 2007. Eric Robert, 50, received lethal injection and was pronounced dead at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls. He is the first South Dakota inmate to die under the state's new single-drug lethal injection method, and only the 17th person to be executed in the state or Dakota Territory since 1877. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:21 AM

Zimmerman Attorney Wants More Discovery

Attorneys for former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman said in a motion Monday that prosecutors are dragging their feet on turning over evidence. Zimmerman's attorneys said prosecutors aren't turning information over in a timely manner and are providing some material in a format that's useless for defense experts to examine. They're asking for monthly hearings to manage the turnover of evidence from prosecutors to defense lawyers. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:20 AM

Body of Missing Florida Student Identified

Human remains discovered last week in Levy County, Florida, have been identified as those of missing University of Florida student Christian Aguilar. Dental records were used to identify the body, Gainesville police said. Further tests will be conducted to determine his manner of death. Aguilar's remains were found on Friday, but police did not identify them until Monday. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:20 AM

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Raising the awareness of domestic violence issues has resulted in a significant reduction of overall incidents of domestic violence in the United States, but there are still some groups that still at high risk for being abused in their relationships. Also, some of the policies put into place in the past 25 years may have backfired. Read more...

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Daughter of Mexican Drug Lord Arrested

U.S. officials say the daughter of the leader of one of the world's most sought-after drug lords has been arrested on suspicion of trying to enter the United States on someone else's passport. Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar was arrested Friday at San Diego's San Ysidro port of entry and charged with fraud and misuse of visas, permits and other documents. Read more...
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October 15, 2012

Body Identified as Missing 10-Year-Old

A 10-year-old Colorado girl reported missing one week ago is dead, police said Friday, spurring a manhunt for the person who killed her. Westminster Police Chief Lee Birk told reporters that a body found earlier this week "has been positively identified" as that of Jessica Ridgeway. "Our focus has changed from a search for Jessica to a mission of justice for Jessica," Birk said. Jessica was last seen by her mother as she left for school October 5. Authorities then issued a statewide Amber Alert for the girl. Read more...

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Concrete-Encased Body Identified

A body encased in concrete and buried in a Georgia backyard has been identified as that of a former Florida journalist who went missing in August. The positive identification of 30-year-old Sean Dugas was made using dental records and facial bone CT scans, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. Dugas, a former crime reporter at the Pensacola News Journal, had been missing since August 27. Read more...

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Search for Body of UNH Student on Hold

A New Hampshire prosecutor says the search for the body of a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student has been suspended ahead of the arraignment for an actor and martial arts instructor who's been charged in her death. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Sunday that a ground and water search on and around Portsmouth's Peirce Island is expected to resume Monday. She says waters around the island were dangerous on Sunday. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:09 AM

Three Women Arrested for Murder

New details have emerged in a brutal homicide case, investigators say 64-year-old Rudy Montoya was stabbed dozens of times and beaten with a baseball bat. Three women are now in jail facing murder charges. A caretaker for Montoya's father discovered the man dead inside his Chimayo home. Read more...

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Utah Man Stabbed Grandma 111 Times

A Utah man accused of stabbing his grandmother 111 times told police he slit her heart and belly and removed several of her internal organs, prosecutors said in court documents. Police went to 84-year-old Joyce Dexter's Salt Lake City home on Oct. 3 after neighbors heard screams and called 911. Officers found Zachary Cole Weston standing over Dexter's body while holding a bloody knife, according to court. Read more...

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Cartels Flood U.S. With Cheap Meth

Mexican drug cartels are quietly filling the void in the nation's drug market created by the long effort to crack down on American-made methamphetamine, flooding U.S. cities with exceptionally cheap, extraordinarily potent meth from factory-like "superlabs." Although Mexican meth is not new to the U.S. drug trade, it now accounts for as much as 80 percent of the meth sold here, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. And it is as much as 90 percent pure, a level that offers users a faster, more intense and longer-lasting high. Read more...

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Steelers Rookie Ta'amu Accused of DUI

A Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive lineman was arrested early Sunday on charges of leading police on a chase while driving drunk and crashing into parked cars, injuring a woman, authorities said. Alameda Ta'amu, 22, of Kent, Wash., was driving a sport utility vehicle the wrong way on Pittsburgh's South Side at about 2:30 a.m., police said. The 6-foot-3, 348-pound Ta'amu fled officers and crashed into four parked cars, injuring a woman, then tried to flee on foot before he was restrained by four officers and arrested, police said. Read more...




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October 12, 2012

Drew Peterson Attends Mother's Funeral

A former Illinois police officer convicted in September of killing his third wife was given the opportunity to attend his mother's wake by jail officials. Drew Peterson was able to spend a few minutes by his mother's casket at a Darien funeral home. Betty Morphey, Paterson's mother, died Monday. She was 84. Read more...

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Colorado Body Found Is 'Not Intact'

A body found in Arvada, Colo., during the search for missing schoolgirl Jessica Ridgeway is "not intact," delaying the official identification of the remains, police said. Westminster Police spokesman Trevor Materasso said police have not tied the discovery of the body to the search for the missing girl, however, they hope to have a positive ID on the body by Friday. The body was removed from Pattridge Park in Arvada -- an area dotted with abandoned coal mines about five miles southwest of Westminster. Read more...

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Student's Killing Appears Unjustified, Lawyer Says

The shooting of an unarmed and naked Alabama university student killed in a late-night confrontation with a campus police officer appears to be unjustified, the lawyer for the young man's family said. Part of the brief incident Saturday night that led to the death of 18-year-old Gilbert Thomas Collar of Wetumpka, Alabama, was captured on a surveillance camera outside the University of South Alabama police station. The video has not yet been viewed by reporters or the public, but the Collar family's attorney, Jere Beasley, said, "There is nothing on the surveillance tape that justifies the use of deadly force." Read more...

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Bone Tested for Link to Missing Girl in 1988

Authorities are trying to figure out if a bone fragment found in California's Central Valley is connected to the 1988 disappearance of a 9-year-old Bay Area girl. Police in Hayward, Calif. confirmed that the three-inch bone fragment is being tested for identification. Investigators reportedly have had the bone for at least two weeks and believe the bone fragment is from a child aged 5 to 14 years old. Back in 1988, 9-year-old Michaela Garecht went missing near a neighborhood market in Hayward, Calif., and her remains were never found. Hayward is on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:12 AM

Siblings Charged With Armed Robbery

At least three people are facing life sentences in Jackson, and two of them aren't even old enough to drink alcohol legally. 17-year-old Breanna Crawford and 20-year-old Kesean Wilson are half brother and sister, and now they're both charged with armed robbery at Jackson City County Credit Union after being arraigned in 12th District Court. They're two of the suspects in the string of recent bank robberies in Jackson, and at least one man is still on the loose. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:12 AM

NYers Charged With Selling Meds on Craigslist

Authorities in New York City have arrested several people on charges they illegally sold prescription medications for recreational use over the Internet. The arrests were announced by the special narcotics prosecutor for New York City, Bridget Brennan. The arrests stemmed from a 10-month investigation involving undercover officers responding to ads placed on Craigslist. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:11 AM

Rapper Nelly's Tour Bus Busted

A U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas famous for arresting celebrities on drug charges has arrested a person associated with the rapper Nelly. A 2007 Black Prevost Tour Bus belonging to Cornell Iral Haynes, a.k.a Nelly, was traveling eastbound on I-10 when it approached the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint. Nelly was on board at the time. A search produced a small plastic container containing marijuana, and 36 very small bags containing heroin weighing .64 ounces and a loaded .45 cal pistol. The canine then found a large green duffle bag containing nine vacuum sealed bags containing marijuana, weighing 10.4 pounds. It was found in an outside lower compartment of the bus. Read more...


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October 11, 2012

Inmate Executed for Killing 12-Year-Old

A Texas man whose lawyers argued was mentally ill and incompetent for execution was put to death for killing a 12-year-old girl more than a decade ago. Jonathan Green, 44, received lethal injection after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last-day appeals to spare him. A judge earlier this week stopped the punishment, but an appeals court overturned the reprieve. Then 11th-hour appeals delayed the punishment nearly five hours past the initial 6 p.m. execution time and as the midnight expiration of the death warrant neared. Read more...

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Authorities Charge 3 in 'Baby Bones' Case

Authorities have charged three people in connection with a decade-old murder investigation of a young child from New York whose remains were found in Upper Freehold Township years after her death, the prosecutor's office said. Nine-year-old Jon-Niece Jones, of Harlem, N.Y., died in her aunt's house in New York, and her uncle and aunt's boyfriend set her body on fire and disposed of the remains in Upper Freehold Township, Acting Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:35 AM

Body Found in Charles River Identified

A body found in the Charles River is that of an architecture graduate student from North Carolina missing for about a week, authorities said. A law enforcement source told the Boston Globe that the body of 23-year-old Jonathan Dailey was found bound with chains and weighted down with a cinder block in the river. The Suffolk District Attorney's office said the remains were identified from dental records as Dailey, a Charlotte native who had been studying at Boston Architectural College. Read more...

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Twin Brothers Charged With Murder

Police charged twin brothers with murder in the death of a man whose body was found entombed in concrete in the backyard of a northeast Georgia home. Christopher and William Cormier, 31, were charged with murder Wednesday afternoon, according to Winder, Ga., police officer Chris Cooper. They'd previously been charged with concealing death. Authorities still haven't definitively identified the body, Cooper said. But police in Winder and in Pensacola, Fla., have said they believe the remains are those of 30-year-old Sean Dugas. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:34 AM

Teen Arrested in Sucker Punching of Teacher

A teenager who sucker punched a schoolteacher in a downtown alley -- an attack caught on surveillance video -- apparently picked the victim at random, police and school officials said. The surveillance video, which Pittsburgh police used to make an arrest, shows the 15-year-old suspect walking with several other youths past 50-year-old James Addlespurger. Addlespurger, who teaches English at an arts high school, was walking in the other direction and did not appear to interact with the youths in any way. Read more...

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Sammi Kane Kraft Killed in DUI Crash

The actress who played a Little League pitcher in the remake of "The Bad News Bears" died from injuries suffered in an apparent drunk-driving related crash on the Santa Monica Freeway, authorities said. Sammi Kane Kraft, 20, was a passenger in an Audi that rear-ended a tractor-trailer about 1:30 a.m. near the Crenshaw Boulevard exit of the freeway, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The disabled Audi she was riding in was then struck by a Toyota Scion. The driver, identified as Molly Adams, 21, of Santa Monica was treated for serious injuries at California Medical Center. Read more...


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October 10, 2012

Polanski's Teen Victim to Write Book

The woman who was Roman Polanski sexual assault victim as a teen is writing a book about her experience. Samantha Geimer, now 47 years old, has signed a contract with Simon & Schuster's Atria Books to write "The Girl: Emerging from the Shadow of Roman Polanski." The book promises to provide "insight into many dimensions of the story that have never previously been revealed." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Police Unearth Human Remains in Concrete

Georgia police have unearthed a body that was entombed in concrete, stuffed inside a plastic storage container, and buried in a back yard. They believe the remains could be those of a missing Florida man. Police in the northeastern city of Winder arrested 31-year-old twins Christopher and William Cormier a day after the body was found. They were charged with concealing a death. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

No Death Penalty in Slaying of Mother, Son

Maryland prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing his estranged wife and her 11-year-old son, a defense lawyer said in court. Stefanie McCardle, a state public defender representing Curtis M. Lopez, revealed the decision during a pretrial hearing aimed at resolving disputes over evidence and witness testimony. Lopez, an ex-convict who spent more than a decade in prison, is charged with killing Jane McQuain inside her Germantown apartment last October and fatally beating her son, William, with a baseball bat. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Teen Headed to Trial in Craigslist Killings

The trial for an Ohio teen accused of being the co-conspirator in an allegedly phony Craigslist job scheme that resulted in the deaths of three men is underway with jury selection beginning today. Brogan Rafferty, 17, allegedly helped his mentor Richard Beasley, 53, lure victims to Ohio with the promise of a job on a cattle farm. The men were told to bring all their belongings because they would be living on the farm. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:16 AM

Pregnant Woman Charged in Deaths of 2 Sons

Police say a Southeast Texas woman who is pregnant with her fourth child has been charged in the deaths of her two infant sons. Kristi-An Walker remained jailed on murder and two other charges relating to the deaths that occurred separately. One was in April 2011 and the second was in June. Read more...

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QB Casey Pachall Withdraws From TCU

TCU clearly missed suspended quarterback Casey Pachall Saturday in its first defeat of the season, a turnover-marred, 37-23 loss to Iowa State, and help is not on the way. According to coach Gary Patterson, Pachall has withdrawn from the university and plans to enter a drug and alcohol treatment facility on the heels of an Oct. 4 arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He won't play again this season, and his future beyond 2012 is uncertain. Read more...

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Suspended

Former middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was temporarily suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in an expected procedural move because of his positive test for marijuana in the wake of a unanimous decision loss to world champion Sergio Martinez on Sept. 15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Kizer said Chavez's disciplinary hearing could take place later this month. Read more...

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Redmond O'Neal Completes Yearlong Rehab

It was all smiles for Redmond O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett, as a Los Angeles Superior Court congratulated him on completing a yearlong rehab stint but warned him that any slip would send him to prison. O'Neal, who for years has battled drug addiction, looked healthy as he appeared at the Los Angeles Airport courthouse. Judge Keith Schwartz congratulated O'Neal on his progress while extending his probation from 2014 to 2016 Read more...


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October 09, 2012

No More 'Flint Slasher' Trials?

A man accused of a series of stabbings in the "Flint Slasher" case may not face any additional trials in Michigan because he is already serving a life-without-parole sentence. Prosecutors cited the high cost of criminal trials in their decision not to try Elias Abuelazam on any additional stabbing charges. Abuelazam was found guilty in May for the stabbing death of 49-year-old Arnold Minor. Read more...

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Van der Sloot Gets Woman Pregnant

It appears Joran van der Sloot is about to add a new role to his résumé - father. Van der Sloot became well-known around the world for the murder of Stephany Flores in Peru and for being arrested twice, but never charged, in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Now the Dutch citizen may be preparing to welcome a new child into the world while he is serving 28 years in a Peruvian prison for Flores' death, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, which says it confirmed the news over the phone with van der Sloot himself. Read more...

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Suspect Arrested in Falcon Lake Killing

For more than two years, details about the investigation into who killed David Hartley have been as murky as the waters where his body disappeared. His grieving widow told police that attackers shot him in the head on a lake the straddles the U.S.-Mexico border. She said she was forced to flee and leave his body behind. The trail seemed to go cold until Monday, when Mexican authorities said they had arrested a leader of the ruthless Zetas drug cartel and linked him to the Falcon Lake killing. Read more...

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Man Guilty of Killing Pastor at Church

A convicted felon has been found guilty of killing a North Texas pastor in his church last year. Steven Lawayne Nelson faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Jurors in Fort Worth deliberated more than an hour Monday before finding Nelson guilty of capital murder in the March 2011 death of the Rev. Clint Dobson at Arlington's NorthPointe Baptist Church. Read more...

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Search for Missing Colorado Girl Expanded

The likely discovery of Jessica Ridgeway's backpack and water bottle – the biggest lead yet in the search for the missing 10-year-old – is fueling hope for her recovery, police say. The backpack was discovered Sunday outside the home of a man in the Rock Creek subdivision in Superior, Colo., about 6 1/2 miles northwest of Jessica's home, Westminster Police Investigator Trevor Materasso said. The man sent an email through a community listserv calling attention to the backpack, Materasso said. Other residents alerted him that it might be related to the case, and told him to call police. Read more...

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'Wife Swap' Teen to Plead Not Guilty to Prostitution

A former teen pageant princess featured in an eyebrow-raising episode of "Wife Swap" getting spray-tanned by her father and pitying the less attractive will plead not guilty this week to charges of prostitution and drug possession, her lawyer said. Alicia Guastaferro was arrested at a western New York Thruway travel plaza in August. State troopers investigating a complaint of erratic driving reported finding her and a Rochester attorney "slumped over" and apparently passed out in a running car. Read more...

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Teacher Accepts Plea Deal, Avoids Jail

The former Cincinnati Ben-Gal cheerleader charged with having sex with an underage student will accept a plea deal with prosecutors in Kentucky to avoid jail time. Sarah Jones, 26, allegedly began a sexual relationship with a student while she was working as a freshman English teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Crestview Hills, Ky., and also moonlighting as a cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals. She was facing charges of sex abuse of the first degree and sexual misconduct and custodial interference for alleged sexual contact she had with a student. Read more...

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Sheriff Killed in Rollover Crash Was Legally Drunk

A northern Arizona sheriff who lost control of his pickup truck last month and rolled it, killing him, was legally drunk and had a blood-alcohol level of .291, more than three times the state's legal limit, an autopsy report said. Williams, Ariz., on Sept. 18 to meet family members for a camping and hunting trip when the accident occurred. Investigators said Dever was going 62 mph on the unmarked Forest Service road. Read more...


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October 08, 2012

Judge Won't Delay 'Whitey' Bulger's Trial

A federal judge told Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's lawyers in no uncertain terms that she won't delay the start of Bulger's trial. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said the March 4 trial date remains firm, despite complaints from the defense that it will not be ready by then because of a huge volume of documents and other materials it needs to review before trial. Read more...

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Teen Describes Murders of Mom, Sister to 911

During a nearly 25-minute call to 911, a 17-year-old calmly describes shooting his mother and younger sister to death in their North Texas home. Jake Evans told the Parker County 911 operator early Thursday morning, "It's weird, I wasn't even really angry with them." Authorities say he shot his mother, 48-year-old Jami Evans, and his 15-year-old sister, Mallory, at the family's upscale home near Aledo, about 20 miles west of Fort Worth. Read more...

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Man Gets 47 Years for Mutilating Friend

A judge has sentenced a Northern California man to 47 years in state prison for viciously mutilating and killing his friend after they consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms. Jarrod Wyatt of Crescent City was sentenced in Del Norte County Superior Court, where family and friends spoke about the impact of Taylor Powell's death. The 29-year-old mixed-martial artist pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder involving mayhem for killing his 21-year-old sparring partner in 2010. Read more...

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Woman Found With Throat Slashed

Authorities have arrested a 30-year-old Burlington, Wash., man hours after a woman walked out of woods south of Bellingham with her throat cut. Skagit County Undersheriff Tom Molitor says the suspect, who was in a domestic relationship with the victim, was arrested in Eastern Washington. The man will be transferred to Skagit County. The woman was rushed to a hospital in Bellingham where she is expected to recover. Read more...

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Toddler's Remains Found Buried in Backyard

Police have discovered what they believe to be the remains of Justin Kowalczik, a missing 17-month-old boy in Farmingdale, Long Island. According to investigators, Kowalczik's remains were found buried in the backyard of the home Justin's mother Heather Kowalczik rented with her boyfriend and their two other children. The search for Justin was ignited after police say someone called Child Protective Services out of concern for the health and welfare of Justin's 6-year-old sibling. Read more...

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Dozens Search for Missing Colorado Girl

Dozens of police, firefighters and volunteers were searching a neighborhood in Westminster, Colo., after a 10-year-old girl vanished Friday morning on her way to school. Jessica Ridgeway was last seen by her mother as she took her normal three-block walk to a park to meet a friend on their way to school. Read more...

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Mother Was Drunk When She Shot Kids

Autopsy results show a Port St. John mother was drunk when she shot and killed her four children. Tanya Thomas shot her four children – Pebbles, Jaxs, Jazzlyn and Joel – on May 15 before turning the gun on herself. The Brevard County Medical Examiner's report showed Thomas had a blood alcohol level of .16 percent, which is twice the legal limit for a person to be considered drunk. Read more...

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Marijuana Operation Found in Teacher's House

Police said they found a marijuana growing operation inside a Medina teacher and her husband's house in North Ridgeville. Teacher Shannon Briggs, 34, is charged with complicity to cultivation of marijuana and endangering children, North Ridgeville police Sgt. Adam Freas said. Her husband, Matthew Briggs, 35, is charged with cultivation of marijuana and endangering children. Both turned themselves into North Ridgeville police on Sept. 28. Their two young children also live at the house. Read more...

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Linda Hogan Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

The ex-wife of pro wrestler Hulk Hogan was pulled over for speeding and then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Calabasas on 101 Freeway. Linda Hogan, 53, whose real name is Linda Bollea, was arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies after seeing her driving erratically on the westbound 101 Freeway. Read more...


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October 05, 2012

Bruce Davis Parole Approved

A California Parole Board has again recommended parole for a former Charles Manson follower, but it remains to be seen if he will actually be released. Bruce Davis was recommended for parole in 2010, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected that recommendation. Davis, 69, has been in prison for 40 years for his part in two murders unrelated to the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders. Read more...

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Man Gets Death for Game Warden's Murder

A man convicted of killing a Pennsylvania game warden during a poaching investigation has been sentenced to death. An Adams County jury issued its verdict in the penalty phase of Christopher Johnson's trial Thursday night. Jurors had been deciding between giving Johnson life in prison or death in the 2010 killing of wildlife conservation officer David Grove. Read more...

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Recently Escaped Prisoner Kills Two

A convicted felon was arrested and charged with first-degree murder of two men in St. Petersburg, Fla., after disappearing from a work release program. Michael Scott Norris, 36, is also charged with escape, burglary and possession of a firearm. Detectives say he shot and killed Bruce Johnson, 51, and Arthur Regula, 36, inside a home where Johnson was staying. Read more...

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Zimmerman Considers Lawsuit Against NBC

George Zimmerman is considering a defamation lawsuit against NBC over its reports about a phone call he made to dispatchers moments before he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's attorney said that the former neighborhood watch captain has contacted another lawyer about possibly filing a lawsuit. "NBC intentionally edited George Zimmerman's non-emergency call to make it appear he is a racist, then they repeatedly broadcast that edited tape to the nation," Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's attorney said. Read more...

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Death Penalty Sought in Teen's Murder

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he'll seek the death penalty in the capital murder case of a 30-year-old man charged with the rape-murder of a 16-year-old suburban Dallas girl last month. Authorities say Franklin Davis already was charged with four counts of sexual assault when he took Carrollton High School sophomore Shania Gray from her school. Gray had been expected to testify against Davis at his trial on those charges. Read more...

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TCU Quarterback Suspended After DWI Arrest

TCU starting quarterback Casey Pachall has been suspended after being charged with DWI following a traffic stop. Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson announced the discipline. "Casey Pachall has been suspended indefinitely from competition," Patterson said in a statement. "My job as a head coach is to win games, educate our kids and help them with their lives." A Fort Worth police report that stated the junior ran a stop sign and hit a curb before being pulled over. Read more...




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October 04, 2012

Prosecution Rests in Baby Gabriel Trial

Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of an Arizona woman accused of kidnapping her 8-month-old son Gabriel in 2009, saving the most damaging evidence for last. The jury heard a recording of a telephone call in which Elizabeth Johnson told the baby's father that she had killed the child and put his body in a trash can. The trial will now recess for two weeks before the defense begins its case. Read more...

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'In Cold Blood' Auction Blocked

The state of Kansas is suing the family of a deceased Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent who worked on the 1959 murder case that became the subject of Truman Capote's novel "In Cold Blood," arguing that his relatives don't own the case files. The lawsuit, made public Monday, asks the court to decide legal ownership of Harold Nye's case files in the murders of prominent farmer and community leader Herbert Clutter, his wife and two children in Holcomb. Read more...

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Meth Lab Found in Child's Bedroom

Halloween decorations and toys in the front yard leave no indication there was anything unusual about a residence on Crump Street in Raceland. Upon first glance, there was nothing odd about the 3-year-old boy's bedroom inside. "It was just a small bedroom full of toys," Raceland Police Chief Donald Sammons said, "what you'd normally see of a small child." However, in the child's closet, investigators found a meth lab. Read more...

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Man Charged With Building 2 Major Drug Tunnels

A man identified by prosecutors as an operative for Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel was charged with building two major cross-border drug tunnels, according to an unsealed federal indictment. Jose Sanchez Villalobos is accused of building, financing and overseeing the secret passages, which have proliferated along the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years as heightened enforcement on land has pushed smugglers underground. Previous prosecutions in connection with the tunnels have named low-ranking truckers and their supervisors who pick up loads of marijuana at warehouses in the United States after they already crossed the border. Read more...

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Sam Hurd Pleads Not Guilty

Former NFL receiver Sam Hurd pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a new indictment accusing him of trying to obtain cocaine and marijuana while he was out on bond awaiting trial on charges of trying to start a drug ring in the Chicago area. The indictment filed last month is based on allegations that Hurd asked a cousin, Jesse Tyrone Chavful, to buy drugs. Chavful signed a guilty plea agreement Monday to one count of conspiracy to possess five or more kilograms of cocaine -- documents in which Chavful said Hurd contacted him at his T-shirt shop in San Antonio and asked to "get him cocaine and marijuana." Read more...


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October 03, 2012

Baby Gabriel Baby Sitter Testifies

Day six in the trial of missing Baby Gabriel's mom Elizabeth Johnson started with prosecutors calling to the witness stand a couple of people from Texas who interacted with Johnson in late 2009 after the young mom fled with her infant son to San Antonio. "She basically said she needed a baby sitter," Analisa Urias told jurors. Urias said that, at the time, she advertised herself as a baby sitter on Craigslist and got a call from a woman identifying herself only as "Elizabeth" who was seeking a baby sitter for the following day at San Antonio's Home Gate Suites Hotel. Read more...

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Mother Charged With Murder of 4-Year-Old Son

Police have charged a 46-year-old Westchester, N.Y., woman with murder after they found her 4-year-old son dead in the bedroom. Manuela Maria Morgado was arraigned in Village of Mamaroneck Court and was remanded to Westchester County without bail. She is due back in court on Oct. 4. It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney. Read more...

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Teen Girl, 4 Others Charged in Homicide

Five people, including a 17-year-old girl, were charged today with first-degree murder in connection with last month's kidnapping and slaying of a Lakewood man. "The motive for this kidnapping and brutal murder is still murky," Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a news release. "Some of the defendants alleged that the victim was somehow involved in the disappearance of a three-year-old, and that he previously sexually assaulted defendant King, but there's no corroborative evidence to support these claims." Charged were: Jeffrey Powell II, 30; William Barry, 33; Aileenah Horton, 17; Angela King, 32; and Justin Mahaffey, 23. They have also been charged with robbery. Read more...

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'Flip Flop Bandit' Sentenced to Prison

A judge has ordered a 43-year-old woman to spend four years and three months in federal prison for a southern Illinois bank robbery that earned her the moniker of the "Flip Flop Bandit" for the bright green footwear she wore during the holdup. Carla Walker of Lebanon was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. She pleaded guilty in May to one count of bank robbery. Walker admitted she robbed the First Federal Savings Bank of Lebanon on March 26 after pointing a pellet gun at the bank tellers and insisting other guns were trained on the bank. Read more...

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L.A. Votes to Repeal Pot Dispensary Ban

The Los Angeles City Council reversed course and repealed a ban on pot shops that it passed just two months ago to shutter hundreds of medical marijuana storefronts. Council members voted 11-2 to negate its July decision to rid the nation's second-largest city of pot dispensaries. The repeal came after opponents gathered enough signatures to place a referendum on the ballot seeking to undo the ban. Read more...

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Sam Hurd's Co-Defendant Pleads Guilty

A cousin of former NFL wide receiver Sam Hurd has agreed to plead guilty in connection with allegations that Hurd tried to establish a drug-distribution network, according to documents filed by prosecutors. Jesse Tyrone Chavful signed a plea agreement on one count of conspiracy to possess five or more kilograms of cocaine — 11 pounds or more — with intent to distribute. The plea agreement calls for a minimum of 10 years in prison. Read more...


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October 02, 2012

2 'Dougherty Gang' Siblings Plead Guilty

Two of the three siblings known as the "Dougherty Gang" have decided to take plea deals in their bank-robbing case in Georgia. Ryan Dougherty and Lee Grace Dougherty entered guilty pleas in a federal court in Valdosta. All three siblings had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read more...

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4 Arrested in VFW Shooting in Florida

Four men were charged in a shooting at a Veterans of Foreign War post in Florida that killed two people and critically wounded another, authorities said. The gunfire happened after a fight in the VFW's parking lot as a motorcycle club gathered for a charity ride. Police have not said whether the men arrested or the shooting victims were VFW members or with the motorcycle club, known as the Warlocks. Read more...

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Student Held Without Bail in Murder of Coed

A New York college student has been charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of his 18-year-old girlfriend, who was found brutally assaulted in her dorm room, police said. Alexandra Kogut, of New Hartford, N.Y., was found dead in her room at The College at Brockport by university police. The cause of death was blunt force trauma. Kogut's boyfriend, Clayton Whittemore, 21, was later arrested at a rest stop roughly 100 miles away and confessed to killing Kogut, a freshman communications major whose relatives remembered her as a "bright, beautiful" young woman excited to begin her college life. Read more...

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Thieves Sought in $2 Million Jewelry Heist

California investigators searched Monday for thieves who made off with an estimated $2 million in precious gems and gold from a Central Valley museum during a brazen daytime robbery. But they didn't get away with the biggest prize of all -- the nearly 14-pound Fricot Nugget, a giant crystalline gold mass unearthed in the Gold Rush era. During their attempt to grab the rock, the robbers triggered an alarm that alerted authorities who swarmed the museum but were unable to nab the thieves. Read more...

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Rapper Lil Scrappy Arrested in Georgia

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" cast member Lil Scrappy, whose real name is Darryl Kevin Richardson II, was taken into custody in DeKalb County on Monday, accused of violating his parole. The DeKalb County jail's website confirmed a report that Richardson was booked around 5:38 p.m. and was still in custody just before midnight. The jail listed the probation violation as having occurred on Sept. 4. Read more...

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Former Falcon Ray Buchanan Charged With DUI

Former Atlanta Falcon Ray Buchanan was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and speeding on his 41st birthday. Buchanan, a defensive back for the Falcons from 1997-2003, was spotted driving a silver SUV northbound on I-85 at 95 mph shortly before 3 a.m. The posted speed limit is 65 mph in the area, the report states. He blew a .091 percent on the state alcohol breath test. Read more...

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Lockyer Affected by Wife's Meth Charges

Only eight months ago, Bill Lockyer was the envy of California politicians. Undefeated in 39 years as assemblyman, senate leader, attorney general and treasurer, the Democrat won 5.4 million votes in his 2010 re-election, more than any other state official in the U.S. Then in February, headlines about his wife, Nadia Lockyer, 41, an Alameda County supervisor began to spill out in the state's newspapers. They chronicled an extramarital affair, an alleged sex tape and drug abuse. Read more...


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October 01, 2012

Younger DC Sniper Expresses Remorse

Convicted D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo said in a newspaper interview published Sunday that the devastated reaction of a victim's husband made him feel like "the worst piece of scum." Malvo expresses remorse in the interview with The Washington Post and urged the families of victims to try and forget about him and his partner John Allen Muhammad so they can move on. Read more...

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Teacher Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot

A Florida high school teacher was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill a former colleague, My Fox Tampa Bay reports. James Pepe, 55, a social studies teacher at Bloomington High School, was arrested last week for what police say was a plot to harm Pepe's former colleague, teacher Robert Meredith. During a recorded conversation played during Pepe's bond hearing Saturday, prosecutors allege Pepe is heard on tape saying of Meredith, "I want him killed; all right." Read more...

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Woman Charged With Fatally Stabbing Roommate

Authorities say a Houston-area woman accused of fatally stabbing her roommate and then asking a friend's boyfriend to help her dispose of the body has been charged with murder. Adele Margaret Karczewski remained jailed Sunday on $50,000 bail. The Harris County Sheriff's Office says the 53-year-old Karczewski and her 62-year-old roommate Charles Graham had been arguing and she later used a kitchen knife to stab him in the neck on Wednesday. Read more...

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Pennsylvania Judge Halts Execution

A Philadelphia judge has halted the scheduled execution of death-row inmate Terrance "Terry" Williams and granted him a new sentencing hearing. Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said Friday prosecutors suppressed evidence that Williams' victim was an alleged pedophile who abused boys, including Williams. However, Sarmina upheld Williams' first-degree murder conviction. Read more...

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Serial Killer's House May Become Memorial

The site of a notorious Cleveland serial killer's house could soon become a memorial. A group of local architects are designing a memorial for the now-vacant lot. Anthony Sowel was convicted of killing 11 women at the house that stood there between 2007 and 2009. Architects from the Cleveland chapter of the American Institute of Architects met with relatives of the victims, residents and community and city leaders to get their input about the design. Read more...

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Idaho Inmate Charged in 1983 Murder

A man in prison in Idaho has been charged with the 1983 death of an 11-year-old Ogden girl. An arrest warrant filed in 2nd District Court in Weber County alleges that Gregory L. Seamons, 48, was the person who killed Rebecca Lemberger, who went missing after walking to school on March 2, 1983 and was found dead the next day in a shed located in field. Evidence collected at the scene indicated Lemberger had been raped and beaten to death. Read more...

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Teen Charged as Adult in Mall Shooting

A 17-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in a shooting in a mall parking lot in Baltimore County. Police say 17-year-old Rickey Freeman has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and use of a firearm during a violent crime. He's being held without bail. The shooting occurred Friday night in the parking lot of Security Square Mall. Police say a man was shot at least once and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not released additional details about the victim or his condition. Read more...

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Teacher Accused of Bringing Meth to School

A Texas elementary school teacher is accused of bringing drugs to school and using them to get high before teaching students. Police say Vicki Bruce, a third grade teacher at Reno Elementary school, kept meth wrapped in tin foil in a photo album in her purse. Read more...


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