January 31, 2013

D.A. Opposes Bruce Davis' Release

The Los Angeles district attorney is fighting to keep one of the Charles Manson Family members behind bars. D.A. Jackie Lacey has asked California Gov. Jerry Brown to overrule a parole board's decision to grant Bruce Davis freedom after more than 40 years of incarceration. Davis was convicted of two murders that were not related to the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders by other Manson family members. Read more...

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Zimmerman Wants to Delay Trial

Attorneys for the former neighborhood watch volunteer charged with shooting Trayvon Martin to death want more time to prepare his case. Attorneys for George Zimmerman filed a motion Wednesday to delay the case. Spokesman Shawn Vincent says the attorneys want Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial to be moved from June to November. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty. A hearing in which Zimmerman will argue he was acting in self-defense is scheduled for April. The judge has said that hearing will be at least 45 days before the trial. Read more...

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Arkansas Senate OKs Guns in Churches

The Arkansas Senate has passed a bill that lifts a ban on carrying concealed weapons in church. The proposal, which goes to the Arkansas House for consideration, would allow churches to decide which, if any, worshippers with concealed carry permits can bring their firearms inside. The measure passed 28-4. State Sen. Bryan King, a Republican, said "The Church Protection Act" would provide each church "an individual decision on what they want to do for security." Read more...

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Roadway Shooting Suspect Found Competent

A man charged in a shooting spree that targeted motorists along a highway corridor in four Michigan counties has been found competent to stand trial. A forensic competency examination found Raulie Casteel fit for trial on charges brought by the state attorney general's office. The findings were discussed at a hearing Wednesday in Howell District Court. Read more...

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Seahawks Leroy Hill Arrested for Assault

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested after police say he assaulted his girlfriend and kept her in his home against her will. Hill was arrested on investigation of unlawful imprisonment-domestic violence and third-degree assault-domestic violence. According to King County Jail records, Hill was booked into the Seattle correctional facility. Read more...

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Ditka's Son Pleads Guilty to DUI

The son of former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka received 24 months of probation after pleading guilty to aggravated DUI and possession of a controlled substance in a Lake County courtroom. It was Mark Ditka's fourth arrest for DUI, but his first conviction, said Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Ben Dillon. Ditka, of Deerfield, could have received up to three years in prison if he had gone to trial and been found guilty, Dillon said. Read more...

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Carmine Giovinazzo Arrested for DUI

Carmine Giovinazzo may play a cop on TV, but he's run afoul of the law in real life. The CSI: NY star was collared for a DUI in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Jan. 21. Per the police report obtained by E! News, the 39-year-old Giovinazzo was behind the wheel of a white Jeep Wrangler with two other passengers when police responded to a call about an impaired driver. After observing him drifting across three lanes, a cruiser pulled him over. He was given a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer, blowing a 0.119 percent. Read more...




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January 30, 2013

Man Faces Trial in Deaths of Oklahoma Girls

A 27-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial on first-degree murder charges for the shooting deaths of two young Oklahoma girls that he said he thought were "monsters." A judge ruled there was enough evidence to put Kevin Sweat before a jury for the deaths of Taylor Placker, 13, and Skla Whitaker, 11. The two best friends were shot to death in June 2008 near their hometown of Weleetka. Read more...

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Judge Postpones Texas Woman's Execution

A Dallas judge has halted the scheduled Tuesday night execution of a Texas woman who would have been the first woman put to death in the U.S. in three years. The order from state District Judge Larry Mitchell moves the execution of Kimberly McCarthy, 51, to April 3. McCarthy faced lethal injection for the 1997 beating, stabbing and robbery of a 71-year-old neighbor in Lancaster, about 15 miles south of Dallas. Read more...

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Police Captain Exonerated of Ex-Wife's Murder

A former Ohio police captain who has spent nearly 15 years in prison in his ex-wife's killing was exonerated Tuesday by a judge who said that new DNA tests proved his innocence and that no reasonable jury that saw the test results would have convicted him. Doug Prade, 66, should be set free because the new DNA results are "clear and convincing," said Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter in Akron. Read more...

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Couple to Fight Charges From Deer Rescue

An Indiana police officer and his wife who nursed an injured baby deer back to health plan to fight state charges stemming from their rescue efforts. Jeff Counceller, a police officer in the eastern Indiana city of Connersville, found the deer in 2010 curled up on a front porch with maggot-infested puncture wounds. He and his wife, Jennifer, kept the deer in an enclosure on their 17-acre farm and named her Dani, The Indianapolis Star reports. Indiana's Department of Natural Resources told the Councellers to return the ailing deer to the wild, but they took it home and nursed it back to health. Read more...

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Subway Pusher Not Mentally Fit

Defense attorneys for a woman accused of shoving a man to his death from a New York City subway platform are contesting a ruling that she is mentally fit for trial. The defense will have its own psychiatrist examine Erika Menendez. Her arraignment was postponed until Feb. 27. Her family was in court but didn't comment. Read more...

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3 Arrested in Home Invasion of Elderly Couple

Police announced that they arrested three men in connection with a robbery spree that included the tying up of an Almaden Valley couple in a home invasion. Miguel Marez, 19, James Palmerson, 18, and 18-year-old Ezra Santana, all San Jose residents, were arrested over the past week after being linked to four robberies between Jan. 19 and Jan. 21, culminating with the home-invasion robbery of a couple in their 70s that grabbed headlines and added more fuel to residents' ire over spiking crime rates in the city. Read more...

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Students Charged After Cheerleader's Fall

Eight Penn State University students allegedly supplied alcohol at the party where a 19-year-old cheerleader fell out a fifth-floor apartment window. State College Police Department said it filed charges against eight students between the ages of 19 and 21 with furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors at the Oct. 13 party where Paige Raque of Louisville, Ky., was seriously injured. According to court documents, each student was charged with three counts of selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor and three counts of serving alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person. The legal drinking age in Pennsylvania is 21. Read more...

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Jason London Arrested After Arizona Bar Fight

Authorities say actor Jason London has been arrested on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct after an Arizona bar fight. Scottsdale police say London allegedly sneezed on a man who then asked him to apologize, but London refused and instead hit the man in the face. The two men were escorted out of the bar, but London began pushing and cursing at firefighters trying to treat him and appeared extremely drunk. Read more...

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Comedian Katt Williams a No-Show in Court

Troubled comedian and actor Micah "Katt" Williams was again a no-show at a scheduled court hearing Tuesday morning. Williams faces felony reckless evasion charges stemming from a November incident in downtown Sacramento, where he led Capitol Protection officers on a chase. After he failed to show up on Tuesday, a Sacramento County judge issued a $200,000 warrant for Williams' arrest. Read more...

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Lindsay Lohan to Skip Court Appearance

Lindsay Lohan is calling in sick. The Liz & Dick actress will be skipping out on an appearance at a Los Angeles courthouse Wednesday — where she is scheduled to answer for charges that she violated her probation—because she is ill, E! News has confirmed. According to a court source, Judge Stephanie Sautner received notice Tuesday that the 26-year-old has reportedly come down with the flu in New York City and will be unable to fly to the hearing. Lohan supposedly saw a doctor to determine whether she was healthy enough to make the trip. Read more...

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CNN: Or Will She?

Lindsay Lohan, previously described as being too ill to make the trip, was on a Tuesday evening flight to Los Angeles to make a court hearing, a source close to the actress said. Earlier Tuesday, it was believed that Lohan, 26, was staying in New York. Her longtime lawyer, Shawn Holley, has asked the judge to release her from the case. New York lawyer Mark Heller, who is not licensed to practice law in California, was flying to Los Angeles to represent Lohan on Wednesday. According to the source, Lohan decided to appear in court. Read more...

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Thomas Gibson Gets 3 Years' Probation for DUI

Actor Thomas Gibson, known for his roles in "Chicago Hope," "Dharma and Greg" and "Criminal Minds" pleaded no contest to one count of alcohol-related reckless driving following an arrest in downtown Los Angeles. Gibson was immediately sentenced to three years' probation, fined $300 plus unspecified assessments and ordered to attend an alcohol education program. Gibson, 50, was arrested earlier this month at 1:05 a.m. at 11th Street and Grand Avenue, Los Angeles police said. He was booked about half an hour later and released on $15,000 bail. Read more...


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January 29, 2013

Jury Indicted JonBenet's Parents in 1999

The grand jury investigating the death of JonBenet Ramsey indicted both her parents in 1999, but the district attorney refused to sign the indictment and prosecute the case. District Attorney Alex Hunter did not believe he had enough evidence to convict John and Patsy Ramsey for child abuse resulting in a death, according to an investigative report by a Boulder newspaper. Read more...

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Judge Declares Mistrial in Murder Case

District Judge Ken Keeling declared a mistrial in the capital murder trial of John Ray Falk Jr. Brazos County jurors returned after 55 days of trial delay to hear closing arguments but instead were dismissed after Keeling explained he didn't believe they could remain impartial in reaching a verdict considering the highly unusual circumstances. "Asking jurors to return a verdict in a complicated case such as this places an impossible and unconscionable burden on them," Keeling said. Read more...

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Boyfriend Arrested In Mother's Murder

The boyfriend of Jini Barnum, who was found dead in a shallow grave in September, has been charged with killing her, police said. Anthony L. Garofalo, 38, of East Hampton, was charged with murder, first-degree strangulation and tampering with physical evidence, they said. He was arraigned at Superior Court in Middletown; his bail is set at $1 million. Barnum, 30, of East Hampton was found buried in a shallow grave deep in the woods of Glastonbury Sept. 9. Garofalo had reported her missing on July 29. Read more...

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Two Arrested in $65K Chicken Wing Heist

It was going to be one heck of a Superbowl party. A pair of workers at a frozen food distribution center outside of Atlanta, Ga., made off with $65,000 worth of frozen chicken wings earlier this month, according to cops in Gwinnet County. Dewayne Patterson and Renaldo Jackson, who both worked at the Nordic Distribution Center, allegedly backed a rental truck up to the back of the loading area at the center and loaded 10 pallets of Tyson frozen chicken wings onto the truck. The pair then made off with the poultry, but were seen by management. Read more...

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Woman Beaten on Her Way to Work

A homeless man was arrested after police accused him of beating an Indianapolis woman on her way to work. Police said Kimberly Barnes, 32, had just gotten off the bus near Delaware and Washington streets and was walking to her job at the nearby Steak 'n Shake restaurant in downtown Indy just before the attack. About 3:30 p.m., Barnes said a man approached her and began punching her in the face. Read more...

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Feinstein Assault Weapons Ban Lacks Votes

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bill banning assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips will struggle to pass the Senate with a simple majority if brought to the floor for a vote, Bloomberg reported today. At least six Senate Democrats are either wobbly on the ban or are flat-out opposed. No Republican Senator has spoken in support of the ban. If the rest of the Democrat's 55-vote majority hold together to support the ban, that's still one vote short of passage. Read more...

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Police: Jay Ratliff's BAC Was 0.16

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff's blood alcohol content was 0.16 percent -- twice the legal limit -- after his arrest for driving while intoxicated last week, blood test results revealed, according to Grapevine, Texas, police. Ratliff was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 22 after his 2011 Ford pickup truck sideswiped an 18-wheeler and slammed into a median protector on State Highway 114. There were no injuries as a result of the crash, which caused major damage to the driver's side of Ratliff's truck. Read more...




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January 28, 2013

Two Casey Anthony Convictions Tossed

A federal appeals court has overturned two of the four convictions of a Florida woman found guilty of lying to investigators about the whereabouts of her 2-year-old daughter. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Casey Anthony's attorney that two of the convictions amounted to double jeopardy. The appeals court rejected Anthony's claim that all the statements she made to police should not have been admitted in court because she had not been read her Miranda rights at the time. Read more...

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Secret Hearings Held in Chandra Levy Case

The 2001 slaying of Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy is back in court, but behind closed doors: Records show a judge has been holding secret hearings in the case of the man convicted of killing her, according to The Associated Press. Hearings have been held for the past several weeks, with neither prosecutors nor defense lawyers revealing their purpose, according to court records obtained by AP. The next hearing will be on Feb. 7 in D.C. Superior Court; The AP and several other media organizations are petitioning to open the proceedings. Read more...

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Former Beauty Queen Pleads Guilty

Two days after Christmas 2003: A man walking his dog through the woods on Whidbey Island in Washington state spots a yellow Chevy sports utility vehicle, its door open, its driver with a bullet in the head. The victim is Russel Douglas, 32, and when police search his cell phone records, according to court documents, they find that he has recently been in touch with Peggy Sue Thomas – a 6-foot-tall, single mother of two who was crowned Ms. Washington in 2000. On Thursday, a week before her first-degree murder trial was scheduled to begin, Thomas, 47, pleaded guilty to first-degree rendering of criminal assistance with three additional years for the involvement of a gun – a crime that will likely result in a four-year sentence. Read more...

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Mom Who Drowned Daughter Released

A California woman who was found to be insane when she admitted to drowning her 3-year-old daughter in a bathtub in January 2010 has been released from jail after being deemed sane. Jennifer Lynn Bigham, 26, was ordered released from custody after doctors said she no longer exhibits the symptoms of mental illness that caused her to drown her daughter. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff said he is legally required to order Bigham's release if she has fully regained her sanity, according to the report. Read more...

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Judge Drops Most Charges in Zumba Case

A judge dropped most of the charges against a figure in a prostitution scandal centered on a Zumba studio, prompting another appeal, more jury selection delays and defense accusations of prosecution "shenanigans." Justice Nancy Mills dismissed 46 of 59 misdemeanor counts against Mark Strong Sr., a day after the state's highest court ruled the closed jury selection process had to be opened to the public. Read more...

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94-Year-Old Killed, Neighbor Arrested

Police arrested the next-door neighbor of a 94-year-old woman in Yuba City who was found dead this week. Yuba City police allege that 20-year-old Michael Patrick Alexander knew Leola Shreves. Sometime last week, he allegedly broke into her house and "launched a violent and savage attack," police said in a statement. Evidence found at Shreves' home linked Alexander to the slaying, but police did not provide any details, including exactly how she died. Read more...

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No Sign of Missing Family

Next week marks the third anniversary of the disappearance of Joseph McStay, 43; his wife, Summer, 46; and their two young children, Gianni, 7, and Joseph Mateo, who would be 6 this month. February 4, 2010 was the last day anyone saw the family or heard from them. When police entered their Southern California house more than 10 days later, they found eggs on the kitchen counter and bowls of popcorn in the living room. Their two dogs were also in the home. But not a single trace of the McStays. Read more...

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Sheriff Detective Arrested For Possession

A Broward Sheriff's detective lands a big drug bust, but this time he is the one that ends up in the slammer. Detective John Brindle, 45, was arrested for possession of oxycodone pills without a prescription. Broward detectives said that the investigation began after they received a tip about Brindle, who was allegedly obtaining the pills at an Oakland Park home. Read more...

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Sunny Cross of 'Catfish' Arrested for DWI

A Fayetteville woman faces charges after being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Sunny Cross, 22, failed a field sobriety test and had red, watery eyes and smelled of alochol, the report said. She registered .08 blood-alcohol content. Cross appeared on the MTV show "Catfish" in November 2012 during which it was revealed she had an online relationship with a person who turned out to be a woman instead of a man as she had believed. Read more...


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January 25, 2013

Police Search for Missing 16-Year-Old

Colorado authorities are searching for a missing 16-year-old girl who reportedly sent a distress message to friends saying she was with a man and "scared." Jessica Shepherd, of Johnstown, Colo., was last heard from at around 10:50 p.m. on Tuesday, Fox affiliate KDVR reported. Witnesses told investigators that the teen sent messages from her cellphone and Facebook account at that time, saying she was "with a guy named Dave" and "scared." Read more...

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Hinckley Lawyer Wants Secret Service Report

A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr. is demanding Secret Service surveillance records from a trip the presidential assailant took last March to see his mother. Barry Levine complained at a court hearing on Thursday that the Secret Service provided an inaccurate report of one of Hinckley's periodic trips to Williamsburg, Virginia. Although details were not described publicly, a source with knowledge of the case said the Secret Service told federal prosecutors that Hinckley was involved in a "disruption" during a tour of an unnamed facility and that police were summoned. The source said that Hinckley was never involved in such an incident. Read more...

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Man Accused of Setting Wife on Fire

A 59-year-old Davenport man accused of setting his wife on fire was arrested after he was released from a hospital. The Quad-City Times says Tom Kuan is charged with arson, attempted murder and domestic abuse. Court records say firefighters found Kuan lying on the floor of his residence on Dec. 5. His wife, Lyn Kuan, had escaped the house but had suffered severe burns. Read more...

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Exterminator Charged in Doctor's Killing

An exterminator named Jason Smith was arrested and charged in the strangling and burning death of Philadelphia pediatrician Melissa Ketunuti. Smith, 36, had been sent to Ketunuti's home on a service call where the two got into "some kind of argument" in Ketunuti's basement. Smith burned the woman's body "to hide evidence like DNA." He said "at some point, he bound her up." The doctor was found with her hands and feet tied behind her back. Read more...

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Teacher Arrested at Suspected Drug House

A Jacksonville school teacher who arrived at a drug suspect's house in Middleburg with a backpack with marijuana, illegal pills, drug paraphernalia and a handgun was arrested, authorities said. James Van Richburg, 38, of Logging Lane in Jacksonville is charged with resisting arrest without violence, possession of a prescription drug without a prescription while armed with a handgun and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to his Clay County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Read more...

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Doctor Charged in Prescription Drug Ring

A former Fogelsville psychiatrist has been charged in connection with a prescription drug ring that involved several people who used fraudulent prescriptions in multiple Pennsylvania counties to get painkillers and other drugs, authorities said. David W. Daley, who practiced at 7729 Main St., in the Fogelsville section of Upper Macungie Township, was charged with 33 counts of prescribing medication outside of accepted treatment principles and one count of helping patients fraudulently obtain prescription drugs, all felonies, according to the state Attorney General's office, which filed the charges along with Pennsylvania State Police. Read more...

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Former Redskin Fred Smoot Charged With DUI

Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug in the District in early January, according to online court records and his attorney. Online court records say Smoot was charged on Jan. 10 and pleaded not guilty at a hearing a week later. Smoot, of Roswell, Ga. was observed by police driving a white Audi A7 that did not have a license plate. Read more...


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January 24, 2013

Man Charged in Texas College Shooting

One of three men wounded in a shooting at a Houston college campus has been charged with assault. Detectives identified the alleged shooter as Carlton Berry, 22, and charged him with aggravated assault. Berry remains in the hospital and is being treated for a gunshot wound, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Shots were fired on campus of the Lone Star College causing the campus to go into lock down and some students to be evacuated, according to police. Read more...

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Chandra Levy Murder Case Re-Examined

There's a new mystery in a murder case that gripped the nation's capital a decade ago. Federal prosecutors and lawyers for the man convicted of murdering 24-year-old former congressional intern Chandra Levy have met twice since December for secret court hearings about new information that could undercut the testimony of a prosecution witness. The court has closed off the hearings to public view — on one occasion locking the courtroom doors — and has ordered that legal filings be sealed. Read more...

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Man, 19, Charged With Capital Murder

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the death of a Houston property owner who officials said was the target of a robbery. Vicente Matta has been charged with capital murder in the death of Al Dehghani, 62. Dehghani was found on Jan. 8 by relatives inside a southeast Houston home he owned in the 5400 block of Malmedy. He owned several rent homes in the Houston area. He had last been seen leaving his home the day before, police said. Read more...

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Crime Spree Leads to Long Sentence

It's hard to say exactly where Peter Cuddie's life went wrong, but on Wednesday all the bad turns led him straight to a long term in a prison cell. That's the day a judge sentenced him to more than 20 years in prison for burglarizing a house, fleeing the scene, crashing into another car and running away and leaving a hidden cache of drugs in his wrecked SUV. It's the day he listened for almost four hours as a prosecutor described him as a remorseless drug dealer who left a trail of wrecked and damaged lives in the wake of a one-day crime spree that ended with his arrest Oct. 24. Read more...

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Missing Guardsman Investigated for Drugs

The Coast Guard says a Hawaii-based Coast Guardsman who disappeared more than three months ago was being investigated for illegal drug use at the time. Coast Guard spokesman Chief Warrant Officer Gene Maestas said that Petty Officer First Class Russell Matthews was being investigated for using marijuana. The offense could have resulted in the 15-year veteran being discharged from the Coast Guard. Read more...

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Lindsay Lohan Loses Lawyer

Lindsay Lohan has lost her longtime legal ace. Famed criminal lawyer Shawn Holley is bidding farewell to the "Liz & Dick" actress after Lohan sent her a pink slip last week that she quickly tried to rescind, the Daily News has confirmed. Lohan begged Holley to forget the blunder and stay on, a source told the News. Holley appeared on Lohan's behalf at her car crash arraignment a day later on Jan. 15 and even entered a plea of "not guilty" to keep Lohan out of hot water, but she left the courthouse undecided about her future with the "Mean Girls" star, the source said. Read more...




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January 23, 2013

George Huguely Appeals for New Trial

A former University of Virginia lacrosse player who was convicted of beating his ex-girlfriend to death is asking for a new trial. Attorneys for George Huguely V have appealed is conviction for killing Yeardley Love in a drunken rage in May 2010. Huguely's attorneys argued that the judge's instructions to the jury were inadequate. Read more...

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Trial Starts in Zumba Prostitution Case

The process finding a jury untainted by international news coverage of a prostitution scandal got under way in fits and starts Tuesday in the trial of the business partner of a Zumba instructor accused of using her dance studio as a front for prostitution. More than 140 potential jurors were called into the courtroom Tuesday before being dismissed to fill out questionnaires in the trial of Mark Strong Sr., who faces 59 misdemeanor counts including conspiring with Zumba instructor Alexis Wright. Read more...

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Former Rays Player Arrested on Warrant

Police say former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes has been arrested on a warrant related to previous drug charges. Tampa police say the 28-year-old Dukes was arrested Monday night. He's also been charged with an additional count of driving with a suspended license. Records show Dukes had failed to appear in court for charges related to a February 2012 arrest. Read more...

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Appeals Court Backs DEA on Pot

Because there is not yet any scientific proof of marijuana's medical value, weed will continue to be treated as a dangerous drug, a federal appeals court has ruled. Although marijuana may have some medical benefits, the court ruled, the Drug Enforcement Agency can continue to enforce federal laws controlling the drug. The decision is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court by the advocacy group that brought the lawsuit. Read more...

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Jay Ratliff Charged With DWI

Dallas Cowboys starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with DWI in the early-morning hours after he crashed his 2011 Ford pickup truck into a 18-wheeler, according to Grapevine, Texas, police senior officer Sam Shemwell. Ratliff and the driver of the tractor trailer were not injured, according to Shemwell. Police, according to Shemwell, upon an investigation of the crash, arrested Ratliff on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Read more...


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January 22, 2013

Man Arrested in 1987 Double Murder

A Michigan man has been arrested in the 1987 fatal shooting of his sister and brother-in-law. Authorities have charged 50-year-old Ryan Wyngarden in the deaths of Gail Brink, 22, and her husband, Rick Brink, 28, at their home in Park Township. Investigators would not say what led them to the arrest of Wyngarden after more than 25 years. Read more...

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Dad Kills Ex-Wife at Daugther's Party

A father shot his estranged wife to death and then killed himself during his daughter's 16th birthday party, police said. The shootings happened outside the front door of the teen's grandparents' house in Grapevine, Texas. Kristi Suckla, 44, had moved to her parents' house with her teenage son and daughter after the couple separated. Grapevine police said her husband Kelly Suckla, 43, came over to the house for the birthday party. Read more...

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Family Caught in Phone 'Cramming' Case

A Montana family and their accountant are accused of tacking $70 million in bogus charges onto customer phone bills nationwide, then funneling some of that money through a religious organization to buy land and pay for the husband's legal bills. Steven Sann, his wife Terry, son Nathan and accountant Robert Braach run a maze of nine companies engaged in "cramming, " or adding unauthorized charges to a customer's phone bill, according to a civil complaint filed this month by the Federal Trade Commission. Read more...

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Nanny Charged With Injuring Baby That Died

A Quincy nanny has been charged with injuring a baby girl in her care who has since died, Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T.Gerry Leone announced. Aisling McCarthy Brady, 34, of Quincy, was arrested today in Quincy on a charge of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury. Brady is due to be arraigned in Cambridge District Court tomorrow. "This is an extremely troubling case, where we allege the defendant violently assaulted a 1-year-old child, causing a devastating head injury and broken bones," Leone said. Read more...

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Ex-NFL Cheerleader's Trial to Begin

A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who had sex with her underage student is about to begin another court battle in a bizarre case stemming from sexually tinged, disparaging comments made about her on a website long before the scandal was revealed. Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old northern Kentucky woman, was convicted three months ago of having sex with a student who at the time was 17. She and the young man, who is now 18, are in a relationship, and she is suing a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based gossip website and its owner over lewd comments made about her online long before any accusations involving the teenager surfaced. Read more...

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Top Recruit Busted for Underage Drinking

Taquan Mizzell, considered the top running back in the country by some, was arrested for allegedly drinking underageon the same weekend the prospect took his official visit to Virginia. Mizzell was arrested in Charlottesville. The minor will face misdemeanor charges for underage drinking, according to Talheim. The arrest reportedly occurred after Mizzell kicked a passing car. Read more...

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Scott Evans Pleads Guilty to Possession

Chris Evans' brother, Scott Evans, has pulled a Lindsay Lohan and gotten off the hook with his court case after being charged with attempted possession of a controlled substance when he tried to buy cocaine from an undercover cop. Captain America's former soap star brother bit the bullet by pleading guilty and was sentenced to attending 60 Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Read more...


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January 21, 2013

Teen Charged in Deaths of Five

Five people killed in a weekend shooting at an Albuquerque home included a volunteer fire chaplain and three "very young children," officials said. A 15-year-old family member was arrested and charged with the slayings. "Multiple weapons were apparently used, including one assault rifle," Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston said. The victims -- which included two girls and a boy -- were each apparently shot multiple times. Read more...

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Standoff in Leads to Grim Findings

Authorities in Georgia are trying to make sense of a brutal killing after finding dismembered body parts in the home of a man killed during a police standoff. A SWAT team sniper shot 34-year-old Chad Moretz on Jan. 11, ending a four-hour standoff when Moretz emerged from his Effingham County home armed with an assault rifle. What investigators found afterward shocked them. Read more...

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Chemist at State Crime Lab Arrested

With the state court system reeling from Annie Dookhan's alleged misdeeds at the now-shuttered drug lab in Jamaica Plain, a second chemist at a crime lab in Amherst is being charged with tampering with drug evidence, authorities announced. The allegations in the case against Sonja Farak, 35, of Northampton, are vastly different than those in the Dookhan matter, Attorney General Martha Coakley told reporters this afternoon. While Dookhan is accused of falsely certifying that she completed tests of suspected drug samples after a mere visual examination, Farak allegedly tested two samples -- one believed to be heroin and one cocaine -- early this month and then replaced the drugs with counterfeit substances, Coakley said. Read more...

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Teen Missing After Video of Fight Posted

Police in California are searching for a 14-year-old girl who vanished after being involved in a brutal fight at her high school that was captured on cell phone video and posted on Facebook. Baileigh Karam has not been seen or heard from by her mother since January 11, the day of the fight. In the video, a group of students can be seen surrounding two girls, recording the brawl on cell phone cameras, but nobody steps in to help or stop the punches. Read more...

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Men Arrested in 32 Business Burglaries

Three Davenport residents were arrested in connection with 32 commercial burglaries in Davenport, Eldridge and rural Scott County, according to Davenport police. Brandon Alexander Barnett, 19; Shane Dean Smeltzer, 18; and Joshua Lane Hayes, 19, all of Davenport, face multiple felony charges. Read more...

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Randy Travis Reaches Plea Deal in Assault Case

Country music singer Randy Travis has reached a plea agreement in a misdemeanor assault case arising from an altercation last summer in a Texas church parking lot. The Grammy winner will serve 90 days of deferred adjudication under a plea he entered on Friday in a municipal court in Plano, a Dallas suburb, the CBS-affiliated station in Dallas/Forth Worth reported. Police said Travis assaulted a man in the parking lot of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano on August 23 while attempting to intervene in a disagreement between a woman, who is now his fiancée, and her estranged husband. Read more...


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January 19, 2013

Ex-Mayor Nagin Charged With Bribery

More than a decade ago, Ray Nagin was elected mayor of New Orleans on a vow to root out corruption in a city plagued by decades of it. On Friday, the former mayor was indicted on charges he lined his pockets with bribe money, payoffs and gratuities while the chronically poor city struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina's punishing blow. The federal indictment alleges that city contractors paid Nagin more than $200,000 in bribes and subsidized his trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and other places in exchange for his help securing millions of dollars in work for the city. Read more...

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Robert Wagner Declines to Be Interviewed

Robert Wagner has declined to be interviewed by detectives in a renewed inquiry into the drowning death of his wife Natalie Wood three decades ago, an investigator said. Wagner was interviewed by authorities soon after Wood's drowning in 1981, but the actor is the only person who was on the yacht the night Wood died who has not spoken to detectives as part of the latest inquiry, despite repeated requests and attempts, sheriff's Lt. John Corina said. Blair Berk, an attorney for Wagner and his family, said the actor had cooperated with authorities since his wife died. Read more...

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Woman Guilty in Stepson's Dehydration Death

A Dallas woman was convicted in the dehydration death of her 10-year-old stepson who was denied water for days during record-high temperatures in North Texas. Jurors deliberated more than two hours before finding Tina Marie Alberson, 44, guilty of second-degree felony injury to a child in the July 2011 death of Jonathan James. Alberson faces up to life in prison because of a previous felony conviction. Read more...

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Rape Suspect Killed by Deputy

A parolee abducted and raped a Central Michigan University student, set a house on fire where the woman had fled for help and was fatally shot miles away by a sheriff's deputy, authorities said. Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said the man was identified as Eric Ramsey, 30, of Mount Pleasant. "We don't know what possessed him to do that. We may never find out," Mioduszewski said. Read more...

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Man Pleads Guilty to 13th DUI

A Billings man who was sentenced in November for his 12th DUI conviction pleaded guilty to his 13th on Friday. Trial had been set for Jan. 22 for William Dean Grussing, 55, but on Friday in District Judge Ingrid Gustafson's court, he changed an earlier plea of not guilty to guilty to a charge of driving drunk last June. Sentencing was set for Feb. 12 before Judge Susan Watters. Read more...




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January 18, 2013

Natalie Wood Death Probe Found New Evidence

While the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department probe of Natalie Wood's death is far from complete, sources said this week that detectives have developed some new leads. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the case said the detectives have found new witnesses and uncovered evidence that was missed by the original detectives on the case. The source said officials now have a much clearer sense of what happened in the hours before Wood drowned off Santa Catalina Island. Read more...

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Officer Convicted of Killing Mistress, Baby

A Maryland jury has convicted a District of Columbia police officer of killing his mistress and leaving their baby daughter to die in hot car. The Prince George's County jury returned the verdict against Richmond Phillips on two counts of first-degree murder. Phillips was arrested in June 2011 after police found the body of 20-year-old Wynetta Wright in the Oxon Run Stream Valley Park. Her 1-year-old daughter, Jaylin, was found dead nearby in a car seat in Wright's car. Read more...

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Suspect Arrested in Case of Utah Teen

A 55-year-old Utah man has been arrested in the disappearance of a teenage girl last week that set off a massive search involving 1,000 volunteers in freezing temperatures. The teenager — 13-year-old Brooklyn Gittins — was without her shoes or a coat when she crawled out of her bedroom window at her suburban Herriman home on Jan. 8. She called her grandmother two days later and officers later found her uninjured at a Wal-Mart store. Read more...

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Cops Search for Carjacker Who Tossed Girl

Texas authorities are searching for a suspect after a brazen carjacking in a crowded Walmart parking lot. Police say a mother and daughter were loading their shopping bags into their truck when two suspects drove up, pinning the family in. One of the men reportedly was armed with a gun and demanded the keys, while the other suspect remained in the car. Read more...

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Teen Arrested on Murder Charge in Stabbing

A teen was arrested in the stabbing death of a 20-year-old man near Placerville. The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call reporting a fight in the area of Brown's and Cold Springs road north of Placerville Wednesday afternoon. Those who called authorities said that someone had been stabbed and the possible suspect had gotten away. Read more...

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Weapons Stolen From Gun Owner Named on Website

Two handguns and two pistol permits were reportedly stolen from the New York home of a man whose name and address appear on the website of a local newspaper as a gun owner. It's not yet known if the theft at the New City, N.Y., home is connected to the Journal News' controversial decision to publish a map listing the names and addresses of those who legally possess gun permits. Read more...

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Tulsa Women Died of Gunshot to Head

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says four women found dead last week at a crime-plagued south Tulsa apartment complex each died from a gunshot wound to the head. The office noted however that full autopsy reports are still pending for 23-year-old twin sisters Rebeika Powell and Kayetie Melchor, 33-year-old Misty Nunley and 55-year-old Julie Jackson. Investigators have not said how the women knew each other or why they may have been targeted. Read more...

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Priest Among 5 Charged in Meth Ring

A federal grand jury in Connecticut has indicted a former Roman Catholic priest and four other people in an alleged drug operation involving shipments of methamphetamine from California. Prosecutors say 61-year-old Kevin Wallin of Waterbury, former pastor at St. Augustine's parish in Bridgeport, received shipments of methamphetamine from California and sold drugs to an undercover officer over the past four months. Read more...




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January 17, 2013

Men Charged With Dismembering Teen

Three Kentucky men charged with torturing, kidnapping, killing and dismembering another man told deputies they wanted to "rid the world of the evil in it," said Boone County (Ky.) Sheriff's deputies. Authorities said Daniel Delfin, 19, of Walton, Ky., was beaten and strangled before being cut up with a machete and possibly a saw. Read more...

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Robert Gleason Executed in Virginia

A man who strangled his prison cellmate and made good on a vow to continue killing if he wasn't executed has been put to death in Virginia's electric chair. Robert Gleason Jr. was pronounced dead by authorities at 9:08 p.m. Wednesday at the Greensville Correctional Center. The 42-year-old inmate was the first executed in the U.S. this year and the first to choose to die by electrocution since 2010. In Virginia and nine other states, inmates can choose between electrocution and lethal injection. Read more...

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Police Arrest 1990 Murder Suspect

A man has been arrested in Oregon as a suspect in the murder that happened in Tustin in 1990. Kathleen Whitney Witkowski, 38, was found dead in her Tustin apartment on Nov. 29, 1990. She had been a waitress and had been living with Charles Lee Clark, then 52 and an ex-convict who had been in jail for armed robbery. At the time, he was wanted for questioning by the Tustin Police Department, and by the FBI for sentencing regarding an armed robbery in Placentia. Read more...

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Woman Gets 24 Years for Stabbing Mother

An Orange County woman who lied to her boyfriend and family about being pregnant was sentenced to 24 years in state prison for stabbing a new mother and attempting to kidnap her infant child, prosecutors said. Gabriela Osorio, 30, pleaded guilty to one felony count each of attempted murder, kidnapping a child under 14 years of age, first-degree residential burglary, criminal threats, false imprisonment by violence and three felony counts of aggravated assault with a knife causing great bodily injury. Read more...

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Florida Lineman Charged With Stealing Scooter

Police say a University of Florida offensive lineman has been charged with stealing a scooter. Campus police say redshirt freshman Jessamen Dunker was arrested and charged with vehicle theft, a third-degree felony. They say he also was charged with driving with a suspended license. Read more...

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A.J. Barker Charged With Marijuana Possession

Former Minnesota Golden Gophers wide receiver A.J. Barker was arrested Sunday night in Houston, Texas, on suspicion of marijuana possession, according to court records obtained by the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Barker reportedly posted $500 bail after being charged. Barker was supposed to start classes at the University of Houston Monday after transferring out of Minnesota at the end of fall. The junior from St. Paul's De La Salle High School was leading Minnesota in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, when he suffered a sprained ankle in the Gophers' Oct. 27 win over Purdue. Read more...


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January 16, 2013

Trial Date Set for Lindsay Lohan

A February 27 trial date has been set for Lindsay Lohan on four misdemeanor charges connected to an auto crash in June, while questions arose concerning who her attorney will be when she goes to trial. Lohan's long-time attorney Shawn Holley entered not guilty pleads for the 26-year-old actress this week in Los Angeles. But Holley reportedly received a letter from a New York attorney saying that she was fired. Read more...

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Questions Still Haunt Chandra Levy Case

A new layer of secrecy enveloped the Chandra Levy murder mystery, underscoring the crucial questions now confronting the court: Who is the prosecution witness whose credibility is now in question? Could the potential credibility problem undermine the November 2010 conviction of accused killer Ingmar Guandique? And did prosecutors meet their obligations to share information with defense attorneys, who say the Salvadoran immigrant did not kill Levy on May 1, 2001, shortly before she was to return to her Modesto, Calif., home? Read more...

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Screams Lead to Missing 5-Year-Old Girl

Missing 5-year-old Nailla Robinson, the girl who was snatched from a Cobbs Creek, Pa., school Monday, was found safe in Delaware County overnight. Robinson was found on a playground on 69th Street by a passerby, wearing only a T-shirt, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "This morning around 4:40 [a.m.] a fellow on his way to work heard screams for help, he was walking, he goes over to a playground area and finds a little girl hiding underneath the jungle gym," Chitwood told NBC10's Tim Furlong. Read more...

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Student Accused of Abusing, Kidnapping Wife

A Pennsylvania college student was arrested after police said he physically and sexually abused his wife for a year and then kidnapped her in an attempt to force her to leave the country. Police said the investigation began after the victim's friend called 911 and claimed Lirim Rufati, 24, of West Chester, had kidnapped his wife and taken her to JFK airport in New York. Read more...

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Edward Furlong Charged With Battery

Actor Edward Furlong has been charged with misdemeanor battery on an ex-girlfriend during an altercation. The actor has been in jail since his arrest in West Hollywood, Calif., on suspicion of battery and for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant on another domestic violence battery case involving the same woman. Read more...

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Kerry Kennedy Wants DUI Dismissed

An attorney for Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said that he will file a motion to dismiss the drugged driving charge against her. Kennedy, daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and niece of President John F. Kennedy, appeared in North Castle Town Court for a conference that lasted about two minutes. The judge set a schedule for various court filings, including a March 1 deadline for defense motions. Kennedy was arrested July 13 after police said her Lexus swerved into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684 in North Castle. Police said she failed sobriety tests and was slurring her speech. Read more...

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Mark Grace Blames Himself, DUI for Firing

Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace says he blames himself, not the team, for firing him last season. The former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs was fired after he was arrested last August in Scottsdale — his second drunken driving arrest in 15 months. Grace has pleaded not guilty in October to four felony counts of aggravated DUI. His trial is scheduled for March 19. Read more...




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January 15, 2013

Court Denies Entwistle Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to review the case of a Massachusetts man who was convicted of killing his wife and daughter then fleeing to London. The court voted not to hear the appeal of Neil Entwistle, who was convicted of killing his wife Rachel and daughter Lillian in 2008. The case was one of several listed on the court's website that were not granted certiorari. Read more...

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Mobster Claims to Know Hoffa Burial Site

An aging mobster who was once a high-ranking member of Detroit's La Cosa Nostra organized crime family reportedly knows where labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa is buried. Tony Zerilli, 85, said Hoffa was buried in a field in suburban Detroit, about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen in July 1975. "All this speculation about where he is and he's not," Zerilli told the station. "They say he was in a meat grinder. It's all baloney." Read more...

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Arias Jurors See Bloody Photos

Jurors have been shown graphic pictures said to be taken moments before a suburban Phoenix man was killed in his home, allegedly by his girlfriend. Jodi Arias could become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row if she's convicted in the June 2008 killing of 30-year-old Travis Alexander of Mesa. The jury in Arias' murder trial was shown several photos of Alexander in his shower. One picture showed what appeared to be a bloody body on the shower floor. Read more...

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Boy Guilty of Neo-Nazi Father's Murder

A California judge found that a boy was responsible for the second-degree murder of his white supremacist father when the defendant was just 10. Prosecutors argued the boy, now 12, knew what he was doing when he shot 32-year-old Jeff Hall — a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement — and the slaying was premeditated. Defense attorney Matthew Hardy said his client grew up in an abusive and violent environment and learned it was acceptable to kill people who were a threat. Hardy contended the boy thought if he shot his dad, the violence would end. Read more...

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4 Charged in Illinois Double Slaying

Police say the strangulation and attempted dismemberment of two Illinois men, allegedly at the hands of four young adults, is one of the most heinous cases they've seen. Three of the people arrested were playing video games when police arrived at a Joliet home, where the bodies of Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins were found. Police Chief Mike Trafton calls the case "one of the most brutal, heinous and upsetting" in his 27 years in law enforcement. Read more...

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Officer Left Infant to Die in Car

Prosecutors say a D.C. police officer involved in a paternity dispute with his mistress shot the woman dead and left their infant child to die in a hot car. Prince George's County, Md., State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said during opening statements that Richmond Phillips killed the two because he want to pay child support. Phillips is being tried on two counts of first-degree murder along with child abuse and firearms charges. Read more...

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Gun Video Producer Found Shot Dead

Authorities in Georgia are investigating the apparent homicide of a Georgia man who produced popular gun-related YouTube videos. Keith Ratliff was found shot in the head January 3 in his home-office in Carnesville, Georgia, about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta. Ratliff was co-owner of FPS Industries, whose website says it "is proud to be world leaders in product development and testing for hard use firearms shooters." Read more...

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18 States Already Allow Guns in Schools

With the debate over gun violence reshaped by the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school last month, lawmakers across the country are pushing proposals to arm teachers in the classroom. But many of them may be wasting their time. More than a third of the states already allow teachers and other adults to carry guns to school. In most cases, all you need is the equivalent of a note from the principal — you usually don't even need law enforcement approval. Read more...

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Former Pain Clinic Owner Arrested

A former Kentucky pain clinic owner has been arrested for an alleged conspiracy to peddle painkilling medication. Federal and state authorities said 44-year-old Ernest William Singleton was arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to launder funds from October 2010 until this month. Read more...

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Belcher Legally Drunk When He Killed Himself

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher had a blood-alcohol that was more than twice the legal limit when he shot his girlfriend nine times and committed suicide Dec. 1 at Arrowhead Stadium. Autopsy results released by the Jackson County (Mo.) medical examiner show that Belcher's blood-alcohol level was .17 when he died. His girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins, had almost no alcohol in her system. Neither tested positive for illegal drugs. Read more...


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January 14, 2013

Search Approved for Gacy Victims

Investigators in Illinois have finally gained approval for a search under an apartment complex for more possible victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The search will focus on a housing complex where Gacy's late mother once lived on Chicago's northwest side. Gacy was executed in 1994 after his conviction for 33 murders. Read more...

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New Trial Sought in Chandra Levy Case

The attorneys for the man convicted of killing former congressional intern Chandra Levy have asked a D.C. Superior Court judge for a new trial, arguing that prosecutors withheld key information about a witness, officials said. The new information about the witness was passed to local prosecutors from prosecutors in California, where the witness had lived, according to an official with knowledge of the case. Prosecutors went to Judge Gerald I. Fisher with the new information, but defense lawyers are alleging that the government had already had it during trial, officials said. Read more...

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Woman Found in Car Trunk After Chase

A person of interest in a Prince George's County homicide was arrested Friday night after a police chase ended in a crash and the discovery of a woman inside a trunk. Police were called to a home for a report of a fight. When they arrived, they found the body of Jamal Rami Martin, 34, inside the house. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide by strangulation. Read more...

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Human Remains Found in Boy's Backyard

Investigators found human remains Friday in the former backyard of a South Florida couple whose baby hasn't been seen in more than a year. Calvin Melvin and Britney Sierra were arrested Friday on neglect charges after a child-welfare worker acting on a tip from an abuse hotline went to their new home and found only two of their three known children. Read more...

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Pastor Killed Wife, Wounded Daughter

Police say an Alabama pastor shot and killed his wife and wounded their 18-year-old daughter before stabbing himself in their home. Authorities say the Rev. Terry Greer is being charged with murder in the killing of 52-year-old Lisa Greer and attempted murder in the wounding of Suzanna Greer, a University of South Alabama student. Greer remains hospitalized with what police say are self-inflicted knife wounds. Read more...

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Florida Man Dragged Behind Truck

Two women and a man are facing attempted murder charges after authorities say they shocked a Florida man with a stun gun and beat him before tying him to a truck's bumper and dragging him a half-mile down a road. Jeannette Morris, 61, her brother, 63-year-old Harold Anderson, and 46-year-old Joan Hobart are also charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit murder in the incident in Samsula, Volusia County Sheriff's Office officials said. Authorities say Morris, Anderson and Hobart were drinking vodka with Morris' ex-husband in the home she shares with him when the three attacked the ex-husband. Read more...

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Pardoned Man Involved in Fatal Gunfight

A man involved in a deadly shooting at a barbecue in Mississippi was one of nearly 200 inmates pardoned by former Gov. Haley Barbour one year ago. Calhoun County Sheriff Greg Pollan told FoxNews.com an argument quickly escalated into a fatal gunfight between Wayne Therman Harris and Chris McGonagill in Calhoun City, Miss. The shooting took place just outside McGonagill's home, where he, Harris, and three other men were having a barbecue before things got heated between the two friends. Read more...

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Woman Pleads Guilty to Fatal DUI

The woman accused of hitting and killing an Atlanta Police officer while driving under the influence last year has pleaded guilty. Chasity Jones appeared in court Friday morning. The Stone Mountain woman faced 13 charges in the January 2012 death of Officer Gail Thomas, including vehicular homicide, DUI and violating Georgia's Move Over Law. Thomas was helping another officer investigate an accident on the Downtown Connector near the Brookwood Interchange when she was hit. She died at the scene. Read more...

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Meth Baby's Mom Arrested

A Columbus woman set to be sentenced for dealing drugs has been arrested again after authorities say she gave birth to a baby who tested positive for methamphetamine. Sentencing for 32-year-old Kristal Thomas was postponed so she could give birth last week. Five days after giving birth, Thomas was jailed after doctors reported meth in the baby's system. Read more...

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Casey Pachall Returns to TCU After DWI

TCU's troubled former quarterback Casey Pachall is back with the team. He left last semester after a drunk driving arrest. Football-wise, it means more competition at the Horned Frogs quarterback spot. For Pachall, it's a shot at redemption after letting down his family and his team. Read more...




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January 11, 2013

Theatre Shooter to Face Trial

A judge ruled that there's enough evidence for James Holmes to face trial on charges that he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer. Judge William Sylvester said prosecutors have established probable cause to proceed with 166 felony counts, including murder and attempted murder. Read more...

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Man Charged in Murder, Dismemberment

Steven Roger Johnson, a 35-year-old man accused of killing his wife and leaving her body in a friend's garage, is charged with intentional second-degree murder. According to the charges, Johnson, of St. Paul, shot his wife in the head with a shotgun on Jan. 6 and then used a saw to dismember her body in the shower, placing her in several storage bins. Johnson said he proceeded to clean up his home to hide the evidence. Read more...

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Murder Suspect: 'Please Kill Me'

An Alabama man accused of fatally stabbing his 2-year-old son wailed, banged his head on a table and asked a central Indiana judge for a rope during his initial court appearance. Micah William Harrison, 30, of Robertsdale, Ala., feared someone was trying to kill him Wednesday when he fatally stabbed his 2-year-old son, Michael, in the chest with a kitchen knife and in the forehead with a nail-pulling tool, Noblesville police said in a probable cause affidavit. Read more...

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Illinois Prepares for New Early Release Plan

Illinois prisons are preparing to introduce a more restrictive early-release program to replace one that was halted three years ago amid public outcry over inmates serving just fractions of their sentences. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn shut down the former program after The Associated Press reported that 1,745 inmates — some convicted of violent crimes — had been released within weeks or even days of their arrival at the penitentiary Read more...

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Boy Abducted in 1994 Found

A boy abducted 19 years ago in northeastern Indiana by his paternal grandparents has been found living in Minnesota under a different name, police said. Richard Wayne Landers Jr. was 5 years old when he and his grandparents, who were upset over custody arrangements, disappeared from the town of Wolcottville. Indiana State Police said the now 24-year-old Landers was found in Long Prairie, Minnesota, thanks in part to his Social Security identification number. Read more...

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Couple Charged in Infant's Heroin Death

The parents of a New Jersey infant who died of heroin intoxication in 2008 have pleaded guilty to manslaughter after admitting they rubbed heroin on the baby's gums because he was teething. Just how the 11-month-old boy known as "Baby JM" ingested the heroin had remained a mystery until investigators in Ocean County got new information in the Seaside Heights case in October. Read more...

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DUI Charges Filed Against Randy Travis

DUI charges have been filed against country music star Randy Travis in connection with his arrest in Grayson County last summer. Travis was taken into custody August 7 after authorities say he was involved in a traffic accident. Toxicology reports show Travis had a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.15. Read more...





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January 10, 2013

Casey Anthony Appeals Convictions

A Florida appeals court has been asked to overturn the misdemeanor convictions of Casey Anthony for lying to authorities during the investigation into the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Anthony told investigators that Caylee had been kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Gonzales. Casey Anthony did not appear at the appeals court hearing in Daytona Beach. Read more...

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Widow, Mother of Kidnapper Indicted

The widow and mother of a Mississippi man accused of a Tennessee murder-kidnapping have been indicted. District Attorney Mike Dunavant said Wednesday that a Hardeman County grand jury met Monday in the case of Teresa Mayes and Mary Frances Mayes. Dunavant said details of the indictments, including the formal charges, will not be released until a arraignment in district court in Bolivar. Teresa Mayes is the widow and Mary Mayes is the mother of Adam Mayes, who authorities said killed Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter before kidnapping Bain's two other girls and taking them to Guntown, Miss. Read more...

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Woman Charged With Chili Powder Death

A woman arrested in the death of a toddler who police say was made to ingest chili powder has been charged with first degree murder. Amanda Sorensen, of Apple Valley, was charged with one count of murder and another count of child abuse causing death, according to the complaint filed by the San Bernardino district attorney's office. San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies were called to a home for a child suffering from a seizure after ingesting chili powder. Read more...

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Mother of Serial Killer Ted Bundy Dies

The mother of serial killer Ted Bundy has died in her hometown of Tacoma, Wash. Louise Bundy died last month after a long illness. She was 88. Her death was confirmed by the Rev. Melvin Woodworth, pastor of Tacoma's First United Methodist Church, which she began attending in 1951. Read more...

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Burned, Naked Body Found on Brooklyn Beach

The burned, naked body found on a beach Sunday has been identified as a missing 14-year-old girl. Law enforcement sources said the body found in Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn was Shaniesha Forbes, who had been missing since Friday. She was burned on her legs, arms and hands and was found face up on the beach. A law enforcement official said that investigators also located a kerosene can and signs of a bonfire nearby. Read more...

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Sheriff Patrols Arizona Schools

The sheriff for metropolitan Phoenix has launched a plan to have as many as 500 armed volunteers patrol areas just outside schools in an effort to guard against shootings like month's attack at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office said Wednesday that the patrols were launched earlier this week at 59 schools in unincorporated areas and communities that pay his agency for police services. Read more...

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Mother Inspires Gun Control Foes

A Georgia mother who shot an intruder at her home has become a small part of the roaring gun control debate, with some firearms enthusiasts touting her as a textbook example of responsible gun ownership. Melinda Herman grabbed a handgun and hid in a crawl space with her two children when a man broke in last week and approached the family at their home northeast of Atlanta, police said. Herman called her husband on the phone, and with him reminding her of the lessons she recently learned at a shooting range, Herman opened fire, seriously wounding the burglary suspect. Read more...

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Blood Tests Protected by Fourth Amendment?

Justices indicated that the dangers of drunken driving don't trump the Fourth Amendment, peppering lawyers for the state of Missouri with objections to their request that the Supreme Court allow law enforcement to order blood tests for DUI without suspects' consent. The case, Missouri v. McNeely, is seen as a landmark that could clear up almost 50 years of uncertainty over the constitutionality of blood tests that are conducted without a warrant. Legal scholars say it could rewrite drunken-driving laws in all 50 states. Read more...


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January 09, 2013

Rodney Alcala Gets More Prison Time

A prolific serial killer already facing the death penalty in California is now facing more prison time after pleading guilty to the murders of two more women in New York. Rodney Alcala was given two additional 25-years-to-life sentences by a tearful Judge Bonnie Wittner in Manhattan Criminal Court. He was sentenced for the murders of Cornelia Crilley in 1971 and Ellen Hover in 1976. Read more...

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Casey Anthony Appealing Convictions for Lying

Lawyers for Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, will be back in a Florida court on Tuesday to appeal her four convictions for lying to the authorities. The convictions stemmed from claims Anthony made after her toddler disappeared in 2008, triggering a nationwide search that drew widespread media attention. Caylee Anthony's body was eventually found dumped in the woods near the Anthony home. Read more...

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Four Women Found Dead in Apartment

Officials in Oklahoma said four people were found shot dead at a Tulsa apartment. Police responded to the scene in the south part of Tulsa where four women were found dead inside the Fairmont Terrace apartments. The victims were shot multiple times," Tulsa Police Officer Jillian Roberson said. Authorities also found an unharmed 4-year-old child in the apartment, Roberson said. The child was taken into protective custody. Read more...

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Bulger's Lawyers to Ask for Judge Removal

Lawyers for Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger are asking a federal appeals court to remove a judge who's scheduled to preside over Bulger's trial on murder charges. The defense is scheduled to argue Tuesday before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. Bulger's attorneys say U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns has a conflict of interest because he was a federal prosecutor in the 1980s, when Bulger was an FBI informant. Bulger now claims he received immunity for his crimes while giving the FBI information on the Mafia, his gang's main rival. Read more...

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Eric Rudolph to Write Autobiography

The man convicted of bombing Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 summer Olympics has announced plans to write an autobiography. Eric Rudolph is asking the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to hand over suspect sketches their forensic artist drew of him during the manhunt. Since Rudolph asked through an open records inquiry, the agency has no choice but to honor the request. Read more...

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DNA Helps Catch Killer 28 Years Later

Twenty-eight years after a strangled Santa Clara County woman's body was found tossed into a supermarket Dumpster, a Fresno man was charged in a case that broke because of the DNA under the woman's fingernails. Mountain View police spokesman Sean Thompson said that investigators used a match on the state's DNA database to identify Daniel Garcia, now 53, as the alleged killer of Saba Girmai. After an investigation, Garcia was arrested and is now in custody without bail. Read more...

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Officer Shoots Driver With 5-Year-Old in Front Seat

Phoenix authorities say a 5-year-old boy was found in a car's front passenger seat after police fired at the vehicle and fatally shot the driver. Sgt. Trent Crump says the motorist evaded a traffic stop late Monday night after he appeared to be impaired. Crump says officers later shot at the car and killed the driver after the vehicle struck a brick wall at a home and the man tried drive off -- first in one direction toward officers and then in another direction toward a different officer. Read more...

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High Court Takes Up Forced BAC Tests

The US Supreme Court takes up a case on Wednesday that examines whether police must obtain a warrant from a neutral judge before forcibly extracting blood from a suspected drunk driver. At issue is when police have the authority to force a motorist to submit to a blood test after the motorist refuses a breathalyzer test. Under the Fourth Amendment, Americans are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. That means before police invade a person's privacy, they must demonstrate to a neutral judge that there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. If the judge is convinced, a search warrant is issued. Read more...




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January 07, 2013

DA Seeks Death Penalty in Tulsa Shootings

Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty against two Tulsa men charged in the April 2012 shooting rampage that killed three black people and left two others wounded. Jake England, 20, and Alvin Watts, 33, are charged with first-degree murder in the killings of William Allen, Bobby Clark and Dannaer Fields, who were shot over Easter weekend as they walked near their homes. England and Watts are due to be arraigned in district court. They also face hate crimes charges. Read more...

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Man Gets 50 Years for 2002 Murder

A 34-year-old Woodbury man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing a Clarksboro woman more than a decade ago. Brian M. Mertz was found guilty of first-degree murder in October for attacking 22-year-old Jennifer Whipkey in May 2002. She was choked and beaten, and her body was stabbed and slashed more than 60 times, police said. Read more...

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Girlfriend Arrested in Man's Stabbing Death

A Houston woman has been accused in the stabbing death of her boyfriend in southwest Houston. Police arrested Ulessia Procter, 28, a short time after she allegedly stabbed Michael Black Curry, 30, during an argument that turned physical at a friend's apartment. Curry ran out of the apartment holding his neck and collapsed on the sidewalk in front of the apartment. A witness saw Procter run out of the apartment, right behind Curry, and then flee the scene on foot, according to police. Read more...

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Handyman Charged in Woman's Death

Authorities have charged a handyman with killing a 35-year-old Port Richey woman in her home. The Pasco Sheriff's Office said Kelly Bennett was killed sometime after midnight Saturday by "homicidal violence." Her son came home to find his mother's body in the living room and called police. Authorities did not say how she died. Read more...

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Married Couple Arrested in Bar Shooting

Police have arrested a married couple they say were connected to a New Year's Eve shooting in a Sacramento bar that killed two people and left three others wounded. Sacramento police say 36-year-old Amber Scholz instigated the altercation and her husband, 34-year-old Charles Fowler-Scholz, was involved in a fight before the shooting at the Sports Corner Cafe in Old Sacramento area of the city. Read more...

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Man Charged With Killing Wife's Twin

A Spencer man charged with killing his wife's twin sister has been ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder. Authorities say Steven West killed 20-year-old Alyssa Haden in October. Haden lived in the same apartment as the 21-year-old West, his wife, and their child. She was found dead in the apartment by her brother after she failed to show up for work at a supermarket. West was initially charged with hampering the police investigation because the body had been moved. Read more...

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Drunk Pilot Arrested at Airport

Airport police arrested an American Eagle pilot after he failed a blood-alcohol breath test as he prepared to fly from Minneapolis-St. Paul to New York City, authorities said. The pilot was conducting preflight checks about 6:30 a.m. when airport police officers acting on a tip boarded the aircraft, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said. Officers made him take a Breathalyzer test and arrested him on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol. Read more...

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Josh Brolin Arrested For Public Intoxication

Josh Brolin was arrested for public intoxication just before midnight on Jan. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif., TMZ reports. According to law enforcement sources, Brolin was booked into jail at 3:02 a.m. and then released at 7:14 a.m. on Jan. 2. The 44-year-old actor, who is married to Diane Lane, paid the $250 bail and will not have to go to court since he was not given a citation for the arrest. Read more...

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Thomas Gibson Busted for DUI

This probably isn't the way Thomas Gibson wanted to ring in the New Year. The 50-year-old "Criminal Minds" star was busted early Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI. Gibson was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division and booked. Gibson, also known for his starring role in "Dharma & Greg," was in downtown Los Angeles when he drove through a barricade set to keep cars off the course of an overnight half-marathon. Read more...


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January 04, 2013

Colorado Springs Cops Crack 1976 Murder

Colorado Springs police believe they have solved a 36-year-old cold case by linking a man serving time for a sexual assault to the 1976 murder of a hotel maid. Authorities said a DNA analysis led to the arrest of Robert Baillie, 58, who is already in the state's prison system serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for a sexual assault. On Dec. 3, 1976, the body of Janet Conrad, a maid at the Antlers Plaza Hotel, was discovered in a linen room on the tenth floor. Police said the 34-year-old woman had been strangled or suffocated. Read more...

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Man Sentenced for German Tourist Murder

A South Los Angeles man who went on the run for a decade was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison for a botched robbery that killed a German tourist. Paul Carpenter, 35, was sentenced for his role in the October 1998 killing of Horst Fietz near a Santa Monica hotel. Fietz, 50, a building supervisor from Lobau, Germany, was shot when he refused to hand over his wife's handbag to three robbers who fled without taking anything. A hotel security camera recorded the crime and police matched fingerprints found in the getaway car to two suspects who were arrested two months later. A third suspect was arrested in January 1999. Read more...

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Search Called Off for 1969 Escapee

He was once among Michigan's most-wanted criminals. Now, they've stopped looking for him. Jerry Bergevin, who would be 80 if he is alive, escaped from a Michigan prison camp in April 1969 while serving time for burglary. Now, nearly 44 years later and with no idea whether Bergevin is dead or alive, the Michigan Department of Corrections officially called off the search, granting him an administrative discharge because of his age and the length of time that has passed since anyone last heard from him. If he is alive, he is a free man. Read more...

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Detective Testifies Against Jodi Arias

A woman charged with killing her motivational speaker ex-boyfriend in a jealous rage in Arizona in 2008 calmly denied any involvement in the gruesome slaying in a recorded telephone call with a detective that was played for jurors. Jodi Arias, 32, could become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row if she's convicted of killing Travis Alexander. On the call, Arias denied being involved in the death and calmly told the detective that she had not seen Alexander, 30, in two months. Read more...

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Woman Charged After Attack on Roommate

Orlando Police arrested a 35-year-old woman after her male roommate suffered life-threatening injuries in an apartment in the Rosemont community. Shameca Shanta Brewster was charged with attempted second-degree murder with a weapon. Police spokesman Sgt. Vincent Ogburn said officers arrived in response to a domestic-violence incident and an unidentified man was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Police don't expect him to survive. Read more...

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Pastor Declared Competent to Stand Trial

A mid-Michigan pastor charged with killing a young woman in her trailer has been declared competent to stand trial. The determination involving 55-year-old John D. White was made Wednesday by Isabella County Judge William T. Ervin following a psychiatric exam. A prosecutor plans to meet next week with defense lawyer Gordon Bloem to schedule when White will face a hearing to determine whether the case goes to trial. Read more...

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Man Charged in Woman's Heroin Overdose

A 38-year-old Southfield man is scheduled to be in court on a charge he supplied and helped administer a fatal heroin injection to a Birmingham woman who subsequently died from a drug overdose. Richard Patrick Babbie is charged with supplying drugs that caused the June 26 death of Tawnya Jarvis, 37, who overdosed in her apartment in the 2100 block of East Maple in Birmingham. She was taken to Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital by Babbie and another man, who is not charged in the incident, and died in the emergency room. Read more...

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Proposed Home Breathalyzers for DWI

Anti-DWI advocates are pushing for a proposal that would require drunk drivers, who claim they don't own a car, to take breathalyzer tests at home. By law, drivers caught drunk behind the wheel need to install an ignition interlock in their cars that will stop the engine from starting if any trace of alcohol is detected on a drivers' breath.
"We're making progress," said Richard Roth, director of Impact DWI. "But the problem is a lot of offenders are finding out how to avoid the ignition interlock." Read more...

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Frank Ocean Cited for Marijuana Possession

Singer Frank Ocean was cited for possession of marijuana, driving on a suspended license and having tinted windows after police pulled the musician over for speeding in Mono County, California. Ocean was pulled over in his black BMW on New Year's Eve for going 90 mph in a 65 mph zone. When police approached his car they reportedly smelled pot, and a search allegedly turned up a small bag of it on his person. Read more...


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January 03, 2013

Woman on Trial for Boyfriend's Killing

Attorneys in the trial surrounding the 2008 gruesome killing of a suburban Phoenix man painted opposing pictures of the victim in opening statements, with prosecutors describing him as a devout Mormon and a "good man," and the defense saying he was violent and abusive. On trial in the case is 32-year-old Jodi Arias, who could become the fourth woman on Arizona's death row if convicted. She is accused of shooting Travis Alexander in the face, stabbing him 27 times and slitting his throat, then leaving him in a shower in his Mesa home in June 2008. Read more...

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Man Charged in Estranged Wife's Slaying

A Chicago man with a history of domestic violence arrests has been charged with the murder of his estranged wife in Munster, Ind., early New Year's Day, authorities said. Margarito Valdivia, 44, of the 10800 block of South Troy Street, is being held without bail in the slaying of his estranged wife, Erica Valdivia, 33. The attack at a home in the 800 block of Boxwood Drive in Munster also injured Erica Valdivia's boyfriend, police said. Read more...

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Two Charged in Fatal Shooting of Coach

A reputed gang member was charged with capital murder and other counts in the Christmas Day shooting death of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department employee in Pasadena. Larry Darnell Bishop Jr., 20, was ordered to remain jailed without bail while awaiting arraignment Jan. 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court in connection with a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting that killed bystander Victor McClinton, a 49- year-old law enforcement technician, neighborhood athletics coach and father of two who was caught in the line of fire. Read more...

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HIV-Positive Texas Man Gets 15 Years

A 42-year-old Texas man, Jimmy Billingsley, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for infecting a woman with HIV by having unprotected sex with her, despite being aware of his HIV-positive status. Billingsley pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and elected to let a judge decide his punishment. He had faced a sentence ranging from probation to 20 years in prison. Read more...

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Woman Arrested in Dead Baby Hoax

A 21-year-old woman is charged with making a false statement to police after starting a rumor that she found a dead baby in the trash. Montezuma police say Alexis Boland was on her way to work at a dollar store and saw a baby doll in a trash bin. Boland told police she thought it would be funny to play a joke on a co-worker and say she saw a dead baby. Police say customers overheard Boland telling her co-worker the story and calls began flooding the department. Read more...

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Inmate Gets Prison Time for Meth Smuggling

A Lincoln inmate has been given more time after his mother smuggled methamphetamine-laced material into prison. Andre Baskin was sentenced Wednesday to one to two years for the incident. But credit for time served means he will be released in less than two months. Read more...




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January 02, 2013

Edgar Ray Killen Seeks New Trial

Edgar Ray Killen has until Jan. 8 to file documents with a federals appeal court to support claims he deserves a new trial in the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate on Nov. 14 denied Killen's request to pursue an appeal. Wingate ruled that Killen failed to prove he was denied constitutional rights in his trial. Killen was convicted of manslaughter in 2005, 41 years after the killing of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison. Read more...

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Man Tries to Kill 7-Year-Old

A western New York man was arrested in the alleged attempted murder of a 7-year-old girl. Lockport, N.Y., police arrested David Alfonso, 28, after responding to a 911 call and finding Alfonso at an intersection covered in blood, the News reports. Alfonso allegedly tried to kill the little girl, the child's mother, Cassandra Castro, 27, told police. In her call to emergency responders, the mother allegedly said, "He is killing my baby." Read more...

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Missing Montana Woman Arrested in L.A.

A Helena woman who had been missing for three weeks was arrested in Los Angeles. Helena Police Chief Troy McGee says 22-year-old Angelica Melody Gray was arrested on a Montana warrant alleging she violated her probation in a drug case by abandoning her two children at the YWCA, where they had been living. She was reported missing on Dec. 12. Read more...

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Canine Sniffs Out Pizza Robber Suspects

A police canine with a strong sense of smell is getting credit for nabbing four suspects in a pizza-delivery robbery in Cahokia last week. Police charged four adults and a juvenile with aggravated robbery. Bond was set at $50,000. Cahokia Police Chief James Jones says a pizza delivery man met two female suspects Dec. 27 at a Cahokia home. They were discussing the transaction when two men approached from the side of the house. The men allegedly told the delivery man they had a gun but did not display it. The suspects took the pizza and an undisclosed amount of cash. Read more...

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Man Charged With 6 Counts of DUI Manslaughter

The driver of a SUV that careened off a road and into a rain-swollen creek has been charged with six counts of DUI manslaughter. Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell says bond has been set at $150,000 for 34-year-old Duane John. John remained in the county jail. Waddell says John was arrested after his release from Neshoba County General Hospital. Read more...

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Marijuana Clubs Pop Up in Colorado

With reggae music pumping in the background and flashing disco-style lights, members of the recreational pot club lit up in celebration of the new year — and a new place to smoke legally among friends. Club 64, in an industrial area just north of downtown Denver, opened at 4:20 p.m. on Monday, with some 200 people signed up. The opening came less than 24 hours after organizers announced they would charge a $29.99 admission price for the bring-your-own pot club. Read more...

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Cameras to Help Monitor DUI Offenders

Law enforcement is adding another layer of safety precaution for drivers convicted of DUI: All new ignition interlock devices will feature a camera. Ignition interlock devices, which require a clean breath sample before allowing a car to start, have been used for years to keep those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol from reoffending. But authorities said there have been cases of drivers asking a passenger or even a child to blow into the device for them. With the new devices, a camera automatically takes a snapshot of the driver whenever a sample is required. Read more...


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