March 30, 2013

Suspects Sought in Abduction of Girl, 10

Los Angeles police are asking the public's help in finding two men suspected of forcing a 10-year-old girl from her bedroom and holding her for nearly 12 hours before leaving her miles away near a hospital. More than 20 detectives are working on the abduction case and have located one of the two vehicles believed to have been used, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. The men, who were strangers to the girl, took her to several different locations after she was taken Wednesday morning, Smith said. Read more...

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Convicted Rapist Captured After 35 Years

Police say Gary Allen Irving, a Massachusetts man who disappeared while awaiting sentencing for three rapes 35 years ago, has been arrested in Maine, where he'd married and started a family while living under an assumed name. Irving, who worked installing telephones in businesses, was living in Gorham using the name Gregg Irving when he was arrested by a team of Massachusetts and Maine state police. Read more...

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Atlanta Educators Indicted for Cheating

A grand jury has indicted about three dozen educators in a standardized test cheating scandal that rocked Atlanta's public school system. The cheating scandal was one of the largest in the nation. A state investigation in 2011 found cheating on standardized tests by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Investigators say educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Investigators say teachers who tried to report the cheating faced retaliation, creating a culture of "fear and intimidation." in the district. Read more...

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Zumba Instructor Pleads Guilty to Prostitution

A dance instructor accused of using her Zumba fitness studio as a front for prostitution pleaded guilty Friday to 20 counts in a scandal that captivated a quiet seaside town. The plea agreement spares Alexis Wright from the prospect of a high-profile trial featuring sex videos, exhibitionism and pornography, and more than a thousand texts and emails detailing the operation. Prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of 10 months. Read more...

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Wife Charged With Second-Degree Murder

Just after midnight, court papers say, Diana Lalchan called 911 to report a shooting in the couple's apartment. Police charged Diana Lalchan with second-degree murder in the death of her husband. When they had arrived at the apartment, they found him in the living room. He had been shot in the back of the head. Read more...

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Couple Claims Home Illegally Searched

Two former CIA employees whose Kansas home was fruitlessly searched for marijuana during a two-state drug sweep claim they were illegally targeted, possibly because they had bought indoor growing supplies to raise vegetables. Adlynn and Robert Harte sued this week to get more information about why sheriff's deputies searched their home in the upscale Kanas City suburb of Leawood last April 20 as part of Operation Constant Gardener — a sweep conducted by agencies in Kansas and Missouri that netted marijuana plants, processed marijuana, guns, growing paraphernalia and cash from several other locations. Read more...


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March 29, 2013

Police Find Stroller Shooting Bullet

Police say they've recovered a bullet in the slaying of a toddler who was gunned down in his stroller while walking with his mother in a coastal Georgia town. Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering also said that more search warrants were executed, though he didn't say specifically what new evidence was being sought. The chief did say investigators recovered a bullet they believe killed 13-month-old Antonio Santiago as his mother strolled him down a Brunswick sidewalk on March 21. Read more...

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City Official Arrested for Obstruction

A coastal Georgia city official was arrested on charges of obstructing law enforcement and influencing a witness in the case involving a 13-month-old boy who was fatally shot last week. David Tucker — an attorney for Brunswick city councilman and mayor pro tem James Henry Brooks — told WTLF-TV that his client was arrested for stepping between police and the mother of 17-year-old suspect De'Marquise Elkins when police tried speaking with her during a court appearance. Brooks — who also faces racketeering charges in Camden County — was being held Thursday night in the Glynn County jail on $1,256 bond for obstruction. He is also being held without bond on the charge of influencing a witness, sheriff's officials said. Read more...

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Prosecutors Reject Theater Shooting Deal

Prosecutors in the Colorado theater shooting rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty and accused defense lawyers of a serious breach of court rules by making the offer public. In a scathing court document, prosecutors said the defense has repeatedly refused to give them the information they need to evaluate the plea offer, so the offer can't be considered genuine. No plea agreement exists, prosecutors said, and one "is extremely unlikely based on the present information available to the prosecution." Read more...

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Zimmerman Deposition Request Denied

For a second time, a judge is denying a request by George Zimmerman's attorney to depose a lawyer for the family of Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson issued the denial this week. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, wanted to depose Ben Crump, claiming he could provide testimony that shows a key witness for prosecutors had lied. Crump interviewed the teen known as "Witness 8" shortly after Martin's shooting death in February 2012. Read more...

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Man Uses Prosthetic Penis for Drug Test

A St. Louis-area man is facing criminal charges alleging that he used a prosthetic penis to try to pass a drug test. Authorities say 34-year-old Sydney Levin was submitting a urine sample last week as part of his probation when an officer allegedly spotted him using a prosthetic, known as a Whizzinator. The device has been advertised as way to pass drug tests by using someone else's urine. Levin, of Lake St. Louis, was charged last week with possessing a forging instrument. Read more...

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49 Arrested in $10M Oxycodone-Smuggling Ring

Authorities say 49 people have been arrested in a physician-led oxycodone smuggling ring that trafficked $10 million worth of drugs across several states. Dr. Hector Castro, a Manhattan physician, was arrested and charged with 39 counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance. He pleaded not guilty in Manhattan's state Supreme Court. Authorities say Castro and his assistant illegally distributed more than 500,000 pills in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Read more...


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March 28, 2013

Teens Indicted for Stroller Shooting

A Georgia teenager shot a 13-month-old baby in the face while trying to rob the child's mother, according to an indictment that also charged the suspect with shooting another person in an unrelated robbery attempt earlier this month. The indictment by a Glynn County grand jury charges 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins on 11 counts, including malice murder, in the slaying last Thursday of young Antonio Santiago a few blocks from his home in coastal Brunswick. Another suspect, 15-year-old Dominique Lang, was indicted on seven counts including felony murder. Read more...

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FBI Looking at 3 Roadway Shootings

The FBI has joined Michigan and local police in investigating three shootings involving vehicles on southeast Michigan roadways. The shootings happened Monday evening in Washtenaw County within roughly 15 minutes of each other. Two were in Bridgewater Township and one was in nearby Pittsfield Township, about 40 miles southwest of Detroit. No one was injured. Pittsfield Township safety director Matt Harshberger said investigators think the shootings are related. Read more...

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Man Guilty in Wrongful Conviction Case

A West Texas jury convicted a man for the murder of an Austin woman whose husband was wrongfully convicted of her slaying and spent nearly 25 years in prison before being exonerated. Jurors in San Angelo found Mark Alan Norwood guilty of capital murder for the 1986 beating death of Christine Morton, who was attacked in her north Austin home, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported. Prosecutors said Norwood beat and sexually assaulted the woman. He now faces up to life in prison. Read more...

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Head Found in 1989 Identified

A woman whose severed head was found on a New Jersey golf course more than 20 years ago has been identified, and police say the trail leads to a notorious serial killer. Authorities say 25-year-old Heidi Balch likely was the first victim of Joel Rifkin, who is in prison in New York after admitting he killed 17 women in the early 1990s. They cite physical evidence and Rifkin's statements in linking Balch's killing to him. Read more...

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Super Bowl Ticket Scam Suspect Arrested

They may have lost the Super Bowl, but at least San Francisco 49ers fans can now relish the fact that police in Florida have arrested a Baltimore Ravens "fan" who scammed and taunted Niners faithful out of $5,900 for tickets to the big game. Alameda County authorities said they have solved a case that gained national attention after this newspaper reported the scam before last month's Super Bowl. Read more...

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Teen Charged in Videotaped Beating

A 14-year-old girl has been charged in juvenile court with an attack on a fellow Michigan high school student that was recorded on video and posted online. The teenager is charged with aggravated assault in connection with the March 12 altercation at Hartland High School. The video shows one female student arguing with another before grabbing her from behind by the hair, pulling her to the ground and punching her before an adult breaks up the fight. Read more...

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Lions Safety Amari Spievey Arrested

Detroit Lions safety Amari Spievey was arrested in Middletown, Conn., Tuesday after a dispute with his girlfriend about child support, police said. Spievey, 24, was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct. His girlfriend, 26-year-old Lisamarie Santos, was also charged with risk of injury and disorderly conduct for her alleged involvement in the domestic dispute. Read more...

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Buckwild Cast Member Lands Back in Jail

A "Buckwild" cast member is back behind bars in West Virginia. A judge ordered 24-year-old Salwa Amin back to Central Regional Jail after violating the terms of her previous release. Amin was charged last month with two counts of drug possession with intent to deliver and initially jailed on $200,000 bond. Defense attorney Michael Callaghan got that reduced to $100,000. She's now being held without bond. Read more...


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March 27, 2013

Baby Shooter's Mom, Aunt Arrested

Two close relatives who apparently tried to provide false alibi information for a teen accused of shooting a baby in a stroller have been arrested for lying to authorities. The mother and aunt of De'Marquise Elkins have been charged with giving false information to police. The mother, Karimah Aisha Elkins, 36, and her sister Katrina Latrelle Elkins, 33, were released after posting bond. Read more...

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LAPD to Hear 'Tex' Watson Tapes

The Los Angeles Police Department will be able to take possession of tape recordings of conversations between a Manson Family member and his attorney, a judge has ruled. Judge Richard A. Schell ruled that Charles "Tex" Watson would not be able to keep the tapes away from LAPD detectives. Detectives want to listen to the tapes to see if there is evidence of other, unknown Manson-related murders. Read more...

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Bulger's Lawyers Want Informant's Identity

Lawyers for reputed Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger have asked a judge to order prosecutors to turn over the name of an informant they say could help them discredit an important witness. The defense says the informant could help them challenge the truthfulness of Kevin Weeks, a longtime Bulger associate who is expected to be a key prosecution witness at Bulger's trial. Bulger's lawyers say the informant could contradict Weeks' past testimony about the proceeds from a $14.3 million winning lottery ticket he, Bulger and two others shared in 1991. A former FBI agent has said two informants said the lottery ticket was a money-laundering scheme. Read more...

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Eric Rudolph on Hunger Strike

A lawyer for Eric Rudolph says the imprisoned Olympics bomber claims to be on a hunger strike to protest his treatment behind bars. Birmingham attorney Bill Bowen said Tuesday he received a letter from Rudolph last week saying he's stopped eating and is refusing medical treatment at the federal prison in Florence, Colo. A prison system spokesman declined comment on Rudolph's condition or treatment. A letter by Rudolph posted on an anti-abortion website claims he is being mistreated because he recently published a book and other writings from inside prison. Read more...

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Manson Follower Tries to Smuggle Phone

A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cell phone inside a California prison where the mass murderer is housed, authorities said. Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, was arrested Sunday for investigation of conspiracy, possession of an illegal communication device and attempting to bring a cell phone into a prison, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections. He was taken to jail and was released after posting bail. He is scheduled to be in court next month. Read more...

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Drunk Driver Passed Out in Middle of I-10

Authorities say an inebriated driver passed out behind the wheel of his car and came to a stop in the center lane of Interstate 10 in Kenner. Fortunately, no one was injured before police could rouse Leronne Triplett, 37, of Moss Point, Miss., according to Sgt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department. Triplett was asleep in the front seat, McGregor said. Responding officers woke him and noted he smelled of alcohol and seemed unsteady on his feet, McGregor said. Triplett preformed poorly on a standard field sobriety test. His blood-alcohol content registered 0.128 percent. Read more...


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March 26, 2013

Court Tosses Knox Acquittal

Italy's highest criminal court overturned Amanda Knox's acquittal in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial, prolonging a case that has become a cause celebre in the United States. Knox called the decision "painful" but said she was confident in the truth. The Court of Cassation ruled that an appeals court in Florence must re-hear the case against the American student and her Italian ex-boyfriend for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. The exact issues that have to be reconsidered won't be known until the court releases its full ruling within 90 days. Read more...

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Lawyer: Accused Baby Shooter 'Not Guilty'

The lawyer for a suspect in the shooting death of a baby in a stroller says his client is "absolutely" not guilty. Public defender Kevin Gough said that 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins, who is charged as an adult with murder, "is absolutely, 1,000-percent not guilty." Read more...

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Trail Going Cold in Triple Killings

Police say the trail is going cold in the effort to find out who shot and killed three friends after a party in central Kentucky three years ago. Clark County Sheriff Berl Perdue said it has been a while since he's had any sort of tip regarding the March 21, 2010 deaths of 23-year-old Clayton Edge, 24-year-old Robbie Reese, 21-year-old and Dustin Browning. The three men stayed in Edge's home about 15 miles southeast of Winchester and held a party there that weekend. Party-goers told police nothing unusual happened at the gathering. Read more...

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Amanda Knox Trial Decision Postponed

Italy's highest court says it will issue a decision Tuesday morning on whether to overturn American student Amanda Knox's acquittal in the murder of her roommate. The court heard six hours of arguments on Monday before going into deliberations. After several hours, it announced it would issue the decision at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) Tuesday, an unusual but not unprecedented move. The high court normally issues the decisions the same day it hears arguments. But prosecutor general Luigio Riello told reporters that `'in very complex cases, it happens" that the court takes another day. Read more...

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Gun Linked to Colorado Shooting

Colorado authorities said that the same gun a white supremacist fired in a gunbattle with Texas police last week was also used in the shooting death of Colorado's prisons director. Texas police killed Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, after a high-speed chase through Decatur, Texas. He is also considered a suspect in the death of Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, who was shot at his home near Denver last Tuesday, Colorado authorities say. He is believed to have shot and killed a pizza delivery man and used his uniform to get to Clements' front door without raising suspicion. Read more...

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4 People Stabbed Inside Target Store

Police say at least four people have been stabbed inside a Pittsburgh Target store, and a suspect has been arrested. Officers were called to the store in the East Liberty section of the city shortly after 5:30 p.m. A man was arrested at the scene. Read more...

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'Total Identity' Thief Gets 18 Months

An illegal immigrant accused of assuming a Texas teacher's persona has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Benita Cardona-Gonzalez pleaded guilty in January to possessing fraudulent identification documents in a deal with prosecutors. The Mexican national has been living in Topeka. Monday's sentencing was the first time Candida Gutierrez, the Houston elementary school teacher who was the victim in the case, saw Cardona-Gonzalez. The case put a face on the growing crime of "total identity theft" in the U.S. Read more...

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Elementary Chaperone Drunk on Field Trip

A Palm Bay elementary school chaperone is facing charges after police said she got drunk and became combative on a bus returning from a field trip. Kathryn N. Wright, 58, faces charges of battery and disorderly intoxication in the March 21 incident. A police report says Wright put vodka in a water bottle and got drunk on the way back from a Lockmar Elementary trip to WonderWorks in Orlando. Read more...

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$850K of Marijuana Stashed in RV

Federal agents on patrol near the Mexican border in eastern San Diego County over the weekend arrested a U.S. citizen trying to smuggle over $850,000 worth of marijuana into the United States, authorities reported. U.S. Border Patrol personnel working near the town of Boulevard spotted a person hiding in brush several hundred yards north of the international line, according to USBP public affairs. Searching the area, the officers encountered a 59-year-old man who was moving bundles from a 1996 Dodge Ram into a motor home. They questioned him and determined that a smuggling operation was in progress, officials said. Read more...

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Mom Loses Kids After Meth Lab Discovery

Two people charged with having a one-pot meth lab in the same vehicle with two children, ages 5 and 3, remain in the Roane County Jail, charged with aggravated child abuse and making meth. Yolanda Nicole Lavignette's two children were taken to Roane Medical Center for decontamination, and her car was quarantined, Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said. The children were later placed in the custody of the Department of Children's Services, he said. Along with the 28-year-old Rockwood woman, the passenger in her car, Kevin Anthony Ray, 26, of Harriman was charged. Read more...


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March 25, 2013

Reward Offered for Kelli Bordeaux

Almost a year after an attractive 23-year-old soldier disappeared from a bar near Fort Bragg, authorities are hoping to generate some clues in the case by offering a $25,000 reward. PFC Kelli Bordeaux disappeared April 14, 2012 after an evening singing karaoke and drinking with friends at the Froggy Bottom bar in Fayetteville. Bordeaux was a combat medic with the Army 44th Medical Brigade. Read more...

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Man Shoots 2 Adult Children

Police near Tacoma, Wash. say they discovered two people shot in the head after a 69-year-old man called authorities and told them he had shot his two adult children. Police arrived at a home in Puyallup, Wash. where they talked the man into putting down his gun after receiving the call. Inside the home, police found an adult male and an adult female each shot in the head in different rooms, authorities said. The victims appeared to have been shot in their sleep. Read more...

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Anonymous Tip Led to Baby Shooter

Police in Georgia say an anonymous tip helped them make arrests in the shooting death of baby who was killed in a stroller. The Brunswick Police Department said that they got a tip that someone was crouched in the back seat of a vehicle as it drove away from the shooting. The Glynn County detective's division spent hours following up on the tip and eventually arrested a 14-year-old suspect. The boy's statements led them to take 17-year-old De'Marquise Elkins into custody. Read more...

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Man Arrested After Father Stabbed

A man is in custody after his father was stabbed to death early Sunday in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the Chicago Far South Side, police said. The father, 48, was stabbed during a domestic dispute. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victim as Kenneth Johnson. Police have arrested the victim's 24-year-old son in connection with the slaying, said Gaines. Read more...

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Pauley Parrette's Ex Charged

Pauley Perrette's ex-husband has been charged with violating a restraining order the NCIS star had against him. Francis "Coyote" Shivers, a musician who appeared in the 1995 movie Empire Records, allegedly showed up at a sushi restaurant in Hollywood where Perrette and her current fiancι were having dinner, and an argument broke out. Shivers is currently on probation for sending Perrette's lawyer "harassing emails," TMZ reports, and has now been charged with violating a court order and violating probation. He faces up to a year and a half in prison. Read more...

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Couple Charged in Teen Alcohol Poisoning

A Long Island couple is free on bail after police said kids were drinking at an underage party at their house. Someone in the house called police after a teen at their house got alcohol poisoning, Suffolk County Police announced. Police said a party was going on when officers arrived at John and Stacie Butler's Sayville house. According to police, about 25 teens were gathered in an apartment separate from the home. Police said there were shot glasses and evidence of a beer drinking game when they arrived. Read more...


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March 23, 2013

Teens Arrested in Shooting of Baby

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 13-month-old baby and the wounding of his mother in an apparent botched armed robbery. Sherry West was wounded in the leg and her infant son Antonio was shot in the head as she pushed him in a stroller along a Brunswick street. Arrested were De'Marquise Kareem Elkins, 17, and an unidentified 14-year-old juvenile. Read more...

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Postcard Key in 'Rockefeller' Trial

Testimony in the murder trial of notorious Rockefeller impostor Christian Gerhartsreiter examined a postcard from Linda Sohus sent to her mother from Paris after she disappeared. According to the Los Angeles Times, Sohus' mother testified that she was puzzled to receive a postcard from her daughter from Paris after she disappeared in 1985 along with her husband, John Sohus. Susan Mayfield said her daughter did not have a passport or enough money saved for such an extravagant trip, and had never mentioned leaving the country. Read more...

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Father and Son Fugitives Sought

Police are searching for a father and son wanted in the stabbing death of a man at a local restaurant on March 9. Surveillance video shows 53-year-old Rigoberto Rodriguez and his 23-year-old son Mario getting into a confrontation with the victim. Police say the suspects exited the restaurant, followed shortly by the victim, 26-year-old Paul Garcia. One of the suspects then chased Garcia across the street and assaulted him. Read more...

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Teacher Charged in Alleged Sippy Cup Spiking

Santa Clara County prosecutors filed 10 misdemeanor charges against a Morgan Hill preschool teacher who allegedly spiked sippy cups with sleeping pills. Deborah Gratz, 59, of Hollister was charged with five counts each of attempted child endangerment and assault. Gratz, an employee of the Kiddie Academy on Monterey Road in Morgan Hill since 2007, supervised the naps for 10 children between 1 and 2 years old. Read more...

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Woman Fakes Crime to Avoid Deportation

A woman allegedly orchestrated a robbery of herself, her 16-month-old baby and another woman in San Rafael to qualify for an immigration visa, authorities said. Josselin Yuliana Rodas, 29, was arrested by San Rafael police on suspicion of making a false police report, conspiracy and willful cruelty to a child, police said. Investigators said Rodas arranged for an underage family member to stage a robbery. Read more...

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Pot Tourism Hot Issue in Colorado Legislature

Marijuana tourism is one of the biggest questions facing pot regulators in Colorado. A special legislative panel looking at marijuana regulations plans to discuss the question. The constitutional amendment approved by voters last year allows marijuana use by adults over 21. It doesn't specify whether only Colorado residents can use the drug, prompting speculation about marijuana tourism. Read more...

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Trumaine Johnson Arrested for Misdemeanor DUI

St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson was arrested for DUI in Missoula, Montana. He was stopped at a intersection for not having his headlamps illuminated, Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh said. An investigation began and culminated in the driver's arrest for DUI, which was a misdemeanor charge. Johnson was cooperative throughout the incident and was in the car alone. He was offered a breath test which he refused, but Johnson was deemed intoxicated based on the totality of circumstances in the investigation. Read more...



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March 22, 2013

Shootout Tied to Colorado Shooting?

A man who could be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief is likely to die after being shot by Texas authorities after a harrowing car chase. Wise County Sheriff David Walker says the man is still unidentified, and says the suspect is "basically legally dead," although he remains hooked to equipment for organ harvesting. He was stopped while driving a black Cadillac with Colorado plates that matched the description of a vehicle spotted outside the house of Tom Clements shortly before he was fatally shot Tuesday. Read more...

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Judge Orders Hearing for 'Barefoot Bandit'

A superior court judge in Washington has ordered a new court date for charges the Skagit County prosecutor is pursuing against "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore. Harris-Moore's attorney John Henry Browne says the next hearing on April 10 will be to consider dismissing the new charges, which are for a crime Harris-Moore already pleaded guilty to in a 2011 plea deal with three counties. Read more...

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Jennifer Capriati Charged With Stalking

Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati has been charged after police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day while he was working out at a gym. Palm Beach County court records show Capriati has been issued a summons to appear before a judge April 17 on stalking and battery charges, though she has not been arrested. Read more...

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Convicted Rabbi Killer Freed

A man who spent more than two decades behind bars was freed by a judge on Thursday after a reinvestigation of his case cast serious doubt on evidence used to convict him in the cold-blooded shooting of a Brooklyn rabbi. "I'm overwhelmed. I feel like I'm under water, swimming. Like I said from the beginning, I had nothing to do with this case," David Ranta said after leaving state court in Brooklyn. Emotional relatives gathered around Ranta, including a daughter who was an infant at the time of his conviction but is now pregnant. Read more...

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Boeing Worker Mentors 'Barefoot Bandit'

Jonathan Standridge and Colton Harris-Moore made an odd couple as they sat together in the visiting room of a Washington state prison one day last spring. Standridge, 57, is a project manager at Boeing, one of the world's most important aviation companies. Harris-Moore, 21, is the "Barefoot Bandit," a world-famous airplane thief who is serving a seven-year sentence after a sensational run from the law in stolen boats, cars and planes. As it turned out, they had a lot to discuss. Aerospace design. Books. And second chances. Read more...

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Bobby Brown Spends 8 Hours in Jail

Bobby Brown has been released from jail after serving less than a day of his 55-day jail sentence for a driving under the influence conviction. A sheriff's spokesman said the 44-year-old R&B singer was released after eight hours and outfitted with an electronic ankle monitor Thursday because of jail overcrowding and good behavior. A spokeswoman for Brown said he is at home with his family. Read more...

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Judge Tosses Nick Fairley's Plea Deal

Six months after pleading guilty in what he thought was deal to bury a DUI charge, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley today found himself back where he started. Mobile County Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart said she could not determine that prosecutors had agreed to let him participate in a pretrial diversion program that would have resulted in the dismissal of the charge as long as he complied with the terms of the program. Read more...




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March 21, 2013

Jury Votes Death for Craigslist Killer

A jury recommended the death penalty for a self-styled street preacher convicted of killing three down-and-out men lured by bogus Craigslist job offers. The same jury that convicted Richard Beasley made its recommendation after hearing from his mother and other witnesses who testified on his behalf in the penalty phase of his trial. The judge set his sentencing for Tuesday. Victims' relatives hugged as the recommendation was announced. Beasley hung his head without moving, and his mother sobbed. Read more...

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Corrections Department Chief Killed at Home

The fatal shooting of Colorado's top prisons official when he answered the front door at his house highlights a troubling reality for the nation's judges, prosecutors and other legal officials: At a time when attacks on them are rising, it's difficult for them to remain secure, even when they are off duty. Investigators do not yet know why Tom Clements, 58, was shot at his home just north of Colorado Springs. They could not rule out any possibilities, including that it was a random shooting or that it was an attack related to Clements' job, authorities said. Read more...

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Sniper Kills Hostage Taker

A fatal shooting that led to an hours-long hostage situation in Fort Wayne, Ind. ended with the suspect's death and the child hostage's safe recovery. The suspect, who was identified by police as 45-year-old Kenneth Knight, allegedly shot a 49-year-old woman to death after pulling her off a city bus. The shooting victim, who was identified as Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy, of Fort Wayne, was riding the Citilink bus with the suspect. Read more...

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'Texas 7' Escape Member Loses Appeal

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected an appeal from Randy Halprin, one of the remaining "Texas 7" gang members on death row. The seven escaped from the Connally Unit prison, about 60 miles southeast of San Antonio, in December 2000 and two weeks later were involved in a sporting goods store robbery in which a police officer was killed on Christmas Eve. Halprin, then 23, was the youngest member of the gang and is one of four still on death row. He does not yet have an execution date set. Read more...

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Bobby Brown Goes to Jail

Deputies handcuffed singer Bobby Brown and led him from a courtroom to a jail cell, as Whitney Houston's ex-husband began serving time for a drunken driving conviction. Although the judge sentenced Brown to 55 days behind bars for his second conviction in a year for driving under the influence, he will likely be free in eight or nine days, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore. Good behavior rules and jail overcrowding guidelines add up to a sharp reduction in actual time served for county inmates, Whitmore said. Read more...

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'Teen Mom' Farrah Abraham Arrested For DUI

The Teen Moms are no stranger to legal troubles, but the latest arrest came from an unusual suspect — Farrah Abraham! The 21-year-old was pulled over in the early morning of March 19 when she was driving and made a wide turn — almost hitting a police car. Although she avoided colliding with the police cruiser, Farrah was reportedly pulled over and given a field sobriety test by police, which she reportedly failed miserably. She was also given a breathalyzer test and blew a .147 — nearly twice the legal limit of .08 in Nebraska. Read more...

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Rapper 'Too Short' Arrested for Drugs, DUI

Rapper "Too Short" was arrested in Hollywood on suspicion of drunken driving and drug possession, Los Angeles police said. The 46-year-old, born Todd Anthony Shaw, was taken into custody shortly after 3 a.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue, said Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph. Details about the arrest were sparse, but Joseph said the rapper briefly tried to run from police before he was apprehended. Read more...




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March 20, 2013

Conrad Murray Refuses to Testify

Attorneys for Michael Jackson's family have cancelled a scheduled deposition in their wrongful death civil suit against concert promoted AEG Live because they said Conrad Murray refused to testify. AEG officials claimed the deposition was cancelled because the family knows Murray's testimony will destroy their case. Murray is serving a four-year sentence for his conviction in criminal court for the death of Jackson. Read more...

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Defiant Teen Gets Life in Ohio Shooting

Wearing a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it, a teenager cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences Tuesday for shooting to death three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria. T.J. Lane, 18, had pleaded guilty last month to shooting at students in February 2012 at Chardon High School, east of Cleveland. Investigators have said he admitted to the shooting but said he didn't know why he did it. Before the case went to adult court last year, a juvenile court judge ruled that Lane was mentally competent to stand trial despite evidence he suffers from hallucinations, psychosis and fantasies. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:30 AM

Grandmother Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder

A grandmother who said she shot her drug-addicted grandson in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder in the death. The jury deliberated over parts of two days in the case of Sandra Layne, 75, charged with open murder in the May 18 death of Jonathan Hoffman, 17. Prosecutors said Layne stalked her grandson inside the West Bloomfield, Mich., condo where they both lived and shot him six times, intent on killing him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:29 AM

Woman Guilty of Murder of Newborn Twins

A jury has convicted a 26-year-old Tennessee woman of felony murder and other counts in the smothering deaths of her newborn twins. She was immediately sentenced to life in prison. The jury found Lindsey Lowe of suburban Nashville guilty of felony murder, premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse after deliberating for two hours. Jurors had heard testimony that Lowe told police she smothered her twin boys after giving birth in the bathroom of her parent's home Sept. 12, 2011. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:29 AM

2 Teens Threaten Rape Victim

A day after two high school football players were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl, authorities arrested two Ohio girls suspected of making social media threats against the accuser. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the girls arrested posted threatening Facebook and Twitter comments on Sunday, the day the players were convicted in Steubenville. Steubenville police Capt. Joel Walker said the Jefferson County girls, ages 15 and 16, were being held in juvenile detention. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:29 AM

Released Robbery Arrested Again

A suspected bank robber released from jail earlier this month is back in custody again after being arrested in Vallejo, officials said. Gary Fite Jr. was arrested without incident by a team of 12 FBI agents, local police and sheriff's deputies. Fite, 22, of nearby Oakland, had been wanted since he walked out of a Contra Costa County jail on March 5. Immediately after his release, officials said he had been released by mistake. But sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said that Fite had been released because he had "timed out," or since charges had not been filed within a legal deadline, he could no longer be held. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Missing Mom Faked Disappearance to Smoke Pot

A missing Missouri woman who was found with her 4-year-old daughter staged their disappearance - just so she could smoke synthetic marijuana with her ex-husband in a suburban Kansas City motel, with the child nearby, a sheriff said. Authorities feared that 28-year-old Rachel Koechner was abducted by her former husband when she sent a text message to her boyfriend saying, "help me." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:27 AM

Police Sergeant Arrested for Drug Distribution

An 18-year veteran Louisiana State Police sergeant has been arrested for allegedly distributing drugs. Col. Mike Edmonson says 42-year-old Ronald Thomas was arrested without incident Monday and booked into the Ouachita Parish Jail, where he is being held on $250,000 bond. He was booked with payroll fraud, malfeasance in office, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, distribution of cocaine and obstruction of justice. Bond information was not immediately available. Read more...




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March 19, 2013

Lindsay Lohan Avoids Jail Again

Actress Lindsay Lohan will be headed to a 90-day, locked down alcohol and drug treatment facility as a result of a last-minute plea deal worked out with Los Angeles prosecutors. Lohan entered a no contest plea to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police in connection with a June auto crash. An additional charge of willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer was dismissed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:18 AM

Conrad Murray Refuses to Testify

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson's personal physician, is refusing to testify in the wrongful death lawsuit that the singer's mother filed against concert promoter AEG Live. If called, he will plead the fifth so as not to incriminate himself, the doctor said in a statement sent to the Jackson family. Murray has never been questioned under oath about Jackson's death, which occurred on his watch. He did not testify at his trial, where he was found guilty of causing Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, by administering a deadly overdose of sedatives and the surgical anesthetic propofol in what he told police was an attempt to cure the singer's insomnia. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:18 AM

Trustee Wants to Sell Casey's Story

The trustee overseeing Casey Anthony's bankruptcy case has filed a motion to sell the rights to her story so she can pay her debts. In a motion filed in federal court in Tampa, trustee Stephen Meininger asked Judge K. Rodney May for permission to sell the "exclusive worldwide rights" of Anthony's life story. Anthony, who is now 26, was acquitted of murder in 2011 in the death her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Anthony has never told her side of the story, despite intense media scrutiny of the case. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:18 AM

More Arrests in Ohio Rape?

Ohio's top law enforcement official says the investigation of wrongdoing in a city where two high school football players raped a 16-year-old girl is far from over. Attorney General Mike DeWine says a grand jury will look into whether other teens, along with coaches, parents and school officials broke the law by not speaking up after the attack. DeWine said after a judge convicted the two boys of raping the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last summer that convening a grand jury is the only way to bring finality to the matter. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

3 to Stand Trial in Marine Wife's Death

Three members of a sex bondage ring will stand trial for murder in the death of a Camp Pendleton Marine's wife, a San Diego County judge ruled. Superior Court Judge K. Michael Kirkman said evidence from a six-day hearing suggested that 22-year-old Brittany Killgore was the victim of an effort to act out a fantasy. He ordered Louis Perez, Jessica Lopez and Dorothy Maraglino to face trial on charges of murder, kidnapping, torture, attempted sexual battery and conspiracy. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Arias Suffers From Dissociative Amnesia

A defense witness says Jodi Arias suffers from dissociative amnesia and that explains why she can't remember much from the day she says she killed her lover in self-defense. Psychologist Richard Samuels testified Monday at Arias' Arizona murder trial that such amnesia is caused with a person suffers a traumatic event, such as a killing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Letter Returns Stolen Money From 1980s

A burglar expressing guilt about stealing $800 from a western Michigan store three decades ago has repaid the money, plus some interest. The anonymous thief sent a note and $1,200 in $100 bills to the Barry County sheriff's department in Hastings. The writer admitted breaking into the Middle Mart on Michigan north of Middleville about 30 years ago. In a letter packed with emotion and spelling errors, the writer asks for "help in locating a man" to whom the writer owes the money. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:16 AM

Goth-Rocker Peter Murphy Arrested for DUI

Peter Murphy, lead singer of 1970s British goth-rock band Bauhaus, was arrested after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in Glendale, injured the driver and then fled to Los Angeles, where he was blocked by an eyewitness until police arrived, officials said. The eyewitness followed Murphy, 55, from the crash at Central and Goode avenues in Glendale to the 3400 block of Barham Boulevard in Los Angeles because "he was afraid [Murphy] would kill someone with his driving," according to Glendale police. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:16 AM

Beth Ditto Busted For Disorderly Conduct

Beth Ditto, the lead singer of the pop punk band the Gossip, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a drunken incident took place outside a bar in Portland, Ore. Ditto, born Mary Beth Patterson, allegedly started a disturbance outside the Bungalo Bar in Portland, Ore., after bartenders cut her off from drinks. A witness took to Reddit to write about the incident and said, "I had no idea who this girl was before I went out tonight. By 1:30 Beth was completely blackout drunk challenging people to fights." Read more...




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March 18, 2013

Civil Rights Era Suspect Dies

A man who was acquitted of conspiracy charges in connection with the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers in Mississippi has died at age 82. Olen Burrage died Friday at a Philadelphia, Mississippi hospital, according to a funeral home obituary. Burrage was found not guilty of conspiracy in the "Mississippi Burning" case in 1967. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:13 AM

Ohio Football Players Guilty of Rape

Two Ohio high school football players have been found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl in a case that roiled a small city and stirred reaction from activists online. Judge Thomas Lipps ruled in juvenile court that Steubenville High School students Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond are guilty of attacking the girl after an alcohol-fueled party last August. The 17-year-old Mays and 16-year-old Richmond were charged with digitally penetrating the West Virginia girl, first in a car and then in a house. They could be held in a juvenile jail until they turn 21. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:12 AM

Man Arrested For Stabbing Mother Twice

Police have arrested a Lodi man for allegedly stabbing his mother twice. At approximately 1:30 p.m., police responded to W. Locust Street where a 50-year-old woman was discovered with injuries at a neighbor's residence. Police surrounded the residence and ordered 24-year-old Chad Elliott out. Elliott complied and was taken into custody. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:12 AM

Sheriff Refuses to Enforce Gun-Control Bills

A Colorado sheriff says he won't enforce two aggressive gun-control measures waiting to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Weld County Sheriff John Cooke said that Democratic lawmakers are scrambling after recent mass shootings, and the bills are "feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable." One bill expands background checks on firearm purchases, and the other limits ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. The 15-round magazine limit would make Colorado the first state outside the East Coast to ratchet back gun rights after last year's shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:12 AM

Man Charged in Multiple Home Invasions

An Ann Arbor man is accused of committing multiple home invasions after being released on bond in another case last year, court records show. Javare Holmes, 19, was arraigned last week on five charges of first-degree home invasion and a charge each of second-degree home invasion, larceny in a building and receiving and concealing stolen property worth $1,000 to $20,000, court records show. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:11 AM

Lindsay Lohan Heads to Trial

Lindsay Lohan's trial on charges she lied to police in the wake of a car crash is set to begin Monday -- with no signs of a last-minute plea deal. Lohan's attorney had asked that the trial be postponed, but a judge refused. Prosecutors had proposed the actress serve 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility to resolve the three misdemeanor counts, according to several people with knowledge of the situation. But so far, she has given no indication she is willing to enter that type of program, they say. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:11 AM

Former NFL Star Facing Drug Charges

Former NFL running back Mack W. Herron, whose power and small stature earned him the nickname "Mini Mack" when he played for the New England Patriots during the 1970s, is accused again of drug possession after being arrested this week on the West Side, authorities said. He was arrested after police witnessed him and an accomplice buying heroin on the street. Read more...




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March 16, 2013

Carjacker Kills Woman, Rapes Child

A man previously charged with having child pornography cut an electronic monitoring device off his ankle before carjacking a woman, fatally stabbing her and raping her 10-year-old daughter, authorities said. David J. Renz abducted the school librarian and her daughter as they left a gymnastics class at a mall in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, about 150 miles west of Albany. Renz bound both victims, raped the girl and drove a short distance to a spot where the girl escaped and was found by a passing motorist, troopers said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:12 AM

Secret FBI Letters Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that secretive FBI demands for customer data from banks, phone companies and others are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled that so-called national security letters are unconstitutional because the FBI bars recipients from disclosing to anyone, including their customers, that they received the demands. Illston says this gag order violates freedom of speech rights. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:20 AM

New Judge Named for Bulger's Trial

A new judge has been named to preside over the trial of former Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger a day after the previous judge was removed to eliminate any appearance of bias. The clerk of the federal court announced the appointment of U.S. District Judge Denise J. Casper. A federal appeals court had removed Judge Richard Stearns from the case, citing his background as a former federal prosecutor. Stearns worked that job in the 1980s, when Bulger was an FBI informant. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:19 AM

3 Arrested in Denver Bar Slayings

A judge ordered three Colorado men to stand trial for murder, robbery and arson in the stabbing deaths of five people at a Denver bar that authorities say was set on fire to cover up the killings. A fourth man who was with the accused during the Oct. 17 slayings at Fero's Bar & Grill is a federal informant who hasn't been charged. The men — Dexter Lewis, 22, and brothers Joseph Hill, 27, and Lynell Jonathan Hill, 24 — are accused of killing the five victims during a robbery as the bar's closing time was approaching. They were ordered held without bail and were scheduled to enter a plea at their arraignment on May 24. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:19 AM

Anti-Drug Assemblyman Busted for Pot

Steven M. Katz, a New York State assemblyman who has publicly condemned the use of drugs, was arrested and charged with marijuana possession during a traffic stop, police said. A case of a pot-smoking lawmaker calling the kettle black? Katz, a 59-year-old Republican from Mohegan Lake, N.Y., was stopped for speeding on a state thruway in Coeymans. After noting the odor of marijuana, a State Trooper found "a small bag of marijuana" in Katz's possession. Katz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Read more...


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March 15, 2013

Court Removes Whitey Bulger's Judge

The judge who was set to preside over the trial of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger was removed from the case Thursday by a federal appeals court that found his background as a former federal prosecutor could create the appearance of bias. In a significant victory for the defense, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns must step down from the case. Bulger's lawyers argued that Stearns should be removed because he was a federal prosecutor in Boston in the 1980s. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:44 AM

Death Row Mom's Convictions Overturned

The convictions and death sentence of Debbie Milke -- who's been on death row in Arizona for more than two decades in her son's murder -- have been overturned by a federal appeals court. Milke's 4-year-old son, Christopher, went "missing" in December 1989 after a friend and a roommate took the boy "to see Santa" at the Metrocenter mall. Instead, her roommate Jim Styers and his buddy Roger Scott took the boy out to a wash near 99th Avenue and Happy Valley Road and shot him three times in the head. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:44 AM

Man Arrested for Deaths of 2 Infants

An Arkansas man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder following the deaths of two infants in separate incidents. Springdale police said that Travis Fox admitted to investigators that he "violently shook" his 7-month-old son, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police in West Fork and the Washington County Sheriff's Department say Fox was already under investigation for the Sept. 4, 2011, death of another of his children, who was 6 months old. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:43 AM

Man Arrested After Wife's Body Found In Field

A 40-year-old Fontana man was arrested after his wife's body was found in a Chino field. Victor Lopez was taken into custody on suspicion of homicide after he led detectives to the body of Lorna Lopez, 40, in an area in the 17300 block of Cucamonga Road. The man's nephew, 38-year-old Joseph Rodriguez, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessary to homicide. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:43 AM

Text Messages Key Evidence in Rape Trial

During the second day of a high-profile rape trial of two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players, prosecutors introduced into evidence text messages describing a sex act between one of the defendants and the alleged victim. Prosecutors said Trent Mays, 17, admitted in one text message that he penetrated a 16-year-old West Virginia girl with his hands. In other messages sent to his friends, prosecutors said, he asked them to cover for him. Testimony focused on text messages, photos and cellphone video from the night in August when the girl says she was attacked. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:43 AM

Lindsay Lohan Will Go to Trial

Los Angeles prosecutors have ended plea negotiations with Lindsay Lohan and are preparing for a trial Monday, law enforcement. She should probably think about finding a lawyer pretty soon. Negotiations broke down because Lohan has decided not to accept any punishment for allegedly lying to police about her car crash last June on the Pacific Coast Highway involving a big rig. Lohan allegedly still says she wasn't behind the wheel of her Porsche, even though police believe she's falsely implicating her assistant. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:42 AM

Tyrann Mathieu: Marijuana Isn't Fun Anymore

Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu says the No. 1 thing he wants NFL teams to know about him is that he no longer considers smoking marijuana to be more fun than playing football. Mathieu said on NFL Network that he has moved beyond the issues that got him kicked out of school and is 100 percent focused on being an NFL player. "All the things I put before football in the past, it's not fun anymore — marijuana and everything you put before football is obsolete now," Mathieu said. Read more...


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March 14, 2013

4 Fatally Shot in Upstate New York

The first sign of trouble was a fire, which sent acrid smoke billowing above the village of Mohawk in upstate New York. As firefighters made their way to battle the blaze, the police said, the man who set the fire made his way to a barbershop in the heart of the village and shot four people with a shotgun, killing two customers and critically wounding two others. He then drove a mile to a carwash in neighboring Herkimer and shot and killed two more people, the police said, before fleeing and setting off a manhunt. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:15 AM

Man Arrested in Double Murder

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigators have arrested a Baton Rouge man in connection with the murders of a couple whose bodies were discovered days after their deaths. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Melvin Miller, 20, according to Glen T. Boyd, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. Miller has been implicated in the deaths of Akeem Boudreaux, 22, and Morris Alexander Williams, 26, a transgendered woman who went by the name Milan "Mimi" Boudreaux. Boyd described Miller as an acquaintance of the couple. Investigators said Miller was driving the murdered couple's missing car and had a cell phone and laptop computer belonging to the victims. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:14 AM

Man Gets Probation in Death of 360-Pound Wife

A Detroit-area man who authorities say allowed his 360-pound wife to fester and die in a bed surrounded by her own waste avoided prison Wednesday when a judge sentenced him to probation. Michael Brooks pleaded guilty in January to a felony charge of abuse of a vulnerable adult. His wife, Yolanda Reese-Brooks, died of morbid obesity and other injuries in October. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:14 AM

Nearly 60 Charged in Florida Gambling Scandal

Florida's lieutenant governor resigned and nearly 60 other people were charged in a scandal involving a purported veterans charity that authorities said was a front for a $300 million gambling operation. The organization, Allied Veterans of the World, runs nearly 50 Internet parlors with computerized slot machine-style games, which are normally legal in Florida if most of the proceeds go to charity. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:14 AM

Heroin Dealer Charged With Murder

The Orange County Sheriff's Department arrested a suspected heroin dealer, and have charged him with murder. Detectives say 21-year-old Emma Wihlborg died after overdosing on drugs given to her by a man sheriff's officials say is a known heroin dealer. Louis Wood, 35, is accused of murdering Wihlborg by providing and administering heroin on Nov. 16, 2011. Investigators say Wood, a resident of Mission Viejo, was present in the motel when Wihlborg overdosed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:13 AM

Prescription Drug Epidemic Hits Western States

The abuse of prescription pain pills that has hit epidemic levels in the Eastern and Southern United States has now spread to several Western states, some of which have been caught unprepared to meet the challenges. The rate of prescription drug abuse in some Western states now surpasses the rates in Appalachian states, the epicenter of the pain pill epidemic. Read more...


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Posted by Webmaster at 01:12 AM

March 13, 2013

Judge Vacates Andrew Luster's Sentences

A judge vacated the 124-year sentence received by convicted rapist Andrew Luster in 2003 and ordered an April 4 hearing to determine a new sentence. Luster, a great-grandson of cosmetics giant Max Factor, was convicted on 86 counts of rape and drug charges after a jury viewed videotapes he made of himself engaging in sexual acts with three women rendered unconscious by GHB, a "date-rape" drug. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:16 AM

Grandparents Killer Captured in Oregon

Police ended a daylong standoff and stormed into a motel room in Oregon, capturing a Washington state man suspected of killing his grandparents. Michael Boysen, 26, was taken into custody after being treated for self-inflicted cut or stab wounds at an area hospital. Police told the station that Boysen was found lying on the floor on his back. Officers had spent much of the day trying to persuade Michael Boysen to surrender. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:15 AM

Earlier: Grandparents Killed After Welcome Party

A convicted felon is on the run after allegedly killing his grandparents as they hosted a party to celebrate his release from a Washington state prison. Michael "Chad" Boysen, 26, is considered extremely dangerous and has tried to obtain guns, police said Monday. Q13 Fox reports Boysen has also made threats against law enforcement and community leaders, according to police. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:15 AM

Hearing Begins in Murder of Marine Wife

Three people charged in the murder of 22-year old Marine wife, Brittany Killgore, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for them to stand trial. Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Louis Ray Perez, 46, Dorothy Grace Marie Maraglino, 37, and Jessica Lynn Lopez, 25, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Killgore in April 2012. The defendants, who have all pleaded not guilty, are also charged with conspiracy, kidnapping and torture. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:15 AM

Man Convicted of 3 Murders Executed

A man convicted of committing three murders in three states during a 10-day rampage was executed in Oklahoma for one of the murders, the 1999 death of a woman whose credit cards he used to buy Christmas presents for his family. Steven Ray Thacker, 42, used his final statement to apologize to his victims' families and friends, several of whom witnessed his execution from an adjacent room at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:14 AM

Florida Requests Exhumations at Boys' School

Ovell Smith Krell has spent the better part of her 84 years wondering how her brother died at a Florida reform school in 1940, and where he may be buried. Today, she appears to be one step closer to finding out. Florida's attorney general filed a petition asking a state court to approve the exhumation of an unknown number of bodies believed to be buried at the now-defunct school in the Florida panhandle town of Marianna. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:14 AM

Father Charged in Boy's Roadside Death

A Petaluma man faces criminal charges after a birthday outing led to the roadside death of his daughter's 13-year-old friend. Mike Krnaich, 41, was charged with two counts of felony child endangerment in the June 15 accident that resulted in the death of Trevor Smith. The accident occurred when Krnaich was taking his daughter and some friends on a trip to Lake Mendocino, and his pickup truck ran out of fuel on Highway 101. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:13 AM

Unlicensed Driver Kills 6 in Ohio

Two teens who escaped a crash that killed six friends said the 19-year-old woman who didn't have a valid license was speeding and driving recklessly in an allegedly stolen SUV just before it smacked a guardrail and flipped into a pond, according to a report on the crash released. The State Highway Patrol report also said one of the teens told investigators the driver, Alexis Cayson, sped up as she rounded what's known as "Dead Man's Curve." Another teen told a state trooper it felt like the SUV was going 80 mph before the crash. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:13 AM

'Moonshiners' Actor Arrested for Drinking

It's a case of life imitating art — if you can call a reality TV series about making moonshine art. Steven Ray Tickle, 35, a star of the TV show "Moonshiners" was arrested last week for being intoxicated at a convenience store in Virginia. Tickle was holding an open container in the parking lot of Charley's Stop and Shop and the investigators smelled alcohol while approaching his car. Read more...


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March 12, 2013

Jury Selection Begins for 'Clark Rockefeller'

The German immigrant who used a string of aliases across the country to cover his crimes, is going on trial for the 1985 death of his California landlord. Jury selection has begun in the murder trial of Christian Gerhartsreiter, best known as "Clark Rockefeller." Gerhartsreiter has been charged with the murder of John Sohus, who disappeared along, with his wife Linda, in 1985. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:27 AM

Teacher Missing for More Than a Week

Police in New Orleans are searching for a young teacher who disappeared more than a week ago after a night of drinking to celebrate being nominated for an award. Terrilynn Monnette, 26, was last seen in the wee hours of March 2, after spending the previous evening with friends at a bar in the city's Lakeview section. Witnesses said she left with a male acquaintance around 4 a.m. on Saturday. She has not been seen since. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:26 AM

Husband Charged in Pregnant Wife's Death

A 36-year-old Apple Valley man was charged with murder in the deaths of his wife and unborn child. Dakota County prosecutors leveled two counts of second degree intentional murder against Roger Earl Holland in the deaths of his 37-year-old wife Margorie Holland and her fetus. Police responded to an apartment building on 1571h Street West just before 10 a.m. following a 911 call from Roger Holland claiming his wife being in cardiac arrest. Officers found her at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:25 AM

Woman Confesses to Shooting Boyfriend

A Springtown woman remains in the Parker County Jail today after she confessed last week to killing her boyfriend at their home. Roni Catherine Lisenbe, 33, dialed 911 and told dispatchers that she had shot Richard Graves at their home. When deputies arrived, they found Graves, 38, on the bedroom floor. He was taken to Harris Northwest Hospital in Azle and pronounced dead, according to hospital records. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:24 AM

Lohan Prosecutors Hold Tough Line

Prosecutors are holding a tough line with Lindsay Lohan, who is set to go on trial later this month for allegedly lying to police. The L.A. city attorney refuses to accept any deal of less than 90 days in a locked rehabilitation facility, according to sources. City prosecutors who convicted her of theft from a Venice jeweler are not interested in a jail sentence because it could mean as few as eight to 10 days behind bars due to overcrowding, according to sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:23 AM

32 Spring Breakers Arrested at House Party

Almost three dozen reveling spring breakers learned Monday afternoon they'd be going home with an unwanted souvenir: a misdemeanor arrest. While they were partying at a house off Scenic Highway 98, Walton County sheriff's deputies arrived and carted 32 of them off to jail for underage drinking, said Maj. A.J. Smith. When deputies drove past the three-story vacation rental house at 110 Miami St. at about 5 p.m., they saw men and women who appeared underage hanging over the balconies, swimming in the pool and standing in the driveway drinking. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:23 AM

Elisa Baker Sentenced to 10 Years

Elisa Baker, who already is in prison in connection with the death of her stepdaughter Zahra Baker more than two years ago, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs. Baker, 44, is serving a term of between 14 years 9 months and 18 years six months after pleading guilty in September 2011 to second-degree in the death of Zahra Baker. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:22 AM

Carmine Giovinazzo Pleads Guilty to DUI

CSI: NY star Carmine Giovinazzo has reportedly pleaded guilty in his DUI case. Giovinazzo was booked for the driving offense in Scottsdale, Arizona in January, after being pulled over for not staying within traffic lanes. Giovinazzo worked out a deal with prosecutors that will spare him any jail time. He was required to plead guilty to the DUI, and must complete an alcohol training program. Read more...


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March 11, 2013

Slain 'Onion Field' Officer Honored

Fifty years after his kidnapping and murder in an onion field by an ex-convict, a Los Angeles policeman has been honored by the city he served. Last week, signs were posted at an intersection honoring Ian Campbell near the site where he and his partner Carl Hettinger were kidnapped. The sign names the intersection of Carlos Avenue and North Gower Street in Hollywood "Ian Campbell Square." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:41 AM

DNA Leads to Arrest in 1983 Cold Case

Authorities say DNA evidence has tied a 48-year-old man to the 1983 cold case killing of a businessman in North Texas. Benjamin Bewley is a prison parolee who was arrested in November in a West Texas DWI case. Jail officials in Abilene say Bewley was being held without bond on charges of driving while intoxicated and violating his parole. He's now also facing a charge of capital murder. Fort Worth pawnshop owner Melvin Lavine was fatally shot in March 1983 when his house was robbed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:41 AM

Magistrate Says Prisoner, 72, Should Be Freed

A federal magistrate has ruled that a California prisoner serving life without parole for a triple murder should be freed because his defense lawyer provided in incompetent representation at his trial. U.S. Magistrate Michael Seng ruled this week that George Souliotes, 72, should be released because his lawyer failed to adequately defend him in a "fundamentally unfair" trial. In his 93-page ruling, Seng criticized the "unprofessional" performance of Souliotes' attorney, who promised jurors he would call certain witnesses but then failed to summon them without explanation. Read more...

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Authorities Search for the 'Luger Bandit'

The FBI and local authorities in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties are searching for a man dubbed "the Luger Bandit" who is believed to have robbed two banks earlier this year and attempted to rob a third Friday while brandishing a pistol that resembles a German-made Luger. The first robbery took place Jan. 3 at a Wells Fargo branch in the Granada Hills neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley, according to a statement forwarded by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. The same man is believed to have robbed a Wells Fargo in Fontana on Feb. 18 and attempted to rob a Wells Fargo in San Dimas on March 8. Read more...

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Man Scraps 8 Stolen School Buses

The owner of a Southwest Side scrap yard where eight stolen yellow schools buses were found has been arrested and charged in a separate case, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office. The business remains the focus of an ongoing probe, a source said. After a search of the business, Chicago Police found Sergio Quintero, 44, owner of Gonzalez Auto Parts and Dismantling in the 3400 block of South Lawndale, hiding in the ceiling of the scrap yard's business office. Read more...

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Washington Tight End Arrested for DUI

Seattle police say University of Washington standout tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence Saturday night. Police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson says Seferian-Jenkins was arrested in Seattle near the University District neighborhood. He was released from the precinct office. Read more...


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March 08, 2013

Court Overturns Murder Conviction

The California Supreme Court unanimously overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a man who stole appliances and caused a fatal accident an hour later when a stove fell off his truck. Cole Allen Wilkins of Long Beach was convicted under the "felony-murder rule," which says a defendant may be convicted of first-degree murder if someone dies while the suspect is committing a felony, such as a burglary or rape. Intention to kill is not required for conviction. Read more...

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Trooper Killed in Shooting on Interstate 85

A Virginia State Police trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop off Interstate 85 and a suspect was arrested after exchanging fire with another trooper, authorities said. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Master Trooper Junius A. Walker, 63, was shot multiple times. Walker, who was patrolling alone as most troopers do, called for backup after being fired upon just before 1:30 p.m. in southeastern Virginia. The second trooper arrived within two minutes and saw a male suspect firing into Walker's marked police vehicle, which was down an embankment off the southbound lanes of the interstate near the woods, Geller said. Read more...

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'Forgotten' Inmate Gets $15.5 Million

Stephen Slevin's 22 months in solitary confinement in a county jail left him traumatized and physically weak, but he'll soon be a multimillionaire for his suffering. The New Mexico county that locked him up on a drunk driving charge, isolated him from other inmates and accused of essentially forgetting about him for nearly two years agreed this week to settle his lawsuit for $15.5 million. Slevin, now 59, went to jail in August 2005 as "a well nourished, physically healthy adult," but emerged with a long beard, bed sores, bad teeth and weighing just 133 pounds in June 2007, according to the lawsuit. Read more...

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Caged Child Trial 'Most-Disturbing'

Gloucester County's Commonwealth's Attorney says she took on one of the most disturbing cases she's ever prosecuted, when she was elected to office back in November. In April of 2011, police arrested Brian Gore, 31, and his wife Shannon, 26, after discovering the couple's six-year-old daughter starved in a make-shift cage inside their trailer. Prosecutor Holly Smith says the horrifying discovery rattled the small Gloucester community. "I can't image there's a prosecutor in Virginia who's ever seen a case like this before," Smith says. Read more...

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Man Charged With Stealing Girl Scout Cookies

A Woodruff man has been charged with taking about $19,000 in Girl Scout cookies from a Spartanburg warehouse. Christopher Maurice Morton, 37, is charged with breach of trust more than $10,000. The owner of Carey Moving and Storage reported more than 450 cases of Girl Scout cookies were taken from its facilities Feb. 26. Brian Carey said cookies began arriving at the warehouse Feb. 15, and employees doing an inventory last week realized that cases of Thin Mints and Shortbreads were missing. Read more...

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Waitress Shown Her Own Stolen I.D.

A Colorado waitress checking to see if a female patron was legally old enough to drink was handed her own stolen driver's license. Brianna Priddy, of Lakewood, pretended nothing was wrong when the unidentified customer presented her with the license. "I don't know how I kept it cool. I wanted to jump across the table and go at her," Priddy told the station. Read more...

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Spike Seen in Kids Using Marijuana

A drug testing company says it's seeing a big spike in children using marijuana following the passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado. The drug testing company, Conspire, says it's now being called on a weekly basis to test students in one Colorado school district instead of monthly. It's not just more students, but it appears they're using pot more often. Read more...

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Akron Player Suspended After Drug Charges

Akron's hopes for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament took a huge hit with its loss to Buffalo last week that snapped an NCAA-leading 19-game winning streak. Now the Zips could be at serious risk of missing out on an automatic bid to the Big Dance, as the team was dealt more adversity. The Akron Beacon Journal reported that starting point guard Alex Abreu was arrested on drug charges and has been suspended indefinitely. Abreu is being held in the Summit County Jail on marijuana trafficking charges after being arrested by Akron police narcotics officers. Read more...


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March 07, 2013

Jodi Arias Answers Juror Questions

Jodi Arias was peppered with questions from the jury in her murder trial Wednesday about her actions on the day she killed her lover and in the months leading up to that fateful day in Arizona. Arizona is one of just a few states where jurors are allowed to ask questions of witnesses during a criminal trial as a matter of law. Jurors in the Arias trial had about 100 questions for her after her lengthy testimony over the last two weeks. Read more...

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Two Arrested in Christmas Eve Slaying

Two fugitives have been arrested in the Christmas Eve slaying of a man during a robbery in north Houston, according to police. Dwayne Dede, 24, and Kendall Allen, 21, each face a felony capital murder charge in the Dec. 24 shotgun slaying of Donald Williams at an apartment complex, Houston police investigators said. Dede was arrested in Fort Worth, and Allen is in custody in Louisiana. Read more...

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Defendant Testifies in Craigslist Killings Case

The alleged triggerman in the killings of three men lured by phony Craigslist job offers testified at his trial today, telling an Ohio jury he's innocent and had actually been targeted by one alleged victim who survived. Richard Beasley could face the death penalty if he's convicted of the killings on a southeastern Ohio farm where he allegedly shot three men who responded to online job ads. "I had no idea that somebody, anybody, had been killed down on that farm. I had no way to know," Richard Beasley, 53, testified at his murder trial. Read more...

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Police Arrest Suspect in Fatal Hit-and-Run

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed a Florida mother and injured another. Shane L. Cruz Jr. was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, grand theft auto and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. The 21-year-old allegedly slammed a stolen minivan into a Nissan, killing passenger Laguadia Terry, and sending driver Sterling Slaton to the hospital. Police say Cruz then ran from the crash scene. Read more...

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Woman Charged With Drug-Induced Homicide

A 22-year-old Romeoville woman serving time in the Illinois Department of Corrections on two Will County drug convictions has been charged with drug-induced homicide in the fatal heroin overdose of a 20-year-old Plainfield-area man in 2011. Will County Sheriff's Police spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said Kristina L. Keating, of the 2000 block of Whitmore Drive, provided Emelio R. Medina with heroin on Oct. 28, 2011, from a source in Chicago. Medina's mother and sister found him unresponsive in his bedroom around 1 p.m. the next day, Hoffmeyer said. Read more...

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Nick Fairley's DUI Case Still Unresolved

If Detroit Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley loses his bid for a pretrial diversion program in a DUI case in his hometown, he will have to appear in person later this month, a judge ruled. Mobile County Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart did not decide on whether Fairley's lawyer had struck an agreement with prosecutors that would result in the dismissal of DUI and reckless driving charges as long as he completed the program. Read more...


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March 06, 2013

Zimmerman Cancels 'Stand Your Ground' Hearing

In a move that surprised prosecutors, attorneys for the man accused of shooting Trayvon Martin cancelled a scheduled pre-trial hearing on issues surrounding Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. George Zimmerman's lawyers said they do not have time to prepare for the pre-trial hearing and the up-coming June 10 jury trial too. The move, however, could signal a shift in strategy for Zimmerman's defense team. Read more...

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Killer Wyoming Teens Denied Bail

Two Wyoming teenagers who police say stole guns then murdered a family while trying to steal a car will be held in jail without bail. Stephen Hammer, 19, and Tanner VanPelt, 18, made their first appearance in court Tuesday after being apprehended in connection with a triple murder in Clark, a small community near the border with Montana. Circuit Judge Bruce Waters ruled that due to the severity of the charges – 11 felonies in all, including premeditated murder, murder during a robbery and using a firearm to commit a crime – the two men would be held without bond. Read more...

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Arias Accuses Boyfriend of Pedophilia

Jodi Arias has resumed testimony in her Arizona death penalty case discussing her accusations that the victim had sexual desires for young boys. The 32-year-old is charged in the June 2008 killing of her lover in his suburban Phoenix home. She says it was self-defense, but police say she planned the attack on Travis Alexander in a jealous rage. Arias initially told authorities she had nothing to do with Alexander's death, then blamed it on masked intruders before settling on self-defense. Arias' attorney worked again to portray the victim as a sexual deviant. As questioning resumed, Arias read from journal entries noting, without specifically citing, her concern for his deviancy. Read more...

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Group Hires Detective for Missing Models

With fears of foul play growing in the cases of three Colorado women who had profiles on small-time modeling websites before they disappeared, an advocacy group for women is launching its own investigation to see if they are connected or possibly even part of a bigger, nationwide case. The National Women's Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation has hired a private investigator who plans to look into the possibility of a connection between the disappearances of Raven Furlong, 17, and Kara Nichols, 19, who both had profiles on ModelMayhem.com, and Kelsie Schelling, who has a modeling profile on the site Explore Talent. Read more...

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Heroin Dealers Charged With Homicide

Will County authorities are charging two alleged dope dealers with drug-induced homicide stemming from separate fatal heroin overdoses in the fall. Authorities say Emerson D. Harris, 24, and Maximilian Kalemba, 21, of southwest suburban Homer Glen, sold drugs to different people that ultimately led to their deaths. Police were called to a Wendy's on Sept. 19, where 28-year-old Chad D. Conley was found lying in the parking lot. Conley, of Bolingbrook, was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later, Lt. Mike Rompa said. Read more...

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Red Sox Picture Drake Britton Gets DUI

Jail records says Boston Red Sox left-hander Drake Britton was arrested in Fort Myers, Fla., for driving under the influence. The 23-year-old was also charged with reckless driving and DUI with property damage. His arrest report says Britton was speeding when a deputy tried to stop him for "numerous traffic violations." The report says Britton drove his car over a curb and knocked down a fence. He then drove over it before making a complete stop. Read more...

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Edward Furlong Gets Six-Month Jail Sentence

Edward Furlong, who starred in "Terminator 2" and "American History X" and more recently a series of mug shots, has been sentenced to six months in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 conviction for violating a restraining order filed by his then-wife, Rachael Kneeland. He was arrested in January for misdemeanor battery for allegedly shoving his girlfriend. Furlong's attorney said that he had arranged a deal with prosecutors in which Furlong would go to rehab instead of a prison — "a very unusual disposition in a case that alleged violence" — but Furlong refused. Read more...


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March 05, 2013

Judge Rejects Whitey Bulger's Immunity Claim

Gangster James "Whitey" Bulger cannot present evidence to a jury about his claim that he was given immunity for future crimes, including murder, a federal judge ruled Monday, calling Bulger's contention that he had a license to kill "beyond the pale." U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns found that an immunity agreement "cannot as a matter of public policy license future criminal conduct." "The court concludes that any grant of prospective immunity to commit murder was without authorization and is hence unenforceable under any circumstance," Stearns wrote. Read more...

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FAMU Band Members Charged With Manslaughter

Prosecutors are charging 12 former Florida A&M University band members with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of a drum major. Ten of the band members had been charged last May with felony hazing for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion, but prosecutors said Monday they are raising the charges to manslaughter. They also have charged two additional defendants with manslaughter. Read more...

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Casey Anthony Appears in Federal Court

Casey Anthony said in bankruptcy court Monday that she doesn't pay rent or utilities, and she hasn't received any offers for book, movie or TV deals. Anthony made her remarks at a meeting with creditors in her bankruptcy case in Tampa. She also said she was unemployed. "I don't pay rent. I don't pay utilities. I guess you could say I'm living free off the kindness of others," she said. Read more...

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Couple Indicted for Murder Charges

A couple charged in a double homicide at a Virginia Beach Rally's was indicted on several charges Monday, including capital murder, conspiracy and robbery. According to Harvey Bryant with the Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Deandre L. Dunaway, 23, was indicted for capital murder - multiple victims, capital murder - robbery, two counts of first degree murder, armed robbery, three counts of use of firearm and conspiracy. His co-defendant Cheari Edwards, 20, was indicted on two counts of first degree murder, three counts of use of firearm, armed robbery and conspiracy. Read more...

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Two Teens Suspected of Triple Homicide

Two teens were arrested in Clark, Wyoming in connection with the murders of three members of a family. Park County Sheriff Scott Steward said 19-year-old Stephen Hammer and 18-year-old Tanner Vanpelt were arrested after neighbors gave deputies a description of two men seen entering the house where the victim's bodies were found. The neighbors saw two vehicles speeding away, including a black Audi belonging to 40-year-old Ildiko Freitas, who owned the house with her husband. Read more...

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N.M. Votes Alcohol Ban on Interlock Users

How about this for a DWI crackdown? You get convicted of drunk driving, you get your ignition interlock, you get an interlock license - you can't buy any booze. The state House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill Monday afternoon that would outlaw liquor sales to people with interlock licenses. The bill's sponsor got the idea from something he saw with his own two eyeballs at a Santa Fe convenience store. Read more...

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Attorney: Lindsay Lohan Doesn't Need Rehab

Lindsay Lohan's attorney said his client doesn't need drug rehabilitation. At court hearing Friday, Mark Heller told a judge that Lohan is in therapy. "This is not what she needs — rehab," Heller said. "Lindsay doesn't have a problem with alcohol and drugs. Lindsay's issues are different." Lohan faces trial March 18 for allegedly lying to Santa Monica police when she said she was not driving her Porsche during an accident. Read more...

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Fighter Ricco Rodriguez Gets DUI

Ex-UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez -- who also appeared on the first season of "Celebrity Rehab" -- has been arrested on suspicion of DUI. According to law enforcement, Rodriguez was busted in L.A. yesterday morning at 1:25 AM. He was subsequently booked for misdemeanor DUI. Details surrounding the arrest are unclear. His BAC was recorded at 0.10. Read more...


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March 04, 2013

Van der Sloot Seeks Reduced Sentence

Convicted killer Joran Van der Sloot has written a letter to a Peruvian court in which he apparently takes responsibility for the death of Stephany Flores and says he hopes some day her family can forgive him. Van der Sloot also said he was continuing his therapy in hopes of becoming "a better human being." In the letter, he also seeks a reduced sentence. Read more...

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Lohan Judge Rejects 'Compassion' Plea

Lindsay Lohan's trial for allegedly lying to Santa Monica police when she said she was not driving her Porsche during an accident could begin on the coming weeks after a judge refused further delays. Lohan's attorney asked the judge to "give her leeway to show that she's worthy of compassion." But Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Dabney wasn't moved. "I don't know how the next two weeks is suddenly going to change the history of this case, these cases," Dabney said. Read more...

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3 Missing Women Linke to Modeling Profiles

Three young women who disappeared in Colorado reportedly all had profiles on modeling social networking sites. The National Women's Coalition Against Violence & Exploitation says Kara Nichols and Raven Furlong both had profiles on ModelMayhem.com. The group says the site is a common link in several cases of missing girls. "We're up to 13 or 14 cases that we're familiar with," the organization's co-founder, Michelle Bart, told Fox 31. Read more...

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Authorities End Fight Between 400 Inmates

An Arizona prison complex is on lockdown after a fight broke out among 400 inmates. Arizona Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux says the staff was able to quickly stop the fight that broke out at at the Whetstone Unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson. Two prison staffers suffered minor injuries, while five inmates were brought to hospitals with injuries. The extent of the inmates' injuries wasn't immediately available. Read more...

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Teacher Fatally Stabbed Trying to Rescue Woman

Friends say Victoriano "Mo" Moises Byrne-Gonzales was an expectant father and art teacher who had just been promoted to assistant director at his Santa Fe preschool when he was fatally stabbed the night of Dec. 2, 2011. His death was the tragic result of his effort "to do the right thing" when he saw a woman he didn't know getting beaten by her boyfriend, prosecutors said Thursday at the trial of the man accused in the attack. Adrian Gonzales, 31, is charged in District Court with killing Byrne-Gonzales, 21. Gonzales is also charged with assaulting his girlfriend at the time, Natasha Romero, and stabbing and wounding Santiago Cordova, a friend of Byrne-Gonzales. Read more...

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Man Charged With Stabbing 14-Year-Old Son

Baltimore County police say a Halethorpe man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and other offenses in connection with the stabbing of his 14-year-old son. Police say Charles V. Palmer, 50, was in his attic in his home with his son. The two were looking at knives when Palmer stabbed the boy in the neck. Palmer dropped the knife and the boy picked it up and ran outside with it, police said. Read more...

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Student Suspended After Disarming Gunman

A 16-year-old Florida high school student says he was suspended for three days for wrestling a loaded gun away from a teen threatening to shoot. The student, who attends Cypress Lake High School in Fort Myers, tackled the 15-year-old suspect on a school bus after he allegedly pointed the weapon at another student. "I think he was really going to shoot him right then and there," said the student, who declined to be identified. Read more...

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Cops Intercept Pot Sent to Tanning Salon

A Massachusetts tanning salon owner and her brother face drug charges after a package containing an estimated $60,000-worth of marijuana was intercepted by police. Authorities said the package containing 12 pounds of pot had been shipped from California to the Tanorama Suntanning Center in Burlington. Julia Symonds, 22, who owns the salon, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a class D drug and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Her brother, John Symonds, 25, was charged with conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Read more...


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March 02, 2013

Governor Rejects Bruce Davis Parole

Governor Jerry Brown became the second California governor to reject a parole board decision to grant release to a former member of the Charles Manson Family. Gov. Brown rejected the parole board's recommendation to release convicted killer Bruce Davis, who has served more than 40 years in prison. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected a previous parole for Davis in 2010. Read more...

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'East Coast Rapist' Sentenced to Life

A Connecticut man who became known as the "East Coast Rapist" for a series of sexual assaults over more than a decade from Rhode Island to Virginia has been sentenced to life in prison. The three life terms imposed on Aaron Thomas of New Haven, Conn., followed his guilty plea last year in Manassas for abducting three teenage trick-or-treaters and raping two of them on Halloween 2009 in Prince William County. Those attacks were the last in a series of 17 assaults going back to 1997 that police linked by DNA evidence. Read more...

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Aurora Shooter to Plead Insanity?

James Eagan Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a crowded Colorado movie theater last year, may seek to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, his lawyers indicated in court documents. Holmes, 25, allegedly stormed a theater in Centennial, Colo., showing the premiere of "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises" on July 20 and opened fire with an armament of legally acquired weapons. He is charged with 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other offenses. Read more...

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Grandmother Shot Boys Multiple Times

The state medical examiner's office says the two boys killed in a Connecticut murder-suicide each had multiple gunshot wounds. The examiner's office says the boys' grandmother, 47-year-old Debra Denison, died of a gunshot wound to the head. Police say Denison left a suicide note and took a revolver from her house on Tuesday before picking up 2-year-old Alton Perry and 6-month-old Ashton Perry at their day care in North Stonington. Their bodies were found in a van hours later after a frantic search. Read more...

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'Girls Gone Wild' Goes Bankrupt

The company that creates the "Girls Gone Wild" videos has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The move was apparently taken to shield the company, GGW Brands, from claims against the company including casino debts and multimillion-dollar jury awards. The beginning of the path towards bankruptcy may have started when GGW Brands' founder, Joe Francis, got into a high-profile legal fight with Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn. Read more...

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Woman Sentenced in Septic Tank Case

A newly unsealed confession shows a woman told authorities her son accidentally strangled his estranged wife before his parents helped hide the body in a southeast Ohio septic tank. Sandra Inman told an investigator in 2011 she wanted to see her grandchildren more, so she and her husband and son forced her daughter-in-law, Summer, into a car in Logan to discuss the issue. Inman said her son bound his wife's wrists with plastic zip ties and unintentionally strangled her with one around the neck. Inman said they panicked and hid the body. A week later, Inman told authorities where it was. Read more...

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Woman Delivers Baby After Being Shot

Police say a pregnant Yonkers woman who was shot in the stomach has successfully delivered her baby and is in stable condition. The woman delivered her baby by emergency cesarean section and was recovering Friday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. The victim's baby is also in stable condition. Cops are still searching for the gunman who shot the woman inside the vestibule of her apartment building. She was nine months pregnant. Read more...

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Fed-Ex Suied Over Weed Delivery

A Massachusetts woman is suing FedEx, saying the company erroneously sent her a package containing seven pounds of marijuana, then gave her address to the intended recipients who later showed up at her door. Maryangela Tobin of Plymouth says in the suit filed Feb. 12 the company violated state privacy laws by disclosing her address and put her and her children in danger. She says as soon as she opened the package, which she thought was a birthday present for her daughter, she called police. Soon after, a stranger knocked and repeatedly asked if she had his package. She slammed and bolted her door. Read more...

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Judge: Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer 'Incompetent'

Lindsay Lohan may want to make nice with her old lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley. All motions made by Lohan's new New York City lawyer, Mark Heller, to delay or do away with altogether the actress' scheduled March 18 trial were denied today by a Southern California Judge, who scolded the attorney for not being in compliance with California court procedures. Which means Lohan's trial on charges of reckless driving and lying to police about a car crash she was in last year, is on for March 18. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Dabney said there is no good reason to delay the case.
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March 01, 2013

Cop Killer Gets 45 Years

A man convicted of firing the shot in a botched robbery that killed a New York City police officer has been sentenced to 45 years to life in prison. Lamont Pride was convicted this month of second-degree murder in the death of Officer Peter Figoski. He was acquitted of a more serious murder charge. The courtroom was crowded with police officers and Figoski's family during sentencing. Read more...

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Ohio Governor Rejects Clemency for Killer

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has rejected a plea for mercy from a condemned killer scheduled to be executed next week for fatally shooting an adult bookstore security guard. Kasich followed the state parole board's recommendation in rejecting the clemency request of Frederick Treesh. Treesh is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for fatally shooting 58-year-old Henry Dupree during an August 1994 robbery in Eastlake. Read more...

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Man Charged With Murdering Missing Wife

Prosecutors charged a Minnesota man with murdering his missing wife, after investigators found blood traces throughout the couple's home, a large head and torso-shaped stain under a rug, and evidence of an extensive effort to cover it up. Authorities said they have not found 30-year-old Kira Trevino's body, but they believe she's dead because of the amount of blood found in her car and the couple's St. Paul home and because it wasn't like her to disappear without telling anyone. Jeffery Dale Trevino, 39, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in his wife's death. Read more...

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Man Accused of Cutting Mom Up With Saw

A 23-year-old man accused of killing his mother, cutting up her body with a saw and dumping it on the curb throughout their Bronx neighborhood said at a court appearance Thursday that his mother was dying and that he was trying to help. Bahsid McLean, 23, was denied bail at the appearance where he was charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing his mother, 45-year-old Tania Byrd. "I didn't do anything wrong," McLean shouted in court. McLean, wearing a black garbage bag, had several other outbursts during the court appearance where he is also charged with unlawful dissection of a human body. It was not immediately clear what he meant when he said his mother was dying. Read more...

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DNA Leads to Arrest in 1982 Cold Case

More than 30 years after a high school student was found dead in a drainage ditch west of Portland, authorities this week charged her former neighbor with aggravated murder -- a case cracked through advances in DNA technology, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Kenneth Lee Hicks, 49, of St. Helens, was arrested Wednesday and booked into the county jail. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. Hicks was 19 when Lori Billingsley's body was found Oct. 10, 1982, in a drainage ditch in the community of Aloha. The 17-year-old had been beaten, stabbed, strangled and sexually assaulted. Read more...

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Titans' Brandon Barden Arrested for DUI

Authorities say a Tennessee Titans tight end has been arrested in a roll-over drunken driving crash in eastern Georgia. A Lincoln County Sheriff's report says 23-year-old Brandon Barden lost control of a truck carrying two other passengers on Feb. 23 and crashed into a ditch in Lincolnton - about 35 miles northwest of Augusta. The report says the truck flipped and landed on its side. Read more...




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