May 31, 2013

Remains of Jacque Sue Waller Found

The remains of a Missouri mother of triplets have been found almost exactly two years after she vanished under mysterious circumstances. Cape Girardeau officials confirmed today that human remains found Wednesday belonged to missing mom Jacque Sue Waller. Waller disappeared June 1, 2011 after she went to the home of her estranged husband, Clay Waller, to pick up one of her children. Read more...

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What's Next for Jodi Arias?

The top prosecutor in Phoenix says he's confident an impartial jury can be seated to determine the punishment for Jodi Arias if his office doesn't reach a deal to end the case first. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery discussed the next steps for the Arias case at a news conference Thursday. A jury convicted her of murder but was unable to reach a verdict on whether she should be sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty for the killing of Travis Alexander. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:47 AM

Jackson Promoter Grilled About Email

The phrase most spoken by AEG Live's co-CEO during his testimony in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial was: "I don't recall." Katherine Jackson and her oldest daughter, Rebbie Jackson, watched as Paul Gongaware, who was in charge of producing and promoting Jackson's ill-fated comeback concerts, testified this week that he couldn't remember sending key e-mails or approving budgets that included $150,000 a month for Dr. Conrad Murray. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:46 AM

Susan Powell's Family Launches Search

The father of missing Utah mom Susan Powell has launched his own search this week after police said the case is at a standstill after they've run out of tips. Susan's father Chuck Cox announced on the Susan Cox Powell Foundation's website that he was starting a search Tuesday on a 400-mile stretch of Interstate 84 from Pendleton, Ore. to Tremonton in northern Utah. Susan Powell disappeared in 2009 and has never been found. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:46 AM

Pit Bull Owner Charged With Murder

A 29-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with a pit bull mauling that killed a 63-year-old Antelope Valley jogger earlier this month. Alex Jackson, 29, was arrested at his Littlerock home. His bail is set at $1,050,000. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison, a district attorney's spokeswoman said. Eight dogs -- six pit bulls and two mixed breeds -- were recovered from his home, sheriff's officials said. Four of the dogs were believed to be involved in the attack. What appeared to be blood was found on their coats and muzzles. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:46 AM

Tabloids Helped Matthew Perry Recover

The unrelenting tabloid reports about Matthew Perry's drink problems ultimately helped the actor get sober because bartenders refused to serve him. The star secretly battled substance abuse issues at the height of his fame on hit TV show Friends, but his struggles eventually became public news, prompting Perry to enter rehab. Even though the 43 year old admits the constant media coverage was overwhelming at times, it actually played a huge role in his recovery - because fans were keen to help the actor get clean and kept him in line while he was out on the town. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:45 AM

May 30, 2013

Zimmerman Defense Fund Depleated

George Zimmerman's defense fund is almost depleted with less than two weeks until the former neighborhood watch leader goes on trial in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's attorneys posted on their website that the fund had less than $5,000 left. The fund had almost $315,000 in January. The attorneys say they calculate that Zimmerman needs another $120,000 to put on a good defense or even another $75,000 to give him a fighting chance. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:28 AM

Florida Child Molester Executed

A convicted child molester condemned for the 1990 rape and murder of a 10-year-old Florida girl has been executed at the Florida State Prison. Florida Gov. Rick Scott's office said 56-year-old inmate Elmer Carroll was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday at the prison in Starke. Carroll had been convicted of first-degree murder and sexual battery in the rape and strangling death of Christine McGowan. The girl lived with her family next door to a halfway house for homeless men where Carroll was staying in Apopka. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:28 AM

Maine Man Staged Girl's Kidnap

A man used a fake Facebook account to lure a teenage girl out of her house in an attempt to stage her kidnapping and rescue so he could look like a hero but ended up killing her, a state police affidavit said. Kyle Dube was indicted Wednesday on charges of murder and kidnapping in the death of 15-year-old Nichole Cable, whose body was found in a wooded area of Old Town this month a week after she went missing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:28 AM

Grandfather Shot Dead By Police

Two Texas police officers have been placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a grandfather who was checking on his neighbor's burglar alarm. The incident happened near the Woodhaven Country Club and is being investigated by Fort Worth Police. Jerry Wayne Waller, 72, heard his neighbor's alarm and was shot five times in his driveway as police were responding to a call. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:27 AM

Drunk Driver Wrecks During Sex

Luis Briones, a 25-year-old New Mexico man, faces multiple charges after police say he was having sex with a woman while driving drunk and crashed, ejecting the woman from the vehicle. Briones was found with one shoe on and his shorts on inside-out Monday night after he wrecked his Ford Explorer in Albuquerque. Police say Briones' female passenger was found naked outside the SUV after being ejected. She had deep cuts to her face and head. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:27 AM

Saints WR Joe Morgan Arrested for DUI

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan was arrested over Memorial Day weekend on a charge of suspicion of driving while intoxicated. State police booked Morgan on charges of DWI and for driving without a license. The police report indicated police found Morgan asleep behind the wheel on the side of an expressway. The trooper noticed that Morgan seemed intoxicated with bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, according to the report obtained by The Times-Picayune. His blood-alcohol content registered 0.218 percent, more than twice the 0.08 percent legal limit, according to the report. Read more...




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May 29, 2013

Judge Limits Zimmerman's Defense

A Florida judge has ruled that attorneys for a neighborhood watch guard, who shot a teenager in a gated community, will not initially be able to bring up aspects of the victim's past at his up-coming trial unless the prosecution opens the door in its case. George Zimmerman's attorneys will not be able to mention Trayvon Martin's marijuana use, school problems and fighting experience during opening statements. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:42 AM

Dad Charged With Putting Baby in Freezer

A 25-year-old Washington state man is charged child assault after he put his 6-week-old daughter in the freezer to shut her up then fell asleep until the mother came home. Tyler James Deutsch is facing multiple charges related to the incident, authorities said. The baby remained in the freezer long enough for her body temperature to drop to 84 degrees. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:41 AM

Feds Shut Down 'Liberty Reserve'

Liberty Reserve was the financial glue that held together a massive worldwide network of cybercriminals, but the network that enabled $6 billion to change hands has been ripped apart, U.S. prosecutors said Tuesday, leaving thousands of criminals wondering where the money is. One of the world's most widely used digital currencies, Liberty Reserve was used as a secret money system for credit card thieves, identity thieves, Ponzi scheme peddlers, hackers for hire, child pornographers, even drug dealer websites, federal officials claim. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:39 AM

Stepfather Charged in Stabbing of Boy

Los Angeles police say a 26-year-old man arrested in the stabbing death of an 11-year-old boy is the child's stepfather. Officer Sarah Faden says the man was booked for investigation of murder after being released from a hospital. His name has not been released. The young victim died from his stab wounds following a family dispute at an apartment in the Westlake District. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:38 AM

Teen Charged in Shooting of 15-Year-Old

A 15-year-old boy has been charged in the shooting of a teenage girl in Pompano Beach over the holiday weekend, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. The boy, Demetrius Walden, was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. The incident took place just before 6 p.m. Memorial Day as Jolessica Williams, 15, and her 14-year-old niece were hanging out with Walden and another teen boy, also 15. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:37 AM

Chief Keef Arrested For Speeding

Chief Keef just can't stay out of trouble. The rapper was arrested for the second time this week when he was pulled over for driving twice the speed limit. Chief Keef, 17, was pulled over at around 3:45 a.m. when police spotted his car speeding on Winnetka Road in Northfield, Illinois. Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was taken into custody by police for driving twice the legal speed limit. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:37 AM

American Woman Held in Mexico

An American woman who went to Mexico for a family funeral has been stuck there for nearly a week, accused of smuggling drugs and facing a potential 10-year prison sentence. Yanira Maldonado's family says she is a victim of Mexican corruption and is hopeful a judge frees her today. Six days ago, Maldonado and her husband, Gary, were on a bus to Phoenix after going to her aunt's funeral in Mexico. The bus was stopped at a military checkpoint outside Hermosillo, about 170 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, their relatives said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:37 AM

Tampa Bay's Grimm Arrested for Drinking

Cody Grimm, the Virginia Tech star now playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was arrested in Leesburg and charged with public intoxication. The 26-year-old Fairfax native, once a gridiron standout at Oakton High, was back in the area for a wedding. Town police said the arrest happened at a Hampton Inn at 5:30 a.m. Court records show that Grimm has a hearing scheduled for July 9. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:36 AM

Bomber's Sister Charged in Drug Case

A sister of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects pleaded not guilty in a Hackensack, New Jersey, court to marijuana-related charges, her attorney said. Bella Tsarnaeva, 24, was arrested in December 2012 at her Fairview, New Jersey, apartment after police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance and found what they said was marijuana, said her attorney, Mario Blanch. Police searched the apartment after smelling marijuana and that Tsarnaeva was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Read more...




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May 28, 2013

Man Charged in Shooting of 6-Month-Old

A Chicago man accused of killing a 6-month-old girl in a shooting that also wounded her father was seeking revenge for the theft of a video game console, authorities said. Koman Willis was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the infant, Jonylah Watkins, who was shot on March 11 while sitting in her father's lap in a minivan. The baby's father, Jonathan Watkins, was seriously wounded in the attack, and police say he was the intended target. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:26 AM

Jennifer Lawrence Stalker Arrested

A Canadian man is facing charges that he stalked the brother of Jennifer Lawrence after authorities say he repeatedly insisted that the man put him in touch with the Oscar-winning actress so he could protect her, according to court documents. Zhao Han Cong, 23, of Vancouver, British Columbia, was ordered to remain held until he could undergo a psychiatric examination to determine if the case against him can proceed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:25 AM

Texas Tech Player Arrested in Murder

Former Texas Tech men's basketball player Decensae White has been arrested in California and extradited to Georgia in connection with a murder plot. White was arrested with four others in connection to the July 7, 2012, murder of Melvin Vernell III, a 19-year-old rapper who went by the stage name Lil Phat. Vernell, who was born in Waco, was shot multiple times in a hospital parking garage in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:25 AM

More Than 500 DUI Arrests in L.A.

More than 500 people were arrested for DUIs this holiday weekend. From 12:01 a.m. Friday through midnight Sunday, officers representing 100 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 529 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The arrests were made during the "Avoid the 100 Los Angeles County DUI Campaign." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:24 AM

410 Nabbed for DUI in Tempe

Increased police presence this Memorial Day weekend helped keep drunk drivers off the street -- an improvement from years past. 410 people were arrested for DUI this weekend. 50 of those were for aggravated DUI, 360 for misdemeanor DUI, and 111 for extreme DUI. It's a major turn from last year, when there were 547 arrests. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 05:24 AM

Amanda Bynes Threatens to Sue

Actress Amanda Bynes, who was arrested last week on marijuana possession and other charges, has said she plans to sue the New York City Police Department and her family. In a series of tweets, Bynes again said she was not guilty of the charges against her, repeated her claim that the arresting officer entered her Manhattan apartment illegally, sexually harassed her and wrongfully arrested her. Read more...




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May 27, 2013

Susan Powell's Diary Foreshadows Tragedy

Susan Powell had been married about a year when she started writing a journal. She was a love-struck, 20-year-old newlywed, dreaming of the future she would build with her husband. "I just feel incredibly lucky to have Josh," she wrote in 2002. Before long, however, she found herself torn. A growing sense of danger was telling her to grab her kids and flee, but her strong religious faith led her to believe she could save her young family. The journal entries turned grim. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:49 AM

Man Charged in Deaths of Anchorage Couple

A man has been charged with killing an elderly Anchorage couple and sexually assaulting their 2-year-old great-granddaughter. Police say the man refused to identify himself and is being held without bail. Police were summoned by a 911 call to an apartment in the 400 block of North Bragaw Street by a woman who said a man had murdered her grandmother. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:48 AM

Men Charged With First-Degree Murder

Two men were charged with the shooting death of a Waukegan man in Zion. Jamal B. Johnson, 30, and Douglas Alexander, 21, were both charged with first-degree murder. They're accused of shooting to death Mutassem A. Abdelaziz, 23, of Waukegan. Police found him inside a car after responding to a 911 call of "shots fired." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:48 AM

Teen Accused of Stabbing Girlfriend to Death

A teenage boy has been arrested after police say he stabbed his girlfriend to death on a suburban Philadelphia hiking trail. Tristan Stahley, 16, was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of 17-year-old Julianne Siller. Stahley then allegedly went home and told his parents what he had done. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:47 AM

'Double Jeopardy' Lets Killer Go Free

A Dallas man whom police accused of killing his cancer-stricken girlfriend went free after prosecutors realized the law won't allow him to be charged with murder. Charging Sharone Sylvester Brown, 61, would violate the "double jeopardy" standard because he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault against Sherry Whitacre before prosecutors knew she had died and before her death was ruled a homicide, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney's office said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:47 AM

Drunk Driver Hits 4 Patrol Cars

Authorities say a drunken driver smashed into four patrol cars and injured two troopers directing traffic near the NASCAR race in Concord. Investigators said Patrick Willis was driving too fast when he exited Interstate 485. Authorities say his car hit and jumped a curb and then smashed into four patrol cars on U.S. Highway 29. Officials say two troopers suffered minor leg injuries as they tried to get out of the way. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:47 AM

Amanda Bynes Denies Drug Accusations

Amanda Bynes has had a rough few days -- some might say, a rough few months -- landing in jail after allegedly tossing a marijuana bong out of her 36th-floor New York apartment window. The 27-year-old actress took to Twitter with a simple message: "Don't believe any reports." And she didn't stop there. Bynes insists, is "all lies." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:46 AM

Billy Joel Blames Wrecks on Depression

In a lengthy interview, singer Billy Joel says his infamous car crashes were not due to alcohol, but depression over breakups and 9/11. He said he was using alcohol to medicate his depression and he's still not abstitent, drinking a glass of wine with dinner. Read more...




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May 24, 2013

Arias Jury Hung on Penalty

A mistrial has been declared in the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial after the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision. The same jury found Arias guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting and stabbing death of her boyfriend, Travis Alexander. A penalty phase retrial is tentatively scheduled for July 18. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:01 AM

Father Gets Death for Drowning Sons

A father who told two of his sons to pretend they were swimming as he drowned them in a Dallas-area creek was sentenced to death. Jurors took less than 10 minutes to convict Naim Rasool Muhammad last week after hearing testimony from the mother of the two drowned boys, 5-year-old Naim and 3-year-old Elijah. They also watched a video of Muhammad, 34, describing the killings to a police detective. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:01 AM

LAPD Analyzes 'Tex' Watson's Tapes

Los Angeles police have obtained the decades-old taped conversations between a Manson family disciple and his attorney. Detective David Holmes says the department has had the tapes for a couple of weeks and Robbery-Homicide Division and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office are analyzing them. The tapes are being reviewed to determine whether there's evidence that could resolve unsolved murders. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:01 AM

Zimmerman's Attorneys Release Texts, Pics

The defense team for George Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in the Florida shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, has released a trove of texts and photos from Martin's cell phone — but it's not clear whether they'll be admissible in trial. The newly released evidence, posted to a website run by Zimmerman's defense team, includes texts from Martin where he discusses being suspended from school and smoking marijuana. He also shows an interest in guns in several texts. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:01 AM

Iowa Child Abductions Probed

An Iowa police chief says a dozen investigators are looking into whether the suspect in Monday's kidnapping of two girls is connected to last year's slaying of two cousins who vanished 90 miles away. Authorities believe Michael Klunder kidnapped 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard and her 12-year-old friend as they walked home from school. The 12-year-old was able to escape, but Kathynn is still missing. Evansdale Police Chief Kent Smock said Thursday that investigators are now scrutinizing Klunder in connection with the deaths of Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins because of similarities in the cases. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:00 AM

Deputy's Shooting Video Released

A Montague County deputy who was shot by a wanted Colorado man says he only remembers bits of what can be seen in video from his dashboard camera. Evan Spencer Ebel, who was suspected in the slaying of Colorado's prisons chief and a pizza deliveryman, shot Deputy James Boyd three times at point-blank range during a traffic stop. Montague County Sheriff Paul Cunningham released dash-cam video of the March 21 shooting. Watch video...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:59 AM

Bride Charged in Wedding Day Murder

A Pennsylvania woman accused of stabbing her fiance to death on their wedding day has been convicted of murder. A jury in Allentown found Na Cola Franklin guilty. Prosecutors say Franklin and 36-year-old Billy Brewster got into an argument early in the morning on Aug. 11, the day they were to be married. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Drugs Dealers Charged in 6 Murders

Authorities say two men have been charged in six killings, including a toddler and unborn baby, near the Tennessee-Alabama border last fall during a dispute over drug dealing. Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder announced on Thursday that 36-year-old Henry Burrell, of Fayetteville, Tenn., and 35-year-old Zakkawanda Moss, of New Market, Ala., are charged with six counts each of first-degree murder. The two men are jailed in Alabama on unrelated charges. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

84-Year-Old Busted for Drug Trafficking

An 84-year-old Albuquerque woman on an oxygen tank has been indicted for drug trafficking. Lillie Smith was recently indicted by a Bernalillo County grand jury for trafficking, conspiracy to commit trafficking, tampering with evidence and possession. Court documents show the charges stem from a warrant served at her apartment in 2011. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:57 AM

2 Killed in Drug Store Robbery

An East Tennessee pharmacy owner and a customer have been killed during a robbery that left a pharmacy tech and another employee wounded. District Attorney Jimmy Dunn said a former police officer in Bean Station was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and robbery at the Down Home Pharmacy. Dunn said the former officer, 37-year-old Jason B. Holt, took "a large quantity of pills" during the late-morning robbery. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:57 AM

Amanda Bynes Arrested in Midtown Apartment

Actress Amanda Bynes was arrested by police in her Midtown apartment after officers caught her throwing drug paraphernalia out the window, law enforcement sources said. The doorman at Bynes' building on West 47th Street called police to report she was smoking marijuana in the lobby, sources said. When officers arrived, Bynes had returned to her apartment on the 36th floor. Officers observed a bong inside Bynes' apartment as she opened the door, the sources said. That's when she allegedly grabbed it and tossed it out of the window. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:57 AM

May 23, 2013

Jodi Arias Jury Still Deliberating

A little more than an hour into deliberations, the jury in the Jodi Arias murder trial told the judge that it had a question: If they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence Arias to death or to life in prison for the 2008 murder of her lover, Travis Alexander, should they write it on a jury question form or just tell her? They were at an impasse. Judge Sherry Stephens called them into the courtroom and read them a standard "impasse instruction," asking them to go back to try again. Arias was visibly relieved. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:37 AM

Killer's Execution Delayed Indefinitely

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper indefinitely delayed the execution of convicted killer Nathan Dunlap on Wednesday and said he was unlikely to allow it as long as he is governor. Hickenlooper said he had doubts about the fairness of Colorado's death penalty system and about the state's ability to get the lethal drugs required for an execution. Dunlap, 38, was convicted and sentenced to die in 1996 for the ambush slayings of four people in a Denver-area restaurant. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:36 AM

Murderer Arrested After Pocket Dialing 911

Authorities in South Florida say a man is charged with murder because he was overheard discussing the killing when his cellphone pocket-dialed 911. Scott Simon, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the May 5 shooting of 33-year-old Nicholas Walker. Walker was shot while driving his car onto an Interstate 95 on-ramp. Authorities say Simon is heard on the 911 call telling someone he's going to follow the victim home and kill him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:36 AM

Bomber's Friend Shot by Investigators

A Chechen immigrant was shot to death by authorities in central Florida early Wednesday after he turned violent while being questioned about his ties to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, officials said. Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, was fatally shot at his Orlando townhouse during a meeting with an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers, authorities said. The agent was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:36 AM

Faith-Healing Couple Charged With Murder

A Philadelphia couple who believe in faith healing over medicine and who were on probation in their son's 2009 pneumonia death have been charged with murder after a second child died. Herbert and Catherine Schaible (SHY'-bull) face third-degree murder, child endangerment and other charges in the April death of their 8-month-old son, Brandon. Prosecutors call Brandon's death "eerily similar" to that of his 2-year-old brother Kent in 2009. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:35 AM

Former Bachelorette: I'm an Alcoholic

Jet-setting getaways. Swoon-worthy boat rides. Steamy candlelit snogging. The Bachelorette isn't short on peddling breathtaking romantic fantasies, but for onetime star Meredith Phillips, life after all those rose ceremonies offered a hard dose of reality. The 39-year-old reveals to People magazine that she has struggled with alcoholism, as she recounts the harrowing depths of her addiction and the battles she's waged to overcome it. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 03:35 AM

May 22, 2013

Is Susan Powell's Case Closed?

Is the case of Susan Powell closed? The local police department investigating the missing Utah mom who vanished in December 2009 has been closed, but an attorney for her family told reporters that the federal government still had an on-going investigation into her disappearance. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:30 AM

Man Charged in Death of Nichole Cable

A 20-year-old Maine man has been charged with murder in the death of a 15-year-old girl who was last seen more than a week ago, when she went to meet someone she befriended online. Police say Kyle Dube, of Orono, was charged in the death of Nichole Cable. Police say a body found in the woods on Monday night is likely that of the high school student. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:30 AM

'The Bishop' Sentenced to 37 Years

An Iowa letter carrier was sentenced to 37 years in prison for sending dud pipe bombs with letters signed "The Bishop" in an odd but potentially deadly bid to drive up the value of shares he owned. John Tomkins, 48, showed little emotion as a federal judge in Chicago imposed the sentence. Later, before marshals led the Dubuque, Iowa, man away in handcuffs, he smiled as his attorney patted his shoulder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:30 AM

Abduction Suspect Commits Suicide

Authorities say a man suspected of abducting two girls near an Iowa bus stop had committed suicide. Forty-two-year-old Michael Klunder was found dead at a rural property northeast of Dayton. Dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement are searching by air, land and water for 15-year-old Kathlynn Shepard. She and a 12-year-old girl were taken near a bus stop in Dayton, about 60 miles north of Des Moines, on Monday afternoon after accepting a ride from a stranger. The younger girl was able to escape. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:29 AM

Levy Judge Promises 'Openness'

A judge promised more openness after months of confidential post-trial proceedings in the case of murdered Washington intern Chandra Levy, disclosing for the first time the reason a key prosecution witness could be discredited. Prosecutors and defense attorneys for convicted killer Ingmar Guandique were in court again for a hearing in the case. Before the proceeding, lawyers had met several times beginning in December, and the public and press were barred from hearing all or part of those proceedings. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:29 AM

15-Year-Old Charged in Double Slaying

A 15-year-old boy charged four months ago in the shooting deaths of a married couple in their Wake County home can be tried as an adult, a District Court judge ruled. A witness testified during a probable cause hearing that Jose Samual Flores Mendoza and his wife, Maria Saravia Mendoza, both 34, were unintentional victims in a dispute between two rival gangs and that the target had lived in their house, near Garner, for about six months in 2011 prior to the Mendozas moving there. The couple was found dead in their home shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 5. Their 3-year-old son, Jacob, was found unharmed. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Teen Used 'Murder Kit' to Kill Couple

A teenager accused of murdering his girlfriend's mother and stepfather came to the couple's Compton home with a "murder kit" that included a baseball bat, a mask and rubbing alcohol, a prosecutor told jurors. Giovanni Gallardo executed a "sneak attack," strangling his girlfriend's mother and ambushing her stepfather with the bat before stabbing him with a knife, Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Eric Siddall said during opening statements of Gallardo's murder trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Chief Keef Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

South Side rapper Chief Keef was arrested near Atlanta for disorderly conduct after hotel security smelled marijuana smoke coming from his room, police said. The disorderly conduct arrest comes two months after he was released from custody in Chicago for a probation violation. Officers arrived at a Dunwoody hotel and spoke with Chief Keef, then arrested him for disorderly conduct for smoking marijuana, according to a police report. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Kerry Kenedy's DUI Not Dismissed

Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is likely to go on trial in the fall after a town judge refused to dismiss a drugged-driving case against her. Kennedy "cut a wide swath of danger and risk" on July 13 as she drove her Lexus on Interstate 684 near her home north of New York City, swerving into a tractor-trailer, Justice Elyse Lazansky wrote in a ruling filed in North Castle Town Court. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:27 AM

May 21, 2013

Susan Powell Case Closed

A police agency is closing the active investigation of the disappearance of Susan Powell, a Utah mother whose now-dead husband was a prime suspect, citing a lack of leads. West Valley City police are also releasing the case file, with details that have been kept under wraps since Powell vanished in 2009. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Josh Powell Had an Affair

Newly released police files say Josh Powell had an affair with a Utah woman just months before his wife disappeared. Investigators contacted the woman, whose full name is redacted, in August 2010, after her phone number was discovered in connection with the case. She told police she had a sexual relationship with Powell after meeting him through a dating service about six or seven months before Susan Powell disappeared. The woman said she knew Powell by the name John Staley, and she didn't know he was married. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Judge Releases Boston Bomber's Records

A judge approved a request by Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense attorneys to receive records compiled on him in federal prison. U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler said in her order that prison officials should give attorneys the daily activity logs, suicide watch logs, psychology data files, photographs, commissary files they requested, and other records. The judge said prosecutors also are entitled to the records, turning down a defense request that the records not be provided to the government until the defense had a chance to file objections to a judge. She also found no reason to keep private the defense's sealed request. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:27 AM

Character Witness for Jodi Arias Pulls Out

A woman who planned to testify as a character witness for Jodi Arias in a bid to spare her life decided that she couldn't go through with it, saying she had received death threats and was deeply conflicted about the case. Lawyers for Arias, who was convicted earlier this month of the frenzied murder of an ex-lover, quickly asked for a mistrial in the sentencing phase on the grounds that a witness had been intimidated. The judge denied the request. The potential witness, Patricia Womack, is a childhood friend of Arias who planned to testify about Arias' abusive childhood. Besides the threats, she said that her heart went out to the family of Travis Alexander, whom Arias was convicted of killing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:27 AM

10-Year-Old Killed by Gunmen

Authorities were searching for at least two gunmen who walked up to the door of a Northern California home and opened fire, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring her parents. "Whoever these gunmen were, they were directly outside the front door," Sacramento County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jason Ramos said Sunday. "This was not a drive-by. These gunmen approached the house and shot inside." Sacramento County sheriff's officials suspected that a family member had gang ties. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:26 AM

Robbers Butt Dial 911 During Break-In

Two suspects arrested for breaking into a car in Central California accidentally called 911 on a cellphone, which led police to them. A dispatcher was able to hear a rambling 35-minute conversation between the men as they discussed buying drugs and what implements to use to break into vehicles in Fresno. The dispatcher listened in as the suspects smashed a car's window and found prescription drugs. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:26 AM

Barbara Walters' Daughter Arrested for DUI

Revered U.S. broadcaster Barbara Walters' daughter was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence. Jacqueline Danforth was taken into custody and booked in Florida after traffic cops pulled her over near Naples. She has been released on a $1,000 bond. Danforth, 44, is The View host's adopted daughter with her second husband, theatre producer Lee Guber. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:25 AM

Jack Osbourne: 'Dad Relapsed But Sober Now'

Jack Osbourne is playing down the drama surrounding his father Ozzy's recent relapse, insisting he was not surprised when the heavy rocker started boozing and using drugs again. As a recovering addict himself, the reality Tv star insists no one is guaranteed full sobriety after kicking their bad habits - and his dad is just like millions of troubled souls who slip back. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:25 AM

May 20, 2013

Bulger Girlfriend Loses Sentence Appeal

The woman who was convicted of helping a fugitive mobster stay on the lam for more than 16 years has failed in an attempt to have her sentenced reduced. A federal appeals court rejected Catherine Greig's unfair sentence claim for her conviction of helping Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. Greig is serving 8 years in federal prison for conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:05 AM

O.J. Simpson Close to Freedom?

The latest high-stakes court hearing for O.J. Simpson in the glitzy capital of big gambles has come to a close with the former football star's defense team feeling confident that their client is closer to getting out of prison. The last time Simpson was in a Las Vegas courtroom, he was convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery. Now, with a new team of attorneys on his side, he has mounted a cool, methodical case that his former lead lawyer botched the 2008 trial so badly that a new one should be granted. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:05 AM

2 Men Arrested in Killing Over iPad

Two men have been arrested in the killing of a teenage boy over an iPad in Las Vegas, police said. Jacob Dismont, 18, and Michael Solid, 21, were booked Saturday into the Clark County jail on charges of open murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. According to investigators, Marcos Arenas, 15, was walking down a street with the iPad when a passenger got out of a vehicle and tried to steal the device from him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:05 AM

Man Accused of Killing Father

A man accused of killing his father in Canyon Country was in jail after sheriff's deputies acting on a tip pulled him over and arrested him without incident, authorities said. Juan Alexander Mejia Dubon, 30, faces charges on Monday in the fatal shooting that occurred. Since his arrest about 4 p.m. on Saturday, he has been held in the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on $1 million bail. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:05 AM

Three Arrested in Colorado Springs Murder

The 52-year-old wife and 33-year-old daughter of Widefield resident Miguel Barajas allegedly conspired with an acquaintance to kill the 47-year-old man, officials say. Sandra Barajas, the victim's wife; Dawn Richburg, his daughter; and Tommy Wright, 34, have been arrested for investigation of first-degree murder, criminal solicitation and criminal conspiracy. The three, who are being held without bond, are accused of killing Miguel Barajas, whose body was found Feb. 13 Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:04 AM

4-Year-Old Found With Alcohol Poisoning

The father of a 4-year-old girl with cerebral palsy is begging for answers after his daughter was found with alcohol poisoning last month. Paul Silva has temporary custody of Le'A, who was three years old at the time, as Weber County Sheriff's detectives investigate the incident in which her mother called 911 to report her unresponsive at her Marriott-Slaterville apartment on April 11. Le'A's mother had primary custody of her prior to the incident and Paul was allowed visitation every other weekend. "I was at work and I got a call saying that my daughter is not breathing and she's getting rushed in the ambulance to the hospital," Paul said. "They did a bunch of tests and they ended up finding alcohol. Her blood alcohol [content] was way high." Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 03:04 AM

May 18, 2013

Former Lawyer Contradicts O.J.

A former attorney for O.J. Simpson took the stand and said the former football player knew two companions would be armed with guns when they went to a Las Vegas hotel room to retrieve memorabilia that he claims was stolen from him. Simpson, 65, is serving nine to 33 years after being convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping for the 2007 confrontation. In seeking a new trial, Simpson's claims are that he didn't know a weapon was used and he got bad legal representation at his trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

17-Year-Old Charged in Brothers' Deaths

A teenager who pointed Ohio authorities to the bodies of two dead brothers who had been reported missing has now been charged in their deaths. A prosecutor in northwest Ohio says the 17-year-old is charged with delinquency in connection with aggravated murder. The brothers' bodies were found hours after they were reported missing May 9. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

Bulger Girlfriend's Sentenced Upheld

The longtime girlfriend of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger lost her bid to reduce the eight-year prison sentence she received for helping Bulger during his 16 years as a fugitive. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that it found no basis to change the sentence that Catherine Greig received after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. The panel included retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:40 AM

More Time Needed to Indict Boston Bomber

Federal prosecutors say they'll ask for more time to indict Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Prosecutors said they will not indict Tsranaev within the 30-day period prescribed the Federal Speedy Trial Act. Sunday marks 30 days since Tsarnaev was arrested following the April 15 bombing. Prosecutors didn't specify under which exception they'd seek an extension. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:40 AM

Husband's Body Parts Found in Ex-Wife's Home

Six years after Danny Burroughs went missing from his New Jersey home, investigators say they have found his body parts in the home of his ex-wife, Loretta Burroughs. The remains were found in two containers in Loretta's home in Ventnor, N.J. Loretta Burroughs, 61, wept quietly this afternoon as she was formally charged with Danny's murder. Burroughs went missing on August 14, 2007, from the couple's home on Leipzig Avenue in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township, N.J. He was last seen on his riding lawnmower. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Actor Edward Furlong Arrested

Actor Edward Furlong tried to hide, but ended up caught and behind bars in California for allegedly violating a protective order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend, authorities said. West Hollywood, California, deputies responded to a call about a possible violation of a protection order. They found the suspect -- the 35-year-old actor best known for his role in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" -- hiding on a nearby property. He was arrested and brought to a sheriff's substation in West Hollywood, authorities said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Pregnant Teenager Arrested for DUI

An 18-year-old was arrested for DUI and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia in Johnson City. Police said Goldie Jean Greene was swerving while driving, then was lethargic and had slurred speech when they pulled her over. Officers say they found a marijuana pipe in Greene's front seat, and she pulled another from her bra. She also admitted to officers she had smoked a bowl of marijuana. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Jets' Goodson Faces Drug and Gun Charges

Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and of a loaded firearm, the New Jersey State Police said. Goodson, who turns 26 next week, was the passenger in an S.U.V. that had stopped in the westbound left lane of Interstate 80 in Denville, N.J. The driver of a tow truck noticed the vehicle and called 911 because Goodson and the driver, Garant Evans, 31, of Roselle, N.J., appeared intoxicated. About 3:20 a.m., troopers arrived and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car, a state police spokesman said. They also discovered a handgun. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:38 AM

May 17, 2013

Arias Lawyers Wanted to Withdraw

Attorneys for Jodi Arias asked to step down from the case after their client was convicted of first-degree murder, but a judge denied the request. Arias returned to court for the final phase of her trial as the same jury that convicted her last week now weighs whether the former waitress should be sentenced to life in prison or death. Her attorneys must convince jurors she shouldn't be executed. But just Tuesday, Kirk Nurmi and Jennifer Willmott asked a judge for permission to withdraw from the case. The detail was contained in court minutes and provides no information about why the two defense lawyers asked to withdraw. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:51 AM

Bulger Wants Jury Background Checks

Federal prosecutors in the upcoming racketeering trial of Massachusetts' reputed gangster Whitey Bulger want to do criminal background checks on potential jurors. In a court filing, prosecutors cited the case of convicted killer Gary Sampson, who was sentenced to death for carjacking and killing two Massachusetts men and was also convicted of killing a New Hampshire man during a 2001 crime spree. Sampson's sentence was set aside by a judge who found that one juror repeatedly answered questions about her life dishonestly. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:51 AM

Jury Believes Blinking Victim

An Ohio man was found guilty in the shooting death of a man who authorities say identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked up to a ventilator. Ricardo Woods, 35, was convicted of fatally shooting David Chandler in Cincinnati in 2010 by a Hamilton County Common Pleas jury. Woods also was convicted of felonious assault. He could be sentenced to life in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:50 AM

Etan Patz Case Heads to Trial

The murder case will proceed against Pedro Hernandez -- accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared on his way to a New York City school bus stop in 1979 -- after a judge denied a motion to dismiss the case, a court official said. Judge Maxwell Wiley determined that there was enough evidence for the case against Hernandez to proceed, according to the judge's clerk's office. The defendant's lawyer, Harvey Fishbein, said that while he believes Hernandez shouldn't face murder charges, he's not surprised by the decision. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:50 AM

Man Charged in Brooklyn Teen's Death

A 20-year-old man from Maine was arrested and charged with killing a 14-year-old Brooklyn girl whose death had remained a mystery since her burned body was discovered on a desolate beach in January, police said. Christian Ferdinand allegedly smothered Shaniesha Forbes with a leather pillow after she said she was pregnant with his child and refused to have an abortion, officials said. Ferdinand then allegedly took her body to a marshy area of Gerritsen Beach, where he used deodorant and a lighter to burn her body and clothes in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence, officials said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 02:49 AM

Randy Travis Sues Over DUI Video

Country music star Randy Travis has sued the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Office of the Attorney General after some evidence from his drunken-driving arrest last summer was ordered released to the public. Travis in January pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated. The arrest video was collected Aug. 7 after Travis was found naked after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am near Tioga. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 02:49 AM

May 16, 2013

Texas Executes Cop Killer

A 37-year-old Houston man convicted of killing a police officer 14 years ago has been put to death. Jeffrey Demond Williams' execution came just over an hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal from his attorneys. Lawyers contended Williams had been failed by previous attorneys at his trial and in early stages of his appeals. Williams was convicted of fatally shooting 39-year-old Houston officer Troy Blando while Blando was handcuffing him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:17 AM

Jodi Arias Eligible for Death Penalty

The Phoenix jury that convicted Jodi Arias of first-degree murder last week needed only a few hours Wednesday to decide that her conduct was so extreme that it could merit the death penalty. Jurors announced that they had found that Arias had been "especially cruel" in killing Travis Alexander in 2008. That would constitute an aggravating factor that Arizona law says could justify the death penalty. The jury will return to court to hear new testimony and arguments as it begins deciding whether Arias should die or should spend the rest of her life in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:17 AM

O.J. Simpson Takes Stand

O.J. Simpson, making a long-shot bid for a new trial, testified he had no idea that any of his companions were armed when they went to a Las Vegas hotel room to retrieve memorabilia that he claims was stolen from him. "I would not have imagined in my wildest dreams that these guys would have guns," Simpson said on the stand during a court hearing that will determine if he gets a new trial. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:17 AM

Police Search Farm for Susan Cox Powell

Authorities were searching for missing mom Susan Cox Powell at a farm near Salem, Oregon, according to reports. Police, with numerous cadaver dogs in tow, toured the rural property, looking to see if they could pick up the scent of human remains. Investigators said they were calling off the search for the night after scouring the area. Susan Cox Powell's father, Chuck Cox, had said that when he was tipped off about the heavily wooded area earlier this year, he notified West Valley Police. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:16 AM

12-Year-Old Charged With Murder

A 12-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his 8-year-old sister appeared in juvenile court to face murder charges. The boy was formally charged with second-degree murder in the death of his sister, Leila Fowler. No plea was entered in the brief hearing. The small town of Valley Springs, Calif., is reeling after authorities made an arrest in the killing of 8-year-old Leila Fowler: her 12-year-old brother, who previously said a man broke into their house and killed his sister. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:16 AM

Castro to Plead Not Guilty

The attorneys for a Cleveland man accused of keeping three women in captivity for about a decade say he will plead not guilty. Attorneys Craig Weintraub and Jay Schlachet said that suspect Ariel Castro has been portrayed as a "monster" in the media, and after meeting with him they don't see him that way. Weintraub says it's unfair and offensive that "the media and the community want to demonize this man before they know the whole story." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:15 AM

Michelle Knight Was Main 'Punching Bag'

The man accused of kidnapping three Cleveland women and holding them for close to a decade abused all of them but used captive Michelle Knight as his main "punching bag," a family friend of one of the victims said. The friend said suspect Ariel Castro hit Knight with a variety of objects, including hand weights. She has suffered vision loss, joint and muscle damage, and other problems from her time in captivity. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:15 AM

Exonerated Inmates Protest New Florida Law

Seth Penalver and Herman Lindsey are no longer on Florida's death row, but they are fighting for those who still are. Penalver and Lindsey, two of Florida's death row exonerees, held a press conference asking Florida Gov. Rick Scott to veto a death penalty bill recently passed by the state legislature. If the bill is signed into law, 13 people could be executed in Florida this year. The bill, referred to as the "Timely Justice Act," limits the appeals process and speeds up state executions. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:15 AM

Inmate Gets Death in Killing of Guard

A 54-year-old inmate was sentenced to death for killing a Washington state corrections officer in a prison chapel two years ago. Byron Scherf is a convicted rapist who already was serving life in prison when he attacked and strangled Officer Jayme Biendl in January 2011. A Snohomish County Superior Court jury took about an hour to convict him of aggravated murder last Thursday, and the same jury sentenced him to death. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

'Freed' Man Back in Prison

After two years of freedom, a Montana man is back in custody after a state Supreme Court ruling that could send him back to prison for the rest of his life for the 1979 slaying of a teenager. A spokesman for the attorney general said Barry Beach was taken into custody without incident Wednesday morning by the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office. "It was hard enough to be innocent to begin with," Beach said. "But to be going back still innocent for the second time is just unbelievable." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

New Orleans Shooting Suspect Nabbed

New Orleans police and federal agents say they have taken the suspect in a Mother's Day parade shooting that left 19 people wounded into custody. Authorities said they arrested 19-year-old Akein Scott between 10 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. Wednesday night in the Little Woods section of eastern New Orleans. Scott was wanted in connection with the shootings of 19 people, two whom were children, at a Mother's Day parade in the city last Sunday. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:14 AM

Hikers Won't Have to Pay for Rescue

Two hikers lost for days in the Southern California wilderness won't be charged the $160,000 it took to find them. County supervisors made that decision in closed session. Board of Supervisors Chairman Shawn Nelson said he thinks there's no legal way to force the hikers to reimburse their rescue costs — even though one is charged with a drug crime. Nineteen-year-old Nicolas Cendoya and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack were rescued from the Cleveland National Forest last month after spending several days there without food or much water. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:13 AM

Shocker: Tommy Chong Backs Legalization

The Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech and Chong based their 42-year career on counterculture humor with a particular emphasis on marijuana use. But these days Tommy Chong sees the recreational drug as something more than fodder for jokes about stoned hippies. The 74-year-old comedian thinks legalizing marijuana on a federal level would offer numerous benefits, including a boost to the U.S. economy if it were taxed. "Look at the situation we're in now. Sequesters. Cuts. Everything cut across the board. Now, the government is tapped into the biggest cash crop in the world," Chong said. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 03:13 AM

May 15, 2013

Prosecutors: Trayvon's Behavior Not Relevant

With the murder trial still a month away, attorneys are already fighting it out in court in the case of Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Prosecutors want to block George Zimmerman's defense team from presenting evidence about Martin's marijuana use and background. Meanwhile, Zimmerman's attorneys are challenging audio analysis of screams heard on 9-1-1 calls made during the shooting. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:43 AM

Patrol Officer Recounts Finding Missing Women

Cleveland Police Detective Jennifer Ciaccia spoke with Patrol Officer Anthony Espada to pose the question that everyone is asking…what was it like to discover Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight on Monday, May 6, 2013? Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:43 AM

Statement Issued by Kidnapped Women

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are extremely grateful for the generous assistance and loving support of their families, friends, and the community. They are also very grateful for the tireless efforts of numerous law enforcement officials with the Cleveland Police Department, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff, the FBI, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:42 AM

Woman Shoots Family, Hospitalized

Authorities say a woman has been charged with fatally shooting her two young children and wounding her husband in a home in northwestern South Carolina. Pickens County deputies say 35-year-old Suzanna Simpson was found in a wrecked truck just outside her home. Arrest warrants say she told paramedics that she had had shot her whole family. Officers entered the home and found Simpson's 5-year-old son Sawyer and her 7-year-old daughter Carly dead. Her 34-year-old husband Michael was wounded and remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

Con Man Billie Sol Estes Dies

Texas con man Billie Sol Estes, the colorful 1960s swindler whose case became a national sensation, has died. He was 88. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deed says Estes was found dead in his home by a caregiver early Tuesday. Estes' name was synonymous with Texas-sized schemes, greed and corruption. He became notorious in 1962, when he was accused of looting a federal crop subsidy program in a scam involving phony financial statements and non-existent fertilizer tanks. Several lower level agriculture officials resigned. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

Gacy Case Turns Up Missing Person

A DNA test used by investigators to identify victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy has helped solve a 41-year-old New Jersey missing persons case, officials announced. Sixteen-year-old Steven Soden went missing on April 3, 1972, but his remains were not identified until 2012, when authorities matched them with a DNA sample from his sister. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:40 AM

Drug Lord Found Guilty of 12 Murders

A federal jury has found Philadelphia drug trafficker Kaboni Savage guilty of 12 murders dating back to 1998. Six of the 12 victims were were members of a North Philadelphia family. Prosecutors said that as revenge against a former gang member who leaked information to the FBI, Savage firebombed a home with four kids and two adults inside, killing them all. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:40 AM

Drunk Student Left at Hospital With Note

An Arizona State University student who passed out from drinking tequila was left in wheelchair in a hospital lobby with a Post-it note to tell doctors that he took part in a drinking competition. Tempe police say the 19-year-old student was found in the emergency room lobby of St. Luke's Hospital. Police say a sticky note on the student's body gave his name and said he'd been drinking and needed help. Hospital staff noticed the student and helped him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:40 AM

U.S. Board Proposes Tougher DUI Threshold

A decade-old benchmark for determining when a driver is legally drunk should be lowered in an effort to reduce alcohol-related car crashes that claim about 10,000 lives each year, U.S. safety investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that all 50 states lower the threshold from 0.08 blood-alcohol content (BAC) to 0.05. The idea is part of a safety board initiative outlined in a staff report and approved by the panel to eliminate drunk driving, which accounts for about a third of all road deaths. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Former NFL Star Chuck Muncie Dies

Chuck Muncie, who blended speed and power to become one of the N.F.L.'s leading running backs of the late 1970s and early '80s, but whose career was cut short by drug abuse, died at his home in Perris, Calif. He was 60. Muncie went to prison in 1989 in a drug case, but he turned his life around and helped disadvantaged children through a foundation he created. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Dylan Patton Arrested for Selling Cocaine

Former Days Of Our Lives star Dylan Patton has been arrested in a police raid for allegedly selling cocaine at his home. The actor was arrested at his Agoura Hills home in California after an undercover police operation which saw an officer attempt to buy the drug from Patton. Police said after being told cocaine was being sold on the premises the officer approached Patton, and allegedly purchased a quantity of obtain. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:38 AM

May 14, 2013

Ohio Kidnap Victims Request Privacy

Three women who were kept captive in a Cleveland home for more than 10 years have asked the media to respect their privacy and will not be giving interviews until the criminal case is over, their attorney said. The three victims said they just want time to be with their families and take time to heal. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were freed from their captivity on May 6 when Berry screamed to neighbors for help. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:59 AM

Police Believe Body Is That of 18-Month-Old

The body of an 18-month-old girl whose mother was found dead last week along with two others may have been discovered Saturday, police in Kansas said. Authorities are conducting a forensic identification on the remains, a written statement said. "It is with great sadness that I report a body found in Osage County, Kansas, is believed to be the remains of 18-month-old Lana Bailey," Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards said, adding that he was confident it was the missing toddler. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Abortionist Convicted of First-Degree Murder

Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for the death of three babies that prosecutors said were delivered alive and subsequently killed. Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty when the jury reconvenes for the sentencing phase next week. "He's disappointed and he's upset," defense lawyer Jack McMahon said of his client, who appeared calm in the courtroom. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Search for Missing NOLA Teacher Continues

The search for missing Harvey school teacher Terrilyn Monette continued on Sunday after authorities were forced off Bayou St. John on Friday and Saturday due to thunderstorms, reported Nola.com. While the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has drudged up 17 cars from the waterway, none of them are the black Honda Accord that belonged to Monette, said the website. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Prosecutors Want to Hide Travon's Past

Florida prosecutors say Trayvon Martin's troubles at school and his marijuana smoking should not be talked about at a trial for neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Prosecutors asked a judge to block Zimmerman's attorneys from presenting this evidence as well as information about Martin getting into a fight and wearing fake gold teeth. Prosecutors also want to keep out of the trial any social media screen names Martin used, the contents of his text messages and his school records. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:57 AM

Prom Limo Driver Arrested for DUI

A limousine driver who was allegedly drunk when he drove more than 20 suburban Chicago teenagers to a prom says he wasn't intoxicated and that mechanical problems caused his erratic driving. Richard L. Madison says the wheels of the party bus he was driving were out of alignment. He says that caused it to move erratically as he drove the teens to high school prom in DuPage County. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:57 AM

Deputy Arrested for Helping Drug Dealer

A former Thomas County Sheriff's Office deputy is accused of alerting a suspect in a drug deal about law enforcement activities involving the suspected drug dealer. Ronald Haggins Jr., 39, 111 Wise St., is charged with violation of oath by public officer and obstruction of officer, both felonies. "Based on facts of the investigation, he was terminated," Thomas County Sheriff Carlton Powell said. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:56 AM

May 13, 2013

O.J. Simpson Gets Court Hearing

O.J. Simpson will return next week to the Las Vegas courthouse where he was convicted of leading an armed sports memorabilia heist to ask a judge for a new trial on the grounds that his lawyer botched his case. Simpson will take the witness stand to testify that the Florida lawyer who collected nearly $700,000 is to blame for his armed robbery and kidnapping conviction in 2008 and his failed appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court in 2010. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:05 AM

Brother Arrested in Stabbing of Girl

Authorities say they have arrested the brother of an 8-year-old girl who was mysteriously stabbed at her home in a quiet Northern California community last month. Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz told reporters at a news conference that the arrest was made late Saturday afternoon. He says the 12-year-old boy will be charged with homicide. The boy had told police last month that he encountered an intruder in the home on the day Leila Fowler was killed. He described the man as being tall with long gray hair. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:04 AM

Coroner IDs 3 Victims of Quadruple Homicide

A southern Indiana man returning home from work found two people shot to death in the living room, and investigators found two other bodies inside, authorities said. Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett said three men were found dead in the living room and a woman's body was found in a bedroom of the home in Waynesville, a small unincorporated town about 50 miles south of Indianapolis. All four were shot to death, County Coroner Larry Fisher said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:04 AM

Teen Gets 27 Years in Killing

A Mississippi teenager faces 27 years in prison after running over and killing a man walking along a rural highway in a case the victim's family called a hate crime. Matthew Darby, 18, pleaded guilty earlier this week to manslaughter in the July 2012 death of 61-year-old Johnny Lee Butts. Companions put Darby at the wheel of the white Chevrolet that hit Butts from behind on a highway in Panola County, about 150 miles north of Jackson. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:04 AM

Manhunt Intensifies in Family Killings

A northern California region marked by towering redwood trees and mountains rising out of the Pacific is the focus of an intensive search for a suspect in the shooting deaths of his wife and two young daughters. Shane Franklin Miller, considered armed and dangerous, grew up in coastal Humboldt County and authorities say that his ability to fortify himself in an area so remote it's called the "lost coast" makes searchers vulnerable. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:03 AM

Man Gets 100 Years in Murder of Teen

A Hartford man was sentenced to 100 years in prison for the shooting death of a 15-year-old. Paul Davis is one of two suspects in the shooting death of Kerry Foster on May 28, 2006. Foster and a 14-year-old friend were standing on Clark Street when a car pulled up alongside them and shots were fired. Foster was killed. The 14-year-old was wounded, but survived. An investigation by the Hartford Major Crimes Unit and the Cold Case Unit in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney led to the arrest of Davis in 2009. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:02 AM

Man Killed Making Craigslist Sale

A 40-year-old Cromwell man is dead after being shot in the head while trying to sell a Samsung Tablet in Hartford, according to police and the victim's family. Police are calling the death of Felix DeJesus III, 40, of Cromwell, a homicide. DeJesus' father, Felix DeJesus Jr., said his son was trying to sell an electronic tablet on Craigslist and had arranged to meet with someone who expressed interest in buying. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:01 AM

4th Bench Warrant Issued for Orlando Brown

Troubled actor Orlando Brown is wanted by authorities after skipping a court hearing relating to his 2011 arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). The former That's So Raven regular was scheduled to prove that he had completed an alcohol education program and attended alcohol counselling sessions as part of his probation for the two-year-old case, but when he failed to show, the Los Angeles judge issued a bench Warrant allowing police to take him into custody. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:01 AM

Jeff Hanneman Died of Cirrhosis

Members of Slayer say Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis. The guitarist died last week at a hospital in Hemet, Calif., at age 49. It was initially theorized that Hanneman's death might have had something to do with a suspected spider bite that led to a case of necrotizing fasciitis, nearly costing him his arm. The band disclosed Hanneman's cause of death on its website, and a publicist said Friday the determination was made by his attending physician. Read more...




Posted by Webmaster at 01:01 AM

May 10, 2013

Arias Penalty Hearing Postponed

The next phase of the Jodi Arias murder trial was postponed and will continue next week. Court officials didn't provide a reason for the delay. The trial will resume Wednesday. The jury was scheduled to return to the courtroom to decide whether Arias should be eligible for the death penalty for killing her one-time boyfriend on June 4, 2008. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:20 AM

Zimmerman Wants Jurors Sequestered

The neighborhood watch volunteer charged with fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin wants the jury at his trial to be sequestered and for panelists to be able to inspect the crime scene. Zimmerman's attorney filed a motion asking that jurors be kept in isolation during the trial and that their names and other personal information remain confidential because of the immense attention the case has received. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:20 AM

Castro Brothers Released From Custody

Cleveland police say the two brothers of the man accused of keeping women captive in his house have been released from custody. Police announced that 54-year-old Pedro Castro and 50-year-old Onil Castro had been released from jail. Police didn't release any more information, and the men's whereabouts were not immediately known. Read more...

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Inside Cleveland's Haunted House

In retrospect, there were plenty of signs that something was wrong: reports of a naked woman roaming the backyard. A child peering from an attic in a house where no children lived. Sealed windows, muffled screams and accounts of what sounded like people pounding on the walls from inside. But the incidents were spread out over years. Even now, it is not precisely clear who saw what or when. Attempts to report the odd occurrences to the police seem to have been sporadic, and the police response appears to have been equally limited. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:19 AM

Heeringa's Blood Found Outside Station

Police say a small amount of blood that was found outside of a western Michigan gas station has been identified as belonging to a young mother who vanished from her job as a night clerk there last month. Norton Shore police Chief Daniel Shaw said in a statement that investigators found "a small amount of blood" at a location "outside of the Exxon Mobil station," and a DNA test confirmed it belonged to 25-year-old Jessica Heeringa. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:19 AM

Man Arrested, Baby Presumed Dead

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in the deaths of three people whose bodies were found at a rural farm home in eastern Kansas, authorities said. Franklin County Sheriff Jeffrey Richards said at a news conference that the 18-month-old daughter of one of the victims is "presumed dead" although her body has not been found. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:18 AM

Baby Missing After Mom and 2 Others Slain

Authorities are searching for a baby girl who hasn't been seen for more than a week and whose mother was found slain with two men on a Kansas farm. The bodies of Kaylie Bailey, 21, Andrew Stout, 30, and Steven White, 31, were discovered at the farm in Ottawa, eastern Kansas. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department said in an emailed statement that the three victims were identified following a forensic examination. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:18 AM

One of New York's Most-Wanted Found

A fugitive wanted in New York after vanishing in the wake of a 2004 hostage taking has been arrested in England, where he had been working in a supermarket. Sean Lopes, 47, had been living in Chatham, about 30 miles southeast of London, when he was arrested, Kent Police said. He was "wanted on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping in the United States" involving a 22-year-old woman dating June 2004, according to Kent Police. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:18 AM

Father, Daughter Plead Guilty to Murder

Kathleen Dorsett knew the end was near for her ex-husband, Stephen Moore, when she sent him to pick up tools he had left at her father's house. Moore had dropped off their 20-month-old daughter at Dorsett's house. "I took my daughter into the house, knowing all the time my father was back there, waiting to kill him," said Dorsett, a former third-grade teacher in Neptune. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Jogger Mauled by 4 Pit Bulls

Authorities in rural Los Angeles County were warning people to be on the lookout for four pit bulls suspected of killing a 63-year-old jogger. Sheriff's Lt. John Corina told reporters that a woman in a car saw the dogs attacking the female jogger. The witness called 911 and honked her horn to try to get the dogs to stop. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Colorado Sets Taxes, Rules for Pot

Colorado is set to become the first U.S. state to regulate and tax sales of recreational marijuana, after lawmakers approved several bills that set business standards and rules. Legislators expect enforcement of the rules to be paid for by two taxes on marijuana — a 15 percent excise tax, and a 10 percent sales tax. Other measures included in the package set limits on how much marijuana visitors to Colorado can buy (a quarter of an ounce), as well as a limit on how many cannabis plants a private citizen can grow (six). Read more...




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May 09, 2013

Jody Arias Found Guilty

After deliberating for almost three full days, an Arizona jury has returned a guilty verdict in a lurid murder trial that attracted national attention via tabloid coverage and cable television. Jodi Arias was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting and stabbing death of her lover Travis Alexander on June 4, 2008. The jury briefly began deliberations late Friday afternoon and reached a verdict late Wednesday morning. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:33 AM

Jodi Arias: I Prefer a Death Sentence

Jodi Arias, convicted of first-degree murder of her on-and-off lover, says she was surprised by the jury's verdict and hopes for the death penalty over life in prison. The jury that found her guilty of killing Travis Alexander now faces a decision on whether she deserves execution or a life term in prison. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:33 AM

Castro Charged With Kidnapping, Rape

The Cleveland man charged with holding three women captive for a decade impregnated one of them five times and punched her in the stomach until she miscarried, police said in a chilling report on the kidnappings. The man forced one of his captives, Michelle Knight, to deliver the baby of another captive, Amanda Berry, in a kiddie pool, and threatened to kill Knight if the baby died, police said. Police made the revelations in a report that laid out a nightmarish captivity, including starvation and imprisonment in the basement. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:33 AM

Kidnapped Women Leaped Into Officer's Arms

The moment of freedom for two of the women allegedly kidnapped and held for a decade in dilapidated home in downtown Cleveland arrived with a joyous leap into the arms of a police officer. A police report details the officer's account of that instance -- after Amanda Berry cried out for freedom from behind a storm door and neighbor Charles Ramsey came to the rescue, kicking in the door and giving Berry – missing since 2003 -- and her 6-year-old daughter a path to escape. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:32 AM

Captives Tell of Rapes, Pregnancies

The three women held in a Cleveland house for a decade have told investigators of rapes, pregnancies and miscarriages during their captivity, police sources told NBC News on Wednesday. The police chief said they had been bound with chains and ropes. Police were seeking corroboration of the women's accounts where possible, the sources said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:32 AM

Woman Charged With Husband's 1979 Murder

A woman has been arrested and charged with the 1979 murder of her husband, a commodities broker who was shot in their Inverness home by intruders. Authorities now allege that Jacquelyn Greco, 66, plotted the killing and made it look like a burglary – even directing the intruders to tie up her and three of her children to add to the ruse. Greco, who has been living in Michigan, was ordered today held without bail in Cook County Jail. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:32 AM

'Barefoot Bandit' Pleads Guilty Again

"Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore has pleaded guilty in Mount Vernon to a burglary charge for breaking into the Anacortes Airport where he stole a plane and flew it to Orcas Island. As part of a plea deal with Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich, the 22-year-old was sentenced Wednesday to three months he's already spent in jail. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:31 AM

Police Arrest Man in 1976 Tucson Murder

Investigators in Arizona have arrested a man suspected of killing a woman in Tucson more than 35 years ago. Tucson police say 66-year-old Bruce McCullough has been charged with first-degree murder in the March 1976 death of 20-year-old Donna Smith. Authorities say the two had been living together as a couple. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 01:31 AM

Atlanta Council Woman Charged With DUI

The day after being charged by an Atlanta police officer with driving under the influence, city council woman Cleta Winslow sat in a previously scheduled budget hearing for the city's police department. Winslow was arrested and hit with a battery of traffic charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on the wrong side of the road, police said. Her arrest comes just as each incumbent member of the council is preparing for re-election this November. Read more...




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May 08, 2013

Women Escape Captors After 10 Years

Investigators are trying to determine how three kidnapped women managed to go undetected for a decade in a densely populated residential Cleveland neighborhood. The three managed to escape their ordeal when one of them, with the help of neighbors who heard her screams, managed to kick her way through the front door of 2207 Seymour Avenue. Amanda Berry, who vanished in 2003, pulled herself and a six-year-old girl through the door, then called 9-1-1 to get police to rescue Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Equusearch Seeks $100,000 from Casey Anthony

A Texas search and rescue organization involved in the search for 2-year-old Caylee Anthony says her mother, Casey, owes it more than $100,000 in expenses. Attorneys for Texas Equusearch Mounted Search and Recovery say in recent federal bankruptcy court documents that Casey Anthony knew her daughter was already dead when the search began in 2008. Anthony was acquitted of murder in her daughter's death. Her attorney said during trial that the girl drowned accidentally in a family swimming pool. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Man Sentenced to Death in Courthouse Killing

A Houston man who admitted opening fire on his daughter outside a Southeast Texas courthouse was sentenced to death for fatally shooting a 79-year-old bystander. Bartholomew Granger, 42, was convicted last week of capital murder in the slaying of Minnie Ray Sebolt. The same jurors who found him guilty deliberated for a little less than two hours before deciding on the death penalty. Granger testified that he opened fire on his daughter outside the courthouse in downtown Beaumont in March 2012 but insisted he did not kill Sebolt. She was a bystander walking outside the courthouse, where Granger's daughter had testified against him in a sexual assault case. The daughter and her mother were among three women wounded in the attack. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:17 AM

Mississippi Court Blocks Scheduled Execution

The Mississippi Supreme Court has indefinitely delayed a scheduled execution of an inmate convicted of the 1992 slayings of two college students. Willie Jerome Manning had been set to die by injection shortly after 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday at the state prison in Parchman. The court said the execution should be delayed until it rules further on the case. Manning's lawyers had claimed DNA evidence would clear him of the killings. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:17 AM

Texas Executes Carroll Joe Parr

A Texas death row inmate convicted of killing a fellow drug dealer while robbing him outside of a Waco convenience store 10 years ago was executed Tuesday evening. In the seconds before being injected with a lethal dose of pentobarbital, Carroll Joe Parr told the wife of his victim that she should talk to her brother and that he would "tell you the truth about what happened to your husband." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:16 AM

Lauryn Hill Sentenced to Prison

Lauryn Hill told the judge who sentenced her to prison that she planned to pay her taxes; it was just a question of when. The judge reminded her that citizens don't get to choose when to pay the government just before ordering her to spend three months in a federal prison. The Grammy-winning singer must report to prison on July 8 to begin serving the sentence for failure to pay federal income taxes for three years, followed by three months of home confinement and a year of supervised probation, the judge said. Hill must also pay penalties and taxes still owed and a $60,000 fine. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:16 AM

Tim Lambesis Arrested in Murder-for-Hire

Tim Lambesis, lead singer for the heavy metal band As I Lay Dying, was arrested in California on Tuesday on charges that he sought the help of an undercover detective to have his estranged wife killed, police said. Lambesis was taken into custody in Oceanside, near San Diego, said San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell. Police had previously learned Lambesis was looking for someone to carry out the killing, Caldwell said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:15 AM

Tiger Woods Gets Intoxicated at Gala

Two recent high-profile appearances by Tiger Woods — far from any golf course — have a couple of friends of the links legend concerned. While Woods did appear overtly affectionate toward his new girlfriend, ski champ Lindsey Vonn, at Monday's glitzy Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, I've heard the golfer's heavy drinking upset Vonn. "Lindsey was not happy about Tiger getting so loaded," said one observer. "Even before he stumbled on the stairs [at the post-party at Standard Hotel], Lindsey was urging him to stop boozing." Read more...




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May 07, 2013

Joe Francis Convicted of Assault

Legal problems continue to follow "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis. The 40-year-old video producer who has made a fortune exploiting young, drunk females, has been convicting of assaulting a woman he met at a Hollywood nightclub. Francis was found guilty of three counts of false imprisonment, one count of dissuading a witness from reporting, and one count of assault causing great bodily injury. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Casey Anthony Judge Felt 'Shock, Disbelief'

Two years after jury selection began for the Casey Anthony murder trial, Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over the case, said the Florida mother was "very manipulative." "There were two sides to Casey Anthony," he told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY Monday in an exclusive interview. "There was the side that was before the jury, where she portrayed the role of a mother who had lost a child, someone who was wrongfully accused, and then you could notice the change and transformation in her when the jury went out." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

Zimmerman Challenges Use of Voice Experts

A lawyer for a Florida man charged in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin is asking a judge to bar voice-recognition experts from testifying at his murder trial on grounds their techniques are not scientifically valid. Prosecutors are expected to call audio experts to testify in the trial of George Zimmerman to analyze a 911 call made during the night when Martin was shot and killed. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, goes on trial June 10 on charges of second-degree murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

3 Missing Women Found in Cleveland

Three women who went missing about a decade ago were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and a man was arrested. Cheering crowds gathered Monday night on the street near the home where police said Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight were found earlier in the day. Police didn't immediately provide any details of how the women were found but said they appeared to be in good health. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:48 AM

Man Sentenced for Murder of Parents

A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison in the shotgun slayings of his parents in their suburban Pittsburgh home. James Yeckel Jr., 54, pleaded guilty in Allegheny County to third-degree murder. Yeckel apologized "to the family" for the September 2011 deaths of 74-year-old James and Carol Ann Yeckel. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

2 Charged in Florida Man's Death

A 22-year-old Florida girl has been charged with homicide after a man's body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car outside a motel near Pensacola. Escambia County Sheriff's deputies said family members discovered 43-year-old Harvey Ray Smith's body after spotting his vehicle outside a motel. Smith had been reported missing. According to an arrest report, Debra Burge told investigators she asked Smith to her residence so Zachary Vance Greer could rob him. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

A Breath Test for Drugged Drivers?

Law enforcement and public health officials, struggling with a way to crack down on the growing problem of drugged driving, may be encouraged by a new Swedish study of breath testing which could mean the development of a roadside breathalyzer test for illicit drugs. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

Browns' Armonty Bryant Arrested for DUI

Browns draft pick Armonty Bryant was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, the latest legal trouble for the defensive end. Bryant was arrested Friday in Ada, Okla., according to a police report. According to an arrest affidavit, Bryant was stopped near the stadium at East Central University, where he was a standout player for the Division II school. His blood-alcohol level was 0.098 percent. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

Former Brave Otis Nixon Arrested

Former Major League outfielder Otis Nixon has been arrested on drug charges following a weekend traffic stop in suburban Atlanta. Nixon was pulled over just after midnight Saturday after another driver called police to report a Dodge Ram truck weaving all over the road. The 54-year-old remained in jail Monday afternoon on $11,880 bond. Officers found a pipe for smoking crack cocaine in Nixon's pants pocket and found a suspected crack rock in the driver's seat, the report says. They later found another pipe and more suspected crack rocks in the floor board of the driver's side, as well as other paraphernalia. Read more...


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May 06, 2013

Park Searched for Jessica Heeringa

A 2,700-acre state park about four miles from where a young Michigan mother was abducted from her job at a gas station has been searched by Norton Shores police. A report of gunfire in the area and the discovery of sun glasses that looked like Jessica Heeringa's prompted the air and ground search. Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw said the search turned up no new clues. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:52 AM

$400 Found in Heeringa's Wallet

Authorities investigating the disappearance of a Michigan mother who worked the night shift at a gas station say they found $400 in her wallet and the store's register was untouched. Jessica Heeringa, 25, disappeared April 26 while working the late-night shift at an Exxon Mobile gas station in Norton Shores, in the western part of the state. Her purse and car were left behind, and authorities are investigating the case as an abduction. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:52 AM

Murder Suspect Mistakenly Freed

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials blamed understaffing for the mistaken release of a murder suspect from jail last month. The department waited nearly a month before alerting the public that Johnny Mata was on the loose. Mata was set free April 4 from the Sheriff's Department's Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles, according to Capt. Chuck Antuna. "A clerical error occurred and he was released," Antuna said. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:51 AM

Missing Mom 'Far From Homeless'

The tale of Brenda Heist, the Pennsylvania mother who abandoned her two children only to turn up in Florida 11 years later, has taken another unlikely turn. Heist may not have spent most of those 11 years homeless, as she told police last week when she turned herself in, saying she'd abandoned her family because of stress. Sondra Forrester says she knew Heist in 2010. At that time, Heist cleaned her Florida home and went by the name Lovey Smith. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:51 AM

Bar-Drinking Mom Leaves 4 Kids in Car

A Long Island, N.Y., woman was arrested after police say she left her four children unattended in a car while she went drinking in a bar. Authorities say Maria Cepparo, 40, left her children in an unlocked, unheated car parked in a fire zone outside Momo's Sports Bar and Grill in Holbrook at around 12:15 a.m., according to authorities. The children — a 13-year-old son who is autistic, an eight-year-old son and six-year-old twin daughters — are now in the care of their grandmother. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:51 AM

Linday Lohan Says Rehab Is 'Pointless'

In an interview before entering the Betty Ford Center for a court-ordered 90-day rehab stint, Linday Lohan claimed in an interview that she can quit drinking any time and prefers ecstasy over cocaine. She also said she has a prescription for Adderall and Trazodone, but thinks sending her back to rehab is pointless. Read more...




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May 04, 2013

Arias Jury Begins Deliberations

Jurors began deliberations in Jodi Arias' murder trial on Friday after four months of testimony and closing arguments from both sides that presented far different scenarios of the killing and motivation, leaving the panel to come to grips with the dearth of evidence and Arias' ever-changing version of events. The panel deliberated for just about an hour before concluding for the day. Deliberations resume Monday. Closing arguments wrapped up with Arias' lawyer imploring jurors to take an impartial view of his client, even if they don't like her, and prosecutors describing the defendant as a manipulative liar who meticulously planned the attack and is still lying. Read more...

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Police: Fowler Witness Not Credible

A potential witness in the killing of an 8-year-old California girl has recanted her statements about seeing a possible suspect running from the girl's home and "is no longer credible," a sheriff's department spokesman said. Sgt. Chris Hewitt said that while meeting with a sketch artist and detectives Wednesday, the unidentified witness refused to provide a description so a composite sketch could be made of the man. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:48 AM

Arrest Made in 1992 Murder

Oklahoma authorities said that bodies found last month in a hole initially dug for a septic tank were likely those of three females missing since 1992 and that police had arrested a man who sprinkled black pepper on the impromptu grave in an apparent attempt to cover any odor. Remains found beneath 8 feet of dirt near Jennings were likely those of Wendy Camp, 23; her daughter Cynthia Britto, 6; and Lisa Kregear, 22, who was Camp's sister-in-law, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said. Clothing, a backpack and a purse found in the hole matched items the women had when they disappeared May 29, 1992. Grover J. Prewitt Jr., 60, of Bristow, used to own the land where the bodies were found and was charged Thursday with being an accessory after the fact of first-degree murder. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

Pleas Entered in Atlanta Cheating Case

A not guilty plea was entered Friday on behalf of Beverly Hall, the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools who is charged in a broad conspiracy alleging educators cheated on standardized tests to mask poor student performance for personal gain. Hall was among several former Atlanta educators who appeared in Fulton County Superior Court. Hall sat quietly in the gallery, standing up as her attorney J. Tom Morgan said she would waive a formal reading of the charges. The court then entered a not guilty plea on her behalf, and she left the courthouse without speaking to reporters. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

Husband Kills Wife With Pickaxe

Investigators say a Pittsburgh man killed his wife with a pickaxe after the couple had an argument. Bruce Cook, 62, was charged Thursday with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse in the death of 57-year-old Lois Cook. A friend called police Wednesday because Lois Cook missed work. Police said they arrived at the Cooks' home and found dried blood on the floor of the kitchen heading toward the basement steps. Investigators said they found Lois Cook's body under a tarp in the basement. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

Boy, 3, Shoots Himself With Granny's Gun

An Arizona toddler died after accidentally shooting himself in the face with his 35-year-old grandma's hand gun, police said. Darrien Nez, who was just 3 years old, picked Rachel Spry's 9mm pistol out of her backpack, which also contained a meth pipe. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

Overdose Suspected in Death of Chris Kelly

A drug overdose may have led to the death of Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly. Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratte, told authorities that her son became sick after taking cocaine and heroin on the night before he died, according to a police report. Pratte and Kelly's uncle, Lamar Williams, told police that Kelly had a history of drug abuse and experienced similar episodes in the past. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

Lindsay Lohan Checks Into Betty Ford

Lindsay Lohan dodged jail yet again. The "Mean Girls" star checked into California's Betty Ford Center shortly before midnight Friday, barely making a court deadline after she bolted from another rehab early Thursday. The eleventh-hour save came after a prosecutor warned that he planned to seek a warrant if she didn't land in a rehab bed by midnight. Read more...


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May 03, 2013

Maryland Repeals Death Penalty

Opponents of capital punishment marked a milestone as Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon line to abolish the death penalty in nearly 50 years, joining only West Virginia. The passage was a significant victory for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Roman Catholic who opposes capital punishment and is considering seeking the 2016 presidential nomination. Death penalty opponents said the governor helped maintain the national momentum of repeal efforts by making Maryland the sixth state in as many years to abolish capital punishment. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:58 AM

Boston Suspects Plotted July 4 Attack

The brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombings originally planned to set off explosives on July 4 — but changed their minds and decided on Patriot's Day, officials with knowledge of suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's interrogation said. Investigators also now have a good idea of how and where the pressure-cooker bombs used in the attack were constructed. But they still are trying to determine where the components in the explosives came from. Officials say Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, dropped pressure-cooker bombs stashed in backpacks in crowds watching runners at the finish line of the marathon on April 15. Read more...

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Jackson Jurors Hear Voicemail

Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, told him Jackson was sick, and implored him to have blood tests done, according to a voicemail played Thursday in court. The message left by Frank DeLeo was retrieved by police from the cellphone of Dr. Murray and played during the trial of a negligence lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother against concert promoter AEG Live. "I'm sure you're aware he had an episode last night," the message said. "He's sick ... We gotta see what he's doing." Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:57 AM

Judge Rejects Bulger's Immunity Defense

A federal judge has rejected accused mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's plan to argue that he cannot be prosecuted for 19 murders because of an immunity agreement worked out with a now-deceased prosecutor. In a court filing made public, District Court Judge Denise Casper said lawyers for Bulger could not make the case at trial that he had immunity from prosecution. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:57 AM

Rescued Hiker Charged With Meth

One of the two teenage hikers who were rescued after a four-day search of Southern California wilderness has been charged with felony methamphetamine possession. Prosecutors charged 19-year-old Nicolas Cendoya after authorities found the drug in his vehicle while responding to their disappearance. Cendoya and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack called investigators from Holy Jim Canyon on Easter Sunday, saying they were lost and their cellphone was dying. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:57 AM

Seahawks Lynch DUI Trial Scheduled

Last year, after Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested for DUI, some in the media assumed that Lynch would serve a suspension during the 2012 season. Lynch's case will go to trial on June 21. Later this month, the presiding judge will consider a motion to dismiss the case and to suppress certain evidence relating to it. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:56 AM

Reese Witherspoon Gets $200 Fine

Actress Reese Witherspoon has pled no contest to a disorderly conduct charge and slapped with a $200 fine. The Legally Blonde star was not in court but represented by her lawyer. Her husband Jim Toth pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and will have to perform 40 hours of community service and attend an alcohol education program. He was also placed on probation for a year. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:56 AM

Lindsay Lohan's Rehab Has No License

The Newport Beach rehab facility which Lindsay Lohan entered as part of her sentence for lying to police in a reckless driving case has no license to provide alcohol or drug treatment as required by the judge, officials said. The actress entered Morningside Recovery LLC in Newport Beach on Thursday, her attorney Mark Heller told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Dabney. Heller told the judge that the facility fully complied with the requirement that it provide 90 days of therapy in a setting where Lohan could not leave. Read more...


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May 02, 2013

3 pals of Boston Bomber Charged

Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were accused of removing evidence from his dorm room as new details about the case emerged in court papers. Criminal complaints against the trio revealed that Tsarnaev cut his long hair after the April 15 attack but before the FBI released his photo and that he allegedly told friends a month earlier that he knew "how to make a bomb." The court papers also suggest that the 19-year-old suspect was practically blasé when one of the friends texted to say he looked like the man in the FBI photos of the bomb suspect. Read more...

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Woman Gets 10 Years for 1957 Murder

Seventy-six-year-old Ruby C. Klokow of Sheboygan pleaded no contest three months ago in her daughter's 1957 death. Prosecutors previously agreed to recommend a jail sentence of 45 days because of her age and medical issues. They also cited challenges associated with prosecuting such an old case. But Judge Angela Sutkiewicz delivered a harsher sentence. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Mom Who Vanished in 2002 Found

A central Pennsylvania woman who mysteriously disappeared after dropping off her children for school 11 years ago has surfaced in Florida and has told police she traveled there on a whim with homeless hitchhikers, slept under bridges and survived by scavenging food and panhandling, authorities said. Brenda Heist, 53, had been declared legally dead, Lititz Borough Police Det. John Schofield said. The detective said he met with her in Florida and she expressed shame and apologized for what she did to her family. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Victim's Family Watches Killer's Execution

A man convicted of killing a 6-month-old as he raped her was executed Wednesday despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her. Steve Smith, 46, was executed by lethal injection for the September 1998 killing of his live-in girlfriend's daughter, Autumn Carter, in Mansfield in northern Ohio. Smith had recently tried to get his sentence reduced to life in prison, arguing that he was too drunk to realize that his assault was killing Autumn and didn't mean to hurt the baby. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:17 AM

Kenny Anderson Loses Coaching Job After DUI

He has said he'd like to one day coach basketball at the college level, maybe even at Georgia Tech. After a weekend DUI arrest, Kenny Anderson is looking for a job sooner than he planned. The former Tech and NBA star was let go Wednesday from his coaching job at a small, private school in south Florida, The Palm Beach Post reported. Anderson, 42, was arrested early Saturday and charged with DUI in Pembroke Pines, Fla., the newspaper reported. It was his second arrest since being hired at the school in 2011. Read more...


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May 01, 2013

Police Release Sketch in Heeringa Case

Police in Norton Shores, Michigan have released a sketch of a suspect in the disappearance of a 25-year-old gas station clerk who vanished last week. The sketch was produced with the help of a witness who saw the man driving the vehicle that may have been used to abduct Jessica Heeringa as she was closing the Exxon station last Friday. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Authorities Search for Silver SUV

Authorities in Michigan released a surveillance video they say shows a silver SUV that may be connected to a missing mother who worked the late-night shift at an ExxonMobile gas station. Jessica Heeringa, 25, disappeared Friday night around 11:15 p.m. at the ExxonMobil station where she worked in Norton Shores, near Muskegon. Her purse and car were left behind, and police were notified after a customer called 911 and said no employees were at the station, Fox 17 reports. There were no security cameras operating at the time of her disappearance, Norton Shores police say, and authorities are investigating the case as an abduction. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Bomber's Widow Wants Body Released

The widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects will ask the Massachusetts medical examiner to release his body to his family, her attorney said. Attorney Amato DeLuca said in a statement that Katherine Russell wants Tamerlan Tsarnaev's remains released to the Tsarnaev family. Tsarnaev, 26, died after a gunfight with authorities. Police said he ran out of ammunition before his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene. Read more...

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Woman Charged With Kidnapping, Rape

A Philadelphia woman was indicted this week, accused of abducting a 5-year-old girl from her school by posing as her mother, raping her and leaving her barely clothed and crying at a playground. Christina Regusters was charged with aggravated assault, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and several other offenses in the January incident that had police searching door to door and parents clutching their children tightly. Read more...

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No Jail Time for 'Teacher of the Year'

A former "teacher of the year" won't serve any prison time after admitting she had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. A state Superior Court judge in Newark, New Jersey, sentenced 33-year-old Erica DePalo to lifetime parole supervision. She also will have to forfeit her teaching certificate and register as a sex offender. Read more...

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Arias Juror Arrested for 'Extreme DUI'

The juror excused from the Jodi Arias trial last week had been arrested on a charge of extreme DUI the previous weekend. According to a Gilbert Police Department report, the juror, 52-year-old Daniel Gibb, allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .206—more than twice the legal limit—when he was pulled over at 9:49 p.m. on April 20. The report stated that an officer observed Gibb's vehicle drifting into a residential bike lane twice before he pulled him over. Gibb allegedly had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, and the officer claimed he could smell the odor of intoxicating beverage coming from the vehicle. Read more...


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