December 19, 2014

Prue Gets Life Sentence

A man convicted of luring, kidnapping and killing a popular Vermont teacher has been given a life sentence. Allen Prue was sentenced to life for the first-degree murder of Melissa Jenkins. But, the judge stopped short of sentencing Prue to a life without the possibility of parole, as prosecutors requested, citing Prue's lack of any criminal record before the kidnapping of Jenkins. Read more...

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Slender Man Defendants Competent

Two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fantasy character Slender Man are fit to stand trial, a judge ruled. State experts concluded that both girls were competent, but their attorneys contested those conclusions. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren held back-to-back hearings for both girls to decide. Bohren's decisions mean both cases will continue to preliminary hearings, where a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence for trial. Read more...

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Timeline Focus of Kendrick Johnson Case

A Georgia sheriff's department has issued a report detailing its investigation of claims that the Lowndes High School wrestling team was still on campus when Kendrick Johnson, the teen found dead in January 2013 inside a rolled-up gym mat in the school's gym, was last seen alive. Last month, Johnson's parents and their legal team released a video that focused on two brothers - one of whom was on the wrestling team - who the family contends were on campus when Johnson was last seen alive, and who they say may have had a motive to harm their son. Read more...

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Pedestrains Mowed Down in Hit-and-Run

A possible hit-and-run driver struck roughly 12 pedestrians in a Redondo Beach intersection. Police say the female motorist, who police identified as Margo Bronstein, 56, of Redondo Beach, drove into a group of people that had just attended a Christmas program at St. James Catholic Church put on by students at the church's school. Read more...

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Manhunt Continues for Killer

Police in northeast Texas are hunting for a murder suspect who they say is on run outside of Fort Worth. Forty-year-old Kristun Madewell is sought in connection with the murder of Christopher Ortega in south Fort Worth, and has since eluded authorities in several encounters. The 29-year-old Ortega was found dead of a gunshot wound in a bedroom. Read more...

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Escapee Captured After 22 Years

A 71-year-old convicted thief was captured 22 years after he escaped from an Ohio prison. Roger Perdue was apprehended at his Kokomo, Ind., home Dec. 12. Perdue, convicted of grand theft, walked away from his work detail at London Correctional in March 1992. He left the prison five months into his 5 and a half year sentence. Read more...

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Teen Arrested in WalMart Shooting

A teen has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a man outside of a Walmart last week in Stafford. According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Antonio De la Cruz, 19, is in police custody. Deputies did not provide any updates on his two friends who are also wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Christian Eduardo Cardoza on Dec. 10. Read more...


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December 18, 2014

Kibby Indicted on 205 Charges

A man arrested for kidnapping a New Hampshire 14-year-old and holding her captive for nine months has been indicted on more than 200 charges related to the case. Nathaniel Kibby could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of the charges. Read more...

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Rikers Island Guard Convicted

A New York City jail guard has been convicted of a civil rights charge after a jury concluded he ignored the pleas of a dying Rikers Island inmate who had swallowed a toxic soap ball. Terrence Pendergrass shook his head repeatedly as the verdict was announced in Manhattan federal court. Pendergrass was charged in the death of 25-year-old Jason Echevarria, who had bipolar disorder and was being held on a burglary charge. Read more...

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TV Meteorologist Attacked by Gunman

The manhunt is on for a gunman who shot a Texas meteorologist three times outside his television station's studio. The attacked KCEN-TV employee is Patrick Crawford, one of the station's meteorologist who only hours before had been showing off his ugly Christmas sweater on the morning show. The assailant confronted Crawford as he left the station's parking lot and "exchanged words" before opening fire with a handgun. Read more...

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Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested

An up-and-coming rapper is among several people arrested in an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in New York City. Authorities said that Ackquille Pollard was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan. He performs under the name Bobby Shmurda. A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office says the 20-year-old Pollard is among a group of defendants named in an indictment that will be unsealed after their arraignments. Read more...

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49ers' Ray McDonald Released

The San Francisco 49ers released defensive lineman Ray McDonald just hours after authorities in Northern California announced they are investigating McDonald on suspicion of sexual assault. The team's general manager, Trent Baalke, says he informed McDonald and his agent by phone that the defender is "terminated." He says the 49ers notified the NFL office of the allegations against McDonald, saying, "This is a team decision." Read more...

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Woman Requests Extra Jail Time

An Oregon woman who called in fake bomb threats to elementary schools asked for a higher prison sentence so she could take advantage of programs behind bars. Jenelle Robyn Pinkston, 47, persuaded a Eugene judge to tack an extra year onto the two-year sentence prosecutors had recommended. She said she wanted more time for treatment in prison medical and mental health programs. Read more...




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December 17, 2014

Shooting Suspect Found Dead

The suspect in a Pennsylvania killing spree that left six dead has been found dead after a manhunt that spanned two days, according to the Doylestown Township Police Department. Accused gunman Bradley William Stone, a 35-year-old ex-Marine, was found dead in the woods near Pennsburg. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says police found Stone's body about a half-mile from his Pennsburg home. Read more...

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Remains Linked to 1993 Cold Case?

Possible remains have been discovered at the former Jacksonville home of a mother who vanished in 1993, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Excavation workers uncovered what appeared to be a piece of a human skull. It hasn't been determined whether the remains are human or what kind of bone was uncovered, and a medical examiner is being called in to investigate, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hancock said. Read more...

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Serial Killer Linked to 4th Death

A man already accused of gunning down two homeless men in their sleep and fatally shooting a hairstylist as she walked to her car now faces charges in the death of a fourth person. Investigators say Aeman Lovel Presley, 34, killed Calvin Gholston while he slept at a shopping center outside Atlanta on Sept. 27. Like two of the other victims, Gholston was also homeless. Police believe Gholston was Presley's first victim, reports the station. Read more...

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Mom Charged in Babies' Deaths

A Massachusetts woman has been indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home in September. District Attorney Joseph Early announced the charges against Erika Murray. Murray has been held on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to earlier charges including fetal death concealment. Her attorney has said she has mental health issues. Read more...

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Pregnant Woman's Body Found

The vehicle belonging to a pregnant Sacramento, Calif. woman who was reported missing over a week ago has been located, and a woman's body was found inside. Elk Grove police located the 2005 Toyota Prius belonging to Aubrey Andrews, 20, in a parking lot in Sacramento. The body of a deceased adult female was in the car. Investigators reportedly say there do not appear to be obvious signs of foul play. The investigation is ongoing. Read more...

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Missing Woman's Ex Arrested

The ex-husband of a Tennessee woman who disappeared nearly three years ago has been charged with trying to kill his girlfriend in Florida. The attempted murder charge filed against Tyler Mook, 34, stems from an October incident in which witnesses said Mook tried to drown his girlfriend following a fight aboard a boat in Florida. Read more...

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Arrest Made in 2012 Beating Death

Police say they have charged a homeless woman in the 2012 beating death of an elderly woman in her Bronx apartment. According to previous reports, Evelyn Shapiro, 88, was found dead inside her ransacked apartment in June 2012 -- and the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. Pia McQueen reportedly turned herself in to the police Monday. Law enforcement officials say that McQueen, 31, had attacked Shapiro for her gold jewelry. Read more...

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Driver Faces Homicide Charges

Prosecutors have filed a charge of criminally negligent homicide against an Oregon woman they say struck a man with her station wagon, flipping him on top of the car and then carrying him 11 blocks. Sixty-seven-year-old Daniel Ortiz-Reynaga, a resident of Mexico, had been crossing a street in Springfield, Ore., with his adult son. Police arrested 30-year-old Isabel Gloria McDaniel of Veneta on charges of failing to perform the duties of a driver and evidence tampering. Prosecutors later added the homicide charge. Read more...


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December 16, 2014

Husband Arrested, Baby Safe

Authorities say an 11-month-old boy whose mother was found dead in a refrigerator at her Houston apartment has been found safe in Mexico with his father, who was taken into custody as a suspect in the woman's killing. An Amber Alert was cancelled by the Houston Police Department, which says 38-year-old Patrick Lambert and the child, Achilles Lambert, are awaiting return to the United States. Patrick Lambert has not yet been charged in his wife's death. Read more...

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Family Holds Thieves at Gunpoint

A return to the scene of the crime ended with a much different result for a group of Alabama thieves who were held at gunpoint by their victims until police arrived. An Alabama family, whose home was robbed of their Christmas presents and two televisions believe they caught the crooks when they were driving by their house in Warrior Ala. a few days after the robbery. Read more...

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Pregnant Woman Missing for Week

Police in California are asking for the public's help in locating a missing pregnant woman who was last seen over a week ago. Aubrey Andrews, 20, of Sacramento, was last seen on December 6 near her home. She was reportedly distraught when she left her residence around 10 p.m. and drove off, according to a Sacramento Police Department statement. Read more...

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Twin Dies Defending Brother

A Chicago teenager was shot to death as he apparently tried to defend his 15-year-old twin brother from armed attackers. A 17-year-old has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Demario Bailey during what was reportedly an attempt to steal Bailey's Columbia winter jacket. Two more suspects were arrested and charges against them were expected. Read more...

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6 Arrested in Maine Home Invasion

The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department arrested six people in connection to a home invasion that sent one man to the hospital. Deputies responded to a home invasion on Page Road in Poland. Twenty-seven-year-old Tyler Page was transported to the hospital for a head injury and has since been released. The Sheriff's office investigated over the weekend and said it appears the invasion was drug related and not a random act. Read more...

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Man Charged in Deputy's Fatal Crash

A Stockbridge man was driving the SUV Ingham County sheriff's Deputy Grant Whitaker was pursuing when he was killed in a crash last week, prosecutors say. John Coryell Kelsey II has been charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license causing death and first-degree fleeing police. Officials said he had been driving the 2003 GMC Yukon Denali, which was registered to a relative. Others were inside the SUV, officials said, but they are not facing charges. Read more...




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December 15, 2014

Auburn Player Shot to Death

An Auburn freshman football player was shot and killed at an off-campus apartment complex, police said. Jakell Mitchell, 18, was a local high school standout who had been redshirted his freshman year, and coaches spoke highly of his prospects. Police said Sunday they had arrested 22-year-old Markale Deandra Hart of Camp Hill on a murder charge related to the case. Read more...

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Oregon School Shooter Arrested

Portland police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with a shooting that wounded three students outside an alternative high school. The shooting appears to be gang-related, police said. Witnesses told authorities there may have been a dispute outside Rosemary Anderson High School just before the shooting occurred at a street corner. The victims are students or in affiliated job training programs. Read more...

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Cop Shooting Suspect Arrested

A three-hour manhunt that blocked roads in Georgia during the height of rush hour has ended with a suspect's arrest. The hunt began after two police officers and another suspect were shot at an apartment outside Atlanta. The officers were responding to a home invasion call at the Colony Ridge Apartments in Decatur when they were shot with a high-powered rifle. Read more...

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'Satanic' Killer Found Guilty

A jury convicted a Houston-area teenager of capital murder in the death of a girl who prosecutors say was killed as part of a satanic ritual. Jurors found Jose E. Reyes, 18, guilty in the February death of 15-year-old Corriann Cervantes in a vacant apartment southeast of Houston. Reyes will receive an automatic life sentence. Reyes' attorneys had sought a lesser sentence and argued their client may be guilty of murder, but not capital murder. Read more...

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Player's Suicide Called 'Lynching'

A black North Carolina teen whose hanging has prompted a federal investigation had been the victim of racial slurs for dating a 32-year-old white crack-addicted prostitute, the Daily News has learned. Relatives and friends of Lennon Lacy, 17, have rejected a medical examiner's report that his August death was a suicide. Instead, they suspect the high school football player was the victim of lynching prompted by his love life. Read more...


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December 12, 2014

Delay Rejected for Theater Shooter

Time is apparently running out for the accused Aurora, Colorado theater shooter. The judge in the case has denied yet another request by attorneys for James Holmes to delay his murder trial. Defense attorneys requested another trial delay because they said medical emergencies involving members of the defense team had made it impossible for them to be ready for next month's trial. Read more...

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Mom's Murder Charges Dismissed

In a scathing critique of Arizona's criminal justice system, a state appeals court ordered the dismissal of murder charges against a woman who spent 22 years on death row for the killing of her 4-year-old son. The Arizona Court of Appeals leveled harsh criticism against prosecutors over their failure to turn over evidence during Debra Jean Milke's trial about a detective with a long history of misconduct and lying. The court called prosecutors' actions "a severe stain on the Arizona justice system." Read more...

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No Arrests in Burned Alive Case

Jessica Chambers was a regular at the rural convenience store gas station where Ali Fadhel worked, and the two often chatted. On Saturday, she came by in a dark-colored sweater and pajama pants that looked like sweats. She put $14 worth of gas in her car, more than the $5 or so she usually purchased, he said. "I asked her, 'Why are you putting so much gas?' She said, 'I'm going somewhere,'" Fadhel said. An hour and a half later, she was found along a back road, her body on fire, severe burns covering her. Read more...

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Man Arrested in Triple Slaying

Authorities say they have arrested one man and are looking for another after three men were found fatally shot in a suburban Denver home. The bodies were found in Adams County after a distraught woman called 911 to report a disturbance in the home before hanging up. Cmdr. Terrance O'Neill of the Adams County Sheriff's Office says 41-year-old Gabriel Flores was arrested after a police chase through neighboring Jefferson County. Read more...

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Boy, 10, Still in Adult Jail

A 10-year-old boy who's been in an adult jail since authorities say he fatally beat a 90-year-old woman two months ago is scared, lonely and misses his mother, his public defender said. The boy, one of the youngest ever to face an adult homicide charge in Pennsylvania, met with family through a glass partition when he was first brought to the county lockup in rural northeastern Pennsylvania. More recently, he was permitted to have physical contact with them, according to the attorney, Scott Bennett. Read more...

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Teen Uses App to Threaten School

A Michigan teen has been arrested after allegedly using the popular "After School" smartphone app to threaten to shoot classmates. "Tomorrow I'm gonna shoot and kill every last one of you, and it's going to be bigger than Columbine...Death to you all," the 17-year-old boy allegedly posted to the app, according to Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard. The suspect, who is from Ortonville, Mich., was arrested. Read more...

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Same Gun Kills 2 Homeless Men

The same gun was used in separate incidents to kill two homeless men who were shot as they slept, wrapped in blankets on the streets of Atlanta, according to Atlanta police. Now, police hope the bullets will lead them to the killer. Law enforcement agencies nationwide have been alerted, but none have reported crimes that match the seemingly senseless and random Atlanta shootings last month, Detective David Quinn said. Read more...

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Nurse Steals Patients' IDs

A Florida nurse recorded more than just her patients' blood pressure. An emergency room nurse was charged with taking credit card numbers from 20 patients and using the information to purchase merchandise online. Leslie McHugh, 31, a nurse at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Bradenton, was arrested and charged with criminal use of personal information, fraudulent use of a credit card and a probation violation, online jail records show. Read more...

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Couple Tries to Steal $1 Million Home

A young couple attempted to take over an estate valued over $1 million, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Authorities say the couple, Justin and Jenna Dean, removed and replaced the locks and moved into the home located in the 5700 block of County Road 214. The couple filed forged documents and a bogus quit claim deed on the foreclosed property. Investigators discovered their crime when the bank sold the mansion and 200-plus acres of land lawfully to another couple. Read more...




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