October 24, 2014

Rape Warrant Issued for Matthew

A judge issued a warrant to bring the man accused of abducting missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham to Fairfax County to face charges in a previous crime. County prosecutors sought and received the bench warrant for Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32. He was indicted earlier this week on charges including attempted capital murder in connection to a 2005 sexual assault in Fairfax City. Read more...

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Teen, Boyfriend Plot Family's Death

A teenager and her 23-year-old boyfriend have been charged in an alleged plot to murder her family and run away. The 15-year-old girl is accused of stabbing her 12-year-old brother in the throat and attempting to stab her younger sister. The incident happened on Oct. 17 at the family's home in Plymouth Township, Mich. The boy was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds. The girl's boyfriend, Michael Rivera, is alleged to have been outside the house sending text messages with instructions for carrying out the crime. Read more...

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NY Cop Attacked With Hatchet

A hatchet-wielding man was shot and killed Thursday, after allegedly attacking a New York City police officer. The suspect walked up to a group of uniformed officers around 2 p.m., allegedly without warning, and attacked, police said. The attack occurred in the commercial district in the borough of Queens while four rookie New York Police Department officers on foot patrol were posing for a photo, police said. Read more...

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Man Faces Charges in Mother's Death

A Florida man has been charged with homicide in the death of his mother. Joshua Ortiz, 20, was arrested by Maryland State Police, hundreds of miles from where his 45-year-old mother was found dead, in their Oviedo, Fla., home. Jacqueline Ortiz's two other sons discovered her body, according to police. Joshua Ortiz had already disappeared, along with his mother's white Ford Mustang convertible. Read more...

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Mom Tries to Kill Hospitalized Son

A Houston-area woman charged with attempting to kill her hospitalized 5-month-old son has also come under scrutiny in the 2013 death of her toddler daughter in Mississippi. Harris County jail records show 19-year-old Cynthia Wood of Galena Park was being held on a charge of attempted capital murder. Her bond is $250,000. Court records show Wood has denied harming the infant boy. Read more...

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Mother-Daughter Deaths Unsolved

This week marks six months since a mother and her teenage daughter were murdered in their Kentucky home and still, police are no closer to solving the case than they were on day one. Kathy Netherland, a 48-year-old elementary school teacher, and her 16-year-old daughter Samantha were found slain in their Botland home on April 22. Investigators say the two were killed around 8 p.m. the night before. They haven't released a cause of death. Read more...




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October 23, 2014

Holmes Asks for Another Delay

In a motion that surprised absolutely no one, attorneys for James Holmes, the accused Aurora theater shooter, have asked for another trial delay. Holmes' public defender asked for the delay to give the defense time to review the mental evaluation filed with the court. Read more...

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Man Guilty of Luring, Killing Teacher

A part-time snowplow driver was convicted Wednesday of luring a prep-school teacher out of her northern Vermont home under the guise of a broken down car, then killing her. The 32-year-old defendant, Allen Prue, cried when the jury announced its verdict, as did relatives of the victim, Melissa Jenkins. Read more...

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Two Dead in Shooting at Hospital

Police say a man fatally shot a woman in the pharmacy of a Houston hospital before turning the gun on himself. The alleged murder-suicide happened Ben Taub Hospital's outpatient pharmacy. Police say a pharmacist and pharmacy tech died. Read more...

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Boyfriend Buries Body Near Church

The boyfriend of a missing pregnant Ohio woman confessed to killing her and led investigators to a body believed to be hers. Columbus police say 22-year-old Jacob Ferrero confessed to killing Samantha Greenlee, also 22, and burying her body near a church. Police said the confession led them to uncover a body in a wooded area near the Madison Christian church in Columbus. Read more...

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Arrest Made in Delayed DUI Death

A Navarre man has been charged with DUI manslaughter in connection with a July crash that led to the death of a Gulf Breeze man. Keanu William Medina, 19, was reportedly driving under the influence when he crossed over several lanes of traffic, went over a concrete divider and collided head-on with a Jeep driven by 60-year-old Gregory Winter, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Read more...

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Alcohol Abuse Killed Elizabeth Pena

"La Bamba" actress Elizabeth Pena died of complications from alcohol abuse, including cirrhosis of the liver, according to the death certificate. Pena, 55, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 14 after going into cardiac arrest as a result of her condition, the certificate states. She also suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding in the hours before her death. Read more...


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October 22, 2014

Arias Penalty Trial Finally Begins

Almost 18 months after she was found guilty of killing her ex-boyfriend, Jodi Arias will once again face the possibility of a death sentence as her second penalty trial gets underway in Arizona. The jury of 12 men and six women, including six alternates, were warned the evidence they will view will be lurid and grisly. Read more...

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Video Captures Woman's Attack

A woman spoke out against her attackers, after three men beat her up and stole her purse earlier this month. Surveillance video shows that on Oct. 2 around 2 a.m., Gwendolyn Reyes walked past three men in Brooklyn. After a vicious beating, the three suspects left her lying helpless on the ground. On the security video, after being pushed to the wall of a nearby building by one man, Reyes is punched in the face twice. The other men are seen trying to steal her purse, dragging her down the street as the video cuts out. Read more...

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Navy Wife Vanishes After Sending Text

A 31-year-old Navy wife and mother of two has been reported missing near San Diego. Elizabeth Ricks Sullivan, who is reportedly from Hampton, Virginia, was last seen at her home Oct. 13 in Point Loma, Calif. She is a mother of two young daughters, reports the station. Her last contact was reportedly via text message that day, Oct. 13, and her cellphone has since been turned off. Read more...

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Doc Interviewed Holmes 22 Hours

Defense attorneys say the doctor who conducted a sanity evaluation on the man charged with a mass killing in a Colorado movie theater interviewed him for 22 hours. Attorneys for James Holmes made the revelation in court documents released Tuesday that deal with what evidence the defense must share with prosecutors. The doctor's findings haven't been released. Read more...

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Man Killed Father With Sledgehammer

A 33-year-old Northern California man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his father, who police say was strangled and hit in the head with a sledgehammer. Santa Rosa police Sgt. Dave Linscomb says officers called to 64-year-old Simran Khalsa's home and found him dead in his bedroom with the sledgehammer nearby. Read more...

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Drive-By Shooting Kills Girl, 6

A 6-year-old girl was killed during a drive-by shooting while shopping for bubblegum with her father at a convenience store in Kansas City, according to police, who are vowing to find those responsible for her death. Hundreds of people turned out Sunday evening for a vigil to remember Angel Hooper, who died two nights earlier after being shot in the south of the city. Angel and her father had stopped for gum after a jog when someone in a passing car opened fire. Read more...

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Cemetery Killing Trial Underway

A 60-year-old western New York man is on trial - charged with stabbing his estranged wife to death in a cemetery over 35 years ago. The trial of Michael Rodriguez, of Buffalo, began in Erie County Court. He's charged with second-degree murder in the death of Patricia Rodriguez, the mother of his two children. She was found dead in a Lackawana cemetery on Good Friday in April 1979 at the age of 21. Police say she had been stabbed more than 100 times. Read more...

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Cop Killer Look-Alike Stopped 20 Times

An Eric Frein look-alike walking to and from work each day has Pennsylvania police doing double takes - and much more. With an alleged cop-killer on the loose in the wilds of eastern Pennsylvania since Sept. 12 and 300 police officers on a daily manhunt, sightings are reported almost daily, schools have canceled classes and nerves are on edge. That's bad news for James Tully, 39, of Canadensis, Pa., who claims he's been stopped more than 20 times by law enforcement who mistake him for Frein. Read more...




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October 21, 2014

Investigation Leads to Serial Killer

The investigation into the murder of a prostitute in a cheap hotel in Indiana turned into the discovery of six other bodies in abandoned homes around the city of Gary. Darren Vann indicated to police that his crimes "could go back as far as 20 years." Read more...

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Quadruple-Murder Suspect Faces Death

A callous Florida killer who cops say lived beside the rotting bodies of his ex-girlfriend and her three family members for a week after killing them now faces the death penalty in the heinous quadruple murder. Adam Matos, 28, was busted the day after authorities found the four bodies stacked up on a hill Sept. 4 in Hudson, a waterfront town 45 miles north of Tampa. Read more...

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Matthew Charged in D.C. Rape

The suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was charged with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse Matthew Jr. was handed up by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also charged with attempted capital murder, according to the indictment. Matthew, 32, is being held in Charlottesville, Va., on a charge related to the Sept. 13 disappearance of Graham, an 18-year-old from northern Virginia. Read more...

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Margay Edwards' Cause of Death Uncertain

Medical examiners in Las Vegas couldn't determine what killed a 27-year-old California woman whose body was found in September in the Nevada desert. The Clark County coroner's office said that the cause and manner of Margay Edwards' death remained undetermined. Edwards was from Los Osos, Calif. Her body was found Sept. 25 by all-terrain vehicle riders near a dirt trail outside the Nye County community of Pahrump. Read more...

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Woman Charged for Revenge Porn

A spurned Virginia woman is the first in the state to be charged under a new "revenge porn" law after she stole a nude photo of her former boyfriend's new girlfriend and posted it online, police said. Waynesboro woman Rachel Lynn Craig, 28, is charged with the "unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another" distributing private pics owned by someone else after the law went into effect July 1. Read more...

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Female Burgler Rescued From Chimney

One California woman attempted to pull a Santa Claus and slide down the chimney of a home, but unlike the jolly man in red, she did not come bearing any Christmas gifts. Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, was reportedly trapped in a chimney for several hours overnight. Neighbors had heard the woman screaming and called officials. Robert Fisher, one of the neighbors who called authorities, took photos of the woman while she was being rescued. Read more...

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Utah Woman Stabs Girlfriend to Death

A Utah woman stabbed her girlfriend to death during an argument while driving home, authorities said. Victoria Ashley Mendoza, 22, and victim Tawnee Maria Baird, 21, were on their way back to Holladay from Ogden when they pulled into a parking lot mid-fight, according to local media. The argument escalated quickly and allegedly led to Baird's death. Read more...

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Larry Flynt's Daughter Critical

The daughter of pornography publisher Larry Flynt remains in critical condition after police said she drove into a semitrailer with a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit. Riverside police said that Lisa Flynt, 47, of Dayton, Ohio, remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital with life threatening injuries. She was thrown from her vehicle. Read more...


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October 20, 2014

Body Found in Hannah Graham Search

Organized searches for missing Virginia student Hannah Graham were called off over the weekend after human remains and clothing were found in southern Albemarle County. Authorities were waiting for forensic testing to positively identify the remains, but Graham's family was immediately notified of the discovery. Read more...

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Man Confesses to Four Murders

An Indiana man confessed to killing a woman whose body was found in a Motel 6 and told police where the bodies of three more women could be found, police said. Gary police found the bodies of three women at different locations in Gary late Saturday and early Sunday following up on information the 43-year-old man provided during questioning, Hammond police Lt. Rich Hoyda said. Read more...

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DNA Nabs Cold Case Killer

In the spring of 1974, Mary Jayne Jones, 17, was raped, beaten, and shot at close range in the face and heart with a high-powered rifle. On April 9, 1974, her body was found, naked on a bed, in an isolated farmhouse near Blakesburg, Iowa. From the start, police had strong suspicions about who had snuffed out her life, but they failed to put together a strong enough case for an arrest. Read more...

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Man Plotted to Kill Witness

A Northern California man awaiting trial for insurance fraud has been charged with plotting to kill nine witnesses set to testify against him. Contra Costa County prosecutors say a grand jury on Friday indicted Charles Waldo, of Pittsburg, after he allegedly conspired with other inmates to arrange the killing of the witnesses. Prosecutors say investigators found a hit list that included the witnesses' names, in what order they were to be killed, and suggestions to kill them in car crashes, with drug overdoses and in robberies "gone bad." Read more...

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Pumpkin Festival Turns to Mayhem

Disturbances are continuing late into the night in Keene, New Hampshire, where an annual pumpkin festival erupted in mayhem and led to arrests and injuries. Police fired tear gas at hundreds of Keene State College students and others who had been throwing bottles, skateboards and rocks into the crowd. One witness blames heavy alcohol use at earlier parties. Read more...




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October 17, 2014

Body Found May Be Upham

Police in the Seattle suburb of Auburn said that they believe they have found the body of missing actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in "August: Osage County," ''Frozen River" and "Django Unchained." A woman's body was found in a ravine near the White River, police spokesman Steve Stocker said. Items with Upham's name on them were found nearby. Read more...

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Day Care Provider Avoids Life Sentence

An Iowa woman admitted to causing the head injuries that killed a 3-year-old girl at her in-home day care, but avoided a life sentence under a plea agreement with prosecutors. Rochelle Sapp of Orange City pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment resulting in the death of Autumn Elgersma. Sapp told the court that she dropped the toddler to the ground. Read more...

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Task Force Focuses on 3 Missing Girls

A task force made up of investigators from Connecticut state and local police and the state attorney's office has been established to probe the disappearance of three girls from the same area of the state decades ago, in the 1960s and '70s. Police and prosecutors announced the formation of the Tolland County Cold Case Task Force. Michael Foley, who investigated one of the cases as a member of the Eastern District Crime Squad, has been hired as a consultant. Read more...

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Man Sought in Mother's Death

A Winchester, Massachusetts woman has been found dead in her home and police are looking for her son. Police conducting a well-being check found Barbara McAveeney dead in her condominium. The Middlesex district attorney's office says an arrest warrant has been issued for her son, 46-year-old Matthew McAveeney. The warrant is for charges including armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon on a person 60 years of age or older, and cruelty to animals. Read more...

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Three Arrested in Machete Murder

Authorities say murder charges have been filed against three people accused in a machete attack that left a 14-year-old Houston boy dead. Police announced the arrest of three suspects in the slaying of Jose Meraz. Meraz's body was found with multiple stab wounds near the Addicks Reservoir on Sept. 17. Police said Jose Grandados-Guevara, 22, and William Valladares, 17, struck Meraz with a machete, then stabbed him multiple times. Meanwhile, officials say a third suspect, a 14-year-old boy, faces prosecution as a juvenile. Read more...

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DNA Links Inmate to Five Rapes

A Cleveland man scheduled to be released from prison this week will now remain in custody after DNA testing linked him to the rapes of four adults and one teenager in the 1990s. A Cuyahoga County grand jury last week indicted Dwayne Wilson, 54, on nine counts of rape and five counts of kidnapping in connection with the assaults of five women in Cleveland between 1994 and 1997. Read more...

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Florida Court Limits Phone Tracking

In a sweeping ruling, Florida's highest court said that police in the state have no right to use a cellphone to track someone's movements without a warrant. The state Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision ruled that Broward County Sheriff's Office had no right to stop and arrest Shawn Tracey for possession of more than 400 grams of cocaine. Read more...

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Tourist Arrested for Brooklyn Bridge Selfie

"It was beautiful," Yaroslav Kolchin, 24, said after sharing the selfies with the Daily News. "It was the best point to look and enjoy (the view)." Kolchin was busted for the summer stunt and spent a few days in jail before making bail. His case was resolved last week with a guilty plea to a misdemeanor that prohibits climbing on structures and 92 hours of community service. Read more...


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