August 22, 2014

Babysitter's Killer Gets Prison

A Utah woman accused of helping her husband dump their teenage baby sitter's body in the woods after a night of sex and drugs has been sentenced to up to five years in prison. A state judge sentenced 41-year-old Dea Millerberg in an emotional hearing. Calling the crime heinous and depraved, Judge W. Brent West said he would have leveled a harsher sentence if not for a plea deal prosecutors agreed to in exchange for Millerberg's testimony against her husband. Read more...

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Bomber's Friend Pleads Guilty

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack. Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, is accused of removing a backpack containing emptied-out fireworks from Tsarnaev's dorm room after realizing he was suspected of carrying out the 2013 attack with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Read more...

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Purdue Shooter Pleads Guilty

A court official says the man accused in the fatal shooting and stabbing of a fellow Purdue University student has pleaded guilty to murder. Cody Cousins, 24, of Warsaw, Ind., entered the plea during a Tippecanoe County court hearing in Lafayette. He has been jailed without bond since his arrest soon after the Jan. 21 attack that killed 21-year-old Andrew Boldt of West Bend, Wis., in a classroom filled with Purdue electrical engineering students. Read more...

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Alaska Serial Killer Dies at 75

Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who hunted down women in the Alaska wilderness in the 1970s as Anchorage boomed with construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, died Thursday. He was 75. Alaska Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sherrie Daigle said Hansen died at Alaska Regional Hospital after being in declining health for the past year. Hansen was convicted in 1984 after confessing to killing 17 women, mostly dancers and prostitutes, during a 12-year span. He was convicted of four of the murders in a deal that spared him having to go to trial 17 times. Read more...

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Teen Found, Boyfriend Arrested

An arrest has been made in the case of a Florida teen who vanished Aug. 15 and was found safe Wednesday. Volunteers and officials had been searching for 14-year-old Shaina McBride, who vanished Friday morning from the boat where she lived in Fort Lauderdale with her father, apparently leaving most of her personal belongings - including her shoes - behind. Detectives have since learned that Shaina was a voluntary runaway, reports the station. Read more...

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Houston Cop Busted With Kilo of Cocaine

A Houston Police officer is off the job after authorities say she was caught with a kilo of cocaine. Federal agents and deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office allege that Jasmine Renee Bonner brought her 6-year-old son along for the drug deal. According to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, Bonner transported the 1,000 grams of cocaine to an Academy parking lot in the 25000 block of the North Freeway. Her boyfriend, Derryck Collins, allegedly removed the cocaine from the 26-year-old's trunk and then placed it in his car. Read more...

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Le'Veon Bell Charged With DUI

Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount have been charged with marijuana possession, while Bell is also getting charged with a DUI. Blount and Bell are both charged with marijuana possession, as was Mercedes Dollson, a 21-year-old woman who was also in the car at the time of the stop. Bell, who was driving, has also been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana. Read more...




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August 21, 2014

Arias Trial Delayed Again

Acting as her own attorney, Jodi Arias has requested and received another delay in her second penalty phase trial. She argued that she needed more time to interview an expert witness scheduled to testify during the trial. Read more...

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Suspect Wanted Witnesses Killed

A Florida woman accused of killing her 80-year-old mother-in-law in New York tried to get rid of two prosecution witnesses by suggesting a murderous plot to a fellow jail inmate, a district attorney said. A grand jury indictment added charges of conspiracy, witness intimidation and witness tampering to the first-degree murder case against Diana Nadell, said Rockland County prosecutor Thomas Zugibe. Read more...

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Death Sought for Cop Killer

A prosecutor will seek the death penalty against a 25-year-old Indiana man accused of fatally shooting a police officer. Major Davis Jr. is charged with murder in the death of Officer Perry Renn on July 5 in Indianapolis, according to the station. Renn was a 22-year veteran of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Davis has pleaded not guilty in the case. Read more...

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Home Invasion Killer Charged

A Providence, R.I. man is accused of killing a 26-year-old man and biting off the finger of the victim's mother during a struggle, before shooting her as well. The suspect, Dari Max Garcia, 24, also suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound during the encounter, according to WPRI. Victim Richard Catalano died at the scene. Catalano's mother and Garcia both survived. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Revenge Porn

Chad Monroe, a Michigan man, will appear in court on Aug. 26, for allegedly posting to Facebook nude photos of his ex-girlfriend and vowing to torment her until she committed suicide. Monroe, 34, harassed his ex-girlfriend with calls, texts and lewd Facebook messages, even after the woman filed for a protective order on July 22, according to police. Monroe's case is the latest in what one expert last year told Crimesider is a "pervasive" trend of online sexual cyber-bullying. Read more...

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Man Arrested for Murder of 78-Year-Old

Police arrested a suspect in the death of a 78-year-old woman who was found dead in her home on Aug. 8. Fort Wayne, Ind. police charged Zachary Reinders, 23, with murder, felony murder and robbery in connection with the death of Diane Woods. Woods was discovered by a family member, after relatives became concerned because they had been unable to reach her for days. Read more...

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Rapper Gucci Mane Gets Three Years

Rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to a federal firearms charge several months ago. The 34-year-old, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty in May to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. The judge also sentenced him to serve three years of supervised release with extra limitations on his travel during that time and to pay a $5,000 fine. Read more...

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Woman's Disappearance 'Suspicious'

Police say a 36-year-old Idaho woman is missing under suspicious circumstances, and police have reportedly taken her boyfriend into custody on a parole violation after questioning him. Selena Dawn Thomas, of Nampa, outside Boise, was last seen Thursday, Aug. 14. Thomas wasn't reported missing until Monday. Police said there were "suspicious circumstances" at her home. They say her car was still at the house, as well as other personal items she would normally take with her. Read more...

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Pot Playboy Gets 27 Years

Prosecutors say a Canadian drug kingpin who was one of New York's biggest marijuana suppliers and was dubbed the Pot Playboy has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for leading a $1 billion international drug trafficking enterprise. Jimmy Cournoyer pleaded guilty in May 2013 to charges including money laundering and conspiracies to manufacture and distribute marijuana and cocaine. Read more...


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August 20, 2014

DNA Links Serial Killer to 1987 Murder

DNA evidence taken from the clothing and body of Carol Alford a quarter-century after her death linked her slaying to a serial killing suspect with such certainty that no other person on Earth could have deposited the cells, an expert testified. Forensic DNA analyst Amanda Mendoza was asked during the trial if she had made a positive match of the DNA to defendant Samuel Little. "That's correct," she said after tossing out extravagant statistics. Read more...

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Murder Charged in Erin Corwin Case

The alleged lover and former neighbor of Erin Corwin, the wife of a U.S. Marine whose body was recently found in an abandoned Southern California mine shaft, has been charged in her murder. Twenty-four-year-old Christopher Brandon Lee, a former Marine, was arrested Sunday in Anchorage, Alaska, in connection with the death of 19-year-old Erin Corwin. Read more...

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Two Dead in Roller Rink Stabbing

A murder warrant has been issued for a suspect in a fatal stabbing at a North Texas roller skating rink that left two people dead and five hurt. Heriberto Borrego faces charges in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Ljorian Marquise Harris. Barton said police are currently looking for Borrego. Darius Diondre Hubbard was also killed after the same argument around 3 a.m. Saturday at Greenville's Skate Safari spilled outside the venue and turned deadly. Read more...

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Man Charged With Murdering Girlfriend

A man is charged with murder in the beating death of his girlfriend at their shared northeast Alabama home. Jacksonville police say 37-year-old Richard Thad Pilkington was arrested in the slaying of 48-year-old Tracy Lynn Callaway Strange after officers received a call about a woman who had severe injuries to her head and face. The woman later died at Jacksonville Regional Medical Center. Read more...

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Mom Sentenced in Methadone Death

A 33-year-old Utah mom was ordered to serve up to 15 years behind bars for the death of her toddler son, who perished after drinking methadone she had poured into his sippy cup. Jill Goff was slapped with the maximum punishment allowed under law despite requests for leniency from both prosecutors and defense attorneys. Read more...

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Author Charged With DUI

Donovan James Webster, 55, of Charlottesville could face additional charges after an investigation into the crash in Afton, according to the Albemarle County Police Department. Authorities said the wreck killed Wayne Thomas White of Waynesboro, and it involved two vehicles and a tractor trailer. Webster was driving one of the vehicles, but police declined to provide further details on the wreck just outside Charlottesville, which is 70 miles northwest of Richmond. Read more...

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Michael Brown Had THC in System

Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest multiple times, according to Mary Case, the St. Louis County medical examiner. While Case declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation into Brown’s death, another person familiar with the county’s investigation told The Washington Post that Brown had between six and eight gunshot wounds and was shot from the front. In addition, Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9 in Ferguson. Read more...




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August 19, 2014

Corwin's Body Found, Lover Arrested

The body of missing Marine wife Erin Corwin has been found at the bottom of an 140-foot mine shaft near Joshua Tree National Park and her former Marine neighbor, with whom she was having an affair, has been arrested in Alaska for her murder. Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, was arrested Sunday night during a traffic stop in Anchorage, Alaska. Read more...

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Hernandez Fiancee Wants Charges Dismissed

The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is seeking to have perjury charges dismissed. Shayanna Jenkins' lawyers filed a motion in county court in Fall River, Mass. stating that prosecutors failed to provide sufficient evidence to a grand jury. The defense's legal memorandum supporting the arguments was filed under seal. Jenkins had been expected in court last week, but that hearing was postponed until Aug. 22. Read more...

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Cop Charged in Teen's Death

A Tulsa police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter's boyfriend earlier this month. Tulsa prosecutors formally charged Shannon Kepler with the Aug. 5 killing of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler was also charged with one count of shooting with intent to kill because prosecutors say he shot at his daughter during an alleged confrontation in which Lake was killed. Read more...

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Teacher Accused of Punching 5-Year-Old

Memphis police are looking into allegations that an elementary school teacher punched a 5-year-old girl. Authorities said they received a complaint Aug. 12, but the event allegedly happened about a week earlier at Sheffield Elementary School in Shelby County. The unidentified female teacher has been suspended, according to the station. Read more...

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Teen Disappears From Boat

A search is underway for a Florida teen who vanished Friday morning from the boat where she lived with her father, apparently leaving most of her personal belongings - including her shoes - behind. Shaina McBride, 14, was last seen around 9 a.m. Aug. 15 when she left the boat where she lived in the area of Isle of Venice and Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Read more...


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August 18, 2014

An Abomination in Amish Country

A Hermon, New York couple have been arrested and charged with the kidnapping and sexual assault of two young Amish girls from their family's road side farm stand. Stephen Howells Jr. and Nicole Vaisey were arrested the day after they released the 7-year-old and 12-year-old girls on a rural road near the Canadian border. Read more...

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Bomber's Defense Seeking D.C. Trial

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sparred over motions Thursday as they prepared for a November trial. Judge George A. O'Toole Jr. said at the hourlong status hearing that he will give lawyers more time to submit arguments on whether the trial should be relocated to Washington, D.C. Read more...

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April Millsap's Cellphone May Help

April Millsap's cellphone may help unlock some of the mystery surrounding her murder. Sources close to the investigation reveal police are taking a close look at April's call history and especially a call made in the hours before her murder. Police recently asked family members if they recognized the mystery number -- they did not. The number is not associated with her family, boyfriend or her small circle of friends. Read more...

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Man Gets 55 Years for 2012 Murder

A former Willowbrook man who gunned down a man in a family feud over drug money -- and then asked the victim if he'd had enough as he lay dying in the street -- was sentenced to 55 years in prison. Juan Cuellar, 25, formerly of the 10S700 block of Lilac Lane, had been found guilty this spring of the first-degree murder of Joshua Holmes, 18, of west suburban Willowbrook. Read more...

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Man Charged in 1984 Death of Wife

Portage County authorities have filed a charge of first-degree homicide against a 55-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man already facing a first-degree intentional homicide charge in Wood County. Joseph B. Reinwand, who currently is in prison on unrelated burglary charges, was charged in Portage County Circuit Court in the May 13, 1984, shooting death of his wife. He's scheduled to make his initial appearance on the case Tuesday. Read more...

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Woman Charged in Cancer Scam

A Troy woman is facing charges after trying to scam people for money by falsely claiming she and her son had cancer. 25-year-old Melissa D. Barton was arrested at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport in Springfield. Police say she was on her way to Chicago to appear on the "Dr. Phll" show. Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons says Barton was charged with theft by deception, similar to charges filed against her Aug. 5. Read more...

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Elizabeth Vargas Returns to Rehab

ABC News reporter Elizabeth Vargas has returned to a recovery center to be treated for alcohol dependency, she and the network said. The "20/20" co-anchor said in an emailed statement that she checked into a treatment facility this weekend while on vacation. "As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process," Vargas said. "I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry." Read more...




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August 15, 2014

Abducted Amish Girls Found Safe

Two missing Amish girls have turned up safe about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family's roadside farm stand, authorities in northern New York State are saying. The girls, 7 and 12, turned up cold and wet but unharmed at a home in Richville, N.Y., about 13 miles from where they vanished, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said. Read more...

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Lizzi Marriott's Killer Gets Life

A New Hampshire man who raped and killed a college student has been sentenced to life in prison after the victim's family tearfully and angrily lamented what he took from them. A judge handed down the maximum sentence to 31-year-old Seth Mazzaglia for the Oct. 9, 2012, killing of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Massachusetts. Read more...

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Man Kills Cousin, Foster Child

A New Jersey man allegedly strangled his cousin and her 10-year-old foster daughter after he was caught taking pornographic pictures of the young girl. Brian Farmer, 58, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 62-year-old Joan Colbert and her foster daughter, Veronica Roach. They were found dead in their first-floor apartment on Aug. 1 in Long Branch, N.J., according to the station. Read more...

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Couple Indicted in Stripper's Death

A grand jury has indicted a couple in the killing and dismemberment of a stripper in New Orleans' French Quarter.Margaret Sanchez, 30, of Metairie, and 41-year-old Terry Speaks, who is in a federal prison in New York, each was charged with second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Read more...

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8 Arrested in Daring Casino Heist

Eight people were arrested in the July 21 gunpoint robbery of Caesars Atlantic City that touched off a three-state manhunt, New Jersey State Police said. The search ended with a Delaware state trooper being shot; the bulletproof vest he was wearing saved his life. Authorities said Izyiah Plummer, 19, of Atlantic City, pointed a gun at casino employees as he and Aaron Evans, 24, of Pleasantville, grabbed two plastic boxes of cash with more than $180,000 inside. The robbery took place during a routine money exchange at the casino. Read more...

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Deadbeat Dad Busted at Posh Country Club

This deadbeat dad apparently lived two entirely different lives. In one, Raul Rodriguez dubbed himself an "international celebrity trainer/coach" on his Facebook health page while enjoying the finer things of a lavish life in Los Angeles. Read more...

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Drunk Mother Kills Son, 7

The mother of a 7-year-old boy who was killed in a rollover crash in Ventura County has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities confirmed. Latoya Najar, 34, of Camarillo, was driving her three children and an adult friend when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree and a concrete wall adjacent to the freeway, according to Officer Steve Reid of the California Highway Patrol. Read more...


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