July 25, 2014

Arrest Made in 1992 Cold Case

A 71-year-old man has been arrested in California in connection with the 1992 strangling death of an Illinois teenager. Cook County authorities say Robert Serritella was arrested this week in Los Angeles County. The mother of 15-year-old victim David Chereck told CBS Chicago she was relieved to hear the news about the arrest of a suspect in the 22-year-old case but said she was angry that it took so long. Read more...

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1 Dead, 2 Hurt in Hospital Shooting

A shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has reportedly left one female worker dead and two other people injured. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says one of the injured is the gunman, who Whelan says suffered from psychiatric issues. The other person injured is a doctor at the hospital, the prosecutor reportedly said. Read more...

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Father Charged In 1995 Slayings

The man accused of killing his daughter and wife in 1995 and leaving their bodies in New Britain and Massachusetts is being held in Ohio without bond and is scheduled for an extradition hearing next month, court records show. Robert Honsch appeared in court in Ohio on a felony fugitive from justice charge related to the murder charge in Massachusetts, and he is likely to be sent there first for prosecution. Read more...

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Murder Fugitive Caught in Oregon

A murder suspect for whom police have been searching since November was arrested in Cave Junction in southern Oregon, according to Oregon State Police. The hunt for Daniel Joseph Martinson heated up last week when police said he eluded officers on a motorcycle in a remote, wooded area near Oregon's border with California. Martinson, 44, is wanted in the November, 2013 murder of 39-year-old Aaron Lee Clouser of Cave Junction. Read more...

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Man Shoots Pregnant Intruder

Police said a California man fatally shot a woman who he claimed was ransacking his home. Authorities are investigating whether 80-year-old Tom Greer, of Long Beach, Calif., shot the unidentified woman in self-defense. Officers responded to a call of shots fired at the home. Greer told police he walked in on a man and a woman going through his things. He said the couple tackled him but that he was able to get his gun and turn it on the woman. Read more...

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Mommy Pays Nick Marshall's Fine

The fine Nick Marshall faced for his citation for possession of marijuana earlier this month has been paid, according to authorities. Reynolds Police Department Chief Lonnie Holder said Marshall's mother, Shalena Cliett, paid the approximately $1,100 fine ($1,000 for the possession of marijuana charge, $100 for a window tint). Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he will make a decision in a "short period of time" as to what Marshall's punishment will be. Read more...


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July 24, 2014

Arizona Execution Goes Badly

A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Read more...

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Arizona Execution Goes Badly

A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's office said Joseph Rudolph Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., one hour and 57 minutes after the execution started. Read more...

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Man Arrested for 1995 Murder

Investigators have made an arrest in a Hampden County murder case that dates back to 1995. Hampden County District Attorney James Orenstein said that 70-year-old Robert Honsch of Dalton, Ohio was arrested and has been charged in the murder of Marcia Honsch. On October 6, 1995, hikers found the body of a woman near the entrance of the Tolland State Forest in Tolland. Investigators determined that that woman, who had no identifying information, had been shot in the head. Read more...

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Man Acquitted After 20 Years

A former gang leader who alleged he was framed by corrupt Chicago Heights police officers for a 1993 murder recalled how years ago he asked his family to raise $1,000 to buy legal books, then taught himself the law and wrote the court filings that eventually won him a new trial. With the help of attorneys from the University of Chicago's Exoneration Project, Rodell Sanders, 49, returned home to his family hours after a Cook County jury acquitted him Tuesday night. He had spent 20 years in prison. Read more...

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Police: Man Killed Foster Mother

A 19-year-old Wasilla man has been accused of killing his foster mother by stabbing her in the neck with a steak knife. Kenneth Adams was charged with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, and arson. According to an affidavit from the Alaska State Troopers, Mollie Ragonesi, 66, smelled smoke early Monday morning coming from Kenneth Adams' bedroom. Read more...

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Woman Gets Life in Stavation Case

A North Texas jury sentenced a woman to life in prison for the 2011 starvation death of her 10-year-old stepson. Elizabeth Ramsey, 33, must serve 30 years in prison before she becomes eligible for parole. The Dallas County jury imposed the sentence a day after taking less than an hour to find Ramsey guilty of intentional serious injury to a child in the death of Johnathan Ramsey. Read more...

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Teen Buries Newborn in Backyard

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested after allegedly burying the body of her newborn child in her North Carolina backyard. Ashley Marie Reed, who kept her pregnancy a secret, turned herself in to authorities after they say the body of her 8.5-pound baby girl was discovered buried in a grocery bag outside her Franklin County house. The teen was charged with conceal/failure to report death, a felony, before being released on $50,000 bond. Read more...

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Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose

The model daughter of rocker Bob Geldof died of a heroin overdose in her spare bedroom amid a clutter of syringes, a British coroner said Wednesday, while her infant son crawled about for as long as 17 hours until someone found him. Peaches Geldof, 25, took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin in April inside the home she shared with her husband and their two sons, Astala, 2, and Phaedra, 11 months.
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July 23, 2014

Erin Corwin's Neighbor Arrested

A 24-year-old Marine neighbor and volunteer at the same horse ranch with Erin Corwin has been arrested on unrelated charges, but has been questioned in the disappearance of the missing pregnant 20-year-old. Court papers reveal that Christopher Brandon Lee may have been having an affair with Corwin and was the father of her unborn child. Read more...

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Arizona Execution Stay Overturned

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Arizona execution to go forward amid a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs in the country. The court ruled in favor of Arizona officials in the case of Joseph Rudolph Wood, who was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father. The state plans to execute him Wednesday. Read more...

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Arrest Linked to Boston Bomber's Gun

A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a university police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges. Stephen Silva made an initial appearance in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number. He was ordered held until his Aug. 6 bail hearing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:21 AM Posted to Federal Offenses

Henandez Murder Trial Date Set

Jury selection in former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's trial for the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd is scheduled to begin on Jan. 9. Judge Susan Garsh set the date during a proceeding in Fall River Superior Court which dealt with scheduling issues. Garsh said jurors would be selected from a pool of 1,000 people brought in over several days. Read more...

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DNA Cracks 1990s Cold Cases

DNA evidence led to a break in the cold-case murders of two women found beaten and strangled in wooded areas of Long Island in the 1990s, authorities said. Homicide detectives arrested John Bittrolff, 48 years old, a father of two from Manorville, on Monday and charged him with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of the two women, whose bodies were found nude, strangled and beaten. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:20 AM Posted to Cold Cases

Gun Laws Force Beretta South

Beretta U.S.A. announced that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015. Read more...

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Road Rage Murder Trial Underway

The murder trial of a New Jersey police officer accused of shooting a Maryland man last year begins this week. Defense attorneys representing Police Detective Joseph Walker, 41, said in opening arguments Monday that the off-duty officer fatally shot 36-year-old Joseph Harvey Jr. in self defense after a road rage incident in June 2013, according to the station. Walker is charged with first-degree murder. Read more...
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Murder Fugitive Captured

Florida Panhandle authorities say a man wanted in connection with three homicides was captured in Alabama. The Bay County Sheriff's Office tells The News Herald that Derrick Ray Thompson was taken into custody without incident in Troy, Alabama, on a warrant for the slaying of nightclub owner Allen Johnson. Thompson was also wanted for questioning in the deaths of a Milton couple that occurred Sunday. Read more...

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Search Begun for Missing Ohio Man

Authorities are searching for a 22-year-old Ohio man who was last seen during a Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland on Friday. Cory Barron, of Fremont, was last seen at the concert at around 9:30 that night. Barron's friend, Oksana Tarasenko, reportedly said the 22-year-old left one group of friends to see another group and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Read more...

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Mom Says She Killed 4-Year-Old

An East Texas woman is charged with murder after allegedly confessing to police that she killed her 4-year-old daughter. According to the station, 25-year-old Stacie Marie Parsons walked into a police department in Athens, Texas, on Monday and told officers that she had murdered her young child, Victoria Wyatt. The suspect is charged with capital murder. Read more...


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July 22, 2014

Missing Teen Returns Home

A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family, the state attorney general said. Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family on Sunday evening, Attorney General Joseph Foster said. Foster said the family has asked for privacy. Read more...

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Boston Bomber's Friend Guilty

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the bombing. Azamat Tazhayakov was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, with prosecutors saying he agreed with a friend's plan to remove Tsarnaev's backpack containing altered fireworks from his dorm room a few days after the 2013 bombing. Read more...

Posted by Webmaster at 03:31 AM Posted to Courts & Trials

Suspects Suffocate Elderly Couple

Two suspects are facing charges in the case of an elderly Philadelphia couple found dead in their home. Investigators said 26-year-old Terry Ballard and 19-year-old Justin Smith admitted to playing roles in the strangulation deaths of 66-year-old Algladis Perry and 79-year-old Rufus Perry last week, according to the station. Read more...

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Convicted Killer Charged Again

A man convicted of killing his then-wife more than 20 years ago was arrested over the weekend and charged with killing his current wife. Lt. Chris Bailey says 50-year-old Tony Degrafreed was arrested Sunday after officers found his 47-year-old wife, Rebecca Degrafreed, dead from head trauma on the floor of her bedroom in an Indianapolis home. Read more...

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Suspect Eludes Police on Motorcycle

Police are searching for an Oregon man wanted in connection with a murder who they say eluded officers on a motorcycle last week near the state's border with California. Officials have issued a felony warrant for Daniel Joseph Martinson, 44, who is wanted in connection with the November, 2013 murder of 39-year-old Aaron Lee Clouser of Cave Junction in southern Oregon. Read more...

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Boxer Antonio Escalante Gets DUI

An El Paso boxer was arrested last week on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, his third such arrest this year. Court records show Antonio Escalante, 29, was arrested on July 13 by El Paso police. An officer was on patrol in the 400 block of N. Piedras Street at about 4 p.m. when he noticed a silver 2004 Mazda traveling without side brake lights. Read more...

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Meth Lab Explosion Displaces 75 People

A meth lab explosion that displaced 75 residents in Tennessee has landed one couple in jail. The explosion at the Alta Loma Apartments, in Madison, incited by Kelly Wakefield, 27, and her boyfriend Michael Drury, 22, destroyed eight apartments and displaced 75 people, police said. The couple is in the metro jail on a $150,000 bond each. "There was all sorts of evidence of meth cooking they admitted their involvement," Kris Mumford, public information officer with the Metro police. Read more...




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July 21, 2014

No Arrests in Celina Cass Case

As the third anniversary of the disappearance of Celina Cass approaches, no memorial services are planned in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire, because residents said, past services have drawn so much media coverage it upset the children who are still dealing with the tragedy. Three years into the investigation of her death, no arrests have been made and no persons of interest have been named, according to lead investigator Jane Young, director of the state attorney general's criminal bureau. Read more...

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Arizona Execution Postponed

A federal appeals court granted an Arizona death row inmate's request to postpone his pending execution, putting it on hold until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death. The preliminary injunction granted by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversing a lower federal court comes four days before the scheduled execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood. Read more...

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Police Seek Bank Heist Driver

Police in the Northern California city of Stockton say they're looking for the driver of a car that was involved in a bank robbery and violent shootout that ended with three deaths, including a hostage. Officer Joe Silva of the Stockton Police Department said that investigators also suspect the same men in other bank robberies, including one in January at the same branch robbed this week. Read more...

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Kidnapped Girl Killed in Shootout

A 5-year-old Kansas girl who was kidnapped died in a gun battle between police and her abductor following a high-speed chase, police said. "The matter unfolded quite rapidly," said Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens," calling the girl's death tragic. "We are still trying to sort out specifically what happened." Read more...

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Woman's Mummified Remains Found

Officials have confirmed that the mummified remains of a woman found in the garage of a suburban Detroit home in March were those of the woman who lived there. Authorities this week notified the relatives of Pia Farrenkopf that she had been positively identified using DNA testing. Oakland County Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Bernardino Pacris said the cause and manner of death could not be determined because the body was mummified. Read more...

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Idaho's Epps Dismissed From Team

Back in April, Idaho wide receiver Dezmon Epps was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Three months later? Epps has been, per Dave Southorn of the Idaho Statesman, dismissed from the football program. The arrest and subsequent charge weren't mentioned in the school's official release, with the Vandals chalking up the parting of ways to the standard violation of unspecified team rules. Read more...

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Aldon Smith Gets 12 Days for DUI

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has not avoided jail time. But he has gotten the closest thing possible to no jail time. A judge has sentenced 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith to 12 days in jail on gun and DUI charges. He gets credit for one day served, and he'll serve the remaining 11 by participating in a work crew on Mondays, starting July 28. Read more...




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