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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Con Ed Workers Heroically Confronted Brooklyn Gunman After He Murdered Officers



A pair of hero Con Ed workers risked their lives in confronting the monster who assassinated a pair of cops in Brooklyn — who otherwise might have escaped if not for their bravery.

The unnamed men had been working in Bedford-Stuyvesant near where Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, gunned down Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos at just before 3 p.m. Saturday.They saw Brinsley wordlessly open fire into the passenger side of the cops’ patrol car, and followed in their Con Ed truck as he ambled away from the carnage, still holding his silver Taurus semi-automatic.

When they confronted Brinsley on the street, attempting to stop him, Brinsley leveled the gun at the two workers, and asked them, “You want some of this?” The two backed off, and Brinsley ducked into the nearby G-train station. More

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Man Groped Drive-Thru Worker At McDonald's



A Pennsylvania man was charged with an assortment of crimes after he allegedly reached into a McDonald’s drive-thru window and fondled a female employee working the night shift.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Michael Jenkins, 23, and another man walked up early Thursday morning to the eatery in Upper Darby, a Philadelphia suburb.

Jenkins (picture) reportedly flirted with the 31-year-old McDonald’s employee, and offered to pick her up later that day for a date. The worker, police reported, ignored Jenkins.

Before departing the window, Jenkins reached in and grabbed the woman’s breast, cops say. More

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's son mugged outside family home


The teenage son of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was attacked and robbed outside his family's home on the city's North Side late Friday, according to police.

Police told MyFoxChicago.com that Zach Emanuel, 17, was walking outside the house shortly after 10 p.m. local time when he was grabbed by two men. Authorities say the men went through Zach's pockets and grabbed his cell phone before taking off. As of Saturday night, they were still at large.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the teenager suffered a chipped tooth and a fat lip when he was punched in the face during the attack. According to a police report seen by the paper, one of the attackers asked Emanuel "What else you got?" after taking the phone. The muggers then made him enter his security code to unlock the phone before fleeing. More

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Police officer shot, killed overnight in Tarpon Springs; suspect in custody



TARPON SPRINGS, Florida - A Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed overnight, and a suspect has been taken into custody, authorities said.

Officer Charles "Charlie K" Kondek was shot and killed around 3 a.m. near 199 Grand Boulevard, a few blocks from the city's Sponge Docks. The Tarpon Springs Police Department released the officer's name on its Facebook page around 11:15 a.m., saying "our hearts and prayers go out to the Kondek Family and our deepest sympathy."

Investigators are also working a nearby second scene on Athens Street, where the shooter fled in a white Hyundai sedan. The shooter crashed into a power pole and snapped it and then crashed into a pickup truck, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Cecila Barreda said.

Authorities haven't said whether there are any other injuries or identified the suspect other than to say he is male. More

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Man aimed empty gun in cop’s face, pulled trigger



New York - A third cop narrowly escaped with his life Saturday night when a suspect pointed a gun directly at the officer’s head and pulled the trigger in The Bronx — not realizing it was empty.

Cops went to East 140th Street in Mott Haven at 9 p.m. on reports of a man shooting out windows with a .357 caliber revolver.

They spotted the suspect, identified as Raymond Leonardo, 18, and ordered him to drop the gun. Instead, he took point blank aim at one of the officers, officials said.   More

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Australian woman charged with murder of 8 children



SYDNEY – An Australian woman was charged with murder on Sunday in the deaths of seven of her children and her niece, whose bodies were found inside her home, police said.

Mersane Warria (picture), 37, was charged with eight counts of murder in a bedside hearing at a hospital in the northern city of Cairns where she is recovering from stab wounds, Queensland state police said.

Police were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Students suspected of racial hate crime using cotton balls



Roseville police have referred 13 teenagers, at least some of them honors students at Oakmont High School, to the juvenile justice system for a suspected hate crime after they allegedly spread cotton balls across the front lawn of an African American classmate, authorities said Friday.

Oakmont students quickly spread word of the Nov. 23 incident via text messages, leading investigators to the suspected perpetrators, police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther said.

The cotton balls were “sprinkled throughout the yard” of an African American classmate at Oakmont during Thanksgiving break, she said.

Cotton balls left on doorsteps of African American residents or organizations in other cities have been viewed as racially tinged and considered hate crimes because they invoke images of slavery. More

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Ferguson witnesses lied – will not seek perjury charges – didn’t want to fire things up



Missouri – Some witnesses “clearly ” lied to the St. Louis grand jury investigating the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., prosecutor Robert McCulloch said in an interview.

“There were people who came in and yes, absolutely lied under oath. Some lied to the FBI, even though they’re not under oath, that’s another potential offense, a federal offense,” McCulloch said Friday, in a discussion with KTRS radio in St. Louis.

Nonetheless, he said he will not seek perjury charges. “Some were clearly not telling the truth, no question about it,” McCulloch said. But he wanted all sides to have their say, he added.

In his first public statements since announcing on Nov. 24 that the white police officer who killed the unarmed African-American teen would not be indicted, McCulloch said he has kept quiet because he didn’t want “to fire things up.” More

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Two NYPD officers shot dead in ambush sitting in patrol car



New York – Two NYPD cops were executed Saturday after a gang member from Baltimore drove to the city to kill police officers after wounding his girlfriend, sources told the Daily News.

The shooter, identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley (picture), boasted about wanting to kill cops in the hours before he ambushed the officers outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 3 p.m. Saturday.

“I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 Of Ours…Let’s Take 2 of Theirs,” Brinsley wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of a silver handgun and a series of hashtags referencing the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Brinsley made good on his promise, firing several rounds into the patrol car parked near Myrtle and Tompkins Aves., witnesses said. More

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Woman arrested for stabbing, biting husband



Newport News, Virginia – A Newport News woman has been arrested after allegedly attacking her husband for the second time in a year.

On the evening of December 11th an officer who was working on another investigation at a local hospital was told by emergency room staff of a stabbing victim in the emergency room.

The victim told the officer he had been bitten and stabbed by his wife during an argument.

19-year-old Abigail Cruz was arrested and charged with two counts of malicious wounding on December 17th. More

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Friday, December 19, 2014

7 Men Arrested For Forcing 16-Year-Old Girl To Be A Sex Slave For A Week



MIAMI - Seven men are accused of forcing a teenager into a week of sex and prostitution, sometimes with more than one man at a time, police said.

The suspects, ranging in age from 18 to 43, are accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl into a week of drug-fueled prostitution. They were identified as Cornelius Edwards, Mark Evans, Jerome Grace, Greg Hill, Derrick Powell, Derrick Powell Jr. and Branden Sands.

According to police reports, the girl's school reported her missing Dec. 4 after she had gotten into a black Ford Taurus with three other people.

The girl was taken to several locations in northwest Miami-Dade County, where she was given cocaine, marijuana and alcohol and then forced to engage in sex acts with more than 16 men during the course of a week, police said. More

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Man Accused of Stabbing His Wife And Her Lover To Death After Catching Them Having Sex


NEW YORK - A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death of his wife and another man.

Steve Whittingham (picture), 48, of Brooklyn, was charged with murder in the killing of his wife Janelle Barker, 36, and Jerome Barrett, 35.

The victims worked as baggage handlers at John F. Kennedy Airport. They left work together on Tuesday night, according to authorities.

As 1010 WINS reported, Whittingham received a phone call telling him to go the corner of Louisiana and Seaview Avenues in Brooklyn. When he arrived, he found Barrett and his wife naked in a car. More

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Woman sentenced To Prison For Accidentally Killing Motorists While Trying To Save Ducklings



A Quebec Superior Court judge sentenced Emma Czornobaj to 90 days in jail today for causing two deaths after stopping on the highway to rescue ducklings.

The 26-year-old woman from the Montreal suburb of Châteauguay will also be prohibited from driving for 10 years and must perform 240 hours of community service.

In July, Czornobaj was convicted of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death in the 2010 deaths of André Roy, 50, and his 16-year-old daughter, Jessie.

The woman had stopped her car in the left-hand lane of a provincial highway in Candiac, south of Montreal, to help the ducks cross the road. More

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Father Who Made Headlines Searching For 'Missing' 8-Year-Old Daughter Charged With Sodomizing, Murdering Her



A father who pleaded with the public for help finding his eight-year-old daughter after she went missing in September has been arrested for killing her.

Hiawayi Robinson, who was found dead behind an abandoned building in Prichard, Alabama two days after she went missing, died as she was being sexually abused by her father, authorities said.

Hiawatha Robinson, 38, was arrested on charges of first-degree sodomy and murder on Tuesday afternoon, and if convicted, he faces up to life in prison for each charge.

'The facts will show that while engaging in sodomy in the first degree, Hiawatha Robinson Jr. caused the death of Hiawayi Robinson,' Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said while announcing the charges at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.  More

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Psychologist decapitates husband and hides remains across city



Mexico City – A psychologist who murdered and decapitated her abusive husband before scattering his remains across Mexico City sent text messages from his phone so friends and family would think he was still alive.

Long-suffering Maria Alejandra Lafuente Caso, 40, who claimed she had been repeatedly beaten by her hubby Allan Carrera Cuellar, 41, drugged him by slipping sleeping pills into his drink at their home in the Mexican capital.

She then took his chainsaw and chopped his body up, stuffing his remains inside black bin liners and depositing them around the city.

Police launched an investigation after children discovered his head whilst playing in a local park. His hands and feet were later found in another part of the city. More

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Pregnant mother, 22, arrested and charged with child neglect after 7-month-old son dies of malnutrition


Missouri - A young mother was arrested on Monday for causing the death of her infant son, who died two days prior from malnutrition

Macayla Jo Armstrong remains imprisoned at Buchanon County Jail in St Joseph, Missouri on charges of child neglect.

Police were called to the 22-year-old woman's home on the 1700 block of Belle Street on Saturday due to a medical emergency.

Her 7-month-old son was later pronounced dead.

Prosecutors say Armstrong did not provide healthy and sanitary living conditions, food, nourishment and medical care which led to the infant's premature death.

Armstrong's 5-year-old daughter was also exposed to the sub-par living conditions, and is now in the care of others.  More

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mentally Handicapped Woman Dragged By 2 Men Behind Bar, Raped



MIAMI BEACH – Two men reportedly dragged a passed out mentally ill woman behind a Miami Beach bar, where one of them raped her.

Miami Beach police said they were alerted to a sexual assault occurring in an alley near Espanola Way and Collins Court at around 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

When the officers pulled up to the scene, they said they watched as Derrick Barnes dismounted the the woman.

According to the arrest form, Barnes’ pants and underwear were still at his ankles exposing his genitals and the woman was naked.

The form also stated the officers found a used condom on some cardboard boxes near the woman. More

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Couple Loses Custody Of Kids And Face Serious Charges After Authorities Search Their Home



Florida – Two children have been rescued from squalor after sheriffs found them living in a home where feces covered the walls and rooms were caked in mold and rotting food.

The two-year-old girls – who have not been named – were found in a stinking home in Venice, Florida, after law enforcement were called to a disturbance at the house.

Elizabeth Davis, 32, and Wesley Benoit, 35, were arrested and charged with child neglect for allowing the girls, who were found unclothed and not wearing diapers, to live there.

A grim police report describes a house where floors, walls and even some ceilings were smeared with feces, urine and other garbage.

The children’s bedroom, according to the deputies, was particularly ridden by feces. More with Pictures

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Judge Overturns 1944 Murder Conviction Of Black Boy Executed For Deaths Of 2 White Girls



COLUMBIA, South Carolina – A judge has overturned the murder conviction of a 14-year-old black boy who was executed in 1944 in the deaths of two white girls in segregated South Carolina.

Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen ruled the state did a great injustice when it put George Stinney in the electric chair less than two months after he was convicted and just 12 weeks after he was arrested.

Mullen heard testimony in the 70-year-old case in January, but most of the evidence from the original trial was gone.

Mullen says Stinney got an unfair trial and it was impossible to determine the boy’s guilt or innocence. More

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17-year-old mother, friend plead guilty to getting toddler drunk



HOUSTON – Two women who were arrested and charged with felony child endangerment after a toddler suffered acute alcohol poisoning have pleaded guilty.

The incident was reported on February 8, 2014 at an apartment located in the 7200 block of TC Jester.

The child’s paternal grandmother said after the 17-year-old mother Shadreon Jefferson (picture) and her friend Shamara Batiste dropped the baby off at her apartment, the child could not stand and began to vomit. The grandmother called 911.

The baby was taken to the hospital and found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.268 — more than three times the legal limit for adults. More

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