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Monday, January 26, 2015

Warrant issued for suspect in case of missing elderly Georgia couple



Authorities in Georgia have issued an arrest warrant in connection with the case of a missing elderly couple who have not been seen since they responded to a Craigslist advertisement about a car.

Elrey "Bud" Runion, 69, and his 66-year-old wife June, of Cobb County, were reported missing by their three daughters Friday when they did not show up to babysit their grandchildren as promised.

Family members told WAGA that the couple was last seen in Marietta, outside Atlanta, Thursday morning. They were planning on driving to the small town of McRae, in southeastern Georgia, to look at a 1966 Ford Mustang they were interested in buying from someone on Craigslist.

Telfair County sheriff's deputies say that they are looking for 28-year-old Ronnie "Jay" Towns. He is currently wanted for giving false statements to investigators, as well as criminal attempt to commit theft by deception. More

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Dad who massacred family thought girlfriend cheated



The Queens dad who massacred his family Saturday blasted his baby-mama to death in a fit of jealousy and shot his two daughters because he’d rather see them die than go into foster care after the attack, sources said.

Jonathan Walker, 34, was overheard at a liquor store the night before the attack — telling anyone who would listen that he was convinced his common-law wife, Shantai Hale, was being unfaithful.

“He believed she may have been cheating on him — possibly with more than one person,” a law-enforcement source said. “He went and got drunk that night before heading home.”

After pounding drinks, Walker skipped his nightclub-security gig Friday evening. Flowing with liquid courage, the murderous man instead showed up at his gal pal’s Springfield Gardens home at around 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning, where he methodically executed 7-year-old daughter Kayla and badly wounded her 12-year-old sister, Christina. More

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Boy and girl arrested for setting Walmart on fire with a stolen lighter



South Carolina - An 11-year-old South Carolina boy is facing an arson charge after allegedly setting a fire inside a Walmart that caused millions of dollars in damages to the business, police report.

The boy’s 13-year-old cousin has also been charged in connection with the December 31 blaze.

According to investigators, the boy stole a lighter while inside the Columbia store and, with his cousin, used it to set a fire in the Walmart’s greeting card aisle.

The ensuing blaze caused significant damage to the store, though no injuries were reported.  More

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FATHER ARRESTED IN DEATH OF 3-WEEK-OLD BABY GIRL



The father of a 3-week-old baby girl was arrested on suspicion of murder after the infant was found dead in Newhall Saturday morning.

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said the the baby's body was found in a Nissan pickup truck in a parking lot in the 23630 block of Newhall Avenue around 8 a.m., about a half-mile from where she lived with her mother, father and grandmother.

Investigators identified the father of the child as 30-year-old Matthew Warner.

Authorities said both Warner and his wife came to the Santa Clarita Valley Station Friday at around 9:35 p.m. and told authorities their daughter was missing from their home. More

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Police pull over man in HOV lane and find two kidnapped victims in back seat



New Jersey – A New Jersey man was busted for kidnapping after cops pulled him over for apparently driving solo in the carpool lane — and discovered his terrified victims in the back seat, officials said Saturday.

Port Authority cops pulled over Luis Moreno Jr. (picture) because he appeared to be alone in his silver 2002 Toyota Sequoia as he entered an HOV lane approaching the George Washington Bridge on I-95 in Fort Lee, N.J., at 8:05 a.m. Friday, officials said.

“I have two passengers in the back,” Moreno protested, rolling down his rear driver’s-side window to show the cop.

But as he rolled away, one passenger tried to jump out the back window, screaming for help, cops said. More

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Judges free 70-year-old wrongly convicted of murder 40 years ago



WHITEVILLE, North Carolina – A 70-year-old man wrongly convicted of the 1976 stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter walked out of prison Friday, saying he was looking forward to sleeping in a real bed and maybe swimming in a pool.

After serving nearly four decades behind bars, Joseph Sledge was found innocent by a three-judge panel who heard testimony from a DNA expert.

The expert said none of the evidence collected in the case — hair, DNA and fingerprints — belonged to Sledge.

A key jailhouse informant had also recanted his story, saying authorities promised him leniency in his own case for his trial testimony against Sledge. More

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Man left twin 9-year-old boys home alone for months



MANCHESTER, New Hampshire – A New Hampshire man agreed to watch over twin 9-year-old boys while their parents were in Africa, but left them mostly alone for four and a half months, authorities said.

Giobari Atura, 25, of Manchester, the boys’ uncle, is free on $500 personal recognizance bail and faces charges for endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said they found no edible food in the apartment, other than Ramen noodles, but the boys had managed to get themselves to school for several months.

Police said Atura would stop by every few days while the boys’ parents were in Nigeria and drop off some food. More

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Teacher Gets Her Job Back After Dragging A 6-Year-Old Boy Across Hallway Floor



The parents of a six-year-old boy who was dragged 160ft down a hallway by his teacher say they are shocked that she is back teaching.

Ashley Silas, 30, was caught on surveillance camera pulling the first-grader across the floor at Brooks Elementary School in Bullitt County, Kentucky on October 29 last year.

She was fired immediately but has since won an appeal over the decision. The district has assigned her to a long term substitute role at Bullitt Lick Middle School for $48,128 a year.

'I get a sick feeling in my stomach,' the boy's father told WAVE3 as he recalled the video. More

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Furor Erupts After Officer Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man



BRIDGETON, New Jersey – Controversy has erupted over a police shooting that left an unarmed man dead in a town in southern New Jersey.

As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, dashcam video shows the traffic stop and all the events that led to the shooting. But important questions have been raised into exactly what happened.

The incident happened on Dec. 30, but police had just released the officer’s dashcam video as of Wednesday. The entire encounter appears, but the video and audio are far from clear.

The dead man, Jerame Reid (picture), previously spent nearly 13 years in state prison for shooting at three New Jersey State Police troopers when he was a teenager, and was known by Officer Days from a drug possession and obstruction arrest over the summer. More Watch Video

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Puppy killed when used as weapon by man in beating of girlfriend



KALAMAZOO, MI – In November, Timothy Tucker punched his girlfriend in the face and then pummeled her with the couple's two-week-old puppy to the point that the small animal defecated on the woman and died.

"I've been doing this ... for 25 years," Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Reisterer said Tuesday as Tucker, 51, appeared in circuit court for sentencing in the November assault.

"This is one of the few cases that turns my stomach. To take a two-week-old puppy and bludgeon his significant other to the point that she requires hospitalization and the puppy is dead ... is incomprehensible."

Tucker, who has a lengthy criminal record, pleaded guilty in December to one count of third-offense domestic violence as a second-time habitual offender. As part of a plea agreement in the case, one count of killing/torturing animals was dismissed and Tucker was able to avoid being convicted as a fourth-time habitual offender.  More

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'Amazing' K-9 killed in hunt for Southern California felon; suspect shot dead


A wanted felon who killed a police dog was shot dead by California police late Wednesday when he emerged from a house he was barricaded in brandishing a handgun, authorities said.

The identity of the suspect was not released, but he had been in a standoff with police at the Riverside County residence for hours. Authorities sent the K-9 "Sultan" into the residence through a small crawlspace, and he came out with unspecified injuries. Sultan died at the scene.

The dog, a Belgian Malinois-German shepherd mix, belonged to the San Jacinto Police Department, which is run via contract by the Sheriff's Department. The dog was from Slovakia and had been patrolling since November 2013.

"There is a very close bond between K-9 and the deputy he's assigned to," Sgt. Mike Manning told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. More

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Man Arrested After Bulldozing His Wife’s House Without Her Permission


MIDDLETOWN, New York – A crushed couch, a crumpled sign, and some clothing are all that were left after a man took a bulldozer to the home that he lived in.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, there was one major problem with the man’s demolition plan — his wife, who was the registered owner, allegedly never knew about it.

A modest 900-square foot ranch home on Woodland Avenue in Middletown, New York has been reduced to a pile of rubble by the owner’s husband 48-year-old James Rhein.

Neighbor Steve Belfiglio said Rhein rented an excavator on Monday and demolished the house and everything in it. More

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High School Coach Accused Of Biting Another Coach In Eye, Nose



MARIETTA, Georgia – A high school coach in suburban Atlanta is accused of biting another coach’s face.

An arrest warrant states that South Cobb High School girls basketball coach Melonie Joyce Martin was standing about two inches from Coach Tyrone Harris when authorities say she bit him in the eye and nose.

Martin’s attorney, S. Carlton Rouse, tells WSB-TV Martin denied touching Harris and never threatened his safety.

Authorities say the confrontation happened inside a school office Jan. 9, after the South Cobb girls team lost to Campbell High School. More

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Rapist Wants Ankle Monitor Removed Because It Makes Him Feel Embarrassed


Australia – A violent rapist whose 14-year-old victim took her own life after the attack has asked to remove his electronic ankle bracelet because it’s embarrassing and has hurt his confidence.

Darren Michael Costello, 43, says wearing the monitor makes him feel “uncomfortable, paranoid, uneasy and anxious … with everyone knowing my personal business”.

“I feel the monitoring device is an obstacle and barrier in my way from (sic) being able to try and live a normal life and engage with people.

“I am very uncomfortable by (sic) the noise it creates and am paranoid that everybody knows that I have a monitoring device.” More

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Former Connecticut Police Officer Who Sexually Assaulted Teen In Mentoring Program Gets 30 Months



BRIDGEPORT -- A 20-year veteran of the Trumbull police force began serving a 30-month prison term this week for repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl he met through the department's Explorer Scout program.

Sniffling back tears, William Ruscoe told Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin Friday he was sorry for his actions.

"I stand here today humble, heartbroken. I'm sorry I turned your life upside down, I should have known better," Ruscoe said, facing the now 18-year-old girl who sat huddled with her mother in a courtroom pew a few away. More

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16-Year-Old Girl Reportedly Gang Raped By Five High School Football Players


Seminole County prosecutors have charged five underage Winter Springs High football players with gang rape.

Two are now being prosecuted as adults.

They are Deoante Stewart, who turned 17 the day of the alleged attack, and Marquis Pierre, who was 16 at the time but is now 17.

They are being held at the John E Polk Correctional Facility and are scheduled to face a judge this afternoon.

Three will be prosecuted as juveniles. More

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Woman Arrested After Attempting To Give Child Away In Walmart



Alabama – An woman from Alabama was arrested at the weekend for allegedly trying to give away a child at a Walmart.

Police officers went to the store in Athens where they found Sebrina Ann Thompson drunk and attempting to find a taker for a young child.

Thompson is said to be related to the victim but is not the child’s mother.

Thompson was charged with child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia before being taken to Limestone County Jail. More

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Cardiac Surgeon Shot At Brigham And Women’s Hospital


BOSTON — A male cardiac surgeon was critically wounded in a shooting at Brigham And Women’s Hospital on Tuesday morning, a source told WBZ-TV.

A source told WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod that the shooter was a male patient who shot the surgeon, then walked to a second-floor bathroom in the Shapiro Center and shot and killed himself. Police could not immediately confirm that the suspect was dead.

Boston police said in a Twitter post that the situation was under control and that the hospital is not in a lockdown.

The shooting victim is alive, but in critical condition, according to a WBZ-TV source. More

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Criminal uses world’s worst robbery disguise to hold up his local bookies


UK – A hapless crook glued paper hankies to his face in an attempt to hold up his local bookies where he had been a regular.

Douglas Stewart also stuffed tissues inside his mouth to hide his accent and scrawled his robbery demands on the back of a letter from bosses banning him from the betting shop.

Not surprisingly the 48-year-old’s plot failed when the cashier recognised him instantly.

Previously, bosses had told Stewart in a letter that he was no longer welcome at the betting shop – and he scrawled his robbery demands on the back of it. More

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UPS driver arrested for theft of $200,000 in gold and silver


ANDERSON, California - A UPS driver from Shasta County was arrested for grand theft, after hundreds of thousands of dollars in gold and silver were reported missing.

The silver coins, silver bars and gold bars never reached their destination after being shipped through UPS.

Kevin Peel, 40 of Anderson, a driver with UPS, was arrested Friday on charges of grand theft and is held in the Shasta County jail on $250,000 bail.

The investigation started more than a year ago in October 2013. UPS shipments destined for precious metal dealers in Shasta County went missing in transit. More

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