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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Catholic high-school gym teacher arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old male student



A former Catholic high-school gym teacher was arrested Monday on charges she repeatedly had sex with a 16-year-old male student — including on the Staten Island campus, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Megan Mahoney, 24, was charged with 30 counts of statutory rape for a series of trysts that authorities say took place between Oct. 31, 2013, and Jan. 9.

Mahoney romped with the teen “on numerous occasions, that is at least two times per week during the period,” court papers claim.

She also was charged with four counts of “criminal sexual act” because of mutual oral sex that she and the boy allegedly engaged in “at least two times per month during said period.” More

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Oscar Pistorius gets 5 years in jail, but he could be out in less than one



A South African judge sentenced former Olympic and Paralymic sprinter Oscar Pistorius to a maximum of five years in prison Tuesday for the culpable homicide of his girlfriend last February, though lawyers on both sides of the case later acknowledged that he is unlikely to serve his full sentence in prison.

Pistorius' defense team told Sky News that he would likely serve 10 months, or one-sixth of the term handed down by Judge Thokozile Masipa, before being released to serve the remaining time under house arrest. However, a spokesman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said that the man once known as "The Blade Runner" would likely serve 20 months behind bars, before stating that such matters were "not for the NPA to decide."

Judge Masipa also handed the double-amputee a three-year suspended sentence on a firearms charge. She had found Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, but had acquitted him of the more serious crime of murder last month. More

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Man set off fire alarm because his phone was still inside the locked station



BOSTON – A Revere man who allegedly told police that he pulled a fire alarm because he left his cellphone inside South Station overnight is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Transit police arrested 22-year-old Marwin Maurin just after 2 a.m. Monday outside the entrance to the MBTA Red Line in South Station.

He told officers that he set off the alarm because his phone was still inside the station, according to police.

The station entrance was closed and locked at the time, police said. More

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Suspect in Virginia abduction charged in DC area rape



FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A man charged with the abduction of a University of Virginia student has been indicted in suburban Washington, D.C., with a 2005 rape, abduction and attempted capital murder.

The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was handed up Monday by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County.

Matthew is being held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on a charged related to the Sept. 13 abduction of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old from northern Virginia.

Law enforcement officials who have been searching for Graham found human remains over the weekend. The state medical examiner has not made a positive identification.More

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Woman charged under new revenge porn law



WAYNESBORO, Virginia – An Augusta County woman faces a misdemeanor charge under Virginia’s new revenge pornography law.

Waynesboro police tell media outlets that 28-year-old Rachel Lynn Craig is accused of posting a nude photograph of another woman on Facebook.

The law went into effect July 1. It makes it illegal to distribute a sexually explicit image of others without their permission. The phenomenon is called “revenge porn.”

Police Sgt. Brian Edwards says the 22-year-old victim told police that Craig took the photograph from a cell phone belonging to the woman’s boyfriend and posted the image on Facebook. More

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Indiana police ID suspect in murder of at least 7 women


Indiana – Police in northwest Indiana identified the suspected serial killer believed to have murdered seven women, and warned at a news conference that the body count could rise.

The man accused of killing a woman Friday at a Hammond, Ind., Motel 6, and then leading authorities to a string of dead bodies dumped in abandoned homes in nearby Gary, was identified as Darren Deon Vann, 43, of Gary.

Officials said he is a convicted sex offender who served time in Texas for sexual assault and may have been responsible for two murders in the mid-1990s.

So far, he has only been charged with the murder of Afrika Hardy, 19, who police said was a prostitute found strangled in the motel Friday evening. But authorities said more charges are certain, and more bodies are possible. More

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Student accused of attempting to rape classmate



East Rockhill - A 15-year-old Pennridge High School student is charged as an adult with crimes including attempted rape and sexual assault after he allegedly used a kitchen knife he brought to school in his boot Friday morning, Oct. 17, to threaten a 15-year-old girl and a teacher, and forced the girl into a bathroom stall at the school.

The girl said she was dragged down a hallway and forced into a boys’ bathroom stall, which Hendricks locked behind them and that Hendricks put the knife to her throat, pulled up her shirt and tried to reach down her pants, arresting officer Pennridge Regional Police Sgt. Patrick Karcher wrote in the affidavit.

When a teacher heard screaming coming from the bathroom, the teacher went into it and Hendricks came out of a stall waving the knife and threatening the teacher, police said. The teacher initially retreated, then went back in and told Hendricks to drop the knife, which Hendricks then did and put his hand behind his back, police said. More

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Thug baby-sitting for his girlfriend punched her 3-year-old girl to death



New York - A thug who was baby-sitting for his Brooklyn girlfriend mercilessly punched her 3-year-old girl to death Saturday — flying into a rage because the tot had soiled her pants, law enforcement sources said.

The 20-year-old suspect also turned his fury and his fists on the child’s brother, 5, pummeling the little boy until he was covered in bruises, sources said.

The alleged fiend, Kelsey Smith, called 911 at around 4:30 p.m. giving police the address where he’d committed the heinous acts, another source said. Then he fled — leaving behind a scene of horror inside mom Kimberly Torres’ second-floor apartment at 38 Cooper Street in Bushwick. More

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Couple arrested after their young children are found in deplorable conditions eating human excrement


A couple from West Virginia have been arrested after police allegedly found their two young children handling and eating human excrement in their filthy home.

Michael Paul Perry, 28, and Crystal Sidney Perry, 19, were taken into custody after sheriff deputies found their children, aged one and two, held in a room covered in feces in Ashland.

McDowell County officers responded to the home on Thursday after a Child Protective Services worker tried to remove the children from the home but was met with resistance from the parents.

The CPS worker alerted officers that they were in need of immediate assistance at the residence. More

Arrests made when pumpkin festival turns to mayhem



KEENE, New Hampshire – Violent disturbances near Keene State College during an annual pumpkin festival lasted until early Sunday and involved dozens of arrests and injuries, as well as police in riot gear using tear gas to disperse crowds.

Keene State student Ellery Murray told The Boston Globe that she was at a party Saturday that had drawn a large crowd when people started throwing things.

“People were just throwing everything they could find — rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins,” she said. “People just got too drunk.”

The parties around the school coincided with the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, where the community tries to set a world record of the largest number of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. More

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Misty Upham's father says she fell to her death trying to flee police



In the statement her father, Charles said his daughter suffered from mental illness and had been poorly treated by the local police department.

"Misty was afraid of the Auburn PD officers with good reason," he said. "In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car. Because it was dark they couldn't see that we, her family, were outside our apartment just across the street witnessing this behavior."

"They were tapping on the window making faces at her. Misty was crying and she told them, 'You can't treat me like this. I'm a movie actress and I will use my connections to expose you.' Then another officer walked up to her asked, 'Are you a movie star? Then why don't [you] complain to George Clooney!'" More

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Police find human remains in search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham



Police say human remains found Saturday in Virginia could be those of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham – who was last seen on Sept. 13.

Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Hannah Graham, but Graham's parents were notified of the preliminary findings, Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told a news conference. 

The remains were found on an abandoned property in southern Albemarle County by a search team from the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office, Longo said. 

They are being transported to Richmond for identification.

"Right now we have the discovery of human remains and a great deal of work ahead of us,"said Col. Steve Sellers, Albemarle County Police chief. "We cannot and will not jump to any conclusions regarding today's discovery. I ask for the public's patience as we move forward and pursue what is now a new, ongoing death investigation." More

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Clemmons murder suspect ate ‘still-beating heart’ of animal, bragged about killing 2 prostitutes



CLEMMONS, N.C. — More details continue to emerge about the lives of Pazuzu Algarad and Amber Burch, the two people arrested on Oct. 5 and charged in the murder and burial of two men at their Clemmons home, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

According to a friend of Burch, Algarad claimed to get a high from eating the “still-beating heart” of a sacrificial animal and bragged openly about having killed two prostitutes.

That friend visited the house in 2009 where Algarad and Burch lived on Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons. Algarad and Burch are each charged with murder in connection with the deaths of two men whose remains were found recently in the couple’s backyard. More

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After actress Misty Upham found dead, family accuses police of racism, ignoring pleas



In a statement on Facebook Friday, Upham’s family say they believe that Misty Upham accidentally fell to her death.

She did not commit suicide. We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road.

But Tracy Rector, a friend of Upham’s who is serving as a family spokeswoman, said the actress’s relatives are furious that Auburn police did nothing to aid in the search. Upham was found by a search party of friends and family on Thursday.

The body of actress Misty Upham, 32, was found at the bottom of a steep cliff in in a densely wooded area of Auburn, Wash., on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the family confirmed. More

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Defendant said the victim must have fallen onto the knife, six times



An ex-con accused of fatally stabbing a Hell’s Kitchen community activist claimed to cops that his victim died from falling on a knife as they struggled, authorities said.

But prosecutors weren’t buying Jeffrey Wong’s story, charging him with murder and saying victim Khemraj Singh, 46, was knifed at least six times.

Wong, 41, joined Singh, 46, at a bar Tuesday night before returning to Singh’s apartment on W. 48th St. near Ninth Ave. to do cocaine, officials said.

“When he was told the victim had been stabbed, the defendant said the victim must have fallen onto the knife.” More

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Jurors see video of USC slaying suspect boasting about the crime


California - Within hours of arriving in jail, Javier Bolden began to brag to a cellmate that he had shot a man during a fight in South L.A.

He then told his cellmate that a couple of months later he and a friend opened fire while robbing two graduate students near USC, killing both victims in a crime that made international headlines.

What Bolden didn't realize was that he was boasting to a police informant who had been supplied with a video camera to capture everything Bolden told him.

On Thursday, a prosecutor played the video of the jail cell encounter for a downtown Los Angeles jury weighing murder charges against Bolden in a crime that shocked USC and raised questions about campus safety. More

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Body Of Missing Actress Misty Upham Found At Bottom Of Embankment



LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A post on the Auburn Police Department’s Facebook page says the body of a woman was found at the bottom of an embankment Thursday afternoon around 1 p.m.

The statement went on to say that the body was found by one of Misty Upham’s relatives.

Upham, a 32-year-old actress known for her work in “August: Osage County,” among other films, had been missing for more than a week.

Auburn is a suburb of Seattle.

The body was found, according to the statement, “in a wooded area near Forest Ridge Dr. The body was found at the bottom of a 150 embankment near the White River.”

Authorities said a purse containing Upham’s identity was also recovered at the scene. More

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Florida man sentenced to life in prison without parole in loud music killing


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A life sentence was mandatory for 47-year-old Michael Dunn after prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder at a second trial in September after jurors deadlocked on the charge at his initial trial in February. Prosecutors say Dunn, who is white, fired 10 times into a sport utility vehicle carrying black teenagers in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Georgia. More

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Man accused of stealing restaurant's plumbing


Florida - A 28-year-old man is accused of stealing flushing handles and pipes from public bathrooms in St. Petersburg.

Brian Rinda is charged with eight counts of grand theft and one count petit theft, the St. Petersburg Police Department said. 

Rinda removed the parts to trade the brass valve and piping at a recycling center at 5601 Haines Rd., police said. He caused up to $1,000 in damage at Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Publix, Subway, Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans and Albert Whitted Park, police said.

Police said Rinda was caught on surveillance video leaving the restaurants, and anyone recycling scrap metal has to provide identification so detectives checked both. More

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Florida woman scratches boyfriend badly in fight over bed covers: cops



A Florida woman breaking up with her boyfriend scratched him all over his body during a bitter argument over who could use the bed cover, police said.

Emma Campbell, 20, allegedly attacked Alexander McCall with her fingernails after a disagreement over the air conditioning temperature.

She is accused of leaving several long, deep scratches on his chest, back and upper right thigh.

Cops arrived at the couple’s DeLand home at 4:14 a.m. after neighbors reported a woman screaming outside for 15 minutes. More

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