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Friday, October 24, 2014

Islam convert shot dead after ax attack on NYPD cops



New York – A hatchet-swinging psycho with Islamic militant leanings turned a busy Queens street corner into a scene of bloody chaos Thursday, chopping a rookie cop in the back of the head and slicing a second officer on the arm before two other officers shot him dead.

In opening fire on the madman, cops accidentally wounded a bystander, ­authorities said.

Officer Kenneth Healey, 25, had just four months on the job when Zale Thompson, 32, of Queens — a “scholarly” but “weird” ­recent convert to Islam — fractured the back of the cop’s skull with one swing of a blue-handled hatchet at about 2 p.m. in Jamaica.

A 29-year-old woman walking a half-block away was struck in the back by a stray police bullet and was in stable condition, according to police sources. More

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Man wearing zebra-print dress robs bank



ROCHESTER, New Hampshire – Rochester police responded to a robbery at the Bank of New Hampshire on North Main Street Thursday. The robber, a male, was wearing a zebra print dress. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police got the call around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The man entered the bank and approached the teller, passing a note demanding money from the drawer. He never mentioned any weapon.

The teller was shaken, but not injured.

The robber is described as a white male approximately 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-9.He was wearing a light colored hat or bandana, black rimmed glasses, white shirt and a zebra print dress with a black overcoat. Police say he was also wearing tan nylons over his head. More

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers brought gunman down



Canada – House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers was hailed across Canada as the hero who brought down a deranged gunman before he could spill any more innocent blood.

While Vickers’ position is often seen as a ceremonial gig, he has the very real job of protecting Canada’s lawmakers — which he carried out in heroic fashion on Wednesday.

He shot and killed Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, who had stormed into Centre Block on Parliament just before 10 a.m., officials said.

The 58-year-old former Mountie was best known for marching a massive gold mace into the House Commons before each session. The mace is a symbol of the queen of England’s authority over Canada. More

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Woman sets boyfriend on fire using nail polish remover



CLEARWATER, Florida - Police say a Clearwater woman set her boyfriend on fire during an argument after a night of drinking.

According to police, 23-year-old Melissa Dawn Sellers doused Carlos Ortiz Jr. with nail polish remover early Wednesday and then ignited him with either a lighter or burnt cigarette.
The 42-year-old Ortiz was taken to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition.


Police say he has burns on his face, chest and shoulders. More

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Vermont man guilty of luring, killing teacher



BURLINGTON, Vt. – A part-time snowplow driver was convicted Wednesday of luring a prep-school teacher out of her Vermont home under the guise of a broken down car, then killed her.

A jury rejected arguments by Allen Prue's defense that his wife, Patricia Prue, killed 33-year-old Melissa Jenkins in a jealous rage on March 25, 2012.

Prosecutors said the Prues lured Jenkins from her home as part of a long-planned crime. Jenkins' nude body was found the next day in the Connecticut River. She had been strangled.

Allen Prue, 32, cried when the jury's verdict was announced after six hours of deliberations. His lawyer had argued his client was unaware of his wife's plan to kill Jenkins. More

Man faked coma for 2 years to avoid court



LONDON – He might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card.

A British fraudster who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for two years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after police caught him on camera driving and strolling around supermarkets.

Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than 40,000 pounds ($64,000) from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease, prosecutors said.

When police began investigating, the 47-year-old Knight claimed to be quadriplegic and so sick he sometimes fell into a coma. He checked himself into a hospital to avoid court appearances, saying he was having seizures. More

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Autopsy finds Michael Brown shot at close range, not running from cop



Missouri - The 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August touched off weeks of racially-charged rioting, had marijuana in his system, was initially shot at close range and does not appear to have been killed while running away, according to experts who reviewed the official autopsy and toxicology report.

The documents, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and analyzed by two experts not directly involved in the case, appears to contradict witness accounts that claimed Brown was running away from Police Officer Darren Wilson, 28, when he was killed on Aug. 9.

The new information comes on the heels of reports that Wilson told authorities Brown had reached inside Wilson’s police SUV and struggled for his gun, resulting in Wilson firing twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Moments later and outside of the vehicle, Wilson fired the fatal bullets that sparked a national controversy. More

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Man Charged With Giving Cop A Wet-Willy



MINNEAPOLIS – A wet-willy has landed a man in trouble with police.

Police told our sister station in Mankato that 24-year-old Riley Swearingen put his pointer finger in an officer’s ear while waiting in line for a bus early Saturday morning.

Since it involved bodily fluids, police say it rises to the level of felony assault.

Prosecutors say his blood alcohol content was 0.18 at the time of the incident.

“We have an assault of improper touching from one person to another without consent occur, which leads to the credibility of assault,” said Cmdr. Jeremy Clifton. More

Chef Claims Long Beach Hotel Fired Him Over Long Hair

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Harlem Kevorkian Assisted Suicide of Motivational Speaker – Stabbed him 7 times



NEW YORK – After being convicted of helping a motivational speaker kill himself, a man known as the “Harlem Kevorkian” received a revised sentence on Monday.

Kenneth Minor, 41, admitted to stabbing motivational speaker and self-help author Jeffrey Locker to death on an East Harlem street in 2009.

Minor said the motivational speaker approached him for help staging what would look like a deadly knife robbery so that Locker’s family could collect his life insurance.

Prosecutors admitted Locker asked Minor to help him stage his death, but said Minor went beyond assisted suicide when he stabbed Locker seven times. More

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Serial Killer Suspect Left Trail Of Escalating Offenses



Darren Vann has a history of run-ins with police across the country going back 20 years.

It’s a record that spans four states, escalating from speeding tickets to sexual assaults. Somewhere along the line, police say the 43-year-old Vann became a serial killer.

His life is now under a microscope, with authorities saying his killing spree could go well beyond the bodies of Anith Jones, Afrikka Hardy and five other women he has led them to.

Vann’s run-ins with police go back as far as 20 years, starting in 1993, with tickets for speeding and driving without a license in North Carolina, and in Calumet City, he pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing from police.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that Vann tried to set himself and his then-girlfriend on fire in April 2004. More

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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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