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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Burglary suspect allegedly high on meth, uses toilet water to cool down

PARADISE VALLEY, Arizona – A 45-year-old man allegedly burglarized a home while being high on meth on Thursday night.

Paradise Valley police say a homeowner called in a burglary around 9:30 p.m. at their home near Lincoln Drive and 32nd Street.

The homeowner said the burglar was a white male wearing only jeans and no shirt.

He was identified as Christopher Fulton.

Police say he started splashing himself with toilet water to try and cool off, but became very sick. More

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Cop charged with raping women under threat of arrest

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City police officer was charged Friday with 16 counts including rape and sexual battery after he was accused of assaulting at least seven women while on patrol.

Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, also faces charges of forcible oral sodomy and indecent exposure. Police arrested Holtzclaw on Aug. 21.

Holtzclaw, a former standout football player in high school and college, is accused of stopping women, who were all black and between the ages of 34 and 58, while on duty in Oklahoma City. Investigators allege that he raped one woman and either fondled others or forced them to expose themselves, and police said there may be more victims.

Holtclaw’s defense attorney, R. Scott Adams, has said his client was shocked and devastated by the allegations and denies them. He did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday. More

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Woman’s search for her dog lands her in jail

JUPITER, Florida – A South Florida woman’s search for her lost pooch landed her behind bars.

The Sun-Sentinel reports 38-year old Rebekah Altieri took her dog to a Jupiter, Fla., bar. The dog then took off when Altieri got drunk.

So she did what any dog owner does; she called police to report the dog missing.

Here’s the catch: Jupiter Police were already at the bar. A bartender had called them to report an intoxicated patron.

That intoxicated patron? Altieri. The arrest report said she was upset about her dog running away and started throwing chairs. More

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Stripper mom of missing child tells cops: ‘I have to get on stage’

HUDSON, Florida – A 29-year-old stripper in Florida is facing some serious charges after deputies said she hung up on them. The Pasco County Sheriff’s office said they were searching for her missing 10-year-old daughter.

Bobbey Jo Boucher reportedly told a deputy when they called her ”I have to get on stage” and hung up the phone. Boucher is an entertainer at Calendar Girls.

Deputies started the search for the missing girl when they said the girl’s grandmother called them when she did not come home from a barbecue up the street.

Boucher reportedly left the child at the barbecue as she went to work, and deputies said she was the last person to see the girl. More

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Friday, August 29, 2014

‘Dark Lord’ arrested for burning, urinating on Bible

PRESCOTT, Arizona - A 22-year-old man referring to himself as the “Dark Lord” was arrested for after he allegedly set a Bible on fire and then urinated on it on the front steps of a Prescott rescue mission.

Eric Minerault, of Prescott, was standing on the steps of the Gospel Rescue Mission on Lincoln Street when officers were called about 9 p.m. by an employee who said a man was burning something in front of the mission, according to a Prescott Police Department report.

Minerault was dressed in black and wearing a long, black-and-red robe and pentagram necklace, according to the report. More

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Fingerprints on Lego blocks owned by killer’s kid help crack 23-year-old Utah case

Utah – Toys left by a killer’s 5-year-old son and DNA evidence have helped solve a 23-year-old murder mystery in suburban Utah.

Lucille Johnson, a 78-year-old grandmother, was strangled and beaten to death inside her mobile home in 1991. Her killing went without justice until investigators with Salt Lake City’s Unified Police Department recently reopened the cold case.

Tissue samples from underneath Johnson’s fingernails were sent for DNA testing, which wasn’t available at the time of her killing. Lego building blocks found strewn around Johnson’s living room were retested for fingerprints.

The DNA testing identified John Sansing, 47, who is already in an Arizona prison for a similar murder, authorities said, KUCW-TV reported Thursday. More

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Blonde steals $20,000 in jewelry from tourist she got drunk

New York – A busty blonde played the president and CEO of an international gem and emerald company when she got him drunk and stole his expensive jewelry and cash, cops said.

The duo met at a bar across the street from the Hyatt of Times Square around 10 p.m. Saturday on West 45th Street near Seventh Avenue and had a couple of drinks before she agreed to go back to his room, according to police.

The man told the woman, who went by the name Sarah, that the beer tasted funny, but she insisted he drink it, cops said. More

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Teacher received cocaine delivery at school

COVINGTON, Kentucky - A Kentucky middle school teacher faces felony drug charges after she had cocaine delivered to her at school, authorities allege.

Arin Staples was indicted today for prohibited acts related to controlled substances, a charge stemming from a federal investigation into drug trafficking in the area, The River City News reports.

Staples, who faces up to five years in prison, abruptly resigned from Holmes Middle School two weeks ago after she was questioned by Drug Enforcement Agency officials as part of an ongoing investigation.

Authorities previously arrested Quincey Tyus, a school security assistant, after questioning Staples and another school employee, according to the news site. More

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Motorist With ISIS Flag Makes Bomb Threat Against Police

Chicago – A man who had an ISIS flag waving from his vehicle is facing several charges after he threatened police with a bomb Wednesday morning when he was pulled over on the Southwest Side.

Emad Karakrah, 49, was charged with felony counts of disorderly conduct and aggravated fleeing; and a misdemeanor count of driving on a never-issued license, according to Chicago police. He was also issued three traffic citations.

Someone called police after seeing a “suspicious person” driving a silver Pontiac southbound in the 7700 block of South Kedzie at 9:18 a.m. with an ISIS flag waving out the window, according to a police report.

Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver took off, according to the report. The officers called for assistance, and another officer pulled the vehicle over after it went through several red lights. More

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Man arrested after friend dies during Russian roulette game

VERNON, Connecticut – A man fatally shot himself in the head earlier this month during a game of Russian roulette that was seen by a friend during a video chat, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released this week.

Armand Cyr, 38, was at another friend’s apartment in Vernon, about 13 miles east of Hartford, when he put a .38-caliber revolver to his head and pulled the trigger on the evening of July 13, according to a report based on the affidavit in Wednesday’s editions of the Journal Inquirer.

Cyr shot himself after being handed the gun by the other friend, John Dybowski (picture), 26, who had put the gun to his own head and pulled the trigger without a bullet discharging, police said.

Dybowski was arrested last week after police said they found guns and drugs in his apartment. More

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

'Sons of Guns' star Will Hayden arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping minor

Louisiana – “Sons of Guns” star Will Hayden has been arrested again, this time for aggravated rape, according to documents sent to FOX411 by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Hayden is accused of raping a minor “almost daily” since March 2013 and taking her virginity when she was 11 years old. TMZ reports the girl is Hayden’s daughter.

During an interview with detectives, the alleged victim said she did not report the sexual abuse because she was afraid Hayden would hurt her. The most recent abuse of the now-12-year-old girl occurred during July 2014, according to the documents.

According to police documents, the alleged victim claims that Hayden told her “don’t tell them nothing because I’m all you got.” More

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Iraq War Vet Was Warned Waffle House Wasn’t ‘Safe For Whites,’ Gets Beaten, Needs Brain Surgery

Mississippi – A rural Mississippi man suffered life-threatening injuries and required brain surgery after he entered a Waffle House despite receiving a warning not to enter the restaurant because of the color of his skin.

The severe beating occurred early Sunday morning around 2 a.m., reports The Clarion-Ledger. Up to 20 assailants participated.

The injured man is Ralph Weems IV, a veteran of the Iraq War and a Marine. He is white.

The altercation began at about 1 a.m. when Weems and a friend, David Knighten, chose to go inside the Waffle House. More

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Naked man damaged cars, kicked officer at hemp festival

GRANTS PASS, Oregon – A naked man had to be sedated at a hemp festival in southern Oregon after police said he damaged cars, started fights and kicked an officer.

The first troopers at the scene were led to a grass field where four men were restraining the suspect, who was described as naked, combative and agitated, on the ground.

The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Timothy Seaux of Grants Pass. According to jail records, Seaux is 6’3″ and 250 pounds.

A witness pointed out one vehicle in the parking lot that had sustained heavy damage.

Witnesses said Seaux had caused the damage while two frightened women were sitting inside the car. More

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Woman, 75, gets life term for killing husband 40 years ago

CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A judge in Wyoming sentenced a 75-year-old Missouri woman to life in prison on Monday for killing her husband with a rifle in the mid-1970s then throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine where it remained for nearly 40 years.

Defendant Alice Uden wore wire glasses, a court-supplied hearing aid and a blue suit, and sat quietly in her wheelchair before speaking at the hearing.

Uden sobbed gently as she addressed the court about the death of her third husband, Ronald Holtz, then 25.

The shooting happened at the couple's home in Cheyenne in late 1974 or early 1975. Uden testified she shot Holtz with a rifle next to the girl's bed. More

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Men arrested after pants-down shouting match

STRUTHERS, Ohio – Struthers Police arrested two men Saturday evening after witnesses said they pulled their pants down and yelled obscenities at one another in a woman’s front yard, according to a police report.

Police arrested William Anderson (picture), 54, and Michael Susak, 34, charging Anderson with disorderly conduct, public indecency and resisting arrest. Susak received charges of criminal damaging and public indecency.

Police received numerous calls regarding a large fight in the rear yard of 253 Maplewood Ave. in Struthers Saturday evening.

One witness said that the argument started when Anderson knocked on a woman’s door, telling her to quit letting her dog urinate in his yard. More

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Babysitter Sets Fire To Home Of ‘Disrespectful’ Kids

A Texas babysitter was arrested after setting fire to the house of children she said “lacked respect.”

Martha Dreher, 57, has pleaded not guilty to arson charges, ABC reported Saturday. The house fire occurred on August 9 at an Austin home belong to Glenn Williams.

Dreher had been babysitting Williams’ four children — two preteen girls and 5-year-old twin boys — for several months, KVUE reports.

On the night of August 9, the daughters were on vacation with their father, and Dreher was watching the two boys at their mother’s house, according to the American-Statesman. More

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Burglar swipes device that controls prosthetic hand of triple-amputee veteran

A Texas veteran who lost both legs and much of his right arm to an IED in Afghanistan was left to relive his experience when a heartless thief stole the device he uses to control his prosthetic right hand last week.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, 27, told the San Antonio Express-News he left the device in the center console of his pickup truck overnight and awoke Friday to find the driver’s side door window smashed and the critical device gone.

The iPod Touch has an application called i-limb, which Eberle uses to achieve hand movements he otherwise could not due to extensive nerve damage.

Because Eberle’s prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa, he will have to replace both, he told the newspaper.

“That takes a long time,” Eberle said. “It’s tedious and it’s a lot of work with the hand itself.” More

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Texas police chief fatally shot during traffic stop for warrant for graffiti

Texas – The police chief in a small Texas town just southeast of San Antonio was fatally shot Saturday while conducting a traffic stop.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Parmerleau told KABB-TV that Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot after pulling over Joshua Lopez (picture), 24, to serve an active misdemeanour warrant for graffiti.

Parmerleau told The Associated Press that Lopez shot Pimentel several times. The chief was airlifted to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Lopez was taken into custody without incident, Parmerleau said, and will face a charge of capital murder for shooting a police officer. More

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bank workers rescued woman being scammed

Houston – Police are crediting quick-thinking bank employees for the arrest of three people accused of swindling a woman out of hundreds of dollars.

The trio – a man and two women – are accused of forcing the woman to pay for nonexistent repairs to her car.

About 5:30 p.m. Friday, they flagged down a woman in an older model Chevrolet Cavalier at a red light along Wesleyan near Westheimer.

“They said, ‘Your wheel is damaged. We can fix it for you.’ But, as soon as he touched the car, he said, ‘You owe us some money,’?” said Houston police Sgt. G.R. Henson. More

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WOMAN WITH FAKE BABIES ARRESTED ON TRESPASSING CHARGES, SPEAKS OUT

MERCED, California – A woman who was arrested for trespassing at a local hospital while carrying life-like dolls is defending herself now.

Tonya Whitney was arrested just after an exclusive interview with Action News Friday afternoon.

“I, in no way, tried impersonating a nurse,” Whitney said. “I, in no way, ever thought or tried to steal a baby.”

Whitney is now facing misdemeanor charges after prompting a scare at Mercy Medical Center in Merced.

Police say they feared she was trying to abduct a newborn. More

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