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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Granddaughter Faces Charges In Violent Home Invasion

PARKER, Colo. (CBS4) – A Parker man is recovering from serious injuries after being wounded in a home invasion that his granddaughter allegedly organized.

Donna Gregory, 18, along with three men, faces charges in the crime.

The incident happened on Friday night around midnight in Douglas County at a home on Lost Canyon Trail. Authorities said the four suspects broke through a security gate and then into the home of the man and his wife and then severely beat the man with a flashlight. The man had been sleeping.

Officials with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office said the three men — Dalton Evans, Timothy Jayne and Holden Verdos, all 20 — were part of a group that formed at a Denver homeless shelter and planned to break into homes. Officials said the men were recruited by Gregory. More

Michael Dunn found guilty of 1st-degree murder in loud-music trial

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) -- Jurors found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

Dunn was charged with murder after shooting into an SUV full of teenagers following a squabble over the music emanating from the teens' vehicle.

Dunn has said he shot at the vehicle because he thought Davis had a weapon and feared for his life, but the prosecution has alleged Dunn was the aggressor and pointed out he kept firing even after the teens fled.

Three of the 10 shots that Dunn fired struck Davis, one of them cutting through his liver, a lung and his aorta. More

Applebee’s customer, 80, asked man to stop using ‘f’ word – punched, knocked to floor

Florida – When an 80-year-old Applebee’s patron politely asked him to stop loudly cursing and talking about “titties and ass,” a Floridian, 26,responded by punching the octogenarian in the face, according to police.

The confrontation late Sunday in the Port Orange eatery resulted in the arrest of Mikie Sawyer on a felony charge for battering a person over the age of 65.

Harry Sander told police that he was at the Applebee’s bar when he heard Sawyer “talking obscenities.”

Sander said that he approached Sawyer “and asked him politely if he could please stop using the ‘f***’ word and stop talking so loud about ‘titties and ass,’” according to a police report. More

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Mother accused of choking boy who drank chocolate milk

Houston - A northeast Houston woman is accused of choking her 6-year-old son after she caught him drinking chocolate milk.

Ruth Vasquez Rodriguez-Martinez, 23, is charged with injury to a child and abandoning a child — both felonies — after a Houston police investigation.

The boy later told investigators he drank some chocolate milk without his mother's permission.

When she discovered what happened, she began strangling the boy and then flung him into a closet with such force that his head struck the wall and started bleeding, Houston police said.

She noticed the blood and the cut on her son's forehead but chose not to seek medical help for him because "she did not want CPS (Child Protective Services) in her life," according the criminal complaint. More

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Body of missing realtor Beverly Carter found

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Arkansas police announced Tuesday they have found the body of missing realtor Beverly Carter, 51, one week after she disappeared while showing a house.

Her body was found in Cabot, a Little Rock suburb about 25 miles north of her last known location, following information obtained after the arrest of Aaron Lewis.

Lewis, 33, admitted to abducting Carter after his arrest, but did not confess to her murder or tell police about the location of her body. He was in a car accident Sunday, but was able to slip out of the hospital before police could arrest him. He was taken into custody on Monday. More

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Suspect arrested in disappearance of realtor

SCOTT, Ark. — Authorities have arrested a man in the case of an Arkansas real estate agent who has been missing since last week.

Little Rock police arrested 33-year-old Arron Michael Lewis on Monday morning. Lewis was named in an arrest warrant Sunday on suspicion of kidnapping 49-year-old Beverly Carter.

Authorities say Carter planned to show a house Thursday night in Scott, a rural area east of Little Rock, but she never returned from the appointment. She remained missing Monday.

Police say Lewis was arrested at a Little Rock apartment complex after someone spotted him and called 911. More

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Evidence links suspect in Hannah Graham abduction to ’09 case

Virginia – The suspect in the abduction of a University of Virginia student has been linked to another area college student who was killed nearly five years ago, Virginia State Police said.

Forensic evidence links Jesse Matthew Jr., who police believe abducted 18-year-old Hannah Graham from a Charlottesville, Va., mall earlier this month, to the 2009 disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, CBS affiliate WTVR reported, citing sources close to the investigation.

Harrington, who was 20, was last seen attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in Oct. 17, 2009, where she became separated from friends.

Her remains were found three months later on a farm 10 miles outside of Charlottesville. While police released few details about Harrington’s death, her family said in 2010 she had been kidnapped, raped and murdered. More

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Daughter gets life with chance of parole after pleading guilty in stabbing death of foster mom

PAINESVILLE, Ohio – A northeast Ohio teenager who killed her foster mother in 2012 at her foster father's urging has been sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole in 30 years.

Nineteen-year-old Sabrina Zunich (ZOO'-nik) pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder in the stabbing death of 41-year-old Lisa Knoefel (kuh-NAY'-ful) in their home in the Cleveland suburbs.

Zunich testified at the trial of Kevin Knoefel that he'd threatened suicide if his wife wasn't killed. Zunich and the now 44-year-old Kevin Knoefel were romantically involved.More

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FBI invented defendant to take down a corrupt Philadelphia judge

Philadelphia – On paper, David P. Khoury’s case appeared like any of the hundreds that make their way through Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center each day.

Arrested for illegally carrying an unloaded Glock .40-caliber pistol during a May 2012 traffic stop in Holmesburg, Khoury was booked on felony charges and released on a $50,000 bond to begin his slow march through the cogs of the courts.

But that’s where the similarities end.

Authorities identified David P. Khoury as the alias used by an undercover federal agent working as part of an elaborate sting operation to take down a corrupt Philadelphia judge Dawn A. Segal (picture). More

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Fired nursing home worker threatened to cut woman’s head off

Oklahoma City - In a bizarre coincidence, a fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday after a co-worker reported he threatened to cut her head off.

Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million.

“We take these threats very seriously,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.

The arrest came on the same day police in Moore revealed fired Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen beheaded a co-worker after he was fired Thursday. Nolen is a Muslim convert. More

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

15 hurt in Miami nightclub shooting



MIAMI – A shooting sent terrified patrons scrambling from a Miami nightclub early Sunday and left 15 people wounded, including an 11-year-old child, authorities said.

When Miami police and rescue crews arrived at a club called The Spot around 1 a.m., they said they found chaos among the large throng of adults and teenagers gathered there. Rescuers found wounded people inside and outside the club, some too hurt to flee, Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

He told The Associated Press that the first emergency crews arriving on the scene were warned to use caution "because there was still active shooting taking place in the area."

At least one person was reported in critical condition but the extent of the other injuries wasn't immediately known. More

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Man accused in Oklahoma beheading is awake

OKLAHOMA CITY  — A man who was shot after authorities say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday.

Alton Nolen (Picture Facebook), 30, remains hospitalized in stable condition after Thursday's attack at the Vaughan Foods plant in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. He said that Nolen will be charged Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon and that he may also face federal charges.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for an Oklahoma City Islamic group said Saturday that Nolen was a frequent worshipper at a mosque the group maintains and that he remembers the suspect as "a little weird." More

Ferguson Police Officer Shot – Two Suspects Wanted

Missouri – A Ferguson police officer was shot in the arm Saturday night after encountering two men at a community center who ran from him and then opened fire during a foot chase, authorities said.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a media briefing early Sunday that the officer approached the men around 9:10 p.m. because the community center was closed. As the officer approached, the men ran away.

When the officer gave chase, “one of the men turned and shot,” Belmar said.

Also early Sunday, not far from Ferguson, an off-duty St. Louis city police officer was injured on Interstate 70 when three suspects fired shots into his personal vehicle, a police spokeswoman said. More

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Suspect in deadly trooper ambush gives away location

Pennsylvania - Authorities searching for accused cop killer Eric Frein in Pennsylvania got a big break when the suspect slipped-up and used his cellphone to contact his parents.

As a result of that call the manhunt for Frein was narrowed to a five-square mile perimeter in Monroe and Pike counties, the paper said Friday citing sources with knowledge of the investigation.

The Inquirer said it was unclear why Frein turned on his phone. It said investigators have spotted him more than once since the call but are proceeding with extreme caution because they believe Frein may have booby-trapped the area where he is hiding with pipe bombs.

Frien, 31, allegedly killed Pennsylvania State Trooper Bryan Dickson and injured a second trooper in an ambush outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove two weeks ago. More

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Woman Busted for Possession of SpaghettiO’s – Spends a Month in Jail

GAINESVILLE, Florida – A Florida woman may pursue legal action against police and prosecutors after she spent more than a month in jail for possession of SpaghettiOs.

Police say they arrested 23-year old Ashley Gabrielle Huff after they found a spoon covered with a suspicious residue inside the car she was riding in.

From the beginning Huff insisted that she wasn’t using, selling, or making methamphetamines.

The woman spent more than a month in jail while her attorney tried to arrange a plea bargain. That’s when the crime lab report came back confirming the spoon was encrusted with spaghetti sauce. More

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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts – A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011.

‘‘I’ll see you all in hell,’’ Caius Veiovis, 34, of Pittsfield, yelled at the jury that convicted him after deliberating over six days.

Veiovis also was convicted Friday of kidnapping and intimidation of a witness.

The dismembered bodies of David Glasser, 44; Edward Frampton, 58; and Robert Chadwell, 47, of Pittsfield were found buried in nearby Becket 10 days after they disappeared in August 2011. The killings shocked Pittsfield, a town of about 41,000 in northwestern Massachusetts. More

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Montana teacher -- initially given 31 days in rape of student -- now gets 10 years

Billings, Montana - Fighting back tears, Auliea Hanlon sat on the witness stand in a Montana courtroom, just feet away from the man who pleaded guilty to raping her 14-year-old daughter -- and initially received a sentence that required him to serve just 31 days in prison.

"Here we are -- six, seven years later, still waiting for justice," she said, according to video of the sentencing from CNN affiliate KTVQ. "He knew what he was doing. He knew what was going to happen to her."

"And he didn't care."

Stacey Dean Rambold was accused of raping Cherice Moralez, a freshman in his business class at Billings Senior High, in 2007.

Moralez committed suicide in 2010, before the case went to trial and before she reached her 17th birthday. More

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Home intruder chases woman onto roof

California – The California woman who cowered on her roof half-naked when a homeless freak kicked her door in said on Friday that she felt like she was starring in a slasher flick.

“I felt like I was becoming the plot to a horror movie,” Melora Rivera, 30, told the Daily Mail a day after the harrowing ordeal. “It was terrifying. All my instincts told me I had to get out of there.”

In chilling pictures, Rivera is seen hiding under a gable as the lunatic hovered just a few feet away.

“This guy had kicked my front door in, chased me up to my bedroom and followed me out the window onto the roof. All I could do was hide,” she said. More

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Wedding Photographer Severely Beaten, Remains In Medically Induced Coma

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Another troubling, random attack on Baltimore City streets. Police need your help finding the people who beat and robbed a wedding photographer, leaving him unconscious in the street.

Rochelle Ritchie spoke with the victim’s family, who are now desperate for an arrest.

Eric Sudam, 22, remains in a medically induced coma after police say he was beat up and robbed at the corner of Front and Plowman streets.

“He was very severely beaten, so much so that he was unconscious when officers first arrived at the scene,” said Det. Ruganzu Howard, Baltimore Police Department.

Eric’s parents say he was working a photo booth at the 1840s Ballroom when police say he went to get something out of his car. His parents say that’s when he was attacked. More

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Woman beheaded at Oklahoma workplace

MOORE, Oklahoma - Police say a woman who was killed by a co-worker at a food distribution center in suburban Oklahoma City was beheaded and that witnesses have said the suspect had been trying to convince co-workers to convert to Islam.

Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said Friday that 30-year-old Alton Nolen (picture) had been terminated from Vaughan Foods in Moore, where he worked as a production line employee, shortly before the incident took place on Thursday afternoon.

Colleen Hufford, 54, was beheaded and another woman, 43-year-old Traci Johnson, was stabbed.

Both victims were employees of Vaughan Foods, but according to Lewis, it appeared the women were not targeted and were instead stabbed at random. More

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