On Friday, law enforcement officials revealed that missing Tennessee girl, Elizabeth Thomas, and her former teacher, Tad Cummins, shared romantic emails with each at a Columbia high school before they disappeared. The news precedes recent revelations that the teen reportedly didn’t want to see Cummins, and begged a friend to keep her whereabouts hidden.
According to Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper, the duo would write to each on a school computer and save the emails in draft in attempt to avoid detection. This happened on a number of occasions, but it’s still unclear when and how the email drafts were uncovered.
“If you read them you would immediately recognize you are reading messages between two people who have a romantic interest in each other,” Cooper told local Tennessee news station WAAS-TV on Friday.
For instance, in one particular email, former teacher Cummins complimented Elizabeth on a certain body part. According to Cooper, once Elizabeth read Cummins’ emails, she would delete it from draft and start another draft, responding to him. When Cummins read the girl’s emails, he would delete her draft and begin a new one, continuing the cycle.
Two police officers in Steuben County, New York, responded to a frantic 911 call just after midnight in September 2015 and ended up walking through a grisly crime scene.
One of the officers wearing a body camera captured something that seemed too horrific to be real. The victim was 35-year-old Kelley Clayton, a beautiful wife and loving mother of two small children. She had been bludgeoned to death in her own home.
“She’s been beat to death,” Deputy Dean Swan said. “I got a body cam on to show where we went … it is extremely bloody.”
Kelley Clayton’s husband, Thomas Clayton, was the one who had called 911 after he said he had returned home from a poker game and found her body on the kitchen floor.
Investigators began piecing together what happened and trying to make sense of a seemingly senseless murder that rocked the small town in upstate New York.
Kelley Clayton was born and raised in Elmira, New York, and was always under the watchful eye of her older sister, Kim Bourgeois.
Once you see a group of people who have also drug someone else through a similar mud, you begin to compare notes, etc.
Once I saw my attempted dox appear on sites like Bullyville dot com and IronTroll dot com (no, I won’t link them on this blog. That’s a very unsmart thing to do) I realized I had been hanging out with people I knew very little about. I now know they were associated with those sites owner’s in a way I didn’t suspect.
Possibly everyone listed on those two sites and more so the sites of prinniedidit dot com and DericLostutter dot org have been fabrications and worse – intentional lies. Like with all the information put forth about me — made up facts! Sometimes with the aid of Photoshop!
It takes time to sort through one’s thoughts and information to reach a conclusion like this, but seeing the lies, misinformation, deceptions, etc., about myself, it made sense this was the normal mode of operation for everything they did/do.
A parallel experience. The degree, depth and explicit detail they went to in trashing me – I believe the same thing was done and is being done to Deric Lostutter.
No one is all good and no one is all bad – but the extremes these people have gone to speaks volumes about who they are and where they learned the trade they practice.
East Baton Rouge Sgt. Shawn Anderson, 43, was shot just before midnight after he responded to a rape case at the Classic Cuts shop on O’Neal Lane. He and his partner “struggled with the suspect” when gunfire erupted, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said.
“Our hearts are broken as we grieve for one of our brothers,” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said.
A year ago, Anderson and two other deputies helped 34-year-old Laura Walsh and her husband deliver their son Declan in the middle of Tiger Bend Road.
CHARLESTON, Maine — A man blamed for the deaths of six people in four states and serving a life prison sentence is trying to persuade Gov. Paul LePage to give him another chance.
Richard Steeves, 75, told the Governor’s Board on Executive Clemency last month that he’s rehabilitated himself, conquered his demons and performed good works that include providing hospice care to inmates, caring for neglected dogs and giving piano lessons.
No attorney, friend or family member provided support during Steeves’ presentation, the Boston Globe reported.
Steeves, who contends he’s suffered extensive sexual abuse since childhood, has spent all but 18 months of his life in state custody since the age of 12.
Bear in mind Thomas believes, and would have you believe, lol, his assistance is highly valued and sought after in bringing Lostutter to justice. Thomas would have you believe the government has no resources at their disposal to watch one who they are prosecuting.
I agree the government is watching. They are watching everyone as there is a great deal more at stake here than Deric Lostutter’s prosecution nor does it have anything to do with the civil lawsuit.
Thomas, you have regularly tweeted to people how stupid they are, how moronic they are, what bitches and cunts they are. Considering who you are – that’s more laughable than you have the ability to realize! js
“He threw a dog blanket on her as she was convulsing from a lacerated liver and she still loved him,” prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth said on Thursday.
Lawyers from both sides made their final pitches on Thursday to jurors in the ex-MMA fighter’s sexual assault and attempted murder trial in Las Vegas.
Jurors have heard eight days of testimony to decide whether War Machine, who legally changed his name from Jon Koppenhaver, is guilty of attacking his former porn star girlfriend and her friend, Corey Thomas, in August 2014.
Koppenhaver’s attorneys conceded that he was guilty on nine of the 34 counts he’s charged with. Lawyer, Jay Leiderman, admitted that Koppenhaver assaulted the pair and caused substantial bodily harm, but said that he acted in self defense and “mutual combat” with Thomas, according to KVVU..
Leiderman said that Koppenhaver had “blind rage” and “tunnel vision” when he stormed into Mack’s home and found her clothed in bed with another man.
Whether you are a Prinnie fan or a Prinnie hater – I would hope everyone could agree that when online disputes, or whatever dispute, go to such vileness as having a rescued sparrow taken away and a defense fund suspended – it’s wrong. I know nothing about the person Prinnie is in a dispute with, or what it’s about, but I know that kind of behavior is wrong!
TEXAS CITY, TX (KTRK) — Two people have been arrested in connection with the suicide of a Texas City teenage girl back in November 2016.
Brandy Vela, 18, tragically committed suicide after enduring several months of relentless cyberbullying, stalking, and harassment, according to police.
Texas City police arrested Vela’s ex-boyfriend and his current girlfriend Thursday.
Police say 21-year-old Andres Arturo Villagomez and 22-year-old Karinthya Sanchez Romero, both of Galveston, were behind the harassment.
Villagomez has been charged with unlawful disclosure or promotion of intimate visual material and is being held on a $2,500 bond.
Romero has been charged with stalking and online impersonation with a total bond of $20,000.
Channel 4 asked manager Kyle Bernier if he had heard of the Bobo case.
“Yes I have,” he said.
Wednesday, 550 potential jurors, all from Hardin County, came to the courthouse to pick up copies of this questionnaire.
It asks questions about people’s backgrounds and their feelings about the death penalty. Some questions are indicative of what might be heard during the trial.
One question asks, “Did you, a family member, or a friend participate in the Decatur County coon hunt on April 9, 2011?”
“Oftentimes jury selection will find out if jurors know about facts of the case, if they know anything about cell phone pinging, which may be an issue here,” said Channel 4 legal analyst Jim Todd.
Ellie Walker was heartbroken when she heard that Edwin Holmes would be spending Christmas Day alone – so she invited him to dinner over the holiday break.
When he showed up for the “date”, he arrived wearing his best suit with flowers in hand, reducing Ellie to tears.
The two have enjoyed regular lunches and coffee meet-ups since their initial dinner.
“He said it was his first ‘date’ in 55 years and he was as nervous as a schoolboy,” Ellie told the Sun. “It made me cry because I could see how much it meant to him.”
“For me it’s the most important part of my job to speak with customers and see how their day is going.”
Earlier this week, a woman found a note on her door reporting a theft. But she wasn’t angry when she discovered the letter – quite the opposite, in fact.
Chrissy Marie of Lakewood, Washington received a note at her home with a $5 bill enclosed.
“Well Jake, I not sure who you are but you can come get your money back, sweetie,” says Chrissy. “I had 3 of those windchimes and you can come back to get your money and also have another one so both of you have your own. I am not mad please come over to my house.”
Chrissy also reportedly lost her mother at a young age, making her very keen to help the mysterious author.
If anyone has any information on who Jake might be, please be sure to contact Chrissy accordingly.
Deric Lostutter, the computer hacker known online as “KYAnonymous,” was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his role in illegally accessing a computer and getting involved in a notorious 2012 rape case in Steubenville, Ohio.
Lostutter, 29, had pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to hack a website associated with Steubenville High School athletics and to a second charge of lying to an FBI agent who was investigating the breach.
Lostutter had portrayed himself as a white knight and whistleblower who stopped a government and media cover-up of the rape case, assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj Gupta said.
“Not only was there not a coverup, … but he didn’t help this investigation at all,” Gupta said.
Lostutter acknowledged in court that he should have left the investigation to local officials in Ohio. He said he had apologized to the webmaster whose site was hacked.
“I try to lead a law-abiding life,” Lostutter told U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves.
Gupta, however, said Lostutter “has never accepted moral responsibility” for his actions. And Reeves said Lostutter was “a shakedown artist” and a “cyberbully” who continued to issue threats to others, including a woman who might have been a witness against him after he was charged by federal authorities.
Pennsylvania authorities are trying to determine whether the apple juice that left several children with burns in their mouths and throats was intentionally tampered with.
“We need to determine whether it was accidental or criminal in nature, and if there is or is not a crime,” East Lampeter Lt. Robin Weaver told Lancaster Online. “We need to determine the cause so it doesn’t happen again.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture conducted an investigation Monday at the Star Buffet & Grill in East Lampeter Township and will join law enforcement authorities in a review of the liquid the children ingested.
The eatery failed eight of its past 14 health inspections, according to state records cited by the York Daily Record. Three failed inspections came after customer complaints.
A North Carolina teen was charged with first-degree murder after police say he decapitated his mother inside the family’s home.
Suspect Oliver Funez, 18, reportedly called 911 sometime Monday afternoon after the beheading and stayed on the line with the dispatcher until EMS arrived, according to WBRC.
When the responders entered the home it looked like something out of a horror film.
“He was with the decapitation in his hand, and it was a gruesome scene. The oldest son killed his mother. It looked to be a large butcher knife, the weapon that was used. I can’t tell you how many wounds,” Sheriff Kent Winstead said in a statement.
A 30-year-old man who used a hammer to viciously assault a mannequin set up to look like a homeless person is now behind bars.
Two homeless men were bludgeoned to death within weeks of each other earlier this year. Las Vegas Metropolitan police, having no leads, set up a decoy downtown where the previous murders took place, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Around 3 a.m. on Feb. 22 Shane Schindler approached the decoy, looked around for potential witnesses and then pulled a four-pound engineer’s hammer out his bag. He lifted it with both hands to “generate maximum force” and then brought it down on the mannequin, according to an arrest report cited by KTNV.
Schindler initially admitted to kicking the police decoy, but said he didn’t remember hitting it with the hammer.
Betty Lou Beets, 46, had an ornamental wishing well in her yard near Gun Barrel City, Tex. She used it as a place to plant some begonias, a few petunias — and one husband.
Days before she killed him, Betty had begged her fifth spouse, retired Dallas Fire Department Capt. Jimmy Beets, also 46, to build the well to beautify the property that held her trailer home.
Beets cheerfully went about the task, unaware he was digging his own grave.
He was also blissfully ignorant of Betty’s true motive when she insisted some time earlier that he build a shed on the property. She told him it was needed to store stuff that was cluttering the house.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The state says an Ohio man condemned to die for the slaying of his former girlfriend has killed himself on death row.
The Ohio prisons agency tells The Associated Press that inmate Patrick Leonard died Sunday night of an apparent suicide on death row in Chillicothe.
Leonard was sentenced to death for the 2000 killing of his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Dawn Flick, in Hamilton County.
Court records say the 47-year-old Leonard was angry at Flick for ending their relationship and refusing to reconcile.
Records say Leonard handcuffed Flick, tried to rape her and shot her three times.
Leonard was unusual among death row inmates in that he did not have a previous criminal record.
He didn’t have a scheduled execution date.
The last death row suicide in Ohio was in 2013.
SOMERSET, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been moved from a maximum-security prison to a medium-security facility in western Pennsylvania.
State prison officials say the 73-year-old was initially assigned to the State Correctional Institution-Greene because he was considered to be vulnerable given the nature of his child-sex abuse conviction, and his high profile.
But Sandusky has since been moved to SCI-Somerset, a medium-security prison about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. That prison houses about 2,400 inmates.
Department of Corrections spokeswoman Amy Worden says it’s not uncommon for inmates to be transferred, without offering an explanation.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an effort to block executions scheduled next month for eight death row inmates, saying there’s no stay in place preventing the men from being put to death.
In a 5-2 order, justices granted the attorney general’s request to clarify that there’s no stay in place for the eight inmates. The court last week lifted the stay on its ruling upholding Arkansas’ lethal injection law, prompting the state to move forward with the executions.
Attorneys for the inmates asked the court to invalidate the governor’s proclamations scheduling the executions, arguing there was still a stay in place since they had filed an amended complaint in lower court. Justices didn’t elaborate on their decision in the one-page order.
“It is past time for the victims’ families to see justice for the horrible murders of their loved ones,” Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in a statement. “My office is prepared to respond to any and all challenges that might occur between now and the execution dates. I will do all I can to finally bring closure to the victims’ families and to honor the verdicts and sentences imposed by juries decades ago.”
ORLANDO — A teen boy reportedly called 911 Thursday afternoon and said his father had killed his mother and adult brother in their Orlando homes.
The teen was able to escape unharmed, according to CBS affiliate WKMG. The father also called 911 and spoke with crisis negotiators for about five or ten minutes, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Police responded and the man surrendered just before 1:30 p.m.
When Orlando police entered the home, they found two people dead inside, the paper reports. The deceased were not immediately identified.
“At face value it seems to me like a domestic situation,” police spokeswoman Michelle Guido told the paper. “We don’t believe that other people are in danger at this point.”
A nearby elementary school was briefly placed on lockdown during the incident.
A California woman was arrested after she was accused of engaging in sexual activity with three members of the Mount Shasta High School football team, Siskiyou County prosecutors and police said.
Mary Fletcher, 42, who goes by the name Debbie, allegedly seduced and bedded the teenage kids after meeting the team while working alongside their photographer.
Fletcher was caught after an unidentified caller informed police of the matter back in September. The investigation was recently completed, according to NBC 5.
After speaking with the victims, whose exact ages have not been disclosed — District Attorney Kirk Andrus said the case was expected to be complicated because it involves youngsters.
FOX CROSSING, Wis. — More than 1,700 cases of donated diapers that were destined for babies from low-income families in Wisconsin were stolen recently from a warehouse, authorities said.
The theft, which apparently occurred between Jan. 3 and Feb. 13, involved 13 pallets of cases from the Fox Cities Diaper Bank, an initiative of United Way Fox Cities that gets widespread support from businesses, organizations and the community.
“That’s a lot of diapers and it serves a lot of people,” said Jason Weber, community liaison officer with the Fox Crossing Police Department. “This (theft) is a kick in the pants for a good program. That’s the sad part.”
Weber said the 1,777 cases of diapers, valued at $45,000, were taken from a warehouse in Fox Crossing. Organizers estimated that 100,000 individual diapers are now gone.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said Wednesday that efforts to eliminate national rape kit backlogs have led to 70 arrests in cold cases.
Vance’s office committed $38 million in grants to 32 jurisdictions in 20 states across the U.S. starting in 2015 to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits. Matching funds from the federal government have helped speed up the process.
Vance shared the latest numbers as he joined the Women’s City Club of New York at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to discuss justice reform and gender-based violence.
The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, may be released from jail as she awaits trial on federal charges accusing her of covering up his plans for the June 2016 attack, a judge ruled on Wednesday.
Noor Salman was charged in January with obstructing justice and aiding her late husband, Omar Mateen, in his attempt to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu approved her release from a California jail but said Salman must wait until at least Friday to walk free.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.– Indictments reveal new information in the investigation of a South Carolina real estate agent facing seven murder charges.
Indictments say Todd Kohlhepp revealed in an alleged confession that he used a storage container at his Woodruff property to restrain Spartanburg woman Meagan Coxie for six days before shooting her. Kohlhepp told investigators he also used an automatic weapon to shoot her husband, Johnny, in the chest and back, CBS affiliate WSPA reports.
The couple had been hired to clean at Kohlhepp’s property in December 2015.
In all, Kohlhepp is charged with murder in the deaths of seven people, including four killed at a motorcycle store in 2003.
These indictments mean Kohlhepp does not need to appear for the preliminary hearing on March 6th.
Judge Qiana Lillard’s no-nonsense approach is getting attention far beyond her Michigan courtroom. The Wayne County Circuit Court judge kicked two people out of the room for laughing during a deadly DUI sentencing on Friday.
When Lillard heard giggles from the family of Amanda Kosal, 25, who, according to NBC affiliate WDIV in Michigan admitted she was drunk when she struck an SUV head-on, killing 31-year-old Jerome Zirker and severely injuring his fiancée, 31-year-old Brittany Johnson, this past summer, she couldn’t just sit back and listen.
Instead, the judge paused the victim’s family as they read impact statements to scold the man and woman involved.
“Whoever can sit here at a tragic moment like this and laugh and smile when somebody has lost a family member … in the entire time that Mr. Zirker’s sister was speaking, that clown — and that’s what I am going to call him, a clown — was sitting there smiling and laughing,” said Lillard.
“And you can go, too,” the judge added, pointing to Kosal’s mother, Donna. “Because if you don’t know how to act, you can go to jail. So leave.”
HOUSTON — One suspect is dead and two remain at large after two police officers were injured responding to reports of a burglary in progress in southwest Houston.
CBS affiliate KHOU-TV reports that Houston Police Department officers were injured in an “officer involved shooting” early Tuesday afternoon. Both officers were transported to local hospitals.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters Tuesday afternoon that one officer was shot multiple times and remains in critical condition. The second officer was injured in the foot and his injuries are not life threatening.
Turner said one suspect was dead and two remained at large, according to KHOU-TV reporter Drew Karedes.
Gary from Chicago’s feel-good story took a sick turn when it emerged Tuesday that the Oscars darling is a registered sex offender.
Gray Allan Coe became the toast of Tinseltown after he whooped it up with celebrities when his sightseeing bus tour stopped at the Dolby Theater during the 2017 Academy Awards Sunday night.
The 59-year-old Coe later told ABC-7 Chicago that he was released from prison just three days before his star turn after serving 20 years for multiple felonies.
It turns out that Coe was busted in 1975 for attempted rape, according to his lawyer Karen Nash.
Nash was responding to a published report that said Coe was convicted of rape.
“He does not have a rape conviction. He served 20 years for petty theft,” Nash wrote on Facebook. “He has a prior from 1975 for attempted rape when he was a teenager.”
JACKSON, MISS. — Mississippi authorities have launched a nationwide search for a man wanted for murder and aggravated assault.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain says the suspect, 28-year-old Alex Bridges Deaton, is the boyfriend of 30-year-old Heather Robinson, who was found strangled to death Friday inside her Rankin County apartment. Her car, a white 2012 GMC Arcadia sports utility vehicle, was missing.
He also is a suspect in the shooting of a woman as she jogged early Friday morning in Rankin County. The woman says a white man with facial hair, driving a small white SUV shot her from his driver’s window. She said the shot struck her in the thigh, according to a press release from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — Police in Maryland are searching for a burglary suspect they say intentionally killed a pet turtle by impaling the animal last month.
CBS Baltimore reports the incident happened in the overnight hours between Jan. 20 and 21. When the resident was away, police say two burglars entered her Baltimore County home through a ground floor window.
The pair allegedly stole numerous electronic devices and accessories, two television sets, gift-cards, checks and jewelry. One of the suspects allegedly then removed the pet turtle, named Donatella, from her aquarium and impaled her with a knife-sharpener.
The resident returned to find her home ransacked, and the turtle dead on the floor.
Police arrested one of the burglary suspects, identified as 24-year-old Calvin Krasheen Fogg, Feb. 17. Investigators are still searching for a second suspect, identified as 23-year-old Michael Kennard Jones, believed to be the person responsible for killing the animal.
Jones is wanted on charges of first degree burglary and aggravated cruelty to kill an animal. He is also wanted in connection with a previous home invasion robbery with a gun, the station reports.
Anyone with information about Jones’ whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or submit a a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. Tipsters are urged not to approach Jones because he is considered dangerous.
A woman charged with vehicular manslaughter, assault and driving under the influence in connection with an October wreck that left a mother of three dead and five motorcyclists injured was ordered held on $800,000 bail Monday after her arraignment at Superior Court in the Bantam section of Litchfield.
Elizabeth Waterbury, 57, of Goshen Road, Litchfield, was a driver in a collision that killed Aislinn Kern, 33, of Harwinton, a passenger on a motorcycle, and seriously injured bikers Edmond Kern — Aislinn’s husband — Daniel DePaolo, Jason Spielman and Vincent Anderson on Oct. 23, according to state police. Cynthia Spielman also suffered minor injuries.
Waterbury was charged Friday and appeared in court Monday, where her bail was reduced from $1 million.
Litchfield State’s Attorney David Shepack urged Judge Paul Matasavage to leave Waterbury’s bail at $1 million, arguing that the allegations against her were serious and that there was reason to believe Waterbury has continued to drink and drive since the collision that devastated members of the Brotherhood of United Bikers motorcycle club.
Defense attorneys argue that the broad prohibition violates the right to free speech
Sex offenders in North Carolina not only have to register with their local communities once they’ve served their time ― they also have to stay off Facebook and other social media sites for 30 years. But the Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments Monday on whether that law violates the constitutional right to free speech.
The case concerns Lester Packingham, now 36, who was convicted of a felony in 2010 for having a Facebook account.
In 2002, when Packingham was 21, he pled guilty to taking indecent liberties with a 13-year-old girl. He said he was dating the girl and claimed he wasn’t aware of her age, NPR reports. He was given a suspended sentence and two years’ probation.
Packingham registered as a sex offender. Seven years later, he signed up for Facebook while living in Durham, North Carolina, to celebrate having a traffic ticket dismissed, according to The News & Observer. “Man God is good!” Packingham posted. “No fine, no court costs, no nothing spent…..praise be to GOD, WOW! Thanks JESUS.” A police officer spotted the post.
A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for amputating a woman’s finger with a machete and then drinking her blood during a ritual to honor a fellow fan of the Insane Clown Posse hip-hop duo.
Jonathan Schrap, 24, was sentenced in a Brown County court Friday on one count of second-degree reckless injury.
“Where do you go with this? How can this happen? How can this even happen in Green Bay?” Judge John Zakowski said, according to WBAY-TV.
Schrap, the victim, and a group of friends gathered at his home on Aug. 27, 2016, to commemorate the death of an Insane Clown Posse fan — or Juggalo — who died last year, according to a complaint.
The victim — Shelby Neuens — allowed Schrap to cut her arm with a machete and to drink her blood as part of the ritual. She then volunteered to have her right pinky amputated.
Schrap ended up slashing her right forearm, leaving the woman to bleed profusely. The woman’s pinky was severed to the palm of her hand, according to the complaint.
A Dublin-based IT consultant remains in an Italian prison cell facing murder charges as police are still unable to find his wife after their family went on a luxury cruise together.
Daniel Belling, 45, and, his children were stopped in Rome as they attempted to board a plane home to Ireland after the ship’s crew alerted authorities that their head count was off, the Irish Independent reports.
During the 11-day journey, Belling claims he returned to their cabin with his two sons, 4 and 6, to find his wife, Xing Lei Li, gone.
He said her suitcase and phone had also vanished, but he didn’t inform any crewmembers.
SPINDALE, N.C. — From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.
Congregants of the Word of Faith Fellowship were regularly punched, smacked, choked, slammed to the floor or thrown through walls in a violent form of deliverance meant to “purify” sinners by beating out devils, 43 former members told The Associated Press in separate, exclusive interviews.
Victims of the violence included pre-teens and toddlers — even crying babies, who were vigorously shaken, screamed at and sometimes smacked to banish demons.
“I saw so many people beaten over the years. Little kids punched in the face, called Satanists,” said Katherine Fetachu, 27, who spent nearly 17 years in the church.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Scores of protesters clashed with police on the streets of Anaheim Wednesday night as they called for the arrest of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was caught on video firing his gun during a confrontation with teens outside his Anaheim home Tuesday afternoon, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Anaheim police report about 24 arrests for misdemeanor charges including failure to disperse.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at 7 p.m. near Disneyland, bringing traffic to a standstill in the busy area for hours. Anaheim police advised the public to avoid the area as officers in riot gear were deployed.
What initially began as peaceful protests eventually gave way to violence, as protesters threw rocks and bottles at officers, CBS Los Angeles reports.
At one point, one man shoved two officers and was shot with a less-than-lethal beanbag, the station says.
Two college football players who were suspended from their team last year and saw their scholarships revoked after rape accusations have been cleared by police after authorities say their accuser recanted her story.
Nikki Yovino, 18, of South Setauket, NY, has been charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in connection to an incident at a Sacred Heart University football party in October, the Connecticut Post reports.
When pressed about inconsistencies in her original statement, Yovino admitted that she made up the rape allegations against the two football players in hopes of gaining sympathy from another man — a prospective boyfriend, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Police said Yovino told them on Oct. 15 at a hospital where they responded for a sexual assault complaint that she attended a Sacred Heart football club party the night before at a house on Lakeside Drive in Bridgeport.
Investigators said Yovino claimed two men pulled her into a bathroom in the basement of the house and held her down, taking turns sexually assaulting her, the Connecticut Post reports.
PRINCETON, Mass. — Authorities say they now have a DNA profile of a person of interest in the slaying a New York City woman out running near her mother’s Massachusetts home last summer.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Thursday that the person of interest in the killing of Vanessa Marcotte is a Hispanic or Latino man, about 30 years old, with light to medium-toned skin, and an athletic build. He said the description was based on a combination of the DNA profile and witness statements.
“I think it’s very significant,” Early said of the new description.
Early said the person of interest would have had scratches on his face, neck, hands and arms after the Aug. 7 attack in Princeton. He said Marcotte struggled with her killer, but wouldn’t go into detail.
Early wouldn’t say where authorities uncovered the DNA. When asked by a reporter whether the DNA was recovered from Marcotte’s fingernails, Early said, “I can’t speak to that, but he did have a lot of scratches.”
BEREA, Ohio — Police say two Ohio parents are charged after their 7-year-old son overdosed on heroin at the family’s home on Jan. 11.
Charles Dowdy and Danielle Simko, of Berea, both 31, were arraigned Friday morning on charges of endangering children and drug possession, CBS affiliate WOIO reports.
Dowdy called police when he noticed his son wasn’t breathing, police said. Dowdy said he had been lying in bed with Simko when he noticed the child’s lip turning blue.
Their son was taken to the hospital where staff found drugs tucked away in his sock. He survived and is recovering, authorities said.
Dowdy was questioned by police and admitted to using drugs in the house earlier that day, according to WOIO.
“It angers me,” Jessica Luyster, a neighbor, told the station. “I have a 3-year-old and a 4-month-old and it kind of hits to home.”
Dowdy and Simko were arrested at the hospital. The couple was charged earlier this month and both pleaded not guilty. Their bonds were set at $150,000 and their next court appearance is Feb. 22.
FLORENCE, S.C. — Benjamin McDowell will remain in jail for at least a little while after the FBI said the convicted felon wanted to buy a gun to use in a hate crime similar to the South Carolina church shootings two years ago.
McDowell’s lawyer told a judge in Florence on Tuesday that the man federal agents called a white supremacist didn’t want a bond hearing now on a charge of being a felon in possession of a weapon.
McDowell’s lawyer also decided not to have a preliminary hearing where the judge would decide if the government did have enough evidence to charge him.
Authorities first began investigating McDowell in December when he threatened a Myrtle Beach synagogue on Facebook. Local officials were already keeping tabs on him because he made friends with white supremacists groups and got tattoos associated with racist groups while in prison on a felony burglary charge, the FBI said in a sworn statement.
McDowell then said he wanted a gun and told the undercover FBI agent who offered to get him one that he planned to attack somewhere in the name of white power and write on the building “in the spirit of Dylann Roof,” according to court records.
Roof was sentenced to death last month for killing nine black Charleston church worshippers in a racially motivated attack. The synagogue the FBI said McDowell threatened was the Temple Emanu-El. Roof’s June 2015 massacre happened at Emanuel AME church.
WAUKESHA, Wis. — A judge has ruled a second Wisconsin girl’s statements to police will be admissible at her trial on charges she tried to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man.
Judge Michael Bohren on Monday also rejected a defense request to move the trial of 15-year-old Anissa Weier out of Waukesha County. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Weier’s trial is set for Sept. 11.
Last week, the judge made similar rulings against 14-year-old Morgan Geyser. Geyser’s trial is set for October.
Weier and Geyser have pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease to attempted homicide charges in adult court. Both girls were 12 when prosecutors say they stabbed classmate Payton Leutner 19 times in a Waukesha park in 2014. Payton survived.
CHICAGO — The shooting death of an 11-year-old girl is giving eight people the chance to live, thanks to organ donation, CBS Chicago reports.
According to police,. Holmes was pronounced dead Tuesday, but was kept on life support so that her organs can be used for transplants.
Holmes was a match for Darvese Monson, Holmes’ cousin, in desperate need of a kidney.
Monson received the news last week that doctors found the right match for her and was given the kidney on Thursday. Monson had waited over two years for a kidney donation. She completed the surgery this weekend.
Although Monson seriously needed a new kidney, it comes with mixed emotions.
“A situation like this that’s so tragic,” Monson said. “I just have to keep going, and I have an angel, I have an angel with me, within in me, I just…it’s so…it’s just unbelievable.”
Holmes was shot and killed as stray bullets flew through the car she was sitting in last Saturday in the Parkway Gardens.
CHARLOTTE — UNC-Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen, brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, has been arrested on rape charges.
The Charlotte Observer reports the 22-year-old Olsen was booked into the Charlotte Mecklenburg Jail late Sunday afternoon on multiple charges, including second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking and assault on a female.
Charlotte coach Brad Lambert says he’s aware of Olsen’s arrest and the junior has been suspended from the team. In a statement, the university says it’s “reviewing the case consistent with its disciplinary procedures.”
CBS affiliate WBTV reports that Olsen began his college football career at the University of Miami but left after multiple suspensions. CBS Sports reported Olsen was also dismissed from Towson University in Maryland after violating team rules. He transferred to Riverside City College in California, then came to Charlotte.
Greg Olsen, who is 10 years older than Kevin, declined to comment on his brother’s latest legal issue when the Charlotte Observer reached out to the Panthers.
Baton Rouge police are thanking a woman for having an officer’s back — literally — when a traffic stop suddenly became dangerous Sunday morning.
Vickie Williams-Tillman was on her way to run some errands when she noticed a police officer on the side of a road engaged in a heated conversation with a man outside of his car.
Police said that as the officer tried to secure the man in handcuffs, the driver became aggressive.
Williams-Tillman, 56, began to brake and rolled down her car window to ask the officer if he needed help. Before he could answer, she saw the suspect leap toward the officer.
Without hesitating, the woman dialed 911. But when police say the suspect took the officer’s baton and began to repeatedly hit the officer in the head with it, Williams-Tillman couldn’t just sit back and wait.
Instead, she jumped out of her vehicle and onto the suspect’s back.
“Risking her own safety she jumped out of her vehicle and onto the back of the 28-year old assailant,” the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a statement. “Ms. Williams-Tillman was able to help hold off the assailant until other officers arrived.”
SHAKOPEE, Minn. — A criminal investigation continued Tuesday into alleged sexting by members of a suburban Minneapolis high school boys hockey team, CBS Minnesota reports.
A Shakopee High School student approached a school resource officer in late January about the issue there, CBS Minnesota reports. That prompted a police investigation into members of the boy’s hockey team sharing several nude pictures of a number of girls.
In a statement Monday, the school urged parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of transmitting inappropriate images.
A Florida woman claiming she’s engaged to hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was arrested on Valentine’s Day after she made several 911 calls saying his family was beating and holding him hostage, police said.
Miami Beach police officers responded to Jermelah Jones’ first 911 call on Jan. 23. She told officers Combs was her fiancé and that he was in distress because of the alleged beatings, police said.
Officers then went to Combs’ home where they talked to relatives who said he was asleep in his room. Combs woke up and told cops he didn’t know Jones and wasn’t engaged to her, an arrest report states.
Police contacted Jones telling her to stop making false allegations, but she ignored the warning and continued calling 911 several times claiming Combs was in danger.