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(Top video) Gloucester County Township, NJ · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: April 13, 2018 ~ Updated: April 14, 2018) -- Body-camera footage released Friday shows Gloucester County Township police officer John Flinn, 27, socking the girl twice in the head as he handcuffs her. The girl was face-down with both arms pulled behind her back when the blows were delivered, and could be heard crying out afterward.

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Harlem, NY ~ ( Originally Published: July 1, 2015 ~ Updated: April 6, 2018) -- A cellphone video shows Saykour George getting arrested in Harlem. A plainclothes officer engaged George in a knockout fight. The video shows the arrest near 131st Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem. Jun Iceaa, the man's friend, shot the video on his phone. Iceaa says he and George were leaving a pizza place down the street. They were enroute to the George's apartment. George was then stopped by plainclothes officers. One of the officers asks George for his ID. The NYPD said the police saw that George had a knife, which prompted the stop. George is facing several charges. They include assault on an officer, possession of a weapon and disorderly conduct.(Published Wednesday, July 1, 2015)
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United States (WCJB) {PUBLISHED: April 10, 2018 at 02:10 pm | UPDATED: April 13, 2018 at 03:30 am} -- United States -- Watch as criminal defendants have emotional breakdowns during arraignments, verdicts and sentencing!
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Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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Florida ~ USA (@Wilabee) -- Casey Anthony says she can empathize with O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of killing his wife and her friend. Her boss, Patrick McKenna, also worked on Simpson's case. Anthony spoke in a series of interviews with The Associated Press. (March 9, 2017).

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"They rape, ... They rape a 100 white  women a day, ... that's FBI statistic from 2005."

-- Dylann Roof, explaining to FBI Agents why he entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015 and killed nine members of the black congregation attending a Bible study inside.

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PUBLISHED: December 8, 2016 at 7:45 pm | UPDATED: December 9, 2016 at 6:34 AM PST

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SAN JOSE, CA — A 32-year-old high school teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sending sexually explicit pictures to a 17-year-old student and having oral sex with him, according to police.

Trudy Hill, an English teacher at Santa Teresa High School and a resident of San Jose, surrendered to detectives at the San Jose Police Department. She posted bail after being booked on charges of sending harmful matter to a minor and oral copulation with a minor.
Police said Hill had a sexual relationship with the student between August and November.

“Hill used her position of authority to exploit the victim into a sexual relationship,” said San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia.

Only one victim has been identified, but police have not ruled out the possibility that there are others, Garcia said.

Hill has been placed on leave pending further developments in the criminal investigation, according to a statement released by the East Side Union High School District.

“We are shocked and deeply disturbed by these allegations,” the statement read. “We want to assure the community that the safety and well-being of our students is our highest priority.”

In addition to providing assistance to the victim and his family, the district also is conducting a separate review to “ensure that district staff is receiving the necessary and appropriate training and resources to help identify and prevent this type of conduct.”

Hill is the fourth district employee this year to be accused of sexual misconduct with a student.

In February, 35-year-old Juan Gonzalez, a well-liked interim vice principal at James Lick High, was arrested on suspicion of having an “inappropriate relationship” with a 17-year-old female student.

Enoch Garcia, a 21-year-old assistant track coach at Mt. Pleasant High, was arrested in March on suspicion of having sexual relationships with two students, ages 14 and 17.

In June, 33-year-old Marc Alquiza, a wrestling coach at Independence High, was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a 14-year-old girl in a summer wrestling program at the school.

On a website that rates teachers, four of the five reviews for Hill lauded her informal teaching style.

“Her class is the type of class you actually want to wake up early in the morning and go to,” one reviewer wrote. “She is willing to work with any student she has and even adjusts her teaching style along the way based on her students’ suggestions and requests.”

The lone negative review blasted Hill for spending most of her time talking about her life instead of teaching.

“She is always on her phone,” the reviewer wrote. “You will pass.”


Posted: April 14, 2016 | 1:52pm est - Updated: April 15, 2016 | 12:40am pst

Manhattan, NY-- A judge ​made a surprise plea offer to the ​nanny who stabbed two young children to death in ​October ​2012. Yoselyn Ortega, 53, killed the children in the bathtub of their Upper West Side apartment. Ortega used two kitchen knives in her attack on the helpless children. Lucia suffered defensive wounds from bravely trying to fight her off. She was stabbed multiple times in the stomach and neck, and Leo was stabbed twice in the neck.

A ​police ​source said​ at the time​: “They both suffered. They bled out. The little girl tried to protect herself.” Ortega told investigators that Lucia tried to fight back before she first stabbed her. She then killed her brother using at least two knives​. Ortega said she had hurt the children because she was angry that the parents had cut her hours and forced her to act as a cleaning woman.

Their unsuspecting mom, Marina Krim, arrived home a short time later. She walked into the bathroom and found her babies lying in the tub fully clothed with stab wounds on their bodies. Their sibling Nessie (then 3) was at a swimming lesson when Ortega slaughtered her siblings. Ortega cut her own thro​​at in a botched suicide attempt.

Justice Gregory Carro offered ​Ortega 30 years to life in prison in exchange for her guilty plea to the shocking murder​s​ of Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2​. The judge made the plea offer despite the fact the children’s parents are ready and willing to testify against her​​.​ The sentence is the minimum for the two murder counts.

Ortega rejected the deal through her attorney. Her defense attorney said, “The defendant does not wish to accept that at this time.” The deal would have made her eligible for parole by age 80. Ortega wore her usually unruly hair freshly straightened. She showed no emotional or facial expressions. The defense strategy has not been disclosed. However, Ortega’s lawyers previously filed notice of a possible psychiatric defense.

The stunning offer was made over the objection of prosecutor ADA Stuart Silbergs. He argued, “The People believe the only appropriate sentence is life without parole.” The family is behind that, the family will testify, the family does not want that to be the disposition in this case and in their words they want her never to be out.”

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Posted: November 1, 2012 - Updated: November 8, 2012

New York -- On Thursday, Manhattan nanny Yoselyn Ortega, was arraigned from her hospital bed, accused of killing two children in her care, a media source reports. She was hospitalized after allegedly stabbing to death Lucia Krim, 6, and Leo Krim, 2, and then turning the knife on herself. On the afternoon of Oct. 25, Ortega, 50, reportedly had plans to meet with the children’s mother, Marina Krim, and her daughter Nessie, 3, at a dance lesson for Lucia. When Ortega and the two children did not show up, Marina and Nessie returned to their Upper West Side Apartment at about 5:30 p.m., where they discovered Lucia and Leo dying in the bathtub from stab wounds. Ortega was on the floor nearby. The children were rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The nanny was intubated at Weill Cornell Medical Center and placed into a medically induced coma, but woke from it on Oct. 28.

A media source reports that Ortega’s sister, Celia, who referred the accused killer to the Krim family, said “I would like to die. I would give my life for the children to come back.”

Posted: October 23, 2012 - Updated: November 7, 2012

New York -- Yoselyn Ortega, the nanny accused of murdering two children in a Manhattan apartment bathtub Oct. 25, claims she had issues with their mom, Marina Krim. Media sources reported Tuesday that the former NYC nanny was interviewed by authorities Saturday where she's still being treated at a New York hospital. According to law enforcement, Ortega claimed that she and Marina were having "a lot of strain in the days leading up to the murders of little Leo and his older sister, Lucia."

Law enforcement officials elaborated on the nanny's story of the events leading up to the murders. "The detectives were amazed at how cavalier Yoselyn was during parts of her interrogation," the source said. "Yoselyn complained that she thought she should of been making more money and that she was being underpaid for additional duties than what she signed up for. When Yoselyn began working for the Krims they also had a housekeeper and Yoselyn said that she didn't like the way that Marina spoke to her."

According to Detectives, It was obvious Yoselyn was trying to portray Marina Krim in a bad light. Ortega's story isn't convincing detectives because the source added that "it just doesn't line up with interviews they have conducted with other people as part of the investigation. Marina was and is a very loving mother, who went out of her way to make Yoselyn feel like a part of the family."

Marina discovered her two young children stabbed to death in a bathtub when she returned home Oct. 25. Yoselyn Ortega also stabbed herself. The 50-year-old nanny is being charged with first-degree murder of Leo, 2, and Lucia, 6.

Posted: October 25, 2012

New York -- Law enforcement officials say there is little, if any, doubt that Yoselyn Ortega, 50, a nanny for three children in Manhattan, fatally stabbed two of those children inside their Upper West Side apartment. Ms. Ortega still had not been charged. According to police investigators, the reason was not lack of evidence.

Yoselyn Ortega (pictured left) is in a critical condition with self-inflicted stab wounds to her neck, say police. Ms. Ortega, who stabbed herself in the throat and slashed her wrists with a kitchen knife, according to the police, remained hospitalized on Saturday evening. She was conscious but intubated and unable to talk. Therefore, investigators could not question her, said Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the Police Department. “We wouldn’t charge a hospitalized suspect under these circumstances until an interview was conducted after consulting with doctors on the subject’s condition,” Mr. Browne wrote in an e-mail on Saturday. “Obviously an interview can’t take place when somebody’s intubated.” According to police, Ms. Ortega began stabbing herself as the mother entered the bathroom and began screaming when she saw the children in the bathtub. "We initially thought it was, it had already been done, but now information is coming out that she did it as the mother entered the room," Commissioner Kelly said on Friday.

On Thursday about 3:15 p.m., Mrs. Krim left her apartment to take her 3-year-old daughter, Nessie, to a swimming lesson at a pool on Amsterdam Avenue. When Mrs. Krim returned home with her three-year-old, Nessie, on Thursday afternoon the flat was dark and she thought the nanny had taken her other two children out, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Mrs. Krim went downstairs to ask the doorman of the building whether he had seen them leave, but he said no, Commissioner Kelly added. The plan was for Mrs. Krim to later meet up with Ms. Ortega and her other two children, Lucia and Leo, at a dance studio on West 68th Street, where Lucia had a lesson. Mrs. Krim arrived at the studio about 4:45 p.m., but they were not there.

Thinking she missed them, Mrs. Krim returned to her Manhattan flat to find two-year-old Leo and six-year-old Lucia in the bath. As Mrs. Krim walked into the bathroom she saw Ms. Ortega plunging a kitchen knife into her throat; Leo and Lucia were already dead in the bathtub, the police added. A spokeswoman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, said Lucia had died of “multiple stab and incise wounds,” and Leo of “incise wounds of the neck.” They had been clothed, a law enforcement official said, suggesting that Ms. Ortega had not been bathing the children.

According to a neighbor, Rima Starr, a music therapist who lives on the same floor as the Krim family, she heard screams coming from the flat at around 17:30 (21:30 GMT), media sources reported. “There was some kind of screaming about: 'You slit her throat!'”

After the police arrived, Ms. Starr said Mrs. Krim was in the building's lobby crying and screaming hysterically, and clutching her surviving child. "It was horrible," Ms Starr said. Another neighbour, Sandy Marcus, described the mother as "inconsolable, hysterical, frantic", media sources reported.

The children's father, CNBC digital media executive Kevin Krim, was informed by police of the situation as he arrived at the airport on his way home from a business trip. On a Friday conference call, chief executive Brian Roberts, of CNBC's parent company, expressed his condolences to the Krim family and said the company would do "everything we can to support the family in their awful time". Mr. Krim’s father, William Krim, 74, said the parents had not returned to their apartment. “I don’t know if they ever will,” he said. “I don’t know if I could.”

Toxicology tests on Ms. Ortega came back negative for narcotics and alcohol, a law enforcement official said Saturday. On Friday, investigators searched Ms. Ortega’s Hamilton Heights apartment. The authorities remain mystified over the motive. Browne, the chief police spokesman, said family members had told detectives that Ms. Ortega “over the last couple of months was not herself.” A law enforcement official said Ms. Ortega had had no previous brushes with the law, nor have detectives learned of any tensions in her relationship with the Krims.

Charlotte Friedman, a retiree who lives in the Krims’ building, may have been the last person to see the children alive. She did not know the members of the family, but would periodically bump into them. Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, she said, she entered the elevator, heading for her seventh-floor apartment, at the same time as the nanny and the children. She asked the girl if she had been on a play date. The child replied that she had been dancing. Ms. Friedman described the girl as “happy, happy, happy.” The times she had encountered Ms. Ortega, she found her cold. There in the elevator, she said, the nanny smiled but said nothing. And then, she and the children got off on the second floor.

For about 30 years, according to neighbors, Ms. Ortega has lived in a six-story tenement building at 610 Riverside Drive in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. Yoselyn Ortega’s home was an overcrowded tenement that she yearned to leave. She shared the apartment with her teenage son, a sister and a niece, and roamed the halls selling cheap cosmetics and jewelry for extra money. She had been forced to relinquish a new apartment for her and her son and move back. Before the nanny job, they said, she had worked in factories and as a cleaning lady. A neighbor said the sister she lived with was a taxi driver.

This year, Maria Lajara, 41, a friend who lives in the building, said Ms. Ortega had stopped by to tell her how happy she was that she had found a new apartment in the Bronx for herself and her son. She said that Ms. Ortega had conveyed how much she loved working for the Krims and that she was paid and treated well. Also this year, she said, the Krims had given Ms. Ortega an Ann Taylor jacket as a gift. Within the past few months, Ms. Ortega returned to live with her sister. Fernando Mercado, the superintendent of the building on Riverside Drive, said she had been renting the Bronx apartment from an acquaintance who moved to the Dominican Republic. But the tenant returned and threw out Ms. Ortega. “She spent a lot of money on the Bronx apartment,” Mr. Mercado said of Ms. Ortega.

Her building superintendent, Fernando Mercado, described her as a "very nice woman" who seemed to be "very stable", media sources reported. Relatives of Ms. Ortega told investigators that she had not seemed herself lately and that she had sought help from a mental health professional; Ms. Ortega, 50, was also burdened with financial woes, the police have said. A woman had chiseled her on a debt. Neighbors found her sulky and remote. She seemed to be losing weight.

Juan Pozo, 67, a car service driver who used to rent a room in her apartment, said he spoke to her sister on Friday, who told him that Ms. Ortega had not been feeling well lately, “that she felt like she was losing her mind.” She was unraveling. He said the family had taken her to see a psychologist, an account shared by others, including the police.

Nannies who work near one another often form social networks, setting up joint play dates or meeting at playgrounds. But most other nannies in the Krim building said they were unfamiliar with Ms. Ortega. One nanny, Terla Duran, 35, said she did not know Ms. Ortega, but a friend who is a nanny did. “Not many of us knew her; they say she was very strange,” Ms. Duran said. “She spent most of her time locked up inside the apartment.”

Mrs. Krim lovingly chronicled her children's upbringing in a blog, Life with the Little Krim Kids, which has now been taken offline. One news agency says that in a February blog entry, Mrs. Krim wrote about visiting their nanny's family in the Dominican Republic. It is not clear if the person she refers to is the woman found wounded in the Manhattan apartment. Ms. Ortega, who the police said was a naturalized American citizen from the Dominican Republic, had worked for the Krims for about two years. She had been referred by another family, the police said, and did not come through an agency, which customarily does background checks. According to Mr. Krim’s parents, Ms. Ortega was hired about six months after the Krims came to New York. They did not know what vetting the couple did.

Cold in Philly

Posted: 4:13 AM EDT, Tue April 30, 2013 - Updated 4:40 AM PDT, Tue April 30, 2013

Philadelphia, PA (WCJB) -- Christina Regusters, a Philadelphia woman was indicted this week on accusations of abducting a 5-year-old girl from her school by posing as her mother. She then allegedly raped her and left her barely clothed and crying at a playground. Regusters was charged Monday with aggravated assault, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and several other offenses. The abduction spurred a massive search. Officers searched house to house. The city offered a $10,000 reward. But as night fell that on that fateful Monday, the efforts to find the girl proved fruitless.

The little girl's ordeal began January 14, 2013, when a woman wearing a burqa -- a head-to-toe covered garment with a slit for the eyes -- went to a West Philadelphia school shortly after classes started and scribbled her name on a sign-in sheet, police said. The woman did not show identification but said she was the child's mother and wanted to take her out for breakfast. She then proceeded to the child's classroom and asked for the girl by name.

The girl was taken to a nearby house. Once inside the home, authorities say, the girl was told to remove her clothing and was given a black T-shirt to wear. She was blindfolded and forced to hide under a bed, they said. At some point, the girl, now 6, was sexually assaulted, police say.

The next morning, a sanitation worker walking to his workplace near a city park heard a young girl's pleading voice. "When I got closer, it sounded clear: 'Help, help,'" the worker, Nelson Mandela Myers, said at a January news conference. "When I saw her under the slide, I was shocked," he said. "She was there by herself and only had a shirt on." Myers alerted police. He received the reward.

Regusters was arrested the next month. She worked at a daycare that the girl attended, her lawyer told media sources. But, he said, Regusters was not a "major participant" in the incident -- but did not elaborate.

The abduction raised questions about the Philadelphia's school district protocol. Policy requires anyone signing out a student to go to the main office and provide identification that matches a list of approved individuals, school officials said. "It's disturbing that an adult is able to walk into a classroom and have the teacher release the child without knowing who the adult is," Fernando Gallard, a school district spokesman said at the time.

The family attorney says more people need to be charged. "We look forward to the day when all those involved in this heinous crime against an innocent, precious child will be brought to justice," he said.


Posted: December 12, 2012 - Updated: 06:31 PM PST

California -- Rachel Buffett (pictured above, center) the California actress who is accused of helping her ex-fiance Dan Wozniak cover up an alleged double-murder, says she was duped, and her only crime was falling for the wrong man. "I'm innocent," Buffett told media sources Tuesday. "It was like the person I loved never really existed." Police say the Long Beach, Calif., actress, 25, wasn't tricked at all, and not only knew the real Wozniak, who is charged with killing two friends in an attempted money-making plan, but that she was an accessory, covering up the crime. Wozniak's neighbors Sam Herr, 26, and Julie Kibuishi, 23, were killed in the spring of 2010, when Buffett and Wozniak were community theatre actors starring in the musical "Nine."

Police say on the same day the couple performed in the play, Wozniak lured college student Herr, who had recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan, into the theater and shot him. Wozniak then allegedly dismembered the body. Prosecutors say that the motive for the killing was to steal Herr's savings account.

Buffett is going public, saying the only thing she's guilty of was falling in love with the wrong man. "It's hard to eat when you're stomach is in knots," Buffett said. "Do I have just a horrible judgment of character?" she asked. Wozniak, 28, is in jail on two felony counts of special circumstances murder, while Buffett is out on $1 million bail after she was taken into custody Nov. 20 on suspicion of being an accessory to murder after the fact, media sources reported. Wozniak, who is facing a possible death sentence, has pleaded not guilty.

On the night of the killings, Herr's father went to his son's apartment, where he found the body of Kibuishi, a friend and classmate of Herr's. She had also been shot, and there was evidence of a sexual assault. Authorities say Wozniak attempted to make it look like Herr had shot Kibuishi, and then killed himself. It was when cash disappeared from Sam Herr's bank account that police traced it back to Wozniak. "He took away my best friend, my son," Steven Herr, Samuel's father, told media sources. "Every father out there listening to this absolutely knows how I feel. Do I believe she is part of this?" he asked. "Absolutely."

It's unclear when they will go to trial.

A Toddler Monster!

Posted: Sun. Nov. 11, 2012, 4:20 AM - Updated: Wed. Dec. 5, 2012, 12:00 AM PDT

Westchester County, New York -- Anne Franklin, 26, appears in court on Dec. 10, 1993 to plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter, admitting she fatally injured 10-month-old Kieran Dunne by throwing him to the floor.

David Dunne and Peggy Leahy were married there in 1985, after graduating from Boston College. By May 3, 1992, when their son Kieran was born, Dunne was an associate with the brokerage firm Bear Stearns, and his wife was a human resources manager with The New York Times.

Peggy Dunne thought she had found the best baby-sitter in Westchester County. She hired Ann Franklin in July 1992 by placing a classified ad in the Irish Echo, the weekly that served as New York’s nanny clearinghouse. Nanny nightmares made news even then, and the Dunnes attempted due diligence before they hired Franklin. It wasn’t easy in that era. They spoke with her reference, who gave a glowing recommendation about Franklin’s loving touch as a nanny. They went so far as to visit the local police, to find out whether Franklin was a criminal. Cops turned them away. “They said we had no right to that information,” Peggy Dunne later said. So they hired Franklin as a live-out nanny, working weekdays while the Dunnes were in the city.

Franklin, 25, was the auburn-haired daughter of Irish immigrants. She lived with her big family in Rye, just a mile from Dunne and her husband, David. The Franklins and Dunnes were members of the same Catholic parish, Church of the Resurrection in Rye. She was tender with blond, blue-eyed Kieran, and the Dunnes admired her zest for life. She was funny, loved music (especially the Grateful Dead) and had a knack for painting. It seemed like a good fit. However, on Jan. 22, 1993, six months into Franklin’s employment, the Dunnes arrived home from work to find bruises on Kieran’s face. She could not explain the marks. Three weeks later, on Feb. 11, fresh facial bruises appeared. A relative who stopped by that day said she was certain the marks came from slapping. The next day, David Dunne discussed the bruises with his son’s pediatrician, who offered that the marks did not seem to be indicators of abuse.

On Feb. 25, Westchester police were summoned to the Dunne home via 911. Franklin was home alone with Kieran. She said she was playing with the boy on the floor when he suddenly went limp. He was rushed to a hospital, already comatose. Franklin told the mother that she was flummoxed. She insisted, “Peggy, I swear to you nothing happened.” However, a medical examination told a different story. Doctors found that the boy’s skull had been crushed. Blood flooded his brain, inducing swelling. He spent a week on life support, but his condition was hopeless. His heartbroken parents pulled the plug.

On April 14, Franklin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She continued to claim innocence, and her family hired a private eye to scare up other suspects. But Rye police Detective Pat Spacavento, the lead investigator, told the Daily News, “This girl did it. There is no doubt.” He surmised that she “went over the edge.” Cops conducted a belated background check. It turned out that her nanny reference was a childless personal friend. Franklin had been collared for stealing clothing, money and jewelry while employed at a Nanuet shop. She failed to appear in court, then quickly pleaded guilty to petit larceny after Kieran Dunne died. Police also learned that she had given a false first name and birthdate — those of a younger sister — when she was initially questioned about the boy’s death, apparently to hide from the Nanuet warrant.

When a judge ruled that photographs showing the boy’s earlier bruises could be used as evidence at trial, Franklin had a change of heart and grabbed a plea deal to first-degree manslaughter. The Dunnes consented to the deal only if Franklin agreed to describe how she had hurt the child. So 51 weeks after the boy died, she stood in court before his parents and admitted she hurled Kieran 6 feet across the room when he pulled her hair.

David Dunne later said, “It’s some semblance of relief, I guess, to hear how she killed our son.” Franklin said she was “wholeheartedly sorry,” but Dunne was not in a forgiving mood. “Kieran is an angel in heaven,” he said. “Ann, your hell is starting today.” She was sentenced to up to 25 years at Bedford Hills, though she was eligible to apply for parole after just eight.

The Dunnes advocated for “Kieran’s Law,” which authorizes parents to request FBI background checks on prospective nannies. Then-Gov. George Pataki signed the law in 1998, and other states have followed New York’s lead. Peggy Dunne attended the bill’s signing ceremony. By then, she and her husband had three more children, all born after Kieran’s death. Nanny referral agencies also now routinely conduct criminal checks.

“We thought we knew her. She went to our church. She lived in our community. . . .You can never be too careful,” Peggy Dunne told reporters. “Even the petit theft would have been enough to let us know she placed herself above the law. We would not have hired her.”

Ann Franklin was locked up well beyond her minimum sentence. Denied parole several times, she was released on March 2, 2010, at the age of 42 years old. Her freedom came one day before the 17th anniversary of Kieran Dunne’s death.

Naperville Nanny!

Posted: 9:26 AM EDT, Fri November 2, 2012 - Updated 7:57 PM PST, Wed. November 7, 2012

Naperville, Illinois -- A Chicago-area woman has been charged with killing her 5-year-old son and a 7-year-old girl as she babysat them, allegedly stabbing each dozens of times in a bedroom this week as they pleaded for their lives, authorities say. Elzbieta Plackowska, 40, of Naperville, Illinois, allegedly told police she instructed her son Justin Plackowska and the girl, Olivia Dworakowski, to kneel and pray before she fatally stabbed them and two dogs at the girl's home on Tuesday evening, Naperville police said.

"She began stabbing her son Justin and told him he was going to heaven tonight," DuPage County prosecutor Bob Berlin told reporters Thursday, citing Plackowska's alleged statements to police. "He pleaded for his life and told her to stop, but she continued stabbing him until he was dead." Plackowska -- charged Thursday with two counts of first-degree murder -- allegedly gave investigators a number of reasons why she killed the children, the most recent of which was that she was upset with her husband and wanted to cause him pain, according to police. Plackowska was being held Thursday without opportunity for bail. If convicted, she would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Police officers found the children's bodies in Olivia's home Tuesday night after Elzbieta Plackowska, covered in blood, arrived at a nearby friend's house and claimed she had been robbed, police said. The friend called police. Around the same time, Olivia's mother called police to say she had come home from work and couldn't enter the house because there was a strange lock on the door, and that she couldn't find Plackowska or the children, Berlin said. Officers forced entry into the home and "walked into a scene of unimaginable horror," finding the bodies on the floor of the master bedroom, Berlin said.

Investigators said Plackowska offered several explanations, including that she believed an intruder killed the children, police said. Later, she told police that the children had evil inside them and she needed to drive the devil out, authorities said. Plackowska told investigators that she told the children to get ready for bed, and the kids entered the master bedroom, Berlin said. Plackowska said she then went to the kitchen, took two knives, entered the bedroom and told the children to kneel on the floor and pray, according to Berlin. She told police she stabbed Justin repeatedly, and then stabbed Olivia because Olivia saw her attacking Justin, according to Berlin. She said Olivia, like Justin, pleaded for her life, Berlin said. Police said Justin was stabbed about 100 times, and Olivia about 50 times. "She did not express any remorse," Berlin said.

"She ultimately admitted that she had lied to the police in her earlier statements and stated she was angry with her husband," Berlin said. Plackowska told police she was upset with her husband in part because he was gone most days, working as a truck driver, and that she felt he didn't treat her as she deserved.

Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall told reporters that the "senseless taking of the lives of these two children defies logic, and our community is grieving." In all my years of law enforcement, this is the most gruesome and horrific crime scene that I have seen," Marshall said at the news conference.

Plackowska is awaiting a November 21 arraignment. Media attempts to reach lawyer, a DuPage County public defender representing Plackowska, weren't immediately successful.

Sandy Storms!

Posted: Nov 2, 2012 - Updated: November 7, 2012

Staten Island, NY - The bodies of two Staten Island boys, swept away by raging flood waters from Hurricane Sandy were recovered on Thursday. On Monday, Glenda Moore was taking her two children to the home of a relative prior to going to her nursing job. A sudden surge of water slammed into the family's SUV, forcing the vehicle off the roadway and into a marshy area. Moore managed to free her two children, 2-year old Brandon, and 4-year-old Connor, clinging to them as waves of water continued to batter them.

Moore claims she knocked on the door of an adjacent home, asking the homeowner to let her and her children in, but the homeowner refused. Moore also claims she took a flower pot and tried to knock out a window to gain entry into the house, all the while still clinging to her two boys. According to Moore a rush of water struck her, ripping the children out of her arms.

Moore's sister told the media sources:

"She was holding onto them, and the waves just kept coming and crashing and they were under. It went over their heads … She had them in her arms, and a wave came and swept them out of her arms. They're the most beautiful children ever, one's a redhead, the other a dirty blonde."

According to Moore's sister (Moore began going door to door, banging and begging for help):

"They answered the door and said, 'I don't know you. I'm not going to help you. My sister's like 5-foot-3, 130 pounds. She looks like a little girl. She's going to come to you and you're going to slam the door in her face and say, 'I don't know you, I can't help you'?'”

Moore sought shelter on a front porch and waited out the storm. When Moore saw a passing emergency vehicle around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, she began desperately trying to flag them down. After telling emergency officials what had happened, police immediately launched a search for the missing boys. Despite suffering from hypothermia, Moore assisted in the search. According to the media sources, the bodies of the two young boys were found at the end of a dead end street.

CNN spoke with the owner of the house where Moore said she sought shelter for herself and her two children. The homeowner denied that Moore ever knocked on his door. Instead, he claims a man broke out his back door and told the owner to come outside. When told that the two children had died, the homeowner said:

"It's unfortunate. She shouldn't have been out though. You know, it's one of those things."

School Days!

Posted: October 23, 2012 - Updated: November 7, 2012

Conrad, Iowa -- The BCLUW school district in Conrad, Iowa got an anonymous tip that a woman going by the name of Paula Pace was actually Paula Baniszewski (pictured above, center) a woman convicted of manslaughter for her involvement in a gruesome child murder back in 1965. Pace a.k.a Baniszewski, had been working at the district for 14 years when the anonymous tip came in. She's now been suspended from the job. How was a woman convicted of such a heinous crime allowed to spend her days working with children?

The murder Baniszewski was involved in was big news back in the day, and details are plastered all over the Internet. Even 14 years ago, we had the Internet, people. And this case is pretty well documented. Apparently Paula was 17 at the time and living with her mother, Gertrude, and several siblings. Gertrude, who was nicknamed the "Torture Mother," had also taken in two young teenagers, Jenny and Sylvia Likens. It was Sylvia Likens' murder that would send Gertrude to jail for nearly 20 years. Internet accounts of the murder are pretty gruesome. They say not only were Gertrude and Paula involved, but so were other kids in the family and other kids in the neighborhood. Sixteen-year-old Sylvia suffered everything from cigarette burns and having her chest tattooed with the word "prostitute" to being tied to a bed and being starved and beaten.

Paula was sent to prison, from which she escaped, adding to her time. She eventually got out in the mid-1970s. One Internet account refers to rumors that she had changed her name and was living on a farm in Iowa. Apparently they weren't that far off.

Information regarding the crime was readily available on the Internet. How was a school district caught off guard? If such a brutal, brutal crime can be simply forgotten, what else are people moving past while they walk among us, swiping our credit card at the local grocery store or pushing our kids on the swings?

1st Degree Hatred!

Posted: 12/10/2012 12:10:54 PM PST - Updated: 12/10/2012 02:52:43 PM PST

OAKLAND, CA -- Giselle Esteban sat emotionless, staring straight ahead Monday morning as an Alameda County Superior Court judge pronounced a punishment that could leave the convicted killer of her one-time best friend in prison until she dies. Esteban, 28, of Union City, struck a similar emotionless empty stare as Krystine Dinh spoke of the now-unfulfilled dreams of the future she and her cousin Michelle Le, 26, once shared. She failed to shed a tear as Le's brother Michael Le broke down crying as he described the day his sister's bones were found barely buried under a pile of vegetation in a secluded area of Sunol.

"No where have I seen or heard any hint of remorse," Judge Jon Rolefson said of Esteban.

Esteban will now have at least 25 years, and most likely longer, to think about her crime as she sits in prison for killing nursing student Michelle Le in a jealousy-fueled rage because she believed that Le was having an affair with Esteban's former boyfriend and father of her child. Esteban and Le were best friends when they grew up in San Diego.

Less than two months after a jury found Esteban guilty of the crime despite a cause of death, Rolefson brought a small sense of closure to Le's family and friends as he sent her killer to prison for 25 years to life.

"You may have taken away her life but not her legacy," Dinh said to Esteban during a sentencing hearing. "The verdict will never bring her back, but we will be able to breath a little easier knowing her murderer is behind bars."

A jury found Esteban guilty of first-degree murder after hearing evidence that showed Esteban took extraordinary efforts to find Le, stake out her workplace and then plan a sneak attack in a parking garage at the Kaiser Medical Center in Hayward.

Le, who lived in San Mateo, was initially considered a missing person when she failed to report back to work after taking a break on May 27, 2011, but Hayward police soon determined that she was murdered and pegged Esteban as the killer.

Evidence presented during the murder trial proved that Esteban made endless death threats to Le and Esteban's former boyfriend Scott Marasigan, who was also friends with Le. Esteban believed that Le and Marasigan were having an affair and feared that Le was going to destroy any chance of Esteban and Marasigan getting back together.

Esteban's attorney, Andrea Auer, admitted during the trial that her client killed Le but said the killing was, at most, a manslaughter sparked by a "heat of passion."

The jury felt otherwise as it was convinced that Esteban's endless threats, months of planning and nonchalant attitude after the killing proved it was premeditated.

Dinh said Esteban's defense tactic was offensive.

"It felt like (you were) spitting in Michelle's face, it felt like (you were) spitting in our face," Dinh said.

Michael Le said Esteban's attitude after Michelle Le was killed and her demeanor throughout the legal proceedings proved that she probably still believes the killing was justified.

"Esteban didn't and will never care; in her mind she probably still believes murdering Michelle was justified," Michael Le said. "Michelle did nothing wrong, absolutely nothing."

Michael Le said he hopes parole boards in the future will read the letters he and his family wrote and never allow Esteban to be released.

"The injustice of letting her out will be like Michelle being murdered all over again," he said.

Posted: Oct. 29, 2012 12:10:54 PM PST - Updated: 12/11/2012 03:26:43 PM PST

OAKLAND, CA (WCJB) -- For more than six years Giselle Esteban was obsessed with the unfounded belief that her ex-boyfriend and father of her daughter was having an affair with her one-time best friend Michelle Le.

It was an obsession that led Esteban to make death threats against her ex-boyfriend Scott Marasigan and Le.

It was an obsession that had Esteban spending months making extraordinary efforts to find Le's home address and to scour the Internet in search of ways to kill without being caught, evidence and testimony in Esteban's trial showed.

And, it was an obsession that finally led to Esteban killing Le, 26, in a Hayward hospital parking garage. On Monday, after four days of deliberations, a jury of six women and six men decided the deliberate way in which Esteban followed through on her obsession made the 28-year-old Union City woman guilty of first-degree murder. She will go to prison for, most likely, the rest of her life.

"We were just hoping and praying the jury would make the right call, and this is it," said Le's brother, Michael Le. "We feel that a tremendous burden has been lifted."

Michael Le, his father and other family members held hands in the front row of Judge Jon Rolefson's courtroom as the jury walked in and handed over it's verdict. When the clerk read the decision, several family members began to cry.

"I know Michelle is resting in peace knowing that justice is done," said her father, Son Le. "It's just so sad to have a loss like this."

Esteban showed no emotion as the verdict was read. She sat in her chair facing forward not looking at the jury.

Le was murdered on May 27, 2011, in the parking garage of the Kaiser Medical Center in Hayward as she walked to her car to retrieve some cold medicine in the middle of her shift training as a nurse. She was initially considered a missing person and her family spent months hoping to find her alive.

But Hayward police became suspicious of Esteban after Le's disappearance when investigators learned of the threats she had made and following suspicious answers she gave to many questions during an interview at her home about 24 hours after Le disappeared.

Yet, murder charges against Esteban were not filed until September 2011 as police conducted a thorough investigation that ruled out other suspects and provided deputy district attorney Butch Ford with enough evidence to prove first-degree murder without having a cause of death.

About 10 days after Esteban was charged with murder, Le's remains were found in a secluded area near the Pleasanton-Sunol border. A cause of death could not be determined because all that remained were bones.

Ford presented the jury with much of the evidence collected including surveillance videos that showed Esteban breaking into the administrative offices of a San Mateo university Le attended and walking into an Apple store after Le's disappearance where she convinced a worker to unlock Le's cell phone, which Esteban took after killing Le.

The evidence also included conversations Marasigan, 28, secretly recorded during which Esteban threatened his life and Le's and text messages he saved in which Esteban frequently cursed Le's name and accused her of ruining her relationship with Marasigan and her family.

During closing arguments, Ford called Esteban a sociopath who had one horrible goal: to kill Le.

"She hunted down Michelle and she killed her," Ford said after the verdict was read. "I'm just glad the jury did what was right. I'm just grateful."

Esteban's attorney, Andrea Auer, tried to convince the jury that the killing was manslaughter, done in a heat of passion after a conversation Esteban had with Le in the hospital parking garage.

But Esteban chose not to testify during the trial and the only evidence Auer had of Esteban's thoughts were the hundreds of text messages she had sent to Marasigan over the years.

Auer, who left the courtroom through a back hallway and declined to comment, never disputed the evidenced presented at trial against her client but asked the jury to view it differently than the prosecutor.

Auer said the evidence showed a woman becoming increasingly paranoid and emotionally distressed as she lost custody of her child and the relationship she had with Marasigan who, less than a year earlier, was sending her sexual text messages with promises of trying to mend their broken family.

Auer said her client blamed her troubles on Le and simply wanted to have a conversation with the nursing student when she tracked Le down in the parking garage. It was a conversation, Auer said, that went horribly wrong.

Esteban now faces at least 25 years to life in prison when she is sentenced on Dec. 10.

Improper English!

Posted: 08/17/2012 - Updated: 12/11/2012 4:01:05 AM PST

Texas -- A Texas high school teacher and mother of three was sentenced today to five years behind bars after a jury found her guilty of having sex with five male students, four of whom she had group sex with while being videotaped. Brittni Colleps, 28 (pictured above, center) a former English teacher, was convicted of 16 counts of having improper relationships with students. The jury did not recommend a fine or community supervision. Since the young men were all 18 at the time, she was not charged with statutory rape.

Colleps's mother and husband both testified during the sentencing hearing after she was convicted. Have mercy on her as someone who has done nothing wrong except in that time period," Shirley Bush, Colleps's mother, said in court. "Have mercy on her kids; they don't understand this. She's a generous person. When I went through cancer she was seven months pregnant and she shaved her head. She is a loving daughter, a loving wife, regardless of what happened in this situation."

One student testified during sentencing, telling the judge that he did not want to see Colleps go to jail. "I don't want to see her do jail time, probation is enough for me," said the man. He said he felt responsible for what had happened to Colleps.

Christopher Colleps, Brittni's husband, said that he was working to forgive his wife for what she did. Though the couple had engaged in legal group sex with other adults together, he felt wronged by her actions with her students, he said. "I'm asking you to give her probation. It's not my fault or her children's, and taking her away from us is punishing us," he said. "Brittni saved my life before I met her. I was doing bad things and when I met Brittni she gave me someone to love and care about."

Christopher Colleps said the couple's children had been staying with his sister for the past week. The couple told their children that their mother "did bad things and might need to go away." He said that the couple would work through Colleps' punishment together, whatever it was.

The case against Colleps has been filled with graphic testimony and cellphone video that allegedly showed Colleps having group sex with the four students in her home during April and May of 2011. The fifth student had a sexual encounter with Colleps on a separate occasion. The video was shown to the jury this week.

Prosecutors said the group sex occurred while her children and husband, an Army specialist, were away. During the trial, students from Kennednale High School, where she taught and coached sports, testified about how the relationships began. One of those students said his relationship began with an innocent text message. "Hey… It's Coach Colleps. Do you know what time the baseball game starts?" Soon after that the student said that he and Colleps were exchanging almost 100 texts a day. The prosecutor said that the relationship progressed into explicit text messages and then an agreement to meet for sex.

One of the young men she was accused of sleeping with publicly stated that she didn't commit a crime. "She said that she craved, that I had something that she wanted," said another.

The men were not identified during the trial.

Gross Impositions!

Posted: October 18, 2012 - 1:32 pm EDT - Updated: October 21, 2012 - 4:40 am PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — A Southern California woman charged with killing and dismembering her ex-boyfriend and stashing body parts in residential areas told a police officer the slaying was in revenge for raping her. Carmen Montelongo (pictured left) who also uses the name Montenegro, was arrested last year as she pushed a 30-gallon trash bin containing parts of 63-year-old Samuel Wiggins Jr. down an Ontario street. The man's head and arms were later found in two large flower pots at a relative's home in Bell Gardens. Montelongo has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. During Wednesday's preliminary hearing, Ontario police Officer Donald Mitchell testified that Montelongo told him the body parts in the trash bin belonged to the man who raped her.

After three days of graphic testimony surrounding the slaying and dismemberment of the Diamond Bar man, a judge ruled Thursday, Oct. 18th, that Montelongo will be tried in the case. West Valley Superior Court Judge Stephan Saleson said there was enough evidence to try Montelongo, 45, of Riverside for the killing of her ex-boyfriend, Samuel Wiggins. Montelongo's defense attorney asked the court not to hold Montelongo to answer to a murder charge. The attorney said there was no evidence that Montelongo was the killer or that the murder weapon had been found or connected to her.

Deputy District Attorney Erica Gallegos said there was substantial evidence of motive both before and after the disposal of the body. Gallegos said Montelongo was taking financial advantage of the victim and had access to his house and to a knife missing from his home. "She is covering up the murder that she committed. There is substantial evidence to that," Gallegos said.

Montelongo was arrested May 29, 2011, after allegedly wheeling a trash can with a dismembered human body from a residence on North Holmes Avenue in Ontario. Officials said Montelongo had exhumed the remains of Wiggins from the backyard. Family members said they believe she buried Wiggins' body there a month earlier during what she said was a gardening project. Wiggins' head and arms were found four days later in large flower pots at a home in Bell Gardens rented by Montelongo's cousin.

Lead investigator Al Parra, a detective with the Ontario Police Department, testified Thursday about the body parts that were discovered last year. In June 2011, Parra said he went to the Bell Gardens home and examined the potted plants, which were in five-gallon containers and had young plants and fertilizer in them. "The plants hadn't been in there long," he testified. When he dumped one of the potted plants over, he found two decomposed human arms, Parra said.

Police officers called coroner's officials, who responded and found a decomposed human head inside the second potted plant. After examining the body parts, officials said they also found what they believed to be two legs and an arm that appeared to have been sawed off by a chainsaw. A chest also appeared to have stab wounds, and 20 similar stab wounds were found in the back and several ribs were broken, Parra testified.

Longhorn Steak Knives!

Posted on: 5:11 pm, March 29, 2012 - Updated: 7:11 pm PDT, April 12, 2012

NEWTON, N.C. (WCJB) - A pair of 16-year-old girls accused of killing a cab driver had their first court appearance on Thursday. The local media reported that Emily Katherine Starnes (pictured right) and Consandra Nicole Tyree (pictured left) have been charged with murder and other crimes in a robbery that ended in the death of Hickory cab driver Adam Williams on Aug. 23, 2011. The teenage girls took turns standing before a Superior Court judge in a Newton courtroom as they began a string of court hearings expected to develop into a murder trial. Starnes and Tyree were arrested on March 24. Two young men were also arrested and charged with murder for Williams' slaying along with the girls. A third man is also charged with being an accessory after the fact.

The night of the alleged murder, Williams had been dispatched to a Fuddruckers restaurant parking lot at about 10:30 p.m. The cab driver was attacked and stabbed shortly after he arrived by the accused. He struggled to the door of the Longhorn Steakhouse while bleeding from slashes to his face and throat. Employees called an ambulance, which took Williams to Frye Regional Medical Center. This is where he was pronounced dead.

Starnes said little as Judge Nathaniel Poovey told her she was facing life in prison on her murder charge. The newspaper reports the teen faces an additional 23 years and 10 months in prison if convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Tyree also faces the same charges. Both girls were also charged with obstruction of justice in October after Hickory police decided the teens had been dishonest when questioned about Williams' murder. Tyree nodded and reportedly mumbled answers to the judge's questions about whether she understood the charges against her. When Poovey asked if she wanted a court appointed attorney to represent her on her murder charges she mumbled a nearly inaudible, "I suppose."

Williams' sister, Stephanie Patrick got to the courtroom in time to see Tyree go before the judge. "She didn't look like she cared at all that my niece and nephew are without a father now," she said. "I hope they both get what's coming to them and they never see daylight for the rest of their lives."

Black Dalia!!

Posted: July 17, 2011 - Updated: May 14, 2012 3:22:37 AM PST
"No one is going to be able to point a finger at me."

-- Dalia Dippolito, 28, recorded discussing (with friend Mohamed Shihadeh) the hiring a hitman to kill her husband.

Florida -- Dalia Dippolito, 28, wiped away tears as her friends and family asked the judge for leniency. Her younger sister pleaded to have her "role model" back. Calling her "pure evil," and a "puppet master" who took advantage of a man who loved her, Judge Jeff Colbath sentenced Dalia Dippolito to 20 years in prison for hiring a hitman to kill her husband, Michael Dippolito, just six months after they got married.

Video Sequence 0:01 The jury's verdict 2:45 Bond revoked 6:02 Sentencing hearing: Dalia's sister testifies 10:25 Dalia's brother 13:17 Dalia's mother 22:52 Husband Michael Dippolito testifies 29:38 Dalia is sentenced 46:42 Michael Dippolito reacts to Dalia's sentence It was a twisted South Florida story of greed, money and a murder plot, all caught on tape. Working with police, the friend, Mohamed Shihadeh, set up a meeting for Dippolito with a "hitman" who was actually an undercover Boynton Beach police officer. Their conversation, too, was videotaped. "No one is going to be able to point a finger at me," Dippolito said on the recording. The tape shows the officer, Widy Jean, warning Dippolito that once their meeting ended, she wouldn't have an opportunity to change her mind about having her husband killed. "There's no changing, no, like there's no changing," Dippolito replied. "I'm positive, like 5,000 percent sure." After the sentencing Michael Dippolito said, "I'm just very glad it's over.... I wish we were never here, and as far as the sentencing, I'm five thousand percent happy with it." Post-Conviction Bond (9-13-11)

Boynton Beach, Florida -- Dalia Dippolito, the Florida newlywed convicted of hiring a hitman to kill her husband, has been released from jail on a $500,000 bond. Dippolito, 29, walked out of the Palm Beach County Jail today and went to her mother's Boynton Beach home, where she will be on house arrest pending an appeal of her trial.

Serving post-conviction house arrest while waiting out an appeal to the 20-year sentence, Dalia is now keeping herself busy ... putting together a cookbook of her favorite recipes. Dalia tells media sources, she "poured [her] heart and soul into" the book -- which she describes as "a combination of cooking, health and nutrition, self-help, decorating and humor with a modern twist." Dippolito's attorney does not think his client received a fair trial because a key witness, Dippolito's former lover Mohamed Shihadeh, was allegedly unavailable to testify because he was arrested in Boca Raton for DUI. The appeal, however, won't happen anytime soon, the veteran attorney said.

Casey Anthony
A "Bombshell" Chronology!

March 04, 2013

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Tampa, Fla. -- Casey Anthony is meeting with her creditors at a federal bankruptcy hearing in Tampa, Fla., today, her first public appearance since she was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011. The media reports that Anthony, dressed in black, arrived at the courthouse early this morning with her lawyer and rushed past the cameras and the media: “Anthony’s hair was long and dark and she was wearing sunglasses, black heels and stockings and carrying a black hat.”

Anthony filed for bankruptcy at the end of January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in debts. She owes nearly $500,000 to her former lawyer Jose Baez and $145,660 to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for investigative fees. Court documents say she is unemployed and has not reported any recent income.

Anthony also faces defamation lawsuits that could end up costing her as well. Zenaida Gonzalez says her reputation was damaged when she was interviewed by the police after Anthony claimed a woman named “Zanny the Nanny” was looking after Caylee when the girl disappeared. Roy Krunk, the meter reader who discovered the two-year-old’s remains, is suing Anthony as well for making false statements about his involvement in the case. The suits could be dropped if Anthony proves she is bankrupt.

January 26, 2013 11:25 PM PST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A Florida appellate court has set aside two of the four convictions Casey Anthony received for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Judges on the 5th District Court of Appeals agreed with Anthony's attorneys Friday that two of the charges constituted double jeopardy. "We cannot conclude that the Legislature intended to authorize separate punishment for each false statement made during a single interview," the judges said in their ruling.

The judges, however, ruled that the trial court was correct to allow Anthony's statements to detectives to be used during her murder trial.

Anthony's attorneys had argued that she was in police custody at the time she made the statements in question and hadn't been read her Miranda rights.

In July 2011, Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee. Instead, jurors convicted her of four counts of lying to detectives, and her attorneys appealed those convictions.

January 25, 2013 12:25 PM

TAMPA, Fla. -- Casey Anthony filed for bankruptcy in Florida on Friday, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court records show that Anthony, who was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2011, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in federal court in Tampa. Court papers list Anthony as unemployed. An attorney for Anthony did not immediately respond to messages from media sources.

Her listed debts include $500,000 for attorney fees and costs for her criminal defense lawyer during the trial, Jose Baez; $145,660 for the Orange County Sheriff's office for a judgment covering investigative fees and costs; $68,540 for the Internal Revenue Service for taxes, interest and penalties; and $61,505 for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for court costs.

The filing came on the same day that a Florida appellate court set aside two of the four convictions she faced for lying to detectives during the investigation into her missing daughter.

The filling also states that she is a defendant in several civil suits, including one brought by Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez for defamation in Orange County Circuit Court. Fernandez-Gonzalez claims she was damaged by Anthony telling detectives that a baby sitter by the same name kidnapped Caylee. The detectives were investigating the 2008 disappearance of the girl, who later was found dead. Anthony's attorney said details offered by Anthony did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez and clearly showed Anthony wasn't talking about her.

Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee in 2011. Jurors convicted her of four counts of lying to detectives, and her attorneys appealed those convictions. Anthony was sentenced to time served for the misdemeanors.

She was sentenced to a year of probation after her release from jail for an unrelated case. For her protection, her whereabouts have been kept secret since she was released from state supervision last year.

Posted: 5:42 p.m. EST, November 26, 2012 - Updated: 6:56 a.m. PDT - Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

George Anthony's attorney says his client has been vindicated by recent reporting about computer searches on the family computer.

Attorney Mark Lippman issued this statement Monday afternoon: "Recently a book was written which made libelous statements and raised baseless speculation about who performed computer searches relating to the term 'fool-proof suffocation.' This weekend it was discovered that this particular search term was never brought to the attention of the State Attorney's Office. Further this search was never brought out in the trial and was never discussed or disclosed to the Anthonys. However, while it is clearly more than an oversight, the trial is over and the Anthonys are continuing to move forward with their lives. The only finality that this newest information brings is that once again the evidence clearly vindicates George Anthony from any argument made by any party relating to his involvement with whatever happened to his granddaughter, Caylee Anthony."

The book, of course, is "Presumed Guilty" by Jose Baez, Casey Anthony's former attorney. In his opening statement at her trial, Baez alleged that George Anthony had sexually abused Casey, that Caylee had died of drowning in the family pool and that George disposed of the body.

WKMG-Channel 6 reporter Tony Pipitone started looking into fool-proof suffocation after reading Baez's book. Pipitone's reporting detailed that the Orange County Sheriff's Office hadn't look at all the searches on the Anthony family computer.

Baez is a guest on "Dr. Drew on Call" at 9 p.m. Monday (tonight) on HLN.

Posted on: 5:11 pm, March 29, 2012 - Updated: 7:11 pm PDT, April 12, 2012

(WCJB) Just over one year ago on July 5, 2011, Jose Baez stood beside his client, Casey Anthony, in a Florida courtroom and waited for a jury to announce her fate. The defense's theory of how Caylee died was that the little girl drowned in the family pool on June 16 while both Casey and her father, George Anthony, were at home. If found guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, Anthony could face the death penalty. But she was spared. Just over three years after Caylee had disappeared, her mother was acquitted of murdering her.

Baez recently sat down with media sources to talk about what he calls "bombshell" evidence that was never revealed at trial. He writes about this "bombshell" evidence in his newly released book.

On June 16, 2008, the last day Caylee was seen alive, Baez says someone did a search on the Anthony family computer for "foolproof suffocation" and clicked onto a link for "venturing into the pro-suicide pit." Baez readily admits that it's impossible to put anyone specific at the computer, but, he wonders in the book, could the search have been done by George, who in January 2009 actually did attempt suicide? The search, according to Baez, was done at 1:50 p.m. - that's an hour after Casey left home, according to what George Anthony told police.

March 13, 2012 - Judge Lisa Munyon postpones Casey Anthony's civil trial in the defamation lawsuit filed by Zenaida Gonzales until Jan. 2, 2013.

January 5, 2012 - A Casey Anthony "diary" video surfaces on Youtube. In the video, Anthony talks about her newly acquired personal possessions and how happy she is to finally have things that belong to her. Anthony makes no mention of the murder trial or of Caylee. She says things are "looking up" and she expects to post many more video updates in the future. Her new lawyer, J. Cheney Mason, says the release of the video was "unauthorized" by Anthony and "inappropriate."

October 25, 2011 - A court releases the names of the jurors in Casey Anthony's trial for the first time since they acquitted her of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

October 8, 2011 - Casey Anthony, arriving at an undisclosed location wearing sunglasses and a baseball cap, is deposed for a civil lawsuit that accuses her of ruining the reputation of Zenaida Gonzalez.

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File photo: Former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge William Danser (Rick E. Martin/Bay Area News Group archives)

SARATOGA, CA -- William Richard Danser, a former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge convicted in a ticket-fixing scandal more than a decade ago, has died. He was 62.

Danser died at his home Tuesday, according to a statement issued by Presiding Judge Risë Pichon.

Danser served as a judge for nearly a decade, but he is perhaps best known for his own run-in with the law. In 2004, he was convicted of one felony and eight misdemeanors for providing preferential treatment to friends and some members of the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Earthquakes in his handling of 29 traffic-ticket cases and four DUI cases. Danser was banned for life from serving as a judge and eventually disbarred. But he succeeded in persuading the trial judge to reduce his felony to a misdemeanor in 2006.

Criminal defense attorney Sam J. Polverino recalled Danser as a bold judge who had the courage to follow his convictions even if others disagreed. The two met 35 years ago when Danser was working as a prosecutor and Polverino as a public defender.

"He did not calculate his decisions to try to please everyone," Polverino said. "He had no hidden agendas. To measure him by his flaws is a great disservice. Bill was a devoted father and husband who tried to do what was right. This is all we can ask of anyone as a judge."

Polverino said Danser was in poor health and walking with a cane when he last saw him about a year ago.

Danser is survived by three sons and his wife, Catherine Gallagher, a well-regarded member of the bench who served as presiding judge in 2007 and 2008.

"The court extends its most heartfelt condolences to Judge Gallagher and her family on their loss," said Santa Clara County Superior Court spokesman Joseph D. Macaluso.

Funeral arrangements are pending, according to Pichon.

San Quentin '86ed!

Posted: Wed., August 12, 2015, 9:46 PM ET ~ Updated: Wed., August 12, 2015, 7:29 PM PT

Reseda, CA -- Hugo Pinell was once one of the country's most infamous prisoners. Pinell, 71, a notorious inmate, was part of the deadly San Quentin prison escape attempt in 1971. The convicted rapist was one of the "San Quentin Six." The escape attempt ended the lives of six people. The six included: two corrections officers; three inmates; and George Jackson. Jackson was founder of the Black Guerilla Family prison gang, a corrections spokeswoman said.

Pinell was currently serving his life sentence at New Folsom Prison. The maximum-security facility is also known as the California State Prison, Sacramento. The prison houses 2,300 inmates. New Folsom is separate from the old Folsom Prison. The old Folsom Prison is the state's second-oldest correctional facility behind San Quentin.

Pinell was stabbed to death on Wednesday at New Folsom prison in California. A fellow inmate attacked Pinell on Wednesday in the exercise yard. The stabbing triggered a riot of about 70 inmates, sparking a behind-bars battle. Authorities said the violence broke out around 1 p.m. local time, in a maximum security general population yard of the state prison. Guards were able to contain the melee with pepper spray and warning shots, officials said.

"Inmate-made weapons were used" during the brawl, authorities said. Numerous inmates were wounded. Eleven (11) were treated at an outside hospital for stab wounds. Battalion Chief Antonio Moreno told media sources the El Dorado Hills Fire Department medical team assisted in transporting some of the injured to local hospitals. No staff members were injured.

His prison yard death was a violent end for a brutal criminal. The fearsome inmate was known by the nickname Yogi. Pinell helped cut the throats of San Quentin guards during the 1971 escape attempt. Authorities said he'd already killed another Corrections Officer, R.J. McCarthey. Pinell killed McCarthey less than five months before the failed prison break while locked up in Soledad.

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Bad Shot Cop!

Posted: May 19, 2013, 7:35 AM - Updated: May 19, 2013, 10:21 PM PDT

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MINEOLA, N.Y. Dalton Smith, a wanted man with a criminal history dating nearly 15 years, in what police are describing as a crime of opportunity, entered a front door that had been left open at a New York home near Hofstra University. Andrea Rebello was in the two-story home in Uniondale, N.Y., with her twin sister Jessica, a third woman and a man when Smith, wearing a ski mask, walked into the house through an open front door, Nassau County homicide squad Lt. John Azzata said. The door was left open after someone had moved a car that was blocking a driveway, Azzata said. When Smith entered, he demanded valuables and was told they were upstairs, Azzata said. Smith, apparently unsatisfied with the valuables upstairs, asked if any of the four had a bank account and could withdraw money, Azzata said. The intruder then allowed the unidentified woman to leave and collect money from an ATM, telling her she had only eight minutes to come back with cash before he killed one of her friends, Azzata said. The woman left for the bank and called 911, according to Azzata. Minutes later, two police officers arrived at the home and found Rebello's twin sister Jessica running out of the front door and the male guest hiding behind a couch on the first floor, Azzata said.

One of the officers entered the home and encountered Smith holding onto Rebello in a headlock, coming down the stairs, Azzata said. Smith pulled Rebello closer and started moving backward toward a rear door of the house, pointing the gun at her head before eventually threatening the officer, Azzata said. Smith was still holding Rebello in a headlock and pointing a gun at her head. He allegedly turned his gun at the officer, Azzata said. "He kept saying, 'I'm going to kill her,' and then he pointed the gun at the police officer," Azzata said. The two were killed early Friday when a Nassau County police officer fired eight shots at the masked Smith, hitting him seven times but also accidentally hitting Rebello once in the head, Azzata said Saturday. A short time later, Smith, and the 21-year-old college junior, Andrea Rebello, were both dead. A loaded 9 mm handgun with a serial number scratched off was found at the scene, police said.

The veteran police officer, who was not identified, has about 12 years of experience on the Nassau County police force and previously spent several years as a New York City police officer, Dale said. The officer is currently out on sick leave. He will be the focus of an internal police investigation once the criminal investigation is completed, which is standard police procedure in any officer-involved shooting, the commissioner said.

Earlier Saturday, police announced that Smith, 30, had been wanted on a parole violation related to a first-degree robbery conviction. A warrant was issued for Smith on April 25 for absconding from parole, police said. Smith had what police described as "an extensive criminal history," which included arrests for robbery in the first degree in 1999, promoting prison contraband in the second degree in 2000, robbery in the first degree in 2003, assault in the second degree in 2003 and robbery in the second degree in 2003.

The shooting came just days before the school's commencement ceremonies, which are scheduled for Sunday. A university spokeswoman said students will be handed white ribbons to wear in memory of Rebello. The shooting, which took place just steps from campus, has cast a pall over the university community as it geared up for commencement.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale said he had traveled to Rebello's Tarrytown, N.Y., home to explain to Rebello's parents what happened. "I felt obligated as a police commissioner and as a parent to inform them as soon as all the forensic results were completed," Dale said.

Incident Commander!

Posted: May 10, 2013 - Updated: May 11, 2013 10:34 am PDT

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Texas -- A first responder who helped treat victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, last month was arrested and charged today with possessing an explosive device. Paramedic Bryce Reed (pictured above, center) who works with the West, Texas, EMS and served as incident commander during the response to the explosion, appeared in federal court in Waco, Texas, this morning for alleged possession of a destructive device. According to the charges filed against Reed, the McLennan County Sheriff's Office was called to a residence in Abbot, Texas, on Tuesday because of a possible destructive device, and arrived to find powders, metals and canisters filled with bomb-making materials.

An official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said in an affidavit that officials found a metal pipe, canisters of fuses, a lighter, a digital scale, a plastic spoon, coils of metal and several pounds of chemicals at the residence and determined that they belonged to Reed. The resident of the home said that he had unknowingly accepted the materials from Reed on April 26. Reed later admitted to possessing the materials, the court documents said.

Reed was arrested Thursday and charged today with one count of possessing a destructive device. He had his initial appearance in court this morning. The attorney appointed to defend Reed did not immediately respond to a request for comment. His next court appearance will be on Wednesday. Reed faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

The arrest came on the same day that Texas authorities opened a criminal investigation into the April 17 explosion. The charges against Reed came shortly ahead of an announcement from the Texas Department of Public Safety, which said this morning that it would use a criminal investigation to ensure that the explosion had been "looked at from every angle," according to a statement from TDP director Steven McCraw. Reed was not charged for any crime connected to the plant explosion, which killed 15 individuals and burned much of the property in West, and authorities would not say whether they believed there was any connection between Reed's arrest and the explosion. McCraw said that the department would not answer any questions or provide any other details about the investigation at this time.

"This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered," McCraw said, according to media sources. Officials in Texas originally said that the investigation into the explosion would be finished by May 10, according to the same source. The State Fire Marshal department said that investigators have interviewed "almost 300 people," and followed 160 leads in their initial investigation, according to the report.

The fire marshal has not yet released a cause for the explosion.

Blue fire, ...!

Posted: March 1, 2013

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Posted: 03/01/2013 6:29 pm EST - Updated: 03/02/2013 12:43 am PST

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"This is not a social-media contest; this is not a trial by video.

-- Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan explaining his ruling, which refused admission into evidence, the video depicting Jonathan Josey, a former Philadelphia police lieutenant, striking parader Aida Guzman.
Philadelphia, PA -- Municipal Judge Patrick Dugan (pictured above, center) has rendered a controversial acquittal in the assault trial of Jonathan Josey, a former Philadelphia police lieutenant. Josey was filmed hitting a woman, Aida Guzman in the face at the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade last year. Judge Dugan caused an uproar in the Puerto Rican community with his decision to acquit Josey of simple assault charges Tuesday. The verdict, which has been lauded by police, was reached after a two-week deliberation in a trial without a jury, according to a Philadelphia media source.

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According to one source, Dugan had refused to admit as evidence the video in which Josey can be seen striking Guzman (pictured above, center). Dugan claimed the clip was not an accurate portrayal of the situation. "This is not a social-media contest; this is not a trial by video," Dugan said in court. According to another Philadelphia media source, Josey testified that he'd lunged for Guzman when she refused to drop a bottle of beer. He claimed that he'd accidentally struck the woman in an attempt to knock the bottle from her hand.

Judge Dugan now faces criticism because of his reported ties to police. On Thursday the Philadelphia media sources, citing city payroll records, reported that Dugan is married to a Philadelphia police officer, and that his wife reportedly attended Josey's bench trial on Feb. 12. A professor of law emeritus at Temple University Beasley School of Law, who specializes in legal ethics and malpractice, told media sources that it "would have been appropriate, even if not required" for Dugan to recuse himself in the Josey case. The professor said a recusal was appropriate/required in order to assure the public that a fair and impartial decision would be made. Dugan would not comment on the potential conflict of interest, saying the Code of Judicial Conduct prevented him from doing so. However, critics of his decision in the case have been vocal about the development, which appears to have come to light only after he announced his ruling.

A lawyer for Aida Guzman, the woman whom Josey hit in the controversial footage, said he only learned Tuesday that Dugan is married to a police officer. The attorney, on Tuesday said he would ask the Department of Justice to conduct an independent investigation of the case, and that he planned to file a civil suit against Josey, according to the another media source.

District Attorney Seth Williams released a statement following the decision. "While I believe Jonathan Josey was guilty of simple assault this is not the time to dwell on that and I hope as a community we can move past this," Williams wrote, according to various media outlets.

However, one commenter on a Internet forum devoted to incidents of alleged police brutality criticized Williams for not fighting for a trial by jury.

"[Williams] could have opposed the bench trial and opted for a jury trial -- to my knowledge he didn't. I think in a case like this, where the public is keenly aware of the facts, a jury trial would have been the most prudent course of action for all involved. It would have minimized a possibly corrupt judge/DA/defense attorney combo's ability to manipulate the trial," the commenter wrote.

Under Rule 23(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, "a defendant may obtain a bench trial if (1) defendant executes a written waiver of his right to a jury, (2) the government consents, and (3) the court approves the request."

Posted: October 4, 2012 - Updated: 06:52 PM PDT, Sat. October 27, 2012
"In looking at the video and looking at the charges, clearly there was some discrepancies there. So, I'm not at all surprised in the ... I'm rather pleased that they did decide to drop the charges. I think it's appropriate in this manner."

-- Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey on the prosecutor's decision to dismiss criminal charges against 39-year-old Aida Guzman.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (WCJB) - The Philadelphia police officer who was caught on video hitting a woman in the face during the city's Puerto Rican Day festivities lost his job and could face criminal charges, according to media reports. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey previously said that Lt. Jonathan Josey would be suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss for hitting 39-year-old Aida Guzman and knocking her to the ground on Sunday. He also indicated that Josey, a veteran of the Highway Patrol division, could be charged for the incident. "Obviously, he could be criminally charged. The DA would have to make that decision."

The video, which was posted on YouTube and has now been viewed more than 1.3 million times, was brought the department's attention a day after it was posted. On it, Josey is seen handcuffing Guzman after hitting her. She is then led away, her face bleeding, by two other officers. Guzman was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly throwing a beer bottle, but media sources reports that the District Attorney decided to drop those charges.

Media reports indicate that Ramsey said he agreed with the DA's decision to drop the charges. "I am an older woman. I am 39-years-old. I don't have time to be playing around or throwing water to be disrespecting another person," Guzman told the station through her daughter, who translated.

"In looking at the video and looking at the charges, clearly there was some discrepancies there. So, I'm not at all surprised in the ... I'm rather pleased that they did decide to drop the charges. I think it's appropriate in this manner," said Ramsey.

Killer Blue Sex!

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 12:19 AM - Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013, 05:27 AM PST

115th Precinct of New York Police Department in Queens, NY. A lawsuit was filed by Gina Schindley, Jan. 31, 2013, claiming that her husband, officer Matthew Schindler, was facing pressure to have sex with his female boss at the Queens precinct.

New York -- Christine Hirtzel, the NYPD sergeant accused of driving a cop to suicide with her demands for sex, claimed the affair was consensual — and her lover killed himself because she wanted to end the relationship, a police source said Thursday. That account of the death of Officer Matthew Schindler, 39, who killed himself in his car on Long Island on Feb. 13, directly contrasts the depiction of Schindler’s widow, who claims in a lawsuit that her husband was driven to suicide after the sex-crazed sergeant, Hirtzel, threatened to hurt his career if he didn’t sleep with her.

According to the suit, Officer Matthew Schindler, 39 (pictured right) last year told his superior officer Sgt. Christine Hirtzel that "her sexual demands" and her threats to ruin his career had "caused him to contemplate suicide." Later that day, Feb. 13, 2012, Schindler, a 14-year veteran of the force, parked his car on the side of the Long Island Expressway and shot himself in the head with his own sidearm. Prior to killing himself on the night before Valentine's Day, Schindler warned his boss that he was thinking about killing himself, but she let him leave the stationhouse on his own and with his pistol anyway.

Worried that Schindler might hurt himself, Hirtzel came clean to a superior, confessing to the affair and warning that the cop was suicidal, according to the suit. "The precinct captain attempted to communicate by phone with [Schindler]… and persuade him against suicide," according to the suit. But, soon after, Schindler shot himself. Shortly after Schindler shot himself, Hirtzel, 41, told Internal Affairs investigators that their relationship was consensual but that she had decided to break up with him, the source said. "She described him as being very distraught that she wanted to break up,” the source said. On the day of his suicide, Schindler left the 115th Precinct stationhouse, where he worked with Hirtzel, and told the sergeant that she wouldn’t be seeing him again.

Gina Schindler the widow of the cop, was left to care for five young children. She alleges in the lawsuit the affair was causing her husband “psychic injury and suffering.” Schindler, a beat cop in Queens, N.Y., was having an affair Hirtzel (pictured left) but he "was made to understand that he would suffer tangible detriment in his job, job assignments, work conditions and future prospects if he did not submit to [her] sexual advances and demands," according to the suit. The lawsuit does not specify how much she is pursuing in damages.

Neither Hirtzel nor Schindler have commented since the bombshell suit was filed last week. A man who picked up the phone Hirtzel's home said "no comment" and said she was not available.

A spokeswoman from the New York City law department said they were reviewing the lawsuit, "We are reviewing the claims. I cannot comment further since the matter is pending," the spokeswoman said.

Blue Foot Bridge!

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 12:19 AM - Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013, 04:51 AM PST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The police chief in Connecticut's largest city has pulled three officers off the streets after a video was posted online showing them kicking and stomping on a man they had already subdued with a stun gun.

In the video, a stun gun is heard being fired and a man falls to the ground at a park. Two officers stand over the motionless man and begin kicking him. A third officer drives up and attacks him. No complaint was filed.

Bridgeport city spokeswoman Elaine Ficarra said Saturday that all three officers are on desk duty while authorities investigate the May 2011 encounter.

Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. learned about the video last week and ordered an internal affairs investigation.

“I’m concerned by what I saw and ordered the Office of Internal Affairs to conduct an immediate, thorough and timely investigation. If violations are found, we will take action,” said Gaudett.

Elson Morales, Joseph Lawlor and Clive Higgins are 10-year veterans of the police force. They couldn't be reached for comment.

The video was posted on YouTube this month. It’s not clear who’s filming or who posted the video.

The Blue Castle King!

Posted: January 22, 2013 - Updated: January 26, 2013 9:30 PM PST

Lt. Hans Pieter Walters, left, and his wife, former Metro officer Kathryn Michelle Walters, both died in a double-homicide/suicide Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Boulder City.

Boulder City, Nev. -- Las Vegas police were searching for answers Tuesday after one of their own killed his wife and son, called 911 to confess, then set his house on fire and committed suicide as rifle-toting cops moved in.

"I can't think of a reason for this, where something can get so bad that you'd do this," one veteran supervisor told media sources after the Monday murder-suicide.

Authorities identified the shooter as Hans Walters, 52, a lieutenant with more than 20 years on the force. His wife, Kathryn, 46, was a retired officer. Their son, Maximilian, was 5 years old. All were shot in the head.

Hans was a 20-plus-year veteran with Metro Police and was a lieutenant at the time of his death. He had been with Metro since September 1991. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January 1998 and to the lieutenant in January 2010. He was assigned to the Patrol Division, Enterprise Area Command. Kathryn Michelle Walters was employed by Metro from January 1991 until August 2004. She was assigned to the Patrol Division before voluntarily leaving the agency. The family lived in Boulder City, a small community 20 miles from Sin City that boasts a low crime rate.

The tragedy occurred Monday morning at the Walters’ Boulder City home when a man – thought to have been Hans Walters – called 911, At 8:20 a.m. Monday, confessed that he had shot his wife and child and said he planned to shoot himself, too. The caller also warned the emergency dispatchers he would shoot any police officer sent to try to stop him.

Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul said Boulder City Police officers arrived within moments of the 911 call to a burning house in the 1300 block of Esther Drive. There, a man armed with a handgun stepped outside the front door of the house. He ignored officers' commands to put down the gun and re-entered the burning home. Shortly afterwards, Paul said, police believe he shot himself.

The responding officers never fired a shot but circled the house with guns drawn while firefighters put out the flames that engulfed the roof.

Neighbors said the family kept to themselves. There were no details on the lieutenant's work record. "Put your gun down!" an officer shouted, according to a neighbor.

A colleague told media sources he had seen him Saturday night and he seemed "totally fine."

"You just wonder how and why this could happen," the officer said.

Black Lead - Blue Body!

Posted: 01/25/2013 06:19:40 PM PST - Updated: 01/26/2013 12:04:47 PM PST

OAKLAND, CA -- A police officer was shot in the leg while chasing a suspect in the Fruitvale district on Friday -- the second time this week an officer was shot in the line of duty in Oakland. "You cannot shoot at police officers when they are out there in the line of duty trying to protect the community," a visibly angry police Chief Howard Jordan said at the scene of Friday's shooting. Both officers are expected to fully recover, and Jordan said it was very fortunate their injuries weren't more severe.

On Monday night, an undercover detective was treated and released from a hospital after being shot in the arm while investigating a homicide in East Oakland, police said. Police later arrested two suspected gang members on parole and detained three other people in connection with the shooting. The detective was sitting in a car in the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue when he was shot about 6:22 p.m. He was in the neighborhood investigating a shooting that happened on Sunday, officials said.

In Friday's incident, the injured officer was able to chase the man who shot him for two blocks before the man dropped his weapon and surrendered. The officer, a 13-year veteran of the department, fired on the suspect during the pursuit, but did not hit him, Jordan said.

The incident began about 5:30 p.m., when officers were responding to a non-injury hit-and-run collision at E. 12 Street and 47th Avenue. During their investigation, officers heard gunshots a few blocks away, and left the accident to check out the shots. They encountered a man at E. 12 Street and 49th Avenue who fired on officers, striking one in the leg. Despite his injury, the officer continued to chase the man before he surrendered and was arrested, Jordan said. A second officer who responded was not injured.

The officer was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. "We're fortunate he did not suffer any life-threatening injury." Jordan would not say if the suspect was believed to be connected to the hit-and-run accident. Jordan said. The officer's name and the name of the suspect were not released.

Posted: 01/22/2013 07:44:00 AM PST - Updated: 01/23/2013 12:51:22 AM PST

OAKLAND, CA -- Police have arrested two suspected gang members on parole and detained three other people in connection with the shooting of a police officer Monday night. The officer was treated and released from a hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the arm, police said. Police did not identify either the suspects in custody or those who had been detained during their search.

Police Chief Howard Jordan said the officer -- an undercover detective -- was sitting in a car in the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue when he was shot about 6:22 p.m.

The officer was in the neighborhood investigating a shooting in the 5900 block of Foothill Boulevard on Sunday that left a 19-year-old Oakland man with life-threatening injuries, police said. The officer's deployment was part of a 60-day action plan implemented by city and police leaders to stem a recent surge in violence, Jordan said.

Investigators are still trying to determine which suspect fired at the officer and how many shots were fired. Police still do not know if the shooter or shooters were aware the man was an undercover officer when they shot at him, Jordan said.

Regardless, "they intended to assault and injure him," Jordan said. "These are very dangerous people who will shoot at other people for no reason."

The undercover officer told investigators that he was not able to return fire, Jordan said.

Jordan described the wounded officer as "one of our best ... who has the experience and the willingness to survive."

Oakland Police Department and the Oakland Housing Authority officers who were in the area responded to the shooting immediately, Jordan said.

The shooting sparked a massive overnight manhunt in the East Oakland neighborhood. Officers from the Alameda County's Sheriff's Department, BART police, state parole agents, and the California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted with the search.

The Alameda County Sheriff's SWAT team was brought in to relieve Oakland police SWAT officers just after noon Tuesday and concluded their search in the Seminary Avenue area just after 3 p.m., police said. The OPD team had been searching for the suspects since about 10 p.m. Monday night and will continue looking for any other persons who may have been involved in the shooting.

Jordan would not say whether the suspects were in a car or on foot at the time of the shooting but police earlier said that one suspect was seen holding a gun as he ran from the scene.

Police said Tuesday morning they had also recovered other guns but would not say where they were found. It wasn't immediately known which weapon was used to shoot the officer.

"It takes a total community effort to address a situation like this," Deputy Mayor Sandre Swanson said. "It's very serious when an officer gets shot." Swanson added that leaders have every confidence that the city and the police department will bring every resource needed "to make people feel safe."

Posted: 01/21/2013 07:03:47 PM PST - Updated: 01/21/2013 08:59:17 PM PST

OAKLAND, CA -- A police officer was shot in the arm during a confrontation in East Oakland on Monday evening, and three suspects are being sought in connection with the incident. Few details were immediately available about the shooting, reported about 6:22 p.m. in the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue. The officer is being treated at a hospital and is expected to survive.

Police have several blocks cordoned off near the shooting scene and a SWAT team and a California Highway Patrol helicopter are helping search for the suspects. At least two of the suspects were believed to be armed at the time of the confrontation. Officers later found one weapon at the scene, and one suspect was seen holding a gun as he ran away. Officers don't know which weapon was used to shoot the officer.

It was not immediately known what sparked the confrontation, and it was not clear if officers fired any shots.

Check back for updates.

Dismissed Arnold!

Posted: January 4, 2013 - Updated: January 5, 2013 8:30 PM PST

HURST, Texas - Disraeli Arnold (pictured left) a Hurst police officer, has been suspended indefinitely - the equivalent of being fired - after an investigation determined that the officer violated department rules in an outburst caught on tape, media sources reported. The internal affairs investigation concluded that Arnold "was disrespectful to a citizen, used indecent, profane, and harsh language in the performance of his official duties, and conducted himself in a manner which brought discredit to himself and the Hurst Police Department," according to a release by the City of Hurst obtained by the same sources. It did, however, state that the amount of force used by Arnold "was reasonable based upon his perception when he arrived to assist Officer Jimenez."

The suspension Arnold has received is the equivalent to a termination from the police department, according to Assistant Police Chief Steve Niekamp.

On Nov. 20, 2012, Officer Arnold came to the aid of a fellow officer who was struggling with 17-year-old Andrew Rodriguez. The teenage suspect was told he was going to jail for an outstanding warrant, when he began to call his mother.

According to Police Chief Steve Moore, Rodriguez started to walk away and ignore Officer Miguel Jimenez, who called for backup for a suspect resisting arrest.

The cell phone video, taken by 17-year-old Jordan Rojas, appears to show the late-arriving Officer Arnold tackling the teenager, who was already on the ground. The tape also shows Arnold repeatedly cursing at Rodriguez, and asking him at least three times if he wanted to die.

According to Kelly Pope, Rodriguez's mother, the outstanding warrant was from a ticket her son had received four years ago for trespassing on school property after hours, media sources reported.

Prior to the incident, Arnold had received mostly positive reviews for his work for the department and was referred to by superiors as a "team player" interested in being promoted to supervisor, the station says.

Lead Blue New Year!

Published: Thurs. January 3, 2013, 7:07 PM - Updated: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 6:23 AM PST

New York -- Three NYPD cops were shot in separate incidents an hour apart in the Bronx and Brooklyn Thursday night — one that left a gunman dead on a subway platform and an innocent straphanger wounded. The three cops, all expected to make a full recovery, were the first officers shot in the new year, wounded three days after the NYPD closed a bloody 2012 in which a dozen cops were shot. “As both these incidents illustrate, the historic crime reductions that New Yorkers enjoy come at a price,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters after the bloodshed. Repeating his call for greater gun control, Bloomberg added. “But we owe it to the "good guys" to do whatever we can to protect them.”

Police Officers Juan Pichardo (Left) Michael Levay (Center) and Lukasz Kozicki (Right) were all injured by gunfire on the same night.

“Tonight, separated by a single hour, three of New York’s "Finest" were injured by a gun in two different boroughs,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg added.

The back-to-back shootings, 25 miles apart, erupted after two men tried to hold up Officer Juan Pichardo’s family-owned car dealership in the Bronxdale section of the Bronx at 6:32 p.m., police said. The suspects, with two accomplices waiting in a getaway car outside, told the off-duty cop at the auto dealership that they were interested in buying a red Nissan Altima — but then one of them pulled a .380-caliber handgun and ordered everyone on the floor, sources said

The two toughs, part of a crew being sought for other robberies in the area, began ransacking the office before Pichardo stood up and grabbed the gunman, police said. During the struggle, the gunman squeezed off one shot, which tore through Pichardo’s right thigh, cops said. “I heard two men arguing, angry at each other. Then I heard a gunshot,” said Alicia Edwards, 18, who lives behind the car dealership. “Then the shouting stopped.”

The bleeding cop — a nine-year veteran assigned to the 41st Precinct in Hunts Point — managed to help a co-worker hold down the gunman and take the pistol from his hand, Kelly said. The three other suspects fled in a white Impala with Oregon plates, but were soon apprehended. Charges against them were pending early Friday. “He was trying to sell a car, and he was stuck up,” said one of Pichardo’s employees, who gave his name only as Brian. “He’s a great boss, great person. He didn't deserve this.” The wounded cop, a married father of three young children, was taken to Jacobi Medical Center. He was expected to survive. Kelly and Bloomberg visited the hospital, where a swarm of cops had gathered. Exactly an hour after Pichardo’s moment of bravery, the officers at the hospital got wind of a second shooting — this time two cops were wounded and a gunman dead on a Brooklyn subway platform.

The two plainclothes cops, both of Transit District 34, were patrolling a Manhattan-bound N train when they spotted a man walking between cars, Kelly said. As the train approached the Fort Hamilton Parkway station at 62nd St. in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, the man sat down toward the front of the third car, Kelly said. As the train came to a stop, the two cops — Officers Michael Levay and Lukasz Kozicki — asked the man for identification, Kelly said.

“The male stood up as if to comply with the officers, and appeared to reach for his wallet,” Kelly said. But the suspect pulled out a 9-mm. Taurus handgun — which was equiped with a laser aiming device — from his waistband and started squeezing off shots, Kelly said. Three straphangers were in the car when the gunfire erupted near the door.

Kozicki, 32, a five-year vet, was hit in each of his upper thighs and once to the groin. One bullet hit Levay, 27, in the back of his bullet-resistant vest. But the cop returned fire and killed the gunman at the scene. A stray bullet grazed one straphanger — identified by sources as Emmanuel Ramos — in the leg.

Anne Gabriele was in the next car when the shots rang out, and she saw people spill into her car to avoid the flying bullets. “People were running into the car and I didn’t know if the gunman was running with them, so I laid flat under the bench,” Gabriele said. “All we heard was gunshots and everyone started running,” said another witness, who did not give his name. The two cops and Ramos were all taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition.

About 40 straphangers on the train were later escorted to the 72nd Precinct stationhouse, where they were questioned by police and released a couple of hours later. Kelly said the gunman, who was not identified, had five prior arrests in the city that include a collar for assault with a knife. He also had other arrests out of state.

Police Murder Man!

Posted: December 11, 2012 1:18 a.m. - Updated: January 13, 2013 10:55 PM PST

Manteca, CA -- The Manteca Police officer involved shooting death of Ernesto Duenez, Jr., 35, on June 8, 2011 has been declared as being “legally justified” by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. The formal online press release was the result of a joint investigation that centered on witness statements, forensics, evidence collected at the shooting scene in the 200 block of Flores Avenue, and a dashboard video recording from Patrolman John Moody’s (pictured below-center) patrol unit. The investigation was jointly conducted by the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Investigation Unit, the Manteca Police Department and the California Department of Justice.

The Duenez family has consistently argued and demonstrated at city hall against the police and the city that their brother, son, and father had been murdered by the officer. They contended that he didn’t have a weapon when he was shot by the officer in early June and that his foot had been entangled in the passenger’s seat belt.

The Critical Incident Protocol of the shooting confrontation between Moody (pictured above-center) and Duenez partially based its conclusion on a series of 52 frames recorded by the Coban-Topcam audio/video dash camera system from the officer’s patrol car that used forensic video analysis to reportedly identify a knife in the suspect’s hand. The video has been released for public viewing.

The video is recorded and plays back at a rate of 30 images per second. As a result, a new image is produced every 33 milliseconds. The times of the photographs are within the limitations of the image refresh rate of 33 milliseconds in accuracy. Each of the officer’s 14 shots fired in still video frames were enhanced and included in the analysis taken from the 214 images logged from the patrol car at the crime scene. An additional 37 case photographs were taken at the scene and one photo of a “Fred Carter” knife.

Graphic Video: Police shoot man on video killing him. Police claim man was armed with a knife. You be the judge! Watch for yourself.

The video was analyzed by Grant Fredericks of the Forensic Video Solutions, Inc. Fredericks is the digital video advisor to the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its in-car video project and for its Digital Interview Room Standards project, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The narrative in the report included more than four dozen photographs taken from the video that began recording at 6:42.20 p.m. as the small pickup truck with Duenez (pictured left) in the rear jump seat rounded the corner of the 1100 block of East North Street and onto the 200 block of Flores Avenue. From that first time stamp on the photos until the officer reacted to the alleged life and death threat he had perceived and resorted to deadly force as Duenez exited the vehicle, 32 seconds had elapsed.

In a summary of the investigation, officers of the Manteca Police Department had been looking for Ernest Manuel Duenez as a parolee at large as a primary suspect in an earlier domestic disturbance that afternoon. Duenez was reportedly known to have been hiding in the back jump seat of a blue extended cab pickup truck and possibly armed with a throwing knife.

The truck had previously been associated with the Flores Avenue address where his wife lived. With that information Moody positioned his patrol car north of that location waiting for Duenez to arrive. The report states that it was about 6:45 p.m. when Moody saw the pickup pull up and park on the lawn near the north wall of that residence.

The officer reportedly pulled his marked patrol car into the curb behind the pickup truck that had pulled onto the lawn of the residence and turned on his emergency lights.

The video shows movement in the vehicle as the front passenger door of the pickup opens up and the officer yells, “Hands up.” Duenez then rises up to the open passenger door as Moody yells out again, “Hands up Ernie.” As Duenez is seen moving toward the open passenger door, Officer Moody once again yells, “Don’t you move.” Continuing to move his position toward the pickup, the officer shouts a fourth time, “Ernie, don’t you move or I’ll shoot you.”

The video shows that Moody is off screen, but his shadow can be seen on the tailgate of the truck less than 10 feet in front of his police car and he has his gun drawn. As Duenez continues to move out of the passenger door of the pickup, Moody is coming around the front of his patrol unit in camera view while attempting to holster his weapon.

Moody yells once again, “Hands up.” Duenez is seen getting his torso out of the pickup as the officer again reaches for his weapon. At that point a knife can be seen in the suspect’s right hand and Officer Moody shouts, “Now.”

The police video shows Duenez has braced his right hand on the cab of the pickup and his left hand on the window frame of the opened passenger door. A knife is clearly visible in his right hand. A knife sheath is also visible on the man’s waist.

At 6:42.51 seconds the officer commands, “Drop the knife now.”

Duenez then jumps toward the ground and turns his body into the pickup, reaching forward and downward with his left hand as Moody fires the first shot within less than a second. The officer fires the remainder of his shots within 4.2 seconds.

Emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene in less than seven minutes of the last shot, the report indicated.

It is the opinion of the video analyst that Duenez had a knife in his right hand as he got out of the pickup. He said that shot number three was fired and it appeared to hit Duenez as the knife fell toward the back of the pickup. It was noted that a knife was later found at the rear of the pickup bed and it was consistent with the knife observed in the video footage. The knife was determined in lab tests to contain Duenez’s DNA on its surface. A crack pipe was taken from the man’s right front pocket and a knife sheath from his belt, the report indicated.

Duenez had an extensive criminal history, according to the district attorney’s report. From 1996 to 2009 that included nine felonies, and 48 months in prison between 1997 and 2001. In 2004 he was sentenced to an additional four-year prison term.

Moody reportedly told investigators that he had started his shift at 11:30 a.m. In briefing he was made aware that Duenez was a parolee at large and should be considered armed and dangerous. He noted that various attempts were made throughout the day to locate Duenez without success. Earlier in the day, police dispatchers had informed their officers on the street of a call at 6:05 a.m. in the 400 block of Ribier Court where Duenez had been suspected of taking a sword and sticking it into a screen at a residence. It was reported and further dispatched to patrol units that a man involved in a disturbance at that address was carrying a knife and was known to carry a gun.

At 5:18 p.m. a citizen reported a domestic disturbance near the intersection of Pillsbury Road and Woodward Avenue. A second reporting party called police and reported that a man involved in the disturbance had a knife and was also known to carry a hand gun. It was noted that no police report was generated by the call as the parties were gone upon arrival of officers.

Moody said he was made aware of Duenez being involved in the domestic dispute on Pillsbury Road and that the suspect was armed with a knife, last seen lying down in the back jump seat of a light blue pickup truck. That is when the officer drove to the area of the Flores Street residence and waited for Duenez to appear.

The report noted that the officer recalled in his training that a suspect with a knife could run 21 feet in three seconds and fatally wound an officer. Moody said he was well within 21 feet of Duenez when the suspect jumped out of the truck that was less than 10 feet ahead of his police cruiser.

It Comes Home!

Posted: December 17, 2012 - Updated: December 18, 2012 04:55 AM PST

TOPEKA, Kan. -- The man who opened fire on the officers Sunday night was David Edward Tiscareno, 22, of Topeka, said Kyle Smith, deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He had a history of theft and weapons convictions prior to gunning down two police officers investigating possible drug activity in a Kansas grocery parking lot, and was later killed after an armed standoff, authorities said Monday. Online court records show Tiscareno was charged in September 2008 with one count of theft of less than $1,000. He pleaded no contest in April 2009 and was sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation. His probation was revoked in January 2010. In March 2011, he was charged with criminal use of weapons and was sentenced that September to 12 months of unsupervised probation, also after pleading no contest. A notation in court records available online said, "This defendant should be advised against carrying a firearm." Court records also show that in February 2011, Tiscareno was evicted from an east Topeka apartment for failing to pay the rent and that a local hospital sued him for failing to pay almost $9,100 in bills.

Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones said Tiscareno was seated behind the driver's seat of a car stopped in the parking lot of a Topeka grocery store when police ordered the occupants to get out. After shooting two of the three responding officers, Tiscareno got back into the car and drove from the scene. The third officer returned fire, Jones said. Gogian, 50, and Atherly, 29, were shot in the head, according to authorities. Jones said he wasn't sure whether there was a drug deal or drug use going on in the store parking lot; the person who called authorities reported drug activity.

Based on a tip, law enforcement officers found Tiscareno holed up early Monday at a house about a mile away. When negotiations broke down, Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents fired tear gas inside. Tiscareno then emerged from the home with a gun and officers opened fire, according to the Shawnee County sheriff's office, which is leading the investigation.

Investigators believe Tiscareno fired a single shot outside the home before authorities returned fire. Tiscareno was declared dead at a hospital.

Police Chief Ronald Miller said the 280 officers on his Topeka force are "numb." The shootings in the Kansas capital followed last week's massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. Closer to Topeka, earlier this month, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, then drove to the team's practice site and committed suicide.

Posted: December 17, 2012 - Updated: December 18, 2012 04:22 AM PST

Topeka, Kansas (WCJB) -- Two Kansas police officers responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle were fatally shot in the head outside a grocery store Sunday night. A third officer who fired back at the shooter was not injured, said Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller. Police identified the shooter as David Edward Tiscareno, 22. He managed to escape. "The community will help us give this guy up," Miller said, adding that 75 state and local law enforcement officials were working on the case. Police did not release additional information about what led to the shooter opening fire, or why the vehicle was considered suspicious.

One of the slain policemen is Cpl. David Gogian, 50, who had been with the department for eight years. The other is Officer Jeff Atherly, 29. He had worked at the department for a year and a half.

The Sunday night shooting brings the number of police officer

Death in Tulsa!

s killed in the line of duty this year to 120, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The last line-of-duty death for the Topeka police force was in 2000.

Sweetwater Highway!

Posted: 10:17 PM EST, Mon December 10, 2012 - Updated: 02:05 AM PST, Tues. December 11, 2012

Florida (WCJB) -- A former Florida police officer convicted of multiple murders in the 1980s is scheduled to be executed Tuesday, and his attorneys are still working to save his life. Manuel Pardo, 56 (pictured left) was convicted of nine counts of first-degree murder in 1988 and was sentenced to death.

Pardo's attorneys argued in federal court Monday that Florida's recent change in the drug combination it uses for lethal injections would violate their client's civil rights. Attorney William McKinley Hennis III told U.S. Judge Timothy Corrigan that if the drugs were to be improperly mixed, the anesthetic effects would be compromised. "Manny Pardo would be the first inmate to be executed using that new lethal injection protocol," Hennis said. Corrigan denied the complaint, and Hennis said he would appeal the ruling.

In another legal filing, the Supreme Court of Florida denied Pardo's argument that he should have never been tried in 1988 because he was incompetent to stand trial. David Waksman, who prosecuted the case, dismissed the claim, saying, "He was just a cold-blooded killer who used to be a cop."

Pardo's life started on the other side of the law, according to court documents filed by his attorneys. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy and served honorably served from 1974 to 1978. In 1981, Pardo re-enlisted in the Marines and remained a reservist while he worked for the Florida Highway Patrol and the Sweetwater, Florida, Police Department. In 1985 Pardo was fired from the police department and left the reserves when, according to court documents, "he falsely testified in court about police corruption in the Bahamas." Hennis said the stress of losing his job, compounded with a serious undiagnosed disease, turned him into "someone he was not," a killer.

During his trial, Pardo took the stand and admitted to the murders. "He came up with this vigilante story," recalls Waksman. "He said, 'I'm ridding the community of this vermin and technically it is not murder because they're not human beings.'"

The only chance Pardo has to win on the competency issue is if the United States Supreme Court decides to hear his appeal.

The execution is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Florida State Prison in Starke, Florida.

Chase Killer, 137 Bullets!

Posted: Dec. 3, 2012 - Updated January 12, 2013 at 08:23 PM PST

CLEVELAND, OH — Cleveland police have released the names of the 13 officers involved in the deadly police chase and shooting. "This incident included a lengthy police chase through many communities. We urge anyone who saw anything that might assist in this investigation to call BCI at 855-BCI-OHIO."

Patrol Officer Wilfredo Diaz #350 Appointment Date: 11-03-08
Patrol Officer Michael Brelo #416 Appointment Date: 10-15-07
Patrol Officer Cynthia Moore #1277 Appointment Date: 10-15-07
Patrol Officer Michael Farley #409 Appointment Date: 04-08-96
Patrol Officer Brian Sabolik #1021 Appointment Date: 01-10-11
Patrol Officer Paul Box #2526 Appointment Date: 08-19-96
Patrol Officer Randy Patrick #1580 Appointment Date: 08-04-97
Patrol Officer Scott Sistek #1395 Appointment Date: 02-25-08
Detective Michael Demchak #1621 Appointment Date: 10-23-82
Detective Erin O'Donnell #1027 Appointment Date: 09-28-98
Detective Christopher Ereg #767 Appointment Date: 08-30-99
Detective Michael Rinkus #2182 Appointment Date: 01-06-92
Detective William Salupo #1969 Appointment Date: 02-17-98

The incident has sparked a heated debate on whether the 13 officers were justified in firing 137 rounds into a car carrying 30-year-old Malissa Williams and 43-year-old Timothy Russell, who died as a result.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2012 - Updated January 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM PST

CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association President slammed Cleveland's Police Chief Saturday, speaking-out in support of the 13 officers involved in Thursday night's deadly chase and shooting. "[In] my eyes, everybody did great. It was a good job on the pursuit, no innocent people got hurt but like I said, I just go back to saying again they could've stopped at any point … I don't understand where the "bad guys" aren't still bad, and now it's the police officers. It's bull****," a heated Union President, Detective Jeff Follmer (pictured above, center) told reporters at a Saturday press conference.

Follmer kept reiterating is how unhappy he is with the remarks Cleveland's Police Chief, Michael McGrath, made towards this investigation in a joint East Cleveland and Cleveland Police press conference held Friday night. Follmer, joined by a full room of uniformed and non-uniformed police officers, spoke-out Saturday saying they fully support the 13 Cleveland Police Officers and how they handled what Follmer described to be a "rapidly evolving situation."

In a statement read, Follmer said two officers heard a shot fire from the suspects' vehicle and described that shot as being heard inside Cleveland's Justice Center as well. He then described a chase where he says it was broadcasted that the passenger of the suspects' vehicle pointed a gun at police and appeared to be reloading.

Officials Friday said 13 officers fired 137 rounds killing 42-year-old Timothy Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Williams, both found to be unarmed Thursday night.

But Saturday, Follmer continued to defend the officers saying they responded the way they were trained. "The officers involved are experienced and professional police officers. For anyone who was not there to judge them without knowing all of the facts … or to blame anyone else BUT the two occupants of that car, for their own death, is ignorant and self-serving," read Follmer.

Friday, Cleveland Police Chief reacted to the shooting and said, "It's really with a heavy heart. I mean, this is really, I can't tell you how much this hurts the Cleveland Division of Police, I mean we work so hard," a premature comment according to Follmer, who responded, "As investigators we have to take a step back. Okay. When this is investigation is over, then he can say what he wants to say. There's no reason to go on camera and say what they said yesterday when they don't know the facts, like these officers that were on scene."

McGrath along with Cleveland Department of Public Safety Director, Martin Flask, promised full cooperation and disclosure as the East Cleveland investigation into the fatal shooting and "use of deadly force" continues.

Follmer, in turn, says he supports the investigation but does not agree with the comments officials chose to make. Meanwhile, those who knew the victims are speaking out.

Joyce Boyd, a family friend of 42-year-old Timothy Russell, told media sources, "Other people could've got hurt, 137 bullets … that's unnecessary for anybody." Boyd said she knew Russell as a God-fearing man who grew-up with her son. "I cried all night because these people are like family to me, I love them, " said Boyd, " …to shoot two human beings 137 times, I really think that something really, really needs to be done. Not just a suspension."

Media sources spoke to Russell's sister over the phone, who said the family is speaking with lawyers before they comment on what happened Thursday night. Both victims appear to have criminal records. Williams' record showed arrests for possession, attempted abduction and rape.

Follmer said to his knowledge, no weapon has been retrieved.

Posted: Nov 30, 2012 - Updated January 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM PST

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - There was no gun inside the suspects’ car involved in the high-speed chase that ended with gunfire Thursday night, East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts said. Cleveland police said an officer saw a car drive by near the Justice Center on West St. Clair Avenue and believed a shot was fired from within. That started the pursuit at about 10:30 p.m. and lasted about 25 minutes. At the end of the chase, two police cars were in front of the suspects’ car and were hit head on, Spotts said. Spotts said no shell casings were found in front of the Justice Center. He said there is no evidence that this was a shootout or an exchange of gunfire. Shots were fired at the car behind Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland, killing both people inside.

A media photographer, who was on a scheduled ride-along with police, said there were dozens of bullet holes in the suspects' car and the windshield of a police car. McGrath said those shots could have been friendly fire.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said a 30-year-old woman was killed. Spotts said they believe she was homeless and living in a shelter. Timothy Russell, 43, also died. No East Cleveland police officers were at the scene at the time, Spotts said. The investigation will be handled by East Cleveland police. The United States Attorneys' Office, the FBI and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation have been contacted as well to investigate.

“A tragedy, not just for the community, but for the police department,” Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said. “This is really with a heavy heart. I can’t tell you how much this hurts." McGrath said 13 officers fired 137 rounds. Those officers will be on administrative leave for three days and will remain on limited duty during the investigation. “Two people died and we have 13 officers involved,” McGrath said. “You’ve got to carry that weight with you the rest of your life… You try to make sense of it and it’s very difficult. All night I’m thinking ‘Why, why, why?’ And we’ll find out why.” The Cleveland Police Department will be moving other officers to work in the second district, since so many are on leave.

Posted: Dec. 03, 2012 at 6:00 AM - Updated January 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM PST

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Investigators will begin today interviewing the 13 Cleveland police officers who fired 137 bullets Thursday at a car, killing a Cleveland man and woman in East Cleveland after a high-speed chase. East Cleveland Sgt. Scott Gardner said the Cleveland officers have been on paid leave the last three days. “It’s standard procedure based on psychiatric research that shows it is best to wait 72 hours before interviewing officers involved in shootings,” Gardner said. The time off is meant to allow the officers to reflect on the traumatic experience before being questioned, he said.

The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation has assigned two agents to assist the East Cleveland Police Department in unraveling what happened in the 26 minutes between when Cleveland officers heard a gunshot outside the Justice Center and Timothy Russell, 43 (pictured above, center-right) and Malissa Williams (pictured above, center-left) 30, died in a hail of bullets.

The chase began about 10:30 p.m. Thursday outside the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland. In a news conference Saturday, Jeffery Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said two Cleveland officers heard a gunshot and believed it came from a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu belonging to Russell. Russell, with Williams in his car, sped away. Russell had driven from downtown on Interstate 90 east through Bratenahl at speeds of up to 100 mph and rammed a police car before he exited the freeway and headed into East Cleveland, Gardner said.

During the chase on the highway, an officer reported also seeing something in the passenger’s hands, Gardner said. Russell ended up on a dead-end access road to an East Cleveland middle school. There a dozen officers from Bratenahl, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office who had joined in the pursuit converged with the 13 Cleveland officers. They surrounded the Malibu, and some officers were out of their cars when Russell rammed another police car, Gardner said. In the news conference, Follmer described it more forcefully. Russell “violently rammed a police car and almost struck an officer,” he said.

Police are trained to use deadly force to stop a suspect from using a vehicle as a weapon. They opened fire. Pathologists at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office removed three dozen rounds from Russell’s and Williams' bodies. She was shot 24 times, according to a spokesman. No gun was found in Russell’s car or along the chase route. No bullet or casing was found outside the Justice Center. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office is running gunshot-residue tests on Russell’s and Williams’ hands to determine if either fired a gun. The results should be in before week’s end.

Meanwhile, relatives of Williams, one of the two in the car, say they’re looking for answers about the circumstances that led to her violent death. They also say that Follmer owes them an apology. Those who want an apology from Follmer disliked comments he made in his news conference in which he referred to Williams and Russell as “bad guys” and said the police did a “great job.” Contacted Sunday, David Russell, 67, the father of Timothy Russell, said he knew little about his son’s death other than what he has seen on television. He said it had been some time since he last talked to his son. He recalled him as being a good child, one of five children he and his late wife, Joyce Russell, raised together. “I taught him how to work and his mother taught him how to act and get and education,” Russell said. “I know I never taught him about how to carry a gun.

Some of Williams’ relatives said Sunday they want answers about her death and an apology. Williams, they said, suffered from schizophrenia and lived in a group home near downtown. She often went to lunch at Bishop Cosgrove Center and was friends of people who lived at the men’s shelter at 2100 Lakeside Ave. Family members said the last time any of them made contact with Williams, who has a criminal record, was last week. “I saw her when I was downtown on Monday,” said Walter Jackson, 46, Williams’ uncle. “She gave me a big ol’ hug, and kissed me on my neck.” Her mother, Martha Williams, 52, said it had been a few years since she last saw her daughter.

Now, she said, she just wants answers about what happened. “I just want to know why they did her like that,” Williams said. “They shot her like a wild animal, why did she have to die execution style.” Williams’ aunt, Dorothy Sigelmier, said his statements were uncalled for. “You have two people who are dead,” Sigelmier said. “I don’t see how he could make a statement like that.”

Relatives said Williams was not mentally stable and took medication to deal with her health ailment. They said she sometimes identified with herself as a man. Even though she has a criminal background, she was not a violent person, they said. Williams had two children who were placed into the custody of the state, but the relatives said they’ve never had contact with them. “She was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Jackson said. “I wish she didn’t get into that car.” The family has reached out to the Cleveland NAACP.

Rev. Hilton Smith, president elect of that organization, said it awaits the results of the police investigation and will monitor how Mayor Frank Jackson and his administration handle its findings. “We are seeing how this investigation is going to turn out. We don’t want to say anything in rash judgment until we know the results.” Until then, he said, it’s a time for prayer. “We are praying mightily for the families of the people killed and for the stop of urban violence as a whole,” Smith said. “This is a societal problem, and right now we have to lift our community in prayer. 

East Cleveland police were expecting to release their tapes today of police radio communications during the chase and shooting.

The DeathShine State!

Posted: 3:59 PM EST, Wed Nov. 28, 2012 - Updated: 2:07 AM PST, Mon Dec 3, 2012

Jacksonville, Florida (WCJB) -- The attorney for a Florida man who shot at a car of teens over the weekend, killing one, says the incident bears no resemblance to the Trayvon Martin case. Her client, Michael Dunn, is no "vigilante" but did feel threatened and shot out of "self defense," the attorney said. "There are no comparisons to the Trayvon Martin situation," said Dunn's attorney. "He is devastated and horrified by the death of the teen." Dunn, 45, was denied bond Monday on a murder charge stemming from the weekend shooting in Jacksonville. The violence was sparked by a confrontation about loud music at a gas station, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

Dunn (pictured left) told authorities that he had asked the teens to turn down the blaring music from their vehicle adjacent to his, as he waited for his girlfriend to return to the car. He heard threats from the teens, Dunn told police, he felt threatened and thought he saw a gun in the teens' car. He grabbed his gun and fired at least eight shots, authorities said. Seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis (pictured above, center) among the teens, was killed. There were no guns found inside the teens' car, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said. Jordan's body will be moved to Atlanta, the home of his mother, on Thursday, before a Saturday funeral.

Some have compared this incident to the Trayvon Martin case, the shooting of an unarmed Florida teen earlier this year that sparked nationwide protests and inflamed public passions over race relations and gun control. Martin's shooting also focused a spotlight on Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows the use of deadly force when a person perceives a threat to safety. Similar to Trayvon Martin, Davis was 17 and African American.

Ron Davis, the victim's father, said his son didn't own any guns, wasn't part of a gang and was a good kid. The father said he talked to two of the teens who were in the car, and they are "really shaken." When Dunn pulled out the gun, the teens' initially thought it was a fake then frantically tried to back up the car before being caught in the gunfire, the father said. He said he is devastated and doesn't believe the shooting was self defense. "He did something that there was no defense for," the father said of the suspect.

Dunn's attorney said her client's action should not be compared to George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watchman who is charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting death of Martin in Sanford, Florida. "That's ridiculous. Michael is not a vigilante," the attorney said. "He's a brilliant software developer. It was never his intention to kill anyone." The attorney said she is contemplating what defense she will use if the case goes to trial.

"Self defense applies because Mr. Dunn was threatened," the attorney said. "We can't say what the defense will be at this stage ... but stand your ground is a possibility."

Complaint No. 7!

Posted: 6:44 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 - Updated: 8:09 p.m. PST - Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando police officer is still in jail after being arrested for a second time this year for domestic violence. On Friday media sources discovered reports that show, officer Danny Sidders had also been accused of rape, and stealing from the city. More than a dozen years before Sidders faced a judge on evidence tampering charges last week, he was investigated after being accused of stealing a $1,500 insurance check from the city, for accident repairs to his patrol car. Sidders was suspended for three weeks without pay. He wasn't fired, nor was he charged.

On Tuesday, media sources sat down with Orlando Police Chief Paul Rooney. Rooney was not police chief at that time, but sources asked Rooney why Sidders (pictured right) wasn't fired, and whether Rooney would have fired him. "There was some confusion about whether he believed that check was issued to him during a divorce settlement," said Rooney. Rooney said the Sheriff's Office couldn't get past that excuse in the criminal investigation, and neither could the police department's internal affairs investigators. The three week suspension was for bad judgment, cashing the check when claiming not to know where it came from.

Sidders has been arrested twice this year, accused of domestic violence. Now he's facing a felony charge, accused of hiding a gun he shouldn't have had. "Do you want someone like that to be representing OPD?" sources asked Rooney. "What I can say to that is, everyone is entitled to due process and officer Sidders, like any other officer, is not only entitled to due process under the state statute bill of rights, but the Fraternal Order of Police contract," said Rooney.

Sidders is facing his seventh internal affairs investigation in the last five years. Rooney said it will be done quickly.

Burnin' Rage!

Posted: October 21, 2012 - Updated: October 21, 2012 - 10:24 pm PDT

SAN DIEGO, CA (WCJB) — The San Diego Police Department is investigating a San Diego police sergeant in a videotaped incident who apparently pulled a distraught woman by the hair outside her burning home. A source says a video taken at the scene Friday appears to show an officer grabbing the woman's hair and dragging her several feet after she took some swings at him. The woman appears to have been pulled away from firefighters who were keeping her from the burning house. The woman, Torazzi Hayslett, says she believes the officer overreacted and she's hiring an attorney.

The video appeared to show the officer, identified as San Diego police Sgt. Daniel McLaughlin, grabbing Torazzi Hayslett and pulling her back as she the took off toward a group of firefighters outside the burning home. San Diego police Lt. Andra Brown told sources "due to allegations arising from this incident, we are conducting an internal investigation into the matter," and because it was a personnel matter police could not make further comment.

In the video, shot by a photojournalist for the local sources, the sergeant is seen trying to pull the woman's head to the street moments after she flailed and her open hand had passed within inches of the officer's face. The incident was late Friday afternoon outside the smoldering house in the 2000 block of Ilex Avenue.

McLaughlin was also involved in a 2009 incident that injured an advocate for the homeless. A jury in that case found he used unreasonable force and was negligent. The paper says the homeless advocate was awarded nearly $4,000 in damages. The fire caused an estimated $400,000 damage. The cause is under investigation.

D.C. Lotus!

Posted at 12:37 AM ET, 06/28/2012 - Updated: July 1, 2012 12:25 AM PDT

Washington, D.C. -- Four D.C. police officers were indicted Wednesday in connection with an assault outside a Northwest Washington nightclub last June in which a District Heights man was beaten so severely he lost an eye, according to officials and the man’s lawyer. The officers, who were off-duty at the time of the June 10, 2011 fight, were involved in the incident outside the Lotus nightclub in the 1400 block of K Street, police officials said in a statement released late Wednesday night.

Police did not release specific information about the charges. No police officials could be reached for comment at the department’s public information office late Wednesday.

During the brawl, two club patrons were embroiled in a fight with several individuals, some thought to be bouncers at the club, police said. One of the patrons, Walter Blair II, 24, of District Heights, was taken to a hospital for treatment but lost his right eye as a result of the fight, his attorney, Ronald Karp, said last year. Detectives recovered security-video footage of the fight and confirmed the identities of three officers, all of the 1st District. They were identified as Kenneth McRavin, Thaddeus Modlin, Nikeith Goins and Yolonda Lampkin, also of the 1st District, officials said. It was unclear what role the officers allegedly played in the incident. A total of nine people were indicted after more than a year-long investigation by the D.C. police department’s internal affairs division, officials said.

Christopher Swanson

February 26, 2010

A former Salinas police officer who opened fire on an occupied vehicle after he mistakenly thought he'd been shot will learn today if he'll be held over for trial. An all-day pretrial hearing ended Thursday without a decision from Judge Russell D. Scott, who asked all parties to return at 9:30a.m. today to learn whether Christopher Swanson will answer to a felony charge of discharging his firearm with gross negligence. Swanson, 37, a veteran of two combat tours in Iraq, had been a Salinas police officer for about a year on Feb. 3, 2009, the night he pulled over a car for a routine traffic stop in East Salinas. The situation deteriorated into a wild scene after the passenger in the vehicle reached into the darkness, toward the center of the car, with both hands when Swanson asked for identification, Swanson said. Swanson told investigators that he heard "a loud pop," saw what he believed was the flash of a gun muzzle, and felt a blow to his Kevlar vest, which made him believe he'd been shot.

A backup officer, Steven Mattocks, told investigators that Swanson yelled, "I've been shot" — a claim Swanson disputed Thursday — then crawled away from the vehicle and lay on his back, screaming. Mattocks opened fire, discharging eight rounds into the SUV, and Swanson, reacting to that gunfire, fired six rounds of his own. The bullets shattered the tinted rear window, plus a side window, but neither the driver, Adriana Velasquez, nor her passenger, Julio Hernandez, was injured.

The couple were unarmed, and police concluded that Hernandez was holding his driver's license, not a gun. The city of Salinas agreed in August to pay $130,000 apiece to Velasquez and Hernandez. Swanson was fired by the Salinas Police Department in January.

Scott heard testimony Wednesday from two other Salinas police officers who were at the scene, and another who examined the vehicle for evidence, all prosecution witnesses. He also heard from a behavioral psychologist acting as a defense witness and from the defendant. Salinas police officer Michael Batchelor told prosecutor Berkley Brannon that when he arrived, he saw Swanson pointing his weapon at the car, "looking like he obviously had been through something. "He seemed focused on everything that had just taken place, but not on the actual threat itself," Batchelor said. "He just wasn't there — that's all I can say."

Another Salinas police officer, Ken Schwemer, described Swanson as "confused, dazed, almost in a code black-type situation, a state of mind where your senses start shutting down." Both officers said Swanson was checking his chest and abdomen to see if he had been injured by gunfire. Both testified that Salinas police were on a heightened state of alert because of six recent homicides in the same area, as well as information that local gang leaders had issued their soldiers "a green light," permission to target and harm police.

Swason's defense attorney suggested that the "loud pop" could have been caused when Hernandez attempted to shove a beer can between the passenger-side seat and the car's center console, crushing the can. The flash, he said, could have been a reflection from Swanson's flashlight off the beer can, compact discs, or a change purse that were in the car.

The defense presented William Lewinski, a behavioral scientist from Minnesota State University and an expert on the psychology of police officers in crisis situations. Lewinski's evaluation was that Swanson reacted in a manner that was consistent with a reasonable, trained police officer to circumstances that included the danger of East Salinas, the vehicle's dark-tinted windows, what was perceived as a sudden and unusual move by the passenger toward the center of the car, and loss of sight of the passengers hands just before the pop and flash. He noted that the defendant's initial reaction was to spin, drop to the ground, and crawl from the vehicle. He opened fire only after he heard several shots that, it was later determined, came from Mattocks' weapon.

A key moment in Swanson's testimony was when he contradicted Mattocks' claim that Swanson shouted, "I've been shot." "I don't believe I said that, and I don't think it's something I would have said," Swanson said. That statement caused Scott to wonder aloud why, in that case, Mattocks had opened fire, the supposed impetus for Swanson to discharge his weapon six times. The crime carries a possible sentence of probation to up to three years in prison. Brannon asked the judge to consider a lesser charge of assault with a firearm if he decides the more serious charge isn't supported by the evidence.

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Forty-Four Minutes - North Hollywood

Description: The North Hollywood shootout was an armed confrontation between two heavily armed and armored bank robbers and officers of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in the North Hollywood district of Los Angeles on February 28, 1997. Both robbers were killed, eleven police officers and seven civilians were injured, and numerous vehicles and other property were damaged or destroyed by the nearly 2,000 rounds of ammunition fired by the robbers and the police.

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