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(Top video) Mesa, Arizona · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: June 6, 2018 ~ Updated: June 20, 2018) -- Robert Johnson, 33, was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head during his arrest by Mesa police on May 23. Four Arizona police officers have been placed on administrative leave after newly released surveillance footage shows them repeatedly punching and kicking an unarmed man.

"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"

Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: May 29, 2018 ~ Updated: June 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Internet ~Global (WCJB) {PUBLISHED: May 27, 2018 at 04:59 a.m. | UPDATED: June 4, 2018 at 03:23 am} -- The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as a creepypasta Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen in 2009. The “Slenderman” has been an urban legend since it was born in June 2009. The creator: artist Eric Knudsen, going under the nom de plume Victor Surge. Slender Man tells the story of a tall, thin, horrifying figure with unnaturally long arms and a featureless face, who is reputed to be responsible for the haunting and ...
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

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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Posted on March 24, 2013 at 11:28 AM - Updated: March 24, 2013 at 12:17 AM PDT

SANTA FE, Texas - A woman who was angry with her boyfriend after an argument took out her frustrations on his 4-year-old daughter and killed her early Saturday, according to Santa Fe police. Laura Lea Kolb lived with her boyfriend, Kevin Moore, and his two young daughters from a previous relationship. The family lived at the Santa Fe Courtyard apartments. The couple had gotten into an argument in their upstairs unit and Moore walked outside around 3 a.m. His neighbor, Jody Herrington, says he came downstairs to talk with him and cool off.

Police said that while he was outside, Kolb came out and fell down some stairs. When she went back in, she allegedly took out her anger on his daughter, Taylor. “She kept hollering ‘Kevin,’” Herrington said. “Kevin’s like ‘I’ll be up there in a minute, I’ll be up there in a minute.’ And it was like an hour later, all the sirens come up.” When Moore came back outside, he was seen holding his daughter’s limp body. A neighbor tried to revive her, but it was too late. “We’re still coping with it today and it’s tough,” Herrington said.

Police said Kolb admitted to shoving the girl to the floor and then throwing her on a bed. She has been charged with first degree felony injury to a child and more charges are likely. Bond has been set at $250,000. The news took many neighbors by surprise. Herrington said he never even saw the couple argue.

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Posted: 6:46 AM EDT, Wed March 20, 2013 - Updated 10:02 PM PDT, Wed March 24, 2013

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Ohio -- Ohio school shooter T.J. Lane entered the courtroom and removed his blue button-down shirt while the judge and those in attendance took their seats. Lane, now 18, revealed a white T-shirt with the word "killer" written on it. The attire was similar to what he was wearing when arrested by police shortly after the February 27, 2012, killings at Chardon High School in northeastern Ohio. According to the Geauga County Prosecutor, Jim Flaiz, Common Pleas Judge David L. Fuhry was unaware that Lane had the lettered T-shirt. "I think everyone felt the effect of that shirt at the same time," said one defense attorney. The attorney said he, too, had no advance knowledge of the T-shirt.

Upon learning Lane was going to make a statement in court Tuesday, Prosecutor Flaiz told relatives of his victims to be prepared for something inflammatory. Given the opportunity to speak a few minutes later, Lane made an obscene gesture at the victims' families and spoke to them briefly, using explicit language. Lane smiled and smirked during much of the hearing, laughing when Flaiz described him as an "evil person." Lane's own lawyer told the court he urged his client not to make the type of statement that the attorney expected to be delivered.

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No one could have fully foreseen the actions and words of Lane. "What he did was beyond anything I could envision seeing in a courtroom," Flaiz told media sources a few hours after a judge ordered Lane to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole. "I was shocked and disgusted at how the defendant conducted himself."

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Lane pleaded guilty last month to three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted aggravated murder and weapons-related charges. Authorities allege that Lane walked up to a table in the Chardon High School cafeteria and started firing. When the violence ended, six students had been shot. After the shooting, an assistant football coach chased Lane out of Chardon High, and police arrested him nearby a short time later. In the following days, three students died: Daniel Parmertor, 16; Demetrius Hewlin; and Russell King Jr., 17.The death penalty was off the table because of Lane's age at the time of the crimes, according to prosecutors.

For their part, victims' relatives kept calm and made their own statements, describing the pain they felt and the profound loss to both themselves and the community. They also cited the contributions of their killed or wounded loved ones. "I was very proud of the family members in the courtroom," said Flaiz, adding he was not sure he could have kept his composure if he were in their shoes.

The mother of a wounded student now confined to a wheelchair looked directly at Lane as she told him he was fortunate so many officers were in the small courtroom. "Because of you, our town will never be same," Holly Walczak said. "Why? Why did you do it? Why?" Walczak said she has watched her son, Nick, suffer daily in the year since he was shot in the school cafeteria and in the hallway when he was pursued by Lane. "You are evil. I will have to eventually forgive, otherwise you will haunt me," she told Lane. Hewlin's brother, Philip Carter, read a statement in court on behalf of mother Phyllis Ferguson. "In our humanity, we still cannot understand why his life was taken in such a violent manner," said Carter.

T.J. Lane was known by many around Chardon High, 30 miles east of Cleveland. But at the time of the shooting, he was there to be transported to Lake Academy Alternative School in nearby Willoughby. Lake Academy describes itself as a school for "at-risk" students who are "reluctant learners" struggling with problems such as substance abuse and mental health issues.

Parmertor's mother, Dina, last year told media sources her son was a jokester "everyone wanted to be around." Daniel had just started a job at a local bowling alley. "My heart is broken. It is torn apart. .. I want people to know him," said Dina Parmertor. "They did not know the joy of knowing him." Tuesday, she looked at Lane and called him a "weak, pathetic vile coward."

"If I had my choice you would die an extremely slow, torturous death," the mother said. King's sister, Crystal, called Lane a "monster." Her brother was a compassionate blood donor who tried to become a friend of Lane because "he felt sorry for him."

Before he sentenced Lane to consecutive sentences of life without parole and additional sentences totaling 37 years, Fuhry said the former student showed no remorse, feigned mental illness and seemed determined to make "front-page news." "A school is a place where a student should feel safe," the judge said, adding Lane took advantage of unsuspecting students. "These juveniles were ambushed." Fuhry said Lane would be a danger if he were ever released.

After the sentencing, one defense attorney said Lane's comment to the families was a "very difficult statement to hear." Lane's sister, Sadie Lane, pleaded for compassion and prayers for her family a well as for those of the victims. She, too, was in the school cafeteria when the rampage began. "Many families were damaged that day. Our family was, too," she said.

While the judge indicated Tuesday there was no known motive for the attacks, Flaiz said his office has a theory it would have presented if the case had gone to trial. He declined to elaborate, saying he will meet with victims' family members in the next week. "I got a sense from the families they wanted to hear why he did it and they wanted to hear remorse," Flaiz said. Residents have come together since the shootings, the prosecutor said. "Sometimes it takes a tragedy for everyone to realize how close-knit a community we have."

"In the end, everyone is sad. It is an incredibly sad situation."

Posted at: 6:14 pm, March 27, 2012 - Updated at: 11:52 am PDT, March 28, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio — The hearing to transfer the 17-year old gunman in the shootings at Chardon High School has been postponed. A "bind over" hearing for T.J. Lane (pictured right) was originally scheduled for April 3, 2012. On Tuesday, Judge Timothy Grendell ordered the hearing delayed so Lane could undergo testing for mental competency. Chardon police said the teenager confessed to taking a gun and a knife into the school’s cafeteria and shooting five students. Three were killed, two others are now recovering. A Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Professor, told media sources a competency hearing does not mean Lane won’t eventually be bound over as an adult.

Ohio law indicates that where there is probable cause to believe a juvenile offender committed a serious crime, like murder or aggravated murder, he must be bound over as an adult if he is 16 or 17 years old. Lane has been charged with three counts of aggravated murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of aggravated assault. The law professor said the newly ordered competency hearing simply means the bind over hearing could be delayed until the court can determine that Lane is capable of understanding the proceedings and assist in his own defense.

February 27, 2012

CHARDON, Ohio -- On Monday morning a gunman (pictured above, center) opened fire inside Chardon High School's cafeteria, killing one student and wounding four others, authorities said. The suspect, believed to be a student, was taken into custody near his car a half-mile from the suburban Cleveland school, the FBI said. FBI agent Scott Wilson would not comment on a possible motive for the attack.

The gunshot fatality victim has been was identified by the MetroHealth Medical Center as Daniel Parmertor. Five students, including Parmertor, were taken to local hospitals. Parmertor later died. Sheriff Daniel McClelland said the shooter had already fled when officers arrived at the school. Two other victims are in critical condition, a third is in serious condition and a fourth is listed as stable. McClelland did not release the names of the injured because they are minors.

One Goh, 7 Dead!

Posted: 04/30/2012 03:12:43 PM PDT - Updated: 04/30/2012 03:59:56 PM PDT

Oakland, CA -- The man accused of killing seven people and wounding three others in a shooting rampage at Oakland's Oikos University earlier this month pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and other charges in Alameda County Superior Court this afternoon. One Goh, 43 (pictured left) entered his not-guilty pleas at the Rene C. Davidson Courthouse in Oakland at a 2 p.m. hearing. Goh appeared in court dressed in red jail clothes, accompanied by his attorney, Deputy Public Defender David Klaus, and a Korean interpreter. Goh, a Korean national who lived in Oakland, is being held in custody without bail and has been charged with seven counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and 10 special-circumstance allegations, including committing murder during a carjacking.

According to a probable cause statement filed in court by Oakland police Officer Robert Trevino, Goh has admitted that he carried out the shootings. Officials believe Goh may have been targeting an administrator who was not present the day of the shooting. Police said that Goh fled the campus after the April 2 shootings in a car belonging to one of the victims. He was arrested in Alameda a short time later after he confessed to a Safeway security guard that he had just shot several people, according to police.

Those killed were students Lydia Sim, 21, Sonam Choedon, 33, Grace Kim, 23, Doris Chibuko, 40, Judith Seymour, 53, and Tshering Bhutia, 38, and Katleen Ping, 24, who worked at the school. Goh is a former student who had left the school voluntarily. Prosecutors have said he appears to have wanted a refund of his tuition.

Goh had stopped eating when he was first booked into jail, but he began eating again on Saturday, Alameda County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said today. Goh will return to court on June 25 for a pretrial hearing.

Dungeons & Truckers!

March 31, 2012

Illinois - Texas -- A serial killer (pictured left) who set up a torture chamber in his truck and kidnapped mostly female hitchhikers across the United States has admitted murdering a newlywed couple in Texas, according to reports. Robert Ben Rhoades -- already serving a life sentence for the death of a 14-year-old girl in Illinois -- this week pleaded guilty in West Texas to killing Patricia Candace Walsh and her husband Scott Zyskowski, both in their 20s, media sources reported. Prosecutors had agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for the pleas and Rhoades, 65, was given two life sentences, the source said. The source said Rhoades, a long-haul truck driver, has been the subject of a book regarding his crimes. In his cab was "a type of dungeon with handcuffs on the ceiling," the source reported! In 1996, media sources, citing officials, said it was believed that Rhoades had been killing an average of three women a month by the early 1990s. The media reported the couple, from Seattle, were hitchhiking to Georgia to preach the Christian gospel, when they took a ride from Rhoades near El Paso, Texas in early 1990. FBI spokeswoman Shauna Dunlap said investigations concerning Rhoades were continuing.

California's Model Minorities!

Posted: 03/26/2012 06:21:47 AM PDT - Updated: 03/26/2012 09:15:39 AM PDT

San Francisco, CA -- San Francisco police announced Sunday they had arrested a man suspected of killing five people Friday in the city's Ingleside District. Binh Thai Luc, 35 (pictured left) of San Francisco, was arrested early Sunday morning. Police also arrested Luc's brother, Brian, 32, on drug, ammunition and probation-violation charges. Officers did not say if the brother was involved in the killings or if they were searching for other suspects.

Police said they served search warrants in San Francisco and San Mateo County but have yet to recover weapons involved in the homicides. A woman with keys to the bright orange house at 16 Howth St. walked in on the bodies at 7:45 a.m. Friday, officers said. Police have said one body was at the threshold of the front door, another in the rear of the house, another upstairs and two in the garage. The victims had blunt-force injuries and cuts, Suhr said. "The investigation is ongoing," San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said repeatedly when asked for more details. Authorities also declined to provide details on the arrests, such as where they took place, or what the possible motives were for the homicides near City College of San Francisco.

The victims, whom police have not identified, and the suspect had "prior gang ties," Suhr said, but authorities do not believe the killings were gang-related. Four of the victims have been identified, a deputy medical examiner said Sunday, but authorities will not release their identities until they confirm the fifth victim's name and notify relatives. More than 40 officers have investigated the case, Suhr said. Suhr also said without elaborating, that Binh Luc has been convicted of crimes in the past and "there was a relationship between the suspect and the victims."

Gang Vang, Yang & Meng!

Posted March 23, 2012 - Updated at: 12:47 pm PDT, March 28, 2012

(Left to right: Vang Vue, Vanchai Xiong, Mang Yang, Mitchell Yang, Kong Meng Vang)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Prosecutors have charged nine people in connection with an alleged gang rape in St. Paul last November. A criminal complaint issued Friday says the defendants, five adults and four juveniles, are reported members of the TB 22′s street gang. Prosecutors say the 14-year-old victim and a friend went to a party hosted by the gang members the night of November 17. Eventually the gathering moved to an abandoned house on the 200 block of White Bear Avenue in St. Paul. The victim told investigators that when she and her friend decided to go home the defendants forced them back into the house. She says the men carried her into a bedroom and held her down while a number of the defendants took turns sexually assaulting her.

“This crime was every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi. “A young girl was lured to a party, given alcohol, then forcibly abducted when she tried to leave and raped by a group of gang members. Crimes like these shock the conscience of our community.” Prosecutors say police have been aware of the TB 22′s for at least five years, and say the alleged gang rape is typical of their behavior.

The adults charged in the assault are 37-year-old Kong Meng Vang, 19-year-old Vang Tou Ger Vue, 18-year-old Vanchai Xoing, 23-year-old Mang Yang, and 22-year-old Mitchell Teng Yang. The men are all charged with aiding and abetting one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct, conspiracy to commit first degree sexual conduct, kidnapping of a victim under the age of 16, and committing a crime for the benefit of a gang. All but one of those charged in the incident are currently in custody. Choi’s office will ask that the juveniles arrested in the attack be waived into adult court.

'Black Widow'!

HOUSTON (WCJB) -- Houston police say a so-called 'black widow' killer has struck again. This time police say she killed her boyfriend. The man's body was found in the woman's home over the weekend. Linda Dorsey, 55, appeared before a judge Monday morning and police say this isn't the first time she's been in trouble for killing the man in her life. Dorsey has a colorful past. She admitted to fatally shooting her husband in 1987 and prosecutors say she's committed the exact same crime again. This time they say the victim was her 64-year-old boyfriend, Harold Bacon.


According to court documents, Dorsey shot Bacon at about 1am Saturday, but didn't call 911 until nine hours later, after cleaning up the crime scene. She at first claimed he collapsed, but detectives say she later admitted to shooting Bacon, who investigators say had been bound with duct tape around his arms and feet. Prosecutors say Dorsey shot Bacon when he came over, angry that she hadn't answered his phone calls. But when she finally did call 911, prosecutors say she told the operator her boyfriend had collapsed. It wasn't until hours later that they say she confessed to killing him.

In 1987, Dorsey, who was then Linda Cardenas, fatally shot her husband, 28-year-old Alfidio Cardenas, twice in the chest, telling investigators, "I meant to kill him this time, not last time." When asked why she fired twice she said, "To make sure I got him." She then added, "I'll be on probation soon, everything will be OK." Dorsey served 15 years for that murder back in 1987 and is now being held without bond in this case. She goes before a judge again on Tuesday.

Death March!

Updated: Monday, 27 Feb 2012, 12:06 PM PST - Published : Thursday, 23 Feb 2012, 7:51 AM EST

(Savannah Hardin, Jessica Mae Hardin and Joyce Hardin Garrard.)

ATTALLA, Ala. - Roger Simpson said he looked down the road and saw a little girl running outside her home but didn't give it another thought. Police, however, said the man witnessed a murder in progress. Authorities say 9-year-old Savannah Hardin died after being forced to run for three hours. Deputies were told the girl was made to run after lying to her grandmother, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard, about having eaten the candy, sheriff's office spokeswoman Natalie Barton said. Severely dehydrated, the girl had a seizure and died days later. Now, her grandmother and stepmother who police say meted out the punishment were taken to jail Wednesday and face murder charges. Witnesses told deputies Savannah was told to run and not allowed to stop for three hours on Friday, an Etowah County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. The girl's stepmother, 27-year-old Jessica Mae Hardin, called police at 6:45 p.m., telling them Savannah was having a seizure and was unresponsive. Simpson said he saw a little girl running at around 4 p.m., but didn't see anybody chasing or coercing her. "I saw her running down there, that's what I told the detectives," Simpson said from his home on a hill overlooking the Hardins. "But I don't see how that would kill her."

The Apprentice!

Posted: 03/08/2012 10:52:31 AM PST - Updated: 03/08/2012 12:02:44 PM PST

SACRAMENTO, CA -- Convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine wrote a letter to media sources from San Quentin's death row. In the letter, dated March 1, Shermantine says that fellow "Speed Freak Killer" Loren Herzog trained an apprentice and taught him how to kill and get away with it. Shermantine says that apprentice is "Jason Jones" and that he's warned Jones to leave the country before any more sites in San Joaquin or Calaveras counties are excavated.

The letter also says Herzog killed a pregnant black woman and dumped her body with the help of the Hells Angels. Shermantine also links Herzog to the 1994 shooting death of a hunter in Utah.

Shermantine says he is revealing burial sites now because he was promised $33,000 by bounty hunter Leonard Padilla. He also mentioned that he has yet to see any money from Padilla yet, though he believes Padilla will come through with it. In the final page of the letter, Shermantine directs heavy criticism toward San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore saying, "That Stockton Sheriff office just crushed, busted the bones all to (sic) pieces." Shermantine says he's not sure if he'll help Moore find more burial sites -- even if it means a one day pass off of death row.


Posted: 02/22/2012 07:22:19 AM PST - Updated: 02/22/2012 09:11:37 AM PST

Posted: 3:26 p.m. (PST) Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | Updated: 3:45 p.m. (PST) Friday, February 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The childhood friends, Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog killed for the first time within three months of their 1984 high school graduation. They seemingly killed with impunity for the next 15 years, even barroom boasting about their ability to make people disappear. The two terrorized California's rural Central Valley. Some of their victims were left at the scene. Most were never seen again, especially their female victims. After they were arrested in 1999, investigators say the notorious "Speed Freak Killers" (as they were dubbed) had killed as many as 20 people during a 15-year killing spree.

Even after their convictions in 2001, both Shermantine (who was sentenced to death) and Herzog steadfastly refused to divulge any of their victims burial sites. Now, motivated by Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla's promise to pay $33,000 for the location of the missing, Shermantine is breaking a long silence. He now wishes to purchase small luxuries in the prison commissary (candy bars, a private television set, etc.) with portions of the money. Shermantine complains that he can't purchase these things at present, because every penny he receives now is used to pay down a $15,000,00 restitution debt. Padilla hopes to claim rewards offered by the state of California for information about missing persons thought to be the victims of Shermantine and Herzog.

Two victims have already been identified and hundreds of human remains have been recovered over the last several days. "It is a happy occasion," said Paula Wheeler, mother of 16-year-old Chevelle "Chevy" Wheeler, who disappeared in 1985 and whose remains were tentatively identified Friday. Joan Shelley's hopes that her 16-year-old daughter JoAnn Hobson will be found. "I feel they are going to find her," a tearful Shelley told media sources in a phone interview from her Manteca home. JoAnn disappeared in 1985, and investigators have long suspected Shermantine and Herzog in the girl's abduction and murder. But they never had enough evidence to charge them.

Using crude maps Shermantine hand-drew in his Death Row cell, investigators have dug up three sites since Thursday that have yielded human remains. The site of the biggest find is an abandoned well outside the city of Stockton, near the town of Linden, that produced hundreds of human bones, purses, shoes, jewelry and other evidence over the weekend. Shermantine calls the well "Herzog's boneyard," and pins all the bodies that will be found there on Herzog. In addition to both Shermantine and Herzog steadfastly refusing to disclose the location of bodies, the childhood friends have steadfastly maintained that the other single-handedly did all the killings.

Searchers found a skull identified as Cyndi Vanderheiden's at a Calaveras County site, near property Shermantine's parents once owned. She disappeared in 1998. The day after the skull was found, about a quarter-mile away, searchers found a blanket containing a partial skull and other remains believed to belong to Wheeler. Shermantine was convicted of both women's murders in 2001. He was arrested in 1999 after his car was repossessed and investigators found Vanderheiden's blood in the trunk. Using a new collection technique not available in 1985, they also found Wheeler's DNA in a remote Calaveras County cabin owned by Shermantine. The cabin was near where Wheeler's body was found.

John Vanderheiden, Cyndi's father, owns a Clement bar the deadly duo frequented. Vanderheiden said Shermantine boasted loudly on several occasions that he was a killer. Vanderheiden said he chalked it up to drunken nonsense — until his daughter disappeared. Shermantine was also convicted of robbing and killing two drifters as they sat in a car in a rural area about two miles west of Stockton. Tire tracks left at the scene matched those of a red pickup Shermantine drove at the time. Shermantine has only been convicted of four murders to date.

Herzog (pictured below, left) hanged himself on Jan. 16, 2012 outside the Susanville trailer he was paroled to after an appeals court tossed out his confession as illegally coerced. He committed suicide hours after Padilla told him Shermantine was prepared to tell authorities about the missing. "I could hear him catch his breath when I mentioned the well," Padilla said of his conversation with Herzog on Jan. 16. "He thanked me, and didn't say anything more, but I could hear him catch his breath."

January 18, 2012

Susanville, CA -- A man once convicted in a string of killings that terrorized San Joaquin County for more than a decade was found hanged in his residence on the grounds of a state prison in northeastern California, officials said Tuesday. Loren Herzog, 46, apparently committed suicide in his trailer on the grounds of the High Desert State Prison near Susanville (Lassen County), where his body was found around 11:45 p.m. Monday, said Luis Patino, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Herzog was required to live in a trailer outside the prison while on parole for the 1998 killing of 25-year-old Cyndi Vanderheiden in Linden (San Joaquin County).

Herzog was convicted in 2001 of the methamphetamine-fueled rape and murder of Vanderheiden and the killings of two other people in the mid-1980s. His trial and the case against a co-defendant, childhood friend Wesley Shermantine, were moved to Santa Clara County from San Joaquin County because of extensive pretrial publicity over what were dubbed the "speed freak killers."

Herzog was sentenced to 78 years to life, but an appeals court threw out his conviction in 2004, saying investigators had illegally forced a confession from him. Unable to use the statement at a new trial, prosecutors agreed to a deal under which Herzog pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for killing Vanderheiden. Herzog received a 14-year sentence and was released on parole in 2010. The terms of his parole required that he live in a trailer near the High Desert State Prison, meet a strict curfew and wear a GPS-tracking bracelet. Herzog was free to come and go during the day. Shermantine remains on Death Row for four murders dating from 1984.

"Personal Pics!"

Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 14:28 PST

(Josh, Susan, Braden and Charlie Powell.)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (WCJB) — In a folder on his work computer labeled "Personal Pics," Steve Powell maintained a peculiar collection of photos: 55 depicting his daughter-in-law Susan but few if any showing his son. Thousands of images and emails on his Washington state government-issued laptop provide a small glimpse into his increasingly scrutinized world. Authorities said this week that he is a person of interest in her 2009 disappearance in Utah. The files, obtained by The media as part of a public records request, portray Steve Powell as a meticulous worker who gathered photos by the thousands and had his life upended by the constant inquiries that ensued after Susan vanished. He is now in jail on voyeurism and child pornography charges — and on suicide watch. An attorney for Steve Powell did not return a call seeking comment.

Powell's work computer has a batch of photos of Susan Powell, though none appear to be sexual. They depict her and the kids opening Christmas presents and out during Halloween. A few show Susan Powell and the kids more formally dressed. It's not clear who the photographer is. Steve Powell said last year that he had a flirtatious and somewhat sexual relationship with Susan Powell. Her parents said she thought he was a creep and moved to Utah in part to get away from him.

In a search of Steve Powell's Washington state home last year, authorities found explicit images on his computers and images of people being photographed without their knowledge. Among them were pictures of Susan Powell. Those findings led to the charges of voyeurism and child porn, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Last year, authorities searched Steve Powell's home, computer and cars for evidence in Susan Powell's disappearance — and instead said they found thousands of voyeuristic pictures and videos, including child pornography recorded by Steve Powell. The state took custody of Josh Powell's boys and turned them over to Susan's parents, Chuck and Judy Cox. A school district contact that he was scheduled to meet with during the first week of December 2011, said she never had any problems with Steve Powell and never realized he was Josh Powell's father until seeing him later on television. "He was always professional and did what he was supposed to do," Susan Garthwaite said.

(FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011 file photo, Josh Powell, husband of missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell, walks to a court hearing in Tacoma, Wash. Emergency call logs show that nearly eight minutes elapsed between when a social worker called 911 to report that Josh Powell's children were in danger and when sheriff's deputies were dispatched. By the time officers were on their way, the home was exploding in a gas-fueled inferno, with Powell and his two young boys inside.) Powell's son and Susan's husband, Josh, killed himself and the couple's two young sons in a gas-fueled inferno Sunday that a prosecutor considers an admission that he killed his wife.

Until this week, authorities have only publicly discussed Steve Powell in relation to the charges he now faces. But a warrant and emails indicate that he has been dragged deeply into the Utah investigation surrounding his son, and police say they want to interview him to see if he knows anything about his daughter-in-law's disappearance. "He may or may not have information that may be beneficial to us," said Sgt. Mike Powell in West Valley City, Utah, where Josh and Susan Powell lived at the time of her disappearance. Sgt. Powell is not related to the family.

The September warrant sought details specifically from Steve Powell's laptop, which he used in his job helping coordinate purchase and placement of school furniture. It also requested a search of state-owned vehicles that Powell may have driven.

Before his murder-suicide, Josh Powell was trying to win back custody of his children in Washington state. However, state authorities received materials from Utah police that had been discovered on a computer in Josh Powell's home two years ago. Authorities say the images depicted "incestuous" sex and were disconcerting enough that they prompted a psychologist to recommend that Powell undergo an intensive psycho-sexual evaluation. A lawyer for Powell's in-laws, who had custody of the boys, wasn't invited to see the materials before the custody hearing — even though a Utah judge had specified in a sealed court order that he was one of the few people allowed to see them.

Pierce County Sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer told media sources on Thursday night that the images collected by investigators from Powell's home computer in Utah two years ago were realistic computer-generated depictions of "incestuous" parent-child relations. "It's family-oriented in nature," Troyer said. "It is incestuous." Troyer said the images couldn't be legally defined as pornography because they don't involve real people. Troyer said the judge in last week's custody hearing was apprised of the images at the proceeding.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, who is overseeing the voyeurism prosecution, said it's his understanding from the images collected that Susan Powell is the subject of much of Steve Powell's (pictured above, center-booking photo) photographic attention. He said the many images of Susan Powell might be of some interest to Utah authorities, but he has seen no evidence connecting Steve Powell to what he calls Susan Powell's murder. Emails show that Powell was actively working in the days around when Susan Powell disappeared on Dec. 6, 2009. He responded to emails the next morning, even drawing praise from a manager for pointing out an oversight related to holiday cards.

Josh Powell was the only person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, Susan, from their home in West Valley City, Utah, in 2009. He was never arrested or charged in the case, and a month after she vanished, he moved with his boys back to his father Steve's home in Puyallup, Wash., south of Seattle. A couple weeks later, on Dec. 21, Steve wrote to a colleague about how Josh and the boys had moved back to live with him and that the children were traumatized by the bright lights of the media and "the searches."

"Even with Josh and the boys here, I am so numb much of each day that I have to put myself on auto-pilot to get things done," he wrote. "I know there are people with worse problems, but when it's yourself experiencing the suffering, you can't just tune it out." He then added: "I still need to send a card to Susan's folks." Her parents said no such card ever arrived.

Powell later described to a colleague in 2011 how he and Josh were baffled by the ongoing investigation in Utah. The case appeared to take an increasing toll on him. He requested time off around the time of the search warrants and then later complained of harassing phone calls from Utah that accused him of "harboring a criminal, accusing my son of murder." In the search warrant used to examine Powell's belongings, authorities said, they were investigating a murder in West Valley City, Utah, though nobody has ever been charged with a crime. Utah investigators say the case remains open and they are still publicly calling it a "missing persons" matter.

Honor Killings!

Published on Jan 30, 2012

Canada -- A jury found an Afghan father, his wife and son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor" in a case that shocked Canadians. (Jan. 30)

First Posted: 1/25/12 - Updated: 01/26/2012 11:18:16 AM PST

Canada -- Prosecutors are trying what they say is a chilling honor murder that led to the massacre of half of the Shafia family.

The Polygraph!

Atlanta, GA (WCJB) -- The day after little Jorelys Rivera's mangled body was found in a suburban Atlanta trash compactor, Ryan Brunn sat in a stark room for a police interview. He began with confidence, but ended with trouble. Keith Sitton, a special agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, hooked up the jeans-clad Brunn to a polygraph machine. Then, he fired off a series of questions to the 20-year-old maintenance man. A videotape of Brunn's polygraph test was released Thursday.


•» Sitton: "Regarding that girl, do you intend to answer these questions truthfully?"
•» Brunn: "Yes."
•» Sitton: "Did you participate in any way in causing the death of that girl?"
•» Brunn: "No."
•» Sitton: "Did you cause the death of that girl?"
•» Brunn: "No."
•» Sitton: "Do you know for sure who caused the death of that girl?"
•» Brunn: "No."

Sitton asked the questions three times. Each time, Brunn said he had nothing to do with Jorelys' killing. By the end of the interview, Sitton knew better. Brunn had turned into a prime suspect. In the videotape, he tells Brunn that he did poorly on the questions regarding his alleged participation in Jorelys' death and the disposal of her body.

•» Sitton: "I can see you're not doing good on this test."
•» Brunn: "Those two questions are really bothering me. I'm not holding back. I promise you. I'll take the test again."

But that was not an option for Brunn. The next day, on December 7, he was arrested. Eventually, he pleaded guilty and, standing before a judge in a Cherokee County courthouse, he described in detail how he enticed, molested and killed Jorelys, 7, in Canton, 40 miles north of Atlanta. After he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Brunn hanged himself with his sweathshirt in a prison cell.

It was that polygraph test that was started Brunn's unraveling. "I've been doing this for a long time," Sitton tells Brunn at the start of the session. But Brunn seems not at all concerned about the questions he is about to face.

Some people think they can beat a polygraph test, said Dr. Peter Ash, a forensic psychiatrist at Emory University in Atlanta. "The fact is that most of them can't do it," he said. "You can control how you look. You can't control how you sweat." Besides, said Ash, criminals are not known for good judgment.

His shirt sleeve rolled up to his shoulders, Brunn begins by telling Sitton that on a scale of one to 10, he is a 7.5 on the truth meter. That he had lied the day before when police asked him whether he'd run the trash compactor at the River Ridge Apartments in Canton, where Jorelys's body was found. "I should have just told the truth straight up," Brunn says. "But I didn't. I was scared."

Brunn tells Sitton that his family was originally from New York but he had been living in Dahlonega, Georgia. He moved to the Canton complex in November, where he was living at a discount and working in maintenance. He'd finished 10th grade but no more. Sitton tells him it's never too late to graduate. Brunn went to Honduras a few years back on a church mission to help rebuild houses for the needy. Sutton asks him if he smoked marijuana. Brunn admits to smoking the night before. He answers Sitton's questions with apparent ease, not as a man who had committed a heinous crime. By the end of the polygraph test, Brunn's voice is slight. He appears more nervous and goes outside to smoke a cigarette.

When he returns, Sitton confronts him about his lies. "There's something on this that you're not telling us. Something that you are keeping to yourself," he says. "What is it you're holding back? Because we're trying to solve this thing." Brunn fiddles with his cell phone. Sitton tells him not to worry about his calls, that he's got more important things to worry about.

•» Sitton: "It's just written all over you. Something's bothering you."
•» Brunn: "I am not bothered at all."
•» Sitton: "You haven't told the complete truth about everything."
•» Brunn: "I have."

It turns out Brunn lied about smoking pot, as well. He had smoked that morning, not the night before, as he said previously. Sitton tells him that he is concerned about Brunn's marijuana habit. Brunn says he gets high but "it doesn't make me crazy. I promise you that." Before the video cuts off, Sitton asks Brunn about allegations he faced in Virginia before his move to Georgia. He had been accused of sexually fondling another girl.

•» Sitton: "You know what I'm talking about."
•» Brunn: "I don't."
•» Sitton: "Remember I said you had to be 100% truthful? I asked you if anyone made accusations. So what you done is told me a lie. You also lied about the trash compactor."
•» Brunn: "They put things in that child's head," Brunn says. I'm a good person. I didn't do nothing to that little Spanish girl and I didn't do nothing to (the other) girl."

There is little remorse in Brunn's words. Later in court, he would describe how he used a roller skate to lure Jorelys into a vacant apartment. He told the judge he made the girl undress and wanted to take her for "sexual purposes." He said he got scared that she would go home and tell her parents what had happened. So he struck her with the skate, slit her throat and tossed her body into the compactor. He even taped a handwritten note telling investigators that Jorelys was in there, almost as though he wanted his crime to be discovered. In court, he would tell Jorelys' family that he was sorry. "Lo siento," he said in Spanish. But in front on Jorelys' sobbing mother, Brunn's apology fell far short. Two days later, he, too, was dead.

Guilty As Sin!

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

GA -- Ryan Brunn's plea deal means he will avoid the death penalty for molesting and murdering 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera. Jorelys' mangled body was found in a trash compactor three days after she went missing on December 2 from an apartment complex in Canton, Georgia, about 40 miles north of Atlanta. According to the indictment, Jorelys was severely beaten and stabbed repeatedly in the face, neck and chest.


Last week, Brunn was indicted on 13 counts including murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, aggravated child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes, false imprisonment, abandonment of a dead body, making a false statement and sexual exploitation of children. According to court testimony, Brunn took Jorelys to an empty apartment and instructed her to pull down her pants. He then put tape over her face and cut her throat with a razor. At this point, she was still alive, he told the court. He said that he then took Jorelys to the bathroom and beat her to death with the skate. He said he did not have sex with the girl. Brunn told the court, he grew concerned about what he had done. So he took a receipt, wrote on the back of it, "She is in the trash can," and taped it to the compactor.

Eternal Damnation!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Atlanta, Ga. (WCJB) -- Ryan Brunn, the man who this week was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering a Georgia girl, apparently killed himself in his prison cell Thursday, a corrections spokeswoman said. Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Kristen Stancil said that Brunn was found unresponsive at 4:15 p.m. in his cell at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Brunn was pronounced dead at a hospital at 5:37 p.m. due to an apparent suicide, she said. The case since has been referred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, according to Stancil.

Georgia Tragedy!

December 9, 2011

Canton, Georgia (WCJB) -- The suspect in the slaying of a 7-year-old Georgia girl worked in the apartment complex where she lived, investigators said Wednesday. Authorities arrested maintenance worker Ryan Brunn, 20, Wednesday afternoon. He is charged with killing 7-year-old Jorelys Rivera, who was last seen alive Friday near a playground at the apartment complex in Canton. Investigators found her body in a trash compactor there three days later.

"We believe that this horrendous crime was planned and calculated," Vernon Keenan, the director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, told media sources. One resident said she told investigators about a recent conversation she had with Brunn, who mentioned that someone could break into one of the many vacant apartments in the complex and harm a child. Jorelys was abducted "in the immediate vicinity" of the apartment complex's playground, then taken to an empty apartment nearby, Keenan said.

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“Another Nigger fried. No big deal.”

-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.

Top News Story!

Exploitive Program!

Posted: 04/26/2012 14:41 PDT - Updated: 05/5/2012 07:03 PDT

Los Angeles, CA (WCJB) -- Prosecutors have charged a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy with sex crimes against a girl he met through the Explorer program for youth interested in law enforcement careers. The district attorney's office said Thursday that 36-year-old Manuel Enrique Perallon Jr. is charged with one felony count of oral copulation of a person under 18 and misdemeanor child molesting. Prosecutors say Perallon oversaw the Explorer program at the Cerritos Station and met the victim when she was 16. The crimes allegedly occurred a year ago.

The deputy was arrested Wednesday and has been released on $70,000 bond. Arraignment is scheduled for May 16. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. A telephone message left for Perallon wasn't immediately returned.

NY Connections!

Posted: 02/10/2012 - Updated: 02/14/2012 12:20:09 PM PST

New York -- In his first television appearance since sexual assault accusations against him became public, Greg Kelly (pictured above, center) returned to the morning show on which he is an anchor and alluded to a decision this week by Manhattan prosecutors not to file rape charges against him. Near the beginning of the show on Channel 5, Mr. Kelly’s fellow anchor, Rosanna Scotto, turned to Mr. Kelly and said, “So you’re back.”

Kelly replied: “Rosanna, it’s great to see you. Folks, thank you. It was a tough couple of weeks obviously for a lot of people. And I’m very, very grateful for all the support I had here, the support from my family and friends, those I care about and the viewers of course. They’ve been just great, the people who watch the show, and have weighed in through social media, positive remarks. Thank you very much.” Mr. Kelly, a son of the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, did not discuss the nature of the accusations against him or talk about his accuser. It was the first time he was on the show since Jan. 25.

In late January, a woman in her late 20s or early 30s walked into the 13th Precinct station house and told officers that in October, Mr. Kelly, 43, had raped her in the Lower Manhattan law office where she works as a paralegal after the two had drinks together at a bar at South Street Seaport. Because of a conflict of interest, the Police Department handed the case over to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. After a two-week investigation, the chief of the district attorney’s sex crimes unit, Martha Bashford, wrote a letter to Mr. Kelly’s lawyer saying “the facts established during our investigation do not fit the definition of sexual assault crimes.”

(pictured above, center: Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney. Two years into Mr. Vance’s tenure running one of the nation’s most prominent prosecution offices, the cases in which the office’s actions have received the most criticism involved highly publicized allegations of sexual assault . Those were the cases against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, which Mr. Vance ultimately dropped; and against on-duty police officers, Kenneth Moreno and Franklin L. Mata, who were convicted only on lesser charges.)

A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said then that the agency had conducted a “thorough investigation,” interviewing witnesses and analyzing evidence including security logs, text messages, receipts and phone records. Both Mr. Kelly and the woman, whose name was not made public by the authorities, were interviewed as part of the investigation.

According to the woman’s account, the two continued to have contact by phone and text message after the encounter. At some point after her boyfriend heard about the night she spent with Mr. Kelly, he approached the police commissioner at a public event and said that his son had sexually assaulted the woman. The commissioner told the man to write a letter, the woman later told investigators, but there was no evidence that a letter was ever sent.

After the accusation became public, Mr. Kelly, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Reserves, took a leave from his position at the TV station show.

The Top Cop's Son!

First Posted: 01/26/2012 2:40 pm ET - Updated: 01/26/2012 1:47 pm PT

MANHATTAN, NY -- The woman who accused Greg Kelly of raping her also claims she became pregnant as a result of the alleged sexual assault, sources told Corrupt Justice™. She was described as a credible "professional person" who said she ended her pregnancy, sources said. Kelly, a local TV news anchor and son of NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly (pictured above, center) is being investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney's office after the woman walked into the 13th Precinct Tuesday night and claimed he raped her in her law office near South Street Seaport. The accuser, who is not a lawyer, told police that she was virtually passed out when Kelly, the co-host of Fox 5's "Good Day New York," allegedly sexually assaulted her last Oct. 8 at her Wall Street-connected firm. Kelly was absent from Thursday morning's "Good Day New York" broadcast. After the woman made the accusation, the NYPD contacted the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to take over the investigation because of the conflicts created for cops who would have to investigate the police commissioner’s son.

The woman, in her late 20s, said she and Kelly met for the first time that evening and they were drinking at a bar near the Seaport. They then strolled to her office where she claimed she the newsman assaulted her while she was incapacitated. She told investigators she eventually called Kelly demanding to know "what did you do to me?" sources said. Media sources reported that the woman is an "emotional cripple" and "distraught." The alleged victim told investigators that her boyfriend became enraged when she told him about the alleged attack, sources said. He confronted the police commissioner at a public event around the holiday season and told him that his son had ruined her life, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Ray Kelly told the boyfriend to write him a letter, the woman told investigators, sources said.

"Mr. Kelly is aware that the New York County District Attorney's office is conducting an investigation," Kelly's lawyer said in a statement. Kelly, through his attorneys, has vehemently denied the allegation. "Mr. Kelly strenuously denies any wrongdoing of any kind, and is cooperating fully with the District Attorney's investigation. We know that the District Attorney's investigation will prove Mr. Kelly's innocence." His lawyers have turned over text messages between Kelly and the woman that they believe undermine suggestions the encounter was anything but consensual.

Greg Kelly has not been charged with any crime. Mayor Bloomberg, speaking at an unrelated press conference, said Ray Kelly took the appropriate step when he told the accuser's boyfriend to write a letter. He also said turning the case over to the DA was "exactly what they should do," and added that "as far as I know, Greg Kelly has not been charged with anything." The NYPD referred all calls to the district attorney's office. The DA's office also declined to comment.

Kelly joined Fox News Channel in 2002 and was the White House correspondent from 2005 to 2007. A Marine Corps veteran and lieutenant colonel in the reserves, he also covered the Iraq War and the September 11 terror attacks.

Guilty as Charged!

Posted: 02/04/2012 - Updated: 02/14/2012 3:52:09 PM PST

(pictured above, center: Bennett S. Barbour and his wife, Valerie, shortly before his arrest in 1978.)

Richmond, Va. -- Investigators knocked on Bennett S. Barbour's door on Valentine's Day 1978 and arrested him on a charge of raping a College of William and Mary student at gunpoint a week earlier. The slight, 22-year-old handyman from rural Charles City County had been married just a few months when he was taken into custody, the romantic greeting card and box of candy for his pregnant wife left unopened.

Today, Barbour (pictured left) is a divorced, 56-year-old convicted sex offender who has bone cancer, and who desperately wants to clear his name. "I ended up losing my wife," he said. "I told them I didn't do it, but they railroaded me and locked me up." Now, the state has proof that he is innocent.

Tests conducted in 2010 on material from Barbour's old case file as part of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science's post-conviction DNA project identified the DNA of a known offender in biological evidence taken from the scene and failed to find Barbour's DNA. The DNA report has been in the hands of authorities for 18 months, but Barbour learned about his ticket to exoneration only two weeks ago.

The legal director of the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law, plans to petition the Virginia Supreme Court for a writ of actual innocence on Barbour's behalf. "He is innocent, and the DNA proves it," he said last week. Another one of Barbour's lawyers and also with the U.Va. Innocence Project Clinic, said, "I don't know how they found him guilty without DNA." According to documents in the 1978 case file and news accounts of the trial, three witnesses testified that they were with Barbour at the time of the Feb. 7, 1978, attack in the Parkway Apartments in Williamsburg.

Arrest records show Barbour was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 115 pounds at the time. The victim was 5 feet 8 and weighed 135 pounds, Barbour said. In addition to his smaller stature, Barbour said he had had a pin holding an elbow together at the time of the rape. "I was hardly able to move my arm at all," he said. Barbour was born with a medical condition that can lead to easily broken bones. Barbour had a solid alibi; he did not match the suspect's description; he has brittle bone disease; and he did not have a gun, said his attorney.

Also, a March 24, 1978, forensic lab report obtained by Barbour's current lawyers shows that even the relatively crude blood typing performed on seminal fluid left by the assailant strongly suggested that Barbour was not the attacker. The seminal fluid was left by someone who is Type A, as was the victim. Barbour is Type B. In addition, "Negro" hairs taken from the crime scene were said to be "not consistent" with a sample from Barbour, the report said. Still, the jury found Barbour guilty, siding with the identification made by the 19-year-old victim who, according to a probation office report, identified him by police mug shots and in a lineup.

Barbour alibi witnesses included: his mother-in-law; his brother; and a woman "who is of the white race and the only white witness called by the defense," noted a motion to set aside the guilty verdict. Nevertheless, on April 14, 1978, he was convicted of rape by a jury.

In a post-sentence report, probation officer Frederick W. Toepke wrote: "I think it should be brought to the Court's attention that since the Court trial I have talked to the Police Officers who investigated this matter and it is still their personal opinion(s) that perhaps a strong possibility exists that (Barbour) could be innocent of the charge. I was further informed that the investigation of this offense is continuing." According to the transcript of Barbour's sentencing, Barbour's defense attorney, Charles L. Beard asked the judge for leniency. "He has maintained then, now, and at all points, that he was innocent. The evidence you heard was questionable," said Beard.

But at the sentencing the judge said the case "boiled down, as I recall, to a question of credibility, a question of who you believed; and the jury believed, obviously ... the Commonwealth's witness." On April 17 he was sentenced to 8 years for charges in the unrelated burglary and on April 28 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the rape. Barbour wound up serving 4½ years of his 18-year sentence, making parole his first time up for consideration. Parole was not abolished in Virginia until 1995.

The 1978 lab report from his forensic case file was signed by Mary Jane Burton, the forensic serologist who performed blood typing for what is now called the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in the years before DNA testing was available. Samples of evidence that Burton taped inside her old case files are now being tested by the department in an effort to clear people wrongly convicted from 1973 through 1988. Barbour's case was among those; the DNA in his case was tested in 2010.

A few years ago, Barbour was diagnosed with bone cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy at the VCU's Massey Cancer Center. On Friday, he was at the hospital after a bad reaction to medication, his lawyers said. Barbour, who now has three grandchildren, stays in touch by telephone with his 34-year-old daughter, who lives in another state. One afternoon last month, he was playing cards with a nephew when he got word that a lawyer wanted him to call him. Barbour called the next day and learned there had been DNA testing in his case, something he had sought in 2004 without success. He contacted the Innocence Project Clinic at U.Va. and soon learned that the DNA results cleared him and implicated someone else.

"I'm like, 'What?' Stunned. Very stunned and relieved," he said. "It was about time I got a break in life because I've been dealing with this for 34 years. "I would like my name cleared, and I would like some restitution for them putting me away for something I didn't do, and I want everybody to know that I never touched this woman, I never had any contact with this person. I didn't get a chance to help raise my daughter like I wanted to. I'm a good man. And I wanted to be a part of my kid's life. They took all this away from me."

Cops That Sexually Offend!
Part - XXXIV - 2012!

Beach Patrol!

Posted: March 9, 2012 1:00 AM - Updated: March 9, 2012 04:27 PM PST

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- A former Volusia County Beach Patrol officer will be sent to a state prison after pleading no contest to charges of having sex with an underage lifeguard and a teenager, according to a three-page plea agreement filed Thursday. Robert Tameris, also known to his peers as "Beautiful Bobby," entered a plea of no contest to two charges of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to the documents. The plea marks another chapter in a scandal that rocked the Beach Patrol, leading to the firings of three employees and a lawsuit against the county.

The 46-year-old Tameris (pictured right) will be adjudicated guilty and spend 18 months in state prison, to be followed by four years of strict sex offender probation, the agreement shows. In the document, Tameris said he "maintains my innocence," and is pleading to the charges in his "best interest." For Tameris it culminates a nearly three-year firestorm after allegations surfaced in 2009 that he was among three men who had sex with former lifeguard Ashley Drury, who was a minor at the time. The criminal case against Tameris dragged along with numerous delays after he was arrested in 2009. The case was expected to go to trial next week, and would have taken five days. If convicted at trial of both counts, Tameris faced a minimum sentence of 11 1/2 years in prison.

Affidavits filed with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement alleged Drury had sex with each of the men at various times in 2008. The affidavits show Tameris and the former lifeguard exchanged more than 1,700 text messages during an undetermined amount of time and more than 1,100 texts with the two other men. After Drury's claims surfaced, a teenager told investigators she had a sexual relationship with Tameris after she met him while sunbathing. She said the pair had sex 20 to 25 times between September 2007 and May 2008 at Tameris' home when she was 16 and 17.

Drury later filed a federal lawsuit against the county for condoning a "culture of sexual abuse and depravity" and demanded more than $2 million in damages. The lawsuit has since been dismissed and she could be on the hook for nearly $300,000 the county spent defending itself in federal court.

A similar suit is pending in state court.

Tameris' attorney said there is an agreement between the state and defense not to discuss the plea agreement in the media. "I will honor that," he said, declining further comment. But State Attorney R.J. Larizza said in a news release that Tameris' pending sentence will make the community a "safer and better place." "Sometimes the pursuit of justice is an arduous and painful journey, as it was in this case," he said. Tameris answered the door at his Port Orange home on Thursday but declined comment.

The county launched an internal investigation after Drury alleged she had sex with Beach Patrol officers Tameris, the then 36-year-old Jecoa Simmons and 31-year-old lifeguard Chris Duarte. Tameris was not initially charged due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Simmons and Duarte were never charged with any sex crime. Simmons, a captain who was fired after the allegations arose, was sentenced to four years' probation last week for telling a young woman to lie to investigators about sexual activity within the agency. Duarte was never prosecuted.

Under Florida law, it is a felony for a person 24 and older to have sex with a person who is 16 or 17, regardless of whether the sex was consensual. Tameris, who has been out on $20,000 bail, will be designated a sex offender once his sentence is completed. If Tameris violates the terms of his probation, he could also spend more time in prison.

Posted: January 7, 2012 12:05 AM - Updated: January 17, 2012 11:34 AM PST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The trial of former Volusia County Beach Patrol Officer Bobby Tameris on charges of underage sex has been postponed until February while the defense continues its efforts to get evidence tossed. The trial had been set for next week. The announcement was made Friday after Circuit Judge Joseph Will heard arguments on a number of evidentiary issues that have tied up the case against Tameris for years. The 46-year-old Port Orange man is accused of having sex with two teen girls who were younger than 18. If convicted, Tameris could face prison. Under Florida law, it is a felony for a person over 24 to have sex with a person who is 16 or 17, regardless of whether the sex was consensual or not. The case has dragged along with numerous procedural delays since Tameris was arrested in 2009. He was released on $20,000 bail.

His lawyer argued this week that the case against Tameris should be dismissed outright because the State Attorney's Office knew Tameris was represented by a lawyer when they used what he called methods of entrapment. The judge denied the motion to dismiss on those grounds, prosecutors said. But Will pointed out that he felt "uncomfortable" with the fact that a letter the defense attorney wrote to the office informing them he was Tameris' lawyer was never answered. After the letter was sent, an investigator with the prosecutors' office sent a young female witness to Tameris' house to record a conversation with Tameris about his sexual background. The defense attorney cried foul.

Prosecutor Celeste Gagne defended the decision by the office not to respond to the letter. The office, she said, had no legal duty to respond to defense counsel's letter. "The state has an obligation to prosecute crimes," Gagne said, adding that a vague response such as "thank you for writing" may have "clued (the attorney) off there was something in the works." "I can tell you, in this case, the law was followed," she said.

"It's perfectly legal to not respond and perfectly legal to continue to investigate, but there's something upsetting in our small community," the judge said, "to write a letter and be ignored." While the judge didn't find the case should be dismissed for any due process violation on the part of the state, he felt the fact that the defense attorney's letter wasn't answered "lacked civility." Will suppressed some evidence, including phone records and text messages from a phone that was recovered with a search warrant. But he reserved rulings on the suppression of other evidence, including recorded conversations Tameris had with the young woman who was working with investigators. Will said a hearing will be set next week to announce his remaining rulings on the pretrial motions.

Since the case is largely a battle over the credibility of witness testimony, what additional evidence is suppressed could have a dramatic effect on the outcome. The judge assured the attorneys he would make a ruling so the case can be tried Feb. 20, 2012. The trial is expected to take five days.


First Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Updated: Friday, February 23, 2012 - 9:46 am PST
"It's as significant a restriction as we have in the system. ... At least with electronic monitoring we know where he is."

-- Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning explaining why he lifted a $300,000 bail and placed accused rapist, Pittsburgh police officer, Adam Skweres on house arrest under electronic monitoring.

Pittsburgh, PA -- An Overbrook woman, who claims a Pittsburgh police officer sexually assaulted her a week ago, said on Friday she was appalled a judge released the officer from jail. Investigators believe the 33-year-old woman became Officer Adam Skweres' fourth victim since 2008, his second year on the job. "That's insane," said the woman, who asked the media not to use her name. "What does he have to do to get in trouble? Now, I have to worry. I really am scared."

Pittsburgh police yesterday added charges of attempted rape, bribery, oppression and indecent assault against Skweres, 34 (pictured left) of Lincoln Place. Police filed similar charges on Thursday, saying three women complained Skweres offered them legal help in attempts to receive sexual favors. Police said the Overbrook woman told them Skweres sexually assaulted her on Saturday at her home, telling her he could help get her boyfriend out of jail. She reported the incident to the FBI two days later. An agent told her authorities were investigating Skweres for other incidents.

Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey A. Manning lifted a $300,000 bail and placed Skweres on house arrest under electronic monitoring, saying "it's as significant a restriction as we have in the system. ... At least with electronic monitoring we know where he is." Manning said Deputy District Attorney Chris Avetta did not present credible evidence that someone threatened or tried to intimidate witnesses.

"I've been in disbelief," she said. "They said they didn't have enough evidence and they had to build a case -- at the expense of my mental wellness for the rest of my life."

District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said the investigation began in 2008 when a woman complained to the Office of Municipal Investigations. A complaint "is entirely different than having sufficient evidence to prosecute," Zappala said. "You need the evidence to prosecute. This evidence was developed over a period of time."

Skweres became a police officer in February 2007 and worked in the Zone 3 station in Allentown. He remained on the job as city police, OMI, the FBI and the District Attorney's Office investigated complaints against him. Police Chief Nate Harper suspended him without pay after his arrest. "During the ongoing investigation, there was not enough information to substantiate him being taken out of uniform or being moved from his duty location," Harper said through a spokeswoman. He said removing Skweres from active duty could have jeopardized the investigation.

Police said two women complained of incidents that happened in 2008: one said Skweres approached her at Pittsburgh Municipal Court, Downtown, and the other said he propositioned her after a traffic accident in the South Side. Melissa Watkins of Beltzhoover, who police believe was Skweres' third victim, told media sources he came to her home in December and asked her how much she loved her jailed boyfriend and what she would do for him. She told police he demanded oral sex and she finally agreed to show him her buttocks "in order to satisfy him," a complaint said. "I was an emotional wreck," Watkins, 27, told sources. "Anytime I saw a patrol car it made me hold my breath and want to hide."

Beth Pittinger, executive director of the independent Citizen Police Review Board, said police brass should have carefully supervised Skweres after the first complaint. "How many victims could've been avoided?" Pittinger said."I think everybody is kind of scratching their heads wondering why. I think it would've been prudent with that kind of suspicion that he be taken off the street and his interaction with the public be limited."

"I think it's important for everybody to not rush to judgment," said the attorney who represents Skweres. Skweres' older brother said the allegations shocked his family. "This is completely uncharacteristic of him," Joe Skweres said. "I don't see how these allegations could be true."

Under Arrest ...!

First Posted: January 30, 2012 2:40 pm PT - Updated:

Santa Maria, CA -- A Santa Maria police officer suspected of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by a fellow officer as he was about to be arrested, authorities said. The officer, who has not been formally identified, was near the end of his shift at a DUI checkpoint when supervisors arrived after 1 a.m. Saturday to detain him, Police Chief Danny R. Macagni told reporters at a news conference. There was a struggle, the suspected officer fired his gun and a fellow officer then shot him in the chest, Macagni said. "He chose to resist," Macagni said. "He drew his weapon. A fight ensued. He fired his weapon. And one of my officers that was there also discharged his weapon, and the officer was fatally wounded."

The dramatic shooting of a police officer by a colleague in the same unit roiled this northern Santa Barbara County city of 100,000, known more for its tri-tip and Elks rodeo than violent crime. "It's a very, very tragic day," Macagni said. In a briefing posted to the website of media sources, the police chief said developments in the probe of the officer forced police to take immediate action. He said detectives believed that the officer knew he was under investigation, that witnesses were being intimidated, and that the public would be at risk if the officer was not arrested before he left his shift.

"The information that we had in hand demanded that we not let him leave that scene, get in a car, drive somewhere. It would put the public at risk if he did," Macagni said. "We just did not know what was going to happen. And we did not expect him to react the way he did."

Macagni outlined some details of the police investigation:

Santa Maria police detectives were made aware of allegations that the officer was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl, but the information was sketchy.

Detectives continued the investigation into Friday evening, while the officer began his shift at a DUI checkpoint at Broadway and McElhany Avenue, near a fast-food restaurant, a liquor store and a market.

"Information unfolded during the time that the officer was on duty and unfolded very rapidly. It was very explicit, very specific, that indicated that the officer was involved in not only an inappropriate sexual relationship, but a very explicit one, and it demanded immediate action," Macagni said.

By 1 a.m. Saturday, detectives had enough information to arrest the officer, who would have been booked on multiple felony counts.

Two police supervisors were dispatched to the checkpoint to make the arrest. A fight ensued, and the suspected officer was fatally shot by an officer who had been working at the DUI checkpoint with him.

"We had no choice. And I am not at liberty to divulge the specifics of the ongoing information that caused us to take the action that we did," Macagni said. "But let me stress the fact that we had information in hand that was very specific, that demanded we go out and take this officer off the street immediately. There is some witness intimidation involved, and the allegations of sexual misconduct are very explicit."

Macagni added: "We also understand that the community demands that we hold our people to a very high standard, and this type of conduct by a sworn police officer … cannot be tolerated, and agencies will take the necessary enforcement action to take these people off the streets."

The officer, who was married and was a four-year veteran of the department, was pronounced dead at Marian Medical Center after undergoing emergency surgery. No one else was injured. The officer's father and sister, speaking to media sources in Santa Maria, identified him as Albert Covarrubias Jr., 29.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting.


Posted: 2:23 p.m. EST, January 19, 2012 - Updated: 11:56 PM PST, Wed. January 25, 2012

Fla. -- A Davie police officer accused of drugging and raping a family member is preparing for a new trial this spring after rejecting a plea deal, said his attorney. Stephen Olenchak, 37 (pictured above, center) was found guilty in December 2010, but won the right to a new trial because a juror brought a Wikipedia article into deliberations. "They made a plea offer of three years, which we rejected," Olenchak's attorney said this week. Trial is likely three or four months away, he said.

Olenchak was arrested in March 2009 by Davie police on charges he drugged and raped a family member, then 19, while his wife and 4-year-old son slept next to them in the same bed. Olenchak claimed the young woman seduced him. In the first trial, Olenchak pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual battery. On Dec. 2, 2010, jurors convicted him of digital penetration but acquitted him on the second charge of penile penetration. If convicted on both counts, he could have received a maximum 30-year sentence. Two weeks later, Broward Circuit Judge Stanton Kaplan declared a mistrial after a jury forewoman admitted to downloading information from Wikipedia and bringing it to the jury room. Olenchak was briefly declared a sex offender after being convicted by the first jury. The judge revoked that designation because of the mistrial.

In this next trial, Olenchak can be prosecuted only on one count of sexual battery because he was acquitted on the second. A status hearing was held Thursday morning before Broward Circuit Judge Barbara McCarthy. Assistant State Attorney Victoria Watson said she plans to upgrade the charge to sexual battery on a helpless victim, a first-degree felony that carries a maximum 30-year sentence. The original charge of sexual battery was a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years.

Ladmarald Cates!

Posted: 5:47 PM EST, Fri January 13, 2012 - Updated: 02:51 PM PST, Fri January 13, 2012

A jury on Wednesday found fired Milwaukee police officer Ladmarald Cates (pictured below, left) guilty of violating a woman's civil rights by raping her after he responded to her 911 call in July 2010. The jury deliberated for just three hours. In their split verdict, they found Cates not guilty of using a firearm in a crime of violence. They also found that although Cates committed a rape that qualified as aggravated sexual abuse, it did not result in bodily injury to the victim. Despite being acquitted on a second count, Cate's, 44, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced April 11, 2012. He will likely serve far less time under federal sentencing guidelines.

The victim in the case cried as the verdict was announced. Afterward, she said she was glad her ordeal had ended. "I really appreciate the federal government helping me," she said. "It means a whole lot to me that I don't have to deal with it anymore, and no other women will have to deal with it. I'm happy he won't hurt anybody else."

The U.S. attorney's office and FBI began investigating Cates in late 2010 after the Milwaukee County district attorney's office declined to charge him. Cates was fired from the Police Department in December 2010 for lying and for "idling and loafing" because having sex on duty is against department rules.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mel Johnson said he was pleased with the outcome. "We feel like we won the heart of the case," he said. "Of course, we want to win everything, but it was a difficult case."

The defense attorney for Cates said she and her client accepted the result of the trial process. "They made a decision that he violated her civil rights, and we accept that," she said. "They obviously didn't believe some of her testimony in regards to the gun and decided there was no bodily injury." Now, the attorney said, she and Cates would shift their focus to keeping him out of prison.

The trial, which began Monday, came down to who was more credible: Cates or the victim. Both testified, and they gave vastly different accounts.

Cates said the woman had sex with him willingly after he arrived at her north side home in response to her 911 call about neighbors throwing bricks and rocks through the windows. The two had met previously, during a traffic stop, and they started flirting and talking, he said. When he told her he was becoming aroused, she performed a sex act, which led to intercourse, he said.

In stark contrast, the woman testified that Cates assaulted her. As he did, she feared he could kill her and she would never see her two young children again. She didn't try to fight him, but did not want to have sex with him and did not consent, said the woman, then 19. She felt threatened by his police firearm, which was on his belt during the assault, she said.

During closing arguments earlier Wednesday, both the prosecution and the defense focused on the issue of whose version was more credible.

Saeed A. Mody, a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, told jurors Cates "went from police officer to predator when he preyed upon a young woman he saw as powerless, vulnerable and voiceless."

"He picked someone he thought would never say what happened, and if she did, no one would believe her," Mody said.

The jury should believe her, Mody said, because her consistency in relating the details of the assault, her actions afterward and the medical evidence in the case make her credible. He reminded jurors that Cates had told an internal affairs detective three different stories. First, Cates denied having sexual contact with the woman in July, but said the two had previously had sex in his car while on a date after a traffic stop. Then, he said that although they did not have sex in July, she grabbed him and touched herself sexually. In a third statement, he said he and the woman engaged in two sex acts that were consensual. During the third statement, he also said they had not really had sex previously.

The defense attorney, conceded in closing arguments that Cates had initially lied to the detective but contended that his third account, which he repeated on the witness stand, was the truth. She pointed out several inconsistencies in the details of the woman's statements, such as who took her children out of the house and whether Cates responded when she asked him to use a condom. She also emphasized that a medical examination of the victim after the incident showed no injuries to her vaginal area.

The jury believed the victim and convicted Cates. The attorney who was retained by the victim to help her bring the case to prosecutors, said she was proud her client had not given up. "It's humbling to have a client who went out and actively attempted to save the lives of other women," the attorney said. "It was a crime against her civil rights, and it was violence against women. . . . She has achieved justice on behalf of women in Milwaukee, and that doesn't happen very often."

Last year, a media investigation revealed Cates had been accused of breaking the law five times before. Three of the previous allegations involved sexual misconduct - two with female prisoners and one with a 16-year-old girl. The alleged incidents date to 2000, three years after he was hired by the department. Internal investigators referred Cates to the district attorney's office for possible charges in two of the previous cases.

The first was a domestic violence battery in 2000. Cates' then-girlfriend said he shoved and choked her. Prosecutors offered Cates a diversion agreement, which allowed him to avoid charges by refraining from criminal activity, avoiding violent contact with the victim and undergoing counseling. A conviction on a domestic violence charge would have prevented Cates from carrying a gun under federal law and resulted in his removal from the force. Police also referred Cates to the district attorney's office on allegations of having sex with the 16-year-old in 2007. Prosecutors declined to charge him.

Due to the rules of evidence, the jury was not allowed to hear testimony about any of the previous allegations.

Killeen Teen Sex!

Published: Thursday, Jan 12, 2012 4:13 PM PST - Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012, 10:04 AM PST

KILLEEN, TX -- Killeen Police Officer Kirt Yarbrough Sr. (pictured below, left) has been arrested and charged with sexual assault after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old. The teenager was a member of the Killeen Police Explorer Program, which Yarbrough was one of the leaders of. He was initially placed on administrative leave the day after the alleged inappropriate relationship was reported on January 4, 2012. After an investigation by the Bell County District Attorney's Office Yarbrough was arrested Thursday and released after posting a $100,000 bond. There is an ongoing investigation which could result in more charges being filed, according to a police press release.

The Explorer Program is chartered through Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. Killeen's chapter was established in the early 1980's, and police department policy expressly prohibits fraternization between Explorers and their adult leaders. That program has been suspended to allow for an administrative review of the policies and procedures affiliated with it. Killeen Police say it appears the activities surrounding the relationship between Officer Yarbrough and the juvenile are isolated.

Darby Township Rapist!

Posted: Sat. December 31, 2011 3:56 PM PST - Updated: Tues. January 3, 2012 11:16 AM PST

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (WCJB) – A former Darby Township police officer is facing some serious charges. Kevin Joseph Walker is behind bars after Delaware County prosecutors filed rape, sexual assault and other criminal charges against the former officer. According to the criminal complaint, Walker used his authority as a Darby Township police officer to coerce women into performing sex and sexual acts. The women accuse Walker of harassing and stalking them and say Walker committed some of the crimes while he was on duty and in uniform.

Walker is currently an elected state constable for the City of Chester. He was suspended with the intent to terminate this past July and is currently suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the charges.

Walker was arraigned Thursday afternoon and is now free on bail. He will be required to stay away from the victims. Walker’s wife turned in his personal weapons and he is required to turn in his badge, gun and other police materials by Friday.

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