HEMPSTEAD, NY – A middle school teacher was sent to the hospital after she had the shit kicked out of her by the mother of one of her students.
The incident happened on Wednesday at Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School, when 34-year-old Annika McKenzie showed up to the school and waited outside of Catherine Engelhardt’s classroom.
When Engelhadt showed up, the two got into a conversation about an “incident earlier in the day.” According to McKenzie’s attorney, that incident involved the teacher putting her hands on McKenzie’s 12-year-old daughter.
Engelhardt reportedly refused to talk to McKenzie and instructed her to get a security pass. Police say what followed next was the teacher being shoved against the wall, placed in a headlock and thrown to the floor.
She was then kicked and punched by several students, including McKenzie’s 14-year-old niece. McKenzie then allegedly choked the teacher unconscious.
Another teacher was able to break up the melee, and Engelhardt was rushed to the hospital. She has since been released and is recovering at home.…
In a nutshell, real life has just gotten in the way. It happens on occasion. Not just with me, but also with a couple of people who continue to help me keep this place running. It was a perfect storm, of sorts, that left the site in a semi-inactive state.
The thing is, it’s gonna get a tad worse before it gets any better as I will be on vacation for the last week of April. I won’t be completely on point until the first week of May. The others will also be freed up by then, or shortly after, so DD should quickly get back to normal (whatever the hell that is) after that.
I also plan on refocusing on a couple of things I’ve ranted about for a decade. I will be getting a couple of new writers and finishing up the t-shirt project I was almost done with before things got in the way.…
YUMA, AZ – Well here’s a story to start off your day. Two 18-month-old twins drowned in a canal after their mother let go of their stroller to fend off a bee.
Alexis Keslar was pushing her twin sons, Silas and Eli Keslar, along a canal Friday when she let go of the stroller’s handle to swat at a bee. This caused the stroller to roll away from her and into the canal.
Keslar immediately jumped in to try and save her sons, who were both belted into the stroller, but the strong current washed the stroller away from her. She managed to climb back out an called for help.
Even after the canal’s water level was lowered and the flow reduced, it still took emergency workers an hour to find the boys. They were flown to the hospital where they were both pronounced dead.
According to Lt. Don Willits, the incident has been determined to be an accident and no charges are expected to be filed.
Yuma police said the paths along the canal are popular with joggers and bicyclists, adding that people often underestimate the speed of the canal’s current and how deep the water can be.…
CICERO, IL – Police have charged 23-year-old Martin Alvarado Jr. with fatally beating his girlfriend’s 18-month-old after the child urinated on him during a diaper change.
Police were called to a home on Thursday where Alvarado was caring for his girlfriend’s son. The boy was found unresponsive and taken to the hospital where he would be pronounced dead.
An autopsy was conducted the following day and the boy’s death was ruled a homicide after it was discovered the boy had died of multiple blunt force injuries from child abuse.
Alvarado was questioned and revealed ha had been in the process of changing the toddler’s diaper when the boy urinated on Alvarado. According to investigators, Alvarado became so mad that he repeatedly hit the boy.
Police arrested Alvarado and charged him with first-degree murder. On Monday he was ordered held without bail until his next court appearance on April 28.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said they have had prior contact with the family, but would not elaborate. …
CLEVELAND, OH – Police have charged Michelle Schwab with misdemeanor child endangerment after her 2-year-old fell 10 feet into the cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
The incident happened over the weekend as the 38-year-old mother of three was holding a small child in one arm and her 2-year-old in the other while at the zoo’s cheetah attraction.
Somehow the boy slipped from her arms and ended up falling around 10 feet over a protective railing, landing into the cheetah’s den. The cheetahs never approached the boy after he landed, nor did they approach when Schwab and her husband jumped in to retrieve him. The boy was taken to the hospital to treat a leg injury.
Charges were filed against Schwab after several witnesses told investigators they saw the child being held over the railing of the exhibit. If she’s convicted, she faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Schwab may also be unemployed. She was the assistant director at the Sawmill Road KinderCare in Columbus, but communications coordinator Colleen Moran said Schwab “will remain out of the center while this issue is investigated and addressed.”
The director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said zoo habitats for animals are designed for the safety of the animals and the guests, but guests are expected to use common sense (ha!) and follow zoo rules when viewing animals.…
HANOVER, MD — Police are looking for 24-year-old Bhadreshkumar Patel after they say he beat his wife to death inside a Dunkin Donuts where they both worked.
Police were called to the all-night Dunkin Donuts on Arundel Mills Boulevard after a customer walked in at around 11 p.m. Sunday and found that there were no employees.
When police arrived, they found 21-year-old Palak Patel lying dead in the kitchen. Evidence collected at the scene linked the murder to Patel’s husband, who also worked with her at the store. Police say he hit his wife multiple times with an object and then fled on foot.
An arrest warrant was issued for Patel, who has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, assault and other charges. Police are still looking for him and are warning the public that he is dangerous.
“Don’t harbor him, don’t assist him in any way, shape or form,” said police spokesperson Justin Mulcahy, who added the couple had at least one prior contact with police for a domestic incident in December.…
BONNEY LAKE, WA – A mother, father and their infant son were crushed to death when a concrete wall fell from a state Route 410 overpass under renovation and landed on the family’s truck.
East Pierce Fire & Rescue officials said the accident happened before 11 a.m. Monday when concrete and other materials fell off the overpass and landed on the family’s pickup as they drove down Angeline Road East.
It took crews almost eight hours to remove the debris from the truck and realize that there were three people dead inside. Their names have not been released, but police say they were a couple in their 20s and their 6-month-old baby.
No word on how the “very heavy” concrete structure fell, but a construction crew had been working on a project to replace and extend a sidewalk on that overpass. The part that fell was part of the original overpass, which was built in 1992.
“The type of work that was going on shouldn’t have resulted in anything falling,” said Bonney Lake Public Works Director Dan Grigsby.…
JEMISON, AL – Authorities charged Eric “Heath” Price with murder after he shot and killed his wife inside a doctor’s office before turning the gun on himself.
Leaj Price, 24, got into a a domestic situation with her husband that got so bad she felt the need to run from the home and to a doctor’s office next door. She was frantically trying to get in while screaming for someone to call the police.
Dr. Jay Patel went to the main entrance and found Leaj struggling with her husband, 26-year-old Eric “Heath” Price. “He wouldn’t let go of her hand and he just stood at the doorway,” Patel adds.
Patel said Eric Price threatened him with a gun, so he locked a dozen other patients and employees in a back room. “Before anything could happen, I heard a pop then I heard her stop screaming,” Patel says.
After shooting Leaj in the head, Eric walked back to the couple’s rental home next door and staged a standoff with police that lasted several hours.…
Turner, OR — A 24-year-old woman has been arrested after police say she struck her boyfriend of two years in the head with a baseball bat, fracturing his skull, because she just didn’t want to be his girlfriend anymore.
Haley Fox and the alleged victim reportedly “met” on the internet a couple years ago. Just recently, the 26-year-old man decided to move from Alabama to Oregon to set up house with Fox.
When he arrived at Fox’s home Wednesday, she invited him to have a seat at a patio table decked out with candles, where she poured him a glass of wine. D’awwww!
Then, according to the victim, Fox requested that he close his eyes. When he did so, he said, she knocked him upside the back of the head with a baseball bat three times.
The man later told police that shortly after the presumably unprovoked attack, another woman appeared at the home. He could hear the two women talking, he said, saying words like “binding,” “him,” and “duct tape.” He told police he truly believed he was going to die.…
SACRAMENTO, CA – Police have arrested 27-year-old Porche Wright after they say she doused her 7-year-old daughter with a flammable liquid then set her on fire.
Police were called to Wright’s home on a report of child abuse after a friend of Wright’s came over and discovered the suspect’s daughter covered in serious burns.
Paramedics rushed the girl to the hospital suffering from severe wounds. She is expected to survive and remains under treatment at Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Wright was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges of felony child abuse and attempted murder charges. She’s being held without bail.
This isn’t Wright’s first run-in with the law, having previously been charged with prostitution, domestic violence and disorderly conduct.
One neighbor said that Wright “put gas on her and put a match on her,” while another described some of the young girl’s injuries.
“She was burned so bad the skin was peeling off her face and everything … it was really, really severe,” said neighbor Frank Taylor.…
ELMWOOD PARK, NJ – Police say that 100-year-old Michael Juskin hacked his sleeping wife to death with an ax, becoming one of the oldest people ever accused of homicide, before killing himself with a knife.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said late Sunday night, used an ax to murder 88-year-old Rosalia Juskin as she slept. Afterwards, he went into a bathroom and killed himself with a knife. Their bodies were found by a family member Monday morning.
Molinelli said Michael and Rosalia Juskin had a “history of domestic issues,” while family members have said that Michael suffered from dementia. “Sometimes he was lucid and sometimes he wasn’t,” the family member said.
Neighbors say they would often see Michael walking his dog and Rosalia tending her garden, but that they “kept to themselves.” Teresa Communicates said she spoke with Rosalia on occasion but that Michael “wasn’t the type to converse.”
Authorities are still investigating, but have yet to determine a motive for the murder-suicide. If there is a silver lining to this cloud, it’s that Michael Juskin may be the oldest person accused of murder.…
GARDENA, CA – A 2-year-old girl abducted near a car wash was found hours later, naked and in shock, after her abductor dropped her off in a parking lot.
The toddler was with her mother and 11-year-old sister at a coin-operated car wash Thursday afternoon when she wandered off. The girl’s mother called police after hearing her scream “Mommy,” then being unable to find her.
Within an hour police, residents, and volunteer workers were walking the streets and stopping passing cars in an effort to find the girl. She would be found two hours later, miles away, after witnesses watched someone in a white vehicle drop her off in a parking lot.
Claudia Robles spotted the girl who she says was “bare naked” and had scratches on her legs. Robles picked up the girl, covered her with a blanket and tried to comfort her as her boyfriend called police.
“Her face was like in shock,” Robles said. “She kept covering her eyes and would only respond to me.”
The girl was also afraid to go off with male police officers, said Robles.…
NOBLEBORO, ME – Police have arrested 53-year-old Linda Currier after they say she ran over a man she caught sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl.
On Saturday night, police responded to a home for a domestic disturbance report and found 48-year-old James Oliver had been ran over by a car in the driveway.
The car that ran over him was driven by his girlfriend, 53-year-old Currier, and it was no accident. She told police she ran over Oliver because she caught him attempting to sexually assault a her 12-year-old niece.
She said that after catching her boyfriend, who also happens to be a convicted sex offender, the two got into an argument that continued outside the home. That’s when Currier flattened Oliver’s ass in the driveway.
Oliver was taken tot he hospital where he was treated for a serious, but non-life threatening injury to his leg. After being released from jail he was arrested and charged with attempted gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual touching and failing to comply with the sex offender registration act.…
CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI – Police have arrested 29-year-old Kayla Zorn after they say she intentionally set a trailer on fire, knowing her ex-boyfriend, two other adults and three young children were inside.
According to reports, Zorn poured gasoline around the trailer of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend 45 minutes after he changed his relationship status on Facebook. The ex smelled gas then saw the smoke and flames around the doorways of his trailer.
He tried to putting out the fire while two other adults living in the trailer got the children – ages 5, 3, and 1 – out and called 911.
Police would find Zorn’s pickup truck parked a block away with two empty gas canisters in the back. They would find her standing in a yard between two homes just down the street, watching the fire. Smelling heavily of gasoline, she couldn’t explain what she was doing there.
She would later tell police she was upset with her ex about the way their relationship ended, and knew young children were in the trailer when she set it on fire. …
According to court documents, Purvi Patel arrived at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center maternity ward in July 2013 with an empty umbilical cord protruding from her nethers. She told doctors she’d miscarried and left the fetus in a dumpster behind her family’s restaurant.
Police located the dumpster where a male fetus was found dead inside a plastic bag. Patel stated she’d been aware of her pregnancy for approximately three weeks before she went into the bathroom where “it all came out.” She further stated she found the lifeless fetus amidst all the blood, so she attempted to perform CPR but was unsuccessful.
When detectives asked why she didn’t call 911, she stated she “didn’t know what else to do,” and didn’t want her parents to find out she’d had premarital sex, or had become pregnant as a result of her liaison with the baby’s father.…
DECATUR, GA – Anthony Stokes received a life-saving heart transplant two years ago despite the teen initially being denied because of his behavior. On Tuesday afternoon he was killed during a high-speed car chase with police.
Stokes suffered from a dilated cardiomyopathy and was given less than a year to live. The condition causes his heart to pump blood insufficiently, and can lead to irregular heartbeats, blood clots or heart failure.
Doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta removed him off the heart recipient list because of “non-compliance.” At the time, doctors stated this was because he did not take his medication regularly and felt he would not follow the post transplant medication regimen.
His mother went to the media claiming the hospital took her son off the list because they were stereotyping him as a troubled teen. Despite the fact that Stokes had low grades at school, had brushes with the law, and wore a court-ordered monitoring device, his mother said he was a good kid.
National media coverage and pressure from civil rights groups lead to the hospital giving the kid a new heart in August 2013.…
HOLLYWOOD HILLS, CA — Andrew Getty, a grandson of J. Paul Getty, was found by his ex-girlfriend unconscious and naked from the waist down at his home, suffering from traumatic injuries to his rectal area.
Police received a 911 call Tuesday afternoon from Getty’s nutty ex-girlfriend, 32-year-old Lanessa De Jonge, after she discovered Getty unconscious in his bathroom.
Firefighters responded and declared Getty deceased. According to a law enforcement source, Getty was naked from the waist down, and bleeding from some type of blunt-force trauma.
Detectives have instructed the coroner’s office not to publicly disclose details about the case or Getty’s injuries, but TMZ is reporting that the blunt force trauma was to Getty’s rectal area.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said that based on initial observations, “this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act.” The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office echoed these sentiments, saying that tentative information reveals that Getty died of either natural causes or an accident.
TMZ is also reporting that the LAPD have been to Getty’s residence 31 times, mostly for domestic disturbances between Getty and his ex-girlfriend. …
LOWER MORELAND, PA – Police say that the teenage son of Chris and Nicole Peppelman found the couple dead inside the family’s home, both reportedly mutilated by a chainsaw.
At around 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, the boy discovered the mutilated bodies of his parents and called 911. First responders, police, and Montgomery County detectives arrived on the property and found Chris, 48, and Nicole, 43, dead inside the home.
According to investigators, Nicole had suffered severe cuts, which appear to have been inflicted by a chainsaw. At this point, police are only classifying Nicole’s death as a murder and say that Chris’s death is being investigated.
“The death of the female seems to be an apparent homicide. However, the investigation is continuing,” said Kevin Steele, First Assistant District Attorney for Montgomery County. “This is preliminary at this point.”
Friends who knew the couple had nothing but great things to say about the couple, but a neighbor said the marriage was in trouble, and that Nicole had moved out of the home with their three sons.…