ROCKLEDGE, FL – Police say a 36-year-old man brutally beat his stepmother before stuffing her into the trunk of his car.
There are no details regarding what prompted the beating, but the 57-year-old woman told police Thomas Youngman beat her head and face, slammed her head on the garage floor, stuffed her in the trunk of his car and informed her he was going to kill her.
She said Youngman began to drive off, but stopped to open the trunk and take away her cell phone. He then pulled her out of the trunk by her hair and began beating her again. Somehow she was able to escape and run to a neighbor’s for help as Youngman fled the scene.
The woman was taken to the hospital and Youngman was arrested later after he returned home. He was charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with great bodily harm, kidnapping, and resisting a law enforcement official without violence.
This isn’t the first time Youngman has been accused of assaulting his stepmom.…
TARPON SPRINGS, FL – In my continuing efforts to report on the news that matters, police have arrested 36-year-old Karie Lindgren after they say she stalked a duck before purposely running it over with her car.
Natalie Paraskevopoulos called police after she found a duck squished in her driveway, accompanied by tire tracks across her front yard. “It was just really, really, upsetting to find it that way,” she said. “I mean, I was choked up. I was in tears by the time the police arrived.”
While on the scene, police were probably wishing a kid would get abducted nearby when another neighbor informed them they’d seen what had happened. They said they watched Lindgren first tried luring the duck with candy. When that tactic failed to work, Lindgren began stalking the duck in her car before finally running it over at a high rate of speed.
Police arrested Lindgren and charged her with felony animal cruelty. She’s currently in jail on $5,000 bond. She didn’t make her first court appearance because detention deputies said she was being uncooperative. …
MONROE, NC — A couple in North Carolina are under arrest after their foster child was found cuffed to their front porch with a dead chicken hanging from around his neck.
A sheriff’s deputy responding to an animal services call stopped by the home of Wanda Sue Larson and Dorian Lee Harper, both 57. Piles of garbage were around the home, along with abandoned and rusted-out vehicles. Chickens, turkeys, geese, two llamas and a horse were also found roaming the property, leaving the area with an overwhelming smell of urine and feces.
On the front porch of the home, the deputy found an 11-year-old boy. He was shivering, cuffed to the porch by his ankle, and had a dead chicken hanging from around his neck. Moments later, Dorian came out of the home with another child, releasing several dogs that began attacking the officer.
The deputy retreated back to his patrol car and called for backup. During this time, Dorian uncuffed the boy and removed the dead chicken from around his neck, placing the dead animal on a barrel.…
Granbury, TX – These two were sentenced earlier this month, but I totally missed the story and figured I’d post an article that ends on a good note for change. Justin and Brittany Alston, both 21-years-old, were sentenced to 60 years in prison after teens notified an adult that the couple were starving their 9-month-old baby.
Last December, several teenagers were at a party at the Alstons’ mobile home when they heard Riley crying. When Justin refused to check on his son, a 17-year-old at the party went into the boy’s room and found him emaciated and lying in urine, feces and vomit. His skin was flaking off his body, his bones were showing through his skin, and one of his socks had fused to his foot.
“I was furious and I was shaking and I was breathing hard and I was trying to be as gentle as I could with this baby because I felt like if I just moved a certain way this baby would break. He was so fragile and little,” Magon Rutledge said.…
CHARLOTTE, NC — Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have charged an 11-year-old boy and his mother in connection with the death of a 7-month-old.
According to investigators, 33-year-old Wendy Johnson left her home to run a 45 minute errand, leaving her older son to care for his little brother, Camden Johnson. When she returned home, she found Camden unresponsive in his crib. Camden was taken to the hospital, but he was already dead. Camden reportedly had a hemorrhage to the right eye, injuries to both cheeks, his forehead, nose, back of his head, and to his lip.
Police would first question Wendy, then charge her with involuntary manslaughter and child abuse causing serious bodily injury. However, her older son would later admit to police that he was the one who’d caused his brother’s fatal injuries, using a doll to show how he’d picked up his brother and dropped him on his head three times. He said he put his brother back in his crib and poured water on him in an effort to revive him.…
According to police, 51-year-old Carol Sanders filed for divorce from her husband, 53-year-old Mike Sanders, a little more than a month ago. The couple had a court hearing on Tuesday morning regarding an order of protection Carol had filed.
Hours later, Carol went to the family’s home with her 14-year-old daughter and her 49-year-old brother to gather some personal belongings. What they didn’t know was that Mike had parked his car a couple blocks away and was hiding behind the house in order to ambush them.
While Carol’s brother, 49-year-old Thomas Fitzpatrick, sat in his truck in the driveway she and her daughter went inside the home. That’s when Mike walked up to Thomas and shot him once. Mike shot him a second time after he fell out of the truck.
Mike then went inside the home and began shooting.…
REDLANDS, CA — Police have arrested 28-year-old Steven Sunny after they say he planted a pipe bomb underneath his ex-wife’s vehicle in an attempt to blow her up, along with the couple’s two young children.
The woman was with her two children in the parking lot of the Redlands Town Center Monday when she noticed a suspicious device underneath her SUV. She immediately called 911 and police responded, quickly evacuating several nearby businesses and taping off several aisles in the parking lot.
Customers and employees were stranded for several hours as the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad used a robot device to remove a pipe bomb from underneath her vehicle and use dogs to perform a sweep of the area to ensure there were no other explosive devices.
Later that night, police would arrest Sunny at a San Bernardino trailer park where his girlfriend lives. He was charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of an explosive device with intent to kill. He’s being held on $1 million bail.…
WILTON, CT – A 56-year-old woman is the hospital after her pit bull attacked and proceeded to entirely remove one of her arms and partially remove the other. She was rescued by passing motorists who heard her screaming for help from underneath her car.
Anne Murray is in stable condition despite losing one arm, a portion of her other arm below the elbow, and bites from her legs up to the side of her head. She can thank two Good Samaritans for her life, as they were the ones who stopped because they saw the pit bull wandering in the road.
Thinking they were helping the dog, the first motorist who stopped to help corral the dog back in its yard got back inside her car when the dog began acting aggressive towards her. A second motorist who had stopped to help heard screams for help coming from underneath a car in the home’s driveway, and called 911 for help.
The arriving police officer witnessed Murray under the car trying to fend off the dog – a two-year-old male named Tuxedo.…
Lafayette, LA – A woman kidnapped by her violent ex-boyfriend was rescued by family members after they shot and killed her captor.
Last Wednesday, Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was abducted by her estranged boyfriend, Scott Thomas, who is also the father of their 2 year old son. The kidnapping took place in a daycare parking lot as she was picking up their son. A witness observed Bethany screaming, honking the horn and trying to fight off Thomas and begging someone to take the boy. The witness, Derrimetrie Robinson, was able to take the child as Thomas shoved Bethany into his car and sped away.
That evening, police found Thomas’ white Buick near a field with one of Bethany’s shoes in it, but, other than that, there were no new leads and no sign of Bethany, until Friday. That’s when police and family were searching for her in the fields near where Thomas’ Buick was left, and residents gave the family members a tip about an abandoned house in a field nearby. …
ARLINGTON, TX – Back in July we reported on Rosa Esparza, the 54-year-old grandmother who was killed after being thrown from a Six Flags roller coaster.
The family eventually sued Six Flags, the suit revealing some gruesome details regarding Esparza’s death. Now a 20-page police report by the Arlington Police Department reveals that the ride operator didn’t think that Esparza’s safety bar was secured correctly.
On July 19, Esparza was at Six Flags over Texas with her daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren. It was her first time at the theme park, and her first time riding one the park’s signature attractions – the Texas Giant. This wooden coaster has one of the steepest drops in the world for a wooden roller coaster, yet didn’t include seat belts or shoulder harnesses for the rider.
At the time, the only thing holding your ass in the seat was a T-bar mechanism that locks over your lap. Despite her size and shape, Esparza met all the qualifications needed to ride the coaster as evident by the ride operators letting her on in the first place.…
WALTON COUNTY, GA – A 2-year-old girl suffered burns to 30 percent of her body after she caught on fire while sliding down a slide that had been lubricated with gasoline.
Investigators say the girl was playing on a swing set at her father’s home when her 4-year-old sister got her hands on a gas can and poured gasoline down the plastic slide to make it more slippery.
When the younger girl went down the slide, it is believed static electricity ignited the gas and set the girl on fire. The girls’ father had just stepped inside when the accident happened, but heard her screams and doused her with water.
She was rushed to a nearby fire station for help, then later transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was placed in a medically induced coma. Sheriff Joe Chapman said that no charges are pending as it appears to be nothing more than a tragic accident.
The relationship between 42-year-old Robert Chesters and his daughter’s friend was discovered after the girl’s friends found sex-related text messages on her phone and alerted a guidance counselor at their middle school. The messages found are as disgusting as they are cringe-inducing.
“I love you so much and I am glad I love you so much as I do sometimes I wish I didn’t love you as much as I do so I would not worry about you leaving,” Chesters texted the girl. “You told me to trust you and I am but admittedly I do get worried you will find somebody much better and much better looking and obviously younger and I cannot wait to see you tonight as my girlfriend/lover either. Bob.”
Other texts seem to back up the girl’s claims that Chesters was drugging his daughter so that they could have their sexual encounters without being caught. …
Russellville, AR – Police responding to a call of a possible shooting in a Wal-Mart parking lot found a man who’d been shot in the back with a shotgun. The suspect? The man’s toddler.
It’s being reported that the child was climbing into his father’s truck with the help of an older child, and grabbed on to an unsecured, loaded shotgun in the process. The toddler accidentally pulled the shotgun’s trigger, shooting his father, identified as Monty Wheeler, in the back. Wheeler was taken to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center by EMS and has since been released in stable condition.
The investigation is ongoing at this time, but I hope to at least see a charge of child endangerment. Fifth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons said they will decide what charges, if any, will be filed once they have all the facts.
Wheeler lists his employer as the Dardanelle Police Department, so you’d expect he’d know how to better store and protect his weapons around children. On Oct. 31st, Wheeler shared a photo on Facebook that shows a child saying “Thank you daddy for Loving me enough to carry a gun.”
I am by no means against ownership of guns for protection or concealed carry, but if you are going to carry or even own a weapon of any kind, please learn and practice safe storage.…
Police responding to a call of a battery in progress found the elderly man bleeding from the side of his head and suffering from lacerations to his back. Isaac Tucker told them he was driving when he was flagged down by 28-year-old Sophia Body and another woman.
The man said as he parked behind them to help, he accidentally bumped one of them with his vehicle. When he got out of his car, the two women began beating him and stabbing him with a screwdriver.
“I got out of my car to help, not to offend no one,” Tucker said. “But when I got out of my car, I was attacked, and I was stabbed several times in the back.”
Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Dibler said what happened was that Tucker accidentally struck one of the women as they crossed the street and wouldn’t claim he was flagged down by the women until later. …
HOLLYWOOD, CA – A co-founder of the Pinkberry yogurt chain was found guilty of beating a homeless man with a tire iron after getting into an argument over the transient’s sexually explicit tattoo.
Two years ago, Young Lee was driving near the Vermont Avenue exit off the Hollywood Freeway. As Lee’s vehicle approached the off-ramp, he became offended after noticing a sexually explicit tattoo on Donald Bolding, a homeless man who was changing his sweatshirt. The tattoo is on Bolding’s belly and depicts a man having sex with a woman, doggy style, but with no actual genitalia showing.
“Instead of driving away with his passengers as a reasonable person would have done or rolling up his window, or just ignoring the plaintiff, Lee, having taken deep offense of the tattoo, rolled down the window and began an argument with the plaintiff,” said Gary Casselman, the plaintiff’s attorney.
The argument escalated after Lee got out of his vehicle with a tire iron and ordered Bolding to get on his hands and knees and apologize for offending him and his passengers.…
NEWPORT BEACH, CA – Four rather inventive, albeit clueless, people in California were arrested and accused of kidnapping a man and going medieval on his ass. The kidnappers allegedly used a blowtorch on the victim before chopping off his penis in an attempt to make the man reveal the location of money they erroneously believed he’d buried in the desert.
According to prosecutors, the unidentified victim is a prosperous medical marijuana dispensary owner who took some of his pot suppliers, including Kyle Handley (pictured), on a pricey Las Vegas trip last year. After returning from the trip, Handley allegedly told friends that the victim was loaded, setting into motion a scheme to kidnap and rob the man.
Four weeks prior to the kidnapping, the dick-snippers started following the dispensary owner during his frequent trips into the desert outside of Palm Springs. The four had it in their heads that their target was driving there “to bury large amounts of cash,” according to the statement. In actuality, he was making the trips to the desert to discuss a possible investment deal.…
WAUKESHA, WI – I usually hold off on posting missing kid stories because they always seem to be found, alive or dead, before I even get them typed up. But Waukesha officials are asking for the public’s help in finding 15-year-old Kathryn Stalbaum, a freshman at Kettle Moraine High School who was last seen early Tuesday morning.
Stalbaum was last seen around 6:15 a.m. at her home in Town of Genesee. She missed the bus to school that morning and texted a friend to let them know she would ride her bike to school. She never made it there, and she hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
“Kathryn has not an individual that has a history of running away. Her family has a good, close relationship with her, where she maintains contact, so the fact that she’s been gone for the time frame that she has is unusual,” Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Inspector Eric Severson said.
Stalbaum is about 5’7”, 120 pounds, has long brown hair, blue eyes, has braces and wears contacts.…
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS – A Mississippi woman was arrested after she allegedly tried selling her 4-month-old baby boy to a woman in Louisiana she met over Craigslist.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department say they were contacted after 23-year-old Bobbie Stojic posted an ‘In Search of’ on Craigslist for baby clothes. A woman in Louisiana contacted her and the two women formed a relationship and began texting each other.
The woman in Louisiana said that after Stojic gave her a sob story about financial difficulties and possibly being evicted from her home, she offered to help care for Stojic’s 4-month-old. Stojic had a better idea, and texted the woman: “Well, for $5,000 you can have the child. Come and get him.”
The woman was interested, but replied that if Stojic wanted to relinquish her parental rights, they would need to go through the legal adoption process. Again, Stojic had a better idea and replied that there was no need for all that red tape, and that the woman could put the baby on layaway – $600 now, and then work out the remaining balance later.…