Investigators say 30-year-old Clara Bender worked as an inspector at CPM Realty. She was performing a routine inspection at a rental home on Monday when the explosion happened.
Fire Battalion Chief Tim McCaw says the explosion ruptured a gas line, but that wasn’t the source of the blast. The blast was so intense that completely destroyed the house and shook the surrounding homes off their foundations.
Good Samaritans were able to pull Bender and another woman from the rubble, but the married mother-of-one would die from her injuries. Another woman and a 14-year-old boy were also injured in the blast, but their condition and identities have not been released.
CPM President Jeremy Aspen said they gained custody of the property on June 22 after the tenants were evicted, but the tenants had left behind more than $1,000 worth of possessions in the home.…
Police were called to the couple’s apartment on Sunday to perform a welfare check after the victim’s best friend became worried that she could not contact her.
When police got inside the apartment, they found Herndon unconscious on a couch trying to overdose. Police say there was a suicide note nearby, but they have not detailed what was written.
After searching the apartment they would find the decomposing body of Herndon’s girlfriend, Constance Thomas, dead inside her bedroom. She had been hidden under a pile of clothes and had a garbage bag wrapped around her head.
The official cause of death was later determined to be blunt force trauma. The weapon used has not been identified.
Police would also find Thomas’ dog, Lex, dead inside the apartment. Detectives aren’t sure if the dog died from neglect after Thomas died, or if it was also killed by Herndon.
Herndon was arrested and charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. …
Bert Franklin, 35, lived in a $1.3 million home with his wife and four children. When the successful dentist was not spending time with his family or work, he spent it with his mistress of two years and her 19-month-old son, Lincoln Von Henry Lewis.
Neither his girlfriend or his wife knew of each other and, according to investigators, Franklin had been living a double life. That is until July 17. On that day, Franklin was at his girlfriend’s house in an upstairs room with Lewis.
The boy’s mother, Roxanne Lewis-Randall, said she was downstairs when she heard a loud “thud” that Franklin explained was just him throwing a ball to a puppy. The next morning, Lewis-Randall went to check on her son and found him unconscious.
The boy was rushed to the hospital where doctors would find the boy’s head had pinpoints of blood in the skin near the right rear of his skull, hemorrhaging in both eyes and severe swelling and trauma to his brain.…
Police say that on Tuesday morning, the couple were working in King’s Beauty when they caught the 13-year-old girl and a friend shoplifting items from the store.
The couple, both in their 70s, opened the store 20 years ago and often forgave shoplifters. In this case, the couple retrieved the stolen items from the girls and kicked them out of the store without calling police.
However, the girls came back and this time were able to get away with some merchandise. The couple called police and the two girls were located in an adjacent lot. One girl was taken into custody for an outstanding juvenile warrant, but the 13-year-old was let go with a warning after the couple refused to press charges.
“The shop stewards that were there were kind enough to not press charges, since the crime was, in their eyes, petty,” said Bellefontaine Neighbors Police Chief Jeremy Ihler.…
Police said that on Tuesday morning they received reports of a disturbance at a home where a woman found her daughter, Ashley Wood, dead inside her bedroom.
A neighbor said she called 911 after she heard the mother screaming. When police arrived, they found Ashley dead from what appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head.
The suspect, reportedly the girl’s 14-year-old brother or step-brother, was at the home when police arrived but fled the scene on foot.
Police would find him 30 minutes later in a field a mile away. The teen, whose name has not been released because of his age, was taken into custody and placed in the Placer County Probation Juvenile Detention Facility.
No charges have been filed as I type this up, but in California, a 14-year-old can be charged as an adult in murder cases.
The relationship between the suspect and victim has not been officially reported, but some news outlets describe him as Ashley’s brother or adopted brother.…
GLOUCESTER, NJ – Here’s an infuriating story to start off your week. Prosecutors allege 22-year-old Michael Disporto sexually assaulted his new girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter before she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Be warned, the following details are pretty horrific.
According to Christine Shah of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, 26-year-old Amber Bobo picked up her 2-year-old daughter, Ariana, from her father’s home Saturday evening and went home.
Disporto, her boyfriend of two weeks, took Ariana to the park to “get to her know her better” and then to a firework show across the street. Bobo did not accompany them because she was too tired to go.
When they got back, Bobo put Ariana to bed in her bedroom and watched television with Disporto before going to bed at around 11 p.m., leaving Disporto to sleep on the couch. When Bobo woke up the following morning, she found Ariana on the couch wrapped in a blanket and her boyfriend outside smoking a cigarette.
Two hours later, at around 9 a.m., Bobo unwrapped her daughter to find she was not in the same clothes as the ones she had on when she put her to bed and, more alarmingly, she had two bruises on both sides of her forehead.…
Santa Rosa police said the 21-year-old victim was watching the movie Wednesday afternoon at the Roxy Theater when a stranger came up behind him and stabbed him multiple times.
“Out of nowhere, he came up from behind him, he stabbed him in the throat, in the arm, in the lung,” Sgt. Josh Ludtke said.
The attacker, described by police as a 23-year-old man, fled the theater and dropped a knife in a theater trash can.
People inside the theater assisted the victim until emergency crews arrived. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, suffering from multiple life-threatening stab wounds.
The attacker was apprehended nearby with the help of witnesses who described the man to police and pointed out the direction he ran to. Ludtke described the alleged attacker as a black man with a full beard and dreadlocks. He was calm and nonchalant when he was taken into custody.…
According to reports, Thoresen was understandably upset to learn that his friend, David Haiman, had allegedly raped his girlfriend in the bedroom of their apartment.
The couple invited Haiman over and confronted him about the rape. A punishment for Haiman was agreed upon, one that would consist of Haiman being tied up and beaten.
After he was secured, Thoresen’s girlfriend broke Haiman’s nose and kicked him in the stomach. Thoresen then repeatedly punched Haiman while telling him he shouldn’t have raped his girl.
Afterwards, the three got into Haiman’s car and drove around meeting friends while smoking weed and meth. However, Thoresen was still pissed about the rape and continually called Haiman a piece of shit and his girlfriend a slut.
Thoresen eventually pulled Haiman’s car over, pretending that it had some kind of mechanical issue. After telling Haiman to check the oil, Thoresen hit him over the head with a baseball bat.…
On April 22, 2015, Weaver gave birth to a baby girl in a bathroom at the Delta Gamma Theta sorority at Muskingum University. Weaver put the infant in a trash bag and left her outside where the newborn would die of asphyxiation.
After the body was found by Weaver’s fellow sorority sisters, Weaver was arrested and later charged with aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Instead of owning up to what she did, Weaver would plead not guilty by reason of insanity.
During her trial, prosecutors would show that Weaver never had any intention of keeping the baby. They told the jurors that Weaver drank alcohol, smoked marijuana and played sports during her pregnancy.
Even more damning was the fact that hours after she gave birth, but before the baby’s body was found, she sent a text to the boy she believed to be the father that read: “No more baby,” and “taken care of.”
Weaver’s defense was that she was in denial about the pregnancy and thought her daughter was dead when she put her in the trash.…
The incident happened inside a Shoprite on Saturday morning when Goodenough walked behind a man he did not know and slit the man’s throat in the produce aisle.
Goodenough dropped the knife then calmly walked to another part of the store, leaving 35-year-old Michael Kohus to bleed to death on the floor. There were around 250 people in the store at the time, so Kohus was discovered within minutes after being attacked.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything anyone could do and Kohus was pronounced dead after being taken to the hospital. Police quickly sealed off the store as they searched for a suspect and screened customers before letting them leave.
Using the store’s surveillance cameras, police were able to identify Goodenough as their suspect and take him into custody as he tried blending in with other shoppers. Goodenough is now being held without bail at Orange County Jail, facing a second-degree murder charge.…
It all started Tuesday evening when police started receiving phone calls from concerns citizens regarding a blue pickup truck driving erratically.
Officers were dispatched but did not locate the truck until 30 minutes later after he had crashed into a bicycling group from behind. Five of the people hit were pronounced dead at the scene, while four others were rushed to the hospital.
With his truck disabled from hitting the bicyclists, the driver tried to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended nearby and is currently in the Kalamazoo County Jail. Officials are not releasing his name until formal charges have been filed against him.
“There are multiple possibilities in terms of charges but a determination of what is an appropriate charge can only be made after we’ve had the opportunity to review all the evidence police are able to gather,” Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said.…
Before we get to the convictions, here’ some background: Liam was the son of 31-year-old Rachel Trelfa and Joseph Johnson. Trelfa was living with Johnson until she became pregnant with Liam, at which time she left Joseph for 28-year-old Nyomi Fee, a woman she had been having an affair with.
The pair entered into a civil partnership and, over the next two years, numerous reports were made regarding Liam. These reports were made by a babysitter and workers at two separate nurseries who were concerned over Liam’s bruises and his lethargic behavior.
The women would explain to social workers that the boy’s injuries were caused by falling, or by the boy “pinching himself.”
In March of 2014, police were called to the couple’s apartment where they told police Liam had been killed by one of the two 7-year-olds who lived in the home.…
The unidentified woman and her three children – ages 8-years-old, 5-years-old, and 2 months – lived with her mother and her brother. Late Wednesday night, the woman’s brother called 911 after returning home from work and talking with his sister in the garage.
He told police she was talking incoherently about religion (duh) and said she’d found the answer before locking him out of the house.
After forcing his way in he found his sister in the bathroom suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds to her neck and abdomen. When he ran to get towels, the woman tried drowning herself in the bathtub.
While paramedics were treating her, she told them her three sons were staying with a family member. Police would find this to be untrue while performing a routine search of the home.
Inside a bedroom closet they would find the dead bodies of her three sons.…
Perez was reported missing on May 27 after skipping school with her 15-year-old boyfriend. She was last seen on surveillance video with her boyfriend as they met at a restaurant near the school and then walking away holding hands.
After the girl was reported missing, the boyfriend’s father drove his son around searching for the girl. At some point during their search, the boy told his father to take him home because Perez was dead.
The teen’s dad called police, who arrived and confiscated two cell phones from the teen. Police say they found a text in which the boy told Perez to skip school on Friday or he would kill her.
Police also found a disturbing video from inside the apartment where Perez’ body would later be found. The video was dark, but you could hear Perez being raped and then begging for her life as her boyfriend, who she called out by name, strangled her to death.…
Friends and family of 43-year-old Jennifer Streit-Spears contacted police after a couple of pictures were posted to her Facebook. One was her bloody corpse, the other of Amyx’s bloody face with a caption that read “Please pray for us.”
“The pictures were not clear although they were extremely scary. I just started to reach out to our mutual friends to see if they’ve anybody knew anything,” said a friend of Spears’.
When police arrived at the couple’s apartment, the found Amyx outside suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds. Inside the apartment they found the body of Spears who, police say, had been stabbed to death.
During their investigation, police would learn that Amyx was wanted in two other counties for separate sexual offenses involving children. In Rockwall County, Amyx was wanted for the continuous sex abuse of a child under the age of 14.
Amyx was taken to the hospital to treat his injuries before being booked into the Collin County jail.…
In December of 1989, DeLeon left her boyfriend’s house and was headed home. The next morning, a railroad crew found her dead body alongside the railroad tracks. The teen had suffered a head wound and had been stabbed multiple times.
In January 1994, Ault was found shot to death inside her home. She was found with her crying 4-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter next to her body. Her husband told police that that they had received threatening phone calls from a woman in the days before Ault’s murder.
Police identified the woman caller, but did not have enough evidence for any kind of prosecution. This same woman also knew DeLeon, police saying she was a romantic rival linked to the men in the murdered women’s lives.
“The investigation has revealed that the suspect and an accomplice have been involved in other incidents involving the harassment and intimidation of romantic rivals,” Detective Scott Howard said in a prepared statement.…
Heeringa was last seen in April of 2013 as she prepared to close up the Exxon Mobil gas station where she worked the late shift. A concerned customer called police 15 minutes after Herringa had made her last sale to report there was no employee at the open gas station.
Police believed Heeringa had been abducted from the store as her purse and keys were still there, and there was evidence she had been in the process of closing the store. Unfortunately, the gas station was not equipped with surveillance cameras but there were reports of a van in the area at the time.
Now, three years later, police think they may have the person responsible for Heeringa’s disappearance – and he may be a serial killer. Last week, 46-year-old Jeffrey Willis was charged with trying to abduct a teenage girl in April.…
Police responding to a distress call at the home of Cheryl Lynch and her son, 38-year-old Christopher Lynch, early Sunday morning.
As deputies approached the home, they could hear loud yelling and the sounds of a person in distress.
They were approached by Christopher, who was covered in blood and wielding an iron rod with a hook on one end of it.
“You want some?” Christopher reportedly asked the officers before striking their patrol car with the iron rod. After refusing to comply to verbal commands, police shot Christopher multiple times with a stun gun.
This caused him to drop the iron rod, but Christopher began trying to kick and punch the officers. With the help of other deputies who arrived on the scene, police were finally able to get Christopher in leg irons and handcuffs.
On the front porch of the home police would find Christopher’s mother.…