In The Mean Time...
LEADORE, ID — Deorr Kunz Jr., the 2-year-old boy who vanished from an Idaho campground four days ago, is still missing.
Last Friday, the toddler was with family at the Timber Creek Campground when his parents, Deorr Kunz Sr. and Jessica Mitchell, decided to some exploring on their own.
They had assumed the boy’s grandfather would watching him while they were gone, but when they returned they noticed their son wasn’t with the group. When they asked the boy’s grandfather about Deorr, he replied that he thought he’d went with them.
The family immediately began searching the area for the toddler before calling police about 30 minutes later. A search team was quickly formed and consisted of police, search and rescue teams, dogs, people on horseback and atvs, and even a helicopter.
Approximately 150 people scoured the campground, as well as a 2.5 mile radius surrounding the campground, but no trace of Kunz was found. This has lead some, including the boy’s parents, to believe the little boy was abducted.…
Grimes and two others were on a rope swing ride at the camp, a pendulum type swing that holds three people, when she somehow became disconnected from her harness and plummeted 100 feet to the ground.
Emergency personnel administered CPR, but the coroner’s office pronounced Grimes dead on the scene. The two other campers who were on the swing with Grimes were not harmed.
The camp, run by the Christian organization Young Life, stated the ride was being operated by two camp employees at the time of the incident, and they currently don’t know what went wrong. Terry Swenson of Young Life headquarters in Colorado Springs released the following statement.
“Safety is our highest priority at Young Life camps. For all rides at our camps (including the swings), we observe strict protocols regarding upkeep of equipment as well as safety training and operating procedures.
We have swings at 13 of our camps; all are currently closed as a measure of precaution and to ensure a safe experience for our campers.…
IRVING, TX – Police have arrested 30-year-old Patricia Allen after three of her children drowned in an apartment complex swimming pool last month.
On June 24, Allen took her five children to the pool at their apartment complex. While she was on the shallow end with two of her younger children, ages 3 and 6, her three oldest – Anthony Smith, 11; Treshawn Smith, 9 and August Smith, 10 – found themselves in the deep end of the pool and drowned.
Several witnesses came forward and gave different accounts of what they saw, including seeing Allen distracted by her cell phone, but all of them included Allen seeming to not know that her three kids were at the bottom of the pool until the witnesses arrived on the scene and told her.
“They walked up to the pool and saw the mother sitting on the edge of the pool, looking outward toward the deeper end area of the pool and also observed that the water was still and calm, and no flapping or splashing or bubbles in the water.…
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH – Annie Williams, 71, was killed in front of her neighbor’s home after being brutally mauled to death by her grandson’s pit bull.
A neighbor called 911 to report that she heard screams and looked out her window to see Williams being attacked by her grandson’s pit bull two doors down.
Several neighbors attempted to stop the attack, which reportedly lasted for 10 minutes. The pit bull did not stop mauling Williams until it was shot by a neighbor and ran behind the house where it is usually tied up.
Police arrived on the scene and ended up shooting the dog. Paramedics arrived shortly afterward, but it was too late for Williams. She would be pronounced dead shortly after being transported to South Pointe Hospital.
“All I know is there was blood everywhere,” one neighbor said. “He did a nasty job.”
Investigators are not sure what prompted the attack and have not filed charges against the dog’s owner at this time. One neighbor said they’ve rarely seen the dog and that it usually stays chained up behind her neighbor’s house.…
PHOENIX, AZ – Undercover sheriff’s deputies arrested 68-year-old Michael Crawford after they say he traveled to Arizona to have sex with a horse, as well as having some shirts soaked in horse piss.
According to a statement released by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Crawford posted an ad online looking for a horse owner who would let him perform sex acts with the animal.
Investigators in the Animal Crimes Investigations Unit where alerted and an undercover officer posed as a horse owner who was interested in Crawford’s proposition.
Through e-mail and phone-call conversations, Crawford admitted to having sex with animals since the ’70s and has traveled extensively to various cities locating horse owners who would grant him access to their animals.
Thinking he had found another one of these owners who would let him perform sex acts on a horse, Crawford purchased a non-refundable plane ticket to Phoenix.
He told the undercover officer he was looking forward to the visit and was bringing five shirts he wanted the horse to piss on. …
REDDING, CA – Matthew Graham, the man named as a person of interest in the disappearance of his 6-month-old daughter last week, is now armed and on the run.
Earlier this month, Graham called 911 report that he had woke up to find his daughter, Ember, missing from her crib.
Despite Graham’s wife and family claiming it was impossible for Graham to have hurt his daughter, police were suspicious of Graham from the onset. This was because of inconsistent statements he made to investigators, and the fact that he refused to take a lie detector test to clear him as a suspect.
“At this time we have not found any credible evidence supporting Matthew Graham’s account that Ember was abducted by a stranger or by anyone else,” the sheriff’s office said last week.
Graham was arrested for probation violation involving driving under the influence charges and a forgery conviction. However, on Wednesday he pleaded guilty to the charge and released. The judge ruled Graham didn’t have to wear a monitoring bracelet, but had to report to his probation officer weekly.…
The three friends say they were parking their car at a Greenway Trail near Wilson’s Creek when they heard a girl screaming for help. Using their cell phones as flashlights, they followed her screams until they found Muller on top of her wearing only his boxers.
As evident by Muller’s mugshot, a small scuffle ensued as the friends pulled him off of the girl and held him at the scene until police arrived. Police say when they arrived, the girl was completely unresponsive from either drugs or extreme shock. She is currently i stable condition.
Muller was taken into custody and would tell police that he thought the girl was 15, and although she was “hot” he never tried raping her. He said he was half-naked because he’d just finished swimming. He said he was walking back to his car when some unknown assailant tackled him.…
PORT TOWNSEND, WA – A 13-year-old boy has been charged with three counts of first-degree rape after police say he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl on a school bus.
Jefferson County Under Sheriff Joe Nole said they began their investigation back in March after receiving a call from a doctor’s office regarding the possible rape of a 7-year-old.
The victim’s aunt, her legal guardian, had taken the girl to the doctor’s office after she came home from school bleeding, and finally told her aunt what the boy had been doing to her on the school bus. While exact dates of the assaults are not known, the resulting investigation determined the girl and the boy rode the bus together from Sept. 3, 2014 to Feb. 25, 2015.
In April, the information the sheriff’s department had gathered had them recommending the boy be charged with child rape in the first degree, child molestation in the first degree, and indecent liberties.
The boy was expelled from Chimacum Middle School and was released to his family pending his trial.…
This early morning raid comes only a couple months after a former Jared Foundation director, 43-year-old Russell Taylor, was arrested on federal child porn charges.
The foundation was created by Jared in an effort to help kids learn to eat healthy and how to swallow down the shit they serve at Subway.
Taylor, who was looking at a handful of child pornography related charges, would attempt suicide in his Marion County Jail cell a few days later and was placed on life support. He’s dong better now, in case you are wondering, and in U.S. Marshals Service custody.
At the time, Jared released a statement in which he said he was “shocked” at the news and that he and his foundation had completely severed ties with Taylor.
Now it looks as if federal investigators have followed a lead right to Jared’s home. Investigators from the FBI, Indiana State Police and Postal Service arrived showed up there this morning and parked a mobile forensic van in his driveway.…
AUGUSTA, GA – Tabathia Grooms helped bolster a few stereotypes regarding Georgians after she attacked her boyfriend, Carlos Grace, because he declined to have sex with her.
According to reports, the 35-year-old came home around 11:30 p.m. after a night of drinking. She was still fuming because, earlier in the day, Grace had refused to kiss that colostomy bag she calls a mouth.
As Grace sat on a couch, Grooms informed him that she’d went out and “fucked everyone else because he would not fuck her,” then physically attacked him. During the assault, Grooms allegedly scratched Grace on the face, head and neck and bit him on the arm before he was able to lock himself in the bathroom and call 911.
When police arrived, they reported that Grooms was “highly intoxicated” and refused to explain what had happened. She did admit to drinking and threatened to run a deputy over with a baby stroller if he did not move out of her way.
While at the residence, Grooms’ 66-year-old mother took one of the officers aside and told them that her daughter had punched her in the face during her tirade.…
At around 5:26 a.m. Thursday morning, Graham called 911 report that his daughter had vanished from her crib. He told police that he last saw Ember about 10:30 p.m. the night before and she was gone when he woke up.
Police began doubting Graham’s version of events before the day was out, mostly because of inconsistent statements he made to the Shasta County sheriff’s investigators.
Graham’s father told reporters that his son’s truck was also captured on surveillance cameras driving around that night. His father added that this was not surprising, as his son did this before whenever Ember got fussy.
“I mean who hasn’t driven around with a baby in the car to get them to settle down, because they fall asleep in cars, you know?” Wayne Graham said.
Graham was arrested for probation violation after he admitted to investigators that he had smoked medical marijuana even though his prescription had expired.…
NAPERVILLE, IL – An unidentified man has apparently killed himself Thursday afternoon by jumping under a moving carnival ride at Ribfest in Naperville.
The death happened at around 3 p.m. at a ride called Pharaoh’s Fury. I’m sure you’ve seen or rode on one these style of rides; a boat-shaped ride that swings back and forth on a pendulum.
According to witnesses, the man intentionally dove under the ride as it was moving, and was struck three times before the operator was able to stop the ride. People who were on the ride at the time reported hearing a thumping sound.
Medical personnel arrived to find the man, described as being in his early 20s, unresponsive and not breathing. An autopsy would show the man died of massive traumatic injuries.
Naperville Deputy Chief Brian Cunningham said the ride was functioning properly at the time and that the act did not appear to be accidental.
But the show must go on. Don Emery, Ribfest marketing chairman, said nearly all of the carnival rides continued to operate and the area was “essentially open.”
I read through a lot of comments regarding this incident.…
CALAIS, ME — Devon Staples was killed while celebrating Fourth of July with friends after he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head.
The 22-year-old was drinking with friends in the backyard of a home Saturday night, when he got the bright idea to launch a reloadable fireworks mortar tube from the top of his head.
Despite his friends’ warnings not to do something so goddamn stupid and irresponsible, Staples did it anyway. According to Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, Staples was killed instantly when the firework exploded.
Staples’ brother was only a few feet away when the firework exploded and said there was nothing they could do to help Staples afterwards.
“There was no rushing him to the hospital. There was no Devon left when I got there,” said Cody Staples.
Aside from the Darwin Award nomination, Staples is also the first fireworks fatality in Maine since they legalized them on Jan. 1, 2012. Until that day, fireworks had been illegal in Maine for over 50 years.…
ORANGE COUNTY, TX – Witnesses say 28-year-old Tommie Woodward jumped into alligator infested waters, purposely ignoring the warning signs, and was immediately killed by alligators.
The incident happened early Friday morning at Burkart’s Marina, where there are signs posted warning people not to swim in the bayou because of alligators.
Despite the signs and verbal warnings from others there, Woodward decided to take his chances with a late night swim.
After he removed his shirt and his wallet, someone shouted to him the danger of alligators being in the water. “Fuck the alligators!” Woodward allegedly shot back before jumping into the water.
“He almost immediately yelled for help,” Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price said.
A marina employee, who knew Woodward and told him a 10-foot alligator had been spotted there, witnessed the attack and described what happened next.
“I saw his body floating face down. And then he’s out there for a couple of seconds and then he’s dragged back down. And then he comes back up still face down and then he gets pulled down again.…
LAKELAND, FL – 45-year-old “school paraprofessional” Alecia Dotson was arrested Tuesday after a mother found some rather…upsetting…texts between Dotson and her 11-year-old son.
Eleven years old? HOLY SHADES OF MARY KAY LETOURNEAU, BATMAN! But wait. Do I remember this correctly? Ah, yes. Mary Kay was “only” 34 when she got busy with 12-year-old Vili.
Gary Gross, a sergeant with the Lakeland Police Department, indicated that the mother contacted police after discovering the texts between Dotson and her son. “There were approximately 100 text messages sent back and forth between the two,” Sgt. Gross said.
Did I mention that the officer’s last name is “Gross”? Were this a bit of fiction I was crafting, that would be called “foreshadowing.”
Once police began investigating, they had access to the boy’s phone, during which time Dotson sent texts saying “Love bug what are you doing” and “I’ll be sure to tell her we won’t have sex on the first visit…LOL.”
On Tuesday, she sent another text asking, “Are you awake love bug?” Unaware she was now communicating with law enforcement officers instead of a prepubescent boy, she arranged a meeting the boy at a local cinema for a bit of something that did not involve watching a movie.…
Mike and Tina Careccia were last seen leaving their home to run errands at around 5 a.m. on June 22. Mike’s teenage son called 911 around 7:15 that night to report he was worried about his father and stepmother as they had not returned home and that their phones were off.
Investigators would find the couple’s car a few hours later, abandoned a half-mile away from their home and covered in dirt. In the days that followed, police, family and friends began searching the area for the couple using ATV’s dogs and a helicopter. In that time, there was no activity with the couple’s phones, bank accounts, credit cards or social media accounts.
No word on what lead police to bring a backhoe to the backyard of a home located a couple of blocks away from where the couple lived, but on Wednesday night they used it to start digging and recovered two bodies believed to be the missing couple.…
UPDATE – The body of Stephen Hutcheson was found yesterday (July 4) in a wooded area near Adger, AL. Authorities responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle that had been in the location for several days discovered the 2005 Dodge Stratus with Hutcheson inside. He appears to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
MCCALLA, AL – Authorities are searching for 47-year-old Stephen “Hut” Sean Hutcheson after his wife and two children were found shot to death on Sunday.
Deputies were called to the Hutcheson home early Sunday evening by a relative who was concerned since family members hadn’t heard from the Hutchesons. After making a forced entry into the home, they would find the bodies of 49-year-old Doris, shot twice in the head, and 14-year old Kimberly, who was shot once in the head and once in the face.
Both are suspected to have been asleep, but it’s being reported that 12-year-old Peyton probably was awake at the time of his murder. He was shot twice in the face and once in the neck; he was found on the couch.…
MOUNT DORA, FL – A 45-year-old detention deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and improper exhibition of a firearm last Monday after following another vehicle and brandishing a gun at the couple in the car.
It appears that Thomas J. Thompson was not in a good mood following his arrest, since he was arrested–again!–Wednesday on a domestic violence charge related to an argument between him and his wife that Monday night.
Let’s get this little bit of business out of the way before someone gets confused: yes, I described Thompson as a detention deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Different words are used in different jurisdictions, but understand that the phrase in question tags Thompson as a jailer. Not a police officer.
Way back when, I was a juvenile detention officer. Yes, officer. My official title was Court Services Officer, and I did indeed carry a shiny badge proclaiming my name, title, and county; in the course of my job, I was required to make decisions regarding crimes committed and those accused of committing crimes.…