In The Mean Time...
BALTIMORE, MD - Police have arrested a total of four suspects in connection to the videotaped beating of a tourist in downtown Baltimore during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
For those of you living under a rock, a video was posted online last month that showed an unidentified man getting his ass handed to him by a rowdy mob. The victim, who was clearly drunk off his ass, can be seen getting surrounded by a group of people when 20-year-old Aaron Parsons reaches in and takes something out of the victim’s pocket. When the victim walks after him, Parsons cold-cocks him.
While laying on the sidewalk wondering what the hell happened to him, a mob of people descend on him delivering a volley of punches and kicks while robbing him and stripping him of his clothing. The entire time, onlookers simply laugh and film the assault.
The video of the attack quickly went viral — mostly because of the brutality of the video and the fact that the victim is white and his attackers were black.…Continue Reading
Albuquerque, NM - New Mexico sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man suspected of impersonating a police officer in multiple jurisdictions around Albuquerque. This after reports of a self-described “undercover officer” making suspicious traffic stops and having an odd confrontation with some teenage boys.
Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies reported arresting Joseph Hannah, 34, after two women reported separate incidents of being pulled over by a man in a black mustang – complete with flashing police lights. The man, later identified as Hannah, reportedly showed the women his gun, told them he worked undercover, and then proceeded to flirt with them.
Investigators said that Hannah also stopped his Mustang – with activated lights – at an Albuquerque home where a group of teens were playing ball out front.
“He showed me a badge and a gun so I bought it,” said one of the boys, age 15, of Hannah’s claim to be a police officer.
The boy described the encounter with Hannah – who initially remained in his vehicle – as ‘light-hearted’ but then becoming ‘scary’ when Hannah became irritated.…Continue Reading
PORTSMOUTH, NH – We have reported on people killed by pinto beans, chocolate, meat grinders, industrial dryers, wood chippers and even paper rolling machines. Now we have a new way someone can be accidentally killed on the job.
A man working at the Redhook Ale Brewery was killed yesterday after a beer keg exploded, sending shrapnel into his head and chest. The worker was using compressed air to empty and clean kegs when the incident occurred.
“Something failed where it basically blew apart under the pressure and with such force that parts of the keg pushed into his chest and into his head,” said Asst. Fire Chief Steven Achilles.
Other employees discovered the unidentified man and called 911. Emergency workers arrived within a few minutes and found the man was weak and barely had a pulse before going into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital but would be pronounced dead later that day.
OSHA has started investigating and others are eager to hear the results as this cleaning practice is common, and a keg exploding in this manner is practically unheard of.…Continue Reading
RAYNE, La. - Police have charged 26-year-old Shaqueta McDade with homicide after her four children died in a mobile home fire Saturday night.
According to 26-year-old Shaqueta McDade’s neighbors, she had a bad habit of leaving her five young children home alone. One neighbor described finding McDade’s 2-year-old wandering the streets at midnight last month and calling police.
Another neighbor said that McDade’s left her kids alone inside their mobile home last Friday night, prompting them to call police as well. The kids were removed from the home, but returned to McDade the next day. That night, McDade once again left her children home alone.
This time the end result would be far more tragic than a simple call to police and yet another opportunity for McDade to leave her kids unsupervised. That night, a fire broke out in the living room of the home and soon the entire trailer was engulfed in flames.
Neighbors tried to get McDade’s children out of the trailer, but were driven back from the intense heat. Jamari McDade, 8; Amous Mouton Jr., 7; LaShay McDade, 5, and Brian Steiner, 2, would all perish in the fire.…Continue Reading
She staunchly maintains that the tattoo on her lower leg – depicting a naked Tinkerbell with a light switch in either her vagina or rectum – is absolutely ‘not offensive.’ Check out the tattoo here. It’s NSFW-ish.
On Sunday, Lana Massey reportedly took her ‘very excited’ 8-year-old son to Legoland. According to her account, Massey paid $53 for access to Legoland Discovery Center and the adjoining aquarium. Massey later described being shadowed by a Legoland employee while moving among the playrooms.
“The whole time we were in, we were followed,” Massey said. “I was totally assuming that she was going to come up to me and ask me who my artist was.”
Instead, the employee reportedly told her that she needed to leave.
“Ma’am, I need to give you your money back and ask you to leave,” Massey recounted. “We’ve had some complaints about your tattoos.…Continue Reading
Austin, TX - A man is in a medically-induced coma in a hospital burn unit after his wife allegedly used a ruse of giving him a “hot oil massage” to douse him in gasoline and light him up. Police identified multiple ways that they believe she attempted to keep him from getting aid.
On Tuesday night, police responded to a disturbance call at the apartment that Shriya Biman Patel, 25, shared with her husband. Police say they found a naked man lying on the floor screaming in pain with severe burns over 70% of his body. Patel was also in the apartment when they arrived.
According to the victim, he had undressed and gotten into the bathtub under the guise of a promise by his wife to give him a hot oil massage. Investigators found candles placed around the bathroom presumably to create a romantic ambiance. The victim said, then – when he entered the tub – Patel poured what the man believed to be oil on him. He told investigators the next thing he knew, he was on fire.…Continue Reading
A mother in Kentucky has hired a lawyer and sued the public school system her daughter attends, while also filing a restraining order against the 9-year-old boy accused of bullying her.
Joy Furman’s daughter is a fourth-grader at Foster Traditional Academy who, she claims, has been tormented by a fellow classmate for the last two years. According to Furman, her daughter has suffered harassment, threats, and an incident last year when the boy allegedly karate kicked her daughter in the chest during recess.
The school ended up placing the girl into a different classroom than the boy accused of bullying her, but this year the school put them back together in the same classroom where the bullying has reportedly began again. Because of this, Furman hired attorney Teddy Gordon to sue two teachers, the school’s principal, and the young boy’s parents. She is also seeking a 500-foot protection order against the boy.…Continue Reading
Denver, CO – A 30-year-old Yale-educated researcher hung himself in his cell after being arrested in March for soliciting sex with children.
An undercover agent targeted Yaron Segal due to his frequent appearance in chat rooms featuring terms like “childslavesex” and “ChildRapeTortureBrutality.” According to an arrest affidavit, investigators traced his handle “ruthlessmale” to New Haven, Connecticut, then to Cambridge, and then to Segal.
The undercover agent then engaged Segal, posed as a mother with two young girls, ages 12 and 16-years-old. Segal divulged his eagerness to have sex with the mother and children and was even willing to travel all the way to Colorado to meet them.
Segal became more and more outspoken, making phone calls and sending the “mother” links to online sex toy businesses. He expressed his craving to use a dildo on the twelve year old and sent emails with photos of vibrators he had purchased with the caption, “Those are some big c*cks.”
Segal, a postdoctoral assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, would never get to use any of those items on the children as on March 28, after flying to Grand Junction to meet the woman, he was taken into custody by Homeland Security at the Grand Junction airport.…Continue Reading
Puyallup, WA – A Washington state man faces more than 25 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering a female roommate and then concealing the crime. He was also found guilty of an additional charge related to his “kissing” the genitals of the victim before burying her in a shallow grave.
On September 12, 2011, the ex-wife of Kelly Merz, 51, walked into the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department precinct to report that Merz had just called her and confessed to killing 33-year-old Cori Lewis. An investigation followed.
According to a prosecutor’s press release, in August 2011, the victim, 33-year-old Cori Lewis began renting a bedroom in Merz’ two-bedroom apartment with a friend. After “tension among the roommates,” Lewis and her friend were given an eviction notice by Merz. This reportedly lead to an argument between Merz and Lewis that “turned violent.” In his interview, Merz reportedly told investigators that, during the altercation, he, “tried unsuccessfully to break her neck.” According to prosecutors, “intent on killing Cori, he pinned her to the floor, pulled a .380 handgun from his back pocket, placed the muzzle to her head and fired once,” killing her.…Continue Reading
Dayton, OH — An Ohio man has been indicted on one count of promoting prostitution in a case involving his wife and daughter being offered as a mother-daughter sex team. The wife and daughter were also charged with solicitation in the case.
In January, an undercover officer responded to an ad on Craigslist.com reportedly offering sexual services for money. According to reports, the officer negotiated a liason with a mother and daughter simultaneously during the call.
“They agreed to have sex with an undercover detective for $40… mother and daughter,” police Sgt. Chris Fischer said.
The father, mother, and daughter were apprehended by police when they arrived at the hotel for the M-D session.
With the recent indictment, Mark Napier, 53, is charged with promoting prostitution. His wife, Lorena Napier, 51, and their daughter, Dawn Cowan [pictured], 26, were arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution at the time of the hotel encounter.
Police reported that they believe the family members were prostituting for cigarette money.
In a case such as this, I cannot help but wonder if the mere presentation of enticing photos such these might serve as a form of entrapment for anyone grappling with dark demons calling them to a taboo encounter such as the one that was offered here.…Continue Reading
MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana – An 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy have been charged with battery for beating their female bus driver after being asked to stop throwing things on the bus.
The boys were on their way home Friday, riding in a school bus taking them back home from Springfield Elementary School, when they began tossing a lanyard back and forth between the seats.
When a 73-year-old bus monitor told them to stop playing around, one of the boys began verbally assaulting her. When she admonished him, the other boy chimed in as well, swearing at her and calling her names.
The 35-year-old bus driver, Shaunda Gilbert, eventually pulled the bus over to the side of the road in an attempt to get the boys to calm down. The 8-year-old informed her he was just going to get off the bus, but Gilbert blocked his path to the door.
This prompted the young boy to push Gilbert to the floor where he began pulling out her hair and slamming her head on the floor. After letting go of her hair, he started punching her in the upper body, assisted by the older boy who joined in with several kicks to Gilbert’s face and head.…Continue Reading
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Police have arrested a woman after they say she repeatedly bit another woman during a fight over a parking space.
Police say 32-year-old Sara Gillian was angry when a 22-year-old woman swooped in and stole a parking place she had been waiting for. The same article also says the fight was over the 22-year-old partially blocking a driveway.
Whatever the reason, the two got into a heated argument about it, leading to the women getting into each other’s face and pushing each other.
That is, until Gillian began using her mouth for more than talk and started biting the other woman, causing serious bite marks on her arms and chest.
“She was like, ‘Aaargh, aargh,’ and she just kept biting her,” said Trevell Council, the victim’s boyfriend. “She kept biting her and my girlfriend was like, ‘Help. Help.’”
Police arrested Gillian and charged her with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.…Continue Reading
WINTER PARK, Fla. — Two teen boys who grew up together, hung out together and got in trouble together may have died together after their burning bodies were found on the side of the road earlier this week.
Initial reports were that early Sunday morning, bicyclists on a popular bike trail called 911 after finding what looked like two bodies burning on the side of the trail.
“I can’t tell if there is two mannequins or two people burning,” the caller said.
Unfortunately, they weren’t mannequins and dental records were used to positively identify the bodies as best friends, 16-year-old Nicholas Presha and 18-year-old Jeremy Stewart, who both attended Winter Park High School.
Nicholas is also the son of Bernie Presha, an investigator for the state attorney’s office who said his son snuck out of the house at around 2 a.m. Sunday, and that he had been unable to find him when he went out looking for him.
Residents of the nearby Sun Bay Apartments complex reported hearing gunshots early that morning, and one said they heard arguing outside their door just hours before the bodies were found.…Continue Reading
Julie Walker, 48, was found guilty was convicted in her absence of causing unnecessary suffering to the 12-year-old akita. RSPCA Inspector Caroline Doe said Ruby was in a worse condition than, “any of the other thousands of cases she had dealt with.” Ruby needed to be euthanized due to her condition.
After finding her guilty of all charges, magistrates issued a warrant for Walker’s arrest. Walker reportedly presented herself at the Medway police station on Wednesday and was taken into custody.
Clearly a master of legal maneuvering, Walker – during the sentencing hearing – claimed that she knew nothing about her trial and asked for the case to be reopened. In rebuttal, the court clerk presented a fax that Walker had sent to the court acknowledging the case and asking that it be dismissed. D’oh.…Continue Reading
Tulsa, OK - A veterinary student who was videotaped engaging in sex with a horse got off. …with probation after pleading guilty to sodomy charges in an Oklahoma court
Thomas Wilson, 28, was a veterinarian in training at the Legacy Equine Medical and Surgical Centre near Tulsa. According to court records, in September 2009, a co-worker of Wilson’s checking on the horses by live video feed saw Wilson probing a horse with his ‘peniscope.’ …and that’s unlawful in Oklahoma.
According to the arrest affidavit, the colleague confronted Wilson immediately after seeing him engaging in sex with one of the center’s horses. Wilson reportedly responded, “I’m glad you caught me. I need help.”
The Oklahoma State Board of Medical Examiners investigated the incident and he was charged him with one count of sodomy. According to the OSCN, Wilson was arrested and released after posting a $100,000 cash bond. Sodomy is punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Oklahoma.
After the incident but before his arrest, Wilson participated in a graduation ceremony of his veterinary school, Oklahoma State University.…Continue Reading
Santa Clarita, CA - Princess Cruises is conducting an ‘internal investigation’ after claims that the captain of one of its ships ignored a passenger’s report of a distress signal from a small fishing vessel. Two of the three people on board that drifting vessel would later die of dehydration.
On Feb 24, Adrian “Santi” Vasquez, 18, set out on a fishing trip with two 16-year-old friends – Oropeces Betancourt and Fernando Osario. After they were at sea, they discovered that the outboard motor on their small fishing vessel – “The Fifty Cent” – would no longer start and they were adrift in the middle of the ocean.
The three men drifted at sea for more than two weeks before they spotted the passing Star Princess cruise ship and started signaling for a help.
On board the Star Princess three passengers were bird watching. Judy Meredith, Jeff Gilligan, and Jim Dowdall were using their spotting scopes and telescopic cameras, so they had a good view of the fishing boat in the distance.…Continue Reading
OKLAHOMA CITY – That’s one hell of a title, right? On Tuesday, a woman was sentenced to life after she pleaded guilty to beating her dwarf roommate to death with a crystal ball and a DVD player.
Police say 40-year-old Clara Ann Blocker was homeless and had been staying with 41-year-old Erik Scott Saxton temporarily when the beating death occurred.
Initially, the 5″11 Blocker told police she would have never hurt Saxton, who stood 4″5 tall and was partially paralyzed, because he was a little person.
She would later admit that the two had been drinking when they got into an argument. Enraged, she admitted to using a crystal ball to hit Saxton in the head, then used a DVD player to beat the man. She has never revealed what the argument was about.
On Tuesday she pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
“He was a little man with a big heart. His heart was kind and open, and he wouldn’t have warranted an attack,” said Saxton’s mother, Juanita Saxton Tischendorf.…Continue Reading
GREENVILLE, SC — Police have arrested a 19-year-old McDonald’s employee, accusing him of spitting in two sweet teas before serving them to a customer.
According to Greenville County deputies, a woman claimed to have gone through the McDonald’s drive-thru and ordered two sweet teas for herself and her daughter and realized they were unsweetened.
She exchanged the teas for two sweet teas but realized once again that they were unsweetened. She decided not to return them a second time and chose to sweeten them when she got home.
When she removed the lids, she saw “a large deposit of phlegm floating at the top of both drinks.”
She called police who were able to view surveillance video from within the restaurant that showed McDonald’s employee, Marvin Washington Jr., leaning his face down to the cups before filling them with tea.
he was subsequently charged with unlawful/malicious tampering with food and later released from jail on $5,000 bond.
The owner of the Simpsonville fast-food restaurant, John Kennedy, cautions anyone from reaching a conclusion about the safety and well-being of his customers without the facts.…Continue Reading
Marland A. Anderson, 39 – whose stage name was “Sledge Hammer” and starred in such classics as Oh No! There’s a Negro in My Mom! 4 and Teenage Blackaholics - died Friday from unknown problems at a hospital.
LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman said that the incident reportedly began when – on April 8 – Anderson’s fiancé, 24-year-old Alexa Cruz, called police about an attempted suicide.
Paramedics and police showed up to Cruz’s apartment around 1:30 a.m., and took Anderson away in handcuffs, seemingly at his request, said Cruz – an adult film actress.
“He put his hands behind his back; he was very cooperative,” Cruz said. “They didn’t say anything about arrest. I think he just really wanted to get help.”
According to police, Anderson ‘became agitated’ during an ambulance ride to the hospital. According to reports, officers and paramedics struggled with Anderson in the back of the ambulance after Anderson had broken a handcuff that that was attached to a rail of the gurney he was on and tried to stand up.…Continue Reading
PALM BAY, Fl – Police have arrested a man after they say he got angry with his wife over her attending a concert, and attacked her with a box of Cheez-It snack crackers.
Police say 37-year-old Andy Gatz got into an argument with his wife on Monday after she attended an Earth Day concert. At the time of the confrontation, Gatz was under a court-ordered injunction to avoid having any contact with his wife.
During this argument, Gatz allegedly threw a box of Cheez-Its at her face, injuring her eye.
“A small square cracker apparently went into her right eye and caused her injury,” said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department.
Gatz had already left the home before police arrived, but turned himself in later. He told police he tossed a single Cheez-It cracker at his wife, not the entire box. He was arrested and charged with battery and violation of an injunction.
Gatz was allowed to leave jail on community supervision, but ordered to have no further contact with his wife.…Continue Reading