In The Mean Time...
In June 2002, Wright removed the racks out of an oven, turned it to broil and waited for it to heat up. She then placed her 14-month-old daughter, Ashley Smith, head first into the oven.
Ashley was rescued by her father who heard her screams and found her inside the oven. While Smith was only in the oven for a short amount of time, she suffered third-degree burns to over 30 percent of her body.
Despite claiming voices told her to put her daughter in the oven, Wright would plead guilty to attempted murder, and be sentenced to 25 years in prison. On Tuesday, after having serving 13 years and 9 months of her sentence, Wright stood before the parole board in hopes of an early release.
Smith was also there to ask the board that her mother remain in prison.…
The body of Karalee Williams was found in a Walmart parking lot back in April. Evidence found inside her vehicle, as well as her autopsy report, concluded Williams had died from a massive overdose of Diflouroethane – the chemical found in Dust-Off.
According to the attorney representing Williams’ family, they have evidence that shows the Walmart store sold Williams at least 60 cans of Dust-Off within a 25 to 26 hour period, including the towels she used to administer the chemical.
“The sheer volume that they are providing this woman, who is undeniably mentally impaired, knowing to an almost certainty that she is going to use it in an unlawful fashion, we think that crosses the line,” said attorney Jeff Steidley.
At first I was wondering how could a Walmart store be responsible for an addict dying in their parking lot, especially since she was buying the product legally and they had no way of knowing what she was doing with it after she left the store.…
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.…
On Thursday, Terrell was with a friend at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, wading in the waters at the top of Rainbow Falls.
At some point Terrell’s friend noticed she was no longer in the water. After being unable to locate her, the friend called 911.
“Hi, I’m at Rainbow Falls. My friend got caught by the current, and I don’t know where she is, and I can’t find her,” the friend can be heard telling a 911 dispatcher.
Firefighters arrived on the scene and located Terrell’s body four hours later at the bottom of the 185 foot waterfall. The U.S. Forest Service said Terrell lost her footing and was swept over the falls by the current.
Terrell anchored 41NBC News at Daybreak and 41Today. The station released the following statement:
“Taylor was a hard worker with a bright smile. She rose through the ranks from intern to reporter, to weekend anchor, to morning anchor and was eager to prepare for her next chapter.…
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.…
CINCINNATI, OH – A judge has sentenced April Corcoran to 51-years-to-life in prison for letting her drug dealer have sex with her 11-year-old daughter in exchange for heroin, calling it one of the worst cases she’s ever seen.
In June, Corcoran pleaded guilty to complicity to rape, trafficking in persons and corrupting another with drugs.
Corcoran admitted that on four separate occasions in 2014, she gave her daughter to 42-year-old Shandell Willingham for sex in exchange for heroin.
The little girl was sodomized, raped, forced to perform oral sex and frequently videotaped by Willingham. Corcoran would reward her daughter by forcing her to take small doses of heroin that caused her to vomit each time.
“I made selfish, horrible choices that will affect her for the rest of her life,” Corcoran said in court before she was sentenced. “I am consumed by guilt and shame every day.”
Judge Ghiz said she was full of shit, pointing out that Corcoran has yet to offer any kind of apology to her daughter.…
According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, 18-year-old Tanner Coolsaet and 17-year-old Michael Roth showed up to a team meeting off campus with a guinea pig in a box.
With over half of the 18 member team present, along with some adults, Coolsaet allegedly used a knife to slit the guinea pig’s throat. Roth then allegedly beat it with a small bat. Some of the team members present reportedly drank the animal’s blood and painted their faces with the blood.
The incident was brought to the attention of police after a teacher heard some of the students talking about what had been done. Both Coolsaet and Roth were charged with killing/torturing an animal and conspiracy to commit killing/torturing of animals. They are each facing a possible 4 years in prison.
Students at the school say that they are now suffering from taunts from other schools at sporting events and practices, where they are now known as the “guinea pig school.”
One parent complained that he didn’t see what the big deal was and that the media was blowing the killing of an animal for sport out of proportion.…
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.…
According to reports, police were called to the Mehoopany Dandy Mart Thursday afternoon where two women had gotten into an altercation.
Once at the scene, Tami Donovan told them that she was pumping gas when she noticed Kimberly Brinton pumping gas while smoking a cigarette. Donovan confronted Brinton and an argument broke out.
Donovan admitted she threw windshield cleaner in an attempt to put out the cigarette before getting into her car to leave. That’s when Brinton started screaming she was going to “light her ass on fire” and sprayed Donovan with gasoline from the gas pump. Twice.
When Donovan got out of her car, she slipped on the spilled gas and broke her arm. Brinton had already left the scene before police arrived, but was identified via surveillance footage and taken into custody.
Brinton was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.…
Prosecutors allege 60-year-old Kevin James Fox used multiple online personas to contact his ex-girlfriend, telling her that she and her son were in danger from members of organized crime.
He went on to tell her that the only way she and her son would be safe would be to for her to have sex with her son and record the acts. Instead of going to police, the woman did as the man instructed. On June 10 and 21, she sent Fox videos and images her performing sex acts with her son.
No word on how police finally got involved and eventually identified Fox as the person who was blackmailing the woman, but he was arrested and charged with production and receipt of child pornography.
Fox, who owns Foxy’s Pet Food and Supplies in Limestone, was represented by a public defender while in federal court on Tuesday.…
Police were called to a beach in Daytona Beach on Monday afternoon where they found 18-year-old Tatyana Allen had used the child to batter her boyfriend after the couple got into an argument.
According to witnesses, Allen was angry with her boyfriend because he would not walk with her to the bathroom. In response, Allen reportedly punched the man several times in the face before grabbing her son by the ankles and swinging him like a baseball bat at the man’s direction.
Allen then dropped the baby face-down in the sand and the boyfriend picked him up. Witnesses said Allen had been rough with the baby and at one point as she walked up the steps to the boardwalk, the baby’s head struck the railing.
Family members corroborated what witnesses told investigators, but refused to provide written statements. Surprisingly, the toddler was not injured, but was taken to a local hospital just in case.…
Holifield was a top pitcher for the Plano Senior High School Wildcats who had verbally committed to Oklahoma State University on a baseball scholarship. Those college plans are now on hold after his arrest on June 20.
According to police, Holifield was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact. He allegedly sexually abused two children at his mother’s in-home day care. One of the victims is reportedly 5-years-old.
The scouting site MaxPreps listed the 6-foot-7, 240-pound teen as the No. 45 high school prospect in Texas. He’s now being held at the Collin County Jail on $600,000 bond.
Holifield joins a long list of teenage boys who have sampled the goods at their mother’s day care. Some featured on this site recently include:
The accident happened Saturday at around 5:15 p.m. on Route 31. According to investigators, the grill was attached to a camper driven by Jason Mark who was headed eastbound.
Mark hit a bump near a bridge that caused the grill to become wobbly. When Mark hit a second bump, the grill detached from the tow hitch and become airborne and smashed into a car driving westbound.
The driver of that car, Jared Jones, was flown to the hospital and has since been released. His passenger, Krebbeks, would die from his injuries.
Police said their investigation is ongoing, and it isn’t yet clear whether any charges will be filed against Mark. They did say that a preliminary investigation indicated the tow hitch was applied to the camper properly.
This reminds me of another story involving things becoming disconnected on a New York highway – with much more devastating results.…
According to the homeowner, two masked men crept inside his home through a cellar door and fired several shots from a BB gun after discovering his son, 28-year-old Troy Imbody, was sleeping in the basement.
“They attacked him,” his father said. “They got the short end of the stick. … My son wasn’t playing. He was fighting for his life. They just wanted to rough him up. My kid wasn’t going for it. They got more brutal, my son ended it.”
Imbody ended the assault by grabbing a machete and using it to chop off one of the intruder’s hands. That man was dumped at the emergency ward at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg with a severed hand and multiple lacerations.
Imbody was also taken to the hospital to treat several head wounds and to have some BBs removed from his head and chest, said his father.…
Rowdy Radford was at his aunt’s house when he took 180 sparklers and wrapped them tightly together with electrical tape, creating the ever-popular sparkler bomb.
To see just how powerful these homemade explosives are, take a look at a couple YouTube videos made by other morons. According to the teen’s aunt, Radford is known for making sparkler bombs every year.
“Rowdy has always been known for making his booms and he makes his booms by scaring everybody,” said his aunt Samantha Hansen, who looks like she’d be pretty fun after a night of bar-hopping. Call me.
But this “boom” would be the most memorable yet. As Radford bent down to light it, the device exploded in his face, leaving a four-foot hole in the ground and heard by people as far as four miles away.
The blast blew off some of Radford’s fingers, burned his face and chest, and left his leg so damaged that doctors had to amputate it below the knee.…