In The Mean Time...
Early Monday morning, Melgar sent a text to her mother letting her know she was heading home from a club and asked if she needed anything from the store.
On the way home, Melgar ended up at the Post Oak Exit on the Westpark Tollway. This road had been blocked with a barrier and a tow truck as the underpass had flooded.
Melgar ignored the warnings and squeeze by the truck Bill Smiers, a member of the Harris County Toll Road Authority’s Incident Response Team, was sitting in. He tried stopping her and even tried chasing her down to stop her from going any further.
For whatever reason, Melgar continued down the street and into the waters that was reportedly 17-feet deep at its most flooded.Melgar’s SUV almost immediately starts floating before losing power.
In the video you can see Melgar using her cell phone as a light that she begins waving around more frantically as her vehicle starts to sink.…
Last week, Whitney Hanna called 911 to report she had found her daughter, Roselynn ‘Rosie’ Mae Hanna, unconscious and not breathing.
Hanna said she had left her daughter unattended for five minutes while she tended to her 2-year-old son in another room. When she returned, she found Rosie lying on the living room floor with a window blind cord wrapped around her neck.
She performed CPR on her daughter until paramedics arrived minutes later. Rosie was rushed to the hospital where she would be pronounced dead four days later – which also happens to be her 6-year-old sister’s birthday.
Kids dying after getting tangled up in window blind cords is a lot more common than I thought. We’ve reported on one or two incidents over the years, but according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 600 children have been strangled by window blind cords over the past 30 years. That’s almost one child for every month.…
Last year, the wife of 39-year-old Tony Waller was looking for a file on a laptop they both shared. What she ended up finding was a folder fill o’ child porn. According to police, Waller had amassed a collection of around 400,000 images and videos of pubescent girls.
She called police and Waller, who worked at Jonesboro First Assembly of God since 1999 and was a bus driver for Jonesboro Public Schools, admitted he had a child porn addiction for the last 20 years.
But as police continued their investigation, they found that Waller had more than a child porn addiction – he was also a predator. Waller had installed hidden cameras in the church’s bathroom and a house the church owned across the street.
Even worse, two girls – aged 10 to 11 – would come forward to say that Waller had been sexually abusing them for several years. …
For those of you who may have missed the initial story, Pastor Jordan Brown claims he ordered a cake from Whole Foods that he wanted personalized with the message “Love Wins.”
Brown, an openly gay pastor, claims that when he went to pick up the cake, the personalized message read “Love Wins Fag.” Of course, as is the first thing anyone does now days, he went to social media and made a Youtube video to explain what happened.
He said he did not notice the message until he got into his car, and that when he went in to talk to the store manager they said their employee did not do it and that they would not be taking any kind of action.
Brown responded by hiring a lawyer to sue Whole Foods.…
The incident happened in May 2013, when 58-year-old Jackie Pierce demanded money from Willie Cannon.
When Cannon refused, Pierce responded by repeatedly kicking the man in the testicles. After Cannon was incapacitated, Pierce took the man’s wallet and ran away.
Authorities say Pierce’s kicks ruptured Cannon’s testicle, which resulted in a gangrene infection that would kill Cannon a month later.
On Tuesday a grand jury indicted Pierce on charges of murder, felonious assault and robbery. Police do not currently have Pierce in custody, but his arraignment is scheduled for April 27.
So far there’s been no word on why it took so long for charges to be filed against Pierce.…
The incident happened in February when Lonina and the victim were hanging out at a residence with 29-year-old Raymond Gates.
At some point, Gates allegedly raped the victim while Lonina used the social media app Periscope to live stream the sexual assault of her friend. Police were contacted by a friend of Lonina who was watching the video in another state.
Lonina and Gates were both arrested and have now been indicted on one count kidnapping, two counts of rape, one county of sexual battery, three counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor.
Lonina is also looking at two counts of illegal use of minor in nudity oriented material or performance after allegedly taking pictures of the victim naked the night before the rape.
According to Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien, Gates and Lonina are looking at a possible forty years in prison if convicted.
For those of you who may have missed the original story, a mountain biker found the a dog hanged from a tree on March 21. It was later determined that the dog had been “aggressively sexually violated” while restrained, and had died of asphyxiation.
“This is a truly horrific situation in all aspects,” the humane society’s Washington director, Dan Paul, said at the time. “To think about the suffering this dog experienced in her final moments, as well as knowing there’s an individual or individuals in our state who would perpetrate this type of abuse, is sickening. We are hopeful this reward will bring someone forward with information about this despicable crime.”
With a reward of $25,000 reward being offered to apprehend the person responsible, along with a spot on Washington’s Most Wanted, police where able to identify Evans as a suspect.
Turns out the dog was a 3-year-old pit bull named “Diamond” who was an emotional support animal for an 8-year-old boy.…
Lyne was last seen on Friday as she left to attend the Seattle Mariners opening game with 37-year-old John Charlton, a man she met online.
Her ex-husband reported her missing the following morning when he arrived at her home to drop off their three daughters – ranging in age from about 8 to 12 – and found she and her car were missing, although her purse and cell phone were inside the home.
Friends and family immediately began searching for Lyne while police were able to identify Charlton as the man she went on a date with the night before.
“We used some forensic evidence in dealing with telephone calls and cell towers and the usual investigative shoe leather that the homicide detectives in tracking down their leads on a regular basis. By utilizing those, we were led to a suspect early on,” said Seattle Police Assistant Chief Robert Merner.…
According to police, someone witnessed 29-year-old Willie Bell Jr. molesting a 6-year-old boy behind a Dallas apartment building. The victim’s mother said her son was lured behind the building while he played outside.
She says that witnesses caught Bell in the act of sexually abusing her son and stopped him while beating him. “If it wasn’t for them, he probably would have done more to my child,” she said.
Now police say that Bell sexually abused two other boys in February. At the time, the boys told police they had been sexually assaulted behind their apartment building by a man wearing “church shoes.”
Bell just happens to be a youth minister at First United Methodist Church of Cedar Hill. The church released a statement saying that it is cooperating with police and that, as of right now, they are not aware of any similar assaults taking place at the church.…
In 2014, Lory was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a family member between July 2011 and July 2012. The victim, a female family member, was 9-years-old when the sexual abuse started.
During this time, Lory was retired from the Chamblee Police Department and had previously worked for MARTA Police. The case went to trial and Lory was found guilty of two counts of aggravated child molestation and two counts of child molestation.
As the jury foreman read the verdict, Lory drank a liquid from an over-the-counter vitamin bottle. It wasn’t until Lory was taken into custody and transported to the DeKalb jail that authorities learned the liquid Lory drank was poisonous. He was immediately taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Lory still faces sentencing, where he is looking at a possible life in prison. Lory really should followed William Moore and Steve Parson’s lead.…
The incident, which was captured on video, reportedly happened on Friday inside 63-year-old Mary Hastings geometry class at Ozen High School.
In the video, Hastings can be seen repeatedly hitting a student in the head while yelling, “because you’re stopping them from graduating you idiot ass.”
“Why you did that,” the student asks Hastings, to which she responds by mocking the boy’s question – much to the delight of the other students in the classroom.
The boy she hit is smiling afterwards, but whether he deserved what he got really doesn’t matter in this situation. Teachers physically assaulting students can expect to lose their jobs, especially if it is caught on video. Just ask Barb Williams.
As expected, Hastings was removed from the classroom shortly after the video surfaced and placed on administrative leave. In a statement released to the press, Beaumont Independent School District said:
The Beaumont Independent School District can confirm that an Ozen High School teacher was arrested today for physically assaulting a student.…
The more details that come out about this case, the more messed up it gets. As usual with these child abuse stories, if I am writing it up, then you know it’s a bad one.
On March 17, medical crews responded to a 911 call regarding an unresponsive child. When they arrived at the home they found 3-year-old Bethannie Johnson lying in the middle of the living room floor unresponsive.
Police and paramedics noted Bethannie was severely bruised on her head, abdomen and legs. She also had dried blood in her airway that was indicative of past injuries.
Paramedics managed to get the girl breathing again, but she would be pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. An autopsy found she had multiple internal and external head injuries and concluded she died of blunt force trauma.
When questioned by detectives, Gosset said she was Bethannie’s legal guardian and that she stays at the address because she provides child care for the person who lives there.…
According to police, the girl’s mother was at a home visiting a friend on Easter when she left her daughter on a couch to go in the garage to smoke meth.
According to investigators, that’s when the little girl was “taken into another room in the home where she was raped by the four men.”
When the mother returned from smoking meth, she noticed her daughter’s clothing was in disarray and that she was upset and wanted to go home. The next day the girl told her mother that the four men had raped her and one had threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Police were called and the girl was able to pick out 36-year-old Larson RonDeau from a photograph. He would tell investigators that he was at the home with three other men and that the girl was there with her mother. He said if the girl was raped inside the home, he was not involved.…
But when you find that your children have been tattooed, your ex is passed out drunk and won’t answer the door for cops, it can’t get any worse, right? Not for a Travis County man who got a call from his son on Monday, say Lago Vista police.
According to the arrest affidavit, the son told his dad that “they had a surprise for him and that he might not like it.” When the father showed up at his ex-wife’s house in Lago Vista, he found his kids-ages 13, 10 and 9-with “fresh tattoos on their ankles.”
The children’s mother, 31-year-old Ashley Weir, was arrested, charged with allowing her boyfriend’s brother to ink the kids. Which is where it does get worse. The boyfriend’s brother? You guessed it: a registered sex offender.…
Victoria Reid, 60, reportedly confronted her 60-year-old husband about an affair he was allegedly having.
She had him sit on a sofa, then pulled out a gun that she used to taunt him with by aiming it at his head and chest.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, she told her husband of 16 years that she wanted to maim him and give him post-traumatic stress disorder – a condition she reportedly suffers from.
She may very well have succeeded, because she shot her husband in the knee. If that weren’t bad enough, the bullet traveled up the man’s thigh and took up residence in his testicles.
The man’s condition is not known, but Reid was arrested on Wednesday and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated domestic violence, false imprisonment and firing a weapon inside a home. She’s currently in the Brevard County Jail on a $35,000 bond.…
According to an arrest warrant released by Grand Prairie police, Quezada, 30, called 911 to report that she was performing CPR on her daughter, 4-year-old Leiliana Wright.
When responding paramedics noticed the girl had bruises on her face, Quezada told them her daughter had come home from a sleepover with the injuries and then fell in the shower. The child was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Three days later, the girl’s death was ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said the girl had extensive bruising “from head to toe” and had whip marks on her back.
With this information, police arrested Quezada and charged her with injury to a child. Despite changing her story multiple times, the arrest warrant paints a pretty horrific picture of what happened on the day the girl died and, I gotta say, it’s a tough read.…
FONTANA, CA – A man walked into a California Target, headed to the kitchen section where he obtained a knife, then proceeded to stab himself to death.
Officials say that on Wednesday around 11 a.m., the man walked into the Target at 15272 Summit Ave. in the Falcon Ridge Town Center.
He made his way to the store’s kitchen section where he opened a package and pulled out a knife that he used to stab himself in the torso. He died at the scene.
“Upon arrival, our officers located an individual with an apparent self-inflicted stabbing wound to the torso area,” said Martha Guzman-Hurtado, police spokeswoman. “It appears that this incident is suicide.”
Target remained open for two more hours and did not close until the coroner arrived to remove the man’s dead body. This decision didn’t sit well with some people who were in the store shopping at the time of the incident.
“It’s disgusting that they would let people continue to shop when there’s a dead body inside,” said Marlene Rodriguez, who was in the store shopping until 1:30 p.m.…
In the recently released 911 call, Flowers’ daughter can be heard saying “This is an emergency. My dogs attacked and really hurt her. Please come!”
When police arrived at the home, Flowers was dead on the living room floor. She had suffered bites to her head and neck area, and had lost a significant amount of blood.
According to police, Flowers slipped or tripped onto a dog bed. The family’s two pit bulls went over and apparently started playing with her. This playing turned aggressive and then escalated into a full-blown attack.
Flowers’ daughter was eventually able to get the dogs off of her mother and call 911, but it was too late for Flowers.
Flowers’ daughters reportedly refused to sign the dogs over to Animal Care and Control to be held during the investigation into Flowers’ death, so animal control officers seized the dogs.…