In The Mean Time...
Alayna Ertl was reported missing Saturday morning when her mother woke up to find her gone. Also missing was Anderson, who had stayed the night at the family’s home, and a truck belonging to Ertl’s father.
“[Anderson] is a family friend, co-worker of the victim’s father, and was staying the night up in Watkins last night,” Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze said. “He had previously been to that residence and spent a night here and there, so he’s not a stranger and not new to the residence.”
Four hours after authorities issued a statewide Amber Alert, Anderson’s father called authorities to tell them his son had called earlier that day and asked to use the family’s cabin 80 miles away.
When police went to investigate, they found the truck parked outside the cabin. Inside they would find a shotgun and a bloody suicide note, but no sign of Anderson or Alayna.…
Michael Downing was found dead in the backyard of a residence next to the apartment complex where he lived. Investigators aren’t sure how Downing got into the backyard, but think he may have been pulled under a fence.
Downing, who had recently suffered a stroke, was very frail and was unable to defend himself from the four dogs — a Rottweiler, and three mixed breeds consisting of German shepherd, Rottweiler, and Chow Chow.
One witness said the dogs treated the elderly man like a rag doll, ripping off his legs and tearing flesh from his head and arms.
“By far it’s probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” said the witness. “There was only 30 percent left of his body probably.”
Neighbors who live in the apartment complex say the dogs bother anyone who takes their trash to the dumpsters next to the fence.…
According to reports, Shannon Vincel was battling breast cancer and had already undergone a double mastectomy.
On Monday night she was waiting for a hospital shuttle bus to take her and another patient to a nearby treatment center.
That’s when a man approached Vincel and proceeded to beat her with a blunt object. Vincel sustained “severe head trauma” and was taken to a hospital, where she died the next day.
“She was just sitting there waiting for the shuttle to pick her up and take her to treatment,” Vincel’s mother said. “Why would anyone just walk up and beat a girl from behind without warning and just beat her to death? Why?”
Vincel was not robbed, according to her family, and police have not found a suspect or a motive behind the killing. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America is offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who has information about the beating.…
Police say 21-year-old Zachary Penton called police to report he’d just shot his roommate, 41-year-old Daniel Garofalo, during an argument.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Garofalo inside dead inside the home along with the handgun they believe Penton used to fatally shoot him.
Penton told police that he got into a physical altercation with Garofalo after the man told him to get the hell out of his house. Penton said he feared for his life so he shot the man.
Penton was arrested and is looking at a second-degree murder charge. He is currently being held in the Maricopa County Jail on $650,000 bond.
Two days before the shooting, someone posted on Penton’s Twitter account that they needed to move out of their place or they were going to “viciously murder” their roommates. The post seemed to stem from two of his roommates getting into a fight after one of them was stung by a bee.…
Bettig was reported missing on Aug 15 after Danelle Geier and George Ishler Jr., both 39, said he and his car had not been seen in three days.
According to court documents, the pair said they believed he had gone to California. Two days later police would find that not to be true when the missing man’s body was found at the bottom of Blackhawk Quarry.
It appeared as if Bettig had died after falling 80 feet off of a cliff. However, during their investigation, police would learn Bettig had been pushed.
Turns out that Bettig had taken Geier and her child into his home because they were homeless. Geier’s sister said the two were in love and that Bettig was planning on proposing in the near future.
But police say they have texts between Geier and Ishler in which Geier says “So ready I am pissed off,” and to which she later admitted to police was in reference to killing Bettig.…
The accident happened Sunday morning during services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 272 E. Traverse Point.
Steven Howlett said he and Peterson took off together from the Point of the Mountain and were flying alongside each other as they have for the last three years.
Peterson had more gas than Howlett, so when Howlett decided to land, Peterson kept going.
It’s not clear what malfunctioned with Peterson’s paramotor, but shortly after the two separated Peterson was seen spinning rapidly in a free-fall.
“We have heard reports that there might have been a collapse of the chute,” said Sergeant Chad Carpenter with Draper Police. “We don’t have that confirmed yet though.”
Peterson ended up crashing through the roof of the LDS church while dozens of people were inside. No one inside the church was hurt, but there was nothing that could be done for Peterson.…
Police say they received a 911 call from the residence Saturday night after someone there said 27-year-old Derrick Dearman was trespassing on their property.
Dearman was on the property because his girlfriend, Laneta Lester, had gone to the house to stay with her sister in order to get away from Dearman and their “abusive relationship.”
Police arrived on the scene but were unable to locate Dearman and left. Hours later, police say Dearman returned to the home and used multiple weapons, including a gun, to attack the occupants as they were sleeping.
When he was done, Dearman had brutally murdered five people. The victims are Robert Lee Brown, 26; Chelsea Marie Reed, 22, who was five months pregnant; Justin Kaleb Reed, 23; Joseph Adam Turner, 26; Shannon Melissa Randall, 35.
Dearman then kidnapped Lester and a three-month-old infant and drove them to his father’s house in Mississippi.…
Police were called to an apartment complex after receiving a call about a man sleeping in one of the complex’s storage unit who smelled like piss and was carrying an assault rile.
When police opened the unit in question, they didn’t find the man they were looking for, but they did find 36-year-old Carissa Chancey and her 7-year-old son lying on the floor.
It was 90 degrees inside the 2 foot by 12 foot unit that smelled of urine, had no airflow and had multiple rats running around inside. Also inside the unit was an assault rifle propped up against the wall, weed, meth and syringes.
There was no food or water and the boy, who was wearing dirty, torn clothing, said he had not eaten in 24 hours and that he and his mother had been in the unit for about two days.…
According to reports,police were called around 8:00 p.m. on a report of a man with his pants down swinging from a stop sign.
When police arrived on the scene, they found an intoxicated Henson walking down the street wearing nothing but black gym shorts and shoes.
After taking him into custody, they talked with the woman who called police. She told them that she watched Henson pull down his pants and place his junk into the front grill of a parked van across the street.
The woman said she called 911 after Henson finished raping the van and passed out in a nearby yard.
Henson was arrested and charged with public indecency. He is currently being held in the Montgomery County jail on $2,500 bond.
Henson joins a long list of men featured on Dreamin’ Demon who’ve gotten into trouble for having sex with inanimate objects, including dead people, patio furniture, a stuffed animal inside Walmart, a Jesus statue, a Teddy bear, cow shit, swiss cheese, a beer mug and — my personal favorite — a dead deer.…
Police were called to an apartment early Wednesday morning after 20-year-old Milina Harris threw boiling water on her sleeping mother before stabbing her multiple times.
Harris’ mom, 47-year-old Tamara Joyner, was rushed to Vidant Medical Center with life-threatening injuries where she would die later that afternoon.
Harris, who was initially charged with attempted first degree murder, has been charged with first-degree murder. She is currently in the Pitt County Detention Center on a $2 million bond.
When Harris made her first appearance before a judge, she wore chains, handcuffs and a padded green cover up used for people who are at risk of suicide.
A motive isn’t known at this time and the investigation is still ongoing. Whatever the reasoning, you got to really, really hate someone to pour boiling water on them while they are sleeping and then start stabbing them.
On Saturday, Morris was babysitting 4-month-old Emersyn Morris while his girlfriend, Jenny Anderson, was at work.
Anderson tried to contact Morris multiple times throughout the day but no one would hear from Morris until almost 5 pm when he called Anderson and his mother.
Morris told them both that he was going to jail because he had done something to the baby. They both told him to call 911.
When paramedics arrived at the home, Emersyn was unconscious and Morris was covered in blood and had a swollen hand. Emersyn was rushed to the hospital where she died from blunt force trauma.
Morris told police that he had been watching television when his daughter started making noises. He said he took the girl out of her swing, carried her into her bedroom and placed her on a changing table.
When Emersyn continued making noises, he attempted to quiet her by punching her approximately 15 times in the face and 7 times in the chest with a closed fist. …
Police say it started Monday night while Harrouff was with is family at a sports bar and restaurant. Harrouff reportedly stormed out of the restaurant, aggravated over the slow service.
His parents were so worried about his behavior that they called police and some of his fraternity brothers in hopes of locating him.
About 45 minutes later, Harrouff made contact with Michelle and John Stevens, who were sitting inside their open garage as they often did at night.
For reasons currently unknown, Harrouff viciously attacked and killed the couple with a switchblade and multiple “weapons of opportunity” found inside the garage.
“Both victims sustained massive trauma on multiple portions of their body. There were lacerations, stab wounds and blunt trauma,” Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said.
A neighbor heard the screams and witnessed Harrouff on top of John in the driveway.…
The incident happened back in January when Debra Harbeck was out celebrating her daughter’s 22nd birthday.
While they were drinking at the Fire and Ice nightclub, Harbeck entered into a corn dog eating contest where contestants got on their knees in front of men who were holding corn dogs near their groin area.
The person who ate the corn dog the fastest would win a prize to go along with whatever dignity they had left. Unfortunately for Harbeck, the eager beaver she bit off a bit more than she could chew.
According to the complaint, Harbeck began choking on the corn dog, leading to patrons applying the Heimlich maneuver and CPR before paramedics arrived. The lack of oxygen to her brain caused irreparable brain damage and she would die at the hospital the next day.
Now her daughter, father and her grandmother are suing the club along with anyone connected to the property and its liquor license. …
The couple called 911 on August 1 to report Kamonie was making a “loud gurgling noise” and that when they checked on her they found her unresponsive. The girl’s mother, Shavone Whitehead, performed CPR on her daughter until paramedics arrived.
Kamonie was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston Hospital, where doctors would find the baby suffering from injuries to her legs, buttocks, chin and arms, multiple rib fractures and a possible skull fracture.
Sadly, after being on life support for the last two weeks, Kamonie was pronounced dead Saturday night.
When police questioned Whitehead about the girl’s injuries, she initially denied she was responsible, but later admitted the couple would beat her baby with a belt to punish her.
Just how bad could this baby have been? With the injuries she suffered its like she routinely set the house on fire, stole the family car for drug-fueled parties in downtown Atlanta, and was dealing crack to the neighbors from her crib.…
For any of you who may have missed this story, Joughin was reported missing after going on a bike ride on July 19. Her bike would be found later that night in a cornfield, surrounded by trampled corn and evidence of a struggle.
Three days later, police would arrest 57-year-old James Worley in connection with her abduction. Worley was convicted of abduction in 1990 after he hit a female bicyclist with his truck, then hit her over the head before telling her to do what he said or he would kill her.
After forcing the woman into his truck, he managed to handcuff one of her wrists before she managed to escape. Worley would plead guilty to the abduction and serve about three years in prison before being paroled in 1993.
Hours after his arrest on Friday, police would find Joughin’s dead body miles from where her bike was found.…
Steele has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child after she went to a cellphone store to have her phone repaired, leaving her 6 and 3-year-old son alone inside her minivan with their 13-day-old sister.
When the baby girl started crying, her older brother killed her by beating the ever-living crap out of her. But before I get into those details, let’s discuss the events that lead up to them. Besides, I’m sure some of you have already asked yourselves why a 62-year-old woman has a newborn.
Back in 2009, Steele and her late husband, Philip, was featured on the reality show I’m Pregnant and 55 Years Old. She explained that she worked as a broker, putting in 60-80 hours a week, when she met her husband in her 40s.
The couple tried for 12 years to conceive a child via vitro fertilization, and Steele finally became pregnant in 2009 at the age of 55.…
Police were called to a home just before midnight Monday where they found Joseph Emmett Naulty dead inside the home.
The victim’s son, Joseph Ezekiel Naulty, told police he was in another room when he heard his father yell. When he ran to the room to investigate, he found his father dead from a hatchet blow.
Police would arrest the victim’s grandson, identified as Raistlin Martin, and charge him with first-degree murder. He is being held in the Cumberland County Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Cumberland County District Attorney Billy West said he will seek to have the teen charged as an adult.
Police have not released any details on a motive, and neighbors didn’t know the family well as the three males just moved into the house two months ago. Before moving into the home, the elder Naulty is from Alabama and moved in with his son and grandson after the death of his wife in February.…
According to police, a woman was driving when she heard screams coming from a garage. The woman decided to investigate and found 34-year-old Charles Sadler in the process of raping a little girl.
Realizing he was busted, Sadler fled the garage with the girl. But the woman called 911 and followed Sadler while constantly updating police with their location. Police arrived quickly and took Sadler into custody several blocks later. Emergency personnel took the child to the hospital.
Sadler is currently in the Franklin County Jail on a $200,000 bond facing sexual assault charges. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 15.
Sadler’s family, who were watching the girl, told police they noticed that he and the child were missing, but thought Sadler was somewhere passed out drunk. They added they would not be helping Sadler with his legal troubles.
The child’s mother posted on Facebook that Sadler was obsessed with her 3-year-old, a little girl who looked up to Sadler as an uncle.…