In The Mean Time...
ATLANTA, GA – A cleaning crew got a nasty surprise when they walked into an Atlanta bar this morning and found a dead man hanging from an outside security fence.
The crew arrived at Moondogs at around 7:30 when they found the unidentified man’s body. Atlanta police believe the man was attempting to rob the bar when he climbed over a fence.
There is only a clearance of six or seven inches between the top of the fence and the ceiling of the patio and it seems the man got stuck in a way that asphyxiated him.
“It appears that he got hung up on his neck. That’s why we’re saying possible asphyxiation. Exact cause of death is pending on the autopsy,” said Homicide Commander Paul Guerucci
This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a would-be burglar accidentally killing themselves while attempting to rob someone. In 2012, Robert Edward Powell died after he broke into a vacant home and proceeded to take a fatal header down the basement stairs.…
Saginaw, TX – A police officer is in critical condition and the teen suspect in the Alanna Gallagher murder has been shot in the head.
A team of five or more law enforcement officers were at the home of 17-year-old Tyler Holder to serve an arrest warrant in connection to the murder of Alanna Gallagher, the 6-year-old found under a tarp in the middle of a neighborhood street.
When some teens found her body, she was wearing only purple underwear, her feet and legs were bound and she had a plastic grocery bag over her head.
Police were serving the warrant after DNA evidence came back linking Holder to the murder of Gallagher, who lived two doors down. Holder came to the front door with a gun concealed in his waistband, pulled it out, and opened fire at the officers, hitting one in the groin.
In return, another officer shot Holder in the head. He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with life-threatening injuries. The cop he shot was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where he is listed in critical condition.…
Deland, FL – Police have arrested a man in Florida after they say he sat on his infant’s head because it would not go to sleep.
According to reports, 24-year-old Jonathan Savas showed up at the home of Irene Hossain at the Sha-De-Land mobile home last Thursday night. Hossain told police that he arrived with his 10-month-old son who was wearing no clothes,
When Savas was unable to get his son to go to sleep, Savas placed the child on a couch face-down, then sat on the child’s head while holding him down.
Of course this did not do much aside from have the kid scream and cry hysterically. Hossain told Savas to stop, but Savas replied, “It’s my baby I can do whatever I want.” He did end up stopping and the child was unhurt.
Hossain said she was afraid of Savas and that’s why she did not call police immediately after the incident occurred. Police later found Savas, who is homeless, with a hypodermic needle, baggies and a pill container in his backpack.…
LINN COUNTY, OR – A woman wanted for a DUI related death in 1997 was found in Canada after she bragged about getting away with murder inside a bar.
Police said in 1997, a then 38-year-old Jean Keating was driving drunk when she sideswiped a car driven by 65-year-old Jewel Anderson, causing her cross the center median and collide with another vehicle. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene. Keating, as is usually the case with drunks, was not hurt.
Keating was charged with manslaughter, DUII, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. But while awaiting trial in March 1998, Keating’s attorney informed authorities he was concerned his client had “flown the coop.”. The Linn County Circuit Court issued a bench warrant for Keating’s arrest and she hasn’t been heard from since. Well, until now.
In early 2013 a police officer in Manitoba, Canada had followed up on a tip about a woman telling people in a bar how she had gotten away with the deadly crash in the United States.…
On July 10, a woman came to law enforcement claiming she had been held hostage and tortured by her boyfriend, 42-year-old Clyde Harshaw. She said she was finally able to make her escape through a screen door Harshaw had left open and that a passerby found her along a road and helped get her to safety.
According to Sheriff Joel Kerns, Harshaw used extension cords and rope to tie up his girlfriend, then tortured her by trying to set her hair on fire and ripping it out with a drill. “She alleged that he had taken a drill, with a bit still on it, put it at her head and turn the drill on. The hair would catch up in the drill and pull patches of hair out,” said Kerns.
The victim also claimed Harshaw beat her with a hammer, cut her with a knife, poured acid on her wounds, and much, much more as evident from the charges filed against him.…
SEATTLE, WA – Police have arrested a Level 2 sex offender after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman inside a church Sunday morning.
Police say 37-year-old Aaron Little was at St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral during 9:30 a.m. church services, sitting behind the victim. Church members were already familiar with Little, as he had caused problems the Sunday before and police had to be called.
Now he was back, and when the 25-year-old woman’s row stood up to perform some kind of bizarre church related ritual, Little reached over and lifted the woman’s skirt so he could sneak a peek at her goods. The woman didn’t even realize what happened, but several of her relatives did. They immediately took Little out of the church through the front door.
But Little was a persistent son-of-a-bitch. Before those relatives could even get back inside the church, Little slipped inside through a side door, went over to the victim, lifted up her skirt and sexually assaulted her. The woman ran away from Little and once again, her relative caught up to him and held him until police arrived.…
ARLINGTON, TX – With amusement parks nationwide packed with thrillseekers, Six Flags Over Texas confirmed Friday that Rosy Esparza was killed while riding the park’s most famous rollercoaster, apparently after being thrown from her seat. The investigation into the death is focusing on the possible failure of a restraining harness.
“She was right in front of us, but we weren’t on the ride. The lady basically tumbled over. She goes up like this, then when it drops to come down, that’s when it released and she just tumbled,” Carmen Brown told ABC News affiliate WFAA, adding that the victim’s son was on the ride with his mother at the time.
Brown also said that Rosy had notified a park employee that she was concerned because her harness only clicked once when it was lowered into place, unlike the multiple clicks heard when other riders were strapped into their seats. Uh-oh. Looks like somebody’s getting written up.
Police reports said the accident happened just after 6:30 p.m. Texas time, and the death appeared to be an accident, Arlington police told WFAA.…
Forest, OH – An 8-year-old girl will probably need years of therapy after watching as her mother was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend.
On Tuesday, 28-year-old Teresa Nelson called 911 to report her ex, 22-year-old Justin Manns, was banging on her door and threatening to kill himself. She explained the day before he had also threatened to kill himself.
“Please hurry. I’m afraid for my life,” Manns says to the operator before saying to Manns, “You literally scare me.”
Nelson was assured officers were on their way, but they would not get there fast enough. Within five minutes, Manns had kicked in the door and Nelson can be heard telling her eight-year-old daughter to go into another room.
“Oh my god, he’s got me by the hair! He stabbed me! He’s stabbing me! He’s killing me,” Nelson can be heard screaming before the phone disconnects.
The dispatcher immediately called back and the phone was answered by Nelson’s crying daughter who was hiding in a closet with her grandmother.
“He stabbed her,” the girl told the dispatcher.…
Alexandria, VA – A DJ in Las Vegas known as Joey Flash has been arrested and charged with filming the rape of various women in the Virginia area, all of whom seem to be unconscious.
Police were first alerted to 34-year-old Joseph M. Rivera’s alleged activities after one of his victim’s reported he’d sexually assaulted her in May. During their investigation, police learned that Rivera had been sexually assaulting unconscious women over a period of several years.
“All the victims appeared unconscious and to this day are unaware of the videos and photographs,” said Detective Brian J. Byerson
Police were able to identify some of the women who told investigators that they never consented to the sex acts or to appearing in Rivera’s videos. Other women featured in the videos have not been identified and probably have no idea they have been sexually assaulted. Which brings up an interesting question… if you didn’t know you had been raped, would you want to?
Legalities and justice aside, I imagine having an all around good day ruined by a phone call from a cop that goes something like this:
Cop: “Is this Mr.…
Dearborn, MI – I haven’t seen a lot of news reporting on this, but police are looking Brenna Kathleen Machus, a Dollar Store employee who hasn’t been seen since her co-worker was shot dead inside the store Monday night.
Detectives believe Machus was abducted from the store after her co-worker, Joseph Orlando, was shot. His body was found by staff on Tuesday morning when they arrived to open for the day and found his body. They also found the store was in disarray and someone had targeted the cash drawer as well as the store safe.
What they did not find was 20-year-old Machus, although her car was found outside in the parking lot. Police reviewed surveillance footage inside the store that captured a suspect dressed in a dark hooded jacket, blue jeans and white shoes, as he entered the store at around 7.30 p.m. on Monday.
Despite the heat, he is wearing a jacket with a hooded sweatshirt over his head and drawn to cover the majority of his face.…
Las Vegas, NV — A 36-year-old meth addict has been officially charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son.
Cassandra Hamilton knew Bransen Locks for a couple of months and had been dating for two weeks when she allowed him to babysit her 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son at his mother’s house on May 19.
In the early morning hours, after Locks had picked up the children from daycare, Locks’ mother called 911 when her son frantically pounded on her bedroom door yelling, “Mom, Mom, get up. Help me. The baby’s not breathing.”
Medical personnel noted that Bently Olsen was suffering from severe head injuries, including bleeding on the brain and a “noticeable mid-line shift of the brain.” There was also a red abrasion on the top of his head that looked recent.
When police tried to question Locks about the boy’s condition, he could not be found at the hospital. He had taken off and was found a couple hours later hiding in a crawlspace beneath his house like a sniveling coward. …
COCOA BEACH, FL – A 25-year-old mother has been accused of leaving her 3 and 4-year-old children unattended for several hours in a parking lot while she attended a Lil’ Wayne concert.
According to police, an employee at the Cruzan Amphitheater saw two children, ages 3 and 5, standing alone near a black Nissan Altima in the South Florida Fairgrounds parking lot at around 7 pm. He approached them them at 9.45 pm when he saw them again and seen they were still alone.
The employee, Barry Batchelor, said the children were surrounded by “intoxicate persons” and told him their mother, Brittany Harris, left them in the car while she went to the concert. Batchelor took the children to a venue gate where he turned them over to sheriff’s deputies.
Police were able to locate Harris in the parking lot about 10.30 pm after the concert ended. The hip-hop model known as Pretty Red told the officers her cousin brought her children to the concert, but later admitted she’d brought them and left them in the car.…
FORT WAYNE, IN – A woman tired of being robbed fought off a trio of intruders using a Guitar Hero Game Controller.
Melinda Walker said that on Sunday, she was at home with her 5-year-old grandson when three young men walked into her home with their faces covered. They claimed to have a gun and demanded Walker give them cash and her television.
This would mark the third time someone had entered her house uninvited, and possibly the third time she would have possessions taken from her by a thief. Even though they said they had a gun, Walker said it looked like one of the men was holding the handle of a hammer.
“I looked them up and down. I didn’t see a gun,” said Walker. “The whole time one of the kids kept saying, ‘She doesn’t think we have a gun. She doesn’t think we have a gun. Take it out and clean it on her.'”
Sick of her home being targeted by robbers, and not wanting the three men near her grandson, Walker grabbed a nearby object off the ground and brandished it like a weapon.…
Payette, ID – The death of a 6-year-old boy found hanging from a refrigerator has been ruled a suicide, making him the fourth confirmed case of a 6-year-old committing suicide in the U S of A since 2007..
On June 3, the boy was watching cartoons in the living room with his 7-year-old sister. The boy’s mother and stepfather were both home taking a shower. The boy went in to the kitchen and the sister told police she heard her brother making noise in the kitchen but did not check on him.
About 20 minutes later she walked into the kitchen to find that her brother had hanged himself by using his belt as a makeshift noose to hang himself from the freezer handle of the refrigerator. The girl screamed and her parents rushed to the kitchen and cut the belt. As the boy’s stepfather performed CPR, the boy’s frantic mother called 911.
Sadly, even the first-responders were unable to revive the boy and he was pronounced dead. The resulting investigation and a coroner’s report concluded that there were no signs of foul play and that the death was a suicide.…
STLOUIS, IL – Before I get started on a bunch of terrible news, I thought I would make a public service announcement regarding a convicted sexual predator who has gone missing after removing an ankle monitor and leaving a halfway house.
Frederick Buettner, 40, was sentenced to ten years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping his daughter in 2004. He was released to a halfway house in May and was outfitted with an ankle monitor. But on July 8, he removed the monitor without setting off its alarm and hasn’t been seen since.
As you can imagine, the victim and her mother are scared shitless. She says her daughter was only five-years-old when she finally told her Buettner had been sexually abusing her for two years.
“I have lived through hell for the last 11 years and I can’t imagine anyone living through the hell that we have gone through,” she said.
She said that her daughter can’t sleep and is afraid her dad will retaliate against her because she told authorities about his abuse.…
HOUSTON, TX – A woman in Houston has arrested on child abuse charges after police say she repeatedly inflicted injuries on her six-year-old son, even burning the boy’s tongue with a hot spoon.
Police were notified after the boy was taken to the hospital with a possible broken arm. Nurses noted the boy had numerous injuries, including bruises, lacerations to his scalp, and healing burn wounds on his hand and tongue.
When Child Protective Services interviewed the boy, he told them his mother, 26-year-old Jessica Mungia, had broken his arm and that she’d instructed him to lie about how he received his list of injuries observed by the medical staff.
The scalp injury was from his mom hitting him with a screwdriver. The bruises to his chin and neck were from his mother choking him. His mother would also tie up his arms and legs and his dad would cover his mouth with a sock. The linear mark on his arm was from when his mom cut him with a knife.…
HARVEY, LA – The body of a missing six-year-old girl has been found in a dumpster in the apartment complex where she lived.
The parents of Ahlittia North reported her missing after her stepfather woke up Saturday morning to find her missing, along with a queen-sized blanket, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
On Monday, police said they had a person of interest in North’s disappearance – the 20-year-old nephew of North’s stepfather. Matthew Flugence lived on the same block and has an outstanding warrant against him for an alleged sexual battery of an 11-year-old. According to JPSO Col. John Fortunato, police have been unable to locate him.
North’s body was found early this morning, inside a dumpster near the end of the apartment complex where she lived. The dumpster was removed at around 5 a.m., and FBI agents showed up a couple of hours later to help deputies with the case and to question other residents.
Fortunato said that the weekend search included garbage bins near the residence, including sifting through garbage collected from several cans and dumpsters.…
PAYSON, UT – Police have few clues regarding the death of Nathan Tyler Haun, the 17-year-old found dead in the middle of the road after a fight at a party.
Haun’s body was found by a motorist around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, lying in the middle of Arrowhead Trail between Salem and Payson. An autopsy would later reveal Haun died as a result of being hit by a car.
“There was a significant amount of trauma that was very extensive from head to toe,” Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department said. “There was no chance of survival.”
Haun was last seen at a house party Friday night, but the group of teens are keeping their mouths shut and their parents have already hired attorneys. Investigators believe these teens know what lead to Hauns death, but are trying to stay out of trouble, possibly because of underage drinking.
“They’re not only not cooperating with us, they’re being very uncooperative, so what we’re really not getting the detail we need from the people we think know what happened,” said Cannon.…