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FORT IRWIN, CA – Police have accused 24-year-old Rose Marie Smith with the death of her 4-year-old stepson.

Police were called to a home on June 7 on a report of an unresponsive child.

First responders would find 4-year-old Benjamin Schmittle unresponsive after allegedly having a seizure.

He was rushed to the hospital but because of the severity of his injuries, the boy was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center suffering from a brain aneurysm.

Benjamin would die the next day.

Investigators were informed the injuries Benjamin suffered did not appear to be accidental.

After interviewing family members, investigators arrested Rose Marie Schmittle.

She is facing charges of murder and assault on a child causing death and being held without bail at the West Valley Detention Center.

According to his family, Benjamin lived with his father and stepmother at the time of the incident. He would have turned five years old in July.…

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The school bus driver convicted in the school bus crash that killed six children has been accused of statutory rape.

Back in 2016 we reported on Johnthony Walker, the 25-year-old who was driving a school bus that crashed and killed six children.

Prosecutors said he was speeding while using his cell phone when he lost control of the bus, flipped it and slid into a tree.

His defense attorneys said Walker was not speeding and had swerved to avoid another vehicle.

No one believed it and Walker was found guilty of 34 charges, including six for vehicular homicide. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment but appealed the conviction.

He was free on bond awaiting the appeals process but is now back behind bars after he was taken into custody for child rape. The family Walker was staying with called police to report Walker was having sex with an underage girl that lived in the home.

During their investigation, Walker was taken into custody and allegedly admitted to having sex with a 14-year-old girl in the home five times over the last several months.…

HENDERSON, NV – A 16-year-old boy died while playing a game of Russian roulette with two other teens inside an abandoned house.

On Friday police tried to pull over a vehicle they witnessed driving recklessly. The car ended up crashing and several teenagers ran from the vehicle.

After failing to flee police and being taken into custody, one of the teens told officers “he had been present during a murder” at an abandoned home earlier that day.

When police investigated the home, they found the body of 16-year-old Matthew Minkler in a closet.

Apparently, Minkler had been playing Russian roulette with 16-year-old Jaiden Caruso and 17-year-old Kody Harlan inside the home earlier that day.

But unlike the typical rules of Russian roulette of the person pulling the trigger themselves, Caruso changed the rules according to Harlan.

Harlan told police that Caruso pulled out a .375-caliber revolver for a game of Russian roulette but “never allowed the other participants to handle the firearm or pull the trigger themselves” during the game.

Caruso ended up shooting Minkler in the face.

BURLINGTON, VT – A fight between two men on a bridge ended with one of them falling off the bridge and the other facing murder charges.

Jared Streeter and Joshua Granger, both 20, have had a long-running rivalry that hinged on them both being interested int he same woman.

The two men decided to settle things with an arranged fight on Saturday at the Blue Bridge.

The bridge is a railroad span over the Winooski River that is commonly traveled on foot as a shortcut between Burlington and Winooski.

The fight had its own set of rules, the main one being that no weapons would be allowed. The two men showed up, along with a small crowd, and the fight began.

According to witness statements, the crowd advanced toward the fight, causing the two men to back up toward the bridge.

At some point, Streeter got knocked out and hit his head on a metal railing. He reportedly was “sleeping for a good two seconds.”

Sleeter managed to get back up and resume fighting but he was visibly groggy.…

PEARL RIVER, LA – A 20-year-old woman has been accused of beating a 46-year-old man to death who was recovering from brain tumor surgery.

While people were out enjoying themselves on the Pearl River on Saturday, an argument started between two large groups at a sandbar.

Apparently, the disagreement was over one group throwing bottles into the river and the other group telling them to stop.

Jeffrey Howell, 46, was a part of the latter group. He had recently survived a brain tumor surgery and still had the staples in his head.

The argument turned physical and Howell ended up dead from blunt-force trauma to the head. An autopsy would later reveal Howell had been hit near the scar from his surgery.

“If you cup your hand behind your left ear, that’s where the incision was,” said St. Tammany Coroner Dr. Charles Preston.

After talking with witnesses at the scene, 20-year-old Blaine Manalle was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. She’s currently in the St Tammany Parish Jail with a $250,000 bond.…

BRINNON, WA – A family of five are dead after the remote cabin they were staying in exploded.

Neighbors began calling 911 at around 1 a.m. Sunday to report hearing an explosion and finding the cabin was gone and that the hillside it was on was now on fire.

Seven local fire departments arrived to help put out the resulting fire, but the 250-square-foot cabin was a total loss.

Killed in the explosion were Jerry and Jenny Drake, both 42, and their three children, ages 2, 8, and 11.

Neighbors say the family had been staying at the cabin on the weekends for about the last year.

What caused the explosion has not been reported but as of right now it is being reported as an accident.

There was a propane tank at the property but it has not been determined whether the tank exploded causing the fire, or if a fire caused the tank to explode.

The Washington State Patrol Crime Lab and investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were called to the scene.…

ALLENTOWN, PA  – Police have charged a man with harassment after he shit on another man during a road rage incident.

Police say two men got into a road rage incident Friday morning that ended with one of the men, 69-year-old Henry George Weaver, curling one off on the other.

I really wish there was more to this story, but that’s all I can find. Hell, even the police statement was bereft of any juicy details.

“The accused and the victim got into a road rage argument, leading the accused to defecate on the victim,” Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

I mean shit happens and all that, but the victim had to be knocked out or incapacitated in some way, right? I just cannot fathom how a man could allow himself to be in a position in which a 69-year-old could shit on them – unless it was voluntary, of course.

I really want to know how taking a dump on another person only leads to a harassment charge in Pennsylvania.…

MEMPHIS, TN — A woman in Tennessee got in some trouble when a concerned citizen recorded her transporting her two grandchildren inside dog crates.

On Saturday, someone shared cell-phone video online they had taken of 62-year-old Leimome Cheeks letting two of her children out of large dog crates located in the back of her SUV.

When police located and questioned Cheeks, she admitted she had driven from about 35 minutes with the two children, ages seven and eight, inside the crates.

“Leimome Cheeks was interviewed and admitted to riding from Whitehaven (a Memphis neighborhood) to Collierville with the children in the kennel,” a police affidavit says. “Cheeks further advised they also drove downtown, however she checked on the children periodically and later removed them from the kennel and put them in the rear seats of her vehicle.”

Cheeks was arrested and charged on two counts of child endangerment.

When police questioned the children, they said their grandmother put them in the crates because she didn’t have enough room for them to sit safely in a seat.…

FRANCE – Anthony Bourdain has died after he hanged himself in a France hotel room.

Bourdain, 61, was in Strasbourg, France to film an upcoming episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown.

His good friend Éric Ripert, the owner of New York City’s Le Bernardin restaurant, found Bourdain dead in his room on Friday morning.

CNN released the following statement:

It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain.

His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Bourdain leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter.

As for why he decided to kill himself — who knows? Some people are speculating everything from drugs, depression and\or his relationship with Italian actress Asia Argento, who he started dating in 2016.…

WICHITA, KS – Emily Glass, the main suspect in the death of her stepson Lucas Hernandez, has committed suicide.

The body of 26-year-old Emily Glass was found early Friday morning at the home of Lucas Hernandez’ father. She apparently died from a gunshot wound.

No further details have been reported.

Glass was the main suspect in the death of her stepson, 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez, who was reported missing in February of this year.

Glass told police she had fallen asleep for a few hours and when she woke up Hernandez was gone.

Before he went missing, the state of Kansas was told at least twice that Hernandez was being abused and enduring a dysfunctional and violent family life.

It was alleged that Glass had bipolar disorder, abused meth, and routinely targeted the boy when she was angry at his father.

Then last month, Glass led a private investigator to the boy’s remains underneath a Kansas bridge.

The story regarding how that private investigator got Glass to lead him to the boy’s body could be turned into a movie, to be honest.…

BOSTON. MA – The person who struck and killed an elderly man then fled the scene was taken into custody minutes after his interview with a reporter was aired.

Just after 1 p.m. Monday, 23-year-old Phocian Fitts struck a man in 80s as he crossed the street using a crosswalk. Fitts fled the scene and the man was rushed to the hospital where he would later die.

Fitts was identified by police after matching his license plate. He was not taken into custody initially but police towed his vehicle and took some of his clothing.

However, that all changed after a Boston 25 reporter found Fitts on the street and Fitts began talking. He made no apologies for killing a man, but he did make these choice statements.

“I just want to say one thing right…. accidents happen.”

“I was listening to my music and as I was driving I was driving too quick… I was driving too quick to the point where I couldn’t really stop and it was a green light.…

ARLINGTON, TN — A teen has been accused of trying to rape his friend’s mother during a sleepover at her home.

Jordan Corter,18, was spending the night at a friend’s home Sunday night. At around 2:30 a.m. he knocked on the bedroom door of his friend’s mother.

When she opened it, Corter allegedly forced himself into the room and locked the door.

He then allegedly pushed the woman onto the bed and placed his hand inside her pajama shorts.

The woman wasn’t having it and kneed Corter in the nuts. She then grabbed a pistol, pointed it at his face and told him to get the hell out of her house.

For some reason, she didn’t immediately call police. They were not notified until that afternoon after she went to work told her boss what happened.

When police interviewed Corter, he reportedly cried like a baby, telling them that he “forced the victim to do the things she didn’t want to do” and he “should not be forgiven.”

Corter was arrested and is facing charges of attempted rape and sexual battery.…

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