July 30, 2004

Kobe Accuser Gets $17,000

Kobe Bryant's defense team says the woman accusing him of rape has received nearly $20,000 from a victims' compensation fund in what it calls a rich incentive to pursue a false claim against the NBA star, according to a court transcript released Thursday. Bryant returns to Colorado on Friday for one of the final two hearings before his trial begins Aug. 27. The hearing will focus on the use of DNA obtained from Bryant during a hospital exam. Also on the agenda are defense requests to limit the prosecution's use of his tape-recorded statements to authorities and to keep the comments sealed until trial.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:41 AM

Police: Lori May Have Never Gone Jogging

SALT LAKE CITY — She's been called the "missing jogger" but Lori Hacking may have never gone jogging at all the day she vanished, police said Thursday. Police said they have no evidence that Hacking ever made it to Memory Grove Park on Monday, July 19, the day her husband reported her missing. They are continuing to sift through a municipal landfill looking for clues to the pregnant 27-year-old's disappearance, and are following up on a tip of a neighbor who said someone may have used his plastic trash barrel to dispose of a body.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:37 AM

Peterson Judge Denies Request for Mistrial

REDWOOD CITY, California (AP) -- A judge on Thursday turned aside a defense effort to derail Scott Peterson's murder trial, rejecting defense motions for a mistrial or outright dismissal of charges on the grounds that an investigator allegedly lied on the witness stand. Defense attorney Mark Geragos maintains Modesto Detective Allen Brocchini fabricated part of his testimony to help prosecutors prove that Peterson killed his pregnant wife, Laci, in their home and dumped her body into San Francisco Bay.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:34 AM

Sniper Muhammad Slips Out of Waist Chains

FAIRFAX, Va. — A court hearing for sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad was delayed briefly Thursday after Muhammad wriggled out of a chain strapped around his waist. Muhammad was placed back into full restraints without incident, but for a few minutes he was in the courtroom with a lengthy chain gathered in his hands that authorities said was a potential weapon.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:32 AM

John Allen Muhammad Can Be Tried Again

Sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad lost a bid Thursday to bar a prosecutor from putting him on trial for a second attack in the sniper spree. Muhammad's attorneys argued that Robert F. Horan Jr. should be removed from the case because of arguments he made while trying Muhammad's accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo. Muhammad's lawyers said that during the Malvo trial, Horan made such a strong case that Malvo acted independently in the shootings that they actually want Horan as a defense witness. The lawyers said calling Horan as a witness creates an inevitable conflict that required his removal from the case. But Circuit Judge Jonathan Thacher rejected the defense request.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:30 AM

S.C. Commissioner Indicted in Cockfighting Ring

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's agriculture commissioner pleaded innocent Thursday to charges of taking payoffs to protect a cockfighting ring. Charles Sharpe, 65, was indicted on charges including extortion and money laundering. He was accused of accepting at least $20,000 from an organization involved in breeding and raising birds for cockfighting in exchange for helping the group avoid legal trouble.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:28 AM

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Beheading Screenwriter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A transient accused of decapitating a 91-year-old former screenwriter and stabbing his neighbor to death pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder. Keven Lee Graff, 27, said "yes" quietly when asked by Deputy District Attorney Thomas Rubinson if he understood the charges. He remained held without bail. A hearing was set for Sept. 8.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:26 AM

Police: Girl Had Sex With Teacher at School

A former Dakota Ridge High School teacher accused of sexual assault first denied having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student but eventually admitted to the relationship, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office investigator testified last week. After law enforcement officers testified, the former teacher, 35-year-old Kevin Ponis, was bound over for arraignment Aug. 16 where he's expected to enter a plea. Jeffco Judge Roy Olsen decided there's probable cause on 10 counts including sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, pattern of sexual assault on a child and sexual exploitation of a child.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:23 AM

Museum Workers Accused of Stealing $880K

NEW YORK - Two workers at the Whitney Museum of American Art who were videotaped pocketing cash from ticket sales were charged with stealing $880,000 over 2 1/2 years, authorities said Thursday. Nafeem Wahlah, 29, the museum's manager of visitor services, stole $850,000 by voiding ticket sales and keeping the money, said Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau. Investigators found $800,000 in a safe in her Brooklyn home, and she was caught on camera putting cash into her purse, he said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:20 AM

July 29, 2004

Police Continue Search for Utah Woman

SALT LAKE CITY — Police with cadaver dogs searched fruitlessly in the early morning darkness Wednesday for clues to the whereabouts of a missing pregnant woman, while her family closed down a command post for volunteers. The canine crews found "nothing of consequence" at the municipal landfill before breaking off for the day, but they have not finished methodically churning up 15 feet of garbage and dirt over a wide area, Detective Phil Eslinger said Wednesday. The search was conducted overnight because the dogs work more effectively in the cooler air, authorities have said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:44 AM

Zeta-Jones Takes Stand in Stalking Case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Catherine Zeta-Jones took the stand Wednesday and read from 19 letters containing death threats written by a woman charged with stalking the Oscar-winning actress. The letters suggested Zeta-Jones would be chopped into pieces "like Sharon Tate was," and referred to the violent deaths of President Kennedy and Nicole Brown Simpson. In a quavering voice, Zeta-Jones, 35, gave more than three hours of testimony at a preliminary hearing that will determine if there is enough evidence to order defendant Dawnette Knight, 32, to trial.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Scott Peterson's Defense Scores Big Points

REDWOOD CITY – Before he got hired as Scott Peterson's lawyer, Mark Geragos went on TV and declared that prosecutors had amassed a "damning circumstantial case" that Peterson murdered his pregnant wife. It hardly looks that way now. Nine weeks into the trial, a stumbling prosecution has let a deft defense gain such an advantage that without a tide-turning moment, Peterson will probably walk, trial-watchers agree. Nearly every day, defense lawyers explain away details that once seemed incriminating.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:37 AM

Prosecutors Lay Out Case Against Michael Jackson

Prosecutors claim pop legend Michael Jackson imprisoned a boy and his family on his Neverland Ranch and forced them to make a video refuting molestation claims. The allegations emerged as prosecutors laid out their sexual abuse case against the performer. Jackson's attorneys mocked the claims and made a motion to have the case dismissed. Prosecutors say an unflattering television documentary made Jackson fear "the complete and utter ruin of his empire." In that February 2003 broadcast, Jackson defended his habit of letting children sleep in his bed as "sweet" and non-sexual. The boy who accused him of molestation is seen in the video.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:33 AM

Michael Jackson Trial Put Off To January, 2005

The trial of the famed pop star Michael Jackson, accused of sexually abusing a child, has been put off until the end of January next year. A judge in California granted Jackson's lawyers' request, saying there was an enormous amount of material to be examined. The full trial was due to start on September 13, but it will now be delayed until January 31.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:32 AM

Actor Charged with Rape in Tennessee

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Anthony Anderson, an oversized actor with small roles in several movies including the hit "Barbershop," was charged on Wednesday with raping a woman working as an extra on his current movie being shot at the county jail in Memphis, Tennessee, police said. Anderson, 33, and another man, Wayne Witherspoon, 42, were charged with aggravated rape of the woman on the set of "Hustle & Flow," which at the time was the Shelby County Jail, the county sheriff's office said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:29 AM

Women Say Dentist Made Them Swallow Semen

Former employees of a dentist claim the man made female patients unwittingly swallow his semen during visits to his office. Dr. John Hall is accused by the state dental board of violating dentistry's standard of care, engaging in immoral conduct, and committing sexual assault or battery. Six former patients say he tricked them into swallowing his semen. A seventh claims he jumped on top of her in the dental chair and "began to gyrate against her lower body in a sexual manner."
Posted by Webmaster at 12:26 AM

Autopsy Confirms Body Was That of Brittney Gregory

BRICK, N.J. -- The body of 16-year-old Brittney Gregory has been positively identified, but prosecutors aren't saying how she died, where or when. Gregory, a straight-A student at Brick Memorial High School, disappeared July 11. Her naked body was found buried in a shallow grave beneath a power line transmission tower in Lakewood, about two miles from her house.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:24 AM

Flowers for Brittney Gregory

A line of people walk on a path in Lakewood, N.J., Wednesday, July 28, 2004, toward the site where Brittney Gregory's body was found Tuesday. Gregory, 16, a straight-A student at Brick Memorial High School, disappeared July 11. Her naked body was found buried in a shallow grave beneath a power line transmission tower, about two miles from her house. Jack Fuller, 38, of Howell Township, has been charged with murder in Gregory's death. Fuller, an ex-convict who was a friend of Gregory's father, Joe Dunn,is being held on $1 million bail. (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer)
Posted by Editor at 12:24 AM

July 28, 2004

Cops: 'Rage Killing' in Hacking Home

SALT LAKE CITY — Police believe that a "rage killing" took place inside Lori and Mark Hacking's apartment hours before Lori was reported missing, FOX News has confirmed. Authorities also said they believe Lori Hacking was attacked and killed inside the apartment. Police confirmed that a bloody knife with strands of brown hair on it was among the numerous pieces of evidence they removed from the couple's apartment. There were also unconfirmed reports that authorities were testing a clump of brown hair found in a trash bin just a block or two from the store where Mark Hacking purchased a mattress minutes before he called police about his wife's disappearance.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:11 AM

Jury Travels to See Scott Peterson's Boat

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — After taking a brief field trip to inspect Scott Peterson's fishing boat, jurors in his murder trial were told Tuesday that the small aluminum vessel does not capsize easily. Prosecutors apparently want to establish that, contrary to defense claims, Peterson could have heaved his pregnant wife's 153-pound body overboard into San Francisco Bay without the boat capsizing. Peterson bought the boat just weeks before his eight-month-pregnant wife, Laci, was reported missing.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:09 AM

Bryant Judge May Release Part of Secret Transcript

DENVER (Reuters) - The judge in the Kobe Bryant rape case took steps on Tuesday to release an edited version of a confidential transcript concerning the accuser's sexual history that was mistakenly sent by the court to media organizations. District Judge Terry Ruckriegle told prosecutors and defense attorneys to figure out a way to jointly produce an edited version of the transcript of a closed-door pretrial hearing that took place on June 21 and June 22 in Eagle, Colorado. After the transcript from the hearing was sent to the media outlets in error, the judge told the companies not to publish the information, triggering a free speech legal battle that ended up at the U.S. Supreme Court
Posted by Webmaster at 01:05 AM

Prosecutor: Jackson Held, Seduced Boy at Neverland

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (Reuters) - Michael Jackson held a teenage boy and his family virtual prisoners at his Neverland ranch as the pop star conducted a bizarre campaign to both save his image from ruin and seduce the youth, prosecutors said on Tuesday. But Jackson's lead attorney shot back that the 10-count child molestation and conspiracy indictment against his client was "absurd" and predicted that the case would ultimately be "laughed out of court" by a jury.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:03 AM

Woman Arrested, Accused Of Stealing From United Way

FORT SMITH, Ark. -- Fort Smith police said late Tuesday that they arrested a former United Way employee who is accused of stealing $17,000 from the agency. Investigators said Fonda Beckham stole the money while she was working for the charity organization's Fort Smith office. She was arrested near Hartford around 4 p.m.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:56 AM

Cowboy Actor Arrested in California Bar Shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A veteran TV western actor has been arrested for opening fire and killing a man in a bar near Los Angeles, police said on Tuesday. Robert Sorrells, who guest starred in such 1950s TV fare as "Gunsmoke," "Death Valley Days" and "Bonanza," walked into the Regency Lounge in Simi Valley on Saturday night and began shooting, police said. The motive for the shooting was not known, Simi Valley police Sgt. Joseph May said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:54 AM

Nevada Man Charged in Missing Teen Case

The FBI said today it will charge a Reno, Nev., man on a federal count of transporting a minor across state lines with the intent of having sex with a 14-year-old girl from Fortville, Ind. Sidney Moreno, 30, is in federal custody in Utah, where he was arrested late Tuesday night with the girl in his car. He was arrested by officers with the Wendover, Utah police department and then released to FBI custody shortly before midnight (MST).
Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Man Charged With Repeatedly Raping Elderly Woman

MERIDEN, Conn. -- A maintenance man at a public housing complex has been charged with repeatedly raping an 83-year-old tenant over a 10-month period. Carlos Mejias, 54, of Meriden, is expected to be arraigned on Friday on four counts of first-degree sexual assault, the Record-Journal of Meriden reported. He was arrested July 20.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:48 AM

July 27, 2004

Missing Woman Said Sobbing After Call

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Three days before her husband reported her missing, Lori Hacking took a phone call at work that left her stunned and sobbing, her colleagues at a brokerage house told The Associated Press. Several colleagues said Hacking had been arranging for on-campus housing at the University of North Carolina medical school and that they believe the school was returning a call to say her husband, Mark Hacking, was not enrolled there, as he had told her. Lori Hacking left work early after receiving the call Friday afternoon, July 16. Mark Hacking reported his wife's disappearance the following Monday. She is now feared dead, and her husband has become the focus of the police investigation.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:30 AM

Peterson Jury Hears From Fishing Expert

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Scott Peterson's choice of gear to go fishing for sturgeon in San Francisco Bay didn't suggest he wanted to catch anything, a prosecution expert testified Monday. Commercial fisherman and author Angelo Cuanang said he wouldn't fish for sturgeon near the Berkeley Marina, where Peterson launched what he claimed was a solo trip the morning his wife vanished - Dec. 24, 2002. A knowledgeable fisherman would use bait to catch sturgeon, Cuanang said, but according to prosecutors Peterson only brought artificial lures.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:29 AM

Prosecutors Still Plan to Try Kobe Bryant

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors still plan to take NBA star Kobe Bryant to trial on a sexual assault charge, despite a judge's decision that could make it harder to win a conviction. In what legal experts called a key victory for the defense, District Judge Terry Ruckriegle ruled last week that the defense will be able to present details about the sex life of Bryant's accuser to bolster their claim that her injuries could have been caused by sex with someone else. "We're still planning on moving forward toward a trial," prosecution spokeswoman Krista Flannigan said Monday.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:29 AM

Michael Jackson Prosecutor Says Remarks Misunderstood

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson's prosecutor, stung by criticism of his remarks at a district attorneys' conference, said Friday he has never used his power inappropriately to prevent people from talking publicly about court cases. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he was not talking about the Jackson case, which would be a violation of a gag order. But he said he felt compelled to clarify remarks that have set off a storm of controversy.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:28 AM

Girl Gunned Down in D.C. Violence Wave

WASHINGTON -- A 15-year-old girl once featured in a photograph with then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was killed over the weekend in the latest shooting in the nation's capital involving children. District of Columbia police said Monday that Myesha Lowe, 15, was sitting in the back seat of a parked car with two others just before midnight Saturday when a dark-colored vehicle pulled up alongside and someone started shooting.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:27 AM

Suspect in Abduction of Ohio Kids Arrested

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus police arrested a convicted sex offender Monday after finding him in his car with the three boys and a girl he is accused of abducting. Police found Wayne McMurtrey, the step-grandfather of the three boys, in a gas station parking lot after an Amber Alert was issued about six hours earlier, police spokeswoman Sherry Mercurio said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:27 AM

Court Reinstates Death Sentence for 1966 Murder

MIAMI (AP) — Calling it "an extraordinary case" covering four decades, a federal appeals court Friday reinstated a conviction and death sentence in the 1966 contract murder of Sebring citrus and cattle baron Charles Von Maxcy. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled that William Kelley "suffered no denial of his constitutional rights" when he was convicted of the murder of Maxcy, arranged by Maxcy's young wife through her lover.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:26 AM

Rapper Ja Rule Charged With Assault

TORONTO (AP) - Rapper Ja Rule appeared in a Toronto courtroom Monday on a charge of assault causing bodily harm. The Grammy-nominated perfomer, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, did not enter a plea. He was released on $7,500 bail and ordered to return to court Aug. 30. Authorities would say only that the charge stems from a June 5 incident at a Toronto nightclub.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:26 AM

July 26, 2004

Bloodied Knife is Found at Hackings'

A bloodstained knife with strands of hair attached is among the evidence Salt Lake police seized from the apartment of Mark and Lori Hacking, sources told the Deseret Morning News Saturday. The knife is among numerous items taken — including a set of box springs, some bedding and computers — from the couple's home in the six days since the newly pregnant Lori Hacking reportedly went missing while taking a sunrise jog Monday in Memory Grove. The knife may or may not be a key piece of evidence for Salt Lake police trying to solve the mystery of Lori Hacking's disappearance. But police weren't confirming, denying or even talking about the evidence on Saturday.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

Hopes for Finding Missing Jogger Alive Fading

SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a missing pregnant woman said today they were clinging to diminishing hopes of finding her alive, and appointed a spokeswoman after a week of nearly constant media coverage. "We are all exhausted and we feel we need to concentrate our efforts and our energies on finding Lori," said Thelma Soares, Lori Hacking's mother. The family had been holding as many as two news conferences a day since the 27-year-old woman was reported missing a week ago. But they have been more reluctant to face reporters since questions arose about the credibility of Hacking's husband, Mark.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

Expert Undercuts Single Hair Theory

REDWOOD CITY - Two hair fragments reportedly found in pliers in Scott Peterson's boat probably were not from a single hair, a prosecution expert testified Thursday. The testimony undercut an earlier prosecution assertion that a single hair belonging to Laci Peterson broke in an evidence envelope. The hair fragments have been the only physical evidence presented at trial that could link Laci Peterson to her husband's boat, which prosecutors contend he used to dump his pregnant wife's body in San Francisco Bay.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:41 AM

Former Daycare Employee Charged

A Dripping Springs man remains in Hays County Jail after being charged with theft and indecency with a child. James Harold Williams, 35, was arrested Thursday after being stopped by a Hays County Deputy for a traffic violation. The deputy found a computer which belonged to the Rocking Horse Day School in Austin, a school that was the scene of a fire earlier that day that was ruled as arson by the Austin Fire Marshal's office.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:31 AM

Officer Charged in Accidental Shooting of Girlfriend's Sister

NEW YORK (AP) _ An off-duty rookie police officer who allegedly accidentally shot and wounded his girlfriend's 18-year-old sister has been arrested on charges of assault, criminal tampering and filing a false report, police said. Police Officer Jeffrey Rivera, assigned to the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn, allegedly disassembled his gun after the shooting and told police it had gone off while he was cleaning it, while witnesses reportedly said he had taken out the gun to show it to people.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:29 AM

Man Charged With Using Internet To Lure Minor

HONOLULU -- A Waianae man was sentenced to one month in jail and five years on probation for using the Internet to try and arrange a sexual encounter with a minor. Ciro Kamai, 31, pleaded guilty in May to electronic enticement of a minor. He was arrested in November when he went to Ala Moana Center to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old girl with whom he had been exchanging e-mail. Kamai instead found out he had been communicating with a law enforcement officer posing as a minor.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:27 AM

July 24, 2004

Judge Limiting Sex-Life Shield at Bryant Trial

Detailed evidence about the sex life of the woman who accused the basketball star Kobe Bryant of rape last summer is legally relevant and can be presented at Mr. Bryant's trial when it begins next month, the judge in the case ruled on Friday. The decision, which legal experts said was a huge victory for Mr. Bryant's defense team, has been anticipated for months as an indicator about the temper and tone of Mr. Bryant's trial, and beyond as a measure of how victim-protection laws like Colorado's work, or how they do not, in high-profile cases like this one.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:10 AM

End Game For Kobe Case?

Kobe Bryant's rape case is as close as it has ever been to dissolving short of trial. Friday's rape-shield ruling by Eagle County Circuit Judge Terry Ruckriegle is a devastating blow to prosecutors and a huge victory for the defense. It puts enormous emotional and personal pressure on the alleged victim in the case and makes it virtually impossible for prosecutors to convict Bryant of sexual assault beyond a reasonable doubt. In their heart of hearts, the prosecutors know all this. The defense team knows it. The alleged victim and her attorney know it and the judge does, too.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:09 AM

Family Trying to Keep the Focus on Lori

As the search goes on for Lori Hacking, in what Salt Lake City police continue to label a missing persons case, more questions arose Thursday about her husband, Mark Hacking, and statements he has made about his wife's disappearance. On Monday morning, Mark Hacking called police to report that his wife had disappeared while jogging in or near City Creek Canyon. At about the same time Monday morning, Mark Hacking reportedly was seen buying a new mattress at a store in South Salt Lake.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:05 AM

Courtney Love Surrenders to Police

Rocker Courtney Love surrendered to Los Angelese police yesterday on an assault charge stemming from an April disturbance at the home of her former boyfriend and manager. A warrant was issued for Love’s arrest earlier this month after she failed to appear in court on the assault charge. At the time, her attorney, Michael Rosenstein, said she was in a New York hospital.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:59 AM

Couple Charged With Murder in Daughter's Meth Death

LUFKIN, Texas - An East Texas couple has been indicted on charges that they killed the woman's teenage daughter by injecting her with an overdose of methamphetamine. A grand jury indicted Rebecca and Johnny Lee of Lufkin on Thursday on one count of murder each in the May 2003 death of 15-year-old Candice Alexander. Alexander was found dead under a truck in front of the couple's home. The girl split her time between her mother and father and had been visiting her mother for a few days, family members said at the time.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:56 AM

Army Sergeant Charged With Infecting Others With HIV

COLUMBIA, S.C. - An Army sergeant at Fort Jackson has been charged with assault after officials say he knowingly infected other people with HIV. Sgt. Justin K. Kinlock, 26, has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault and disobeying a superior commissioned officer, Fort Jackson officials said in a statement Friday.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:53 AM

Man Faces Charges for Attempted Rape Charges Of Disabled Women

A Meridian man is in the Ada County Jail charged with the attempted rape of two residents at a Meridian group home for the developmentally disabled, where he worked. Gail Martin Lancaster, 56, is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Aug. 4. Lancaster is charged with two counts of attempted rape and two counts of forcible penetration with a foreign object.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Father Charged With Severely Beating Infant Daughter

PHILADELPHIA -- A 4-month-old girl will never be the same after she was beaten so badly she ended up in an area hospital. Police say it was her father who beat her. Daniel Cook, 23, was arrested after a two-month investigation, police said. He faces a long list of charges, including child abuse, criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide, criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child. Investigators said that while Cook had full custody of the baby, he committed a series of violent acts against her.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

Homeland Security Officer Charged in Tourist Beating

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A Homeland Security inspector was charged Friday with violating a Chinese tourist's civil rights following an altercation that left the innocent woman's eyes nearly swollen shut and bumps and bruises on her face and head. The incident occurred late Wednesday at the Rainbow Bridge on the U.S.-Canadian border in Niagara Falls, after Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated marijuana from a male pedestrian. Officer Robert Rhodes, mistakenly believing the Chinese woman standing nearby was involved, allegedly sprayed her with pepper spray, threw her against a wall, kneed her in the head as she knelt on the ground and struck her head on the ground while holding her hair, according to witnesses.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Woman Charged in Alleged 9/11 Scam

ROCKFORD, Mich. -- A woman who collected more than $70,000 from the Red Cross after claiming her still-living husband died in the Sept. 11 attacks has been accused of fraud, authorities said. The scam fell apart when Donna Miller's husband walked in while a detective was interviewing her at home, authorities said. Miller, 49, of Sparta, was charged Thursday with three felony counts of false pretense and released on $10,000 bond. Besides a possible prison term, she could face restitution costs if convicted.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:38 AM

July 23, 2004

Lawyer: Yates Thinks Children Are Alive

HOUSTON (AP) — Andrea Yates, serving a life sentence for drowning her children in a bathtub, asked her husband why he didn't bring them to visit her in prison last weekend, her attorney said Wednesday. "She thought the kids were still alive," attorney George Parnham said. Andrea Yates was transferred from the prison near Rusk to a Galveston hospital Monday night after refusing food and losing more than 20 pounds. Parnham said she voluntarily drank something Wednesday.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:53 AM

Hair Evidence Focus of Peterson Trial

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Prosecutors' most compelling piece of physical evidence against Scott Peterson — a hair matched to his wife and found in his boat — was cut in two by its own expert today. Criminalist Rodney Oswalt disputed Modesto police detective Dodge Hendee's testimony that he retrieved a single hair that later broke in two while stored in evidence. Oswalt testified that the sample came from two separate hairs, characterizing the single-hair scenario as "possible, but not probable."
Posted by Webmaster at 01:51 AM

Peterson Jury Sees Graphic Autopsy Photos

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Jurors in the Scott Peterson murder trial winced when prosecutors showed them graphic photos of Laci Peterson's badly decomposed body during testimony from a criminalist who helped collect evidence from the remains. John Nelson, who works in the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department crime lab, said he was present for the autopsy April 14, 2003, the day Laci's headless body washed ashore along San Francisco Bay. Among the items obtained from the body for analysis were four hairs, a piece of red plastic, some plant material and a 15-inch-long piece of duct tape, Nelson said.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:47 AM

Jogger's Family Says She Was Deceived

SALT LAKE CITY — A missing pregnant woman's mother said the whole family has been deceived by her son-in-law, a "person of interest" who has been hospitalized. Police discovered that Mark Hacking, 28, had lied about graduating from college and getting into medical school, authorities said Thursday. Hacking has not appeared publicly since Monday, when he said his 27-year-old wife, Lori, never returned from a morning jog. The disappearance came days before the couple were to move to North Carolina, supposedly so that he could attend medical school.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:46 AM

Lies of Missing Jogger's Husband Revealed

SALT LAKE CITY — The husband of a missing pregnant jogger in Salt Lake City, who had lied about his education, has been hospitalized for stress. The family of missing jogger Lori Hacking said they were stunned to hear about her husband Mark's private life. By Steve C. Wilson, AP Lori Hacking, 27, was last seen Monday morning near a popular downtown jogging area where she often ran. Her husband of nearly five years, Mark Hacking, reported her missing after she didn't show up at work.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:45 AM

'Junior' Gotti Indicted in Sliwa Case

NEW YORK July 22, 2004 — Less than two months from freedom, the jailed son of the late mob boss John Gotti was charged Thursday with the kidnapping and attempted murder of an outspoken talk-show host allegedly to silence his radio rants against the "Dapper Don." John A. "Junior" Gotti, 40, was scheduled to leave prison Sept. 7 on a 1999 racketeering conviction, but now faces charges that could put the former head of the Gambino crime family away for life. Three other alleged mobsters were named in the indictment.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:43 AM

Convicted Killer of Five Pleads for Death

MARTINEZ, Calif. July 22, 2004 — A man convicted of murdering the daughter of blues guitarist Elvin Bishop and four other people in an extortion plot blurted out in court that the jury need not deliberate his fate because he wants to die. As opening statements were about to begin in the death penalty phase of his trial Wednesday, Justin Helzer, 32, told the court that "I want this life to be over. ... I want to die." Helzer's lawyers attempted to calm their client, who had shown almost no reaction during weeks of incriminating and sometimes graphic testimony.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:42 AM

Teen Gets Life for Poisoning Friend

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. -- A teenager who killed a romantic rival by spiking his soda with cyanide has been sentenced to life in prison. Ryan Furlough, 19, was spared life without possibility of parole, as prosecutors had requested. Howard Circuit Judge Raymond Kane Jr. said Tuesday he was not willing to rule out any chance that Furlough, who had no previous criminal record or history of substance abuse, could one day convince a parole board that he deserved to be set free.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:36 AM

Mom Who Killed Newborns Gets 30 Years To Life

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. -- A New York woman drew 30 years to life in prison Tuesday for killing two of her newborns, encasing their bodies in concrete and hiding them in a basement and garden shed. Stacy DeBeer, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder two weeks ago in exchange for two consecutive sentences of 15 years to life in prison -- meaning she'll serve 30 years before she can seek parole. On Mother's Day on May 11, 2003, her 29th birthday, DeBeer says she gave birth on her living-room couch, placed the infant girl in a garbage bag and hid the body in a garden shed in Farmington, N.Y. She also told police she killed another newborn, also a girl, five years earlier.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:34 AM

July 22, 2004

Child-Killer Yates in Hospital for Refusing Food

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A despondent Andrea Yates is receiving treatment in a Texas hospital for depression so severe she has refused to eat since around the anniversary last month of the day she drowned her five children, her lawyer said on Wednesday. Yates, 40, has lost more than 20 pounds (9 kg) in recent weeks and was "incoherent" when moved on Monday from her psychiatric prison to a hospital in Galveston, attorney George Parnham said in an interview. "I can just imagine the depth of despair she's in, the depth of hurt and desperation over the deaths of her children," he said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:32 AM

Jogger's Husband Lied to Family, Police

SALT LAKE CITY — The family of a missing woman's husband said they were "distressed" over recent revelations that he may have lied to them and to police following his wife's disappearance. Mark Hacking's father, Doug, said in a hastily called press conference Wednesday evening, "We were of the impression that he had graduated from the University of Utah recently, and just found out a few minutes ago that he never applied to medical school in North Carolina." Lori Kay Hacking, five weeks pregnant, disappeared earlier this week apparently after going for a jog near her Salt Lake home.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:31 AM

Peterson Lawyers Try to Deflect Suspicion

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Defense attorneys again tried to deflect suspicion from Scott Peterson at his murder trial Wednesday, pointing to a prostitute who police say stole checks from Peterson's mailbox after his pregnant wife disappeared. Modesto police Detective Mike Hermosa did not indicate the prostitute, who stole the checks to trade for drugs with an Asian gang, was ever a suspect in Laci Peterson's disappearance. But on cross-examination, defense lawyer Mark Geragos used her to try to shift suspicion from his client. ``Were you able to go and check out her alibi for the 24th?'' Geragos asked, referring to Dec. 24, 2002, the date Laci was reported missing. ``No, I never did that, sir,'' Hermosa replied.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:30 AM

Prosecutors Attack Peterson's Character

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. July 21, 2004 — Prosecutors in Scott Peterson's murder trial are again portraying the former fertilizer salesman as a lying philanderer who didn't act the part of a grieving husband after his pregnant wife, Laci, vanished. Modesto police Detective Richard House testified Tuesday that Peterson rented a private mailbox on Dec. 23, 2002, a day before he reported Laci missing. On Jan. 9, 2003, House said, Peterson received a letter to the mailbox from his mistress, Amber Frey. Prosecutors allege the affair was the motive for the slaying.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:27 AM

Illinois Government Office Fire Ruled Arson

CHICAGO (AP) - A June fire at a secretary of state's office has been ruled "incendiary," the same designation given earlier to a downtown office fire that killed six people in October, fire officials said. The finding means that the fire was started by a human, either on purpose or by accident. The Fire Department ruled out electrical causes in the June 25 blaze, which caused no injuries and little damage, spokesman Larry Langford said Tuesday.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:26 AM

Two Boys Arrested for Setting Friend Ablaze

Two Greenwood-area boys -- curious about what it would be like to run with their clothing ablaze -- have been arrested after a companion was critically burned. White River Township Fire Marshal Eric Brown arrested the 15-year-old boys Sunday and Monday. Thomas Jefferson, 15, remained in critical condition at Riley Hospital for Children with severe burns to his upper body. Doctors put him into a drug-induced coma, with breathing assistance from a ventilator.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:23 AM

Gators Linebacker Charles Arrested, Suspended

Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) - Florida Gators sophomore linebacker Taurean Charles has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery stemming from an incident in June. The second-degree felony proved to be enough for Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley, who then suspended Charles from the team. According to Foley, the 19-year-old's status would be determined as more information is obtained. Charles, who also plays special teams, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly punching a Florida student in the head at on off-campus party.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:22 AM

Day Care Operator Charged

Austin Police say a day care provider exposed himself to at least two children in his care. The investigation resulted in the closing of a daycare business in southeast Austin. Vincent Torres admitted to police this happened on more than one occasion about two years ago. He's now being charged with indecency with a child.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:19 AM

FBI Agent Charged With DUI After Fleeing Police

TAMPA -- An FBI agent is facing DUI charges after she allegedly was found asleep in her car at an intersection, then tried to flee Clearwater police, officials said. Court records show Elizabeth Scott, 37, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.183 percent, more than twice the legal limit. She was released on $5,000 bail.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Identity Theft Case Could Be Largest So Far

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Florida man was indicted Wednesday in an alleged scheme to steal vast amounts of personal information, and the Justice Department said it might be the largest illegal invasion and theft of personal data to date. The 144-count indictment against Scott Levine, 45, also includes charges of conspiracy, fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice, according to the Justice Department. Levine's alleged target was Acxiom Corp., one of the world's largest companies managing personal, financial and corporate data, federal authorities said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:15 AM

July 21, 2004

Ohio Man Who Killed Parents Is Executed

LUCASVILLE, Ohio – A man who had dropped his appeals was executed Tuesday for beating and stabbing his sleeping parents to death with a hammer and kitchen knives after they hid his car keys so he couldn't go buy drugs. Scott Mink, 40, was pronounced dead at 10:27 a.m. at the Southern Ohio Correction Facility. His execution by injection came just three years after his conviction, the quickest an Ohio inmate's death sentence has been carried out since the state re-enacted the death penalty in 1981. Mink, 40, pleaded guilty to killing his parents during a night of drinking and doing drugs on Sept. 19, 2000. He beat William and Sheila Mink until his hammer broke and then beat them with cutting boards and stabbed them with kitchen knives.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:53 AM

Peterson Lawyers Attack Investigation

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Scott Peterson's attorney got a detective to acknowledge that police questioned hundreds of registered sex offenders and parolees as possible suspects in the murder of Peterson's wife, but never found 24 and did not always check alibis. One potential suspect even confessed to the crime but the man's admission was discounted because he had mental problems, Detective Ray Coyle said Monday under questioning from defense attorney Mark Geragos. "He said he murdered a female named Lisa Peterson, right? ... He said the only witness was the dog ... He said he broke her neck?" Geragos asked Coyle. "Yes," Coyle replied.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:52 AM

Pregnant Woman Disappears While Jogging

SALT LAKE CITY — In a case reminiscent of the disappearance of Laci Peterson, a 27-year-old pregnant woman vanished during her daily morning jog, and distraught family and friends turned out Tuesday to search for her. Lori Kay Hacking, who is five weeks pregnant, went out about 5:30 a.m. Monday, heading from her Salt Lake City home to nearby City Creek Canyon and Memory Grove park for a run. After she did not show up later for her job at Wells Fargo Bank, her husband, Mark Hacking, called police at 10:49 a.m., Detective Dwayne Baird said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:38 AM

Iowa Prepares for Death Penalty Case

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- The convicted drug kingpin prosecutors blame for the killings of five people, including a federal informant and two girls, will go on trial next month in the state's first death penalty case in more than 40 years. Expected to last three months, the case could also be one of the longest in state history and the most expensive. "There's no doubt this is going to be a big case here," said David McCord, a Drake University law professor who teaches death penalty law. "We don't have that many mass murders in Iowa."
Posted by Webmaster at 12:35 AM

Deputies Charged With Assault Reinstated

Two of the three law enforcement officers charged last year with assaulting a reluctant informant have been given their jobs back after their criminal trial last month left a jury deadlocked. King County sheriff's deputies George Alvarez and James Keller have been returned to duty following a hearing last week with Sheriff Dave Reichert, in which the two were reinstated but docked 20 days pay.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:28 AM

Four Inmates Charged With Escape After Going On Beer Run

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. -- Four jail inmates in Tennessee are accused of sneaking out on a beer run, then coming back. Authorities said the men thought they wouldn't get in trouble, as long as they returned to jail. The Hawkins County sheriff said cellblock doors were left unlocked Thursday night, and a faulty control panel failed to signal jailers. Two inmates walked out a fire exit, used a Bible to keep the door propped open, cut a hole in a fence, went to a market and came back with beer. When it ran out, two others went to a different market, and came back with more beer.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:26 AM

Moms Charged With Neglect For Leaving Kids

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Two mothers are charged with child neglect for leaving their children alone. Police said one child was left in an idling vehicle at a shopping mall and the other was left alone at home while the mother went to a bar. At the mall on Friday in New Port Richey, authorities met Dahlia Brown Almarales, who was toting her 2-year-old daughter and an armload of shopping bags as she returned to the Burdines parking lot. Emergency workers had broken a window to retrieve her boy from her car. The same night, authorities said Katherine Cobleigh left her 2-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son alone, sleeping at their home west of nearby West Palm Beach for at least 30 minutes. Authorities said Cobleigh went to a bar.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:24 AM

July 20, 2004

Georgia Executes Vet for Two-Year-Old's Murder

JACKSON, Ga. (Reuters) - A Vietnam veteran who spent 20 years on death row for the rape and murder of his two-year-old niece was executed on Monday in Georgia after courts rejected his bid for DNA testing of new evidence. Eddie Albert Crawford, 57, received a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia, about 50 miles south of Atlanta. He died at 7:49 p.m. EDT, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Peggy Chapman said. The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to block the execution. Crawford, who claimed to have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and blackouts after his return from military service in Vietnam, was sentenced to death in 1984 for killing Leslie English, his niece through marriage.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:54 AM

Tests: Stains in Peterson's Truck Not Blood

REDWOOD CITY, CA (AP) -- Tests showed that a series of suspicious stains in Scott Peterson's pickup truck were not blood, and there was no incriminating evidence in a tool box in the vehicle, a detective testified Monday at Peterson's murder trial. Police Detective Henry "Dodge" Hendee returned to the witness stand as defense attorney Mark Geragos resumed his attack on the investigation into the deaths of Peterson's wife, Laci, and unborn son. He pointed out for jurors that eight stains found in Peterson's truck -- blotches in places including the steering wheel and door that police suspected were blood -- all tested negative.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:52 AM

Court Bars Publication of Kobe Transcript

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday the news media have no right to publish mistakenly released details from a closed-door hearing in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, narrowly backing the trial judge in a First Amendment clash. The court fight centers on transcripts from a two-day hearing last month that were accidentally e-mailed by a court reporter to seven news organizations, including The Associated Press.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Bryant Accuser Almost Gave Up After Leak to Media

EAGLE, Colo. (Reuters) - The woman who accuses Kobe Bryant of rape was so shaken by a court error that allowed sealed testimony about her sexual history to be e-mailed to news organizations that she almost abandoned the case, her lawyer said on Monday. The revelation came as the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver ruled that the media companies that received those court records in error last month could not disclose their contents. The court cited the woman's right to privacy under the state's rape shield law.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:48 AM

Police Arrest Cheese-Covered Naked Man

A man has been arrested in Tennessee after police caught him running naked from the scene of a robbery covered in nacho cheese. Michael P. Monn's jeep was spotted by a routine police patrol in a car park in Maryville in the early hours of Sunday morning. Minutes after officers found clothes and a bottle of alcohol in the vehicle, Monn ran towards the jeep carrying a box of snacks and nacho cheese.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

Gospel Singer Charged With Sex Abuse

WILLIAMSBURG, Pa. Police say a gospel singer from Williamsburg had more than 150 pictures of nude boys on a computer to which he had access. Police say 48-year-old Sammy Lee Lykens told investigators that he's innocent and that other people had access to his screen names and e-mail accounts. But he has been charged with sexual abuse of children and criminal use of a communications facility.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:44 AM

Man Charged in Teen's Death Appears in Court

TOMS RIVER, N.J. -- As authorities searched for the body of a missing 16-year-old Brick Township girl, a family acquaintance appeared in court Monday, charged with her murder. The mother of Brittney Gregory seethed as Jack Fuller, 38, of Howell Township, sat in a red jail jumpsuit and whispered to his lawyer. Outside the courthouse, a tearful, angry Debra Gregory said she does not want to see her daughter's killer executed. The death penalty is "too good for him," she said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:41 AM

'Deceptive Duo' Hacker Charged

A 20-year-old Northern California man suspected as being one half of the high-profile "Deceptive Duo" hacking team is scheduled to appear in court on Monday to face charges of breaking into government computers and defacing government Web sites. Robert Lyttle, who allegedly teamed up with 22-year-old Benjamin Stark and hacked into computer systems run by the Department of Defense and the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years if he is found guilty, authorities announced.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:39 AM

July 19, 2004

Defense Shoots Holes in Key Evidence Against Peterson

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Scott Peterson's defense dealt blows Thursday to two key pieces of evidence that support the theory that the fertilizer salesman dumped his wife's body in San Francisco Bay. The credibility of the prosecution evidence — homemade anchors Peterson allegedly used to sink the body of his wife, Laci, and a hair from the boat that is consistent with her DNA — was shaken during a painstaking cross-examination of a police investigator.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:53 AM

Court Clerk Delays Media Appeal in Jackson Case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appeal by news media wanting access to court information in the Michael Jackson child molestation case went unheard for a week because a clerk refused to place it on the court docket, according to court papers. Attorney Dominic Lanza, who filed the first appeal notice last week, said he checked five days later to make sure the matter was scheduled to be heard by Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville but was told by the appellate clerk it was not filed.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:50 AM

Courtney Love Sentencing Postponed

Rock star Courtney Love, rumored to be spending time at a private East Coast rehab clinic, missed her third court date Friday, causing a judge to postpone the singer's sentencing on misdemeanor drug charges. "She will 100 percent be back voluntarily before the jurisdiction to face any and all charges against her," her attorney Michael Rosenstein told reporters Thursday.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:49 AM

Kobe Bryant's Accuser Says Her Privacy Threatened

EAGLE, Colo. (Reuters) - A lawyer for the woman who has accused basketball star Kobe Bryant of rape was set to argue on Monday that court filings should no longer be published on the Internet because of errors that have identified the woman and jeopardized her safety. The court filings will be one of several issues taken up during Monday's pretrial hearing -- one of three before the trial begins. The judge will also consider whether television cameras should be allowed during the trial and which procedures will be used to question potential jurors.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:47 AM

Florida Boy Dies When Left in Hot Car

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A 3-year-old boy died when his dentist father left him inside a sport utility vehicle for three hours, officials said. Dr. Dennis F. Sierra took his son Andres to work with him Thursday and left the boy in the car, intending to be in the office for only a short time, Palm Beach County sheriff's spokeswoman Diane Carhart said. A relative called Sierra about three hours later to ask about the boy, and the father and office employees rushed to the car to find Andres was not breathing.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:44 AM

Illinois Man On FBI Most Wanted List Captured

CHICAGO -- An Illinois man who had been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list for allegedly killing two former girlfriends was captured in Mexico after he was profiled on a crime-fighting television program, the FBI announced Friday. Michael Alfonso, 35, of Wheaton, was arrested Thursday evening without incident in the port city of Veracruz, said Thomas Kneir, special agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago office. He was handed over to American authorities and flown to Houston, where he will be held until he can be extradited to Illinois, authorities said. Alfonso is accused in the 1992 slaying of Sumanear Yang, 23, of Wheaton, who authorities say was shot to death after she broke off a brief relationship with Alfonso. Her skeletal remains were discovered in a state park.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:42 AM

Actor Robert Blake's L.A. Murder Trial Postponed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Robert Blake on Friday won a postponement of nearly two months for the start of his trial on charges of murdering his wife three years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said. The trial had been set to open Sept. 9, but a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge agreed to a defense request for more time to prepare for the case, ruling that jury selection should begin by Nov. 1, a spokeswoman for prosecutors said. Blake, who starred in the 1970s TV cop drama "Baretta," attended the hearing and is due back in the courtroom on Aug. 20 for a pre-trial examination of a prosecution witness.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:40 AM

2nd South Carolina Assault Case Hits Wal-Mart

A registered sex offender has been accused of fondling a 12-year-old girl in the Orangeburg Wal-Mart supercenter where he worked. The July 3 incident is the second known case in South Carolina in which a convicted sex offender working at a Wal-Mart has been accused of assaulting a child in a store. In the other case, a Wal-Mart employee pleaded guilty to molesting a 10-year-old girl in 2000 at the Forest Drive supercenter in Columbia.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:23 AM

Man charged With Having Sex With a Minor

FORT MYERS - The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested Jack Leroy Bolton on Sunday and charged him with five counts of recording sexual performance of a minor. Bolton allegedly gave a videotape to a female minor under the age of sixteen. On the videotape was footage of Bolton having sex with a fourteen year old girl.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:21 AM

Mom Charged With Leaving Toddler Unattended In Car

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- A mother is facing charges she left her 11-month-old son unattended in an unlocked car outside a store, police said. Lisa Sakser, 41, was arrested on charges of child abuse and neglect, plus possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from the finding of two glass pipes with cocaine residue in her purse, police said. Sakser told investigators that she left the child in the car because he was asleep and she didn't want to disturb him, police said. Sakser was away from the child for about 15 minutes while returning items to a store.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Man Charged With Murder of Missing Girl

BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Authorities charged a 38-year-old man with murder Sunday, a week after the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl, and said they were searching for her body in Ocean County. Authorities did not release any information about why they had charged Jack Fuller in the death of Brittney Gregory, or about how he and the girl may have met. Fuller, of Howell, was being held on $1 million bail, prosecutor Robert Gasser said. A court appearance was scheduled for Monday.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:15 AM

Suspect Arrested in Quadriplegic Slaying

SAN ANTONIO -- Police have arrested a man in connection with the fatal beating of a quadriplegic at a housing complex, and two more suspects were being sought, authorities said. Larry Salazar, 26, was arrested on a capital murder warrant Saturday, San Antonio police spokesman Richard Solis said. Three men forced their way into a southwest San Antonio apartment with knives, bats and a screwdriver early Saturday, police said. The attackers beat a woman and four men after forcing them to lie face-down on the living room floor.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:11 AM

Palo Alto Woman Arrested in Death of Abandoned Baby

Palo Alto-AP -- A 31-year-old woman was arrested today in connection with the death of a baby found in an abandoned apartment in Palo Alto. Ophelia Vanider Hill was taken into custody by Palo Alto police and booked on suspicion of manslaughter. The Palo Alto resident is being held at the San Jose Main Jail without bail. Vanider Hill is believed to be the baby's mother. She vacated the apartment in April.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:08 AM

July 16, 2004

Martha Stewart Gets 5 Months in Prison

NEW YORK (AP) - Martha Stewart was sentenced Friday to five months in prison and five months of home confinement for lying about a stock sale. Just before her sentence was pronounced, Stewart asked the judge to "remember all the good I have done." "Today is a shameful today. It's shameful for me, for my family and for my company," she said.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:32 AM

No Evidence Against Peterson Found in Bay

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Divers and underwater sonar operators methodically searched the San Francisco Bay after Laci Peterson's remains washed up, but found nothing to incriminate Scott Peterson, a detective testified Thursday. Defense attorney Mark Geragos has attempted to show that prosecutors have scant physical evidence linking Scott Peterson to the slaying of his pregnant wife. "You found sticks, you found pipes, all kinds of debris, but you didn't find anything related to this case, right?" Geragos asked Modesto Detective Henry Hendee, who was present for more than a dozen searches. Hendee responded, "Yes."
Posted by Webmaster at 02:09 AM

Prosecutors: Peterson Made Anchors To Weigh Down Body

Several rounded concrete outlines found by police on Scott Peterson's trailer appeared to be the same size as the concrete anchor recovered from his boat, according to testimony Tuesday in Peterson's double murder trial. Modesto police Detective Henry Dodge Hendee testified that the outlines basically conformed to the shape of Peterson's anchor when investigators placed the anchor on top of the outlines during a December 2002 search of Peterson's warehouse where the trailer was located. There were multiple outlines on the trailer but only one anchor was recovered from Peterson's boat.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:05 AM

Federal Judge Won't Unseal Rudolph Info

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A judge Thursday ruled federal prosecutors may not see sealed documents filed by lawyers for suspected serial bomber Eric Rudolph. In a terse, four-sentence order, Judge Lynwood Smith said he and a federal magistrate judge were "fully capable" of monitoring items filed by Rudolph's lawyers. Prosecutors wanted the judge to review dozens of defense documents to see if they included material prosecutors should be allowed to see. Prosecutors suggested defense lawyers were abusing a common court practice to file documents secretly. They said 58 of 95 defense documents were filed under seal - a number prosecutors called "extraordinary."
Posted by Webmaster at 02:03 AM

No-Nonsense Judge to Reveal Martha Stewart's Fate

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trendsetter Martha Stewart will learn on Friday if she will trade her lush home and celebrity friends in New York's posh Hamptons for the drab clothes and menial chores of life in a federal prison. Stewart, convicted of lying about the reason behind a suspicious stock trade, could receive up to 16 months in prison when she is sentenced by a no-nonsense judge on Friday morning. U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, who will determine Stewart's fate, rejected the defense team's efforts to win a new trial for the grand dame of gracious living. Lawyers believe Stewart will get a jail term, although it will be up to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons -- not the judge -- to decide where she serves time.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:58 AM

Suspect in Ohio Shootings Said Competent

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A man charged in a series of highway shootings around central Ohio is competent to stand trial despite suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, according to a psychiatrist. In a sworn statement filed Thursday, Dr. Mark Mills said Charles A. McCoy Jr. has had the illness for at least 10 years and requires medication "to achieve and/or maintain competence." McCoy, 28, has pleaded innocent to a 24-count indictment including the fatal shooting of a 62-year-old woman in November. She was the only person hit in the attacks, which occurred mostly on or around Interstate 270 in Columbus.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:52 AM

Scout leader Charged With Molestation

LEBANON, Ind. -- A longtime Boy Scout leader who is accused of molesting a child has been arrested. Garry L. Hensley, 56, appeared Wednesday before Boone Superior Court 1 Judge Matthew Kincaid via a camera link from the county jail. Hensley is accused of maintaining an improper sexual relationship for years with a male relative, who told authorities he was 5 years old when the abuse began, according to Lebanon police. According to court documents, Hensley himself reported the relationship.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

Mother of Injured Baby Arrested

Napa investigators have arrested the mother of an infant who was gravely hurt in a crash on Sunday afternoon. Cindy Lee Balija, 37, of Napa, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of felony child endangerment. Her daughter, 3-week-old Chole Balija, is fighting for her life at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The baby suffered severe head injuries when she was thrown from the van driven by her mother.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:20 AM

Man Who Shot Priest Spared Jail Term

BALTIMORE — A man who shot and wounded a priest who had allegedly molested him as a boy pleaded guilty to gun charges Thursday and was let off without a prison sentence. "It's a big relief," said Dontee Stokes, a 28-year-old barber. "I'm thankful to have the support of other victims and the support of the community." Stokes had already served 18 months under house arrest.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:15 AM

Ex-Tyco Lawyer Cleared of All Charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tyco International Ltd.'s former general counsel, Mark Belnick, on Thursday was acquitted of securities fraud and grand larceny in connection with his role as the top attorney at the conglomerate. The jury's verdict, which came on the fifth day of deliberations, marks another setback for prosecutors who have spent more than two years investigating and trying cases against one-time executives of Tyco .
Posted by Webmaster at 12:56 AM

July 15, 2004

Judge to Consider Peterson Mistrial

REDWOOD CITY - The judge in Scott Peterson’s murder trial will hold a hearing in two weeks to determine whether he should dismiss the case. At issue is critical testimony by Modesto police Detective Al Brocchini, who played a central role in the investigation of Laci Peterson’s disappearance on Christmas Eve 2002, leading to her husband’s arrest four months after. Also this morning, Judge Alfred Delucchi agreed that he will probably let reporters observe most of the hearing on defense attorney Mark Geragos’ request that all charges be thrown out. The hearing is slated for July 29. Jurors will not be present.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:43 AM

Judge Weighs Whether Jurors Should See Interviews

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A judge heard Scott Peterson tearfully declare himself innocent of his pregnant wife's murder Wednesday when he reviewed the tape of a television interview prosecutors plan to play for jurors in the fertilizer salesman's double murder trial. Judge Alfred Delucchi screened two interviews which aired last year on ABC's "Good Morning, America" and "Prime Time Live" to decide whether edited versions are admissible as evidence.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:41 AM

Peterson Seizes on Previous Accusations Against Detective

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A detective accused of embellishing his testimony at Scott Peterson's murder trial was previously accused of making inflammatory statements on the witness stand to force a mistrial in a case where the prosecution's evidence was crumbling. To bolster motions for a mistrial and dismissal of all charges, Peterson's defense cited Modesto police detective Allen Brocchini's conduct in a 1998 robbery trial. The defense motions are based on testimony Brocchini offered last month about a sensational, and ultimately uncorroborated, tip.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:39 AM

Martha Stewart Preps for Prison, Consultant in Tow

Martha Stewart has never been one to skimp on the extras. And her sentencing, scheduled for Friday, will be no different. Along with her friends, family, and legal advisers will be an extra layer of protection - in the form of a sentencing consultant, hired to help the doyenne of taste navigate the hazards and complexities of her punishment. "We'll want to make sure all goes as well as it can go," says her adviser, Herb Hoelter, who will have a seat in the federal court in New York. "Or, I'll be there if anything goes sour."
Posted by Webmaster at 01:36 AM

Judge Allows Secretly Taped Kobe Bryant Interview

DENVER (Reuters) - A secretly taped interview Colorado police conducted with basketball star Kobe Bryant about 24 hours after a 19-year-old woman said he raped her last year can be admitted at his upcoming trial, a judge ruled on Wednesday. The defense for the 25-year-old Los Angeles Laker had tried during five rounds of pretrial hearings to persuade the judge to throw out the taped interview, saying their client was not told he had the right to remain silent.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:32 AM

Kobe Bryant's Medical Exam Inadmissible

DENVER, July 14 -- Evidence from a medical exam performed on Kobe Bryant will not be admitted at his upcoming sexual assault trial because investigators did not have the proper court order to take him to the hospital in the middle of the night. However, in his ruling Wednesday, State District Judge Terry Ruckriegle denied another defense request to throw out a 75-minute interview of the NBA star by detectives along with a bloodstained T-shirt he wore during the alleged attack.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:30 AM

Man Arrested On Internet Sex Charges

FAIRBORN, Ohio -- Fairborn police arrested a man accused of looking for sex on the Internet. Police said the 32-year-old man, from Fairborn, thought he was talking with a 14-year-old girl over the Internet, but it was actually a Fairborn police detective. Investigators said they were surprised to see that the man lives in the same city where he was arrested. According to police, the man, took the day off from work and wanted the 14-year-old girl to come to his house to go swimming and to have sex.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Two Arrested in Death of Three-Year-Old

Police in Elkhart County have arrested two people in the death of a three-year-old girl . The girl's mother, 20-year-old Dusty James, was arrested Wednesday evening for neglect of a dependent. Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Chad Strong was also arrested on the same charges. Both are being held without bond. Three-and-a-half year-old Taranova Glick was brought to Elkhart General Hospital Tuesday afternoon. She had already died from her injuries upon arrival.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:26 AM

Mother Charged in Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter

Fort Wayne -- A mother who kept her 2-year-old daughter's body in an apartment for two weeks after she died was charged Tuesday with neglect of a dependent and battery. Judi L. Noe, 35, remained jailed without bond Tuesday. She could be sentenced to 20 to 50 years in prison for the battery charge and six to 20 on the neglect charge.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:23 AM

Officer Charged With Sexual Abuse of Boy

A law enforcement officer from Spring Hope was charged over the weekend with sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy. Dwayne A. Bowden, 32, was arrested Friday night at the Nash County Sheriff's Office and charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor, authorities said. Bowden is an officer for Butner Public Safety, a state agency that provides law enforcement and firefighting service to the Butner area in Granville County, which includes federal, state and juvenile prisons and an N.C. National Guard training center.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:20 AM

Sonics' Potapenko Charged by Police

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Seattle SuperSonics center Vitaly Potapenko has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest following a run in with police outside a Miami nightclub. Potapenko was arrested early Sunday morning outside a South Beach nightclub. According to a police report, the center was denied entry into a club because he was unsteady on his feet, swaying back and forth, slurring his words and smelling of alcohol.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:19 AM

Judge: Model Not a Role Model

An international model living in Manhattan was arrested at Kennedy Airport after customs inspectors found three plastic bags of cocaine on her following a flight from Paris, authorities said yesterday. Before being released without bail after a night in jail, Ingrid Parewijck, 25, a cover girl for Vogue, Elle and other magazines, got a tongue-lashing from a judge quite familiar with her kind of trouble.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:17 AM

Model Ingrid Parewijck In Coke Bust

A Belgian model went from the catwalk to a perp walk after she was busted at Kennedy Airport trying to smuggle cocaine into the country, authorities said yesterday. Ingrid Parewijck, 25, was busted with three plastic packets Saturday evening on her way through a customs checkpoint following an Air France flight from Paris, authorities said. The 5-foot-9 lanky blonde, who shares a loft apartment in TriBeCa, has appeared on the cover of the European editions of Vogue and Elle as well as Photo magazine.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:16 AM

July 14, 2004

Peterson Investigators Found No Sign of Struggle

About a week and a half after his wife Laci Peterson went missing, Scott Peterson stripped down to his underwear and allowed Modesto police to inspect his body for scratches and other signs of struggle, according to an officer's court testimony today. Officers focused especially on his hands, but found no suspicious marks there or anywhere else on his body, officer Doug Lovell said. On cross-examination, defense attorney Mark Geragos had Lovell repeat the fact that police found nothing, and that Peterson was very cooperative during the Jan. 3, 2003 inspection.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:22 AM

Martha Stewart, Broker Both to Be Sentenced Friday

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Martha Stewart and her former Merrill Lynch broker, who was convicted with the trendsetter for lying about a suspicious trade, will both be sentenced on Friday, a secretary in the judge's chambers said Tuesday. Peter Bacanovic's sentencing has been set for 2:30 p.m. EDT, following Stewart's sentencing at 10 a.m. EDT in Manhattan federal court. They are both to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:54 AM

Elementary Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse

An Orem elementary school teacher was arrested this afternoon, suspected of sexually abusing one of his students. Christopher Evans was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Investigators say Evans, who taught at Northridge Elementary in Orem, molested a young boy at school in April.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:49 AM

Man Charged With Sex Assault on 13-Year-Old Boy

A Cambria County man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Indiana County boy while on a bike-riding trip. George M. Zenecki, 29, of Bakersville Road, Colver, was charged with criminal attempt of rape, criminal attempt of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

Basketball Player at Charged in Home Invasion

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Last season's top scorer for the Minnesota State, Moorhead, basketball team has been charged with 16 felonies connected to a home invasion that left seven people bound and blindfolded. Deandre A. Buchanan appeared in Clay County District Court on Monday on charges of robbery, burglary, assault and false imprisonment. Another man, Brandon Michael Jackson, faces identical charges.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:46 AM

Fashion Model Charged With Cocaine Possession

NEW YORK -- A fashion model working for a top agency was charged with drug possession after U.S. customs officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport found cocaine in her handbag, prosecutors said. Ingrid Parewijck, 25, was arrested Saturday after she arrived at JFK on an Air France flight from France, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said in a statement Tuesday. Customs officials found three small bags of cocaine, he said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:44 AM

Top Fund-Raiser for N.J. Governor Charged

NEWARK, N.J. - Gov. James E. McGreevey's biggest campaign contributor was charged Tuesday with trying to thwart a federal investigation by videotaping a witness in a compromising position with a prostitute. Real estate developer Charles Kushner hired a call girl to have sex with the witness, had someone videotape them, and then sent the man's wife a copy of the tape and photos, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:41 AM

July 13, 2004

Testimony in Peterson Trial Turns to Evidence

REDWOOD CITY – A comforter apparently stained with blood was among numerous pieces of evidence seized from Scott Peterson's home in the days after his pregnant wife vanished, a police detective testified Monday. Modesto police Detective Ray Coyle testified he examined the Petersons' home for "blood spatter and blood drops" after search warrants were served on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27, 2002. Coyle said he found small spots that appeared to be blood on a comforter on the couple's bed, but did not elaborate.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Amber's Phone Records Raise Queries

Scott Peterson's girlfriend called a Fresno police homicide detective's home in the days before and after Peterson's wife disappeared, partial cell phone records show. Detective Richard Byrd's name surfaced in Peterson's double-murder trial during questioning about when Amber Frey called Modesto police about her relationship with Peterson and her whereabouts the day that Laci Peterson was reported missing. Frey placed an almost hourlong call to Byrd's home the night of Dec. 21, 2002 -- three days before Peterson was reported missing, according to the phone records.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:39 AM

Michael Jackson Letters Stolen, Mom Says

The mom of Michael Jackson's accuser has filed a U.S. lawsuit alleging the singer's camp stole letters written by the entertainer to her son, it was reported. The allegation is contained in a June 30 court filing by Santa Barbara, Calif., District Attorney Thomas Sneddon, which was docketed late last week, TheSmokingGun Web site reported Monday.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:38 AM

Pilot Arrested After Crash-Landing on Freeway

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- A single-engine plane trying to make an emergency landing on a freeway Saturday clipped a van and flipped upside down, and the pilot was arrested for flying under the influence of alcohol, authorities said. Pilot Marc South, 53, of Eloy, Ariz., was treated for minor injuries before being taken into custody, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:30 AM

Youth Coach Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Henrico County man was arrested Monday on child pornography charges, authorities said. Michael Gene Bodine, 34, coaches youth hockey in the Richmond area, Attorney General Jerry Kilgore said in a statement. Bodine, who was arrested at home, was indicted July 6 on 20 felony counts of possession of child pornography and five counts of reproduction of child pornography, Kilgore's office said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:26 AM

Miami Cornerback Rolle Arrested for Battery

Miami Hurricanes cornerback Antrel Rolle has been charged with a felony count of battery on a police officer and two misdemeanors. The 21-year-old Rolle also is charged with resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct, according to the Miami-Dade County clerk of courts Web site.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:22 AM

Priest Charged With Soliciting Prostitution

HAZLETON, Pa. - Luzerne County prosecutors charged a Hazleton priest Monday with offering to pay a stranger $50 for sex. Prosecutors said the Rev. Samuel Perrins approached a 22-year-old stranger on the street in early June and briefly solicited him for sex before walking away. The man said he declined the offer, then used a pay phone to call police.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:20 AM

Man Charged With Beating Girlfriend to Death

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A man has been charged with first-degree murder in what investigators said was the beating death of his girlfriend at a motor home where they lived outside Sunnyside. Kenith Wayne Sherrill, 57, whose first name previously was given by authorities as Keith, did not enter a plea at his arraignment Friday in Yakima County Superior Court. Judge Susan L. Hahn continued bail at $1 million.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:18 AM

Man Charged With Sexually Abusing Girl

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A 21-year-old city man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl in his apartment. Herman Velasquez, 21, was charged with first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. The attack took place at about 3 p.m. Friday in the attic of a multifamily West Side home, where the suspect and the child's mother have separate aprtments, police said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:16 AM

July 12, 2004

Defense Seeks to Throw Out Michael Jackson Indictment

LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson's lawyers asked a judge to throw out the entertainer's grand jury indictment on molestation charges, claiming that prosecutors bullied and argued with witnesses during hearings and "ran the proceedings as if they employed the grand jurors." "There is no case in the history of the state of California that has condoned anything like the abuse of power demonstrated in this grand jury proceeding," said the 47-page motion signed by attorney Robert Sanger and filed on behalf of Jackson's entire defense team.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:08 AM

Kobe Bryant's Lawyers Oppose TV Cameras in Trial

DENVER (Reuters) - Allowing television cameras into the rape trial of basketball star Kobe Bryant would destroy the remaining dignity of both accused and accuser, his attorneys said in a filing made public on Friday. The trial of the 25-year-old Los Angeles Laker is scheduled to begin in Eagle, Colorado, on Aug. 27 with jury selection.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:06 AM

Maid Arrested In Death Of Infant Found In Palo Alto

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A maid was arrested in connection with the discovery of a dead infant found at the Days Inn Motel on Thursday. Maria Ann Quinones, 22, of Santa Clara, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder, police said. Detectives said the baby died in Santa Clara and was then transported to Palo Alto, where it was dumped behind the motel. Construction workers found the infant wrapped in a plastic bag.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:03 AM

Sex Offender Charged With Molesting Kids At Yard Sale

CLAREMONT, NH -- Police in Claremont have arrested a repeat sex offender who apparently was visiting yard sales in search of kids. Police say 42-year-old Stuart Rollins of Windsor, Vermont, was charged yesterday with molesting two children at a yard sale. Police say Rollins went to a sale, touched the children, and left on a bicycle when adults ordered him off their property.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:00 AM

Man Charged With Allegedly Assaulting Newborn

A Delaware man was arrested Sunday and charged with allegedly assaulting his newborn daughter. According to police, 21-year-old Brooks Lindland of Dover was taking care of his 23-day-old daughter when the alleged assault occurred. Lindland was watching the child as the infant’s mother shopped at the grocery store. Officials say the baby had bite marks and bruises on parts of her body, including on her cheek, abdomen, arm, and shoulder.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:58 AM

15 Year Old Charged In Murder

A grieving mother is relieved her son’s killer is behind bars, but she’s still concerned about three other suspects who are on the run Kristopher Carlyle was shot and killed when he and his family got lost while driving around south Nashville on Wednesday night. When they asked for directions, they were robbed by four men.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:56 AM

Daughter, Boyfriend Charged in Elderly Woman's Death

CAIRO, N.Y. -- A woman and her boyfriend were arrested and charged Sunday with second-degree murder in connection with the death of the woman's mother. A neighbor found 66-year-old Martha Rooney dead Saturday morning in her home in Cairo, 27 miles southwest of Albany. Mary Quinn, 40, and Daniel Callahan, 37, fled in Rooney's car after the attack, state police said.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:54 AM

N.J. Woman Charged in Antifreeze Death

SHAMONG TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- A woman was charged with killing her brother-in-law by poisoning his fruit drink with antifreeze, police said Sunday. Maryann Neabor, 53, turned herself in early Sunday at a diner parking lot, accompanied by her lawyer. She was charged with murder and jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail
Posted by Webmaster at 12:51 AM

July 10, 2004

Petereson Prosecution Backs Theory With Photos

REDWOOD CITY -- After a controversial demonstration Wednesday, jurors in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial should have little trouble envisioning his pregnant wife's body stuffed into a large toolbox in the back of his truck, or curled in a fetal position in his fishing boat. Over objections from Peterson's attorney, Judge Alfred Delucchi allowed jurors to see photographs of another pregnant Modesto woman lying in both vehicles, which authorities believe Peterson used to dispose of his wife's body on Christmas Eve 2002.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:31 AM

California Judge Scolds Michael Jackson

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (Reuters) - A California judge on Friday scolded Michael Jackson for violating a gag order by publicly responding to revelations about old child molestation allegations against him. Jackson was not in court for the hour-long hearing, but his lawyer argued that the singer did nothing wrong by proclaiming his innocence in a 1993 civil lawsuit accusing him of molesting a young boy. "The court's gag order doesn't prevent him from talking about an 11-year-old civil case," lawyer Thomas Mesereau told California Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville. "Someone leaked documents in an 11-year-old case in an attempt to prejudice this case."
Posted by Webmaster at 01:28 AM

Judge Orders Michael Jackson Prosecutor to Testify

SANTA MARIA – In a highly unusual move, the judge in the Michael Jackson child molestation case ordered the district attorney Friday to take the stand and explain a search of a private investigator's office. Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville is trying to determine if the seizure of videotapes and computer hard drives from investigator Bradley Miller's office in November 2003 violated Jackson's attorney-client privilege. The defense said Miller was working for the pop star's then-lawyer, Mark Geragos.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:26 AM

Kobe's Accuser Hires Ramsey Lawyer

DENVER — The law firm representing the woman Kobe Bryant is accused of raping has hired a prominent libel attorney who also defended the parents of JonBenet Ramsey. In a written statement issued Thursday, the alleged victim's attorney, John Clune, said Lin Wood was hired because of "growing concerns" regarding media coverage of the 20-year-old woman and because of potential civil litigation related to those and other unspecified concerns.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:22 AM

Feds' Child-Predator Sweep Nets 162 in Arizona

Federal agents have made 3,200 arrests in the past year, including 162 in Arizona, under a nationwide crackdown that targets people who traffic in child sex and pornography or foreign nationals who commit sexual offenses involving children. The majority of the 162 arrests in Arizona involved foreign nationals who committed sexual offenses involving children and now face deportation or have been deported, said Michael Turner, special agent in charge of investigations for the Phoenix division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:10 AM

Woman, Assistant Pastor Charged in Fatal Stabbing of Deacon

Rome, Georgia-AP -- The wife of a Georgia deacon and an assistant pastor have been charged with the murder of the deacon. Police in Rome, Georgia, say Thad John Glenn Reynolds was stabbed 18 times. His wife Michelle, and Richard Scott Harper appeared in court today. Police say the two were lovers -- and conspired by various means of communication, including personal contact, telephone and computer generated messages to kill Reynolds. An assistant police chief says the two men were "close friends."
Posted by Webmaster at 01:07 AM

Minister Charged With Exposing Himself to Young Boys

FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (AP) - A Bucks County minister was arrested Thursday after allegedly exposing himself to young boys at a public pool, authorities said Friday. W. Mark Bartlett, 47, of Levittown, was arrested at the Oxford Valley Pool in Fairless Hills. Bartlett is the pastor of Levittown Wesleyan Church in Falls Township, according to District Attorney Diane Gibbons. He was charged with one count of indecent exposure and released on his own recognizance.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:05 AM

Man Charged With Filming Girls at Pool

Port Washington - A Milwaukee man was charged Friday in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with misdemeanor disorderly conduct on suspicion of videotaping young girls at the Cedarburg Community Pool. Edward M. Mesheski, 37, was seen videotaping children at the pool from inside a black van about 1 p.m. June 30, according to a criminal complaint. A Cedarburg police sergeant who responded saw that the inside of Mesheski's van was draped in black plastic from ceiling to floor and from wall to wall directly behind the driver and passenger seats, the complaint says. In the rear of the van, the officer saw a video camera on a tripod lying on a blanket, the complaint says.
Posted by Webmaster at 01:02 AM

Microsoft Worker Charged With Taking AltaVista Data

SEATTLE - A Microsoft Corp. employee working on the world's largest software maker's search initiative was arrested last week on charges that he stole source code from the AltaVista search engine two years ago, authorities said today. Laurent Chavet, a former AltaVista employee, was charged with accessing the company's computers in 2002 after he was no longer employed by the Web search provider but before he was hired by Microsoft, according to an FBI affidavit in an indictment issued by the U.S. District Court of Northern California.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:59 AM

Player Charged, La Salle Basketball Coaches Suspended

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - On the same day two La Salle University head basketball coaches were put on paid leave, men's basketball player Michael Cleaves was charged with sexual assault Thursday in connection to an alleged attack last month. Earlier in the day, the university placed men's head basketball coach Billy Hahn and women's head coach John Miller on administrative leave with pay because of the ongoing sexual-assault allegations against two men's basketball players. Cleaves, 22, turned himself in as he faces charges of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and conspiracy. Authorities also say he faces a other counts.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:58 AM

July 09, 2004

Prosecutors Believe Peterson Hid Wife's Body

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Prosecutors contend Scott Peterson stuffed his pregnant wife's body in the toolbox of his pickup truck before setting out to dump her body in San Francisco Bay, revealing for the first time how they believe he may have hauled the body nearly 100 miles without anyone noticing. Prosecutors used a re-enactment of sorts to make their point, showing jurors pictures of a pregnant woman in the toolbox. Her measurements were nearly identical to those of Laci Peterson at the time she vanished.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:30 AM

Judge Denies Martha Stewart New Trial Bid

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Martha Stewart's bid for a new trial was denied by a federal judge on Thursday, setting the stage for the lifestyle trendsetter's sentencing next week on her conspiracy and obstruction of justice convictions. Stewart's lawyers sought a new trial after a U.S. Secret Service laboratory director was indicted for perjuring himself during Stewart's first trial. The technician testified as an expert witness about ink on a worksheet kept by Martha Stewart's stockbroker. "Because there is no reasonable likelihood that this perjury could have affected the jury's verdict, and because overwhelming independent evidence supports the verdict, the motions are denied," said U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum in a 43-page ruling.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:27 AM

Jackson Defense Set to Blast Prosecution

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - Legal fireworks are set to fly as defense lawyers try to show Michael Jackson is the victim of overzealousness on the part of District Attorney Tom Sneddon leading up to the pop star's arrest on child molestation charges. In a motion to suppress information taken from a defense investigator, attorney Robert Sanger said Sneddon is guilty of "outrageous misconduct" for invading the office of the investigator and seizing materials covered by the attorney-client privilege of confidentiality. A hearing on the motion was scheduled Friday.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:25 AM

Lay Charged in 'Massive Conspiracy'

Federal prosecutors yesterday charged Enron Corp. founder Kenneth Lay with "a massive conspiracy" to deceive the investing public in an 11-count indictment that Mr. Lay said was politically motivated. The once-celebrated corporate chief and friend of President Bush pleaded not guilty to charges that he enriched himself through lucrative stock-compensation deals while, at the same time, propping up Enron's stock by hiding the failing company's condition from investors, lenders and employees.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:23 AM

Former Enron Chief Is Charged

HOUSTON - Kenneth Lay, the former chairman and chief executive of Enron, was charged on 11 counts in an indictment unsealed Thursday related to the financial fraud that led to the collapse of the onetime energy giant. . The indictment, by a federal grand jury in Houston, includes charges of wire fraud, securities fraud and making false statements to banks.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:21 AM

Sylver is Charged in Nassau Sex and Spending Scandal

Former Nassau Deputy County Executive Peter Sylver, once considered a rising star in the administration of County Executive Thomas Suozzi, was arrested yesterday on a felony charge of filing false documents to get repaid for travel expenses and for misdemeanor sexual abuse of a female employee. Completing a more than six-month investigation into the sex and spending scandal that rocked Suozzi's Democratic administration, District Attorney Denis Dillon said Sylver could face up to four years in prison and more than $8,000 in fines if convicted of all charges, including filing false information for reimbursement of $3,500 for a trip to London with his wife in 2002.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:20 AM

Woman Charged in Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter

Fort Wayne -- A Fort Wayne woman was charged Thursday in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, whose body was found in her apartment after neighbors complained of a sickening smell. Judy Noe, 35, faces a preliminary felony battery charge. Her daughter, Brieana J. Noe, was found dead Wednesday at the family's Brighton Meadows apartment, but how she died -- and how long she had been dead -- remains unclear.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:18 AM

Couple Charged With Embezzling $4 Million

A Mokena couple was charged Thursday with embezzling $4 million from the wife's former employer and wildly spending the money on luxury cars, gambling trips and vacations. Rose and Vernon Erwin, both 57, were held overnight in federal prison and will return today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Ashman to determine whether they will be released on bond before trial. They face up to 20 years in prison. Their defense attorneys said the two plan to plead not guilty.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:16 AM

Foster Father Charged With Sexually Abusing Boy

CLINTON, Conn. -- Police added a sexual assault charge Thursday against a foster father who was arrested last weekend after a boy in his care fled their home and took refuge in the woods. John Beaber, 48, of Clinton, was charged with second-degree sexual assault. He also faces a risk of injury to a minor charge filed last Saturday.
Posted by Webmaster at 10:15 AM

July 07, 2004

Man Describes Finding Body of Peterson Fetus

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Testimony in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial turned Tuesday to the discovery of the decomposed bodies of his wife and the couple's fetus along San Francisco Bay. Some jurors appeared distressed as lawyers displayed pictures of the remains, either rubbing their foreheads or covering their mouths. Peterson did not look at the large screen where pictures of his wife and their son were displayed. Laci Peterson's parents, who have been present throughout the trial, left the courtroom. Michael Looby said he and his wife were walking their dog along the bay April 13, 2003, when he saw the remains in a marshy area. "It was a body of a small baby," he testified.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:47 AM

Peterson Denied Having Lover, Jury Told

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (Reuters) - Accused wife murderer Scott Peterson denied having a girlfriend when he was interrogated by police on Christmas 2002 -- the day after his wife Laci vanished from their Modesto, California, home, an investigator testified on Tuesday. The investigator, Douglas K. Mansfield of the California Department of Justice, testified that he asked Peterson point-blank whether he or Laci had a lover on the side. "I asked him if there was any problems between them, which he said there was not, and if there were any third parties involved, to which he said there were no third parties involved, there was no other person involved with him or his wife," Mansfield said.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:46 AM

Man Arrested in Sex Assault on Teen Girl

Council Bluffs police have arrested a man who is charged in a Douglas County warrant with first-degree sexual assault. The 38-year-old Omaha resident had a sexual relationship with a girl who's now 16 from December 1999 to August 2002, according to court records. The girl told Omaha police in January that the assaults began in Davenport, Iowa, when she was 11 years old. By April 2000, the man was assaulting her repeatedly at his Council Bluffs trailer, the records say.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:40 AM

Teen Charged In Shooting Death Of Father

LORAIN, Ohio -- A teenager suspected of fatally shooting his father was charged with aggravated murder and tampering with evidence Tuesday in Lorain County Juvenile Court. Police said they arrested the 15-year-old after finding Wade Hetsler dead in an F Street home. Hetsler, 47, died from a single shotgun wound to the head Sunday. According to police, the teen called 911, saying he found his father dead, and believed he had been shot in the head. Police say the call was placed about two hours after Hetsler had been shot.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:37 AM

Woman Charged With Murder in Deaths of Newborn Twins

EAST POINT, Ga. - A 25-year-old woman has been charged with murder in the deaths of her newborn twins, who were found dead in a toilet. Emergency workers responding to a call about a birth of identical twins found the two-month premature girls after they arrived at the home of Alainer Warren's mother shortly after 5:30 a.m. on June 29. Warren apparently had given birth in the bathroom. "She told us initially that she did not know she was pregnant," East Point Detective Robert Gray said Tuesday.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:35 AM

Memphis Players Charged With Burning SUV

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Two University of Memphis football players are accused of burning a sport utility vehicle in a rural area of Shelby County. Derron Parquet, 22, and LaVale Washington, 21, were charged with arson after a witness reported seeing a young man run from a field where a 2001 GMC Yukon was destroyed, sheriff's spokesman Steve Shular said. Authorities said the vehicle is registered to Parquet's father, Stanley Parquet of Kenner, La.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:33 AM

School District Leader Charged in Scandal

MINEOLA, New York (AP) -- The former superintendent of one of the country's top school districts was charged Tuesday with embezzling more than $1 million for such things as airline flights, cruises, dermatology treatments, furniture and jewelry. The arrest of Frank Tassone, 57, came a month after similar charges were filed against Pamela Gluckin, a former assistant superintendent also accused of taking more than $1 million from Long Island's Roslyn School District.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:31 AM

July 06, 2004

Dismissed Scott Peterson Juror Should Have Been Kept

(FindLaw) -- On Wednesday, June 23, the judge in the Scott Peterson criminal trial removed one of the jurors, Justin Falconer, and called on an alternate to replace him. After Falconer was dismissed, the defense then moved for a mistrial, but its motion was denied. In this column, I will argue that Falconer should not have been dismissed in the first place. Although Falconer slipped up in making what turned out to be an innocuous comment to a Peterson relative, the comment itself did not indicate bias on his part, and should have been forgivable under the circumstances.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:54 AM

Kobe Bryant Prosecutor Bows Out of Trial

Exactly one year after a 19-year-old woman said she was raped by basketball star Kobe Bryant, the chief prosecutor said he will not take part in the upcoming trial in the high-profile case. District Attorney Mark Hurlbert – who has attended virtually all the pretrial hearings in the Eagle, Colorado, courtroom – will leave the case in the hands of his chief deputy, Gregg Crittenden, and two other prosecutors on loan from counties near Denver, Ingrid Bakke and Dana Easter. Hurlbert said in a statement on Wednesday that he would be neglecting his other duties in the district, which covers four counties, if he remained heavily involved in the Bryant case.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:50 AM

Ferris Bueller Alum Hit With New Charges

Jeffrey Jones, the actor who played Principal Ed Rooney in the 1986 teen comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, was arrested July 1 at his home in Sarasota, Florida, and charged with failing to register as a sex offender. Jones, 57, plead no contest last July to charges he hired a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually-explicit photos.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:47 AM

N.C. Doctor Charged With Murder of His Father

ABINGDON, Va. -- Police were searching for a North Carolina doctor Monday after charging him with the slaying of his father, whose body was found last week on a Washington County road with the fingers chopped off. Vince Donald Gilmer, 41, of Fletcher, N.C., was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of 60-year-old Dalton Donald Gilmer Jr. Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman said two deputies interviewed Gilmer over the weekend and seized evidence during a search of his home, but Gilmer then disappeared.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:42 AM

Man Charged With Gross Sexual Assault

Residents of a mobile home park in Newport are dealing with the news that one of their neighbors allegedly lured children into his home and molested them. Police arrested 45-year-old Dale Vincent on Friday. Police charged Dale Vincent with three counts of gross sexual assault. Police say the charges stem from interviews with children, ranging in age from four to fourteen, and they worry there could be more out there.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:40 AM

Man Charged in Beating of Son, 3, for Wetting Bed

Police arrested a Wilkinsburg man Monday on charges he severely beat his 3-year-old son, whipping him with a belt, causing brain swelling and forcing the child to undergo emergency brain surgery. Benjamin Franklin Mooney, 33, of Center Street, was placed in the Allegheny County Jail last night, charged with single counts of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Posted by Webmaster at 12:38 AM

July 03, 2004

Home-Church Minister Is Facing Sex Charges

LA MESA - The minister of a small, home-based church was arrested yesterday on charges of inducing sex acts by fraud or force. He is suspected of inducing women to have sex with him to keep the devil at bay, police said. Police said Carlos Valverde Romero, 59, of Prospect Street in National City, a minister for 20 years, conducts services in the homes of the dozen or so members of the Apostolic Church. A 31-year-old woman told La Mesa police May 8 that Romero had sexually assaulted her many times in the past six years. The woman said he had convinced her that having sex with him would protect her from the devil, said La Mesa Police Lt. Allen White.
Posted by Webmaster at 11:21 PM

Former Boy Scout Leader Pleads Guilty to Molestation

BRADENTON -- A lawyer and former boy scout leader pleaded guilty to molesting a 16-year-old girl Friday. Steven Neil White, 51, pleaded guilty Friday morning to sexual battery and received a five year prison term followed by 2 1/2 years of sex offender probation under a plea deal. He will also have to register as a sex offender and submit a DNA sample to the state's database. White won't be sentenced until Aug. 31, however.
Posted by Webmaster at 11:19 PM

Five Sex Offenders Arrested by Customs Agents

Five convicted sex offenders from Mexico face deportation after being arrested Friday in El Paso, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The immigrants, including a 70-year-old man convicted of molesting his girlfriend's 8-year-old daughter, were sentenced to probation but face deportation because of their felony convictions, officials said in a news release. Two of the men were convicted of sexually molesting their daughters, both 13.
Posted by Webmaster at 11:16 PM

Former Priest Arrested In Lincoln

A former Catholic priest now living in Lincoln is behind bars tonight facing sexual abuse charges. Francis Benham was arrested in Lincoln after Maryland authorities issued a felony warrant. The warrant alleges Benham had sexual acts with minors while serving as a priest in Maryland from 1977-1979.
Posted by Webmaster at 11:14 PM

Man Arrested After Posing as Doctor

Cincinnati, OH, Jul. 3 (UPI) -- Cincinnati authorities are trying to figure out how a 20-year-old man tricked people into believing he was a police officer, firefighter and even a doctor. Officials say John Holliman, who remained jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond early Saturday, was arrested late Wednesday after a firefighter reported someone pretending to be a physician wanted to fire with paramedics, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Holliman was charged with falsification, a misdemeanor, and practicing medicine without a license, a felony.
Posted by Webmaster at 08:21 PM

Former Alta Vista Employee Arrested on Hacking Charges

An ex-employee of search engine company Alta Vista was arrested Friday for allegedly hacking into the firm's computer system more than two years ago, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Acting on a warrant issued in San Francisco, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Laurent Chavet, 31, in the east Seattle suburb of Redmond, according to Seattle FBI spokeswoman Robbie Burroughs. The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement that Chavet, of Kirkland, Wash., is accused of breaking into Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Alta Vista's computers in March 2002 to steal a source code and causing $5,000 in damage to the system when he allegedly hacked into it again three months later.
Posted by Webmaster at 08:18 PM

Man Faces Child Molestation Charges

An Ypsilanti Township man charged this week with watching pornography with neighborhood children and videotaping them in the shower has now been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct with minors under the age of 13, authorities said. James Kistler, 48, was arraigned Friday on first degree criminal sexual conduct and second degree criminal sexual conduct charges, according to Washtenaw County Deputy Chief Assistant Steve Hiller. The first degree charge involved alleged sexual penetration with a minor under the age of 13 and the second degree charge involved alleged sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13.
Posted by Webmaster at 07:14 PM

Baby Sitter Charged in Death of 3-Year-Old Jacksonville Girl

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A baby sitter was charged with murdering a 3-year-old girl after an autopsy showed the toddler's injuries were more serious than ones police initially believed killed the girl. Johanna S. Espinosa, the roommate of the girl's mother, was charged with murdering Francesca Pavon. Espinosa was being held Saturday at the Duval County Jail without bail. Francesca's 13-year-old sister found her earlier this week crumpled on her bedroom floor. She was taken to Shands Jacksonville where she later died. Investigators initially thought Francesca fell from a 5-foot bunk bed, where she was often scolded for playing. But a medical examiner's report said Francesca suffered multiple head and internal injuries, including a skull fracture and hemorrhaged kidney.
Posted by Webmaster at 07:09 PM

Man Charged in Death of 4-Year-Old Boy

SAN ANTONIO -- A man has been charged with capital murder in the death of his girlfriend's 4-year-old son. Paul Castellano, 21, was arrested on Friday, a day after Joshua Pacheco died of strangulation and trauma to the abdomen, San Antonio police Sgt. Gabe Trevino said. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services investigated allegations of physical abuse by the family involving a different child in June 2003, department spokeswoman Marina Yzaguirre said. The agency was not able to prove child abuse or rule it out, but caseworkers felt the family needed their services, she said in Saturday's edition of the San Antonio Express-News.
Posted by Webmaster at 07:03 PM

July 01, 2004

Woman: Scott Peterson Said He 'Lost' Love

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — The woman who introduced Scott Peterson to his mistress testified Wednesday that when she first met him, Peterson never mentioned he was married and told her he had "lost" his first love. Peterson then turned the conversation to sex, Shawn Sibley testified. "We'd be talking about something else and he'd bring up sex," she said. "He did ask me my sexual preferences ... sexual positions ... but he was kind of joking." She later introduced Peterson to his mistress, massage therapist Amber Frey.
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Texas Executes Key Figure in 'Thin Blue Line' Case

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (Reuters) - David Ray Harris, whose false testimony put a man on death row for more than a decade in a case featured in the documentary "The Thin Blue Line," was executed in Texas on Wednesday for a 1985 murder. Harris, 43, quoted the last words of a passenger on one of the jets hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, in his final statement. "Sir, in honor of a true American hero, 'let's roll,"' he said before receiving a lethal injection. "Lord Jesus receive my spirit."
Posted by Webmaster at 03:02 AM

Lee County Soldier Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) -- Authorities have arrested a Fort Benning soldier for felony child pornography possession. Charles G. Bittner, a member of the U.S. Army, was arrested at his Phenix City apartment after authorities found a computer and compact disks containing explicit child pornography. Bittner's arrest for possession with the intent to disseminate obscene matter came after a four month investigation.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:57 AM

Eight Teens Charged in Fake Kidnapping

More than a half dozen Monroe teenagers will be in Superior court Thursday charged with breach of peace after police say they terrified a woman while video taping a fake crime. Monroe police detective Peter Howard says the local teenagers who run the website videotaped and posted a fake home invasion and abduction. A neighbor saw two car loads of teens park in this driveway on Meadowbrook last week jump out in camouflage clothes and ski masks and run to the back of the house.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:55 AM

Mother Charged With Child Endangerment

The Marshfield woman whose boyfriend is charged with killing her baby also has been charged in the death of her 4-month-old daughter, Samantha. Rebecca I. Sherman was arraigned Wednesday in Webster County — on her 25th birthday — for one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Sherman pleaded not guilty and is being represented by a public defender, Prosector Cynthia Black said. She is to appear in court again next week.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:51 AM

Ex-Youth Pastor Charged With Rape

RAPID CITY — A former youth pastor has made his initial court appearance on charges of rape and sexual contact with a child under 16. Glenn F. Ford, 29, Rapid City, appeared in 7th Circuit Magistrate Court on June 25. He is charged with two counts of second-degree rape, with alternative charges of third-degree rape. He is also charged with one count of sexual contact with a child under 16.
Posted by Webmaster at 02:48 AM