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#1 May 28, 2010
Teen murder suspect offered plea deal; Attorney asks for competency evaluation
Posted: May 28, 2010 1:52 PM EDT
Updated: May 28, 2010 1:52 PM EDT
Dewayne BryantBy Jon Chrisos – bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- The case is moving forward against a Louisville teen accused of murdering his father. 16-year-old Dewayne Bryant was back in court May 28 where things took an interesting twist.
The Commonwealth offered Bryant a plea deal: 30 years in prison for murder. Of those 30 years, he'd have to serve 25 1/2. Bryant was ready to accept it, but his lawyer stopped him. Defense Attorney Carlos Wood stopped all proceedings and plea negotiations by asking the judge for a competency evaluation. Wood says Dewayne Bryant was a victim of domestic violence.
Louisville Metro Police say Bryant stabbed his father to death in March 2009, then set his body on fire. Bryant was living in Louisville with his father; his mother lives in Ohio. Wood told Judge Audra J. Eckerle the 16-year-old wanted to plead guilty to all charges and take the punishment.
"He even expressed to me he would take the maximum punishment if necessary and he would not care ... There is not one term in this offer that I would advice my client to accept," Wood said.
Wood did not get into specifics, but says he has concerns about Bryant's competency because of issues that have come up during the past three or four months.
Prosecutor Michelle Rudovich said it is ultimately up to the client to decide whether or not to accept the deal, but not before the court ordered competency hearing.
Bryant will be back in court in July. He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections on a $150,000 bond.
#2 May 28, 2010
#3 May 28, 2010
Jury Finds Man Guilty Of 1990 Rape
By Steve Burgin/WLKY
updated 28 minutes ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- WLKY.com
It took jurors 90 minutes to find a man guilty of rape, robbery, burglary and sodomy in a 1990 case involving a Louisville woman.
Authorities were finally able to tie Crawford to the crime through DNA. Semen on a quilt matched 45-year-old Crawford. An expert said there was only a one in a million chance it wasn't him.
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The victim testified earlier this week that she had been struck in the head with a gun, tied up and blindfolded in her home just after dropping off her 18-month-old son at day care.
"The only thing I said to him was 'please don't kill me. You can do anything you want, just don't kill me,'" the victim testified.
Crawford's attorney argued his client's DNA had been mixed with the victim's on the quilt.
"The one piece of evidence linking my client to the scene was subjective. It wasn't fool-proof and it's subject to interpretation," defense attorney Matt Farra told the jury.
The jury apparently didn't agree. As the verdict was read, the victim became emotional. She didn't want to comment on Friday.
"She was obviously pleased with the jury's decision and I think so relieved after 20 years, after the worst thing that has ever happened to her, at least justice was done," prosecutor Ryane Conroy said after the verdict was read.
Crawford will return to court Tuesday to enter the penalty phase of the trial. He faces life in prison.
#4 May 28, 2010
#5 May 28, 2010
Gebar Byrd charged with killing toddler son, boy's mother
KSDK -- The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has charged a father with killing his two-year-old son and the boy's mother.
Detectives had been investigating the mystery for months: the body of a University City woman, Yasmin Rodriguez, was found in the Mississippi River and her two-year-old son was missing.
Prosecutors charged with 26-year-old Gebar Byrd with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and one count of second-degree domestic assault. A judge ordered Byrd be held in custody without bond.
According to court documents, on or about March 23, the victim was pushed into the Mississippi River through mud, branches, and logs, all while she was holding the couple's son in her arms. Yasmin's body was located after resurfacing on April 9. The young boy's body never resurfaced.
Gebar Byrd Sr. spoke with NewsChannel 5 on April 17, just days after Rodriguez's body was found in the river, near First and Mullanphy downtown.
"I do believe there was some foul play involved, I don't know what type. But someone came and picked them up. I don't know exactly what happened but that's all I know."))
At the time, Byrd said he was, not involved in Rodriguez's death or his son's disappearance.
"I'm definitely not involved in any way," he said. "I loved Yasmin to death - that was my world. We had just moved into a house."
Rodriguez's sister, Guadalupe, said Thursday that officers told her he confessed to being responsible.
"It's like a blessing because we've been praying and praying every night for my sister...for her to give signs that he did it and so it's sort of like a blessing to us," said Guadalupe. "It was really shocking and surprising because we thought he might never gotten caught so it feels really good."
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#10 May 28, 2010
Gary Coleman Dead at Age of 42
Gary Coleman has died after suffering a intracranial hemorrhage that left him in a coma and on life support. The 'Diff'rent Strokes' actor was taken to the hospital on Wednesday, and his condition deteriorated as the days went on. After being on life support for at least a day, his family made the decision to remove him from the machinery that was keeping him alive. He was 42 years old.
Former 'Diff'rent Strokes' star Gary Coleman has died at a Utah hospital two days after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage following a fall at home. A hospital spokeswoman said life support was terminated after it became clear he was not going to recover. The troubled actor, who had been plagued with health and legal problems in recent years, was 42.
Coleman was hospitalized on May 26 and it was soon reported that he was in critical condition and in a coma after suffering a hemorrhage. Early Friday, a spokesman had a message for well-wishers, saying Coleman "always has had fond memories of being an entertainer and appreciates his fans for all their support over the years."
Coleman shot to stardom thanks to his role on the sitcom 'Diff'rent Strokes,' where he played Arnold Drummond. He made a name for himself with snappy comebacks and the infamous line:'What you talkin' about?' The show lasted from 1978-1986.
Coleman is seen here posing with Mr. T in a promo photo for the 1983 season premiere of 'Diff'rent Strokes.'
In the summer of 2007, Coleman secretly married 22-year-old Shannon Price, who he met on the set of a movie he was filming. The couple kept their nuptials under wraps for months, announcing in February 2008 that they had tied the knot.
Throughout his life, Coleman had suffered health problems. He received two kidney transplants in the '70s and '80s, and in recent years, he suffered two seizures before his recent fall.
The wedded bliss didn't last long for Coleman and Price. Coleman is seen here in a January 24, 2010 booking photo after he was arrested on a warrant related to domestic violence charges. He later pled guilty to a lesser charge.
#11 May 28, 2010
RadarOnline was the first to break the news of Coleman's death. According to TMZ, Coleman passed away at 12:05 PM Mountain Standard Time with his family by his side.
Coleman was taken to the hospital on May 26 after injuring his head during a fall, resulting in a brain hemorrhage. A spokesman for the actor said that he was "conscious and lucid" upon his arrival at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, but later slipped into a coma.
His manager, John Alcantar, told PEOPLE that Coleman "was removed from life support; soon thereafter, he passed quickly and peacefully ... By Gary's bedside were his wife and other close family members."
Coleman became a child acting sensation thanks to his role on 'Diff'rent Strokes,' where he made the words "What'choo talkin''bout" a national catchphrase. With his role as Arnold Jackson -- an adopted black child taken in by a rich white New York City man -- Coleman rode the wave of success until the show's end in 1986, setting him up for other movie and TV opportunities.
Fan Tributes Pour In Director Reflects on His Pal
After hearing of his passing, Coleman's former 'Strokes' co-star Charlotte Rae -- who played Mrs. Garrett on the show -- told TMZ: "Gary was so loving, so charming. He was the big star of the show."
Throughout his life, Coleman battled various health issues. He received two kidney transplants -- one in 1973 and one in 1984 --- to help curb the kidney disease nephritis, which he had battled for decades. The disease was responsible for stunting his growth.
Speaking with PEOPLE in 1979 at the age of 11, Coleman said of his first transplant: "The reason I survived is that I had a kidney that wouldn't give up ... Now, I got a Greek kidney donated from a kid who was hit by a car."
Coleman's health had been an issue of late, as the 42-year-old actor suffered two seizures this year. The first occurred on January 6, while the second took place in late February while he was on the set of 'The Insider.' During the 911 call from the latter incident, an 'Insider' staffer told the operator, "We have someone having a seizure right now on our stage ... we just need someone as soon as possible."
In 2007, Coleman secretly married Shannon Price, who he met on the set of a movie.
"Nobody was around but the minister, preacher, the videographers, the photographer, the helicopter pilot and us. That was all that was there. There was nobody else." Coleman told 'Inside Edition' about the secret wedding.
He went on to say that despite the fact that his new wife was 22 when they married (Coleman was 40 at the time), he had no "issues with age, I have issues with intelligence ... She's more intelligent than I am and that's what matters to me."
As their marriage continued, though, trouble began to settle in. Shortly after their big reveal, the two wound up in a very public spat on 'Divorce Court,' where they tried to work through their marital issues. On the show, Price claimed, "If he doesn't get his way, he throws a temper tantrum like a five-year-old does." Coleman retorted by saying, "The male is always the bad guy ... When I try to state my case or explain things to her or try to get her to understand my point of view."
In the wake of the 'Divorce Court' drama, allegations of abuse on both sides began making headlines. Price was arrested in 2009 on domestic abuse charges after an incident in their home. In January of 2010, Coleman found himself in handcuffs on a separate domestic violence warrant after he failed to attend a court date.
Last year, Coleman told The Huffington Post that his love for his wife was unlike anything he had ever experienced.
"I know the difference between true love and the love of my fans. It's just not the same. I've been married over a year now, and you can't beat true love. You can't. It's got its own energy, its own vibration, its own felling. It has its own power."
#12 May 28, 2010
Gary Coleman Dies At Age 42
Actor Suffered Intracranial Hemorrhage
JENNIFER DOBNER, Associated Press Writer
PROVO, Utah -- Gary Coleman, the adorable, pint-sized child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood's D-list, died Friday after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was 42.
Life support was terminated and Coleman died at 12:05 p.m. MDT with family and friends at his side, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Janet Frank said.
Coleman, with his sparkling eyes and perfect comic timing, became a star after "Diff'rent Strokes" debuted in 1978. He played Arnold Jackson, the younger one of a pair of African-American brothers adopted by a wealthy white man.
"It's unfortunate. It's a sad day," said Todd Bridges, who played the older brother Willis. "It's sad that I'm the last kid alive from the show."
The series lives on thanks to DVDs and YouTube. But its equally enduring legacy became the troubles in adulthood of its former child stars.
Dana Plato, who played the boys' white, teenage sister, committed suicide in 1999. Bridges was tried and acquitted of attempted murder.
Coleman's popularity faded when the show ended after six seasons on NBC and two on ABC.
He remained estranged from his parents Sue and Willie Coleman, who said they learned about his hospitalization and death from media reports.
Sue Coleman said she wanted to reconcile and had been patiently waiting for her son to be ready.
"One of the things that I had prayed for was that nothing like this would happen before we could sit with Gary and (wife) Shannon and say,'we're here and we love you,'" Sue Coleman said. "We just didn't want to push him."
She would not discuss the cause of the estrangement.
In 1989, when Gary Coleman was 21, she filed a court request trying to gain control of her son's $6 million fortune, saying he was incapable of handling his affairs. He said the move "obviously stems from her frustration at not being able to control my life."
Coleman chafed at his permanent association with "Diff'rent Strokes" but also tried to capitalize on it through minor reality shows and other TV appearances. His adult life also was marked with legal, financial and health troubles, suicide attempts and even a 2003 run for California governor.
Coleman suffered continuing ill health from the kidney disease that stunted his growth. He suffered the brain hemorrhage Wednesday at his Santaquin home, 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.
A statement from his family said he was conscious and lucid until midday Thursday, when his condition worsened and he slipped into unconsciousness. Coleman was then placed on life support.
"Diff'rent Strokes" debuted on NBC in 1978 and drew most of its laughs from the tiny, 10-year-old Coleman.
Race and class relations became topics on the show as much as the typical trials of growing up.
Coleman was an immediate star, and his skeptical "Whatchu talkin''bout?" -- usually aimed at Willis -- became a catchphrase.
In a 1979 Los Angeles Times profile, Sue Coleman said her son had always been a ham as a small child. He acted in some commercials before he was signed by T.A.T., the production company that created "Diff'rent Strokes."
The attention his starring role brought him could be a burden as well as a pleasure.
Coleman said in 2001 that he would do a TV series again, but "only under the absolute condition that it be an ensemble cast and that everybody gets a chance to shine."
"I certainly am not going to be the only person on the show working," he said. "I've done that. I didn't like it."
Coleman's kidney disease required dialysis and at least two transplants. As an adult, his height reached only 4 feet 8 inches.
He continued to get credits for TV guest shots and other small roles over the years. But in 2001 he said he preferred earning money from celebrity endorsements.
#14 May 30, 2010
#13 May 30, 2010
Metro Police on scene of reported stabbing
Posted: May 30, 2010 10:55 PM EDT
Updated: May 31, 2010 1:09 AM EDT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE)- WAVE 3 is following breaking news in west Louisville. First responders are on the scene of a stabbing in the 2400 block of West Main Street.
Police got that call around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. We're told there is one person who is stabbed.
WAVE 3 has a crew on the scene and we're working to get new information
#16 Jun 7, 2010
Louisville police say dying man was robbed of his cellphone
June 5, 7:24
Cantrell Chappell (Screenshot: FOX-41)If Louisville ever decides to offer an Un-Humanitarian Award, it would most certainly be named after 19-year-old Cantrell Chappell. If LMPD reports are accurate, this guy is one of the slimiest miscreants ever to walk the streets of our fair city.
A week ago, at about 1:00 a.m. Friday morning, 18-year-old Aldin Dragolj of Fairdale was driving his gray Chevy Impala on 43rd Street, near Market Street, when he was shot. Wounded, he drove his car a couple of blocks South, when he crashed into a parked car. When the police arrived, Dragolj was in extremis, and was transported by EMS to University Hospital, where he later died of his gunshot wounds.
Louisville police have now made an arrest in the case; but have not found the killer, who assumedly remains at large. No, the cops have nailed Cantrell Chappel; charging him with robbery, drug possession and burglary (from an outstanding warrant). The drug charge was based upon some codeine police allegedly found on Chappell's person; but the robbery charge is based upon some rather egregious behavior.
Aldine Dragolj (Photo Louisville Metro Corrections)Chappell was interrogated by the Louisville Metro Police Homicide unit, after being arrested on June 3—coincidently near 43rd and Market. According to police reports obtained by Fox 41 News, Chappell told police that, on the night of the shooting, he heard gunshots, then approached the victim, who was moaning in his car. He then says he reached into the car and stole a cell phone from the victim, as well as $70 worth of cash, according to the police report.
Chappell was arrested after a LMPD officer pulled him over for a traffic violation. That's when the officer spotted a stolen cell phone in his car. Lt. Barry Wilkerson, commander of the LMPD Homicide Unit, told WAVE-3’s Elizabeth Donatelli: "I guess the profession we're in, we tend to render aid as needed and I guess it's hard for me to see that someone wouldn't do that, but again that's their individual choice."
Of course, Lt. Wilkerson was responding to the press in the professional manner we expect from Louisville’s Finest. We here at the Louisville City Hall Examiner are not required to be so circumspect. If, indeed, Cantrell Chappell stole $70 and a cellphone from a dying man, then he’s the most miserable slimeball to appear on the Louisville scene since the Geary brothers cop-killers of the late 60’s. Kudos to our LMPD Homicide Unit for bringing this sorry excuse of a human being to justice.
#18 Jun 7, 2010
Man charged with robbing two pizza delivery men, two days in a row
by Christine Wright
Posted on June 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM
(WHAS11) Johnathan Jackson is charged with robbing two pizza delivery men, two days in a row.
The first robbery took place in the 3500 block of Woodford Avenue, where police said 20-year-old Jackson pointed a gun at a pizza delivery man and robbed him of cash and a cell phone.
The next day, detectives said Jackson committed a robbery in the 4400 block of LaSalle Avenue, where he pulled out a gun and that time took the pizza, cash and a cell phone.
#19 Jun 7, 2010
#20 Jun 9, 2010
Cancer Patient Brutally Attacked Outside Store
updated 8 minutes ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- WLKY.com
Metro police said a group of teens assaulted a cancer patient outside a Dollar General Store, sending the victim to the hospital for more than a week.
Police are searching for those responsible for beating the victim at a store on Shepherdsville Road.
Detectives said that on store surveillance video the teens are seen approaching the store, then two minutes later are seen leaving in a Buick.
Investigators believe the assault happened while the group was out of frame and lasted about a minute.
"I walk outside -- blood is coming out of his ears, his eyes, his mouth, his nose, his head is swollen. It was terrible," the victim's girlfriend said.
Police said a group of teens beat the victim then took off.
Witnesses told detectives the assault was unprovoked.
"Witnesses said they came across the street. They were hooting and hollering making a lot of noise," Louisville Metro Police Seventh Division Detective Rodney Underwood said.
He suffered a concussion, broken ribs and a facial fracture he also had boot prints on his stomach from being kicked.
"I just hope this doesn't happen to someone else and I just want them to know that you never know what condition somebody might be in when you do something like this. Even though he looks like a strong man, he's so weak he barely made it to the Dollar General that day," the victim's girlfriend said.
The victim's girlfriend said he needs surgery on his eye but is too weak from his injuries and cancer treatments that doctors will not operate.
Police have identified the driver as Eman Wilson, but so far they have not confirmed the identities of the men involved in the assault.
"It's terrible because I've seen for the last year what he's been through. He's not been able to do anything. He can't go anywhere and now this is putting us even further behind in the recovery process and it's awful. I can't believe somebody would do something like this to begin with," the victim's girlfriend said.
If you have any information, call the anonymous tip line
#21 Jun 9, 2010
#23 Jun 10, 2010
Man Charged With Choking, Raping Woman
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- A Louisville man is behind bars accused of a violent sexual assault.
According to arrest records, 37-year-old Terrence Williams is accused of holding a woman for five hours and choking her until she lost consciousness.
Investigators said the victim eventually got away and called police.
Williams has been charged with sodomy, rape, wanton endangerment and assault.
#24 Jun 10, 2010
#25 Jun 10, 2010
Man allegedly kidnapped, brutalized in St. Matthews
LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WDRB Fox 41)-- A St. Matthews man is accused of kidnapping his cousin, dragging him into his basement and brutalizing him overnight -- all over money.
38-year-old Dante D. Watts of the 3900 block of Massie Ave. is accused of using brutal tactics in an attempt to obtain $200,000 of money and drugs that Watts claimed was owed to him by Lamont Eric Woods.
"It's his cousin," says St. Matthews Police Det. Larry Alvey, explaining how the kidnapping took place. "He says,'yeah what's up cuz? Let's take a ride.' And when he got to the house, he didn't think anything of it."
An arrest warrant obtained by Fox 41 News states that on May 25, Watts and his girlfriend handcuffed Woods, chained his legs together, then dragged him down into Watts' basement. The warrant alleges that Watts pistol whipped Woods, stripped him naked, then hung him by his feet.
The warrant says Woods was left hanging by his feet overnight.
The torture did not end there.
The warrant goes on to say that Watts pulled a knife and sliced Woods's left arm, claiming that he could "cut him piece by piece" until Woods told him where his money and property was.
He also told Woods he was going to die.
"He said,'you're going to die.' He said,'you're not the first person I've ever killed," recalled Det. Alvey. "If you don't tell me where my money and my drugs are, I'm going to kill you."
The next day, Watts and his girlfriend brought Woods back upstairs and continued to torture him. Watts told Woods that he had only 45 minutes left to live because "the Dominicans" were coming to the house to get the money at noon.
The warrant goes on to state that there was a knock at the door, and while Watts was distracted, Woods managed to run out a side door.
"Woods took the only opportunity he felt he had to save his life," Det. Alvey says. "He burst through the front door, and then took off running down the street."
"He said he knew if he stopped he knew he'd die, so he kept running."
Watts pursued him through several yards, and -- when a neighbor saw Watts running with a gun in his hand -- Watts told them he was with the police.
During the pursuit, Woods was able to find shelter in the home of a good Samaritan, who then called the police. He was taken to Norton's Brownsboro Hospital and treated for injuries, which included a stab wound, two fractured eye socket bones, numerous bruises and swelling and scrapes about his body, according to the arrest warrant.
He received several stitches to stab wounds and cuts on his face and arms.
Dante Watts was arrested last night after a mere traffic violation. He is charged with assault, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Police aren't releasing his girlfriend's name, but they say they are looking for her. She faces charges of accessory to kidnapping and assault.
Police also say that they believe Woods is now in hiding, fearing for his safety. But they add that they'd like him to come forward because they need to talk to him.
"Tell our victim, that I wish he'd come in. I think he's going to be safe," Det. Alvey says. "This young man's not going to get out of jail for a while."
Det. Alvey said this case is particularly disturbing.
"This is one of the worst cases of assault I've ever seen on a person that I've seen since I've been out here...that's still alive," he said.
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