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Archbold, OH

#27 Feb 23, 2010

Jury finds Lowery guilty of murdering Linda Stein

Natavia Lowery was found guilty today of murdering Realtor to the Stars Linda Stein.

Stein's daughter Mandy, who found her mother's body, began sobbing when the verdict was read.

The Manhattan Supreme Court jury took just four hours to reach a decision after three weeks of testimony against Lowery, Stein's young, pretty personal assistant. Lowery was charged with bludgeoning her boss in her Fifth Avenue penthouse.

Lowery also was found guilty of 20 theft and identity theft charges.

Prosecutors had said Lowery was linked to the brutal slaying by motive -- some $30,000 in embezzlements -- by opportunity as the only person to see Stein that day, and by her admissions to cops, to whom she admitted bludgeoning her boss though not intending to murder her.

Lowery has conceded the thefts. But she insisted the confession was coerced, and that roofers -- with whom Stein had argued over noise -- had access to Stein's back stairway and fire escape and were never adequately investigated by cops.

There was no forensic evidence in the case. But Lowery's movements on the day of the Oct. 30, 2007, murder were well documented by apartment lobby surveillance, and by cell phone, bank and other records.

Among the most incriminating evidence are the images of Lowery leaving the apartment building minutes after the murder -- holding Stein's purse and a red Christie's shopping bag weighed down by a heavy object, and with her pants clearly turned inside out, to hide the blood splatter, lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told jurors.

Lowery faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life for murder.

Archbold, OH

#29 Feb 28, 2010

Mother charged in daughter's death transferred to jail

A South Carolina woman accused of stabbing her daughter to death was released from Womack Army Medical Center on Friday night and now is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Linda Hough Shannon, 50, of Bethune, S.C., was released from Womack after recovering from surgery to repair wounds she received while in a knife fight with her daughter Monday evening, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Linda Shannon was charged Thursday with second degree murder in the death of her daughter, 32-year-old Autumn Michelle Shannon, an active duty soldier in the Army.

Linda Shannon had been staying with her daughter while Autumn Shannon recovered from a vehicle accident, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court Thursday.

The two became involved in a verbal argument that ended when Linda Shannon grabbed a knife and stabbed her daughter multiple times until she was dead, according to the affidavit.

When military police arrived at the residence located on the 100 block of South Dougherty Road shortly after 9:45 p.m., they found Autumn Shannon's body on a bedroom floor with multiple stab wounds and a large knife protruding from her neck, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also says that Linda Shannon had several stab wounds from the incident, as well, and had to be transported to Womack for treatment.

As of Friday evening, Linda Shannon was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a federal hold.
One More Time

Brooklyn, NY

#30 Feb 28, 2010
OBAMA LIES wrote: _impact/photo/fli0212allanahaj pg-2c68f56b2df3425e_large.jpg
FLINT, Michigan — Former Flint teacher Allanah Benton-Wells maintained her innocence as she was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for having sex with a 12-year-old former student.
The boy, however, wasn’t in the courtroom to hear her words.
Prosecutors said the boy, now 14, ran away from home midway through the trial and is still missing.
“I think it is very clear ... the impact that this defendant had on an already troubled child,” said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Richardson, who believes he ran away because of the psychological damage caused by his relationship with Benton-Wells, now 44.
The boy is not being identified by the Journal because he is a minor and a victim of sexual assault.
In December, Benton-Wells was convicted two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after prosecutors argued she had sex with the boy while she was supposed to be tutoring him around Halloween 2007.
The jury found her not guilty on a third count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Richardson said the victim was a troubled child before his relationship Benton-Wells, where he considered her his “girlfriend,” but his behavior, respect for authority and his attitude toward women have gotten worse since that time.
“She took a 12-year-old student under the guise of monitoring and made him a man in his eyes,” Richardson said.
Through her trial, Benton-Wells maintained her innocence, something she continued before her sentencing.
“I didn’t commit any of these acts, and I’m innocent,” she said through tears.“I maintain my innocence and that’s all I can do.”
Judge Geoffrey L. Neithercut ignored a request from Benton-Wells’ attorney to give her a sentence lower than the Legislature’s mandated 25 year minimum, but complained about the sentence requirement.
In 2008, the state Legislature enacted the new minimum sentence for first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving victims under 13.
Neithercut said that the mandatory sentence made him more like a clerk rather than a judge, saying that “every case is different” before sentencing Benton-Wells to 25 to 38 years in prison.
“I heard these words during the trial,‘a school teacher having sex with her sixth-grade student is the most disgusting, reprehensible thing we can imagine,’” said Neithercut.“That’s why you’re going to prison.”
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said the sentence and the 25-year minimum requirement are appropriate.
“If a teacher or any grown up has sex with someone who is under the age of 13, the sentence should be severe,” he said.
Leyton said Benton-Wells’ crime ripped apart her own family and the victim’s family.
The sentence shows that students should be treated like gold, and “teachers should keep their hands off,” said Leyton, adding the laws are there to protect students from the few teachers who are “bad apples.”
Benton-Wells’ attorney, Michael Cronkright of Lansing, said he thinks the mandatory minimum sentence violates his client’s Constitutional protection from cruel and unusual punishment in the Eighth Amendment.
He also maintained Benton-Wells’ innocence and asked the court not to hold it against her because she didn’t express remorse.
He called this a “difficult situation” for Benton-Wells and told Neithercut she intends to appeal.
“She thinks the jury got it wrong,” he said.
Ever hear of Mary-Kay Latourneau you d1ck wad?

Archbold, OH

#31 Feb 28, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif.— Authorities say a baby and a toddler have found bound, gagged and left on a bedroom floor in Southern California, and the childrens' father is being investigated for attempted murder and torture in the case.

Riverside County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Brown says deputies responded to the home in the Indian Hills area Friday on a report of a family disturbance.

Brown says the two girls, ages 1 1/2 and 18 weeks, also had visible injuries on their faces and heads.

Their father, 23-year-old Jeremiah Scott, fled before deputies arrived but was later found in the neighborhood and arrested.

Brown says the babies' injuries did not appear to be life threatening and they were transported to a hospital for treatment.

Scott is being held on $1 million bail.


Archbold, OH

#32 Feb 28, 2010

Mother charged after two toddlers die in fire
By David Perlmutt

Orgal Opata:

The mother of two unsupervised toddlers killed in a west Charlotte house fire early Sunday was arrested and charged with murder and felony child abuse.

After a day of searching, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Orgal Paulette Opata, 26, after she left her four children alone at the home on Rowan Street, in the Thomasboro community. One-year-old son, Gabriel Hawthorne, and his two-year-old brother, Josiah Hawthorne, died in the fire that destroyed the home.

She was charged with two counts of murder, three counts of reckless/gross felony child abuse, exposing a child to fire and one count of burning resulting in serious injury to a firefighter.

Her two older children, a four-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter, survived the fire after they were helped by a neighbor.

Fire investigators sifted through the rubble all day, but by evening still weren’t saying what caused the blaze. Firefighters from station 13, two blocks away, said they responded quickly and took only 19 minutes to put out the blaze. When they arrived, neighbors told them about the children inside. They said they aggressively entered the home, but couldn’t save the two toddlers.

One firefighter was burned, treated at a local hospital and released.

A neighbor, Elizabeth Lane, awoke early Sunday and said she heard screams:“Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!.”

She looked out her apartment window and saw the house across Rowan Street in flames. Lane called 911, then quickly dressed and ran to the house.

At the front door, she found the two older children. The 7-year-old girl tugged at Lane, screaming her younger brothers, Josiah and Gabriel, were still in the back.

“I walked into the house and the flames shot up like someone had poured gasoline on them,” Lane said.“I got the two older children out. By then, the firefighters were there and I took the children to my apartment.”

In 2007, Opata was convicted in Greensboro of possessing cocaine, and sentenced to at least six months in jail. Six years earlier, she was convicted of embezzlement, also in Greensboro, and sentenced to six to eight months.

Last October, Opata was charged in Charlotte with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and was awaiting trial before Sunday’s arrest.

Astoria, NY

#33 Mar 1, 2010
More please

Archbold, OH

#34 Mar 2, 2010

Police on Monday charged a 29-year-old man with killing his neighbor, a fifth-grade teacher.

Police said Monday that they had charged Lamate Sherron Anderson with murder in Sunday's stabbing death of Yolanda Simon, who lived next door on Cripple Creek Court in northwest Monroe.

Simon, 37, was a fifth-grade teacher at Peachland-Polkton Elementary School in Anson County.

Monroe police have not said why they believe Anderson killed Simon, who lived with two other women, an adult and a child.
Magilla Vanilla

Brooklyn, NY

#35 Mar 2, 2010
Police on Monday charged a 29-year-old man with killing his neighbor, a fifth-grade teacher.
Police said Monday that they had charged Lamate Sherron Anderson with murder in Sunday's stabbing death of Yolanda Simon, who lived next door on Cripple Creek Court in northwest Monroe.
Simon, 37, was a fifth-grade teacher at Peachland-Polkton Elementary School in Anson County.
Monroe police have not said why they believe Anderson killed Simon, who lived with two other women, an adult and a child.
Your balls must be dragging from lack of action right?

Archbold, OH

#36 Mar 2, 2010
Magilla Vanilla wrote:
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Your balls must be dragging from lack of action right?
Riverhead ISP Magilla

Albertville, AL

#37 Mar 2, 2010
Can't believe Obama said this about our troops

Archbold, OH

#38 Mar 2, 2010

Bandits rob delivery man of chicken wings in Ga.

COLUMBUS, Ga. Police in Georgia are searching for a pair of hungry bandits who stole an order of chicken wings from a pizza delivery driver. Columbus Police say the 19-year-old Domino's driver was approached outside a home Tuesday night by two men who asked for money. One of the men pointed a chrome pistol.

Police say one of the men then said, "give me the wings." They fled the scene with the $36 order.

No cash was taken and the driver was not injured.

Archbold, OH

#39 Mar 3, 2010

A kid mugger who preys on Hasidic women in Williamsburg held up a mother pushing her baby in a stroller yesterday -- only to be nabbed minutes later by a Jewish patrol, police said.

"Give me your money!" 12-year-old punk Shy-kym Samuels demanded -- pointing the barrel of a disguised cap gun at the woman's face -- at around 9:45 a.m. on Wilson Street between Lee and Division avenues, cops said.

The frightened woman, 34, who had her 2-year-old in a stroller, gave him her purse.

The suspect, who police said was busted twice before for the gunpoint muggings of two other Hasidic women, didn't get far. Members of the Williamsburg Shomrim, a volunteer patrol, sprang into action, catching up with the boy at a nearby school and holding him for cops. He was charged with robbery as a juvenile.

Archbold, OH

#40 Mar 4, 2010

Man admits to igniting NY woman who said he stole her 'crack cocaine'

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.— A 38-year-old man has admitted setting a woman on fire after she complained to others that he had sold her fake crack cocaine.

Kevin Boone pleaded guilty to first-degree assault Thursday in Schenectady County Court.

Police say 40-year-old Amy Gilroy was burned on the back, shoulders and face after Boone doused her with lighter fluid and set her ablaze in July. Prosecutors say she recovered after treatment at Westchester Medical Center.

Boone was on parole at the time of the attack and will have to complete his prior prison sentence before he begins serving the 15-year sentence he’s expected to receive on April 30 for the assault.

Archbold, OH

#41 Mar 13, 2010

13-year-old robbed at movie theatre

It's a crime that will shock almost anyone. Police say a 9-year-old and a 14-year-old robbed another child at a local movie theater.

Police say it happened on Thursday.

A 13-year-old went to the AMC 22 off South Blvd. to see Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 -- The Squeakuel.

Police say during the movie a 9 and 14-year-old robbed the victim inside a crowded theater by wrapping a belt around the neck of the 13-year-old victim and then moved him outside.

"Didn't choke the child, but did escort him outside the actual theater itself, and took money from him and a cell phone," says Captain Allan Rutledge of CMPD's Steele Creek division.

"You would have thought with all the people standing in the theater somebody would have seen or heard something," says Richard Cousins, a moviegoer.

Investigators say the theatres security camera system caught the two suspects, not in the act, but as they were leaving out a back hallway.

"It's extremely unusual, we don't experience this type of crime often," says Captain Rutledge.

Police say the teen was not harmed but was quite shaken up.

This incident has scared parents into thinking about not dropping their kids off at the theater.

"Not by herself or just drop them off with a group of girls, no," says Mayra Cousins, a parent.

The teen is from Rock Hill and went to the theater with his parents.

Police say the parents went into one theater and the teen went into another.

Although he was shaken up, the victim went to school on Friday.

The suspects are still on the loose.


bigtraps wrote on 03/13/2010 06:12:13 AM:

If you have been to this theater in the past couple of years you would see why. It's SCARY with the THUGS that are stalking in and out of this place.


Astoria, NY

#42 Mar 13, 2010
More please.

Brooklyn, NY

#43 Mar 13, 2010
Savage arrested for mutilating baby's genitals

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM)- An infant is the victim of a gruesome mutilation, and the suspect is her mother.

Troup County investigators have arrested a woman they say mutilated the genitals of her ten month old daughter.

It's a case deputies say they never thought they'd see. Sgt. Chad Mann with the Troup County Sheriff's Office told News Leader Nine, "We were notified by DFACS of a man who filed a report saying that he was granted temporary custody of an infant -- about ten-months-old -- and as a relative was changing the child, they noticed a possible case of genital mutilation."

Troup County investigators tell us the suspect, 35-year-old Melody Onyonyor, appears to have performed a type of female circumcision on her young child. Mann said, "At that point they notified Troup County Investigators and after that we had the infant taken to the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where they checked the baby out to make sure everything was okay and to see if there were signs of female genital mutilation."

The baby was examined by a children's hospital in Atlanta where doctors determined that there had been some form of surgical removal of the baby's clitoris.

Mann told News Leader Nine the infant is otherwise healthy and is now out of Onyonyor's custody, "The child is with the father per the judge until the investigation is complete."

The Department of Family and Child Services in LaGrange tells us the suspect had three other children, but they cannot reveal where those children are at this time.

Onyonyor is being held in the Troup County Detention Facility.

"Right now she's facing cruelty to children in the second degree and female genital mutilation," Mann added.

Onyonyor will have her first court appearance Friday, at which time a possible bond will be set.

We asked investigators if this was a case of child violence or if it was part of a cultural exercise. They didn't wish to comment since its still under investigation by DFACS and the Troup County Sheriff's Department.

Archbold, OH

#44 Mar 13, 2010

Man shot outside Duke Hospital

DURHAM, N.C. A man was killed in a shooting involving two Duke University police officers shortly after 1 a.m. today outside the front entrance of Duke University Hospital.

Duke Police Chief John Dailey says one officer was treated for a minor injury.

There is no immediate indication that the shooting involved a Duke employee, patient or patient family member, according to a statement released by Duke spokesman David Jarmul.

"We can’t comment on any details related to the situation pending further investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Duke University Police Department," the statement said.

There has been no interruption of patient care services or hospital operations. Access to the hospital's main entrance was restricted this morning and employees and visitors were being routed to an alternate entrance.

"There is no ongoing safety or security issue at Duke University Hospital as this was an isolated incident that occurred outside of the facility," the statement said.

Durham was certified Magilla country in 1979, a hospital spokesperson said.

King Of Prussia, PA

#45 Mar 14, 2010
We should have picked our own cotton.

Archbold, OH

#46 Mar 16, 2010

Woman allegedly hits sister with toilet tank lid

The Associated Press
Iowa City police arrested a woman who allegedly attacked her sister with the lid of a toilet tank. Nitasha La'Trine Johnson, of Iowa City, was arrested early Sunday and was charged with domestic abuse assault causing injury and interference with official acts. According to police, Johnson removed the lid and hit her sister during a fight. Authorities said the sister suffered an injured foot and finger.

Archbold, OH

#47 Mar 16, 2010

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