AMBER ALERT: Woman fatally stabbed in University Place, child kidnapped

An Amber Alert has been issued after a woman was fatally stabbed in University Place and her 9-month-old child was kidnapped, the Tacoma Police Department says.

We will post more information as it becomes available.

Judge orders Casey Anthony's deposition video sealed

A judge has ruled that the Casey Anthony deposition video will not be seen by the public.

Circuit Judge Lisa Taylor Munyon ordered the video sealed in an order Monday afternoon.

Zenaida Gonzalez is suing Casey Anthony saying Casey ruined her life when she said a woman with the same name took her daughter Caylee.


Jeff Ashton Lands New Job

MAITLAND, Fla. -- Former Casey Anthony prosecutor Jeff Ashton has joined a law firm in Maitland.

Ashton has joined the law firm of Troum and Walsh.Officials at the law firm said Ashton will specialize in forensic scientific evidence for criminal defense and civil law

Call Kurtis Investigates: Psychic Detectives

TRACY (CBS13) — The 2009 surveillance video from a Tracy mobile home park shows an innocent Sandra Cantu skipping in her Tracy neighborhood. They are the last images of the 8-year-old alive.

“Please whoever has her, let her go,” her mother pleaded before cameras. “She needs to come home to her mom who very much misses her.”

After ten days of gut wrenching agony, searches, vigils and news conferences, Sandra’s lifeless body was located in a suitcase in a nearby pond.


Hattiesburg Police Search For Missing Teen

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Police are searching for Cheyenne Gordon, who reportedly ran away from home. Shannon Egermayer reported her daughter Cheyenne missing Sunday afternoon.

Cheyenne is 14 years old, has black hair, and brown eyes. Egermayer says her daughter had been talking to a 19 year old male from Mobile, Alabama.


Ex-Attorney: 'Tacopina And I Couldn't Work As Team

The former attorney for the parents of missing 11-month-old Lisa Irwin said she and her team will continue to volunteer their time to help find the baby.

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"My team, which is 17 people strong, is very saddened that we are no longer serving the family as we did the last 10 days. However, we still care very much about them and we will continue to be available to them, to support them emotionally and to help them rally the community support even if we are not allowed to see them or to talk to them," attorney Cyndy Short said

Jasmen Gonzalez Stabbed to Death, Medical Examiner Says

CARROLLTON, Texas - The Dallas County Medical Examiner deteremined that a 10-year-old girl who was abducted and found dead over the weekend died of a stab wound to the chest.

At the same time, Carrollton police are interviewing a person of interest in the homicide of 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzales.

Law enforcement officers found the girl's body Sunday afternoon, about 15 hours after she was reported missing. According to a police affidavit, there was no shirt on the body, and her pants and underwear were pulled down.

MO man accused in family molestation dies


1 of 6 men accused of sexually molesting young family members at a western Missouri farm decades ago has died in his sleep in Florida.

Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home in Ocala, Fla., confirmed that 74-year-old Darrel W. Mohler of Silver Springs, Fla., died Wednesday.

Mohler was awaiting trial on two counts of rape stemming from the claims of young relatives that he, his brother and his brother's four sons sexually abused them in the mid-1980s at a farm in Lafayette County.

His trial in Clay County recently was pushed back to May 29.


Kara Kopetsky clues exposed in upcoming NBC Action News investigation spark anger at Belton Police

BELTON, Missouri - An upcoming NBC Action News investigation into the disappearance of Kara Kopetsky has uncovered new evidence and a possible confession family members say show Belton Police mishandled the disappearance of the Belton teen.

Follow @RussPtacek on Twitter to be the first to know when we publish our investigation.

“This amount of compelling information coming out in a news investigation rather, than a police investigation, is very troubling,” said retired FBI agent Michael Tabman.

“It just solidifies what I had already suspected,” said Kara’s mom, Rhonda Beckford. “Which is they're not doing their job. They're not trying to find Kara.”

Former attorney for Lisa Irwin family: I cannot just walk away

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The local attorney who had been working with the parents of a missing Kansas City girl says she “cannot just walk away” from the case.

Cyndy Short says she is no longer representing the parents of Lisa Irwin, but she will continue to help look for Lisa Irwin.

“I have been overwhelmed with the help offered to my lawfirm and my staff from those in and around Kansas City wanting to volunteer,” Short said at a news conference Monday morning.

She was brought in to help in the search for Lisa Irwin, who was 10 months old when she was reported missing on Oct. 4. She said another of her key roles was to help prevent any wrongful arrest conviction of Lisa’s parents, Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin.

Moorestown Police Searching for 15-Year-Old Girl

The girl left her home after a fight with her parents, police say.

Police are looking for 15-year-old Taline King, who reportedly left her home early Monday morning after a disagreement with her parents.

King is described as white, 5 feet 6 inches, 120 pounds, thin build, with long brown hair and green eyes. She was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with "Portsmouth New Hampshire" printed on the front and gray sweatpants.

Moorestown Police said she left her house on the 100 block of Pheasant Fields Drive around 1:45 a.m.

Taline has medical issues that require medication, according to police.


Cyndy Short, the former attorney of Lisa Irwin’s parents, will hold a press conference Mon. morning

Posted: 10/30/2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Cyndy Short, a local attorney who was working with Lisa Irwin’s parents, will hold a press conference Monday morning.

Short was recently removed from the case . No reason was given for Cyndy Short’s removal. She sent a one-sentence statement, only saying "Cyndy Short, Esq. has confirmed she is no longer working with the family of Lisa Irwin as their local counsel."

A press release from Short’s law firm said that she will continue to search for Lisa as a concerned citizen.

The press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 31. at 917 W. 43rd St. in Kansas City, Mo.


Tacopina: Missing Baby's Family 'Fully Cooperating'

POSTED: 7:50 am CDT October 31, 2011
UPDATED: 7:55 am CDT October 31, 2011


Body of Oklahoma City girl found in Carrollton

Posted Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

UPDATE: The Dallas County medical examiner has determined that the body recovered Sunday in Carrollton is that of Jasmen Gonzalez, the 10-year-old who went missing Saturday night, according to TV news reports.

CARROLLTON -- A 10-year-old Oklahoma City girl who disappeared while with her family visiting relatives in the Dallas area has been found dead, police say.

The body of Jasmen Gonzalez, who was last seen Saturday night at an apartment complex, was located Sunday afternoon several blocks away behind a residence, Carrollton police say.

The Dallas County medical examiner determined that the body is that of Gonzalez, according to TV news reports.

Lt. Doug Mitchell says police do not believe the killing was random and the victim had no obvious signs of trauma. He says investigators have examined an SUV and that a person of interest has been interviewed.


Local lawyer aims to maintain an unofficial role in Lisa Irwin case


The Kansas City Star

Just because Cyndy Short is no longer representing Lisa Irwin’s family doesn’t mean she’s lost interest in the missing 11-month-old toddler.

Short, a Kansas City lawyer who until Friday was local counsel for Deborah Bradley and Jeremy Irwin, announced Sunday that she and her firm will continue working to find Lisa.

Short said she’ll announce details of her plans at a news conference this morning. Though she no longer is formally affiliated with the case, Short said her efforts, and those of her team, will continue in their capacity as “concerned citizens.”

Short joined the case as local counsel for New York defense lawyer Joe Tacopina. Short announced Friday that she was leaving the case. That announcement came after the cancellation of two planned news events, a walk-through by cameramen of Bradley and Irwin’s home and a news conference for local reporters.


Missing Girl Was Abducted, Police Say

Published : Sunday, 30 Oct 2011, 6:08 PM CDT

Peter Daut
FOX 4 News

CARROLLTON, Texas - After a day-long search for 10-year-old Jasmen Gonzalez, police uncovered a body just a few blocks from the apartment complex where the girl was last seen.

"There was no trauma on the body. There is nobody in custody at present," said Lt. Doug Mitchell.

But police do say there is a person of interest.

Sunday afternoon, police towed a pickup that had been parked outside the apartment where the little girl had stayed.

Officers spent the day interviewing friends and family members.

Police say Jasmen and her parents, who live in Oklahoma City, were in Carrollton to visit relatives.

Investigators originally thought the girl may have wandered out of the home in her sleep and got lost or injured.


Celebration for young autistic boy

Celebration for young autistic boy:

Missing boy found alive

Updated: Monday, 31 Oct 2011, 6:38 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 31 Oct 2011, 6:38 AM EDT

DOSWELL, Va. (WAVY) - A celebration was held in Northern Virginia cheering the happy ending in the search for a young autistic boy.

Dozens gathered at a local community center in Doswell, Virginia for a candlelight celebration.

This was after crews found 8-year-old Robert Wood Jr. on Friday.

Many of those attending helped in the search for the child.

He disappeared a week ago and was found in a creek bed by a volunteer.


Hailey Dunn Search Hits Ten Months 10/30/11

Jason Britsch
CBS 7 News Reporter
October 30,2011


Colorado City--"It doesn't get any better, everyday it seems likes it's worse than the day before," says Connie Jones.

Dunn's paternal Grandma Connie Jones says that each day of the past ten months has been a constant struggle, and that all she wants is for her to be found.

"We need her home, there's apart of us that's missing and she's that part," said Jones.

Thanks to recent anonymous donations the reward for Dunn's finding has gone up to thirty thousand dollars, an effort by both local donations and the F.B.I.

Hope for Hailey organizers say that all the support from the Permian Basin opens up numerous possibilities.

"We're getting an outpour of caring and willingness to do whatever is possible from everywhere outside of Colorado City," said Stacie Campbell, Hope for Hailey.

Which includes having enough funds to hire a search dog to try and track Hailey's whereabouts, which family friends say helps tremendously in bringing Dunn home.


Five Weeks Later; Aliayah Lunsford Still Missing

Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 00:04Written by Your News TeamSunday, 30 October 2011 23:57

The investigation into the disappearance of three year-old Aliayah Lunsford continues in Lewis County, but community members say they will continue to hope for her safe return.

Saturday marked five weeks since Aliayah disappeared from her Bendale home.

After more than a month searching the woods and in the water, police are still hesitant to release much information about their investigation.

We do know that the FBI headquarters relocated earlier this week to a more rural part of the county, but have since moved back to the State Police barracks in Weston.


Grandmother of Robert Wood Jr. said boy should never have been at park

It’s a story most have heard by now, a story that hundreds of thousands anxiously followed.

A story that, by day six, had brought out 6,000 volunteers—some from as far as Alaska—because a little boy with autism remained lost in the woods. On Sunday, Oct. 23, on a hike in the 80-acre North Anna Battlefield Park, the young boy darted away from his father and his girlfriend.

Somehow, the nine-year-old Robert Wood Jr. eluded search teams, for six day. The teams covered over 22-square-miles of territory. His rescue came right before a storm hit the area, bringing freezing temperatures and sleet.


Joze Baez on release of juror names: “I'm truly disgusted by it”

Updated: Monday, 31 Oct 2011, 9:14 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 31 Oct 2011, 7:28 AM EDT

Casey Anthony's attorney is speaking out about the release of the names of the jurors in the case. Jose Baez appeared on FOX News Channel's Geraldo at Large Sunday night.

Judge Belvin Perry held off on releasing the names until October to give the public a cooling off period.

Jose Baez said releasing the names was a disgrace to our justice system. "They raised their hands and they swore to uphold the law and to truly try this case. They did that and now their being vilified for it because it didn't work out the way the media wanted it to. I'm truly just disgusted by it.


Baby Lisa: Will Parents Allow Questioning of Sons?

Family lawyer Joe Tacopina, Dan Abrams discuss latest in search for Lisa Irwin.
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Komisarjevsky's lawyers want his daughter to testify

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 11:09 pm | Updated: 11:59 pm, Fri Oct 28, 2011.


NEW HAVEN - Defense attorneys for Joshua Komisarjevsky are asking a Superior Court judge to allow them to subpoena the convicted killer's 9-year-old daughter for videotaped testimony at his death penalty hearing.

Defense attorneys last spring requested that the child's legal guardian allow a videotaped interview to be replayed during the penalty phase of his trial.

According to defense sources, an attorney was hired to represent the child and the request was denied. The defense is now moving to subpoena the girl's testimony, but the prosecution has objected. Judge Jon C. Blue scheduled a Nov. 3 hearing on a request to close the courtroom during the hearing over whether the girl will testify.

On July 23, 2007, Komisarjevsky and an accomplice broke into a Cheshire home, tied up the family and set the house on fire, killing Hayley Petit, 17, and Michaela Petit, 11. Their mother, Jennifer Hawke-Petit, was raped and strangled by Komisarjevsky's accomplice, Steven Hayes, during the attack.


Missing Glendale girl's mom gives birth

by (October 28th, 2011 @ 9:26am)


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The mother of a 5-year-old Glendale girl, who has been missing more than two weeks, has given birth, according toFox 10.

Fox 10 reported Friday that a family friend said Jerice Hunter gave birth on Tuesday and has now returned to her Glendale home.

Hunter's daughter, Jahessye Shockley, vanished Oct. 11 from the family's apartment near 45th Avenue and Glendale. Hunter said she left the girl with two older siblings while she ran an errand and, when she returned, Jahessye was gone.

An $11,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.


Cheshire Home Invasion Trial Exhibits (Warning Graphic Content)

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Aruba prosecutors deny Enquirer’s claim that witness saw Frederick woman abused

Police dogs sniffed atop animal graves in southern Aruba about a month ago for the remains of Robyn Gardner, but not for reasons that The National Enquirer is reporting, according to Taco Stein, spokesman for the Office of the Public Prosecutor in Aruba.

Gardner, of Frederick, went missing on the island Aug. 2.

Police searched the area not because witnesses reported that they saw Gardner abused there, as The National Enquirer is reporting this week, but because “it is an area that one could get rid of a body,” Stein said Friday.


Female body found in Carrollton near site where girl went missing

Posted Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

Authorities have found the body of a female just a short distance from where an Oklahoma City girl who was visting relatives in Carrollton with her family was reported missing.

No identification had been made, police said in a Sunday afternoon news conference.

The body was found about 3:30 p.m. Sunday as the FBI, the Texas Department of Public Safety and several area police departments had conducted searches throughout the Carrollton neighborhood.

Jasmen Gonzales, 10, was last seen about 11:45 p.m. Saturday in a residence in the 1300 block of Walnut Street in Carrollton.

Earlier in the day, authorities said they believed that Jasmen may have wandered away from the residence in her sleep.

Carrollton police said Jasmen, who is not familiar with the area. Police noted that she was not wearing clothes for the cold conditions Sunday morning.


Cindy and George Anthony: Public-relations savvy or stupid?

I’m always baffled by George and Cindy Anthony, the parents of Casey Anthony.

Just when you think we might get a break from the couple, up they pop.

They made headlines Saturday by attending the “Family Unity Walk and Run,” an event in their neighborhood to honor their late granddaughter, Caylee. I’m not sure the footage was flattering: Cindy wore stylish sunglasses and smiled broadly as she took pictures. Oh, the strange vibes.

But George and Cindy have kept me scratching my head for the last three years. I thought they were foolish to make those TV appearances before Casey’s murder trial. They seemed to make matters worse for Casey, and the turnover in their lawyers suggested they didn’t follow public-relations advice.

Then Casey was acquitted, and now I wonder: Were George and Cindy savvy with those TV appearances? Could it be they helped Casey ultimately by taking the focus off her? (Oh, and the couple got a lot of trips to New York, too.)



Missing Brevard County siblings found in Washington State


By Margaret Kavanagh, Reporter
Last Updated: Sunday, October 30, 2011 5:47 PM

BREVARD COUNTY - Jim Everitt is headed to Washington State to be reunited with the two children he has not seen in almost a year.

Last month News 13 interviewed Everitt about his missing children --- 4 year old Trust and --9 year old Journey.

Everitt believed the children were taken by their mother after a judge awarded him custody.

Right now it's unclear exactly how the children were found.

The children were featured in the Fireball Run's Race to Recover America's Missing Children. A group of more than three dozen cars traveled part of the country, handing out flyers with pictures of missing children.READ MORE:

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Search of septic tank yields no sign of missing Tracy Ocasio of Ocoee

In the continuing search for the missing Tracy Ocasio, Ocoee police today pumped out a septic tank attached to a home on Lyle Street, they said.

No sign of Ocasio, 27, was found in the 4-foot-by-8-foot tank.

Investigators searched there because James Hataway, 28, the last known person to see Ocasio alive, had access to the tank, police said. They describe Hataway as a "person of interest" in the case. He was seen leaving a MetroWest bar on May 27 with Ocasio. Her abandoned car was found near his house.

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Psychic Weighs in on Baby Lisa Case

Stanton, Baby Lisa's Family 'Laying Low'

Bill Stanton, the New York-based private investigator who is consulting the family of missing baby Lisa Irwin, said that he and the baby's family would be keeping a low profile this weekend.

On Friday, the family left the home on North Walrond Avenue where they have been staying. There is no indication where they have gone.

Stanton did not return calls to KMBC 9 News, but he texted reporter Cliff Judy that he was, "Laying loooooow :)."

Stanton, Baby Lisa's Family 'Laying Low'

Bill Stanton, the New York-based private investigator who is consulting the family of missing baby Lisa Irwin, said that he and the baby's family would be keeping a low profile this weekend.On Friday, the family left the home on North Walrond Avenue where they have been staying. There is no indication where they have gone.Stanton did not return calls to KMBC 9 News, but he texted reporter Cliff Judy that he was, "Laying loooooow :)."

Texas Police Search for Missing Girl Who May Have Wandered Away From Home in Her Sleep

Police are searching for a 10-year-old girl who disappeared Saturday night while visiting relatives in Carrollton, Texas.

Police believe Jasmen Gonzalez may have been sleepwalking and wandered out of the home.

Police are concerned because Gonzalez is believed to be wearing only her pajamas, with no socks or shoes, and the overnight low temperature in Dallas was 39 degrees

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Md. Man Gets Another 30 Days In Aruba Tourist Case

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — A U.S. businessman who has been jailed in Aruba for nearly three months as a suspect in the death of his traveling companion must remain in custody for at least 30 more days to give investigators more time to gather and evaluate evidence, a judge on the island ruled Friday.

Aruban prosecutors announced the ruling after a closed hearing on the Dutch Caribbean island. Gary Giordano, a 50-year-old employment agency owner from Gaithersburg, Md., has been in jail since Aug. 5, three days after he told police companion Robyn Gardner was swept out to sea while snorkeling.


Guest laments leaving Celina’s house on fateful night

By John Zaremba
Friday, October 28, 2011 -

One of the last people to see Celina Cass alive says she feels “a lot of guilt” that she visited the New Hampshire girl’s home the night she disappeared but failed to protect the 11-year-old from whoever killed her.

“If I’d have stayed there an extra hour, maybe nothing would have happened,” Cassandra Hunt of West Stewartstown, N.H., told the Herald. “It’s hard to live with that.”

Hunt, who lives near the home Celina shared with her family, said neither she nor another guest saw anything that caused them to worry about the little girl the night of July 25.


Alexis Rasmussen funeral draws hundreds of mourners


North Ogden » Friends and family of 16-year-old Alexis Rasmussen remembered the spunky, lively girl Saturday morning as the one who always looked out for others, a glowing teen whose smile “could light up a whole city.”

Mourners gathered at the North Ogden LDS Stake Center for the teen’s memorial service to talk about a short but spirited life that was cut short after she was discovered dead Oct. 17, buried near Interstate 84 in Morgan County.

“She was vivacious. She was free-spirited. She was smart,” said her aunt Brittany Rudd, who spoke at “Lexi’s” service, which brought a few hundred attendees. “She was a really sensitive and caring person.”

Alexis was first reported missing when she didn’t return home from baby-sitting for Eric and Dea Millerberg at their North Ogden home Sept. 10. A tip from a confidential source later led police to her body.


Kate Plus 8 Editor Busted For Child Porn

Updated: Saturday, 29 Oct 2011, 4:08 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 29 Oct 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

jonkate2_20090525215732_320_240.JPG.jpgA television editor who worked on reality series starring Kate Gosselin and her family is now facing child pornography charges.

William Blankinship, 56, was arrested on Oct. 21 and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly possessing sexually explicit images of children, according to an arrest record obtained by Radar Online.

Blankinship worked "Jon and Kate Plus 8" and its spinoff, “Kate Plus 8.”

He was arrested as part of a North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation sting that led to 24 men on arrests on child pornography charges.

Blankinship worked for Raleigh, N.C., post-production studio Serious Robots, which was subcontracted by "Jon and Kate Plus 8" producers Figure 8 Films.


Jeremiah Wright transported to Mental Health Facility

Published: 2:14 pm Updated: 2:34 pm unknown.jpg

Jeremiah Wright, who was charged with the first-degree murder of his seven-year-old son, Jori Lirette, was transported Friday from jail to a mental hospital. Judge John Leblanc ordered the move of Wright from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center to the Eastern Louisiana Mental Health System, Forensic Division in Jackson, Louisiana, according to police.

Judge Leblanc suspended the court proceedings on October 18 after finding that Wright was incapable of understanding the nature of the proceedings, thus making him unable to help the counsel in his defense. In addition to the move, Judge Leblanc ordered monthly reports on Wright's progress and restorative treatment.


Highlands woman, 87, charged in stabbing death of husband

LAKE PLACID - Eighty-seven-year-old Doris Smith has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her husband, 93-year-old Chester Smith, Highlands County sheriff's spokeswoman Nell Hays said Friday.

On Wednesday Deputies found Chester Smith "suffering from multiple stab wounds" when they responded to a 911 call from 42 Hickory Hills Circle in Lake Placid, Hays wrote in a media release. The address is actually just north of Lake Placid and Lake June in the Lake Henry Homes subdivision.

Emergency workers took Smith to Florida Hospital Lake Placid where he was pronounced dead.

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