SOUTH BEND – A South Bend man suspected of stealing cosmetics from the CVS on Portage Avenue reportedly forgot something Saturday while fleeing the scene: his 10-year-old son.
According to police, the 35-year-old left the boy standing at the entrance to the store after the alarm sounded as he attempted to leave with the stolen merchandise.
Police searched the area but were not able to find the father.
The boy was reportedly returned to the custody of a female relative.
Clint Dunn will address the crowd at Mansfield's Aristide Arts and Convention Center along with Super Bowl Champion Leon Lett and Rep. Kay Granger. The rally is hosted by Traffik911, a group dedicated to stop the buying and selling of American children into sexual slavery for the profit and pleasure of their perpetrators.
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Posted: 5:05 pm EST February 25, 2011
Updated: 5:48 pm EST February 25, 2011
APOPKA, Fla. --
Police took WFTV back to a drained Apopka lake Friday to show how they're digging for the bones of missing man Christopher George, and they found more than just bones in Lake Carter off Ocoee-Apopka Road.
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Friday was the fifth day of searching, and investigators found another shoe that most likely belonged to George.
Thursday, George's mother had harsh words for possible suspect James Hataway, but Friday said her son could've been high and just drowned in the lake.
The circumstances of his disappearance are still a mystery.
Fifty crime scene investigators from Orange, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties and FDLE are removing buckets of mud one-by-one from the lake bed and sifting through it using quarter-inch screens to make sure no evidence is missed.
"We take that bottom layer of muck, about four to six inches depending on where we're at, maybe a little deeper, and then that muck material is placed onto screens," Apopka Deputy Chief Donald Heston said.Read more at www.wftv.com
POSTED: Friday, February 25, 2011
UPDATED: 11:13 pm EST February 25, 2011
APOPKA, Fla. -- After searching all week, Apopka police recovered more bones and a shoe they believe might belong to a missing man.
Chris George's mother sat with the Apopka police chief on Friday as crime scene investigators continued searching Lake Carter for remains believed to be her son, who vanished two years ago.
On Thursday, detectives found the missing man's wallet and cell phone.
Around 50 investigators from several agencies helped sift through the muck Friday, where bones were discovered on Monday. Police believe the remains could be George, but that has not been confirmed by the medical examiner.
Investigators said the bones they have found so far only belong to one person.
Investigators said their search of the area is expected to go on for some time.
James Hataway, the last person seen with Tracy Ocasio nearly two years ago, is also a person of interest in George's disappearance. Ocasio's parents said they are hopeful their daughter's body is in the same area.
The bodies of Maria Avelina Palaguachi Cela, her toddler son, Brian, and nephew, Luis Gilberto Tenezaca Palaguachi, arrived in Ecuador. Officials there conducted their own autopsies. (Vera Guerrero Kerly Gabriela)
By Maria Sacchetti
February 26, 2011
CUENCA, Ecuador — The man wanted for questioning in the slayings of a Brockton mother and her 2-year-old son will face murder charges in Ecuador if Massachusetts authorities present evidence that he killed them, an Ecuadoran prosecutor said yesterday.
Luis Guaman is believed to be the last person to see Maria Avelina Palaguachi Cela and her 2-year-old son, Brian, alive, but he boarded a flight bound for his native Ecuador hours after their bludgeoned bodies were found in a dumpster outside their Brockton apartment.
Guaman has not been charged with the killings or named as a suspect, but Massachusetts authorities said they wanted to question him, and that his unexpected departure thwarted a key part of the investigation.
Ecuador’s constitution bars extradition of its citizens, but prosecutor Patricia Inga in Cuenca — where Guaman is being held on charges of using a false passport — said the country’s criminal code allows for Ecuadorans to be prosecuted in Ecuador for crimes committed abroad.
Read more at www.boston.com“We are still in the investigative phase,’’ Inga said. “But if there is evidence to prosecute him for the crime, it must be done.’’
Published: 2:00 AM - 02/26/11
GOSHEN — A judge Friday ordered murder suspect Cory Byrd held without bail in 4-year-old Marc Bookal's death after a prosecutor described the gruesome injuries on the little boy's body.
Marc was the son of Byrd's girlfriend, Christina Bookal. Byrd, 31, was the last person with the boy before Marc disappeared Dec. 14, 2009. Marc's body was found months later, bagged and hidden in a wooded lot a few blocks from the family's apartment in the City of Newburgh.
In Orange County Court Friday, Assistant District Attorney Karen Edelman-Reyes said that an autopsy showed Marc had endured a sustained beating. She said that Marc had bruising so severe that he wouldn't have been able to walk and that he had suffered a subdural hematoma, a brain injury that would have rendered him unconscious.
Edelman-Reyes told Judge Jeffrey Berry that the child's blood was found in the family's home, where he'd last been alone with Byrd.
Byrd was brought to court by two City of Newburgh police detectives for arraignment on murder, manslaughter and evidence-tampering charges. The detectives had brought him from Downstate Correctional Facility, where Byrd is serving 15 months for violating parole on 2003 convictions for felony assault and drug sale.
By MARY ELLEN SHEDRON
WSBT Web Journalist
1:26 p.m. EST, February 26, 2011
Karlee Byler, called an “ornery angel” by friends and known for her infectious laugh, died Friday night in her Goshen home when her father’s handgun fell out of his coat pocket and discharged.
Goshen Police released preliminary information about the accidental shooting Friday night. Police did not release the child’s name.
Saturday, a family spokesman released a statement with details, quotes and photos of Karlee to area media.
Read more at www.wsbt.comThe statement reads in part, “Her father, Jay Byler, returned home from work Friday evening and placed his handgun in his pocket to carry it into the house. His wife, Kelly, and their two daughters, Karlee (7) and Brooklyn (10) were outside playing in the snow. Jay joined them for about 20 minutes. When they went inside, he was helping the girls with their boots when the gun fell out of his pocket and discharged. Karlee was killed.”
By Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporter
February 26, 2011
He wrote a 10-page letter confessing to the murder of 3-year-old Riley Fox in 2004, a nightmarish crime that seemed to stun even him.
"I don't know how the wires got crossed in me," he wrote, saying he deserved to be tortured and killed. Then Eby tied a bedsheet around his neck and tried to hang himself in his cell at Lawrence Correctional Center in Sumner.
"I know I am the lowest of the lowest kind of slime there is on earth," Eby wrote, blaming his "demented" actions on drug and alcohol abuse as well as insecurities about his body.
Read more at www.chicagotribune.comEby's suicide attempt failed, as had at least two others since he abducted Riley, sleeping in flamingo pajamas with a Dora the Explorer blanket, from her Wilmington home in 2004, then sexually assaulted and drowned her in a creek.
By MAX HARROLD, The Gazette
February 26, 2011
Predrag Perisic, a Canadian citizen who lived in Montreal until 2007, was indicted yesterday by a grand jury in Texas for capital murder and capital attempted murder - both of which are punishable with the death penalty upon conviction. The 55-year-old is alleged to have shot his 10-year-old son, Deyan, to death and seriously wounded his 12-yearold daughter, Danyela, on Dec. 13 in Coldspring, Texas, about 100 kilometres from Houston.
Perisic had been missing with his children in Texas for more than a month at the time of the shooting.
A Quebec Court order had been issued for him to return the children to the custody of their mother, Vera Vucerakovich, in Montreal. The couple was in the process of getting a divorce.
Read more at www.montrealgazette.comRichard Countiss, the district attorney in San Jacinto County, told The Gazette that Perisic was indicted on five counts: capital murder, attempted capital murder, murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Chief Judge Belvin Perry has set a hearing on whether Casey Anthony defense attorney Jose Baez should be held in contempt of court.
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, when several other issues in the Anthony murder case also will be handled in court.
Earlier this month, Judge Perry set a deadline of Feb. 17 for lawyers to file motions on issues related to scientific evidence in the case.
"However, the defense has not yet complied with this direction," Perry wrote in his order today. "Indeed, despite the clarity of language utilized in the order, the defense claims to be confused as to its meaning."
The hearing will give the defense an opportunity to show why it has failed to comply with the order.
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Billie Dunn will not be appearing at an upcoming event aimed at putting an end to human trafficking after the news that a computer memory stick with images depicting child pornography was found in her house.
The memory stick was found as the result of search warrants being carried out at Dunn's home in Colorado City, following the disappearance of her 13-year-old daughter Hailey Dunn.
Billie and her estranged husband, Clint Dunn, originally were asked to appear together at a Traffick911 rally in Mansfield on Sunday. Traffick911 is an organization aimed at stopping the buying and selling of American children into sexual slavery.
"Traffick911 is deeply saddened by this revelation," Deena Graves, executive director of Traffick911, said in a statement Friday. "Any child in a pornographic image is a trafficked child and our organization is driven to stop the trafficking of children in any form."
The memory stick was confiscated from a dresser in the master bedroom of the home that Billie shared with then-boyfriend, Shawn Adkins, who also is the only named suspect in the disappearance of Hailey.
The memory stick contained "320 images and videos of pornographic nature," including images depicting bestiality and child pornography, according to Mitchell County Sheriff Patrick Toombs.
A computer was also seized from Adkin's mother's house in Big Spring. It also contains pornographic images, Sheriff Toombs said.
The Sunday event is for Hailey and other missing and exploited children, Graves said.
"The images found underscore how critical it is to focus on demand and help people understand how pornography drives this horrific crime against our children," she said.
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Adam had connected with Elisa Fairchild - a woman in her early 40s who had a long history of passing worthless cheques, giving false names, fraud, making violent threats, investigations for beating her own children and, as would later be discovered, bigamy.
Adam's former wife, Emily, had suffered post-natal depression and left Zahra with Adam when Zahra was not quite two years old.
At five, Zahra developed bone cancer and required an above-knee amputation of her left leg.
In 2007, Zahra underwent a lung cancer operation in Brisbane, and her recovery was slow.
Elisa - or "gothic fairy" as she called herself on the IMVU social networking site - arrived in Queensland in 2008, with her travel paid for by Adam. She stayed with Adam and Zahra in Giru, south of Townsville, where Adam worked at a sugar mill.
The pair became close quickly, and Adam and Elisa married in Giru in July 2008.
Some of those who encountered Elisa found her obnoxious and unbelievable ("No one could have as much bad luck as she said in one lifetime," said one who knew her) but Adam's mum, Karen Baker, 53, thought something good was finally going to happen for her son and granddaughter.
Karen, speaking this week in North Carolina, said that when she first met Elisa, "she was so good with Zahra". But what Elisa Baker - known in North Carolina as Lisa, and many other names besides - was particularly good at was targeting weak men and dominating them until they succumbed or fled.
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The crime was discovered when pictures of the rape were found on Michael Grzybowicz's cell phone, sheriff's records state.
A member of the Cocoa Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit confiscated the phone.
Four photographs in the phone's memory chip clearly show the violation of the youngster wearing a diaper and a yellow sun dress while she rode in a dark blue stroller, records state. The child visited Sea World on Feb. 17 with her mother, father and Grzybowicz, records state.A check of the camera showed the photos were e-mailed to the personal Yahoo account of the suspect, who works as a cook at Smokey Bones restaurant in Melbourne, records state. Grzybowicz, 26, told investigators he didn't know how the photos got onto his cell phone, records state.
The web chat with Billie Dunn will take place live on bigcountryhomepage.com on Monday, February 28 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The chat marks two months since Hailey went missing.
Dunn has agreed to take questions via a chat room on bigcountryhomepage.com. Dunn will respond to the questions via a live video stream. The chat will be moderated by bigcountryhomepage.com’s Maria Oliver.
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Posted February 25, 2011 at midnight
In the first of what is likely to be a string of attacks on the convictions in the January 2007 torture-slayings of a young Knox County couple, DNA evidence - or the lack thereof - is proving a dividing line in the four defendants' respective arguments.
Defense attorneys for convicted ringleader Lemaricus Davidson, brother Letalvis Cobbins, Cobbins' girlfriend Vanessa Coleman and Cobbins' pal George Thomas each have filed motions for new trials in the slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23.
Each motion is paper-thin at this point because transcripts of the four trials have not been completed. For now, the motions serve more as judicial placeholders to meet filing deadlines while the quartet's defenders wade back through the entirety of the trials in search of legal error.
Read more at www.knoxnews.com
- Watch videos pertaining to the murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom and the ensuing trialsRELATED DOCUMENTS
- Grand jury presentment in Christian/Newsom case (WARNING: graphic details of the murders)
- Find a complete list of documents relating to the murders and trialsINTERROGATIONS Jan. 11, 2007 interrogation of Lemaricus Davidson
- Videos | TranscriptJan. 31, 2007 interrogation of Vanessa Coleman
- Audio I, Audio II, Audio III | TranscriptJan. 11, 2007 interrogation of Letalvis Cobbins
- Audio I, Audio II, Audio III | TranscriptLebanon (Ky.) Police Department's interrogation of George Thomas
- TranscriptFull coverage of the Christian, Newsom case
February 25, 2011 - By IAN HICKS Staff Writer
NEW CUMBERLAND - Kristopher Burchett will spend the next three to 15 years in prison for failing to care for his infant son.
Burchett, 28, of Chester pleaded no contest Thursday to child neglect resulting in death before Circuit Judge Martin Gaughan in Hancock County, nearly a year and one month after 4-month-old Brandon Burchett died of malnutrition. Immediately following the hearing, Burchett was taken to the Northern Correctional Facility in Moundsville to begin serving his sentence.
According to Hancock County Assistant Prosecutor David F. Cross, Burchett will receive credit for the nearly six months he served behind bars following his Feb. 11, 2010, arrest before being released on home confinement Aug. 4. Cross noted the penalty is basically identical to what he would have received if convicted by a jury.
As part of the plea agreement, Cross said the state agreed not to file a recidivist information against Burchett based on a previous conviction. That could have doubled the minimum penalty to six years.
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State law requires Burchett to register with the state's child abuse and neglect database within three days of his release, and remain on that registry for 10 years. Cross said if he has any children during that period, the Department of Health and Human Resources would immediately step in and remove the child from his care.
HICKORY, N.C. --
A former lawyer for Zahra Baker's stepmother said there's a formal plea agreement that spares Elisa Baker from the death penalty at trial.Read more at www.wyff4.com
Baker, accused of killing and dismembering the 10-year-old cancer survivor, is charged with second-degree murder, authorities said.
Her former lawyer, Lisa Dubs, said prosecutors decided not to seek the death penalty in return for Baker's cooperation, including showing the investigators where to find Zahra's remains.
POSTED: Thursday, February 24, 2011
UPDATED: 11:15 pm EST February 24, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. --
t was Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia was late for her plane.
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Then she got word that skeletal remains of a child had been found around the corner from the home of Casey Anthony, the young woman she knew had been indicted two months earlier in the death of Anthony’s missing 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
At some level, she had to know Caylee was missing no more.
But, Garavaglia told Local 6 Thursday, she could not change her plans.
When she returned to her office Saturday, Dec. 13, Garavaglia took over the case from a relatively new hire, Dr. Garry Utz. “I felt that Dr. Utz hadn’t been here that long and that I should go ahead and take it over,” she said.
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain
Feb 24, 2011 09:26PM
JOLIET — Drew Peterson, who has been charged with murdering one wife, said he wasn’t trying to thwart an investigation into the disappearance of another wife when he gave three guns to his oldest son, Stephen.
Stephen Peterson was fired as an Oak Brook police officer Saturday. The Oak Brook Board of Fire and Police Commissioners voted 3-0 in ruling that Stephen Peterson failed to disclose information during an investigation into the disappearance of his stepmother, Stacy Peterson.
Stephen Peterson accepted three weapons and a transfer of $236,800 from his father on Oct. 30, three days after Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.
“I am very angry that the police and fire board of Oak Brook are in the police chief’s pocket and that they can’t make a fair decision on their own,” said Peterson, who commented via his attorney, Joel Brodsky.
Peterson’s comments were e-mailed by Brodsky to The Herald-News. The former Bolingbrook police sergeant is being held at the Will County Jail while awaiting trial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
“When I gave Steve my guns there was no investigation to impede,” Peterson said. “They were my favorite guns, and I was going to give them to Steve when I retired anyway. I only gave him three of the dozen or so guns I owned, and I kept most of my guns in my house and the police confiscated them all, so how could giving him those three guns impede anything?”
POSTED: Thursday, February 24, 2011
UPDATED: 10:42 pm EST February 24, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. --
This week, an 8-year-old boy ran from teachers at his school, threw sticks at them and injured one teacher. Administrators called the Orange County Sheriff's Office, who arrested and charged the child with battery. It's the fifth time since November that he has been arrested after being accused of fighting with teachers at the school, but according to police reports, none of the teachers suffered serious injuries.
The public defender's office said deputies came to Riverside Elementary on Tuesday for the child's latest attack on teachers. The child now has a mug shot and a rap sheet.
Parents at the school wonder why.
"That's terrible," said Connie Dewitt. "I'd be distraught. Arrested? They're just kids. Somebody else should be doing something about it. The school should be doing something. There should definitely be something in place to help the child."
Posted: Feb 24, 2011 07:48 PM
TAMPA — A judge denied a defense motion Thursday to freeze Julie Schenecker's assets so they could be used to repay public defenders representing her against first-degree murder charges in the deaths of her two teenagers.
The decision by Circuit Judge Ashley Moody came one day after an attorney for her soon-to-be ex-husband, Army Col. Parker Schenecker, filed opposition to the motion, arguing it threatened to delay divorce proceedings and appeared to be an attempt to compel him to finance the defense.
"After his children's tragic death," his attorney wrote, "Col. Schenecker could not imagine that there was anything else defendant could take from him."
Read more at www.tampabay.comThe next hearing in the case is scheduled for April 5.