Cops found the dying girl after a 911 caller reported bloodcurdling screams echoing from the apartment in a city homeless shelter at 38 Cooper St. shortly before 4 p.m., cops said.
…Jeida Torres, 3, died at Wyckoff Hospital after her mother’s enraged boyfriend “punched and choked” the tiny child — who suffered injuries to her head and body, sources said.
“She either pooped her pants or peed on herself, and he got agitated,” a source said.
Suspect Kelsey Smith, who fled the scene and left the mortally injured child behind with her battered big brother, has a rap sheet with with 14 prior arrests dating to 2008, cop sources said.
Jeida’s 5-year-old brother, Andrew, was also beaten black and blue by Smith, 20, although a police source said the boy’s injuries were possibly inflicted before Saturday.
Neighbor Marilyn Cruz said the afternoon killing capped two solid weeks of fighting and violence inside the apartment.
Smith was busted just across the Queens border after the NYPD received a tip on the fugitive’s whereabouts. Cop sources said he tried to slash himself in a failed suicide try.
[Mother of children Kimberly] Torres — who arrived at the location 30 minutes after the 911 call — told police she left Smith alone with her two kids when she went to work Saturday.
The dead girl’s grandfather broke down completely after he learned of little Jeida’s fate, and his daughter sobbed relentlessly before police brought her to the hospital.
Battered Andrew Torres, who was placed in a police car for the trip to Wyckoff, was in stable condition with visible bruises to his face and upper body.
“Papa! Papa!” the terrified boy shouted at his grandfather, who had just come downstairs from the apartment where his granddaughter’s body was found.
The little girl was already motionless when EMTs rushed her outside in a desperate if vain effort to save her life.
“I saw the paramedics run out with little girl wrapped in a blanket,” said Best. “Her hands were just hanging out … just limp.”
Brooklyn girl, 3, beaten to death by mother’s 20-year-old boyfriend after going to bathroom in her pants: police. NY Daily News, 10/18/2014.
Huge crowds including Keene State College students and visitors to an annual pumpkin festival in New Hampshire became unruly Saturday, leading to injuries and arrests.
College officials provided few specifics on the melee but said Keene State students and out-of-town visitors were involved. The school said in a statement that off-campus gatherings escalated at locations around the city.
Keene State student Ellery Murray told The Boston Globe she was at a party that had drawn a large crowd when people started throwing things. She said police responded in riot gear and used tear gas to break up the crowd.
“People were just throwing everything they could find — rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins,” she said. “People just got too drunk.”
The Southwestern New Hampshire Fire Mutual Aid organization said on Twitter that several people were injured from thrown bottles at a party involving hundreds of people.
Arrests, Injuries At Keene State College Pumpkin Festival After Unrest. HuffPo College, 10/18/2014.
The boy, from Damascus Township, was charged as an adult. Police say he punched Helen Novak of Tyler Hill numerous times in the throat on Saturday, placing a cane on her neck at first.
According to a press release by Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards, the boy went to visit his grandfather, Anthony Virbitsky, who lives at 349 Skylake Road in Tyler Hill. Virbitsky is the caretaker for Novak.
At about 3:20 on Saturday, Martha Virbitsky went to the state police barracks in Honesdale with her son and reported that her son told her that he had gone into Novak’s room at his grandfather’s home and Novak yelled at him, according to the DA’s press release.
Martha Virbitsky told police that her son told her that he got mad, lost his temper and grabbed a cane and put it on Novak’s throat at his grandfather’s home earlier in the day.
State trooper John Decker then met with the boy and Martha Virbitsky and agreed to sit down with them to discuss Novak’s death. Decker mirandized the boy and reviewed his rights with him and Martha Virbitsky.
The affidavit states that the boy told Decker that he pulled Novak down on the bed and held a cane on her throat and then punched her numerous times. The boy then went to his grandfather and told him that Novak was bleeding from her mouth.
Anthony Virbitsky went to check on Novak and said she was OK. Virbitsky then asked the boy if he had done something to Novak and the boy said “No,” according to the DA’s office.
Anthony Virbitsky then went back to Novak around 11 a.m., found her unresponsive and called 911.
Anthony Virbitsky also stated that after finding Novak unresponsive that he asked the boy again if he had done something to Novak and this time the boy told his grandfather that he had punched Novak and put a cane on her throat.
Police charge boy, 10, with killing 90-year-old woman; say he punched her numerous times. Pocono Record, 10/13/2014.
The Rocky Ford police officer involved in the shooting, James Ashby, is on administrative leave pending the investigation.
Sara Lindenmuth is the victim’s sister-in-law. She said Jack Jacquez came home just before 2 a.m. Then, she said a police officer forced down the front door and the two men started shouting.
“He was standing next to his mom, his back turned toward the officer and then he shot him twice in the back and then pepper sprayed him. Then they handcuffed his fiancé, for reasons I don’t know why. And the mom went to call the cops and the cop took her phone and threw it against the wall,” said Lindenmuth.
Mariah Jacquez said one of the shots fired almost hit her. She said she and her soon-to-be mother-in-law were handcuffed but didn’t know why.
UPDATE: Fiancée of victim in officer-involved shooting says the couple was expecting. KRDO.com, 10/12/1014, 10/14/2014.
Police told AFP that officers were called to Manhattan’s largest public park shortly before 10 am by a warden after the baby bear was found lying in a grassy area.
They said the bear was 3 feet long and transported to the Bronx Zoo.
The discovery baffled officials and disturbed members of the public, who go jogging, relax, walk their dogs and play with their children in Central Park.
No animals have been reported missing from any zoo in the city, leading to speculation that the bear may have been killed elsewhere and its body dumped.
The bear, somehow separated from her mother, was later on Monday transported to New York state department of environmental conservation in Albany for a necropsy.
Baby bear found beaten to death in NYC’s Central Park. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 10/7/2014.
Elliott William Orsborn, 26, is accused of shooting Jamie Lee Martin, 26, in the head after a night of friendly drinking at Martin’s home at 2041 Ashton Street in Middleburg, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Witnesses told authorities Martin, Orsborn and several other friends had been hanging out in the garage throughout the night while Martin’s two children slept in the house, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Orsborn had flashed his silver .22 revolver with electrical tape wrapped around the handle several times and kept playing around with it.
As the night went on and the group drank more, Martin and Orsborn were sitting at a table talking when Martin said something Orsborn didn’t like. Witnesses said Gavin Lamberth, Martin’s boyfriend of about 5 months who lives with her and her children, told Orsborn to “just chill.”
Then, Martin “jokingly slapped the defendant across the face.”
Witnesses told authorities Orsborn pulled his gun out of his shorts pocket, pointed it at Martin’s forehead and shot her, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Orsborn immediately told witnesses he didn’t mean to shoot Martin, and Martin’s boyfriend and friend started “freaking out.” He stayed at the house for a few minutes and tried to help Martin but then ran from the house.
Orsborn was arrested at his home and told authorities he didn’t wish to speak until talking with an attorney….
Orsborn is a felon who was convicted of aggravated assault in January 2011 where he pulled a knife on a courtesy officer at an Orange Park motel. According to the report, he told officers he had six or seven shots of alcohol before that 2011 incident.
Putting a gun to someone’s forehead is not “I didn’t mean to shoot.” Asshat.
Man shoots woman to death at Middleburg home after she ‘jokingly’ slapped him. FL Times Union, 10/5/2014.
League Manager’s Note
Skunk Moon Rising
LEAGUE REPORT — WEEK 3
Monday night upsets accounted for two of our three closest matchups in Week 3: the CA Aftershocks and NO Vipers beat Mental Garbage and the Houston Gangsters by coming up with 25 and 16 Monday night-points, respectively. Meanwhile HellFire Club, in spite of scoring a whopping 36 points on Monday night, still fell four points short of besting Dingobros.
The Turduckens and Wackers phoned in disappointing point totals, and not for the first time this season. The Growlin’ Turds, originally projected to defeat the Duestakers handily, watched as those projections dropped to dead-even by 2pm on Sunday, and finally ended up 39 points short. Meanwhile, the presence of injured RB Doug Martin on the Wackers’ lineup raised suspicions that they had slipped into zombie mode in their loss to Gonk’s Revenge. Rest assured that the League Ethics Committee will be keeping a close eye on the Wackers in the coming weeks.
Finally, the rookie Deerskunks seem to be stuck playing the role of our League’s Job, losing their first round draft pick, Adrian Peterson, and then Wes Welker in the first two weeks of the season. And this Sunday, just as Welker returned from his suspension, the Deerskunks ended up losing both Kyle Rudolph and Danny Woodhead to injuries. Strong showings by Andrew Luck and, surprisingly, the Bears Defense, carried them into triple digits, but ultimately were not enough to take down the Salukis.
Autumn officially began Monday night at 9:29pm CST, during the fourth quarter of the Bears-Jets game. But that’s just the calendar. The observant among us have noticed the signs brewing for the last week or so; a few trees have begun to change color and clear nights are lit by a waning crescent that mirrors the odd sliver of time we currently occupy, wedged awkwardly in between the two seasons. It’s what old-timers used to call a Skunk Moon.
The Skunk Moon shines when our half of the earth first begins to cool and we all think we’ll finally be able to sleep comfortably. It’s also the time of year that our furry black & white brethren are at their most active, and chances of an encounter increase exponentially. Just when you think you’re going to be able to doze off in a cool breeze under an open window, you realize that your neighborhood has been flooded with that pervasive odor that we have all come to fear so profoundly.
Fantasy football is not immune to the effects of a Skunk Moon, which in olden times was thought to affect a team owner’s judgment and strategic decision-making, as well as the performance of teams on the virtual field. It’s easy for the winners to dismiss all of this as mere superstition, but those of us who found ourselves tits-up after Week 3 aren’t so quick to laugh off the Old Ways. No matter how you look at it, it’s hard to deny that the air is full of weird energy, and things seem ominously off-kilter.
And while a third of our teams are still able to bask in the glow of undefeated-ness, there are four other franchises who have apparently borne the brunt of this skunk-effect. Starting the season with three consecutive losses leaves you feeling like a porta-potty at Chili Fest, and these teams are in no mood to hear any elitist gloating.
For now, all they can do is cling to the hope that these early season outcomes are a fluke, and remember that the Skunk Moon will recede soon enough.
League Manager Tom
Ojo Del Tigre!
From The Rumor Mill:
The Duestakers’ owner was seen, clad only in a kimono, genitals tucked between his legs, staring down the entrance to his crawlspace and whispering “It puts the lotion on its back.”
Better late than never.
Yeah, Rusty does fantasy football.
Off To The Races! (Or, Here We Feckin’ Go Again)
LEAGUE REPORT — WEEK 1
- The Duestakers drew first blood on Sunday, squeaking by Mental Garbage with a 1-point margin. Meanwhile the N.O. Vipers trounced the Turduckens, and HellFire Club beat a new franchise, the Deerskunks, by 43 and 57 point margins, respectively.
- The recently re-monikered CA Aftershocks handed a season-opening defeat to the other newcomer to Our Beloved League, the Houston Gangsters. And, in the closest thing that we had to an upset this week, Dingobros blazed their way to a come-from-behind victory on Monday night, nullifying the Wackers‘ 31-point lead.
- Finally, our returning League Champions, the Itasca Salukis, had a disappointing start to the 2014, with a solid loss to one of several long-time nemeses, Gonk’s Revenge.
Even before the Week 1 results came in, dark rumors were starting to swirl around Our Beloved League like a putrid fog: The EGV teams were suspected of forming a secret cabal referred to as “the Apparatus”; Rusty Pheet is said to have changed his name in an attempt to get off the TSA no-fly list; Mental Garbage reportedly became unhinged over the summer and now stays up late into the night trying to interpret what he believes are coded messages embedded in the white space on the pages of Steven King novels; The list goes on…
But, to borrow from Don Rumsfeld, there is only one “known-known” in this mist of rumors: The Salukis have completely refused to acknowledge their season-opening loss — treating it like a church-fart.
We should all be on notice that our reigning Champions switched a long-held position and supported this season’s League expansion with the argument that having more teams will lessen the influence of dumb luck and allow the superior strategic abilities of the League’s uber-elite to dominate. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that nearly ten years of plotting and scheming would eventually lead the Salukis into delusions of grandeur, but this is the kind of thinking that leads to corporate personhood and Nazism. It almost begs for the attention of our fickle Gridiron Goddess.
Indeed, time will tell whether the Salukis Week 1 loss was a mere blip on the radar screen, or a harbinger of things to come. Their Shakespearean rise seems bound to either end in enduring glory, or spiral into a paranoid blend of Custer’s last stand and the Nixon Whitehouse. Either way, the gauntlet has been thrown, and the air is thick with hubris.
This raises a fierce lust for payback among those of us who found ourselves stumbling around on the wrong side of the tracks, post-draft. It’s hard not to hanker for some kind of divine retribution when your lineup looks like something found floating in a spittoon or buried in a filthy catbox. Clearly, it’s not the winds of fortune that we’re smelling.
But we also know that the Goddess is out there watching and waiting. And there’s always next week…
League Manager Tom
Ojo Del Tigre!
The alleged shooter in the Friday night incident is a 16-year-old girl whose 16-month-old baby was only feet away at the time of the robbery and shooting, according to Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon.
Daniel John Zeitz, 28, of Roswell, had listed a PS4 gaming system for sale on Craigslist, and about 9:30 p.m., went to the parking lot of an apartment on Treelodge Parkway to meet a potential buyer, Momon said.
There, he met 20-year-old Nathaniel Vivian and a 16-year-old girl, whose name has not been released.
Momon said the pair tried to rob Zeitz of the PS4, and Vivian, who was in the driver’s seat of a car, struggled with Zeitz, who was standing outside the car, for the gaming system.
During the struggle, the girl fired a shot from a .25 caliber handgun, and the bullet passed through Vivian’s hand and struck Zeitz in the side of his chest, killing him.
…“Detectives also learned that the juvenile’s infant child, approximately 16 months, was in the back seat of the car during the robbery and shooting,” he said.
Police: 16-year-old girl, with baby nearby, killed man over PS4. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/15/14.
Woman Accused Of Dismembering Son Is Mentally Competent To Stand Trial. HuffPo Crime, 9/5/2014.
Donna Scrivo of St. Clair Shores appeared in court Friday, where attorneys said psychological evaluations deemed her mentally competent. She waived a District Court hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.
Defense lawyer Elias Muawad tells the Detroit Free Press “we want to move on to prepare for trial.”
The next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 22 in Macomb County Circuit Court.
The 60-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and dismemberment. Five bags containing 32-year-old Ramsay Scrivo’s body parts were dumped in February in St. Clair County, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit. An electric saw was found in one of the bags.
The remains of a person were found this afternoon on Allington Road and Fred Moore Highway in China Township.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, a citizen called in a suspicious incident at approximately 4:00. Deputies responded and discovered parts of a body in garbage bags along the roads. At this time, there has been no determination of sex or race of the body.
Once on the scene, another citizen told deputies they observed a mid- 1990’s SUV type vehicle in the area, dumping what the caller believed to be garbage from the vehicle. The vehicle is believed to be white or gray in color, possibly a GMC Jimmy or Chevrolet Trailblazer. That vehicle was being driven by a middle age Caucasian woman.
“We are treating this incident as a homicide,” said Sheriff Donnellon. “We are asking for the public’s help to solve this crime. If anyone observed anything unusual in the area of Fred Moore Highway and Allington Road between noon and 4:00 p.m., please contact our office at (810) 985-8115.”
Press Release: Human remains found in China Township. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, 1/30/2014.
A witness reported seeing someone dumping garbage bags along two roads in China Township, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s office announced.
Deputies found at least five bags packed full of body parts that were strewn along Allington Road and the Fred Moore Highway, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
A witness told investigators that a middle-aged white woman threw the bags while driving a sport utility vehicle, possibly a gray or tan 1990s Chevy Blazer or GMC Jimmy.
Police Investigating Body Parts Found In Bags Seek Mystery Woman In Michigan. HuffPo Crime, 1/31/2014.
A suburban Detroit woman was being held in connection with the death of her adult son, whose dismembered remains were found dumped in trash bags along the sides of roads, police said.
The names of the 59-year-old woman and the 32-year-old victim were not released, but St. Clair Shores police Sgt. Jay Cohoe told the Times Herald of Port Huron that they were mother and son.
… The woman, who lives in St. Clair Shores just east of Detroit, faces murder and dismemberment charges. She hasn’t been officially charged. Police said prosecutors in Macomb County are expected to review a warrant with the charges Monday.
The victim was reported missing Jan. 26 and identified through fingerprints.
“Fingerprints taken from the dismembered white male were forwarded to the FBI and compared with previous fingerprints taken from the missing 32-year-old St. Clair Shores resident,” St. Clair Shores police said Saturday in a release.
…Also Friday, investigators on a tip from a citizen found a bag near Interstate 94 that contained clothing and charred paperwork.
Evidence also was taken Friday from two homes in St. Clair Shores.
Michigan Mom Arrested For Allegedly Murdering And Dismembering Son. HuffPo Crime, 2/1/2014.