The victim told [St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office] deputies he was outside a friend’s house on Chestnut Street in Lacombe when three men walked up. He told deputies he knows two of the men.
The victim said because of an ongoing feud, he became engaged in a physical altercation with one of the men, who he identified as Oliver “Olly” Cousin, the sheriff’s office said. Once the two were separated, the victim said Cousin pulled out a pistol and shot him as he attempted to flee, according to the sheriff’s office.
A passing motorist picked up the victim and drove him to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.
St. Tammany detectives looking for man accused of shooting another man in buttocks. nola.com|The Times-Picayune, 12/4/2013.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 32-year-old Rainier-area man Saturday night after he allegedly poured gasoline on a mobile home in the 100 block of Raintree Loop while his wife and her father were inside and then set it aflame.
Joshua Ford was arrested around 11:30 p.m. while walking on 133rd Avenue in Rainier. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of first-degree arson, Thurston County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Brady said.
…Ford had kicked the door to the mobile home shut, and he knew that it was broken so that it was locked from the outside, Brady said. Ford then poured a can of gasoline over the mobile home and set it on fire, Brady added.
…Deputies had visited the residence earlier Saturday evening because of a domestic dispute, Brady said.
When deputies arrested Ford, he said “I’m glad I did it,” court papers state. During Monday’s court hearing, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jack Jones said Ford “is clearly dangerous.” He also pointed out that Ford has numerous prior convictions for disobeying court orders. Jones said that police reports indicate Ford was intoxicated when he was placed under arrest.
Rainier-area man allegedly sets mobile home on fire with wife inside. The Olympian, 12/2/2013.
The woman’s husband, 70-year-old James L. Cothran, told deputies he shot his wife with a .22 magnum revolver after she retrieved a large knife from the kitchen and threatened him with it, Capt. Jimmy Tennyson said.
… James Cothran told investigators the couple had been sitting alone in their living room watching television when his wife asked him to take off the shoes he was wearing. The shoes had belonged to her father, who died 30 years ago, according to the report.
When he refused to take off the shoes, James Cothran said his wife went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife and began walking toward where he was sitting.
“Ms. Cothran told Mr. Cothran that she should just knock his eye balls out and leave him sitting there,” according to the deputy’s report.
The couple continued to argue for about 30 minutes and James Cothran said he got between two chairs and that his wife “had a crazy look in her eyes.” He then grabbed the revolver, which had been on the floor next to his chair and fired it at her, according to the report.
… Tennyson said sheriff’s deputies had been called to the couple’s home at least a dozen times within the past year for domestic disturbance issues, but no arrests or injuries were ever reported.
Culleoka man: Wife slain in self-defense. The Daily Herald, 10/28/2013.
According to the victim and witnesses, when teacher Gabriela Penalba, 23, turned her back to the classroom, a male student lit her hair and shirt on fire.
Other students quickly helped put out the fire.
The suspect then tossed the lighter out the window while Penalba was getting help.
The suspect fled from officers, but was quickly caught after a foot chase. He admitted to the assault during a police interview.
The fire was put out before Penalba received burns to her skin.
Knoxville West High School teen arrested for trying to set teacher on fire. WATE.com, 11/25/2013.
Police were called to 52-year-old Adele Bing’s 18th Street house about 8:45 p.m., and arrived to find Bing’s 25-year-old daughter Ruby Bing dead from an apparent gunshot wound to her chest.
The mother confessed that she had shot her daughter, the affidavit says.
The older Bing claimed that Ruby Bing was banging and kicking her door. Adele Bing said she thought it was her boyfriend, who she’d had a fight with earlier, and armed herself.
Adele Bing “stated she intended to use the firearm to kill her boyfriend, because he stated he was going to come back and kill her,” the affidavit says.
…At the time of the shooting, police say the boyfriend was being interviewed by officers and treated at an area hospital for head injuries he had suffered in the violent argument with Adele Bing earlier in the day.
…The 4-month-old was not injured, police said.
After she was taken into custody, police say Adele Bing called the shooting an “accident,” said she “thought it was somebody else” and told police her daughter would have lied about it if she had survived the shot.
“How could I look my grandkids in their face and say I killed their mother, y’all can lock me away for good,” Adele Bing said, according to police.
Woman shot, killed daughter holding 4-month-old baby, cops say. Orlando Sentinel, 11/26/2013.
Police responded to a home in the 2800 block of North Estrella Avenue, near North Stone Avenue and East Glenn Street, at about 4 a.m. Tuesday on reports of a domestic violence incident, said police Capt. Michael Gillooly.
When officers arrived they discovered two girls, ages 12 and 13, who said they were in a bedroom in the house when their stepfather kicked in the door and threatened them with a knife. The girls told officers they ran out of the house and went to a neighbor’s house. The neighbor called 911.
… All three sisters were dirty and malnourished, he said. They told police they were only fed once a day.
They told officers they hadn’t taken a bath in four to six months. The two younger sistes said they hadn’t seen the 17-year-old sibling in about two years.
He said the two younger sisters were kept separate from the older girl. They were kept in separate bedrooms, Gillooly said.
… Later Tuesday, police said the girl’s mother Sophia Richter, 32, and their stepfather, Fernando Richter, 34, were arrested and booked into the Pima County jail. The two are facing three charges each of kidnapping, child abuse with emotional abuse and child abuse with physical abuse.
Fernando Richter is also facing one count of sexual abuse of a child under 15.
…A resident who has lived in the neighborhood for about five years said she didn’t know anyone was living in the home, which is set back from the street.
Tucson police: Mother, stepfather arrested in child abuse case. Arizona Daily Star, 11/26/2013.
Additional details from Police say Arizona couple held three teen girls captive for two years in ‘house of horrors.’ The Raw Story, 11/28/2013:
They were forced to listen to intolerably loud music or white noise and were only allowed to go to the toilet if they had permission, which was not always granted. In order not to raise suspicion, their bedrooms and the whole house had been sound-proofed.
The girls escaped the house when the 12- and 13-year-old broke out of their bedroom window early on Tuesday morning and ran to a neighbour’s home.
…The girls, who Alice described as “distraught and hysterical”, said they had run away from home because their stepfather had kicked in their bedroom door and was trying to assault them with a knife.
Alice, who had no idea children had been living next door, took the girls in and called the police.
When police entered the house they discovered a third sister, who had not been aware of the officers’ arrival because of the loud music.
…Police are combing through 18 months of diary entries written by the eldest victim as they build up a criminal case against the couple.
“It did contain a lot of information that I feel will be useful in helping us to determine the method and length of the imprisonment,” Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor told a news conference on Wednesday.
Tucson police chief: Evidence supports girls’ claims of imprisonment. Arizona Daily Star, 11/28/2013:
[Chief Roberto Villaseñor] said the music could not be heard from the outside because the rooms were soundproofed, including with towels stuff under the doors and the duct work was sealed.
… Villaseñor said the home where the girls lived was had alarms and numerous locks on doors and windows. The bedroom doors where the girls said they were imprisoned were also on alarms that sounded when they were opened.
… After they were evaluated, the three girls were cleaned up, fed and reunited Tuesday night. The chief said it was obvious from their reactions that the older sibling had not seen the younger siblings in some time.
He said the 17-year-old girl had a satchel in which officers found a journal. He said the teen had kept a detailed journal dating back about 1.5 years that police are now reviewing.
He said the girl also kept a picture of singer Enrique Iglesias in the satchel.
Villaseñor said the girl told officers the picture was “her most prized possession.” The photo was returned to the girl Tuesday night.
Mother who kept girls captive had lost, regained custody. Arizona Daily Star, 11/29/2013:
According to court documents, the couple had been dating since 2003 and wed in 2010. There is no indication they have children together.
Just days after her 15th birthday in 1996, Sophia Richter, then Sophia Pulido, gave birth to her eldest daughter. The baby’s father was a minor too.
In 2002, Sophia Richter wed the father of her two younger daughters. They filed for divorced less than a year later.
Richter was granted custody of her two younger daughters in May 2003, but by December 2003, the custody agreement was modified, giving the father sole custody, documents from Pima County Superior Court state.
…In 2006 Richter filed to regain custody over the objections of the paternal grandparents.
Court Administrator Cathy McCumber told 11Alive, the questionnaire went online a month ago, but is based off an internal list that’s been used for 13 years.
She says the list is 62 pages long, so she’s not sure if the word slave has always been on it, or if it was added before the questionnaire went online.
11Alive and the court learned about the problem Monday morning, after a potential juror filling out the form hit the letter “s” for sales. He says he got “slave” instead.
…The company that designed the software says the drop down menus in the survey are inputted by the user.
“Hopefully it’s just a glitch and hopefully it will be worked out. It doesn’t make sense, but at the same time people make mistakes,” said Anna Wyatt.
McCumber says the word was removed within an hour of learning about it. But figuring out how it got there, and when will take much longer. [emphasis added]
At the courthouse Monday, residents responded with disbelief.
“So they’re saying it’s a mistake? I don’t think so. Why is that even an option? Wow,” said Bridgette Mathis.
DeKalb County juror form lists “slave” as occupation. 11Alive, 11/26/2013.
Police officer who made mentally ill black man ‘dance like a chimp’ removed from duty. The Raw Story, 11/24/2013.
The video, which the unnamed officer posted on various social media sites, allegedly shows the officer demanding a mentally challenged black man to “dance like a chimp.”
It is unclear whether the unnamed officer is solely responsible for the video, or if other officers were involved. The Grosse Pointe Park Police Department did inform its officers that they are prohibited from posting videos from personal cell phones on social media while on duty.
City officials declined to comment on the investigation until it concluded, but a public relations expert hired by the police department apologized on its behalf late last week.
Texas cop arrested for handcuffing and raping 19-year-old at traffic stop. The Raw Story, 11/24/2013.
According to an arrested warrant obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, Officer Jackie Len Neal pulled over the [19-year-old woman], telling her that her car was reported stolen.
Even though the woman produced a sales slip for the vehicle, Neal insisted on patting her down. The woman told him she felt uncomfortable with the pat down and asked for a female officer, but he ignored her, the warrant said. The woman was allegedly groped, placed in handcuffs and then taken to the back of his patrol car.
Neal was accused of raping the woman and instructing her to keep it a secret.
At the time of the alleged assault, video cameras mounted in Neal’s cruiser were not functioning because a hard drive was missing. However, a GPS tracking system did corroborate that the police cruiser was parked for 18 minutes on Betty Street as the woman had claimed.
At a press conference on Saturday, Police Chief William McManus said that Neal would have known the video recording system was not functioning in his cruiser.
…McManus confirmed that Neal had been suspended in September for dating an 18-year-old, who had joined the Police Explorer program in preparation for a law enforcement career. He had also been accused of sexual assault while on duty several years earlier, but the woman refused to cooperate with a police investigation and the charges were dropped.
UPDATE, 11/27/2013: Jackie Len Neal, Cop Who Allegedly Raped Handcuffed Teen, Went Looking For Her After Assault: Cops. HuffPo Crime.
A police report released Tuesday says the woman initially called 911 to report that she was being assaulted by another woman. According to the report, the woman told a responding officer that she “lied” — that she wanted to actually report a rape Friday by a San Antonio officer wearing a badge that said “R. Neal.”
Police eventually arrested Officer Jackie Len Neal, who is now accused of sexual assault. Police say Neal was found looking for the woman, having identified himself as “Jack.”
Wayne Mills, 44, was shot by Pit and Barrel bar owner Chris Ferrell, police said. Ferrell told police he shot Mills in self-defense following an argument over Mills smoking in the bar. Mills later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“We’re investigating Chris Ferrell’s claims of self-defense,” said Kris Mumford, a police spokeswoman. Ferrell is not in custody and there have been no arrests, she said.
Mills toured with the Wayne Mills Band, which often performed on the college circuit. The music was “outlaw/southern rock flavored,” according to the band’s website. Early in their careers, country music stars Jamey Johnson and Blake Shelton and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks had all opened for the band.
…Both Ferrell and Mills have prior arrest records. Ferrell was arrested twice for driving on a suspended license. Both charges were dismissed. Wayne Mills had prior convictions for driving under the influence and for reckless endangerment.
Investigation continues in fatal shooting of country music singer Wayne Mills by downtown bar owner. The Tennessean, 11/24/2013.
Police said they were called to a street Saturday evening in Landover and found 26-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Police are trying to identify suspects and a motive.
…The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $100,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the shooting.
Postal Worker Tyson Jerome Barnette Shot To Death While Delivering Mail: Police. HuffPo Crime, 11/24/2013.