Tarkesha Carter, 25, of 58 Swartz Drive Lot 55, was arrested by Columbus Police Department Sunday morning after she allegedly shot and killed Brittney Foster, 23 in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot. The newly opened restaurant is located in Jackson Square.
The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday, according to captain Brent Swan with CPD. Foster and Carter knew each other, according to witnesses on scene.
Foster was shot multiple times, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant. She was also shot at least once in the head, according to scanner traffic.
After Carter shot Foster, she entered the front door of Buffalo Wild Wings and asked the manager the location of another female employee, Swan said. Carter then chased the other female through the restaurant and exited the back door where she then fired at least three shots. The second female was not injured. Carter then walked around the back of the restaurant to the front parking lot where she was apprehended by police.
…Foster was an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings and Weyerhaeuser, and her father is the police chief in Union Springs, Alabama, Merchant said.
Woman dies after parking lot shooting in Columbus. The Dispatch, 8/17/2014.
Mason Rhinehart and his brother were playing video games in their Killearn Lakes Plantation home Tuesday morning when their grandmother, Martha White, interrupted to say she had a surprise for them.
White, 63, who had been babysitting the boys, then took 6-year-old Mason into the bathroom and locked the door behind her, a probable cause affidavit said. Mason’s brother, age 8, heard him start to cry from behind the door and say, “I don’t want to die, please don’t kill me.”
The boy said he tried to get in the bathroom, but could not. He then called his father and hid, court documents said.
Within five minutes, first responders were on the scene and found Mason lying on the bathroom floor with multiple stab wounds to the chest, said Lt. James McQuaig, LCSO spokesman. Leon County Emergency Medical Services rushed him to the hospital, but Mason did not survive.
…Mason’s brother said he saw White leave the home with a bottle of wine but not before telling him she “had a surprise for him too,” court documents said. McQuaig said Mason’s brother was not injured in the incident.
Deputies identified White as a suspect when they found her covered in blood at the dead end of Valley Creek Drive, about a half-mile away from the boys’ parents’ home in the 7700 block of Bass Ridge Trail. White’s clothing was covered with blood, court documents said. She also had a bottle of wine and a Xanax.
…It is still too early in the investigation to identify a motive for the stabbing, McQuaig said. However, White told deputies she was “fed up.”
8-year-old tried to save brother. Tallahassee Democrat, 8/7/2014.
[37-year old Angela] Scruggs told police she placed her handgun on her lap after a man in the parking lot yelled at her to “Stop Speeding.” The man who allegedly yelled at Scruggs claims that she almost struck his son while driving her Altima. Scruggs says that the man walked over to her with his hands in his pockets, so she pulled the gun out and placed it on her lap. She left the scene and was pulled over by Murfreesboro Police on S. Church Street.
Jason Hill, who called the police, told officers that Scruggs actually pointed the weapon at him when he asked her to “slow down.” He then told Scruggs that he would call the police. He said that Scruggs told him, “I don’t care, I got a carry permit.” A witness told responding officers that Scruggs told Hill that she would shoot him.
The .22 caliber handgun that belongs to Scruggs was entered in as evidence after she was pulled over and charged with “Aggravated Assault.” She will have to appear in court this October to further explain her actions to the judge.
Woman allegedly pulls out gun in the Walmart parking lot after being asked to “Slow Down”. WGNS Radio, 7/23/2014.
Husband and wife, both former Ridgeland school coaches, face child sex charges. MS News Now/WLBT + WDBD, 7/11/2014.
According to the police report, a mother reported her 15-year-old daughter was being contacted by the couple after school hours, and that it “went well beyond that of a teacher student relationship.”
She also told investigators, believes the inappropriate behavior may have begun when her daughter was a student at Old Towne Middle School.
The police search warrant allowed investigators to see texts between the couple and the student.
They report that some texts included naked pictures and sexually explicit language.
When police talked to the alleged victim, she admitted to a sexual incident that occurred at the couple’s home in Brandon, and one that occurred at Ridgeland High School.
The Assistant DA handling the case tells us that the incident at the school happened in the press box.
Language in the indictment suggests Blair Porter arranged the sexual encounters.
“This morning, a mother showed up with a knife and stabbed a 34-year-old teacher in front of her students, for reasons that will be determined by the investigation,” Albi [France] prosecutor Claude Derens told AFP.
“When I arrived at the scene they were trying to revive her. She was in cardiac arrest in her classroom,” he said.
The stabbing took place as morning classes began at Albi’s Edouard Herriot primary school, which is attended by 284 students aged from three to 11.
No further details were immediately available…
A spokesman for [Education Minister Benoit] Hamon said he was on his way to the school to show his support, saying the education minister “is deeply shocked by this crime, which plunges the end of the school year into mourning.”
“This tragedy confirms there is a need to fight against violence in and around schools, to protect schools, teachers and students.”
The incident comes amid concerns in France over assaults by parents on teachers, with a study released in April saying nearly half of primary school principals had been verbally or physically abused by parents.
Mother stabs French teacher to death in front of elementary school students. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 7/4/2014.
Over fucking gossip. And in McD’s uniform. And bystanders who did nothing, even when the woman threatened the toddler.
As CSB 2’s Dave Carlin reported, the victim said it all started with gossip at the workplace. But she never thought it would end in a hospital.
The video shows the suspect, dressed in a McDonald’s uniform, pummeling the mother in the face and kicking her in the back along a trail behind a McDonald’s in Salem on Tuesday night as several bystanders watch and videotape the attack.
The victim, identified as 27-year-old Catherine Ferreira, falls to the ground and while on the ground, the suspect punches the victim approximately 20 times.
The suspect is also heard threatening to attack the victim’s 2-year-old son, Xavion, who kicked the suspect’s legs in an attempt to stop the attack.
At one point during the video, the suspect can be heard saying: “You better get your son before I kick him in the face too!”
…Police Chief John Pelura III said Thursday that his department is searching for 25-year-old Latia Harris. She faces charges of aggravated assault and two counts of terroristic threats upon apprehension, CBS Philly reported.
Ferreira used to work at the same McDonald’s. She told KYW-TV the fight was over workplace gossip, and she admitted she talked to others about Harris’ romantic life. But she said she never expected what ended up happening.
“I went in there for a cheeseburger – a cheeseburger,” Ferreira said.
While the assault was videotaped, police said no one called 911 to report it. Investigators learned of it later.
…McDonald’s franchise owner and operator Jim Burgala issued a statement, saying Harris will not be returning to work while the police investigation continues.
“I am aware of the incident involving one of my employees earlier this week. I am extremely disturbed by this kind of behavior and it goes against the values and standards that I expect from my employees in my restaurants,” Burlaga said in the statement. “This employee will not be serving customers pending this important police investigation and I’m fully cooperating with the local police in this matter.”
VIDEO: Woman Attacked As Toddler Son Tries To Intervene. CBS New York, 6/26/2014.
The Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, June 22, to investigate the incident. They were called to the ER when staff noticed a 20-month-old child suffered injuries that were reported as severe in nature.
On arriving, deputies with the Sheriff’s Office began interviewing the child’s mother and quickly became alarmed about the facts of the case.
The mother of the child, who has been identified as 23-year-old Lasasha Allen of Winnsboro, was brought to the Sheriff’s Office where further investigation revealed the true intent of the injuries.
…According to Sheriff’s investigators, Allen had made contact with the father of the child on Saturday, June 21, and had told the father that the child had fallen out of a car window while riding in the Monroe area and had been injured. The intent, according to [Franklin Parish] Sheriff [Kevin] Cobb, was to get a reaction from the father.
“The next day when she got no repsonse, she made the determination to make this come true,” he said.
Cobb stated that when that attempt failed, on the following day, Sunday, June 22, Allen staged an event in which she placed the 20-month old in the passenger seat, accompanied by another 7-year-old child who was placed in the back seat, and drove to a rural location with an extremely curved roadway.
According to the investigation, Allen then drove at a speed of up to 45 miles an hour, reached over and opened the door and intentionally causing the younger child to be shoved out.
According to the report, Allen stated that her intent was to inflict minor damage so that she would not be caught in a lie with the child’s father. She then waited for a period of time and took the injured child to the Medical Center.
…Cobb said that the injuries suffered by the child were very serious and the child was airlifted to a Shreveport medical facility for treatment. He stated that according to information received today from the medical facility the child is in stable condition pending surgery.
…In addition to the injured child, Cobb said she has five other children who have been placed in the custody of Child Services.
Woman Arrested for Throwing Baby from Moving Car. MyArkLaMiss.com, 6/22/2014.
According to investigators, the victim was held captive, tortured and forced to perform menial tasks and sexual acts. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. called it the most “severe and disturbing” case of human trafficking ever investigated in the parish.
The three suspects — David Rodriguez Jr., 37, and Christina Marie Harper, 39, both of Pleasant Hill, and Ambre Tubbs Lomas, 39, of Shreveport — turned themselves in Wednesday and remained in custody Thursday at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
NPSO received a report Saturday night from a Robeline assistant town marshal that he had come in contact with a female who had a logging chain wrapped around her near the intersection of Interstate 49 and Louisiana 6 West near Natchitoches.
After the chain was removed and the victim treated for numerous lacerations and bruises, she was placed in protective custody. She told investigators she had been able to free herself after being held captive, took one of the suspects’ vehicles and drove to Natchitoches.
As investigators built the case, they formed a grim picture of what allegedly happened.
The victim, an out-of-state resident, met Rodriguez and Harper online and agreed to voluntarily move into their home several months ago. While living with the couple, Rodriguez made the victim turn over all cash and relinquish ownership of a 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle to him. Soon afterward, the victim was tattooed by Rodriguez and registered as a slave on a website.
The victim was given a list of daily chores to complete, which included serving meals, taking care of animals, leveling dirt, installing a swimming pool, digging trenches, removing fallen trees and performing sexual acts.
She was subject to mistreatment by Rodriguez, Harper, and a third person identified as Lomas, including beatings, carving initials into her body, being shocked with a Taser and having urine thrown on her. She was kept chained, sometimes outside, fed once a day and given limited water and urine to drink.
…Two children in the residence, ages 15 and 16, were removed by the State Office of Child Protective Services. [emphasis added]
3 accused of keeping transgender woman as slave in Natchitoches Parish. The New Star, 6/5/2014.
Police said 43-year-old Griffin Police Officer Kevin Jordan, a four-year veteran of the force and father of seven, was shot and killed.
The incident started when Jordan, who was working an off-duty security job, removed three drunken and disruptive customers from inside. Police said Chantell Mixon, 28, put up a fight in the parking lot while Jordan tried to arrest her. Police said Mixon’s boyfriend, 30-year-old Michael Dwayne Bowman, pulled out a gun and shot Jordan at least three times.
…Police said the bullets may have struck him in the shoulder area. Jordan was wearing bullet-proof vest at the time of the shooting, police confirmed.
Jordan’s brother, who had come to the Waffle House to meet with him, witnessed the confrontation and opened fire, hitting Bowman, according to police. Raymond Jordan is a civilian but had a permit to carry a gun, police said.
“My only regret, I don’t want to be bitter. My only regret, I didn’t kill him,” said Raymond Jordan.
Authorities: Griffin police officer shot, killed at Waffle House. WSB-TV, 5/31/2014.
Kimberly Dawn Lucas was arrested and is being held at Palm Beach County Jail after she allegedly tried to poison both children Monday afternoon and allegedly drowned the girl in the bathtub.
Lucas and her longtime partner had raised the boy and girl since their birth.
On Wednesday, details emerged about a note left by Lucas that references a sermon she heard at Metropolitan Community Church on Sunday, the day before the death of the little girl.
According to the police report, police found a computer left on in the home where the murder of 2-year-old Elliana and the attempted murder of 10-year-old Ethan took place, with a message for whoever found it.
“In YOUR WORDS “WHEN YOU ARE LAYING IN BED AT NIGHT REMEMBER YOU FUCKING DID THIS TO YOURSELF!” the note says. “Lea’s sermon really, really touched me yesterday but God never told me to stop.
“Hell is what we (go) through on Earth. Enjoyed your life with possiblego out without us, he manage but give you finally what you what want because apparently over the past 20 years I was not able to. Love you Always Kimberly.”
…Police say the note left behind references the sermon given by Metropolitan Community Church Pastor Dr. Lea Brown.
“Her sermon covered Genesis 22, in which God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac,” the police report says. “But at the last minute, God stops him from doing so.”
Dr. Brown confirmed to police that Lucas and Ethan had attended the church service the Sunday before the tragedy and also confirmed giving a sermon on Genesis 22.
“It’s what I was called to do,” Brown told CBS12. “There’s no way anyone could have predicted this.”
Bible Verse Being Investigated as Possible Motivation for Toddler’s Alleged Murder. Broward/Palm Beach New Times, The Pulp, 5/28/2014.