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Mom Charged After Son, 5, Kills Brother, 4

Yet another tragedy has destroyed yet another family after a small child was able to get his hands on a loaded gun. Authorities in New Jersey say 22-year-old Itaniyah Spruill was arrested and charged with a weapons violation and endangering the welfare of a child after her 5-year-old son accidentally...

Sheriff: 3 Missing Women Met Same Man Online

With her Arizona home sold and most of her belongings packed up, Nancy Rae Hartz was ready to spend her golden years on the road. Divorced and widowed, she had recently found love again through a dating website, and the happy couple was going to travel in an RV. The...

Cops Spark Ire With Freddie Gray Tweets

The Baltimore police union is catching flak for a couple of tweets it posted in the wake of a police officer's acquittal last week, the Hill reports. Officer Caesar Goodson, who drove the police van in which Freddie Gray died in 2015, was found not guilty on all charges on...

Cops: Man Killed Young Boy for Not Cleaning Room

An 8-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed this week because he didn't clean up his room, KDKA reports. JonMarquis Stepich was in the care of his mom's fiancé, Orlando Williams, last Sunday, while his mom was at work. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, JonMarquis was sleeping when Williams, who had been...

Man Charged With Raping 2 Women Gets Probation

A former Indiana University student charged with raping two women will get off with a year of probation and one day in jail, WXIN reports. John Enochs took a plea deal and was sentenced Thursday, pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery. According to the New York Daily News, it's unclear why...

Woman Killed by Police After Killing Daughters

A Texas mother shot and killed her two daughters Friday afternoon in a “comfortable, middle-class subdivision" near Katy, the Houston Chronicle reports. According to CNN, she was then shot and killed by a police officer after refusing to drop the gun. KPRC identifies the women as 42-year-old Christy Sheats, 22-year-old...

Boys Broke Into a Home. A Whipping Got Mom Arrested

Appropriate parenting or criminal behavior? That's the question being asked across the US in regards to the case of a Louisiana woman arrested Monday for whipping her young sons after they burglarized a neighbor's house. Among the people speaking up for Schaquana Evita Spears, a 30-year-old single mom of six,...

Man Charged With Murder for Partner's Suicide

In a potentially unprecedented move for the state, a Minnesota man is being charged with murder for allegedly driving his partner to suicide. According to the Olmsted County Attorney, Long Vang and Jessica Haban were together for 10 years. During that time, Haban was subject to increasing levels of domestic...

Talkative Parrot May Be Used as Evidence in Murder Trial

An African grey parrot named Bud may get its day in court after all. Fox 17 reports Glenna Duram was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in her husband Martin Duram's May 2015 death. Martin's family has claimed that his parrot Bud likely witnessed the murder. After Martin was killed, Bud...

FBI Has No Proof Orlando Gunman Was Gay: Officials

FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation who spoke anonymously to the AP. The FBI began looking into that possibility after media reports last week quoted men...

Murder Conviction Reversed Thanks to Skype

Technology is great, except when you're trying to get someone convicted for murder and you have your DNA expert testify via Skype, which denies the defendant his Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses in court, which in turn gets the defendant (who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison)...

She Was Getting Alarm to Keep Him Out. He Was Already In

A Tennessee woman had a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend and had changed her locks twice. She says neither kept Tony Joe Gunter away and so she opted to have a security system installed. Authorities say the woman left her home in Goodlettsville briefly on Tuesday to visit a neighbor...

Bikini Bandit? 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

It's hot out West, and an alleged criminal dressing accordingly was among the strangest police-blotter items of the week: Police Hunt for Bikini-Clad Suspect : "An individual wanted for questioning" is how the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office describes her, but it's the unusual outfit grabbing everyone's attention. The unidentified woman...

Thirsty Thieves Steal 78K Bottles of Beer

Maybe they were planning an epic party? Police in Atlanta say thieves stole two refrigerated trucks carrying 3,272 cases of beer—or about 78,500 bottles worth $90,000—from a craft brewery on Tuesday. By the time officers tracked down the trucks, both were empty, reports the Atlanta...

Man Collapses, Dies Next to $12M Worth of Pot

When police received a report Monday that a man was slumped over next to a white van and tractor-trailer in Norcross, Ga., they were likely more focused on the man than on the van. And it turned out the man, 31-year-old Johnny Taylor of Bridgeport, Conn., was dead, apparently of...

Police Driver in Freddie Gray Case Is Acquitted

The Baltimore cop who faced the most serious charges related to the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted of all charges, reports WJZ. Officer Caesar Goodson was driving the police van in which Gray was riding the day he died, and Goodson faced charges including "second-degree depraved heart murder,...

Suspect in German Theater Dead; No Serious Injuries

Officials say a suspect in an incident at a movie theater in southwest Germany is dead, reports AP. The dpa news agency quotes Interior Minister Peter Beuth as saying the man was shot dead. Police earlier said there was a "threat situation" at the Kinopolis movie theater in the town...

Pistorius: Reeva Wouldn't Want Me Jailed for Long

Reeva Steenkamp wouldn't want Oscar Pistorius behind bars for long—according to Oscar Pistorius. In his first TV interview since killing the model in his Pretoria apartment on Valentine's Day 2013, the 29-year-old former Olympian says he deserves a prison sentence but doesn't want to "waste my life" in jail....

JonBenet Suspect Held in Child Porn Case

A longtime suspect in the Christmas Day 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey is back in custody and back in the news. Gary Oliva, a registered sex offender who has admitted being obsessed with the 6-year-old beauty queen, was arrested last week on charges of sexually exploiting a child and is...

Cops: Man Left Baby in Hot Car Then Put Her in Refrigerator

A Texas father of three has been charged with manslaughter after police say he left his 6-month-old daughter in a hot car for hours then put her in the refrigerator, Reuters reports. Michael Thedford, a 33-year-old unemployed teacher, dropped his 3-year-old and 5-year-old children off at daycare Tuesday but forgot...

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