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  • Man says prayer group leader told him to kill wife

    12/01/2012 7:49:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | 12/1./2012 | BILL DRAPER
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Less than three months after he stood as a groomsman in the wedding of two friends he had known since college in Texas, Micah Moore walked into a suburban Kansas City police department and unloaded a dark secret: He had taken the woman's life at the request of her new husband, a charismatic prayer group leader. Police said Bethany Deaton's death initially appeared to be a suicide. Officers found a note and empty bottle of over-the-counter pain medication along with her body in a minivan parked by a lake on Oct. 30. It wasn't until...
  • 4 Hofstra basketball players charged in burglaries

    12/01/2012 4:08:23 PM PST · by re_nortex · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated November 30, 2012, 11:44 a.m. ET | Associated Press
    Four Hofstra University basketball players were arrested on burglary charges stemming from dormitory room break-ins, police said Friday. Detectives said the players were charged in six burglaries that occurred between Oct. 4 and Nov. 5, but they suspect there have been numerous other thefts starting at the beginning of the semester.
  • AutoZone Fires Employee Who Prevented Robbery

    12/01/2012 2:17:23 PM PST · by John Semmens · 28 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    A clerk working in a Virginia AutoZone store thwarted an armed robber who is believed to have committed more than 30 hold-ups in retail establishments throughout the state. Bringing the thief to justice, however, has cost that clerk, Devin McClean, his job. Though the store manager credits McClean with saving his life, the clerk ran afoul of AutoZone's “zero tolerance” policy on guns in its stores. AutoZone spokesman Curt Chretin explained that “It's a matter of corporate policy that the company feels very strongly about. Zero tolerance is simple and efficient. Rather than having corporate time and energy tied up...
  • Cribs for needy families stolen in Woodstock (unintentional irony alert)

    11/30/2012 7:31:43 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 75 replies
    wsbradio ^ | nov 29, 2012 | Pete Combs
    When Monti Price arrived for work at the Hope Center in Woodstock Wednesday morning, she was struck by what she did not see. “I noticed a big empty space in our parking lot where our trailer used to be,” she said. Inside that trailer, five brand new cribs intended for needy mothers like Angela, who earned them by attending parenting classes. Angela arrived at the ministry for pregnant women and new mothers on Thursday afternoon, hoping to pick up the crib for her three-month old son, David. “Just to find out this,” she said, shaking her head in sad surprise,...
  • When You’re Falsely Accused of a Gun Crime – 12 Things You Need to Know

    11/29/2012 7:30:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 94 replies ^ | 28 November, 2012 | Michelle Gesse
    Until you’re accused of a crime, you may be blissfully ignorant of the fact that “innocent until proven guilty” is a myth. In reality, it’s the opposite. Michelle Gesse, whose husband lived the nightmare of being falsely accused of a firearms related felony, explains what all Americans need to know now about the criminal justice system. Boulder, CO (November 2012)—The scary part of this story is how easily it could happen to any one of us. Steven and Michelle Gesse thought that the small dinner party they hosted on the night of April 5, 2009, would be just that: an...
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Crime Rate Soaring As City Loses Officers

    11/29/2012 6:21:57 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    KCBS ^ | November 28, 2012 | Phil Matier
    Burglaries are up a startling 43 percent in Oakland this year compared to last, part of an ever-growing crime problem in the city. According to the latest numbers from the Oakland Police Department, more than 11,000 homes, cars or businesses have been broken into so far this year – translating to about 33 burglaries a day. The most popular targets have been cars with more than 5,700 burglarized so far this year. One of the most likely reasons for the sharp uptick in crime – city officials said they believe it’s the gradual loss of police officers from the force....
  • UPDATED: Reynolds is running for Congress

    11/28/2012 11:45:32 AM PST · by Osage Orange · 15 replies
    WLSAM ^ | 11-28-12 | Bill Cameron
    Story by 89 WLS reporter Bill Cameron (CHICAGO) - Convicted ex-congressman Mel Reynolds has just announced for re-election with the slogan "Re-elect Reynolds so he can finish the work." Standing before a sign that said "redemption," convicted felon Mel Reynolds admitted he's made mistakes. But he would not specifically admit what he did time for – sexually abusing a 16 year old campaign worker. Some say Mel Reynolds has no shame. To those people Mel Reynold's says, "I say to those people that I'm not perfect, and if you're perfect, I'm not appealing to you." Reynolds conceded this is not...
  • The Most Dangerous Colleges In America

    11/28/2012 10:40:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2012 | Abby Rogers and Gus Lubin
    College is hard enough without having to worry about serious crime. Yet crime is a reality on and around many college campuses. The FBI's Unified Crime Report identified 2,696 violent crime incidents and 87,160 property crime incidents on and around college campuses in 2011. We ranked the most dangerous colleges by averaging FBI crime data per capita from 2008 to 2011 for schools with enrollment over 10,000. Schools were ranked based on a combination of violent crime rank and property crime rank, with violent crime weighted four times higher. NOTE: Some people have objected to our use of FBI data...
  • 'Please spare my little girl': How Mexico's fearless female mayor sacrificed herself...

    11/27/2012 3:04:15 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 74 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/26/2012 | Sam Webb
    The woman mayor who was kidnapped and murdered by a Mexican drug gang pleaded with her attackers for her young daughter’s life, it emerged today. Maria Santos Gorrostieta, who had already survived two assassination attempts, was driving the child to school at around 8.30am when she was ambushed by a car in the city of Morelia. The 36-year-old was hauled from her vehicle and physically assaulted as horrified witnesses watched, according to newspaper El Universal. They described how she begged for her child to be left alone and then appeared to get into her abductors’ car willingly. The little girl...
  • Jesse Jackson Jr. shielding his wife

    11/26/2012 3:53:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 24, 2012 | Lynn Sweet
    It looks like former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.(D-Ill.), who resigned Wednesday, is trying to take any potential heat off of his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th)—who is also his campaign manager.I’m told that Sandi Jackson has hired her own legal representation as her husband’s lawyers try to work out a deal in the ongoing federal probe of his campaign finances.........According to campaign finance disclosures, Sandi Jackson has been drawing $5,000-a-month payments from her husband’s main campaign fund through her firm, J. Donnatella and Associates. Her company has been on the Jackson campaign payroll for years, and it is located, according...
  • England report finds extensive child sex abuse with thousands at 'high risk'

    11/21/2012 8:15:27 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    The Montreal Gazette ^ | Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | Gregory Katz, The Associated Press
    London - An extensive report has found high levels of child abuse in England, with more than 2,400 victims during a 14-month period that was scrutinized. The Office of Children's Commission interim study released Wednesday also found about 16,500 additional children are at "high risk" of sexual exploitation based on behavioural changes that were noted. The report, which did not cover Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, is characterized as the largest ever study of child sex abuse in England, and suggested urgent action be taken to better protect vulnerable children. "This report is a wake-up call," said Maggie Atkinson, Children's...
  • Hero dog saves baby from kidnapping, family says

    11/21/2012 12:46:20 PM PST · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/21/12 | By Dylan Stableford
    kidnapping attempt was thwarted in Indianapolis on Tuesday when a family's dog stopped an armed would-be kidnapper from leaving the family's home. Police say a man and a woman broke into the home of Nayeli Garzon-Jimenez through the back door while her husband was at work. Garzon-Jimenez was on the phone with her husband, Adolfo Angeles-Morales, at the time of the break-in. "She started screaming and crying, and said, 'Someone just stuck their hand in the door,'" Angeles-Morales told WISH-TV. "The guy said, 'Give me the money or we take the baby.'"
  • House explosion that killed 2 in Indianapolis being investigated as a homicide

    11/20/2012 7:04:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 19, 2012 | Staff
    The huge explosion that flattened homes and killed two people on Nov. 10 in Indianapolis is now being investigated as a homicide case, authorities said at a press conference Monday night. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry appealed to the public for information about a white van that was seen in the area, NBC affiliate WTHR reported. He said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting with the case. "While the fire investigation has been progressing, there has been a parallel investigation, not solely focusing on the cause of the explosion but focusing on individuals who may...
  • Detroit Public Library's Main Branch raided by the FBI

    11/20/2012 3:13:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    WJBK-TV ^ | November 20, 2012 | Ronnie Dahl
    Just before 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, FBI agents walked out of the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch on Woodward Avenue carrying boxes of evidence. Sources confirmed to Fox 2 the focus of the federal investigation centers around financial records and Tim Cromer, the library's chief administrative officer. "We have not yet to determine any criminal intent. We'll see where the investigation goes," said LaMar Lemmons. He and other members of the library's Board of Commission have raised red flags in the past about how Cromer was handling millions of dollars in no-bid contracts with companies like Cubemation and called for an...
  • Techies Forced into Slave Labour

    11/18/2012 10:45:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Times of India ^ | Nov 11, 2012
    On January 25, 2009 Jose Antonio Robledo Fernandez, a Mexican engineer working for ICA Flour Daniel, a construction company, was kidnapped by three armed men in the northern Mexican town of Monclava in Coahuila. Fernandez, who is still missing, is one of at least 36 engineers and technicians to have vanished in the past four years -- kidnapped, not for ransom, but as slaves who run the high-tech systems of one of Mexico's infamous, violent drug cartels, the Los Zetas. The US government has called the Zetas "the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and dangerous cartel operating in Mexico". In December...
  • Murder Rates Have Climbed So High In Săo Paulo That Residents Fear Being Out After Dark

    11/17/2012 12:00:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/17/2012 | The Economist
    BETWEEN 1999 and 2011 Săo Paulo's murder rate fell by almost three-quarters, turning what had been one of Brazil's most dangerous states into one of its safest. Now the violence is rising again. In the past two months more than 300 people have died in the state capital in an undeclared war between police and the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), a drugs gang, twice the tally for the same period last year. More than 90 police officers have been slain since January; the total for 2011 was 56. This year looks certain to close with the state murder rate...
  • CNBC Exec’s Children Murdered; 1 Day After CNBC Reports $43 Trillion Bankster Lawsuit

    11/17/2012 8:43:05 AM PST · by Renfield · 83 replies
    Intelhub ^ | 10-27-2012 | JG Vibes
    This week financial news organization CNBC gave some mainstream attention to the largest money laundering and racketeering lawsuit in United States History, in which “Banksters” and their U.S. racketeering partners are being accused of laundering of 43 trillion dollars worth of ill gotten gains.The lawsuit is said to involve officials located in the highest offices of government and the financial sector.Since this information was surprisingly revealed by the mainstream news organization there has been a very suspicious and deadly fallout at the CNBC headquarters.Within hours the original page for the article was taken down, and CNBC senior vice president Kevin...
  • Catholic nun stands trial over 63 counts of physical and sexual abuse of children Catholic nun stand

    11/17/2012 5:36:23 AM PST · by Renfield · 41 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 11-15-2012 | Cathy Hayes
    A Catholic nun has been charged with the “systematic” abuse of seven schoolgirls in the 1970s. Sister Mary Teresa Grogan has denied the 63 counts of indecent assault put to her. It is alleged that these crimes took place while she was teaching in a primary school (middle school) in the midlands of Ireland from 1973 to 1977. All of her victims were the same age, in third class, approximately nine-years-old. One complainant told the court that the nun would call her to her desk and put her hand inside her underwear. The lawyer for the prosecution, Aileen Donnelly SC,...
  • Why Do So Many People Want Gun Control?

    11/16/2012 7:29:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 16 November, 2012 | Stranger
    Someone stopped by searching for “why do so many people want gun control.” That is a good question. Essentially, because “gun control” appears to be a quick, cheap, and easy solution to a perceived problem. For Germany, the “perceived problem” was the Treaty of Versailles. For England, the perceived problem was labor violence and the presumption that large numbers of unemployed veterans would turn to crime. For the United States, the first batch of gun control laws were a result of labor violence, the next were a result of prohibition; and the third was “an end to politically motivated assassinations.”...
  • Mother 'starved two-month-old son to death until he was mere skin and bones....

    11/14/2012 11:30:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    mailonline ^ | 11.14.2012 | Rachel Quigley
    FULL TITLE: Mother 'starved two-month-old son to death until he was mere skin and bones and living in a house unfit for human habitation' A mother has been charged with murder and neglect after her two-month-old son was found starved to death on top of a dresser drawer in a house that was deemed 'deplorable' and 'unfit for human habitation'. Bambi Glazebrook, 29, from Indianapolis, appeared in court this morning where she pled not guilty to the death of her son Phillip Robey, who was 'mere skin and bones' when police found him and weighed just five pounds. Family and...
  • Guards sought for news crews in Oakland

    11/14/2012 10:06:45 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 20 replies ^ | 9/14/2012 | Demain Bulwa
    The violent robbery of a television news crew outside an Oakland school last week was the latest in a series of similar incidents in a city where the rate of strong-arm robberies and holdups is surging. But the brazenness of the attack - which occurred during a live broadcast in the middle of the day - has brought fresh urgency to the problem. Union officials who represent reporters at most of the Bay Area's major television and radio stations said Tuesday they had asked the broadcasters to immediately hire security guards to accompany news crews when they are in Oakland....
  • $25 per gun "Anti Violence" tax approved in Chicago

    11/13/2012 6:41:31 PM PST · by kas7351 · 25 replies
    The gun tax will never be paid considering these people that are creating all of the gun violence are not buying their guns from the local gun store. This will be another tax against the law abiding citizens, we will also be paying for the hospital bills for these shooting victims since they don't have insurance either.... Next to come is a per bullet tax..... Stock up now and save money!
  • UPDATED: Witness Becomes 2nd Victim Intervening In Road Rage Rampage

    11/12/2012 12:32:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | 11.12.2012 | CBS
    ROCKLIN (CBS13) – An 83-year-old man was allegedly the victim of a beating by a man 50 years younger than him in what Rocklin police are calling a road rage rampage. Police said the incident started around 10 a.m. Saturday when the suspect, identified as 33-year-old Zubin Bogdanoff, didn’t like the way the elderly man was driving. Bogdanoff allegedly followed the man a half mile to his home and confronted him in his garage. Several neighbors were witness to the violent incident. “This guy was kicking an 80-year-old man in his own garage,” said a neighbor, who wished to remain...
  • Chicago police take aim at even minor fugitives when they’re on ‘heat list’

    11/11/2012 12:52:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 9, 2012 | Frank Main
    Brandon Milton’s crime might have been minor compared with the hundreds of murders and shootings in Chicago every year. .........p>....The effort springs from a Yale University sociologist’s finding that these “hot people” are far more likely, as a result of those social ties, to become a victim or perpetrator of deadly violence themselves.........Each person on the heat list is given a number — a heat index — rating how likely it’s deemed that person will be involved in a murder.Starting this past summer, McCarthy doubled the number of officers in the fugitive unit — in part to focus on these...
  • Video: School bus worker chokes autistic boy

    11/10/2012 8:40:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    miamiherald ^ | 11.10.2012 | Michael Vasquez
    After a 13-year-old autistic child wet his pants while riding on a Broward school bus, the bus attendant — whose job is to assist special-needs students — responded by choking the boy. The incident, which lasted roughly 45 minutes, was captured by the school bus surveillance camera. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies this week arrested bus attendant Darryl Blue, 48, on one count of aggravated child abuse. The bus driver who nonchalantly continued on her route, even as the boy screamed in pain, had not been charged Friday.
  • Eight Shot, at least Two Dead, at Fresno Plant

    11/06/2012 10:47:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Eight people were shot and at least two were killed at an Apple Valley Farms plant in Fresno this morning, the city’s emergency manager said. Beth Brown said one of the dead was believed to be the shooter...
  • St. John's 'Dean of Mean' Cecilia Chang commits suicide

    11/06/2012 10:21:45 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 6, 2012 | MITCHEL MADDUX, LARRY CELONA and JOSH MARGOLIN
    St. John’s University's so-called “Dean of Mean,” Cecilia Chang, was found dead of an apparent suicide inside her Queens home this morning, a day after melting down on the witness stand. Chang was on trial for allegedly embezzling $1 million from St. John's and using foreign students as her personal, indentured servants. Chang hung herself and cops found her body at 7:38 a.m. inside the disgraced administrator's Jamaica Estates home, according to federal and local law enforcement sources.
  • Police Say Teen Girls Responsible For Recent Robberies

    11/03/2012 5:52:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | 11.3.2012 | CBS
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A series of brazen robberies by suspects you might not expect has caused police to issue a crime alert on the University of Minnesota campus. There’s been a total of four robberies in the past couple weeks near the campus. Police say they believe in two of the cases, a pair of teenage girls are responsible for assaulting students in an attempt to steal their cell phones. Eighteen-year-old Odessa Richmond was booked at Hennepin County Jail last weekend. The other girl’s name isn’t being released because she’s not eighteen.

    11/03/2012 8:47:47 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 1 replies
    National Enquirer on line ^ | 11/02/12 | National Enquirer, staff
    CASEY ANTHONY "justice was not served" Defamation trial heats up in latest CASEY ANTHONY legal debacle. The exonerated murder mom’s lawyers in Orlando, Florida are hoping for change. As in a “change in venue” – as to where the upcoming defamation trial against Anthony will be held. While Casey was acquitted last year of murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, her lawyers argue "the local media refuses to move on". They also stated that the public feels as if "justice was not served" and are still vehement that she was acquitted.
  • GPD: Man mistakes disabled vet's wheelchair as costume, assaults him

    11/01/2012 4:19:20 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 15 replies
    The Gainesville Sun ^ | Nov. 1, 2012 | Cindy Swirko
    <p>Paralyzed U.S. Army veteran Daniel Priotti has worn a uniform to celebrate Halloween for years with no problem.</p> <p>But trouble struck -- at the hands of a Marine veteran in a pink tutu -- early Thursday morning at the Pita Pit restaurant at 1702 W. University Ave.</p>
  • Surveillance video shows man beaten, robbed in NYC as Hurricane Sandy struck

    11/01/2012 10:13:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    MYFOX ^ | 11.1.2012 | MYFOX
    Disturbing video posted online shows a man being beaten by a group of men as Hurricane Sandy struck New York City. The incident happened Monday in the Crown Heights section of New York. identified the victim as 21-year-old Jeremy Furchtgott.
  • Why Did The Bundesbank Secretly Withdraw Two-Thirds Of Its London Gold?

    10/31/2012 5:21:57 AM PDT · by Renfield · 18 replies ^ | 10-24-2012 | Tyler Durden
    Two days ago we reported that the German Court of Auditors demanded that the German Central Bank, the Bundesbank, verify and audit its official gold holdings consisting of 3,396 tons, held mostly offshore, namely New York, London and Paris, at least according to official documents. It also called for repatriation of 150 tons in the next three years to perform a quality inspection of the tungsten gold. Today, in a surprising development, via the Telegraph we learn that none other than the same Bundesbank which is causing endless nightmares for all the other broke European nations due to its insistence...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Cee Lo Accused of Sexual Battery -- Singer Denies Wrongdoing

    10/31/2012 4:59:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    TMZ ^ | October 30, 2012
    Cee Lo Green is the target of an LAPD sexual battery investigation, TMZ has learned ... but the singer is adamant he did NOTHING wrong. Law enforcement sources tell us ... a woman recently filed a police report with the LAPD, accusing "The Voice" judge - real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway -- of a sexual assault. Our sources say detectives have already visited a restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles in connection with the case and questioned several employees, including the manager. We do not know if the alleged incident occurred at the restaurant.The LAPD is mum on the identity of...
  • Looters 'swipe' up the mess in chaos zones (NYC: Post-Sandy Looting Starting)

    10/31/2012 4:20:09 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 104 replies
    New York Post ^ | 31 October 2012 | REBECCA HARSHBARGER, FRANK ROSARIO and JOSH SAUL
    <p>Hurricane Sandy brought out the worst yesterday in some sleazy New Yorkers, who looted stores and homes across the city.</p> <p>Some posed as Con Ed workers to dupe their victims.</p> <p>Police arrested more than a dozen looters in the Rockaways and Coney Island, which had been evacuated, and stood guard outside ravaged stores at the South Street Seaport. “This morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets],” said Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach. “Guys were looting, pretending they were Con Ed and holding people up. It was sick.” Residents said police warned them to beware of crooks pretending to be utility workers...</p>
  • 80,000 Pounds of Walnuts Stolen

    10/30/2012 1:21:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 10-30-2012 | Staff
    Authorities are investigating two thefts of more than 80,000 pounds of walnuts from Northern California valued at about $300,000. The Tehama County Sheriff's Office received a call from a freight brokerage firm on Friday reporting that a 40,000-pound truckload of walnuts never arrived in Miami as they were supposed to. Authorities believe the culprit is the same person who also picked up another load of walnuts (each load weighing 40,000 pounds) days earlier from Los Molinos. Those walnuts were intended for Texas, but also disappeared. Deputies tell the Record Searchlight of Redding the man who picked those walnuts up was...
  • Prepare For A Wave Of Looting After Hurricane Sandy

    10/30/2012 2:31:39 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 30 October 2012 | Abbey Rogers
    It's all anecdotal at this point, but if crime reports following hurricanes Katrina and Irene are any indication, the East Coast is in for a crime wave, post-Sandy. No reports of looting or Hurricane Sandy-related crimes have been reported yet but that doesn't mean we won't see some soon. Following Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating hurricane in modern memory, New Orleans was besieged with reports of looting, rape, and murder, causing delayed troop deployments, delayed medical evacuations, and police department mutiny, The New York Times reported in 2005....(excerpt)
  • Obama accepts 'Osama bin Laden' donations

    10/29/2012 6:37:19 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 13 replies
    WND ^ | Oct 29, 2012 | Aaron Klein
    WASHINGTON – Using a Pakistani Internet Protocol, or IP address, a disposable credit card and a fake address, “Osama bin Laden” has successfully donated twice to Barack Obama’s presidential re-election campaign. The “Bin Laden” donations, actually made by WND staff, included a listed occupation of “deceased terror chief” and a stated employer of “al-Qaida.” “Bin Laden” is currently set up on the official campaign website to contribute more to Obama’s campaign. The name is also registered as a volunteer.
  • Poll: Akin, McCaskill locked in statistical dead heat

    10/26/2012 8:10:05 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    A new poll shows the Missouri Senate race is too close to predict a winner. The News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Kansas City Star poll shows Senator Claire McCaskill with a 2 percent lead over Congressman Todd Akin, at 45 and 43 percent, respectively. With a margin of error at plus or minus four points, and eight percent still undecided, the two remain in a statistical dead heat. Click here to download and view full poll results. Watch News 4 at 10 p.m. for more analysis, and reactions from both campaigns.
  • Family wants action after officer guns down family pet

    10/26/2012 2:19:29 PM PDT · by Altariel · 37 replies
    WNEM ^ | October 8, 2012 | Kristin Moore
    ST. LOUIS, MI (WNEM) - A local family is still shocked after what happened to their beloved pet. They say their dog was shot and killed at the hands of a police officer. The shooting happened Saturday in St. Louis, Mich., in Gratiot County.Lori Walmsley, a neighbor of the family who lost their pet, says she saw the incident. Walmsley says she was outside playing with her own dog when her neighbor's golden retriever, Scout, ran over into her yard. She says she called the dog over to play, which Scout did, and then Scout ran back over back into his...
  • Murder, Rape, Robbery and Assault Skyrocket In Bankrupt Stockton, California

    10/24/2012 5:30:29 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 10/24/12 | Mac Slavo
    In Stockton, California, which declared bankruptcy earlier this year, your chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime such as murder, rape, robbery or assault are 1 in 70, which is nearly four times higher than the national average. Your chances of being the victim of a property crime are even more likely, with 1 in every 17 residents of the city facing the prospect of having their house broken into or car stolen this year. This is what happens when a city, county, state or federal government can no longer pay its bills and is forced to lay...
  • Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel denied parole in 1975 slaying

    10/24/2012 1:50:40 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 24, 2012
    Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was denied a bid for freedom Wednesday at his first parole hearing since he was convicted a decade ago of killing his neighbor in 1975. Skakel, who proclaimed his innocence at the hearing, nodded and patted his attorney on the back after the three-person parole board read the unanimous decision. He will next be eligible for parole in 2017.
  • Police: Suspect in Jessica Ridgeway murder is 17-year-old boy

    10/24/2012 11:44:33 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 18 replies ^ | 10/24/12 | Christina Ng
    A community college student has been arrested for the abduction, murder and dismemberment of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, Colorado police said today. Austin Reed Sigg, 17, was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree murder and kidnapping. Sigg is a student at Arapahoe Community College, according to his arrest report. "Law enforcement received the major break in the Jessica Ridgeway investigation they have been hoping for," the Westminster Police said today. "Late Tuesday evening police received a call that led them to a home near the Ketner Lake Open Space."
  • Two teen boys arrested in N.J. 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale's death

    10/23/2012 7:48:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    CBS ^ | 10.23.2012 | CBS
    Clayton, N.J. Gloucester County officials arrested two teenage brothers in connection with the death of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, CBS Philly reports. County prosecutor Sean Dalton said at a press conference Tuesday that Autumn, who was was last seen Saturday on her bicycle, was lured into the home of the 15- and 17-year-old brothers to obtain parts for her BMX bike. The crime was allegedly committed in that house. Dalton said the boys' mother contacted police about posts she saw on her son's Facebook page. "A preliminary cause of death is blunt force trauma consistent with strangulation," said Dalton, according to...
  • Two teen boys arrested in N.J. 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale's death

    10/23/2012 3:45:16 PM PDT · by ZULU · 66 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 23, 2012 | CBS News
    Gloucester County officials arrested two teenage brothers in connection with the death of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale, CBS Philly reports. County prosecutor Sean Dalton said at a press conference Tuesday that Autumn, who was was last seen Saturday on her bicycle, was lured into the home of the 15- and 17-year-old brothers to obtain parts for her BMX bike. The crime was allegedly committed in that house. Dalton said the boys' mother contacted police about posts she saw on her son's Facebook page.
  • Shreveport Times: Police Believe Winnsboro (La.) Woman Set Herself On Fire

    10/23/2012 3:19:10 PM PDT · by BerniesFriend · 21 replies
    KATC-TV 3 (Lafayette, Louisiana) ^ | 10/23/2012 | Jim Hummel
    Shreveport Times: Police Believe Winnsboro Woman Set Herself On Fire The Shreveport Times is reporting that police are expected to announce that a Winnsboro woman set herself on fire and made up her story about being the victim of a hate crime. Sharmeka Moffitt told police she was attacked while walking in a park in Winnsboro Sunday night. She claimed three men doused her with a flammable liquid, set her on fire, and wrote racial slurs on her car. Moffitt, 20, is in critical condition at a hospital in Shreveport with burns covering 60% of her body.
  • The Top 20 Airports for TSA Theft

    10/23/2012 1:46:00 PM PDT · by Renfield · 27 replies
    ABC News (the Blotter) ^ | Oct. 23, 2012 | MEGAN CHUCHMACH
    Your suitcase has been tagged and whisked away for a TSA security check before being loaded onto a plane en route to your final destination. How safe are the belongings inside? The TSA has fired nearly 400 employees for allegedly stealing from travelers, and for the first time, the agency is revealing the airports where those fired employees worked. Newly released figures provided to ABC News by the TSA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request show that, unsurprisingly, many of the country's busiest airports also rank at the top for TSA employees fired for theft. Sixteen of...
  • Higher power could help Oakland: governor

    10/23/2012 4:49:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 22, 2012
    Before Gov. Jerry Brown left the pulpit at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland on Sunday, where he had gone to preach the benefits of Proposition 30, Bishop Bob Jackson asked him to leave a little something in the offering plate. "Our city is in dire straits," the governor was told by Jackson, pastor of a congregation of 7,000 in East Oakland. "It's under siege from shootings and homicides." Jackson asked Brown to declare a state of emergency to open Oakland's door to state assistance that could help curb escalating street violence that has claimed 102 lives this year. "You...
  • Woman attacked and set on fire

    10/22/2012 12:56:44 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 52 replies
    New details are emerging surrounding the critical injury of a Winnsboro, LA woman set on fire in a city park on Sunday night. Sharmeka Moffit, 20, is in critical condition at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. At a news conference held just before Noon Monday, authorities confirmed Moffitt called 911 around 8 p.m. Sunday from Civitan Park, telling them she had been attacked and burned by three men in white hoodies. Authorities also confirm that there were racial slurs spray-painted on her car, although they did not specify what racial slurs were used. In addition to Winnsboro Police and the...
  • Hamster Placed In Police Protective Custody Following DUI Stop

    10/20/2012 4:18:37 PM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 26 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 10/18/12 | Anon
    Dateline Beaverton, Oregon Local authorities placed a hamster into protective custody after its owner, an intoxicated driver, was arrested. Early Tuesday morning, three officers with the Beaverton Police pulled over 27-year-old Nicole Huey after suspecting her of driving while intoxicated, according to Oregon Live. During the 12:30 a.m. stop, officers reportedly observed the hamster – whose name is not known – placed in her lap. It was the only other occupant in the car, the website learned. When Huey stepped out of the car, she placed the hamster on the dashboard. At that point, officers allegedly attempted to take the...
  • Rise in Violent Crime No Cause for Concern AG Says

    10/20/2012 2:54:59 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Oct 2012 | John Semmens
    This week, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that violent crimes jumped by 18% from 2010 to 2011.The increase was attributed to “an increased tendency of people to express themselves through non-verbal means of communication.” “If you look more deeply into the data you’ll see that a 22% increase in simple assault more than accounts for the uptick in violence,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “It’s largely a case of more people being more physically demonstrative in how they interact with others.” These “physically demonstrative interactions are widely misconstrued due to cultural prejudices that work against those who are...