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Johnsonville Sausage Factory Worker Allegedly Put Wire Connector And Cigarette Papers Into Food

You really don’t want to know how these sausages were made.

A Johnsonville Sausage factory work in Wisconsin allegedly stuffed a wire connector and cigarette papers into food on the job, authorities said.

Jonathan Lane allegedly put cigarette paper into one piece of meat on March 25 at the Sheboygan Falls factory, and the wire connector into another sausage link three days later, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

In both cases, Lane alerted his bosses that he discovered contaminated pieces of meat, and the plant had to be closed to remove any affected products.

But surveillance footage allegedly revealed it was Lane who sullied the sausages. The sausages in question never left the facility.

Lane told investigators that if he lost track of the soiled sausages he would have “prayed to God” that a machine or someone else would have noticed it, according to WBAY in Green Bay.

Lane has been charged with two counts of tampering with a consumer

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/jonathan-lane-johnsonville-sausage-factory-worker-wire-connector-cigarette-papers

DNA Helped Catch Golden State Killer Suspect. Now, A Lab Is Trying To Crack 100 Other Cold Cases With ‘Genetic …

After DNA helped crack the decades-old cold case of the Golden State Killer, could it also lead to arrests in other unsolved cases? 

For one case, it already has. And there could be more major breaks on the way.  

The methods used to arrest Golden State Killer suspect Joseph DeAngelo — who was caught after decades on the run thanks to DNA from his trash, paired with genealogy — are already in play for other crimes that once made headlines, including the hunt for another California phantom, the Zodiac Killer.

Parabon NanoLabs, a Virginia DNA engineering company, is working with multiple police agencies to break cold cases. It has uploaded DNA data from about 100 crime scenes to the free genealogy site GEDmatch, Parabon president and CEO Steve Armentrout said. Parabon calls this process “genetic-genealogy.” 

“About 20 percent of those [100 crimes] look like they are going to be directly solvable using genetic-genealogy alone. Another 30 percent of those

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/dna-golden-state-killer-cold-case-zodiac

Announcing PR Daily’s 2018 Digital PR & Social Media Awards finalists

The digital communications and social media industries are always changing.
Those who innovate stand out. We searched for the most talented and
creative campaigns across a variety of industries. More than 100
organizations shared their success with us. We’re excited to announce PR
Daily’s 2018 Digital PR Social Media Awards finalists. Stay tuned for
our winners announcement in late June.

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  • Premier Health Now, Premier Health
  • Cision Blog, Cision
  • Build Awareness with Ghostwritten Physician Blogs, Aha Media Group with
    Inova
  • Ferrovial Content Strategy on Blog, Ferrovial
  • Transform, Microsoft
  • Davey Tree Blog, Davey Tree

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Parkland Survivor David Hogg’s Home Swatted With Prank Hostage Call, Cops Say

Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was the victim of a swatting attempt after someone made a prank hostage call, police said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT team rushed to Hogg’s home Tuesday after someone called police claiming that a person broke in with an AR-15 rifle and was holding the family hostage, according to WSVN in Miami. Nobody was home. Instead, Hogg and his family were in Washington D.C., where Hogg was to accept a Robert F. Kenney Human Rights award.

Police determined that Hogg was likely the victim of “swatting,” which is the act of making a prank call to police in an attempt to bring a SWAT team to an intended address. Police are investigating the call to determine who was behind the swatting.

Hogg, 18,  told VICE in March that he had searched for his full name on VoterRecords.com, and found his home address available for

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/parkland-survivor-david-hogg-home-swatted-with-prank-call

Golden State Killer Suspect Joseph DeAngelo May Have Hidden Trove Of ‘Trophies’ From Suspected Crimes

Investigators believe the Golden State Killer suspect may be hiding a huge collection of grim “trophies” in a secret storage locker, recently released documents in the case show.

A gold wedding band, inscribed, “For My Angel 1/11/70.”  Multiple sets of keys. A set of flatware. Drivers licenses. A red women’s bathrobe, size eight. A wooden hairbrush.

The list of items investigators believe suspect Joseph DeAngelo — who has been charged with murdering 12 people in California during the 1970s and 1980s — took from the scenes of his alleged crimes fills page after page of the search warrant filed before his April arrest

“Through the course of the investigation and the review of the original cases, it was determined that numerous personal items had been taken during the burglaries and sexual assaults,” the search warrant reads, before listing hundreds of items — lots of jewelry, a doctors bag, a

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/golden-state-killer-suspect-joseph-deangelo-hidden-trove-trophies

Disney World Project Manager, Legoland Worker Among Men Arrested In Florida Child Porn Sting

Employees of Disney World and Legoland are among eleven Florida men arrested during a child porn sting dubbed “Guardians of Innocence II,” conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office computer crime unit.

The Florida sheriff’s office announced the arrests, which were made throughout the month of May, on Tuesday. The men have been charged with crimes ranging from possession to promotion to distribution of child pornography, according to police.

Police filed a whopping 660 felony charges against the suspects in total and they say more charges are pending. One of the men arrested, Roger Catey, 53, works as a project manager in the costumes department at Walt Disney World. After executing a search warrant at Catey’s Davenport home, police allegedly found images of child pornography on his computer, according to a sheriff’s office press release. The victims were as young as three. He’s been charged with 24 counts of child pornography and

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/disney-world-legoland-workers-among-men-arrested-in-child-porn-sting

Fired Employee Suspected In Killing Of Gym Owner With Axe

A fired trainer at a Nashville, Tennessee gym returned to his former place of employment and allegedly murdered a supervisor with a hatchet, according to police.

In the wake of the brutal slaying, a manhunt for the killer is underway.

Domenic Micheli entered the Balance Training facility at the Belle Meade Galleria shopping center in South Nashville at around 7 a.m. on June 4. Security footage showed him pacing around the parking area of the complex. Police say he was holding a hatchet and an unspecified “cutting instrument,” according to the Washington Post.

Micheli then allegedly attacked his former boss Joel Paavola.

“There was a struggle,” Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron, told News Channel 5. “Mr. Paavola obviously tried to defend himself against this attack. But Mr. Micheli was very brutal.”

Following the violent skirmish, Paavola died in an ambulance on the way to a hospital.

Micheli fled from the scene in a

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/Domenic-Micheli-suspected-in-killing-of-gym-owner-with-axe

Designer Kate Spade Found Dead In Her Park Avenue Apartment

American fashion designer Kate Spade was found dead inside her Manhattan apartment Tuesday, police said.

Police are describing the death as an apparent suicide, The Associated Press reported.

A housekeeper in the Park Avenue apartment found Spade hanging in her bedroom and called 911. Responders found Spade unresponsive in the Park Avenue apartment at around 10:20 am on Tuesday, June 5. She was officially pronounced dead at 10:26 am, according to The New York Times.

Spade had left a note before apparently hanging herself, and the contents of the note have not been released, the paper reported.

Spade’s husband and business partner, Andy Spade, was in the house this morning, but the couple’s daughter was at school, The Associated Press reported.

A former senior fashion editor at Mademoiselle, Spade was an influential designer whose bags and accessories became staples of 90’s fashion. The Times noted that she was part of a wave of female designers shaping the

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/designer-kate-spade-found-dead-in-her-park-avenue-apartment

Harvey Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty To Sex Assault Charges

Harvey Weinstein pled not guilty to rape and sexual assault in a Manhattan court Tuesday morning.

Weinstein, who was indicted by a grand jury last week, is accused of sexually assaulting two women in Manhattan. One woman alleges Weinstein raped her in 2013, while the other woman says he forced her to perform oral sex on him 2004, according to the indictment.

A court clerk began Tuesday’s proceeding in the customary way, by addressing Weinstein directly and loudly announcing that a grand jury had returned an indictment “charging you with criminal sexual act in the first degree and related charges. How do you plead: guilty or not guilty?”

“Not guilty,” Weinstein replied in a soft, barely audible voice.

The disgraced Hollywood heavyweight limped into Judge James M. Burk’s packed courtroom at 10 a.m., accompanied by his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman. Weinstein was unshaven, and appeared pale and haggard. He wore a black suit jacket, over

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/harvey-weinstein-pleads-not-guilty-to-sex-assault-charges

Mom Turns In Teenage Son After He Lead Cops On Low-Speed Chase In Stolen City Bus

You can run from the cops, but not from your mom.

An Alabama teen led police on a chase down residential Birmingham streets in a stolen bus, slamming into two police cars during his gas-guzzling getaway. Hours later, his mom marched him to a precinct to turn himself in.

The trouble in the Magic City began at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, when police responded to reports of people with guns in the neighborhood of Lakeview, and found the suspect and a fellow 15-year-old toting a BB gun and a paintball gun, Lt. Peter Williston of the Birmingham police told Oxygen.com.

Unable to contact family members of the kids, police took them to a juvenile detention facility to hold them. During intake, the speed-demon teen tore off from his minders around 6:30 a.m., and disappeared, police said.

About half an hour later, he jimmied his way into a bus belonging to the city’s Metro Area Express system,

Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/birmingham-alabama-teen-mom-chase-stolen-city-bus