Doomsday Cult Prophet Sentenced For Sexually Abusing 8-Year-Old Girl He Called His Wife

The self-proclaimed prophet of a polygamous doomsday cult could spend the rest of his days behind bars for sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl he called his bride.

A Utah judge on Tuesday sentenced Samuel Shaffer to 25 years to life for a first-degree felony rape charges, as well as one to 15 years for an abuse charge, The Spectrum in St. George reported. 

Shaffer believed God spoke to him on the morning of June 22, 2015, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The cult, called the Knights of the Crystal Blade, was preparing for a Muslim invasion signalling the end of the world, and believed in polygamy and child marriage.

In court, Judge Matthew Bell told Shaffer, 34, that his actions were despicable.

“The facts regarding the abuse inflicted by the defendant and the grave risks that were presented to his victims are egregious,” Bell said, according to The Spectrum. “Mr. Shaffer, I

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Judge Tells 30-Year-Old Man To Get Out Of Parents’ House After Living Rent-Free

A 30-year-old New York man is packing his bags and leaving his parent’s home — because a judge said so.

Judge Donald Greenwood on Tuesday ordered Michael Rotondo to vacate his childhood bedroom in his parent’s Camillus home.

Rotondo’s parents, Christina and Mark Rotonda, took the unusual step of turning to the court after their son ignored repeated requests to move out. In court, Michael Rotondo argued that he was entitled to six months notice, a point Greenwood explained only applied to landlord-tenant contracts.

Rotondo has been living at his parent’s home for the past eight years and does not pay rent. In his early twenties, he lived in his own apartment for a period of a year before moving back in with his parents.

Rotondo’s parents first asked him to leave in February in a note. It read:

“Michael, After a discussion with your Mother, we have decided you must leave this house immediately. You

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Four Teens Charged For Killing Baltimore County Cop Days Before Her Birthday And Anniversary

A manhunt for the killers of a Maryland police officer — who had planned to celebrate her birthday and wedding anniversary this weekend — ended Tuesday with the arrests of three teenagers.

The three suspects — who are 15, 16 and 17 and have not been identified — were charged as adults Wednesday morning with murder and burglary, according to WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

Their arrests come after Dawnta Harris, 16, was busted for his alleged role in the death of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio, 29.

Caprio on Monday confronted burglary suspects who attempted to flee in a vehicle. She ordered Harris, the driver of the Jeep, to step out of the car, police reported. Harris then allegedly charged at her and Caprio fired her weapon at the Jeep. After Harris allegedly mowed her down, he abandoned the vehicle nearby. It was found with a bullet hole in the front windshield.

 

 

Caprio later died

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Homes.com Introduces a Smarter Way to Find Your Perfect Home

Love a certain look? The new Homes.com Snap Search BETAfeature offers the first national visual search tool for homebuyers. Upload a photo of the house down the street you’ve always admired, a dream home you found on Pinterest or Instagram or any image from your phone or computer, and the artificial intelligence returns local listings with a similar architectural style, or exterior finish, using machine learning algorithms analysis of 100’s of millions of property images.

Tired of wasting time browsing through properties that don’t quite hit the mark? Just tell the site which amenities are “must have” and which are “nice to have” when you start your search, add other preferences like your desired schools, and the new Homes.com Match will assign a “Match” score to each home in your results based on those parameters. It will also clearly show which “must-have” criteria match and which don’t. Results are

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Two Accused Murderers On The Run After South Carolina Jail Break

Two accused murderers are on the run after escaping from a South Carolina jail during an electrical failure, police say.

Tyshon Johnson and Curtis Green escaped from the Orangeburg County Detention Center late Saturday night, according to a press release by the County Sheriff in charge of the jail, Leroy Ravenall, who called the suspects “dangerous.”

“Johnson and Green are each charged with murder,” the statement said.

A third inmate, Christopher Boltin, who faces carjacking and grand larceny charges, also managed to escape, but was caught on Sunday. Bolton’s father, Hoyte Boltin, tried to help his son evade authorities and also ended up getting arrested, according to The State, a South Carolina newspaper. The dad faces a felony charge of aiding an escapee, the sheriff said.

A fourth inmate, Tyree Hillard, was allegedly part of the jailbreak, but was captured before making it out of the jail. He faces two felony charges of aiding an

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Cops Seek Police Officer’s Wife’s Facebook Messages In Connection With Slain Teacher

Investigators want to comb through a local police officer’s wife’s Facebook messages in the case of a slain Pennsylvania teacher, according to reports.

Rachael DelTondo, 33, was shot to death in her mother’s driveway in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on Mother’s Day after her friend Lauren Watkins dropped her off.  The pair were returning from a trip to get ice cream. DelTondo (pictured below) had been suspended from her job after an alleged affair with a student, according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.

Now, the station is reporting that investigators have executed a search warrant on Lauren Watkins’ mom, Stephanie Watkins, the wife of Aliquippa Police Sergeant Kenneth Watkins. The warrant is for Stephanie Watkins’ private Facebook messages. Lauren Watkins told police that she did not hear any gunshots or see anything suspicious, the station reported.

Aliquippa Police Sergeant Kenneth Watkins, who was spotted arguing with other police officers at the scene of the crime,

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‘Serial’: Why Adnan Syed’s Case Matters In State’s Attorney For …

The popular podcast “Serial” is now raising the stakes in the State’s Attorney for Baltimore race.

Ivan Bates, who is challenging incumbent Marilyn Mosby, says he would not retry Adnan Syed — whose alleged wrongful conviction is the focus of “Serial” — for the 1999 murder of his high school ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Mosby has not said whether she would retry Syed, who now has a national movement of supporters saying he was wrongly convicted. Another challenger in the race, Thiru Vignarajah, has worked as the lead prosecutor against Syed in a series of appeals that would keep him in prison.

Bates told Rolling Stone he wouldn’t retry Syed because central points of the state’s case have been shown “to not be reliable.” 

He pointed to cellphone tower data that was used in court to prove Syed was near the murder site. In “Serial,” reporter Sarah Koenig laid out how that type of data has been proven unreliable, in years

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Why Adnan Syed’s ‘Serial’ Case Is An Issue In The State’s Attorney For Baltimore Race

The popular podcast “Serial” is now raising the stakes in the State’s Attorney for Baltimore race.

Ivan Bates, who is challenging incumbent Marilyn Mosby, says he would not retry Adnan Syed — whose alleged wrongful conviction is the focus of “Serial” — for the 1999 murder of his high school ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Mosby has not said whether she would retry Syed, who now has a national movement of supporters saying he was wrongly convicted. Another challenger in the race, Thiru Vignarajah, has worked as the lead prosecutor against Syed in a series of appeals that would keep him in prison.

Bates told Rolling Stone he wouldn’t retry Syed because central points of the state’s case have been shown “to not be reliable.” 

He pointed to cellphone tower data that was used in court to prove Syed was near the murder site. In “Serial,” reporter Sarah Koenig laid out how that type of data has been proven unreliable, in years

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Why Adnan Syed’s ‘Serial’ Case Is An Issue In The State’s Attorney For Baltimore Race

The popular podcast “Serial” is now raising the stakes in the State’s Attorney for Baltimore race.

Ivan Bates, who is challenging incumbent Marilyn Mosby, says he would not retry Adnan Syed — whose alleged wrongful conviction is the focus of “Serial” — for the 1999 murder of his high school ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee.

Mosby has not said whether she would retry Syed, who now has a national movement of supporters saying he was wrongly convicted. Another challenger in the race, Thiru Vignarajah, has worked as the lead prosecutor against Syed in a series of appeals that would keep him in prison.

Bates told Rolling Stone he wouldn’t retry Syed because central points of the state’s case have been shown “to not be reliable.” 

He pointed to cellphone tower data that was used in court to prove Syed was near the murder site. In “Serial,” reporter Sarah Koenig laid out how that type of data has been proven unreliable, in years

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Offset From Migos Sent To Hospital After Car Crash In Atlanta, Cardi B Blames A ‘Crackhead’

Offset’s motorsports left him feeling bad and woozy.

The Migos rapper ended up in the hospital after a car crash in Atlanta totaled his green Dodge Challenger.

Offset, real name Kiari Kendrell Cephus, posted a photo of the damage on Instagram Sunday and said he was lucky to be alive.

“This is why I thank God Every day I could have been dead from this accident thank you all for you prayers all I can say is (G O D I S R E A L G E T W I T H H I M ) H E S A V E S L I V E S,” he wrote. 

The Instagram post showed pictures of Offset’s damaged vehicle along with the lacerations he incurred. In the photos, his hands and face can be seen bleeding. His neck was secured in a brace.

This is why I thank God Every day

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