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After Lack of Coverage, New Series Fights to Get Exposure for Case of Missing Black Woman Phoenix Coldon

It was a week before Christmas in 2011 when Phoenix Coldon vanished without a trace. The 23-year-old, who family members said was an excellent musician and a regular at church, was gone, but her SUV was found stopped in the middle of a road with the engine running and her keys still inside.

It’s been nearly seven years and the case is still unsolved, making Coldon one of the nearly 75,000 missing Black women in America. St. Louis reporter Shawndrea Thomas is hoping to change that, however, with a new “Crime Time” series airing on the Oxygen network this week.

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Journalist Shawndrea Thomas (left) is working to uncover new details in the disappearance of missing St. Louis woman Phoenix Coldon. (Images courtesy of Paige DuBois / Oxygen)

“The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon,” premiering in a two-night special event Saturday, Nov. 3, and

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‘I only wanted to lose weight but I almost lost my life’: 22-stone woman, 35, nearly died after a gastric sleeve …

An obese woman claims she was given just days to live after she developed deadly sepsis from a gastric sleeve operation.

Laura Battrum, 35, from Birmingham, was severely overweight at 22 stone (308lbs) when she decided weight-loss surgery was her only option.

Due to her suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the NHS agreed to pay for the operation, which took place last January. 

Thrilled, Miss Battrum thought she was one step closer to her dream of starting a family with her partner of eight years Steve, 37. 

Instead, she claims she developed sepsis and was given three days to live before being put in an induced coma for a month.

After spending a total of four months in hospital, Miss Battrum is finally back at home. But the health and social assessor is now forced to use a colostomy bag, and battles mobility problems and fatigue every day.

Read more at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6204937/Woman-35-claims-given-just-days-live-developing-sepsis-weight-loss-surgery.html

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,

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FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Patron At Nightclub After Doing A Backflip

His backflip backfired.

An off-duty FBI agent who busted a move at a Denver nightclub on Saturday accidentally set off his gun and shot a patron.

“Everyone was kind of shocked after it happened because [the agent] kind of put his gun back away and then he walked away,” a witness who was only identified as Julie told KDVR in Denver.

The agent attracted a crowd at Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar with his flashy dance moves. He then went for a backflip. He pulled off the move, but it caused his gun to slip out of his pants and fall onto the dancefloor. Video of the incident shows the agent trying to pick up the gun and accidentally pulling the trigger.

A patron was shot in the leg and is expected to survive. Neither the agent nor the victim has been identified. 

Bystanders said the agent didn’t check to see if the

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NYPD Seizes More Than 1000 Packets Of Synthetic Marijuana After Hundreds Of Users Are Sickened

The NYPD scored a major synthetic marijuana bust in Brooklyn Thursday after hundreds of New Yorkers were sickened by the drug in less than two weeks, police said.

Detectives seized more than 1,000 packets of synthetic marijuana in the early morning raid on a home in Brownsville, which also netted four arrests, an NYPD spokesman said at a press conference.

Officers also picked up three 9mm bullets, three baggies of cocaine, and 31 tablets of clonazepam, NYPD officials said. The four suspects — 40-year-old Carlos Alvarez, 40; Pablo Morales, 29; Jessica Rodriguez, 30; and Jamie Harrison, 19 — were charged with unlawful manufacture, distribution, or sale, along with drug possession and paraphernalia charges, police said.

Included in the haul were packets of the drug labelled “Cotton Balls,” the brand reputed to be behind a mass overdose that sickened dozens of users in one neighborhood of Brooklyn alone, according to the New York Post, which

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Hoarding Nightmare: Man Charged with Murder After Contractor Died Digging Tunnels Under His Home

A bizarre home in suburban Maryland — with hundreds of feet of tunnels running at least 20 feet below the surface — is now the center of a murder investigation.

Daniel Beckwitt, 27, allegedly hired 21-year-old Askia Khafra to help him dig the tunnels. During a fire last September, rescuers discovered Khafra’s naked, charred body in Beckwitt’s basement. Officials said he died of smoke inhalation.

Cops charged Beckwitt with second-degree “depraved heart” murder last Friday, saying he showed “extreme disregard” for the 21-year-old’s life, according to an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com.

Beckwitt’s reason for digging the strange tunnels remains a mystery. Investigators described the house as a hoarding nightmare, with “immense piles of garbage” and “narrow, maze-like pathways,” in the arrest report. The strange network of tunnels stretched out beneath city streets, authorities said.

Beckwitt allegedly hired Khafra multiple times to work on his tunnel system. On each occasion, he insisted Khafra wear

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‘Active Shooter’ Video Game Pulled After Outcry From Shooting Victims’ Families

An online gaming platform that was set to sell a game called ‘Active Shooter,’ pulled the video game before it was released after an outcry from mass shooting victims’ families.

In the game, which was scheduled to be released on June 6, gamers could play from the point of view of an active shooter, firing at civilians and SWAT team members, or from the point of view of a SWAT team member.

“Pick your role, gear up and fight or destroy! Be the good guy or the bad guy,” a description for the game, developed by Acid Publishing Group, read on Steam before the game was removed on Tuesday night. “The choice is yours!”

People who lost loved ones in shootings quickly worked together to protest the game.

“These active shooter games encourage copycats and those with violent tendencies to become desensitized to the carnage we know too well,” Sandy Phillips, whose daughter Jessica Redfield Ghawi

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Ebby Steppach’s Disappearance Is A Murder Investigation After …

The remains of an Arkansas teen who vanished more than two years ago have been found, and police tell Oxygen.com that what had been a missing persons case is now a homicide investigation.

Ebby Steppach, 18, was last seen alive on October 24, 2015. Her bones were found last Tuesday in a park drainage pipe in a Little Rock suburb, steps from where her car was discovered after she disappeared.

The finding has raised questions about the early steps in the case, with a former Little Rock cop who looked into Steppach’s disapperance for her family as a private investigator after he retired, telling Oxygen.com there were “missed opportunities” years ago.

Little Rock police initially described the case Wednesday as a “missing person case.” But Public Information Officer Steve Moore told Oxygen.com Friday that police are now treating it as a homicide probe while they await cause of death confirmation from the medical examiner’s office, which “will take some

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California Man Charged With Murder After Veteran’s Charred Remains Found

A night of partying at a hangout for biker veterans in northern California turned deadly, authorities say — and one man is accused of torturing and murdering a 70-year-old Vietnam vet before burning his remains.

Sean Bryant, 51, was booked Sunday for allegedly murdering and torturing Stanley Owen Norman.

Bryant initially told cops that he and Norman spent the night of April 14 drinking together into the next morning. He said he eventually passed out and woke up as the sun was coming up the next day to find Norman, his Hummer H2 and his poodle KoKo all missing.

Cops searched for Norman for a month and eventually found his charred remains on one of Bryant’s properties.

Bryant made inroads with the veteran community after moving to Grass Valley in rural northern California roughly two years ago, according to Kristen Day, a fellow veteran who organized a community search for Norman and spoke to Oxygen.com.


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Florida Women Charged And Cops Investigated After A Marshall’s Robbery Turned Deadly

It started with two women suspected of stealing from a Marshall’s clothing store in Orlando, Florida. It ended in a botched getaway and police shooting and killing the alleged thieves’ driver.

Jocelyn Villot, 32, and Brittany Chandler, 26, had initially faced murder charges after the robbery because it led to the death of their getaway driver, 32-year-old Juan Alberto Silva, according to an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com. Orange County prosecutors decided last week not to press the murder charges because the pair did not encourage anyone to commit a violent act, an assistant state attorney told the Orlando Sentinel. The two women are still charged with grand theft and resisting arrest. 

Florida state police are also investigating the police shooting and will hand their report to state prosecutors. They will ultimately decide whether to charge the Orlando officers for shooting the driver, who appeared to be attempting to flee the scene. 

The confrontation began

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