Monthly Archives: November 2017

Grieving Father Dies After Detonating Grenades At Trial Of Son’s Killer

A dad in Nikopol, Ukraine allegedly detonated two grenades at the murder trial of his son’s accused killer. Police said the father died in the attack. The Washington Post reported that two people — including the father and one of the defendants — in total have died, and seven people were injured by shrapnel in the courtroom blast.

According to BBC, police said in a statement, “According to preliminary reports, a man pulled out two hand grenades and detonated them at 11:20 (09:20 GMT) during a murder case hearing.”

Later in the day, the number of injured went up. According to BBC, nine people were injured in total, including two other defendants, two guards, a court official and civilians.

As BBC reported, the defendants in the murder trial are accused of opening fire on a car and killing two passengers, which included the son of the father who detonated the two grenades. According to The Washington

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39-Year-Old Man Receives More Than 1000 Years In Prison For Molesting Young Girls

A sexual abuser from San Marcos, Texas has been sentenced to more than 1,000 years in prison — and that doesn’t include the two additional life terms he’s been given. Robert Benjamin Franks, 39, was convicted on Monday of molesting two young girls, including his own 9-year-old stepdaughter, on a continuous basis.

A press release from the Hays County District Attorney’s Office shows that Franks was given one life sentence for each child he sexually abused. Then, he got 99 years for each of the nine counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Furthermore, he was slammed with an additional 20 years for each of six counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact. To top that off, Franks was ordered to pay $120,000 in fines for his crimes.

Franks’ stepdaughter testified in court that Franks did “disgusting things” to her in 2016 when she lived at his home.

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Philando Castile’s Girlfriend Reaches $800000 Settlement For Emotional Distress, False Arrest

The girlfriend of Philando Castile has received a settlement of $800,000 following a traffic stop that resulted in his death. As CNN reported, Diamond Reynolds and her daughter were in the car when Castile was pulled over by Minnesota police. She live-streamed the aftermath of his shooting at the hands of police and filed a claim seeking compensation for her emotional distress and false arrest.

On July 6, 2016, St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled over Castile and shot him multiple times during a traffic stop. From the police dash camera, Castile says that he is carrying a firearm. The officer tells him not to reach for it and soon opens fire, all while Reynolds’ young daughter is in the back seat. Officers from the Roseville Police Department also responded to the incident. 

Reynolds shared the entire incident, which went viral, on Facebook Live. The incident incited widespread protests around the country.

“While

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Matt Lauer Issues Apology For Sexual Misconduct: ‘To The People I Have Hurt, I Am Truly Sorry’

Former “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer put out a statement Thursday morning apologizing for the pain that the sexual harassment allegations about him have caused. A day earlier, he was fired by NBC, where he worked for 20 years.

His entire statement was read in full on the “Today” show:

“There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.

“Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

“Repairing the damage will take a lot of

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Woman Accused Of Killing Thanksgiving Guest For Smoking Crack And Not Offering Her Any

A woman hosting a Thanksgiving dinner found it rude that her guest allegedly brought crack-cocaine into her home without her permission. Even ruder, he didn’t offer to share.

Thanksgiving dinner ended in horror when a Minneapolis woman allegedly killed her dinner guest for doing drugs at the table — and not offering her any.

Anenia Marie Hare, 47, of Minneapolis was charged with second-degree murder on Monday for allegedly killing 69-year-old Edward Caliph, according to the Star Tribune. Hare invited the man over to her place on Thursday for a Thanksgiving meal. But, as Hare told police, before “they started to eat, she looked over and saw the victim lighting up a crack pipe,” the Star Tribune reported.

The sight allegedly enraged the dinner host, who reportedly admitted to police that she was further irritated by the fact that Caliph didn’t offer her any of his crack. Hare then grabbed an

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Police Arrest 24-Year-Old Man In Florida Serial Killer Case That Terrorized Tampa

Late Tuesday night, an arrest was made in connection with the serial killings that have left Tampa in fear for the past 51 days. Howell Emanuel Donaldson III, 24, was arrested and will face four counts of first-degree murder, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said during a press conference.

“The real goal is to let the people of Seminole Heights be able to get a good night’s sleep,” Dugan said. “It’s been 51 days that they’ve been terrorized in their neighborhood and it is about letting these families know that we’re going to bring this person to justice and letting this neighborhood get some rest.”

Four people were shot in death, at random, in Tampa’s Seminole Heights neighborhood starting in early October. Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was shot around 9 PM on October 9 while waiting at a bus stop, CNN reported. Two days after Mitchell died, Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was Read more at: http://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/howell-emanuel-donaldson-arrest-florida-serial-killer

Attorney: Murder Charge Of Sister Accused Of Driving Off Cliff To Kill Twin Should Be Dropped

Alexandria Duval (nee Alison Dadow) is being accused of killing her twin sister after a car in which both of them drove off a cliff. Alexandria survived the crash with minor injuries; her lawyers are now arguing that the charges against her should be dropped.

According to People, the defense is attempting to argue that testimony given by a detective in a grand jury hearing was incorrect. Duval’s lawyers claim that a witness to the crash said that he saw the passenger pulling the driver’s hair with both hands, but a detective testified that the witness had said the passenger had stopped pulling the driver’s hair by the time the vehicle was jolting over the cliff’s edge.

Before the crash, Alexandria and her sister Anastasia Duval (nee Ann Dadow) had owned and operated a chain of yoga studios in Florida. The two had moved and changed their names after going bankrupt.

“They were very well

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Mom Sentenced For Making Up Kidnapping And Gang-Rape Tried To Flee

A Michigan mother who was convicted for making up a story about being gang-raped fled from a sheriff’s custody after being taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a prosecutor.

Leiha Ann-Sue Artman, 26, was sentenced to a year in prison for making up a story that she was kidnapped and gang-raped by four black men in 2016. According to MLive, Artman dodged jail time for the crime by entering an intensive probation program and a residential jail alternative program. But, last month, she went missing from the alternative program, violating her parole.

Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat said, “It’s alleged that while at the hospital, she attempted to flee the custody of the deputies who transported her.”

He said that Artman, a mother of three, ran out of the emergency room and onto the street. She was chased down by police and caught after a brief pursuit, MLive

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Police: Missing 17-Year-Old Soccer Player May Be With 27-Year-Old Coach

A missing teenager from Columbia County, Florida may be with the boys soccer coach of her school, police and the school district believe. Caitlyn Frisina, an avid soccer player, has been missing since Sunday.

According to News 4 Jax, it seems she left her home of her own accord. Police said before she disappeared, she erased everything on her cell phone and withdrew $200 from an ATM in St. Marys, Georgia on Sunday. Police think she might be with 27-year-old Rian Rodriguez. His role of head boys soccer coach at Fort White High School has been suspended, pending an investigation.

The two might be traveling in a red Mercury Sable, according to Action News Jax.

The teen’s mother, Scarlet Frisina, told News4Jax on Monday that she just wants to know that her daughter is safe.

“We don’t care why she left. We don’t care what’s happened,” she said. “We just want to know that

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Congress Faces Pressure To Reveal Details Of Privately Settled Sexual Harassment Cases

According to the New York Times, members of both the Democratic and Republican parties are urging Congress to end the culture of secrecy surrounding sexual harassment accusations within the United States government. Their plan includes reforming the ways that claims about misconduct are handled in private, often resolved in out-of-court settlements (using tax payer money), which protect abusers from public accountability.

The discussion comes in the wake of John Conyers stepping aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Conyers is the longest-serving member of the House. He had recently been accused of inappropriate behavior towards women. He is now under investigation from the House Ethics Committee.

“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics,” Conyers said in a statement.

“All

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