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20-Year-Old Student Mysteriously Dies After She Starts Vomiting During Hike With Friends

A 20-Year-Old college student died while on a hike to a hot spring in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, according to Denver NBC affiliate KUSA

Susanna Deforest of Collegeville, Pennsylvania fell ill while on a 16-mile hike to Conundrum Hot Springs, south of Aspen.

DeForest was visiting three friends from Pennsylvania who now live in the town of Dillon, Colorado.

Pitkin County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Todaro told The Aspen Times the group had the proper gear, water and food to spend the night at the hot spring, but left late in the day on Thursday, August 18. According to the website AllTrails, the hike is rated as “difficult” and can take up to eight hours to complete.  

About six miles into the hike Deforest became ill and started vomiting. The group set up a tent for her to rest in, while two members of the party hiked out to get help. They

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Couple’s Adopted Baby Murdered By Birth Father After They’re Forced To Return Baby To Birth Parents

An Iowa couple will receive $3.25 million after winning a malpractice lawsuit against the lawyer who represented them in an adoption case in which the baby boy they were adopting was reclaimed by his biological parents and then murdered by his birth father, People magazine reports.

Rachel and Heidi McFarland were awarded the judgement on Tuesday against their former attorney Jason Rieper, whom they blamed for not getting the biological parents of the boy to sever their parental rights.

“The release-of-custody never got signed by either birth parent,” Rachel McFarland said to People. “Obviously our child and us weren’t a priority to [Rieper]. We are just happy he was found negligent. That was what our goal was. We will not see any money from this.”

The McFarlands had planned to have a private adoption in December 2013 from the daughter of one of Rachel’s co-workers. They were present at the birth and

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22-Year-Old Pregnant Woman Goes Missing After Sending Texts To Boyfriend

A pregnant North Dakota woman went missing on Saturday in the middle of a texting conversation with her boyfriend.

Twenty-two-year-old Savanna Marie Greywind of Fargo was last seen on Saturday afternoon at her apartment building when she modeled a dress for a female neighbor, Valley News Live reported.

According to WDAY, an ABC affiliate, she stopped replying to texts to family members around that time. Her wallet and car have been left behind.

Her sister, Kayla Greywind, told WDAY, “This is so not like Savanna. We are just praying for the best but it’s very hard.”

She is is eight months pregnant, 5 foot 4 inches tall, with green eyes and long brown hair.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Fargo Police Department at 701-235-4495.

[Photo: Facebook]

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3 Brothers Arrested After Decades Worth Of Child Porn, Used Kids’ Clothes And Graphic Notes On Murder Found In …

Three elderly brothers in Seattle have been arrested after their a search of their residence revealed “a home littered from floor to ceiling with child exploitation images, children’s clothing articles, toys and movies.”

According to KOMO News, a prosecutor stated that Edwin, Thomas and Charles Emery shared the majority of their lives abusing children. They are aged 78, 79 and 82 respectively. One of the brothers worked as a janitor at the Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle PI reported.

“The defendants have no known conviction history, but are charged with collecting images depicting the misery of sexually abused children to satiate their deeply rooted deviant interests,” the King County Prosecutor’s Office said in court documents, according to a Fox affiliate.

The discovery was made after a family member cleaning the suspects’ home found materials of a child being sexually abused. She then called 911.

“Among the items in evidence are numerous children’s

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Officer Charged For Forcing Woman To Perform Sex Act On Him In Courthouse Stairwell

Sgt. Timothy Nolan of Brooklyn, New York faces charges after forcing a woman to perform a sex act on him in a courthouse stairwell, according to The New York Post. 

The victim, Erica McRae, had been waiting to post bail for her boyfriend and was directed into a hallway by Nolan, where he pulled out his penis and declared “I got you. I will take care of you,” and commanded her to “spit on it,” according to court documents.

The victim reportedly feared for the fate of her boyfriend, whom she worried may face consequences if she did not obey Nolan’s demands. She has decided to come forward with her identity in the hopes of preventing incidents like this from occurring in the future.

Nolan was arraigned Monday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun.

“What this defendant – a public servant – allegedly did was a disgrace to his fellow court officers who day

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What Happened To Louis Mackerley, Who Disappeared While Walking To A Neighbor’s House?

Louis Mackerley went missing in his hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania on June 7, 1984. That day, he returned home from school and told his baby sitter he was going to visit a friend, two doors down. Louis, 7, never made it to his neighbor’s house. Police believe a group of neighborhood boys chased him until he ran into a nearby hot dog shop. He reportedly hid out in the shop for 45 minutes before leaving. The owner of the hot dog shop has since passed away.

According to Missing Persons of America, Louis told his parents, his school nurse and a psychologist that he had been molestedby a couple named Frank and Elizabeth. The police were called, but Louis was unable to provide the abusers’ last names or address.

Louis was one of the first missing children featured on milk cartons. The case received national attention. Despite that, Louis’ brother

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August 22 1993: Siege Kicks Off On Randy Weaver’s Idaho Cabin, Killing 3

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On August 22 1993, an FBI agent began shooting at Randy Weaver’s cabin in Idaho, igniting the start of an 11-day siege, known as “Ruby Ridge.”

Randy Weaver, along with friend Kevin Harris, began resisting arrest a year prior. After he failed to appear in court on firearms charges, US Marshals surrounded his home. On this day, a siege began which ultimately resulted in the deaths of Deputy US Marshal William Francis Degan, 42, the Weavers’ 14-year-old son Samuel and 43-year-old wife Vicki as well as a Weaver family dog. In the end, Weaver, Harris and the surviving children surrendered.

The standoff became a media sensation, and supporters of the Weaver family gathered near the Weaver home during the standoff. One such supporter was Timothy McVeigh, who was later convicted of killing 168 in the

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Teen In Brutal ‘Slenderman’ Stabbing Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge: ‘I Just Wanted It Over With’

One of the two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate as a sacrifice to the fictitious character and internet meme Slenderman pleaded guilty on Monday to lesser charges.

In 2014, Anissa Weier (left) and Morgan Geyser, both 12 at the time, lured 12-year-old Payton Leutner into the woods after a sleepover. Then, they stabbed her 19 times to impress Slenderman.

Weier, now 15, entered a plea on Monday to one count of second-degree homicide as an accomplice with use of a deadly weapon. It’s a lesser charge than her initial attempted first-degree intentional homicide charge.

“I believed that if I didn’t go through with it, Slenderman would come and attack and kill myself, my friends and my family,” Weier said in court on Monday, according to the Associated Press. “Those I cared about the most.”

The girl claimed she told Geyser that she didn’t want to stab Leutner.

“I just wanted it over

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Woman Claims R. Kelly Paid Her To Keep Silent After Alleged Underage Sexual Relationship: ‘I Had To Call Him Daddy’

A woman who claims to she was paid to keep quiet about her sexual relationship with R.Kelly as a teen has broken her silence.

BuzzFeed, who broke the shocking story about the RB singer’s alleged sex cult  has published a new story on the subject, an interview with 24-year-old Jerhonda Pace. She is claiming that Kelly physically abused her as a teenager. She told the publication that she met Kelly when she was 15 after she attended his 2008 child pornography trial. Pace was a fan of the singer at the time. She said they started having a sexual relationship when she was just 16.

During her second visit to Kelly’s mansion, Pace said Kelly told her to “undress for him [and] walk back and forth like I was modeling.” Then, the two allegedly engaged in oral sex, and they continued a sexual relationship for months. Pace said Kelly

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45-Year-Old Private School Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Raping 16-Year-Old Student

A teacher at an elite private school in Los Angeles has been arrested and charged with felony statutory rape, according to local CBS affiliate channel 2

Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was arrested Friday following allegations that she had sex with a 16-year-old student at The Brentwood School, where she teaches science. She was placed on administrative leave following her arrest.

A statement on The Brentwood School’s Facebook page said, “We were shocked and distressed to receive the news of these allegations. As always, our primary concern is the safety, health, and well-being of our students. To that end, we will do everything we can to cooperate with the official police investigation.”

The school opened in 1972 and is one of the state’s highest-ranked schools, as well one of its most expensive, according to The Los Angeles Times. Tuitions at the kindergarten through 12th grade school range from

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