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  1. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    The Midland County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers and Midland Crime Stoppers are asking for the public's help in solving a 2009 cold case involving the homicide of Pamela McDonald. A reward of $2,500 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible.
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    Pamela McDonald of Midland was reported missing on April 5, 2009. She was last seen leaving her residence in a 2001 silver Lincoln Towncar at about 1 a.m. April 2, 2009. Soon after disappearing, her vehicle was located at a rest area in Ward County. In January 2012, her skeletal remains were located in Upton County not far from the Midland County line. The case is currently under active investigation.

    We encourage anyone with information to contact the Midland County Sheriff's Office or the Texas Rangers. To be eligible for the $2,500 cash reward, contact Midland Crime Stoppers at 432-694-TIPS, use the website at www.midlandcrimestoppers.com or use the mobile app P3 TIPS. You will remain anonymous because no caller ID is ever used.
    Please visit our Facebook page /MidlandTxCS or our website at www.midlandcrimestoppers.com.
    https://www.mrt.com/news/crime/article/Crime-of-the-Week-Authorities-seek-information-13963055.php
     
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  2. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Sabrina Allen of Texas, missing since 2002, was found by American authorities with her mother in Mexico yesterday. Allen and mother, Dara Llorens, were taken into custody in a town southeast of Mexico City. According to law enforcement, Llorens abducted Allen during an unsupervised visit after divorcing Sabrina’s father, Greg Allen. Llorens is now being held in custody in lieu of $300,000 bond and has been booked on charges of aggravated kidnapping. A secret mission by the FBI, U.S. Marshals, and Mexican authorities grabbed the 17-year-old girl on Tuesday. One team member was injured during the operation. Allen is reportedly undergoing medical evaluation at an undisclosed location and has not yet been reunited with her father. Her mother managed to avoid capture, in part, by changing her daughter’s hair color.
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/girl-kidnapped-in-2002-rescued-in-mexico
     
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  3. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    On Monday, Dallas police announced that they are investigating the killing of a black transgender woman named Chynal Lindsey. The 26-year-old is the third trans woman to be murdered in the Dallas area in less than a year, and the second in two weeks.

    The Washington Post reported that a passerby discovered Lindsey’s body in White Rock Lake on Saturday. Dallas Police Department chief U. Renée Hall said at a news conference on Monday that the victim’s body showed signs of “obvious homicidal violence,” the New York Times reports. Authorities are investigating the death as a homicide.

    Only two weeks ago, a 23-year-old trans woman named Muhlaysia Booker was shot and killed in Dallas; she had survived a violent beating by multiple assailants in April.

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    According to the Human Rights Campaign, murders of trans women in the United States have been on the rise — there have been five this year already, and last year there were 26. Black transgender women are the most frequent targets. HRC cautions in its recent report on violence against the transgender community that “anti-transgender stigma, denial of opportunity and increased risk factors compound to create a culture of violence.”

    Dallas police have reportedly asked the FBI to help them investigate this recent outburst in violence against transgender women.

    When asked on Monday about the possibility of there being a serial attacker of transgender women, Hall responded, “Right now we don’t have the evidence to substantiate that.” She did, however, ask that community members “stay vigilant,” and to “make sure your friends and family members know who you are with at all times and let individuals know where you are going.”
    https://www.thecut.com/2019/06/trans-woman-chynal-lindsey-murdered-in-dallas.html
     
  4. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Since the number of murders last month hit a level Dallas hadn’t seen since the 1990s, there have been some calls on social media for a map of where the killings happened. Robert Mundinger—a name you might recognize—has now answered the call.
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    The red marks represent murders in May.Courtesy of themap.io.
    Over at Robert’s site, TheMap, he’s put together a visualization of Dallas’ 2019 murders, color-coded and sortable by month. Click into one, you’ll find media coverage of the incident. Robert has also added a “DPD Reported Homicides” option, which adds marks on the map where police data indicates a homicide. You’ll notice there is not always direct overlap between the media reports and DPD’s data—all methods have their drawbacks—but taking both together provides a fairly comprehensive picture. (Robert is also inviting people to add to it; he addresses how in this tutorial.)

    Explore the map here. https://themap.io/map/295/2019-dallas-murders-map
    https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburn...tive-map-of-every-murder-in-dallas-this-year/
     
  5. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    A Chinese woman who raised a boy rescued more than two decades ago in the mistaken belief that he was her abducted son will take her multimillion-yuan compensation claim to court after failing to reach a settlement with the authorities.
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    Chongqing mother Zhu Xiaojuan, 53, is suing the Henan Higher People’s Court for 2.95 million yuan (US$426,600) over the mix-up, claiming compensation for mental suffering and the cost of raising the child, The Beijing News reported late last month.

    Zhu’s one-year-old son, Panpan, disappeared in 1992, the report said, without elaborating on the circumstances.

    Granddad reunited with the Chinese boy whose parents sold him in a park and split the money
    After a three-year search, Zhu saw a boy who looked like her child among a group of abducted children rescued by authorities in Henan.

    The Henan court arranged for Zhu, her husband and the child to have various “biological tests”, and the results indicated that the boy was related to the couple.

    Zhu believed the boy was her son until January last year when the family’s former nanny, He Xiaoping, admitted that she had taken the couple’s son, raised him and was finally willing to return him to them, the report said.
    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/soc...-botched-tests-and-reunion-wrong-abducted-son
     
  6. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    The Wilmington Police Department, New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David and NC Attorney General Josh Stein made the announcement Monday that Wayne Edward Soller, 61, of Deltona, Fla., was arrested June 5 for the 1996 sexual assault. A New Hanover grand jury indicted Soller of first-degree rape, first degree burglary and first degree sexual offense on Monday.

    According to a news release from David's office, Soller was arrested in Deltona and made his first court appearance in Volusia County (Fla.) on June 6. A judge ordered Soller to be held in Volusia County under no bond as he awaits extradition to North Carolina.

    "Law enforcement is often a difficult job, but moments like this are why we do what we do," WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous said in a statement. "Though it’s been 23 years since this heinous act occurred, our victim will finally see justice, and hopefully closure."

    The indictment states Soller broke into the victim’s home on St. Johns Court with the intent to rape her. He then performed a sexual act on the victim while saying he had a knife.

    Soller's arrest was made possible through a DNA match after a statewide push by Stein to process backlogged rape kits.

    WPD detectives traveled to Florida to interview Soller, which helped bring the case to a close.

    We know that DNA can breathe new life into cold cases," Stein said.

    This rape kit was submitted for testing in October, and the results came back three weeks ago.

    Police were able to find a DNA match because Soller had been arrested for assaulting a police officer in Florida.

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has made it an initiative to get backlogged rape kits tested in North Carolina.

    “When we test kits we solve crimes and we solve three very important messages. To the rapists, we say we will keep coming for you. To the victims we say we will not stop fighting for you. To the public we say we will continue to work to keep you safe,” he said.
    https://www.wbrc.com/2019/06/10/col...pe-kit-leads-dna-match-arrest-sexual-assault/
     
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  7. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    MUNCIE) – A Muncie woman has been arrested on charges related to the death of her 3-month-old daughter.

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    Police arrested 32-year-old Sarah Ann Styhl on a charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

    Around 10:45 a.m. Saturday, authorities were called to Muncie’s Young Women’s Christian Association at 310 E. Charles St. after the mother alerted a staff member that her child was unresponsive. The two had reportedly been staying there since Tuesday.

    Paramedics rushed the baby, Shea Anna Marie Styhl, to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The infant had suffered several burns on her body including her face, and multiple bone fractures, some of which doctors say were in different stages of the healing process.

    An autopsy report says the infant suffered “extensive skeletal trauma,” that included fractured arms and legs.

    When police searched the room in which the mother and child had been staying, they were said to have found “burn spray,” several diaper rash ointments and Icy Hot Patches. The room had no bathroom or cooking facilities.

    The mother told police she had no knowledge of the baby’s injuries or how she got them. When police continued to question her she became argumentative and requested an attorney.
     
  8. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles


    Warning: this is difficult to read.
    Affidavit: 3-month-old malnourished,...

    The cause and manner of the baby's death remained under investigation Sunday night.

    Sarah and her daughter, Shae Anna Marie Styhl, were dropped off Tuesday at the YWCA on East Charles Street by a Jay County caseworker, shelter representatives said.

    The pair had been at the facility for four days when a YWCA employee called 911 Saturday around 10:45 a.m. to report an unresponsive baby.

    Shae was pronounced dead Saturday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

    An autopsy was conducted Sunday, officials said. Results were not yet available Sunday night.

    The infant had "what appeared to be burns covering most parts of her body," according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by News 8.

    Investigators observed peeling skin, "large depression marks" on her right arm, apparent burns on her face, signs of malnutrition and a "large injury to the infant's buttocks and vaginal area," according to the charging document.

    "This area was purple and seeping what appeared to be blood," the affidavit states. "This injury appeared to be something that would resemble a large blood blister or burn blister."

    A postmortem skeletal survey conducted at IU Ball revealed "extensive skeletal trauma," including fractures in various stages of healing on all four of the child's extremities.

    Detectives found bottles of burn relief spray, diaper rash ointments and Icy Hot patches while searching Sarah's YWCA room, according to the affidavit.


    The search also uncovered items — including burp cloths and bed sheets — stained with what appeared to be blood.

    During an interview with detectives, Sarah said she "had never seen" the injury near her daughter's vaginal area; she noted the "irritation" on her baby's face and said she thought it was an allergic reaction, the charging document states.

    She blamed her daughter's arm injury on a stroller accident but told conflicting stories about how it happened, according to investigators.

    A YWCA representative called the baby's death a "tragedy" in a statement to News 8 and said they were "cooperating fully" with the investigation.

    Prosecuting attorney Eric Hoffman expects to announce formal charges against the mother within a week, he told News 8.

    She remained in custody Sunday night at the Delaware County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

    Attorneys representing Sarah Styhl could not be reached for comment.
    https://www.wishtv.com/news/crime-w...ce-investigate-3-month-old-s-death/2064709248
     
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    and no one from the shelter observed the baby in distress in those 4 days? :eek:
     
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  10. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    A 21-year-old Milwaukee man is charged with reckless homicide after police say he punched his 2-month-old son repeatedly in the head while being held in his mother’s arms, ultimately killing the child.

    The infant went into respiratory failure and suffered multiple skull fractures, cerebral hemorrhaging and extensive retinal hemorrhaging in the June 5 assault. He was pronounced dead at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin that same evening.

    Kenta Evans, 21, the suspect, arrived to the home of Jessica McNeal around 7 a.m. on June 5 to visit the child, Jaquerrion Dancer, who is believed to be his son. An argument ensued.

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    Kenta Evans, 21, allegedly killed a 2-month-old boy by punching him in the head "multiple times with closed fists."(Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office)

    The mom rushed into the room where the infant was sleeping, picked up the child and told him to leave, authorities said. He allegedly admitted to police that after trying to pry the child from the mother, he “became frustrated and began punching."

    The baby was rushed to the hospital and was bleeding from the mouth. The infant died around 9 p.m., and the medical examiner. The death was ruled a homicide, the New York Daily News reported.

    Officers arrested Evans after they found him hiding in a closet at his mother’s house. In a June 6 interview with police, Evans allegedly admitted the child may have died after being hit “multiple times with closed fists.”

    Court documents say Evans told detectives he had repeatedly hit the mother, with many blows also striking the baby.
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/wisconsi...oxnews/national (Internal - US Latest - Text)
     
  11. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    It’s extremely sad and disgusting. It shows such a lack of humanity. The shelter also needs to be investigated. Why oh why didn’t they take the baby to a fire department and give the little baby up if they hated her so much? There are so many couples that seek a way to have an infant to love, cherish and care for. It makes me really mad.

    BLUFFTON, Ind. – Two years before she was arrested in her infant daughter’s death on Saturday, Sarah Ann Styhl was convicted of attacking her own mother.

    Styhl, 32, was being held in the Delaware County jail on Tuesday, preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

    Her three-month-old daughter, Shae Anna Marie Styhl, was pronounced dead at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after she was found unresponsive at the Muncie YWCA, where the mother and baby had been staying since June 4.

    The cause of the baby’s death remains under investigation, although authorities said she had several injuries, including bone fractures and what appeared to be numerous burns.
    Sarah then hit (her mother) again on the side of the head and told her she was going to kill her,” an Bluffton police officer reported.

    Styhl at first tried to persuade authorities her mother had been injured in an accidental fall.

    Reports indicate when his mother was taken to jail, Styhl’s son was placed in the care of the grandmother pending further investigation by the Department of Child Services.

    Three weeks later, Styhl pleaded guilty as charged to a count of domestic battery, a Level 6 felony carrying up to 30 months in prison.

    Wells Superior Court Judge Andrew Antrim sentenced her to time already served in the county jail, and placed Styhl on probation.

    Court records reflect Styhl, then of Fort Wayne, was also convicted of battery in an Allen County court in 2008.

    A probation violation in that case apparently resulted in Styhl later spending about 15 months in prison.

    On May 4, 2017, Styhl was living with another child, a son who was then two years old, at her mother’s home in Bluffton.

    Police were called to the home after Styhl allegedly twice struck her mother in the head and neck and announced she intended to kill her.

    The Bluffton woman said she suspected Styhl had consumed “too much coffee,’ and took a cup of the beverage away from her daughter.

    “That’s when she hit me from behind in the neck, knocking me to the ground,” the mother wrote.

    The son mentioned in the Wells County case was not with Styhl when she registered to stay at the Muncie YWCA last week, local authorities said. Her daughter had been born in late February.

    The mother and baby had reportedly stayed at a homeless shelter in Portland before coming to Muncie.

    http://www.usnews.ws/breaking/woman-held-in-babyaposs-death-had-attacked-her-own-mother
     
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  12. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Two postcards may hold the key to solving a decades-old unsolved killing of a U.S. mother-of-two who was last seen alive heading off to spend her day sketching and taking photographs, according to authorities in England.

    Shelley Morgan, 33, was last seen alive at 8:30 a.m. on June 11, 1984, after dropping her children off at school before heading towards the Leigh Woods area in the city of Bristol. Her remains were discovered five months later in the woods by a group of children.

    It’s impossible to imagine the pain and anguish Shelley’s family have felt over the years and understand the impact her murder has had on her two children, who’ve been left without a mother for the majority of their lives," said Det. Sgt. Sarah Barnston of the Avon and Somerset Police Department's Major Crime Review Team.

    Morgan, who was originally from the U.S., had been stabbed multiple times and "there was evidence the brutal attack had been sexually motivated," according to police.

    Avon and Somerset Police said in a news release on Monday that the department's major crime review team has revealed two postcards that may "have a significant bearing" on their investigation.

    The postcards, which depict scenes of the River Avon and St. Andrew's Church, were from a calendar sold by the local Bristol Hospice charity in the 1980s or 1990s.

    "Both locations are significant as they are linked to the areas where Shelley was heading for on the day she disappeared, and where her body was found five months later," police said.
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    Shelley Morgan, 33, was last seen alive at 8:30 a.m. on June 11, 1984. A postcard of a scene overlooking the River Avon in Bristol could hold clues to her murder, according to police. (Avon and Somerset Police)
    Avon and Somerset Police said in a news release on Monday that the department's major crime review team has revealed two postcards that may "have a significant bearing" on their investigation.

    The postcards, which depict scenes of the River Avon and St. Andrew's Church, were from a calendar sold by the local Bristol Hospice charity in the 1980s or 1990s.

    "Both locations are significant as they are linked to the areas where Shelley was heading for on the day she disappeared, and where her body was found five months later," police said.
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    This postcard of St. Andrew's Church from the direction of Backwell Hill in Bristol, England may be "signficant" for investigators, as it shows where Shelley Morgan was heading for on the day of her murder. (Avon and Somerset Police)

    Authorities are looking to speak to anyone who may have bought the calendar or may have kept their tear-off postcards with the specific images, "possibly for some time."

    Barnston said Morgan was "passionately interested" in art and theater while taking art classes at the time of her murder at Bristol Polytechnic Art College.

    The 33-year-old's work and locations where she was planning on visiting the day she went missing may "hold the key to her killer’s identity," according to Barnston.

    "We remain of the belief that her killer must have had access to a vehicle and may have had links through work or other associations to Backwell and possibly the Leigh Woods or Clifton areas of Bristol," she said. "Although there were numerous sightings of Shelley on the day she went missing, in both the Bristol and Backwell areas, none have been confirmed."

    Shelley’s camera equipment has never been found, particularly an Olympus OM20 camera. This camera is still popular with collectors and photography students. The 35mm camera will have the serial number 1032853 on it. Have you seen it? https://bit.ly/2WCuXQQ
    https://www.foxnews.com/world/postc...oxnews/world (Internal - World Latest - Text)
     
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  13. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    According to the National Crime Information Center, in 2018 more than 600,000 people were reported missing in the United States; well over two-thirds of cases involved children under the age of 18, and a disproportionate number involved Native American and black women.

    The phenomenon of missing persons — as a result of war, crime, natural disasters, irregular migration and other causes — represents a global challenge. On June 13 and 14, at a series of meetings organized by the treaty-based International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) at its headquarters in the Netherlands, policymakers and experts will come together to develop strategies to tackle key aspects of the problem.

    The focus will be on Mediterranean migration, but many of the themes that will be discussed have direct relevance to migration in the Americas. Around the world, almost 31,000 migrants are reported to have died or to have gone missing since the beginning of 2014, and more than 950 are reported to have died so far this year, of whom 166 were lost in Central
    In November last year, at the Peace Forum organized by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, the ICMP presented eight principles that it believes can serve as the basis for an ethical and effective international policy on missing migrants.

    The Paris Principles assert that resolving the fate of missing and disappeared persons and protecting persons against disappearance are integral to fulfilling the responsibility of states to support peace, reconciliation and social cohesion, and they are key elements in upholding basic human rights. They highlight the fact that investigations into missing persons cases must be capable of establishing the facts, and that cooperation among states and international institutions is indispensable. They also emphasize that persons who go missing or are victims of enforced disappearance are entitled to protection under the law, regardless of citizenship or residence status, and that all measures to address the issue of missing migrants must uphold and advance the rule of law.

    The meetings being organized by the ICMP, the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons, will also examine ways of ensuring that the issue of missing persons is incorporated in efforts now underway to end the conflict in Syria. The ICMP has played a key role in helping governments around the world account for missing persons following conflict, and can testify firsthand to the fact that where large numbers of persons are unaccounted for, significant segments of the population have no reason to place their faith in a fledgling peace.

    Across large swathes of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico today, students and teachers, activists and church groups are helping local authorities to locate and identify migrants who have perished in inhospitable terrain. Many of the people who are doing this work are motivated by a sense of human solidarity. Solidarity is important, but it is not enough. A coherent and effective approach to the issue of missing persons requires an approach that is firmly based on upholding rule of law.

    The United States is supporting ICMP in Mexico, the Western Balkans and Iraq, as well as in efforts to account for thousands who have gone missing as a result of the conflict in Syria. This support is based on a recognition that the ICMP’s work contributes in a focused and unique way to achieving U.S. diplomatic objectives, including peacemaking efforts. As we continue in our efforts, we are working toward developing strategies through which these objectives can be further advanced.
    https://thehill.com/opinion/international/447727-a-global-solution-to-the-problem-of-missing-persons
     
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    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    MONTGOMERY, TX -- Missing Endangered Child from Montgomery County Area. Name: Zoe-Da’Nae Fusselman
    Age: 17
    D.O.B 05/06/2002
    Height: 5’6”
    Sex: Female
    Hair: Red Brown
    Eyes: Blue
    Race: Caucasion
    Complexion: Fair
    Missing Since: 06/10/2019
    Missing State: Montgomery County, Tx

    Description: Zoe-Da’Nae was last seen on 06/10/2019 around 2:30 pm or 3:00 pm in Magnolia, Tx. She was wearing Blue Jean skirt, and a colorful striped shirt. She might in The Woodlands Area or in the College Station area. No other information is available at this time.

    If seen or have any information, please contact: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800 or 1st Priority Search & Recovery at 936-306-5074, 979-645-1177, 979-402-6020
    https://www.woodlandsonline.com/npps/story.cfm?nppage=63365
     
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  15. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials on Monday said that one of its subcontractors had been breached in a “malicious cyberattack,” exposing images of travelers coming in and out of the country.

    Less than 100,000 people had their information compromised by the attack, according to a law enforcement official.

    The database, which comprised of photos of people’s faces and license plates, had been transferred to the subcontractor’s network without the federal agency’s authorization or knowledge, a CBP spokesperson told The Register.

    However, the stolen photo data didn’t include any identifying information, and no passport or other travel document photos were compromised.

    The breach first came to light on May 31.

    While the CBP didn’t take the name of the subcontractor, The Register had reported on May 24 that a hacker by the name “Boris Bullet-Dodger” pilfered data from Perceptics, a company that provides license plate reader technology for the US-Mexico border, and offered the dump as a free download on the dark web.

    It’s not immediately clear if the two incidents are connected, although the CBP went on to confirm none of the image data has been identified on the Dark Web or internet.

    News of the breach comes as facial recognition tech has been the subject of a growing debate among civil liberty groups and lawmakers, who have raised concerns related to false matches and arrests while balancing the need for public safety.

    It’s a known fact that CBP makes use of cameras and video recordings at airports and land border crossings. The captured images are used as part of a facial-recognition program designed to track the identity of people entering and exiting the US.

    With databases containing personal identifying information becoming an alluring target for hackers and cybercriminals, the incident further underscores the need for careful evaluation of data collection practices by government agencies.

    https://thenextweb.com/security/201...-traveler-photos-from-border-patrol-database/
     
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    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    The man accused of killing 51 people during a shooting spree in March at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against him.

    A lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons attacked Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island on March 15, killing 51 people in the country’s worst peace-time mass shooting. The attacker broadcast the shooting live on Facebook.

    A lawyer for Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, said on Friday his client pleaded not guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of committing a terrorist act. This is the first time a terrorism charge has been brought in New Zealand.

    Tarrant was not in court in person in Christchurch; instead he appeared via a video link from a maximum-security prison where he’s being held in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

    Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, is suspected of acting alone during the March 15 atrocity – New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting.

    He is accused of using modified semi-automatic weapons to massacre Muslims at Christchurch’s Al Noor and Linwood mosques during Friday prayers. The attack was live-streamed from a head-mounted camera.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced tough new firearm laws banning semi-automatic weapons after the attack.

    More than 100 family members of victims – and a few people who were shot but survived the attacks – were in court. Most, throughout the hearing, looked intently at the screens showing Tarrant.

    High Court Justice Cameron Mander said Tarrant was fit to stand trial after the court ordered him to undergo a mental health assessment at a previous hearing on April 5.

    “No issue arises regarding the defendant’s fitness to plead, to instruct counsel, and to stand his trial. A fitness hearing is not required,” Mander said in a minute released to the media after Friday’s hearing.

    The court lifted an order last week suppressing the publication of pictures of Tarrant. An interim suppression order barring the publication of the identity of survivors also lapsed and will not be reinstated.
    https://wicnews.com/world/accused-christchurch-gunman-pleads-not-guilty-charges-2-410920215/
     
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    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    The man accused of killing 51 people during a shooting spree in March at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against him.

    A lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons attacked Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island on March 15, killing 51 people in the country’s worst peace-time mass shooting. The attacker broadcast the shooting live on Facebook.

    A lawyer for Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, said on Friday his client pleaded not guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of committing a terrorist act. This is the first time a terrorism charge has been brought in New Zealand.

    Tarrant was not in court in person in Christchurch; instead he appeared via a video link from a maximum-security prison where he’s being held in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.

    Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, is suspected of acting alone during the March 15 atrocity – New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting.

    He is accused of using modified semi-automatic weapons to massacre Muslims at Christchurch’s Al Noor and Linwood mosques during Friday prayers. The attack was live-streamed from a head-mounted camera.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced tough new firearm laws banning semi-automatic weapons after the attack.

    More than 100 family members of victims – and a few people who were shot but survived the attacks – were in court. Most, throughout the hearing, looked intently at the screens showing Tarrant.

    High Court Justice Cameron Mander said Tarrant was fit to stand trial after the court ordered him to undergo a mental health assessment at a previous hearing on April 5.

    “No issue arises regarding the defendant’s fitness to plead, to instruct counsel, and to stand his trial. A fitness hearing is not required,” Mander said in a minute released to the media after Friday’s hearing.

    The court lifted an order last week suppressing the publication of pictures of Tarrant. An interim suppression order barring the publication of the identity of survivors also lapsed and will not be reinstated.
     
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  18. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    The man accused of killing 51 people.The man accused of killing 51 people during a shooting spree in March at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against him.

    A lawyer for Australian-born Brenton A lawyer for Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, said on Friday his client pleaded not guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of committing a terrorist act. This is the first time a terrorism charge has been brought in New Zealand.in New Zealand.

    Tarrant was not in court in person in Christchurch; instead he appeared via a video link from a maximum-security prison where he's being held in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city.

    Throughout the half-hour hearing on Friday, Tarrant - wearing a plain grey top - stood looking slightly up at a camera positioned above him. He did not say a word during the hearing. He nodded once to acknowledge he could hear the judge, and at times smirked.

    When his lawyer entered the 'not guilty' pleas on his behalf, he grinned and - at one point - winked at the camera.

    Fit for trial
    Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, is suspected of acting alone during the March 15 atrocity - New Zealand's worst peacetime mass shooting.

    He is accused of using modified semi-automatic weapons to massacre Muslims at Christchurch's Al Noor and Linwood mosques during Friday prayers. The attack was live-streamed from a head-mounted camera.

    New Zealand's government tightened the country's gun laws in the wake of the attack and has said it would review laws dealing with hate speech.

    It has also supported international efforts to ensure that social media giants to do more to combat online "extremism".

    More than 100 family members of victims - and a few people who were shot but survived the attacks - were in court. Most, throughout the hearing, looked intently at the screens showing Tarrant.

    At the last hearing on April 5, the court had ordered Tarrant to undergo a mental assessment first to determine whether he was fit to stand trial.

    The judge, Justice Cameron Mander, said the accused's mental state had been assessed and he was fit to stand trial.

    "The court endeavours to bring serious criminal cases to trial within a year of arrest. The scale and complexity of this case makes this challenging," Mander said.

    Because of the volume of evidence the prosecution and defence will have to consider, that trial will not take place until May 4. It is expected to last at least six weeks and possibly as long as three months.

    Tarrant has been remanded in custody until August 16 when a case review hearing is scheduled.

    Mander barred news outlets from taking photographs or video of Tarrant's appearance, although he said images from an earlier hearing in March could be used.

    'He will pay'
    On the steps of the court after the hearing, people injured in the attacks, and relatives of those killed gave their reactions to what they'd seen and heard.

    Temel Atacocugu was shot nine times and attended court on crutches. On Friday he said: "He [Tarrant] is going to be the loser. We will win. He will pay for what he's done."

    Janna Ezat whose 35-year-old son Hussein Al-Umari was killed in the attacks said she wanted to see the death penalty for Brenton Tarrant, if he is found guilty.

    "This is the only way. In this specific case he has to be killed. [If] he killed [more than] fifty people. He has to be killed."

    New Zealand abolished the death penalty in 1989 and has not executed anyone since 1957. If found guilty, Tarrant faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

    The people killed in March's attacks came from more than a dozen countries and their relatives speak a variety of different languages. The court had translators on hand for many and, both before and after the hearing, community representatives explained what would happen, and had happened in court. Even so, some were confused at why the trial won't take place until next year.

    "It was totally not explained," said Didar Hossain "Why can't the case be finalised within six months? That would be good for us."

    Hossain described himself as heartbroken. "I lost my uncle" he said, "and all my friends".
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019...ue-shooter-pleads-guilty-190613233346021.html
     
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    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    “Having a vicious murderer like this who has shown no remorse out on the street should never happen in New York State,” former Gov. George Pataki said of the state parole board's decision to release Richard LaBarbera, 39 years after the rape and murder of Paula Bohovesky.
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    Former New York Gov. George Pataki called a parole board’s decision to release the killer of a 16-year-old girl a “gross injustice” and urged current Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene, as the backlash against the controversial decision continues to mount.

    Richard LaBarbera, 66, has spent the last 38 years in prison for the heinous 1980 murder of 16-year-old Paula Bohovesky, who was brutally attacked, raped and killed by LaBarbera and Robert McCain as she was walking home from her job at the Pearl River Library.

    But LaBarbera, who was sentenced to serve 25 years to life, may soon be walking the streets after a state parole board voted to release the convicted killer in July.

    A parole board will hold a hearing to consider McCain’s parole this week, according to the Rockland/Westchester Journal News.

    The decision to release LaBarbera—and possibility that a similar decision could soon be reached for McCain—has outraged the victim’s family and sparked a community-wide effort to voice their disapproval for the decision.

    Taking Action

    Those opposed to the decision will join together Saturday for a candlelight vigil remembering Bohovesky and activists have also released a video titled “Say Something” voiced by Bohvesky’s niece, Abigail Bohovesky, aimed at capturing Gov. Cuomo’s attention.

    “They have expressed no remorse or genuine understanding that killing children is evil,” Abigail Bohovesky says in the video.

    The case has even garnered the attention of Pataki, who believes current Gov. Cuomo “should urge the parole board to reverse this horrible decision,” according to Fox News.

    He called the parole board’s decision an “outrage” in a statement to the news organization.

    “Having a vicious murderer like this who has shown no remorse out on the street should never happen in New York State,” he said. “This decision should be reversed.”

    But according to the Journal News, Cuomo can’t overrule parole decisions. Community activists, however, hope the attention and outrage will make the parole board reconsider the possibility of McCain’s parole as well as spark a larger conversation about the release of convicted murderers.

    “Rather than build new prisons to fix overcrowding, the state has dumped the problem back on our door step,” Abigail Bohovesky, who never had the chance to meet her murdered aunt, said in the video.

    The video urges Gov. Cuomo to “say something” about the parole board’s decision.

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    Andrew Cuomo and George Pataki Photo: Getty
    Pataki hopes Gov. Cuomo can pressure the parole board to change their decision—a sentiment shared by the victim’s mother Lois Bohovesky.

    “If Gov. Cuomo can do anything, please for God’s sake, reverse the decision,” she told Fox News earlier this month.

    Lois Bohovesky said neither man has ever shown any remorse or accepted responsibility for the heinous crime.

    “The medical examiner said he’d never seen so brutal an attack,” she said.

    However, in its decision to release LaBarbera, the three-person review board wrote that the decision to release him had been because of the remorse he’d shown.

    “The panel considered the brutality of your instant offense, where you and your co-defendant beat and stabbed your 16-year-old female victim,” they wrote according to the Rockland/Westchester Journal News. “During your interview, you expressed what appeared to be sincere remorse and your overall record reflects not only low (risk to the community) but maturity over the almost 39 years of incarceration.”

    They noted, however, that the release “in no way mitigates the seriousness and senseless loss of life nor does it alienate the life long pain of your victim’s family and community.”

    A Savage Crime

    The murder rocked and irrevocably changed the small community, located about a half hour outside of New York City.

    “In my more than 50 years living in Orangetown and serving in the local government, I have never seen or heard of a person or event that reached so deeply and permanent into the very hearts, minds and memories of this town as this sweet innocent beautiful child and how she left us,” Rockland County Legislator John Murphy, whose children went to school with the victim, wrote in an email to the local paper.

    Bohovesky, an honor student and gifted artist, had been walking home from her part-time job at the library just after 7 p.m. on Oct. 28, 1980 when she was spotted by LaBarbera and McCain, who had been drinking at a nearby bar.

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    Richard LaBerbera and Robert McCain Photo: New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
    McCain hit Bohovesky with a chunk of pavement, knocking her out and then dragged her behind an abandoned home. He sexually assaulted her while LaBarbera looked on. LaBarbera eventually tried to sexually assault the 16-year-old himself after he believed she was dead.

    But Bohovesky stirred, surprising him and he stabbed her five times in the back, Fox News reports.

    Both men were later found guilty of the murder and sentenced the 25 years to life in jail, the harshest sentence for the crime at the time, WCBS-TVreports.
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    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Three decades later, a guilty plea in infamous Southold drug case
    Nearly 30 years after former Southold resident William LaMorte was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison for his role in an international drug conspiracy, a co-defendant who spent the ensuing decades on the run has admitted taking part in the criminal enterprise.

    Appearing at the federal courthouse in Manhattan Wednesday, Jacob Moritz, 72, pleaded guilty to one felony count of participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to sell less than 50 kilograms of marijuana. Mr. Moritz, who was arrested near the Canadian border in Montana last April, is facing up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine at his sentencing in September. The longtime fugitive has also agreed to forfeit $2 million in assets as part of his plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

    “I knew what I was doing was wrong and I’m sorry,” Mr. Moritz told Southern District Court Judge Loretta Preska, who will rule on how much time he serves at his Sept. 12 sentencing.

    Mr. Moritz told the judge he was “nervous and scared” as he entered his guilty plea Wednesday.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara LaMorte, who is of no relation to the co-defendant in the case, said Mr. Moritz will turn over a bank account and title to property he owns in the Republic of Maldives, an island nation in South Asia, in an effort to satisfy the forfeiture agreement. Ryan Poscablo, an attorney representing Mr. Moritz, said they are currently working to access the Maldives account, which he said his client established under the name Arthur Chestnutt, an alias he used in that country.

    Mr. LaMorte, who owned the former Key Foods in Cutchogue during some of the years he also allegedly ran the large-scale drug smuggling operation, had previously been the only person convicted among the four indicted co-conspirators in the case. The four men were accused of smuggling more than 1,200 tons of marijuana and hashish into the U.S. and Canada from ports in countries like Morocco and Lebanon in a series of shipments from 1971 to 1986.

    While the other three defendants in the case fled, Mr. LaMorte stood trial. He was convicted by a federal jury in March 1991 and sentenced to 50 years in prison and ordered to pay $49.2 million in fines. He was also ordered to forfeit $25 million in assets.

    The well-known businessman later admitted to The Suffolk Times in a jailhouse interview that he would transport the drugs from freighters anchored miles offshore through Gardiners Bay to houses his family owned in Southold using smaller boats. He always maintained that he should not have been convicted, saying he had stopped smuggling drugs years before his arrest and the statute of limitations had passed.

    Mr. LaMorte, who died in prison on July 4, 2007 at the age of 60, lost several appeals of his conviction.

    At Mr. LaMorte’s trial, his younger brother Thomas testified that the elder Mr. LaMorte received 50 percent of the proceeds from the massive amounts of marijuana they would bring into the U.S. He testified that he and Mr. Moritz would split the remaining half. It was said at trial that shipments could exceed as much as $15 million.

    Thomas LaMorte, who had testified against his brother to avoid serving time in prison for an unrelated drug arrest, would later write a letter to the judge in support of his brother’s appeal.

    While it was previously alleged in court papers and through testimony at William LaMorte’s trial that the enterprise began in 1971, Mr. Moritz only admitted Wednesday to participating in it from 1975 to 1985.

    Mr. Moritz was arrested in the early morning hours of April 15, 2018 after crossing the Canadian border near Rexford, Montana, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Border patrol officers had been searching for Mr. Moritz and another man after receiving a tip of two suspicious men emerging from a wooded area not far from the border, agents said at the time.

    Mr. Moritz remains free on a $100,000 bond posted in April 2018 by his sons, attorneys Jonathan and Dillon Brozyna of Tampa, Fla. He is currently living with his wife in an apartment in Tampa, where he is monitored through the use of GPS and subject to a 7 p.m. daily curfew, court records show. A 1989 indictment states that Mr. Moritz lived in Connecticut and New York City at the time he vanished.

    To this day, co-defendants Fayez Barade and Harry Sunila have never been apprehended by federal authorities.
    https://suffolktimes.timesreview.co...ater-guilty-plea-infamous-southold-drug-case/
     
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