Colton Harris-Moore, the alleged "Barefoot Bandit," is now being sought in Nebraska, KOMO-TV reports. He's something of a minor celebrity in the Pacific Northwest, where he's suspected of several break-ins and airplane thefts, of all things. And now law-enforcement officials are convinced that he's in the Midwest. There was a report the other day that he stole a car in Iowa.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
We've written a little about the disappearance of Kyron Horman, a 7-year-old whose disappearance has made big news in Oregon. The boy was last seen inside his elementary school on June 4, and despite a major search and investigation, there's been no sign of him since. His father has just filed for divorce from Kyron's stepmom, who was one of the last people to see the boy. Keep in mind, the stepmom is NOT a suspect at this point, and hasn't even been listed as a person of interest. The Oregonian has more here.
FILE -- In a June 11, 2010 file photo Terri Horman and Kaine Horman, the father of missing 7-year-old Kyron Horman, stand together at a press conference at Brooks Hill Historical church in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens/file)
Fair warning to everybody who likes to drive while intoxicated: Pretty much every lawman in the great state of Missouri is going to be looking for you, if you choose to do so between July 2 and July 5. There's going to be a statewide enforcement campaign running over the holiday weekend, though different agencies will react different ways. KCPD has at least one checkpoint planned. Lee's Summit is going to do saturation patrols. And the highway patrol has another 10-Mile Trooper operation in the works. That's just the stuff that I know about.
In Madison, Wis., a man was arrested for allegedly looking at pornography and fondling himself in a McDonald's play area.
Police said the suspect, who told police he has no children, admitted to exercising bad judgment.
OP police are trying to find a guy who allegedly used a credit card that had been stolen during a series of car burglaries. The thefts happened early Saturday near the 10600 block of West 130th Terrace; the missing card was used at two stores by 6 that morning. The suspect is white, maybe in his late teens. He's wearing a gray T-shirt with REGIS on the front and khaki shorts. They think he might be driving a tan or gold SUV.
During the car burglaries, the parties responsible also spray-painted curse words and some shapes on the cars and driveways, police say.
If you know who he is, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477) or OPPD at 913-344-8750.
And he's been sentenced to five years in prison as a result. The story is from Jacksonville. Apparently, the guy was upset with his employers and decided to put painkillers in the Whoppers. A cheeseburger that can cure your headache? How is that a crime?
The U.S. federal court system is asking for an extra $40 million to handle an expected increase in criminal immigration cases, the AP reports. This is separate from the $600 million border plan proposed by the White House, but court officials say they'll need the $40 million to handle the increase in cases after authorities start making more arrests.
A Michigan man is suing Wal-Mart for firing him after he tested positive for pot -- which he's allowed to use under the state's medical-marijuana law. (He has an inoperable brain tumor.) He says that he never used the drug at work, only at home at night. The company learned about his drug use after he got hurt at work and went to the doctor, where he was tested.
Florida police find woman unconscious, lying in the fetal position and covered in vomit, a can of dust remover in her hand, the Naples News reports.
When reached for comment, McKeever said that inhaling dust remover "won’t be a problem anymore." She then hung up. She soon called back with another statement.
"Write this down and slap it on the front page, honey," she said. "I would have no record at all if marijuana was legal."
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
From the Boston Globe, in a report about a man accused of leading police on a 20-mile pursuit.
"I am Pope Alexander, not the apostle Alexander. Get it right, people," said Alejandro Serra, who appeared to be trembling and smiling at no one in particular.
From KCPD: This morning at approximately 7 a.m., KCMO police were called to the 7600 block of East 109th Street in regard to a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located a 66-year-old female in the grass suffering from life-threatening injuries. She was transported to a local hospital and is currently in ICU.
A witness observed a silver or gray, late 80’s, regular cab pick-up truck, driven by a 40-50-year-old white male, flee the scene after the accident. The vehicle should have front end damage as a result of the accident. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.8477.
Davis is serving so much time for raping and murdering two local women that his sentence is usually written out in exponents. He's just lost an appeal before the Missouri Supreme Court. You can read the court's decision here, via PDF.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, FanDanGo!
From Olathe PD: On Tuesday, June 29th at approximately 7:53 am, officers from the Olathe Police Department were dispatched to the Econolodge (209 E. Flaming rd.) in reference to a medical emergency. Upon arrival officers discovered a deceased 57-year-old male in one of the rooms. No additional information is available at this time. The victim's identity is being withheld pending notifications.
The Olathe Police Department's investigations unit is currently investigating this incident as a homicide. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Olathe Police Department at 913-971-7455 or the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Ach, missed this from the other day: The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to Missouri's death-penalty policies. The attorney general, Chris Koster, is viewing this as a green light to resume executions, though a defense attorney says they've got another case in the hopper and, thus, nobody should be killed just yet. The AG already says he's going to request an execution date for Joseph Paul Franklin.
You might remember Franklin; he's kind of a piece of work. From an old CSKC post ...
This isn't his birth name, by the way. James Clayton Vaughn renamed himself after Joseph Paul Goebbels and Benjamin Franklin. (Two figures who naturally go together, right?) He is, as you might have guessed, a white supremacist known for targeting blacks, Jews and mixed-race couples.
He's confessed to trying (unsuccessfully) murder Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan, though was never convicted. He's on Missouri's Death Row for killing a man outside a bar mitzvah in St. Louis.
Last night in JoCo, two young women helped pull a man from a car that was stuck on the railroad tracks -- just before a train hit the vehicle, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office reports. It happened a little before midnight, near 167th and U.S. 169. The driver had allegedly gone around the barricades and gotten high-centered, the sheriff's office said. After the driver, Geoffrey Jensen, was treated at a hospital, he was booked into New Century for allegedly driving on a suspended license and a registration violation.
Here's some good news for the family of John and Mildred Caylor, a Raytown couple murdered during a robbery at their Christian bookstore in 2004. A lower court had ordered a new trial for Kellen C. McKinney, because he'd been tried on an attempted escape charge during his murder trial. That earlier ruling said he needed a new trial, because the charges were unrelated and shouldn't have been tried at the same time.
“His apparent motive for the attempted escape was avoidance of prosecution for the other charges, and the trial court correctly noted that his attempted escape provided evidence of his consciousness of guilt that was relevant to the other charges,” wrote Judge Mary R. Russell for a unanimous court.
Which means the Caylors' family don't have to sit through another trial ...
In New Mexico, prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the owner of a company that allegedly shipped heads and other body parts to a medical-waste company in KCK this past spring. But it sounds like the dropped charges are only a temporary thing, as prosecutors try to build a stronger case.
Hat Tip: Saw this via the Pitch's Plog!
The suspect is the little girl's stepfather, authorities in McAllen, Texas, say. The attack allegedly happened during the U.S.-Ghana match over the weekend.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Searching!
You might remember the case of Samantha Tumpach, who was arrested for allegedly filming parts of a "Twilight" movie in the theater. Tumpach was there for her sister's birthday party and recorded about 90 seconds worth of movie. She was jailed for a couple of days, though the charges were eventually dismissed. She's now suing the movie theater for $50,000 for reporting her, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hat Tip: Many thanks, Keith G in PV!
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A Missouri appeals court panel upheld Tuesday the firings of two Kansas City police officers who did not call an ambulance for a pregnant woman they arrested in 2006.
The woman, Sofia Salva, complained of bleeding during the arrest and later miscarried.
A three-judge panel of the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals found that the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners did not abuse its discretion in firing Kevin Schnell and Melody Spencer. In both cases, the court ruled that the police board acted on “competent and substantial evidence.”