In New Orleans, two police officers have been charged in connection with a man's beating death. They're not facing murder charges, though one of them allegedly hit and kicked the man, who later died. They're accused of obstructing a federal investigation, and the alleged attacker is facing a charge of depriving the dead man of his rights.
Friday, July 30, 2010
In Bellingham, Was., a woman had to call 911 because she'd gotten locked in an acupuncturist's office after employees forgot about her and went home. (She called AFTER she pulled the needles out of her back.)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Officers from KCPD, Independence and some federal agencies have spent the past two days on a "violent crime initiative," making 73 arrests in a warrant sweep. The last piece of the project is a knock-and-talk planned for tomorrow, when officers will go door-to-door to ask about five unsolved homicides. Those cases are ...
The Johnson County DA has filed charges against Michael Lewis in an April 4 homicide in Shawnee, where Curley Tyler was found dead inside his Escalade, which was parked outside his apartment.
Overland Park is planning to install a digital traffic sign that alerts drivers to their speed on a street where a woman was killed in her front yard by a hit-and-run driver.
The city expects to post the sign on 99th Terrace within about three weeks. The city has a similar sign in place on 133rd Street between Nall and Lamar near Overland Trail Middle School and Overland Trail Elementary.
UPDATED: Police say they've found him. As it happens, he had a copy of "Most Wanted" in the back seat -- the issue that featured him as someone the police were trying to find.
From Independence PD: Independence Police are looking for John W. Schroeder III, a violent felon who is wanted for 1st Degree Statutory Sodomy, Enticement of a Child, and 1st Degree Child Molestation. Schroeder is 5’ 10” tall, weighs 180 lbs, with blue eyes and brown hair.
Should anyone know the whereabouts of Schroeder, do not attempt contacting him as he is considered armed and dangerous. Bond amount on the warrant is $250,000. If anyone knows anything about Mr. Schroeder or knows where he may be located, please call the TIPS Hotline at 474-TIPS, or the Independence Police Investigative Unit at (816) 325-7330.
From Tony Rizzo: Kansas City police are investigating a shooting this afternoon on the city’s near northeast side. One person was reportedly shot multiple times in the 200 block of Tracy Avenue.
The man who was shot pulled out his own gun and returned fire toward the suspect, but police said they did not know if that person was hit. The victim was taken to a hospital by ambulance shortly after the 2 p.m. shooting. His condition initially was described as serious.
Another update, and the family will make a statement later today ...
From his hospital bed, Larry Schnackenberg hasn’t told police much of what happened in the past 20 days when people across the country were searching for him.
But he told investigators enough to know that there’s not much left for them to do. So for now, investigators are done with the case.
“Just the fact that he disappeared and didn’t want to be found is not a crime,” said Officer Dan Friesen, Lenexa Police spokesman. “There is nothing to indicate any crime has been committed.”
PREVIOUSLY: Laura Bauer and Sara Shepherd have a full story here. They report that he was found about two miles from where his vehicle was located. KMBC quotes authorities saying that Schnackenberg might have been living in a shack in the park. More here from KSHB, Fox 4 and KCTV, which passes along the following:
Authorities searched the area to see if they could find any sign of a campsite and the only thing they found were a few trash bags it appears Schnackenberg used for shelter.
As Sara and Laura note in their story, police do not believe any crime has been committed here.
Weird case from St. Louis County, where two friends made a suicide pact and went to a conservation area to carry it out in 2008. Jacob Runge allegedly test-fired the gun and then handed it to his friend, Alex Harkins, who killed himself. Runge changed his mind, though, and didn't kill himself, the P-D reports. He was charged after he later led Harkins' parents to the body. Today, Runge has been cleared voluntary manslaughter and armed criminal action charges.
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You could argue that it's cruel to arrest somebody who was already in a pretty low state, but I'm guessing he was thrilled to go sleep somewhere less smelly.
In Philadelphia, an 18-year-old has been sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after he reportedly raped a classmate while she was dying from alcohol poisoning. The two of them, plus a third teenager, had played hooky and spent the day drinking, the Inquirer reports. The dead girl, 15, was also a young mother. Her mother talked about what the loss means to the dead girl's daughter.
"What do I say when she asks why she doesn't have a mother?" Harding said.
You might remember Randy Malone from a new story that ran a few weeks ago. He was found naked and burned along a New Mexico highway. He originally told police that his friends had set him afire after he lost a drinking game. Now? Police say that Malone accidentally set himself on fire when he put his still-hot crack pipe in his pocket. His brothers reportedly told investigators the truth, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.
You might have heard that Congress is investigating reports of mismarked graves, bodies buried in the same graves and other problems at Arlington National Cemetery. Now? It looks like there's a criminal investigation, too, into contracts for the computer system that was supposed to keep everything straight, the P-D reports.
A Virginia woman is suing the county government saying they unfairly labeled her as a "fortune teller" when she's actually a spiritual adviser. Besides being a violation of her religious rights, she says, it has hurt her business because fortune tellers have more hoops to jump through.
King says her counseling methods employ Tarot, energy healing, astrology and psychic abilities. But she says she's not a fortune teller because she doesn't predict the future.
Convicted DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo tells actor William Shatner on a cable TV special that he and his partner tried to recruit fellow shooters for their 2002 spree and that his accomplice killed one man for backing out, according to the program set for airing Thursday.
Surprisingly, this story is from Nebraska. Sounds more like a Florida, but no, it's Nebraska.
St. Joe authorities are warning the public about a man who goes door-to-door, claiming to be from the school district, and quizzing people about how many kids live in the home, whether the mother works, etc. He's not from the school district, the News-Press reports.
A former cop from Uplands Park, Mo., would arrange to meet escorts and then force them to perform sex acts before he robbed them. In one case, prosecutors alleged, Leon Pullen was in full uniform, and the assault happened at a police station. Pullen pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court and could be sentenced to 25 years in prison.
We live in a strange world, friends. Exhibit A is this story from the Associated Press about the Pond, a top-secret U.S. spy group founded during World War II. You really need to take a few minutes and read this -- some of their exploits are just mind-blowing, like something you'd see on "Mission: Impossible." One of the things that caught my attention was their use of Marcel Petiot, the French serial killer:
The Secret Intelligence Branch, as he referred to the Pond, began receiving reports from Petiot during the war. He was a physician in Paris who regularly treated refugees, businessmen and Gestapo agents, but he also had a predilection for killing mostly wealthy Jews and burning their bodies in a basement furnace in his soundproofed house. He was convicted of 26 murders and guillotined in 1946.
Nevertheless, Grombach considered him a valuable informer because of his contacts.
(AP Photo, File)
The always excellent Midtown Miscreant has a good post here about what it means to get stuck in the corrections system, especially when you're young:
This is your life, and there's nothing you can do but try to get through the moment.
In New York City, a judge has dismissed the case against a man who was ticketed for sagging, the Post reports. Loved how he put it: "The Constitution still leaves some opportunity for people to be foolish if they so desire."
The public defenders in St. Louis County say they're overworked and are threatening to refuse any new cases there, the Post-Dispatch reports. The defenders in Troy and Springfield have taken similar steps, and you might remember there was a problem with this last summer, too. The prosecutor isn't terribly sympathetic and accuses the defenders of sandbagging.
From Bob Cronkleton: Police have one person in custody and are looking for the alleged gunman following an early morning shooting in Parkville that left a teenager dead. The fatal shooting occurred about 1 a.m. near Missouri 45 and Missouri 9.