Gary Serial Killer Arrested, Suspected in More Deaths

October 23rd, 2014

Convicted sex offender Darren Vann, who was arrested and charged Saturday for the murder of an Indiana woman, was charged on Wednesday for the murder of another woman, according to prosecutors.

Wednesday’s charges concern the death of Anith Jones, 35, whose body was found in Gary, Indiana. Vann was charged with the death of Afrikka Hardy, 19, on Saturday: her body was found in nearby Hammond.

According to court documents, both women had been working as prostitutes. The cause of death for both was strangulation.

Vann, 43, told police he had consensual sex with Jones before strangling her and disposing her body in an abandoned house. Her body was covered with tires and teddy bears, according to court documents.

Hardy’s body was found by an associate in a Hammond motel. According to the Washington Post, a woman, identified as a “facilitator,” called Hardy several times after her “appointment” with Vann ran long. The woman drove to the motel with a male friend and found Hardy’s body in the bath tub.

The facilitator gave police Vann’s phone number and he was soon found and arrested in Gary.

Investigators said Vann was cooperative during his arrest and soon told authorities where they could find six other bodies in abandoned Gary homes.

Jones was the first body found after Vann’s confession. On Sunday, five other bodies were found throughout Gary—including two more in the home where Jones was found. The causes of death were not detailed for the other victims.

The other known victims have been identified as Teairra Batey, 26; Christine Williams, 36; and three unidentified African American females.

“It is possible that the investigation will lead to more victims,” Police Chief Doughty said. He believes that Vann’s alleged crimes could go back upwards of 20 years.

Vann appeared in Lake County Superior Court on Wednesday, where he refused to speak to a judge. His arraignment was cancelled and he is currently held in contempt of court.

His hearing is postponed until next week.

Lake County investigators asked that anyone with information about the victims call 219-755-3267.

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Joe and Teresa Giudice Sentenced

October 3rd, 2014

Reality stars Joe and Teresa Giudice, of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame, were sentenced to prison terms on Thursday in Newark on conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges.

Federal Judge Esther Salas gave Teresa a 15-month sentence; her husband Joe was given a 41-month sentence. The sentences will be staggered so the couple can care for their four young daughters, who range from ages 5 to 13.

“For a moment I thought about probation … but I think a period of confinement is absolutely necessary in this case,” Judge Salas said to Ms. Giudice. “I don’t honestly believe that you understand or respect the law. I need to send a message. In the eyes of the law, it doesn’t matter who you are. There are consequences to pay.”

The couple was charged in a 39-count indictment in July of 2013. Among the charges included were making false statements on loan applications, bank fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and bankruptcy fraud. At the time, the couple pled not guilty to all charges.

In March, the Giudices recanted their original petition and pled guilty to hiding assets from bankruptcy creditors and to submitting false loan applications in an attempt to collect roughly $5 million in construction and mortgage loans.

Mr. Giudice also pled guilty to failing to pay taxes totaling greater than $200,000.

Before her sentencing, Ms. Giudice offered a tearful apology. “I fully take responsibility for my actions,” she said. “I need to learn to take responsibility for myself.”

Mr. Giudice also apologized during a statement before his sentencing. “I stand here humiliated,” he said. “I disgraced many people, including my wife and my four daughters. I take full responsibility for my actions. I promise to be a better person.”

After completing his sentence, Mr. Giudice faces deportation as he is not an American citizen. He came to the United States from Italy as an infant and learned of his legal status as an adult.

The couple will pay $414,000 in restitution.

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Shia LaBeouf Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct Charge

September 12th, 2014

Actor Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges this Wednesday, in regards to a scene at a Broadway show this past summer.

LaBeouf, 28, was arrested for criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct after allegedly disrupting a performance of “Cabaret” at Studio 54. LaBeouf’s plea came from a deal that dropped the initial trespassing and harassment charges.

The sentence requires LaBeouf to continue with treatment for alcoholism for another three months. If he completes the treatment and does not get arrested in the next six months, the disorderly conduct charge will be expunged from his record.

LaBeouf attended the “Cabaret” performance featuring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams on June 24. He refused to leave the venue when asked, after smoking cigarettes indoors and yelling at the actors.
When finally escorted out by security, LaBeouf shouted: “Do you know who I am?” and spat at an officer’s feet, according to court documents.

As reported by CBS New York, one witness thought LeBeouf’s behavior was so outlandish that he might be working on a role. As quoted, Tina Marie Miller said: “If we didn’t know who he was, we’d assume he was a bum, literally, from how he looked and how he was acting.”

The “Transformers” actor has had a string of legal issues in past years.

In 2008, LaBeouf was arrested in Los Angeles for drunken driving after he crashed his truck, resulting in injuries to his knee and hand; due to lack of evidence, the charge was dropped.

In 2007, he was arrested in Chicago for misdemeanor criminal trespassing after refusing to leave a Walgreen when asked by a security guard. The charges were also ultimately dropped.

In 2005, LaBeouf was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon after threatening a neighbor in Los Angeles.

LaBeouf is due in court on November 12 and is required to bring a letter from his treatment facility confirming completion of his treatment.

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Justin Bieber Arrested for Assault, Dangerous Driving

September 2nd, 2014

Justin Bieber is facing more legal trouble: the singer, 20, was arrested on assault and dangerous driving charges following a collision involving paparazzi in southern Ontario on Friday, August 29.

An ATV and minivan collided outside Stratford, Ont., which led to a physical altercation between the two drivers. According to Rolling Stone, it is not stated if Bieber was driving either vehicle, but he was spotted behind the wheel of an ATV earlier in the week.

“Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s peaceful retreat in Stratford this weekend was unfortunately disrupted by the unwelcome presence of the paparazzi,” Brian Greenspan, Bieber’s Toronto-based lawyer, said Tuesday September 2nd.

Constable Kees Wijnands stated there were no injuries stemming from the crash, but did not say if there were any injuries as a result of the altercation.

In Hollywood a few days before the skirmish, Bieber’s car was struck from behind by an automobile driven by a paparazzi photographer. Bieber tweeted: “There should be laws against what I just experienced. We should have learned from the death of Princess Diana…”

In August, Bieber plead guilty to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest after his January arrest for driving under the influence in Miami Beach.

Bieber has an upcoming court date on September 8th for a separate assault charge. Toronto police arrested Bieber and five others for an alleged assault of a limousine driver December 30th, 2013. He is not slated to attend this hearing, according to the Huffington Post.

Additionally, Bieber is on probation in Los Angeles for vandalism after he egged a neighbor’s home last January; the singer plead no contest to the charges and paid more than $80,000 in damages, among other conditions.

Bieber was released from custody on the condition he appears in court on September 29th.

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Jackie Chan’s Son Arrested for Drug Possession

August 19th, 2014

Actor Jackie Chan’s son has been arrested in Beijing on drug possession charges.

Jaycee Chan, also a well-known actor, was arrested Thursday with Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung and a third man during a drug bust in the Dongcheng district, considered the city’s cultural and commercial center.

Police found over 100 grams of marijuana in Chan’s apartment; upon arrest, both men tested positive for the drug. According to China Daily, a state-run publication, Chan, 32, is also accused with “hostling others to take drugs.”

The younger Chan’s recent arrest puts his father in a disconcerting position: Jackie Chan is a noted anti-drug spokesperson in China. In 2009, the Communist Party appointed Jackie Chan a “Narcotics Control Ambassador” for the Chinese police, according to the Telegraph.

On Tuesday August 19th, CCTV aired footage of and Jaycee Chan and Mr. Ko’s interrogation during a morning news section. The recording also showed Mr. Ko tearing up as he stated an apology to family and friends for his drug use, according to the Wall Street Journal. The footage was aired as an exceptional anti-drug campaign advertisement.

“I very much regret about what happened. I’m very sorry to those who support me, like me or even know me personally,” Mr. Ko said, as reported by CNN. “I just want to tell them I’m really sorry. I’ve set the worst example, which had the most terrible influence. And this is a huge mistake.”

Chan and Ko’s arrests are the latest in a string of a serious narcotics shutdown. According to Time, State media report 7,800 drug suspects have been arrested since January, which is a 71.9% increase as compared to 2013.

Other targeted celebrities include actor Zhang Mo, novelist Chen Wanning, and singer Li Daimo, who was sentenced to 9 months in jail earlier this year.

Earlier in August, dozens of entertainment management agencies signed an agreement with Beijing authorities outlawing drug use from the industry and vowing to hold those who break the contract accountable.

At this time, there are yet to be formal charges brought against Chan and Ko.

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Chris Brown in Jail

March 16th, 2014


There is no bail this time as Chris Brown violated his probation and will now sit in jail until he appears before a judge.

Brown was not in jail before because he agreed to enter a rehab center for anger management issues.

He violated the rules of the rehab center and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Brown is said to have listened to officers upon being arrested and did not cause further issues.

Brown is being accused of assaulting a man at a hotel and previously was accused of assaulting his then girlfriend, Rihanna, back in 2009.

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George Lopez Arrested for Public Intoxication

March 1st, 2014


Comedian, George Lopez, was arrested for public intoxication after reportedly being found at the Ceasars Windsor Hotel and Casino, passed out on the casino floor.

Lopez was taken into custody but no charges were filed and he was released hours after he was brought in.

Lopez was in Widsor, Ontario for a stand-up gig and made light of his public intoxication situation the following night during his show.

“Tied one on last night. Not feeling great this morning. I was trying to sleep it off — unfortunately, it was on the casino floor,” said Lopez to a crowd of some 5,000 fans.

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Homosexuality Becomes a Crime in India

December 13th, 2013


“Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” is now potentially looking at a ten year prison sentence, ruled the Supreme Court.

Back in 2009, a law that banned homosexuality was ruled against by a lower court and the country celebrated it as a huge win. Now, things appear to be taking a huge step backward.

A big question will be how other countries view this decision and how that will affect those relationships.

Another question will be how the people of India respond to this ruling.

Will this have an impact on the amount of violence within the country? Will an impact be felt in the health of the country’s people?

Will the ruling of homosexuality being illegal affect how the AIDS epidemic in India is handled? Will people be more hesitant to seek treatment?

There are more questions than answers and only time will allow answers to come to light.

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Georgia Man Charged with Distribution of Obscene Materials

August 26th, 2013


Dennis Shaun Bowman is not a stranger to the Los Angeles Police Department.

On Friday, the 28 year old Georgia man was arrested and charged with 7 counts of distributing obscene materials.

Bowman had sent numerous photos of his naked private area to a Los Angeles based attorney who represents well-known celebrity clients.

Currently Bowman is said to believe he is in a relationship with Scarlett Johansson.

Prior to this, Bowman had an infatuation with Kim Kardashian which led to a protective order against him.

Bowman relocated from Rossville, Georgia to Los Angeles to be closer to the women he pines for.

Bowman has called and emailed this attorney’s office so much so that it has jammed their phone system. On one given day the attorney received 82 voicemails from Bowman.

Currently in jail, bond has been set for Bowman at $24,500.

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College Baseball Player Randomly Killed in Oklahoma

August 20th, 2013


A catcher at East Central University, Christopher Lane, was shot and killed Friday in the town of Duncan, Oklahoma.

Lane, a 22 year old man from Melbourne, Australia, was out for a run while visiting his girlfriend and her family.

Lane apparently ran by three boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, who then followed him in a car, shot him an unknown number of times and drove away.

A woman saw Lane stumbling in the road and called 911.

The shooting is said to have been completely random; the boys were simply bored and needed something to do. All 3 are currently in custody.

Reports indicate the murder weapon has not yet been found but the 17 year old boy gave the police a detailed confession.

It is not yet known whether the boys will be charged as adults or juveniles but first-degree murder charges are expected.

First-degree murder convictions can yield a maximum sentence of life in prison. They are not eligible for the death sentence because they are all under 18.

Christopher Lane attended East Central University, in Ada, on a baseball scholarship and was well liked among family, friends and coaches.

His baseball coach, Dino Rosato, was quoted in the school’s statement, “He was an absolute joy to coach. Chris was an extremely well-respected teammate. He set a great example for all of his teammates, but more importantly for the younger players. He was a mature student-athlete who his teammates could look to for advice and support.”

Lane and his girlfriend, Sarah Harper, had been in Australia the previous week. She told the Australian Broadcasting Corp, “He didn’t deserve any of this. It’s heartbreaking that it was such a random choice those guys made that drastically altered so many lives in the process.

Also in communication with the Australian Broadcasting Crop, Lane’s father commented, “It is heartless and to try to understand it is a short way to insanity.”

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