Monthly Archives: December 2016

Lackluster ‘Ransom’ demands a place on CBS Saturday

‘Ransom” could use some caffeine.

The new CBS crime procedural spotlights an elite crime-fighting task force with a specialty — crisis negotiations, those most often dealing with hostages.

But judging from the premiere, the only episode CBS made available for review, the only thing being held captive will be your patience.

Eric Beaumont (Luke Roberts, “Black Sails,” “Wolf Hall”) is having an exhausting day. The ace negotiator is trying to talk down a heavily armed man holding several parishioners hostage in a church. (The show is actually inspired by the real-life exploits of crisis negotiators Laurent Combalbert and Marwan Mery.)

In the midst of Eric’s efforts walks Maxine Carlson (Sarah Greene, “Penny Dreadful”). The recent Northwestern college graduate — summa cum laude, don’t you know? — has dreamed of working for Eric and won’t take no for an answer.

She actually did refuse a no — Eric’s associate and psych profiler Oliver Yates (Brandon Jay

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Solving mysteries and staying busy during holiday breaks with ISU Extension

Volunteers, Lauren Aird, far left, and Shannon McMichael, far right, help Casey Weitlauf, 12, Jack Harfst, 9, both sitting, and Nate Harfst, 10, use silly putty and mirrors to try to lift sentences from cardboard as they work to figure out who is guilty of murder Thursday at the Iowa State Extension Office in Muscatine.

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Shooter in first of three unrelated Dec. 23 killings arrested, police say

Baton Rouge police arrested a suspect Thursday in the Dec. 23 shooting that left one man dead, according to a spokesman.

Da’Rashio Wicks, 21, of 2080 Monterrey Blvd., was arrested on a count of second-degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Mito Ramirez and was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

The shooting, according to Sgt. Don Coppola, the police spokesman, occurred just after noon on Friday in Wicks’s front yard. Coppola said Wicks, his brother and his brother’s friend found Ramirez drunk and asleep in the yard.

After the group tried to wake Ramirez, they reported that he pulled out a pocket knife and chased one of them away. Wicks went inside the house and came back with an assault rifle to confront Ramirez.

Wicks told police that he was about 30 to 40 feet from Ramirez when Ramirez came towards him with the knife which is when Wicks said he shot

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Burglars ruin a pensioner’s Christmas by ransacking her bedroom on Christmas Day

BURGLARS ruined a pensioner’s Christmas after breaking into her home and ransacking her bedroom on Christmas Day.

The thieves left behind a trail of destruction after smashing a window and a door at the back of a home in The Leasway, Wickford.

It is understood that the homeowner, thought to be a woman in her eighties, was away celebrating the day at the time of the raid.

Police were called to the scene at about noon.

Crime scene investigator Vikki Smith, who works from Basildon’s police station, attended the scene and assessed the rooms and broken windows for forensic evidence of fingerprints and DNA.

She took a photograph and mould of a tool mark, which was embedded into the UPVC door frame, and sent it off for analysis.

So far no arrests have been made.

Mrs Smith tweeted at the time:

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Investigating Reality: Day in the life — first homicide, then officer down

Just hours after the year’s first shooting death of a township resident, the Upper Darby Criminal Investigations squad room is in full swing trying to get information on their suspect.

Just hours after the year’s first shooting death of a township resident, the Upper Darby Criminal Investigations squad room is in full swing trying to get information on their suspect.

Third of Four Parts

While I was waiting to meet with Upper Darby Criminal Investigator Matt Rowles there was a young girl being hugged and nurtured by one of her family members, perhaps an aunt or a grandmother.

“Are you OK?” asked the woman to the young girl.

There was no doubt in my mind something bad had happened, and considering it was a child, I could only imagine what. It wasn’t my

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New Milford police beef up major crime investigations

Lt. Jeff Covello, left and Lt. William Scribner talk about the features in the departents evidence room. The investigation truck that the department is hoping to purchase will have a similar layout. The New Milford Police Department is looking to raise money for a new major investigations truck. Photo Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016. Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media / The News-Times
NEW MILFORD – The town’s police department is raising money to buy a new major investigations vehicle as part of a larger effort to revamp its detective division.

While officials said their detectives have always done stellar work, the recent addition of Lt. Jeffrey Covello, who spent more than a decade with the State Police Western District Major Crime Squad, is a unique opportunity to create a world-class division.

“It’s a phenomenal asset for us to have someone like Covello, who has a wealth of

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Local TV year in review: Amanda Davis, ‘Stranger Things,’ FX’s …


This was posted Monday, December 26, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio TV Talk blog

This was a busy year for anchor changes at Atlanta TV broadcast stations, a big year for CNN and a breakthrough year for local TV production.

Here’s a quick summary of the major goings on in local TV this past year:

Fox 5 shifts: The popular Fox morning show “Good Day Atlanta” saw two major anchor changes this year. Veteran newscasters Gurvir Dhindsa and Karen Grahm left. Fox 5 hired Alyse Eady from Little Rock and Constance Jones from Miami as replacements. Anchor Lisa Rayam also departed but nobody has officially taken over her job full time.

Amanda Davis travails: The former Fox 5 anchor departed after 26 years in 2013 after a DUI arrest. She was about to return last year on the CBS “Just a

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Deputies investigating shooting in Palm Desert

PALM DESERT, Calif. – UPDATE: 10:50 p.m.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a shooting in a Palm Desert neighborhood that sent one man to the hospital.

It was reported around 4 p.m. Sunday.

First responders said the man suffered a gunshot wound, and was taken to a local hospital.

His condition is unknown at this time.



Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies set up an active crime scene investigation in a Palm Desert neighborhood Sunday.

Deputies have set up a perimeter around a home on the 43-400 block of Illinois Avenue, near the Palm Desert Country Club.

Deputies haven’t confirmed yet what the situation is.

Stay with KESQ and CBS Local 2 for any updates.

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EMS chief: Man dies of self-inflicted gunshot after standoff with police

A man is dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, following a brief standoff with Elizabeth City police.

Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Medical Services Director Jerry Newell said EMS personnel were dispatched to East Ward and Chesson streets following a report of a self-inflicted gunshot Saturday shortly before 4 p.m..

The victim, a man who Newell estimated to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene, Newell said. The victim was in a Chevrolet vehicle and apparently was involved in a brief standoff with police before killing himself, Newell said.  

Elizabeth City police first responded to the incident shortly after 3:30 p.m., Newell said.

At around 4:30 p.m. police and EMS vehicles were still on the scene. At least five city police vehicles, including a crime scene investigation van, were observed at the site. Another vehicle appeared to be off the road in a ditch.

Lt. Darrell Felton, of the city police department, said

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Murder mystery: Body with gunshot wound found on Fresno freeway

Fresno police are investigating a murder after the body of a man with a gunshot wound was found Saturday morning on Highway 180 west of Highway 99.

Capt. Mark Salazar said a driver who saw the body called police around 7:30 a.m.

“We thought that maybe the person was a hit-and-run (victim) or something,” Salazar said.

When police reached the body, they found a gunshot wound. The victim is only described so far as a Hispanic man in his 20s or 30s.

“We don’t know who he is,” Salazar said.

Salazar said he was not sure if the man was shot at the same location or if he was dropped off where police found him on the north side of westbound Highway 180. A crime scene investigation unit and the Fresno County Coroner’s Office were on scene.

Salazar didn’t describe the man’s wounds other than to say he had been shot, but

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