Monthly Archives: January 2017

AI: ‘Very top of government’ responsible for killings in PH

A crime scene investigator of the Metro Manila police inspect the bodies of two men linked to illegal drugs and were found dumped on the streets of the metropolis. (FILE PHOTO BY RAFFY LERMA / INQUIRER)
A crime scene investigator of the Metro Manila police inspect the bodies of two men linked to illegal drugs and were found dumped on the streets of the metropolis. (FILE PHOTO BY RAFFY LERMA / INQUIRER)

MANILA — An international human rights watchdog has accused the Philippine National Police of “systematically” targeting the poor for summary killing in the name of President Duterte’s “war on drugs.”

A report by the Amnesty International released Wednesday (Feb. 1) “details how the police have systematically targeted mostly poor and defenseless people across the country while planting ‘evidence,’ recruiting deaths squads, stealing from the people they kill and fabricating official incident reports.”

“Incited by

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Key witness testifies in Lawton murder trial

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) – Tuesday, the lone witness to the 2015 murder of a Lawton resident testified in the trial of the man accused of killing him.

Roy White, Jr. is charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Donald Brewer, Jr. Brewer’s body was found at a Lawton motel.
Tuesday, White’s trial began with testimony from Frank Crowley, who says he saw the entire thing.

Crowley said he was at the motel with Donald Brewer when White showed up, claiming Brewer owed him money. That’s when a fight started between the two and Crowley says White pulled out a revolver then said “they didn’t tell you I was a killer” and fired the gun at Brewer.

Crowley said after the first shot, Brewer ran to the bathroom, because White was blocking the front door. White followed and kept firing, shooting 7 shots, until the revolver was empty. Crowley said White then

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We Talked To the Women of HLN About the Network’s Overhaul, Girl Power, and More

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In 2016, it was all about Taylor Swift’s girl squad. In 2017, HLN is giving the popstar and her crew a little bit of competition with a newly-assembled team of ladies who, both on-screen and behind the scenes, are making more news than any pack of models ever could.

Get it? Because HLN is a news chan — you know what? Never mind.

The gist is this: HLN, the Turner-operated network formerly known as Headline News, made a series of announcements toward the end of 2016 and 2017 — most recently with the announcement this week that Carol Costello will be moving over to HLN. From re-hiring HLN veteran Erica Hill to snatching Ashleigh Banfield from sister network CNN on the heels of her widely covered reading of the entire Stanford sexual assault victim’s letter live for the

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Andy Barrett: The real CSI officer whose last book shifted over 100000 copies

Andy Barrett has spent 20 years with Leeds Crime Scene Investigation but he’s also selling fiction books by the thousand. Interview by Neil Hudson

Mention the words Crime Scene Investigation and most people will probably think of the popular TV show. The TV drama is epitomised by dark, gritty, often gruesome storylines and riddled with brash, larger than life characters but ask West Yorkshire-based CSI officer Andy Barrett what the reality is like and he’ll tell you it’s very different.

“It sounds a lot more glamorous than it is,” says the 50-year-old father-of-three and part time author. “Most of the time, you are on your own. When you turn up at a crime scene, you have to put emotions to the side and look at the facts, you’re there to do a job, to find clues, so you have to be methodical and dispassionate. You effectively follow the perpetrator

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Suspect at Large After 1 Stabbed During Sonoma County Argument

UPDATE: 7:10 pm Jan. 30, 2017

Detectives with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes unit have arrested a 58-year-old Santa Rosa transient named Frederick Helmke at about 4:50 pm on Jan. 30 for felony assault with a deadly weapon. The arrest culminates from a call received around 10 pm Friday, Jan. 27. Deputies responded to a residence in the 4700 block of Guerneville Rd in the unincorporated city of Graton regarding a report of a stabbing.

Upon their arrival they found a 55-year-old man with a stab wound to his abdomen. The man lives at that home and was transported to a local hospital where he is expected to survive his injuries. The argument allegedly started when the victim accused Helmke of stealing property from him. A fight ensued and Helmke ended up stabbing the suspect in the abdomen and then fled in his RV.

Helmke was booked into the Sonoma County Jail

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WATCH: $70K scroll stolen from Lakewood school, police say

On Jan. 28, around 5:45 a.m., two suspects entered through an unlocked door at Cheder Toras Zev, a small, all-boys Jewish school in Lakewood, and stole a scroll valued at around $70,000, police said.

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Body found in Sterling drainage ditch

STERLING – Police are investigating a body found shortly after 8 a.m. this morning in the drainage ditch alongside Blue Freedom Farm Market property.

More information will be released this afternoon, Detective Sgt. Sarah Schmidt said at the scene, near 1829 Locust St.

There’s no reason to suspect the public is in danger, Schmidt said.

The State Police Crime Scene Investigation unit and members of the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department also were working the taped-off scene.

Blue Freedom is closed for the season, but the neighboring Subway is open regular hours.

This story will be updated.

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Police: Barnegat man killed on hunting trip in Berkeley now identified


Demolition on one of New Jersey’s “saddest” shopping centers began in August 2015. The Beachwood center has been an eyesore in Berkeley Twp. for decades and will be replaced with commercial and residential development. STAFF VIDEO BY BOB BIELK

BERKELEY — A 26-year-old Barnegat man was shot and killed Saturday while hunting for deer with his father and two friends in a wooded area of the township near what is known locally as Johnson’s Pit, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

On Sunday morning, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office released the name of the deceased, Richard Pereira, 26, of Barnegat, via a post on its Facebook page.

A preliminary investigation determined that the victim died from shotgun wounds after one of his friends — a 41-year-old man from Lacey — discharged his weapon in

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Man fatally shot in parking structure of busy Brea shopping center

BREA – Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in a parking structure at a busy shopping center early Saturday.

Lt. Darrin Devereux said police were called at about 9:30 a.m. for multiple gunshots in a parking structure next to the Target at 855 w. Birch St. in the Brea Marketplace Shopping Center.

Devereux said police found a man dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.

A suspect fled the scene and remains at large, Devereux said. Police did not yet release a suspect description.

Police remained on the scene investigating Saturday afternoon as the parking structure was closed off, preventing some shoppers from getting to their cars.

“We believe there’s no threat to the general public at this time,” Devereux said.

Some witnesses said they heard commotion and saw Target employees rushing to the parking structure with first aid kits.

The store remained open Saturday, while the parking structure was blocked with yellow

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Police still digging at unincorporated Joliet area home – The Herald

She said as an only child, she enjoyed being around a bigger family. The home was loud, in a good way.

“They would come over here, too, because it was quiet,” Vincent said.

She’s worried what her childhood friends may be dealing with now.

“I’m sure it’s very hard on them,” she said. “If something happened at the house they grew up in.”

Smrekar was serving a sentence of 200 to 600 years at the time for the murders of two people, who, like Mansfield, were going to testify against him.

Mansfield was on break from Lincoln College when he disappeared from his Rolling Meadows home Dec. 31, 1975, and he was never seen again.

Six days later, he was set to testify against Smrekar, who was accused of stealing a guitar and some records from a dorm room.

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