Category Archives: Crime Scene Investigator

LIVE BLOG: Jury dismissed in day 3 of Upatoi murder trial deliberations WTVM Live

Hundreds attend a candlelight vigil Thursday for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, FL.

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Drug deal gone bad

PAOLA – The specifics of a drug deal dispute that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Heather Briggs last summer were outlined during emotional testimony at a preliminary hearing Feb. 7 at the Miami County Courthouse.

The defendants at the hearing were 29-year-old Kevin Stevens and 27-year-old Michael Pearce, two of the seven people who were arrested and charged with felony murder following the fatal incident that took place at about 2 a.m. July 21 in the 31500 block of Lookout Road.

Briggs was killed after being run over by a vehicle, and the seven defendants were initially all charged with first-degree murder in the commission of a felony, which is more commonly known as felony murder. The underlying felony in all cases is distribution of methamphetamine.

The charge is an off-grid felony punishable by 25 years to life imprisonment, but plea deals were offered to all seven of the defendants by Miami

Read more at: http://www.republic-online.com/news/local_news/drug-deal-gone-bad/article_50a52ff8-5a1f-5762-b867-772426fab3e5.html

Major Crimes Task Force investigating Channahon death

Investigators search through an apartment Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a body was discovered in Channahon, Ill.
County investigators search through an apartment Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a body was discovered in Channahon, Ill.
Investigators search through an apartment Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a body was discovered in Channahon, Ill.

CHANNAHON — The Will County Major Crimes Task Force was investgating a suspicious death in Channahon on Tuesday, police said.

The Channahon Police Department issued an advisory Tuesday afternoon that officers are conducting an investigation into a death at an apartment in the 25000 block of Bridge Street.

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Major Crimes Task Force investigating Channahon death | Morris …

Investigators search through an apartment Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a body was discovered in Channahon, Ill.
County investigators search through an apartment Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a body was discovered in Channahon, Ill.
Investigators search through an apartment Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, after a body was discovered in Channahon, Ill.

CHANNAHON – The woman who was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound Tuesday in a Channahon apartment was an emergency dispatcher with Western Will County Communications Center.

Channahon Deputy Police Chief Adam Bogart confirmed that 23-year-old Samantha Harer worked for WESCOM as a dispatcher.

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North Augusta City Council plans sales tax projects wish list, future

Voters in Aiken County will be choosing whether to approve a fourth Capital Projects Sales Tax (CPST) in November, and on Thursday, Feb. 8, North Augusta City Council discussed a list with over $60 million worth of projects to consider.

During a two-day planning session called EnVision, North Augusta City Council talked about CPST projects, as well as other projects on the minds of City department heads.

City Administrator Todd Glover said the city has estimated it will receive around $25 million in funds over seven years of CPST IV. He said the county has estimated a total for the entirety of Aiken County to be around $163 million, but calculations the city has done estimate it will actually be around $104 million.

The funding given to each of the entities receiving it is calculated by two metrics. The county-wide total is split in half, and the two halves are doled out to

Read more at: https://www.northaugustastar.com/news/north-augusta-city-council-plans-sales-tax-projects-wish-list/article_da592eaa-0f4f-11e8-b10a-b746414c4d19.html

LIVE BLOG: Closing arguments underway in the Upatoi murder trial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Jurors have been dismissed for the evening in the Upatoi murder trial. 

The first day of deliberations ended after only an hour Tuesday.

Rufus Burks, 17, stands accused in the deaths of Gloria Short, her son Caleb Short, and granddaughter Gianna Lindsey.

Suspects Raheem Gibson and Javarceay Tapley pleaded guilty before the jury was seated. 

Before deliberations, attorneys on both sides used the day to argue their case, one last time.

“This story didn’t end when Mr. Short found his family bloody and beaten to death, and it didn’t end when Mr. Burks and his companions were arrested. So how will this story end?” says Assistant District Attorney, Christopher Williams.

All eyes were on Burks as the Upatoi trial comes to an end.

The State hoping to debunk the idea of the brutal deaths of Gloria Short, Caleb Short and Gianna Lindsey at their Upatoi home was a one-man show.

“Subduing three individuals, it

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Widow of former Albany detective plans to file lawsuit

After losing her husband in the line of duty, the widow of a former Albany detective is speaking out. Linda Mayville claims the city isn’t providing her with the benefits she’s entitled to following her husband’s death nearly four years ago.

Mayville is seeking legal counsel and plans to file a lawsuit against the city of Albany if Mayor Kathy Sheehan doesn’t respond by Friday.

In 2008, Linda’s husband, Douglas Mayville, was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis, and what followed was a lengthy and gruesome medical battle, which has turned into a legal dispute. Mayville served the city as a police officer and later as a crime scene investigator from 1982 to 1997. During those 16 years, the nature of his work led to an exposure of toxic chemicals which would ultimately lead to a painful autoimmune disease known as Wegener’s disease.

According to the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board, Mayville died

Read more at: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2018/02/13/widow-of-former-albany-detective-planning-to-file-lawsuit

LIVE BLOG: Upatoi triple murder victims suffer blunt force trauma, stabbings during brutal beatings

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A final witness for the prosecution was called to the stand today in the Upatoi triple murder trial Monday. 

Court went into recess Friday after jurors spent the week hearing testimony in the case against 17-year-old Rufus Burks.

Burks is one of three men charged in the 2016 deaths of Gloria Short, her son Caleb, and granddaughter Gianna Lindsey.

Last week, jurors heard from Burks’ former co-defendant, Raheam Gibson, as well as Columbus police and a forensic examiner.

Natasha Grandhi, associate medical examiner for Georgia Bureau of Investigations, was called to testify about the autopsies performed on the victims.

Graphic pictures reveal the victims’ bloody with black and blue bruises. The official cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma for all three.

The youngest of the victims,10 -year-old Gianna Lindsey suffered from 23 stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head.

“All of the injuries that Mrs. Lindsey had were noted

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