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Police seek information about identification found with remains – Herald

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department on Friday released the name and photograph of a male on an identification card that was found with human remains discovered in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., this week.

The name on the identification is Jose E. Castillo.

Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said in a news release that Castillo may or may not be the identity of the deceased, but the department is asking the public who may know the male on the identification card to contact the law enforcement agency.

The remains were found Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area off Fairfax Street behind a Berkeley Springs residence that has been used as a religious retreat, Bohrer said Thursday.

The remains are being taken to the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston for examination.

In addition to the identifying information, police also found a green sweatshirt, blue jeans and plaid Hanes boxer

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Actor Hill Harper speaks about community involvement

Energy was at the nucleus of a conversation author, actor and philanthropist Hill Harper had with parents, guardians and the community Friday morning.

“The elastic of school funding, teacher quality, the atmosphere in school, culture, energy, language; the No. 1 determining factor of a young person’s performance in school is parental engagement and involvement,” Harper said to a packed room.

Harper, who portrayed a coroner on the CBS drama, “Crime Scene Investigation: New York,” and now has a role as a physician on ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” spoke as part of the School District of Philadelphia’s celebration of Family Engagement Month highlighting familial engagement in student education. “A Conversation with Hill Harper,” was held at district headquarters, 440 N. Broad St.

Harper, who adopted a son earlier this year, said involvement in a child’s life doesn’t have to come from a biological parent.

“It’s about an adult individual taking accountability about what is going

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Luis Toledo trial: Ex-lover testifies about final conversation before Deltona mom disappeared

ST. AUGUSTINE — Kevin Dredden testified on Thursday that the last time he talked to his lover, Yessenia Suarez, she sounded stressed and her speech was slurred.

Dredden, who had an affair with Suarez, testified he last heard from Suarez when the phone call ended at 1:03 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2013. The mother and her two children, Michael Otto and Thalia Otto, have not been seen or heard from since.

Dredden testified he got a text from Suarez’s phone about six hours later at 7:02 a.m.

But by then, the mother and her two children were dead, according to investigators. Her husband, Luis Toledo, is accused of killing them.

Ex-lover testifies about final conversation before Deltona mom disappeared – Daytona Beach News

ST. AUGUSTINE — Kevin Dredden testified on Thursday that the last time he talked to his lover, Yessenia Suarez, she sounded stressed and her speech was slurred.

Dredden, who had an affair with Suarez, testified he last heard from Suarez when the phone call ended at 1:03 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2013. The mother and her two children, Michael Otto and Thalia Otto have not been seen or heard from since.

Dredden testified he got a text from Suarez’s phone about six hours later at 7:02 a.m.

But by then the mother and her two children were dead, according to investigators. Her husband, Luis Toledo, is accused of killing them.

Toledo, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in the killing the 28-year-old Suarez, and two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of her children, Thalia, 9, and Michael, 8. If convicted of killing

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Valley teens learn about careers in law enforcement, medical response

WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) — Students from more than a dozen high schools are learning about jobs in law enforcement and emergency medical response from the professionals themselves.

Blue Ridge Community College partnered with the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy to invite local authorities and first response teams to talk with a group of teens about a wide range of subjects — including crime scene investigation, cyber security, forensics and the correctional system.

One of the top goals of the program is to get students thinking about a possible career before graduation.

A focus on law enforcement is particularly relevant, amid reports of unfilled positions at Virginia police stations.

Andrew McNally, the director of the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy, says there’s been a drop in the pool of applicants for law enforcement positions.

“It’s kind of harder to find people who want to go into law enforcement,” he said, “with

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Detectives testify in Nolen case about what they saw following Vaughan Foods beheading

More testimony in the first-degree murder case against Alton Nolen continued Tuesday, including the testimony of two Moore Police detectives who documented the crime scene. 

According to Moore Police Det. Jeff Griffin, who also serves as a crime scene investigator for Moore PD, testified the head of Colleen Hufford, the woman Nolen, 33, is accused of beheading Sept. 25, 2014, was found a couple of feet from her body. He also said Hufford didn’t go out without a fight. 

“There were significant cuts to Hufford’s hands that were consistent with defensive-type wounds,” Griffin said. 

Griffin said blood from the eight inch kitchen knife that is believed to be the weapon involved in the attack at Vaughan Foods had blood that matched the DNA profiles of Hufford and survivor Traci Johnson. 

Though the scene outside of Vaughan Foods wasn’t as gruesome as it was inside, Moore police officer Nathan Wells said it wasn’t any less

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Detectives testify in Nolen case about what they saw following …

NORMAN — More testimony in the first-degree murder case against Alton Nolen continued Tuesday, including the testimony of two Moore Police detectives who documented the crime scene.

Moore Police Det. Jeff Griffin, who also serves as a crime scene investigator for Moore PD, testified that the head of Colleen Hufford, the woman Nolen, 33, is accused of killing Sept. 25, 2014, was found a couple of feet from her body. He also said Hufford didn’t go out without a fight.

“There were significant cuts to Hufford’s hands that were consistent with defensive-type wounds,” he said.

Griffin said blood from the 8-inch kitchen knife that is believed to be the weapon involved in the attack at Vaughan Foods had blood that matched the DNA profiles of Hufford and survivor Traci Johnson.

Though the scene outside of Vaughan Foods wasn’t as gruesome as it was inside, Moore police officer Nathan Wells said it wasn’t any less

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Police provide few details about shooting in Buxton

BUXTON — Maine State Police, investigating an early morning shooting last Sunday in Buxton, remained silent mid-week about the incident after releasing names Monday of the two men involved in the incident.

Police identified the victim in the shooting on Old Orchard Road as Lincoln Kimball, 28, of Hollis, and the shooter as Brandon Lasante, 19, of Buxton. Kimball was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday that Kimball was listed in  critical condition. On Wednesday, spokesman Clay Holtzman said, “We don’t information available on that patient.”

According to the Buxton Police Department Facebook page,
police responded to the shooting incident at 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 6.

Buxton Police Chief Troy Cline said Wednesday the “initial responding officers” were Buxton Cpl. Francis Pulsoni, and two Saco officers, John McGuire and Kyle Brake. Cline also responded to the scene and transported “Lasante to the Buxton Police Department and remained with him

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