March 7, 2013 |
A 20-YEAR-OLD MAN has been charged with murder and a slew of related offenses for allegedly shooting one man to death and wounding another outside a rapper's tour bus late last week. Police say 20-year-old Frank Briggs, of Shedaker Street near Baynton in East Germantown, pulled up in a car and opened fire on a crowd gathered outside rap artist French Montana's tour bus late Thursday night, after the bus stopped near a Holiday Inn Express on Columbus Boulevard. Fatally wounded in the drive-by shooting was Jowann King, 26, of New York.
February 15, 2013 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs. Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the house, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said. Hours later after undergoing police questioning, Pistorius left a police station accompanied by officers.
February 5, 2013
By Timothy Hallinan Soho Crime. 347 pp. $25 Reviewed by Bruce DeSilva Ever since Dashiell Hammett introduced us to Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon 83 years ago, hundreds of writers have adopted his formula, flooding the bookshelves with wisecracking private eyes who work both sides of the law, disrespect authority, icily stare down gun barrels, and conceal an immutable code of honor beneath a cynical outer shell. This can get awfully tiresome, but every now and then a writer comes along with the imagination and skill to make the whole thing feel fresh and new again.
March 22, 2012 |
A MAN WHO viciously attacked a Chinese takeout owner in West Oak Lane nearly two years ago was charged Wednesday with murder because the victim died of his injuries last week. The District Attorney's Office filed the murder charge against Malik Niblack, who is serving a six-to-15-year sentence in state prison after having pleaded guilty last year to attempted murder in the attack. On the morning of June 8, 2010, Niblack, then 21, ambushed owner Jicun Wu outside his takeout store on 66th Avenue near Uber Street.
November 7, 2011
HOUSTON - A murder charge has been dismissed against an ailing 76-year-old woman who spent more than four decades on the run after being accused of killing her husband by dousing him with hot grease. Mary Ann Rivera, who needs an oxygen tank to breathe, was arrested Oct. 11 after a Texas investigator tracked her down in Lake Park, Ga. She was brought back to Houston to face the murder charge. She allegedly threw grease on her husband, Cruz, in October 1970 at their Houston home.
April 19, 2011
CRYSTAL MANGUM is back in the news. Mangum, you'll remember, is the stripper who falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape in 2006. Yesterday, WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., reported that a Durham County grand jury charged Mangum with murder in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend, 46-year-old Reginald Daye. The 32-year-old Mangum originally was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill for allegedly stabbing Daye in the torso with a kitchen knife on April 3. That charge was changed to murder after Daye died on April 14. Durham police said the stabbing allegedly occurred while the two argued over rent money in Daye's apartment.
June 10, 2010 |
The career criminal and a raven-haired sidekick accused of murdering an Atlantic City tourist are now in different jails, nearly 40 miles apart, because of jailhouse letters discovered by authorities. Craig Arno and Jessica Kisby are still in the same troubled legal boat, though, and it's one that keeps sinking as more charges pile on. Arno, 44, of Atlantic City, and his accomplice, Kisby, 24, of Egg Harbor Township, pleaded not guilty to murder charges yesterday in Atlantic County Superior Court in connection with the stabbing death of Martin Caballero, a grocery-store manager from North Bergen, N.J., in the Trump Taj Mahal parking garage on May 21. Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel said Kisby was moved to the Salem County Jail Friday, after authorities discovered she had written letters to Arno in the jail.
September 21, 2007 |
When I saw O.J. doing the perp walk out of that Vegas jail, it underscored an immutable fact: He is no criminal mastermind. Every doubt I ever had about his guilt or innocence evaporated, because now, it's clear: O.J. Simpson did not kill Nicole Brown or Ron Goldman. He doesn't have the kind of smarts it would take to dispatch two people, clean up a crime scene, shower, and hop a plane in record time. I doubted it back in '94; I doubt it now. America, brace yourself for another acquittal.
September 19, 2007
USUALLY, when you beat a murder rap that everyone in the world knows you committed, including the civil jury that found you liable for the deaths of your ex-wife and Ron Goldman, you'd think you'd become humble and remain as straight as an arrow. But not O.J. No, this guy has the audacity to try to pull off an armed robbery. I had a chance to listen to that audiotape of the event. And if anyone has any doubts that this man can be violent, they should listen to it. Kenneth Carchidi, Philadelphia
June 24, 2006 |
A Camden woman is standing up to take a murder rap for her son. Deborah Pitman Fleming, 51, said yesterday she has confessed to the September slaying of Robert Mays, 51, in a shooting at a notorious drug corner in North Camden. But authorities, who listened to her story on Monday, aren't buying it. According to Fleming, they heard her out and let her go. Fleming's son is Perman Pitman, 35, a former member of the Sons of Malcolm X gang who was convicted in 1996 of murdering fellow gang member Stephon Cook.