December 29, 2012 |
Santa Claus came early to Cynthia Recarte's Lindenwold home, stacking gifts for her little ones under the tree more than a week ago. Then, hours before Christmas Day, a Grinch stole the presents. But Santa came back to save the day. This time, the jolly one's team wore blue uniforms, not red. The sleighs were motorized, with sirens - no reindeer here. When the Recartes lost more than $10,000 in cash and gifts during the burglary, South Jersey police officers and Camden County dispatchers decided they couldn't let the family's 4-year-old twin girls and 2-year-old son wake up without presents under the tree.
December 6, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The days since Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend then shot himself in the head have been very difficult for his mother, who said Wednesday that the slayings have not diminished her love for the couple. Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, had been living with the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker and 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins to help care for their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey, and was at the couple's home Saturday morning when Perkins was shot. "That's my son, and I love him," Shepherd said in a brief telephone conversation Wednesday.
October 28, 2012 |
MONTROSE, Pa. - A part-time police officer in northeastern Pennsylvania was charged Wednesday with killing his estranged wife in 1983, a shooting death that had previously been classified as a suicide. The state attorney general's office said John David Walker, 52, of Montrose killed Lynda Walker, based on new evidence obtained by exhuming her body last year and from conducting fresh interviews with him and witnesses. Walker was jailed without bail, and court officials said he did not have a defense lawyer on file.
June 11, 2012 |
AUBURN, Ala. - Several people were shot at an apartment complex near Auburn University in Alabama when a fight broke out during a pool party, authorities and a witness said. Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson told the Opelika-Auburn News that police were called Saturday night. He did not say who was shot or discuss their conditions. Turquorius Vines, 23, said he was at the pool party Saturday evening at the University Heights apartments with one of his friends. He said he and his friend were approached by two other men who started arguing with them over a woman.
April 22, 2012 |
Last week, media outlets filed motions to unseal the records concerning the arrest of George Zimmerman in connection with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Florida has a rich tradition of "sunshine" when it comes to public access to court proceedings, and it seems likely that, sooner than later, the public will see what evidence special prosecutor Angela Corey has that warranted the filing of second-degree murder charges. Thus far, Corey and defense lawyer Mark O'Mara have agreed to limit customary access.
April 13, 2012 |
SANFORD, Fla. - After weeks in hiding, George Zimmerman made his first courtroom appearance Thursday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and prosecutors outlined their murder case in court papers, saying that the neighborhood-watch volunteer followed and confronted the black teenager after a police dispatcher told him to back off. The brief outline, contained in an affidavit filed in support of the second-degree-murder charges, appeared to...
April 13, 2012 |
SANFORD, Fla. - After weeks in hiding, George Zimmerman made his first courtroom appearance Thursday in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and prosecutors outlined their murder case in court papers, saying the neighborhood watch volunteer followed and confronted the teenager after a police dispatcher told him to back off. The brief outline, contained in an affidavit filed in support of the second-degree murder charges, appeared to...
April 12, 2012 |
‘A MAN IS NEVER more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar," said Mark Twain. Last week, "NBC News" became truthful, at least partially, when it issued an apology about altering a taped 9-1-1 conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher in the high-profile Trayvon Martin story, a case being linked to racism and profiling. What viewers of NBC's "Today" show heard was this taped comment by Zimmerman, talking with a police dispatcher: "This guy looks like he's up to no good.
March 27, 2012
THE PUBLIC SLIMING of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen slain last month after buying candy and ice tea at a convenience store, is under way. A month after Trayvon's tragic death, now comes word that the 17-year-old had been visiting his dad while on a 10-day suspension from school for having a baggie containing marijuana residue in his book bag and, according to the Miami Herald , a marijuana pipe. That's not cool. But what does that have to do with what went down the night Trayvon was killed?
March 23, 2012
PHILADELPHIANS outraged by the Trayvon Martin case will rally in the city Friday and Monday. Organizers are asking that protesters show up wearing hoodies as a show of support for the unarmed black teenager gunned down by a Hispanic neighborhood-watch captain. "Enough is enough. This was just blatant discrimination," said Chris Norris, a lead organizer of Monday's 6:30 p.m. rally at Love Park. "It's blatant racism. I can't believe it happened. I feel like I'm in a dream.