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Arrest made in triple murder of Lockport mother, daughters; suspect named
Jan 23, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 23, 2013 WWLTV

LOCKPORT, La. -- Authorities have made an arrest in the November triple murder of a Lockport mother and her two young daughters.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office announced the identity of the suspect as David Brown at a news conference Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Brown was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, two counts of aggravated rape and aggravated arson.

Jacqueline Nieves, 29, and her two young children, 7-year-old Gabriella and 1-year-old Isabella, were stabbed to death in November. Their bodies were found by firefighters working a fire in the family's apartment.

"Through investigation, detectives learned that during the early morning hours of Sunday, November 4, Brown entered Nieves’ apartment and proceeded upstairs armed with a knife. Detectives believe Brown then allegedly entered a bedroom and sexually assaulted two of the victims before stabbing all three victims several times each. It is believed that he subsequently set the apartment ablaze and fled the scene," said a statement from Sheriff Craig Webre.

According to the sheriff's office, Carlos Nieves Jr., husband and father of the victims, was asleep downstairs in the apartment during the incident. Brown was charged with the attempted murder of Carlos Nieves Jr. because Carlos was asleep when the fire was set. "He eventually awoke and called 9-1-1. Officers and firefighters responded to the scene where they discovered the bodies of the three victims in the upstairs bedroom," said a statement from the sheriff's office.

Brown's DNA was found at the crime scene, according to the sheriff's office. In November, 34-year-old Brown was already in custody as he was initially arrested on separate charges.

Voice of 'Charlie Brown' arrested in San Diego
Jan 23, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 22, 2013 U-T San Diego

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— Peter Robbins, an Oceanside resident who as a child actor was the voice of the animated “Charlie Brown” character of “Peanuts” fame, has been arrested and is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Wednesday in San Diego on five felony charges, authorities said.

Robbins, 56, is charged with four felony counts of making a threat to cause death or great bodily injury and one felony count of stalking, according to the San Diego County jail website.

He was booked into jail shortly before 4 a.m. Monday and was being held on $550,000 bail, according to the jail records.

His manager, Danielle Matthews, said Tuesday night that she could not discuss the arrest but would comment later Wednesday.

Robbins was arrested shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, said Angelica de Cima, spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He was driving a silver 2006 Mercedes-Benz C230 when a border officer referred him to an area for a more thorough examination, she said. He was the only person in the car at the time.

A systems check determined that Robbins was wanted by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for a felony warrant for crimes against a person, De Cima said.

Muckraking Journalist & Author David Graham Phillips is Shot - 1911
Jan 23, 2013, - 0 Comments

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David Graham Phillips

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 23, 1911, muckraking journalist and novelist David Graham Phillips is shot outside the Princeton Club at Gramercy Park in New York City. The shooter Fitzhugh Coyle Goldsborough was a Harvard educated musician, a violinist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra who came from a prominent Maryland family.

In Mexico, self-defense squads battle violence
Jan 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 22, 2013 Associated Press

AYUTLA, Mexico — The young man at the roadside checkpoint wept softly behind the red bandanna that masked his face. At his side was a relic revolver, and his feet were shod in the muddy, broken boots of a farmer.

Haltingly, he told how his cousin's body was found in a mass grave with about 40 other victims of a drug gang. Apparently, the cousin had caught a ride with an off-duty soldier and when gunmen stopped the vehicle, they killed everyone on the car.

"There isn't one of us who hasn't felt the pain ... of seeing them take a family member and not being able to ever get them back," said the young civilian self-defense patrol member, who identified himself as "just another representative of the people of the mountain."

Now he has joined hundreds of other men in the southern Mexico state of Guerrero who have taken up arms to defend their villages against drug gangs, a vigilante movement born of frustration at extortion, killings and kidnappings that local police are unable, or unwilling, to stop.

Vigilantes patrol a dozen or more towns in rural Mexico, the unauthorized but often tolerated edge of a growing movement toward armed citizen self-defense squads across the country.

"The situation Mexico is experiencing, the crime, is what has given the communities the legitimacy to say, 'We will assume the tasks that the government has not been able to fulfill,'" said rights activist Roman Hernandez, whose group Tlachinollan has worked with the community forces.

‘Lies, deceit and cover-up’ in Rilya Wilson murder case, prosecutors say
Jan 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jan. 22, 2013 Miami Herald

A Kendall woman smothered foster child Rilya Wilson, disposed of the body and spun a web of “fanciful” tales over years to hide the murder, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.

“Lies, deceit and cover-up,” Miami-Dade prosecutor Joshua Weintraub told jurors during closing arguments in the trial of caretaker Geralyn Graham.

The arguments come more than a decade after Rilya disappeared, a case that rocked the Florida Department of Children and Families, which did notice the girl was missing for 18 months. Authorities have never found Rilya’s body.

Graham, 67, is charged with aggravated child abuse, kidnapping and first-degree murder. Testimony in her trial began Nov. 26. She faces life in prison if convicted.

A grand jury indicted Graham in 2005 after a jailhouse witness, Robin Lunceford, told police that the woman tearfully confessed to smothering the child with a pillow and burying the body near water in South Miami-Dade.

Attempted murder charge added in face slashing case
Jan 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

The man accused of slashing the face of a woman during a robbery last November in South Philadelphia is now facing attempted murder charges.

A court hearing was held Tuesday morning for the suspect, 30-year-old Cory Harley of the 600 block of South Street.

In addition to aggravated assault, robbery, theft and possession of an instrument of crime, prosecutors added attempted murder charges to the case this morning.

The victim, 23-year-old Ashley Hackett, testified against Harley at this morning's hearing.

In the end, the judge ordered Harley to be held for trial on all charges.

The robbery happened at 4:05 a.m. back on November 11th along the 700 block of South 9th Street.

Police say Harley approached Hackett from behind and struck her in the face with a knife, causing a large cut.

Harley then grabbed Hackett's purse and fled north on 9th Street, then east on Fitzwater Street.

The purse was later found in a small alley at 800 Kenilworth Street.

Investigators released surveillance video of the suspect after the attack.

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