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FBI agent kills man after questioning him about link to Boston Marathon bombing suspect
May 22, 2013, - 1 Comment

May 22, 2013 Yahoo News

An unidentified FBI agent shot and killed a man in Orlando, Fla., early Wednesday after questioning him about his link to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Dave Couvertier, a special agent and spokesman for the FBI's Tampa field office, told Yahoo News the shooting is under investigation. He identified the man as Ibragim Todashev, a 27-year-old Chechen-born Orlando resident and apparent acquaintance of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the brothers suspected of planning and carrying out the terror attack at last month's Boston Marathon.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that Todashev lunged at the FBI agent with a knife.

The shooting occurred just after midnight at an apartment complex in Orlando. The agent, along with two Massachusetts State Police troopers and other law enforcement personnel, were interviewing Todashev "in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing investigation when a violent confrontation was initiated by the individual," Couvertier said. "An FBI post-shooting incident review team has been dispatched from Washington, D.C., and expected to arrive in Orlando within 24 hours."

The agent, Couvertier added, "sustained non-life threatening injuries."

Famed 'Hatchet Hitchhiker' arrested in NJ homicide
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 MSN

A man who gained famed online as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" has been arrested and charged with the murder of a New Jersey lawyer.

ELIZABETH, N.J. — A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet celebrity earlier this year was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home, authorities said.

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who became known as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" after intervening in an attack on a California utility worker, was arrested at a Philadelphia bus station, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

McGillvary was charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., a Clark, N.J. attorney found dead in his home on Monday.

McGillvary will be processed in Philadelphia and sent to back to New Jersey in to coming days, Romankow said. His bail is set at $3 million.

Mother Chases Down Kidnapper After Child Abducted
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 KWTX

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police in Albuquerque, N.M., say a woman who saw her 5-year-old being abducted chased the kidnapper down and crashed her vehicle into his car.

Police say the incident unfolded Wednesday evening after the woman saw her child being forced into a car in Albuquerque's North Valley.

She jumped into her vehicle and gave chase for about seven miles, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the car shortly after grabbing her.

The girl was not injured.

The mother followed the kidnapper and finally rammed into his car near an intersection.

Mont. man in custody after release in 1979 slaying
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — The three-decade fight for freedom by a Montana man convicted of the 1979 slaying of a teenage classmate entered what could be its final stage this week, when the Montana Supreme Court ordered him back to prison and took away his brief taste of normal life.

But from the time he confessed to out-of-state police four years after the notorious killing of Kim Nees, almost nothing about the Barry Beach case has been routine — and advocates promised they will find other ways to prove his innocence.

Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi Concerts Scene of Stadium Heist
May 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 15, 2013 Good Morning America

It's a scene seemingly ripped right from an "Ocean's Eleven" script.

Thieves targeted the city's famed FNB Stadium following concerts this weekend by Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi in a heist that included them chiseling through the wall of a safe room and lowering themselves into the room with ropes. And using a system of ropes and ladders to get back out.

Authorities are not disclosing exactly how much cash was stolen, but they believe most of the money had been collected from numerous bars, food stands and merchandise outlets.

No one even noticed the cash was gone until early Monday morning. Eyewitness News South Africa footage shows a crime scene littered with roof debris and busted bricks.

"It wasn't an impromptu incident," Jacques Grobbelarr, a member of the stadium's management team, told Eyewitness News South Africa. "There was definite planning. Looking at the scene and the place they broke into, it looks as if they were planning this for quite some time, probably a couple of days."

Private investigators have been brought in to help police, and several employees have been given polygraph tests, as authorities believe only those with an intimate knowledge of the stadium's layout and security plans could have pulled off a heist of this caliber. Officials are also combing through footage from 10 security cameras around the stadium, which remains on lockdown.

Dad of boy accused of killing sister wants evidence
May 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 13, 2013 USA Today

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. — Investigators worked more than 2,000 hours to solve the stabbing of an 8-year-old girl in her home here last month.

Now that officials have zeroed in on Leila Fowler's 12-year-old brother as the suspected killer, the next question is what happens to the preteen.

The boy, who has not been identified because of his age, will be charged with homicide, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz has said. Leila's brother is in custody now.

Barney Fowler, the father of the boy, told The Associated Press on Monday that the family is standing behind the boy "until they have the proper evidence to show it's my son."

His case likely will play out in the Juvenile Division of Calaveras County Superior Court because of his age. In California, children as young as 14 may be tried as adults but cannot receive the death penalty, according to the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center in San Francisco, which was created in 1999 by the American Bar Association to support juvenile trial lawyers.

Convicted Pa. abortion doctor gets life in prison
May 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 14, 2013 Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA  — A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his grimy clinic was spared a possible death sentence Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell gave up his right to appeal and in return will spend life in prison. Gosnell, 72, was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in a case that became a flashpoint in the nation's abortion debate.

Former clinic employees testified that Gosnell routinely performed illegal abortions past Pennsylvania's 24-week limit, that he delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, and that he and his assistants dispatched the newborns by "snipping" their spines, as he referred to it.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty because Gosnell killed more than one person, and his victims were especially vulnerable given their age. But Gosnell's own advanced age had made it unlikely he would ever be executed before his appeals ran out.

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