Now Playing
K99.1FM
On Air
No Program
Now Playing
K99.1FM

crime & law

200 items
Results 51 - 60 of 200 < previous next >

Woman charged with homicide by child abuse in 3-year-old girl's death

Lancaster, South Carolina, police have made an arrest in connection with the death of a 3-year-old girl.

Kayla Cook is charged with homicide by child abuse in Lillian Schroeder's death on Heath Circle. Cook was arrested in Cleveland County.

>> On WSOCTV.com: Police investigate death of 3-year-old girl in Lancaster

Officers were called to the home in December in response to a call for an unconscious child. Police said they found the child unresponsive on her back in the living room with no pulse or signs of respiration.

The arrest warrant said Cook was caring for the little girl while the victim's father was at work.

Cook said she put the victim in the bath and when she came back to check on her, Lillian was lying face up in the tub, unresponsive but looking around and breathing, according to the arrest warrant.

>> Read more trending news 

The warrant said Cook initially told police the child “wasn’t acting right” and she wanted a neighbor to call 911.

The document said the 3-year-old had numerous bruises on her body. The autopsy report showed Lillian died from cerebral edema due to a blunt-force trauma to her head and that the victim died within minutes of the head injury. 

Couple, 2 young children found dead of probable carbon monoxide poisoning

An Arizona couple and their two young children were found dead Monday in what authorities said was a case of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Anthony and Megan Capitano, both 32, Lincoln Capitano, 4, and Kingsli Capitano, 3, were found during a welfare check performed after family members were unable to reach them for several days. Officials with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office said that the family from El Mirage was staying in a cabin belonging to a family friend in Parks, which is located west of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest.

A deputy sent to check on the family found their vehicle parked outside the cabin and, when he approached the home, smelled a strong odor of gas coming from inside, Sheriff’s Office officials said. Additional deputies were called in, as were firefighters from the Ponderosa Fire Department. 

Firefighters wearing self-contained breathing equipment went inside and found the family dead, fire officials reported. Anthony Capitano’s older son, Ashton, was home with his mother in Texas when his father, stepmother and siblings died. 

Sheriff’s Office investigators called in a heating and cooling provider to investigate the gas heating system in the cabin. 

“The contractor found a significant failure in the heating system which would be consistent with carbon monoxide overcoming the residence,” investigators said in a statement. “The heating unit was the only gas appliance in the home. This provides additional evidence regarding a possible carbon monoxide-related event.”

The Coconino County Medical Examiner’s Office was still working to confirm the manner and cause of death, investigators said. 

Jon Paxton, a spokesman with the Sheriff’s Office, told KPNX-TV in Phoenix that the family drove up to the cabin late Friday evening. Investigators believe the gas leak killed them early the following morning. 

Friends of the couple told the news station that the family had stayed at the cabin several times before. One friend, Rhonda Alsobrook, said that she and Megan Capitano texted back and forth multiple times just hours before the family likely died. 

“I sent her this snap, ‘I love you more,’” Rhonda Alsobrook said. “I won this conversation because I said, ‘I love you more,’ and I was the last one to say, ‘I love you more.’”

Alsobrook, a professional photographer, told the news station that she was up late Friday night and into Saturday morning, finishing up the Capitano family’s Christmas photos, which were taken about two weeks before their deaths. 

She said she didn’t hear from Megan Capitano again. Days later, she received the devastating news.

“I got a phone call from her sister,” Alsobrook said. “She called me and told me, and it didn’t really set in.”

Alsobrook said she believes the family went to sleep, unaware of the danger they were in, and never woke up. 

Carbon monoxide is a particularly potent danger in the winter, when cold temperatures have people turning on their heat to stay warm. Though the gas is odorless, it is sometimes possible to smell a leak from a propane gas furnace, Ponderosa Fire Chief Lee Antonides told KPNX

“It depends on how strong the smell is, how rich, and when the furnace was last serviced,” the fire chief said. “Sometimes you can smell it, and sometimes you can’t.”

Antonides said anyone with gas heat should have a certified heating contractor inspect their home’s system before using it each winter. He said a yearly inspection is also important in rental properties. 

“It’s important, if you’re renting a place you’re not familiar with, to ask when the last time the furnace was inspected,” Antonides told the news station. “Ask if there’s a carbon monoxide detector in the house and, if there is, make sure it functions.”

>> Read more trending news

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 400 people die of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning each year. Another 20,000 people visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 of those people are hospitalized. 

Symptoms of carbon dioxide poisoning, which are often described as “flu-like,” include headaches, dizziness, weakness, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. The CDC said on the agency’s website that people who are asleep or have been drinking can die from poisoning before any symptoms appear. 

Homeowners who have gas heating systems or other gas appliances should install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors, or electric detectors with battery backup, the CDC said. Detectors should be placed where residents can hear them if they go off at night, and the batteries should be replaced at least twice a year.

Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced every five years. 

Gas heating systems, along with gas, coal or oil burning appliances, should be serviced annually, the CDC said. Chimneys, which can become blocked by debris, should also be serviced each year. 

Portable gas heaters and other gas-burning items like generators, should never be used indoors. Generators also should not be used within 20 feet of windows, doors or vents. 

Click here for more safety tips from the CDC.

Friends of the Capitanos expressed shock and grief on social media.

“This is so hard to process,” Dan Matock wrote on Facebook. “My friend and his family will be sorely missed. I love you, Tony Capitano, Megan Capitano, Lincoln and Kingsli.”

Christle McGinnis described the family as “beautiful, caring souls.”  

A man named Marty Gallo wrote that he was devastated by the deaths. 

“My heart breaks that I wished I spent more time with you and your family,” Gallo wrote. “Tony Capitano and Megan Capitano were above and beyond the greatest souls to be around. Unwavering good in them, and it showed in their two beautiful young humans, Lincoln and Kingsli.”

Another friend, Anthony Martinez, described Tony Capitano as an incredible person.

“Hug your loved ones,” Martinez wrote. “You never know when it’s your time. RIP.”

Paul Manafort sues special counsel Robert Mueller, DOJ

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, filed suit Wednesday against special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice after he was indicted in October as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

>> Read more trending news

Attorneys for Manafort argued that Rosenstein overstepped his authority in May 2017 when he appointed Mueller as special counsel to investigate "links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" and "any matters that arose or may arise directly from" that investigation.

The scope of the investigation is overly broad, Manafort’s attorneys argued, asking a judge to set aside both the October indictment and Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller.

Burglar swipes 40 cases of Little Debbie snack cakes

A burglar with a sweet tooth raided a South Carolina man’s storage unit last month and made off with 40 cases of Little Debbie snack cakes, authorities said. 

Spartanburg County deputies were called Monday to the self-storage facility where the victim, the owner of a distribution business, kept his inventory, Fox Carolina reported. He told investigators he went to load his truck and found the lock for his unit missing.

When he opened the door, he found the cases of snacks gone, the news station reported. 

The cakes were stolen sometime over the holiday weekend, authorities said. 

Man arrested after asking cops for directions to drug deal, police say

Police arrested a felon and suspected drug dealer early Tuesday after officers said he got lost on his way to a drug deal, illegally parked a car and asked a pair of officers for directions.

>> Read more trending news

“It should be noted that our officers are always willing to assist the motoring public with directions with they get lost; however, we would encourage the public not to illegally park their vehicles and approach our officers in their parked vehicles,” police in Anderson, California, said Tuesday in a news release. “Especially while illegally possessing loaded firearms and drugs.”

Two Anderson police officers were sitting in their patrol vehicles around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday when they spotted a black BMW. The driver of the car, identified as 40-year-old Chris Meng Lee, of Redding, parked it in front of a fire hydrant and a red-painted curb before approaching the officers, police said.

He asked for help getting directions to a mobile home park, but authorities said the streets he gave officers didn’t intersect. Suspicious, the officers asked to search Lee’s vehicle.

Officers said they found a loaded firearm in the driver’s side door. The officers said they found 1.5 pounds of marijuana in the BMW’s trunk.

During a search of Lee’s cellphone, police uncovered text messages that showed he was on his way to the mobile home park to sell marijuana, authorities said. He apparently got lost along the way.

Police said Lee is a felon, which prohibits him from having a firearm or live ammunition.

He was arrested on several charges, including carrying a concealed loaded firearm in a vehicle, possession of marijuana for sales and driving without a valid driver’s license.

He remained jailed Wednesday.

2 Texas girls, suspected kidnapper sought after mom found dead

Police in Texas were searching Wednesday for two young girls who vanished after their mother was found dead in their home over the weekend, and authorities suspect the mother’s roommate of kidnapping the children.

The body of Tonya Bates, 44, was discovered Sunday in her Round Rock home, according to NBC News. Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks classified Bates’ death as suspicious.

Bates’ daughters, Lilianais Griffith, 14, and Luluvioletta Bandera-Magret, 7, were nowhere to be found. The girls lived with their mother and a roommate, Terry Allen Miles.

Miles, 44, is suspected of abducting the girls, Banks said. 

“At this point, we believe that the two daughters are in the presence of Terry Allen Miles,” Banks said at a New Year’s Day news conference. “Our whole focus is to get these girls home safe.”

A statewide Amber Alert issued for the girls was discontinued Wednesday by authorities, who said they had evidence that Miles and the children were no longer in Texas. 

Lilianais is described as about 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She has light brown hair and brown eyes, and has braces and a nose stud on the right side of her nose.

Luluvioletta also has brown hair and eyes. She is about 4 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 75 pounds.

Miles is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes, wears glasses and has a beard, the center said

He and the girls may be traveling in a gray, 2017 Hyundai Accent hatchback with Texas tag number JGH9845. The vehicle has a white sticker on the upper right side of the rear window.

Authorities have not determined a motive for Bates’ death or the alleged kidnapping, NBC News reported

Bates worked as a patient care technician at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, where administrators said the staff is grieving their loss.

“As a patient care technician at the hospital, Tonya spent her days caring for patients, and we will carry on her legacy by doing what she loved -- caring for our community,” Jeremy Barclay, CEO of the hospital, said in a statement obtained by the American-Statesman. “We are keeping Tonya’s daughter in our thoughts and prayers, along with the law enforcement officers who are working diligently to bring them home safely.”

KHOU in Houston reported that a possible sighting of Miles and the girls was reported in New Mexico. There was also a possibility that the trio was in southern Colorado.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that Miles also has connections to Louisiana, which include multiple domestic violence arrests in Calcasieu Parish, located in the southwestern portion of the state. He was charged with murder in the 2014 death of Pamela Parker in Sulphur, but a grand jury ultimately failed to indict him for the crime. 

>> Read more trending news

KPLC in Lake Charles reported that Miles remains a person of interest in Parker’s death, as well as in a 2015 rape case. He was also charged with attempted murder in 2011 after he was accused of beating his girlfriend.

“He tried to strangle her and staged a potential suicide by trying to hang her with (a) sheet,” Sulphur Police Chief Lewis Coats told the news station

The charges in that case were dropped because the witness was unable to testify against Miles, Coats said. 

The police chief said law enforcement there have been dealing with Miles since 2006, when he moved to Sulphur from California to live with his mother. At that time, Miles was on parole in California.

“He’s a man well-known amongst law enforcement for multiple cases of domestic abuse and drugs,” Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso told KPLC

Authorities did not disclose Miles’ connection to Bates or her family, but Bates’ Facebook page indicated that she evacuated to the Lake Charles area when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August. 

It was not immediately clear when Miles moved to Round Rock.

Clerk: Woman killed at Florida gas station said, 'Please don't let me die'

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is working to identify two people suspected of killing a Florida mother. 

Sahara Barkley was shot on New Year’s Day during a carjacking at the BP station on Stockton Street in Riverside. 

Barkley was shot late on New Year's Day. Barkley, the mother of a 1-year-old, was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

"The whole time, the lady just kept saying 'Please don’t let me die, please don’t let me die, I got a baby on the way,'" said Nyla Garner, a clerk who tried to assist the victim. "So at the same time, we tried to apply pressure (to) stop the blood." 

>> Read more trending news 

“She didn’t deserve to be shot,” said Rosie Brooks, Barkley's mother. “She’s got a 1-year-old son. What am I gonna tell my grandbaby?”

“This just still feels so unreal. You see this all the time, but you never think that its going to hit your door, but it shows me nobody is exempt. Justice will be served for my daughter.” 

A clerk said the victim was a daily customer and was there to purchase cigarettes. 

The clerk said two suspects, one male and one female, pulled up to one of the gas pumps in a black sedan. The male suspect reportedly stole the victim’s car, which was running and parked out front. An altercation happened between the female suspect and the victim. 

When the clerk noticed the suspect walking backward, the clerk ran inside and urged the victim to come with her. That's when the shots were fired, the clerk said. The shooting was captured on video surveillance, the employee said

Condo says woman shot by deputy at fault for not reporting threat

The condo complex sued by resident Yuly Solano after Palm Beach County Deputy Michael DeMarco gravely wounded her Oct. 12 and then fatally shot himself says in court papers that the person most responsible is Solano herself.

>> Read more trending news

She knew DeMarco, her former boyfriend, was dangerous and didn’t do enough to stop him, the Inlet Harbor Club Condominium Association says in documents filed Dec. 20.

Police have said DeMarco, who also lived at the complex, drove up in his unmarked patrol car early that morning and confronted Solano as she walked her dog, Coco. Surveillance-camera video shows DeMarco pulling out his service weapon, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, and shooting her three times before slumping and placing the handgun to his head. He died where he fell.

Solano was taken to Delray Medical Center. Her current status is unknown.

On Nov. 16, lawyers for the woman sued Inlet Harbor and its property manager, Benchmark Property Management, as well as DeMarco’s estate.

In its Dec. 20 response, the condo association said Solano “knew of the existence of the danger complained of in the Complaint, realized and appreciated the possibility of injury as a result of the danger, but failed to take action to avoid same.”

It added that “if there was any negligence that caused or contributed to the Plaintiff’s alleged injuries, it was solely the result of negligence” on the part either of Solano or of the other sued parties, DeMarco’s estate and Benchmark.

>> Related: Deputy seen in video moments before shooting ex-girlfriend, self

In an answer filed Dec. 21, Solano’s lawyers said only that their firm denies “each and every affirmative defense” made by the condo association and “demands strict proof thereof.” A spokeswoman said Friday the lawyers were out for the holidays and weren’t available for additional comment.

Solano’s lawyers have previously said she complained of harassment by DeMarco to both the condo association and the management office. Both city police and the Sheriff’s Office have said they have no record of Solano making a formal complaint. The police reports said that “no official correspondence or reports of harassment were reported” to Inlet Harbor.

In a Nov. 8 hospital-bed conversation with detectives — apparently the first time they could talk to her — Solano said she had planned to file formal complaints but “did not have a chance” to get to it before the shooting.

Man accused of beating stepson to death over cookie

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Florida man Sunday on suspicion of beating his 7-year-old stepson to death and threatening his three siblings until one of them struck the boy, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

>> Read more trending news

Jack Junior Montgomery, 31, called investigators to a Masters Inn hotel room Saturday morning after he said he was unable to wake his stepson, Brice Russell. He told investigators that Brice hit his head after Montgomery threw him onto a bed when he tried to sneak out to get a cookie, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by WFTS.

“Montgomery said that Brice hit his head on the headboard when he threw him onto the bed, but said that he was fine after that,” WFTS reported.

A medical examiner, however, determined that Brice suffered a number of injuries that “require a greater amount of force than those that would be sustained during a fist fight regardless of whether or not the assailant was a juvenile or adult,” according to an arrest report obtained by the Miami Herald.

Montgomery was caring for Brice and his siblings while their mother, Donya Shenita Russell, was at work, according to deputies. Brice’s siblings told authorities they woke to hear their brother crying as he was being thrown around the room.

“Detectives determined that Montgomery had punched the child in the face, mouth and stomach with a closed fist, threw the victim around the hotel room and shoved his face into the carpet,” deputies said in a news release.

Authorities said Montgomery threatened to beat Brice’s siblings if they did not join the attack. In fear of Montgomery, one child hit Brice, according to deputies.

“Ultimately, the children saw Montgomery pick Brice up by the leg and (throw) him against a shelf along the wall,” deputies said. “The children told detectives they saw blood coming from his nose and mouth and that their brother never woke up after that.”

Medics with Hillsborough Fire Rescue said Brice was cold to the touch when they found him and starting to show signs of rigor mortis, the Herald reported. He was pronounced dead at the hotel room about 10 minutes after Montgomery called authorities.

It was the second time in less than 24 hours that deputies were called to Montgomery’s hotel room, according to the Herald. An employee at Masters Inn called police just after midnight Saturday after a guest reported hearing a man yell “beat the kid,” and “push the kid over here,” among other things, the newspaper reported.

A deputy showed up at Montgomery’s room, but the 31-year-old claimed the shouts were nothing more than loud music he had been playing. He pushed open the hotel room door wide enough to show the children sleeping on a bed, the Herald reported, and the deputy left.

Deputies arrested Montgomery Sunday on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and two counts of child abuse. He remained jailed Tuesday.

Florida man faces charges in alleged veterans charity scam

A Florida man os facing charges after allegedly running a bogus charity for military veterans, Volusia County deputies said.

Deputies said Christopher Blake, 46, of Ormond Beach, allegedly scammed dozens of people out of at least $20,000, saying the money was going to help military veterans. Deputies said Blake allegedly tried to use a selfie he took with Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood to help boost profits.

Blake is facing a charge of operating an organized scheme to defraud, deputies said.

Deputies opened an investigation a couple of weeks ago after Blake took the selfie with the sheriff and posted it online. 

"He's a scumbag," Chitwood said.

Chitwood said Blake asked for a selfie. Deputies said Blake allegedly posted the selfie to a bogus charity website to make the site appear more credible.

“The next morning, I received about five phone calls from different people who had dealings with him.” Chitwood said.

Blake allegedly claimed to run a charity for military veterans called Second Chance Veterans Foundation.

Investigators said Blake hosted a charity golf tournament at Debary Golf and Country Club on Oct 28.

According to arrest documents, 40 people attended the event and each paid Blake $100 to play golf and eat lunch.

The documents said Blake did not pay the $6,500 he owed to the golf course. Deputies said Blake eventually handed over a check, but it bounced.

“Everything was lining his pockets and he was going to run this scam until he got locked up,” Chitwood said.

Faye Crow is one of dozens of people the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said were fooled by Blake’s alleged scheme.

Crow is the property manager for the Daytona Beach building where Blake leased an office to operate his foundation.

She said Blake paid one month of rent, but then the money stopped coming.

“He was convincing,” she said. “We believed him.”

She continued, “We kind of still believed in his cause because he had a good story, so we moved him into an external, like another general space, out of his office.”

Despite promises of money coming soon, Crow said Blake never paid.

“(He had) lots of excuses,” Crow said. “Telling us, ‘Oh, we've got this fundraiser going on. We've got a golf tournament that's happening and it's almost there.’”

200 items
Results 51 - 60 of 200 < previous next >