“I want to formally express my condolences to the family for their loss,” said Mayor Rodney “Buck” Christian. “A member of our fire department has been placed on administrative leave with pay. At this point, I cannot comment any further until the investigation and all the facts are complete.”
Investigators recovered two dead premature infants who were flushed down a toilet into a septic tank Friday.
“This is the worst thing I have seen in all my years,” St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles said.
Surles said family members contacted him Friday about the situation.
“It is our duty to follow through with any credible allegation that may have been done, and we want to be sure everything was done accordingly and done right,” Surles said.
He said after hearing an allegation that two premature infants were disposed of in a toilet, the sheriff’s department started its investigation “by going into the septic tank to recover the bodies.”
Coroner Dennis Russell said Surles notified him about the incident and requested his assistance. He said the initial call from the residence came into Central Dispatch at 6:49 a.m.
“When I arrived on the scene, the lid on the septic tank had been removed,” Russell said. “A pump was inserted to remove some of the water from the tank. Once the water was removed, Investigator Tommy Dixon and I went through the debris and recovered the babies at 5:07 p.m. The babies were cleaned at the scene, placed in a container and taken to the coroner’s office in Pell City Friday. They were transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville Monday.”
Russell said Monday the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences said “the babies were not live births” and “would not have lived had they been born in a hospital.”
Russell said family members did not have anything to do with the disposal of the babies.
“The mother had left the room and had absolutely nothing to do with the babies being flushed down the commode, nor did any other family member have anything to do with flushing those babies down the commode,” Russell said.
The Sheriff’s Department continues its investigation into the incident.
“We are getting the final report and we’re going to conclude our investigation and present what we have to the grand jury,” Surles said. “We will see what happens from there.”
Attorneys Lance Bell and Matt Abbott, who represent the mother, said in a prepared statement Tuesday that the woman’s family is appreciative for the quick response and investigation being conducted by the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office.
“This was a frantic emergency situation where a young pregnant mother of about 20 week old twins, in excruciating pain, suffered a miscarriage during the early morning hours of Friday, July 23,” the statement from the attorneys said. “After calling 911, and while strapped to a stretcher, this young mother was forced to witness medical/emergency personnel knowingly and willfully flush her babies down the toilet. As attorneys and designated spokespersons for the family, we will be relentless in our pursuit not only to conduct a thorough investigation of all the facts surrounding this shocking and unexplainable event, but to demand accountability for those who are responsible for this heinous, willful act that shocks the conscious of a moral and decent society.”
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Robert Bouldin, who also serves as a Fire Captain and is on the Board of Directors for the Ranlo, North Carolina Volunteer Fire and Rescue squad, has a long history of volunteerism and heroic actions on the job. Bouldin’s credentials include advanced EMT, firefighting, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Hazardous Materials (HazMat) certifications.
Bouldin was also named the Most Valuable EMT of the Year for 2009 in recognition for his volunteer work for the community. Bouldin donates his time and expertise by teaching CPR to regional church and civic groups. “The more people who know CPR, the more lives that can be saved,” says Robert Bouldin, when explaining why he serves as a volunteer CPR instructor.
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CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands July 28 2010 — A jury in the U.S. Virgin Islands has convicted an airport security screener of jury tampering in a drug trafficking trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nolan Paige says Transportation Security Administration screener Ikim Blackett, 31, was convicted Monday after two hours of deliberation by the U.S. District Court jury. Sentencing is expected next month.
The TSA screener at Cyril E. King Airport was charged with going to the house of a juror and offering to pay her $1,500 in return for a not guilty verdict in a federal case involving six men accused of smuggling cocaine from the U.S. territory to North Carolina.
All six men were convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
“If I would have thought about it, I probably wouldn’t have done it.”
She traded tumbling for tackling when she brought down a thief at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma last weekend.
“I just wasn’t going to, like, let him run right past me.”
The rising high school junior cheers for the Moore High School Lions. She was at the mall talking to her mother on her cell phone when suddenly a man started running her way.
“I was like, ‘Hang on Mom,’ and I put the phone down. When he got close to me, I just got in his way and grabbed him and he kept trying to run so I just slammed him on the ground.”
By slamming him to the ground she gave mall security the chance to catch up.
“I grabbed him and then put him on his stomach and I was still holding on to him. I don’t even know.”
She didn’t even know what she had done. High School Playbook wanted to know, “What was she thinking?”
“I didn’t think. I was shaking. I was like nervous. I didn’t know why I did that,” Kealey Oliver smiles in amazement.
She got a scratch on her arm and bruised her left knee. And to top it off, she did it all in a dress.
“I was in a strapless dress, yes.”
Kealey told all her friends and even posted her story on facebook.
We called Penn Square Mall but got no comment. Police confirmed a shop-lifter was arrested around this time.
To Kealey, it’s really no big deal.
“At first, I thought I was just going to stop him, but he kept running. So I was like, okay, I guess you’re going to the ground.”
SMITHFIELD NC July 28 2010 – A Raleigh fire cadet is accused of kidnapping and raping a Smithfield woman.
Daniel Robert Muller, 24, of Black Angus Drive, Garner, is charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree sexual offense.
Selma police said they found the 40-year-old rape victim walking down a street the morning of July 19. She told officers she was abducted at gunpoint the previous day while walking on South Sixth Street and take to a secluded area in Selma where she was raped.
Police said the victim did not know Muller.
Muller is charged with first degree kidnapping and first degree sexual assault for the incident. He turned himself in on July 24 at the Johnston County Jail and was placed under a $250,000 secured bond.
Authorities say during their investigation they discovered that a second woman had been offered a ride by Muller on May 25. They say they woman was taken to a secluded area in Smithfield where a weapon was displayed, but she was able to escape before being assaulted.
On Tuesday, Muller was served with additional warrants for first degree kidnapping and attempted first degree sexual assault. He was given a $100,000 secured bond.
Muller is currently in the Johnston County Jail under a $350,000 secured bond.
Muller has been a paid firefighter with the City of Raleigh since May 26.
According to the Raleigh Fire Department, Muller was a new recruit still enrolled in its cadet training program when he was arrested.
RFD rules require a cadet to be on time. Because Muller is in jail and was a no-show Monday and Tuesday, the Chief says he’s no longer a member of Raleigh’s fire department, according to its attendance rules.
Police are still investigating if there may be more unreported incidents involving Muller in the Smithfield-Selma area, and encourage anyone with information to come forward.
Ventura CA July 28 2010 In separate incidents Sunday outside a rap concert at the Majestic Ventura Theater, a Santa Paula man was arrested on suspicion of shooting at a car and police stunned another man with a Taser after he allegedly failed to comply with orders, authorities said.
After the rap show, headlined by The Game, four men were fighting with two others on the second floor of a public parking garage on Santa Clara Street, according to a witness.
As people were trying to break up the fight, one of the men involved went to his vehicle, pulled out a gun and fired two times. He fired toward the group of people in the altercation, who had entered a black sedan and were fleeing the scene, authorities said.
Officers arrived on scene within moments of the 11:50 p.m. incident and took Gilbert Hernandez, 27, of Santa Paula, into custody, police said. The alleged shooter was shocked with a Taser by police during his arrest, checked at a local hospital, then booked into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of shooting at an occupied vehicle, officials said.
Police did not locate any shooting victims. Officers found a handgun in Hernandez’s vehicle, police said.
About 40 minutes before the shooting, a man attending the same concert was stunned with a Taser outside the theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., after he allegedly became combative with security officers, police said.
The incident occurred after the 29-year-old Merced resident became intoxicated and began to dance on top of some large speakers, Ventura police said in a prepared statement.
Event security staff asked the man to come down, and he cooperated with them as they led him out to the street, police said. But once in the street, the man allegedly tried to hit one of the security officers and event staff tackled him, police said in the statement.
When police arrived, they saw the man was bleeding from his forehead, and event staff turned the situation over to the officers. The man was shocked with a Taser by police after officers ordered him to stay on the ground and he started to stand up, police said. In the statement, police officials said the officers believed the situation would escalate and were concerned for their own safety.
The man was treated at Ventura County Medical Center for minor injuries from the altercation and then released. He was booked into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of fighting and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, police said.
Bridgeport CT July 28 2010 Four months after he allegedly punched a Home Depot security officer in the face, a 33-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested Thursday for trying to steal tools from the store.
Andre Cruz Mendoza, of Cedar Street, was charged with attempted third-degree robbery and attempted fifth-degree larceny.
Mendoza concealed a $720 DeWalt tool kit on March 13 and tried to leave the Kings Highway store without paying, police. A store security officer grabbed Mendoza by the jacket, but he spun out of the jacket and punched the officer in the face, police said.
Mendoza reportedly dropped the tool kit and fled in a rented get-away car. Store personnel have reportedly since identified Mendoza on video surveillance and linked him to prior shop-lifting incidents at both the Fairfield and Stratford Home Depots, police said.
Police recently obtained a warrant for Mendoza’s arrest, which was served on him Thursday at Bridgeport Superior Court. Bond was set for $25,000.
TROY NY July 28 2010 — A 22-year-old Chevy Chase, Md., man came to Samaritan Hospital this morning and killed himself with a shotgun blast to the face, police said.
The suicide with a 12-gauge occurred at 9:02 a.m., Detective Sgt. David Dean, a department spokesman said. He said the man left a note.
The shooting took place at the bottom of a black metal fire escape about 50 feet from the emergency room entrance, according to police. That site is not readily visible from the driveway leading to the hospital.
A hospital worker alerted police. The gunfire was detected by the city’s Shot Spotter system, which uses acoustics and computers to locate the exact site of gunshots.
Detectives are on the scene at the hospital off Burdett Avenue.
The man’s identity and connection to the area have not been released by police who are attempting to notice his family.
Londonberry NH July 28 2010 New Hampshire high school teacher Melinda Dennehy has pled ‘guilty’ to charges of texting nude photos of herself to a 15-year-old male student.
In the plea deal, she carries a charge of indecent exposure, and was given a suspended jail sentence on condition she remain on good behavior and have no contact with the child or go to the high school, reports AP. She apologized in court for her actions and ‘poor judgement’, and had already resigned from her job in April.
The 41-year-old female English teacher sent a Londonderry High School male student, 15, four sexy photos of herself, along with continuous text messages, and he also claims they kissed on two occasions in a school classroom.
Dennehy photos however were not kept secret by the student. Instead the male student sent the photos to his friends, only to have them wind up in police hands.
Dennehy was identified by a co-worker in the photos.
Dennehy turned herself into the Londonderry police, and was charged with indecent exposure. Dennehy has two children and has been ordered by authorities to stay away from children under the age of 16.
Dennehy is by no means the only teacher to have made this mistake; in fact, it has become a bit of a phenomena for female teachers and their male students to form these unhealthy relationships.
In 2008, teacher Louisa Tuck was discovered to have been a porn star named ‘Crystal Gunns’ (thanks to her 36FF bust, no doubt). Michigan teacher Kelly Ann Abdo was busted for public sex with a student. Pittsburgh teacher Beth Ann Chester texted nude photos of herself to a student.
In 2009, Florida teacher Christy Lynn Martin was arrested for sending nude photos via text messaging; New York teacher Cara Dickey was arrested for raping a teen student; and in Massachusetts, Lisa Lavoie was found in a motel room with a 15-year-old boy.
SUMMIT, N.J.July 28 2010 – Dusk fell around Salvadoran immigrant Abelino Mazaniego as he sat on a bench on a promenade in an upscale New York suburb after finishing his restaurant shift. As night encroached, so did a group of teenagers, including one with a cell phone videocamera at the ready.
Then, authorities say, they beat him unconscious, with the camera rolling.
Days later, the 47-year-old father of four was dead — but not before the video had been circulated among teenagers in Summit, N.J., authorities say. And not before a nurse in the emergency room where he was taken the night of July 17 was accused of pilfering several hundred dollars from his wallet.
The attacks on Mazaniego’s body and dignity resulted in days of escalating court actions that culminated Tuesday in murder charges against three young men, ages 17, 18 and 19. A fourth teenager believed to have videotaped the attack hasn’t been charged, but authorities weren’t divulging details on the teen’s involvement or potential culpability.
In Summit on Tuesday evening, a young girl sobbed, trembled, and clutched the waist of an older woman as they stood in a group of five people in front of a shrine of sunflowers, votive prayer candles, handwritten notes and a photo of Mazaniego that had been placed on the bench where he was attacked. Speaking quietly in Spanish, a woman with red-rimmed eyes said she was Mazaniego’s wife of 29 years, and the rest were family members. She declined to give her name, saying she was too upset and scared to speak about the attack.
Mazaniego was “a hardworking, punctual, friendly employee,” said Colin Crasto, manager and chef at Dabbawalla Indian restaurant, across the street from where the attack took place, and where the victim had worked for three years as a cook’s assistant. A photo of Mazaniego was taped to the front window, with a message saying he had been the sole supporter of his family and asking patrons to donate money to help his family.
Along Summit’s main thoroughfare, a place of upscale clothing and jewelry stores, real-estate brokerages advertising million-dollar homes, and luxury SUVS parked along the street, merchants and residents said the attack was an anomaly for the town, a vibrant mix of nationalities that considers itself welcoming of immigrants.
“I know bad things happen all the time, everywhere, but it’s unusual here,” said Neil Rodriguez, the manager of The Wine List, who knew Mazaniego, as he worked a few doors down. Recalling Mazaniego as a “genial, really nice gentlemen,” Rodriguez said that, as a Hispanic, he was bothered that the incident was being portrayed by some as racially motivated.
“It’s a random act of violence, there’s not a lot of racial strife in this town,” he said. “I’d like to see the parents that produced such monsters,” he added, referring to the alleged attackers.
Khayri Williams-Clark, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old, both of Summit, were arrested Wednesday on manslaughter charges. Williams-Clark pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday.
Now they’re charged with murder, along with Nigel Dumas, 19, of Morristown. A spokesman for the public defender’s office, which is representing Williams-Clark and the 17-year-old, declined to comment Tuesday and said the office hadn’t yet received an application to represent Dumas.
The 17-year-old is being held in the Union County juvenile detention center, while Williams-Clark is being held at the Union County jail on $100,000 bail, prosecutors said. Bail for Dumas, at the same jail, has been set at $250,000. Authorities wouldn’t say how many teens were in the group or whether there would be more charges. They also weren’t discussing theories on the motive for the beating — whether it was Mazaniego’s background, a thrill killing or some other reason.
But it apparently wasn’t an attempt to get the $640 in cash that Mazaniego was carrying.
Police found the victim after the beating and took him to the hospital, where, officials say, nurse Stephan Randolph, 39, of Flemington, took the money out of the unconscious victim’s wallet.
Family members noticed the missing money and told authorities, who charged Randolph with third-degree theft Monday, six days after Mazaniego died.