VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. May 13 2013 — The mother of an 8-year-old girl who was found stabbed to death in her Northern California home and of the 12-year-old boy accused of killing describes the boy as “protective of his sister.”
In an interview with Sacramento television station KOVR on Friday, Priscilla Rodriquez said her son “could never hurt his sister.”
The boy — who has not been named by authorities — was arrested Saturday. He will be charged with homicide, Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz said.
In the interview, Rodriquez said, “I know my son could never hurt his sister.
“They never used to fight when they were little,” she said.
Rodriquez told the station that a bitter custody battle had driven a wedge between her and the children’s father.
The April 27 attack on Leila Fowler shook the tightknit Valley Springs community of about 7,400 people and set off a massive manhunt.
Investigators did a door-to-door sweep of homes, storage sheds and horse stables scattered across the oak-studded hills foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Divers also searched two nearby reservoirs in search of clues.
After hearing Leila’s brother had been arrested, residents were in disbelief.
“I did not want to believe it. You kind of thought so, but it’s not something you want to believe,” Tammy Ainsworth told Sacramento’s KCRA-TV.
By Sunday, investigators had released few details of the arrest and did not return calls from The Associated Press seeking details of what led them to arrest the boy.
The boy had told police he found his sister’s body and encountered an intruder in the home while their father and stepmother were at a Little League game. He described the man as being tall with long gray hair. But afterward, police said there was no sign of a burglary or robbery.
A neighbor told detectives she saw a man flee the home, but she later recanted the story and was discredited by police.
As part of the investigation, authorities seized several knives from the Fowler home, where Leila lived with her father, stepmother and siblings.
Leila’s brother was taken into custody at 5:10 p.m. Saturday, and police hastily called a news conference to announce the arrest.
“Citizens of Calaveras County, you can sleep a little better tonight,” Kuntz said.
Authorities spent more than 2,000 hours on the investigation “to provide Leila Fowler’s family answers to her death,” the sheriff said.
Kuntz said the investigation was ongoing and declined to provide further details.
Local officials pledged support Sunday. The Calaveras Unified School District “stands ready to provide whatever level of support and assistance is necessary to the Fowler family” and the community, Superintendent Mark Campbell said in a statement. The district will make counselors available at all schools, he said.
Several days after the killing, hundreds of people gathered at Jenny Lind Elementary School where Leila was a popular third-grader. Her stepmother, Krystal Walters, tearfully thanked the crowd for the support.
“I just want to thank the entire community and all of our family and friends for all the overwhelming amount of support you’ve given our family,” Walters said at the time. “It will never be forgotten. Thank you.”
“It’s the board’s philosophy that all students should be offered some sort of educational experience,” Price said.
Obviously, the vehicle should be secured,” said Cmdr. Robert Contee, who heads the 6th District station. “Clearly, that wasn’t done.” The joy ride was short-lived. The young driver headed around the block — from the 1600 block of Fort Davis Place to R Street SE, near Pennsylvania and Alabama avenues — before crashing into a barrier or fence near a house, Contee said.
After the School Resource Officer and detectives with the Horry County Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Section investigated the incidents, eight students were charged for their roles in the two incidents.
ATLANTA GA March 15 2013 – Atlanta Police have arrested a teen after they say he stole a police car and barricaded himself in a house. On Wednesday evening, 11Alive News learned from Lt. Chandler of the East Point Police Department that the boy is being looked at by several other Georgia jurisdictions for other crimes, including armed robbery.
New York City NY March 11 2013 Undercover cops fatally shot a teenager in Brooklyn last night after he pointed a loaded gun at an officer, police sources and witnesses said. Kimani Gray, 16, was shot in the leg and stomach when he whipped out a .38-caliber revolver after adjusting the waistband on his pants, said cops.
A gunman approached a man in the parking lot of the mall and demanded that he remove his shoes, according to police. Police say the suspect gave him his shoes and the suspect fled on foot.
Police say they found Jesse Scrivner, 16, standing nearby. The victim identified Scrivner as the person who stole his sneakers, according to investigators.
CHARLOTTE, NC Feb 20 2013
An 11-year-old child was taken to a local hospital after she lead police on a low speed chase along I-77.
It was technically a chase, although State Highway Patrol Troopers say it never got over 20 miles an hour.
Just before midnight on Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police tried to pull over an older model truck for a traffic citation along I-77, however the driver refused to pull over.
They called in Troopers to take over the pursuit.
Officials say they followed the truck for several miles before it finally pulled over on the shoulder just before the I-85 interchange.
The whole thing was captured by DOT cameras.
Troopers said when they approached the driver, the lone female inside starting yelling that she was just eleven years old.
The SHP reports she was from Gaffney, South Carolina, and had just been in an altercation with her father when her finger was broken during being disciplined.
According to officials, she grabbed the keys to her father’s truck and took off, trying to get to Ft. Mill where she had friends.
She took back roads up to Charlotte, but got lost once she got on the freeway.
She reported to Medics she was feeling queasy, but Troopers said that was a symptom of the broken finger.
She was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.
Police have charged her with several traffic violations including no operator’s license, failure to maintain lane control, failure to head blue lights and siren and impede traffic by slow speed.
Right now, there’s no word on if any charges are going to be filed in the case. There was never a call placed reporting either a missing child, or the truck being stolen.
Baltimore MD Feb 20 2013 Robert W. Gladden Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a violent crime in connection with a shooting at Perry Hall High School.
The 15-year-old Kingsville resident faced attempted murder charges after police said he opened fire on the high school cafeteria, using his father’s disassembled shotgun, on the first day of school in August. Gladden is accused of injuring 17-year-old student Daniel Borowy.
As part of his guilty plea, Gladden faces a maximum of 40 years imprisonment. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 25.
Gladden’s lawyer, George Psoras Jr., argued during a hearing earlier this month that the teen should be tried as a juvenile where he would have access to intense, psychiatric treatment. Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. ruled that Gladden be tried as an adult.
Gladden has been charged as an adult on 29 counts, including attempted first-degree murder.
JACKSON, MS Feb 19 2013
The hunt is over for the teenager wanted in connection with the murder of an elderly south Jackson woman.
Officer Colendula Green with Jackson Police Department said 17-year-old Kahlil Kennedy, of Jackson, was taken into custody Sunday morning. He is accused of the murder of 80-year-old Janie Fullilove.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart said Fullilove was shot twice, once in the back of the head and once in the abdomen. She was also struck in the head.
Green said the widow was found in the shed behind her Merigold Drive home Saturday evening some time after five o’clock. Fullilove’s silver 2010 Volvo was also missing.
Investigators were able to determine that Kennedy was last seen driving the vehicle.
“This morning we recovered the 2010 stolen Volvo that was at this residence and also Kahlil Kennedy was arrested for capital murder and auto theft,” confirmed Green.
Neighbors say Fullilove was a kind woman, always looking out for the needs of others.
“She was just very neighborly, very kind, always looking out for the neighbors. She gave me a little puppy about two weeks ago. Well, one of the neighbors was moving and so she wanted to make sure this little dog had a nice home,” recalls Stephany Brown.
According to police, Fullilove’s vehicle was found Sunday morning at the Westwick Apartments on Flag Chapel Road. Kennedy is believed to have a prior juvenile record.
Source: Mississippi News Now
PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. Feb 10 2013 – Police are investigating a riot and escape at the Crater Juvenile Detention Center, located on Route 460 in Prince George.
Captain Brian Kei with Prince George County Police says they received a panic alarm for a riot just before 9 p.m. Four black juveniles between 14 to 17 years old escaped during the riot and are considered dangerous because of the incident that happened.
Two staff members were injured and were taken to Southside Regional Medical Center. They are currently in stable condition, one with serious cuts to the face.
Six ambulances and a dozen police cars were on scene, including Prince George Police, Fire and Emergency Crew, Petersburg Police, Dinwiddie County Sheriff deputies and Virginia State Police.
Police are using a helicopter and K-9 to track the juveniles. Investigators are still trying to determine what started the riot. The four escapees have ties to Greensville County and Emporia. Those living in the area are asked to use caution and call police if they see anyone suspicious.
WHITE OAK, Md. Feb 10 2013 — A 14-year-old boy is being held in jail and is charged with first degree murder for killing his 7-month-old sister, officials say.
On Thursday night, Johnathan Aguiluc was left to take care of his infant sister while his mother went to work her graveyard shift.
When the mother, 39-year-old Gloria Yanes, returned from work at 5:30 a.m. on Friday she saw the baby in the car seat and seemed to be sleeping, Montgomery County Police say.
Shortly after, Yanes tried waking the baby to feed her and found her unresponsive. Montgomery County Fire/Rescue took the infant to Holy Cross Hospital where she died due to her injures, police say.
During the investigation, police interviewed Johnathan who admitted to beating his sister. He said she began crying and he covered her mouth and nose to silence her, police say.
The teen was immediately taken into custody and is being charged as an adult with first degree murder.
He is being held without bond and is scheduled for a bond review on Monday.
CHESTER COUNTY, SC Feb 3 2013
Sheriff’s deputies in South Carolina have arrested a third teenager in a hire-for-murder plot to kill an elected county official and his wife.
According to the Chester County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Shaiderius Demark Cohen was arrested on Thursday night for the murder of Jimmie Diane Paul.
Investigators believe Cohen was the triggerman. “I told my son, listen I don’t know what’s going on but he told me to my face, ‘Daddy, I didn’t do it.’ He told me two times,” Michael Cohen said. “I aint never raised my son like that. I love my son. But I told him I got your back. I love you, I’m going to be there for you. I aint just gonna say you are a murderer or anything like that. When they prove you did it or not, you made the bed you gotta lay down in it.”
Two other teens had already been arrested in the case and denied bond, including Paul’s grandson.
Marquaes Issale Eric Buchanan, 18, and Clayton Eli Watts, 17, were both arrested in connection with the deadly shooting early this week. Watts is Paul’s grandson.
Paul is also the wife of Chester County planning director, Mack Paul. She was found dead Tuesday night at her home on Williamsville Church Road. Officials said it appears she died of gunshot wounds.
Cohen was arrested Thursday evening and charged with Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime.
Investigators are calling the deadly shooting a murder-for-hire plot.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Watts had planned to pay Cohen and Buchanan $5,000 to kill both of his grandparents.
“I’m not a very nosey person. It ain’t any of my business,” Daniel Melton, who lives down the road from Paul said. “I was real surprised.”
Flowers are at the driveway, and flags have been lowered to half staff at every county office building.
Chester County Manager Carlisle Roddey described the couple as well liked and respected.
“She was one of the most jovial and nicest people you’ll ever talk to. She had a great personality. You couldn’t find anyone nicer than those people are,” Roddey said.
Meanwhile, Daniel Melton feels the family connection in the case may lead to something that’s disturbing, “And with them being kin, they’re more to it than that’s out so far.”
Watts and Buchanan will remain in custody until they appear in High Court on March 14.
This is the first homicide investigation of the year in Chester County.
VANCOUVER WA Jan 28 2013 – A teenager’s life ended at about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot near East 21st and C Street in Vancouver.
The 16-year-old’s brother feared something tragic might happen. In fact, he made a plea for his brother, Doug Combs, to turn himself in on Newschannel 8 just hours before police caught up with his brother.
“I was asleep and at 4 a.m. Two police officers knocked on my door and told me my worst fears had come true –that Doug was dead,” said Jason Combs.
Doug Combs died in a hail of gunfire that rattled a downtown Vancouver neighborhood at about 11:30 Friday night.
“I heard four or five fired gunshots,” said Pete Johnson who lives near the shooting scene.
Terry Greenen heard gunshots on both sides of his house. He also heard police make some kind of command right before the shots were fired.
“I heard shots fired and there was one young man over there dead. They were not trying to resuscitate him, and a second one was right over here that was apprehended,” said Greenen
Vancouver police had been searching for the suspect in a home invasion shooting in Hazel Dell that happened early Friday morning. Police were back at the Hazel Dell scene Saturday and said it appeared the shooting victim would survive.
Doug Combs’ oldest brother Brian just drove down from Seattle after hearing his brother was killed.
“The thing I don’t understand is he made a mistake and deserved to be punished, but what I don’t understand is why if they knew where he was, they couldn’t have used non-lethal force,” said the oldest Combs.
“There are a thousand ways to bring this child in without having to kill him,” said Jason Combs. “We just want people to know he was a scared kid who made a terrible mistake, but he didn’t deserve to die,” said Brian Combs.
Vancouver police have released few details about the shooting. In fact, as of Saturday evening, they had yet to release Doug Combs name or the names of the officers involved in the shooting.
The Camas police department continue to investigate the officer involved shooting.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Jan 22 2013 (AP) – A 15-year-old boy remained in custody Sunday night as detectives tried to piece together what led to the shooting of his parents and three of their children who were found dead in a New Mexico home.
The teenager was arrested on murder and other charges in connection with the shootings, which happened Saturday night at the home in a rural area southwest of downtown Albuquerque, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department said.
Authorities identified the victims late Sunday as Greg Griego, 51, his wife Sara Griego, 40, and three of their children: a 9-year-old boy, Zephania Griego, and daughters Jael Griego, 5, and Angelina Griego, 2. The suspect was identified as Nehemiah Griego.
Word of the shootings traveled quickly through the law enforcement community, and officials began offering their condolences for Greg Griego, a spiritual leader known for his work with firefighters and the 13 years he spent as a volunteer chaplain at the county jail.
“Chaplain Griego was a dedicated professional that passionately served his fellow man and the firefighters of this community,” Fire Chief James Breen said in a statement. “His calming spirit and gentle nature will be greatly missed.”
Jail Chief Ramon Rustin said Griego was instrumental in the creation of the Metropolitan Detention Center’s chaplain program and worked to get inmates integrated back into the community.
Griego also was a former member of the pastoral staff at Calvary, a Christian church in Albuquerque. As part of his work there, he oversaw the Straight Street program for jail inmates.
Authorities said each victim suffered more than one gunshot wound, and several guns were found at the home, one of which was a semi-automatic military-style rifle. Investigators were trying to determine who owned the guns.
“Right now we’re to the meticulous points of processing the scene and collecting physical evidence, and this is a vast scene with a lot of physical evidence,” sheriff’s department spokesman Lt. Sid Covington said.
Authorities declined to release details of any conversation that the 15-year-old had with investigators, but they said he was the Griegos’ son. The sheriff’s office said he is charged with two counts of murder and three counts of child abuse resulting in death.
The sheriff’s office said it wouldn’t release any further information about the case until Sheriff Dan Houston holds a news conference Tuesday morning.
On Sunday, a police roadblock cut off public access to the narrow dirt road that leads to the home, which is surrounded by trees and an agricultural field on one side.
Neighbors said they saw the first police cars and ambulances arrive at the home Saturday night. The road was blocked and word of the shootings began to make its way through the neighborhood.
Peter Gomez, a 54-year-old carpenter who lives about 200 yards from the home, said he had seen the family – a husband and wife and their four children – pass by many times but didn’t know them personally.
“It’s a horrible thing,” Gomez said. “You see all this stuff that happens all over the country, the shootings in the schools and theaters, and then it happens right here. It’s sad.”
Police are investigating the death of a newborn baby, whose body was found in an east Wichita dumpster Wednesday night.
Earlier this week, a 17-year-old was admitted to an area hospital with significant hemorrhaging. Later, she admitted to hospital staff that she had delivered a baby girl the previous week, and took her to a dumpster at an east Wichita shopping center.
The hospital notified police, and officers found the child’s body around 11 p.m. Wednesday night in a dumpster at the Eastgate Shopping Mall, located at 8125 E. Kellogg.
Police believe the child had been there for several days. Homicide investigators are working this as a suspicious death, but are not sure if the child was still alive when she was left at the dumpster.
The teen mother remains hospitalized.
Riverside CA Jan 15 2013 A judge found a 12-year-old boy guilty of murder in the second degree and sentenced the 12-year-old murderer to remain in juvenile detention until he is 23.
According to a Los Angeles Times report on Jan. 14, 2013, Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Michael Soccio commented that “the boy remains a threat to society. … I think he is a very dangerous boy.”
Finding the 12-year-old Riverside boy guilty of murder was not an easy task for the judge, the Dist. Atty. Michael Soccio, or anyone involved in the case.
What made the case of the 12-year-old guilty murderer an emotionally challenging trial was the fact that the Riverside boy had lived a life of abuse and neglect.
The 12-year-old murderer’s father, Jeffrey Hall, was a West Coast leader for the neo-Nazi organization known as the National Socialist Movement. According to court records, Jeffrey Hall took his son to neo-Nazi meetings and activities that included coordinated events with hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan. During one of those events, the father and son team joined others for an illegal immigrant “patrol” along the Mexican border.
During the trial of the 12-year-old, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean P. Leonard commented that the fact that Jeffrey Hall tried to indoctrinate his son into the hate group, that he tried to brain wash him, and that he exposed his 12-year-old son to guns, hate, and violence certainly contributed to the 12-year-old’s murder.
On May, 1, 2011, while Jeffrey Hall was asleep on a couch early in the morning, the then only 10-year-old “crept downstairs with Hall’s .357 magnum revolver and shot his father point-blank in the head.”
The 12-year-old boy’s murder of his father was only the culmination of a life filled with trouble. Not surprisingly, the 12-year-old boy who was found guilty of murder today had been “expelled from eight schools for violent outbursts, including an attempt to strangle a teacher with a phone cord.”
What does a boy have to do to signal to society that he is a walking time bomb?
What if this 12-year-old boy would not have been only guilty of murdering his father but 27 other people as in the Connecticut school shooting?
No discussion about gun control, mental health, or school safety measures can save the lives of any children or adults if society does not start to act.
How much physical or mental abuse does a child need to endure by a father or a mother before someone else takes action?
If there is no responsible action for a child in a family, in a school, or in society, it is no surprise that a 12-year-old is guilty of murder.
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC Dec 21 2012
It’s not where they want to be. Handcuffed and uncooperative, six teenage boys are put in the back of a van.
“We get a lot of kids here for disrespect issues,” said Investigator Gerard Walls with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Unit. “Don’t want to listen at home. Some parents bring their children here because they need to be shocked. They need a reality check.”
Walls has been putting kids in check for the last 3 years.
Teens in trouble for smoking marijuana, fighting, talking back to their parents, for a variety of reasons are put in the custody of Richland County’s Educating And Deterring Youth, or READY program.
“A lot of these kids say and do whatever they want to in school and many times at home,” said Walls. “So, to have somebody tell them they’re not going to be able to act in that manner is kind of shocking to them because they really believe they can do and say whatever comes to mind.”
Treated as inmates, they’re searched, put into jumpsuits and prepped for the long night ahead in jail.
“It’s not a nice place to be when that jail cell closes and your freedom is taken away from you,” said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. “It’s not like being at home.”
“Think this is a game if you want to,” the teens are told. “This ain’t no game. This is your last straw.”
“What we try to do is get kids before they go out here and break the law,” said Lott. “Our goal is not to lock them up. Our goal is to turn their life around.”
For one night, deputies give them a new reality and force the teens to obey strict rules. It is the only program in the nation that keeps the kids all night.
They are forced to exercise.
“Exercise is designed to break them down physically and mentally,” said Walls. “And then over the course of the evening we build them back up by talking to them about positive things they can do to put their life back on track.”
“You have to break them down,” said Lott. “You have to get that meanness, that resistance from them. Once you get that gone, then you can start building them back up.”
Deputies talk to the kids about why they’re there and why they shouldn’t go back.
“We go from being that tormentor, I guess you can say, to being just a mentor to try to help the kids to see the error of their ways,” said Walls.
Deputies even check up on the kids after the program to make sure they’re not falling off track.
“Just because they come here with us for one night doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to change their life.” said Walls. “Parents also have to change some things they may be doing to make sure that child is a success.”
Parents spend two hours in class while their children are in jail. They learn how to deal with and help curb bad behavior.
In the three years the READY program has been operating, close to 900 kids have come through the program and more than 86 percent of them have changed their behavior.
The cable channel A&E has profiled the program several times before. Its latest episode featuring the Richland County Sheriff’s Department airs Thursday night at 10 p.m.
“When a parent or grandparent calls me up, sends me an e-mail, writes me an e-mail and says thank you for giving me my child back, I know it’s working,” said Lott.
RALEIGH NC Dec 21 2012 — A prosecutor told a Raleigh judge Thursday that a group of teens charged with beating homeless man to death did it as a way to “earn their stars” with a gang.
Wake County prosecutor Katie Carter said the three 15-year-old boys and a 13-year-old boy charged with murder should be kept in custody. Another 15 year old is charged as an accessory.
She said the teens charged with murder beat 37-year-old Regynald Jose Brown and used a rock to crush his skull.
Carter said the teens also robbed a 67-year-old homeless man on September 1 and took part in the gang rapes of two girls in June and November.
The rapes were just reported to authorities on December 7.
Carter said the teens came back to the area where they allegedly killed Brown days – or weeks – later to dispose of the body. They stuffed it in a trash can and attempted to bury it near the Capital Area Greenway along Walnut Creek – between Wilmington Street and Hammond Road near Interstate 40.
Carter said all the alleged attacks were a way for the teens to “earn their stars” with “State Money Flag,” a subset of the “Cutthroats” gang.
Carter told the judge she intends to bind all the cases against the teens into one and present them at a probable cause hearing in February in the hope they can be bound over to adult court.
State law bars prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in murder cases where the defendants are younger than 18.
RALEIGH Dec 16 2012 — ABC11 has learned five teens are charged in the death of a man whose body was found stuffed in a trash can last weekend.
A 13 year old and three 15 year olds are charged with murder. Another 15 year old is charged as an accessory. The names of the teens have not been released.
Their alleged victim, Regynald Jose Brown, 37, was first reported missing November 20. According to reports, Brown was homeless and lived in a makeshift camp in the woods.
911 calls released this week show friends went looking for him last Saturday near the Capital Area Greenway along Walnut Creek – between Wilmington Street and Hammond Road near Interstate 40.
They made a grisly discovery.
“I have a friend that’s missing and we were out looking for him and we discovered a body,” said the caller.
The man said he found a garbage can on the edge of Walnut Creek with a body inside.
“It was half buried in the sand and, like I said, when I kicked it I noticed it was kind of heavy. So when I pulled it and opened it up there was a body in there face down with the head down in the bottom of the trash can,” said the caller.
The teens accused of Brown’s murder where scheduled to face a judge for the first time Friday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn Dec 15 2012.- A 17-year-old is facing multiple charges,including attempted murder, after police identified him as the suspect in three separate shootings.
Police said that 17-year-old, who lives on Old Matthews Road, shot three people in the month of December. He has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly shot 21-year-old Marquinta Johnson outside a market on Lewis Street on December 7th. Johnson told police that she was leaving the store when she was struck by the bullet. She was shot in the stomach and remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The teen was also charged two aggravated assault cases. One case took place on December 1st, when police said the teen got into an argument with 18-year-old Lamonderius Goodner and subsequently shot him. In the other shooting case, the 17-year-old was accused of shooting Andrea Brown, 19. Brown told police that he was walking down Lewis Street on December 9th when the suspected teenager approached and opened fire on him for a no reason.
Officials have charged the teenager with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, gun theft, unlawful handgun possession and marijuana possession. He was taken to a juvenile detention facility.
PORTLAND OR Dec 10 2012– Two boys, ages 11 and 7, had a loaded gun and tried to carjack and rob a woman in Southeast Portland Saturday afternoon, police said.