Benjamin Brown

Dozens of skulls, ID cards, personal items found in Mexican ‘burial pit’

Skulls, which were found during an excavation work, are seen in National Institute of Anthropology and History’s laboratory in Mexico City, Mexico on July 10, 2017.  (Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Authorities in Mexico said Thursday that they found a total of 166 skulls in clandestine burial pits that are frequently used by drug cartels to dispose of their victims. Along with the skulls, found in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, investigators discovered 114 identification cards as well as other personal possessions. The field held about 32 burial pits, according to Veracruz state prosecutor Jorge Winckler. Winckler did not reveal the exact location of the site, citing security reasons. But authorities said it was one of the biggest mass grave sites discovered so far i...

$400G in GoFundMe cash for homeless vet is gone, lawyer claims

FILE: Johnny Bobbitt Jr. seen with Kate McClure.  (GoFundMe) The $400,000 raised through a GoFundMe account to support a homeless veteran in Philadelphia after he gave his last bit of money to help a stranded motorist is reportedly drained. A lawyer representing Johnny Bobbitt, whose story garnered national attention last year after he gave Kate McClure his last $20 to fill up her gas tank, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that news of the depleted account “came as a complete surprise.” Chris Fallon, the lawyer, said he became aware of the financial standing of his client’s account after a conference call with attorneys for McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico – the couple who started the GoFundMe account for Bobbitt after his kind gesture, promising him a home. “It comple...

Sept. 4 primary results: Massachusetts

Tuesday’s primary delivered another political upset, setting the stage for the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Massachusetts Gubernatorial primary results: Republican Gov. Charlie Baker earned his party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary, defeating Scott Lively, a conservative minister and strong supporter of President Donald Trump as he seeks his second term. AP  (FILE – Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will square off with Democratic candidate Jay Gonzalez in November as he hopes to win re-election for a second term.) On the Democratic side, Jay Gonzalez won his party’s primary, edging out Robert Massie – a longtime political and environmental activist, who struggled to raise cash for his campaign. Both Baker and Gonzalez share a similar background, working as...

Supermarket tycoon linked to grisly killing of wife’s lover arrested in Spain, authorities say

Manuel Marin, 64, was arrested in Spain on Tuesday, years after he fled the U.S. following the brutal murder of his wife’s former lover.  (Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office) After years on the run for allegedly orchestrating the brutal murder of his wife’s former lover, a Miami supermarket tycoon was reportedly arrested in Spain this week. Law enforcement sources confirmed the arrest of Manuel Marin, 64, a former co-owner of Presidente Supermarkets – one of the fastest-growing Hispanic grocery chains in America – the Miami Herald reported. Spanish police arrested Marin at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, after he was acting nervously while trying to file paperwork for a passport, the Herald reported, citing information from El País, which first reported the arrest. In June 2011, Ma...

Trump supporter says he took beating after protesting Social Distortion singer’s politics

Mike Ness, 56, is the lead singer of the punk rock band Social Distortion.  (Instagram) A supporter of President Trump claims that Mike Ness, lead singer of the rock band Social Distortion, spat on him and repeatedly punched him in the head after he protested Ness’s criticism of the president at a concert. The confrontation allegedly took place July 17 at a show in Sacramento, Calif., when concertgoer Tim Hildebrand, 30, held up his middle finger to convey his disagreement with Ness. The 56-year-old lead singer was “badmouthing President Trump and America,” Hildebrand told CBS 13 Sacramento. “I pretty much said, ‘I paid for your music, not your politics,’” Hildebrand told the station. “I stood pretty much with my silent protest with my middle finger up for the next two so...

Hiker lost on Mount St. Helens survived by eating bees and berries: reports

Matthew B. Matheny, 40, of Warren, Ohio, appeared to be in good health when he was found on Mount St. Helens, authorities say.  (Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office) An Ohio man who went missing last week after setting out on a hike on Mount St. Helens in Washington state, was found alive Wednesday — having survived by eating bees and berries, authorities and the man’s relatives said. Matthew B. Matheny, 40, of Warren, Ohio, was reported missing by friends after he failed to return from his hike along Blue Lake Trail on the southwest side of St. Helens. His parents told reporters that he was not familiar with the terrain and got lost. They said he had not seen anyone since Aug. 9. Dozens of search-and-rescue personnel, assisted by helicopters, tracking dogs and a drone operated by ...

7 members of Washington state family among 8 killed in Oregon crash

Some members of the Boquet family, who were involved in Monday’s crash, are seen in a family photo.  (GoFundMe) Seven members of a Washington state family, including five children, died Monday morning after their car was involved in a head-on collision in eastern Oregon while en route to Las Vegas. Police have yet to identify the victims of the crash. But family member Jessie Tate told Seattle’s Q13 FOX on Tuesday evening that his sister Erika Boquet, 29, of Tacoma, and her three children, ages 6 to 11, and another relative and that family’s two children were all in a 2016 Toyota 4Runner that was involved in the crash. That vehicle was struck by a 1999 Toyota 4Runner, which authorities said swerved into opposing traffic on the two-lane highway, according to the paper. The...

Legally blind, 96-year-old Florida woman continues to bowl high scores

At 96-years-old and legally blind, Kathryn Robinson from West Palm Beach, Fl., continues to bowl scores upwards of 200 at her local bowling alley. Robinson, who began bowling after her first husband died in a car crash six decades ago, told the Palm Beach Post on Saturday that she has bowled a 258 and “a lot of 250s” during her time at the lanes. So far this year, Robinson’s high score sits at 183. Although Robinson is completely blind in one eye and mostly blind in the other, the 96-year-old’s – soon to be 97 – second husband of nearly 50 years has become her second pair of eyes. If Robinson does not bowl a strike, her partner in crime will tell her which pins are left standing, according to the paper. Robinson chose to stick with bowling over flying after she crashed a plane trying to ge...

Handcuffed woman, 19, fatally shot herself, police say, but mother expresses doubts

Holden Medlin, 27, was arrested July 25 and charged with multiple felonies during a traffic stop in Virginia, authorities say.  (Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office) Police are investigating after a Virginia woman reportedly fatally shot herself while handcuffed during a traffic stop last week. Sarah Wilson, 19, was a passenger when police pulled over her boyfriend’s vehicle July 25 in South Norfolk, Va., the Virginian-Pilot reported. During the traffic stop, police handcuffed Wilson and left her to wait near the vehicle as police struggled to detain the boyfriend, identified as Holden Medlin, 27, police said. While officers dealt with Medlin, Wilson managed to get ahold of a gun and shoot herself in the head, Portmouth, Va.’s WAVY-TV reported. Wilson was still handcuffed when sh...

Sheriff’s Department posts photo of deputy’s blood-soaked uniform after vicious dog attack

The image shows a Missouri police officer’s bload-soaked uniform after he was attacked by a dog while serving a civil summons on Tuesday.  (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department ) A Missouri sheriff’s deputy was rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery Tuesday after he was attacked by a dog while serving a civil summons, authorities said. When no one answered the door at the residence, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department deputy noticed a side door that was partly opened, FOX 2 NOW of St. Louis reported. As the deputy approached the door, the dog emerged from the rear of the house and attacked the deputy, latching onto his face. Later, the dog bit into the deputy’s left arm, according to the station. The deputy was able to reach his weapon and shot the dog on...

North Korea possibly constructing new intercontinental ballistic missiles: report

North Korea is reportedly constructing new intercontinental ballistic missiles, despite reassurances from President Trump that the rogue nation is “no longer a nuclear threat.” Satellite images appear to indicate North Korea is possibly building two ICBMs at the same facility where the country produced its first long-range missiles, including the Hwasong-15 which make have the capability of hitting the U.S. East Coast, officials told The Washington Post Monday on condition of anonymity. The intelligence suggested Kim Jong Un is continuing to build-up his arsenal instead of honoring the commitment he made with Trump last month, the newspaper reported. North Korea shows off its missiles in a parade.  (Reuters) “We see them going to work, just as before,” one U.S. official told the paper. Nor...

Dozens heard Amelia Earhart radio for help after crashing into Pacific: report

In this May 20, 1937 photo, provided by The Paragon Agency, shows aviator Amelia Earhart and her Electra plane, taken by Albert Bresnik at Burbank Airport in Burbank, Calif.  (Albert Bresnik/The Paragon Agency via AP) Dozens of people from around the world heard Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan radio for help after crashing into the Pacific Ocean and becoming stranded on a remote island, according to researchers. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) theorizes that Earhart and Noonan were able to employ their two-way radio in the downed Lockheed Electra to send pleas for help in their final days marooned on the then-deserted Gardner Island, also known as Nikumaroro, The Washington Post reported. “Will have to get out of here,” Earhart could...

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