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Texas executes inmate convicted in 2004 murder of San Antonio store owner

Christopher Young is the eighth prisoner to be put to death in Texas so far this year.  (AP Photo/Mike Graczyk) HUNTSVILLE, Texas –  A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate’s clemency request because he’s black. Christopher Young, 34, never denied the slaying, which was recorded on a store surveillance camera, but insisted he was drunk and didn’t intend to kill 53-year-old Hasmukh “Hash” Patel during an attempted robbery after drinking nearly two dozen beers and then doing cocaine that Sunday morning, Nov. 21, 2004. Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, Young said he wanted to make sure his...

Reports of recent shots fired at park where scientist was killed in front of daughters

Tristan Beaudette, 35, was fatally shot in front of his two young daughters while on a camping trip in Southern California.  (GoFundMe) Los Angeles County deputies were informed of recent shots fired near the popular California wilderness park where a pharmaceutical scientist was killed earlier in the summer by a single shot in front of his daughters. The Los Angeles Times on Monday reported that deputies responded twice in the last week to reports of gunshots at the Malibu Creek State Park campground, which has been closed since the June 22 killing. Tristan Beaudette was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head as he slept in a tent with his young daughters. There were seven shootings reported at the park prior to Beaudette’s killing. A spokeswoman from the sheriff’s office told the p...

Day care owner gets probation for trying to kill child

MINNEAPOLIS –  A Minneapolis day care owner was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him from a noose. Nataliia Karia, 43, received her punishment in Hennepin County court after pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault earlier. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan in November 2016. Karia also must follow court-ordered mental health treatment and will be on electronic home monitoring for at least two months, the Star Tribune reported. She will live with her adult son but cannot have unsupervised contact with her daughters or other minors. According to the criminal complaint, a father was dropping off h...

Woman wanted for grand theft goes missing after her husband dies with lethal levels of Benadryl in his system

Larry Dean Isenberg was found dead in a lake in March and his wife Laurcene “Lori” Barnes Isenberg has been missing.  (Facebook) Newly released records show an Idaho man who was found dead in a lake in March did not drown but had lethal levels of Benadryl in his system. His wife, who was wanted on grand theft charges, has remained missing since failing to appear at her arraignment in June. Laurcene (Lori) Barnes Isenberg, 64, told investigators that her husband, Larry Dean Isenberg, 68, fell off their boat into Lake Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Feb. 13, 2018, The Spokesman-Review reported. His body was found in March, more than two weeks after his wife reported him missing. The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office discovered lethal levels of Benadryl in his system, new records show. The do...

Four women wanted for pummeling Applebee’s waitress in Georgia, police say

Customers tried to break up the fight Tuesday at an Applebee’s location in McDonough, Ga.  (Fox 5 Atlanta) Georgia police were on the hunt Friday for four women who they say started an all-out brawl at an Applebee’s after their waitress bumped up against one of their knees. The wild fight was captured on surveillance footage late Tuesday night at one of the restaurant’s locations in McDonough. “One suspect grabs a knife and cuts her in the arm and the other suspect punches her,” McDonough Police Det. T.F. Spangenberg told FOX5 Atlanta. Police say the 21-year-old server accidentally bumped a customer’s knee while placing food on the table, and when it happened again, chaos broke out. Video of the brawl shows punches being thrown as the unidentified women gang up on the waitress....

Ex-New York Chief Judge: It’s time to end cash bail

As the former chief judge of New York, I have seen that money bail doesn’t work. In New York, like most states, a person who is charged with a crime can be required to put down money as bail, serving as collateral to ensure he or she returns to court. If you can pay, you go home. If you can’t, you go to jail. In other words, if you are wealthy, you can fight your charges from home with the help of high-end lawyers. If you aren’t, you may have to defend yourself from behind bars, represented by a public defender who is hard-pressed and more than likely overloaded with other cases. In New York City, only 12 percent of the people who have bail set can pay immediately. The other 88 percent are transported to the infamous jail complex on Rikers Island. Rikers is a particularly awful place – so ...

Ohio has rarely used 2007 bill that protects strippers: report

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer tweeted early Thursday that she was arrested while performing at a Columbus strip club.  (AP) Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, confirmed to Fox News that his client was arrested just after midnight Thursday at a strip club in Columbus for “allegedly allowing a customer to touch her while on stage.” He said she will be charged with a misdemeanor and be released on bail. It was unclear exactly what Daniels may eventually be charged with, but Ohio has a 2007 state law called the Community Defense Act that prohibits dancers from touching customers and vice versa – excluding immediate family members. The 2007 law was introduced by a conservative religious group as an initiated state statute, and later allowed to go into effect under f...

Prosecutor denies misconduct, says he never believed inmate

JACKSON, Miss. –  A Mississippi prosecutor on Monday denied that he tried to put words in the mouth of a jailhouse snitch in a high-profile case. District Attorney John Champion, testifying in a hearing where a defense lawyer was trying to get him thrown off the murder case of Quinton Tellis, said an inmate freely offered him evidence that could have provided a more definitive link to the 2014 burning death of Jessica Chambers. But Champion told Circuit Judge Gerald Chapman he believed the story that Jalen Caudle told him was a lie aimed at winning leniency in Caudle’s own capital murder case in DeSoto County. The Horn Lake resident was indicted in connection with a March 2017 shooting in Southaven, and is also charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and illegal gang activity...

Watch: Pistol-packing waitress defends George Webb co-worker during attack

A waitress with a concealed carry permit defended her co-worker after an irate customer went behind the counter and punched her, newly released video reveals. The attack at George Webb restaurant in Milwaukee on June 28 could have been much worse, according to Alderman Bob Donovan, who made the footage public. “I thank God the other waitress had a concealed carry weapon, has a permit… I shudder to think, had she not been there and had she not had this weapon, what this guy might have done,” Donovan told Fox 6. The suspect, who is a regular at the restaurant and reportedly had been cursing at his server throughout the night for taking too long with his order, came behind the counter and punched her in the face. Within seconds, the woman’s colleague pulled out a handgun from her ...

Florida cops ordered to return nearly $20K in cash to stripper

Ras Cates and Lizmixell Batista were charged with “armed drug dealing among other felony charges,” police said  (Miami-Dade Police Department ) The Miami-Dade Police Department was forced to return nearly $20,000 in cash to a stripper after officers illegally seized the money during a traffic stop in May. Ras Cates, 33, and his wife, Lizmixell Batista, 20, a stripper employed at Cheetah Gentleman’s Club in Hallandale Beach, were pulled over on May 25 by officers after the couple’s car cut off a police cruiser, the Miami Herald reported. Officers searched the couple’s car and seized six guns including three assault-style rifles, the cash, suspected marijuana oil and a few bottles of codeine cough syrup with no valid prescription. Cates and Batista were charged with “armed drug dealing among...

Navajo community still uneasy after gang members arrested

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –  Down the road from Hank Blair’s trading post in the tiny community of Lukachukai on the Navajo Nation, a sign occasionally would pop up in a corn field saying the crop was ready. But the announcement wasn’t for corn. It was a sign that a local gang was dealing a fresh supply of cocaine and methamphetamine. For 15 years, the Red Skin Kingz terrorized this remote section of the vast reservation near the Arizona-New Mexico border. Dealing in drugs, murder, kidnapping, arson and aggravated and sexual assaults, the gang intimidated the community where law enforcement is more than 45 minutes away on a good day. “They were the most organized, worst people that we’ve had around here forever,” said Blair, who has owned the Totsoh Trading Post for 34...

Texas mother arrested for allegedly selling young children

Esmeralda Garza, 29, has been arrested after allegedly selling her 7-year-old son and attempting to sell two younger children.  (Nueces County Jail) A Texas mother has been arrested for allegedly selling her young children. Esmeralda Garza, 29, was arrested by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials on Friday after she allegedly sold her 7-year-old boy to two men, KRIS-TV reported. Garza was also in the process of selling two other children – a 2-year-old girl and a 3-year-old girl – as well, officials said. The arrest occurred after DPS officers executed a drug search warrant, according to KIII-TV. Garza, of Corpus Christi, was charged with the sale or purchase of a child, which is a third-degree felony. She is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Nueces County Jail, KRIS report...