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Congresswoman considering House Speaker bid once vouched for former Ohio judge accused of killing ex-wife

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge – who has said she’s considering a run for House Speaker – once defended the Cleveland judge accused of murdering his ex-wife. Former Judge Lance Mason, 51, was arrested Saturday in connection with the death of his former spouse, Aisha Fraser. After allegedly stabbing Fraser, Mason fled the scene and crashed his car into a police cruiser before being arrested, officials told Cleveland.com. In 2014, Mason pleaded guilty to charges of domestic violence and attempted felonious assault after he attacked Fraser. Police said he viciously chocked, punched, slammed and bit his wife – and in front of his two daughters. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, once vouched for the Ohio judge accused of murdering his former wife in a 2015 letter.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Fraser ...

Girl, 6, allegedly choked 1-year-old brother after dad left them in car, dad charged: report

Adrian Middleton was charged Monday with child abandonment.  (Baytown Police Department) A Texas father was charged on Monday with child abandonment six months after police say his 6-year-old daughter strangled her 1-year-old brother to death in the back seat of the car while he was thrift shopping, The Houston Chronicle reported. Adrian Deshaun Middleton, 26, allegedly told authorities he left his two children in the car while he browsed a thrift shop near Houston. ARIZONA MAN GETS 35 YEARS IN PRISON IN CHILD ABUSE CASE THAT ‘SHOCKED THE SOUL’: REPORT When Middleton returned, his daughter was crying and said she’d done “something bad,” according to court documents. Middleton found his son unresponsive with a seat belt wrapped around his neck. Middleton called...

‘Extreme psychological abuse’ led father, 92, to fatally shoot son, 51, as he slept, defense argues

A 92-year-old former lawyer in Southern California is accused of killing his son with a shotgun while he slept, according to reports.<br> A 92-year-old former lawyer in Southern California is accused of killing his son with a shotgun while he slept, but a defense attorney said in court Friday that the incident was provoked by “extreme psychological abuse,” according to reports. Richard Landis Peck allegedly shot his son Robert Landis Peck, 51, at their San Diego home, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. San Diego police said Richard came out of his house around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, called for help and said he’d just shot his son, after which responding officers found the son dead, the paper reported. Richard pleaded not guilty to murder, Fox 5 San Diego reported. ...

Florida man arrested for making ‘Mother of Satan’ bombs in home, police say

‘Mother of Satan’ explosives found in Florida home Florida man in custody after officials discover the highly volatile explosive triacetone triperoxide, a white crystal powder that has been used in deadly attacks by terrorist organizations around the world, in his home. Florida officials said an anonymous tip led them to a stash of Mason jars filled with a highly explosive powder – similar to the type used by Islamist terror groups in a string of overseas bombings. Lake Helen police officers and Volusia County deputies descended on a South High Street home and reportedly discovered jars filled with a white crystal powder called triacetone triperoxide – or TATP. The powder is used by terrorist groups, such as ISIS, to make so-called “Mother of Satan” bombs. Jared E. Coburn, 37, ...

Authorities: Custody dispute played role in family’s slaying

These undated images released by the Ohio Attorney General’s office, show from left, George “Billy” Wagner III, Angela Wagner, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner. Authorities announced Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, that the family of four has been arrested in the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago. (Ohio Attorney General’s office via AP) WAVERLY, Ohio – Authorities arrested a family of four Tuesday in the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio, a crime that prosecutors suggested stemmed from a custody dispute. The announcement marked the culmination of a massive investigative effort that began after seven adults and a teenage boy were found shot in the head at four separate homes in Apri...

California dad charged with insurance fraud after he drove off cliff, killing autistic sons: feds

A father in California has been accused of driving his family, including his two autistic sons, off a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles after he purchased $6 million insurance policies in case of accidental deaths.<br data-cke-eol=”1″> (AP/Nick Ut (file)) A father in California has been accused of driving his family, including his two autistic sons, off a cliff after he purchased $6 million insurance policies in case of accidental deaths. Ali Elmezayen, 44, of Hawthorne, was charged with defrauding insurance companies following the April 9, 2015, episode, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California announced Tuesday. RHODEN FAMILY MURDERS HAVE LINK TO CUSTODY DISPUTE, OHIO AG SAYS The father is accused of intentionally driving his two sons, ages...

Japanese woman arrested in connection to stabbing death of US airman

Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35, was found with stab wounds at his off-base residence in Western Tokyo on Friday and later died at a hospital. (DIANA QUINLAN/U.S. NAVY PHOTO) A Japanese woman was arrested in connection to the death of a U.S. airman last week, who was fatally stabbed while at his off-base residence in Western Tokyo, the Air Force said in a statement. Aria Saito, 27, was arrested by Japanese police on suspicion of attempted murder after Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35, from the 374th Airlift Wing was found with stab wounds on Friday. He later died at a hospital, according to the statement. Police are expected to upgrade the charges, Stars and Stripes reported. Japanese media said Saito allegedly told authorities that she killed Vollweiler because she did not want to ...

Booby trap on bike path in Portland injuries bicyclist; 3 men arrested, police say

A woman bicycling in Oregon’s largest city was injured Friday after a booby trap was set up on a popular walking and bike path, which led to the arrest of three men, according to officials. The Portland Police Department said in a news release that officers received a report around 10:53 p.m. of an injured person on the Interstate 205 Multi-Use Path, and arrived at the scene to find an injured woman. During the investigation, officers learned that the woman was traveling north when she became “entangled and injured” by material that was strung across the path. “As an officer canvassed the area, he located woven string that spanned the path just south of Southeast Division Street,” police said. Dakota E. Murphy, Antonio R. Tolman-Duran, and Justin J. Jones were...

Arizona girl, 11, stops would-be kidnapper by asking for ‘code word,’ police say

An 11-year-old girl in Arizona thwarted a possible kidnapping last week by asking for a “code word.” (FOX10 Phoenix) An 11-year-old Arizona girl thwarted a possible kidnapping last week after she demanded a stranger who told her to get into a white SUV to give her a “code word.” The unidentified girl and a friend were walking near a park in North Pecan Creek just before 4 p.m. Wednesday when a man driving a white SUV, described as a Ford Explorer-like vehicle, pulled up next to them, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The man claimed the girl’s brothers were in a serious accident and told the girl she had to come with him, police said. The girl asked the stranger for a “code word” — but the man didn’t know the answer and fled the scene. “We came up with a ...

Wisconsin girl, 10, stomped on 6-month-old’s head at day care run by foster parents, officials say

A Wisconsin girl charged with first-degree intentional homicide reportedly told police she stomped on a 6-month-old baby’s head at a daycare in an effort to stop the child from crying after she dropped him and panicked. The 10-year-old girl, who was not identified, sobbed in Chippewa County Circuit Court on Monday as a judge placed her on a $50,000 bond. Her case will, at least initially, be held in adult court, prosecutors said. The incident began on Oct. 30, when the baby was found unresponsive and bleeding from the head at a licensed home daycare in Tilden near Chippewa Falls. The child was taken to the hospital, but died Nov. 1. Afterward, a doctor called Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office and told investigators he believed the baby’s death wasn’t an accident. The girl later “confe...

Guam Catholic church to file bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

FILE – In this November 2014 file photo, Archbishop Anthony Apuron stands in front of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam. Guam’s Catholic church announced Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 that it will file for bankruptcy _ a move that lawyers say will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements. The U.S. territory, where almost everyone is Catholic, has been ripped apart by claims the archbishop and other priests abused children. Apuron has denied allegations he molested multiple altar boys. (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo, File) HAGATNA, Guam – Guam’s Catholic church will file for bankruptcy — a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alle...

Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over program’s name change

FILE – In this June 18, 2018, file photo, patches cover the back of a Girl Scout’s vest at a demonstration of some of their activities in Seattle. The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday, Nov. 5, against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word “boy” from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) NEW YORK – The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word “boy” from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls. In the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, the Girls Scouts claim the program “does not have a right under either fede...