Teens Laugh While Recording Violent Beating Of Woman

CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — A group of teens violently attacked a mentally challenged woman at random in Chester and recorded the entire incident on tape.

During the vicious attack, which was later posted on Facebook, the teens could be heard screaming obscenities and even laughing.

Police say on Thursday morning, an anonymous Chester resident alerted police of the taped incident that was apparently posted on Facebook.

The video starts as the group of teen girls are walking down Morton Avenue. Several seconds into the video, one of the girls casually walks up to the 48-year-old victim, who was sitting on her front step, and began to punch and beat the victim.

The attack then leads inside the woman’s home, at which point several other teens join in on the attack.

In the video, it appears the teens are laughing throughout the entire ordeal, but instead of stopping, they complain of how much the woman’s home “stinks.”

Investigators say the attack lasted about 90 seconds. The video then shows the teens running out of the victim’s home.

Police believe the attack happened possibly Tuesday night just after 9.

“That’s one of the more horrific, savage attacks I’ve seen,” Chester Police Commissioner Joseph Bail said.

Police say the victim did not notify authorities after the assault, but did seek medical treatment. The victim didn’t contact police it’s believed due to her diminished mental capacity. The victim was not seriously injured.

Bail said four of the six suspects have been arrested and all six will be charged as adults. Police do know the identities of the two girls at large. The four girls arrested are expected to be arraigned Friday morning on felony aggravated assault charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chester Police.

 

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Man stalks clerk, steals her mail, pays her bills

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) — A Southern Indiana man is now charged in a bizarre case of stalking.

James Horlander is charged in Clark County. Police say Horlander was stalking a clerk from the Thornton’s on Court Avenue in Jeffersonville.

Court documents show Horlander went to the store several times a day and was seen sitting outside her residence on numerous occasions.

The alleged victim says he was even taking her mail, paying her bills and followed her every where she went.

The two only know each other from the Thornton’s.

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Teen dressed in sheet with fake grenade launcher leads to arrest!

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PHOENIX — Police have arrested an Arizona man who allegedly filmed his 16-year-old nephew walking city streets dressed in a sheet and carrying a fake grenade launcher, authorities said on Wednesday.

Michael David Turley, 39, was arrested Monday over the making of the video, in which an unidentified narrator says he aims to discover how quickly police in Phoenix would respond following the fatal shooting of 12 people at the screening of the “Dark Knight Rises” Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, in July.

The bizarre, amateurish video depicts a person with a fairly realistic but fake grenade launcher walking around a Phoenix intersection in what appears to be a blue sheet with dark material covering his head and face.

Made eight days after the shooting at a screening of a Batman movie, the film was posted on YouTube and titled, “Dark Knight Shooting Response, Rocket Launcher Police Test.”

“Given this event, I wanted to run a little test here in Phoenix, Arizona,” the narrator says in the film. “I want to find out how safe I really am, and I want to know the response time of the Phoenix police department.”

The filmmaker claims it took 15 minutes for police to respond.

The first officer finds the filmmaker and the teen standing in a driveway. The officer calmly tells the boy to put down the weapon and the man to put down the camera. He didn’t draw his gun.

Officer James Holmes, a police spokesman, said Turley told the officer they were just filming a movie, and the officer took down their names and left.

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After interviewing people who called 911 and later seeing the video posted on YouTube, police arrested Turley.

“It surprised us that he actually put that video on YouTube,” Holmes said.

Not ‘fun and games’
Holmes said the police response took just over three minutes from the first call, and a helicopter and SWAT team was dispatched as backup.

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Turley was charged with knowingly giving a false impression of a terrorist act, endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misconduct involving a simulated explosive.

He is being held in county jail on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 45 months in prison, said Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesman Jerry Cobb.

“We take something like this seriously,” Phoenix police spokesman Officer James Holmes said. “It wasn’t fun and games to all the people who were affected by this. We don’t behave like this in this country to prove a point.”

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The 16-year-old has not been arrested, Holmes said.

“The video told us what Turley was intentionally trying to do — creating a terrorist hoax for his own personal ideals,” he said.

Turley doesn’t have a listed phone number. He didn’t immediately respond to messages sent Wednesday through the YouTube account.

An attorney for Turley could not be immediately reached for comment.

 

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Man Displays Collapsed Nose Mug Shot From Cocaine Habit

A Bentley-driving millionaire property dealer with a “massive” cocaine addiction was jailed for five years for possessing a large amount of the drug and illegal handguns at a luxury West Wales hotel.

James “Jamie” Brown, 45, distinctive due a nose deformity caused by his cocaine use, was arrested by police last year in his Bentley Continental convertible near Cross Hands, Carmarthenshire.

James Brown

Craig Jones, prosecuting at Swansea Crown Court, said the officers found cocaine secreted in the car’s air vents and in its folding roof mechanism.

Dyfed Powys Police detectives then went to Hurst House Hotel in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, where Glasgow born Brown had based himself.

The hotel was once part-owned by TV star Neil Morrissey of Men Behaving Badly and Bob the Builder fame.

There the officers found a 9mm semi-automatic Walther PP1 pistol, similar to the gun used by fictional spy James Bond, and a Russian-produced 9mm Tula Tokarev emblazoned with a star symbol on its handle.

In East House Farm, a home connected to the hotel, the officers also found a rifle, some more ammunition and more cocaine.

Brown, who admitted possessing banned handguns, cocaine and ammunition, snorted so much cocaine on a daily basis it led to a severe deformity of his nose, paranoia and heart problems, the court heard.

Prosecutor Mr Jones added that 25 years ago Brown had been convicted of threatening a person in a London pub with a sawn-off shotgun but soon after he turned his life around.

He said: “The defendant, through property dealing, became very wealthy and at 36 retired to Portugal where he was introduced to cocaine.”

He said after Brown’s addiction spiralled out of control he hired his 42-year-old cousin Andrew Stewart, also originally from Glasgow, as a helper.

Stewart, of previous clean character, was jailed for 15 months yesterday after he also admitted possession of the illegal handguns at the hotel and ammunition plus a small amount of cocaine for his own use.

Stewart was arrested in a silver Ranger Rover owned by Brown at Pendine shortly after Brown was arrested and the cocaine was found beneath the vehicle’s seat.

A third defendant, Steven Pearce, 44, of Laugharne, who was in the Bentley with Brown when it was stopped by police and who lived at East House Farm where he did work for Hurst House hotel, was yesterday jailed for 12 months for possession of firearms and cocaine.

Father of two Pearce, a former Whitland RFC forward who later played professionally in England, had just one previous conviction more than 20 years ago, affray arising from a fight.

Judge Huw Davies accepted Pearce had kept a quantity of cocaine at East House Farm as a means of trying to limit Brown’s use of the drug and not for his own benefit.

He also accepted Pearce’s connection to the handguns had been due to the arrival of Brown at the hotel.

The judge said: “Brown manfully admitted the guns were his.”

Mr Jones said some time ago, a cousin of both Brown and Stewart was murdered by a four-strong gang in a hotel.

He said Brown “became paranoid” about his own safety and acquired the handguns.

Frances Jones, for Pearce, said: “In custody on remand over these offence in prison he has been diligent, hard working and respectful and that’s how he’ll behave in future, a likeable, well respected member of the community.”

John Hipkin, for Brown, said: “He developed a massive cocaine addiction funded by legitimate means.

“He has suffered health issues, some cosmetic and some, like his cardiac condition, threatening.

“He’ll never return to that form of lifestyle again.”

After yesterday’s fri sentencing the judge agreed to hand over some of the confiscated cocaine to Dyfed-Powys Police for training purposes instead of destroying it because it was so pure.

 

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Snakes Alive! Frightening Find In Kitchen

 

 

A woman who reached into her cutlery drawer had a big shock when instead of a spoon she found a snake curled up inside.

The woman had been making a cup of tea at her home in Aberdeen.

She rang the police, who called in the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is now caring for the red, black and brown striped milk snake at its centre in Drumoak.

It is thought that the reptile, which staff have named Spooner, is a pet which may have escaped from somewhere nearby.

Animal rescue officer Lynne Craib said: “The poor woman got a real fright when she reached into the drawer to grab a teaspoon and found Spooner the snake instead.

“Spooner is in good condition, so we think he has been someone’s pet until recently.

“Snakes need heat to survive and it was quite warm in the lady’s kitchen, so that may be why Spooner went inside the drawer.

“We’ve rescued snakes from all sorts of unusual places over the last few months, including behind a washing machine and around a lamppost, but this is the first one found in a cutlery drawer.

“Snakes are really good escape artists, so there’s every chance Spooner has an owner nearby who is missing him.”

The snake was found on Friday. Milk snakes are not dangerous to humans.

 

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Motorist looking for something to steal finds dead man in car trunk

A passer-by looking through an idling car he saw in a ditch in east Houston found a man’s body in the trunk, authorities said.

The man, identified as 28-year-old Donald Michael Lapointe of Houston, had been shot at least once in the chest, and his face was swollen and cut as if he had been beaten, said Jack Harvey, a homicide investigator with the Houston Police Department.

A bag of pills was found stuffed inside his pants.

The passer-by found the body about 4 a.m. Monday at 12800 Nimitz near Normandy.

He was driving with his wife and their 4-month child when he spotted a gold, four-door car nose down in the ditch.

The car was running and the windshield wipers were on.

Harvey said the passer-by told investigators he looked through the car for something he could take. Then he grabbed the keys from the ignition to look for stereo speakers in the trunk.

When he opened the trunk he found the body.

The passer-by drove to a nearby gas station and called 911.

Harvey said the passer-by and his wife are not a suspects in the killing.

The investigator said it appeared Lapointe had been shot elsewhere, placed in the trunk, driven to the area and left where he was found.

The car has not been reported stolen.

Investigators have no suspects or motive in the shooting.

 

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student hospitalized after alcohol enema

A University of Tennessee fraternity is facing suspension after an alleged “alcohol enema” incident at the chapter’s house on campus over the weekend.

UT suspended the Phi Kappa Alpha chapter Monday for 30 days or until a decision is made about the chapter’s future. The fraternity cannot operate during that time.

The international PIKE organization said Monday that it also placed the chapter under immediate administrative suspension.

The suspension is a result of alleged violations to fraternity and university policies.

The potential suspension stems from an incident over the weekend that landed a student in the hospital with a potentially deadly blood alcohol level.

Alexander Broughton, 20, was dropped off at UT Medical Center around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Knoxville Police said.

Hospital staff told Knoxville Police investigators that Broughton was in critical condition and unresponsive when he arrived, with a blood alcohol content level greater than 0.4, which is considered toxic and potentially deadly.

Broughton has since been discharged from the hospital, according to UT Medical Center.

KPD investigators went to campus Saturday morning and found several other people, including three men, passed out at the PIKE house.

After conducting several interviews, investigators determined the fraternity members had used rubber tubing to give each other alcohol enemas. Police said the practice heightens and speeds up the process of alcohol entering the blood stream because it bypasses the liver’s filters.

The UT Police Department said this is the first incident on campus that they are aware of which involved that process. The department did not receive any complaints or tips about a large party or event at the PIKE house on Friday night or Saturday morning.

At this time, UTPD investigators said there are no signs that hazing was involved in the incident, but they are looking into the possibility.

Investigators are working to determine if Broughton was assaulted or made the decision to engage in the behavior himself.

Because the incident happened on campus, UTPD is now heading up the investigation. KPD will continue to assist as needed.

No charges are pending in the case at this time.

The university released the following statement about the incident:

“University officials are currently conducting an investigation into allegations involving the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter and incidents that occurred over the weekend. Due to the gravity of the allegations, interim sanctions have already been imposed upon the chapter and will remain in effect until the investigation is concluded and final reports are available.”

The university has not explained the conditions of the interim sanctions.

Past PIKE troubles

This is not the first time that UT’s PIKE chapter has run into trouble. In 2008, the chapter was placed on administrative suspension after a hazing incident where pledges were allegedly asked to do push-ups on broken glass. Three students were later hospitalized with staph infections.

A member of the fraternity told 10News that the pledges were not asked to do push-ups on broken glass, but they did perform a “lateral ab movement” known as “bows and toes” on the bathroom floor.

The university’s Office of Student Judicial Affairs charged the chapter with hazing and it pleaded guilty. After completing its suspension, the chapter served several months of probation.

The international PIKE organization investigated and kicked out 25 of the chapter’s active members.

 

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