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

By NBC News wire services

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.

The Anonymous Filmmaker explores how the Phoenix Police Department reacts days after the event at the Century 16 Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado where a gunman, James Holmes, killed 12 people and injured 58 more at the premiere of Batman The Dark Knight Rises. In our Hollywood style video, a man resembling a terrorist paces around a busy street in Phoenix Arizona carrying a rocket launcher until the police apprehend him. This film explores the response time and reaction of law enforcement within the Phoenix rural community. You will be shocked to see what happens.

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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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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Male Texas school official spanks teen girl

A Texas mother says a local school district is covering its own rear end by considering a policy change regarding corporal punishment after a male vice principal paddled her daughter so hard it left a nasty mark.

The district in Springtown, just outside of Fort Worth, allows corporal punishment, but only when doled out by a teacher or administrator of the same sex as the student. But when Taylor Santos, 15, allegedly let a classmate copy her homework, Vice Principal Kirt Shaw disciplined the girl with a large wooden paddle, which he swung with a violent, upward motion, according to the girl’s mom, Anna Jorgensen.

“She was telling me it was numb and that it burned,” Jorgensen said. “And it looked like a burn. She slept on her side that night. She was more humiliated and embarrassed than anything, but the more she and I thought about it, it wasn’t fair and I thought I needed to do something about it.”

But instead of reprimanding Shaw for the cross-gender blow, the district is considering doing away with the requirement of same-sex spanking. Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley told FoxNews.com that the district’s seven-member board will consider revising the policy at a meeting Monday evening.

“We’ll give the board the option to discuss it,” said Kelley, who declined to provide specifics of the Sept. 19 incident at Springtown High School.

Anna Jorgensen told FoxNews.com her daughter initially received two days of in-school suspension for allowing another student to copy her work. When she was offered the chance to take a paddling in lieu of the second day of suspension, she submitted.

“I really don’t think he had to hit her that hard.”

– Anna Jorgensen, mother

Shaw first had the girl call her mother to approve the punishment, which is required. Jorgensen said she agreed, but had no idea the whack would come from a man — or be so severe. Jorgensen said her daughter, a cross-country athlete who weighs just 95 pounds, was left with large, blistered wounds on her buttocks.

“I really don’t think he had to hit her that hard,” she said. “I’m not saying he went in to intentionally hurt my daughter, but intentional or not, it did happen.”

Kelley defended the use of corporal punishment in the school system.

“We only use corporal punishment if the parent or guardian requests it,” he said. “We have not deviated from that practice.”

Asked why a male official administered the punishment to a female student, in violation of district policy, Kelley replied: “If we’ve deviated from district policy, that will be corrected.”

Jorgensen said that if correcting the mistake means changing the policy, the district is just trying to “cover themselves.”

“If you’re going to have corporal punishment, the [same gender] policy should stand,” she said. “But it’s about the force and the fact that I knew the school policy before it happened.”

Jorgensen, who has two younger children, ages 14 and 6, said she no longer supports the use of corporal punishment in schools.

“There should be other ways for punishment,” she said. “Personally, I will never again allow any of my kids to receive corporal punishment. I will never allow it again.”

The punishment, Jorgensen said, was “not at all age appropriate” for a young teenage girl.

“It was completely wrong and I admit I was in poor judgment allowing her to do it,” she said. “I feel like my child has been abused. If I did it to my own kid, they [child protective services] would be at my house.”

Thirty-one states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, have abolished corporal punishment in public schools. States like Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wyoming and several others still allow it. In 2005-06 — the latest year for which data is available — less than 1 percent of students in districts that allow corporal punishment were spanked, according to Civil Rights Data Collection.

In 1976, more than 1.5 million public students were paddled according to reports submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, compared to 223,190 students in 2005-06. A year later, in 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that spanking or paddling by school is lawful where it had not been explicitly outlawed by local authorities.

Deb Sendek, program director for the Ohio-based Center for Effective Discipline (CED), said the district’s decision to reconsider how corporal punishment is administered rather than banning it altogether was “very, very disappointing,” especially since many districts in Texas have privately stopped its use.

“It’s not how we respond in work situations and we don’t say go over and hit your neighbor, so why do we in an institution where we are trying to teach children about the rights and wrongs about life?” Sendek told FoxNews.com.

Jorgensen will attend Monday’s meeting and hopes to get a chance to address the board members.

“I’m not after money,” she said when asked if she was considering legal action. “I’m after doing what’s right by the students.”

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Officer shoots, kills double amputee in wheelchair

HOUSTON –  A Houston police officer shot and killed a one-armed, one-legged man in a wheelchair Saturday inside a group home after police say the double amputee threatened the officer and aggressively waved a metal object that turned out to be a pen.

Police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said the man cornered the officer in his wheelchair and was making threats while trying to stab the officer with the pen. At the time, the officer did not know what the metal object was that the man was waving, Silva said.

She said the man came “within inches to a foot” of the officer and did not follow instructions to calm down and remain still.

“Fearing for his partner’s safety and his own safety, he discharged his weapon,” Silva told The Associated Press.

Police did not immediately release the name of the man who was killed. They had been called to the home after a caretaker there called and reported that the man in wheelchair was causing a disturbance.

The owner of the group home, John Garcia, told the Houston Chronicle that the man had a history of mental illness and had been living at the house about 18 months. Garcia said the man had told him that he lost a leg above the knee and all of one arm when he was hit by a train.

“He sometimes would go off a bit, but you just ignore it,” Garcia told the newspaper.

Silva identified the officer as Matthew Jacob Marin, a five-year veteran of the department. He was immediately placed on three-day administrative leave, which is standard in all shootings involving officers.

Houston police records indicate that Marin also fatally shot a suspect in 2009. Investigators at the time said Marin came upon a man stabbing his neighbor to death at an apartment complex and opened fired when the suspect refused to drop the knife.

On Saturday, Marin and his partner arrived at the group home around 2:30 a.m. Silva said there were several people at the house at the time. The caretaker who called police waited on the porch while the officers went inside, she said.

“It was close quarters in the area of the house,” Silva said. “The officer was forced into an area where he had no way to get out.”

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Woman makes nephew ride in trunk of Lexus to protect seats

An Edina woman has been charged with child endangerment after she allegedly had her 11-year-old nephew ride in the trunk of her Lexus so he wouldn’t drip water on its leather seats.

According to the criminal complaint, Susan Marie McCarty, 38, was charged after she admitted that she had her nephew get into the trunk because he was damp from going on a water ride at Valleyfair.

On the afternoon of Aug. 23, witnesses in a parking lot at the Shakopee amusement park reported seeing a boy climb into the trunk while two women watched. Witnesses gave police the license number of the car, and after being stopped by officers, McCarty told them the back seat console had been folded down so the boy could get some air.

When he said he was getting hot, she said, air vents were aimed at the hole, which was about the size of a piece of paper. Temperatures that day were in the mid 80s.

McCarty said on Tuesday night that, halfway to her car in the Valleyfair parking lot, she realized that she didn’t have a towel for the boy. She said she would never purposely put her family in danger and was glad no one had been hurt. “I didn’t assess the situation,” McCarty said.

The boy, who had been dropped off at his home in Wayzata before police stopped his aunt, told police that he had gone on a water ride right before they left Valleyfair and that his aunt had wanted him to ride in the trunk because he was wet and that he didn’t want to question her. Despite the console being open and being able to fit his face in the opening, the boy said, he was still hot and would have rather sat in the back seat.

The boy’s 14-year-old sister told police that he had seemed excited about riding in the trunk. She said she and her grandmother had “somewhat of an uneasy feeling” about the boy riding in the trunk, but they, too, didn’t question her aunt.

If convicted, McCarty could face as much as a year in prison and $3,000 in fines.

 

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