Nursing home resident ‘beat his two roommates to death with his wheelchair’

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untitledPolice say a resident of a Houston nursing home will face capital murder charges for using the armrest of his wheelchair to beat two of his roommates to death.

77-year-old Antonio Acosta was beaten to death when his roommate lost control and started assaulting him with a wheelchair

Guillermo Correa, 56, has been charged with capital murder.

Police aren’t saying what provoked the attack Tuesday night at the Lexington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

But Irma Chavez, the daughter of one of the victims, 77-year-old Antonio Acosta, said her father had long complained about the man scaring him — as recently as earlier Tuesday.

She said the man would cut himself, often talked to himself and would argue with other people in the facility.

According to Chavez, when she reported those complaints to nursing home management, she was told she could move her father to a different facility.

‘My father told us yesterday, ‘Who can we talk to to take this man out of the room? He is very violent,’ she said, standing in the parking lot of the nursing home.

The second victim has been identified as Primitivo Lopez, 51.

Click2Houston reports the homicide detectives were called to the facility at approximately 12 a.m. Wednesday.

Paramedics were already there for an unrelated medical call.

‘The paramedics went inside and found two males who were badly injured,’ Sergeant Ben Williams said. ‘One, in fact, had stopped breathing and was unable to be revived. The other was able to be loaded up and taken next door to Memorial Hermann Northwest, where he was [...] pronounced dead as well.

‘A third male in the room was uninjured, and apparently he was asleep when this happened,” he added. ‘We’re talking to the fourth roommate involved in this and hoping that he can shed some light on what happened.’

Chavez said Acosta had lived in the facility for two years and was recovering from two strokes.

A guitar player who performed around Houston, Acosta was starting to use a walker and was looking forward to the day he could leave, she said.

‘The way he went is what’s killing me,’ she said, crying.

An unidentified facility administrator released the following statement:

‘Our first priority is always our residents, their families and our staff. Last night we unexpectedly lost two of our residents. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families. We are cooperating with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation and cannot comment further at this time.’

Arkansas ex-cop killed while trying to set anti-corruption blogger’s hot dog cart on fire

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AR-blogger-Ean-Bordeaux-via-screencap-615x345A former police officer died while trying to set ablaze a food cart belonging to a blogger who exposed crooked cops and other corrupt city officials. ArkansasMatters.com reported Friday that former Little Rock Police Officer Todd Payne died when blogger Ean Bordeaux (pictured above) tackled him as Payne tried to flee the scene of the attempted arson.

Bordeaux is the proprietor of the Corruption Sucks blog, a webpage dedicated to exposing corruption in the Little Rock local government and in the state government of Arkansas. At about 4:30 a.m. on Friday, he awoke to find the hot dog cart he operates for a living in flames.

“I looked outside and my hot dog cart’s on fire,” he told KARK. The cart operated on propane tanks, which, Bordeaux said, “could have blown up the house.”

He called 911, then ran outside in a bathrobe to put out the blaze. That was when he noticed a heavyset man in a mask running away.

Bordeaux was too busy trying to put out the flames then, he said, but about 15 minutes later, the man in the mask came back. The blogger watched from inside his house as the masked man tried to restart the fire.

Running outside again, Bordeaux said, he tackled the man as he tried to flee, hoping to hold him until police arrived.

Payne hit the pavement face-first, however, and died from his injuries. Bordeaux said his only desire had been to immobilize the perpetrator and hand him over to authorities.

He quickly realized, however, that the dead man was former LRPD officer Todd “Creepy Todd” Payne, who was fired from the force in 2010 for multiple violations, including a DUI crash in which Payne attempted to leave the scene, incidences of witness intimidation, lying to superiors and dereliction of duty.

Bordeaux had written extensively about Payne at Corruption Sucks, and believes that the former cop was attempting to strike back at him for exposing his crimes.

Police determine that the missing man’s body has been 40ft up a tree at a golf course for three years

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5989126-largeA missing Lithuanian’s body remained undiscovered 40ft up a tree at a golf club in Dorset with golfers playing nearby for three years, it was revealed yesterday.

It was only when a dog being walked at Meyrick Park golf club emerged from a bush with a human arm that police descended on the course near Bournemouth last Monday.

More remains were found that day, and the following day, a spot 40ft up in the branches was located as the place where the man died.

Incredibly, police at the scene were then approached by a man who lived near the golf course who told police he had found bones at the spot last year, but took them home and did not inform anyone or call police.

Now, the body has been identified as that of Jurij Sliachtecov, a 21-year-old Lithuanian, who was first reported missing in early May 2011.

Mr Sliachtecov first went missing the previous month, and initially, police and his friends believed he had returned to his native Lithuania as he had taken his passport. He was last seen on an evening out with friends in Bournemouth in late April 2011.

The long-running appeal for information about his whereabouts involved a feature on the Lithuanian version of TV programme Crimewatch, and extensive appeals in eastern Europe.

But eventually police in Dorset concluded that he had not returned home, with border officials and his family confirming they had not seen him or he had not entered the country.

Then the gruesome discovery was made last week, and police gradually realised the spot in a copse on the golf course was where Mr Sliachtecov had been all along.

A cause of death has not yet been established for the 21-year-old, and while his identification has not yet formally been made, a spokesman for Dorset police said they believed the body was that of the missing Lithuanian. His family and the Dorset coroner have been informed and an inquest is expected to open and adjourn later this week.

Police said they do not believe the cause of death to be suspicious at this stage. The local man, who is in his 40s, is being spoken to by police. He arrived at the site on Tuesday, a day after the first remains were found, with two bones wrapped in a clear plastic bag and told police he found them ‘months ago’ in the same area.

Man Who Killed Little Brother Slit Cellmate’s Throat With Playing Card

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Andrew-Ward-125x188Police arrested 27-year-old Andrew Ward after he admitted he’d stabbed his 12-year-old half-brother to death in the family’s home.

On Wednesday morning, Andrew Ward called 911 from a convenience store claiming he had stabbed someone without going into any further details. When police arrived and detained Andrew, he had blood on his hands and clothes, had a knife in his pocket, and appeared out of it.

He told police the person he stabbed could be found in his family’s home nearby. When police entered they found Andrew’s younger brother, 12-year-old Austin Tapia, dead from multiple stab wounds.

At about this time, the mother arrived home with her two teenage daughters and was informed that her older son had killed Austin. She told police they were returning from dinner and that Austin had opted not to go with them. She said as they were leaving, they saw Andrew returning home on foot.

Austin-TapiaFamily members said Andrew has a history of violence and substance abuse, but police said Ward told them nothing happened between him and Austin that led to him stabbing the boy as he played video games. When asked why he would stab his little brother to death Andrew said, ”Honestly, I just felt like killing.”

Ward was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and child abuse. His bond has been set at $1 million.

Austin was a sixth-grader at Paseo Hills School. The Deer Valley Unified School District released the following statement:

“The Phoenix Police Department reported that a Paseo Hills School sixth grade student was the victim of a stabbing incident after school yesterday and did not survive.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this deeply saddening time. Deer Valley’s Crisis Response Team is on campus and is working with the sixth grade students and staff. Counseling is also available for all students and staff in need.

The team will remain on campus after early dismissal today to support the community. The district provided a substitute for teachers profoundly affected by this tragedy. Quality and learning in the classroom remains a priority.

A principal letter was posted on the school website for the community and a notification will be sent to parents after school today (early release 12:05 p.m). Parents are being encouraged to speak with their children tonight, ask them how they are feeling, and provide extra love and attention this week.

The focus for Paseo Hills School and the district remains on the learning, safety and support of our students.”

Mom Found 3-Year-Old Son Dead After Leaving Him Home Alone For 20 Hours

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The Steamboat Springs District Attorney dropped charges against a mother after she left her 3-year-old son home alone and returned to find him dead.

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Megan McKeon had been charged with child abuse. She tried to plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts in court on Thursday.

According to police McKeon, 24, left her small cabin at a campground to go to work. She left Wednesday, March 26 and returned Thursday morning, March 27.

McKeon told detectives she had left food, juice and a movie playing for her son, Austin Davis. She told detectives she had left him home alone on a regular basis, about 20 times before.

austin-davisAustin’s grandmother, Charity O’Konski, is distraught over what happened to her grandson.

“We’re never going to have little Austin back again,” said O’Konski. “But for his justice and all the family that loved him, she needs to pay for what she did.”

That guilty plea would have only carried a maximum sentence of 42 months. The district attorney said that would not be sufficient punishment for the crime so he dropped the charges. He hopes to file felony child abuse resulting in death charges against McKeon.

O’Konski said she would have been happy to care for Austin if she had known the circumstances.

“All she had to do was call me. There’s no if, ands or buts to what happened, it’s her fault no matter what happened. She is accountable for that baby,” said O’Konski. “Nothing is ever going to be enough, because he will never come back to us but she took his life away and the only way to take her life away is to let her sit behind those bars and let her think about what she did.”

The district attorney is waiting for an official cause of death for Austin. The coroner and investigators are waiting for toxicology reports to come back which will take at least two weeks.

Dumb can’t really compete with this … Subway surfer killed riding atop 6 train

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A man uses the subway system in New YorkA man was killed while trying to ride atop a subway car in the Bronx, police said.

The victim, believed to be in his 40s, was found dead at the Elder Avenue Station on the 6-train line around 10:35 p.m., Wednesday, officials said.

Investigators believe the man was a subway surfer who was struck by an overhead barrier before the train pulled into the aboveground station at Elder and Westchester avenues.

The victim’s name has not yet been released.

Dad Shot Son Because He Wouldn’t Pay For Cable

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An 84-year-old man is charged with shooting and killing his son after a dispute over the son paying to install cable television in the house, according to charges filed Thursday.

Pang Se Vang is charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of his son, 36-year-old Chue Vang.

According to the criminal charges, several people were in the house when police arrived in response to the Monday shooting, including the suspect’s wife, two sons and one of the son’s infant child.

Police spoke to the eldest brother who said he was sleeping upstairs when his mother woke him up and told him his father shot his brother. He came downstairs and found his brother, Chue, who was bleeding and appeared to be dead, according to the charges.

That’s when his father walked out of a bedroom holding a shotgun. The son told police he grabbed the gun and wrestled it away from his father but during the struggle, the gun discharged into the ceiling, according to the complaint.

His father then retreated back into the bedroom and closed the door. The son called 911 and left the house with the rifle.

Upon arrival, an officer called the suspect, who was still locked in a bedroom, and asked him to come outside with his hands up. Pang Vang responded that he couldn’t come out because he stabbed himself in the chest. He told the officer that he and his son were arguing and that he grabbed his hunting shotgun, pointed it at his son and shot him, according to the charges.

He said he then stabbed himself because he “did not want to settle the issue in court. He would settle the dispute with his son when they reached the afterlife,” according to the complaint.

The Ramsey County SWAT team then entered the home and located Pang Vang in a bedroom on the main floor. He was on the bed and covered in blood, according to police. They secured a large, black-handled knife near his hand and transported him to the hospital.

Police also contacted Vang’s pastor who said he called him a short time before the shooting. According to the complaint, the pastor said he was upset about the fact that his son would not pay to install cable television in the house. During the argument, his son told his father he could move out of the house, the pastor said.

“What is alleged in the report is over a trivial thing and perhaps there were lots of things that were kind of building up and that led to this extraordinary criminal act of violence,” said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi.

Chue Vang was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner said his cause of death is a shotgun wound to the chest.

It all took place less than 200 feet away from the Maplewood Police Department.

“It could have been a lot of more tragic but thank God that it was not,” Choi said.

Pang Vang was treated for stab wounds to his abdomen and neck and formally arrested on Wednesday. He is currently at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, being held on a $1 million bond.

Vang is the oldest person charged with murder in Ramsey County in the last 30 years.

If convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison.

The family said Chue Vang will be laid to rest on April 3.

Girl, 12, Killed When Wall Collapses On Top Of Her At School

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Keane-Grace-Wallis-Bennett-125x188Structural checks are to be carried out on schools across Edinburgh, after a 12-year-old girl died when a “free-standing wall” collapsed on her.

The girl, named locally as Keane Wallis-Bennett, was fatally injured at Liberton High School on Tuesday.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond promised a rigorous investigation into the accident.

The city council said it would survey all similar walls in its schools as a “precaution”.

Prime Minister David Cameron described the incident as a ”shocking accident” and said any lessons would have to be learnt.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, he said “This was an absolutely shocking accident that people will have seen across the country. And their hearts will go out to the family, and all those involved at the school.

“Clearly the lessons will have to be learnt to make sure tragic accidents like this can’t happen again.”

The free-standing modesty wall served as a partition to give pupils privacy when showering in gym changing rooms.

In a statement on Tuesday night, the City of Edinburgh Council said the wall had been checked within the past two years and no problems identified.

Pupils were sent home after the incident, which happened just before 10:00 BST on Tuesday, and the school is to remain closed for the rest of the week.

Building surveyors will carry out a full check at the school before pupils return after the Easter break.

Police will meet officials from the Health and Safety Executive later to discuss who will investigate the incident.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who is an Edinburgh MSP, said Liberton High School has had “difficulties with fragmenting and fraying to the fabric” of the building.

But he said he did not believe there were problems with health and safety at the school, or that squeezes on the council’s education budget were hindering school renovation projects.

He told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “I think the council are doing a good job. They are working their way through the school estate. Many schools are being replaced, particular actions were taken in every school where there was a requirement.

“The city council has always put the safety of pupils paramount. That is why I welcome their review to ensure that the situation is safe in every school.

“There are challenges, they do have to prioritise, but I do believe that they have been doing the correct job.”

Mr MacAskill said it had been a “double blow” for the school after the death of fellow pupil Jamie Skinner, 13, who collapsed while playing football for Tynecastle FC at the end of last year.

Floral tributes have been left outside the school, with one bunch including a card that read: “Rest in peace Keane. God has gained another angel.”

One pupil at the school, 13-year-old Devon Blyth, told the BBC she had warned a teacher some months ago that there was an unstable wall in the girl’s changing room near the old gym – where the incident took place.

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In February, Edinburgh City Council was fined £8,000 after a pupil received serious injuries when she fell down a lift shaft at Liberton High School, in December 2011.

The school, which has about 650 pupils, was built in 1959, and the PE accommodation was refurbished in the mid-1980s.

A report prepared for the council in December 2013 recommended a programme of repairs to the school buildings, although there was no indication of structural work being required.

A council statement on Tuesday evening said: “A full survey of all our schools, including Liberton High School, was carried out in 2012/13 and no concerns with this wall were identified.

“However, as a precaution, specialist council building services staff will be surveying all similar walls in schools where we know that they exist.”

A council spokesman added: “As a further precaution, a full survey will be carried out on Liberton High School in the coming days before the main school building re-opens to pupils.”

Gillian Cameron, 46, a parent, said: “Someone needs to stand up and be accountable for this.

“It is not the headmaster’s fault, he’s trying to run a school with hardly any money.

“That’s what is annoying when you have a child at school, it’s the lack of money, we can’t afford this, we can’t afford that, so they build a tram centre that nobody wants, nobody needs and nobody can afford.

“It makes you angry. They need to prioritise. A 12-year-old child is not here any more. Did it have to take that, for people to say that school is not safe?”

The chaplaincy team at the school is holding a vigil following the death.

The Church of Scotland’s Liberton Northfield church will be open in the afternoon and evening as a safe place for pupils, young people and the local community to go and reflect.

They will have the opportunity to sign a book of condolence and light candles.

The Rev Cammy Mackenzie, who is a minister at Moredun and Gilmerton and a member of the chaplaincy team serving Liberton and Gilmerton High Schools, said: “We recognise the impact this is having on the community and we will be there for anyone who needs us.

“The church will remain open for as many days as it is required.”

Meanwhile, Highland Council said it had ordered checks at all 209 of its schools following Keane’s death.

The council said it was also liaising with High Life Highland to arrange for similar checks in leisure centres.

Skeletons dug up by railway tunnel workers in London are now confirmed to have died of the Black Death. And so it begins

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The discovery by Crossrail workers of skeletons near to the Barbican last year have been confirmed as being victims of the Black Death.

Twenty-five skeletons were uncovered in London’s Charterhouse Square in Farringdon during Crossrail construction works in March 2013. It provided the first evidence of the location of London’s first Black Death emergency burial ground established in 1348.

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Due to the burial ground’s historical importance to London, an exceptional amount of research analysis has taken place on the skeletons to understand the life and death of Londoners affected by the Black Death.

From the skeletons’ teeth, scientists have found traces of the DNA of the Yersinia pestis bacterium which was responsible for the Black Death plague, confirming the individuals had contact with the deadly disease prior to their death.

There also appeared to be two phases of burials, in 1348-50, followed by a later period dating from the early to mid 1400s.

The site of the burial is just outside the city walls, and the site is named after the Charterhouse that was built next to the burial site to pray for the dead that were buried there. That former monastery is still there, largely hidden behind high walls, and you can book occasional tours to have a look around inside.

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A further dig in July of this year will seek to confirm separate geophysics results which suggest that there could have been a chapel, in the middle of Charterhouse Square itself.

That picturesque little park with high cooling trees conceals a very dark history.

Crossrail Lead Archaeologist Jay Carver who is heading up the research, said: “ Historical sources told us that thousands of burials of Black Death victims were made in the 14th Century in the area that is now modern day Farringdon, but until Crossrail’s discovery, archaeologists had been unable to confirm the story. Ancient DNA work is complex and still in development but the results do confirm the presence of the deadly plague bacterium preserved in the teeth.”

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Scientists have analysed the bones and the Isotope levels in the skeletons’ bones and teeth to gain an insight into the birth, life and diet of Londoners during the 14th and 15th Centuries. The results showed that:

  • Many of the skeletons appear to suffer signs of malnutrition and 16% had rickets.
  • 40% of the those tested grew up outside of London possibly as far north as Scotland – showing that 14th Century London attracted people from across Britain just as it does today.
  • The later skeletons from the 1400s had a high rate of upper body injury consistent with being involved in violent altercations.
  • One individual had become a vegetarian later in life which is something a Carthusian monk would have done during the 14th Century.
  • Research is consistent with the burial ground being used by poorer Londoners.
  • High rate of back damage and strain indicating heavy manual labour.

Teen Used Handgun, Shotgun, Knife And Machete To Kill Family

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A 14-year-old has been arrested on two counts of first-degree murder in Coeur d’Alene in the killing of his father and younger brother.Eldon-Samuel

The two were shot and killed Monday night in a home in the 1300 block of North First Street and police arrested the juvenile suspect in that shooting shortly after 9:30 p.m. Kootenai County Jail records show the teen was arrested at the same address as the shooting.

Tuesday morning, Coeur d’Alene police identified the suspect as Eldon Samuel III, 14. Samuel is suspected of killing his father, Eldon Samuel Jr., 46, and his younger brother, Jonathan Samuel, 13. Police identified the teen, even though he is a juvenile, because he is being charged as an adult in the killings.

Police say Samuel called 911 to tell them a shooting had occurred. Authorities say that he used a handgun, shotgun, knife and machete in the killing of his father and brother. Authorities say the teen shot his father in the head and then shot, stabbed and cut his younger brother.

A search warrant was executed around 1 a.m. Tuesday. Inside the home, officers collected evidence and documented the crime scene.

The family had recently moved to Coeur d’Alene from California. A representative from St. Vincent de Paul confirmed the victims were living in transitional housing.

At Canfield Middle School, where younger brother Jonathan went to school, a crisis assistance team has been called in and counselors and school administrators are working to help students cope with this tragedy.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said that Samuel will be charged as an adult for the murders. His bond has been set at $1 Million. A preliminary hearing will be set for Samuel in the next several weeks.

Samuel is in custody at the Kootenai County Public Safety Building.