Girl, 16, Charged As Adult After Killing Man Selling PlayStation

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A 16-year-old girl, who police say shot and killed a man who was trying to sell his PlayStation system over Craigslist, will be charged as an adult.

Nathaniel-VivianOn Tuesday, the Fulton County district attorney’s office released a statement saying it would pursue full charges against the girl, whose name has not yet been release.

“This case has been forwarded to our office for review,” District Attorney Paul L. Howard Jr. said in the statement. “After consulting with the Sandy Springs Police Department, we have determined that the suspects in this matter should be prosecuted together. As such, we have decided to seek prosecution against the 16-year-old minor as an adult.”

Howard’s office said an SB440 hearing, used to determine whether a minor can be prosecuted as an adult, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 in the Fulton County Courthouse. The hearing will be in courtroom 8C.

Sandy Springs Police say the 16-year-old — along with her 20-year-old boyfriend Nathaniel Vivian — shot and killed 28-year-old Daniel John Zeitz last Friday as part of a botched robbery. The couple attempted to strong-arm a PS4 gaming system that Zeitz advertised for sale on Craigslist.

Zeitz, an avid gamer, was from Roswell.

According to police, Zeitz met the couple at about 9:30 p.m. last Friday at an apartment complex on Treelodge Parkway.

Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon said the pair tried to rob Zeitz of the PS4, and Vivian, who was in the driver’s seat of a car, struggled with Zeitz, who was standing outside the car, for the gaming system.

During the struggle, the girl fired a shot from a .25 caliber handgun, and the bullet passed through Vivian’s hand and struck Zeitz in the side of his chest, killing him.

Vivian and the girl were later arrested when they went to Northside Hospital for treatment of Vivian’s gunshot wound to the hand, Momon said.

Momon said Vivian claimed to be a robbery victim, but upon further questioning by detectives, “told them he was shot while he and his girlfriend were at the Legends of Dunwoody Apartments to rob a man of his PS4 video gaming system that was advertised on Craigslist.”

The 16-year-old’s 16-month-old baby was only a few feet away at the time of the robbery and shooting, according to Sandy Springs police Sgt. Ron Momon.

Momon said Vivian did not have an adult criminal record prior to the robbery and shooting. He also said he didn’t know if Vivian was the father of the 16-month-old child, who was turned over to family members after the shooting.

He declined to release any more details about the 16-year-old, but said she is currently being held at the Metro Regional Detention center in Atlanta.

Vivian is being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail.

The gun was recovered from the suspects’ car.

Zeitz was known by the name “Phobos” in online gaming circles, and one of his online gaming teammates set up a GoFundMepage to raise money for Zeitz’s funeral expenses. By Monday afternoon, the page had raised more than $15,000.

A video about Zeitz’s killing posted by a friend Saturday on YouTube has been viewed nearly 20,000 times.

Sommer Trent Jailed After Choking Husband For Not Buying Her A Cowboy Hat

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Tennessee authorities say a Charleston woman attacked her husband because he wouldn’t buy her a hat.

Sommer-TrentSommer Lynette Trent, 33, was arrested early Sunday in Nashville. Trent and her husband went to Nashville for the Sunday afternoon Tennessee Titans football game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Trent and her husband were with friends in downtown Nashville near Margaritaville on Broadway when Trent became upset with her husband because he refused to buy her a cowboy hat, according to an arrest warrant on file at Davidson County General Sessions Court.

Trent yelled and cursed at him and then took his cowboy hat and threw it into the street, police said. She then pushed him and grabbed him by the throat, according to the warrant.

Police said the victim never lost consciousness and did not have trouble breathing.

Trent was charged with domestic assault. She was released Monday afternoon from Davidson County Female Correctional Development Center on $2,500 bond.

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Sailor was allegedly raped with rubber chicken, hogtied and smeared with Vegemite and Deep Heat

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A YOUNG sailor was allegedly hogtied, smeared with Vegemite and Deep Heat and anally raped with a rubber chicken.

546626-b3f153e4-3d59-11e4-bf5a-0352721e6660The victim, who cannot be named, was allegedly subject to a “last night at sea ritual”, in August 2011 on board the HMAS Newcastle, off the coast of Western Australia.

Four Australian sailors faced court martial in Sydney today over the alleged incident, although there is evidence other sailors were also present.

Able seamen Rohan Angre, Mitchell Summers, Michael Thompson and Jonathan Walter are accused of holding the man down, smearing him with the Vegemite and the liniment Deep Heat before assaulting him with the object.

It is alleged after sexually assaulting the man with what was believed to be a rubber chicken, Able Seaman Thompson tried to push the object into the man’s mouth.

“It was at this point he was released for the time being,” Prosecuting officer Lieutenant Colonel David Jordan said in Sydney’s General Court Martial on Tuesday.

“He was lifted by his arms and legs to the shower station … He’ll tell you his eyes were watering,” he said.

“I anticipate he will tell you he saw AB Walter, Angre and Thompson.”

The court martial heard he was then placed on his knees and doused with a dark liquid that caused his eyes to blister.

He was then doused with water and left at the bottom of the shower, with burns from the Deep Heat on his neck, shoulders and genitalia.

He washed and cleaned himself to go on watch later that night. The four men face six charges between them, including indecent and sexual assault.

Able seaman Angre has already pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, for pouring an unidentified liquid over the alleged victim’s head, which caused him to suffer burns to his skin and eyes.

The court martial continues.

Toddler Suffered Burns After His Mother’s Boyfriend Put Him In Clothes Dryer

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According to court documents, a New Hampshire man is accused of placing a 2-year-old boy in a clothes dryer in Bangor last month.

Adam-MortonAdam Morton is charged with aggravated assault.

The court documents said on Aug. 2 the boy was taken to the hospital with burns to back and arms, as well as burns and blisters on this feet.

Morton was watching the boy, along with the other children of his girlfriend, while she was at work.

According to the court documents, Morton told police during in interview in Berlin, New Hampshire on Aug. 15 where he recently moved to, that he did not know how the boy was injured and said it happened while he was in the shower.

However a doctor’s report given to police on Aug. 20 said it was clear that the child was significantly injured while inside a clothes dryer. The report also said the child was likely in the dryer for a prolonged period of time.

Bangor police interviewed Morton again in Berlin on Aug. 27 where he admitted to Bangor police detectives that he put the boy into the dryer and turned it on, according to the court paperwork. Morton said the boy was not in dryer for very long.

Bangor police later arrested Morton and brought him back to Maine where he is being held on $2,500 bail at the Penobscot County Jail.

Timothy Jones Jr Admits To Killing His Five Children, Dumping Their Bodies

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Authorities believe a South Carolina father killed his five children before driving to Alabama and dumping their bodies on a dirt road in a rural area.

Timothy-Jones-JrAn Alabama Department of Public Safety spokesman told the Associated Press that Timothy Ray Jones Jr., 32, led police to the site near the town of Camden where the bodies were found. The site was off a two-lane highway, said Alabama Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Steve Jarrett.

Authorities in South Carolina and Mississippi said that Jones has been charged with child neglect and additional charges are expected to be lodged in connection with the children’s deaths.

The children ranged from 1 to 8 years old and were reported missing by their mother on Sept. 3, authorities said.

“This is a very tragic situation,” Wilcox County (Ala.) District Attorney Michael Jackson said. “These kids’ lives were snuffed out before they had a chance to enjoy life. Justice will be served.”

Police have not released details on how the children died. Lexington County (S.C.) Coroner Earl Wells was arranging for the children’s bodies to be taken back to South Carolina for autopsies and identification Tuesday night, sheriff’s officials said.

At the scene where authorities said the bodies were found, investigators could be seen late Tuesday working in a clearing at the top of a hill lit by floodlights.

Jones was being held in Smith County, Mississippi, awaiting extradition to South Carolina, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a news release.

Jones was detained in Smith County on Saturday after being stopped at a motor vehicle checkpoint near Raleigh, Mississippi, and charged with drunken driving, Smith County Sheriff Charlie Crumpton said in a news release.

Crumpton said Jones became agitated when a deputy questioned him about an odor of chemicals coming from the Cadillac Escalade he was driving. The deputy found what were believed to be chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine and a substance believed to be the street drug Spice, a form of synthetic marijuana, Crumpton said. A sheriff’s office investigator was called and found what appeared to be bleach, muriatic acid, blood and possible body fluids, he said.

During a background check, police discovered that Jones was wanted in South Carolina “regarding a welfare concern of his children,” who were on a national missing persons list, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

Investigators from several departments and the FBI started looking for the missing children on Monday, Crumpton said. He said the children’s decomposed bodies were found in individual plastic garbage bags.

Jarrett told a news conference that authorities were not sure why Jones drove through Alabama.

Jones had joint custody of the children and is divorced from their mother, police said. They said he told neighbors that he and the children were moving to another state.

Marlene Hyder and her husband, Johnny Hyder, said Jones and his wife moved into a house next to them about seven years ago in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, 25 miles west of Columbia. They said Jones told them he worked in computers. Two years ago, the wife moved in with a male neighbor and Tim Jones moved away with the children, the Hyders said.

Johnny Hyder said the children were often dressed in dirty clothes and were seen home at all hours of the day because Tim Jones had said he didn’t believe in the public schools. Hyder said Jones was constantly looking for a reason to argue and often threatened to call the police. He said Jones approached him with a gun on his hip one day and was angry about something, but Hyder couldn’t remember what it was. When Hyder said he was going to call police, he said Jones told him it was only a BB gun.

“It wasn’t a BB gun,” Hyder said. “It was a real gun. I know what one looks like, but I didn’t want to cause any more trouble.”

Marlene Hyder said Jones threatened to kill one of their dogs when it briefly went onto his property.

“He was a nut,” she said.

Marlene Hyder said she also remembered a day when one of the Jones’ younger children came over to the Hyders’ house and tried to drink out of one of their outdoor spigots. He was dirty and disheveled and ran back to his house when she tried to speak to him, she said.

A “no trespassing” sign was posted near the driveway of a house where the Hyders said Tim Jones’ ex-wife still lived with the other neighbor. Several people were seen walking around the yard, but none responded to questions from a reporter.

Two Girls, 11 And 12, Commit Joint Suicide By Jumping From Apartment Building

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Two elementary school girls, aged 11 and 12, apparently jumped to their deaths from an apartment building in Tokyo’s Ota Ward, police said Saturday.

According to police, the girls—who were classmates—were found dead in the asphalt parking lot near the entrance to the building at around 3:30 p.m. Friday, TBS reported.

The building is nine stories high. Police said the girls appear to have jumped from the stairwell between the 7th and 8th floors. TBS quoted police as saying the girls’ shoes and a suicide note were left at the scene but declined to give details about what the note said.

Police said the 11-year-old girl lived with her family in the apartment building, while her 12-year-old classmate lived nearby.

A school official told media that he was unaware of any bullying incidents involving the girls who were both at school on Friday.

Boy, 11, Shoots Self In Head After Arguing With Father Over Chores

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An 11-year-old San Tan Valley boy is dead after shooting himself in the head.

Samuel-EppsThe Pinal County Sheriff’s Office identified the boy as Samuel Epps.

It happened just before 7 p.m. Tuesday at the boy’s home in the area of Bella Vista Road and Hunt Highway in the Johnson Ranch neighborhood of San Tan Valley.

Samuel’s father and three siblings were home with him at the time. His mother was not there.

“Initial information indicates that Samuel had been asked to complete some chores and he became upset,” Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tim Gaffney said in a news release Wednesday morning. “Samuel went into the home’s master bedroom and a short time later a single gunshot was heard by other family members.”

Samuel’s father rushed to the room to find the door locked. He forced his way in and discovered his son had shot himself.

Gaffney said Samuel was still breathing when deputies and paramedics arrived minutes after Samuel’s dad called 911.

Samuel was airlifted to Maricopa County Medical Center. Doctors pronounced him dead about two hours later.

Samuel was a student at Benjamin Franklin Charter School, which has three K-6 campuses.