Four teens are looking at some serious charges after being accused of kidnapping and torturing one of their classmates.
Police say during a snowstorm on February 10, Jenna Montgomery, 15, lured 16-year-old Dustin Murrain into a shed behind a house. Murrain told police he had met Montgomery earlier that day at David Douglas High School, where they both attended school.
According to Murrain’s account, once he walked into the shed he encountered three teen boys and realized he had fallen for one of the oldest tricks in the book.
First he was struck in the head with a crowbar before being ordered to take off his shirt. Then 15-year-old Blue Kalmbach allegedly shot Murrain in the chest, groin and index finger with a BB gun. Kalmbach then carved a swastika into Murrain’s forehead with a box-cutter and forced Murrain to eat cat shit.
After having his iPod stolen, Murrain escaped the shed and fled to a nearby auto service shop for help. Police were called and Murrain was taken to OHSU Hospital for treatment.
Police were able to apprehend the suspects quickly and brought them in for questioning. Montgomery spilled the beans, admitting she and the boys came up with a plan to torture Murrain the night before, using her as bait to get him inside the shed.
Kalmbach would admit to shooting Murrain, carving the swastika into his forehead and forcing him to swallow down a cat turd. Jess Taylor, 17, admitted he’d held a BB air rifle on Murrain to keep him from escaping.
Montgomery, Kalmbach, Taylor, and 14-year-old Shane Connell were arrested and charged with second-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping, criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery. All four have entered not guilty pleas to the allegations.
Because of his age, Connell’s case will remain in juvenile court. The rest will be prosecuted as adults. A grand jury is hearing the case and is expected to return an indictment by Tuesday.
Police said the Murrain may have been targeted because of his possible bullying, and that his attackers were retaliating against him. Murrain’s mother said even if that were true, it didn’t justify what the teens are accused of doing to him.
“There’s no understanding what they did,” she said. “Every time he looks in the mirror he’s gonna have that memory,” she said. Which I assume was kind of the point of carving the swastika in his forehead.
Bare-faced cheek! Young woman strips down to bra and skimpy top as she launches into pole-dancing routine in front of astonished workers
A beautiful blonde tries to stop a tow truck taking her car away by doing a striptease in the street in front of an astonished policeman.
The woman, clearly upset at losing her wheels for a traffic violation, gyrates sexily on the back of the truck as she tries to put the man off his task.
At one points she swings from a hook and launches into a pole-dancing routine after peeling down to just her knickers and a skimpy top.
Throughout the impromptu strip, she continues to negotiate with the policeman, trying to persuade him to leave her car alone.
Her sexy shenanigans clearly delight onlookers including the tow truck workers who can be heard shouting encouragement.
One man even appears to be using a video camera to get close up footage of the nubile blonde who is leaving very little to the imagination.
The extraordinary scene was caught on camera outside of the Railway Workers’ House of Culture in the Russian city of Tula.
Anatoliy Aleksandrovich posted the video online saying: “Look at how far some drivers go to stop their car being towed away.
“This lady did a real show, trying to stop traffic police from taking her car away”.
But, despite doing her best, the poor woman’s efforts were not enough and her car was towed away.
It led online jokers to suggest she should have resorted to a more time-honoured way of avoiding punishment for traffic offences in Russia… and bribed the officer with cash.
As an unexpected hailstorm battered parts of Brighton and Hove, wild students reacted by getting their kits off and running through the road.
Drenched students caught in a freak hailstorm turned the other cheek by stripping to their underwear and streaking through flooded streets.
It is not known who the barmy trio are – or even why they did it – but the picture was snapped by a stunned Annabel Giles looking through her window.
Brighton and Hove was battered by an impromptu storm this morning as flash flooding brought the area to a standstill.
Commuters were left stranded when lightning struck a train’s power supply leaving hundreds trapped on public transport.
Police warned people to stay indoors and for drivers to take extra caution out on the roads because of floods – and naked rowdy teenagers.
It’s not the first time people have stripped in public for unknown – or bizarre – reasons.
A Dillonvale woman charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after authorities say she claimed she was dreaming about filleting a fish when she sliced her husband’s throat in his sleep went before a Jefferson County judge for her arraignment Monday.
“She made threats that she was going to kill him,” Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said. “And she almost did early Saturday morning. So she’s been charged now with the prosecutor handling the case got her charged with felony 1s and 2 for attempted murder and aggravated assault.”
This all happened at the family’s home at 19 2nd Street in Dillionvale and Abdalla said this isn’t the first time Judy Jones thought about killing her husband. Abdalla says Jones’ daughter told investigators her mother had been planning this for about a year, and that 16-year old girl’s call to 911 immediately after it happened likely saved her father’s life. Thomas Jones, 49, is in the hospital recovering. “He’s got stitches from almost (ear to ear) so we just have to wait for it to go through the court system,” Abdalla said.
Investigators said Judy Jones eventually changed her story and admitted trying to kill her husband. She told the court she can’t afford a lawyer. She’ll be back in court again Wednesday afternoon.
A MAN has been detained for ejaculating on a woman passenger in a Metro train, police said yesterday.
The woman got on a Metro Line 2 train at Jing’an Temple Station during morning rush hour last Thursday. She was aware of a man standing close to her back, and he got off the train in a hurry at Jiangsu Road Station. There she discovered liquid over her shorts and legs. She reported the incident to police, and was told the next day that a suspect had been held. Metro police said they viewed surveillance camera footage and found the suspect, surnamed Fang, on Friday afternoon. The 26-year-old admitted committing the act and was detained for sexual assault, said police.
When I broke into my neighbor’s home earlier this week, I didn’t use any cat burglar skills. I don’t know how to pick locks. I’m not even sure how to use a crowbar. It turns out all anyone needs to invade a friend’s apartment is an off switch for their conscience and an iPhone.
This was done politely: I even warned him the day before. My neighbor lives on the second floor of a Brooklyn walk-up, so when I came to his front door he tossed me a pair of keys rather than walk down the stairs to let me in. I opened the door, climbed the stairs, and handed his keys back to him. We chatted about our weekends. I drank a glass of water. Then I let him know that I would be back soon to gain unauthorized access to his home.
Less than an hour later, I owned a key to his front door.
What I didn’t tell my neighbor was that I spent about 30 seconds in the stairwell scanning his keys with software that would let me reproduce them with no specialized skills whatsoever. The iPhone app I used wasn’t intended for anything so nefarious: KeyMe was designed to let anyone photograph their keys and upload them to the company’s servers. From there, they can be 3-D printed and mail-ordered in a variety of novelty shapes, from a bottle opener to Kanye West’s head. Or they can be cut from blanks at one of KeyMe’s five kiosks in the New York City area.
I copied my neighbor’s keys at a KeyMe kiosk about a mile from his house, inside a Rite Aid drugstore. After logging in on a fingerprint scanner and choosing my neighbor’s keys from all the keys I’d uploaded, I watched on the machine’s screen as a grandfatherly cartoon figure with a white mustache and spectacles cut them. Seconds later the keys dropped into a box at the front of the kiosk, still warm to the touch. The next morning I let myself into my neighbor’s apartment and interrupted him reading a book about the German battleship Bismarck.
Services like KeyMe, along with competitors like KeysDuplicated and the Belgian Keysave, promise to forever solve the problem of lockouts and lost keys using clever combinations of smartphone scans, automated key-cutting machines and 3D-printing. Like a “forgot my password” function for physical security, they let you upload your coded chunks of metal to the cloud, where you can access and duplicate them, or even email them to a friend staying at your place.
New York-based KeyMe reassures users on its website that “only you can scan your keys” and its “scanning process is designed to strictly prevent any use of flyby pictures.” It claims keys can only be scanned when removed from the keychain (Not so; I left my neighbor’s on his ring) and must be scanned on both sides against a white background from 4 inches away. None of that posed a problem making my stairwell creep-scans.Such services also enable jerks like me to steal your keys any time they get a moment alone with them. Leave your ring of cut-brass secrets unattended on your desk at work, at a bar table while you buy another round, or in a hotel room, and any stranger—or friend—can upload your keys to their online collection. The trick is far easier than having them copied at a hardware store. KeyMe says it will even duplicate keys marked “do not duplicate,” including some high-security keys sold by Medeco, Mul-T-lock and Schlage. Parking valets suddenly require a ludicrous level of trust: KeyMe already allows some car keys to be scanned and mail-ordered; KeysDuplicated says that feature is on the way.
KeysDuplicated, based in San Francisco, doesn’t make any claims about requiring close-ups for its keyshots. But its CEO Ali Rahimi wrote in a statement to WIRED that “we’re not a convenient service for anyone who wants to copy keys
surreptitiously.” The company’s site argues thieves have always been able to measure keys with a key gauge or imprint them in clay to create duplicates. But I have no idea how to do either of those things, and I nonetheless found breaking into my neighbor’s house with a smartphone scan to be pretty idiot-proof.
When I spoke with KeyMe founder and CEO Greg Marsh, he offered another argument: Digitally reproducing keys is safer than other methods because it leaves a digital trail with KeyMe’s account information, credit card records, and its kiosk fingerprint scanners. “We have all this accountability and data that doesn’t exist when you make keys with traditional methods,” Marsh says. “If a key was found to be used maliciously, we have a clear path to find out who was responsible.”
So if I had actually entered my neighbor’s apartment while he was gone and burgled the place without him knowing, how would that accountability have helped? Marsh says that if my neighbor reported the theft and suspected KeyMe was involved, he could scan his keys into KeyMe and discover who had previously copied them. Marsh hedged that by saying the company would be very cautious about handing user data to the police, but the company “would be very enthusiastic about helping any way we could.”
Even if KeyMe did help the cops, Marsh’s logic is somewhat flawed. My neighbor had never heard of KeyMe or any services like it. If his apartment was robbed, he would have no clue that a little-known app had anything to do with it. “Most of the country has no idea what KeyMe is, and that will hopefully change soon,” says Marsh. “We’re working really hard to build awareness.”
Keep It in Your Pants
Wishful thinking aside, Marsh’s best piece of advice is, “People need to be prudent with where they have their keys and store them, similar to a password.”
That paranoid approach has long been common sense among the lockpicking crowd. “If you lose sight of your keys for the better part of 20 seconds, you should consider them lost,” says Jos Weyers, a Dutch lockpicking guru and security consultant. “If you find them later, consider them a souvenir.”
At the HOPE hacker conference last weekend, Weyers gave a presentation on the insecurity of showing photos of keys on television or allowing them to be photographed. He pointed to examples like the New York Post‘s foolish decision to publish pictures of New York elevator and subway gate keys in a story discussing the danger of letting those keys proliferate. (The Post‘s photo was soon taken down, but not before it spread across the web.) In another slip-up, a local newscast showed a close-up of a “universal gas pump key” that could be used to plant credit-card stealing hardware in the pump station.
In any of those cases, a skilled lock hacker could recreate the key from the photos alone, using increasingly accessible tools like 3D printers, milling machines, or laser cutters. One group of researchers created a project called Sneakey in 2009 that showed they could reproduce keys photographed from nearly 200 feet away and at an angle. In other words, simply leaving your keys hanging from your belt presents a security problem, not to mention letting someone get ahold of them.
That means apps like KeyMe and KeysDuplicated haven’t exactly created the requirement that our physical keys be kept as secret as our digital ones. But they have democratized the security threat: Now even a lockpicking noob like me can demonstrate the danger of letting keys leave their owner’s control.
In a way, says Weyers, that’s a good thing. “The effect of services like KeyMe will be positive: People are now starting to understand that it only take a couple of seconds to duplicate a key,” he says. “We lock nerds already knew that. Now the normal public is catching on.”
A woman who was carrying a bottle filled with her own urine is facing a drug possession charge after the liquid tested positive for methamphetamine, according to cops who surmised that the suspect was planning to extract traces of the drug from the bodily waste.
Cops confronted Cindy Wingo, 33, last Wednesday after spotting her and a male acquaintance loitering outside a vacant South Carolina home. During a subsequent investigation, Wingo consented to an examination of her purse.
According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies found drug paraphernalia items during the search. Wingo, an investigator noted, “has in the past used illicit substances (i.e., methamphetamine).”
Deputies also discovered a pill bottle filled with urine. Wingo said that while the container belonged to her daughter, “it was her urine that was in the bottle,” reported Deputy Chaney Brown. Asked about the urine, Brown added, “Cindy was evasive with her answer, and would not give me a straight answer.”
Brown, who has been trained in “methamphetamine and clandestine lab assessment,” reported that, “it is not an uncommon practice for Methamphetamine users to not discard their urine, due to the fact that a portion of the Methamphetamine is excreted out through the urination process.” Users, Bown added, can then “extract the Methamphetamine from the urine or give it to someone who knows how to do this in exchange for more Methamphetamine.”
“Having this in mind, I field tested the liquid in the prescription bottle,” Brown wrote. “It field tested positive for Methamphetamine.”
Wingo, seen at left, was subsequently arrested for drug possession and booked into the county jail. She was released from custody after posting $5000 bond and is scheduled for a September 25 court appearance.
Working with penises, semen and testicles is no laughing matter but a sense of humour is essential, says a bull whisperer.
Interposing yourself between an amorous bull and the object of its lust is a dangerous occupation, but for semen collector Robyn How, of the Tararua Breeding Centre in Woodville, it is a fascinating way of life.
Born and raised in Australia, How became passionate about cattle after helping a friend with show animals. While doing an artificial insemination course, she found she had a natural ability to read bulls.
She bought a 6ha lifestyle block in Woodville in 1997 and started the breeding centre the next year with Auckland-based business partner and embryo transfer veterinarian Eddie Dixon.
The centre collects semen from all types of bulls, which are trucked in from all over New Zealand. Some of the bulls are already proven when they arrive while others are there to be proven.
How says she shows them respect and although she has never been injured, she doesn’t take any bull for granted.
”Having full respect, understanding and appreciation for the bulls is crucial. Semen collection is not a job anyone can do.
”We know just by reading an animal, how far we can push things. There is no way any of us could outrun a bull.”
Giving the bulls plenty of space is key to semen extraction, with each bull having their own paddock complete with a mound of dirt and scratching post.
”A happy bull produces happy semen. We want them to release any aggravation and testosterone on their mounds of dirt and posts before working with them.”
How says some bad-tempered bulls have been badly handled but with time and no pressure they can be turned around.
”The trick is to be patient and give them time and space to settle.
”I have collected semen from some pretty mean bulls,” she says.
Ranging in age from seven months to 14 years, bulls can stay for as little as six weeks with some living at the centre permanently. The oldest bull was 15.
”We held grave concerns for the quality of his semen and his libido. The client asked us to give him a go and we weren’t very confident, but he shocked us all and turned out to be the Hugh Hefner of the bull world.”
How says handling the bulls with kid gloves is a winning formula.