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Another taser involved death in Florida

Florida Man Dies After Deputies Use Taser When He Jumps From Ambulance:

Short article…

A friend of Ashley Ryan Stephens called 911 to request an ambulance, saying her friend was a drug user and was sick. A deputy was sent along with the ambulance crew, which is standard procedure if drugs are involved, said Columbia County Sheriff Bill Gootee.

Once inside the ambulance, Stephens became agitated and combative and kicked out an ambulance window. When the ambulance stopped, Stephens jumped out and ran into the street. He was nearly hit by several cars, Gootee said.

Stephens was stunned twice and handcuffed. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

I would lay money that the drugs had more to do with his death than the taser. People who get tased usually do so because they’ve made bad decisions. Taking drugs was this guy’s bad decision. Don’t take drugs and freak out in the ambulance and you won’t get tased.

Conviction overturned because of MySpace

Police Blotter: MySpace profile sets convicted felon free:
40-year-old Danny Cecil of West Virginia was convicted for molesting two underage girls. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. That was until November 21st when his conviction was overturned because two of the jurors had found one of the victim’s MySpace.

Here’s what the court of appeals had to say…

We are mindful that the independent investigation conducted by two of the jurors did not bear fruit, which arguably lessens the prejudicial effect, but notwithstanding that fact, the mere fact that members of a jury in a serious felony case conducted any extrajudicial investigation on their own is gross juror misconduct which simply cannot be permitted.

Now Cecil is free and lives only a few doors down from one of his victims. His new trial is to take place in the Spring. God forbid he should claim another victim in that time. If he does I hope those jurors can live with their decision.

Teacher arrested for praising Columbine killers

West Bend police arrest teacher who praised Columbine shooters:

Teacher Arrested for Comments on Blog:

A 48-year-old teacher from Oak Creek High School in West Bend, Wisconsin was arrested after leaving comments on the Boots and Sabres blog that appeared to have praised the Columbine killers Harris and Klebold.

“Looking at those teacher salary numbers in West Bend made me sick. $60,000 for a part time job were you ‘work’ maybe 5 hours per day and sit in the teachers lounge and smoke the rest of the time. Thanks God we won on the referendum. But whining here doesn’t stop the problem. We’ve got to get in back of the kids who have had enough of lazy, no good teachers and are fighting back. Kids like Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold members of the Young Republicans club at Columbine. They knew how to deal with the overpaid teacher union thugs. One shot at a time! Too bad the liberals rip them; they were heroes and should be remembered that way.”

However the bloggers behind Boots and Sabres provide us with the follow-up comment by the same commenter.

I am NOT advcting shootng teachrs. I agree with Mark belling when he said that theese kids were pushed into doing this by the stupid union teachrs at Colmbine. belling said that to bad only one teachr got it and lots of kids. shuld have been the other way. belling hates teachrs I like belling

First off let me say that for someone who is supposedly a teacher the spelling is atrocious. B&S seems to think that the teacher actually holds the opposite opinion about teachers unions but was trying to make opponents look like idiots. Also B&S believes that the suspect should not have been arrested since it wasn’t a direct threat against anybody. I agree but I’m not too heartbroken that this assclown is stewing for a while.

Indictment handed down in Olson murder

Grand jury hands up first-degree murder charges in Olson case:

A Minnesota grand jury handed down an indictment today of first degree murder for 19-year-old Michael John Anderson. Anderson is accused of killing 24-year-old Katherine Ann Olson after Olson answered a phony employment ad placed by Anderson.

When Savage police interviewed Anderson, he initially denied having contact with Olson.

Anderson then admitted to being present when Olson died. He said a friend killed the woman because he “thought it would be funny.”

However the evidence that’s been released mostly points to Anderson acting alone.

After a bloodied towel – with Anderson’s name inked on it and Olson’s smashed cell phone wrapped inside – was found in a nearby Savage park, authorities picked up Anderson from his job fueling airplanes at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. His phone number was the last one called on Olson’s phone.

Minnesota does not have the death penalty as much as this scumbag deserves it.

elaborate craigslist robbery

Craigslist sale ends in Fremont robberies:

An elaborate robbery scheme involving craigslist took place on Wednesday in Fremont, California.

The man told police that he saw a Sony Vaio laptop computer for sale on Craigslist and agreed to meet the sellers in Ardenwood to purchase the item.

When he arrived, the sellers showed him the computer. But just seconds into the transaction, a stranger appeared from the complex, asked what was in the bag, then demanded the computer while displaying the handle of a silver gun that was tucked in his waistband, the San Jose man told police.

The robber also demanded cash from the San Jose man, but fled when the victim said he had none.

Moments later, the sellers of the computer confronted the San Jose man and demanded the $1,400 in cash, which was how much the laptop was supposed to cost.

The sellers then rifled through the victim’s front pockets, took his wallet — which contained no cash — his cell phone and car keys, which they used to unlock his car and steal other items, Veteran said. The man had hidden the cash in a back pocket, police said.

After the sellers ran off, the San Jose man reported the incident to police. He told officers the whole thing may have been a setup.

The anonymity of craigslist continues to breed more criminals.

More on Tiffany Hecker

Thanks to Crime, Interrupted, which is a blog about crime in the Four Corners areas of the country, we have the Google cache of Tiffany Hecker’s most recent MySpace before she deleted it.

Scam immigration marriage on craigslist

Craigslist Marriage Scheme Busted:

The Smoking Gun has a nice little post about 25-year-old Yuliya Kalinina. Kalinina was arrested for marrying 30-year-old Benjamin Adams just to stay in the country. She advertised the proposed scam marriage on craigslist.

According to a criminal complaint unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Kalinina’s various Craigslist posts sought a “business marriage” or “Green Card Marriage” in return for a total of $15,000. The proposed union, Kalinina noted, was a “strictly platonic business offer, sex not involved.”

Adams was arrested as well for taking part in the scam. Both are facing a max of five years in federal prison.

This week on America’s Most Wanted

Eric Rosenstrom: Eric Rosenstrom likes to write murder mysteries, but police say the fatal shooting of a hotel owner on August 16, 2001 is no whodunit — they believe Rosenstrom is the perp. But with his vast knowledge of law enforcement, he could be tough to catch.

[url]http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=35780[/url]

Unknown Sean Taylor Killer: Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, 24, was shot in the upper leg during a home invasion early Monday morning and passed away early Tuesday after losing a significant amount of blood from a damaged artery. A suspect still has not been named in the shooting.

[url]http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=51047[/url]

Unknown “Baby Grace” Killer: Cops in Galveston County are waiting for DNA results to confirm that 2-year-old Riley Ann Sawyers is the young girl they’ve lovingly referred to as Baby Grace. Cops have charged Riley’s mother, 19-year-old Kimberly Dawn Treno, and 24-year-old Royce Clyde Zeigler with injury to a child and tampering with physical evidence. In the meantime, cops are still looking into dozens of leads related to young girls who haven’t been accounted for.

[url]http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=50342[/url]

Madeleine McCann: Possible new evidence in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann breathed new life into the toddler’s case this month when a bag of clothing was found just an hour away from the holiday villa where Madeleine vanished. Despite so much time having passed since she went missing, Madeleine’s parents remain optimistic.

[url]http://www.amw.com/missing_children/brief.cfm?id=45127[/url]

Tanya Diane Brown: Cops say when Tanya Diane Brown learned it was likely she would lose custody of her children, she packed all their bags and vanished in March 2005. Weeks later, when police arrived at a motel in San Ysidro, Calif., they found evidence proving they had just missed Brown and her young kids. Among the personal items left behind, authorities found a journal written by Brown’s oldest daughter, Tori, describing her desperation and fear of being forced into a life of hiding.

[url]http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=47392[/url]

Jenny Liang: Hot tempered Jenny Liang has a violent history with the men in her life. According to Las Vegas police her jealousy boiled over to murder when she shot her wealthy boyfriend in the head. Liang skipped to Hong Kong, but now cops believe she may be back in Nevada.

[url]http://www.amw.com/fugitives/brief.cfm?id=25428[/url]

Latasha Norman: Stanley Cole, 23, was charged with hitting 20-year-old Latasha Norman this past October. Seven days after Latasha went missing, her body has been found and Cole was arrested for something much more sinister: he has been charged with murder.

[url]http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/brief.cfm?id=50994[/url]

Kyle Fleischmann Missing: Family, friends, and classmates of Kyle Fleischmann started a page on the popular social networking website Facebook to connect with each other and spread news of the missing 24-year-old. Now, the group has over 60,000 members and is still growing exponentially. Not only has the group become a useful way to swap updates, it has brought further media attention to the missing man’s story.

[url]http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/brief.cfm?id=50773[/url]

Colin Jackson: Six-year-old Colin Jackson was supposed to visit his non-custodial father on August 27, 2007. But what was supposed to be a short visit soon turned into a disappearing act. Thanks to some astute librarians and some help from AMW.com, Colin and his father were found safe in a tiny western North Carolina town.

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You’re being tased for two you know

FBI Investigates After Officer Uses Taser On Pregnant Woman:

A Trotwood, Ohio police officer is being investigated by the FBI after he tased a pregnant woman in the neck. But it’s not like the officer went out looking to tase a pregnant woman and it’s not like this woman is mother of the year.

Trotwood Public Safety Director Michael Etter said the incident happened on Nov. 18. He said the woman arrived at the police department asking to give up custody of her 1-year-old son.

Etter said his officer spoke with the woman as she held on to the child outside the police department.

“(He) attempted to obtain information on both the mother and the child, at which time the mother refused to give any information and became very agitated,” Etter said.

Surveillance video from the police department shows the woman try to leave with the child. The officer then grabs her coat in an effort to get her to stop. Etter said the officer was doing what he thought was in the best interest of the 1-year-old boy.

The video shows the woman struggle with the officer, who then takes the child from her and gives the boy to another officer. The first officer then forces the woman down on her stomach, and he then deploys a Taser on her neck.

Etter said the officer did not know the woman was pregnant.

“She did not disclose, even after she was arrested, that she was pregnant,” Etter said. He said the woman was wearing a large winter coat and had her child on her lap when she was talking to the officer.

As much as some pople like to think they do police officers can neither read minds nor do they have x-ray vision.

And since this ‘mother’ seems like she’s abandoning her first born I doubt she really cares about her unborn child.

Tacoma craigslist harassment

‘I just didn’t expect this kind of violation’:

Harassment is stating to become such a regular theme with craigslist that I may have to give it its own category.

This time it’s a woman from Tacoma, Washington who is feeling the wrath of an ex-employee that she fired. The harrasor (is that a word?) took the usual route of posting a pic of the harassee on craigslist along with several phone numbers advertising what can be called “a good time”.

The calls to her work phone and a strange man’s voice telling her, “hope you’re having a good day and look forward to hearing back from you.” And the calls to her work phone: “I just replied to your e-mail and uhhhhh, calling this number…” and messages via e-mail.

And then, strangers started calling her personal cell phone and home phone. “At that point,” said Ann, “it became personal.”

Ann and her husband discovered the men were responding to an ad on the Craigslist Web site. It said she was a single female looking for sex with a couple. The ad even included Ann’s photograph taken from her company website.

A friend of mine and his wife used to have a phone number that was one digit off from one of these ads. After a while instead of telling people they got the wrong number they just started messing with the people calling. You need to not freak out over these things. What I would have done in this situation is since I know who placed the ad I would tell the men calling to meet me at the following address. Then I would give the address of the ex-employee who placed the ad. Problem solved.

Craigslist, helping people gain revenge since 1995.