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September 14, 2008

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Woman Drives Cadillac Into Store To Get Six Pack

July 1, 2008

74-year-old Lynne Rice of Norwalk drove her 1988 Cadillac into Joe’s Food Mart and Video then tried to buy a six-pack of Budweiser, according to police and the owner of the shop. The car plowed about halfway through the store but nobody was injured. Rice got out of the car, walked over to the cooler and pulled out a six-pack of Budweiser beer.

“I don’t know how she managed to walk,” the store ownder,Awada said. He added that a cashier declined the sale and instead called police. Rice was then taken to a hospital for examination because she had a pre-existing medical condition, according to police.

Later, she was also arrested for investigation of misdemeanor driving under the influence and released on $15,000 bail. Awada said the crash destroyed two 6-foot-wide glass panels. Damage was estimated to be approximately $8,000.

(The above photo is NOT from the scene)

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Busted in Mineola: Feeding Kids Pills and Forcing Sex Shows

June 22, 2008

In the windowless front rooms of a former day care center in a tiny Texas community, children as young as 5 were fed powerful painkillers they knew as “silly pills” and forced to perform sex shows for a crowd of adults.
Two people have already been convicted in the case. Now a third person with ties to the club, previously known in town only as a swingers group, is set to go on trial Monday not far from Mineola, population 5,100.

“This really shook this town,” said Shirley Chadwick, a longtime resident of Mineola. “This was horrible.”

Patrick Kelly, 41, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, tampering with physical evidence and engaging in organized criminal activity.

In all, six adults have been charged in connection with the case, including a parent of the three siblings involved.

Jurors this year deliberated less than five minutes before returning guilty verdicts against the first two defendants, who were accused of grooming the kids for sex shows in “kindergarten” classes and passing off Vicodin as “silly pills” to help the children perform.

Jamie Pittman and Shauntel Mayo were sentenced to life in prison. Kelly also faces a life sentence if convicted, and Smith County prosecutors hope for another swift verdict.

Thad Davidson, Kelly’s attorney, said his client passed a lie-detector test proving his innocence and worries about getting a fair trial in Tyler, 25 miles southeast of Mineola, which is in Wood County.

“I think it’s impossible to get a fair trial within 80 miles of Smith County,” Davidson said.

Mineola, about 80 miles east of Dallas, is a close-knit, conservative bean-processing town of with more than 30 churches. Residents there want to put the scandal behind them as quickly as possible.

The one-story building where prosecutors say four children – the three siblings, now ages 12, 10 and 7, and their 10-year-old aunt – were trained to perform in front of an audience of 50 to 100 once a week has been vacant since the landlord ousted the alleged organizers in 2004.

Down a slight hill is a retirement home, and even closer is the office of the local newspaper. Doris Newman, editor of The Mineola Monitor, said rumors of swinger parties spread around town but that no one mentioned children being involved.

Newman, who can see the building from her office window, said she remembers the parking lot filling up with more than a dozen cars at night.

In August 2004, an editorial under the headline “Sex In the City” opined that if the swingers left quietly, “we’ll try and forget they’ve infiltrated our town with their set of moral standards.”

“It’s not that we’re trying to look the other way,” Newman said. “But there’s a lot more to Mineola than that.”

According to a Mineola police report, the department first investigated a complaint in June 2005 in which the siblings’ foster mother said one of the girls described dancing toward men and another child saying that “everybody does nasty stuff in there.”

In the second trial, Child Protective Services caseworker Kristi Hachtel testified, “I’ve seen a lot and I never in my wildest dreams imagined this. They were preyed upon in probably one of the most heinous ways possible.”

The children are now doing better, the welfare agency said.

“Through counseling and therapy sessions, these children are now finally feeling secure and safe,” agency spokeswoman Shari Pulliam wrote in an e-mail.

Permanent custody of the three siblings was given to John and Margie Cantrell. This week, prosecutors in California charged John Cantrell with sexually assaulting a child in the state 18 years ago. Margie Cantrell said her husband is innocent.

Kelly’s attorney moved Friday asking to postpone the trial in light of the allegations against Cantrell, a state witness. Texas Child Protective Services said it would be “common” for the agency to investigate.

The Rev. Tim Letsch is opening a church in the yellow-plastered building where the children were abused. He acknowledges that building a congregation might be difficult because of the stigma attached to the property.

“You got to decide whether you’re willing to forgive those kind of things,” Letsch said. “It’s a hard deal. Especially for a spiritual person to walk in and say, ‘This happened here.'”

Origally posted @ AssociatedPress.com

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Muslim Polygamist Convicted of Abusing Children and Wives

June 12, 2008

A Riverside County jury found polygamist, Mansa Musa Muhummed, guilty on 25 counts, including torturing seven of the children, abusing 12 of them and falsely imprisoning the wives. Muhummed could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Muhummed, who was born Richard Boddie, told authorities that being Muslim gave him the right to be polygamist. In 1999, after one of his wives, Laura Cowan, slipped a 13-page letter to a postal service worker describing the abuse, he was arrested. His trial started last month after nine years of persistent legal issues, such as changing lawyers four times (which includes representing himself for more than two years).

In the course of the trial, several of his children and stepchildren took the stand, testifying that they had been beaten, starved, strung up by their feet and forced to eat vomit and feces. Muhummed testified in his own defense, sometimes tearful, denying the charges and blaming one of his wives for the alleged abuse.

Justice is served.

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Master Swindler Samuel Israel’s Car Found With Cryptic Message

June 10, 2008


A car abandoned that is registered to a hedge-fund swindler who was supposed to report to federal prison was found on the Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River, near West Point and about 40 miles north of New York City. On its hood, etched into the dust and pollen, were the words “Suicide is Painless,” the name of the theme of the classic “MASH” television show. The song was sung during the original movie. The car, a 2006 GMC Envoy, was registered to Samuel Israel III of Armonk.

Investigator Bruce Cuccia said suicide has not been established, no corpse has been found and no one saw a suicide jump. As a result, the FBI has joined the investigation and a search is under way.

No other note was found, Cuccia said. The police have not been able to reach Israel, in part due to the fact that no home telephone number was listed for him.

Israel had been sentenced in April to 20 years in federal prison for illegally getting investors to put more than $450 million into now-collapsed hedge funds and was ordered to pay back $300 million to his victim-investors.

Judge Colleen McMahon called him the mastermind of the scheme and said the prison term was meant to show that “people who commit crimes while wearing a tie do not get a break”, and set Monday as the deadline for Israel to surrender at the federal prison in Ayer, Mass at 2 p.m. State police aircraft and boats from the Westchester and Rockland county police searched the Hudson River and the boats resumed the search Tuesday morning. No sign of him so far.

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Hulk Hogan’s Son Wants Out of Solitary Confinement

June 3, 2008


Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick Bollea, is serving eight months in jail after pleading no contest to causing a crash that seriously injured his friend. Because he’s too young to join the jail’s general population, he is being held in solitary confinement at the Pinellas County Jail’s medical ward.

His lawyers said in a motion filed Friday that the situation is giving him “unbearable anxiety”, which he says results from spending up to 17 hours a day alone in his cell without access to amenities like educational programs.

They asked a judge to consider alternatives like releasing him with ankle monitoring until his 18th birthday or moving him to the jail’s minimum-security section. For once, it sounds like a celebrity advantage is not being used. This is a reasonable claim and should be addressed fairly by the courts. It is about his age.

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Teen Pimps Busted For Teen Prostituting

May 30, 2008


Three teenagers, two 17 and one 16, who were accused of forcing girls as young as 12 into prostitution have reached plea agreements and been sentenced to a juvenile detention center. The agreement will keep them in detention no longer than their 19th birthdays. In exchange for their pleading guilty, prosecutors dropped other charges, including human trafficking. Charges against others allegedly involved in the ring are pending in adult court.

The prostitution ring was discovered in August after a woman was caught offering men sex with a 14-year-old girl for $50. The teenagers were arrested in January after they had taken the girl to a convenience store to have sex with the owner, a regular customer of the ring, according to police. The teen pimps are suspected members of the Varrio Central gang. Court documents suggest the teens that pleaded guilty befriended runaways and other girls with unstable homes. They would take the girls to regular customers or finding new ones by walking through apartment complexes.
Furthering the graveness of the crimes, the gang members beat and sexually assaulted them and threatened their families if the girls refused to have sex for money, police said. One of the girl’s mother said, “These girls have to live with what happened for the rest of their lives,” said the mother, who was not named to conceal the identity of her daughter. “These boys aren’t going to serve much time. I don’t think that after a year and half, they’ll be ready to get back into society.”

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