Weird news of the week 5/08/16
Weird news of the week. Enjoy.
An Ohio police department took to social media to beg that people stop calling an accused drug dealer’s phone while it’s in evidence. According to WPTV, Steve Notman was arrested for allegedly selling crystal meth out of his Alliance, OH, home on May 3 and has been in custody ever since. While confiscating a suspect’s phone is standard procedure, the City of Alliance Police Department didn’t expect to be bombarded by Notman’s “business contacts” while they continued their investigation. Notman’s“business contacts,” meanwhile, probably didn’t expect the police to be reading their texts requesting drugs.
Hoping to solve the problem for both sides, the department posted the following hilarious message on their Facebook page:
PLEASE STOP CALLING Steve Notman’s cell phone. He was arrested tonight by SIU detectives….again…. for ALLEGEDLY (on video) selling crystal meth here in Alliance. We have his phone and are trying to read all your texts requesting drugs and going through all of his contacts (with his permission) but you keep calling and texting and it’s really annoying. First of all, he is all out of drugs for tonight. Secondly you don’t need to call – we will come to you soon enough. Oh, and his ringtone is terrible! Thank you so much for your patience.
No word on what Notman’s ringtone is or why cops didn’t just mass reply with “New phone, who dis?”
The trial began in February, but it took the jury less than two days to find Lonnie David Franklin Jr. guilty of murdering 10 women in what has become known as the “Grim Sleeper” case.
Prosecutors used DNA evidence to link Franklin to the crime, including several instances where Franklin’s DNA was found in saliva on the victims’ breasts. While the prosecution admitted that the DNA evidence could be tedious to listen to, Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman reportedly took great pains to give jurors the best understanding possible. Meanwhile, while defense attorney Seymour Amster did not call Franklin to the stand to testify in his own defense, she did attempt to undermine the damning DNA evidence by suggesting to the jury that the DNA could have belonged to a younger relative of Franklin’s.
The prosecution’s case also featured compelling testimony from Enietra Washington, Franklin’s only surviving victim. Washington testified that she was coaxed into Franklin’s car, raped, shot in the chest, and later shoved from the moving car, as Franklin must have assumed she was dead. Washington testified that she remembered seeing a camera flash before she lost consciousness; police later found photos of Washington when searching Franklin’s home and garage.
Prosecutors described Franklin as a man who began stalking young black women during the crack epidemic of the 1980s. He earned the “Grim Sleeper” nickname because of the 14-year gap between killings in 1988 and 2002. Silverman described Franklin as “a serial killer hiding in plain sight” for over 30 years. As the verdicts were read, Franklin reportedly did not react, but the families of the victims who were in the courthouse quietly nodded and hugged each other as he was pronounced guilty on each count.
The penalty phase of the trial is expected to begin on May 11. Prosecutors have indicated that there will be evidence introduced then on other murders believed to be connected to the “Grim Sleeper,” but did not have enough evidence to be included as charges in this trial. Franklin could receive the death penalty for his crimes.
A major bombshell dropped in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal yesterday, as court documents from a related insurance coverage case involving Penn State University revealed a claim that football coach Joe Paterno knew about the allegations as early as 1976.
Paterno, who died in January 2012, had his once-illustrious reputation tarnished when it was revealed that he first learned of the child molestation allegations against Sandusky in the late ’90s. Sandusky was a member of Paterno’s coaching staff from 1969 to 1999, and after his retirement, Sandusky was allowed to continue using Penn State’s football facilities for his work with his children’s charity Second Mile. Sandusky was arrested in 2011 and convicted in 2012 for molesting 10 boys who were involved with Second Mile, including at least one incident in the football team’s locker room and showers.
Penn State’s independent Sandusky investigator Louis Freeh, and others, have alleged that from at least 1998 on, Paterno and three other high-level school officials, including PSU’s former President, were aware of the complaints against Sandusky and did not contact police. In 2001, a then-graduate assistant directly reported to Paterno that he had witnessed Sandusky abusing a boy in the school showers; Paterno brought the allegation to the attention of PSU’s athletic director and the vice president, and all three failed to report the incident to police. Freeh’s damning investigative report on the Sandusky case led to Paterno and other school officials being fired, though Paterno was never charged with a crime.
The claim that Paterno knew about the accusations against Sandusky way back in 1976 has come to light via a court order in the insurance case the university has pursued in hopes of getting reimbursed for the $60 million they’ve spent settling nearly 30 civil cases related to Sandusky’s abuse. The order includes a claim from one insurer that “in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky,” and also cites incidents in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children.
Paterno loyalists have continued to insist that the coach was not involved in any sort of coverup for Sandusky’s crimes and that he followed procedure when he learned of the allegations by reporting them to his superiors. They say this latest allegation that Paterno knew about Sandusky’s behavior as early as 1976 is utterly unfounded.
“An allegation now about an alleged event 40 years ago, as represented by a single line in a court document regarding an insurance issue, with no corroborating evidence, does not change the facts,” said Paterno family attorney Wick Sollers in a statement. “Joe Paterno did not, at any time, cover up conduct by Jerry Sandusky.”
Critics have maintained that, at best, Paterno did the bare minimum to help Sandusky’s victims. This latest allegation would suggest that Paterno may have turned a blind eye to the molestation allegations for almost the entirety of the time he and Sandusky worked together at Penn State.
The state of Indiana is leading the way to create a place for mothers to leave the infants they cannot or do not want to care for inside climate-controlled baby boxes. Monica Kelsey, who is not only a volunteer but the founder of a nonprofit organization called Safe Haven Baby Boxes, recently had two installed at firehouses in the Midwest.
“I was abandoned as an infant back in 1973, so I’ve always been very close to the safe haven law,” Kelsey told NBC News.
The climate-controlled box, resting on the side exterior wall of a fire station, is not only padded, but it allows air to circulate within the box. The news report said as soon as someone puts a baby inside, the hatch will lock and sensors will trigger. The box is able to send a signal to 911 instantaneously.
On the Safe Haven Baby Boxes website, in a video pre-produced by the foundation, Woodburn Chief of Police Randy Duhamell said, “A mother of a newborn child within 30 days can bring that child to a police station or a fire station and relinquish the child without any fear of prosecution, the problem with that is most of those locations are kind of intimidating to a young mother who doesn’t want to be identified.”
These new boxes are at two fire stations in Indiana and the goal is to hopefully have more installed and to create awareness about the law and the technology.
Just this week alone, according to NBC News, Kelsey said her organization received 95 calls in one day from women. Out of those 95, one led to a “safe surrender” in another state.
“These women, it’s not that they don’t love their child, they love their child, they go as far as they can, but they cannot do the face-to-face interaction,” Kelsey noted. ” Kelsey added, “…these mothers are trying to do the right thing, they are telling us they need more, but no one is listening.”
Kelsey said her project and this movement is taking off – the local Catholic group Knights of Columbus has pledged to purchase 100 baby boxes throughout the entire state. The cost is $200 per box, Kelsey told NBC.
Reports say all 50 states – including Washington, D.C. – have safe haven legislation.
Kelsey closed with, “The boxes are literally a last resort. They’re the last line of defense that we are going to give these women.” She added the babies are generally picked up within 3-5 minutes, the mothers will not be prosecuted and this is a win for everyone.
We know times are tough, but this is ridiculous. A man in Texas was busted for agreeing to pay $10,000 to take a young girl’s virginity, and a woman was arrested for attempting to sell the girl’s virginity in the first place.
Police in Frisco told reporters that the crime happened in December, but the girl only told her parents about it last month. The probable cause affidavit stated that the girl knew 33-year-old Adriana Aguilar, and on the date in question, Aguilar had asked the girl to go with her to Dallas to run some errands. The girl agreed to go with Aguilar, but instead of going to run errands, they went to an apartment where they met up with 32-year-old Cirino Santiago Delacruz.
Aguilar allegedly then told the girl about the deal. The girl stated that she was forced into a bedroom, and Delacruz began to make sexual advances. He reportedly kissed her and reached a hand up her shirt to her bare chest, all while she states she tried to fight him off. When he reportedly tried to remove her pants, she fought harder and was finally able to leave the room. According to reports, Delacruz allegedly paid Aguilar $100 for touching the girl. Aguilar reportedly tried to give half of the money to the girl, but she initially didn’t want it.
After Aguilar was arrested, she reportedly told police that the girl had actually accepted the $10,000 offer, and she wasn’t sure what had really happened in that bedroom. Aguilar told police that when the girl came out of the bedroom, she was quiet, but said she couldn’t go through with it and wanted to leave.
Police arrested Delacruz on indecency with a child and suspicion of trafficking. They also arrested Aguilar those charges, but an additional charge of promotion of prostitution of an underage child. The two remain in the Collin County Detention Center, and some outlets are reporting that Homeland Security has placed an immigration hold on them
A Florida lawyer has been disbarred for going WAY beyond the call of duty for her clients — by engaging in sexual activity during jail visitations, having phone sex with inmates and renting cars in exchange for drugs. According to the Florida Bar Association, Daytona Beach public defender Linda Dawn Hadad, 43, was disbarred from practicing law in the state because she “engaged in a pattern of misconduct that included illegal drug use and sexual relationships with clients.”
According to court documents cited by the New York Daily News, Hadad admitted to taking “Xanax, Adderall, oxycodone and Lortabs with no prescription and also used cocaine, crack, ecstasy, marijuana, meth and acid.” The documents also allege that Hadad once tried to make contact with a domestic violence victim on behalf of her client, who was barred by a no-contract order. While Hadad was allegedly, ahem, readily available for some of her clients in certain ways, the documents claim she came up short as a legal representative by missing or showing up late for at least five court appearances and neglecting many of her cases.
According to the NY Daily News, Hadad, who began practicing law in 2002, has been arrested five times since 2010 on charges such as driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and petty theft. The final straw for both the court system and the Florida Bar Association came in August 2015, when Hadad was arrested for fleeing from police when they tried to pull her over for expired tags. Hadad entered a no contest plea and was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to complete 90 days of in-patient rehab.
Talk about the neighbor from hell!
For two years, Tanya Saylor, her terminally ill husband, and their five children — one of whom has cancer — dealt with all sorts of racket coming from their neighbor’s York, Pennsylvania, home. Their two rowhouses shared a wall, and at all hours of the day or night, the Saylors were forced to listen to 25-year-old Amanda Marie Warfe allegedly play loud music, fight and, yes, have very loud sex. All of their efforts to get her to pipe down were ignored, met with resistance or only resulted in Warfe being even louder, until everything came to a head in a series of incidents in February and March, leading to Warfe’s arrest for disorderly conduct and harassment.
According to local news station KENS5, the charging documents detail two alleged incidents in particular:
On March 21, Warfel was “loudly fornicating and banging around her bedroom to the degree that the victims’ dresser and her own bed shook,” documents state. A family member knocked on the common wall, but Warfel yelled back and the noise became louder. …
On Feb. 28 around 11:15 p.m., Warfel made “racist comments” and ignored requests to turn down her music, according to charging documents. One of Saylor’s daughters, who was trying to sleep, again asked Warfel to turn the music down, and Warfel allegedly responded by using derogatory language. The daughter is black, documents state.
“She harassed my kids for two years,” Saylor said. “We let it go for two years. … I shouldn’t have let it go that long. I should have started calling the police a year ago.”
Saylor finally decided enough was enough when her 17-year-old daughter, who has cancer, had to be quarantined for 10 days in a room that shares a wall with Warfe’s home.
Much to the Saylors’ relief, following her arrest, Warfe decided to plead guilty in exchange for a lower charges and a shorter sentence. For the time being, all is quiet on the homefront — at least until Warfe is released in June.
A Texas teen with special needs who allegedly endured nearly a decade of sexual abuse was found dead with her throat slashed and her uterus removed.
Holli Jeffcoat was discovered in a partially-burned Idalou home in February, almost a week after she accused her stepfather of raping her. According to the New York Daily News, authorities say the culprit burned the dwelling to hide some gruesome details — one of which was the fact that the 18-year-old was 13 weeks pregnant.
But it’s not only the teen’s murder that’s unsettling. In late April, the teen’s mother was arrested for aggravated sexual assault as she not only allegedly knew of the ongoing abuse, but attempted to conceal it from family and friends. “Debi Holland was aware that Holli [Jeffcoat] was pregnant by James Holland prior to January 29 and instructed Holli not to tell anyone and thus aided James Holland in the continuing molestation of Holli,” the arrest warrant obtained by Everything Lubbock read.
The mother and step-father are the primary suspects in Holli’s murder. The Daily Newsreports that Holli had told school officials that James raped and impregnated her. Court documents detail how “she didn’t want to go home with dad because she didn’t want to have sex” and that James said he would abort the fetus with a coat hanger.
Debi’s mother and brother are shocked about these developments and about the possibility that she had a hand in her daughter’s abuse. The brother told Everything Lubbock that he was unaware of the teen’s pregnancy until after she was found dead.
“There’s still blood stains all over the room, especially in one spot in front of the doorway, that’s where most of it’s at and you wouldn’t even have to go in the room — you have to walk around it or if you walk on it you can feel the blood dried up under your feet,” Ronny Lemmond commented. He also mentioned that there was something he didn’t like about James, though he couldn’t put his finger on it. Debi’s mother claimed that her daughter didn’t allow visits to the home, even a week before Holli’s murder.
Debi Holland been held on a $500,000 bond, and James Holland is jailed on a $2 million bond.