Weird News 6/26/16
Weird news of the week.
An Ohio man sentenced to 40 years for robbery, as well as a slew of other charges, decided to throw his urine and feces in court after hearing the news.
“Did you just give me 40 years, sir?” Ricky Hand can be heard asking Judge Richard O’Neill after the harsh sentence was laid down. He uttered, “You just gave me 40 years. Well, guess what?” before reaching into an arm sling to retrieve pill bottles filled with the rancid mixture, according to WWLP.
Investigators say the liquids hit his lawyer and four deputies. Though courtroom officials were able to quickly restrain the 46-year-old, prosecutors say he is facing an additional four to six years for the outburst, WHIO reports. Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly claims Hand entered court with four pill bottles on him.
“If we would have followed our procedures and policies this would not have happened,” Kelly says. He explains that Hand should have been checked before entering the courtroom. In light of the incident, the Dayton Daily News reports the sheriff has launched a probe into the incident. Court records suggest that Hand talked about bringing poop into court, explaining why there were extra cops present on the day in question.
Looking at 52 years behind bars, the Springfield man was indicted on 30 charges, including robbery, breaking and entering, safe-cracking, and aggravated abduction. However, he ultimately pleaded guilty to seven of those charges, the New York Daily News reports. Kelly says Hand was upset because he believed he would serve 23 years under the deal.
“He was armed with a very serious weapon — feces are a weapon,” Kelly insisted. “But he could have also had a pencil or another device and very seriously injured an attorney.”
A Florida woman reportedly shot a naked man — covered in poop — who broke into her house.
Captain Brian Spivey of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office told the Ocala Star Banner that the woman was alone in her Ocala home when she refused to let the perpetrator inside. When the man kicked down the door, forcing his way in, she hid and shot him in the stomach with her .22 caliber handgun.
The suspect, who the Associated Press identified as Victor Alex Etherington, was transferred to the intensive care unit where he underwent surgery. He is reportedly in stable condition.
The 54-year-old homeowner told investigators that she barricaded herself in the bedroom when Etherington broke in. He then removed his soiled shorts and was shot when he attempted to get into the closet, according to WFTV.
Police found the wounded 27-year-old naked and hiding behind the bedroom door. “We don’t know what his plans or motivation were,” Spivey commented.
Authorities told the station they believe Etherington was intoxicated and previously lived in the home for 12 years. Criminal charges are currently pending.
A San Diego high school cheerleader is facing two felony counts of being an accessory after the fact stemming from the murder of a homeless man, the Los Angeles Times reports. The suspect is seen wearing black jail clothes and breaking down in tears in front of cameras.
Investigators said they arrested Hailey Suder during a traffic stop after searching for the 18-year-old in connection to the death of 50-year-old George Lowery. Brothers Preston Mostrong, 19, and Austin Mostrong, 20, were previously arrested and charged with murder and torture. Both men have plead not guilty. It’s unclear which brother Suder was dating. Prosecutors said that while they do not have evidence that Suder actually participated in the murder, they do believe she was present and that she assisted the brothers in some way.
Lowery was beaten, specifically kicked and punched, to death. Lowery’s wife discovered her husband’s nearly lifeless body and a passerby in the area called 911 after hearing the victim’s wife’s screams.
A GoFundMe page set up by Lowery’s daughter, Kate Torres, explained the tragedy: “My mother Penny found her husband of 25 years brutally beaten, bloody, tied up, face down and unconscious. Covered up to die. When the ambulances arrived they preformed life saving measures he was taken to the hospital in critical condition and was told there was no hope for him surviving. later pronounced brain dead.” She said her father suffered a stroke and two hemorrhages as a result of the beating.
Lowery was transported to the hospital where he died four days later. Lowery’s daughter added, “My father was a generous man. Although he did not have much he was always giving. Anyone he came across loved his personality and he was always talking to people. Anyone he saw that needed help or just needed a smile he’d be there lifting your spirits. If someone was in need he would do what he could to help, no matter how hard the task. If he came across good fortune, he shared it. His whole life revolved around his wife Penny. Working and doing any handy work he could to provide for him and his wife and family.”According to the New York Daily News, when Torres learned Suder was able to post bond and released, she took to her Facebook page with this message: “Keep a look out, just hope she doesn’t watch and assist another murder… It could be your dad.”
The Mostrong brothers are currently being held on a $3 million bond. Reports sayAustin Mostrong pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for another attack on a homeless man before.
Howard Sparber was arrested earlier this week for allegedly shooting up the home of a woman who had repeatedly rejected him. Sparber, 69, had allegedly been harassing the woman since November 2015 with sexual propositions. At one point, reports say, Sparber had pointed his gun at her and put her in fear for her life. The unidentified woman had taken what steps she could to avoid Sparber as he repeatedly lurked around her home in attempt to contact her.
Earlier this week, he allegedly went to the woman’s home in Village of Hadley and attempted to gain entry. Discovering that nobody was home, he allegedly pulled out a firearm – identified as a Sig Sauer 9mm semi-automatic handgun – and fired a total of 33 rounds into the front door. When neighbors heard the gunshots, they immediately went to investigate and confronted Sparber at the scene. Police arrived to find Sparber very intoxicated, and in possession of the handgun and two empty magazines, one with a capacity for 15 rounds, the other 20. He surrendered without incident. An estimated $3,000 in damage was done to the woman’s home.
Sparber remains in the Sumter County Detention Center on charges of aggravated stalking, armed burglary, shooting into a dwelling, and criminal mischief. He is being held without bail.
Chillicothe, Ohio, is a family-oriented community of about 25,000 people,approximately 50 miles south of Columbus. It has endured six cases of women reported missing since May 2014, which is astonishing for a town of that size. And even worse, four of the missing women, all in their 20s or 30s, have been found dead. Three of them — Tiffany Sayre, Tameka Lynch, and Shasta Himelrick — have been found in or near bodies of water, and one, Timberly Claytor, was found shot to death. Two women,Charlotte Trego and Wanda Lemons, remain missing.
The cases are all still unsolved, although there is a suspect, Jason McCrary, for the murder of Claytor, but he has not been connected to any of the other victims at this time.
It’s been established that the women had known each other in life. Despite any other differences among them, many of the victims shared an involvement with prostitution and heroin. Because of the lifestyles the women led, families say it’s been tough to get the police to take their cases seriously.
Ross County is plagued with an opiate problem, and addiction is what leads some to sex work to raise money to support their habits. At least one of the victims, Tiffany Sayre, had been determined to kick the drugs and had been on the waiting list of a rehab facility when she disappeared.
Julie Oates, chairperson for the Ross County Coalition in Human Trafficking and a counselor and forensic interviewer, is convinced that human trafficking is the cause of the fates of these women. She defines “human trafficking” as “the victimization, exploitation of somebody for financial gain and/or other forms of gain.”Of the trafficking situation in southern Ohio, Oates says, “What we are finding in this area, the drug use is huge. The trading with the drugs, and the money that is obtained from the drugs, is astronomical. It’s amazing. And so, what’s happening is you may have somebody who is getting girls addicted and using that addiction to keep them in the life.”
Many in the town think that this is a case of women who live a high-risk lifestyle meeting a bad end because of the crowds they ran with, but authorities have said that a serial killer targeting the women of Chillicothe has not been ruled out.
Oates acknowledges that the lifestyle of the victims has affected the investigation, but emphasizes that the women are not to blame for what was done to them. “Unfortunately, some still believe that … many of these women, because they’ve had lives of addictions, arrest charges, etc. … that these women got what they deserved, that if they weren’t hanging out with who they were hanging out with or doing the things that they were doing, that they wouldn’t be in this situation. Unfortunately, anybody can be in this situation. It’s not just people who do bad things. We have many victims who are from amazing families, and their families have victimized them…. So, anybody can become a victim, no matter what happens.”
It’s important to remember that even if the victims had drug addictions, whether they were driven to sex work to support their drug habits or forced into it by others, or were sex workers by choice, that they are not defined by their actions. “We’re going to have victims who are thought of as objects, and they’re not seen for the real person as they are. Bad things happen to really good people and that’s what’s going on in this case. There are really good people who are a product of their environment … And that’s what’s happening with … human trafficking.”
Because of the nature of Oates’ job, and other agencies that she has worked for, she knew the victims. She acknowledges that in many cases, the women had actually made some pretty bad life decisions. But, as she points out, “We’ve all made bad choices. And I really hope that [on] the days I made my bad choices, that bad things don’t happen and that’s what I’m remembered for.”
She knows that the women were daughters, sisters, and mothers, and many of them were struggling to deal with difficult circumstances. “We have to look at the women as individuals … I don’t know if many of us would have been strong enough to endure like they did,” she says. “They had a lot of problems, a lot of them did. At times they were working really hard to get past those problems, but they were also in situations that were really devastating that I don’t know who could survive and come out without some wrinkles and some trauma.”
She states definitively, “I believe that these are human-trafficking cases and I believe that these are girls who have been killed or given large amounts [of drugs] or forced to kill themselves – because of the life – because of human trafficking.”
She argues that in a way, it would be easier for the community to deal with having a serial killer among them than the truth of the issue of ingrained human trafficking. If it’s one serial killer, who is captured and imprisoned, then the town can rest easy, feeling as if the streets are safe. But if what is going on is an endemic, systemic culture of trafficking, then putting away a pimp or two, arresting a john or a sex worker, or busting up one organization, is not going to make the ongoing issue go away. Oates remarks that if a serial killer were found to be to blame, “then, you don’t have to look inward at the community and see all the negativity that really is there and accept the fact that we permitted this to go on.”
She points out that the reality of who in the community is paying for sex is also difficult for people to believe. “You know, we have people who are purchasing sex who are community leaders, who are in the churches, who are in the schools, who are in the community functioning,” she says. “Who wants to accept that the people that we think have great assets are the ones who are victimizing women?”
Oates feels that the Chillicothe human-trafficking issue is not a new one, and knows that the town authorities have a lot of hard work ahead of them to keep the people of the town safe.
“Tiffany Sayre is not the last body that we will find in Chillicothe, who have been human trafficked and/or killed because of this. We will have more – numerous more,” Oates states.“I don’t think these were the first six, either. I think we’ve had this a lot longer and we’re just starting to identify them because we’ve had so many. This has been going on a long time.”
If you have any information that could help, call the task-force hotline at 740-774-FIND (3463) or email findme@RossSheriff.com. You can also find more information on theRoss County Coalition to End Human Trafficking Facebook page.
Tennessee police are seeking a woman they believe boosted a stripper pole worth almost $350 from a Memphis sex toy store.
Though a spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office told the New York Daily News that they’ve received “several tips” which they are “working on,” and a recent Facebook update indicates they’ve identified the suspect, the thief is still on the run. Surveillance footage from Christal’s shows the suspect wearing a T-shirt and jean shorts at the time of the heist.
They have not named the suspect in question, but if you recognize her and know where she is, or happen to spot a woman who likes like her wandering around with a stripper pole in her arms, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
A Massachusetts woman is recovering after she was kidnapped, stripped naked, raped, brutally assaulted, and then fighting for her life to survive. The alleged rapist has since been arrested and was seen this week in court hiding his face with his shirt.
The New York Daily News said Keyvin Gil, 27, is facing 13 criminal charges and was arraigned Monday afternoon. According to a police report, the victim – whose identity is being protected – vowed, “I’m not dying today. I’m going to see my daughters,” before escaping from her attacker and running through a local town naked, looking for safety. She was found bound, burned and beaten.
According to WCVB, on Friday afternoon, police were sent to investigate a woman seen running naked in Lawrence, Massachusetts. By the time authorities found the victim, she was wearing a sweater given to her by a Good Samaritan and was surrounded by a crowd that had reportedly gathered to see what was going on. The report said her feet were bare, there were ligature marks on her ankles and wrists, and her face was dirty. It is believed she may have been tied with a clothes line.
KMOV.comWhen asked what happened, according to police documents, she said her boyfriend,“Ghetto,” tried to kill her. First, earlier in the week, she said he pulled out a gun and began to use the weapon to “violate” her body. Two days later, his alleged turned deadly.
“Ghetto” was later identified as Keyvin Gil, and police not only had to use a stun gun on him, but he was also bitten by a K-9 police dog. Apparently, the victim and the suspect had dated for about a year; the motive for the attack may have been because Gil claimed the victim smoked his marijuana. The victim reportedly told authorities the relationship had been violent in the past, but she had hoped Gil would change his alleged violent ways.According to police documents, “Gil told (her) that he was going to wait for her daughters to be dropped off at the house so that she could say goodbye to them before he killed her.”
After the alleged assault, the suspect fell asleep and the victim made a run for it. That’s when she was rescued, but not before being turned away by one store. The suspect is being held without bail on a number of charges, including rape and kidnapping. It’s unclear if he’s retained an attorney. The victim also told authorities that all of the bullets except for one were taken out of the gun, and the suspect was reportedly joking about her luck.
According to the Eagle Tribune, when a judge asked if Gil understood he could not contact the victim, he answered through the T-shirt pulled over his head, “Yes, your honor.”