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Boy kills dad's pregnant fiancee

An 11-year-old boy used his youth-model shotgun to kill his soon-to-be stepmother, police said.

Kenzia Houk, 36, a mother of two girls, was eight months pregnant and was set to wed his dad. The boy was jealous, family members told the Pennsylvania, Daily News

Amd_child_murderer_vicThe boy shot Houk while she was in bed, and was able to catch his school bus on time after the murder.

His 8-year-old stepsister went to school with him. The 4-year-old remained in the house.

Police found Houk dead after the toddler ran out of the house crying, and men trimming trees nearby called 911.

The boy is facing two homicide charges.

Why in the world would a boy own a shotgun?

A Remington Youth Firearms advertising selling youth-model shotguns may help explain: "Young shooters are more likely to become stewards of the shooting sports if they start with a gun that fits properly."


The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center would probably advise parents not to push their kids to take up this sport. In an interview with juvenile offenders about how they acquired their first gun, 42 percent said a relative or an older friend had given it to them.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 05:34 PM on February 21, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Police find marijuana under manure and urine


Police called this a very messy operation.  

U.S. Customs officers in the Canadian border found $6 million worth of marijuana inside a cattle trailer.

The cows job in the illegal trafficking mission? To cover the goods with cow manure and urine.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:26 AM on February 21, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Girl gets mom arrested for smoking pot

Police arrested a 32-year-old woman after her 15-year-old daughter said her mother had been smoking marijuana.

Police found one gram of marijuana in their Nebraska home.

I can hear the teen say: Who is in trouble now? AP has the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:18 AM on February 21, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Reports: Arrest close in Chandra Levy slaying


Chandra Levy's parents say police told them an arrest is near, the Associated Press reports.

Let me refresh your memory: Levy was the 24-year-old who was romantically involved with Californian Democrat Gary Condit. His congressional career ended after her disappearance in 2001 outted their affair. 

Levy's remains were found in 2002. Although police never named Condit as a suspect, an air of suspicion remained.  Click here for more on this story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:06 AM on February 21, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Rapper T.I. talks to students at a court house

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Rapper T.I., whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., speaks to high school students about staying out of trouble in the chambers of the Georgia Supreme Court in Atlanta on Friday. The talk was part of 1,000 hours of community service he must complete as part of his guilty plea on federal firearms charges. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:57 PM on February 20, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Man falls to his death on Palmetto Expressway

IMG_8294 A 28-year-old man fell to his death from a traffic sign catwalk onto the Palmetto Expressway on Friday morning.

Enrique Vicente Olivera fell onto the southbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway near Bird Road before a truck hit him after midnight, police said.

"The driver of a Ford Ranger pickup truck struck what he thought was debris in the road," said Lt. Pat Santangelo, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman. "He stopped and realized it was a body."

Authorities found a spray can with silver paint next to Olivera's lifeless body.

7 The vandalized traffic signs above where police found the body, indicate the direction to Kendall, the neighborhood where Olivera resided.

Santangelo said graffiti vandals are known to climb onto the traffic sign structure by making their way on catwalks that connect the signs to other more accessible parts of the roadway.

Earlier this week, authorities removed large graffiti on damaged traffic signs on Interstate 95 in downtown Miami on Thursday and North Miami on Tuesday.   

Photo by Freelancer Raul Torres


Miami's graffiti community is in mourning. For years Olivera's pseudonym was Merk.


MiamiGraffiti.com-- R.I.P MERK (Late 1998-99)

Posted by Andrea Torres at 06:18 AM on February 20, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (40) | TrackBack (0)

Graffiti hits Interstate 95 signs again


It looks like Buk 50 may be at it again. Miami Herald Staff Tim Chapman took this picture on Thursday morning.

Their previous tag on Interstate 95 is costing the Florida Department of Transportation $46,000. The damage was so severe, the signs had to be replaced.

So what are these guys trying to say this time?

The sign on the left lists three local graffiti crews: Buk 50, MSG, and 28.

The sign on the right is tagged Edge, a graffiti writer who has posted about 49 pictures on MiamiGraffiti.com

Police are looking for the vandal. With budgets thinning, this clean up expense has some taxpayers rightfully upset.

A MiamiHerald.com user expressed an objection to references that include  "urban artists" and "designers" when referring to graffiti vandals.

The user even made a threatening observation:

"If your spray-paint tags graced your reporters' vehicles ... they'd have a clearer view of what's creative and what's criminal."
Let's hope they don't do that. These graffiti crews tend to tag on public property.
And after their graffiti is covered, their photos tend to live online. The MSG crew blog has some examples of what they are now calling "More Fitti Bombs."

Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:20 AM on February 19, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Police set explosion, $25,000 reward


Authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for stealing 250 pounds of highly-volatile explosives stolen last year from a locked container in Black Star Canyon.

The Orange County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives set off a sample explosion at the Sheriff Training Facility after making the announcement in Orange, Calif.   AP

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:26 AM on February 19, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Teen 'gangbanger' gets rapper's advice

S1_140x105Rapper T.I.'s attempt to clean up his act by helping troubled teens continues on MTV.

His latest project: Trey, a 15-year-old self-proclaimed gangbanger. 

"I have been trying to act hard," said Trey. "If I get shot, I still don't care."

Trey also said he hopes to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and father, who are both in prison.

"My brother was trying to save my momma's life," said Trey in tears. "My dad had put a knife to her throat."

Watch Trey's journey.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:07 PM on February 18, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Police use Facebook to get tips

Anonymous tips from Facebook users helped police catch three mischievous teens.

The teens are accused of breaking into a spa and causing about $1,000 in damages.  Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:25 PM on February 18, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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