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Police: Girl shot dad in back of head

Police say a 12-year-old suburban Houston girl fatally shot her father in the back of the head.

Officers found the father lying on his side in the master bedroom, shot once in the back of the head. A neighbor said there had been tension between the girl and her father. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:18 AM on April 30, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cold case squad solves old sex crimes

Learn more about the team who is helping to put the suspected Kendall rapist behind bars.

The Miami-Dade police department's cold case squad is dedicated to using advances in DNA technology to solve old sex crimes. The detectives have reviewed more than 600 cases. Within the past two years a third of the cases have been closed -- 23 by arrest. Miami Herald Staff Jennifer Lebovich has their story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 07:52 AM on April 30, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Longtime prosecutor retires

Read Miami Herald Staff A. Susannah Nesmith's story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 06:32 AM on April 30, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Mafia thrives in global financial meltdown

The crime syndicates are flush with billions of euros from extortion rackets, drug trafficking and booming sales in fake designer clothing made in China expressly for the Italian mob - an increasingly lucrative trade as hard-hit consumers search for bargains, prosecutors and police said in recent interviews.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 10:41 AM on April 25, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Police officers tasered naked man at music festival

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Police arrested a naked man having fun at the Coachella festival in California, and it wasn't pretty. 

Watch video of the naked man's arrest.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:22 PM on April 24, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Cops: Mom tries to sell son

3 Rebecca Sue Taylor, 19, is seen in a booking photo on Friday morning, after being accused of trying to sell her 5-month-old son.

The price: $10,000.

Taylor is being held at South Central Regional Jail on a felony charge of offering the purchase or sale of a child.

A criminal complaint states she was going to use the money for an apartment.

Listen to Detective Steve Cooper discuss the case.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:16 AM on April 24, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cops: Mom killed girl, faked kidnapping

Stacey Barker, 24, was not married and lived with her younger brother and parents. The family took turns to take care of their first and only grandchild. Here are some crime scene photos.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 09:21 AM on April 24, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Men charged with burning buttocks of boy

Untitled-1 Two men burned a six-year-old boy's buttocks several times.

Even more disturbing is police identified the men as the boy's father Gerald Hall, left, and uncle Glenn Hall, right.

Police said the blowtorch was the “main act of discipline used” on the boy, who is currently in protective custody.

It comes to no surprise, the father of the child was on parole after serving time in a 2003 drunken driving case.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:38 AM on April 24, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Judge may face charges over ties to stripper

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Criminal charges against a former Florida Judge are possible, after he admitted to having had a business relationship with stripper Christy Yamanaka.

Stringer told reporters he let her use his accounts because she had terrible credit but denied helping her hide money.

"Judge suggests to me to put the money into his account," said Yamanaka during a TV interview. "Due to his position nobody bothered him so it would be safe."

Allegations by the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which oversees judges in Florida, only get worse. Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:48 AM on April 23, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Drug lord said he sold drugs to help poor

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Once a powerful drug lord Diego Murillo portrayed himself as a Colombian Robin Hood in comments to the court before he was sentenced to 31 years and three months in prison. He said he sold drugs to raise money to help his people.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:13 PM on April 22, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

 
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