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'Dog the Bounty Hunter' shot at


Police in Colorado say shots were fired at TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and a bail bondsman when they tried to apprehend a man whose bail was revoked on an attempted murder charge.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 12:35 PM on April 22, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Casino cooperating in Craigslist suspect probe

Police are investigating Philip Markoff's gambling habits to gain evidence that he may have been seeking money to pay gambling debts.

New allegations: Markoff's former medical school lab partner at Boston University said she is not surprised that he's a suspect in the case because he had profound mood swings and often appeared "disturbed."

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:17 AM on April 22, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Family murder-suicides on the rise

Several similar high-profile family murder-suicides in recent months have been tied to families' economic woes. Neighbors and friends grasp for answers when entire households around them are suddenly wiped out.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 11:04 AM on April 22, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Boston medical student in court


Boston University medical student Philip Markoff stands during his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in Boston. Markoff has been ordered held without bail on charges that he fatally shot a masseuse he had lured to his hotel through Craigslist. (AP Photo/Mark Garfinkel, Pool)

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:04 PM on April 21, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Cops: Exotic dancer blitzed by rival with stiletto

Ohio police say a 52-year-old woman was attacked on her first day as an exotic dancer by a jealous co-worker wielding a stiletto heel.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:36 AM on April 21, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Accused Craigslist killer's fiancee: He's innocent

Philip Markoff, 22, was arrested in connection with the death of a woman last week who advertised massage services on Craigslist.

In an e-mail to ABC's "Good Morning America, Megan McAllister said Markoff "could not hurt a fly." She called him "a beautiful person inside and out," according to the message read on the air Tuesday.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:34 AM on April 21, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

New laws treat teen prostitutes as victims


FILE PHOTO: A mother and her teenage daughter stand in the doorway of their home in 1998. The daughter was a victim of a child protitution racket in LIttle Havana.

Courts and law enforcement are increasingly treating young prostitutes as child abuse victims - and their pimps as human traffickers.

The institutional shift is focusing on rescuing girls and punishing their abusers.

In most cases, the teens, often sexually abused, lured into prostitution by "boyfriends" who shower them with the loving attention they lack at home. Gifts and outings, though, turn into violence and emotional manipulation.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 02:53 PM on April 18, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Man jailed for dodging child support for 14 kids

Man who fathered 14 children with different women owes more than $530,000 in unpaid child support. The man said he thinks he fathered only three of the children.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 03:29 PM on April 11, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

'Bad Cops' blogger arrested

Police are after the Bad Phoenix Cops blogger. Officers went to his home seizing computers, electronic records and storage devices. The search warrant said he is suspected of felony computer tampering and misdemeanor property theft.

The Citizen Media Law reports 10 police officers handcuffed the blogger's girlfriend for three hours while they conducted the raid. 

Police say the blogger's vendetta began after his ex-wife alleged he had stalked and harassed her, videotaped her at home and at the children's schools and told their children, "Mommy is going to die soon." Here is the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 08:29 AM on April 10, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Officer gets DUI en route to son's school

BRBON_ANC1 Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' top cop said he had a few drinks before driving his vehicle to pick up his son from school. 

Col. Alvis Darrell Liford's admission came after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper found a bottle of Ancient Age whiskey in his car.

Miami Herald Staff Marc Caputo has the story.

Posted by Andrea Torres at 01:04 PM on April 9, 2009 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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