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    Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, the 24-year-old gunman who today killed four U.S. Marines during a shooting spree in Tennessee, is pictured above in photos taken following his 2012 graduation from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

    The images were uploaded to the Facebook page of Abdulazeez’s mother Rasmia.

    Another photo from Rasmia’s page (seen below) shows her and her husband seated next to each other with their son standing in the background.

    Abdulazeez was shot to death today, though investigators have not revealed whether he was gunned down by law enforcement personnel or whether he took his own life after the attacks on a pair of military facilities in Chattanooga.

    A federal prosecutor called the shootings “an act of domestic terrorism."

    As seen below, in his high school yearbook, Abdulazeez included a quote attributed to Javed “Hijabman” Memon, a blogger who says that he started a web site to chronicle “my struggles as a first generation American Muslim of South Asian descent.” The quote--“My name causes national security alerts. What does yours do?”--has also appeared on t-shirts sold by “Hijabman.”

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    A hulking McDonald’s employee was arrested yesterday after allegedly urinating on his pregnant girlfriend during an argument in their Florida home.

    Christian Betts, 26, is locked up on a felony aggravated battery count following his bust by St. Petersburg cops.

    According to police, the 400-pound, 6’ 8” Betts was arguing with the victim--who is five months pregnant--when he “aimed his penis at her and urinated on her.” Betts then shoved the woman and left their apartment after gathering up some of his belongings.

    A criminal complaint does not disclose where in the couple's apartment the incident occurred.

    Seen in the above mug shot, Betts is scheduled this afternoon for a Circuit Court hearing during which a judge could set bail.

    7/16 UPDATE: Betts was released from jail late last night after posting $5000 bond.

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    Like most fellow Iowans, Crystal Knight was intoxicated at 2:45 AM Saturday.

    However, Knight, 26, made the mistake of haranguing cops who arrived to break up a physical altercation on a downtown Iowa City street. Knight, cops reported, “immediately began screaming at the top of her lungs and continued with abusive rhetoric. She showed signs of intoxication.”

    Still, police allowed Knight (seen above) to leave the scene.

    But Knight continued to scream obscenities as she walked away. As a result, she was subsequently arrested, prompting a new high-decibel attack.

    If Knight thought cops might give her a second second chance, she killed that possibility by telling one officer, “You bitch ass, broke ass, 21 Jump Street rookie ass punk.”

    The cop surely realized that Knight’s cutting pop culture cite was more a reference to Jonah Hill than Johnny Depp.

    Knight, whose rap sheet includes arrests for assault, theft, and driving while barred, was arrested for public intoxication.

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    A Florida woman is facing a domestic battery charge after allegedly using a dildo to batter her female domestic partner during a fight in the couple’s residence, police allege.

    The confrontation Saturday evening occurred while a St. Petersburg Police Department officer was inside the home of Annette Kielhurn, 57, and Gamze Capaner-Ridley.

    The cop was present to oversee Capaner-Ridley’s removal of personal belongings from the house, a move apparently prompted by Capaner-Ridley’s filing the prior day for a civil domestic violence injunction against Kielhurn.

    After the women tussled over possession of a dress, Officer Eric Blomgren directed Kielhurn not to touch the 47-year-old Capaner-Ridley. However, “Shortly afterwards the defendant intentionally shoved a ‘dildo’ in the victim’s face and grabbed her right arm while arguing whose it belonged to,” Blomgren reported.

    As a result, the cop arrested Kielhurn for domestic battery. An arrest affidavit does not indicate whether the dildo was seized as evidence.

    Seen above, Kielhurn--who has Capaner-Ridley’s first name tattooed on her chest--was booked into jail on the misdemeanor charge. She was released from custody after posting $500 bond. According to court records, Kielhurn was arrested in late-June for trespassing (and the case is pending).

    Kielhurn, a former New York State corrections officer, served about three years in prison for narcotics trafficking after a 1996 police search of her rental car turned up 25 kilos of cocaine in the vehicle’s trunk.

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    A young man who waved and danced with a Confederate flag inside a Walmart Saturday night threatened to shoot people inside the South Carolina store after employees escorted him from the business, police report.

    Workers told cops that the white suspect--who appeared to be about 18--entered the Spartanburg store around 6:45 PM “with a Confederate flag around his neck and shoulders. The male then began to wave and dance with his flag in the middle” of an aisle, according to an incident report.

    Walmart employees then approached the man and guided him to the exit. “While walking out the male stated that he would come back with a gun and shoot people inside of the store,” investigators noted.

    The suspect, who left the scene on a black moped, was wearing a white t-shirt, black shorts, orange hat, and cowboy boots with a camouflage pattern.

    In the wake of last month’s Charleston, South Carolina church massacre, Walmart ceased selling merchandise bearing the Confederate flag. Last Thursday, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a law that removed the battle flag from the South Carolina State House grounds.

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    A federal jury today convicted a gay porn star/escort of extorting $500,000 and a luxury car from a business tycoon who made the hush money payments when threatened with the exposure of his paid sexual encounters with the accused shakedown artist.

    After deliberating for two hours, a U.S. District Court panel in Los Angeles found Teofil Brank, 25, guilty of six felony counts in a scheme that targeted Donald Burns, a 51-year-old businessman with waterfront estates in Palm Beach, La Jolla, and Nantucket.

    Brank, who has been in custody since his arrest in March, faces a maximum of 53 years in prison when he is sentenced in September by Judge John Walters.

    According to court records and transcripts, Brank (seen at right) threatened to post incriminating photos of Burns to Twitter--along with “embarrassing information” about the businessman’s sexual past--unless he received hefty hush money payments.

    In response to the threats, Burns initially wired $500,000 from his Goldman Sachs account into Brank’s bank account and also gave the porn star (who used the stage name “Jarec Wentworth”) his Audi R8, which investigators valued at $180,000.

    When Brank demanded an additional $1 million and an L.A. condo in return for his continued silence, Burns contacted the FBI.

    Burns (seen below) testified at trial that he paid Brank and several other porn actors for sex. He also admitted paying some of the men referral fees for introducing him to other sexual partners. Burns told jurors that his paid liaisons were “a way to have sexual contact without commitment and I had the resources to do it." He also claimed that the encounters were a way for him to cope with the demise of a lengthy relationship.

    Justin Griggs, one of the escorts paid by Burns, testified yesterday that the businessman flew him and other young men to his Palm Beach and Nantucket homes, where, “It was really just hanging out, surfing, grilling out, going to dinner, and then we would have sex, group sex.”

    Burns, a regular on the society circuit, made his fortune through the 1997 sale of a telecommunications firm he co-founded. He also chairs the board of Magicjack Vocaltec Ltd., the publicly held company that produces the magicJack Internet phone device.

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    Federal agents last night arrested a baby-faced Nebraska boy, 12, for his role in the murder of a man during an armed robbery.

    Jarrell Milton was collared at 11:30 PM by U.S. Marshals Service agents in Minneapolis, nearly 400 miles from the boy’s Omaha residence, police reported.

    Investigators allege that Milton and two other boys--Shuntayvious Primes-Willis, 15, and Jamar Milton, 17--last month lured two men to an Omaha park with the ruse of conducting a marijuana sale. Jarrell (seen in the adjacent mug shot) and Jamar are brothers.

    Instead, cops say, the trio first flashed guns during the meeting and then opened fire on the two victims, one of whom was shot to death, while the other man was wounded. According to prosecutors, the three alleged assailants all have gang affiliations.

    Primes-Willis and the elder Milton have been charged as adults with first-degree murder. Police have recovered two guns used during the crime and are searching for a third weapon.

    Jarrell Milton will be returned to Omaha, though it is unclear what charges will be filed against him. Investigators did not disclose how the boy got to Minnesota or who might have helped him flee Nebraska.

    Milton is one of seven children born to Iyanna Moss, 37, who spent time in jail for felony assault when the boy was a toddler.

    Milton’s father, Javaris Milton, 37, is locked up in a Minnesota prison, where he is serving a life sentence for a January 2010 murder. 

    After robbing a Minneapolis drug dealer of his marijuana stash, Milton--who brandished two handguns--shot the man multiple times. Cops found the victim, Dontae Johnson, lying face down in the snow outside his van. Milton, seen below, was also convicted of firing shots at an associate of Johnson's who ran from the van.

    During a police search of Milton’s Minneapolis home, cops found “notebooks of handwritten rap lyrics that described murdering people with two guns,” according to court records.

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    Meet Tracey McCloud.

    The 44-year-old Ohio woman was arrested yesterday after she dialed 911 to complain that food she ordered at a Chinese restaurant was not up to her standards.

    According to the Alliance Police Department, McCloud called 911 from the Main Moon Chinese Restaurant around 4:30 PM Monday.  

    When a dispatcher asked, “What’s your emergency?,” McCloud replied, “I had bought some Chinese food and it’s not to par to me.” McCloud explained that restaurant workers were refusing to give her a refund.

    The incredulous operator requested the caller’s name and asked, “And this is why you called 911?”

    “Umm, what am I supposed to do? Jump over the thing and beat em up and get my money back?,” McCloud responded.

    After cops were dispatched to the restaurant, McCloud was arrested for misuse of the 911 system. She is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court on Friday on the misdemeanor charge.

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    A Florida man battered his ex-wife after accusing her of cheating on him with a sex toy, according to police who arrested him yesterday for domestic battery.

    As detailed in a probable cause affidavit, Triston Horne, 36, was visiting his former spouse’s Bradenton home last Wednesday when the pair began to argue. Misty Clark told police that Horne does not live at the residence, though she “does invite him over to the house.”

    Clark invited Horne over on July 1 to spend the night because “he was going to take her to work” the following day, cops noted.

    While in Clark’s bedroom, the duo quarreled. When Clark repaired to the bathroom, Horne barged in and “began accusing her of cheating on him. He told her that she was cheating on him with a sex toy,” according to the affidavit.

    After allegedly twisting Clark’s hand, Horne returned to the bedroom, where he “grabbed Misty’s sex toy and went back to the bathroom.”  Horned then "snapped the sex toy in half and walked away."

    With the help of her teenage daughter, Clark subsequently pushed Horne out of the residence. Clark told cops that she used to be married to Horne, but “later learned that Triston was already married to another person and that their marriage was null and void.”

    Seen above, Horne was arrested yesterday on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. He is being held in the county jail in lieu of $1500 bond.

    While Horne’s rap sheet includes three prior domestic battery arrests, charges were eventually dropped in each of those cases.

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    The man beaten unconscious this weekend following a July 4th concert in Cincinnati originally fought with one opponent, but then was pummeled by others, according to video shot by an onlooker.

    As seen above, the victim was left bloodied during a melee late Saturday at Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The unidentified man (pictured below) was later transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was treated and released the following day.

    Police are investigating the incident, which was one of a series of disturbances that occurred as the concert and a Cincinnati Reds game were concluding.

    The video was shot from inside a city bus by a passenger who believes the confrontation began after the victim “was trying to get on the bus and bumped into the black dude.”

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    A newspaper obituary for a three-year-old Oklahoma boy who was killed this week by his family’s pit bull reported that the child loved fishing, playing with trains, and that his “uncle Charlie taught him how to keep that pimp hand strong.”

    The obituary for Jordan Charles Collins-Tyson, which was printed Monday in The Lawton Constitution, was based on information provided by family members.

    The boy was attacked by the dog Sunday at his home in Lawton, a city about 90 miles from Oklahoma City.

    Jordan is survived by his mother and four siblings. The boy’s father was murdered in October 2012, eight months after the child’s birth. Charles Anthony Tyson, 30, was beaten and shot to death on the front porch of his family’s Lawton residence.

    Jordan will be buried today at Highland Cemetery in Lawton.

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    A Texas man today pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime charge stemming from his “knockout game” attack on an elderly African-American victim.

    Conrad Alvin Barrett, 29, copped to the felony count during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Houston. Barrett, who has been locked up since his December 2013 arrest, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine in connection with the assault.

    The victim, now 81 and only identified as “RC” in court records, was punched in the head by Barrett, who videotaped the assault with his cell phone. The blow left “RC” with two jaw fractures and three less teeth. The man subsequently required surgery for his injuries, according to an affidavit sworn by FBI Agent Alfred Tribble.

    Investigators noted that a video found on Barrett’s phone showed him approaching an “elderly African American man” and asking, “How’s it going, man?” Then, “a loud smack is heard, and the victim falls to the ground,” reported Tribble, who added, “Barrett laughs, says 'knockout,' and then flees in his vehicle.”

    On another video, Barrett (pictured above) is seen driving around a mall parking lot and saying that he was trying to get up the “courage” to play the “knockout game.” On one clip, Barrett said, “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

    In arguing to keep Barrett imprisoned before trial, federal prosecutors contended that he was a danger to the community and that, “The evidence clearly shows that he hates non-whites.” Agent Tribble’s affidavit noted that, “In other videos, Barrett uses the word ‘nigger’ and states that African Americans ‘haven’t fully experienced the blessings of evolution.’”

    In a bail motion, Barrett’s lawyer, George Parnham, denied that his client was a racist, saying that he had once worked as “team leader of a project benefiting under-privileged children, many of whom were minorities.” Additionally, the attorney reported, Barrett developed a “close friendship” with an African-American woman he met while attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Parnham described Barrett as suffering from “a bipolar disorder type and a poly-substance abuse/dependence.”

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    As he recently sought to explain his prior contention that single mothers should be publicly shamed, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush explained that, “To assume you can have a fatherless society and not have bad outcomes, I think, is the wrong approach.”

    The former Florida governor contended that out-of-wedlock births presented a “huge challenge for single moms to raise children in the world that we’re in today.”

    During a town hall meeting yesterday, Bush declared that “kids” are “aimlessly wandering around in their lives,” in part because they “never really had the kind of mentoring and nurturing that gives them sense that their lives could be better.” As a result of this untethered existence, “You see what happens in Baltimore and Ferguson. You see the tragedies play out,” Bush said in an apparent reference to rioters. “You see the people that become so despondent they take actions that are horrific.”

    A two-parent household--or even just two involved parents--would help combat “social ills,” Bush wrote in his 1995 book “Profiles in Character.” These ills presumably include further unwanted pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse, and criminal activity.

    Bush’s thoughts on rectitude, aimless youth, and parental responsibility, however, might ring hollow considering that his own three children--who grew up with two parents in the house/Governor’s mansion--have all had run-ins with law enforcement.

    According to police and court records, Bush’s daughter and two sons have been arrested or investigated for crimes like public intoxication, cocaine possession, resisting arrest, burglary, criminal mischief, and fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. Cops even caught Bush’s son Jebby--who was 16 at the time--having sex in a Jeep Cherokee at 10 PM on a school night (the car was in a Tallahassee mall parking lot).

    But these entanglements have never been the subject of speeches or public ruminations by the former Florida governor, who considers familial rap sheets a personal matter. Instead, Jeb! would rather talk about your aimless kids.

    Bush’s three children are pictured above. George P. Bush (who once stalked a college girlfriend) is sandwiched by mug shots of John Ellis "Jebby" Bush, Jr. and Noelle Bush.