John Thompson, the child who was at the center of a child abuse investigation, is now living a life he could only once have imagined after a responding Oklahoma police officer eventually adopted him.
Thompson, 10, now spends his days carefree, playing and going on ride-alongs with his new dad, Poteau, OK., patrolman Jody Thompson.
He’s been with the department for five years.
Thompson showed up at a child abuse call in 2015. Continue reading
Department of Justice Press Release: Late today, FBI agents arrested a Champaign, Ill., man, Brendt Christensen, 27, on a criminal complaint that charges Christensen with kidnapping visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang on June 9, 2017. Christensen will remain in law enforcement custody pending his initial federal court appearance in Urbana scheduled on Monday, July 3, at 10:00 a.m.
The arrest and charges were announced by FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Cox, Springfield Division, and Acting U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Hansen.
The affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges that on June 9, Christensen was driving the black Saturn Astra which was observed on security camera video as it stopped next to Zhang at the corner of W. Clark St. and N. Goodwin Ave., at approximately 2:00 p.m. Zhang is observed on video entering the front passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle then pulled away and proceeded northbound on N. Goodwin Ave.
Since Zhang was last seen in the video entering the car, the FBI, the University of Illinois Police Department and the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement have worked around the clock to locate Ms. Zhang and to investigate her disappearance. As part of this effort, the University of Illinois community of faculty, staff and students, and residents of the Champaign-Urbana community have provided information and support to law enforcement in the continuing search for Ms. Zhang. Continue reading
Fyre Festival concert promoter Billy McFarland, the man behind the disastrous concert held in the Bahamas, has been arrested by the feds Friday night. Rapper Ja Rule, has not yet been charged.
McFarland will be arraigned in Manhattan federal court on Saturday on a charge of wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.
The festival, held last April, was organized by the 25-year-old McFarland and Rapper Ja Rule, who was not charged. The men convinced well-to-do millennials and other music lovers to shell out thousands of dollars for tickets based on promises of meeting models and enjoying musical acts like Migos, Lil Yachty and Blink-182.
But dozens of festival-goers have since sued Ja Rule and McFarland, saying that instead of models and celebrities they were treated to bare bones food and accommodation, including FEMA tents.
A multi-state manhunt is underway after Bianca Roberson, a recent high school graduate was gunned down and killed in an apparent road rage incident earlier this week. The murder occurred on a highway outside Philadelphia.
Roberson, 18, was traveling in her vehicle in West Goshen on Wednesday when she was shot. She then veered off the road and was later found in a ditch, authorities said. The shooting suspect fled in a red pickup truck.
Roberson had just graduated from Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester. She was headed to Jacksonville University in Florida in the fall. “Bianca had her whole life ahead of her,” said West Chester Area School District Superintendent Jim Scanlon. “What should be a time of great joy and celebration in a young person’s life has turned into a horrible tragedy.” Continue reading
Photos have emerged of Dr. Henry Michael Bello, the suspect in a Bronx hospital mass shooting that left several doctors injured and at least one dead.
Bello, 35, was found dead on the scene of a likely self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center website, Bello was listed as a family medicine doctor. According to the New York Post, there are no records of a Henry Bello with a medical license in New York state. Bello, according to The Associated Press, no longer worked at the hospital before the shooting. It wasn’t clear why. The New York Times, meanwhile, reported that of the shooting victims, three doctors were hurt. CNN reported that one person—not the shooter—was killed. Continue reading
Police in New York City are responding Bronx-Lebanon Hospital where several people have reportedly been shot.
WABC is reporting two people have been shot. We are awaiting an update on their condition.
Police scanner traffic say a possible suspect, a tall, bald, black man wearing a blue hospital coat may be located on the 17th floor. Continue reading
According to reports, the Cessna 310 preparing to land at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA., Friday morning was forced to land on the busy 405 freeway.
The plane crash landed on the southbound lanes of the iconic Socal freeway going the same direction as the Friday traffic. The impact caused the small craft to burst into flames.
The pilot had taken off moments before but was returning to the airport after calling in an emergency. Continue reading
Cheryl Baker has been named as one of three female victims found shot to death at a Caldwell, ID., home earlier this month.
Baker, 56, has been identified as the wife of 60-year-old Gerald Michael “Mike” Bullinger, the man sought by police as a “person of interest” in the grisly triple homicide.
Baker was positively identified through dental records, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday. She was married to Bullinger, friends say, and the pair owned the home on KCID Road together. Continue reading
Officer Miguel Moreno, the SAPD officer who was shot in the head Thursday afternoon during a shootout north of downtown San Antonio has died. He was 32.
Officer Moreno passed away this morning [Friday] from injuries he sustained when he and fellow officer, Julio Cavazos made contact with two suspects walking on the 200 block of West Evergreen Street.
Chief William McManus said in a press conference on Friday that Moreno was a nine-year veteran of the SAPD force. Officer Cavazos was shot in the torso during the shootout and McManus said he successfully completed surgery Thursday night but has more to go. Doctors said he is expected to survive. Chief McManus said the two officers were out “working and working hard” prior to the shooting. Continue reading
Florida mother, Naomie Hall, of DeLand, was arrested after authorities said they found her 5-year-old son so dehydrated and malnourished, he weighed under 25 pounds. The boy’s weight was so low, it was not even listed on medical charts for children his age, according to a police report.
The boy was found eating small pieces of old cereal on the living room floor. The boy could not stand, walk or speak, and Hall only knew that he is hungry because he would chew on his hands, police said. DeLand, 24, lives at the residence with her husband, her son and her two other children.
Hall told investigators that she had not given her son his prescribed medications and that she had been going three to four days before attempting to feed him, according to the report. He had not received any form of education and was not taught how to communicate, according to the report, so Hall said she would determine if he needed something by his facial expressions. Continue reading