Sunday, April 22, 2018

Killer gambling-addicted granny

Lois Reiss, 56, is accused of killing her husband in Minnesota before murdering a woman in Florida to steal her identity. David Riess was found shot to death on March 23. One of his business partners called cops and said he hadn’t been to work in two weeks. Before hitting the road, Reiss cashed more than $10,000 in forged cheques from her dead hubby and his business.
There were sightings in Northwood, Iowa, Florida and finally, Texas. In Iowa, she spent most of the day playing blackjack at the Diamond Jo Casino. She lost thousands. Reiss washed ashore in Florida. That was 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson’s poor destiny. Reiss’ mode of operation was to befriend women who resembled her and steal their identity.

CCTV released last week showed a grinning Riess sitting at the bar chatting with Hutchinson. Four days later she was found shot to death. Reiss went on the run in Hutchinson’s white Acura. She was spotted in the beach town of Corpus Christi on the Gulf of Mexico. Acting on a tip, the US Marshals busted Riess. She has been charged with murder.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Canuck the Crow and Canada Post now pals

After a combative introduction, Canuck the crow has started palling around with Tyler McLeod. The mail carrier for Canada Post has the bird firmly on his side after his aggressive antics halted deliveries to three addresses last spring. “I was getting scratched, pecked every day. He was dive-bombing onto my mail and blasting mail everywhere.” How did McLeod win over his new friend? A bag of peanuts in his mail sack did the trick.
Now the pair makes deliveries together. Canuck even likes to sit shotgun in McLeod’s van. “You wanna come with me bro? Deliver this mail?” he said to his friend perched on his shoulder.

McLeod wonders if Canuck’s temperament has mellowed because he found love. Canuck is starting a family with his new nest mate.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Arkansas cop fired after fight at hotel arrested on assault charges

Wendi Schuchardt, 40, who joined the West Memphis police department in 2013, was fired on March 28 after getting into a fight with guests at the Clarion Hotel. Schuchardt was at the hotel celebrating her daughter's baby shower when she fought with several guests while intoxicated. Schuchardt was off-duty at the time.

Surveillance video showed that Schuchardt escalated the verbal argument into a physical fight. Schuchardt used a choke hold during the fight, which is why she was charged with felony aggravated assault and third-degree battery.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Canadian cruise ship passengers admit smuggling cocaine worth $ 18m into Sydney

The pair had documented their extravagant 51-day trip aboard the Princess Cruise liner from the UK to Australia on Instagram.
Two Canadian cruise ship passengers have pleaded guilty to smuggling cocaine worth $21 million (AUD) into Sydney on a cruise ship. Melina Roberge, 24, and Andre Tamine, 63, both from Quebec, changed their plea shortly before they were due to stand trial on drug importation charges.

Another passenger, Isabelle Lagacé, 29, had already admitted in November last year to importing the drugs and was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
Australian Border Force (ABF) police found 200lbs of cocaine stashed in suitcases when they boarded the vessel at Sydney Harbour in August 2016. They discovered 77lbs of cocaine in a cabin shared by the two female passengers and an additional 130lbs in Mr Tamine’s room.

ABF commander Tim Fitzgerald said it was Australia’s largest ever drug seizure on a boat or plane.
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Lou Diamond Phillips takes plea in drunk driving case

La Bamba star Lou Diamond Phillips has taken a plea deal in his DWI case. The actor pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in November in Portland, Texas, and was sentenced to two years probation. The 56-year-old actor must stay sober, take a DWI education class, stay away from bars, and report in-person to a probation officer for the next four months. Phillips was arrested after he pulled over to ask a police officer directions and the cop detected alcohol on his breath. 

The actor was two and a half times over the legal limit.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Disability fraudster Kumar Kothary admits to many scams

Toronto man Kumar Kothary, 57, has admitted bilking taxpayers and a charitable camp for kids with cancer out of about $545,000. Kothary admitted he sent his children to Camp Quality Canada — a charity camp program for children with cancer — for 10 years. Neither child ever had cancer. Kothary also admitted that he plundered the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for $379,229 from 2011 to February, 2015. Court heard he submitted false invoices and hotel bills until a caseworker discovered the scam. Kothary also ripped off $86,000 from another disability financial support program called Passport Funding, which reimburses parents for expenses paid for their disabled teens.

In order to obtain the ODSP benefits, he lied that his daughter was deaf, blind and diabetic. He also said she had the IQ of an infant and therefore couldn’t undergo testing. Kothary was sentenced to two years in jail.

Friday, March 30, 2018

End of the Road for Lindsay Lohan's 'Grand Theft Auto' Lawsuit

In a case dating back to 2014, Lindsay Lohan, 31, had claimed GTA 5's bikini-clad, selfie-taking Lacey Jonas character did not rip-off the image of Mean Girls actress Lindsay Lohan, a USA appeals court has ruled.

 The state Court of Appeals ruled that the satirical representations of "a modern, beach-going" young woman were not identifiable as Lohan.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

‘The Simpsons’ victorious In $250m lawsuit By ‘Goodfellas’ Actor Frank Sivero

Frank Sivero, famous for his mobster roles in The Godfather, Part II and Goodfellas, claimed that The Simpsons character, Louie, henchman to mob boss Fat Tony, was based on him, and misappropriated his name and likeness. Fox countered with the special motion to strike, which allows a court to toss meritless suits early in the process to save time and money.
Fox based its defense on an anti-SLAPP special motion to strike — a California law designed to dispose of “meritless lawsuits brought to chill the valid exercise of the constitutional right of petition or free speech”.

To prevail on a special motion to strike, Fox first had to prove that the lawsuit was brought because of Fox’s exercise of its free speech rights. Since The Simpsons lay at the heart of Sivero’s complaint, this hurdle was easily met. Next, Sivero would have to prove that he would likely win at trial. He did not, and the Court dismissed the lawsuit entirely.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

17-year-old YouTube star insults notorious Mexican drug lord - ends badly

17-year-old Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales won't be remembered for his intelligence. Formerly known as 'El Pirata de Culiacán' he thought his 300k followers on Instagram and 37k followers on Twitter made him bulletproof. Rosales decided to share a video mocking Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes (El Mencho), a notorious drug lord and cartel boss. In the clip, Rosales can be heard saying, “El Mencho can suck my dick.” That was a fatal mistake.

Rosales gave away his whereabouts by tagging his location on Instagram. A 25-year-old employee of the bar was also shot, they both later died in hospital from their injuries.
Cervantes is one of Mexico’s most wanted men and currently has a $5 million bounty on his head.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

NYPD cop caught with $25k, heroin

An NYPD housing officer who helped her boyfriend run a heroin trafficking ring was caught with $25,000 in drug money stuffed in a purse with her service weapon. Yessenia Jimenez, 31, and her boyfriend, Luis Soto, 33, were busted on drug-trafficking and weapon possession charges as part of a larger investigation into heroin trafficking from Mexico into New York. A search of their apartment uncovered about 250 grams of heroin.
The couple popped up on DEA radar in January, after finding Soto's phone number on the cell phone of a narcotics trafficker from Queens.

Jimenez joined the NYPD in 2015. She's been suspended without pay. Her Facebook page shows her wearing NYPD t-shirts and hats, and sharing pro-police messages.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Scientists unravel mystery of Chilean 'alien mummy'

It was like nothing anyone had ever seen: a tiny, desiccated creature found behind a church in an abandoned desert town in Chile. It looks like an alien. But with limbs, ribs and a spine, it also looked human -- and yet not human. A team of scientists from Stanford University and at UC San Francisco says they now have the answers. The mummy is definitely human, definitely female, and most likely a miscarried fetus or stillbirth.
The child had a mix of genetic mutations that combined to cause a disorder never before documented in humans -- and one that likely led to the child’s death. The mummy’s DNA showed mutations in seven genes that separately or in combination cause various bone deformities, including dwarfism and facial malformations. The researchers believe the mutations caused the child’s skeleton to mature quickly, yet fail to grow to normal size, and that it was the disorder that caused the child to be miscarried or stillborn. With the mystery solved, the child can now be given a proper burial. She likely died no more than 40 years ago and has the genetics of the Chilote Indians of Chile’s Andean mountains.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Video shows dopey pedestrian wasn’t visible to self-driving Uber SUV

Video of a deadly self-driving vehicle crash in suburban Phoenix shows a pedestrian walking from a darkened area into the middle of a street just moments before an Uber SUV strikes her. The lights on the SUV didn’t illuminate 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg until a second or two before impact, raising questions about whether the vehicle could have stopped in time. The footage released by police came a day after Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir told a newspaper that the SUV likely wouldn’t be found at fault.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Anthony Getschel charged in death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo - Update

Anthony Getschel, right, Jordan Wagner center
Former UFC light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo proposed to his girlfriend Roxie Reece, hours before he was fatally struck by two assailants in a truck at a parking lot in Edmonton. Jimmo was involved in a verbal altercation before he was hit by the vehicle. The men in the truck, Anthony Getschel and Jordan Wagner, fled but were arrested less than a week later.

Reece said they came from the movies where Jimmo had proposed to her, and were on their way home when the truck began tailgating them. "So we took a left to let them go by. They followed Ryan even more close. And so now he and I were both like 'OK what's going on?' And then he took the first right into that parking lot … I had no clue where we were at," Reece recalled. "So these guys pulled up real close right behind Ryan, almost as if they were going to hit us, and we both felt nervous. And Ryan felt the need to do something because we didn't want them following us out of there. It was kind of scary. There was something not right there and I didn't know what was going on."

After a conversation, the two men hit Jimmo, then sped off. Jimmo was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead hours later due to blunt force trauma.

Anthony Getschel
Police in Edmonton have charged two people in the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Jimmo was fatally injured early Sunday following a verbal argument that escalated into a fight in the parking lot of a bar. Jimmo died from blunt force trauma after being run over by a vehicle.

Anthony Getschel, 23, faces several charges, including second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death. Jordan Wagner, 21, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Ryan Jimmo with his mother Linda in July 2010
Edmonton police are investigating the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Investigators say Jimmo, 34, was fatally injured early Sunday morning following an altercation in a parking lot.

Police say he had approached the driver of a vehicle and was walking back to his own car when he was struck by a truck, which then fled the scene.
Jimmo, who was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, was pronounced dead in hospital. Jimmo went 19-5 in his MMA career, with a 3-4 record in seven UFC fights, his last fight being a loss to Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 67 in May 2015.

The native Maritimer had most recently lived in Arizona after stints in Edmonton and Halifax.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Minneapolis cop Mohamed Noor charged with murder

Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman in July, was booked into jail on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He shot Justine Damond, a 40-year-old life coach, minutes after she called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.

Damond’s death drew international condemnation, cost the police chief her job and forced major revisions to the department’s policy on cameras.
Noor refused to cooperate in the investigation. He could face a maximum of 25 years in prison, though the presumptive sentence is 12 ½ years. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but the presumptive sentence is four years.

An officer who was with Noor at the time of the shooting told investigators that he was startled by a loud noise right before Damond approached the driver’s side window of their police SUV. Noor then fired his weapon from the passenger seat. Damond died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The officers did not turn on their body cameras until after the shooting, and there was no squad car camera video of the incident. Noor has been on paid leave since the shooting.

The jail set bail at $500,000.