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Archive for September, 2013

Apparent road rage incident sparks deadly shooting in St. Albans

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ST. ALBANS, Vt. -Police say road rage in St. Albans fueled a deadly shooting.

A deadly dispute on the roads left a woman shot multiple times on the side of North Main Street in St. Albans.

“We believe this was a case of road rage that went awry and turned violent,” said Lt. Ron Hoague of the St. Albans Police Department.

Police say at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect, Matthew Webster, 30, of Swanton, ran a red light and nearly hit another car. They say the woman driving that car followed him and when they got out of their cars to confront each other up the road, Webster shot her.

“It’s pretty shocking. I’ve been a police officer for 23 years now and I’ve seen violence of all different kinds, but even after all that it’s still shocking to see something like that happen to two people who seemed not to know each other until they met,” Hoague explained.

Witnesses say they heard the gunshots and came upon a gruesome scene.

“You could see two bullet holes through the back that came out the back and it looked like she had been shot in the head,” Nathan Elwood said.

The 31-year-old woman from Highgate was taken to the hospital where she died. Webster was arrested a short distance away with the gun police say was used in the shooting.

Police say Webster’s wife was also following her husband in another car and witnessed part of the incident. They say problems at home may have pushed Webster to the breaking point and a complete stranger was caught in the middle.

Residents are concerned that the violence is moving closer and closer to their backyards.

“It’s coming to our doorstep now. You hear about it in other parts of the country and the state, but now it’s happening right here. It’s pretty crazy. It’s got to stop,” Elwood said.

Webster is expected to be in court Thursday morning, where he’s expected to face second-degree homicide charges. Police have not yet released the woman’s name.

Wife’s shooting death was a joke gone awry, Seminole County husband says

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 A husband told investigators he had been drinking whiskey and taking medication when he pointed a revolver at his wife as a joke to scare her before he pulled the trigger and killed her.

Prosecutors in Seminole County have filed homicide charges — ranging from manslaughter to first-degree murder — against Melvin Darrell Streater, 74, in the Sept. 4 shooting death of his wife, Trevia Sue Streater, 73.

The charges state he also fired two shots at his granddaughter who was at the scene. Dana Streater was not hit by gunfire.

Melvin Streater was arrested after the shooting at the couple’s home at 1422 S Seminole and was taken to the Seminole County jail. Trevia Streater was taken to a hospital in Holdenville, where she died.

An affidavit filed in Seminole County District Court states Melvin Streater said he had two glasses of whiskey and had taken medication when he took a .38-caliber revolver outside to clean it. He shot once at a tree stump. His wife told him to put the gun down and stop shooting, he told investigators. He said he then raised the gun and pointed it at his wife. He said he “wanted to play a joke on Trevia and scare her when he pulled the trigger, striking her once in the stomach,” the affidavit states.

Dana Streater, who lives on the property, said she saw her grandmother lying on the floor in the house with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Her grandfather fired two rounds at her through a window, the affidavit states. She was not hit.

Seminole County Assistant District Attorney Paul Smith was not available for comment Wednesday.

Feds seek 27-year sentence for Mass. man who chatted online about kidnapping, eating children

Courtesy of: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/09/17/feds-seek-27-year-sentence-for-mass-man-who-chatted-online-about-kidnapping/

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A Massachusetts man who authorities say chatted online with other men about their mutual desire to kidnap, rape, kill and eat children is facing a long prison sentence.

Prosecutors plan to ask for a 27-year prison term for Geoffrey Portway of Worcester when he is sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Worcester.

Authorities say they found a dungeon, homemade coffin, butchering kit and other tools in the basement of Portway’s home.

In a sentencing memo, prosecutors say the 40-year-old Portway solicited people for help to kidnap a child with the intent of raping, killing and eating the child.

Portway’s lawyer says the chats were only fantasies. He plans to ask for a sentence of about 18 years, at the low end of the range in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

To Avoid Pot Arrests, Not Kicking a Cop in the Balls (Twice) Is a Good Place to Start

Courtesy of: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2013/09/kicking_cop_in_balls_marijuana.php

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It’s 3 a.m. You’re driving around Pleasant Grove, hot-boxing your car, when the cops pull you over for a minor traffic violation. Smoke billows from the window as the officer approaches. The smell of marijuana is unmistakable. What do you do?

NORML, the national pot-advocacy group, has a handy primer on its website, also printable as a wallet-sized “Freedom Card”, that gives some tips. Hide the weed, as well as any paraphernalia; refuse any warrantless search of your person; be polite, and don’t physically resist.

Laketta Ransom, 38, carries no such card in her purse. According to police, she was the passenger in a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis that rolled by a pair of Dallas police officers working an unrelated traffic stop in the 2000 block of Masters Drive. The two men stopped, sniffed the air, and looked at each other.

“The odor was so strong that both officers commented to one another about the odor of burnt marijuana and pointed out the passing vehicle as the source of the odor,” they wrote in their police report later.

The cops pulled the car over and asked Ransom and the male driver to exit the vehicle. The man complied, but Ransom refused and began arguing with the officers. When she began rummaging through her purse, her hands out of sight, officer Aaron Tolerton feared she might be reaching for a weapon and tried to pull her out of the vehicle.

In response, Ransom flexed her right leg and kicked Tolerton in the testicles, “causing extreme pain.” Then, she did it again. In a final act of defiance, she took her bag of weed and threw it at him.

Ransom, who listed her occupation as babysitter, was arrested for assaulting a public servant and marijuana possession. Her companion, who adhered to the NORML guidelines much more closely, was allowed to leave.

Washington, DC may institute 24-hour waiting period for tattoos and piercings

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If you had to stop and think about it for a day, would you still get that giant dragon tattoo across your back?

That’s the question being raised by health regulators in our nation’s capital, where Washington, DC officials are considering a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before getting a tattoo or body piercings.

“The licensee or operator of a body art establishment shall ensure that no tattoo artist applies any tattoo to a customer until after twenty-four (24)hours have passed since the customer first requested the tattoo,” reads the language of proposed language of new regulations from Washington DC’s Department of Health.

“We’re making sure when that decision is made that you’re in the right frame of mind, and you don’t wake up in the morning . . . saying, ‘Oh my God, what happened?’ Washington DC Health Department Spokeswoman Najma Roberts told the Washington Post.

In other words, the potential new regulation would largely be aimed at stopping people from getting a tattoo while drunk, or under the influence of other drugs.

“They can’t be responsible for themselves, as well as the person doing the work on them,” Roberts said.

Once largely relegated to the counter culture, tattoos have become mainstream in recent years. A 2010 Pew Research Study found that more than 23 percent of people in the U.S. have a tattoo .

However, getting a tattoo can still carry a social cost in some circles. For example, a recent New York Times story found that 61 percent of human resource managers say a visible tattoo could hurt someone’s job prospects . Interestingly, that number is actually up from 57 percent in 2011.

The DC Health Department said the proposed regulation is also aimed at reducing the cases of Hepatitis B and other potential risks. However, a number of local tattoo parlor owners tell the Post that a waiting period would be devastating to their businesses.

“Overregulation will kill the profession and drive it underground and make it less safe for everybody,” British Ink tattoo parlor operator Paul Roe told the Post. “Why not 24 hours’ waiting time before shaving your head?”

Technically, DC is one of the few largely unregulated tattoo markets in the nation. New Mexico and North Dakota are the only two states without some form of body art industry regulations. A 2012 city council resolution required DC tattoo artists to be licensed.

The actual 66-page draft proposal of new regulations was released on Friday and contains a number of provisions for ensuring health and safety standards in body art locations within the District.

The Mayo Clinic says that any person considering a tattoo or other permanent body art should carefully consider whether the location they are visiting has high health standards.

The proposed regulation still has several hurdles to clear before becoming law. In DC, there is a 30-day period where the public is allowed to weigh in on any proposed new regulations. And the office of Mayor Vincent C. Gray said he “has serious doubts about the regulations as proposed.”

Man gets booked into Oklahoma jail with loaded Derringer pistol hidden in his rectum

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A man was booked into an Oklahoma jail over the weekend with a loaded firearm concealed inside his rectum.

Mark Gregory Valadez was arrested on Sunday morning on a minor city violation and transported to the Oklahoma County Jail.

Authorities said that because so many people were being booked into jail at the time, Valadez was only subjected to a pat-down and wasn’t made to go through a metal detector.

As a result of the lax screening, Valadez, 33, was locked up with a Derringer pistol contained a single round of ammunition inside his body cavity, reports The Smoking Gun.

Authorities only learned about the weapon after Valadez, who lives in Wichita, Kansas, bragged to other inmates that he had smuggled a weapon into the jail.

About 16 hours after Valadez was locked up, police carried out a cavity search on him which resulted in the loaded gun being uncovered.

‘We had our officers go up and do a search and they found a little small Derringer with one small round inside,’ Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel told KFOR.

Following the weapon’s discovery, Valadez was transported to a local hospital for treatment on injuries suffered as a result of placing the gun inside his body.

According to Sheriff Whetsel, the term for what Valadez did is called ‘keistering.’ ‘They take whatever it is and up the hole she goes,’ he said.

Valadez is now being held in lieu of $5000 bond, according to jail records. He was originally arrested on a city violation that has now been upgraded to a felony count of possession of contraband in a penal institution.

Earlier this year, an Oklahoma woman was charged with having a loaded revolver in her vagina when she was booked into jail on drug charges.

The suspect, Christie Dawn Harris, was sentenced in July to 25 years in state prison. 

Pot plants in the front, pal in the trunk

Courtesy of: http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/sunnews/canada/archives/2013/09/20130903-063852.html

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It could have been a scene out of the Trailer Park Boys.

Cops in Halifax stopped a suspicious car without its headlights on and found a load of pot plants in the front and rear seats, and the driver’s buddy in the trunk.

The Toyota was pulled over about 10 p.m. Sunday and police found the driver surrounded by 20 marijuana plants and his passenger in the trunk, “seemingly to make room for the marijuana in the front seat area” the RCMP said in a statement.

A 23-year-old man from Brookside, N.S., and a 24-year-old man from Hatchet Lake, N.S., each face charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and cultivation under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

The men will appear in Halifax court Oct. 30.