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A Wheelchair, a $37K Rolex, and Now a Plea Deal

That's just how Larry Johnson rolls; too bad the jewelry theft didn't pan out

(Newser) - It's not clear whether a watch thief was inspired by the word "roll" in "Rolex," but he didn't get away with his wheelchair scheme either way, pleading guilty Wednesday to charges of robbery, larceny, and assault, the AP reports. Per the Connecticut Post , Larry Johnson... More »

Cops: Youths Murdered Man for Spilling Coffee

Passers-by ignored Stamford murder, police say

(Newser) - A man who moved to the US from Guatemala for a better life 20 years ago was murdered in Stamford, Conn., last week in a shocking, unprovoked attack. Police say warehouse manager Antonio Muralles, 52, was killed after he walked out of a McDonald's last Wednesday evening and bumped... More »

Sister of Driver in DC Chase: 'Impossible'

Though mom says she had post-partum depression

(Newser) - Those who knew Miriam Carey, the reported driver of the black Infiniti at the center of yesterday's DC chase, are struggling to believe the news. "That’s impossible. She works, she holds a job," sister Amy Carey tells the Washington Post . "She wouldn’t be in... More »

Mom Who Lost Girls to Fire: Town Profited Off Tragedy

Madonna Badger: Stamford officials had ulterior motives in quickly razing home

(Newser) - There's no question that Madonna Badger suffered an unspeakable tragedy—losing her three daughters and both parents to a Christmas Day fire. But in new court papers, she asserts that the horrors of her experience didn't end there: Connecticut building officials ordered her $1.7 million home torn... More »

Yule Log Embers Linked to Deadly Christmas Inferno

Grandfather nearly saved one sister; they died inches from each other

(Newser) - Embers from a holiday Yule log may have triggered the horrific fire that killed the three young daughters and parents of a Connecticut advertising executive on Christmas Day. Madonna Badger, 47, was up until 3am with her boyfriend, wrapping gifts and making Christmas morning preparations; the two put embers from... More »

Fashion Exec's Charred House Torn Down

Father who died had just landed job as Saks' Santa Claus

(Newser) - Survivors are trying to pick up the pieces after the furious blaze that engulfed a $1.7 million-dollar Connecticut home yesterday, killing the parents and children of fashion marketing executive Madonna Badger, the New York Post reports. Her father, Lomer Johnson, had just landed his dream holiday-season job—one befitting... More »

Ad Exec's 3 Daughters Die in Savage Conn. Blaze

'Help me! Help me!' pleaded Madonna Badger

(Newser) - The marketing brain behind Calvin Klein's Marky Mark underwear ads was one of only two survivors who made it out of yesterday's horrific Connecticut home blaze that killed her parents and three young daughters. Madonna Badger, 47, and a male friend escaped the roaring inferno that erupted before... More »

Conn. House Fire Kills 5

'My whole life was in that house,' survivor says

(Newser) - A pre-dawn blaze tore through a million-dollar house in Stamford, Conn., this Christmas morning, killing three children and two adults in what the town's mayor called "a terrible, terrible day for the city of Stamford. There probably has not been a worse Christmas day in the city of... More »

Cops: Man Interrupts Own Haircut for Assault

... his police mugshot tells the story

(Newser) - Early but strong contender for police mugshot of the year: Police say a 21-year-old man in Stamford, Conn., interrupted his own haircut, grabbed the scissors, and slashed another customer. Cops picked up David Davis in a nearby home later, his haircut still unfinished, reports the Stamford Advocate . "Wonder how... More »

Raleigh Tops in Quality of Life

(Newser) - Raleigh, NC, is the American city with the highest quality of life, according to a new survey by Portfolio magazine . With its low unemployment rate, quality housing stock, and rapid pace of growth, Raleigh beat out the other 66 largest metro areas in a comparison of 20 statistical measures of... More »

Mauling Chimp's Owner Won't Face Charges

Charla Nash must pursue justice in civil court, Conn. prosecutor says

(Newser) - The woman whose pet chimpanzee mauled her friend, leaving her blind and disfigured, will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor said today. To win its case, 'the state would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person was aware of and consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk,... More »

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