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Reward for Arson Suspects Now at $40K, but Still No Progress

'There's been nothing' in case of fire that killed 5 family members in Denver

(Newser) - Authorities have yet to solve an arson that killed five family members in Denver in August despite a $40,000 reward. Police say three masked individuals started the fire that killed Djibril Diol, 29; his partner, Adja Diol, 23; their toddler daughter Khadija; Djibril's sister, Hassan Diol, 25; and... More »

100mph Police Chase Ends at Cliff's Edge

Carjacking suspect drove right off the precipice and into the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, Calif.

(Newser) - A police chase this week in California led to a carjacking suspect plunging over the side of a cliff in the vehicle he was driving—and living to tell the tale. In a statement cited by NBC News , the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office says a report came in... More »

Prosecutor: Suspects' Bomb Could've Wiped Out 5 Football Fields

Murder, attempted murder are said to have preceded Dec. 10 attack

(Newser) - The pair who opened fire on a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, NJ, last month had more victims than initially thought. A .22-caliber handgun found in Francine Graham and David Anderson's rental van was used to fire two rounds that struck the vehicle of a "visibly Jewish" man... More »

Mother, 2 Daughters Admit Role in Zoo Fire

German police say 3 women 'infinitely sorry' after releasing sky lanterns; 30 animals died

(Newser) - More than 30 animals perished in a zoo fire early New Year's Day, and German police now say three suspects have emerged and taken responsibility. After reports circulated that police suspected sky lanterns may have caused the inferno that destroyed the Krefeld Zoo's ape house, cops say a... More »

After NYPD's Unusual Step in Murder Case, an Arrest

Cops nab 14-year-old suspect in Tessa Majors case

(Newser) - New York City police say they've located a 14-year-old boy suspected of fatally stabbing a Barnard College freshman as she walked through a park near the school. Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted Thursday that the boy had been found but gave no other details, the AP reports. He'... More »

Pizza Hut's Door Meets Robber's Face

That face-plant proved key in helping police nab a suspect in New Mexico

(Newser) - A locked door in a New Mexico Pizza Hut may have helped bust an armed robber who pulled off two crimes in one day back in June. The Las Cruces Sun-News has video from June 25, showing a man trying to run out of the Las Cruces restaurant about 10:... More »

After Massacre in Mexico, an Arrest, With 2 Hostages

Armed suspect was found near Arizona border

(Newser) - A suspect found holding two bound and gagged hostages has been arrested for alleged links to the massacre of nine women and children in northern Mexico. The suspect was found in the hills of Agua Prieta, the Mexican town across the border from Douglas, Ariz., with four assault rifles and... More »

8K Rape Kits Were Finally Tested. Nearly a Quarter Had a 'Hit'

Results in Florida could potentially spur leads in thousands of unsolved cases

(Newser) - Officials in Florida have finally made headway with a huge backlog of the state's rape kits, and out of the thousands that have been tested over the past four years or so, a significant number of "hits" have emerged from a DNA database. The Tallahassee Democrat and Orlando ... More »

Alleged Cop Shooter Surrendered After 4-Way Phone Call

Maurice Hill has a long criminal history—and a newborn daughter

(Newser) - During a seven-hour standoff with police, Maurice Hill called his lawyer. "[He] was like, 'I'm in a situation, I need your help,'" Shaka Johnson tells CBS Philadelphia of the suspect accused of shooting six police officers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. "I told him, '... More »

2 'Tough Boys' Visited This Guy's Farm, Never Came Back

Nicholas and Justin Diemel went to talk about cattle with Garland Nelson

(Newser) - Two brothers from Wisconsin who often traveled to other states to make deals for their livestock business made one such trip to Missouri last week—and haven't been seen since. Now, per CNN , authorities are scouring a 74-acre farm in Braymer for clues on the disappearance of Nicholas Diemel,... More »

Suspect Gives Up Hiding Spot With Ill-Timed Outburst

Missouri cops catch a lucky break thanks to a loud fart

(Newser) - A suspect in Missouri wanted for possession of a controlled substance is likely regretting recent food choices after loud farting revealed his or her hiding spot near Liberty, Fox News reports. "If you've got a felony warrant for your arrest, the cops are looking for you and you... More »

Suspect Arrested in Mouseketeer's Death

Daniel James Burda had done odd jobs for Dennis Day and his husband

(Newser) - A man was arrested Friday in the death of a former Mouseketeer who was missing for nearly a year before police announced last month that his body had been found in April in his Oregon home. It remains unclear why the body of Dennis Day, 76, wasn't found on... More »

Texas Police: We've Nabbed the 'Blue Bell Licker'

Suspect accused of licking container of ice cream in Lufkin Walmart is a juvenile, cops say

(Newser) - Police have a suspect in what they say was a literally juvenile prank in Texas. A video that went viral on social media last week showed a young lady taking a container of Blue Bell ice cream out of the freezer in a Lufkin Walmart, licking the top of the... More »

Cops Make Arrest in Spate of Church Fires

Louisiana TV station says suspect in custody is a deputy's son

(Newser) - Police in Louisiana have made an arrest after suspicious fires at three historic black churches in a single parish, reports WAFB . The fires gutted the churches—all of them more than 100 years old—in St. Landry Parish in March and April. All were empty at the time, and nobody... More »

In China, Wanted Posters Have Child Photos—But Why?

Cops in one province say 'features won't have changed'

(Newser) - Ji Qinghai was wanted for public nuisance. Xu Shilin, false imprisonment. Yang Jianzue, bodily harm. Not unusual, except their wanted posters each used a primary-school age photo of the suspect, the South China Morning Post reports. Police in Zhenxiong, a province in southwestern China, stood their ground when first shown... More »

News Gets Worse for Jussie Smollett

The official charge is 'felony disorderly conduct'

(Newser) - Empire actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors charged Smollett with felony... More »

2 Arrests Made in Jussie Smollett Case

They're 'potential suspects,' but they haven't been charged yet, per Chicago police

(Newser) - The "strange turn" that the Jussie Smollett case took this week now has another development. On Thursday, there was pushback from the Chicago Police Department on an ABC7 report, which cited unnamed CPD sources as suggesting the Empire actor had somehow been in on staging his own alleged assault.... More »

He Fell Outside Mall Store. The Shooter Kept Going

Suspect Jakharr Williams at large after Monday shooting near Chicago

(Newser) - Authorities are seeking a man suspected of fatally shooting a teenager and wounding a bystander at a suburban Chicago mall, reports the AP . Orland Park police say the suspect and the victim were involved in "an altercation" before the Monday shooting at Orland Square Mall. Police say the suspect... More »

Wisconsin Kidnapping Suspect Hard to Figure Out

Did Jake Thomas Patterson target Jayme Closs?

(Newser) - The man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents with a shotgun nearly three months ago appears to have led an unremarkable existence until that fateful night, blending into the state's vast northwestern forests. Jake Thomas Patterson grew up in Gordon, a sprawling township of 645... More »

A 'Glorious Day' in Jayme Closs' Hometown, a Suspect Named

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been charged with kidnapping Wisconsin teen, killing her parents

(Newser) - Jayme Closs is alive , and new details are emerging. The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, who went missing in October from her Barron home, where her parents were found shot dead, turned up about 60 miles away near Gordon Thursday after fleeing her captor. In what Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane... More »

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