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Another Smash and Grab Theft Nets Stash of Tools

LA police are on tactical alert

(Newser) - A group of people went into a Home Depot in California and came out with a pile of tools—without paying. The group, up to 10 people all apparently young adults or teens, grabbed hammers and crowbars, then ran out into at least one waiting car in Lakewood, a city...

Her Mom Gave Her Up for Adoption, Helped Find Her Killer

'Atavist' looks at the death of Aundria Bowman in 1989, and an upcoming trial

(Newser) - In one sense, it's a crime story with a familiar ring: DNA evidence results in charges in a decades-old killing. In this case, 72-year-old Dennis Bowman of Holland, Michigan, will go on trial in January in the death of a 14-year-old girl who disappeared in 1989. But the story...

'Vigilante' App Raises Eyebrows in NYC, LA

Controversial neighborhood-watch app pays users to livestream crime scenes, other emergencies

(Newser) - There's a new twist to local journalism in New York City and Los Angeles, and it's raising eyebrows. Citizen, which already has upward of 7 million users in dozens of US cities, promises safety alerts in real time, but recent job listings seen by the New York Post...

It's a 'Criminal Takedown Like We Have Never Seen'

More than 800 arrested around the world, thanks to FBI's encrypted messaging app

(Newser) - The app was lauded by criminals around the world, who promoted it "for its absolute reliability," says Jannine van den Berg, chief constable of the Central Unit of the Dutch police, per the Washington Post . "But nothing was further from the truth." The encrypted messaging app,...

Random Stabbing Adds to NYC Subway's Woes
Subway Hero Stops 
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Subway Hero Stops Latest Random Attack

Sean Conaboy pulls assailant with knife off woman in New York City

(Newser) - Without warning, a man with a knife stabbed a stranger standing on a Manhattan subway platform on Wednesday. Reports suggest the victim could've easily died—if not for the heroic actions of a bystander, who immediately sprinted into action. More:
  • Surveillance video from 14th Street-Union Square station shows a
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Kristin Smart Case Cracked Thanks to Shy Podcaster

Chris Lambert spoke to overlooked witnesses on 'Your Own Backyard'

(Newser) - Chris Lambert would like to get back to making music but he can't seem to stop chasing a ghost that has haunted him for nearly 25 years. A billboard on the side of the road on California's Central Coast led him on a detour three years ago from...

He Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement
He Survived
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He Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement

Ian Manuel pleads for end to juvenile solitary confinement

(Newser) - Ian Manuel had just finished seventh grade when he shot a woman in the face during a robbery. It was "the act of a 13-year-old in crisis," Manuel writes in a New York Times op-ed, adding that the "cruel and unusual punishment" that followed did not fit...

US Men Charged in Italian Officer's Death Face Life

The California men say they were acting in self-defense

(Newser) - An Italian prosecutor wants two Americans charged in the killing of a police officer in central Rome to get life in prison—Italy’s maximum sentence, the AP reports. Prosecutor Maria Sabina Calabretta on Saturday asked the court to find Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, guilty in...

Welfare Check Turns Up Woman's Body, Puppy Mill

Oklahoma woman faces murder charges

(Newser) - An Oklahoma woman was charged Monday with second-degree murder and more than 100 counts of animal cruelty after investigators performing a welfare check at her property this month discovered a human body and a suspected puppy mill, KFOR reports. Karen Jean Pritchard, 49, was arrested Feb. 13 after authorities received...

Suspected 'Subway Slasher' Arrested in New York City

One outlet reports that the man has confessed

(Newser) - A suspect has been arrested in connection to a spate of subway stabbings in New York City over the weekend that left two people dead, CNN reports. Rigoberto Lopez, a 21-year-old Brooklyn man, was taken into custody on Saturday night and charged Sunday with murder and attempted murder related to...

Teen Gets 45 Years for Killing His Mother

He strangled her to death after an argument about his grades

(Newser) - A Florida teen who killed his mother after an argument about his grades has been sentenced to 45 years in prison, News4Jax reports. Gregory Ramos of Volusia County was 15 when he strangled his mother, Gail Cleavenger, to death in November 2018. Ramos, now 17, pleaded guilty last month to...

2nd Suspect Arrested in Shooting of ICU Nurse

James Edward Cowan faces a criminal homicide charge

(Newser) - A second man has been arrested in connection to the December death of a Tennessee nurse found fatally shot in her car along Nashville’s I-440. A team of local, state, and federal authorities took 28-year-old James Edward Cowan into custody Tuesday night, the Tennessean reports. His girlfriend, Dimensha Carter,...

Lectern Guy, QAnon Shaman Among Arrests

They face charges in connection to Wednesday's Capitol violence

(Newser) - You’ve seen the photograph: A guy wearing a Trump beanie smiles and waves in the US Capitol while holding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern. That man, identified as 36-year-old Adam Johnson of Parrish, Fla., was arrested Friday night and is being held on a federal warrant, NBC News...

Thieves Pelt Police With Bottles of Fine Wine

French hotel has been robbed of $700K worth of wine

(Newser) - The owner of the Relais Château hotel in France’s Burgundy region has plenty of reason to whine: The five-star hotel’s cellar has been raided twice in the last couple of days, the Guardian reports, with thieves making off with total of nearly $700,000 worth of fine...

16-Year-Old Charged in Soldier’s Death

A 23-year-old soldier also faces murder charges

(Newser) - A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection to the killing of Hayden Harris , an Army corporal stationed at New York’s Fort Drum who was found shot to death in New Jersey last month, NBC News reports. Also charged with felony murder and weapons charges is Jamaal Mellish, 23,...

5 Female Victims Found Dead in One Home

Two women and three girls were discovered in a home in northwest Arkansas

(Newser) - Two women and three girls have been found dead in a home in northwest Arkansas in what authorities said are being investigated as suspected homicides. Deputies responded to a call around 5pm Friday and found the five people dead in a home in Atkins, a city about 65 miles...

Georgia Babysitter Charged in Death of 2-Year-Old

She allegedly made disturbing internet searches before the incident

(Newser) - A Georgia woman accused in the death of a toddler she was babysitting made Internet searches for "what type of person enjoys abusing other people’s children" and "what does it mean to have a sudden urge to beat a child that's not yours," CBS News...

Mother to Face Murder Charges in 'Heartbreaking Case'

Georgia mom accused of killing her kids, ages 5 and 6

(Newser) - A Georgia mother has been arrested after allegedly killing her two young children and turning the murder weapon on herself, CNN reports. Authorities say 26-year-old Berenice Jaramillo-Hernandez used a knife Friday to kill her children—Mateo Miranda Jaramillo, 5, and Katherine Miranda Jaramillo, 6—at their home near Gainesville, about...

Mall Santa Allegedly Exposes Himself to Teen in Breakroom

In another incident, a Santa refused a boy's Nerf gun request.

(Newser) - Police in Milford, Conn., arrested a mall Santa on Monday for allegedly exposing himself to a teenaged co-worker. Prince Carter, 45, faces charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, per the Hartford Courant . Carter is said to have grabbed and hugged the teen during the...

Army Suspects Foul Play in Fort Bragg Killings

An official says it may have been a drug deal gone wrong

(Newser) - The Army suspects that a drug deal gone wrong led to the killings earlier this week of a master sergeant and an Army veteran, an official tells CBS News . The bodies of Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44, were found Wednesday in a training area...

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