In 1982, he killed her entire family. Upon his death, she's finally getting closure.
PHILADELPHIA — The man who broke into Miriam Smith’s New Jersey home more than 38 years ago, killing her parents and 3-year-old sister, had finally died.She started to cry.“Why are you crying, Mommy?” her 6-year-old daughter, Peyton, asked her Monday night. She held the girl close. “People just cry sometimes when they’re happy,” Smith said. She thought about how she was just a half-year younger than Peyton when she watched that man shoot her mom, dad, and sister Sandra.He had stolen so much from her — her adoptive family, her innocence, her sense of safety — and saddled her with a survivor’s g...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
‘All My Children’ Star John Callahan’s Identity Stolen During Burglary After His Death
Soap star John Callahan’s ex-wife, Eva LaRue, has recently shared that the actor’s identity was stolen during a home burglary after his unexpected death in March.Callahan died on March 28 after suffering a stroke. He was 66 years old at the time.In an interview published on Tuesday with Fox News, LaRue opened up about her experience mourning Callahan’s death and then spoke of the alleged identity theft. LaRue who is the mother of Callahan’s 18-year-old daughter, said during the interview, “It has definitely been a roller coaster because not only is my daughter grieving so hard, but I’m grievin...
Louisiana Supreme Court won't review life sentence for Black man who tried to steal hedge clippers
Fair Wayne Bryant is currently serving a life sentence in Louisiana for an attempted burglary conviction stemming from an attempt to steal some hedge clippers. According to six of the seven justices on the Louisiana Supreme Court, Bryant’s sentence is a fair one.The court last week denied a request from Bryant to review his life sentence, which he argued was an example of cruel and excessive punishment. Although the one dissenting judge — and the only Black judge on the court — issued a scathing dissent characterizing the sentence as a modern manifestation of old racist laws, the court’s choic...
New York Daily News
Armed 11- and 13-year-old charged with breaking into cars in South Carolina, authorities say
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two children were charged with breaking into cars in a Columbia neighborhood and they were found with a stolen gun, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.An 11- and 13-year-old face multiple charges for a series of car break-ins, the sheriff’s department said in a news release.Deputies on patrol in the Summit subdivision saw the kids walking around at 4 a.m. on July 2, according to the release. That’s near the intersection of Two Notch Road and Clemson Road, as well as the Village at Sandhill shopping center.The sheriff’s department said when deputies questioned...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
81-year-old pharmacist whose business was decimated by recent looting vows to continue serving Chicago neighbors — as he has for nearly half a century
CHICAGO — In 1973, Howard Bolling secured a $55,000 loan and took a big chance.The young pharmacist had worked at Walgreens for years but was ready to go out on his own. A mentor helped him get the loan and find a pharmacy corner shop at 11254 S. Michigan Ave. that the owners wanted to sell.Friends told him he was crazy for wanting to open a Black-owned business in the then majority-white neighborhood of Roseland. In fact, the owners were looking to leave because the neighborhood was beginning to change.“You’re Black. You can’t go past 95th Street,” people told Bolling.Though fearful that he w...