Kyle Rittenhouse, the Lake County teen charged with killing two in Kenosha, set for court hearing Friday
CHICAGO — Kyle Rittenhouse is scheduled for a hearing in Lake County court Friday morning that will focus on whether he will be sent to Wisconsin to face charges alleging he fatally shot two people and wounded a third during protests in Kenosha last month.Lawyers for the 17-year-old from Antioch could waive his right to challenge extradition or demand future hearings to fight his potential return to Kenosha County, where he is charged with murder and several other counts.If he fights extradition, those proceedings would turn on the questions of whether the warrant from Wisconsin is valid and w...
How DNA match led Fort Worth police to arrest man in 1974 murder of 17-year-old girl
FORT WORTH, Texas — For decades, Fort Worth police had been looking in the right places to find the person they suspected killed Carla Walker: They had found men connected to purchases of .22 Rugers, the weapon involved in the abduction of Walker from a bowling alley’s parking lot. They had tested her clothing for DNA multiple times. They had even interviewed the man taken into custody Monday for the capital murder of Walker, Glen McCurley, less than two months after she was killed.Yet none of that information had brought the police department close enough to making an arrest. How did they fin...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Amid 'indescribable times,' St. Louis homicide rate reaches historic levels
ST. LOUIS — The same scenes play out time and again for St. Louis police Lt. Scott Aubuchon’s homicide detectives when they arrive to investigate another death in the city: yellow police tape, the wails of family and evidence technicians scouring for bullet casings.Aubuchon’s team is struggling to keep up as the city contends with a homicide rate that, by year’s end, likely will be the worst in at least a half-century.The number of killings soared over the summer as detectives were called to 114 homicides in June, July and August. There were 53 people killed in the city in July alone.“Since Ju...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
State, federal authorities arrest 26 suspected gang members in Bay Area; charges include 4 homicides
SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-six suspected Sureño members and associates have been charged with serious crimes, including murder, according to Bay Area officials who Tuesday announced the arrests after a years-long law enforcement operation targeting the Southern California-based gang that has earned a reputation for violent reprisals against informants and rivals.Known as Operation Boulevard Blues, the FBI and Concord police-led operation brought four Contra Costa homicide investigations to a close and resulted in 11 suspected Sureños facing murder and gang charges in state court. Authorities serve...
The Mercury News
US attorney says Philly DA's 'radical experiment has failed,' announces new charges
PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain on Monday announced federal charges against two Philadelphia men in gun-related cases — because, he said, District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office bungled their prosecutions.McSwain also highlighted 10 other defendants he said received lenient treatment from Krasner in gun possession, drug or assault cases and who later were charged with murder.Speaking Monday at a news conference, McSwain said Krasner’s policies “create a culture of lawlessness” and “leave criminals emboldened.”“The staggering homicide and shooting rates in Philadelphia are proo...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Disabled homeless woman severely beaten in downtown attack
SAN DIEGO — A homeless woman was hospitalized with severe assault injuries Friday night, and homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the man suspected of unleashing the attack.A 911 caller reported the assault at 10:10 p.m. at Fourth Avenue and B Street downtown, San Diego police said. Officers found a 73-year-old disabled woman with significant trauma to her upper body. She was taken to a hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.Homicide detectives were called to investigate because of the severity of her injuries. Witnesses said a man was seen in an altercation...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pastor who shot, killed wife threatened to kill her during argument the day before, police say
ORLANDO, Fla. — A pastor and self-proclaimed prophet who shot and killed his estranged wife outside her job at a bank near the Mall at Millenia Tuesday morning threatened to kill her during an argument the day before, a newly released affidavit showed.Shortly after Sylvester Ofori shot Barbara Tommey, 27, in the head multiple times outside Navy Federal Credit Union just before 9 a.m., detectives from the Orlando Police Department contacted Tommey’s sister, who had recorded a fight between the two on Monday.Tommey’s sister showed detectives the video, in which Ofori threatened to kill Tommey wh...
Senior Washington AG criminal investigator placed on leave after restaurant flap
SEATTLE — The Washington Attorney General’s Office has placed a senior criminal investigator on paid administrative leave while it investigates an incident at a Tacoma restaurant in which a server said the man made a scene and stiffed her on her tip for wearing a Black Lives Matter button.Cloyd Steiger, a former Seattle police homicide detective and now the chief criminal investigator for the AG’s Homicide Investigation Tracking System (HITS), was placed on leave Tuesday after the AG’s office Human Resources Department “initiated an investigation into his conduct,” said Dan Jackson, a spokesma...
The Seattle Times
Protesters gather as attorneys argue key issues in Floyd case
MINNEAPOLIS — Highly organized, peaceful protesters took over the block in front of the heavily fortified Hennepin County Family Justice Center Friday morning where the pretrial hearing was underway for four former Minneapolis Police officers charged in the May 25 killing of George Floyd.The group swelled throughout the morning to a peak of several hundred as the hearing began inside and out of sight at 9 a.m. Throughout the morning, they chanted: “indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell.”The protesters wore black face masks with white writing t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
With their homes in ashes, and injured animals roaming, victims of Washington state wildfires wonder what's next
OMAK, Wash. — The fire crested the hills above Luke McKee’s home with little warning.Driven by high winds and fed by drought-baked shrubs, flames ripped down the hillside and cut an unpredictable, horseshoe-shaped path that overwhelmed his attempts, aided by a local fire truck, to save the ranch house where he and his wife and two sons had lived for 11 years.On Thursday afternoon, McKee stood by the ashes of his property south of Okanogan, just off State Route 97. The house, designed by his late grandfather, had burned to the foundation.“It looked like, for a while, with a little bit of grace ...
The Seattle Times