5 suspects wanted for hate crime assault in Central Park

5 suspects wanted for hate crime assault in Central Park
New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV
MANHATTAN (PIX11) — The NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying five suspects wanted in connection with an assault in Central Park earlier this week. A 36-year-old woman said she was jogging around 60th Street …
NYPD: Central Park Jogger Attacked By Group Making ‘Anti-White’ Statements Gothamist
Woman targeted in Central Park with racial remarks, pellet gun WABC-TV

  August 23, 2014  

Parents Sue SF Over Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Bernal Heights Park

Parents Sue SF Over Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Bernal Heights Park
KQED (blog)
The parents of a 28-year-old man shot and killed by San Francisco police officers on March 21 filed a federal lawsuit against the city and its police chief Friday. The lawsuit (read below) disputes statements SFPD Chief Greg Suhr made just days after
Eyewitness claims victim of officer-involved shooting did not brandish Taser San Francisco Bay Guardian
Lawsuit filed for man killed by police at SF’s Bernal Heights Park KGO-TV
Lawsuit Filed As Community Rallies For Man Shot Dead By San Francisco CBS Local
San Francisco Examiner  - Mission Local

  August 23, 2014  

Man hospitalized after violent home invasion

Man hospitalized after violent home invasionKPRC HoustonDEGREES, FEEL LIKE THE LOW 100s. NEW THIS MORNING, A MAN IS COVERING AFTER GETTING SHOT DURING A VIOLENT HOME INVASION. POLICE SAY A GROUP OF MASKED MEN BURST INTO THE HOME AND STARTED MAKING DEMA…

  August 23, 2014  

Searchers begin combing woods for remains of 1994 kidnapping victim Heidi Allen

Searchers begin combing woods for remains of 1994 kidnapping victim Heidi AllenThe Post-Standard – syracuse.comSearch and rescue crews continue their work in the town of Parish along Route 69 where the search for possible Heidi Allen remains continue. …

  August 23, 2014  

Jacksonville business owner recalls home invasion

Jacksonville business owner recalls home invasionJacksonville Daily NewsA Jacksonville business owner said his family is among those who have been plagued by a string of violent home invasions across the state. Lin Fang Shu, the owner of Empire Chinese…

  August 23, 2014  

Find out what military equipment Shore towns got

Find out what military equipment Shore towns gotAsbury Park PressImages of civil unrest and police in fatigues and riot gear in Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer on Aug. 9, have put a spotlight on…

  August 23, 2014  

Robber killed in Cumberland County home invasion

Robber killed in Cumberland County home invasion
WRAL.com
Investigators said Theodore Horton was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No other information about the home invasion has been released, but a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said no residents were injured. Horton’s …

  August 23, 2014  

Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing a Student and Conspiring to Murder His Wife

     In August 2012, the Harford County Maryland School District hired 29-year-old Ethan Estevez to teach biology in the town of Aberdeen. The resident of Churchville, Maryland would teach alternative education students at the Center for Educational Opportunity. According to the center’s website, “Alternative Education provides a continuation of educational services to students who may have experienced crises. This program also exits to meet the individual needs of those students who have dropped out of school or not have been successful in a traditional school environment.”
     In February 2014, members of the center’s teaching staff came to suspect that Estevez was engaged in a sexual relationship with a female student, a relationship that had been going on since September 2012 when the girl was fifteen. The girl had told some of her friends and her mother that she and the teacher had been involved romantically. The mother, along with teachers from the school, reported Estevez to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. 
     A few days after filing the criminal complaint against the teacher, the alleged victim’s mother, with a detective listening in on the call, phoned Estevez and asked him if her daughter’s allegations were true. Estevez explained that he and the girl were in love and planned to get married. (Estevez, however, already had a wife.) The teacher denied that he and the girl had engaged in anything beyond kissing.
     On March 7, 2014, a school administrator placed Estevez on administrative leave. A month after that, detectives searching the girl’s iPhone came across a February 2014 text message to one of her friends that revealed a murder-for-hire plot involving Estevez as the mastermind and his wife as the target. The girl had written: “Like it has to look like an accident because of life insurance and stuff.” In another text message, the girl said she “just needed it to really happen before Sunday.” 
     Questioned about the text messages by detectives, the student claimed that the teacher never really intended to have his wife murdered. Yes, they had talked about it but he was just joking around. 
     On June 4, 2014, a Harford County grand jury indicted Ethan Estevez on charges of sexual abuse. On that day the head of the school district fired him. After a few hours in jail Estevez posted his bond and was released to await his trial. 
     A month after Estevez’s sexual abuse arrest, Harford County detectives questioned a girl who had exchanged text messages with the suspect’s alleged victim. According the ex-teacher’s student/girlfriend, he had initially spoke of making his wife’s murder look like a hit-and-run accident. Later he changed the murder plan to have the hit man orchestrate a fake drive-by shooting outside of a restaurant. To make the hit look like a random crime and throw suspicion off himself, Estevez wanted the assassin to shoot him in the arm. (That was stupid because hit men are amateurs who don’t shoot straight.) This girl also told detectives that her friend said the hit man would kill the teacher’s wife for $600. 
     In August 2014, a assistant Harford County state’s attorney charged Ethan Estevez with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. At the defendant’s bail hearing, the prosecutor argued that the suspect posed a danger to the community and to his wife. District Court Judge David Carey said he could not ignore the seriousness of the charge. He said, however, that Mr. Estevez was entitled to bail which he set at $75,000. The next day the murder-for-hire and sexual abuse suspect posted his bond and walked out of the Harford County Jail. No date has been set for either trial. 

2 jailed in synthetic marijuana drug bust

2 jailed in synthetic marijuana drug bustLongview News-JournalTwo Lone Star residents were held Friday night in the Titus County Jail on drug charges after police busted a Mount Pleasant doughnut shop for selling synthetic marijuana. The bust was the r…

  August 23, 2014  

Criminal Justice Quote: Death by Stray Bullet

     A 58-year-old man was killed by a stray bullet Sunday morning, August 17, 2014 while he was inside his New Haven, Connecticut home. Officers responded at two in the morning to a 911 call that reported gunfire. Moments later, a woman called saying that her husband had been shot.

     Police officers found Darryl McNair shot inside his home and say he was struck by a stray bullet inside an office area in his basement. McNair had earlier celebrated his birthday. He was treated at the scene by medical personnel and transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he died shortly thereafter.

“Connecticut Man Killed by Stray Bullet,” CBS News, August 17, 2014