U.S. Lets Iraq Seize Kurdish Oil Near Texas

     GALVESTON, Texas (CN) – As sectarian violence rages, Iraq’s government on Monday sued Kurdistan in Federal Court, demanding 100 million barrels of crude oil onboard a tanker near Texas.     The Min…

Man Charged in April Home Invasion Slaying

Man Charged in April Home Invasion Slaying
CBS Local
SALISBURY, Md. — Maryland State Police have charged a man in a home invasion slaying in Salisbury. Troopers say 35-year-old Paul A. Tatem of Quantico was indicted on numerous charges, including first- and second-degree murder and armed robbery.
Man indicted in fatal Eastern Shore home invasion WBAL Baltimore

  July 30, 2014  

1 injured in MPD officer-involved shooting in DC

1 injured in MPD officer-involved shooting in DCWJLAWASHINGTON (WJLA) – A man was shot in D.C. late Tuesday in an officer-involved shooting. Continue reading. The shooting occurred in the 2500 block of Minnesota Ave SE just after midnight. A Metropolit…

  July 30, 2014  

Chapel attack treated as hate crime new Graffiti has been daubed on the walls …

Chapel attack treated as hate crime new Graffiti has been daubed on the walls
Belfast Telegraph
A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said: “At this stage, police are treating the incident as a hate crime.” SDLP councillor Denise Mullen branded the attack “sickening”. “This is a disgusting and appalling act of vandalism,” said Ms
Chapel graffiti is ‘hate crime Mid Ulster Mail
Police treating chapel graffiti attack as ‘hate crime The Ulster Herald
Police: attack on St Patrick’s Church, Dungannon, a hate crime BBC News
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  July 30, 2014  

Tim Lambesis Sentenced in Murder-For-Hire Case

     In 2000, 19-year-old guitarist Tim Lambesis, a graduate of a San Diego area Christian high school, formed a heavy mental band called “As I Lay Dying” (the title of a William Faulkner novel). The group’s sixth album came out in the fall of 2012 prior to a tour of Asia. The band was scheduled to kick-off a U.S. tour from Oklahoma City on May 30, 2013. Many of the band’s songs included Christian themes of forgiveness and struggle.

     In 2011, Lambesis and his wife Meggan separated. According to divorce papers, she accused him of becoming emotionally distant from her and the three children they adopted from Ethiopia. She complained that he had become obsessed with bodybuilding and touring. Meggan also accused her estranged husband of having a “string of women.”

     In April 2013, the 32-year-old rock star, on two occasions, confided to a man who worked out at his gym that he wanted to have his wife killed. Lambesis told this man his wife made it difficut for him to visit his children. The man in the gym Lambesis reached out to reported Lambesis’ homicidal wishes to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly thereafter, Lambesis met with an undercover police officer posing as a hit man named “Red”.

     In the recorded murder-for-hire meeting, the heavy metal rocker handed Red an envelope containing $1,000 in cash, a photograph of his wife, the security gate code to the Encinitas, California estate, and a list of dates in which Lambesis would have an alibi. According to court documents, the murder-for-hire mastermind also gave the undercover sheriff’s department officer instructions on how to kill Meggan Lambesis.

    At two in the afternoon of Tuesday, May 7, 2013, San Diego sheriff’s deputies arrested Lambesis as he shopped at a mall in Oceanside. The officers booked him into the Vista Jail on the charge of solicitation of murder.

     The day after his arrest, at his arraignment, Lambeis pleaded not guilty to the murder solicitation charge. The judge set his bail at $3 million. Forty-eight days later Lambesis posted his bond. The judge required him to wear a GPS device.

     The murder-for-hire suspect’s attorney told reporters that his client had been set up by the man in the gym. If convicted as charged Lambesis faced up to nine years in prison. His fans and people who know the entertainer expressed shock over the murder-for-hire accusation.

     On September 16, 2013, the Superior Court Judge, after hearing preliminary hearing testimony from the undercover officer and other prosecution witnesses, bound the murder-for-hire case over for trial.

     In February 2014, Lambesis pleaded guilty in a Vista, California courtroom of soliciting an undercover officer to murder his wife. At his sentencing hearing on May 16, 2014, the former rock star’s attorney said his client suffered brain damage as a result of using steroids. The deputy district attorney dismissed the claim. She called it a flimsy, illogical excuse for what in reality was a calculated plan to have a person murdered.

     The judge sentenced Lambesis to six years in prison.  

Criminal Justice Quote: The Diminishing Death Penalty

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Writing Quote: Writing About Animals

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2 sought in shooting, robbery at Papa John’s

2 sought in shooting, robbery at Papa John’s
KSAT San Antonio
2 sought in shooting, robbery at Papa John’s. Pair may have robbed Motel 6 earlier this month. POSTED YESTERDAY, 10:56 PM UPDATED TODAY, 2:57 AM. SAN ANTONIO – Police are on the lookout for two men who shot a Papa John’s Pizza restaurant …
Man wounded in Northwest Side Papa John’s robbery mySanAntonio.com

Man arrested for Grand Rapids home invasion

Man arrested for Grand Rapids home invasionWZZM1414235 home invasion. Curtis Lee Hopkins (Photo: Kent Co. Jail). CONNECT 6 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Police have made an arrest in a home invasion last week. The i…

  July 30, 2014