Leesburg man accused in killing of Brevard prostitute has violent past

The day after Loanne Berning asked for a domestic-violence injunction against her husband, he showed up at her Leesburg home.Lance Berning then vandalized the house, slashed a waterbed and set fire to furniture in the backyard, according to a 1994 incident report. Outside, Berning wrote in red on the home's front door "You can have it all," referring to busted furniture and broken mirrors cluttered the floor inside, the report said.But he hadn't been served the injunction yet, so he wasn't arres...

Botched Robbery or Hate Crime?

Botched Robbery or Hate Crime?Huffington PostWithin hours, local media ran headlines of a transgender person killed in a "botched robbery." The police, they reported, were not considering this a hate crime but simply a random "robbery gone sideways." These accounts were echoed in national reports ...
  October 21, 2014  

Hutchinson man on trial for alleged kidnapping

Hutchinson man on trial for alleged kidnappingHutchinson NewsA jury trial began Tuesday of a Hutchinson man charged with kidnapping after he allegedly held two knives to his girlfriend and used her as a shield when police attempted to arrest him on a warrant in April. Reno County Attorney Keith Schroeder said ...
  October 21, 2014  

‘Django Unchained’ actress, partner charged with lewd conduct in Studio City romantic encounter

‘Django Unchained’ actress, partner charged with lewd conduct in Studio City romantic encounter Actress Daniele L. Watts of “Django Unchained” fame and her partner, Brian James Lucas, were each charged with one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure on Tuesday for an incident that occurred last month in Studio City, a Los Angeles city prosecutor confirmed.Watts, who was briefly handcuffed after not showing officers her identification, had suggested she was racially profiled because she is black and Lucas is white. “We received a police report, and our prosecutors had a chance to look...
  October 21, 2014  

Four more charged in July robbery, murder on East Side

Four more charged in July robbery, murder on East SideMadison.comIn September, prosecutors charged Kent J. Hooker, 28, with felony murder and being a party to armed robbery for allegedly driving Lee to Lee's grandmother's house in Cicero, Illinois. Hooker waived his right to a preliminary hearing in court on Tuesday.
  October 21, 2014  

Stolen Car Driver Arrested After Highway 24 Chase, Crash In Orinda

Stolen Car Driver Arrested After Highway 24 Chase, Crash In OrindaCBS LocalORINDA (CBS SF) — A Martinez man was arrested Tuesday morning after allegedly crashing a stolen car while fleeing police on state Highway 24 in Lafayette and Orinda. Lafayette police said officers responded around 6:35 a.m. to a report of a suspicious ...Lafayette: Police chase ends with crash, capture Contra Costa Times
  October 21, 2014  

Last Suspect of Ore. ‘Terror Camp’ Arraigned

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Haroun Aswat, a 40-year-old British citizen, is the last man standing in the case of a so-called "terror camp" in Oregon that prosecutors from coast to coast have tried to pin down since 1999.     London's reputed "hate cleric" Abu Hamza al-Masri allegedly sent Aswat and other to set up a training camp in Bly, Ore. to prepare Muslim fighters for the fight against the United States, years before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001....
  October 21, 2014  

Two Teens Arrested in Oroville Home Invasion, Beating

Two Teens Arrested in Oroville Home Invasion, BeatingFOX40Two teens, ages 16 and 17, were arrested Saturday in connection with a home invasion robbery and beating of a 64-year-old man. The man, identified by Patrick Plaster, was taken to the hospital by family. He was originally believed to have life ...Teens arrested for violent home invasion robbery KRCRTV.COM
  October 21, 2014  

Mississippi Sued Over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

     JACKSON, Miss. (CN) - An LGBT rights group and two same-sex couples sued Mississippi in federal court on Monday, challenging the state's ban on gay marriage.     Plaintiffs Becky Bickett and Andrea Sanders are a long-time couple that would like to marry in Mississippi. They have been together 10 years and are raising adopted twin sons together.     Jocelyn Pritchett and Carla Webb, who were legally married in Maine l...
  October 21, 2014  

Man accused of stealing ambulance, leading police on chase

LOS ANGELES >> A man who allegedly stole a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance and crashed it was charged Tuesday with carjacking and other crimes.Mohamed Zahir, 21, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with two counts of carjacking and one count each of attempted carjacking and fleeing police causing serious bodily injury, according to the District Attorney’s Office.Paramedics sent to the 200 block of San Pedro Street about 7:20 p.m. Sunday strapped Zahir to ...
  October 21, 2014