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Mother to Face Murder Charges in 'Heartbreaking Case'

Georgia mom accused of killing her kids, ages 5 and 6

(Newser) - A Georgia mother has been arrested after allegedly killing her two young children and turning the murder weapon on herself, CNN reports. Authorities say 26-year-old Berenice Jaramillo-Hernandez used a knife Friday to kill her children—Mateo Miranda Jaramillo, 5, and Katherine Miranda Jaramillo, 6—at their home near Gainesville, about...

Mall Santa Allegedly Exposes Himself to Teen in Breakroom

In another incident, a Santa refused a boy's Nerf gun request.

(Newser) - Police in Milford, Conn., arrested a mall Santa on Monday for allegedly exposing himself to a teenaged co-worker. Prince Carter, 45, faces charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, per the Hartford Courant . Carter is said to have grabbed and hugged the teen during the...

Army Suspects Foul Play in Fort Bragg Killings

An official says it may have been a drug deal gone wrong

(Newser) - The Army suspects that a drug deal gone wrong led to the killings earlier this week of a master sergeant and an Army veteran, an official tells CBS News . The bodies of Master Sgt. William J. Lavigne II, 37, and Timothy Dumas, 44, were found Wednesday in a training area...

Police Checking Vehicle Find Fatally Wounded Nurse

Caitlyn Marie Kaufman was 26 years old

(Newser) - A nurse was fatally shot Thursday night as she drove to her shift at a Nashville hospital, NBC reports. Police discovered Caitlyn Marie Kaufman, 26, just before 9pm when checking on a vehicle that was stopped on the side of Interstate 440 between the Hillsboro Pike and West End Avenue...

City Offers Reward for Man 'Lying in Wait'

At least 10 random assaults have occurred in Waltham, Mass.

(Newser) - The suspect in a string of at least 10 random assaults in Massachusetts now has a price on his head. Authorities in Waltham, about 20 miles outside of Boston, offered a $5,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man responsible for the recent...

Third Person Charged in Death of Woman Killed by Log

Miranda Spencer faces obstruction of justice charge

(Newser) - As two teens await sentencing in the death of Ohio photographer Victoria Schafer, it has emerged that a third person has been charged in the case. Miranda Spencer, 20, was indicted on a felony charge of obstruction of justice on Sept. 25, the Chillicothe Gazette reports. Police say Spencer was...

Court Rules That Far-Right Party Is a Criminal Group

Cheers and celebrations erupt in Greece after ruling against the Golden Dawn

(Newser) - A Greek court ruled Wednesday that the far-right Golden Dawn party was operating as a criminal organization, delivering landmark guilty verdicts following a politically charged five-year trial against dozens of defendants, the AP reports. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, rose to become Greece's third-largest...

San Franciso Changes Its Mind About Mug Shots

City has stopped releasing them to the public

(Newser) - San Francisco police will stop releasing the mug shots of people who have been arrested unless they pose a threat to the public, as part of an effort to stop perpetuating racial stereotypes, the city's police chief announced Wednesday, the AP reports. San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said...

Step Outside in This City, Get Recorded Everywhere

Aerial surveillance in Baltimore meant to deter homicides, but irks ACLU, privacy advocates

(Newser) - Starting Friday, the roughly 600,000 people living in Baltimore will be constantly recorded whenever they step out under the open sky. For the next six months, up to three airplanes outfitted with wide-angle cameras will sweep over Baltimore in daytime flights designed to capture movements across about 90% of...

Judge Lets Goodfellas Mobster Go Free

Vinny Asaro is allowed to go home

(Newser) - Goodfellas wiseguy Vinny Asaro got a break Friday when he was released from prison over concerns about the coronavirus, the New York Post reports. The thinking: He's 85 and suffered a stroke just last year. "If Asaro were to contract COVID-19, given his age and current state, it...

How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Crime

Certain crimes are down, but a murder-suicide makes headlines in Chicago

(Newser) - Police say a Chicago man killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself because he believed they both had the coronavirus, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Officers found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, on Thursday night, lying dead in their home on Bruce Road. Family told them...

12 People Shot, 5 Fatally, in One Day in Baltimore

Baltimore has found no link in the homicides

(Newser) - Twelve people were shot in a series of separate acts of violence in one day in Baltimore. Five of them died. The shootings began about 2:30am Saturday and ended after 10pm, the Sun reports. "It goes without saying that the level of violence in the city yesterday was...

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Look Out for the '2020' Check Scam

Be careful how you write that date, police say

(Newser) - Uneasy about the new decade? Well, it already has is own possible scam—about writing the date on checks. Media stories are warning people not to abbreviate the year "2020" as "20" in case crooks alter the number to look like an earlier or later year, Slate reports....

On These Beaches, Cops Hand Out 'Robbery Kits'

Barcelona beaches have a crime problem—and a solution

(Newser) - Going to the beaches of Barcelona? The bad news is that bathers are finding their clothes have been stolen while they're swimming. The good news: Police are handing out so-called "robbery kits" containing a metro ticket, flip-flops, and a pair of shorts to people who find themselves exposed,...

Guy Charged With 10 Felonies Over 30 Minutes in 1 Block

Rodney Edward King Jr, 29, went on a shocking crime spree

(Newser) - An alleged felon is making headlines after he was charged with 10 felonies and 2 misdemeanors over less than 30 minutes in a one-block radius, the Daily News reports. Rodney Edward King Jr, 29, is accused of committing crimes against seven people in Columbus, Ohio, one morning last week. "...

Utah Suspect Asked Contractor to Build a Soundproof Room

Request for hooks in walls raised suspicion

(Newser) - The man charged in the slaying of a University of Utah student wanted a contractor to build a soundproof room in his house, no matter the cost, with a thumb lock, hooks on the walls and a secret entrance. "I don’t know what he wanted it for,"...

Barr Declares Emergency Over Violence in Alaska

New funding will add police officers in rural areas

(Newser) - The Trump administration has declared a public-safety emergency in rural Alaska. US Attorney General William Barr, who visited Alaska last month, made the announcement , Reuters reports. “I witnessed firsthand the complex, unique, and dire law enforcement challenges the State of Alaska and its remote Alaska Native communities are facing,...

At Least $10K Awaits Criminals Who Want to Move From Here

Mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., is ponying up his own cash to clear the city of criminal element

(Newser) - Live in Clarksdale, Miss., but want to relocate? Ever dealt drugs, belonged to a gang, or aspired to do any of the above? The city's mayor has a deal for you. FOX13 reports on Clarksdale's "five-point crime-fighting plan," and one of those points is telling criminals...

Woman Found Dead, Nearly Decapitated, in Possible Ax Attack

Another woman was injured; man faces murder charges

(Newser) - A woman was found dead and partially decapitated in a Brooklyn apartment, after apparently being attacked with an ax in what police say was a "brutal, vicious attack." A man in custody faces murder charges, WNBC reports, and a 4-year-old girl in the apartment was unharmed. An Uber...

New York, Feds Pay to Test Rape Kits Around the Nation

Funding has helped bring hundreds of convictions

(Newser) - Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring more than 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officials say. It's estimated that another 155,000...

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