Dayton woman’s 2015 disappearance considered suspicious

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 5:16 PM

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Dayton woman whose disappearance is now considered suspicious, officials said Monday. 

Sharonda Morrison, 20, was reported missing Dec. 22, 2015.

According to a Crime Stoppers notice sent out Monday, “recent information” has made the circumstances around her disappearance “suspicious.”

Morrison was arrested for drug trafficking in Portsmouth, Ohio about seven months before she disappeared. She currently has a nationwide warrant for her arrest through Scioto County issued in September 2015, the release said.

She has not been in contact with local family members who reported her missing.

Her last known address, according to court records, is on Danner Avenue in Dayton.

If you have any information about this crime, please call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP.

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You never have to give your name, just the information. Information that leads to an arrest will get a reward of up to $2,500.

North Carolina man who plotted ISIS-inspired terror attack sentenced to life in prison

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 2:23 AM

A judge sentenced a Morganton, North Carolina, man to life in prison Tuesday morning at the federal courthouse in Asheville.

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Justin Sullivan, who was 19 years old when he was first arrested in 2015, pleaded guilty last November to one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

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He told the FBI he was a converted Muslim and wanted to kill 1,000 people by using cyanide-laced bullets and vehicles filled with bombs. Sullivan wanted to get an AR-15 from a gun show in Hickory to kill a large number of U.S. citizens, according to court documents.
But what he didn't know was that he was corresponding with an undercover FBI agent. 

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During the sentencing, Sullivan told the court that he was not a bad person and that a life sentence was not justified. 
Prosecutors said in September of 2014, Sullivan converted to Islam, became a violent Islamic extremist and watched ISIS videos, wanting to create his own Islamic state in the United States. 
"He planned to attack a concert or a club, places that we would call soft targets, places where people would be about enjoying their lives and not expecting acts of violence,” said U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose.
The judge said that it was an act of terrorism and that Sullivan was cold, calculated and cowardly.
Sullivan stood up and told the judge it was a lie to describe him as a cold-blooded murderer.

The 21-year-old is also accused of murdering his neighbor, 74-year-old John Clark, who was found in a shallow grave next to his home after being shot three times in the head in December 2014.

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The FBI found the rifle used in that shooting while investigating the terrorism case.

The district attorney plans to seek the death penalty in that case. 

After his sentencing, Sullivan's father spoke to WSOC-TV.

"As parents, we're not happy, but as Americans, I accept it,” Rich Sullivan said. “Of course, he is still my son and I still love him."

Sullivan’s parents also alerted authorities prior to his arrest after a silencer arrived at the family's home. The FBI acted after learning Sullivan was plotting to murder them because they were interfering with his plot to kill others.

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WSOC reporter Dave Faherty asked Rich Sullivan if he forgives his son.

“No, I can't,” Rich Sullivan said.

The focus now turns to Sullivan’s capital murder trial in Burke County for the shooting death of John Clark. FBI agents said they found the murder weapon at Sullivan's home and matched it through ballistics.

"From what we have learned about Justin Sullivan is that from a very early age, and I'm talking eight or nine years old, he has suffered from real depression and suicidal ideation," said defense attorney Vicki Jayne.

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19-year-old shoots, kills man trying to break into apartment

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 5:27 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 8:43 AM

Police said a teenager shot and killed a man Monday as he attempted to break into the teen’s apartment in DeKalb County, Georgia. 

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Malik Hyatt, 19, told police he heard someone banging on the door of his apartment and trying to kick it in early Monday morning. 

Hyatt said he looked through the peephole and saw a man he did not know with something by his side.

He told his 22-year-old sister to go to her room, grabbed a gun and shot through the door twice.

When investigators arrived, they found the suspect dead on the stoop.

“They actually saw a male on the ground with a T-shirt on his face and a handgun in his hand outside one of the apartments,” DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said.

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The medical examiner identified the man killed as Eric Ransom, 22.

“In home invasions, you never know what the suspect’s motive are. Maybe it’s money. Maybe the victim had something they wanted,” Robertson said.

Police said they do not plan on charging the teen. They said the shooting appears to be justified, but the case is open and remains under investigation.

Substitute teacher accused of sex with student

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:58 AM

A 24-year-old former substitute teacher in Monett, Missouri, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

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According to the Monett Times, Loryn Barclay was arrested Sunday and charged with four counts of sexual contact with a student by a teacher. Barclay started as substitute teacher in fall 2016, and she was hired as a paraprofessional in November. As of April 27, she was relieved of her duties.

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“When we became aware of potential involvement with a student, we followed all procedures by informing the Children’s Division,” Monett superintendent Brad Hanson told The Monett Times. “We had a conversation with her, and she was not employed from then on. We learned about it the day of her exit as an employee. We dealt with it swiftly.”

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In early May, Barclay allegedly told an officer with the Monett Police Department that she “had an inappropriate relationship” with a student while employed as a substitute teacher. According to the affidavit, she told officer Jay Jastal that she had intercourse with the student twice at his family’s home in Barry County and had oral sex with him in a car at a park in Lawrence County.

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The student allegedly admitted to having intercourse and oral sex with the one-time teacher on multiple occasions.

“The district followed all compliance issues and followed through with everything we needed to do, and now, we’ll let the legal side do its work,” Hanson told the paper.

>> Teacher allegedly had sex with 4 students, including 2 at same time

She faces charges in both counties.

Jastal, who serves as school resource officer, was tipped off about the relationship in April.

Barclay met a $25,000 bond and was released Sunday night. A hearing is scheduled for July 24.

Charges in Barry County, where the student’s home is located, were filed on Monday, and a warrant was issued for Barclay with a cash-only bond of $10,000.

Body found in locked Walmart bathroom now identified as 29-year-old woman

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:36 PM

The body of a woman found found Monday inside a bathroom at a Walmart in Oklahoma has been identified, but police still aren’t sure how long she was there.

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Sand Springs police have identified the woman as 29-year-old Katherine Caraway from Muskogee.

According to police, employees assumed that the family bathroom was out of order because it was locked. Employees placed an out of order sign on the door Friday and it remained there throughout the weekend.

On Monday, employees unlocked the bathroom door and found the woman. 

Sand Springs Police say their preliminary investigation shows nothing suspicious about the woman's death.

They do not know why she was in Sand Springs. 

Walmart issued the following statement about the discovery:


"We are saddened by this. We don't know all the facts right now, but we are working closely with local law enforcement to provide what information we have that might be useful. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we must refer you to them for additional information."