Doctor in starvation death case withdraws plea

Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

A doctor involved in the case of a teen who died of starvation withdrew her no contest plea in court Wednesday morning.

Margaret Edwards was supposed to be sentenced Wednesday on three misdemeanor counts of failure to provide for a functionally impaired person to which she pleaded no contest April 12. Instead she retained a new lawyer and said she wished to withdraw her plea.

Edwards, 51, of Trotwood, is the last of five people to be criminally prosecuted in connection with the 14-year-old’s starvation death.

Makayla Norman, who had cerebral palsy, could not speak, move, or feed herself. She weighed 28 pounds when she died March 1, 2011.

Norman’s mother and her nurse are already serving prison terms. Two other nurses who were to supervise her care have also been convicted of felonies.

Police chief, officer charged in shooting death of 73-year-old woman

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:26 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:26 PM


            Police chief, officer charged in shooting death of 73-year-old woman

An accidental shooting at a citizen’s police academy in Punta Gorda, Florida, resulted in the death of a retired librarian and charges against a police chief and an officer.

According to WINK, Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis and Officer Lee Coel were charged in connection with an August shooting that killed 73-year-old Mary Knowlton. 

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The shooting took place during a “shoot/don’t shoot” exercise in which Knowlton was playing the role of an officer, while Coel was acting as an attacker. Coel fired his weapon, which was supposed to have blanks in it but was loaded.

The officer has been on administrative leave since the incident occurred as questions swirled regarding the apparent lack of procedures taken to ensure the gun was not loaded, and is now facing criminal charges.

The News-Press reported that Coel was arrested after turning himself in on Wednesday and is charged with manslaughter, while Lewis faces charges of culpable negligence.

The city approved a $2 million settlement for Knowlton’s family in November.

CNN reported that Coel faces up to 30 years in prison if he is convicted.

Man charged in 2005 disappearance, death of Georgia beauty queen

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 1:11 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 3:48 PM


            Man charged in 2005 disappearance, death of Georgia beauty queen

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Thursday afternoon that a man has been arrested in connection with the 2005 disappearance and murder of Georgia teacher Tara Grinstead.

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Agents said someone walked into the sheriff's office earlier this week with information linking a man named Ryan Alexander Duke to Grinstead's disappearance and murder.

Duke attended the high school where Grinstead worked and graduated three years prior to her disappearance, according to the GBI.

He was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

GBI officials said the investigation continues and that authorities plan to do more interviews.

WSBTV reported on Thursday morning that authorities had gotten a major break in the more than 10-year-old case.

Grinstead, a former beauty pageant queen, was reported missing from her Ocilla home in October 2005.

Witnesses last saw Grinstead at a beauty pageant and then at a co-worker's barbecue on Oct. 22, 2005. Two days later, she was reported missing when she didn't show up to teach history at the county high school.

In a February 2006 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Anita Gattis said her sister would not have left on her own.

Gattis believed her sister left with someone she knew on the night she disappeared. Her house was locked but her car, a pearl white Mitsubishi 3000 GT, was unlocked and in the carport, with $100 in the console and clay on the tires.

"Tara never left her car unlocked and never drove on dirt roads," Gattis said.

Police found Grinstead's cellphone at her home. They also found a single latex glove outside.

"There was no struggle in the house. Tara was a singer. That was her talent in pageants," Gattis said of her sister, thrice crowned Miss Tifton and a contestant in several Miss Georgia pageants. "If someone was removing her, she'd project her voice. And she took self-defense. She'd go out kicking and screaming and fighting."

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Shop owner shames alleged thieves by posting security footage on Facebook

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:45 PM


            Shop owner shames alleged thieves by posting security footage on Facebook

One shop owner in Albuquerque has implemented a high tech meets old school approach to deter shoplifting.

JT Daniels, who owns an exotic pet shop, told KOB that he's installed HD security cameras around his store after incidents of shoplifting. After each theft, instead of calling police, he's posting the high-quality footage to his Facebook page to share and hopefully identify the alleged thieves.

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I really hope this doesn't become a "thing"..😞😞A couple that steals together stays together!! I had a baby chameleon go...

Posted by JT Daniels on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

After a man allegedly stole a baby chameleon on Valentine's Day, Daniels posted security footage and wrote on his Facebook page, "This hopeless romantic took his girlfriend to the pet store for valentines day to shoplift her present."

In another case, Daniels told KOB that a person returned a stolen turtle after receiving unwanted attention on Facebook, thanks to the security footage he posted.

San Francisco police officer rescued by good Samaritans after street attack

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:16 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:16 PM


            San Francisco police officer rescued by good Samaritans after street attack

When a San Francisco police officer approached a homeless man for alleged public indecency, the situation quickly turned serious when the man attacked the officer and tackled him to the ground.

The incident was caught on camera and the video also captured a group of citizens who jumped in to help the officer.

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It happened on Feb. 19 as the officer was trying to arrest the man, according to KTVU. The situation quickly got out of hand as the officer was pinned to the ground and calling for help.

That’s when the good Samaritans came to the rescue, prying the man off the officer and holding him down until more officers arrived on the scene. The man was then taken into custody.

San Francisco PD’s Officer Giselle Talkoff said the situation quickly became very dangerous for the officer and a “scary” scene for the public to see.

“The fact that we had citizens who came to the assistance of the officer was really helpful and a great feeling that people are out there (who will) help and support,” Talkoff told KTVU.

 The officer suffered cuts and bruises in the scuffle.