Girl, 2, killed in crash, was not in car seat

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

Girl, 2, Killed In Car Crash Was Not In Car Seat

A 2-year-old  girl died early Thursday in a two-car crash in Ross Township, Pennsylvania.

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Saryiah Jefferson was not in a car seat, nor was she wearing a seat belt, police say. 

Troopers said if the toddler had been buckled in a car seat, she would have survived.

The crash happened just before 1 a.m. Thursday at the end of the Perrysville Avenue ramp off of northbound I-279. 

According to a report from the Pennsylvania State Police, Taylor Jefferson, 24, of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, was driving north when he stopped in the left lane and put the car in reverse. His car collided with another northbound car driven by Daniel White, 21, of Pittsburgh. Troopers believe the driver passed the exit and was trying to get back to it.

Taylor Jefferson and another passenger in his car, Tyrek Jefferson, 22, of Pittsburgh, were taken to Allegheny General Hospital along with White. Family friends say Sariyah was Tyrek's daughter.

Strangers stopped at the scene to try to help the victims. One man said he arrived seconds after the crash and tried to get the child out of the car. He described the scene as chaotic. 

A Ross Township police officer drove Saryiah's ambulance so paramedics could treat her on the way to the hospital. 

A cousin of the child told WPXI, "We are all heartbroken. She was only 2 years old, didn't even have a chance at life. She was just too perfect for this earth. We will miss her terribly. We just need prayers to make it through this hard time." 

The outbound Parkway North was closed between the McKnight Road exit and Perrysville for about four hours.

Charges are pending in this case. Police are awaiting toxicology results.

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Florida man arrested after bombs, ammo, school maps found in home

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

Bombs, Ammo, School Maps Found In Florida Home, Man Arrested

A Florida man was arrested after homemade bombs, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition and school maps were discovered inside his bedroom. 

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday that deputies were set to search the home Randall Drake, 24, of Dunedin, Florida, shared with his parents for a child pornography investigation.

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During a search of Drake’s bedroom on Wednesday, authorities said detectives found explosives and numerous firearms in a locked closet, The Associated Press reported.

The weapons included the following:

  • An AK-47 rifle with a 60-round clip
  • A .308-caliber rifle
  • A .50-caliber pistol
  • A 12-gauge shotgun
  • Numerous other handguns
  • About 15 knives
  • A baseball bat with protruding nails in it 
  • A crossbow
  • Brass knuckles
  • A container of gunpowder
  • More than 2,300 rounds of ammunition
  • Three incendiary devices
  • A homemade silencer
  • Tactical vests

Detectives also said they found a map and aerial images of an elementary and middle school in Tampa, Florida, as well as the Hillsborough County Water Treatment Plant. According to deputies, journals and a handwritten letter that talked about revenge were also discovered.

In this undated photo released by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a weapons cache is shown in the home of Randall Drake.(Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP/AP)

Gualtieri said his office is trying to figure out why Drake had the incendiary devices and what he was going to do with them.

Drake has since posted $20,000 bond. He faces two charges of unlawfully making, possessing or attempting to make a destructive device.

Police: 2 arrested after leaving baby in car to commit burglary

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:51 PM

Cassandra Tincher (left) and Justin Newcomb (right) are both charged with burglary and child endangering in connection with a reported burglary on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.
Butler County Sheriff's Office
Cassandra Tincher (left) and Justin Newcomb (right) are both charged with burglary and child endangering in connection with a reported burglary on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.(Butler County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities arrested a man and a woman on charges of burglary and child endangering after they were accused of leaving a 1-year-old child in a vehicle while they robbed a woman.

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Butler County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 600 block of Granada Avenue in Lemon Twp. at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a burglary.

The woman at the home told deputies that an unknown man came into her house, held her down in bed and took her wallet out of her pocket.

She told police the man ran out of the house and left in an unknown vehicle.

In an incident report, authorities said $800 in cash, debit cards and a prescription for Xanax were stolen.

Justin Newcomb, 34, and Cassandra Tincher, 29, were charged with the crimes and booked in the Middletown City Jail. They will have their preliminary hearing next week in Middletown Municipal Court.

The woman also told deputies that Newcomb might have known the side door of the house was unlocked, because she gave him $150 to install a new door last week, but he never replaced the door and kept the money.

She said she was surprised that her pit bull that usually barks when strangers are in the house didn’t move when the suspects were in the residence, according to the report.

Convicted rapist won't have joint custody of victim's child after judge rescinds ruling

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:49 AM

Judge Rescinds Ruling, Convicted Rapist Won’t Have Joint Custody of Victim’s Child

The Michigan judge behind a controversial ruling last month, which granted a convicted sex offender joint legal custody to the child conceived by his 12-year-old victim in 2008, has rescinded his decisionCBS News reports.

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Sanilac County Judge Gregory Ross ruled Tuesday that 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo will not have any parental rights to the 8-year-old boy. However, he will still be expected to pay for child support.

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Mirasolo was not seeking custody of the child. This odd scenario started when the mother, now 21, sought state assistance for her son. Ross ruled for joint legal custody after a DNA test verified Mirasolo was the boy’s biological father.

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Why did Ross initially grant Mirasolo legal custody? John Nevin, a spokesman for the Michigan Supreme Court, said that Ross wasn’t aware of Mirasolo’s two convictions, nor of how he and the mother were connected. After learning of Mirasolo’s record, Ross put the order on hold and rescheduled a hearing for Tuesday.

In a statement released to the Port Huron Times Herald, Sanilac County Prosecutor James Young said he wanted to “express [officials’] apologies for the manner in which this case was handled.”

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The mother, identified only as Tiffany, spoke to CBS News earlier this month and expressed dismay that the judge would grant her attacker joint custody of her son. She said she had to provide the father’s name as a condition of receiving state financial assistance.

“I was receiving government assistance, and they told me if I did not tell them who the father was of my child, that they would take that away from me,” Tiffany said.

She said “horrible things” and “flashbacks” still come to mind when she hears Mirasolo’s name.

2 women accused of trying to rob bank while dressed as nuns

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 3:32 AM

‘Nuns’ Attempt To Rob Bank

The FBI has apprehended two women suspected of trying to rob a bank in Pennsylvania while dressed as nuns, The Associated Press is reporting.

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Melisa Aquino Arias, 23, of the Dominican Republic, and Swahilys Pedraza-Rodriguez, 19, of New Haven, Connecticut, were actually charged with robbing two banks in New Jersey while wearing head scarves, but law enforcement officials say the two women are also suspected in the attempted robbery of the Citizens Bank in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 28.

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The Tannersville heist — which reportedly was carried out by two young women wearing black nun’s habits and veils — ended in failure when the perpetrators fled the scene without any money after an alarm was triggered. The FBI had posted surveillance photos from the heist on Twitter.

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Pedraza-Rodriguez and Aquino Arias appeared before a judge in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday after being charged with robbing banks in Garfield and Teaneck, New Jersey.

Robberies carried out by criminals dressed as nuns are something of a pop culture trope. The 2012 crime drama “The Town” featured robbers disguised as nuns, and the 1990 crime comedy film “Nuns on the Run” depicted two male crooks on the run while wearing habits.