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Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, convicted in child rape case

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 10:53 PM

Brother of Nicki Minaj Convicted In Child Rape Case

Jelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, has been found guilty of  predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13 years old. 

He was tried in Nassau County, New York.

People reported that the conviction on Thursday also included endangering the welfare of a child, according to Nassau County District Attorney Spokesman Brendan Brosh.

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The charges say Maraj repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl at his home in Long Island while the girl’s mother was at work. Brosh said prosecutors alleged the girl was repeatedly raped between April and November 2015.

The victim, who is now 14, testified in detail about the multiple sexual assaults. The girl’s younger brother also testified that he witnessed one incident.

Neither Maraj nor Minaj testified during the trial.

Brosh said Maraj was stoic when the verdict was read. According to Maraj’s lawyer, he will appeal.

Maraj was arrested for in connection with the case on Dec. 2, 2015. He was released from custody on $100,000 bail, reportedly backed by two homes owned by Minaj, according to People.

The Associated Press reported that Maraj, 38, was walked out in handcuff and bail was revoked after the sentencing. 

“Justice demanded that this defendant be held accountable for these heinous acts and we are thankful to the jury for their careful deliberation,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement to People. “We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process and that it will close this terrible chapter in their lives.”

A representative for the rapper did not immediately respond to a request for comment from People or The AP. She has never commented publicly about the charges.

Maraj is at Nassau County Jail until his sentencing Dec. 14. He faces 25 years to life in prison.

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Shooting on train leaves 1 injured in Atlanta

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 8:55 PM



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Officials with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority shut down several rail stations Sunday after someone was shot on a train.

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Officials with the transit agency confirmed to WSBTV.com that someone was shot in the leg on an eastbound MARTA train, headed toward the Kensington station, around 6:30 p.m.

Officials with MARTA said the shooter ran off the train once it stopped at the station. The shooter was not immediately apprehended.

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The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Rail service started running again shortly before 7:30 p.m.

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Naked man on ATV leads police on hour-long chase

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 8:41 PM



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A naked man riding an ATV refused to stop for authorities in Missouri on Sunday, prompting an hour-long chase in Kansas City, according to multiple reports.

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Police initiated a chase at 2:20 p.m. after getting a report of a suspicious, naked man riding an ATV near 8400 Northeast Sam Ray Road in Kansas City, North, according to the Kansas City Star. Police said the man was suspected of being under the influence of drugs, the newspaper reported.

The man evaded authorities in a field in Kansas City, North, before he found a break in a fence and drove onto Northeast Shoal Creek, according to the Star. He got onto Interstate 435, where he drove south, sometimes into oncoming traffic, the Star reported.

A police helicopter joined the chase, which also took authorities along Missouri Highway 152 and Missouri Highway 210, according to KSHB and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested around 3:45 p.m. after getting off the interstate at Northeast Birmingham Road, according to the Star.

No injuries were reported, KSHB reported.

Police continued to investigate the case Sunday.

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8-year-old boy robbed at gunpoint, New Orleans police say

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 5:30 PM



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Authorities are investigating after an 8-year-old boy told New Orleans police he was robbed at gunpoint Saturday, according to multiple reports.

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The boy told police he was approached by a man who demanded his keys, NOLA.com reported. The man pulled out a gun after the boy refused, according to the news site.

“Give me the keys or I will kill you,” the man told the boy, according to a preliminary police report obtained by NOLA.com.

The boy handed over his keys, and the man ran from the area, police said.

The robbery happened around 1:15 p.m. Saturday in the 7200 block of Culpepper Drive, The Advocate reported. About three hours later, another boy reported he was robbed at gunpoint.

A 10-year-old boy told police he was approached around 4:20 p.m. by a group in the 3000 block of Bruxelles Street.

Someone in the group pulled out a handgun and reached into the boy’s pocket, according to The Advocate. The group fled after taking an unknown amount of money from the boy.

It was not immediately clear whether the two incidents were related. Police continued Sunday to investigate the reported robberies.

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Police: Teen mother arrested, accused of killing newborn baby

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 1:08 PM

Teen Mother Arrested and Accused of Killing Newborn Baby

A Texas teenage mother was arrested Friday, accused of killing her newborn child earlier this month, police said.

Erica Gomez, 17, is accused of stabbing her newborn child, wrapping the infant girl in a bathrobe and hiding the body in a storage shed at a home in the El Paso area, police said. The infant's body was found Feb. 9 by authorities, the El Paso Times reported. 

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The infant had a stab wound and cuts to the neck and body, according to a news release from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Gomez was charged with capital murder and is being held on $800,000 bond, according to records from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

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