Police serve warrant in brutal murder of Indiana teens

Published: Sunday, March 19, 2017 @ 1:29 PM

Missing Teen Girls Found Dead Near Indiana Hiking Trail

Authorities searched a home and property in Central Indiana Friday, where the bodies of two teenage girls were found last month.

Ronald Logan, 77, owns the remote property in Delphi, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis, where the bodies of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams were found on Feb. 14, a day after they disappeared while hiking.

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Logan, who is jailed on a separate parole violation in a drunken driving case, isn’t considered a suspect in the teens’ murders, according to the Carroll County sheriff, who wouldn’t say what investigators were looking for in Logan’s home.

Authorities have received thousands of tips in the case and questioned hundreds of people, but so far no arrests have been made in the brutal murders of the two teens.

The reward fund in the case has reached $230,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Judge shot in ambush outside courthouse; 1 suspect killed, officials say

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 6:08 PM

This undated still image from video provided by WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio, shows Jefferson County, Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Bruzzese was shot and wounded Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as he walked toward his county's courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, and a suspect was killed after a probation officer returned fire, officials said.
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This undated still image from video provided by WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio, shows Jefferson County, Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Bruzzese was shot and wounded Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as he walked toward his county's courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, and a suspect was killed after a probation officer returned fire, officials said.(WTOV-TV via AP/AP)

UPDATE Aug. 21 at 6:08 p.m.:The shooter was identified as Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma’Lik Richmond, according to Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin. 

Ma’Lik Richmond served around 10 months in a juvenile prison after he and another high school football player were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party. 

WHIO reported that Hanlin told The Associated Press authorities were not aware of a connection between the rape case and the shooting. 

The victim, Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese underwent surgery at a Pittsburgh-area hospital but is expected to survive. 

FILE - In this March 17, 2013, file photo, Nathaniel Richmond, father of Ma'Lik Richmond, apologizes to the victim and her family after his son and co-defendant Trent Mays, were found delinquent on rape and other charges after their trial in juvenile court in Steubenville, Ohio. A prosecutor said Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, that Nathaniel Richmond was the man who shot and wounded Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, Pool/AP)

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A man suspected of ambushing an Ohio judge outside the Jefferson County Courthouse on Monday morning died after a court probation officer returned fire, according to multiple reports.

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Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese was shot as he walked toward the entrance of the courthouse just after 8 a.m., the Herald-Star reported. He was taken by helicopter to a Pittsburgh-area hospital for treatment, according to the newspaper.

Steubenville City Manager Jim Mavromatis told WTOV that Bruzzese was speaking after the shooting, although authorities did not immediately say what condition the judge was in. Witnesses told the news station that they heard what sounded like seven to eight gunshots.

Mavromatis told the Herald-Star that a court probation officer saw the shooting and returned fire, killing the suspected shooter. Police arrested another man, who was in the car with the suspected shooter, the Herald-Star reported.

Neither the suspected shooter nor his suspected accomplice were immediately identified.

Officials told WTOV the courthouse would be closed Monday, in light of the shooting. Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham told the news station that some court employees saw the shooting.

"(I) think that everybody needs a little time to settle down a little bit (and) get their thoughts together regarding this very tragic situation,” Graham said. “Our prayers go out to Judge Bruzzese and his family.”

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

Recent high school graduate, athlete killed in fight, police say

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:35 PM



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A former star athlete at Georgia’s Paulding County High School was shot and killed Friday in a subdivision after a fight, police in Dallas, Georgia, said. 

Tommy Lee Robinson, 18, had just left a football game at the school when he went to the Ivy Trace subdivision, Dallas police Capt. Bill Gorman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A fight broke out at a home and Robinson was shot and killed, Gorman confirmed.

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“There were two different groups of young people who have been at odds for a year ... and it came to a head Friday,” Gorman said.

Police are still investigating why the two groups were fighting. They do not believe the shooting was gang-related. 

Gorman said current and former Paulding County High students between the ages of 16 and 19 were involved in the incident that also injured 18-year-old Timothy Nelson. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was treated at WellStar Paulding Hospital. 

Authorities have not identified any suspects. 

Surrounded by loved ones at a vigil Sunday, Robinson’s mother, Melinda Lee, said she hopes her son’s shooter comes forward. 

“This is the last thing any mother wants to do,” she told WSBTV. “You see it over and over again, and you always hope to God it’s not you.” 

Robinson, who played football in high school, graduated in the spring and was headed to college, according to the news station.

Mother arrested after 16-month-old overdoses, authorities say

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 1:00 PM



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An Indiana mother is facing charges after authorities said her 16-month-old son overdosed on opiates and had to be revived with naloxone, according to multiple reports.

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Daisha Clark, 26, was arrested last week after her cousin took her son to Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, The Star Press reported. She initially tried to talk her cousin out of the trip, a Yorktown police officer wrote in a report obtained by The Star Press, insisting to her cousin that the child had “only bitten a bottle of bug spray” and would be fine.

Police were called around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday after the child, who was not breathing, was brought to the hospital, according to The Star Press and WXIN. The boy was in critical condition and given a dose of naloxone, WXIN reported, after which point his condition improved.

Clark told police that she found her child near her bedroom “with a piece of plastic that had a powdery substance in it” in his mouth, The Star Press reported.

It was not immediately clear what was in the bag, although Clark said she thought her child ingested drugs, according to WXIN. Authorities said they seized a syringe with a brown, liquid substance inside and a pair of burned spoons with white residue on them during a search of Clark’s home, the news station reported.

Authorities continued to investigate to determine what substance caused the boy’s illness, according to WXIN

Police arrested Clark around 2 a.m. Thursday on charges including neglect of a dependent, unlawful possession of a syringe and possession of paraphernalia, The Star Press reported.

Teacher at elite private school accused of sex with 16-year-old student

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 7:04 AM

Teacher At Elite Private School Accused Of Relationship With Student

A teacher at an elite private school faces felony charges after the Los Angeles Police Department arrested her on suspicions of an illicit relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

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According to multiple media outlets, including the Los Angeles TimesFox News and the Daily Mail, science teacher Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was arrested Friday morning. Fox News, citing a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson, reports that she was charged with statutory rape. She was released on a $230,000 bond.

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Palmitessa was a teacher at the Brentwood School, which is attended by some Los Angeles celebrities and their children. Adam Levine, Jonah Hill and Harrison Ford’s son are among the famous names who have gone to the school. Tuition at Brentwood ranges from $36,000 to $40,000, according to the LA Times.

Palmitessa has been employed there since 2010.

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statement from Brentwood principal Dr. Michael Riera reads:

"On Friday afternoon, the Los Angeles Police Department informed Brentwood School that Upper School teacher, Dr. Aimee Palmitessa, had been arrested on suspicion of inappropriate relations with a student and is expected to face charges. The LAPD did not share additional information with us, such as the nature of the inappropriate relationship or the identity of the minor student. We immediately placed Dr. Palmitessa on administrative leave.

"We were shocked and distressed to receive the news of these allegations. As always, our primary concern is the safety, health, and well-being of our students. To that end, we will do everything we can to cooperate with the official police investigation.

"We appreciate the importance of transparency and will keep our school community informed to the extent we can given our concern for the student, as well as our respect for privacy laws and the integrity of the LAPD’s investigation."