Woman charged with murder after man dies from illegal silicone injections, police say

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:34 PM

Police in North Carolina charged Kavonceya Inman Cornelius with second-degree murder on Monday, March 20, 2017.
Salisbury Police Department

A North Carolina woman who gave a 19-year-old man silicone injections at her home has been charged with second-degree murder in his death, police said.

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Police said Eugene Jones II went to Kavonceya Inman Cornelius’ home on Union Heights Boulevard in Salisbury for the injection. He died Jan. 12 in Fayetteville as a result of the procedure, authorities said. 

Police were notified Feb. 13 by another victim who received silicone injections from Cornelius and subsequently had serious health problems.

Police found that Cornelius had been conducting the medical procedures with non-medical-grade silicone.

Cornelius, who is also known as Kenneth Rudolph Cornelius, was charged Monday with second-degree murder.

Police: South Florida man drops baby to join in fight

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 2:07 AM

Rodney Frazier (left) and Naura Haliburton were arrested in South Florida on Wednesday.
Palm Beach County Jail

Two South Florida residents are facing charges after they were accused of attacking a woman while a 5-month-old child under their care lay bleeding on the ground. One of the suspects dropped a car seat — with the baby still in it — to join the altercation, police said.

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Riviera Beach Police arrested Naura Haliburton, 25, and Rodney Frazier, 24, Wednesday on multiple charges, including battery and child neglect. As of Friday, Frazier remained at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $7,000 bail. Haliburton was released under supervision Thursday after she posted an $8,000 bail bond.

Police say the pair took the child to St. Mary’s Medical Center after leaving the scene of the altercation. The arrest report does not specify either Haliburton or Frazier’s relationship to the child. However, an investigator from the Department of Children and Families was called to review the situation.

The report does not specify who was assigned custody of the child.

According to the report, the situation unfolded shortly before 10 a.m.Wednesday at a residence in Riviera Beach. Police did not disclose the address. A 22-year-old woman told police investigators Haliburton provoked an argument, then Halliburton and Frazier forced their way into the residence when the woman refused to let them in.

The woman said Haliburton was upset because she believed the woman was making phone calls to others about her.

As the dispute intensified, Frazier went back outside to remove the baby from the car. When he came back, Frazier saw Haliburton and the other woman fighting. He dropped the car seat to join the altercation, police said.

A witness told investigators the child fell out of the seat onto the ground crying and had blood coming from his lip. Haliburton and Frazier picked the child up, put him in the car and drove away, police said.

10-year-old boy with autism arrested at school

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 1:54 AM

Luanne Haygood, the mother of a 10-year-old boy with autism, is angry that her son was arrested earlier this month at his Florida school for allegedly punching and kicking his teacher six months ago. Okeechobee County school resource officers put the child in handcuffs at Okeechobee Achievement Academy, but Haygood said the school district isn’t properly equipped to deal with autistic children.

“He has autism. He doesn’t know what’s going on,” she can be heard saying in the video that she recorded of her son’s arrest. “He’s scared to death. He’s 10 years old.”

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Haygood watched as her son was removed from his classroom for allegedly leaving a paraprofessional with scratches and other marks back in October. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant on allegations of felony battery on a school board authority.

“I was extremely angry. That I felt like this was a power play. I felt like this was a this is what you get. You can’t do anything about it. We’re going to arrest your son if he can’t abide by the rules,” Haygood told WFOR, adding that her son's disability is the reason behind his behavior. “To go and have him arrested on school grounds in front of other students, in front of personnel, during school hours – they could’ve come to my house at any time to tell me what was going on.”

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The boy reportedly spent one night in juvenile detention, according to the Washington Post. The child was then released on house arrest and is expected to appear in court next month.

Haygood said the incident would never have happened if the school had the proper services to address his disability.

“I want something done," she told WFOR. "I want other kids to not have to go through this.”

According to CNN, the school district released the following statement:

"It has been district procedure to invite students in to take the Florida Standards Assessment. The district would not invite someone to one of our campuses for the sole purpose to arrest.

"The district routinely assists students by providing services from our board certified behavioral analyst, licensed mental health counselors, school social workers, and psychologists. As a team, these individuals develop interventions, conduct assessments, and offer support both at school and in the home in order to assist students and families.

"The district is unable to provide specific information as to both current and past incidents regarding this or any other student due to educational laws and rules. It is our hope that we can continue to work with all families to help their students improve both behaviorally and academically."

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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Rape case lawyer says women are 'especially good' at lying

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 7:07 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

FILE - In this April 18, 2007, file photo, defense attorney Steve Farese Sr., speaks in Selmer, Tenn., in the trial of Mary Winkler, who was eventually convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the March 2006 shooting death of her preacher husband, Matthew Winkler. Farese is being criticized for telling a Tennessee jury that women are “especially good” at lying “because they’re the weaker sex.” The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports Farese made the comments during closing arguments of the trial of Mark Giannini, a wealthy businessman accused of raping a woman. Farese maintains that the sex was consensual. He told the Commercial Appeal that his job “is not to care if anybody gets offended.

A lawyer for a wealthy Tennessee businessman who was later found not guilty in a Memphis rape trial made a comment during closing arguments Thursday that raised some eyebrows.

According to WHBQ, Steve Farese, attorney for Mark Giannini, said women are "especially good" at lying.

"People can be very good at lying," Farese said. "Women can be especially good at it because they're the weaker sex."

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Memphis Area Women's Council Executive Director Deborah Clubb told USA Today that she was "stunned" by the comments.

"It's despicable," she said. "It's absolutely despicable."

Farese told USA Today that his job "is not to care if anybody gets offended" and "smart people will see it for what it is."

According to WHBQ, the jury on Friday found Giannini not guilty on all charges in case. A woman had claimed that he raped her in 2014 when she visited his Eads mansion for what she thought was a job interview.

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As the verdict was read, the woman had an emotional breakdown in the courtroom. Giannini and Farese embraced one another.

The woman who accused him of rape has filed a $6 million lawsuit against Giannini.

If he had been found guilty, he would have faced up to 15 years in prison without the possibility of parole. 

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Man accused of putting bleach in convenience store's barbecue sauce

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 1:48 PM



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Police say an Illinois man working at a convenience store tampered with food by putting bleach in a bottle of barbecue sauce.

The barbecue sauce was for use in the store's sloppy joe sandwiches, according to SaukValley.com, but it appears the tampering was detected by another employee before tainted food could be sold to customers.

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Brent A. Gross, 23, was charged with attempted tampering with food, drugs or cosmetics. His preliminary hearing is May 14.

The food tampering incident occurred on Dec. 12; Gross was charged in January for a separate incident involving theft and criminal damage to property.