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Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 10:51 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 @ 10:51 PM
RICHMOND, Mo. — Ashley Ann Lewis of Richmond, Missouri, is facing charges after a photo of her allegedly smoking meth with a baby lying next to her circulated on Facebook.
The photo shows Lewis allegedly smoking from a glass pipe with her 6-month-old-daughter next to her on the couch.
WDAF reported that a friend of Lewis posted the photo to Facebook with the caption, "Please help my friend Ashley Lewis and I stop using meth. We can't even stop with a baby around. We need help."
The photo, which was shared by an unknown third party, was posted on the Facebook page of a friend of Lewis.
The photo has since been deleted from Facebook.
Lewis, 28, was charged with three felonies on Friday: Possession of a controlled substance, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police were made aware of the photo and located a hotel Lewis was living at.
Authorities searched the room Friday night.
KCTV reported that police found eight glass smoking pipes, five cut straws, a digital scale, a hand-held propane torch and a lighter, according to court documents.
Lewis admitted the pipes were hers. They tested positive for methamphetamine residue.
"She said the picture was about a month old, and she did indicate that it was her smoking meth in the picture," Detective Scott Bagley with the Richmond Police Department said. "She was obviously very upset, believing that life was over, that she was going to no longer get to see her kid.
Lewis is in jail on $15,000 bail. She is due in court next week.
Her daughter is in protective care.
If convicted, she could spend up to 15 years in prison.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:52 PM
MONTREAL — A Montreal man was able to briefly dupe police with his creation after a snowstorm Monday.
KMSP reported that Simon Laprise created a sports car out of snow in a snow removal zone. The sculpture, which he posted photos of on Facebook, looked like a real car that had been parked during a snowstorm and was covered in powder.
Laprise, a 33-year-old machinist and artist, modeled the car after the DeLorean DMC-12, famously featured in the “Back to the Future” movies, KMSP reported. The final detail that made it so life-like was the Laprise’s incorporation of an actual windshield, which he found across the street.
Once he completed his duplicate, Laprise hid out of view and waited for the police.
A police car soon drove up to investigate the car in a snow removal zone. The officer soon realized the car was made entirely of snow.
Laprise got a “ticket” with a note that read, “You made our night hahahahaha :)”
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:23 AM
NEW ROADS, La. — An elderly Louisiana man whose home had no heat was found dead Wednesday morning, and his wife was hospitalized, after temperatures dropped into the teens overnight.
Paul Maker, 84, of New Roads, was found lying on the floor of his home by sheriff’s deputies, the Baton Rouge Advocate reported. Both Maker and his wife were disabled and wheelchair-bound.
The house had no heat, and the couple was afraid to run their space heaters because of the fire hazard, law enforcement officials said. Deputies went to their home Wednesday morning after a neighbor who often checked on the Makers called 911 to request a welfare check.
“He was in the house with his wife, and they were deathly afraid of running their space heaters overnight,” Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres told the newspaper. “This is just a sad situation.”
The couple’s children live in New Orleans and, upon learning of their father’s death and their mother’s hospitalization, could not travel the more than 100 miles to New Roads because most roads in south Louisiana were shut down due to the weather.
“I tried to call them all day yesterday to check on them and never got an answer,” Wanda Curly, the couple’s daughter, told the Advocate. “I knew the weather was bad, and I knew they couldn’t do a lot for themselves.”
The temperature in the house was about 20 degrees when deputies got there, Pointe Coupee Chief Deputy Coroner Joe Gannon said. Maker died of hypothermia.
Gannon said he believes Maker’s wife would have succumbed to the cold if the couple’s neighbor had not sought help.
“She would have been next, I think,” Gannon said.
Maker’s wife told deputies that she heard her husband fall in their living room around midnight, but could not check on him because she could not get out of bed on her own, the newspaper reported.
Curly said her parents moved to New Roads after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She and her siblings tried in vain to get them to relocate to New Orleans over the years, but the couple, who were together for more than 60 years, valued their independence.
She said her mother would have to move to the city under this week’s tragic circumstances.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Haitians living in the U.S. under the temporary protection status will get to keep working in the country -- for now.
The work authorizations were set to expire this week, but starting Thursday, workers will be able to re-register their paperwork, officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said.
Officials will automatically extend the validity of the documents for Haitians with TPS for 180 days, through July 21.
Wilna Destin had no idea what would have happened to her and her husband if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hadn't announced the extension.
"Yeah, it's really a relief for us," Destin said. "Everything is good for now. For now, but yeah."
The extension was good news for immigrants, but also for companies like Rosen Hotels and Resorts, which rely on the Haitian refugees who make up a large part of the workforce.
The company operates numerous hotels in Orlando, and without the Haitian workers, president Harris Rosen said that they wouldn't be able to operate.
"A third of our associates are from Haiti, and without them, we could cease to exist," Rosen said. "We need them so desperately."
About 50,000 Haitian refugees live in the United States, and if their temporary protected status isn't extended again in July 2019, all will have to leave at some point.
Rosen didn't understand why the Trump administration would cause so many people to be forced from the country, and vowed to push back.
"They're working," Rosen said. "We love them. Why disrupt their lives?
"We are fighting, fighting to make sure that TPE is going to be extended."
Disney union leaders reiterated Rosen's stance, saying they will be fighting for the hundreds of Haitian refugees currently working for the company.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
— The following story contains some graphic details.
Seattle police found 63-year-old Jennifer Ayers dead in her Lake City home Monday.
The suspect in her death, Michael Giordano, 23, was wheeled into court to face a judge Wednesday afternoon.
Prosecutors charged the suspect with aggravated first-degree murder, and say the crime also included robbery, burglary, arson and rape.
“The facts here are extremely violent and disturbing,” the prosecutor told the judge.
Prosecuting documents detailed what happened in the horrific final moments of Ayers’ life.
The documents say someone by the initials of R.H. on 36th Avenue Northeast in Lake City called 911 after seeing Giordano in the street with blood on his hands, and seeing him throw credit cards into the street and bushes.
The documents say when officers went inside they found the house had been ransacked and was filled with smoke. They also saw "a significant amount of blood," the documents reveal.
Officers found Ayers lying on the floor, partly on fire, with her hands tied behind her back with what appeared to be Xbox controller cords.
“The officers immediately dragged the woman out of the house and into the backyard. Once clear of the smoke, officers were able to see the woman’s hands were bound behind her back, she was only partially clothed, a large knife handle was sticking out of her right buttock, and her inner thighs and crotch had been severely burned away. She was clearly deceased,” the documents read.
Documents say the victim's throat was slashed.
“In addition to suffering a multitude of stab wounds throughout her body, the victim had extremely large lacerations on her neck. There was writing on the walls inside the home and it appeared to be written in blood. In the immediate area of the fire where the victim’s body was found burning, detectives found a red plastic gasoline can,” the documents read.
In court, the prosecutor said Giordano was a stranger to Ayers.
KIRO7 talked with a friend of Ayers' before learning the details of the crimes. Thom Head says he and Ayers were “two peas in a pod” and walked their dogs together every day for 20 years.
“I was absolutely stunned that it was Jen. And it was tough. Because I thought about all of her neighbors and her poor little dog and her son,” Head said, his voice breaking.
He and her neighbors describe Ayers as someone always helping others.
“She would bend over backwards for her neighbors,” Head said. “She was so smart, on top of it, very well-informed, knew everything that was going on.”
He said he can’t help thinking about her final moments.
“Jen was a very small person, she was 4 feet 11 inches tall in her high heels so she probably had a tough time trying to defend herself,” Head said.
The prosecuting documents say Giordano at first told investigators he had been mugged and had killed a man in self-defense. The documents say, “However, Giordano eventually admitted that those were lies he created to distract police from his real crime.”
“Giordano admitted to detectives that he picked the victim at random, based primarily on the cars parked outside her residence. He admitted that he snuck in through an unlocked door, tied the victim up with cords, stabbed her multiple times in an attempt to induce her to tell him where her valuables were located, forcibly raped her and eventually killed her.
“He also explained that he used gasoline and intentionally set the victim’s crotch on fire to destroy evidence of the rape,” the documents said.
“Additionally, Giordano admitted that the writings on the victim’s wall with blood was done by him with the specific intention of misleading police into believing that the killer was someone with satanic beliefs,” the documents continued.
In court Wednesday, Giordano looked into the KIRO7 cameras and mouthed “(Expletive) you,” and later smiled and mouthed “bye” to the camera as he was wheeled out of court.
A judge set his bail at $10 million.
GRAPHIC WARNING: The documents embedded in the tweet below contain graphic details.
WARNING - GRAPHIC: court docs reveal horrible, gruesome details in the #murder of a #Seattle woman (Lake City). Cannot imagine how much she suffered in her final moments. 😡😢@KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/6oQdd7MNdY— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) January 18, 2018
#Murder suspect (NOT yet charged) smiling and saying “bye” to cameras in #court today. He also mouthed “F*** you” right to our camera.— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) January 17, 2018
He’s accused of killing a 63 yr old woman in #LakeCity. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/6w7RZYUmi3