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Mom charged after 5 children found living in filth with no food, lights, blankets

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 2:46 AM

Children Found Living In Deplorable Conditions, Mother Charged

Police charged a Mount Oliver, Pennsylvania, woman with five counts of endangering the welfare of children after reportedly finding her home in deplorable condition.

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When officers responded to the Suncrest Street home early Sunday, they found the front door open and the front windows shattered, police said. The low temperature that day was 22 degrees.

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Neighbors said they heard glass shattering and ear-piercing screams coming from inside the house in Knoxville for hours over the weekend. 

Shikia Mosley, 35, answered the door naked and apparently intoxicated with a blanket over her shoulders, police said. When they went inside, they found garbage and animal feces scattered across the home.

Officers could see the basement through holes in the kitchen floor, the bathroom sink wasn’t working, the tub was filled with stagnant water and bedroom walls upstairs were covered in spray paint and littered with holes, police said.

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Floors in the home were covered in clothing, trash and broken glass, police said.

Upstairs, police said they found five children, ages 2 to 14, upstairs. In one bedroom, a young girl and a toddler were lying on a hardwood floor covered by a coat and two more small children were sleeping on a single-sized bed with no covers, police said.

A boy in another bedroom allegedly told police their mother had been drinking and began throwing things around the house.

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Police left the home and contacted youth services, saying they intended to return to take the children to a safe place. When they returned, one of the children told police Mosley had left and taken three of the children with her to her mother's home in Swissvale.

The two children went to an aunt's house nearby, and police arrived at Mosley's mother's home, where she was taken into custody, police said. The three children stayed at the home with their grandmother.

The Department of Children, Youth and Family said it didn't have any current cases involving Mosley and her children, but it did have a case back in 2017 that involved "unusual punishment."

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Man steals Jeep from dealership during test drive, police say

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 9:17 PM

File photo.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
File photo. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Authorities are looking for a man who stole a Jeep on Thursday from a dealership during a test drive, police said. 

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The suspect walked into Philly Auto dealership around 7 p.m. and expressed interest in a red Jeep Cherokee on the lot, according to WPVI

The man and a salesman went on a test drive. During the drive, the man started driving erratically and the salesman asked him to pull over, according to WPVI. The salesman started to switch seats with the man when the thief pulled out a gun and drove off, leaving the salesman on the side of the road. 

No shots were fired and there were no injuries. The man has not been seen since the incident.

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Attorneys say convicted killer's IQ too low to be executed

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:48 PM

Juan Rosario. (Photo:
Juan Rosario. (Photo:

Attorneys for an Orange County man who was convicted of first-degree murder and arson last year said their client's IQ might be too low for him to be executed.

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A jury in May 2017 convicted Juan Rosario of beating Elena Ortega, 83, and burning her alive in her home in 2013. Jurors unanimously decided that he should be sentenced to death.

Rosario's lawyers have spent almost a year trying to build up enough evidence to convince Circuit Judge Leticia Marques that he doesn't doesn't deserve to die. They'll make their case during a hearing scheduled for May.

"There's too much work that needs to be done, and we need to have additional experts appointed," attorney Ted Marrero said.

Marrero on Friday asked Marques for a six-month extension because he said he recently learned that Rosario has an IQ of 72.

"Tell them they need to soldier on and be ready," state attorney Brad King said. "And at the same time, tell them that we need our witness list by 5 o'clock today."

Prosecutors said one year was more than enough time for attorneys to figure out that Rosario might meet the legal definition of mental retardation.

"At some point, there has to be order," King said. "And the law has to apply to these cases, just like every other case."

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Florida man armed with 20-inch knife tries to carjack sheriff citizen patrol car, deputies say

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 8:26 PM

A man armed with a 20-inch knife tried to carjack a Flagler County Sheriff’s Citizen Observer Patrol (C.O.P.) vehicle while Cpl. Angela Camit was on patrol, authorities said. (Photo: Flagler County Sheriff's Office)
A man armed with a 20-inch knife tried to carjack a Flagler County Sheriff’s Citizen Observer Patrol (C.O.P.) vehicle while Cpl. Angela Camit was on patrol, authorities said. (Photo: Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

A man armed with a 20-inch knife tried to carjack a Flagler County Sheriff’s Citizen Observer Patrol (C.O.P.) vehicle while Cpl. Angela Camit was on patrol, authorities said.

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Camit said that after the failed carjacking attempt on Eric Drive in Palm Coast, the man, later identified as Stephen Goldberg, fled. Camit followed him and that’s when Goldberg, 32, ran toward her with the knife.

Investigators said deputies arrived and took Goldberg into custody without incident.

“Had he approached a sheriff’s deputy in this manner, it is likely that we would have had a different outcome,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said.

Staly said Goldberg is a “career repeat offender.”

“Our C.O.P.s are invaluable volunteers who serve and help protect this community alongside our deputies. We will not tolerate anyone threatening harm to them or anyone else. I hope the courts keep him locked up and he is sent back to prison where he belongs before he hurts someone,” Staly said.

Camit is a seasoned C.O.P. with several years of experience, and in light of the incident, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office will reevaluate the equipment issued to C.O.P.s for their protection.

Goldberg was arrested and charged with attempted armed carjacking, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed trespassing.

Deputies said Goldberg will be booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility without bail.

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Controversial headstone company closes, says it plans to resolve orders

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:56 PM

Paulding County resident Pam Dean paid over $3,000 to Wichman Monuments, but received no headstone for her late husband’s grave. (Photo:
Paulding County resident Pam Dean paid over $3,000 to Wichman Monuments, but received no headstone for her late husband’s grave. (Photo:

A grave marker company that was the focus of a police investigation and several consumer complaints, including one from a metro Atlanta woman, said it has permanently closed.

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The president of Wichman Monuments of Chattanooga said it plans to resolve as many unfilled orders as possible, according to the Times Free Press.

The 72-year-old business has hired a law firm to help it with the closure, and an attorney with the firm said plans are to contact each of Wichman’s customers.

A Paulding County woman, Pam Dean, said she paid more than $3,000 to Wichman Monuments for a headstone for her late husband’s grave. Though the check was cashed on Jan. 2, no monument was delivered.

“When I call the company, it goes to voicemail and a message that the voicemail is full,” Dean said.

Chattanooga police said they opened a fraud investigation into the company after receiving complaints.

The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia said it received a number of complaints “in the low 30s” about the company.

The company’s law firm said the closure was due to rising costs and losing some key workers to illness over the past month, the newspaper reported.

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