Police find 'maze game drawing' at James Holmes' apartment

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 1:26 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 1:26 PM

New information on the man accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 others at a Colorado movie theater last year.

Colorado police say they believe James Holmes might have “role-played” a serial killer on the streets of Denver in a made-up “maze game” before the shooting took place. (Via CNN)

Police testified at a preliminary hearing Wednesday that, while searching Holmes’ apartment, they found “a spiral notebook with a drawing that depicted a serial killer navigating the maze in a section of Denver called DoLo, or Lower Downtown.” (Via NBC)

At this point it appears this fantasy was just acted out in drawings, not in reality. 

An FBI agent also gave testimony, saying an evidence team found a Batman mask and a calendar with the date of the massacre, July 20, 2012, marked “with a unique symbol." (Via New York Daily News)

According to Fox News, Holmes also sent a notebook full of violent drawings to a psychiatrist before the deadly rampage.

The pre trial was held to determine if those items and other evidence uncovered at Holmes’ apartment can be introduced at his trial.

Holmes’ lawyers are asking for that evidence to be thrown out. They say investigators searched his apartment without a search warrant, which would make any evidence obtained there unusable in court. (Via ITN)

But prosecutors argue authorities needed to enter the apartment immediately to clear it of any explosives or traps Holmes might have set up. 

Police say they used a bomb robot to knock down Holmes’ apartment door the morning after the attack. And through the robot’s camera, authorities reported they saw fireworks shells, wires, ignition boxes, and a trip wire. (Via The Denver Post)

The judge has not said when he will make his decision on the motions made in the preliminary hearing. 

Holmes is scheduled to go on trial in February for allegedly firing a semiautomatic rifle into a crowd of people attending the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises.” (Via ABC)

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Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, pays tribute to late father on his 50th birthday

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:49 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:49 AM

            Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean, pays tribute to late father on his 50th birthday

The daughter of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love paid a heartwarming tribute to her late father on what would have been his 50th birthday.

According to ABC News, Frances Bean Cobain, 24, took to social media Monday to share a message to the grunge rock legend, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in April 1994.

"Today would have been your 50th birthday," she wrote in an Instagram post. "You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the gift of life. Forever your daughter, Frances Bean Cobain."

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February 20th 2017. Happy Birthday.

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She also shared an image of a text message exchange with her grandmother, Wendy Cobain.

"I love you so much," Frances Bean Cobain wrote. "Thank you for being my one and only Grams. I wouldn't trade you for the world and I know he is thankful that you raised me to be as strong & compassionate as you are."

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Wendy Cobain responded, "Ohhh, what beautiful words from his beloved daughter. You were such a caring, loving little girl and have turned into such a beautiful young woman. He would be so 'smugly' proud of you, saying, 'Hey, that's MY daughter.' I love you with all my heart. Thank God you were here for me to love & care for. Grams."

Frances Bean Cobain captioned the image, "Not gonna lie, I cried a little."

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Not gonna lie, I cried a little. I love you grams.

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Georgia family reportedly welcomes quadruplets with no fertility treatment

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:53 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:53 PM

            Georgia family reportedly welcomes quadruplets with no fertility treatment

A Newnan, Georgia, couple, who defied the odds by having quadruplets without the use of fertility drugs, now have all four babies at home.

Kortney and Justin Miller have their hands full with a baby in each arm, plus an older son, Bentlee.

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Brothers Brandon, Brayden and Bryant and their sister, Kenlee, were born on Dec.16, weighing around 3 pounds each, at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. They're now about 5 pounds each.

"Normally, they eat every four hours, so feed one, you get done with her, feed him," Kortney Miller told WSB-TV Monday.

Feeding, changing and caring for four babies is a full-time job and then some for new mother of four newborns.

"I try to give her a break when I get home from work, but sometimes, they need their mom," Justin Miller said.

The Millers had a 1-in-700,000 chance of conceiving quads naturally with no fertility help. This is the first time doctors at Piedmont Newnan Hospital delivered quadruplets.

"The delivery part, it was really scary because I know I had a hundred and something people in that room and I was terrified," Kortney Miller said.

With the help of the hospital's "quad squad," all four babies are OK, despite arriving early -- at only 29 weeks.

The Millers say they are adjusting to the changes that come with the bigger family.

"We had to go buy a new van," Justin Miller said.

The couple says they need all the help they can get with diapers and wipes. They have set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs. The goal is to raise $5,000.


Miller quadruplets Feb 20, 2017 - 11:07 PM

Fox News announces the death of a beloved host and 17-year network vet

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 9:29 PM

            Fox News announces the death of a beloved host and 17-year network vet

The Fox News family lost a beloved colleague this week with the death of journalist Brenda Buttner. Buttner was the host of “Bulls and Bears” and was a regular guest on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

According to Fox, Buttner was employed by the network for over 15 years, and died as a result of cancer. She was a Harvard University graduate and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.

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Following the announcement of her death, Buttner’s colleagues remembered her fondly.

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“Sad news to report … our colleague and my friend Brenda Buttner passed today. She fought cancer heroically. RIP Brenda. We will miss you,” Buttner’s colleague Eric Bolling, wrote.

Buttner’s friend and close colleague Neil Cavuto praised her for her thoughtful approach to her work.

“She took stock of life much more than any stock in life,” Cavuto said. “It’s what separated her from everyone else in this business. Not just dollars, you see, Brenda had depth.”

“Let it be know that Brenda Buttner made us want to watch a business show with heart -- her heart, her spirit.”

Buttner was 55 years old.

Students wear blue to support classmate with autism turned away from school dance

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:14 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 4:14 PM

            Students wear blue to support classmate with autism turned away from school dance

What a school called a "miscommunication" has sent a woman and her son reeling, but it's brought a community together in support of them.

Max Bedard was turned away from a semi-formal dance at Pelham Memorial Middle School on Friday because he was dressed "inappropriately," his mother, Michelle Bedard, told WFXT.

Max is autistic and has a sensory processing disorder. 

"Chronologically he is 14, but neurologically he's not," Bedard, said.

She said it was a big step for him even to be going to the dance.

"He was very excited about it. He was looking forward to it all week," Bedard said. "He's never been able to really do anything like this before. He's very social and he loves people and he was just excited about having this event with all of his friends."

Bedard said Max showed up at the dance eager to meet his date. He was wearing black sweatpants, a gray long-sleeved T-shirt and a zip-up hoodie – with dog tags in honor of his brother who recently joined the Army.

It was Max's standard clothing choice because of his disorder.

Bedard said she discovered his issue when she bought him a yard of fleece to make a blanket. When she wrapped it around him and he went into "a meltdown."

"You notice these things, like when he showers, he doesn't use warm water," she said. "Cold does not faze him, heat does," said Michelle. "He doesn't get invited to birthday parties, he doesn't get invited over to friends' houses -- to have play dates so this dance, for him, it was huge."

But when Max showed up, Bundzinski Bedard said the principal took him to the office and made him call home to tell them he couldn't wear what he was wearing.

"He was stopped at the door. She said to him, 'are you really wearing that' and he said 'yes' and she brought him to the office and made him call home. He never made it to the dance and never saw that girl who was meeting him there."

Bedard had pulled over in the parking lot to make a phone call, but that was interrupted by her husband calling to tell her she had to go back and pick up Max.

"I said, 'Are you kidding me?' – a little differently – but 'Are you kidding me?'" she said.

Bedard said her son got in the car and told her he could go home and get a button-down shirt, but didn't want to go back because he was too upset.

"He ripped off the wristband that they give them and threw it on the floor of my car," Bedard said, tearing up. "I drove home listening to my son cry."

She said she would have bought him a shirt or worked something out, but said the phone call was more than a miscommunication.

In a statement sent to WFXT, the school called it a miscommunication, but "that's not enough of an explanation," Bedard said.

"Obviously there were communication breakdowns prior to and during this event that led to this unfortunate situation, and we will use these lessons to make things better for everyone in the future," the school superintendent, Amanda Lecaroz, said in a letter to the community.

"There's a spring dance, do you think my son is going to want to go that? He'll want to, but he'll be afraid to," Bedard said. "This one instance will isolate him … my son should be accepted the way he is, just like everyone else is."

But the community's response has been overwhelming for the family, Bedard said.

She said everyone has been wearing blue and sharing the hashtag #MaxItMonday, with pictures of students, parents – even dogs – wearing blue.

"There is always an exception to a rule. Nobody should be isolated," she said. "We need to be kind to each other."

Below is the letter sent to the community by Pelham School District superintendent Amanda Lecaroz:

This obviously is a very difficult letter to write and I hope it will be received with my intent clear to those who read it; that of healing and unity to our community. I became aware of the controversial semi-formal dance issue yesterday morning through some board members that keep me informed of issues in the community that I may not be aware of because I am not part of many of the social media forums that exist in Pelham. Since being made aware, I have communicated with all parties involved in the incident as well as witnesses to the exchange and I think I need to address a few issues. Number one, the young man was never 'sent home' by Ms. Maghakian from the dance on Friday night, but rather sent to her office by other staff members to make a phone call along with several other students to have parents bring alternative clothing to better meet the dress code or clothing expectations of the event. That being said, obviously there were communication breakdowns prior to and during this event that led to this unfortunate situation and we will use these lessons to make things better for everyone in the future.

Number two, however, is a much different issue. I am thrilled to be part of a community that continually rallies around each other, supports each other and fights for each other. That is a team, and those that know me, know that working as a team is VERY important to me. During my discussion with the young man's mother yesterday morning, she was very happy with the outpouring of love and support that the community had shown her and I was deeply moved this morning when I heard of the dance being planned and the blue wearing for Monday as I view this as another example of how this community rallies together. Although I think the miscommunication and misinterpretation of the events of Friday night led to this, the outcome is something for us all to be proud of.

I am honored to be a part of this community and will happily be wearing my blue tomorrow as well. As always, if you wish to discuss this or any other issues, feel free to contact me at alecaroz@pelhamsd.org or during work hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 603-635-1145.

Thank you for helping us to continue to inspire success one mind at a time even when things don't go quite as we had planned.


Michelle Bedard Feb 20, 2017 - 10:47 PM