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Shanquella Robinson(MALAIKA JABALI/Essence) The case of Shanquella Robinson has taken the nation by storm. It has gotten to the point where the FBI and Mexican prosecutors have both opened their own separate investigations. Although their investigations are separate, the goal remains the same. They are looking to solve the very mysterious death of a woman who went on vacation for the last time.
A former tenant of the home where four University of Idaho students were brutally stabbed to death has given insight into why two surviving roommates might have not heard the attack. Moscow Police’s announcement early in the investigation into the slayings of Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Kaylee Goncalves and Madison Mogen that two roommates had been in the home during the violent murders but were not “necessarily considered witnesses” raised questions about how they were seemingly able to sleep through it. The victims, whose bodies were found on the second and third floors of the residence at 1122 King...
A Connecticut dad who allegedly dismembered his daughter, got into an argument with the girl’s mom, then ditched his phone, cut off his GPS ankle monitor and went on the lam last month has been caught, police said Friday. Christopher Francisquini, 31, was wearing the ankle monitor for a host of unrelated charges when he murdered 11-month-old Camilla Francisquini in Naugatuck on Nov. 18, police allege. During his two weeks on the run, the FBI placed billboards with his photo along several interstates in Connecticut. He was ultimately nabbed at a home in Waterbury on Friday afternoon, just a few miles away from Naugatuck. Read it at Hartford Courant
The city of Hazelwood, Missouri, has quietly parted ways with its police chief months after he was pulled over while driving “hammered” and taken home by a neighboring city’s chief, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Chief Gregg Hall is set to retire on Jan. 1, a decision that’s reportedly been in the works since as early as Aug. 17, despite the city keeping it under wraps until Friday. Hall was pulled over while off-duty around 3:30 a.m. on May 28 in O'Fallon, Missouri. The struggling chief botched multiple sobriety tests that were captured on body camera, but escaped arrest when the responding officer called on his city’s chief, John Neske, to come and drive Hall home without penalty. Hall now appears poised to enjoy a relatively comfortable retirement—not only did he evade a likely DUI charge, city officials say he will be paid for any unused time off and receive a healthy set of benefits, which allows him to keep his service weapon, his city-issued tablet, and receive an extra month’s pay. Read it at St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A Georgia man who commented “how about me” under a Facebook post from the Rockdale Sheriff's Office that highlights its most-wanted criminals was arrested on Thursday, just two days after making his initial comment. “We appreciate you for your assistance in your capture,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a second post. Christopher Spaulding was arrested for allegedly violating his probation twice. Cops posted a picture of Spaulding in their post on Thursday with his hands behind his back—something some commenters objected to, given the lack of severity in his alleged crime. “Hilarious!” one commenter posted sarcastically. “Publicly embarrassing a special needs person. Stay classy you guys!”Read it at Rockdale Sheriff's Office
On Wednesday, federal prosecutors indicted Fall River, Massachusetts, Police Officer Nicholas M. Hoar for violating civil rights and making false reports after he allegedly beat a man in custody with a baton in the winter of 2020 and failed to report it.A little over three years before that incident, Hoar shot and killed 19-year-old Larry Ruiz Barreto while breaking up a drag race—claiming that he feared for his life after the man accelerated and pushed the officer onto the hood of a car. Hoar was cleared in that case by local prosecutors who concluded it was a justified use of...
An Indiana judge on Friday issued a sweeping gag order after attorneys for Richard Allen, who is accused of murdering two young girls in 2017, sent out a press release arguing their case to reporters. The three-page missive argued that Allen, 50, was innocent because he proactively approached investigators to discuss 14-year-old Libby German and 13-year-old Abby Williams, who were killed while hiking along a local trail. Allen did not hear from the police for five more years, until he was arrested in late October. The lawyers also blamed local politics for Allen’s arrest and disputed the veracity of forensic evidence authorities say links Allen to an unspent .40-caliber round found near the girls’ bodies. Friday’s gag order warns Allen’s lawyers, prosecutors and their staff, law enforcement officials, court personnel, the coroner, and “all family members” that they can be charged with contempt for commenting “to the public and to the media, directly or indirectly, by themselves or through any intermediary, in any form, including any social media platforms.”Read it at Delphi County Circuit Court
An Arkansas sheriff was arrested on Saturday on drug and gun possession charges, according to KHBS/KHOG. Johnson County Sheriff Jimmy Stephens was arrested at a traffic stop, according to Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler, where officers found multiple firearms and drugs. Sadler did not respond when asked what exact drugs or guns were found in Stephens’ possession. Stephens was taken to the Crawford County Detention Center, according to KHBS/KHOG, but he no longer appears in the jail’s inmate list online. Read it at KHBS/KHOG
Two students at the University of Pittsburgh have been charged with abuse of a corpse for their alleged behavior during an anatomy lab last month. Sonel Jimenez, 19, is accused of “using his fingers to violate a female cadaver,” according to KDKA, citing court filings. Amay Gupta, also 19, is accused of “making inappropriate comments while sticking his fingers inside a male cadaver’s chest,” the outlet reported. Police say Jimenez confessed to “touching the cadaver,” according to KDKA, which said Gupta “admitted to officers that he may have made an inappropriate comment during that time.” Cops said the young men’s actions would “outrage ordinary family sensibilities,” WTAE reported.Read it at KDKA
A major power outage in North Carolina that left almost 40,000 people in the dark on Saturday night was caused by “intentional vandalism” at numerous substations, police said.Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields said in a statement that the blackout that began just after 7 p.m. was “being investigated as a criminal occurrence.”Chief Mike Cameron of the Southern Pines Fire and Rescue Department told the local newspaper, The Pilot, that the substations had been damaged by gunfire.A reporter from the paper who visited one substation smelled oil leaking from it and saw an access gate snapped off its pole. Workers were...
The grieving father of Kaylee Goncalves, one of four University of Idaho students who were brutally stabbed to death in their beds, says he is holding off on having a funeral over fears his daughter’s murderer might show up. Steve Goncalves told Fox News that he believes the unnamed perpetrator is a “sick” and “twisted” man—two qualities that make him think they’d show up to Kaylee’s funeral. “We wouldn’t want to do some kind of celebration and exclude anyone,” Goncalves said. “So yeah, he could easily be there and that’s the sick kind of twisted person who would do this kind of crime.” The small college town of Moscow, Idaho, has been reeling since the students’ murders early in the morning on Nov. 13. Cops have flip-flopped repeatedly on whether the attack was targeted or not, and whether the rest of Moscow is under threat. Police say they’ve still not found a murder weapon, nor have they identified a potential suspect or person of interest. Read it at Fox News
An FBI agent accused of attempting to murder a man during a 2020 altercation on a moving metro train was found not guilty on Friday. Eduardo Valdivia, 37, was acquitted of several charges, including attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Prosecutors alleged that the off-duty FBI agent shot a passenger aboard a Metro Red Line train near D.C. on Dec. 15, 2020 after a “verbal exchange.” The passenger, who was not identified in court, suffered several gunshot wounds—but he ultimately survived. Valdivia’s lawyer argued that the FBI agent was on his way to work when the maskless passenger “engaged in threatening and aggressive behavior” and ultimately prompted his client to open fire. Following the incident, the FBI agent was suspended without pay, but his employment status was not clear after Friday’s verdict. Read more at The Daily Beast.
Court documents have revealed that there was likely a troubled home life for the Chicago-area family that was found dead on Wednesday morning in their suburban house. Those killed included Andrei Kisliak and his wife Vera Kisliak, who were going through a divorce, as well as their daughters Vivian, 6, and Amilia, 4. A fifth family member, 67-year-old Lilia Kisliak, was also found dead. Court docs reveal that the Kisliaks were set to lose their Buffalo Grove home as their marriage was falling apart. Vera, 36, had also filed an order of protection against her 39-year-old husband, records say. Neighbors also took note of potential family troubles, telling NBC 5 they’d seen officers respond to the home before. Cops said they made the grim discovery early Wednesday while conducting a welfare check. All five of those killed died from “sharp force injuries,” cops said. Few other details about the slaying was released by authorities, but a local newspaper, the Lake and McHenry County Scanner, reported that sources said it was the husband Andrei who fatally stabbed his family—and then himself—to death. Read it at NBC 5