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An Arizona woman has been caught up in the federal investigation into an alleged child pornographer in Colorado.

On August 4, authorities charged 39-year-old Sarah Cox of Clarkdale with three counts of knowingly receiving child pornography. The complaint, filed in Arizona U.S. District Court by Homeland Security Investigations, alleges that Cox and Richard Hennis of Colorado Springs exchanged explicit online messages in which Cox described her desire to sexually abuse a friend’s 3-year-old daughter.

Former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot at their Houston home Friday morning.Screencap/KTRK

Former NFL player Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot at their Houston home Friday morning.

Early Friday around 1:30 a.m., a 16-year-old boy shot and killed his mother and nearly killed his father, who was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to various reports.

The 16-year-old, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, has been charged with murder, and a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says those charges may be upgraded to capital murder if his father dies in the hospital.

The parents have been identified as Dawn Whitley Armstrong and Antonio Armstrong, who played football at Texas A&M University and then for the Miami Dolphins as a linebacker. The Armstrongs own a fitness gym in Bellaire called First Class Training and have been  married for about 20 years, the Houston Chronicle reported. They live just north of Bellaire, in a residential area near Chimney Rock and Gulfton.

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Cedrick Carnell Camper Jr. died with $500 in his sock. That was only the beginning.

On Friday, May 27, as medical students from Nova Southeastern University watched, five staff members from the Broward County morgue examined his body. One noticed something protruding from the sock.

Deputy chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Steckbauer, a Davieresident and Air Force veteran with three years at the coroner’s office, placed the money in a manila envelope, according to a police report. He sealed it with evidence tape. Later that afternoon, he realized the envelope was missing. He retraced his steps, thoroughly searched the morgue, and X-rayed the body. But he couldn’t find the money.

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Christy Sheats

After Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls sat down with Jason Sheats — whose wife, Christy Sheats, killed their two daughters before a police officer fatally shot her — Nehls made public what Jason believed may have led to the tragic event.

“We asked Mr. Sheats for a motive in his own words, and why would Christy kill their two daughters,” Nehls said at a news conference. “He stated that he felt Christy wanted him to suffer. During this incident, Christy had ample time and opportunity to shoot and kill Mr. Sheats in the home, but she chose not to. Mr. Sheats stated Christy knew how much he loved Taylor and Madison, and how much they loved him.”

This is not the weed whacker at issue.

Vincente Rodriguez thought he found a free weed whacker abandoned on the side of the road in northern Liberty County a couple weeks ago — though it couldn’t have been more expensive.

Early Sunday morning, Rodriguez was fatally shot over the weed wacker when its owner came hunting for it, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. Not long after midnight, police said a man came to Rodriguez’ door and strangely began telling Rodriguez’ wife he would like to buy their lawnmower — which was not for sale.

Just then, Rodriguez’s wife peeked over the man’s shoulder and saw their vehicle was in flames, she told investigators Sunday. Rodriguez came rushing out to extinguish it — which is when another man fatally shot him.

For more, read the Houston Press‘s full story about the incident.

julia.johnson.facebook.2Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: On Facebook, Johnson seems more interested in delicious desserts than a life of crime. But she’s the accused getaway-car driver in a caper that saw three young men invading the wrong house in search of drugs and cash — with a now bereft Williams stabbing a middle-school teacher before everything was said and done. Westword has the story.

hou_fea_20150514_opener_eweinsteinThe phone is what first woke Shirley Harrison the morning of February 1, 1994. It was around 5 o’clock and Shirley was still groggy from sleep when she picked up and heard the voice of her family’s pastor. He asked if Shirley had recently checked on her mother. He then told Shirley that her brother, Millet Harrison, had just called him to deliver an unnerving message: “I just killed the devil.”

jon.barbour.squirrel.old.guyBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Barbour had been feuding with people in the area, who weren’t happy that he was leaving pounds of peanuts for the squirrels. He responded with a letter explaining how the animals’ spirit helped him commune with his dead parents. But when someone ripped down one of the missives, fists flew — and a gun fired, with ugly consequences. Westword has the story.

florida_burritto_fightImages via Via Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department

Here’s a tip to make sure your criminal Florida shenanigans make the weird-news circuit: Involve a popular and beloved food item. If the words “pizza,””doughnut,” “bacon,” or “taco” appear in the police report, be prepared to go viral. As for “burrito”? Well,  it’s destined to wind up on hundreds of Facebook newsfeeds.

So all apologies to Suzanne Hurlvert, 51, and Carl Owen Smith, 66, for reporting this, but we just gotta.

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