Missing Orlando, Florida toddler Caylee Anthony’s grandmother refuted claims made in court that detectives could smell decomposition in a vehicle used and later abandoned by Caylee’s mom, Cindy’s currently-incarcerated daughter, 22-year-old Casey Marie Anthony. Here is what she said to Fox News: “Do me a favor […] Put a little piece of pizza or any piece of garbage in your car today and leave it shut up for 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 days in this heat and then come back to me in 19 days and tell me what it smells like.”
Cindy Anthony’s increasingly desperate-seeming statements on her daughter’s behalf smack more of a woman who has lost a grandchild and now finds herself valiantly trying to hang on to her daughter, who may eventually be charged with that grandchild’s murder.
Because in 911 calls made July 15, when Cindy first contacted police about Caylee’s disappearance, she didn’t seem so self-assured about issues like the nasty odor coming from her car.

Police in Phoenix believe the young man who opened fire in a computer lab at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix on Thursday is a 22-year-old former SMCC student named Rodney Smith.
Smith is currently in custody. A 19-year-old male, one of the 3 victims of the shooting in the SMCC tech services building, is still hospitalized in critical condition. The shooting may have been part of a long-standing feud.

Three years ago a methodical monster stalked two small children he’d first spotted as they played in front of their home just outside Coeur dAlene, Idaho. The monster had night-vision goggles, firearms, restraints, transportation — everything he needed. He’d bought it all on a big shopping trip at Wal-Mart in Fargo, North Dakota.
Then, on the night of May 15, 2005, Joseph Edward Duncan III killed Brenda Groene, her oldest son Slade, Brenda’s boyfriend, Mark McKenzie, and Duncan kidnapped Dylan and Shasta Groene. For the next several weeks he kept them in the woods, repeatedly raping and torturing both children. Dylan was ultimately killed. Shasta walked into a Coeur d’Alene Denny’s with Duncan on the night of July 2, 2005. Someone recognized the little girl, the cops were called, and we all learned what the Boogeyman looked like.
It called itself Jet. It kept a blog.

A lunatic opened fire on the campus of the South Mountain Community College in Phoenix Thursday afternoon, injuring three. Two victims are in critical condition.
The shooter was arrested, but the damage was done. A female pharmacy student, age 22, was shot in the torso, a 17-year-old boy in the leg, and a 25-year-old man was also wounded in the leg.The 22-year-old woman and the older male victim are in critical condition. One witness told a local Phoenix news outlet that the gunman “started randomly shooting” after some kind of “scuffle” in the hallway on the 2nd floor of the SMCC tech services building (Map of SMCC campus). The East Valley Tribune reported that “the suspect apparently was known to the victims.”
SMCC canceled classes for the rest of the day and for tomorrow.
UPDATE 1
One source is reporting that the “scuffle” broke out in the computer lab on the 2nd floor of the tech building. A black male pulled out a gun and shot the person with whom he was arguing, then opened fire on others in the room.
The East Valley Tribune reports that the 17-year-old victim is Christopher Taylor. Taylor and the critically wounded victims were taken to Maricopa Medical Center.
(Further updates will be below the break.)

UPDATE
The police in Orlando seem to doubt there’s anything to the story of the slab being poured on the 4th of July. It may be as solid as the supposed sightings of Caylee in Georgia.
Original Post
Missing 2-year-old Caylee Anthony’s family may have poured a new concrete slab in their backyard over the July 4th weekend. That’s the word from a tipster in Orlando, where the little girl was last seen alive around June 9, this year. The Anthony family — her mother Casey, 22, who is currently in jail on charges related to Caylee’s disappearance — and Caylee’s grandparents, have not confirmed or denied the tip.
On July 4, Caylee had been missing for nearly a month. Eleven days after the holiday, Casey Anthony finally went to police with her bizarre and unbelievable story of leaving her toddler with a babysitter and then just never seeing her again. Though Casey’s mother may have prompted the young woman’s meeting with the authorities, Cindy Anthony has since been her daughter’s staunch defender, insisting there’s no way Casey killed Caylee. Cindy has promoted tips from the public stating that her granddaughter has been seen on planes going from Orlando to Florida, and made statements to the effect that her daughter is trying to tell the police what happened, the problem with the cops is they just want the story to be clear.

Bad people, doing bad stuff, everywhere. What follows is a quick list of current true crime headlines of interest.
* Christian School Principal Charged with Rape — Mark Evan Brown, age 37, has been charged with one count of third-degree rape. During Brown’s 3-year tenure as the principal of Highland Christian School, he allegedly exchanged texts and phone calls with a 14-year-old female student. Brown may have even prodded the girl into running away from home. When she did run away on June 12 this year, Brown allegedly set her up in a little room at the school, complete with a bed and television. Ever the good Christian role model, police say Brown then provided the girl with alcohol and some old-fashioned molestation. Court papers indicate the girl tried to protect Brown until this week, when she finally gave him up.[KING5.com]
* Don’t Ask Christian Bale For Money — The source of the alleged dust-up earlier this week that led to Dark Knight star Christian Bale spending several hours with the London Metropolitan Police may have been a request for money. A report out of London states that Bale’s sister Sharon asked for $200,000. He refused the loan, his mama Jenny started talking smack about Bale’s wife, and the 34-year-old actor allegedly went ballistic. [NYDN]
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edhall2.JPGOver a year ago a pretty young thing named Kelsey Smith vanished from a department store in Overland Park, KS. She’d only just graduated from high school. She was just running into the store on an errand, on her way somewhere else.
She ran into a creep named Edwin Hall. He was arrested on June 6, 2007, 4 days after Kelsey vanished. Investigators found Kelsey’s body that day by Longview Lake in Jackson County, MO.
Today, in a Johnson County, KS courtroom, Edwin Hall unexpectedly pleaded guilty to all the charges against him: murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated criminal sodomy.

Casey Marie Anthony’s lawyer, Jose Baez, says there’s been a ‘credible’ sighting of missing 2-year-old Caylee Anthony. Caylee’s grandmother confirmed the tip. According to Cindy Anthony the tip came in a voicemail from an Orlando woman. Anthony says she returned the woman’s call.
The tipster said she was on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta when she saw Caylee. The child appeared to be accompanied by an older woman. The tipster spoke to both the toddler and the older woman, and the little one actually gave her name, pronouncing her last name just as Caylee supposedly does, leaving out the “h” — ‘Antony.’
The tipster’s neat little story continued: the little girl gave her age as 3. Caylee Anthony is nearly 3 years old.
So — a missing child is with a mysterious older woman on a flight out of Orlando. Her companion allows her to talk to a stranger, and apparently sits idly by as the little girl gives her correct name and age. Oh, and the little girl doesn’t pronounce her “th” properly. Right. Lord knows there isn’t another 2-year-old on earth who mispronounces her name.
Yesterday, a sadly realistic assessment of what may have happened to Caylee came out in a bail hearing for Casey Anthony.

That kooky ex-cop Drew Peterson, he of the missing and mysteriously dead wives, can’t seem to stop running his mouth. According to a report published today in the Chicago Sun-Times, a couple of Peterson’s friends wore wires over the course of the last 7 months, and they caught him talking out of school quite a bit.
Because you know, that’s what cocky, psychopathic sons-a-bitches do when they think they’ll never get caught. More after the jump.

According to his mother and sister, current Batman star and former American Psycho star Christian Bale went a little psycho for real on Sunday, July 20, and assaulted them both at the Dorchester Hotel in Hampshire, UK.
The 34-year-old actor’s mother Jenny and sister Sharon reported Bale to the Hampshire police and that department punted to London’s Metropolitan Police.
Bale essentially made an appointment with the cops for Tuesday morning. Then he attended the premiere of his new film, the already-phenomenally popular The Dark Knight.
Bale was in custody for a while on Tuesday as police questioned him about the incident.
[Sky News, London Telegraph.]