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According to CNN, Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney died this afternoon in a Little Rock hospital. Quote:
The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party died Wednesday, hours after a shooting at the party’s headquarters, according to a statement from former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton […] the statement gave his name as Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney.
Arkansas law enforcement officials have named Tim Johnson, age 50, as the shooter in the attack on Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney.
Johnson entered the office at about 10 til noon today and asked to see Chairman Gwatney. Though the secretary on duty refused, Johnson entered Gwatney’s office and fired 3 times before fleeing the scene.
Johnson, a resident of Searcy, AR, may have then made his way to the nearby Arkansas Baptist Convention building. There were local reports of a white male in a t-shirt who pointed a gun at staffers there before leaving the building.
Police caught up with the suspect and a chase ensued, ending around 2:30 p.m. CT in Grant County, AR. Johnson was ultimately shot and killed during a confrontation with police.
Recent reports indicate that Bill Gwatney, a 48-year-old former Arkansas State legislator and friend to Bill and Hillary Clinton, is in critical condition at a Little Rock hospital. [MSNBC/AP and ArkansasOnline.com.]
The AP is reporting that the shooter died after his confrontation with Arkansas authorities.
The Associated Press reports that Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney is in critical condition after a shooting at the state party headquarters in Little Rock, AR.
The alleged shooter entered the party headquarters in downtown Little Rock around noon today and asked to speak with Gwatney. After Gwatney’s secretary refused to allow the man to see the chairman, he charged into Gwatney’s office. At least 3 shots were fired.
The suspect, a white man in his 40s, fled the scene in a blue pickup. Police gave chase. They ran the man to ground in Grant County, AR, where he was shot. Police say they don’t know the motive behind the attack. [CNN and the AP. Also on the Web: ArkDems.org.]
The lovely vision you see on the right is Paula Del Carmen Flores-Aulis, age 40. She ran into some trouble at home, and that ultimately led to an even more troublesome incarceration at the Gwinnett County, GA Detention Facility.
It seems that Ms. Flores-Aulis was enjoying what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution delicately termed a “private moment” with a male companion around 7 a.m., Monday morning. That was when her husband came home.
The as-yet unnamed male visitor high-tailed it out the bedroom window. Suddenly, Paula Del Carmen Flores-Aulis was a victim of said ruffian. She said the man invaded her home and attempted to have his way with her.
Authorities were summoned and upon investigation they determined that the ‘home invader’s’ vehicle was sitting in the driveway of the residence. The hood was cool, giving the impression that it had been there a while. Lilburn police detective Kim Banks said that was “a little strange.” Strange enough to put Ms. Flores-Aulis’s story in some doubt.
Ms. Flores-Aulis’s lover sent a chum over to the house to pick up the car. That was how police got in touch with the suspect, and how he told the real story of the morning.
In short, he was scared to death mainly because the husband came home, and also because he was accused of home invasion.
Further investigation determined that Ms. Flores-Aulis and her “home invader” had even eaten breakfast together at one of the Atlanta area’s many fine Waffle House establishments earlier in the morning. Waffle House employees were glad to help firm up the accused lover’s story.
As noted by the AJC, Ms. Flores-Aulis is being held on a low bond, accused of falsely reporting a crime.
Strangely, her husband has yet to post her bail. [ajc.com]
If police in North Port Florida are correct about 27-year-old Patrick Dewayne Murphy, he took part in an act that was truly the stuff of parental nightmares.
Murphy has been arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Coralrose Fullwood, age 6. Coralrose vanished from her bedroom on the night of September 16/17, 2006. She was found several hours later at a nearby construction site.
Murphy has been charged with kidnapping, sexual battery on a child, and 1st-degree murder. Investigators have told Florida media that their work isn’t done. During a news conference held Tuesday, North Port Chief of Police Terry Lewis said that they believe “other people are involved.” He meant that others either assisted in the abduction, rape and murder of the little girl, or they knew about it and did nothing to assist the investigation.
There were many layers to the story of Coralrose. Her father Dale was arrested during the investigation and charged with possessing child pornography. Dale Fullwood eventually pled no contest to the charges. He’s still serving time.
Coralrose’s many siblings were removed from their parents’ care for a time, due to the extremely unsanitary conditions found in the home when police began investigating the little girl’s disappearance. Her mother, Ellen-Beth, even seemed to be subject to some suspicion, if only from true crime devotees discussing the crime on various message boards.
Murphy was linked to the crime by DNA. After he was jailed in January for burglary, his DNA was entered in Florida’s DNA database. That generated a match to the Fullwood murder.
Of the charges against Patrick Murphy, Ellen-Beth Fullwood said, “I’m grateful that we’ve gotten to this point, finally.”
Clips from Shelley Malil’s work in TV and movies.
Forty-three-year-old Indian-born actor Shelley Malil isn’t a household name, but you’ve probably seen his face. IMDB.com shows a resume stretching back to 1994. Malil has appeared on TV shows like Seinfeld and NYPD Blue and movies such as Collateral Damage and more recently, The 40 Year Old Virgin.
Now Malil is making a move from near-fame to real infamy. Shelley Malil was arrested early Monday in Oceanside, CA.
According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., Malil went to his ex-girlfriend’s house Sunday night around 9 p.m. He found his ex in the back yard with a male companion. That was when Malil allegedly went berserk. He picked up a knife and stabbed the woman several times. She fled, and Malil gave chase, allegedly injuring the woman’s male friend when he tried to help.
A neighbor heard screaming and saw Malil and Malil’s ex near the front door of the victim’s residence. Malil left and the neighbor tried to help, putting pressure on the stab wounds. The neighbor said the woman’s “chin was almost entirely cut off” and there were “a lot of gashes on her back as well.”
The stabbing victim was taken to Palomar Hospital. She was in critical condition, but investigators tell San Diego-area media that she will live. Malil is in the San Diego County Detention Center, being held on $2 million bail for suspicion of attempted murder, mayhem and burglary.
Shelley Malil’s web page at Malil.com is offline now (go figure), but it can still be accessed via the links below:
* Homepage, Malil.com
[KNBC | Los Angeles via E! Online]
Some crime stories you just can’t avoid, even if you try. The saga of Shawn Roderick, age 11, is one of those stories.
Police in Orlando, FL say Shawn marched into a Walgreens at 3:30 this morning and pulled out a pair of handguns, intent on robbing the place. It looks as though Shawn actually got some money from the till, but one of the Walgreens employees called 911 and cops snagged little Shawn as he exited the store.
Turns out the guns Shawn flashed upon entering the store were actually BB pistols.
There’s no word yet as to whether Shawn Roderick will be tried as an adult, but Orlando police released his name this afternoon, anyway. The UPI reported that the child will face felony robbery charges. [WKMG Orlando, UPI]
Not that anyone really doubted this, but Bernann McKinney, of the 5 cloned Booger puppies, admitted over the weekend that she was also the infamous Joyce McKinney.
McKinney tearfully said she’d hoped that people would focus on the story of her 5 cloned puppies and not past “garbage.”
She said that she figured “people would be honest enough to see” her as someone “who was trying to do something good and not as a celebrity.”
To Joyce Bernann McKinney, the portrait of her painted by the press over 3 decades ago wasn’t real. It was a “figment of the tabloid press.”
Speaking to the AP about the charges that she raped 6’4″ Mormon missionary Kirk Anderson as he was restrained in a remote English cottage, McKinney said, “I didn’t rape no 300-pound man […] He was built like a Green Bay Packer.”
Legally, McKinney has nothing to worry about. British authorities, citing the age of the charges against her, will not seek extradition.
[International Herald Tribune/AP]
Cops surely must appreciate the stupidity of guys like 19-year-old Justin Tyler Evans of Henderson, KY. It can only make a hard job just a little easier.
Evans recently sold an old phone on eBay. The unfortunate winner of his auction had a nauseating surprise in store: child pornography. According to police in Henderson, Evans admitted after he was arrested to downloading the images and saving them on the media card in that phone. There were more than 50 images. The Evansville Courier Press stated that the pics were “of nude children between the ages of 6 and 15 […] and one image showing a girl engaged in a sexual act.”
Naturally, police confiscated Evans’s home computer, and they say he had more kiddie porn on that hard drive as well.
Evans was “JustinTyler1715” on MySpace, and his profile revealed his loser’s resume, hopscotching from fast-food cashier jobs to supermarket cashiering, never seeming to stay too long at any one place.
Evans also had a blog on MySpace, which didn’t reveal much, save that his trailer had burned in March of this year. While many of Evans’s top friends looked younger than him only a slideshow of his photos induced a little queasiness; some of the pics were centered on young children.
Justin Tyler Evans is being held on $25,000 bail in the Henderson County Jail. The person who bought his phone on eBay hasn’t been named, but it’s probably a good bet they’ll think twice before they buy a used phone online again.
[Evansville Courier Press]
Charlie said, “Now is the time for Helter Skelter.”
It was August 8, 1969. Charlie Manson’s words set a world of madness in motion.
So later that night, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel, Linda Kasabian and Charles “Tex” Watson prepared to leave the Family’s redoubt, an old movie set called Spahn Ranch. Charlie said, “Leave a sign […] You girls know what I mean, something witchy.”
A little after midnight on August 9, Atkins, Krenwinkel, Kasabian and Watson arrived at 10050 Cielo Drive in Bel Air, the home of director Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate. Polanski was overseas. Tate had guests that night, Abigail Folger, coffee heiress, Folger’s main squeeze, Voytek Frykowski, and stylist Jay Sebring.
Tex cut the phone lines. The group scrambled over a fence and entered the property. Unexpectedly, a car came down the driveway. Inside was Steven Earl Parent, age 18. He’d just been visiting a friend who lived in a caretaker’s cottage at the rear of the property. Tex ambushed Parent, shot him 4 times.
They left Linda Kasabian with their car, and the other 3 entered the Tate residence.
When the screaming was done, Folger, Frykowski, Sebring and Tate were dead. More than 100 stab wounds were divided across the 4 victims. Linda Atkins, after tasting Tate’s blood, scrawled “PIG” on the wall.
The Manson Family had only just begun their reign of terror. In the next 24 hours they’d kill supermarket magnate Leno LaBianca and LaBianca’s wife, Rosemary. They carved “WAR” into LaBianca’s stomach. The killers wrote “DEATH TO PIGS” and “RISE” on the LaBianca’s walls, in blood. They left the words “HEALTER SKELTER” on the refrigerator.
By July, 1970, the killers had been captured and they were going to trial. All the defendants were found guilty. Most are still alive and still in prison today, including Charlie, who said the following during the trial: “These children that come at you with knives. They are your children. You taught them. I didn’t teach them. I just tried to help them stand up.” [TruTV]
Caylee Anthony, the Orlando, FL toddler missing since early June this year, turns 3 today. As a vigil was held for the little girl Friday night, her mother, Casey Anthony, remained in jail on a $500,000 bond. Casey has been charged with neglect, failure to report her daughter’s disappearance, and with lying to the authorities.
The search for little Caylee continues. Investigators have dived in ponds, questioned people in other states, and returned to the home of Caylee’s grandparents, Cindy and George Anthony, several times. But no one knows where she is.
A warrant to search George and Cindy’s home was filed on August 5. It doesn’t just list the remarkable series of lies told by Casey Anthony once she reported her daughter’s disappearance to police, it also gives reason to question Cindy Anthony’s behavior.
Some of Casey’s lies, according to search warrant:
* LIE: She worked at Universal Studios, and she told co-workers named Jeffrey Hopkins and Juliette Lewis that her daughter was missing. TRUTH: Casey didn’t work there, and there are no employees with those names.
* LIE: Casey said she had a supervisor at Universal named Tom Manley. TRUTH: No Tom Manley is employed at Universal.
* LIE: Zenaida Gonzalez lived at the Sawgrass Apts. when Casey dropped Caylee off on June 9. TRUTH: No one had lived in the particular apartment Casey pointed out since February.
* LIE: Casey said Zenaida had also lived at 301 N. Hillside Dr. TRUTH: It is a senior citizens-only facility.
* LIE: Zenaida Gonzalez had also lived with her mother Gloria at the Crossings at Conway, a town home community. TRUTH: No one in that community knew of either Zenaida or her mother.
* LIE: In general, Casey knew Zenaida Gonzalez, and had known her for some time. TRUTH: Zenaida Gonzalez has been cleared by police of any involvement in the case, and has never known or been acquainted with Casey Anthony.
* LIE: Zenaida had a roommate named Raquel Farrell, and Farrell worked at TGI Friday’s. TRUTH: No TGI Fridays has ever had an employee by that name.
* LIE: According to Casey’s boyfriend, Anthony Lazzaro, Casey said her little girl was being cared for by a nanny and being taken to Disney, Universal Studios, and the beach. TRUTH: Caylee was already missing when Casey told those lies. Casey told the same sort of lie to a friend named Jessie Grund.
* APPARENT LIE: Lee Anthony forwarded some e-mails from Casey to investigators. The thread of messages appeared to end with something from a Thomas Franck with the e-mail address [email protected] TRUTH: No such employee or address exists.
Again, that’s just a quick, incomplete list of some of the lies Casey Anthony has told.
Near the end of the search warrant was the following curious bit:
On August 4th, [investigators]conducted a second audio recorded interview with Cynthia [Cindy Anthony]. While discussing the recovery of Casey’s white car it was discovered that Cynthia had removed items from the car prior to law enforcement being contacted. Cynthia explained that she had removed a pair of gray dress slacks from the back seat area of the car. The slacks were reportedly on the rear floor board of the vehicle and were with a pair of boots and a pair of shoes that reportedly belonged to Casey. According to Cynthia she removed the pants and washed them due to the fact that smelled like the car. Cynthia reported that she ahd put the washed clothing in Casey’s bedroom.
Cindy Anthony admitted, then, that she removed and washed clothing from Casey’s car. She did this before she actually called police and said that the very same car smelled like there had “been a dead body in the damn car.”
[Fox News; WFTV.com — PDF of the warrant.]