Just hours after fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman told police investigators the shooting followed a life-and-death struggle in which the teen told him, “You’re going to die tonight.”
Miami Heat dancer killed in motorcycle-Mercedes crash
Miami Heat Dancer for the 2010-2011 season Nancy Lopez-Ruiz of Plantation, was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday evening, September 9, 2010, in Fort Lauderdale.
A Miami Heat dancer on a motorcycle was killed Friday night in a collision
with a Mercedes in Fort Lauderdale and police on Saturday were appealing for
witnesses to come forward.
Nancy G. Lopez-Ruiz, 22, of Plantation was riding her 2003 Suzuki GSX R in the
westbound right hand lane of the 700 block of East Sunrise Boulevard when
the 9:30 p.m. crash occurred.
Mario Careaga of Fort Lauderdale had been driving his 2009 Mercedes behind
Lopez-Ruiz on the boulevard. At one point, the Mercedes hit the median at
the lane split and curve of North Federal Highway, then struck the
motorcycle, knocking the young woman off her bike. She was pronounced dead
on the scene.
Police opened a drunk driving investigation of Careaga, whose age was not
known. Sgt. Frank Sousa, the Fort Lauderdale police public information
officer, said it would be months before the investigation was concluded.
The Plantation woman had just been signed on to dance with The Miami Heat this
season, which opens its preseason schedule on Oct. 5 with the debut of Dream
Team trio LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Eric Woolworth, president of business operations for the Heat, called
Lopez-Ruiz ‘‘a lovely young woman with an upbeat personality.”
“Her fierce passion for dancing was contagious,” he added in a
statement. “We wish to extend our deepest condolences to her family,
friends and teammates.”
Lopez-Ruiz, a native of Nicaragua, moved to the United States as an infant and
graduated from Bradenton’s Bayshore High School, where she was active in
athletics and also became captain of the school’ss Honey Bears Dance team.
Guatemala was hit hardest, with at least 92 deaths, 54 people missing and 59 injured, emergency officials said. Nearly 112,000 people have been evacuated and more than 29,000 are living in temporary shelters, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said in an address to the nation late Sunday.
The devastation has been widespread throughout Guatemala with mudslides destroying homes and buildings and burying some victims. At least nine rivers have dramatically higher levels and 13 bridges have collapsed, the nation’s emergency services said.
Classes have been canceled this week throughout the nation.
In Honduras, where 14 people have died, President Porfirio Lobo declared a state of emergency Sunday.
Nearly 3,500 people have been evacuated from their homes and nearly 3,300 are living in shelters, the Honduran emergency agency said Monday. More than 140 homes have been destroyed and another 700 have been damaged, the Permanent Commission for Emergencies reported.
Jarmecca Whitehead, a 34-year-old mom from Conyers, Georgia, was afraid of her daughters, according to a neighbor. They had been living elsewhere when they returned to live at her home in January. Four days later, she was beaten and stabbed to death…
REPORTS:Friends described Jarmecca “Nikki” Whitehead as a “loving and open” mother whose rebellious teens increasingly challenged her on issues of dating, cell phone use and even about going to school.
The 16-year-old twins, Tasmiyah, “Tas,” and Jasmiyah, “Jas,” had at one time been “A” students, involved in Girl Scoutsand the performing arts at their Georgia high school. But 18 months ago, they reportedly became so violent and hard to handle that they temporarily moved in with their elderly great-grandmother.
Now they’re locked up, accused of murdering their mother, a beautician who had recently gone back to school to study fashion design.
Whitehead was found dead in her Conyers, Georgia, house in a pool of blood Jan. 14, brutally beaten and stabbed. Just one week before the murder the twins had returned home, but their mother had called police three times to rein in her out-of-control twins.
Now friends say they are not surprised.
“Do I think they were capable of doing it?” said Petrina Sims, owner of Decatur’s Simply Unique salon, where Whitehead worked until her death. “I was hoping not, but after all she had gone through, it was like you almost knew it was them.”
Apparently police thought so too, arresting the girls May 21 after connecting them to the brutal murder of their 34-year-old mother.
The girls face charges of malicious murder, felony murder and aggravated assault, which can carry a life sentence without parole. Prosecutors cannot ask for the death penalty because juveniles are barred from capital punishment in Georgia.
Thomas Carter Jr. was sleeping with his mother in their home in New Port Richey, The St. Petersburg Times reported. But Nichole Koezeno only realized the newborn had been mauled when she was wakened by a friend knocking on the door Wednesday morning.
The pit bull, named Sidon, was scheduled to be killed Thursday. After mauling the child, the dog got out and attacked another dog chained outside.
Denise Hilton, manager of Pasco County Animal Services, said Sidon was a male that had not been neutered, which may have contributed to the animal’s aggressive behavior. She said Sidon may also have had rabies.
“This animal should have never been allowed access to the room where this infant was,” Hilton said. “We have to protect children from animals being animals.”
Remember when I reported about Aveion Mark Lewis beening kidnapped by intruders, as his step father told police. Then his step father has changed stories saying that the toddler is dead, now they have found the poor little babies body in a landfill. This is sad as you can see his uncle wants him to have stree justice. May Aveieon R.I.P
When an Oregon judge viewed pictures of 3-year-old Alexis Pounder’s body, he found them so disturbing that he had them sealed. The girl had apparently been starved and tortured to death by her dad and his girlfriend, who are also charged with torturing Alexis’ sister…
Though police aren’t releasing specific details, they say the Alexis was starved and tortured to death at her Sandy, Oregon home. Detectives say her sister also showed signs of torture.
Alexis’ dad Donald Lee Cockrell and his girlfriend, Michelle Nicole Smith, have both been charged with murder. The torture occurred in Smith’s parents home, where the couple lived with five children in a separate unit downstairs.
Alexis is said to have died from blunt force trauma and “acute starvation.” Cockrell and Smith both worked as security guards for DePaul Industries, but their licenses have been yanked since their arrest.
The remaining children have all been pulled from the home, but no one involved seems to be a decent enough parent to care for them. A judge refused to give the surviving daughter to Alexis’ mom, Heather Marie Pounder, because she has a drug problem.
The three other children are Smith’s, all born to different fathers, and police are trying to locate them.
Matthew D. DuBois has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mikarah Sanders.
KOMO News normally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes, but prosecutors have charged DuBois as an adult.
According to court documents, DuBois was angry at Sanders because of a comment that an ex-boyfriend had left on her MySpace page.
The two were arguing at an apartment complex at 12445 Ambaum Boulevard SW on New Year’s Eve, and Mikarah was shot once in the face.
Another girl who was in the apartment initially told police that the DuBois was not the gunman, but she later recanted her story and said she lied at DuBois’ request because she was scared of him.
She eventually told investigators that she was in another room when she heard a single gun shot. She looked into the other room and saw DuBois on top of Mikarah, and he told her to call 911, the documents said.
The girl said DuBois then shot himself in the shoulder, told her to lie to police, and went to a different apartment.
Mikarah, who had been shot in the head, was rushed to Harborview Medical Center where she later died.
Neighbors have said that the couple argued constantly before the shooting.
DuBois has prior juvenile convictions for witness tampering, unlawful posession of a firearm, burglary, and auto theft.
He is currently in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview and is scheduled to be arraigned January 13.
If convicted as charged, he could face up to 25 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Fort Worth police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who was being removed from his parents home after a police officer used a Taser on him Saturday.
Police records show the parents of Michael Jacobs Jr. called police to their home on Ava Court Saturday morning, saying their son was causing a disturbance.
The family was asking that police take Jacobs to JPS Hospital for a mental health evaluation. According to the family Jacobs had mental issues and had been off his medications.
According to the police report when officers arrived they found Jacobs agitated and pacing on the front lawn.
The report says an officer stunned him with a Taser when he became combative and refused to go with the officer.
The officers planned to take Jacobs to the hospital for a mental detention. He was handcuffed but began to have difficulty breathing. An ambulance arrived and transported Jacobs to the hospital, where he later died.
Family members like Jacobs’ aunt Carol Morris told CBS 11 they didn’t understand why police did not try to physically overpower him. “He was my size; they could have thrown him to the ground and cuffed him. I don’t understand that.”
Police say the officers were trying to help, but that Jacobs was out of control and they had to use the stun gun.
Fort Worth Police are investigating the case. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office will determine what caused Jacobs’ death.
Update:The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office says the death of a mentally ill man who died in police custody was a homicide.
Michael Jacobs, Jr. died in April while in the custody of Fort Worth Police.