September 21st, 2010
11:53 AM ET

Missing man told wife he was kidnapped, withdrew $1K from bank


(CNN) - A missing Minnesota man who told his wife that he was kidnapped withdrew money from a bank on the day he disappeared, police said.

Matthew Anderson, 29, of Shoreview, Minnesota, was last seen leaving his place of employment at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 17 to pick up his 1-year-old daughter from a daycare center, said the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

According to authorities, Anderson called his wife later that evening to say that he was kidnapped by two men.

Investigators have determined that Anderson withdrew $1,000 in cash from a bank at 1 p.m. on Friday. They said he was alone at the time.

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September 15th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Former Fordham softball player stabbed to death in New Jersey


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(CNN) - A former star athlete for Fordham University's softball team was stabbed to death near an athletic field in Southampton, New Jersey, and a man has been charged with murder, authorities said.

The body of Nicole Ayres, 22, of Westville, New Jersey, was found Monday morning, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. Investigators said she was stabbed multiple times in the head, neck and back.

Stephen Headley, 28, who was charged with murder, is being treated at a hospital after being hit by a truck shortly before his arrest, investigators said.

"This is a shocking and terrible loss," Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane said in a written statement. "I cannot imagine the grief Nicole's family must be feeling today, a grief intensified by the death of someone so young. Today the university community's hearts and prayers are with Nicole's family, friends and loved ones."

Ayres was a pitcher at the university and was named rookie of the year in 2007, the school said. Fordham said she attended the university for two years after having been a standout athlete at Deptford High School in New Jersey.

Authorities would not disclose a possible motive or discuss any details about the investigation, including whether the suspect knew the victim.

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September 7th, 2010
07:58 PM ET

Cops: Bank robber on probation robs another bank


(CNN) - An alleged bank robber apparently couldn’t quit the habit.

Authorities in Florida said the man tried to rob one bank while on probation for another heist. “He knew the jig was up when we stopped him,” Palm Bay Officer Thomas Krieger told CNN.

William Henry Colleir, 57, of Vero Beach, Florida was charged with one count of robbery, one count of grand theft, and violation of federal probation for robbery, Krieger said.

According to Krieger, Colleir entered a branch of the Riverside National Bank shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. “He got verbally aggressive with tellers because they said they had no money,” Krieger told CNN, “and they were concerned he would brandish a weapon.”

Officers who responded to the report of the bank robbery stopped a green Saab that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle. Krieger said Colleir was arrested without incident. “One of the first admissions out of his mouth was that ‘I’m on felony probation, you guys can take me’” Krieger said.

Krieger did not know the details surrounding the earlier alleged robbery incident.

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September 7th, 2010
02:55 PM ET

School year begins with still no sign of missing Oregon boy


(CNN) - Tuesday was the first day of classes at the Portland, Oregon, school where Kyron Horman allegedly was last seen in early June. The new year at Skyline Elementary also brings additional security measures to protect the children and staff.

In a letter to parents, Principal Ben Keefer said video cameras will be installed this weekend at Skyline. "These cameras will show external views of the building as well as the main hallway," he wrote. Also, security procedures will be reviewed to ensure they are effective, he added.

Tributes, messages, posters and cards that adorned a "Wall of Hope" for the missing 7-year-old boy were moved Tuesday from school property to a fence outside a nearby fire station, said the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

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September 6th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

Texting teens get the wrong number – a REALLY wrong number


(CNN) - Two Montana teenagers texting in search of some marijuana got the wrong number. Seriously wrong. They wound up messaging the local sheriff, and he messaged right back.

"They were one number off," Lewis and Clark County, Montana, Sheriff Leo Dutton told CNN. "Luck of the draw."

Dutton said the 15- and 16-year-old boys mistakenly sent him a text message on August 25 that read, "hey dawg, do you have 20 i can buy right now?" At first, Dutton said he "thought it was a joke" but decided to continue the conversation by replying, "how much we talking?"

"I need 20 right now do you have any?" the teens allegedly texted back, unaware that the person they were communicating with was the chief law enforcement officer in the area.

Dutton said he handed the case over to a narcotics officer who arranged to meet the two teens later that day. After the officer showed his badge to the teens, one of the boys "got white and his knees started wobbling," Dutton said.

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September 6th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Three arrested for murder of Boston area pizza deliveryman

(CNN) - Two high school students and a young man were charged Saturday with the killing of a pizza deliveryman in Boston, police said.

The victim, Richel Nova, of Hyde Park, Massachusetts, was found stabbed to death shortly after midnight on September 2, police said.

Nova, a deliveryman for a local Domino’s store, “was a hard working man, making an honest living to provide for his family when he was preyed upon by three vicious thugs,” said Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis in a statement. “For a small amount of money, these suspects committed unspeakable acts of violence while showing Mr. Nova no mercy.”

Arrested were Alexander Emmanuel Gallett, 18; Michel Andre St. Jean, 20; and Yamiley Mathurin, 17.

Authorities have charged the three suspects with murder, armed robbery, and armed breaking and entering of a dwelling house.

The suspects allegedly murdered Nova and then fled in his vehicle. A tip from a member of the community and surveillance footage led to the arrest of the three suspects.

Photos of the accused killers “will not be released at this time due to the nature of the investigation and, in particular, the extremely sensitive nature of eyewitness identifications developed thus far,” police said.

Authorities added that the investigation is ongoing.


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August 26th, 2010
12:57 PM ET

Police: Boozy mayor busted


A Minnesota Mayor was charged with driving under the influence after leading police on a low speed chase, authorities said.

Mankato Mayor John David Brady, 61, had a blood alcohol level of .242, police said, which is more than 3 times the legal limit.

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According to the criminal complaint, Brady was so intoxicated the arresting officer couldn’t understand what he was saying and first thought Brady was speaking a foreign language.

The complaint alleges Brady was driving erratically last Saturday afternoon in the city of Golden Valley, which is just outside Minneapolis.

Brady repeatedly crossed over the divider and drifted in and out of lanes while a police car followed with its emergency lights on.

The car then struck another vehicle at a red light but kept on going, the complaint said. Eventually, he came to a stop and was ordered out of his car by a police officer, according to the complaint.

“The defendant admitted that he had been drinking,” the officer said. When Brady was asked where he was from, the officer “could not understand the defendant as his speech was so impaired and mumbled that it appeared he was speaking a foreign language,” the complaint said.

In addition, Brady allegedly “was so unsteady on his feet” that the officer “had him hold onto his vehicle.”

A bottle of Smirnoff Vodka was found inside the driver’s door, police said.

Brady was arrested for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and being in possession of an open bottle.

Mayor Brady, who was released from custody, was not available for comment.

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August 25th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Taxi driver stabbed after being asked 'Are you a Muslim?'


A man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly repeatedly stabbing a New York City taxi driver after asking him if he is Muslim, authorities said.

Michael Enright, 21, of Brewster, New York, was arrested for assault, aggravated harassment, and criminal possession of a weapon following Tuesday evening’s attack, police said.

A police source said the suspect hailed the cab at East 24th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. The source said the crime apparently occurred while the cabbie drove the suspect about twenty blocks.

Enright allegedly said to the driver “are you a Muslim?” before stabbing him in the neck, face and arm, the source said.

The driver was able to stop the vehicle, lock the passenger inside the cab and call 911, the source said.

According to police, the cab driver was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Update 4: 25 p.m.: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued the following statement regarding the stabbing of the cab driver:

“I spoke today with the taxi driver who was stabbed last night in an attack that appears to have been motivated by anti-Muslim bias. I assured him that ethnic or religious bias has no place in our city, and to help show that, I invited him to City Hall to meet with me tomorrow, an invitation he accepted.

“This attack runs counter to everything that New Yorkers believe, no matter what God we may pray to. I want to thank the men and women of the NYPD for their quick response in apprehending the suspect who was arrested and charged with attempted murder as a hate crime. We will continue to do everything possible to crack down on any crime that targets someone because of who they are or what they believe.”

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August 24th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

Ex-wife charged in missing man's murder


The ex-wife of a New Jersey man who disappeared last week has been arrested for killing him, authorities said Monday.

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Kathleen Dorsett, 36, of Ocean Township, New Jersey, was charged with one count of first degree murder and one count of fourth degree tampering with physical evidence, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The victim, Stephen Moore, 42, of Manchester Township, New Jersey, was reported missing on August 24 after failing to report for work, the prosecutor’s office said. Two days later, police responded to several 911 calls of a car on fire in Long Branch, New Jersey, authorities said. After extinguishing the flames, firefighters discovered the body of a man in the trunk of the 2001 Nissan Altima, the prosecutor’s office said. The body was later positively identified as that of Moore.

Authorities would not disclose the exact cause of death.

Through the course of the investigation, authorities learned that the Dorsett and Moore were married in 2007 and divorced in 2010, the prosecutor’s office said. It added that the couple had a 20-month-old daughter that Moore was to drop off at Dorsett’s home on the morning of August 16. “Mr. Moore was not seen or heard from again after he dropped his child off at his ex-wife’s residence,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Al Valentin said the investigation is continuing and has asked the public for help in pursuing possible additional information surrounding Moore’s death.

Bail for Dorsett was set at $1.5 million. She is being held at the Monmouth county Correctional Institution.

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August 23rd, 2010
09:43 AM ET

Police: 12-year-old drives minivan


An Iowa woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly having a 12-year-old girl drive her and her three young children on a road trip, police said.

Melissa Garcia, of West Liberty, Iowa, was charged with operating a vehicle without owner’s consent and child endangerment, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office told CNN.

According to the Iowa City police department, officers were called to a report of a fight in progress in a parking lot Saturday night. During the course of the investigation, the officers learned that Garcia allegedly allowed a 12-year-old child to drive her and her children, ages 3, 2, and 1, from Nichols, Iowa to Iowa City, in a minivan, police said. The distance between the two locations is about 21 miles.

In addition, police said the 3 toddlers were unrestrained in the vehicle and apparently were not in car seats.

Garcia is currently being held at the Johnson County Jail on $5,000 bail.

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