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88-year-old victim of carjacking: ‘I’d kill the SOB’

An elderly Michigan woman left battered and bruised when a man stole her car and purse outside a Walmart store Tuesday did not mince words when asked what she would like to do if she saw the man again.

“I’d kill the son of a (expletive),” Gloria Kevelighan told Fox 2 in Detroit. “The way he pushed me, he didn’t care. He was very strong.”

Kevelighan said she was attacked outside the Livonia Walmart Tuesday afternoon as she got out of her 2017 Ford Escape, which she’d parked in a handicapped parking space. Livonia police investigators said Kevelighan was approached from behind by a man and a woman. 

“He pushed me and I fell flat on my face,” Kevelighan told Fox 2. “I hit my head. I was bleeding and everything.”

Kevelighan said the assault happened in seconds as the man grabbed at her purse until she let it go.

“I tried to hit him with my cane, but I couldn’t. He seemed to want to stay behind me, so I couldn’t see his face, you know?” Kevelighan told the news station. “I tried to turn around and sock him with my cane. If anyone bothers me, I use my cane.”

Investigators said the man and woman jumped into Kevelighan’s car and drove away, nearly running her over in the process. Another customer witnessed the crime and followed the vehicle, but eventually lost sight of it. 

Officers later found Kevelighan’s vehicle abandoned nearby. 

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Bystanders called 911 and came to Kevelighan’s aid, WDIV reported

“I told them at the hospital, ‘I’m a tough broad,’” Kevelighan told the news station

About seven hours after the carjacking, a police officer spotted the suspects in the area on foot. They were arrested without incident, and Kevelighan’s purse, intact except for her cash, was recovered, police officials said

The names of the suspects, a 38-year-old man from Sterling Heights and a 41-year-old woman from Lincoln Park, were being withheld until their arraignment, officials said

Kevelighan praised the quick work of the police department, Fox 2 reported

“I’m a mess but I’m alive, and that’s the important thing,” Kevelighan said

Pennsylvania mom poisoned son, 2, with Vicodin in sippy cup, police say

A Pennsylvania mother faces a homicide charge after police accused her of poisoning her 2-year-old son by putting Vicodin in the boy’s sippy cup, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.

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Jennifer A. Clarey, 42, of Tullytown, was charged Tuesday with a count of criminal homicide in the Aug. 25 death of her son, Mazikeen Curtis.

Tullytown police responded to a home around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 25 after Bucks County Children and Youth Services told police that Clarey appeared intoxicated and was not cooperating during a welfare check, the Courier Times reported. Police found Mazikeen lying dead on a bed, WTHR reported. Clarey was found on the bed with “significant lacerations” to both wrists, according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities said the child overdosed after Clarey put the painkiller in his cup, the television station reported. Toxicology tests found toxic doses of hydrocodone, sold as Vicodin, and diphenhydramine, which is sold over the counter as Children's Benadryl. 

“He was given a fatal, poisonous dose of the active ingredient we commonly call Vicodin,” District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said. “Plain and simple this was a murder, and the weapon was the pills that came from this bottle.”

Clarey was arraigned Tuesday and was ordered held without bond.

Pennsylvania man found dead after killing parents, shooting at ex-wife, police say

A Pennsylvania man who authorities believe killed his parents Wednesday evening after shooting at his ex-wife has been found dead, WCAU and WPVI are reporting.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 3:53 a.m. EDT Sept. 20:  According to WCAU, authorities found Bruce Rogal, 59, of Glenmoore, dead early Thursday after his car crashed in the West Bradford Township neighborhood where his ex-wife lived.

Authorities have not said what caused his death.

Original report: The manhunt has ended for a Pennsylvania man who authorities believe killed both of his parents at a retirement community Wednesday evening after shooting at his ex-wife in her driveway, multiple media outlets are reporting.

WTXF-TV reported early Thursday that authorities had found Glemoore resident Bruce Rogal, 59, after an hours-long manhunt. CBS News said he was in police custody.

Accoroding to WPVI-TV, Rogal drove by his ex-wife's West Bradford Township home about 5:45 p.m. while she was changing her car's oil and opened fire, hitting several houses but missing her, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Wednesday night.

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He then drove to the Bellingham Senior Living Center in East Goshen Township, where he shot and killed his parents, William and Nancy, about 6:15 p.m., Hogan said. He reportedly fled the scene.

Earlier Wednesday, Rogal had learned that his divorce was official.

"He received an order making his divorce final and awarding the home to his now ex-wife," Hogan said, according to KYW-TV. "That appears to be what set him off."

Investigative files on Jacob Wetterling abduction, murder to be made public Thursday

The investigative files on an infamous 1989 child abduction and murder in Minnesota are set to be made public Thursday, two years after the case was finally solved.

Jacob Wetterling, 11, of St. Joseph, vanished the evening of Oct. 22, 1989, as he rode home on his bike with his younger brother, Trevor, and his best friend. The three boys had gone to a nearby convenience store to rent videos and buy snacks.

His disappearance remained unsolved until the fall of 2016, when Danny James Heinrich, who became a person of interest in 2015 after being arrested on child pornography charges, confessed to killing the missing boy. He also led police to Jacob’s remains, which were buried on a farm about 30 miles from the site of the abduction. 

Heinrich, 55, is serving a 20-year sentence on a child porn charge. 

>> Related story: Jacob Wetterling’s killer gives chilling details of abducted 11-year-old’s final moments alive

Stearns County officials said last week that the Wetterling case files would be released to the public Thursday morning. Sheriff Don Gudmundson is also expected to hold a news conference when the files become public. 

The files were initially slated for release in 2017, but Jacob’s parents, Patty and Jerry Wetterling, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the release of information about the family that they felt should remain private, KSTP in Saint Paul reported

A judge ordered prosecutors to return FBI documents to the federal government and release the rest of the case file, the St. Cloud Times reported. The Wetterlings decided against appealing the judge’s decision this summer. 

Heinrich admitted in court in September 2016 that he stopped Jacob and the other boys along a dead-end road in St. Joseph and ordered the other boys to run home and not look back.

He abducted Jacob, the frightened boy asking “What did I do wrong?” as Heinrich handcuffed him and drove away, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported in 2016.

As Jacob’s parents, Patty and Jerry Wetterling, sat listening in the front row of the courtroom, Heinrich detailed how he drove their son to a gravel pit, made him undress so he could molest him and shot him twice in the back of the head after he cried and asked to go home.

“I raised the revolver to his head. I turned my head and it clicked once. I pulled the trigger again and it went off. Looked back, he was still standing,” Heinrich said, according to the newspaper. “I raised the revolver and shot him again.”

Heinrich’s confession was part of a plea deal with prosecutors in his child pornography case. In exchange for a maximum sentence of 20 years, Heinrich confessed and escaped prosecution on another 24 child porn charges, as well as in Jacob’s murder. 

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The Star Tribune reported that Heinrich also detailed his molestation of another boy, 12-year-old Jared Scheierl, in Cold Spring, Minnesota, nine months before he abducted and murdered Jacob. Investigators long believed the two cases might be connected, due to the description of the suspect in each case, and Heinrich was tied by circumstantial evidence to the Cold Spring attack as early as February 1990.

He was physically linked to that case last year when DNA found on a sweatshirt Scheierl was wearing during the attack was matched to Heinrich's DNA profile, according to WCCO, Minneapolis' CBS affiliate. Prosecutors could not bring charges against Heinrich in that assault, however, because the statute of limitations had expired. 

‘He’s gonna kill me’: Missing woman’s last texts have family, friends worried

A Wisconsin woman who vanished after moving to Colorado with her boyfriend remains missing, and her family and friends are worried that her final text messages indicate she’s met with foul play.

Erin Vandewiele, 40, of Menomonie, was last heard from July 23, less than a month after she arrived in Denver. Her boyfriend, Joseph Scott Mayer, 41, has since been arrested on outstanding warrants and extradited back to Wisconsin, where jail records show he is being held in the Dunn County Jail.

Mandi Schmidt, Vandewiele’s sister, told ABC7 in Denver that those who know Vandewiele are worried, particularly because the missing woman said in texts and telephone conversations before her disappearance that she was worried Mayer would hurt her. 

“He’s gonna kill me if I don’t get away from him today,” Vandewiele wrote in one text, according to the news station

“I feel like something is terribly wrong,” friend Stacy Morris told ABC7. “We’re pretty much worried that she might be dead and that she’s not going to be able to come home to her kids and her sister.”

Schmidt said her sister’s driver’s license and Social Security card were found on a bus in Denver. Vandewiele sent her sister a selfie taken near Union Station. 

The rest of Vandewiele’s belongings were found in a motel room in Denver, according to WQOW in Eau Clair, Wisconsin

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Schmidt told the Wisconsin news station that Vandewiele spoke to a friend over the phone on July 23 and said she would call the following day -- if she was still alive. Vandewiele, who suffers from anxiety and depression, also said she was scared for her life and that she never should have gone to Colorado with Mayer, the news station reported

“I guess we have no reason to believe that there was any foul play,” Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith told WQOW. “But, we don’t have any reason to believe that there wasn’t any foul play.”

The Denver Police Department is leading the investigation into Vandewiele’s disappearance. Denver police officials describe her as 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing about 120 pounds. 

Vandewiele has brown eyes and long brown hair. She also has a tattoo on her forearm that reads, “I do what I want.”

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call Denver investigators at 720-913-7867. 

Missing Georgia mom found safe 2 weeks after disappearance

A Georgia mother of two reported missing has been found healthy after police searched for her two weeks.

Valerie Maynard, 53, of Smyrna, had last been seen Sept. 3. Her white Land Rover was found Sept. 5 in the Pigeon Hill parking lot on Burnt Hickory Road unlocked with her phone and purse still inside.

Cobb County Sgt. Wayne Delk previously said that Maynard may have been transient due to the number of personal items found in her SUV.

>> On AJC.com: Jury sentences man for shooting father of 3 in back of the head

“Due to privacy concerns, the circumstances leading up to her missing status as well as her current location are not being released,” Delk said on Tuesday.

Court records show Maynard and her husband had recently gone through a divorce. 

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The judge ruled that their two young children live with their father but did allow Maynard limited visitation. She got only the Range Rover in the divorce and was ordered to pay her ex-husband $30,000 in payments, court records indicate.

A judge made a final ruling on her divorce case on Aug. 1, records show. The divorce was first reported by Channel 2 Action News. Maynard’s attorney filed a motion for a new trial on Aug. 30, days before the Cobb mother went missing.

'I'm a Kardashian,' Florida woman claims before pushing neighbor, deputies say

A Florida woman who claimed she was a “Kardashian” was arrested on a battery charge after a confrontation with a neighbor, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

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Last week, Crystal Kohler, 35, approached her neighbor and said, “I’m a Kardashian. I’m going to (expletive) you up,” and then pushed the victim with both hands, deputies said

When deputies asked Kohler why she did it, she said the neighbor was too “nosy,” according to an incident report.

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The victim said she has ongoing issues with Kohler, who randomly yells at her for no reason.

Kohler remains in the Marion County Jail on a charge of simple battery.

Police sergeant, firefighter, 22 more arrested in child sex sting

Two dozen men, including a police sergeant and firefighter, have been arrested in an undercover child sex sting, New Jersey law enforcement officials announced Tuesday.

According to state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the sting, dubbed "Operation Open House," targeted "men who allegedly were using social media in an attempt to lure underage girls and boys for sexual activity."

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During the investigation, undercover officers posed as underage boys and girls on social media sites such as Grindr, Whisper, Skout and Kik, the Attorney General's Office said in a news release

The release said the defendants "typically initiated contact" with the officers and "are alleged to have made arrangements to meet the 'children' for sex."

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The suspects were arrested from Sept. 5 to Sept. 9 at an undercover house in Toms River, other meetup locations or their own cars, authorities said.

Those arrested include Howell Township police Sgt. Richard Conte, 47, of Farmingdale, and Richard Hoffman, 23, a firefighter and college student from Mays Landing. The following suspects also were arrested:

  • Mina G. Beshay, 27, of Monroe Township
  • Christopher Vargas, 29, of Toms River
  • Joshua Rauter, 31, of Little Egg Harbor Township
  • Joseph Martin, 35, of Seaside Heights
  • Volvi Lowinger, 23, of Lakewood
  • Thomas Graciano, 28, of Brick
  • Thomas Blumensteel, 47, of Manchester
  • Thomas Fuller, 44, Toms River
  • Zachary Vincent, 24, of Forked River
  • William Singleton, 24, of Pemberton Township
  • Jonathan Vece, 22, of Turnersville
  • Lawrence Ivancic, 51, of Toms River
  • Robert Lisicki, 51, of Metuchen
  • Dylan Daffron, 28, of Lacey Township
  • Steven Portnoy, 27, of Egg Harbor Township
  • David Studnicky, 64, of Toms River
  • Anthony Perfidio, 24, of Barnegat
  • Brian Degnan, 33, of Toms River
  • Nabindranauth Nandalall, 24, of Bronx, New York
  • William D. Davis, 23, Bayville
  • Charles Schlottfeld, 26, of Bayville
  • Douglass Walton, 54, of Hillsborough

All 24 suspects are facing charges of "attempted luring or enticing a child with purpose to commit a criminal offense against the child," a second-degree offense, the news release said. Some also face charges of attempted sexual assault on a minor, attempted debauching morals of a child and attempted showing obscene material to a minor. See the full list of the suspects and their charges here.

“It is disturbing that some of the alleged child predators from this operation held positions of public service and authority, but behind closed doors they went through great lengths to avoid detection online, frequenting social media sites with the sole purpose of targeting unsuspecting children,” New Jersey State Police Col. Patrick Callahan said in a statement. “Our troopers and partners on the ICAC Task Force are unfazed by the outward appearances of sex offenders and will continue to turn the tables on predators by luring them out of hiding and bringing them to justice. These arrests serve as a sobering reminder that parents should closely monitor their child’s online activity.”

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Man accused of taking wife with dementia to fair on leash, 'yanking' it when she wandered

A Maryland man was arrested Saturday at a Pennsylvania fair after witnesses said he yanked a leash attached to his mentally impaired wife’s neck so hard it caused her head to snap back and left red marks around her throat, police said. 

Walter William Wolford Sr., 66, of Hagerstown, is charged with simple assault. He was released Sunday on $5,000 unsecured bail, court records show

The York Daily Record reported that Wolford went to the York Fair Saturday with his wife, who he said suffers from dementia. While there, Wolford led the woman around on a dog-type leash about 8 feet long, charging documents obtained by the newspaper stated

A witness told West Manchester Township police officers, who were called to the fair shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, that Wolford “had yanked that leash when all of the slack had gone out of it, causing her head to move backwards and for her to sustain red marks around her throat area,” the Daily Record reported the documents stated

Paramedics were called to check Wolford’s wife out, at which point police officers observed her, the Daily Record reported. 

“She was very disoriented, did not know where she was (or) her own name, and spoke gibberish,” the charging documents stated

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Wolford told officers that his wife has suffered from dementia for about five years, three years longer than doctors had expected her to live. According to the Daily Record, he said she wandered off at last year’s York Fair and was missing for about 90 minutes before she was found trying to leave the fairgrounds. 

Wolford said he decided to use a leash to keep her from wandering away this year, the newspaper said. 

“Walter told me that he originally placed the leash around her waist, but somehow it had moved up around her neck and when she walked away from him and (when) all of the slack became taut, he ‘gently tugged on the leash so she would stop,’” an officer wrote in the charging documents

Investigators wrote that they spoke to the couple’s son, Walter Wolford Jr., who “did not offer much info in this case” but said his father was not abusive to his mother, the Daily Record reported

The annual York Fair, billed as “America’s First Fair,” is held every September in York. It began in 1765, 11 years before America’s founding, as a two-day agricultural market on the town commons, the fair’s website states

Day care owner charged after children found bound by necks, strapped into car seats

A Texas day care owner was arrested Saturday after police searched her home Friday and found several of her charges bound by the neck and strapped into car seats.

Investigators also said in an arrest affidavit that Rebecca Anderson, 60, of Mesquite, drugged the children to keep them quiet, NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth reported

Anderson, who owns Becky’s Home Child Care, is charged with nine counts of endangering a child through criminal neglect -- one count for each child in her home Friday -- and one count of injury to a child, Dallas County Jail records show. She is being held in lieu of $45,000 bail. 

The affidavit obtained by NBC 5 said that Anderson came under suspicion Thursday after the father of a 6-month-old boy she cared for reviewed footage from a small video camera mounted on the baby’s car seat. The footage showed Anderson yanking the infant from the car seat by his ankle and picking him up off the ground by the bib tied around his neck, investigators said.

The recording also showed Anderson feeding the boy an “unknown substance using a plastic liquid syringe,” the affidavit said

The man brought the video to Mesquite police officials, who obtained a search warrant for Anderson’s home, the news station reported. When the search warrant was executed Friday, Anderson claimed that she had just five children in her care at the time.

Officers searching the home found another four children, three of them strapped into plastic car seats in a dark closet in the master bedroom and the fourth child restrained in the master bathroom, NBC 5 reported

“Shoelace-like ligatures” were found tied around the children’s necks, the arrest affidavit said. Some of the ligatures had to be cut to free the children. 

Anderson admitted to officers that she used the ligatures to limit the children’s movements and sometimes kept them strapped into car seats for as long as seven hours at a time, the document said, according to the news station. She also admitted she “had likely given Tylenol to all of the children,” investigators said.

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Neighbors told ABC 13 in Houston that they sometimes heard children screaming from Anderson’s home. 

“It just kind of concerned me, the way the kids sounded when the parents dropped them off, where it alarmed me,” one neighbor told the news station

Becky’s Home Child Care could not be found among the database of licensed day care centers approved by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. 

Google search for her facility shows it as permanently closed. 

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