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ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy: Oklahoma Pastor Slain

In Oklahoma Pastor Slain, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, women talk on September 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

Pastor Killed

Oklahoma Pastor Slain In “Horrific” Scene By Associated Press August 26, 2009 8:13 am The scene inside a small Pentecostal churchwhere a pastor was slain was “horrific,” an Oklahoma district attorneysaid Tuesday, calling it the most brutal he has seen in nearly 20 years as a prosecutor. Police have released scant information about the killing of 61-year-old Carol Daniels, whose body was found Sunday inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church, a weather-beaten building on a rundown block near downtown Anadarko. A preliminary autopsy deemed Daniels’ death a homicide caused by “multiple sharp force injuries,” said Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the state Medical Examiner’s office. She declined to discuss further details. “I’ve prosecuted over 50 murders,” District Attorney Bret Burns said. “This is the most horrific crime scene I’ve ever witnessed.” He declined to elaborate, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation. With little official word on the grisly killing, rumors in the town were swirling as people wondered what motivated the crime and who was responsible. Burns has called for a meeting of local pastors on Wednesday. State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown also would not say anything about the time of Daniels’ death, a possible motive or what evidence was collected at the scene. Authorities do not have any suspects, she said, and were offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. “Right now we have more questions than answers,” Brown said. “The few answers we do have, we want to hold on to. That might help us in the long run.” Daniels made the 60-mile trek from Oklahoma City every week to preach, even though the church had no regular congregation. Ezra Randle, Oklahoma overseer for the Christ Holy Sanctified Church, said Daniels had been traveling to Anadarko for four or five years and 85 percent of the time, she made the trip alone. “I tried to ask her why she kept doing it and she would say until God releases me, I will go down there,” said Randle, pastor of Grace Temple Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Elk City. Icey Simmons, 85, a resident of the Silver Crest Nursing Center, said she would see Daniels nearly every weekend when Simmons would go to the church for Sunday service or when Daniels would drop by. “She and I would just go down there and pray by ourselves,” she said. “I can’t believe it. “She was just as sweet as she could be, never did anything to hurt nobody.” Pastor Steve Palczynsky of the Cedar Hill Church of God in Anadarko said lack of official word is disconcerting and that he’s taken extra steps to make sure his church is secure. “The first thing I thought about, being human, was that maybe it was a serial killer and maybe he has something out for preachers, but the Lord takes care of us,” he said. Tracy Schumpert, pastor of the town’s First United Methodist Church, said members of the local clergy will meet Wednesday with Burns to discuss the case. “It’s still very new, and we don’t know what to think,” she said. “Anything that happens like that, it’s a community concern.”

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ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy:Wedding Con Victim Has Long Island Ties

In A man's Version of the Dating Game, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, Wedding Con Victim Has Long Island Ties, What is True Love?, women talk on August 18, 2009 at 1:26 am

Hi everyone! I hope your weekend was restful but adventurous.  I would like to share this story with you and ask for your opinions.  I still daydream of a man taking care of me and treating me like the Queen that I am.  I guess I am not the only one that day dreams of such a fairytale ending…

Coyfee signing off…..

 

Wedding Con Victim Has Long Island Ties 

Man took over $400,000 from two New York women

 Rose Marie Anglade is shown at her home in Miramar, Fla., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009. A 55-year-old South Florida man allegedly swindled some $400,000 from Anglade and another New York woman he was engaged to at the same time. (AP Photo/Miami Herald, Lillly Echeverria)By Jennifer Kay, Associated Press Writer

The used car salesman seemed just like the big shot teenager Rose Marie Anglade knew in Haiti.

Paul Francois owned his dealership and property in Miami’s Little Haiti, and he parked a fleet of flashy luxury cars in front of a suburban home worth half a million dollars. “I just need someone to get married to,” he crooned to Anglade when the old acquaintances from Port-au-Prince met again in 2007.

She thought their unexpected reunion was just what she needed: Someone to take care of her, as a single mother with a son in the Army and a daughter fresh out of high school.

Instead, police say, Francois took Anglade for everything she had — while he was swindling another Haitian immigrant he had also promised to marry. He allegedly stole some $400,000 from the two New York women.

Francois, 55, of Davie, was being held Thursday on $125,000 bond at the Broward County jail on fraud and theft charges. A lawsuit Anglade filed against Francois in September 2008 also is pending.

Anglade, 50, was overjoyed to see Francois’ mug shot posted online after his arrest Wednesday. His sweet talk had left her penniless and facing eviction from the Miramar house she had bought with him, she said in a phone interview Thursday.

The dental office assistant from the Astoria section of Queens in New York went to Florida on vacation in 2007 to celebrate her daughter’s graduation. She had left Haiti for New York 30 years earlier, and she wanted to see the cultural heart for Haitians in Miami. A stroll through the neighborhood brought her to Francois’ dealership, and she recognized him instantly.

The pair talked by phone every night after Anglade returned to New York. She soon began flying back to Miami every two weeks to be with Francois.

“He told me, ‘I’m going to marry you, you won’t need to go to work,’ because he had the business,” she said. “It was, ‘Honey, honey, honey,’ every day.”

He persuaded her to sell her home and buy a house in Florida from his brother, who was behind on his mortgage, according to the arrest affidavit. Then they opened a joint account, where she deposited more than $287,000 — her savings plus the proceeds from the sale of her New York home.

When Anglade gave Francois a $17,500 check for the mortgage, he deposited it into his own account and then forged her signature on other checks as he emptied their joint account, police said. Anglade said she didn’t know Francois was stealing from her until she bounced a check in October 2007. The bank informed her that the joint account was overdrawn.

“He told me that he moved the money because he was afraid that I wouldn’t like Florida and would take the money back with me to New York,” Anglade said. “He never denied it.”

Anglade also didn’t know that while she was abandoning her life in New York to join Francois, he was wooing another woman.

“He had one week for me and then one week for her,” Anglade said. “He was engaged to both of us.”

Sheila Brissault of Elmont, N.Y., said she was introduced to Francois by his brother, a New York City cab driver, in June 2007. Brissault told authorities that over the phone, Francois claimed to be a real estate agent and persuaded the nurse from Jacmel, Haiti, to come to Florida with $50,000 for a down payment on a home.

When she visited Florida, Francois allegedly persuaded her to apply for a $50,000 line of credit on her New York home and open a joint account with him.

The 43-year-old Brissault, also a single mother with a daughter graduating high school, said she trusted Francois because he produced the right documents and told her he was looking for a wife.

“He kept talking,” she said by telephone from New York. “I thought I would never get married until my daughter graduated, and when I met this man was exactly when my daughter graduated.”

She discovered she had been swindled after Francois asked her to sell her Long Island home. She didn’t, but he had already cleaned out the joint account, according to the arrest affidavit.

Brissault and Anglade told authorities that Francois threatened them each with violence when they demanded he return their money. Anglade said Francois punched her in the face after one confrontation. Brissault said Francois threatened to kill her and her children.

“He’s nice until he gets the money, then immediately he turns into the werewolf,” said Joe Pappacoda, the attorney representing both women.

Francois’ attorney, Leonard Fenn, did not immediately return phone or e-mail messages Thursday.

Anglade and her 20-year-old daughter still live in their foreclosed Florida home, pawning belongings to pay the bills and relying on handouts for grocery money. Anglade is unemployed, and said Francois intended to leave her homeless with no way to support herself.

He sold cars, but he wouldn’t give her one to look for a job, she said.

“He said he loved me so much, he just didn’t want me to go anywhere by myself, so no car for me,” said Anglade . “He said, ‘Oh, honey, those people in Florida are no good.’ He just didn’t want me to talk to no one so I wouldn’t know what was going on with him.”

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy: Police suspect murder-suicide in Arizona family’s death

In Child abuse, Police suspect murder-suicide in Arizona family's death, Uncategorized, Violence Against Males, Violence Against Women, women talk on August 10, 2009 at 4:02 am

Well my dear friends we are back to the old and popular. Murder and suicide. Life is so precious why take anothers and why take your own?

Coyfee signing off…..

 

Police suspect murder-suicide in Arizona family’s death

updated 2:12 p.m. EDT, Fri August 7, 2009

(CNN) — Police in Scottsdale, Arizona, said Friday that they don’t know why a man fatally shot his two young sons and a woman believed to be his wife before turning the gun on himself. The bodies had been in the family’s rental home for several days before they were discovered Thursday afternoon, police spokesman Dave Pubins said in a statement. An out-of-state relative told police that the family had been out of touch and asked them to check the residence, Pubins said.

 

The father was identified Friday morning as Russell Gilman, 48, and the woman was tentatively identified as his wife, Stacey, Pubins said. He said a definite identification of the woman, thought to be 45 years old, was expected after an autopsy. The boys, who were not named, were ages 3 and 7, Pubins said. A second police spokesman, Mark Clark, told CNN affiliate KNXV-TV that a note and a weapon were found in the home, but he didn’t elaborate.

 

“They seemed to be very normal people, other than being quiet, no explanation, really,” neighbor Wayne Lehsten said. He added that the four never participated in neighborhood activities like block parties. “They kept to themselves,” he said. “We would greet them once in a while as we saw him take the children to school.” Pubins called the deaths “a tragic event” and said there was nothing to show that anyone outside the home was involved. A neighbor, who identified herself as Carrie, said she saw the commotion and police cars as she drove to her house. “I have children, and that makes me sad,” she told CNN affiliate KTVK-TV3. “This is the kind of a community — these few blocks here — [where] people are very friendly. There are potlucks and Halloween get-togethers, so why couldn’t they reach out to somebody?”

ConversationswitCoyfee presents An Episode Of Injustice: Free the Scott Sisters-Wrongfully Imprisoned

In Free the scott sisters, Jamie and Gladys Scott, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, Voilence in prison, women talk on August 8, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Mississippi is where this all began. The heart of the south. Much hasn’t changed in all these years. Many are still judged by the color of their skin.

Coyfee signing off….

Free the scott sisters

Jamie and Gladys Scott

Double Life for an alleged crime that witnesses agree they DID NOT commit

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Case Summary

Jamie and Gladys Scott are blood sisters and have been wrongfully convicted of armed robbery. The sisters received double life terms each. No one was murdered or injured during this robbery. One witness testified that the robbery netted about $11. On the other hand, a victim said that around $200 bucks was in his wallet. Witnesses and the two alleged victims testified that the sisters had absolutely nothing to do with this robbery. Witnesses also testified that the sheriff coerced and threatened them to lie on the Scott Sisters. The sisters have been in prison since October of 1994.
The father of the Scott Sisters moved his family from Chicago, Illinois to Mississippi for a better life. He had no idea of the tragedy that awaited the family in rural Mississippi. On a cold December morning the Scott Sisters left their modest home to purchase heating fuel as Jamie had run out of fuel and had a very young baby in the home. As a result, they experienced car trouble which lead to being framed for armed robbery.
The transcripts state that one witness ( a teenager) testified that the sheriff told him he would be sent to Parchman (the notorious Mississippi Prison), to be made out of a woman (raped by men) if he did not lie on the Scott Sisters. There exists, several affidavits which state that The Scott Sisters had nothing to do with this crime. The witnesses received very short sentences in this crime while Jamie and Gladys have completed almost 15 years of double life sentences each.

Scott County Mississippi was a dry county, meaning no alcohol could be sold in the county. A relative of the Scott Sisters turned state’s evidence on Sheriff Glenn Warren which placed the sheriff behind bars. The Sheriff had been accepting payoffs to allow business owners to sell alcohol. Deputy Sheriff Marvin Williams briefly worked under Sheriff Warren and is the deputy responsible for fabricating this robbery. Deputy Williams is said to have promised the father that he would “get” him, even if through his daughters. This robbery with double life terms is the method Deputy Marvin Williams used to “get” Mr. Rasco.

Judge Marcus Gordon Presided over this trial. Judge Gordon is the judge who presided over Edgar Ray “Preacher” Killen’s trial. Edgar Ray “Preacher” Killen is a Ku Klux Klansman who assisted in the murders of three civil rights activists, Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner in 1964. Killen was found guilty of three counts of manslaughter on June 21, 2005, which was the forty-first anniversary of the crime. Killen’s punishment was 3 times 20 years in prison or 20 years for each murder – which was reduced by Judge Gordon to manslaughter.

The father of The Scott Sisters passed away of a heart attack, knowing that he could not help his daughters out of the great injustice. Their mother left Mississippi out of fear of additional injustices.

THE COMMITTEE TO FREE THE SCOTT SISTERS
CONTACT: NANCY LOCKHART, M.J.
P.O. BOX 389
Green Pond, SC 29446
Phone: 641-715-3900 Extension ~ 99222
Website: http://www.freethescottsisters.com
E-Mail: thewrongfulconviction@gmail.com

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy:(Update)Scorned Women Seek Revenge on Three-Timer-Jailed

In A man's Version of the Dating Game, Child abuse, Scorned Women Seek Revenge on Three-Timer, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, women talk, Women used Krazy Glue on August 7, 2009 at 5:58 am

Folks, not only is the guy a cheater but also is suspected of abusing a child.  He is a real 5 time looser. Not much to say except thank God he is locked up.  No more pain at his hands..prayerfully…

Coyfee signing off…

 

Man Who Said Women Krazy-Glued His Private Parts Is Arrested

By Associated Press August 6, 2009 9:50 am

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The eastern Wisconsin man who was the victim in a bizarre plot to punish him for disloyalty in a lover’s quadrangle is in jail.

Fond du Lac Police Capt. Steven Klein said Wednesday the 36-year-old Donessa Davis was arrested Tuesday on allegations of child abuse, theft, unlawful phone use and harassment with a death threat in a domestic abuse investigation.

The Fond du Lac County district attorney’s office says no charges have been filed.

A criminal complaint says four women, including the Davis’ wife, were charged in Calumet County last week with being party to false imprisonment after Donessa Davis was tied up and his penis was glued to his stomach at a Stockbridge motel. One of the women was also charged with fourth-degree sexual assault.

Authorities say three of the women were romantically involved with Davis.

 

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy: Essex County Corrections officer kills Herself and Her baby

In Baby Is killed by His Mother, Child abuse, Essex County corrections officer kills herself and her baby, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, women talk on August 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

Domestic Violence on the reverse…Essex County corrections officer kills self and her baby

Coyfee signing off…

Essex County corrections officer kills self and her baby

 by James Queally/The Star-Ledger Tuesday August 04, 2009, 5:30 AM

 

NEWARK — An Essex County corrections officer shot and critically injured her boyfriend, then held police at bay for nearly two hours until turning the gun on her infant son, fatally wounding the baby before killing herself Monday afternoon, authorities said. Kelly R. McKenith, 39, of Newark, was pronounced dead at 5:48 p.m. at University Hospital just minutes after her 4-month-old son, Kaire McKenith, was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest, said Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger Woman cries at the scene where an Essex County Corrections Officer Kelly McKenith shot and killed her 4-month-old son, and herself in the city’s south ward.

 

 McKenith, who was hired by the Essex County Corrections Office in February 2005 and worked at the county jail in Newark, shot her boyfriend Louis Goosby, 28, three times, striking him at least once in the leg and grazing his ear, Loriquet said. Goosby remained in critical but stable condition Monday night at the Newark hospital. Authorities and neighbors believe Goosby is the baby’s father. “This is a tragic day for the city. We’ve lost a child. We’ve lost our child,” Mayor Cory Booker said during a press conference less than an hour after the shooting, which took place at McKenith’s two-story home on Huntington Terrace in the city’s South Ward. “This is a senseless act of violence.” N.J. Department of Corrections Louis GoosbyPolice Director Garry McCarthy said police responded to reports of a dispute at the Huntington Terrace home around 3:45 p.m. When officers arrived, Goosby told them he had jumped out of a second-story window to escape an assault from his girlfriend, McCarthy said. McKenith barricaded herself inside the house with the baby, forcing police to establish a perimeter and set up a mobile command post, McCarthy said.

 

 Over the next hour, a police negotiatior made contact several times with McKenith, who agreed to surrender and bring the baby out, unharmed, as soon as she got dressed. But around 5:20 p.m. police heard gunfire from inside the house. When officers entered, they found both mother and son suffering from gunshot wounds. McKenith apparently fired two shots, striking the child once in the chest before shooting herself in the head, said police Detective Todd McClendon, a spokesman. Both victims were taken to University Hospital, where they later died. Neighbors screamed when they heard what had happened. One woman collapsed in tears in the middle of the street. “Tell me this is a dream,” one neighbor said. Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger Newark Police Director Garry McCarthy, center, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, right, walk away from the scene where an Essex County Corrections Officer Kelly McKenith shot and killed her 4-month old son, Kaire McKenith, wounded her boyfriend and took her own life in Newark. McCarthy and Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. said they believed the gun McKenith used was her service weapon, issued by the county corrections department.

 

DiVincenzo said McKenith had an exemplary work record, leaving supervisors and colleagues to grasp for answers. “She was a good employee, and she did her job well at our correctional center,” he said. “There was nothing she was ever written up on. She followed procedures. It’s just a terrible, terrible tragedy. What made her flip? What made her snap? Nobody can understand how something like this could have happened.” DiVincenzo said McKenith had recently returned from maternity leave. Internal affairs investigators were exploring the possibility McKenith met Goosby while he was an inmate at the county jail. Goosby has a record that includes convictions for drug-dealing, weapons possession and death by auto. DiVincenzo said investigators would seek to match up the dates to determine whether Goosby was in the county lockup while McKenith worked there. “It’s something that has to be looked at,” the county executive said. According to state Department of Corrections records, Goosby was released from prison in June 2006 after serving time for a weapons conviction stemming from a December 2003 incident. Newark officials talk about Kelly McKenith who killed her baby and herself Goosby spent two days in the Essex County Jail in January, though it was not immediately clear whether he was in the same area as McKenith or if the two ever came in contact. Goosby had passed through the jail at least four other times dating to 1998, but all of those cases were before McKenith began her job in 2005. Al Ortiz, the jail’s acting director, said it’s possible the two knew one another long before McKenith came to work at the jail. “She may have known him before, during and after,” he said.

 

South Ward Councilman Oscar James, who lives on Schuyler Avenue, a block away from the shooting, was within earshot during the final moments leading up to McKenith’s suicide. “You could hear the baby crying,” James said, shaking his head. “It was pretty disturbing.” Marcus Nunn was visiting his aunt on Huntington Terrace when he heard several shots from the direction of McKenith’s two-story brick face home. Moments later, he said, he saw a man in a white shirt walk across Hawthorne, his shirt blood-soaked. A family friend, who only identified himself as “Zak,” said McKenith was a lifelong Newark resident who always made a point of staying out of trouble. “She never had a record, never did nothing,” he said. “She didn’t drink, she didn’t smoke. Kelly was a good girl. All her life, she was a good girl.” Officials are still trying to determine what led up to today’s dispute, but Booker promised a thorough investigation and said the city needed answers following what he described as a “truly heinous act.” “When you lose a child,” he said, “you lose a piece of your city.” Staff writers Mark Mueller and Rohan Mascarenhas contributed to this report.

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy:Teens in “Theme Park Murder” Found Guilty

In Teens in "Theme Park Murder" Found Guilty, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, women talk on August 5, 2009 at 8:33 am

Well let’s hope that the below young ladies learn their lesson and get some much needed psychiatric treatment. Not much to say about this story except but WOW..children are have become murders..

Coyfee signing off…

 

Teens in “Theme Park Murder” Found Guilty

Teegirlsns in “Theme Park Murder” Found Guilty KTLA News 10:39 PM PDT, August 3, 2009 Anna Salinas & Dayana Cordova Related links Teens Found Guilty in “Theme Park Murder” Video MURRIETA — Two teenagers have been found guilty of carjacking and murdering a 20-year-old mother so they could take her car to Knott’s Berry Farm. Anna Alejandra Salinas was found guilty of murder, carjacking, kidnapping, child abuse and a gun use allegation. She was 15 when Angelina Arias was shot to death and her baby taken to Perris and abandoned.

 

Co-defendant Dayana Cordova, who was 16 at the time of the October 2007 crimes, was found guilty earlier today of murder, carjacking and kidnapping charges. Cordova faces life in prison with no parole. Prosecutors say it was Salinas, now 17, who fired the gun that killed Arias. Because Salinas was 15 at the time of the murder, she does not face special circumstance allegations. She could be sent to prison for 53 years, according to prosecutor Daniel DeLimon. Sentencing for both defendants is set for Sept. 11. The teens allegedly killed Arias so they could take her car to Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County for a Halloween event. Investigators believe the girls saw a Chrysler 300 and went into a restaurant to find the owner, who turned out to be Arias, and that she offered them a ride. After she stopped to pick up her 9-month-old daughter, Salinas allegedly shot the woman twice in the head, according to prosecutors.

 

The girls allegedly dumped her body on the side of the road, and Salinas then drove to Perris, where they abandoned the baby on the doorstep of a home picked at random. The baby — who was not harmed — was not found for several hours, authorities said. Cordova was arrested at her home the next day, tracked down with the help of a school resource officer and surveillance tape from a liquor store, which she entered before the shooting. Salinas was caught driving the victim’s car.

 

In the video of the girls left alone together in an interview room at the sheriff’s station, the teens ate burgers and fries and slurped sodas, while they laughed about the events surrounding the shooting. After they were informed the woman had died and they were up for prosecution for murder and kidnapping, they at first cried and then blamed the woman for giving them a ride. “Nobody told her (expletive) to give us a ride,” Cordova said on the tape. Jurors said outside court that the deciding factor in Cordova’s conviction was a candid video recording of Cordova talking with Salinas in a sheriff’s interview room after their arrests.

 “There didn’t seem to be any remorse,” said one juror, who declined to give his name. 

“They were laughing and joking … about it,” he said.

Copyright © 2009, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy:Dad Fatally Shoots Daughter and Her Foster Dad

In Child abuse, Dad Fatally Shoots Daughter, Foster Dad, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, women talk on August 4, 2009 at 11:53 pm

This is a really tragedic. We will be asking why this child was placed just doors away from here abuser for a long time. I must continue to advocate for tougher laws that protect the children. I truly understand the fear surrounding such an occurence. I was abused when I was very young and I did not fully remember until much later in adulthood. The details seemed like a repeating nightmare, I never comfronted my accuser.

We can not place blame at this time but it is evident that this child was not protected even after she was brave enough to tell someone of authority. The foster father’s life was sacrificed as was this child.  The social worker and or agency should have to answer for these meanless deaths.  The child’s father was evidently very disturbed to abuse his own legacy. 

Please leave me your comments. This story of abuse to a child, like all the others angers me greatly.  We as a nation, do a horrible job of protecting our children..our future..our legacies…..

This is Coyfee signing off…

Police: Dad Fatally Shoots Daughter, Foster Dad

By Associated Press August 4, 2009 9:21 am

 

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Neighbors in a northwestern Tennessee community are questioning why a teenage girl fatally shot by the father accused of abusing her was placed with a foster family just two doors down.

Christopher Milburn, 34, killed the 15-year-old, her foster father and wounded her foster mother before taking his own life Sunday, authorities said.

Neighbor Frank Hipps said Milburn was good friends with Todd Randolph, the 46-year-old foster father, and had worked for him in the past. Hipps, who had known both men for about eight years, said he didn’t know the details of the abuse allegations but questioned why the girl had been placed so close.

“That kid shouldn’t have been in that house,” he said. “This might have been preventable if she had been placed with foster parents out of the community.”

Neither Dyersburg police nor child services agency spokesman Rob Johnson would elaborate on the abuse allegations other than to say the investigation began last week.

The girl, whose name was not released, had been staying with Todd and Susan Randolph while the state Department of Children’s Services investigated the abuse claim, Dyersburg Police Capt. Steve Isbell said. Susan Randolph was released from a Memphis hospital Monday.

Frank Hipps’ wife, Tammy, said the 15-year-old was Milburn’s daughter by a previous relationship. He was married and the couple had two younger daughters. The girl’s mother was living out of state and police were waiting for her to arrive before releasing the girl’s name, Isbell said.

Police found the teenager and Todd Randolph dead at the Randolph home and Milburn about a block away, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Charles Wootton, 71, who lives across the street from the Randolphs, said he heard five pops. He looked out the window and saw Randolph on the ground near the mailbox.

“My wife opened the door and walked out and seen the blood. That’s when I called 911,” he said.

Wootton said neighbors started to gather at the Randolphs’ house and a nurse performed CPR on Todd Randolph, who had been shot through the neck. Wootton said when he first looked at Susan Randolph, he thought she was dead, too.

“She told me who did it,” Wootton said.

The Randolphs have two young children who were at their grandparents’ house during the shootings, Wootton said.

Wootton had moved to the neighborhood about two weeks ago, and Todd Randolph had mowed his yard several times.

“The people around here are just about the friendliest you’ve ever met,” said Wootton. “I don’t know what happened to that guy.”

Isbell said Milburn had no criminal record in Dyersburg, a city of approximately 18,000 people about 70 miles northeast of Memphis.

Tammy Hipps said Milburn worked as a counselor at the McDowell Center for Children, which helps at-risk and troubled children.

The shootings marked the second domestic killing rampage in Tennessee in just over two weeks.

Jacob Levi Shaffer of Fayetteville, a small town near the Alabama border about 70 miles west of Chattanooga, is accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife, three members of her family and a neighbor boy to death on July 18. He also is accused of beating an acquaintance to death in nearby Huntsville, Ala.

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Family Affair:M.C. Hammer’s cousin, who now stands accused of Raping a Woman

In Dating and the Single Woman, MC Hammer's Cousin wanted for suspectedly raping a Woman, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, women talk on August 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm

big marvEveryone has a cousin and M.C. Hammer has one that is suspected of committing sexual assault with woman he met on a social network. Read below..

Coyfee is signing off….

M.C. Hammer poses for a publicity shot pumping his Youtube competitor, DanceJam.com, near Pier 41 in San Francisco, Nov. 20, 2007. LIVERMORE, Calif. (CBS/AP) Hey, guess who’s using Twitter. According to Northern California police, it’s M.C. Hammer’s cousin, who now stands accused of raping a woman he met on the social networking site.

 

 CBS affiliate KDKA-TV reports that 33-year-old Marvin Grant, also known as “Bigg Marv,” was arrested for investigation of rape Thursday in the sexual assault of a 40-year-old woman who arranged to meet him at a Livermore hotel Wednesday night. Livermore Police Lt. Matt Sarsfield says the two developed a romantic relationship over e-mails and phone calls. Police say Grant attacked the woman after she declined his advances.

 

“He’s about 300 pounds, and was able to pin her down and kep one of her arms down while he sexually assaulted her,” Sarsfeld told KDKA. Grant, who is also known as Marv, appears on the rapper’s reality show on the A&E cable network. The show follows the rapper and his family at his Tracy home. Acccording to KDKA, MC Hammer’s twitter account announced that someone named “Big Mike” was on the way to bail Grant out of jail. An earlier tweet from the #MCHammer Twitter account announced, “Marv has been picked up. Were standing by him. Welcome to Fame Cousin Marv. Were Praying for you.” It wasn’t immediately whether Grant had a lawyer.

ConversationswitCoyfee presents Injustice: Woman Beaten by Tazewell County Jailers

In Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, Voilence in prison, Woman Beaten by Tazewell County Jailers, women talk on August 1, 2009 at 2:14 am

This is Coyfee. I pray everyone has a good weekend.

I will never state that if a crime is committed a person does not deserve to be jailed. However, the treatment of the inmates or prisoners is something completely different. Prisoners though they have done wrong still deserve to be treated with the upmost respect. When guards can treat prisoners any way they want ..nothing is ever done to them. The system has failed..

Read the below story and offer your comments..

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Woman Beaten by Tazewell County Jailers

PEKIN, Ill. – The job description of a Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission member sounds simple, but the complexities of some cases bring pressure to bear on individual members. The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission found Tuesday that three corrections officers were innocent of official misconduct charges in connection with the Oct. 17, 2008, excessive use of force complaint filed by Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston. Huston gave copies of the video of the encounter between inmate Beck Behm and corrections officers Jeffrey Bieber and Justin Piro to the media.

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 The video showed Behm being thrown into a wall, punched in the face and pepper sprayed while in custody for DUI. Corrections Sgt. Richard Johnston also was found not guilty of official misconduct charges filed against him, charging he did not properly supervise Bieber and Piro during the incident. Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission Chairman Jerry Wise, a 16-year member of the commission, said the commission cannot please everyone in its decisions. The primary focus, he said, is to be fair, impartial and logical, to focus on the weight of the evidence and to use common sense. “I think every person on this commission really feels this is a civic responsibility that has to be done,” said Wise. “It is somewhat controversial at times. “Somebody has to do this, just like people have to serve on school boards. (Commission members) are all very logical people.” Commission make up There are five members of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission — Wise, Pekin, a 30-year-employee of Pekin Insurance; Harvey Richmond, Pekin, a former Tazewell County Sheriff’s deputy; Don Sharp, Morton, of Cullinan Properties; Solie Meyer, Pekin, former Pekin District 108 superintendent; and Lloyd Orrick, Pekin, former Pekin City Council member and Caterpillar retiree.

 

The commission members, said Wise, are appointed by the sheriff, though terms may overlap from one sheriff to the next. The current commission has two members, Richmond and Wise, appointed by former Sheriff Ralph Hodgson. Terms are of varying length. Huston said that a sheriff has the option of appointing three members of his own political party, but at least two members must be from another party. Huston said the members of the commission whom he appointed were people he did not know or knew little about. His recommendations for Sharp, Meyer and Orrick were based on the recommendations of members leaving the commission. The sheriff’s recommendations are forwarded to the Tazewell County Board for acceptance or denial, said Huston. Wise said commission members have no requirements or restrictions for service and they receive no training at all for the position. Not all of the state’s 102 counties have merit commissions to hear promotion, discipline and termination issues. The commission has various duties — to meet quarterly for administrative duties, to screen and test officer candidates for possible employment, and to hear cases involving contested discipline of officers or charges filed by a sheriff for removal or discipline beyond the sheriff’s legal ability, said Huston. A sheriff can only suspend a deputy or corrections officer for 30 days. If an offense warrants more than a 30-day suspension, charges are filed with the commission and a hearing set, said Wise. An attorney represents the commission when hearing discipline cases. The cases are handled much like regular court proceeding.

 

 Both sides present opening statements, evidence, rebuttal and summations. The commission then votes on what discipline, if any, is warranted and whether the officer gets back pay for time off during the proceedings, said Huston. When reviewing candidates for deputies or corrections officer, said Wise, the commission requires applicants take a physical test, written test and undergo a formal interview with the commission members, said Wise. The sheriff then looks at the alphabetical list of candidates provided by the commission and subjects the candidates he chooses to a physical fitness test, psychological exam, background check, written tests, a polygraph test and an interview. The sheriff’s recommendations are then sent to the county board for approval. “We only see the most serious violations in the department,” said Wise. “The sheriff has done a great job in taking care of discipline before it gets to us. “But if people want to fight the discipline or if the violation is greater than the sheriff can discipline for, we hear the case.” All merit commission hearings are open to the public, said Wise.

 

People are welcome to come and watch the proceedings so they understand the rulings. He said the merit commission is the best system to keep politics out of hiring, firing and promotions. Jail beating case Wise said in the case of Bieber, Piro and Johnston, each member of the commission watched the tape in its entirety in slow motion. The bruises on the hands and feet of Behm, said Wise, came from kicking and pounding the metal cell door. In slow motion, he said, it can be seen that Bieber slips when Behm is slammed into the wall — there is no indication it is intentional. When Behm is hit in the face by one of the corrections officers, Wise said he saw it as an open-handed slap, not a punch, after she tried to grab his arm. “Hopefully the officers learned a lesson from this,” said Wise. “I think they are qualified young men — they were some of the best candidates we saw. “I don’t think (the corrections) officers were in any physical danger. She was a very small person. But small people can sometimes be very wiry. I feel bad this had to happen to this woman, but she was told repeatedly to settle down. It seemed like the longer she was there the drunker she got. The pictures of the bruises on her face were two or three days old.” Wise said if he had been involved in the situation he would have let Behm continue what she was doing and not have entered the cell. Huston’s take In the past, references have been made by Huston opponents that the merit commission is in his pocket.

 

 Huston said that simply is not true as is evidenced by the ruling on Bieber, Piro and Johnston. When terms expire for commission members, Huston said he has never failed to reappoint the member already serving. He said he doesn’t look for anything specific in appointing a new commission member except that he or she be well thought of in the community, successful in life and have a broad range of experiences in life. The merit commission was established by the county board in 1969 to take politics out of the sheriff’s department, said Huston. “Prior to the merit commission system, it was possible to have an entire new staff in the department when a new sheriff came in,” said Huston. “That doesn’t allow for a good level of professionalism and proficiency. “Sheriff (Jim) Donahue was sheriff when the system came in and he deserves a lot of the credit for the elimination of the old practices. The merit commission system is basically a worthy system. I do have mixed feelings about it, but I always believe in taking politics out of hiring, promotions and discipline.” Huston said that system leads to uncomfortable situations when he can only discipline an officer up to a 30-day suspension “as was just demonstrated” in the Bieber, Piro and Johnston hearings. Wise said a grand jury and the commission all heard the case and did not see any cause for criminal charges or dismissal. Huston said the investigation was done by the state police. He was never consulted during any criminal proceedings or called on to speak about jail policy in connection with use of force incidents.