At least 26 people killed in shooting at Texas church

November 6, 2017

(CNN)At least 26 people were killed in Sunday’s church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said at a press conference. Among the dead is the 14-year-old daughter of the First Baptist Church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy, according to his wife, Sherri Pomeroy, the girl’s mother. The couple were traveling out of state when the shooting occurred.


5 DACA myths debunked

September 12, 2017

(CNN)The decision to end DACA has triggered a political firestorm and prompted protests around the country. First, some critics slammed it as unconstitutional, and more recently, a group ofstates threatened to file a court challenge to the program. “MYTH BUSTER: I, an undocumented immigrant, just filed my taxes and PAID $300 to the state of Arizona,” Sisa wrote. She also had a message for President Donald Trump, “Wanna tell me…


Memorial held for Minneapolis police shooting victim Justine Ruszczyk

August 12, 2017

(CNN)On the shores of a picturesque Minneapolis lake, family and friends of Justine Ruszczyk shared hugs and listened to music at a public memorial to remember the Australian woman fatally shot by police last month. The sound of two didgeridoos being played next to the Australian flag highlighted Ruszczyk’s heritage. Plans called for luminarias and a silent walk around the lake at the end of the memorial.


Day care driver expected to face charges after boy found dead in van

August 9, 2017

(CNN)A Florida day care center employee is expected to face charges after a 3-year-old boy was found dead in a parked van, police in Orlando said Tuesday. The cause of Myles’ death has not been determined, but Mina said that based on the evidence, it is believed to be heat-related. “This was an absolute tragedy that could have been prevented,” Mina told reporters on Tuesday.


Ex-priest convicted of child rape set to leave prison

July 26, 2017

(CNN)A defrocked US Roman Catholic priest is set for release from prison 12 years after his conviction on child rape charges, a Massachusetts prosecutor said Tuesday. Prosecutors asked for a life sentence on two counts each of child rape and indecent assault and battery, but Shanley received 12 to 15 years. Now 86, Shanley is scheduled to be released from prison and begin 10 years of supervised probation, Middlesex District…


Dallas hires its first female police chief

July 20, 2017

(CNN)Detroit Deputy Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall, a 19-year-veteran of that force and the daughter of a cop, will become the first female police chief in Dallas. Hall, who led the Detroit Police Department’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau, said Wednesday she looks forward to swapping one “DPD” for another “DPD.”


5-year-old boy and his 2-year-old brother crash their mom’s car

July 20, 2017

(CNN)The two young brothers in Putnam County, West Virginia, were never taught how to drive. Not intentionally, at least. So when the brothers wanted to visit the animals on their grandfather’s farm about 7 miles away, they hatched a plan to trek over on their own. While their mom thought they were playing in the front yard, her sons were actually taking a joyride down a winding road.


Cop who shot Minneapolis woman was precinct’s first Somali officer

July 19, 2017

(CNN)Mohamed Noor, the on-duty Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian-born woman on Saturday night, had been with the force for two years and was his precinct’s first Somali-American officer. The two officers responded to a 911 call Saturday night from Justine Ruszczyk reporting a possible assault in an alley near the Minneapolis home where she lived with her fiance. Investigators say Harrity was driving and Noor was in…


Mom of murdered toddler sentenced to probation

July 13, 2017

(CNN)The mother of murdered 2-year-old Bella Bond will not serve any additional jail time, despite helping dispose of her daughter’s body and continuing to take government benefits after her death. “The sentencing today just completes the circle of injustice,” McCarthy’s attorney Jonathan Shapiro told CNN in a telephone interview Wednesday. “She got away with murder by making a deal with the prosecution to testify against Mr. McCarthy in return for…


Mother accused of fatally stabbing family gives thumbs-up in court

July 8, 2017

(CNN)The mother accused of fatally stabbing four of her children and their father appeared to pray, smiled and gave a thumbs-up to cameras during a bizarre court appearance Friday in Georgia. Martinez appeared in court Friday to face five counts of murder, five counts of malice murder and six counts of aggravated assault. Gwinnett County police discovered a bloody scene at Martinez’s home shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday in Loganville,…


Body of missing California boy found, father remains in jail

July 2, 2017

(CNN)The body of a 5-year-old boy missing since he took a trip with his father in April has been found, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The statement did not say where the body was found, or what condition it was in. Their search focused on the 100-mile stretch between Santa Barbara and Pasadena, California.


Joe Paterno’s estate drops lawsuit against NCAA

July 1, 2017

(CNN)The estate of the late Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno filed a motion Friday to drop its civil suit against the NCAA over claims that the ruling body of college sports damaged the legendary coach’s family when it sanctioned Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. In a one-line motion, the estate asks that the matter be “discontinued as prejudice,” meaning the lawsuit can’t be…


Philadelphia District Attorney pleads guilty in corruption case

June 30, 2017

(CNN)The district attorney of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges Thursday and resigned effective immediately, federal officials said. Williams was initially accused of accepting bribes between 2010 and 2015 to use his position to help two business owners, according to the indictment by the United States Attorney’s Office for New Jersey. In exchange for bribes including a 1997 Jaguar XK8 convertible, 16 round-trip airline tickets, $9,000 in cash and…


‘Tumultuous divorce’ behind apparent murder of 5-year-old, officials say

June 27, 2017

(CNN)A “tumultuous divorce” led a California man to kill his 5-year-old son in April, investigators said Monday, three days after 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested and charged with murder even though his missing son has not been confirmed dead. His son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., has been missing since he was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father during a weekend outing in April