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Alleged killers talked about corpse on Facebook?

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!

Help create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis
April 24th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Help create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease that affects people in many different ways. It could be paralysis one day, loss of vision the next or impaired memory the day after that. Living with MS means living with uncertainty.

The National MS Society organizes 100 rides nationwide. The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising cycling ride organized by the National MS Society: Lone Star. This ride is the largest event of its kind in North America. The ride is a two day, 180-mile journey for MS from Houston to Austin. Breakpoints are positioned every 8-15 miles.

The 2012 BP MS 150 fundraiser helps fuel research aimed at treating and eventually curing Multiple Sclerosis; they also provide crucial services for persons living with MS.

Help the National MS Society & BP MS 150 move forward toward a world without MS and making a difference in the lives of 400,000 Americans with multiple sclerosis.

Join the movement – click here to learn how you can help!

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April 23rd, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Nancy Grace: On the Radar

ETAN PATZ

The search of the basement of a Manhattan building for evidence related to the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz concluded Monday without uncovering any obvious signs of human remains, police told CNN Monday. CNN reported that a source said a possible bloodstain discovered during the search tested negative, but the stain and other pieces of potential evidence are being sent to the FBI for more testing.

ETAN PATZ
ETAN PATZ

The basement was linked to carpenter Othniel Miller, who had reportedly given Etan a dollar the day before he was last seen. Miller’s attorney told CNN that he has cooperated with the investigation for 30 years and will continue to do so. He has not been charged in the case. For more, see CNN’s full report here.

 

TRAYVON MARTIN/GEORGE ZIMMERMAN

George Zimmerman’s attorney has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf on second-degree murder charges for the death of Trayvon Martin. Attorney Mark O’Mara also filed documents waiving Zimmerman’s appearance at his arraignment, which had been set for May 8

George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman

Zimmerman was released from jail around 12:00 a.m. Monday after posting bond. It is unknown where he went from there, but O’Mara indicated at last Friday’s bond hearing that he may want to leave Florida if that could be arranged. For complete coverage of the case, head over to HLNtv.com.

 

BOOBY TRAP ARRESTS

Two Utah men have been accused of setting potentially dangerous booby traps on a trail in Provo Canyon. According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, a US Forest Service officer discovered the apparent traps around a rudimentary shelter along a trail frequently used by families for hiking and camping. One of the traps allegedly involved a tripwire that would trigger a large rock with sharpened sticks at both ends to swing at someone’s head. Another tripwire appeared to be designed to cause a person to fall toward sharpened sticks on the ground.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon told HLN Monday that the suspects were identified after someone who goes to the shelter often found out about the traps, got angry and put word out about it on Facebook. Tips eventually led investigators to 19-year-old Benjamin Rutkowski and 21-year-old Kai Christensen, who Cannon said confessed to planting the devices. Both have been charged with reckless endangerment. “I’ve never seen anything like this up there,” Cannon said. The sheriff’s office has posted photos of the traps here.

 

VERNA MCCLAIN

Bond was denied Monday for a Texas nurse accused of killing a young mother outside a pediatric center and abducting her 3-day-old baby. Verna McClain’s attorney argued for $100,000 bond, pointing out that she has no criminal record and no witnesses have identified her as being at the scene of last Tuesday’s shooting, according to the Houston Chronicle. Judge Fred Edwards ordered that McClain, who is charged with capital murder, be held without bond. Edwards said prosecutors had proven that the killing of Kala Golden was a crime “worthy of death.”

VERNA MCCLAIN
VERNA MCCLAIN

KHOU reported that testimony at Monday’s hearing alleged that McClain approached detectives hours after the shooting and claimed she found newborn Keegan Schuchardt on the front steps of her apartment, but her story fell apart as investigators gathered more evidence. Keegan was later found safe. Police told reporters last week that McClain had recently suffered a miscarriage and they believe she may have intended to claim Keegan as her own.

For the latest news on these and other cases, go to www.HLNtv.com.  

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Spring Has Sprung
April 12th, 2012
04:21 PM ET

Spring Has Sprung

Let's have some fun!

Friday, April 13, 2012
7:00 PM 
At Summerour Studio

Dinner, drinks, a live and silent auction and dancing to the smooth groove of YACHT ROCK REVUE!

You won't want to miss this spring Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool party benefiting the Adaptive Learning Center!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!


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Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice
April 9th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice

A new book Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family’s Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice examines the murders and their aftermath.

Compiled by close family friend Alisa Statman and Sharon’s niece Brie Tate, Restless Souls draws on a wealth of material never before available to the public, including interviews with the Tates, personal letters, tape recordings, home movies, private journal entries, and official documents to provide a powerful and affecting four-decade, three-generation memoir of crime, punishment, anguish, hope, rage, and love that is both a chronicle of death and a celebration of life.

Restless Souls is in stores now - click here to get your copy!

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January 25th, 2012
09:45 AM ET

Nancy Grace: Don't change autism definition

The American Psychiatric Association is considering changing its guidelines for the definition of autism.

With nearly two million children considered autistic in this country, the new guidelines could essentially eliminate a huge portion of people clinically diagnosed.

Nancy Grace breaks down what it means for you.

For the latest on this story, watch "Nancy Grace" weeknights at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST or go to HLNtv.com

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January 16th, 2012
05:06 PM ET

Vigil to mark 25 years since teen vanished on mountain

A vigil is scheduled for Monday night to remember a New York teenager who disappeared 25 years ago.

Family and friends of Joe Helt are gathering at the Pioneer Fire Hall in Ellenville on January 16, marking the anniversary of the night the 17-year-old was last seen leaving the abandoned Mount Cathalia lodge with three other teens after a party. According to the Daily Freeman, those teens later told police that their car got stuck in a ditch as they headed out of the mountains toward Ellenville and Helt decided to walk the five miles back to town alone.

Joe Helt
Joe Helt

YNN reported that the search for Helt went on for six days afterward but was eventually called off because of bad weather and dangerous terrain.

Gina Schuster, a former classmate who runs a Facebook page devoted to Helt’s case, told the Shawangunk Journal that his family deserves answers and suggested there must be more to the story of what happened that night.

“Nobody disappears into thin air,” Schuster said.

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October 21st, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Man Allegedly Gave Daughter Gun, Knife to Commit Suicide

A Texas man accused of beating his 11-year-old daughter and giving her a gun and knife to commit suicide was indicted Thursday.

Alejandro Galvan III, 29, has been indicted on charges of knowingly and intentionally causing bodily injury to a child and placing a child in imminent danger of death or bodily injury for the September 7 incident. An arraignment has been scheduled for November 1.

Alejandro Galvan III.
Alejandro Galvan III.

According to court documents, Galvan allegedly hit the 11-year-old with a belt several times on her legs, abdomen and buttocks and punched her in the arm. The girl claimed that he then gave her a black gun that she believed was loaded and a knife and “told her to use it if she really wanted to commit suicide.”

An officer with the Houston Police Department Juvenile Physical Abuse Unit interviewed Galvan and wrote that he admitted to beating the girl and giving her the weapons, but he said the gun was not loaded at the time. Galvan allegedly told the officer that he punched his daughter “out of frustration.”

After authorities learned of the incident, the girl was relocated by Child Protective Services to live with her biological mother.

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August 29th, 2011
07:15 PM ET

20-yr-old College Student Swept Away by Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene’s destruction continues: the death toll keeps rising as massive flooding rips away bridges and leaves roads, homes submerged underwater. Irene’s powerful strength has taken many lives, including 20-year-old Celena Sylvestri. According to her family, Celena was driving to her boyfriend’s house when her car was swept off the road and into the Salem River.

Celena desperately called 911, saying she was up to her neck with water, but the storm was too strong for her to hold on. She was overcome by the powerful winds and massive flooding.

 Celena J Sylvestri
Celena J Sylvestri

Celena was just 1 month away from getting her Associate’s Degree – she was a music education major with a strong love for every instrument: she played guitar, piano, drums, bass, violin & even the banjo! Celena’s family describes her as the “light” in everyone’s life- she was always happy and seemed to go out of her way to make people like her.

Celena’s family set up a memorial fund for her, if you would like to donate, all proceeds are going to benefit music education.

Celena J Sylvestri Fund

TD Bank

Salem, NJ

(Donations can be made to any bank in NJ or PA)


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May 5th, 2011
12:45 PM ET

Nancy Grace Debates Bin Laden Raid


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October 1st, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Cops: mom goes out dancing, leaves 3-yr-old tot home alone!

Ashley Rivers, 27, was charged with child neglect after police say she left her 3-year-old child home alone while she went out dancing. According to a police report, a neighbor saw the child wandering outside and crying outside an apartment around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday. That same neighbor took the child back home and noticed no one else was home.

Ashley Rivers
Ashley Rivers

Authorities say that Rivers admitted to going dancing at the club. When we spoke to her, she changed her story a little. Rivers claims that she never told police that she went out dancing and that she just left the house to get her keys from her boyfriend, who works at the Sidelines nightclub. She also denies that she tried to hide her child from the police when she walked in her apartment that night.

DSS conducted an investigation but, according to Ashley Rivers and other family members, the toddler is back in the custody of her partying mom.


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