We’ve talked about Rodney Alcala before.
He’s a wonderful human being and was one of the more interesting Dating Game contestants.
There are photos that Huntington Beach Police would like to get out into the general public so people who may be able to identify the people who are featured on these photos, will be able to do so.
Take a look. If you know anything about these, contact Huntington Beach, California Police Detective Patrick Ellis at 714-375-5066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More pictures can be found in this extremely inconvenient slideshow here.
NEELY DINKINS, DRUNK DRIVER WHO FATALLY DRAGGED BABY GIRL ONE MILE TO HIS LONG BEACH HOME, GETS 36 YEARS
By Dennis Romero – LA Weekly (The Informer)
In one of the more heinous crimes we’ve ever come across, a drunk driver hit and dragged a baby girl in her toy wagon all the way to his home. She died.
Now the man, 35-year-old Neely Lejon Dinkins, will be dragged through the state prison system, but maybe for not as long as you’d like.
He was sentenced today to nearly 37 years behind bars, the District Attorney’s office announced.
Dinkins had a strike on his record — a 1994 robbery conviction — prosecutors say.
JORDAN BROWN SENTENCED, DEFENSE PLANS APPEAL
from the article by Mark E. Crepp – The Beaver County (PA) Times
Jordan Brown will be in a secured juvenile treatment facility until his 21st birthday, a Lawrence County judge ruled Friday morning in a closed-door hearing.
But one of his defense attorneys, Dennis Elisco, said he plans to file an appeal of the adjudication, which found Brown delinquent of first-degree murder and criminal homicide of an unborn child — the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty verdict.
The appeals process has to start within 30 days. The appeal will be forwarded to the state Superior Court to set a date for oral arguments, which will be about two months. Elisco said he also plans to ask for a new trial for Brown.
JUDGE RULES THAT JORDAN BROWN SHOULD BE TRIED AS JUVENILE
from the article by Eric Poole – The Beaver County (PA) Times
In his second turn at ruling whether a teenage murder suspect would be tried as an adult or a juvenile, Lawrence County President Judge Domenick Motto found that most of the defense’s claims went uncontested.
In a ruling issued Tuesday afternoon, Motto determined that Jordan Brown, a former New Beaver resident, will be tried as a juvenile. Brown, who turns 14 on Tuesday, is accused in the Feb. 20, 2009, murder of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk.
When the killing occurred Brown was 11, and Houk was engaged to his father, Christopher. Houk was pregnant with a child who would have been Jordan Brown’s half-brother. The unborn boy also died. Jordan Brown was charged with the murder on Feb. 21, 2009, and has been in custody ever since.
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HUSBAND OF DIANE SCHULER SUES NY STATE AND WARREN HANCE
from the article by Susan Donaldson James – ABC News
Diane Schuler was nearly perfect at everything she touched, until she drove the wrong way down New York’s Taconic State Parkway, slamming head-on into another vehicle and killing eight people, including her 2-year-old daughter, three young nieces and herself.
CIAVARELLA SENTENCED TO 28 YEARS, SURRENDERS TO U.S. MARSHALS
from the article by Dave Janoski and Michael R. Sisak – The (Scranton, PA) Republican Herald
The parents of children locked up by Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. as part of a $2.8 million kids-for-cash racket cheered when the prosecutors who sent the former Luzerne County judge to prison for 28 years emerged from a federal courthouse Thursday.
Several crowded around lead prosecutor Gordon Zubrod to shake his hand and offer thanks. It was Zubrod who had forcefully argued in court Thursday that Ciavarella should receive a sentence “that will keep him in prison for the rest of his natural life” for taking payments from two for-profit detention centers.
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LUKE WRIGHT SENTENCED TO 40 YEARS TO LIFE
from the article by the WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, NY staff
Luke Wright, who was convicted last month of raping and torturing his mentally disabled sister, Laura Cummings, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison on Tuesday in Erie County Court.
Wright did not speak before the Judge Michael D’Amico handed down the sentence.
Laura Cummings, 23, was found dead in her family’s North Collins home in January 2010. Prosecutors say she had been beaten, tortured, sexually assaulted, and scalded at the hands of Wright and their mother, Eva Cummings.
The District Attorney’s office was seeking the same sentence for Wright that had been given to his mother, Eva Cummings, 52 years to life.
APPEALS COURT FREES EX-PRINCIPLE
excerpts of an article by Suzie Schottelkotte – The Ledger (Lakeland, FL)
After 18 months in prison for a child pornography conviction, Scott Lake Elementary School’s former principal, John Stelmack, is about to be a free man.
A three-judge panel of the Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland ruled Friday that photographs he had were not child pornography because the nude bodies shown were those of an adult.
Photos of the faces of children, one of them a Scott Lake student, had been placed on those bodies, but none of the photos actually showed children nude.