Monthly Archives: July 2017

New York Medical Examiner Stuns Police With Homicide Ruling

By Nigel Roberts

New York City’s medical examiner’s office dropped a bombshell following the July 11 death of a paralyzed Brooklyn man.

The New York Daily News reports that the medical examiner ruled on July 12 that Brian Evans‘ death was a homicide.

Evans, 46, died of kidney failure stemming from injuries he suffered 28 years ago from an off-duty police officer’s gunshot to the back. But a police source told The Daily News that no arrests are expected.

It’s unclear exactly what happened on May 31, 1989. Evan’s ex-wife, Theresa Johnson, told the newspaper that Evans said the shooting, which left him paralyzed from the waist down, occurred during a street fight.

“He got into an altercation, he didn’t know that (it was an off-duty cop),” she told The News. “He said he had an argument with somebody, he threatened the guy, and then he went to turn (when he got shot). The off-duty cop was telling him to stop.”

The newspaper said the police could not immediately confirm that account. However, the police charged Evans with attempted murder. Records about how the prosecutor handled the case were not accessible.

Johnson said the medical examiner’s report brought her to tears, and it left her a …read more

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Relatives Of Missing Mentally Ill Black Woman Accuse Cops Of Ignoring Case

By Jeff Mays

Although African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population, we account for 37 percent of the missing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s database under the age of 18 and 26 percent above the age of 18. Cases involving African Americans also tend to receive less media coverage than missing Whites, with missing men of color getting even less attention.

NewsOne has partnered with the Black and Missing Foundation to focus on the crisis of missing African Americans.

To be a part of the solution, NewsOne will profile missing persons and provide tips about how to keep your loved ones safe and what to do if someone goes missing.

Carrie Blewett

Case Type: Other
Date of Birth: Jan. 16, 1980
Missing Date: July 14, 2017
Age Now: 37
Missing City: Kansas City
Missing State: Missouri
Case Number: 17-63523

Gender: Female
Race: Black
Complexion: Light
Height: 5-4
Weight: 120
Hair Color: Brown
Hair Length: Shoulder Length
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No

Location Last Seen: 50th Swope Park.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Blewett’s family readily admits that the mother of four is addicted to alcohol and drugs and often hangs out with the wrong crowd.

But Blewett’s struggles with addiction never stopped her from keeping in touch with her family.

She always calls, everyday. If her phone is dead …read more

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Texas Teen Faces Felony Charges After Lying About Being Raped By Three Black Men

By Jasmine Alyse

Yellow Police Tape Against Road

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A Texas teenager who ran into a church half-naked and bloody screaming that she’d been ganged raped by three Black men in masks, has been indicted on felony charges after confessing it was all a lie.

Back in March, Breana Harmon, 19, originally told police that three men took her into the woods where two of them raped her while the third held her down. Harmon also claimed the men threatened to harm her again if she told anyone.

However, medical examinations did not find evidence supporting the teens claims of sexual assault. Cuts on her jeans that were discovered didn’t match those on her legs, the station reported. Two weeks later, the teen confessed that the rape story was all made up and the cuts on her legs were self-inflicted.

According to the Herald Democrat, Harmon claimed that “things from her past started going through her head” and that she “began cutting herself and her jeans.” Allegedly, said she made up the assaults so her mother wouldn’t know she cut herself.

Harmon’s lies have landed her in deep trouble. She’s been indicted on felony charges earlier this week, after being initially hit with …read more

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Usain Bolt Is Down To His Last, Blazing Curtain Call

By Eddie Pells, AP National Writer

Usain Bolt? Nobody has been a match for him, on or off the track.

The man who reshaped the record book and saved his sport is saying goodbye. His sprints through the 100 meters and Jamaica’s 4×100 relay at the world championships, which begin Friday, are expected to produce golds yet again, and leave track with this difficult question: Who can possibly take his place?

“You would have to have someone who’s dominating, and no one’s doing that,” said Michael Johnson, the former world-record holder at 200 and 400 meters and perhaps the sport’s brightest star in the 1990s. “You’d have to have someone who has that something special like he has, in terms of personality and presence. You’re not going to have that.”

Though he will not retire undefeated, Bolt stands in the rarest of company: an athlete who was never beaten when the stakes were greatest. And with a showman’s flair as transcendent as his raw speed — Chicken McNuggets for dinner, his fabled “To The World” pose for dessert and dancing away at nightclubs till dawn — he hoisted his entire, troubled sport upon his shoulders and made it watchable and relevant.

Since his era of dominance began in 2008, Bolt …read more

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Michigan Mother Charged With Murder After Bringing Already Decomposing Six-Month-Old To Hospital

By Keyaira Kelly

African American baby in hospital incubator

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A Michigan mother has been charged with murder after leaving her infant strapped in a car seat for 12 hours in a hot room, WOOD TV reports.

Lovily Kristine-Anwonette Johnson was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse after she arrived at a local Wyoming, Michigan hospital with her decomposing son.

According to arrest reports, Johnson gave her son Noah bottle at 10am, strapped him in a car seat and left him upstairs while she allegedly smoked marijuana and spent time with friends.

Johnson did not take Noah to the hospital until two days later. Eight hours after the infant was pronounced dead, the temperature of the room where was kept was over 90 degrees, according to reports.

Child Protective Services had been aware of Johnson’s neglect, filing a complaint in 2014 when her daughter tested positive for marijuana. Baby Noah also tested positive for marijuana after his birth as well.

Johnson’s 2-year-old daughter was taken from her last Friday and placed in protective care.

Marshall White, who is assumed to be Noah’s father, is set to get a DNA test. His mother, responded to the tragedy, saying Noah’s death did not have to happen.

“I think the …read more

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Aurora, Colorado Agrees To Pay $110,000 Settlement To Black Man For Police Tasing

By Nigel Roberts

Without an admission of wrongdoing, Aurora, Colorado agreed to pay $110,000 to settle an unlawful police stop and detention lawsuit from a Black man against the city’s police department, KDVR-TV reports.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Darsean Kelley, said in a statement on Thursday that the police tased him in the back as he was saying, “I know my rights.”

See Darsean Kelley Say “I Know My Rights” Just Before Aurora Cop Tases Him (VIDEO)

— Westword (@DenverWestword) December 5, 2016

According to the ACLU, the Aurora police officers responded in February 2016 to a call about a potential crime but had no description of the suspects. They decided to detain Kelley and his cousin, who were walking in the area. Kelley demanded to know why he was stopped and whether he was under arrest.

Instead of answering, the officers ordered both men to sit down on the pavement. Kelley, with his hands up in the air, refused to sit because of an injury. As Kelley tells the cops that he knows his rights, an officer fired his stun gun, and Kelley fell.

The police arrested Kelley and charged …read more

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16-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Police Outside Arkansas Juvenile Shelter

By Charise Frazier

Members of two communities are searching for answers after a 16-year-old Black male was fatally gunned down by police.

16 y/o Aries Clark died after officer involved shooting. 2 officers on paid leave pending investigation. More at 5.

— Jim Spiewak (@JimFOX13Memphis) July 26, 2017

The teen, identified as Aries Clark, was shot by Marion, Arkansas, police on Tuesday outside of an emergency juvenile shelter, just 10 miles outside of Memphis, Tennessee. Officers reported to East Arkansas Youth Services around 7:08 p.m., prompting a message “moments later,” that the teen Clark was shot by police.

Clark, a Memphis resident, succumbed to gunshot wounds after he was transported to a nearby hospital.

Vicky Clark, the victim’s mother, said the family was at the center to find therapy option for Clark, a student at West Memphis High School.

The Marion Police Department has not released any information regarding what led to the outcome. According to Little Rock outlet KATV, two officers have been placed on administrative leave, but their names have yet to be released. The department has launched a criminal investigation into the matter.

UPDATE: ASP identifies 16YO shot by Marion Police as …read more

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New York Medical Examiner Rules That Black Judge Committed Suicide

By Nigel Roberts

New York City’s medical examiner’s office ruled Wednesday that Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam‘s drowning in April was a suicide, the New York Daily News reports.

The body of Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman to serve on New York’s highest court, was found dead in the Hudson River on April 12. Finding no signs of criminality, the police closed the investigation on May 3.

Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam drowned herself in Hudson River, city medical examiner says

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 26, 2017

According to the New York Times, investigators at first thought her death was “suspicious.” However, they began to lean toward suicide after viewing surveillance video that showed Abdus-Salaam, 65, walking around for hours in Riverbank State Park, about a half-mile north of where her body was found.

Abdus-Salaam’s husband, the Rev. Gregory Jacobs, had rejected any notion of suicide, saying anyone who knew his wife well would dismiss that claim, though the judge was believed to suffer from depression, the Daily News said.

The judge was one of seven children in a poor family. She grew up in the District of Columbia, and earned a law …read more

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Falcons’ Julio Jones Hires Dive Team To Find His Lost $150k Earring

By Eurpublisher

Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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*Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones had to call in the cavalry to find his missing earring after it flew from his ear as he fell while jet skiing.

Valued at about $150,000, the diamond stud ended up somewhere in the waters of Georgia’s Lake Lanier, so the All-Pro NFL star hired a dive team on Tuesday (July 25) to search for the missing jewel…to no avail.

Divers went as far down as 65 feet, according to WXIA-TV in Atlanta.

“It’s down in crevasses and nooks and crannies,” Richard Pickering, one of the salvage divers, told WXIA. “It’s impossible — absolutely impossible.”

Asked whether the earring was worth $100,000, Jones told WXIA, “Yeah, yeah, it was worth a little bit.”
Jones’ jeweler said the earring is worth $150,000.

Jones, who reports to Falcons training camp today, said he’s just glad no one got hurt when he fell off the Jet Ski.

“As long as I’m good, it’s materialistic stuff,” he told WXIA. “You can always get that kind of stuff …read more

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Jury: Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million

By Brian Melley, Associated Press

(AP Photo/File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Wednesday found that Michael Jackson’s estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from “Billie Jean,” ”Thriller” and more of the superstar’s biggest hits.

The award from a Los Angeles Superior Court jury fell short of the $30 million the legendary producer sought in the lawsuit filed nearly four years ago, but well above the approximately $392,000 the Jackson estate contended Jones was owed.

The jury of 10 women and two men had been deliberating since Monday.

“This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created,” Jones wrote in a statement. “Although this (judgment) is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter. I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists’ rights overall.”

Estate attorney Howard Weitzman said he and his team were surprised by the verdict and would appeal it.
Weitzman and co-counsel Zia Modabber wrote in a statement that Jones was seeking money that wasn’t owed to him.

“Any amount above and beyond …read more

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