Boating accidents

Growing up near the ocean my father and uncle were involved in a serious boating accident. Use this information so it will be less likely to happen to you.


Via: Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer – El Dabe

19-year-old Backpage child pimp arrested in RI

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19-year-old Reginald Chaney was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island, for allegedly prostituting two underage girls on Backpage. Chaney allegedly turned out the girls, ages 15 and 16, from January 16th to the 28th around Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He’s also accused of tasering one of the girls to get her to comply.

Again, I have to question just how effective Backpage’s laughable screening process is when some 19-year-old kid can manage to get underage girls on their website.

Robbery suspect shot and killed in craigslist plot to steal dog

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A man was shot in killed in DeKalb County, Georgia after allegedly trying to rob a man who was selling a bulldog puppy on craigslist. The man was offered an extra $500 to deliver the dog late at night. When the man arrived at the meeting place with the dog two men were waiting for him. One produced a gun in an attempt to steal the dog. The man selling the dog brought a friend with him who happened to be legally carrying his own gun. The man’s friend shot and killed the alleged robber in self-defense. The man who was killed has been linked to other robberies in the area as well.

Even the bad guys are taking their lives in their hands on craigslist.

Arrest made in September craigslist killing in NJ.

Travis Picou

Travis Picou

Back in September 41-year-old Mamuka Chamiashvili of Brooklyn, New York, was shot and killed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after responding to a craigslist ad for a Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Back in October 28-year-old Ali Garner and 30-year-old Keon Lewis, both of Elizabeth, were arrested in connection with Mr. Chamiashvili’s murder and recently 36-year-old Travis Picou of Paterson was also arrested. All three are being held on $2 million bond each.

I’ll say it again that using craigslist for any reason is very akin to playing Russian Roulette.

The evolution of debt programs

In order to get out of debt one must know the different ways of resolving it.


Via: NJ Bankruptcy Lawyer Ralph Ferro

Bodies of missing Ga. couple found, suspect in custody

Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns

Jay Towns

I am sad that i have to post that the bodies of Bud and June Runion have been found. The couple from Marietta, Georgia went missing after going to look at a Ford Mustang that was advertised on craigslist. Unfortunately there was no Mustang which seems more like a ploy to commit robbery. The suspect in the Runnions’ disappearance and death, 28-year-old Jay Towns, has been apprehended. The Runions’ vehicle was found submerged and their bodies were found nearby but not underwater.

Here’s something that I forgot to mention in my last post. I don’t post about every craigslist scam anymore. There are so many that it would be too time consuming for me to post every one. However with the last few months I have heard of a scam where scammers are posting ads on classifieds sites like craigslist advertising either high dollar value or classic cars. In too many cases the cars don’t exist and are just bait to fleece people out of their money. Unfortunately in this case the cost was much greater.

My heart breaks for the Runion family and my prayers and condolences go out to them.

UPDATE 2/2/2015: The autopsies showed that the Runions were both shot in the head.

Elderly Ga. couple missing after leaving for craigslist deal

 Bud and June Runion

Bud and June Runion

Authoirties in Georgia are currently searching for Bud and June Runion of Marietta, Georgia. The couple have been missing since Thursday after leaving to go look at a classic Mustang that was advertised on craigslist in McRae, Georgia.

The Runions’ family have set up a Facebook page in hopes of getting information out to help find the couple.

Bud Runion 5’9 was last seen wearing a corduroy collared shirt and a blue canvas jacket.

June Runion 5’6 was last seen wearing a pair of tan or beige slacks and a plaid shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or The Cobb County Police Department.

According to Google the Cobb County Police Department phone number is (770) 499-3900.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of the Runions and I pray that they are returned safely,

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UPDATE 1/25/2015: Police have named a suspect in 28-year-old Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns. He is currently at large and believed to be the last person the Runions talked to on the phone and has allegedly given false information to investigators.

Ronnie "Jay" Adrian Towns

Ronnie “Jay” Adrian Towns

Anyone with information about the couple’s whereabouts is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3900.

State Senator wants death penalty for school shooters in Indiana

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Indiana State Sen. Brandt Hershman recently introduced a bill to the Indiana legislature that would make a school shooting where victims are killed an aggravating factor that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty. Sen. Hershman says he was influenced by the shooting of Andrew Boldt by Cody Cousins at Purdue University in 2014. After pleading guilty and showing no remorse Cousins was only sentenced to 65 years. Sen. Hershman believes this would be a deterrent to would be school shooters.

“By including school shootings on the list of qualifying factors for the death, I hope it will deter future tragedies and allow for the most deplorable criminals to receive punishment to the fullest extent of the law,”

While I admire Sen. Hershman’s stance on the matter and as much as I am a firm believer in the death penalty, ultimately this will not deter school shooters if history is any indicator. First off this would not apply to suspect’s who are minors as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that even minors who have been charged as adults can not be executed. Secondly, most adult school shooters are of the mindset that they will not live to be apprehended. Cho Seung-Hui, Stephen Kazmierczak, and Charles Carl Roberts IV, all committed suicide before they could be taken in. Even Cody Cousins killed himself in prison. None of these men were rational individuals so trying to deal with them on a rational basis would not have deterred them from their respective atrocities.

I think a better solution to deterring school shootings is making mental healthcare in our society less stigmatized and more readily available but even that’s not a perfect solution.

David Sparre’s death sentence upheld in Jacksonville craigslist killing

David Sparre

David Sparre

This week the Florida Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for David Sparre. Sparre was convicted in the brutal 2010 stabbing death of 21-year-old Tiara Pool. Sparre had met his victim through the casual encounters section of craigslist in Jacksonville, Florida. The pair had sex before Sparre stabbed her almost 90 times. Sparre was convicted and then sentenced to death for Tiara’s murder. After his sentencing Sparre sent a letter to his ex-girlfriend bragging about how he enjoyed killing Tiara. So it came as a surprise to me that an appeal of his death sentence was even being entertained.

During his trial and penalty phase Sparre instructed his attorney, Chief Assistant Public Defender Refik Eler, to not present any evidence in his defense. Eler, who said Sparre was guilty of second-degree murder but didn’t deserve the death penalty, planned to introduce evidence he was mentally unbalanced and abused drugs and alcohol since he was 11.

But Sparre reiterated his instructions to Circuit Judge Elizabeth Senterfitt, who ruled that Eler couldn’t present the evidence against his wishes.

On appeal Tallahassee Public Defender Nada Carey argued that Senterfitt abused her discretion by not considering all the evidence that would have kept Sparre off Death Row. She said it didn’t matter that Sparre didn’t want it brought up.

In Thursday’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling the justices said that in cases where a death-penalty defendant declined to offer a defense, the judge was required to order a comprehensive pre-sentence investigation into the that defendant’s background. That was done in Sparre’s case, with the investigation addressing his physical and mental health.

So that brings Sparre one step closer to the needle which will be infinitely more merciful than the death of Tiara Pool, a mother of one who still had her whole life in front of her. It’s too bad they won’t be able to lunge the needle into him 90 times. Hell, by the time his execution date would have rolled around I’m the country will have lost its nerve on killing monsters like Sparre.

More research tries to link e-cigs to formaldehyde

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A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine has tried linking e-cigs and vaping to dangerous levels of formaldehyde and much like the Japanese study before it, it exaggerates the actual danger.

Once again one might be inclined to read just the headline that states ‘E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde’, read no further and think that’s all there is to the story. Once again however the true details are buried deep within the article.

From the ninth and tenth paragraphs in the article…

“We simulated vaping by drawing the vapor — the aerosol — into a syringe, sort of simulating the lungs,” Peyton says. That enabled the researchers to conduct a detailed chemical analysis of the vapor. They found something unexpected when the devices were dialed up to their highest settings.

“To our surprise, we found masked formaldehyde in the liquid droplet particles in the aerosol,” Peyton says.

That’s like saying “when we turned up the volume on a TV to the highest level we found evidence of hearing damage”. No one cranks it up to the highest setting. Not only that but what brand of e-cigs or e-juice did they test? What goes for one brand does not mean it happens for all brands across the board.

Hell, I may be biased since vaping has helped me quit smoking after 30 years but I just can’t understand why so many people are trying to discredit a method that has helped so many people get off cigarettes where most other methods have failed.