MySpace Link Yields Arrest:
From the state that brought you such ‘luminaries’ as Scott Shefelbine and David Leonard comes the story of one Christopher Griswold.
He’s a 21-year-old male from the Constitution State who caught by a 12-year-old girl’s mother trying to lure the 12-year-old for sex over MySpace.
Region 10 School Superintendent Alan Beitman had some great advice for parents that I’m sure will fall on deaf ears.
“Parents need to be sure their computer is in a place that’s visible” so they can keep some control over their children’s activities online, Beitman said. “They don’t have to sit with their children — just walk by the computer once in a while.”
By the way Connecticut, how is all that new MySpace legislation working for you?
Suspect in girl’s death denied bail reduction:
A bail reduction request for Heather Trujillo has been denied. She’s currently being held on $100K bond in the death of her sister Zoe Garcia. Trujillo and her 17-year-old boyfriend Lamar Roberts killed Garcia by allegedly imitating moves from a Mortal Kombat game.
16-year-old Trujillo has been charged as an adult and faces up to 48 years behind bars.
Thomas Eric Allen Jr.
Middle School Teacher Charged with Soliciting Sex on Craigslist:
The Bob Backlund looking dude over there is Thomas Eric Allen Jr. He’s a teacher at Canton Middle School in North Carolina. He’s been arrested for soliciting sex on craigslist from a 15-year-old boy. It seems that Allen placed a rather descriptive ad looking to ‘play around’ with a young guy. The 15-year-old who responded to the ad was actually detectives from the Waynesville, North Carolina Police Department .
Pat from BelchSpeak was kind enough to send me this link to let me know that 29 years ago today was when Brenda Spencer opened fire on a San Diego elementary school that was across the street from her house. She ended up killing two and wounding nine.
Pat asked me whatever became of her and I directed him to this post from 3 years ago when she was last denied parole.
Pat, in his usual manner, replied…
What? she hasn’t been released yet because she was a child at the time of the shooting and there is not a shred of DNA evidence that says she did it??
That’s the difference between now and then. Then there was no debate on what to do with a 16-year-old murderer. She was sentenced to life.
Federal court jury convicts Jonesboro school shooter:
Mitchell Johnson was convicted today on federal weapons charges. The best part is that the prosecution didn’t even bring up Jonesboro to do it.
Government lawyers did not bring up Johnson’s violent past. The only clue during the two-day trial came during jury selection, when potential panelists were asked one-by-one whether Johnson’s name sounded familiar.
The husband and son of one of his victims attended the trial…
Mitch Wright, the widower of a teacher killed March 25, 1998, watched Tuesday’s court session along with his son Zane, who was 2 at the time of the shootings and is now 12. Wright said the boy “wanted to see what this person looked like.”
Johnson will be sentenced within the next 45 days. He’s looking at a 10 year maximum.
Weapons trial begins for Jonesboro school shooter Johnson:
The federal weapons trial for Jonesboro shooter Mitchell Johnson started earlier today.
In opening statements the prosecution stated that Johnson is a heavy marijuana user and had a nickel-plated 9mm in his possession at the time of the traffic stop on New Year’s Day 2007.
The defense says that Johnson was pulled over on a bogus tip that Johnson was in possession of 100 pounds of marijuana and that police were looking for any reason to pull him over.
The article also contained this little gem of information…
Johnson left prison with an “adjudicated” record _ meaning he could own firearms.
I really hope the state of Arkansas closed that loophole too when they fixed the law that allowed Johnson and his cohort Andrew Golden to be released.
The cop that pulled Johnson over testified that he saw Johnson driving erratically but admitted that he was looking for a legal reason to pull Johnson over.
I’ll admit the evidence against him seems pretty flimsy but Johnson should have never set foot out of jail in my opinion.
Thanks to everyone who sent in tips.
New Trial to Begin for School Shooter:
It seems that Jonesboro shooter Mitchell Johnson was on his way to California to make a new life for himself. Too bad he got caught travelling with another convicted murderer, and marijuana, and a gun.
“Honest to God, I’m just trying to get to Cali, man,” Johnson told deputies as they searched the loaded-down, 1980s Ford van at a Fayetteville convenience store. The incident was recorded on video.
Awwww…isn’t that cute.
And it seems that he had just received the gun prior to his arrest on New Year’s Day 2007.
Johnson lived in North Carolina and California for a while. He even returned to Jonesboro over Christmas 2006, where Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann had warned that deputies “couldn’t guarantee” the safety of either him or Golden.
He received a silver 9 mm Lorein pistol as a present and practiced “target shooting” near the city.
Who in the blue hell thought it was a good idea to give a convicted school shooter and murderer another gun?
Since he had already lived in California and returned to Arkansas it proves the old adage. You can’t go home again. Or maybe that should be you shouldn’t go home again.
Dana Trujillo, mother of murder victim Zoe Garcia arrested:
Dana Trujillo, the mother of both Zoe Garcia and Heather Trujillo, was arrested this past Thursday on child abuse charges. Zoe Garcia was the 7-year-old killed by her sister and her sister’s boyfriend, Lamar Roberts, when they supposedly practiced ‘Mortal Kombat’ moves on Zoe. Heather Trujillo and Roberts are both being charged as adults for Zoe’s murder.
Dana Trujillo was arrested on an outstanding warrant from 2003 in New Mexico.
But the charges against the girls’ mother, Dana Trujillo, stem back to 2003, when Dana and three daughters lived in Socorro, N.M. Police in the small New Mexico town said Dana Trujillo is suspected of leaving her children, — then ages 12, 4. and 3.
“There was no assault or battery,” said Capt. Mike Winders of the Socorro Police Department. “The crime was that she was not feeding or caring for them properly, and that’s why we issued the warrant.”
It’s obvious that Mortal Kombat had nothing to do with Zoe’s murder but the media just can’t let that go. It just shows how clueless they still are about video games. It’s not like they haven’t been around for 30+ years or anything.
Huckabee’s book deal after Jonesboro tragedy still rankles:
It seems that Mr. Huckabee cashed in on the Jonesboro tragedy while he was governor of Arkansas.
Indeed, within days a publisher agreed to pay $25,000 to an Arkansas writer to produce a book on youth violence.
Victims’ families were outraged. They called the payment blood money and said the author was cashing in on their pain. They demanded that the money go to the school, victims’ relatives or scholarships for the wounded, not to the writer’s personal bank account. He refused.
That the author was Mike Huckabee, Arkansas’ governor at the time, made their resentment all the stronger.
Ric Flair and Chuck Norris be damned.
Craigslist founder endorses Obama:
This is just an article about how Craig Newmark, the founder of craigslist, endorses Presidential candidate Barack Obama. I’m not going to get political here but I have to wonder how Mr. Obama feels about being endorsed by a man who facilitates human trafficking.