Charles “Chase” Merritt Charged With 4 Counts of Murder in the Deaths of McStay Family (Joseph, Summer & Their Two Children Gianni and Joseph) (VIDEO)
ARREST FINALLY MADE IN THE MCSTAY MURDERS …
57 year old Charles “Chase” Merritt was arrested Wednesday, November 5th in Chatsworth, California and charged in the murders of the McStay family. Merrit was charged with 4 counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small children, 4 year old Gianni and 3 year old Joseph. Merritt was a business partner of Joseph McStay’s. According to the LA Times, Merritt had a prior criminal history. He appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was postponed until Wednesday, there was no bail was set. According to Sheriff John McMahon of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office, the cause of death of the McStay family was “blunt force trauma” and that the murders took place inside the McSaty residence in Fall Brook.
The McStay family went missing on February 2, 2010. Their remains were discovered by motorcyclist in a shallow grave between Quarry Road near Highway 15 in the Mojave desert outside Victorville, CA in November 2013.
Charles “Chase” Merritt is charged with four counts of murder in the deaths of Joseph and Summer McStay and their two small boys, San Bernardino County, California, District Attorney Michael Ramos told reporters at a news conference.
Merritt, 57, was arrested Wednesday without incident in Chatsworth, California, Detective Chris Fisher said.
Police say they believe the family died of “blunt force trauma” inside their home north of San Diego, but they declined to discuss specifics of the deaths or a motive.
Merritt, who was a business partner of Joseph McStay’s, appeared in court Friday but his arraignment was postponed until Wednesday. No bail was set.
Detectives Arrest Charles Ray Merritt in Connection with the McStay Family Murders
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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Arrested in New Zealand for Attempting to Arrange a Murder, Threatening to Murder and Drug Possession (Update: Tauranga Crown Solicitor Withdraws Attempt to Procure Murder Charge)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap …
60 year old Phil Rudd, the longtime drummer of AC/DC, has been arrested in New Zealand for allegedly trying to have two men killed and charged with attempting to “procure” a murder. Rudd was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis and threatening to kill. According to the charges by police, Rudd had tried to get two men killed, their names and that of the intended hitman were all suppressed by the judge. Rudd has yet to enter a plea and is due back in court again on November 27.
AC/DC – Guns For Hire
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in New Zealand on Thursday morning local time and charged with attempting to procure a murder, as first reported by Stuff.co.nz. A member of the Tauranga Central division of New Zealand Police confirmed Rudd’s arrest to Rolling Stone, but did not provide any additional details. According to Stuff, Rudd allegedly tried to have two as-yet-unidentified men killed and was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
The longtime drummer appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon local time and was released on bail. He is due back for his next hearing on November 27th and faces up to 10 years in prison on the murder-for-hire charge if convicted. New Zealand police have yet to reveal any details behind Rudd’s arrest or who were the intended victims. According to New Zealand news outlet The Sun, Rudd was “accused of procuring murder” between September 25th and 26th.
The drug charges pertain to a raid on the 60-year-old drummer’s house conducted by police on Thursday.
AC/DC are due to release a new album later this year.
A statement on the band’s website said: “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment.
“Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.”
A New Zealand crown solicitor withdrew the most serious charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd on Thursday, dropping the attempting to procure murder charge in an alleged murder plot involving “working girls.”
A disheveled Rudd, 60, appeared “thunderstruck” in Tauranga District Court on Wednesday, hours after his waterfront mansion was raided by police and faced several charges, including threatening to kill as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Paul Mabey, Rudd’s attorney, said in a statement that an overzealous New Zealand police investigation pushed their case without consulting Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones, who agreed Thursday to strike the attempting to procure murder charge.
“The charge alleging an Attempt to Procure Murder should never have been laid,” Mabey said. “The Crown Solicitors opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn — within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd’s first appearance in court.”
Mexican Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his Wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Arrested in Case of Missing 43 Students
Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda were arrested Tuesday morning at a house they had rented in Mexico City’s Iztapalapa neighborhood. The couple is believed to have ordered an attack that killed six people and left 43 students missing in September. The question still remains following the arrest, where are the 43 students who haven’t been seen being taken away by officers after the deadly attack by police in Iguala on September 26?
Federal police seized Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, in a raid before dawn in Iztapalapa, a working-class neighborhood of the capital. It was a steep fall from their reign of wealth and power as the mayor and first lady of Iguala, a town in southern Guerrero state where the students from a teachers’ college went missing Sept. 26, allegedly at the hands of police and a drug cartel.
A Mexican mayor characterized as a “probable mastermind” in the mass abduction of 43 students has been taken into custody as authorities have tracked down a top target who eluded them for weeks — even if they still haven’t managed to locate the missing.
Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda — dubbed “the imperial couple” by local media for how they presided over their southern Mexican city — were detained early Tuesday morning at a house they had rented in Mexico City’s Iztapalapa neighborhood. They did not resist arrest, authorities said.
The couple had been staying in a house that appeared to be abandoned, and investigators first got suspicious when they saw a woman repeatedly entering and leaving the building, Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam told reporters. That woman, Noemí Berumen Rodríguez, was arrested alongside the mayor and his wife. Authorities accused her of concealing the couple.
Their capture, which Mexican Federal Police spokesman Jose Ramon Salinas reported on his Twitter account, signals a major milestone in the high-profile case.
22 Year Old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither Missing Since 11/2/14 in Philadelphia, PA … Abducted In the City’s Germantown Section Sunday Night Caught on VIDEO (Update: Missing Philadelphia Woman found in Maryland)(Update: Delven Barnes Arrested)
22 year old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is missing after her apparent abduction that was caught on surveillance video. Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was last seen around 9:40 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2014 in the 100 block of West Coulter Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Freeland-Gaither is described as a black female, five feet, three inches tall, 125 pounds with brown eyes. Police say she has braided hair and has a tattoo on her lower back, and was last seen wearing a light blue jean jacket, a gray and white sweater, carrying a black backpack.
Police in Philadelphia have released dramatic video of a suspect apparently abducting a woman in the city’s Germantown section Sunday night.
Twenty-two-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was last seen around 9:40 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West Coulter Street, reports CBS Philly. A witness said the woman was yelling for help as a man forced her into a dark-colored sedan.
Surveillance video released Monday by Philadelphia police shows a man driving down a street, parking his car and walking a short distance out of the camera’s view, back towards the direction from which he came. He’s then seen apparently chasing a woman across the street before grabbing her and forcing her down the block and into the car.
Freeland-Gaither tries to break free as the man works to open the rear driver’s side door on a 2000 model dark gray metallic Ford Taurus with missing inspection stickers. They both tumble onto the sidewalk, but the woman is unable to get away.
She’s thrown into the back of the car and the vehicle rocks back-and-forth for about 30 seconds before it pulls away. During that time, police said the woman broke out the both rear windows of the car trying to escape.
Another car can be seen driving up the street as the struggle takes place, but eventually backs out of the street.
A witness told NBC10 he walked past the woman shortly before hearing her scream. He then ran back to find her being forced into the sedan.
There is now a $15,000 reward offered in the search for Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.
The Fraternal Order of Police put an additional $5,000 Tuesday saying if an arrest is made today, they will pay up immediately.
Philadelphia Police have launched a full-scale investigation into the abduction on West Coulter Street in Germantown.
“Just let my daughter go. Whatever it takes, I don’t care. Just let her go,” father Carl Freeland said.
Authorities have found the woman abducted in Philadelphia alive in Maryland, and they have arrested a man in connection with the investigation, police and the FBI announced Wednesday evening.
FBI Philadelphia Special Agent in Charge Ed Hanko announced at 7 p.m. Wednesday that a tip to their Richmond office led investigators to identify an individual and his car, which they tracked to the 7200 block of Waterloo Road in Jessup.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives went to the location, which was a shopping center parking lot, and said agents immediately recognized the car as the one for which they’d been looking.
“It did have the right rear window kicked out of it, which was similar to the information that we received from the Philadelphia Police Department,” said ATF agent Timothy Jones.
“Tonight, the FBI and Philadelphia Police Department have great news that Carlesha Freeland has been rescued, her abductor has been arrested in Maryland,” Special Agent Hanko said.
The suspect is identified as 37-year-old Delvin Barnes.
Barnes is currently being held on a warrant based out of Charles City County, Virginia sheriff’s office for attempted capital murder, assault, malicious injury with acid, explosive, or fire.
Hanko says he will then be charged federally with crimes in Philadelphia
Anyone with information is asked to call the Philadelphia Police. Tipsters in Philadelphia should call 911, and those outside of the city should call 215-686-TIPS.
Finally, cop killer Eric Matthew Frein captured and in police custody in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Police are confirming that cop killer Eric Matthew Frein has been captured and is in police custody after he was found hiding in an airport hanger at the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport in Tobyhanna, PA. The police called him out and he surrendered without incident. Eric Matthew Frein is suspected in the September 12 ambush shooting that killed 38 year old Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a late night shift change outside the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove. The FBI had named Frein one of its Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
“I can confirm that we have taken Eric Frein into custody. Further information will be released at a later time. No further information will be released or confirmed at this time,” she said in an email to reporters.
According to a federal law enforcement source, Frein was caught hiding in a building at the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. He was arrested by U.S. marshals, the source said.
Suspected cop killer Eric Frein has been captured by Pennsylvania State Police after a 48-day manhunt, law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the arrest told NBC News on Thursday.
Frein, 31, was captured in an airport hangar at Pocono Mountain Airport in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, a senior law enforcement told NBC News. He is accused of killing State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in an ambush on the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12. Police found a diary entry, his AK-47, two homemade pipe bombs and several campsites, they but hadn’t been able to capture him until Thursday.
Larry McHale Scumbag, POS of the Week: Arrested for Animal Cruelty After Throwing Chihuahua Against a Starbucks Window
The dirtbag, scumbag, piece of sh*t of the week goes to … Larry McHale.
46 year old Larry McHale was arrested earlier this week for animal cruelty after he threw a little four pound Chihuahua against a Starbucks coffee shop window. WTF!!! The pup suffered a broken back leg, head injuries and was bleeding from the ears after the attack. It was reported that McHale appeared to be intoxicated. McHale is being held in the Harris County Jail on a $15,000 bond. He was due in court Friday.
Precious Little ‘Starbucks’
What kind of a sick bastard does something like this to a defenseless little animal? Mr. McHale, you are very lucky that I was not present when this heinous act occurred as I would has tossed your useless carcass through the Starbucks window.
The dog now suffers from a broken back leg and needs pins and plates to fix it. The surgery is estimated to cost about $1,000. If anyone would like to donate to Starbucks’ recovery, you can do so on the Frisky Paws Rescue website. Also, the little 4 pound doglet named “Starbucks” by the techs at the Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility will also need a forever home after she is healed.
A four pound Chihuahua is now on the mend after police say she was thrown against a Starbucks window.
Witnesses feared the dog would not survive after watching the impact Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m.
The man accused of the cold crime is now charged with animal cruelty.
Larry McHale was arrested outside the Starbucks at 8821 Westheimer after employees called 9-1-1.
Police aren’t even sure if the dog even belongs to him.
“It was so loud, the window sounded like it was going to break,” said Starbucks manager Jasmine Hyder. “He’s like, you don’t care about humans. You only care about a dog.”
Starbucks manager Jasmine Hyder said McHale has been banned from the southwest Houston Starbucks for the last three months.
POS of the week – Larry McHale
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley Says It’s a Dirty, Dark Secret: “Unintelligent, Brainwashed African-Americans” Keeping Successful Black Men Down
One thing you can always count on with NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, is for him to speak his mind no matter how controversial …
WOW … While appearing on a Philadelphia radio station, “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis,” Charles Barkley accused “unintelligent,” “brainwashed” African-Americans of keeping successful ones down” as Barkley discussed the rumor that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was getting criticism from his black teammates for not being, “black enough.” Barkley stated that it was the “dirty, dark secret” … ”Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people.”
I guess they will be saying Sir Charles is not black enough either.
”Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we as black people, we’re never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. It’s a dirty, dark secret; I’m glad it’s coming out.”
“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success,” he continued. “It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful…”
“We’re the only ethnic group who say, ‘Hey, if you go to jail, it gives you street cred.’ It’s just typical BS that goes on when you’re black, man.”
19 Year Old Sean Johnson Arrested For Lewd Act With Stuffed Animal Inside Walmart Store in Brooksville, FL
WTF … Florida teen has sex with stuffed animal horse in WALMART.
The Smoking Gun is reporting that 19 year old Sean Johnson was arrested earlier this week for a lewd sex act with a stuffed animal in a Walmart in Brooksville, Florida. YIKES!!! According to the police report, Johnson took a brown, tan, and red stuffed horse from the clearance shelf, brought the unsuspecting stuffed animal to the comforter aisle in the housewares section, pull out his “Johnson” and proceeded to hump the stuffed horse until he, um finished. The lewd act was captured by surveillance cameras. Sean Johnson was charged with indecent exposure and criminal mischief and booked into the Hernando County jail. Imagine telling that story to the other folks in lockup? He was released from jail after posting $1500 bond. The stuffed animal could not be reached for comment. In a written statement, Johnson admitted that, he assaulted the stuffed animal and he added, “I need to think before what I do.” YA THINK!!!
Perv: Sean Johnson … you just can’t make these names up.
According to a police report, Sean Johnson, 19, “selected a brown, tan, and red stuffed horse from the clearance shelf in the garden department.” He then went to the comforter aisle in the housewares section, “proceeded to pull out his genitals,” and “proceeded to hump the stuffed horse utilizing short fast movements.” The lewd act was captured by surveillance cameras.
After Johnson “achieved an orgasm and ejaculated on the stuffed horse’s chest area,” he placed the “soiled stuffed horse on top of a bed in a bag (comforter set) contaminating that property also.”
While Johnson fled the store before he could be apprehended by Walmart security, he was subsequently arrested by Brooksville Police Department officers. In a written statement, Johnson admitted that, “I did unmentionables to a stuffed animal.” Noting that he committed a “horrible act,” Johnson added, “I need to think before what I do. I’m extremely sorry.”
EXIT QUESTION: This might have wound up being the most expensive stuffed animal on clearance ever in Walmart history. You mean this sick SOB could not have just purchased that damn item on clearance and taken it home to do whatever?
Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19 Year Old American Student Arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Trying to join ISIS
In a note to his parents, Khan warned … ‘FIRST and FOREMOST, PLEASE MAKE SURE NOT TO TELL THE AUTHORITIES.’
19 year old Mohammed Hamzah Khan, an American student has been arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport in an attempt to travel to Syria to join the terrorist group ISIS. The Bolingbrook teen has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically by attempting to join the Islamic State, ISIS. The charge of attempting to support terrorism carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
An American teenager disgusted with the American way of life has been arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport after he allegedly tried to travel to the Middle East to join and fight with ISIS.
Federal prosecutors announced on Monday that FBI agents arrested 19-year-old Mohammed Hamzah Khan, of suburban Bolingbrook, on Saturday evening before he boarded a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, via Vienna.
They accuse him of attempting to travel overseas to support terrorism which carries a maximum sentence of 15-years and Khan is also charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
On Monday, the slight, bearded Khan appeared in a federal court in orange jail clothes, calmly telling the federal magistrate that he understood the allegations.
The local CBS affiliate in Chicago identified a Facebook account belonging to a Hamzah Khan as that of the would be ISIS recruit.
During questioning at the airport, Khan waived his Miranda rights and told FBI agents that a person he met online had given him the phone number of a person to call once he arrived in Istanbul.
That person, Khan told agents, was to take him into ISIS territory.
The Department of Justice said the $4,000 round-trip ticket to Istanbul was bought on September 26. But details on who purchased it for Khan and who he was to meet in Turkey were not disclosed.
According to the complaint, Khan told authorities he was planning on working in some type of public service for ISIS — like a police force — providing humanitarian work or taking up a combat role.
Arrest Warrant Issued for Aaron Lewis Wanted in the Kidnapping/Abduction of Missing Beverly Carter in Scott, AR
An arrest warrant has been issued for 33 year old Aaron Lewis in the disappearance of missing 49 year old Beverly Scott. Aaron Lewis is believed to have kidnapped Beverly Scott Thursday night, 9/25/14, as Carter was showing a home in Scott, Arkansas. Pulaski County authorities say Lewis was a person of interest before he was involved in a car accident Sunday afternoon. Police deputies took a picture of Lewis’s injuries; however, at that point there was no arrest warrant. Lewis was taken to Baptist Health in Little Rock to get a CT scan, but because of HIPAA privacy rules, and the fact he was not under arrest yet, police deputies couldn’t go back to the hospital with him. Lewis managed to slip out of the hospital and evade police.
Aaron Lewis is a white male, 5 feet 11 inches and approximately 156 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Lewis had a criminal history in Arkansas, Kansas City, and Utah. Aaron Lewis is presently out on parole.
The Pulaski County District Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Aaron Lewis. Lewis is wanted on one count of kidnapping in relation to the disappearance of realtor Beverly Carter.
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis, 33, may have kidnapped Beverly Carter, the realtor who disappeared Thursday evening after meeting a potential client at a home in Scott. Police say as of Sunday evening, Carter has still not been found.
Pulaski County authorities say Lewis was a person of interest before he was involved in a Sunday afternoon car accident. Following the accident, deputies took a picture of Lewis’s facial injuries. Because of his injuries, he was taken to Baptist Health in Little Rock before the arrest warrant was issued by a judge.
UPDATE I: Person of Interest now a suspect in the disappearance of Beverly Carter … Lewis has a criminal past
Lewis’ vehicle apparently collided with a concrete barrier on the north side of Jacksonville Cato Road; it came to a rest on top of a concrete culvert, according to the crash report. The reporting officer said Lewis indicated that another vehicle had ran him off the roadway, but witnesses said that Lewis was speeding and began to fishtail prior to the crash.
He was taken to Baptist Hospital ER for shoulder and neck injuries, and written a citation for careless driving and no seat belt. A photo taken immediately after the accident also showed injuries on his face including a bloodied nose, and what appears to be a large gash on his forehead.
The crash happened around 9:55 Sunday morning. A truck description was not provided.
Minden confirmed that Lewis is on active parole, and has been out since August 2013. Minden added that he does have a criminal history in Arkansas from the northwest part of the state. He has been charged with the following crimes in the past:
- Felony Theft of Property (Washington County Sheriff’s Office),
- Obstruction of Government Operations (Benton County Sheriff’s Office),
- Failure to Appear misdemeanor and felony (BCSO),
- Accomplice to Theft of Property (BCSO),
- Theft of Property misdemeanor and felony (BCSO),
- Unlawful Removal of Theft Device (BCSO),
- Other out of state charges from the Kansas City Police Department and the Utah Department of Corrections.