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A former senior investigative crime writer for CourtTV’s Crime Library, David also worked as a crime writer for Investigation Discovery, TLC and AOL News. He has been writing about crime and criminals for nearly 20 years. For more on David Lohr or to contact him, visit: www.davidlohr.net.

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'Obsessed' Man Reportedly Eyed In Theft Of Julie Mott's Body

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 1:17 PM

Authorities in Texas are trying to determine if a man allegedly infatuated with 25-year-old Julie Mott stole her...

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10 Most Notorious Criminals In American History

(204) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 7:37 PM

Violence and crime stain the pages of U.S. history, and sadly, they're all but certain to be part of our future.

Still, the criminal mind fascinates us, and you couldn't name or number all the TV shows, movies and novels that all but glamorize true crime.

Selecting 10 of America's...

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Jack Kevorkian's 'Deathmobile' For Sale

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:24 PM


A Motor City pawn shop hopes to make a killing by selling a 1968 Volkswagen van once owned by Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian.


The vehicle, which Kevorkian used as a mobile office for an unknown number of assisted suicides, is being offered for sale by Les Gold,...

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Hit-And-Run Rampage Leaves Multiple People Injured

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 9:00 AM

An unidentified driver was arrested after an hourlong hit-and-run rampage left several people injured in downtown Indianapolis on...

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Police Reportedly Search Home Of Wealthy Missing Couple's Son

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Authorities in Connecticut reportedly executed a search warrant Wednesday night in connection with the disappearance of a wealthy...

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Bounty Hunter Rivalry Allegedly Prompted Raid At Police Chief's Home

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 11:06 AM

Police say a rival bounty hunter is responsible for the anonymous tip that prompted fugitive recovery agent Brent...

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Teen Charged In Vicious Attack After 5-Year-old Found Unconscious

(5) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:06 PM

A 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl who was beaten and left for dead in North Philadelphia last month.

Police said the boy faces attempted murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping,...

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Connecticut Mom Tashauna Jackson Vanishes After Meeting With Friend

(1) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 1:20 PM


Authorities in Connecticut say they are "extremely concerned" about the welfare of a 23-year-old mother who disappeared after meeting with a friend last week.


According to the Hartford Police Department, Tashauna Jackson was last seen on Aug. 11 when she was getting into a man's vehicle in...

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Jail Time For Woman Who Left 'Bone Weight' Pit Bull For Dead

(11) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 11:48 AM


Angelique Miles, the former owner of Rocky, an emaciated pit bull puppy who was caged and left for dead in a damp Pennsylvania basement, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.


In exchange for the guilty plea, an Erie County judge sentenced the 25-year-old...

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Woman Accused Of Plotting To Kill Husband's Pregnant Girlfriend

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 11:05 AM


A Missouri woman has been arrested on charges that she tried to hire an undercover officer to kill her husband’s pregnant girlfriend.


Sherri Marie Densing, 34, of St. Charles, was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit murder and distribution of a controlled substance. She remains jailed in...

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Woman Says Gas Station Strip Search Was Like Sexual Assault

(25) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:19 PM

A Texas woman says police held her down in a gas station parking lot, pulled off her pants and subjected her to an illegal and humiliating body cavity search in plain view of passing pedestrians and motorists.

Charnesia Corley, 21, said she was running an errand for her sick mother when a male Harris County sheriff's deputy pulled her over near a Texaco station on June 21 and accused her of running a stop sign. The deputy said he smelled marijuana coming from the car, which in Texas is probable cause to search a vehicle.

After a fruitless look inside the car, the lawman summoned a female deputy and events spiraled out of control, Corley said.

"They sexually assaulted, raped me and molested me," Corley told The Huffington Post on Monday.

Her attorney, Samuel Cammack III, told HuffPost the two deputies asked Corley to remove her pants in full view of passersby. 

"She said, 'No, I don't have any panties on,' so the officer told her to bend over and she pulled her pants down for her and went to stick her hand inside of Ms. Corely," Cammack said.

Corley resisted and the deputies forced her face-first to the ground, Cammack said. The female deputy then climbed onto Corley's back and pinned her, while the officers awaited the arrival of a second female deputy, according to the lawyer. After the second female deputy arrived, the two women officers held Corley down and forcibly spread her legs, Cammack said.

"One held one leg and the other held the other leg and they stuck their fingers up inside of her," said Cammack. "This was in a Texaco parking lot, where people were walking by and cars were driving by. This was a very busy area."

Corely was charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors. Investigators reportedly said they found 0.02 ounces of marijuana on her.

The sheriff's office didn't return a call for comment from HuffPost on Monday. In an interview with KTRK News, sheriff's spokesman Thomas Gilleland said no marijuana was located during the search of Corley's vehicle. He added that a deputy wrote in the offense report that Corley consented to the search. 

Cammack said that he has a copy of the report and that Gilleland "completely lied" about the consent. 

"In the offense report, they put she tried not to let them do it," Cammack said. "That's why they filed the resisting charge. There's nothing in the offense report to suggest she consented."

Corley said she received "bruises, cuts and scrapes" from deputies forcing her to the ground. The emotional trauma, she said, was worse. 

"I'm traumatized," she said. "It was humiliating. I feel like the law is supposed to protect you and not do this. I just don't feel safe anymore. My self-esteem has literally dropped and I can't even step out and be seen because I feel so embarrassed."

Cammack said the search violated Corley's civil rights. "You can't even do that type of search in a police station. A manual cavity search under our Constitution is considered the most intrusive and our court of criminal appeals in Texas has said that type of search should be done in a hospital -- a sterile environment."

Corley and her attorney have filed a complaint with the with the sheriff's Internal Affairs Division. They said they are considering a lawsuit.

"I do a lot of high-profile cases and I've never heard of anything like this in my whole career," Cammack said. "It's unbelievable. These officers, I guess, were asleep during police training."

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Judge Says Man Can Either Get Married Or Go To Jail

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 1:07 PM

Maybe the Texas judge is a Dennis Miller fan.

Smith County Judge Randall Rogers told Josten Bundy in July he could either marry his girlfriend, Elizabeth Jaynes, or spend 15 days in jail for assault.

"He punished us both," Jaynes, 19, told The Huffington Post. "We wanted to do an outside wedding with our family and friends, but instead we had to do it in the courthouse." The couple had planned to wed in about a year, she said. 

Rogers gave Bundy the ultimatum when the 21-year-old appeared before him for sentencing on a misdemeanor assault charge. The charge, according to Jaynes, stemmed from a February altercation between Bundy and her ex-boyfriend.

"The guy was saying I looked like a man because I cut my hair," Jaynes said of her ex. "Josten punched him through the window and the guy called the police."

Rogers told Bundy "the days of being John Wayne are gone," and gave him the option of incarceration or marriage. Bundy chose the lesser (right?) of the two evils.

"You heard one of the conditions of probation is he is going to have to marry you within 30 days," Rogers said to Jaynes, according to court transcripts. "Do you want to do that?"

"Yes, sir," Rogers replied.

The couple, who have been together for almost two years, had no choice but to choose marriage, Jaynes said.

"We live paycheck to paycheck," she said. "If he had gone to jail, I wouldn’t have been able to make the rent by myself."

But all is not lost thought. Jaynes said they are already planning a vow renewal ceremony -- just as soon as they pay a visit to a good civil rights attorney.

A judge forcing a couple to wed? Where have we seen that before? Oh yeah -- in the 2008 Ashton Kutcher/Cameron Diaz romantic comedy, "What Happens in Vegas." The film that inspired the world (and Judge Rogers, apparently) to believe we should all give marriage a try, if only for purely selfish reasons.

In the film -- which grossed more than $80 million domestically and $219 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo -- Kutcher and Diaz's characters meet each other for the first time in Las Vegas. They have a wild, booze-filled night and end up getting married.

They wake up and agree to separate, but then Kutcher puts a quarter Diaz gave him into a slot machine and hits the jackpot. Now, both of them want that sweet jackpot cash. But before either one of them can get it, a judge, played by Dennis Miller, sentences them to "six months hard marriage." In order to see any of the $3 million prize, they'll have to learn to get along.

Spoiler alert: They fall in love, but not before a lot of laughs.

And now, life is imitating art.

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Mississippi Man Turns Saucy Lyrics Into Dollar Menu Delight

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 11:48 AM

A talented Mississippi man recently turned some saucy freestyle lyrics into a dollar menu delight at a fast-food...

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Bombs And 'Nazi Imagery' Found After Explosion

(7) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:46 PM


Authorities in New York say they found white supremacist propaganda in a garage where a former corrections officer blew his leg off last month.


A judge on Wednesday ordered 45-year-old Michael O'Neill held without bond after hearing evidence in the case.


During the detention hearing,...

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Bounty Hunters Mistakenly Target Police Chief's Home

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 11:10 AM

 

An Arizona bounty hunter is in hot water after he mistakenly targeted a police chief's home and allegedly refused to leave the property.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, NorthStar Fugitive Recovery owner Brent Farley, (pictured above) is facing charges of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Farley, 43, along with nearly a dozen other bounty hunters, surrounded the home of Phoenix police Chief Joseph Yahner (pictured below) on Tuesday night.

The agents, who police say were armed and dressed in tactical gear, used a cellphone to record as they banged on Yahner's front door and demanded a fugitive come out.

"They were filming this like it was made for TV," Sgt. Trent Crump, a Phoenix police spokesman, told Azcentral.com.

The cellphone video captured the moment a shirtless Yahner opened the door and demanded one of the men turn off a flashlight that was shining in Yahner's face. The police chief then shut the door and emerged moments later with a baton in hand.

"I don’t give a f--k who you’re looking for," Yahner can be heard yelling on the video.

Phoenix police responded to the scene after an unidentified female called 911 and requested assistance.

"We have some, I don’t know if they're bounty hunters or what they are, but they just banged down our door and they're looking for somebody," the caller said.

When officers arrived on the scene, they were told Farley, along with employees from Delta One Tactical Recovery, were searching for a fugitive wanted out of Oklahoma on drug charges. The bounty hunters had allegedly received a tip that the fugitive was inside the residence.

The fugitive the men sought is an African American male who is 6 feet 3 inches and did not match anyone in Yahner's home, The Associated Press reported.

Despite the arrival of police, Farley refused to leave the property, prompting the charges against him, Crump told Azcentral.com.

Police said an 11-year-old child was found at the scene with the bounty hunters. Authorities did not identify the child, but a post recently made to a Facebook profile attributed to Farley indicates he has been taking his 11-year-old daughter out on jobs.

"She has gone out on surveillance with us and door knocks," the Facebook post reads. "One that led to an apprehension. And she has been on a repo … I believe she had the best summer!"

According to The Los Angeles Times, Farley is no stranger to run-ins with the law. He has a prior criminal record that includes an arrest for sexual misconduct with a minor. The charge was later dropped in exchange for a guilty plea to a lesser charge, the newspaper reported.

Farley did not respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post on Thursday.

Crump said the behavior of the bounty hunter is not indicative of all recovery agents.

"This is a case in which these two companies did not do their due diligence," Crump told Azcentral.com. "They hit the wrong house and the wrong...

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11-Year-Old Charged In Shooting Death Of 3-Year-Old

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 10:18 AM

 An 11-year-old boy has been charged with the deadly shooting of a 3-year-old on Detroit's east side. The 

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Sandra Bland's Family Files Federal Lawsuit

(7) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 8:37 AM


The family of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old African-American woman found dead in a Texas jail cell after a controversial arrest, announced the filing of a federal lawsuit against officials in Houston on Tuesday.


"We are looking for the individuals involved in this situation to take accountability,"...

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Serial Killer's Daughter Joins Hunt For Chillicothe Killer

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 4:24 PM

The daughter of a convicted serial killer has joined the search for answers in a string of unsolved...

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Neal Falls' Dog Could Help Cops Solve Mystery Of Alleged Serial Killer

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:32 PM


Authorities in West Virginia are on the hunt for a dog they say could hold the key to solving the mystery behind Neal Falls, a 45-year-old Oregon man who cops suspect may have been a serial killer.


Falls was killed on July 18 by a female escort as...

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Son Of Imprisoned Rapper Mac Phipps Says 'It's A Good Feeling' Dad May Be Home Soon

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 1:37 PM


Hip-hop artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps Jr., imprisoned 15 years for a murder he says he didn't commit, could be home for the holidays if his lawyers can negotiate a time-served deal with the newly elected local prosecutor.


Phipps, whose Louisiana manslaughter conviction was based on testimony from a...

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