Fire at Santa Monica gunman's family home was intentionally set, official says

An official close to the investigation says the fire at the Santa Monica house where a gunman began his killing rampage last week was intentionally set. The official, who requested anonymity because the information had not yet been publicly released, said Wednesday that fires were started in a front living room and atop one of two twin beds in a room of the house. Several boxes of matches were also found in the bedroom. Firefighters found the bodies of the gunman’s father and brother in a bedroom that was uninvolved in the blaze. The coroner’s office says the father of John Zawahri died of multiple gunshots and his brother died from a shot to the chest. Continue Reading

CA teacher says losing job because of abusive ex

A San Diego-area teacher says she is losing her job for being the victim of domestic violence. The attorney for Holy Trinity School teacher Carie Charlesworth told The Associated Press on Thursday that she had received a letter notifying her that her 14-year contract would not be renewed because her ex-husband’s violent history posed a risk to the school. The case was first reported by KNSD-TV San Diego ( Attorney Kenneth Hoyt says the second-grade teacher was put on paid leave after a dispute at their home in January and he appeared in the parking lot, prompting the school to go on lockdown. She recently was notified her pay would cease in August. Continue Reading

Arias attorneys seek delay of second penalty phase

Jodi Arias’ attorneys have asked a judge to delay until next year a second penalty phase to allow the convicted murderer time to gather witnesses. In a motion filed this week, her attorneys are seeking a new trial date for January. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder on May 8 in the 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home. The same panel failed to reach a unanimous decision on whether to sentence her to life or death. The judge set a July 18 date for a new jury to be seated to determine Arias’ sentence. Continue Reading

Jodi Arias attorneys seek delay of second penalty phase

Attorneys for Jodi Arias have asked an Arizona judge to delay until next year a retrial of the penalty phase in her case to allow the convicted murderer time to gather witnesses to testify on her behalf. In a motion filed this week, they are seeking a new trial date for January. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder May 8 in the June 2008 death of boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home. About two weeks later, the same panel failed to reach a unanimous decision, with eight jurors voting for the death penalty and four for life in prison. Arias’ attorneys had planned to call witnesses during the sentencing phase to convince jurors her life was worth sparing, but they changed their plans at the last minute, saying an Arias friend refused to take the stand after receiving threats. Continue Reading

Obituaries Thursday June 13th

Mary Louise Boddeker, 83, formerly of Nauvoo, Illinois, died at Rose Bush Gardens on Tuesday evening, June 11, 2013.     
Born on April 5, 1930 in Ft. Madison, Iowa, she was the daughter of Delmer W. and Marie C. Siegrist Boddeker. She grew up in the Niota, Illinois, area and graduated from Nauvoo High School. Mary was a secretary at Murray Iron Works for a number of years. Continue Reading

Wendy's reportedly investigating picture showing employee with mouth on ice cream machine

Weeks after a picture of a Taco Bell employee licking a stack of hard-shell tacos went viral, a new picture surfaced online that appears to show a worker at Wendy’s eating ice cream directly from a store machine’s nozzle. The fast-food chain told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that should the picture be true, it would be “totally inexcusable.” The spokesman promised an investigation, the paper reported. Few other details were immediately provided about the picture, which was originally posted Wednesday morning on Reddit, titled: “I was going to buy a frosty from Wendy’s until I saw this employee do this.” Click for more from Via: Fox News Continue Reading

Toddlers falling from windows in Anchorage

Anchorage police say two toddlers fell from second-story windows Tuesday. Police say a 2-year-old fell out of a second-story window just after 9:30 p.m. at an Eagle River home on Regency Drive. Officers who investigated found a window screen in the driveway. The child suffered face injuries. About 10 minutes later, police took a call of another 2-year-old falling from a second-story window on Eagle Place Loop in Eagle River. Continue Reading

Bulger trial to feature surveillance video, photos

Jurors at the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger can expect to see more surveillance video of the mobster meeting with various organized crime figures. Testimony in Bulger’s trial began Wednesday with a retired state police lieutenant on the witness stand describing a series of photographs and video taken of Bulger in 1980 at an auto repair garage in Boston’s North End. Prosecutors say Bulger used the garage as a meeting place. Lt. Robert Long is expected to continue his testimony Thursday. Retired state police Col. Continue Reading

NYC nanny denies she killed 2 kids in her care

A New York City nanny accused of killing two children in her care says someone else did it and the charges against her “are all lies.” Yoselyn (YOH’-sih-lihn) Ortega tells the Daily News ( ) in a jailhouse interview that she didn’t kill 2-year-old Leo Krim and his 6-year-old sister, Lucia. The children were found dead in the bathtub of their Upper West Side apartment on Oct. 25, 2012. The Krims’ third child, 4-year-old Nessie, wasn’t home at the time. Continue Reading

2 adult passengers arrested after Louisiana police pull over 10-year-old driving SUV

Kenner police say officers responding to a call about a sport utility vehicle being driven recklessly on Interstate 10 found a 10-year-old boy behind the wheel when they pulled the vehicle over later on a city street. Two women in the vehicle were arrested. Police said both allegedly said that they told the10-year-old to drive because they were intoxicated. The child’s grandmother, 54-year-old Brenda Byrd, was arrested Wednesday morning, along with 48-year-old Sheila Joiner. They were booked with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle. Continue Reading