Jessica Arrendale is being hailed as a hero after giving her life to save her six-month-old daughter last week.
Arrendale, 37, returned home from a night out with the father of her daughter, Antoine Davis, when he became "belligerently drunk and abusive." At some point in the evening, Davis chased Arrendale up the stairs of her townhome in Smyrna, Georgia. Arrendale attempted to use a baseball bat to defend herself and her daughter, whom she was holding, but she was easily overcome by the former Marine, who hit her with the same bat. The baby was also possibly struck, as she is in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury.
The single mother managed to lock herself and daughter Colbie in the bathroom, but Davis used an assault rifle to burst through the door and shoot Arrendale in the head. She was still holding Colbie at the time she was shot and somehow managed to fall in such a way as to drop Colbie in the toilet and cover her with her body. more >>
Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, a Muslim man who's facing multiple murder charges including the murder of New Jersey teenager Brendan Tevlin, 19, revealed last month that Tevlin's death was payback for the innocent lives of Muslims lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran as a result of U.S. military action in the Middle East.
"All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life," Brown reportedly told detectives, according court documents cited by nj.com.
The court documents, which were filed in Washington State last month where Brown is also accused of murdering three other men, reveal that he felt it was his mission to kill Tevlin. Tevlin and the other men were all shot several times in isolated areas at night. more >>
Lisa Ann Coleman was executed by the State of Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 17 for the death of nine-year-old Davontae Williams.
Before being put to death, Coleman was given the opportunity to issue a final statement. She reportedly smiled and nodded to those who were there to support her, including her aunt. Coleman said that she loved and appreciated everyone, then added that she loved her fellow inmates on death row and wanted them to "keep their heads up."
"I'm all right," Coleman said. "Tell them I finished strong. God is good. God bless you all," she said before given the lethal dose of pentobarbital. She also smiled, blew kisses at her family, and reportedly laughed. more >>
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and deactivated from all team activities.
Dwyer was taken into custody on Wednesday, Sept. 17 and charged with one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts of criminal damage, and one count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency. He was able to pay the $25,000 cash bond early Thursday morning and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and not have any contact with the victims, a 27-year-old female and an 18-month-old child.
The NFL star admitted to incidents that took place at his home in July. Neighbors reportedly heard a fight and called the police who arrived at the home but did not make any arrest because Dwyer hid in the bathroom and the woman involved in the incident said no one else was home. more >>
At least 15 people have been killed and another 35 wounded after gunmen, suspected to be part of terror group Boko Haram, stormed a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano and began firing on students.
"We heard several shots from the gate area and after a few minutes we heard an explosion at the theater," said Sansei Omar, an English lecturer at the Federal College of Education who saw the attack from a neighboring building, Reuters reported.
"The attackers were wearing suits and were running and shooting everywhere." more >>
The Episcopal Church recently announced that it will providing $40,000 in grants for philanthropic purposes for the benefit of Ferguson, Missouri.
TEC's Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will provide $30,000, while Episcopal Relief & Development will provide $10,000.
Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer, said in a statement released Monday the effort "addresses both immediate need and long term issues related to the cycle of poverty." more >>