A grieving wife whose husband, John Martinez, was gunned down in the driveway of the couple's home just over a year ago has placed a billboard at the side of a busy highway hoping it might help bring detectives information that could help police solve her husband's murder.
"It's been the most difficult year of our lives," Martinez's wife, Norma, told KHOU in Houston, Texas. "He didn't deserve this, we didn't deserve this, and my children shouldn't be without a father right now."
The 45-year-old father of four was shot and robbed of his wallet, cell phone and life as he returned home to his family on the night of Oct. 13, 2012. more >>
Police in Aurora, Colo. are saying an 8-year-old girl's cries for help are probably what saved her from being kidnapped by a predator who had crawled through her bedroom window on Sunday evening in an attempted kidnapping. The predator fled and still remains at large, and local police are asking for the public's help in catching the man, described as a Caucasian male with short blonde hair.
"We believe there is a predator out there, and he needs to be stopped. He needs to be caught," Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said at a news conference Monday, according to The Denver Post. The police chief added that "a predator like this could go anywhere, and has no regard for jurisdictional boundaries."
Oates went on to say that evidence gathered from the Sunday evening incident indicates that the predator randomly targeted the involved family, and that inference makes the case even more chilling. "There is nothing to indicate that this family was targeted in particular, which in some ways make it even more chilling," Oates said. "I've been in this business a long time. I've never seen anything like this. We really need your support, the media support and the public support. Tips and leads to catch this guy." more >>
A cell phone is being praised by police for saving a Florida man's life after he was shot early Monday morning. A convenience store robber held up the Hess gas station in Winter Garden, Florida, at 4:30 a.m. and demanded that the clerk open the safe.
After the clerk subsequently tried and failed to open the safe, a second clerk walked into the store and was also unable to open it. As the suspect left, he fired his gun once directly at the clerk's stomach. However, amazingly the bullet was stopped by the clerk's cell phone, described Winter Garden police.
An Arizona teenager has been arrested after allegedly attacking and killing his mother when she took away his cell phone.
Police arrested 16-year-old Mike Helms on Saturday and he is now being held in a juvenile detention center with charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, aggravated assault, concealment of a dead body and tampering with evidence. Police say it is believed the teen attacked his mother, Tina Helms Spencer of Mesa, Ariz., in the early morning hours on Saturday after she took away his cell phone. It is suspected a hammer and a frying pan were used in the attack, and the 36-year-old mother was found in the family's backyard shed by police.
Mesa Police received a phone call from the 16-year-old's stepfather around 4 a.m. Saturday morning; the stepfather reported that the teen had attacked him with a frying pan after he entered the house upon returning home from work. The stepfather then fled the house, assuming that his wife was asleep. more >>
A 35-year-old police officer from Loveland, Colo., accused of starving his teenage daughter and allegedly kicking and punching her on video for taking carrots from the family refrigerator has been arrested for child abuse.
Officer Jeremy Yachik was arrested last Wednesday morning on four counts of child abuse and one count of false imprisonment, according to MailOnline.
An arrest warrant cited in the MailOnline report said Yachik's 15-year-old daughter told officials from the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Collins that her father choked her until she blacked out. more >>
Editor's note: Warning, article includes graphic details about alleged events.
A 32-year-old Little Rock, Ark., woman is now in police custody after she allegedly beat and viciously raped her younger, 24-year-old lover after she tried to leave her home on Saturday night.
Little Rock Police charged Elizabeth Navarro, 32, with rape and domestic battery in the third degree after the 24-year-old called 911 at about 9:50 a.m. Saturday morning and reported that Navarro had raped her in her home. more >>