An Oklahoma man who recently converted to Islam and had been trying to convert some of his co-workers reportedly went on a murderous rampage, beheading one woman and stabbing another shortly after he was fired from his job at a food processing plant.
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department told CNN that the man, Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was fired from his job Thursday just before he went on the rampage.
"He was terminated. He drove to the front of the business, running into a vehicle, exited his vehicle, entered the business where he encountered the first victim, Colleen Hufford, 54, and began assaulting her with a knife. He did kill Colleen and he did sever her head," said Sgt. Lewis. more >>
Sean Groubert, 31, a South Carolina state trooper who shot Levar Edward Jones during a routine traffic stop at a gas station in Columbia, was fired last week and arrested on Wednesday as a dashcam video of the Sept. 4 incident was made public this week.
A report from the Huffington Post highlighted Groubert's firing and arrest while a copy of the dashcam video of the incident has gone viral on YouTube with more than 1.5 million views in two days as of Friday morning.
The just over 3-minute dashcam video shows Jones alighting from his vehicle and turning around to see Groubert pulling up in the gas station who asks him "can I see your license please." more >>
Paraguayan Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, who has been accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing minors, has been officially removed from his post by the Roman Catholic Church. In a subsequent letter to the Vatican, Plano hit back against the decision and said that Pope Francis "will have to answer before God."
The Vatican explained in a statement on Thursday that Francis has decided to replace Plato following an investigation, and named Ricardo Jorge Valenzuela Ríos, Bishop of Villarrica del Espíritu Santo, to fill his vacancy.
"The grave decision taken by the Holy See, under the weight of serious pastoral concerns, is for the greater good and unity of the Church of Ciudad del Este and episcopal communion in Paraguay," the statement read. more >>
A Pennsylvania rape victim is being blamed in part by the Attorney General for her own rape, causing outrage across the state and nation.
A 24-year-old former state prison clerk was raped by inmate Omar Best while working at Rockview State Prison. Best was already charged with assaulting a female employee at a different facility and was transferred to Rockview when the rape occurred. The victim filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections, triggering the response from the Attorney General's office.
"Some or all of the damages plaintiff have alleged are in part, or substantially due, to the acts of third parties other than the answering defendants, and/or plaintiff acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to the events which led to the damages plaintiff has alleged in her complaint," AG Kathleen Lane wrote in court documents. more >>
A Christian pastor accused of blasphemy was shot dead by police in a Pakistani jail in Rawalpindi. A persecution watchdog group has said this is the latest incident of blasphemy laws being used to commit human rights violations.
"This is a barbaric act," Xavier Williams of Life for All told The Express Tribune. "There had been threats. The court should have instructed police to ensure Bhatti's safety."
Zafar Bhatti had been imprisoned at Adiyala jail since 2012, The Express Tribune reported. His 70-year-old cellmate, Muhammad Asghar, who has a history of mental illness, was wounded in the shooting attack. Asghar has also been accused of blasphemy in the heavily Muslim country. The men had been receiving death threats both from guards and fellow prisoners. more >>
The center of the Roman Catholic Church has put a defrocked archbishop under house arrest, pending his criminal trial over accusations of sexual abuse.
Vatican City officials placed 66-year-old Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador of the Holy See and archbishop, under house arrest due to the city-state lacking a proper jailhouse.
"It is the first time the Vatican will hold a criminal trial on charges of child sexual abuse, and it comes as Pope Francis has been trying to set a new tone of rigorous attention in the long-running abuse scandal," reported the New York Times. more >>