Bill Cosby has been named by over 20 women who allege that he drugged and sexually assaulted them; now the Los Angeles Police Department is ready to officially investigate the matter.
Cosby, the 77-year-old comedian who became popular in the 1980s and 1990s family sitcom "The Cosby Show," has recently been the subject of media scrutiny due to the rising number of allegations brought against him. Lately, a number of women have come forth alleging that Cosby sexually assaulted them years ago.
One of Cosby's accusers, Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby for sexual battery, met with Los Angeles police detectives for 90 minutes. Now, it seems the LAPD is officially ready to look into the matter. After Huth filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles alleging that she was sexually assaulted by Cosby when she was 15, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said his detectives would investigate no matter the timeframe. more >>
Christian rapper Lecrae Moore, popularly known as Lecrae, suggested Thursday that the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann for playing around with a pellet gun on Nov. 22 was a "foolish" decision.
Recalling a similar incident which happened in his life as a 13-year-old, the now 35-year-old rapper praised God for the starkly different response of the officers who accosted him back then in a Facebook post that as of Saturday evening had been shared nearly 7,000 times and liked more than 43,000 times.
"Part of my testimony is how I was harassing people with a pellet gun as a 13yr old and was apprehended by police. But I'm still ALIVE! I wasn't shot down. Those cops did a good job," said Moore. more >>
The small town of Eutawville, South Carolina, got a decision that many residents in New York City and Ferguson, Missouri, sought when a grand jury announced the criminal indictment of the town's white former police chief for the murder of an unarmed black man.
At a court hearing Thursday, Richard Combs, 38, the former chief and sole officer in the small town that has a population of just 300, was released after satisfying a $150,000 bond, according to WLTX. Combs is facing 30 years to life in prison if he's convicted for the murder of 54-year-old Bernard Bailey outside the Eutawville Police Department in May 2011. The two were engaged in an argument and scuffle over a traffic ticket previously issued to Bailey's daughter.
Combs' attorney, John O'Leary, has called the indictment against his client "wrong," after arguing that the prosecutor in the case, David Pascoe, leaned on national outrage toward law enforcement over the New York and Ferguson cases, according to The Associated Press. more >>
In a precedential ruling, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that mothers who excessively drink while pregnant are not criminally responsible for causing life-long disabilities to their unborn babies and children born permanently harmed by their mother's alcohol abuse are not eligible to receive criminal injury compensation from the government.
Attorneys representing a 7-year-old girl, who is known only as CP and was born with severe brain damage because her mother consumed either half a bottle of vodka or eight cans of lager per day, petitioned the court to grant her compensation funds from Britain's Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
However, the three-judge panel ruled that a fetus cannot be considered a person under British law because they do not have a "legal personality" and are just an "organism" in the mother's womb. The court also deemed that since pregnant alcohol abuse has not been criminalized by Parliament, the mother had not committed a crime. more >>
A South African pastor and his teenage children were recently killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan after three extremists attacked the compound they were living in because they believed he was a "secret Christian missionary."
Forty-six-year-old Werner Groenewald, a former South African pastor who was working for the U.S.-based education group Partnership in Academics and Development (PAD) in Afghanistan for the last 12 years, was killed, along with his son and daughter (aged 17 and 15), in a coordinated three-hour Taliban gunfire and explosion operation on the PAD residential compound in the capital city of Kabul on Nov. 29.
Groenewald's wife, Hannelie, was working during the attack and not present at the guesthouse the family was staying at. With her husband and two kids gone, Hannelie Groenewald has lost her family and most of everything she owned. more >>
Florida police are searching for Andres "Andy" Avalos, 33, who is wanted for questioning in relation to three murders, including that of a pastor, that took place on Thursday afternoon.
Avalos is believed to have shot and killed Pastor James "Tripp" Battle, 31, at the Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton, Florida. While responding to that call, police also learned of two women who were shot and killed at a nearby home. One of those victims was Avalos' wife, Amber, 33, and the other was her friend, Denise Potter, 46. The couple had six children, and they are all in the custody of a relative.
Avalos' father, Andy, is also a minister at the Bayshore Baptist Church. He was unharmed, and the younger Avalos has not been seen since the shooting. Authorities found the vehicle he was last seen driving on Thursday night but there was no evidence of Avalos. He is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, authorities warned. more >>