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A little motherly love gets son arrested

Zachary Bell St. John Police

Zachary Bell
St. John Police

ST JOHN, IN – A Northwest Indiana mother made what had to have been a difficult decision to turn her son in after seeing his image captured on surveillance photos in connection with string of thefts.

We recently ran a story about a son who turned his mother in to police for stealing. We are happy to report that another family has learned by example, and now a mother has turned her son in to authorities for stealing.

Read: Son turns mom in

Eighteen-year-old Zachary Bell’s mother had quite the shock while reading the NWI Times on Wednesday. As she opened up the paper and started reading a report about a string of thefts, she noticed her son in surveillance photos. Her son was wanted in connection with a number of thefts from unlocked vehicles in the St. John area.

What’s a mother to do? In this case she contacts authorities and turns her son in. The teen was arrested Wednesday afternoon at their home.51dd8b24c811a.preview-620

Bell is accused of stealing cash, credit and gift cards and a .45 caliber handgun during the thefts. Police say the surveillance photo was taken at a Speedway gas station where the suspect was using one of the stolen cards.

One note to all you would be criminals – “They” have cameras everywhere, and where they don’t have cameras – your friends do.

Frankenstein rabbit goes viral

'Frankenstein'  Youtube - Gunnar Boettcher

Youtube – Gunnar Boettcher

MANKATO, MN – A video of a rabbit is making the rounds on YouTube and has attracted over 208,000 views since late last month.

The rabbit, dubbed “Frankenstein,” is becoming a YouTube sensation as thousands of viewers are tuning in to watch 20-year-old Gunnar Boettcher doing his best Steve Irwin impression, as him and his brother stalk a wild rabbit with apparent horns growing around it’s head.

Boettcher writes, “Mythical Jackalope? Filmed with horns growing out of its head! Found this majestic and magical creature living around our house. It feeds off of the dying souls of other rabbits. His name is Frankenstein, and I risked my life trying to capture this legendary footage…”

Boettcher’s done some research and believes the rabbit has a form of papilloma virus that is highly contagious.

Joe Stangel, area wildlife supervisor for the state Department Natural Resources (DNR), told the Associated Press that he agrees with the diagnosis, but is waiting for confirmation from a veterinarian. He added, that the DNR would let nature takes it course, since this is generally a fatal disease.

Boettcher is taking quite a bit of heat for the video too, with many saying it’s wrong to take advantage of a diseased rabbit.

Nathaliaaa666 posted: “yre an idiot this is so tragic he suffers and y Think this is amusing just 2 get as many views as posibile?”

Emilia Barc wrote: “This is not amusing in any way. This animal is suffering and will slowly starve to death. Do not make a spectacle out of another being’s pain.”

Boettcher told the Free Press of Mankato, “It’s a great idea to try to help him and make him healthy again, but it’s a little ridiculous to blame me for not helping the rabbit and taking him to the vet when it’s a wild rabbit,” he said. “It’s turning into a thing on animal rights. People are saying I’m mean for making it humorous, but it was just supposed to be something fun between me and my brother.”


El Dorado County Sheriff arrested for child porn

William Wilson El Dorado County Sheriff

William Wilson
El Dorado County Sheriff

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA – A former sergeant with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department has been arrested on a child pornography charges.

According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, 25-year veteran of the force, William Wilson was arrested Wednesday on charges of child pornography.

In January of this year, the Sheriff’s Department launched an investigation into  Wilson’s activity, after learning that he was engaging in “inappropriate behavior.”

Soon after the investigation began, Wilson retired from the force, but the investigation continued.

A news release stated, “Sheriff John D’Agostini holds his personnel to high standards and takes any indication of inappropriate behavior seriously.”

Once the department was able to confirm that Wilson had committed a crime, they immediately turned over their findings to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.

Shootout at Stockton school leaves 1 man shot

August Knodt Elementary School Google Maps

August Knodt Elementary School
Google Maps

STOCKTON, CA – A shootout at a Stockton elementary school has resulted in four suspects being arrested with one wounded.

According to the Stockton Police Department, members of the department’s Community Response Team, in conjunction with the San Joaquin County gang task force, attempted to make a traffic stop just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

As the Nissan Altima came to a stop near August Knodt Elementary School on EWS Woods Blvd., four people jumped out of the car and ran towards the school.

Officers gave chase, when one of the men turned around and opened fire with an assault rifle on officers. Officers returned fire wounding one of the suspects.

A woman told Recordnet.com that she saw a black man in his late teens reach into his backpack, pull out a gun and shoot at police. “The boy opened a backpack and started shooting at the cops, and the cop shot back,” she told Recordnet.com, “The boy definitely shot first.”

Another resident in the Weston Ranch neighborhood, 33-year-old Dale Maier, claimed he heard at least 40 shots that sounded like a burst from an assault rifle, followed by another round from a pistol.

Two men were taken into custody immediately following the shooting and another man was discovered hiding on the roof. A SWAT team was brought in to deal with the man on the roof. He was taken into custody around 8:30 p.m., two hours after initial contact with the suspects.

Medics were unable to attend to the victim immediately since there was at least one other suspect still on the loose.

Investigators were able to locate the assault rifle, handgun and evidence from the gunfire.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

Amber Alert issued in San Francisco Bay Area

Daphne Viola Webb Oakland PD

Daphne Viola Webb

OAKLAND, CA – An Amber Alert has been issued in the San Francisco Bay Area for a 1-year-old toddler who was abducted from a parked car outside of a liquor store on Oakland.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 1-year-old Daphne Viola Webb, was abducted at 11 a.m. from a vehicle parked in front of Jazzali’s Liquor Store at the intersection of 79th Avenue and International Boulevard in Oakland.

Viola is described as a black girl with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing orange pajamas with pink hearts.

The CHP said there are no vehicles associated with the abduction.

A description of the female suspect was not provided.

Passengers identified in Alaska air taxi plane crash

Stacey and Chris McManus Courtesy Columbia S.C.

Stacey and Chris McManus
Courtesy Columbia S.C.

ANCHORAGE, AK –The passengers and pilot have been identified in the plane crash over the weekend that left 10 dead.

There were two families onboard the de Havilland DHC3 Otter that crashed and burned Sunday at the Soldotna airport. The airport is located about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board the two families were heading to a fishing lodge Sunday when the airplane they were in crashed just after takeoff.

While the NTSB has not officially released the names, North Carolina state Representative Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, has released the names of the two families who were from Greenville, S.C.

Kimberly Antonakos and her husband Melet Antonakos, were traveling with their three children, 16-year-old Olivia, 14-year-old Mills and 11-year-old Anastacia.

According to Kimberly’s father, H. Wayne Clayton, the family usually visited Myrtle Beach, S.C. during the summer, but opted for a 10 day Alaska trip this year.

Olivia Antonakos was a junior at J.L. Mann High School and a varsity basketball player. She recently was elected secretary of the student body. She skipped playing in a basketball tournament to go on the trip to Alaska, this according to the school’s principal, Charles Mayfield.

The second family was Chris McManus and his wife Stacey. The pair was traveling with their two small children Conner and Meghan.

Connor McManus was working towards the Boy Scouts’ highest rank, Eagle Scout.

Meghan McManus, attended the Christ Church Episcopal School. Her sophomore project last year was on the “Ronald McDonald House: Keeping Families Together,” this according to the school’s website.

The Otter was operated by Rediske Air, based in Nikiski, and was piloted by owner Walter “Willie” Rediske.

The summer months are extremely popular with tourists flocking to the area and chartering seaplanes and helicopters to ferry them to places to stay, or site seeing destinations such as glaciers, bears or other attractions.

Man beats kills brothers dog

Aaron Cesana Sacramento PD

Aaron Cesana
Sacramento PD


SACRAMENTO, CA – A man is being accused of beating his brother’s dog to death and throwing the remains in a garbage can.

According to the Sacramento Police Department, 46-year-old Aaron Cesena was arrested after officers responded to a home in the 3200 block of 35th Avenue on Tuesday, just before 6 p.m.

Cesena’s brother contacted police to report a family disturbance and that his brother Aaron, who had been drinking, had beaten his dog and threw the animal into a garbage can.

Officers were able to locate the animal and after a brief investigation arrested Cesena for felony malicious cruelty of an animal.



Knife wielding man arrested after attacking restaurant workers

Clarke-Delano Sacramento PD

Clarke Delano
Sacramento PD

SACRAMENTO, CA – A man was arrested on Tuesday after attacking employees at a Sacramento restaurant.

The Sacramento Police Department responded to reports of a disturbance at the Firestone Public House restaurant located at 1132 16th Street just before 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Responding officers arrived and found a restaurant employee and another citizen, physically restraining 52-year-old Clarke Delano, who witnesses say walked into the restaurant and immediately started causing a disturbance.

Delano jumped behind the counter and grabbing a knife, he started attacking the cooks. A dynamic duo, consisting of a cook and a citizen, were able to disarm Delano and restrain him until officers arrived. Witnesses say that Delano continued to violently struggle with the duo until officers took over.

Delano was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance before being hauled off to county jail for assault with a deadly weapon.

Roseville battles several fires

Apartment FireROSEVILLE, CA – The Roseville Fire had their hands full Tuesday as firefighters responded to several grass fires.

Tuesday afternoon the Roseville Fire Department responded to three separate grass fires. The first two were within minutes of each other, raising concerns that these were not accidental in nature.

It all started at around 2 p.m. Tuesday when a call came in about a grass fire in the area of Linda Creek near the intersection of Cirby Way and Rocky Ridge Drive. The quickly spreading fire earned a response from 7 fire engines, 28 fire personnel and a helicopter from Sacramento Metro Fire. The fire consumed approximately 3-acres.

The second fire was reported at around 2:10 p.m. near Sculpture Park near the intersection of Eureka Road and N. Sunrise Ave. The fire was contained to under an acre.

There were no injuries reported and no structures were damaged in any of the fires. The fast acting crews from Roseville Fire and neighboring fire departments were able to contain the two fires by 2:40 p.m.

The third fire began at approximately 3:30 p.m. in undeveloped land near Fiddyment Road and Westhills Drive burning two acres. Three engines and 10 fire personnel responded and were able to get a handle on the fire by 4 p.m.

All three fires are considered suspicious and are under investigation. Several neighboring fire agencies assisted in the firefighting and fire response coverage in Roseville, including CalFire, Rocklin Fire, Sacramento Metro Fire and South Placer Fire.

Just last month the Roseville Fire Department battled a blaze in the Maidu Park area which burned four homes and a backyard gazebo.  Two of the homes were severely damaged and another two received moderate damage. One of the severely damaged homes was vacant at the time of the fire. There were no injuries.

Investigation leads to seizure of 38,000 marijuana plants

Is that Mary Jane growing in between them trees? Google Maps

Is that Mary Jane growing in between them trees?
Google Maps

DENAIR, CA – An initial discovery of 15,000 marijuana plants in an almond tree orchard has led to the seizure of 38,000 plants.

Several agencies participated in the investigation, including Stanislaus Drug Enforcement, Central Valley HIDTA, CAL-MMET, Federal Drug Enforcement Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

The coordinated effort  located a large Marijuana grow in 1200 acres of almond trees in the area of Monte Vista Ave and Hall Rd east of Denair. Agents confiscated over 15,000 Marijuana plants that had been planted between almond trees in the orchard.

On July 9th Investigators discovered a second grow site within the same orchard and were able to eradicate another 23,000 plants.

At this point CelebrityExaminer must ask a few questions – Not that we’ll get any answers, but we feel the need to ask:

- Who the hell is counting all those plants?

- Are they considered bean counters or pot counters?

- These guys growing the plants obviously have a green thumb, so what do their yards at home look like, or do they only have a green thumb when it comes to the greenbacks?

Here’s a question we have an answer to – Who are these industrious souls?

According to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department they have arrested 56-year-old Jesus Meraz Alvarez of Washington, 31-year-old Elian Mendoza Gallardo a transient and 29-year-old Mendoza Jesus Torres a transient. They were all booked on charges of cultivating marijuana and an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold has been placed on the green grocers for being in the country illegally. Basically, these guys have had their portraits taken and have been provided with a nice room all to themselves – gotta love the good life.

CelebrityExaminer has requested a family portrait of the accused. As soon as we get it, we’ll be glad to post it.

The property owners have denied any wrong doing and claim they were not aware of the operation.

Anyone with suspicious activity or any further information can contact the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency at 209-558-6300.

Anyone looking for some Mary Jane – look somewhere else.

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