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Police say Detroit man tied to at least 3 deaths, 2 assaults

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday that he believes a man being held in connection with the deaths of three women and charged in the sexual assault of a woman who survived is responsible for all the crimes and likely others.

Craig said Deangelo Martin was charged Monday with criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder a 26-year-old woman in an eastside home. Martin, who doesn’t have an attorney, was arraigned Monday afternoon and returned to the Wayne County Jail. His next hearing is scheduled for June 20.

Craig said Martin, 34, hasn’t been charged with the murders, but the chief sees similarities between the three slayings and the assaults of at least two additional women who survived attacks. Police are looking at more cases in the city and a nearby suburb that could be connected, Craig said.

As for the two women who survived, Craig said, “they fought — and they live today.”

Martin was taken into custody Friday, two days after the body of a woman was found in a vacant house. The bodies of the other two women were discovered in separate empty dwellings earlier this year.

“We’re still working our case … (but) we’re confident he’s connected to all the cases we’ve described,” Craig said.

Craig said the woman who was a victim in the case for which Martin was charged is younger than the other victims, who were in their 50s. Police say the three women whose bodies were found were sex workers killed in vacant or abandoned homes.

The first victim, Nancy Harrison, 52, was found March 19. Craig said the death appeared to be a drug overdose, but the cause was changed after additional work by the medical examiner. The second victim, Trevesene Ellis, 53, was discovered on May 24. The bodies — one white, one black — were in vacant houses on Detroit’s east side.

The third victim was identified Monday as Tamara Jones, 55. Jones, whose body was badly decomposed, was discovered Wednesday and the cause and manner of her death is pending, according to the medical examiner.

Abandoned houses have marred Detroit for years. Detroit has demolished about 18,000 properties since 2014 and has another 18,000 houses to go, Mayor Mike Duggan said recently. Craig said Monday that dozens more have been boarded up in the past few days.

Craig said it’s uncommon for police to exchange information with sex workers, which was true of one of the survivors in this case. But investigators have received tips and information from them as well as relatives and community activists because police are have been working to “let the community know we care about you, we want to keep you safe.”

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Man held in Detroit deaths charged with separate assault

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Prosecutors have charged a Detroit man who police call a “person of interest” in the deaths of three women with sexually assaulting a separate woman.

Wayne County prosecutors said Monday that 34-year-old Deangelo Martin was charged with criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder. The charges stem from the May 7 stabbing and assault of a 26-year-old woman in an eastside home.

Martin is expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon. He does not have an attorney.

Police have not described Martin as a suspect in the deaths. He was taken into custody Friday, two days after the body of a woman was found in a vacant house. The bodies of the other two women were discovered in separate empty dwellings earlier this year.

Investigators believe the deaths are related.

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Florida woman accused of murdering her husband was once his stepdaughter: report

The Florida woman accused of stabbing her husband, a former Memphis Grizzlies executive, to death was previously his stepdaughter, according to a report.

Danielle Redlick, 45, was accused of killing Michael Redlick, 65, in January and covering up the murder by saying he stabbed himself. Danielle was charged with murder after Michael was found dead in their home in Winter Park.

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But in addition to being his wife, Danielle was once Michael’s stepdaughter, according to WFTV. Friends and family members told the news station that “Michael Redlick fell in love with Danielle Redlick after her mother, Michael’s second wife, died of cancer.”

A friend, who was not identified, told the news station: “In fairness to Mike, Danielle’s mother was dying of cancer when they were dating. She had terrible insurance.”

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Danielle Redlick was charged with murder in the death of her husband, and reportedly her former stepfather, Michael Redlick. (UCF/Orange County Jail)

Authorities believe that Michael Redlick married Danielle Redlick’s mother “to help her get better health coverage,” the news station reported.

Investigators alleged Danielle Redlick waited more than 11 hours before calling 911 and told detectives that Michael Redlick had stabbed himself during a violent argument, according to the arrest affidavit.

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But detectives found a pile of bloody towels, a bloody mop, bloody footprints and the strong smell of bleach in the house, as well as defensive wounds on Michael Redlick, who worked as a faculty member at the University of Central Florida.

Authorities concluded that his wounds weren’t self-inflicted and his death was a homicide from stab wounds to the torso, according to the affidavit.

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Investigation records released on Thursday by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office say Danielle Redlick told police her husband cheated on her and the two separated, ultimately deciding to reconcile and move back in together.

She told authorities that’s when her husband found her flirty text messages with another man. Michael Redlick was found stabbed to death two days later.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspected drunk driver crashes into parked sheriff’s vehicle with deputies inside

A suspected drunk driver rear-ended a parked patrol vehicle in northern California early Saturday while two deputies were inside, police said.

The crash took place around 1:30 a.m. in west Modesto – about 90 miles east of San Francisco. A Stanislaus County Sheriff’s field training officer and trainee were in the car, authorities said.

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A suspected drunk driver rear-ended a patrol car early Saturday with two deputies inside.  (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

Both deputies “got banged up, but are okay and in good spirits,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a Saturday Facebook post. The deputies were treated at a hospital for their injuries, according to the post.

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The two deputies received minor injuries after a suspected drunk driver crashed into their patrol car early Saturday.  (Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department)

The suspected drunk driver — identified as 22-year-old Norberto Contreras – was arrested and booked at the Stanislaus County Jail, the Modesto Bee reported. His bail was set at $25,000. No additional information was released.

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“This is unfortunately a common experience. Luckily everyone walked away,” the Sheriff’s Department said. “It could have been much worse. If you drink and drive you will earn a trip to jail. Uber, Lyft or call a friend please.”

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Kentucky town may have a serial animal abuser on the loose: report

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Authorities in Bullitt County, Ky., are hunting for the culprit who fatally beat two therapy pigs that were found bloodied and battered Thursday after their owners returned home from dinner.

The report follows incidents that show a troubling trend of animal cruelty in the area, Wave 3 reported. There was a report of a cat being found with its feet tied in the middle of a road, a koi pond was poisoned and a dog has recently been repeatedly stabbed, all within a few miles of where the pigs were fatally beaten.

“If it’s not one person doing this then we’re looking at several people and that’s even more scarier thought for me because one person is bad enough,” said Sunnie Harrell, the pigs’ owner.

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Harrell told the channel that her pigs, Honey and Pigrawk were “obviously gone” when she returned home. Her third pig, Gypsy, was the only pig that survived the assault but suffered injuries.

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“Whoever did this I have hate in my heart that I’ve never had before my life,” she told the station.

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Florida motorcyclist killed by lightning strike to the head: police

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday after a lightning bolt struck his helmet on Florida’s I-95, authorities said.

The motorcyclist was hit while traveling southbound on I-95 in Volusia County in the afternoon, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

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The motorcyclist’s helmet was cracked and burned from the lightning strike, officials said.  (Florida Highway Patrol)

A photo posted on the agency’s official Twitter page showed the motorcyclist’s helmet cracked and burned from the apparent lightning strike.

The motorcyclist was a 45-year-old man from Charlotte, N.C., Orlando’s Fox 35 reported. His name was not released.

An off-duty Virginia trooper cited by the station said he witnessed the strike happen. The impact from the lighting caused the motorcyclist to exit the roadway and then crash, he said.

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No other information was released.

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North Carolina woman dies after accidentally shooting herself inside Ruby Tuesday: report

A North Carolina woman died Saturday after she accidentally shot herself in the stomach while inside a Ruby Tuesday restaurant, reports said.

Madison Moore, 28, reportedly fired one shot into her abdomen and was declared dead at a nearby hospital, The State reported. Authorities in Kannapolis are investigating the shooting, but announced on Twitter that it was an “accidental death.”

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Authorities are investigating a shooting at a North Carolina Ruby Tuesday. (Google Maps)

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The gun was reportedly registered to the woman. The report said it is unclear if Moore was a customer or employee at the restaurant.

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Battle flag carried by black Union troops hits auction block

A hand-painted flag carried into battle by a black Union regiment during the Civil War is going up for auction in Pennsylvania.

Morphy Auctions will sell off the piece of history June 13. Pre-bidding is underway online .

It’s one of 11 such flags painted by African American artist David Bustill Bowser, the son of a fugitive slave. It’s the only known surviving flag.

The auction house says seven others are known only from photographs. They were sent to the military museum at West Point in 1906, but were thrown out in the 1940s.

The flag up for auction depicts a black soldier waving goodbye to Columbia, the female personification of America, beneath a banner reading, “We Will Prove Ourselves Men.”

The 127th Regimental banner is expected to fetch about $250,000.

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A family vanished, then found dead in desert. Now, a verdict

The disappearance of a couple and their two children puzzled California investigators for years.

The McStay family vanished suddenly in 2010, with bowls of popcorn left uneaten in their house and no sign an attacker forced their way inside. Three years later, their bodies were found in shallow desert graves more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) away.

Now, a jury has reached a verdict in the murder case against 62-year-old Charles “Chase” Merritt, who authorities say killed the family with a sledgehammer after his business associate Joseph McStay tried to cut him out of a business making and selling custom water fountains.

Jurors’ decision came Friday after about a week of deliberations, and it will be read in court Monday in San Bernardino.

While many questions remain about the killings, prosecutors argued that evidence from the family’s car, financial accounts and cellphone towers linked Merritt to the deaths of McStay, McStay’s wife, Summer, and the couple’s 3- and 4-year-old sons.

Merritt’s attorneys said the two men were best friends and investigators overlooked another possible suspect. They said the evidence doesn’t add up, noting there were no signs of an attack inside the family’s house.

After the McStays disappeared from their home in San Diego County, investigators couldn’t immediately determine what had happened. Their car was found parked at a strip mall near the Mexican border, and at one point, investigators said they believed the family had gone to Mexico.

In 2013, the family’s bodies were found in shallow graves in San Bernardino County, along with a rusty sledgehammer, after an off-road motorcyclist discovered skeletal remains in the area.

Merritt was arrested in 2014.

Authorities said they traced Merritt’s cellphone to the area of the desert gravesites in the days after the family disappeared and to a call seeking to close McStay’s online bookkeeping account. They also said Merritt referred to McStay in the past tense in an interview with investigators after the family vanished.

If Merritt is convicted of the murders, prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

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AP Was There: Police question OJ Simpson in killings

This week marks 25 years since O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman were found stabbed to death outside her LA home.

Investigators quickly focused their attention on the former football great, leading to the slow-speed chase that was carried live on national television and, later, the “Trial of the Century,” which ended in Simpson’s acquittal.

To mark the anniversary, the AP is reprinting this story about the early days of the investigation. It first appeared June 14, 1994.

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O.J. Simpson Questioned in Death of Ex-Wife

By SUE MANNING

Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES — O.J. Simpson met with his attorney today amid reports that a bloodied glove was found at his home by police investigating the deaths of his ex-wife and another man.

Simpson has denied involvement in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, 25. He was not arrested, but today’s Los Angeles Times quoted unidentified police sources as saying the football Hall of Famer was under investigation.

Family and friends streamed to Simpson’s Brentwood mansion a day after he was handcuffed briefly and questioned for three hours about the deaths.

“It’s difficult enough with the shock that you wife’s been murdered, but to hear that you may be accused of it, well, it’s awful,” attorney Howard Weitzman said after meeting with Simpson.

Weitzman said he knew nothing about the reports of the discovery of bloody gloves. He described Simpson as distraught.

The lawyer said earlier that Simpson “had nothing to do with this tragedy.”

A passerby found Mrs. Simpson’s body near a gate to her West Los Angeles condominium early Monday. Police found Goldman’s body in shrubbery nearby. Police wouldn’t say when the two died.

A blood-soaked glove was found at Simpson’s home, the Times and the Daily News of Los Angeles reported, citing unidentified police sources. The Daily News reported that the glove matched one found near the bodies.

“I know nothing,” Simpson said as he got into a patrol car Monday.

Simpson flew to Chicago on business about 11 p.m. Sunday and returned around noon the next day, after police notified him of Mrs. Simpson’s death, Weitzman said Monday.

“Mr. Simpson is not being treated as a suspect,” Weitzman said. “He had nothing to do with this tragedy.”

Police aren’t ruling anyone out as a suspect, Cmdr. David Gascon said.

Autopsies were planned for today. Coroner’s spokesman Scott Carrier said “sharp-force injuries,” which might include stabbing, contributed to the deaths. The Daily News said the victims’ throats were slashed.

Goldman was a waiter at the restaurant where Mrs. Simpson dined Sunday, but he didn’t serve her, restaurant owner Karim Souki said.

“She had dinner here. She called later to see if we found her glasses and we found them,” Souki said. He said Goldman volunteered to return them.

Neighbor Beverly Newman told the Daily News that she had often seen Goldman playing with Simpson’s children.

The 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl were found sleeping, unharmed, in their mother’s condominium. They were turned over to relatives.

The Simpsons were divorced in 1992 but were said to be discussing a reconciliation.

“The situation had seemed better,” neighbor Robert Gerard said.

Weitzman said the two were often together on family outings, and both attended their daughter’s dance recital Sunday.

Simpson pleaded no contest to wife beating in 1989, paid a $700 fine and served two years’ probation. He had been accused of screaming, “I’ll kill you!” as he slapped and kicked his wife.

Police questioned Simpson for about three hours Monday, Gascon said. Afterward, Simpson returned home and police who had spent the day searching his $ 1.2 million Brentwood estate left. The house is about two miles from Mrs. Simpson’s home.

Bits of cardboard marked small reddish stains leading up the driveway where Simpson’s black Rolls-Royce was parked.

Detective Tom Lange, chief inspector at the site, refused to discuss what investigators found. As he left the house, he carried a pair of white tennis shoes.

Simpson checked into the O’Hare Plaza Hotel on Monday morning and left in a hurry about two hours later, general manager Peter Phillips said. He had made his reservation a few days earlier.

Simpson said he was attending a function for the Hertz car rental company, for which he made a popular series of TV commercials.

The NBC-TV sports commentator has also appeared in several movies, including the three “Naked Gun” comedies. He played for the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, then the San Francisco 49ers. He retired in 1979.

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