Monthly Archives: April 2017

Malibu Seen: The More Things Change

A quarter century ago Malibu Seen was covering a different seen — an on-going, horrific, crime scene.

Years before covering locals like Cindy Crawford, David Geffen and Tom Hanks — their glitzy parties and premieres — I was a local evening news anchor.

Sure, I had covered major assignments in Russia, China, Japan and other exotic locals like Washington D.C., but nothing quite prepared me for the infamous Los Angeles Riots.

It seemed a day like any other. I was cruising to the station up La Cienega, my red 300 ZX listening to KNX all-news radio when the first blast came and I knew there was going to be trouble. Big trouble. We just didn’t know how big. 

We all fancied ourselves as seasoned news pros who’ve pulled many a long all-nighter. We just didn’t know that this all-nighter would be nerve wracking, scary and seemingly endless.

A lot

Read more at: http://www.malibutimes.com/malibu_life/article_eedc8d92-2d71-11e7-abc1-33fe54263348.html

Accomplice gets 12-plus years in Wrightsville murder of Sami Young

The family of murder victim Samantha Young said in court Thursday that Natasha Stover was obsessively jealous of Young and that the only reason Stover didn’t participate in Young’s slaying was because she couldn’t get to the bloody crime scene in time.

They asked presiding Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness to impose a sentence that would deprive the 21-year-old woman of the chance to have her own child someday, arguing that would be justice for taking Young from her then-1-year-old daughter, Arteya.

As they did when “Sami” Young’s murderer and ex-boyfriend, Marcus Bordelon, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 10 to 20 years, for first-degree murder and related charges, they also spoke about

Read more at: http://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/27/murder-wrightsville-young-police-stover-sentence/100988952/

Ferndale son beat father to death, hid body in garage for days …

A Ferndale man beat his father to death with a hammer, hid his body in a garage for 1 ½ weeks, and dug a grave in the backyard to cover up the murder, according to police.

On Tuesday police responded to a faded pink two-story house at 6164 Grouse Circle, because a concerned family member hadn’t seen William Herman Koop Jr., 65, for weeks. At the home officers spoke with William’s son, Christopher Gregory Koop, 39, who confessed that his father’s body was in the two-car garage, police said.

Christopher Koop told officers they got into an argument over bills on April 13, when he “snapped” and repeatedly punched his father. He knocked his father out, got a hammer, and beat his unconscious father over the head, according to a prosecutor’s summary of the charges read in court.

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Ferndale son beat father to death, kept body for days in garage, police say

A Ferndale man beat his father to death with a hammer, hid his body in a garage for 1 ½ weeks, and dug a grave in the backyard to cover up the murder, according to police.

On Tuesday police responded to a faded pink two-story house at 6164 Grouse Circle, because a concerned family member hadn’t seen William Herman Koop Jr., 65, for weeks. At the home officers spoke with William’s son, Christopher Gregory Koop, 39, who confessed that his father’s body was in the two-car garage, police said.

Christopher Koop told officers they got into an argument over bills on April 13, when he “snapped” and repeatedly punched his father. He knocked his father out, got a hammer, and beat his unconscious father over the head, according to a prosecutor’s summary of the charges read in court.

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Can a videotape left behind by a dead sailor help NCIS solve a double murder?

Produced by Susan Mallie

In 1996, two Navy personnel were killed in a Virginia Beach apartment. The victims – Elise Makdessi and Quincy Brown – were coworkers at Oceana Naval Air Station. Makdessi’s husband, Eddie, said the couple had returned home from dinner and were accosted by Brown. Eddie Makdessi said Brown sexually assaulted and stabbed Elise. Eddie told police he was able to grab a gun and shoot Brown, but it was too late to save his wife.

Because two sailors had been murdered, NCIS was called to the crime scene that very night. With not one, but two of their own now dead, the agents would not rest until the mystery at the heart of this case was solved.

It would take 10 years as NCIS followed this twisting, turning tale that spanned two continents before coming to its stunning conclusion.

THE DOUBLE MURDER

Special Agent Brian Ricardo | NCIS, Retired: On May 15,

Read more at: http://wdef.com/2017/04/25/can-a-videotape-left-behind-by-a-dead-sailor-help-ncis-solve-a-double-murder/

48 Hours: NCIS: The Double Cross

Produced by Susan Mallie

In 1996, two Navy personnel were killed in a Virginia Beach apartment. The victims – Elise Makdessi and Quincy Brown – were coworkers at Oceana Naval Air Station. Makdessi’s husband, Eddie, said the couple had returned home from dinner and were accosted by Brown. Eddie Makdessi said Brown sexually assaulted and stabbed Elise. Eddie told police he was able to grab a gun and shoot Brown, but it was too late to save his wife.

Because two sailors had been murdered, NCIS was called to the crime scene that very night. With not one, but two of their own now dead, the agents would not rest until the mystery at the heart of this case was solved.

It would take 10 years as NCIS followed this twisting, turning tale that spanned two continents before coming to its stunning conclusion.

THE DOUBLE MURDER

Special Agent Brian Ricardo | NCIS, Retired: On

Read more at: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/48-hours-ncis-the-double-cross-the-murders-of-elise-makdessi-and-quincy-brown/

Cabinet appoints 17 Islanders to volunteer boards, agencies and commissions

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Seventeen Islanders have been selected to fill vacant positions on various government agencies, boards or commissions.

Read more at: http://www.journalpioneer.com/news/local/2017/4/25/cabinet-appoints-17-islanders-to-volunteer-boards--agencies-and-.html

Juries feel more when they see crime-scene photos in color

What if you sat on a jury that wrongly convicted an innocent person of murder—all because of color crime-scene photos?

It could happen. In research published in the American Psychological Association’s Psychology, Public Policy, and Law journal on March 30, social psychologist Jessica Salerno found that color photos of murders disgust jurors more than the same images in black and white. This disgust leads jurors to want to punish defendants, and to ignore other evidence, according to her study.

Salerno measured the effect of verbal and visual murder evidence on over 500 mock jurors. She found that those who see color photos of a gruesome crime are more likely to feel disgust than those who see the same crime scene in black and white, and more likely to feel disgust than those who see color photos of a less violent crime scene.

Mock jurors who saw bloody color photos were also more

Read more at: https://qz.com/966972/a-color-picture-is-worth-all-the-words-at-trial-says-a-new-study/

PSAC members rally to voice frustration over Phoenix pay system

Yarmouth mayor shares thoughts on the importance of local engagement

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The mayor of Yarmouth, N.S., is encouraging her counterparts across Prince Edward Island to engage with their citizens. 

Read more at: http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/news/local/2017/4/24/psac-members-rally-to-voice-fustration-over-phoenix-pay-system.html