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Police: Neighbor chopped up US girl with hacksaw

© AP/Allen County Sheriff's Department
An undated Allen County Sheriff's Department photo shows Mike Plumadore. Authorities said Monday night, Dec. 26, 2011
Fort Wayne, Indiana - A babysitter and trusted neighbor has confessed that he bludgeoned a 9-year-old Indiana girl to death with a brick then dismembered her, hiding her head, hands and feet at his home and dumping the rest of her remains nearby, police said Tuesday.

Allen County sheriff's investigators said in an affidavit that 39-year-old Michael Plumadore admits he killed Aliahna Lemmon on Thursday.

According to the affidavit, Plumadore told police that after beating Aliahna to death, he stuffed her body into trash bags and hid her in the freezer at his home in a rundown trailer park in Fort Wayne. He said he later chopped up her body and stuffed her remains into freezer bags.

Police said Plumadore told them he had hidden Aliahna's head, feet and hands at his trailer and discarded her other remains at a nearby business. Police obtained a warrant to search his trailer on Monday and found the body parts.

The affidavit does not provide details about why Plumadore killed the child.


US: Woman's Face Slashed, Man Beaten and Robbed of Air Jordans

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The limited edition shoes sell for $180

A 19-year-old Houston-area man says he was beaten and a friend was slashed in the face as a group of men robbed him of his new pair of expensive Air Jordan shoes.

Efrain Espinoza says the men first tried to steal his cell phone, followed him from a party Monday to his home near Pearland and then swiped the $180 shoes during a fight.

A 19-year-old woman with him required treatment for a stab wound to her face.

"She was stabbed from the cheek to the chin. They did stitches inside and outside," the victim's cousin Virginia Costilla told KPRC in Houston.


French Breast Implants Sold Under New Name to Dutch

© Associated Press/Michel Euler
A plastic surgeon holds silicone gel breast implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese that he removed from a patient because of concerns that they are unsafe.
Lawyer says company's founder ready to face courts

The potentially dangerous breast implants made by a French company accused of using cheap industrial-grade silicon were sold in at least one other country under a different name, Reuters has found. Implants made by Poly Implant Protheses were rebranded by a Dutch company that sold them to close to 1,000 women. Dutch health authorities have advised the women involved to consult with their physicians.

An Interpol arrest warrant has been issued for the company's founder, Jean-Claude Mas . His lawyer says the 72-year-old is in France and is ready to respond to any court summons, despite having recently had surgery. The lawyer denied reports that Mas is a former butcher, saying his client worked as a medical sales representative for Bristol Myers before founding PIP in 1991.


US: 'I'm a cop, I can do whatever I want ' off-duty policeman shouts before 'executing guy in bar' over a game of darts

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Detained: Off-duty cop deputy Dayle Long, 42, allegedly shot Vanettes

Riverside County sheriff's deputy Dayle Long, 42, allegedly shot Samuel Vanettes, 36, three times leaving him to die on the floor of the bar in Murrieta, California.

An off-duty police officer has been charged with executing a man in a sports bar - after an argument over a game of darts.

Riverside County sheriff's deputy Dayle Long, 42, allegedly shot Samuel Vanettes, 36, three times, leaving him to die on the floor of the bar in Murrieta, California.

It is reported that Long, who had been drinking alone, struck up a conversation with Vanettes and his friends at Spelly's Bar and Grille before the shooting.

An altercation allegedly broke out after the police officer told one of the friends 'I'm better at darts than you are', Chris Hull, 39, told Patch.com.

'My buddy says, "Aw, you suck at darts". (The man) says, "That's why I'm a cop, I can do whatever I want to do".'

Hull said his friend asked; 'Really, you can do anything?'

The police officer then pulled out his gun, Hull claimed and after the group repeatedly asked him to put it away he 'pops three rounds into my friend Sam'.


US, California: Christmas Burglars Steal Presents, Family Dog

A Northern California family victimized in a burglary a few days before Christmas is hoping to at least get their dog back.

The Lancers lost all of the presents under the tree along with their dog when their home in Morgan Hill, southeast of San Jose, was broken into last week, authorities said Sunday.

"It's a very unfortunate thing that somebody would steal from a family, especially at this time of year," said Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza.

Attempts to reach the family were unsuccessful, but Chris Lancer made an emotional Christmas Eve appeal on KNTV-TV, pleading for the return of the family's dog.


US: Murders, Shootings Mark a Violent Christmas Weekend in Florida, Across the Country

Christmas afternoon, neighbors found a woman's body floating in St. Petersburg's Lake Maggiore. That was just one of a string of crimes over the holiday weekend, proving the most wonderful time of the year can also be the most violent.

Christmas Eve morning, Karen Lyn Biraghi admitted to sheriff's deputies she shot and killed her husband, Alan Biraghi. Marital problems apparently pushed her over the edge and she allegedly shot her husband in the head at point-blank range while he slept on the couch.

Hours later, on Christmas morning in Orlando, two men turned up murdered in separate crimes, but Orlando Police believe the killings are connected.

Meanwhile outside Dallas, Texas, police say a man walked in to a family gathering, shot and killed six of his relatives, then killed himself. Investigators report the shooter committed the violent acts while dressed as Santa Claus.


Ethiopia Jails Swedish Journalists on Terror Charges

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Lawyers for Johan Persson (L) and Martin Schibbye (R) say they are considering an appeal
Two Swedish journalists have been jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia for entering the country illegally and supporting terrorism.

Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were detained in July after they were captured in Ethiopia with rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).

The men were found guilty of the charges last week.

They say they were just doing their jobs as journalists.

Prosecutors had asked for longer sentences of up to 18 years, but Judge Shemsu Sirgaga, who presided in the case, said 11 years was appropriate.

"This sentence should satisfy the goal of peace and security," the AFP news agency quoted him as saying.


US, Pennsylvania: Teen Robs Market Then Posts Pictures on Facebook

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An 18-year-old Pittsburgh man is accused of burglarizing a market with three teens, then posted pictures on his Facebook page showing the suspects mugging with some of the loot.

Isaiah Cutler who has been jailed since Friday in the Dec. 12 burglary. Online court records don't list an attorney for him.

Police say Cutler, a 17-year-old and two 14-year-olds stole more than $8,000 worth of cash, cigarettes, candy and checks from the business. About an hour later, police say, Cutler posted pictures of the teens posing with the loot on his page on the social networking site.

The younger suspects have been charged in juvenile court and been released to their parents.

Cutler faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges of theft, burglary and conspiracy.

Source: The Canadian Press


Canada: British Columbia Store Worker, Who Volunteered to Work Christmas, Shot

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The victim of the homicide from a house party on Christmas Eve has been identified as 28-year-old Surrey resident, Bradley McPherson, pictured in this Surrey, BC RCMP handout photo. McPherson, 28, was the victim of an early morning shooting outside a house party on Dec. 24.
A convenience store clerk who volunteered to work on Christmas Day so the store owners could spend the holiday with their family is one of three people killed by gunfire in Surrey, B.C. over the Christmas weekend.

Two of the victims - both men in their 20s - were identified by police on Monday.

Alok Gupta, 27, was found unresponsive and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound when police arrived at the convenience store in north Surrey late Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said Gupta was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Bradley McPherson, 28, was the victim of an early morning shooting outside a house party on Dec. 24.

Pound said the shootings were not gang related or linked to each other in any way, and police do not yet have any suspects.

Meantime, a 54-year-old woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest at a north-end apartment early Sunday morning has not been identified by police.


US: Congress's Assault on American Civil and Political Rights

war is terrorism bigger budget
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Congress attacks the constitution

The US Congress has ended the year 2011 by assaulting the constitution. The attack came in the form of the 2012 National Defence Appropriations Act (NDAA), which passed both the House of Representatives (14 December) and the Senate (15 December) by large margins despite having an attached provision (the "Homeland Battlefield Bill") that allows the United States military to take into custody and hold indefinitely without trial any American citizen designated a "terrorist suspect".
As if to make sure that everyone knew just what they were voting for, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina who supports the legislation, said on the Senate floor: "The statement of authority to detain does apply to American citizens and it designates the world as a battlefield, including the homeland." That means US citizens designated terrorist suspects are stripped of their protections under the constitution. They simply fall into a judicial black hole. Ironically, Congress did this to the country on the 220th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

At first it seemed that President Barack Obama was prepared to veto the bill so as to prevent this attack on citizen rights. But this proved to be untrue. What Obama was really interested in was language that prevents the military from interfering with the work of the FBI in cases of suspected terrorism. Actually, this should add to our worries because the FBI has a disturbing record of manufacturing terrorists out of poor and disgruntled US citizens. Given the numerous scams and entrapment scenarios the bureau runs, we will probably see a macabre two-step dance where the FBI makes the terrorists and the military takes them away, never to be seen again outside of Guantanamo Bay. Guantanamo Bay has become Washington's version of Devil's Island.