SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE – Authorities are calling the death of a missing baby girl in southwest suburban Joliet “suspicious,” but are not yet calling it a homicide.
The Will County sheriff’s office and FBI executed a search warrant about 11 p.m. Wednesday at the home in the 300 block of Louis Road in Joliet Township, and reportedly found the body of 1-year-old Semaj Crosby about an hour later stuffed in a couch.
Deputy Chief Rick Ackerson described the conditions of the home as “deplorable” at a press conference Thursday morning.
An autopsy on Thursday did not rule on Semaj’s cause and manner of death, with results pending further investigation. While Ackerson called Semaj’s death “suspicious,” it has not been ruled a homicide.
Between five and 15 people live in the home at any given time, most of whom are “squatters,” Ackerson said. Three children between the ages of 16 months and 13 years, including Semaj, live in the home with their mother. DCFS will decide if the children stay in the home.
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ARSONIST ROGER FRALEY AT TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS ARRESTED, POLICE CLAIM NOT POLITICALLY MOTIVATED
A man accused of trying to set two fires inside the Trump International Hotel on Wednesday was not “politically motivated,” according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
Roger Fraley, 28, was booked Thursday into the Clark County Detention Center. He is accused of leaving two toasters filled with towels and paper products in a women’s bathroom on the pool deck and on the 17th floor of the hotel in an attempt to start fires.
….Fraley’s Facebook page lists him as the CEO of Rojay Rabbit, a business that teaches customers “stealth social matrix hacking techniques” and encourages them to “see how far the rabbit hole goes.”
( RJ ) A man was taken into custody Wednesday night after arson investigators found devices set to start two separate fires to Trump International.
The suspected arsonist is facing charges of first-degree arson and burglary, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Steve Summers said.
The fires brought more than 45 Clark County Fire Department personnel, arson investigators and Metro detectives to the hotel bearing the president’s name.
Just after 5 p.m., the Fire Department was dispatched to the hotel at 2000 Fashion Show Drive, for reports of two separate fires at the same time. Arriving firefighters found one small fire in a women’s pool deck restroom and another in the hallway of the 17th floor, the Fire Department said.
The fire on the 17th floor was extinguished by hotel security personnel and was confined to two toasters and some towels. Firefighters extinguished the fire in the restroom. The pool deck fire was also confined to two toasters and “various combustible materials,” the Fire Department said.
By 6 p.m., the Fire Department confirmed both fires were out and smoke was being cleared.
Fire Department spokesman John Steinbeck said the multiple devices were placed intentionally to start the fires.
Another sex-starved teacher caught having sex with her students. What’s going on with these female teachers turning predators? Story below:
( Daily Mail ) A veteran teacher and mother-of-two from Texas has been arrested for allegedly having sex with four high school students, including a threesome with two of the boys.
Heather Lee Robertson, 38, of Lufkin, was taken into custody on Saturday and charged with four counts of improper relationship between educator and student.
According to an arrest warrant, the investigation into the Hudson Independent School District teacher got under way on April 20 when police got a tip about Robertson’s alleged involvement with several of her students.
One teenage boy told detectives that he and Robertson, formerly a kindergarten teacher in the district, started talking and exchanging sexually explicit messages on Snapchat, and sometime after spring break, she invited him over for sex.
The teen asked whether he could bring along a friend, and Roberson agreed, according to the document cited by the Lufkin Daily News.
When the two juveniles arrived at the woman’s apartment, they found her lying on the couch and smoking an e-Cigarette. After a few minutes of conversation, Robertson invited her underage guests into the bedroom, where she proceeded to strip naked before having a threesome with the high schoolers, according to the arrest document.
Two other high school students later admitted to meeting Robertson for sex on multiple occasions, bringing the total number of victims to four.
A massive brawl broke out at a mall in Orange Park, Florida, leading to the arrest of five individuals.
A video of the fight between up to 60 teenage girls was shared to Facebook on Saturday, according to CBS.
The video was viewed more than 500,000 times before it was removed from the platform.
Young women can be seen kicking and punching each other in the footage of the altercation, with many of them appearing to wear matching shirts with an airbrushed design.
Most of the people involved appeared to be teenagers, but at least one adult may have been involved, according to an account a parent of one of the arrested teens gave CBS.
Her 15-year-old daughter was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, but the mother said her daughter was actually a victim.
A mob of 40 to 60 youths invaded the Oakland BART train station Saturday night, robbing and beating surprised passengers.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
According to a police officials, witnesses said 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others streamed inside, confronting and robbing and in some cases beating riders.
The juveniles “committed multiple strong-arm robberies of bags and cell phones,” said a police summary prepared after the incident. “At least two victims suffered head/facial injuries requiring medical attention.”
Alicia Trost, a BART spokeswoman, said Monday that seven robberies had occurred — with victims losing a purse, a duffel bag and five phones. Six people were robbed inside the train car, with a seventh confronted on the platform, she said.
The attack was quick, police reported, and the teenagers were able to retreat from the station and vanish into the surrounding East Oakland neighborhood before BART officers could respond. The train that was hit was held for about 15 minutes as authorities investigated the crime and tended to the injured.
Oakland Crime Rate Report (California)
Oakland crime statistics report an overall upward trend in crime based on data from 14 years with violent crime increasing and property crime decreasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in Oakland for 2017 is expected to be higher than in 2012.
The city violent crime rate for Oakland in 2012 was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 415.23% and the city property crime rate in Oakland was higher than the national property crime rate average by 132.27%.
In 2012 the city violent crime rate in Oakland was higher than the violent crime rate in California by 371.15% and the city property crime rate in Oakland was higher than the property crime rate in California by 140.73%.
The McDonald’s employees who called the cops on the Facebook killer are going to get the $50,000 reward … at least if law enforcement has its way.
We spoke with local and federal law enforcement officials who tell us … they believe the employees were the lynchpin that caused cops to corner Steve Stephens in Erie, PA. As you know, Stephens killed himself.
As for the reward, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said, “There is an award up to $50,000 for the arrest of Mr. Steve Stephens. The money comes from the FBI, ATF and U.S. Marshal Service.”
Sticklers could argue no one should get the award because Stephens wasn’t arrested, but there have been similar cases over the years where law enforcement determined the reward conditions were met.
The law enforcement officials with whom we spoke say it’s clear … the McDonald’s employees made the difference. They spotted Stephens and stalled him at the drive-thru so cops could make their move.
We’re told so far there have been no official meetings on the reward, but it sounds like the employees are in for a big surprise.
( RJ ) A Las Vegas fire captain was arrested Monday on charges related to the solicitation of a child for sex.
Richard Odell Loughry, 46, was jailed on charges of lewdness with a child under 14, statutory sexual seduction and soliciting or engaging in child prostitution, booking and jail records show.
Loughry has been employed by the Las Vegas Fire Department since May 5, 1997, said David Riggleman, director of communications for the city of Las Vegas.
“Obviously, those are serious charges and would be of great concern to the city, no question,” Riggleman said.
Loughry received more than $226,000 in total pay and benefits in 2016, according to TransparentNevada.com.
Attorney Louis Schneider represents the victim, who said she had sex with a man about six weeks ago at a firehouse after he responded to an online advertisement.
She described being walked through a garage and firehouse and into a room with a plaque on the door that read “captain’s dorm,” Schneider said. The girl also gave details about the walls and the blanket on the bed.
The attorney asked the girl to write down everything she remembered about the incident, and he reported her statement to the FBI.
“She’s traumatized,” Schneider said, “and under the full care of doctors.”
He said he was offended by the allegations in the case.
“A firehouse is a place of refuge, a safe haven staffed by men and women who risk their lives to save others,” he said.
Further details regarding the allegations that led to Loughry’s arrest were not immediately available.