Suspect arrested for alleged murder of UPenn student, mom says ‘revenge is empty’


A suspect was named in the alleged murder of 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein — initially missing before he was found dead in a shallow grave on the fringe of a Southern California park this week, the police and prosecutors in Orange County said.

Samuel Woodward, 20, a high school classmate of Bernstein’s, was brought into custody Friday afternoon during a traffic stop and charged with suspicion of homicide in the death of the teenager.

PHOTO: Samuel Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach is suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.Orange County Sheriffs Department/Twitter
Samuel Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach is suspected of killing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein.

Bernstein was visiting home for winter break from Penn when he went missing on Jan. 2.

His corpse was found Tuesday in what Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes described on Friday as “a shallow grave in the brush on the outer perimeter” of Borrego Park near the victim’s Foothill Ranch home.

Barnes refused to discuss what murder weapon was allegedly used.

He also wouldn’t reveal Woodward’s alleged motive or the condition of Bernstein’s body.

But he did say

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Smithfield murder arrest: Tony Hines arrested, charged with murder …


A man was arrested Monday in Smithfield and charged with the murder of an 18-year-old.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a shooting at 120 Neuse Bend Road in Smithfield just before 1 p.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jeff Caldwell.

When deputies arrived at the home, 18-year-old Carlos Mejia Escamilla, of the 100 block of River Oaks Drive in Selma, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Detectives interviewed multiple people and searched the home on Neuse Road.

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The investigation led to the arrest of Tony Lee Hines, 19, who lives at the Neuse Road home..

No other information was immediately available. Hines’ mugshot was not available as of about 7 p.m. Monday.

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Man arrested, charged with murder of 18-year-old in Smithfield shooting


A man was arrested Monday in Smithfield and charged with the murder of an 18-year-old.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a shooting at 120 Neuse Bend Road in Smithfield just before 1 p.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jeff Caldwell.

When deputies arrived at the home, 18-year-old Carlos Mejia Escamilla, of the 100 block of River Oaks Drive in Selma, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

Detectives interviewed multiple people and searched the home on Neuse Road.

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The investigation led to the arrest of Tony Lee Hines, 19, who lives at the Neuse Road home..

No other information was immediately available. Hines’ mugshot was not available as of about 7 p.m. Monday.

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7-Year-Old Shot In Greenville, McKinney PD Arrest Woman For Murder


1989 cold case solved? Detectives arrest man in murder, rape of Washington teen


Amanda “Mandy” Stavik. (Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office handout)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Detectives arrested a man on Tuesday in a cold case that has haunted Whatcom County for almost 30 years.

After investigating thousands of leads, Sheriff Bill Elfo said deputies arrested Timothy Forrest Bass, 50, of Everson, on suspicion of the First Degree Murder, First Degree Kidnapping and First Degree Rape.

Amanda “Mandy” Stavik disappeared on Nov. 24, 1989 after leaving her home on Strand Rd. to go for a jog with the family dog. Several hours later, the dog returned home, but Mandy did not.

After an exhaustive search, Stavik’s body was found in the South Fork of the Nooksack River. She was 18 years old at the time.

Elfo said deputies looked into “hundreds of suspects” over the years, but they only led to dead ends – until a recent DNA match.

Deputies sent Bass DNA sample to the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory, where it matched DNA recovered from Stavik’s body in 1989. They say Bass lived near Stavik’s home on Strand Rd. at the time of her murder.

Elfo said he could not release too many details because the case remains an active investigation.

Stavik would be 46 years

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Murder suspect arrested in woman’s fatal Martinez shooting


MARTINEZ — A 58-year-old woman died in a shooting late Saturday, and a Concord man was arrested on suspicion of murder, a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office official said.

Authorities did not immediately identify the victim, who had a gunshot wound when Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived to a residence in the 1200 block of Santa Fe Avenue in the unincorporated part of the city, according to a statement from Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmy Lee. Deputies were called there around 8:30 p.m.

Fire paramedic crews tried to rescue the

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NBA’s Lorenzen Wright Arrest Made In 2010 Murder … Mug Shot of Alleged Killer


A man named Billy Turner has been arrested and charged for the murder of Lorenzen Wright … over 7 years after the NBA vet was shot and killed in a Memphis suburb … and we have the mug shot.

The Memphis Police Department and Shelby County District Attorney’s office held a press conference on Tuesday to announce that Turner, 46, had been indicted and charged with the 1st-degree murder of Wright.

Turner is currently in custody on a $1 million bond.

Lorenzen’s remains were found in a wooded area on July 28, 2010 … 10 days after the 34-year-old was last seen leaving his ex-wife’s residence in Collierville, Tennessee.

The case went cold for years … but there was a major break last month when cops discovered the gun they believed was used to kill Wright … in a lake about 50 miles from Wright’s body.

Lorenzen was a star at the University of Memphis, and played 14

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Deputies: Search for missing person leads to arrest of murder suspect in Spartanburg teen’s slaying


SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) –

Spartanburg police said three people have been charged with murder in a shooting Monday night that claimed the life of a teenager.

Officers said the victim was found in a home on the 200 block of Fisher Avenue.

Officers say when they entered the home they located an unresponsive male victim laying in the hallway with multiple gunshot wounds to his body.

The coroner identified the victim as 19-year-old Kiyounnie Duran Jackson of Spartanburg. After an autopsy, the coroner said Jackson suffered multiple gunshot wounds including one to the head.

On Thursday, police announced that Derrick Lamar Bennett, Jr.,  Regina Nicole Foster, and Jacory Sharod Foster had been charged in the case.

Regina Foster, 17,  is charged with murder, possession of a weapon in commission of a violent crime and armed robbery. She was arrested on Wednesday, along with Jacory Foster, 26, whose charges also include murder, possession of a weapon in commission of a violent crime and armed robbery.

Bennett, 21, is charged with murder, possession of a weapon in commission of a violent crime and armed robbery out of Spartanburg.

He was arrested in Union County after a reported

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