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January 8, 2019

SISTERS ACCUSED OF KILLING MOTHER

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say two sisters are accused of fatally stabbing and shooting their mother in southwest Mississippi.

The Enterprise-Journal reports 32-year-old Ericka Hall was found dead in her yard near Magnolia early Saturday with multiple stab wounds and a gunshot wound.

Pike County Sheriff Kenny Cotton says Hall was attacked by her 12- and 14-year-old daughters. The 14-year-old was charged with murder as an adult and remained jailed yesterday. The 12-year-old is held in juvenile detention. It wasn’t immediately clear whether either have a lawyer.

Cotton says relatives found Hall, and deputies and paramedics couldn’t resuscitate her.

Under Mississippi law, children 13 and older accused of certain crimes are automatically charged as adults. Judges can later transfer cases to youth court.

WHITE MAN CHARGED IN KICKING OF 1-YEAR-OLD BLACK CHILD

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 31-year-old white man accused of kicking a 1-year-old black boy and shouting racial slurs in a Kansas grocery store has been charged with attempted aggravated battery.

Trace Riff made his first court appearance yesterday after being charged in the Dec. 23 incident in Wichita.

The Wichita Eagle reports Riff is also charged with interference with law enforcement and disorderly conduct. Witnesses told police the boy was holding his 11-year-old sister’s hand when Riff kicked him. The toddler wasn’t injured.

Riff was released from jail after the incident but was arrested again Thursday on drug charges. He was charged yesterday in that case with possession of methamphetamine, criminal trespassing and abuse of toxic vapors.

TRIAL SET FOR EX- STUDENT CHARGED WITH KILLING COUPLE, CHEWING HUSBAND’S FACE

STUART, Fla. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a former college student accused of randomly killing a Florida couple and chewing the face of the dying husband.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that Circuit Judge Sherwood Bauer Jr. has set a June 17 trial date for 22-year-old Austin Harrouff.

Harrouff faces two counts of first-degree murder.

Martin County prosecutors say Harrouff attacked John and Michelle Stevens outside their home north of Palm Beach in August 2016, stabbing and beating them to death. When deputies arrived, they say they found Harrouff chewing on John Stevens’ face.

Harrouff also is charged with first-degree attempted murder in connection with injuries to the couple’s neighbor, Jeffrey Fisher.

MAN CHARGED WITH DEATH THREATS AGAINST COLLEGE SUPER FAN’S MOM

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man has been charged with making death threats against the mother of a Purdue University super fan and cancer activist who died last week.

A Volusia County Sheriff’s Office news release says 39-year-old John Matthew Pinkham was arrested yesterday at a Deltona, Florida, home and charged with making written threats to kill or injure.

Detectives say Pinkham made multiple posts using an alias on 20-year-old Tyler Trent’s Facebook page after news of the former Purdue student’s death. Authorities say the posts included threats of violence at a vigil scheduled for this week at the West Lafayette, Indiana, school.

Trent’s battle with bone cancer drew national attention and helped raise more than $100,000 for cancer research.

Pinkham was being held on $10,000 bond. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER - FECES

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida substitute teacher accused of spreading human feces on tables and grills at a park where a principal was set to host a birthday party told deputies she was “displeased” with how the principal was handling a professional issue.

News outlets report that a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report says Phillippi Shores Elementary School substitute teacher Heather Carpenter told deputies she spread the feces Dec. 1 to disrupt the birthday party Principal Allison Foster had planned for her daughter.

Damage to the park totaled more than $2,300, including grills and tables that had to be replaced.

Forty-two-year-old Carpenter was charged with damaging property and criminal mischief. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Carpenter didn’t respond to a request for comment Monday.

Carpenter is pleading not guilty, according to court documents.

ARREST MADE IN SO. CAL. BOWLING ALLEY SHOOTING

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man arrested for a shooting that killed three people at a Southern California bowling alley is a parolee who served 17 years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon.

Torrance Police Chief Eve Irvine announced yesterday that 47-year-old Reginald Wallace was arrested Sunday in Los Angeles. He’s being held without bail.

Irvine says investigators believe Wallace was inside Gable House Bowl when a fight ended with gunfire.

Irvine says Wallace pulled a handgun from his pocket and opened fire on a crowd, although it’s unclear if he knew any of the victims.

Three men died at the scene and four other people were wounded.

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