Trial Rescheduled: Minor Witness Dies in Fire

This is such an incredibly sad story.  An 11-year old girl and her deaf grandparents died in a house fire in  Youngstown, Ohio.  It is being reported that the young girl was also deaf.  Around 3:30 this morning the neighbors heard a loud explosion followed by a second explosion.  One neighbor said the entire house was engulfed in flames from the bottom up after she heard the explosions.  The little girl was to appear as a witness in the trial against the man charged with raping her. Robert Seman, Jr. age 46, had been charged with four felony counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition, according to  local news.  The victim’s mother contacted police in March, 2014 to report that her daughter told her Seman had been engaging in sexual conduct with her for several years.  The rape charges could put Seman away for life if found guilty.  He … Continue reading →

The Jodi Arias Haterade

…and THIS is why the true crime community is going to shit and many true crime authors are now writing fiction.  Once long ago, it was enjoyable to write about true crime and to interact with intellectual people who discussed the case and the legal process.  That was until they started going full blown potato and tossing all legalities and sanity aside.  Every high profile case has its share of nutters, but from my perspective — those outweigh the rational fans of true crime and that includes the not so high profile case discussion. The Casey Anthony case was the pivotal point where the intellectuals fled the scene like rats on a sinking ship and the participants were replaced with people who screamed conspiracy, foul, “kill the bitch forget Constitutional rights, kill them again – who needs a trial”.  Did I mention “kill them again and their little dog, too“?  … Continue reading →

Congress Wants to Sell Off Our U.S. Law to Foreign Investors…Stop TPP!

Next month is the anniversary of Fukushima…an ONGOING nuclear power plant disaster http://enenews.com/ that has harmed–and continues to harm–people in Japan and around the globe.Indeed, even our U.S. ‪#‎Navy‬ was poisoned by Fukushima http://enenews.com/?s=Navy. Today, the TPP trade deal may allow corporations to change laws so that we import tainted radioactive foods, without us knowing what is on our shelves https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152410410889431&set=gm.456720797805365&type=1&theater. TPP may also permit energy companies to sue nations for shutting down nuclear power plants (see 4 min. 14 sec. mark: http://youtu.be/FkOEFPxTN5I). TPP is a trade deal that allows corporations to EXTORT us. We will be bullied onto changing our laws or face national bankruptcy http://youtu.be/_ppKO9WX-Ec. These are just a FEW of the MANY horrors that TPP will exact upon us. TPP may overturn ANY local or national law…and will cause a loss of sovereignty in ALL 12 participating nations–the U.S. and Japan, included http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/conservatives-liberals-ag_b…. I URGE YOU TO … Continue reading →

#FRAUD Mac McQuown Grifts Again

Last year I wrote about Leonard “Mac” McQuown who was walking across America under the guise of raising money for homeless veterans.  He was met with scrutiny along every step of his journey because he had defrauded others in the name of our veterans before.  Well…a grifter’s gonna grift and I have been alerted that he is preparing for yet another “walk” in the name of veterans.  In 2011 McQuown allegedly founded a charitable organization called Operation Walk America.  McQuown used the “organization” as a ruse to solicit funds and convert them to personal use when no legally registered 501(c)(3) organization existed.  During the course of his “walk” and not so charitable fundraiser he defrauded many, including being at the center of romance scams along the way. McQuown has NEVER shown proof that ANY veterans organization has received donations.  In fact, legitimate veterans’ organizations have stated publicly that he defrauded them … Continue reading →

She Had 7 Children: Three of them are DEAD

Seven years ago I had written about a child murder case in Steubenville, Ohio.  The father of the baby, Fred Roman, bashed his son’s head against a wall because he was crying.  Today, the mother of that child is in jail on a charge of child endangerment, and her son is dead.  COVERED in bruises from head to toe according to Sheriff Fred Abdalla and had burns on his feet. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the child suffered severe injuries including bruises head to toe,  front and back, as well as burns on top of his feet. He said Fleischer walked a mile to the fire department to ask what to do about her dead child rather than ask a neighbor for a phone, which she claims she did not have. Abdalla went on to say the injuries to the feet happened sometime in December of last year and … Continue reading →

Steubenville Justice Defined?

Last week the State of Ohio dropped charges against former Steubenville schools superintendent, Mike McVey.  The basis of the agreement was that McVey would resign from his job, agree never to work for Steubenville schools again and avoid contact with those who were party to the case or his former co-workers.  While McVey was accused of deleting emails and obstructing the investigation into the rape case, here is my issue with this whole dog and pony show.  Where is the justice in punishing someone by dropping charges and then basically making them the leper of the city by disallowing him to have contact with his peers when this disallowed contact hasn’t been defined?  This is such an odd end to a case that the State of Ohio vigorously pursued. WTOV9 news sat down with Mr. DeWine and some of the things that he said just do not make sense. “You … Continue reading →

Charges Dropped Against McVey, Former Steubenville Superintendent

It was announced today that the court accepted a plea from Mike McVey.  McVey agreed to resign from the Steubenville City School system and tendered his resignation this morning.  The school board accepted it this evening after a special executive session.   The agreement states McVey will not seek any employment with city schools, nor have any contact with school board members or the administration, witnesses or co-defendants in the special grand jury. According to the State of Ohio, they were not confident that they had enough evidence to get a conviction as far as whether McVey wiped systems or deleted emails. Angela Canepa, assistant attorney general, said the evidence in the case may not have been able to prove it was McVey who deleted e-mails and other information on his computer as believed by the grand jury. Canepa said there wasn’t much direct evidence against McVey. She added there was … Continue reading →

Subpoenas Issued in Steubenville Superintendent Case

  12/17/14PRAECIPE FOR SUBPENA FILED AND SUBPENA ISSUED TO SHERIFF OF JEFFERSON COUNTY FOR SERVICE  ON BEHALF OF STATE OF OHIO FOR 01/12/2015. STEVE WESTLAKE, father of Evan Westlake who was granted immunity in rape case DORIS LOCASCIO, AMY CARDUCCI, Wells Academy teacher GREG AGRESTA, BARRY GULLEN, Asst. Superintendent at Steubenville City Schools LISA BRUZZESE, Steubenville City School District – purchasing director/finance MELINDA YOUNG, Interim superintendent LYNNETT GORMAN,teacher Steubenville City Schools JAYME BROWNING, Superintendent Secretary/EMIS Coordinator at Steubenville City Schools ANTHONY CRAIG, one of three granted immunity in rape case SHAWN CROSIER, Steubenville High School Principal LEE GILLISON, Guidance Counselor ANTHONY PIERRO FRED HEATHERINGTON, Steubenville High School baseball head coach 12/22/14    PRAECIPE FOR SUBPOENA FILED AND SUBPENA ISSUED TO SHERIFF OF JEFFERSON COUNTY FOR SERVICE ON THE FOLLOWING ON BEHALF OF STATE OF OHIO FOR 01/12/2015 RENO SACCOCCIA WILLIAM RHINAMAN 12/30/14PRAECIPE FOR SUBPOENA FILED AND SUBPENA ISSUED TO SHERIFF OF … Continue reading →

Trent Mays & the Lunatics of Steubenville

Trent Mays was released from juvenile detention yesterday and apparently cried in court.  Boo hoo.   I am having a hard time mustering up sympathy for him.  He is out of his “prison”…Jane Doe is forever bound by the actions of he and his friends.  She doesn’t get “do overs”, and there is no part of me that is hopeful  of his placement back into society.  Second chances?  Nope.  Don’t care if he gets one. His attorney released a statement on behalf of his family that has my ass a bit chapped. “The Mays family is elated to be reunited with their son after this trying ordeal. Trenton has excelled during his rehabilitative process, and has earned the right to be released. He is an extremely promising young man, eager to prove himself on behalf of his family and his community. The family would appreciate their privacy during this time together, … Continue reading →