Clown Sightings Alarm South Carolina Town

clown-red-hair-1196782_960_720Police in Greenville County, South Carolina are investigating a rash of clown sightings near Fleetwood Manor Apartments that has the community on edge, reports WSPA.

Sightings of individuals adorned in clown garb began on August 21 with a “suspicious character … dressed in circus clown attire and white face paint, enticing kids to follow him/her into the woods,” according to a police report. Numerous accounts of similar clown sightings have since surfaced.

Police have investigated an abandoned house in the woods near the apartment complex where children believe the clowns reside, but say there is no evidence anyone is living there.

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Kidnapped Pennsylvania Wife Found Dead in Barn, Husband/Abductor Wounded

kevin_ewing_tierneCBS Pittsburgh reports that a woman abducted by her husband who was previously charged with holding her captive was found dead in a barn by police last night. The kidnapper, Kevin Ewing, was also discovered wounded with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and taken to a hospital. He has not been formally charged in his wife’s death.

Authorities say Ewing abducted his wife, Tierne, at gunpoint late Monday night. Police found the car the couple had been traveling in eight hours later and by Tuesday night had surrounded a barn in West Finley Township. After forcing their way in, officers discovered both Kevin and Tierne Ewing.

Kevin Ewing had charges pending against him for allegedly abducting Tierne and holding her captive from June 26 to July 8. He posted $100,000 bond in July and was reportedly ordered to wear a monitoring device, which he apparently cut off on Monday. This, however, did not send a signal or alarm back to the device that was monitoring it.

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Three Charged, Including Mother, in Murder of 10-Year-Old Albuquerque Girl

(Photo Credit: Albuquerque Journal)
(Photo Credit: Albuquerque Journal)

The brutal murder of a 10-year-old girl in Albuquerque, New Mexico has devastated the community and troubled even the most seasoned law enforcement officials.

The remains of the victim, Victoria Martens, were discovered Wednesday morning under a burning blanket by officers responding to a reported disturbance at the apartment of the girl’s mother. Police soon learned that Martens had been dismembered and say the child was injected with methamphetamines to calm her down so two of the suspects charged in the crime could sexually assault her. Authorities believe the girl was stabbed and strangled.

Charged in Martens’ murder is her mother, Michelle Martens, the mother’s boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales and Gonzales’ cousin, Jessica Kelley. All three face charges of murder, child abuse, kidnapping and other charges. Kelley and Gonzales are both also charged with rape.

Kelley and Gonzales both have lengthy criminal records, including a sex crime on Kelley’s rap sheet.

Martens was scheduled to celebrate her tenth birthday on the day she was murdered.

A judge has set a bond of $1 million cash-only for each suspect.

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Ontario Newspaper Runs Feature on Missing Niagara Falls Man

ben_trommelsThe Niagara Falls Review yesterday featured an interview with the mother of 24-year-old Ben Trommels, who disappeared this past February 11.

Trommels, who struggled with schizophrenia and had spoken of suicide in the past, vanished after leaving his Niagara Falls, Ontario apartment. Despite numerous search efforts, no trace of Trommels has been found.

Niagara police do not suspect foul play in Trommels’ disappearance.

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Children of California Mother Found Dead Located, Couple Sought (Updated)

robertson_humphreyKTLA reports that the three children whose mother was found dead on a Gorman, California-area road August 14 have been recovered safely, but two people suspected of abducting them have disappeared and taken another child, a 1 ½-year-old girl.

Wanted for kidnapping are 22-year-old Brittany Humphrey and 27-year-old Joshua Robertson.

The deceased woman, Kimberly Harvill, is Humphrey’s sister and an acquaintance of Robertson. Authorities are unaware if the pair were involved in Harvill’s death.

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(Update: reports that Humphrey and Robertson have been arrested and charged with Kimberly Harvill’s murder.  The 1 1/2-year-old girl, who is Robertson’s daughter, was also located safe)

Woman’s Body Found Dismembered in Orlando Lake

(Photo Credit: WKMG)
(Photo Credit: WKMG)

WKMG reports that the dismembered body of a female was discovered Monday morning in a shallow part of Lake Underhill in Orlando.

The victim reportedly died of a homicide and is believed to be a black woman in her early-30s between 5’7” and 5’10” tall and weighing more than 200 pounds. She was wearing a green tank top (see photograph to the right).

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Missing Minnesota Five-Year-Old Found Deceased, Suspect Arrested

zachary_alaynaBNO News reports that an Amber Alert issued for five-year-old Alayna Ertl has been cancelled after the child’s body was found early yesterday evening in Cass County, Minnesota.

Ertl’s mother discovered the girl missing Saturday morning, along with 26-year-old Zachary Anderson, a family friend staying overnight. Anderson has been arrested in connection with Ertl’s death.

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