LAKELAND, FL: Cops say Church Volunteer Had Sex With Boy

August 12, 2009 by  
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13-Year-Old Met Man At Auburndale Church

A church volunteer who is HIV positive has been arrested on charges that he sexually battered a 13-year-old boy and had intercourse with him.

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Jere Michael Temple

Jere Michael Temple began spending time with the victim about six months ago after meeting him at the Rainbow Promise Community Church in Auburndale. Rev. Karen Ducham said Temple attended services and was a volunteer.

According to the Lakeland Police Department, Temple spent weekends with the teen and acted as a mentor. The victim told a detective the 58-year-old man had unprotected sex with him on multiple occasions. The teen told his mother about the incidents on Friday, and she reported the allegations to police. Temple is being held on $1.25 million bond.

Source: ClickOrlando.com

PORT ORANGE, FL: Man Exposes Himself To 3 Girls

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Port Orange police are searching for a man who exposed himself to three girls and yelled obscenities at them.

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According to police, the girls were walking near the Port Orange Amphitheater, located at 2001 City Center Circle, on Aug. 6 when a man got out of a car that was parked nearby.

The man exposed himself to the girls and screamed an obscene question at them before driving away in a red or burgundy four-door car, possibly a late 1990s Honda, police said.The mother of one of the girls then called police, but a search failed to locate the man, police said.The culprit was described as a white man in his mid to late 30s with a buzz cut. He was wearing a red hat, aviator sunglasses, a blue shirt, baggy blue jeans and flip flops.Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Port Orange Police Department.

CUTLER BAY: Discovery of a dead body near a crash site

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CUTLER BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are investigating the discovery of a dead body near a crash site after reports of gunfire in the area.

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Both Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue responded to reports of a shooting and a vehicle crash in the area of Old Cutler Road and Marlin Road just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Old Cutler Road had to be shutdown while police conducted their investigation. Police have not announced whether the deceased died as a result of the collision against the tree or a bullet wound. They did, however, report that someone riding in another car sideswiped the victim and a someone in that car may have shot at him.

Police have asked other police units to be on the lookout for a 2009 Black or Dark Blue Nissan Maxima or similar vehicle with dark tinted windows, which may have one or two occupants inside. It is missing a driver-side headlight, part of the bumper and a side mirror after it sideswiped the victim’s vehicle.

The suspect vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Old Cutler Road. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this car or its occupants, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.

Los Angeles: Two Marijuana Dispensaries Raided by Feds

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marijuana-leadLOS ANGELES – Federal and local agents are raiding at least two marijuana dispensaries.

Officials say more than 20 people from various agencies served a state search warrant at around 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Organica Collective in Marina del Rey.

The raid occurred at facilities on Washington Boulevard in Culver City and on Overland Avenue in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police, the FBI and DEA were still searching the distribution center three hours later.

DEA spokesman Jose Martinez says agents also served the warrant at the Overland Gardens Collective in West Los Angeles.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Torrance Police Department and Culver City Police Department took part in the raids.

Authorities will not say what investigators are searching for at either location.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office says a residence also was named in the warrant.

Small plane, helicopter collide over Hudson River

August 8, 2009 by  
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NEW YORK – Authorities say a small plane has collided with a tour helicopter over the Hudson River.

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Witnesses say the accident happened just after noon between Manhattan and Hoboken, N.J. Both aircraft crashed into the water.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the plane took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, and that the helicopter was owned by Liberty Tours, a sightseeing and charter company. Officials don’t know how many people were aboard the plane, but say there may have been five passengers and one crew member aboard the helicopter.

The Coast Guard says one person has been rescued.

Emergency crews are on both sides of the river and police divers are going into the water.

Blogger George Sodini Kills 4 people at LA Fitness

(CNN) — A gunman walked into an LA Fitness gym outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, turned off the lights and fired off 50 rounds, killing three women before killing himself Tuesday evening, police said.

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The man didn’t speak but was carrying a gym bag with a note inside it. He was found dead in the gym lying on top a gun about 7 feet away from a victim, said Charles Moffatt, Allegheny County police superintendent.

At least 10 other people were injured in the barrage of bullets that sent people in the gym ducking for cover, Moffatt said.

A law enforcement source identified the gunman as George Sodini, a 48-year-old gym member.

Moffatt would not release the name of the victims during a Wednesday news conference.

Sodini was a systems analyst in the finance department of K&L Gates, a law firm with an office in Pittsburgh, said Mike Rick, a spokesman for the firm. Sodini had worked for the firm since 1999, Rick said.

Neighbors described Sodini as a bit of a recluse. They said he had stopped talking to neighbors.

The gunman apparently was on a mission, Moffatt said.

“He did what he set out to do, and I think nobody could have stopped him, ” he said. Video Watch whom the shooter may have been targeting »

Moffatt would not confirm a newspaper report that Sodini’s ex-girlfriend was wounded in the shooting.

He also did not say what was written on the note that was found in Sodini’s gym bag. But the law enforcement source said that the gunman in the note “talks about his hatred of women.”

Sodini entered the fitness center around 8 p.m. Tuesday and went straight to an aerobics classroom, where he opened fire with multiple handguns, Moffatt said.

More than two guns have been recovered, the law enforcement source said, and at least one was registered to Sodini.

The shooting victims arrived at three major hospitals in the area.

A spokeswoman for UPMC Mercy Hospital confirmed five female shooting victims arrived at the facility with multiple gunshot wounds. “All arrived in critical condition,” hospital spokeswoman Linda Ross said. “Three of them were upgraded to serious condition overnight.”

Allegheny General Hospital received two wounded patients at its trauma center, a spokesman said. Both victims are women and were listed in fair condition early Wednesday.

A St. Clair Hospital spokesman said three shooting victims arrived there Tuesday night; two were in stable condition and one, who was shot in the chest, died at about 8:55 p.m.

Perry Calabro of nearby Bridgeville told CNN he was between racquetball games at the gym when he suddenly heard screaming and multiple gunshots. He said he ran out but didn’t see the gunman or others.

Other witnesses told CNN affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh that the lights went out before they saw flashes in dark, later realizing it was gunfire.

Sodini apparently left behind an online diary that details his loneliness and longing for a female companion — and his growing rage at what he perceived as rejection by women. The diary lists Sodini’s dates of birth and death, with the death date listed as Tuesday, the same day as the shootings.

The source who identified Sodini provided a month and year of birth that matches the birth date listed on Sodini’s diary.

The diary seems to offer a rare glimpse into the mind of the suspected killer.

“Why do this?? To young girls? Just read below. I kept a running log that includes my thoughts and actions after I saw this project was going to drag on,” the diary begins.

Throughout the log, the writer refers to a shooting that he is planning as an “exit plan.”

The first entry is November 5, 2008. “Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election outcome,” it says.

The December 22 entry says: “Time is moving along. Planned to have this done already. I will just keep a running log here as time passes. Many of the young girls here look so beautiful as to not be human, very edible. After joining this gym, started lifting weights and like it.”

The Web site on which the diary appears is registered to George Sodini of Pittsburgh. It lists an address in or near Scott Township. The law enforcement source said Sodini lived in Scott Township.

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