Moscow Subway Terror Bombing Kills 38 People

March 29, 2010 by  
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MOSCOW -38 people are dead, and dozens are injured after two female suicide bombers blew themselves up on Moscow’s subway Metro system at the peak of rush hour.

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Witnesses described panic at two stations, with commuters falling over each other in dense smoke and dust as they tried to escape the worst attack on the Russian capital in six years.

The head of Russia’s main security agency said preliminary investigation places the blame on rebels from the restive Caucasus region that includes Chechnya, where separatists have fought Russian forces since the mid-1990s. Alexander Bortnikov, head of the FSB, told President Dmitry Medvedev the bombs were filled with bolts and iron rods.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who built much of his political capital by directing a fierce war with Chechen separatists a decade ago, vowed that “terrorists will be destroyed.”

In the wake of the explosions, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a “heightened security presence,” NBC News reported.

The first blast just before 8 a.m. (12.00 a.m. ET) tore through the second carriage of a train as it stood at the Lubyanka metro station. The explosion killed at least 23 people.

The headquarters of the FSB, Russia’s main domestic security service and the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is located in a building above the station.

Another blast about 40 minutes later wrecked the second carriage of a train waiting at the Park Kultury metro station, killing 14 more people.

“I heard a bang, turned my head and smoke was everywhere. People ran for the exits screaming,” said 24-year-old Alexander Vakulov, who said he was waiting on the platform opposite the targeted train at Park Kultury.

“I saw a dead person for the first time in my life,” said 19-year-old Valentin Popov, who also was standing on the opposite platform. “Everyone was screaming. There was a stampede at the doors. I saw one woman holding a child and pleading with people to let her through, but it was impossible.”

Surveillance camera footage posted on the Internet showed motionless bodies lying in Lubyanka station lobby and emergency workers treating victims.

Emergency Minister Sergei Shoigu said the toll was 38 killed and 105 injured, according to Russian news agencies.

Deadly Jupiter crash on I-95 Kills 2 People

August 16, 2009 by  
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Two people are dead after a crossover accident on I-95, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened just south of Indiantown Road near Jupiter.

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Officials say a red pickup truck crossed the median hitting a Toyota carrying the two victims.

The driver of the pickup truck was transported to Saint Mary’s Medical center with non-life threatening injuries.

Source: wptv.com

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

August 12, 2009 by  
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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.

Boynton woman arrested wanted husband dead

August 5, 2009 by  
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BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Boynton Beach Police have charged a woman in a murder-for-hire plot. The intended target was her husband.

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According to police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater, Dalia Dippolito is charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

This morning, Dalia received a phone call while working out at the gym. When she got home she found police crime tape around her townhouse, with a crime scene technician dusting for fingerprints.

A Boynton Beach detective then informed her that her husband was the victim of a murder and was dead. Slater says Dalia collapsed into the sergeant’s arms and sobbed.

Dippolito was then taken to police headquarters where she came face-to-face with the man police said was the killer, who shot her husband twice in the head.

It turns out that “killer” was actually an undercover police officer. She then learned her husband was actually alive in the next room.

The crime began on Friday night, when Boynton Beach police received information from a confidential informant who said that Dippolito wanted to hire someone to kill her husband of six months.

On Saturday afternoon, police say she and the confidential informant met in a car at Mobil gas station on Gateway Boulevard to make the arrangements.

During the conversation, police say she gave the confidential informant a down payment of $1,200 for the hit man to buy a handgun to be used as the murder weapon. She also provided photos of her husband and their home. Police say she asked when the murder was going to happen and offered to get her hair done in Boca Raton to create an alibi.

She also spoke about how she would deny her involvement and provide police false information and names to keep the investigation away from her, according to police.

Police say before leaving the car, she asked if this was a “solid deal” and said she didn’t want to hear any excuses later about why it did not happen.

On Monday afternoon, Dippolito met with an undercover BBPD officer posing as the hired hit man in the parking lot of a CVS. During this encounter, the undercover agent asked if she was sure she wanted him killed.

Dippolito laughed and said, “I will be very happy.” She agreed to pay him $3,000 when the job was done, according to police.

The undercover officer asked her one more time if she was sure about having her husband killed. She responded, “I’m not going to change my mind. I am 5,000% sure I want it done. When I set my mind to something, I get it done,” police said.

Source: wptv.com

Watch here as Boynton Beach Police inform Dalia Dippolito that her husband is dead. The twist – Dippolito paid an undercover Boynton Beach Police Officer to have him killed. She soon learns that her husband is very much alive and she’s being charged with soliciation to commit first-degree murder.

American Idol contestant dead

July 26, 2009 by  
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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ — Authorities say a 25-year-old former two-time “American Idol” contestant has been struck and killed by a car in a New Jersey shore town.

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The Asbury Park Press reports that Alexis Cohen, of Allentown, Pa., was killed early Saturday in Seaside Heights.

Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutors Office says an autopsy indicated she suffered chest, head and abdominal injuries. Mohel says investigators are seeking more information about the collision.

Cohen auditioned in Philadelphia for the popular Fox singing competition in August 2007, and the episode was aired in January 2008. She tried out again during the show’s eighth season.

A video of her angry rant after being rejected by judges went viral on the Internet.

Man found dead in lagoon; married just days before

July 19, 2009 by  
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A man who authorities say was found dead while swimming with his family in Jupiter had been celebrating his wedding just days before.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s office says 46-year-old Michael Manna of West Palm Beach went snorkeling at DuBois Park Thursday and was found by an off-duty nurse who was also swimming in the area. Manna was floating in the back of the park’s lagoon, where authorities say lifeguards don’t patrol.

The off-duty nurse began CPR and called for life guards. Manna was taken to a hospital where he died.

His wife, Danielle Dyer Manna, says the two married on July 11th and called it “the happiest day of our lives.”

She’s awaiting a finding from the medical examiner on whether he drowned or had some other medical problem.

Source: ThePalmBeachPost