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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Deputies: Bags of child porn discovered in deceased man's pool

8-28-2014 Florida:

olusia County deputies are investigating what they say is numerous child pornography photos discovered in a pool at the home of recently-deceased man.

Investigators say the owner of the home, Steven Wessels, passed away on August 2, 2014. They say several individuals were helping Wessels' mother clean out the home when they discovered a large quantity of child pornography dumped into the pool of home on Humphrey Boulevard in Deltona. That person immediately notified law enforcement.

When deputies arrived, the observed several garbage bags lying at the bottom of the pool; a retrieval of one of the bags and inspection of the contents confirmed the bag was filled with numerous water soaked photographs of child pornography.

The individuals cleaning the home told police they began locating pornographic images of children inside, and outside the residence as well.

According to the police report, they also found bags containing children's clothing, hair ties for young girls, multiple sex toys and a smashed hard drive at the bottom of the pool.

Officials with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office say the investigation is ongoing. ..Source..

Sex offender dies at Northern Nevada Correctional Center

8-19-2014 Nevada:

A prisoner from Clark County, serving multiple terms for sex offenses against minors, died Monday at the Regional Medical Facility at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center in Carson City.

Russell Gates died Monday of a chronic medical condition at age 69. He had been in prison since April 8, 2010, state Department of Corrections officials said.

Officials said Tuesday that Gates was serving consecutive terms of 20 years to life for two counts of sexual assault of a person under age 14; concurrent sentences of 10 years to life for seven counts of lewdness with a minor and a consecutive term of 10 years to life for lewdness with a minor.

An autopsy will be conducted. ..Source.. Cy Ryan

Child sexual assault suspect dies

9-7-2014 Michigan:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman accused of sexually assaulting a child relative has died, a family member told 24 Hour News 8.

Kathy Eastman, 60, had been charged with five counts of sexual assault. She was being held in the Kent County Correctional Facility’s infirmary due to a medical condition, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

The sheriff’s department says that due to that condition, Eastman had to undergo surgery on Friday, Aug. 29. Arrangements were made for a guard to remain with Eastman at the hospital during a short stay. She returned to the jail infirmary on Aug. 30.

Around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, jail staff found Eastman unresponsive but breathing. She was taken to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery.

The sheriff’s department said Eastman was pronounced dead around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess confirmed Eastman suffered a cardiac arrest and an aneurysm, but he could not confirm a cause of death.

The death will be investigated, the sheriff’s department says, and the Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office will review the case. Foul play is not suspected. ..Source.. by Staff

Suspect and victim dead following shooting at Canton coin laundry

8-11-2014 Mississippi:

CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Two shooting investigations are underway in Canton. According to the Madison County Coroner, the victims in both instances died and the shootings are connected.

Officials say that 52-year-old Torrez Harris shot his 29-year-old step-daughter Melissa Primer after an argument.

It began just before 10 a.m. Monday at a home on Peace Street. Police say the suspect shot his step daughter several times in a car.

Witness Maggie Anthony said,

"By the time he finished shooting, he came out of the car, like a 2-3 year old child came out the back side on the drivers side," said Maggie Anthony, who witnessed the shooting. "He (Harris) walked around to the other side of the car. He opened the door and got her out and started kicking the victim."

The suspect made his way to the Peace Street Coin Laundry where police say he told patrons to leave. A Canton police officer and a Madison deputy arrived and tried to get him to surrender.

Sheriff Tucker and Chief Brown confirm that Harris was shot and killed by officers at the Peace Street Coin Laundry after refusing to drop his weapon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Child molester dies in state custody

8-26-2014 Montana:

DEER LODGE - A man serving a 25-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of children has died.

Montana State Prison spokeswoman Linda Moodry said Daniel Burns, 76, died Monday at about 6:30 a.m. from an extended illness. Burns was housed in the Lewistown Infirmary when he died.

Burns was serving a 60 year prison setnence, with 35 years suspended, for the offense in Roosevelt County. He was eligible for parole in November, and his discharge date was 8-18-2033. ..Source..