The Baltimore Sun shows that 26 homicides have occurred in the city limits of Baltimore since April 9.
The cause of death in one murder case was blunt force, police say. The victim in that case was two-year-old Tyleah Fenwick. Billy Vines, 59, and Jorvon Beatty, 23, died from stab wounds. Vines was killed in the wee hours of April 12 by his son at the home they shared not far from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Beatty met his fate in a fight outside a homeless center on May 4. The body of Nicole Torain, 34, was discovered in a trash incinerator on April 22. The cause of her death is unknown, but police have ruled it a homicide. read more
The state attorney general's office is asking a federal appeals court to block a judge's order that the state immediately give a transgender inmate sex-reassignment surgery. In a motion filed Monday with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the state sought a preliminary injunction that would delay the surgery for Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, born Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy, who began identifying as a woman in the 1990s. Norsworthy was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2000. On April 27, U.S. District Court Jon Tigar denied the state's motion to stop Norsworthy's surgery. She is serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for a second-degree murder conviction. read more
A senior United Nations aid worker has been suspended for disclosing to prosecutors an internal report on the sexual abuse of children by French peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic.
Sources close to the case said Anders Kompass passed the document to the French authorities because of the UN's failure to take action to stop the abuse. The report documented the sexual exploitation of children as young as nine by French troops stationed in the country as part of international peacekeeping efforts. read more
On 24 February 2015, attorney Matthew McLaughlin filed a proposed ballot measure titled "The Sodomite Suppression Act" with the California Attorney General's office. The initiative would make any homosexual sex act a crime punishable by death. (Snopes) ~ synopsis:
1. Homosexuality is abominable to God.
2. Sexual contact by same-gender persons will be punished by execution.
3. Advocating tolerance of gays will be punished by $1mil fine and/or 10 years imprisonment., then expulsion from state.
4. No gays in public office.
5. Law will be effective immediately & can ever be rescinded.
6. State must reimburse persons seeking law's enforcement; all citizens must be deputized to carry out execution of gays with no penalty. read more
A high school softball coach has resigned after parents alleged unfair punishment after a loss. A Bossier Parish Schools official tells KSLA News 12 that Roo Johnson resigned from her position as softball coach but remains an employee of Bossier Schools. Earlier this week, parents claimed that a loss on the softball field, left their teens unfairly punished. Parents say Johnson canceled the team's dinner plans after losing a game over the weekend. Parents report the last meal the girls had was at 1:30 p.m. and the team didn't get back to Bossier City until after 10:00 that night. Parents reported that the students also had their phones taken away on the bus ride back.