Monthly Archives: February 2017

Shauna’s mom says show taught ‘valuable lesson’

Shauna Howe’s mother believes the television show centered around her daughter taught a valuable lesson to parents and children.

The “Cold Case Files” episode, which aired Monday night on A&E, highlighted the 1992 murder of Shauna, an 11-year-old who lived in Oil City. The program also detailed the 12-year investigation that finally resulted in the arrests and subsequent convictions of her killers.

 

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He was beaten to death with a statue. Now cops use DNA technology to try and solve crime

This is what they have come up with: There’s a 90 percent chance he has fair skin. The odds of his eyes being blue or green are about 85 percent. They’re certain his hair is blondish or light brown and almost 90 percent sure he doesn’t have freckles.

The odds of him being from the northeast of Europe — 91.92 percent.

“We have a face, but no name,” Aventura Detective Tom Mundy said during a briefing with the media Tuesday afternoon. “All we need is one solid lead.”

Reached in Palm Beach Gardens, Sicherer’s daughter said she was surprised to hear from Aventura police.

“I have to be very honest,” Beverly Sicherer said, “I’ve lost hope. But you know, when the phone rings…”

Police acknowledge that DNA profiling isn’t full-proof. For example, there’s no way of telling from the DNA if

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Who killed Irving Sicherer? Cops use latest in DNA tech to try to unravel the crime

This is what they have come up with: There’s a 90 percent chance he has fair skin. The odds of his eyes being blue or green are about 85 percent. They’re certain his hair is blondish or light brown and almost 90 percent sure he doesn’t have freckles.

The odds of him being from the northeast of Europe — 91.92 percent.

“We have a face, but no name,” Aventura Detective Tom Mundy said during a briefing with the media Tuesday afternoon. “All we need is one solid lead.”

Reached in Palm Beach Gardens, Sicherer’s daughter said she was surprised to hear from Aventura police.

“I have to be very honest,” Beverly Sicherer said, “I’ve lost hope. But you know, when the phone rings…”

Police acknowledge that DNA profiling isn’t full-proof. For example, there’s no way of telling from the DNA if

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/aventura/article135581303.html

Authorities Hope New Technology Will Help Solve Cold Case Murder in Aventura

Authorities in Aventura are hoping new technology will help them solve a cold case murder.

After nearly 16 long years, police are looking for a break in the murder of 76-year-old Irving Sicherer, which they say is the only unsolved murder in the city’s history.

Police on Tuesday released four new sketches of a potential suspect thanks to advancements in DNA technology. Using forensic DNA analysis, police say they were able to create a snapshot of what the person of interest may look like.

Sicherer was found dead by family members in his Waterview condo on East Country Club Drive back on July 25, 2001. It remains a mystery why someone would want him dead.

“We will not rest, whether it takes 20 years, 30 years, 40 years, whatever it takes, until we find who’s responsible, in order to bring closure to the family,” Aventura Police Maj. Mike Bentolila

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DNA Technology Used To Find Person Of Interest In Cold-Case Murder

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AVENTURA (CBSMiami) – Police in Aventura have a new possible lead in the 16-year-old murder of Irving “Al” Sicherer.

Investigators have released a new image of a person of interest using DNA evidence. Using DNA Phenotyping, a revolutionary new forensic analysis, investigators can predict someone’s physical appearance from DNA. It can be used to generate leads in cases where there are no suspects or database hits, or to help identify unknown remains.

Aventura police are hoping the release of the new image will help generate new leads in the murder, which took place on July 25, 2001.

“There’s mounds of evidence, mounds of information that we have to review and, you know, a lot of the witnesses or subjects aren’t even around anymore so we’ve got to go from square one trying to retrace the evidence,” said Aventura Police Department Det. Tom Mundy.

Previously-released surveillance video shows Al and younger man

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Man charged with murder after DNA links him to 1999 cold case

A Bronx man was charged with the 1999 rape and murder of a 56-year-old woman who lived in his building — after new DNA evidence linked him to the brutal slaying, police sources said.

Curtis Batchelor, 41, was arrested Monday afternoon in the May 27, 1999 killing of Elsa Grullon. Her son-in-law, who was also superintendent of the building at 825 Gerard Ave., found her bleeding from her head with numerous stab wounds inside her fifth-floor apartment, sources said.

Police reopened the cold case last March after new evidence surfaced. DNA, taken from Grullon’s vagina, matched Bachelor’s DNA, sources said. He was charged with second-degree murder, rape, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

He has 16 prior arrests, including for forgery and criminal possession of stolen property.

Read more at: http://nypost.com/2017/02/28/man-charged-with-murder-after-dna-links-him-to-1999-cold-case/

State Police looking for leads in Baldwinsville cold case murder

BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – State Police are looking for new leads in the 1980 murder of a Baldwinsville man.

The body of 28-year-old Stephen Forbes – who lived in the Village Green Apartments – was found in a wooded area on a dirt road that led off of Route 20 in the town of LaFayette on Aug. 19, 1980.

The area where Forbes was found was littered with construction debris and garbage, according to State Police.

A little over a month before – on July 8 – Forbes had disappeared after being seen leaving a friend’s home on Vine Street in Liverpool at 2 p.m.

Forbes – who was a business partner in the Novel T-Shirt Store in Phoenix – was driving a blue, 1977 Dodge pickup truck, which was found unattended in a long-term parking lot at Hancock International Airport.

If you have any information that might help State Police, call Senior Investigator Reece

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Sentencing in cold case murder

PAW PAW (WKZO AM/FM) — Junior Fred Blackston of Bangor has been given a 25-year-sentence for a drug related execution about 30-years-ago, but could go free in less than decade.

It has been a long and tangled prosecution including three men who have repeatedly changed their stories and allegiances, have been tried and retried, but it appears they finally have it all sorted out. The question is still out just how well justice has been served.

A jury found Carl Guy Simpson not guilty during his retrial earlier this month, despite testimony from Blackston that Simpson was there and participated in the 1988 shooting death, the jury found him not guilty.

Blackston was sentenced this week.. Because he has shown remorse, cooperated with authorities and testified, he will serve 25-years but with credit for 17 years he has already served.

 

Scott Sexton: Video about unsolved murder in Davidson County causes new wounds – Winston

Amie Grubert could hardly believe her eyes.

A video produced by Gerald Hege, infamous admitted felon and forever former sheriff of Davidson County, about the murder of her mother-in-law was attracting attention on social media. Acquaintances and family friends picked up on it, and started immediately with the “Have-you-seen?” phone calls.

Of course Grubert and her family hadn’t seen it.

Because neither Hege nor anyone associated with the production, Grubert said, reached out to the family before the video was posted for the world to see. Nobody asked permission or even bothered with a heads-up.

No one, it would seem, thought for a second that such a video might open old wounds and inflict new pain.

“I am trying to be … diplomatic,” Grubert said. “We did not know.

“I sat down and pulled up Facebook. It was all over. We knew nothing about the Hege thing.”

Not taking the hints
The latest “Hege thing” is a

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Trial begins for cold-case murder of once-aspiring model found dumped in Irvine orange grove in 1992

SANTA ANA – Twenty-five years after a young woman’s descent from aspiring model to street prostitute ended with her battered body abandoned in an Irvine orange grove, trial has begun for the career criminal accused of raping and murdering her.

Leonardo Pimental Sanchez, now 59, listened expressionlessly Monday as Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy described how DNA found in 19-year-old Cari Ann Parnes‘ body tied Sanchez to the 1992 slaying.

“The evidence, in this case, the evidence of murder, points to one defendant and one defendant only, Leonardo Pimental Sanchez,” McGreevy told jurors in his opening statement.

Sanchez’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Adam Vining, acknowledged that his client had sex with Parnes, but denied that he killed her. Vining pointed to Parne’s increasingly risky lifestyle as the likely reason behind her death.

“Mr. Sanchez had consensual sex with a prostitute for $50 so that she could buy cocaine,” Vining told jurors. “He is

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